TUESDAY DECEMBER 3
Unison Benevolent Fund
The Jazz Bistro
251 Victoria Street
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The Unison Benevolent Fund is a charitable organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness or economic difficulties. To date, Unison has raised over $800,000. While many services through Unison are available to the music community, the target to activate the financial support program is $1 million. They are so close, and the need is increasing every day.
Please join members of the music industry on December 3 at the Jazz Bistro (an early show!) to move Unison closer to their $1 million dollar goal. Pay what you can at the door (suggested donation $20 minimum) and enjoy a superb evening of music, featuring Unison ambassador (and platinum selling artist from Montreal) Florence K. and other special guests including Ron Sexsmith, Don Francks, Tony Quarrington, Rob and Bob Scott and Alex Pangman!
FRIDAY DECEMBER 20
Holiday Swing Time featuring Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats
1601 Lake Shore Blvd. West
416.533.3553 x 22
doors at 8:00pm | show at 9:00pm
$40 advance | $50 door
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*There might be a few tables of ten left. Tables of ten go for $500 and can only be booked by calling the venue directly.
Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats will be taking over Palais Royale for a swing dance party for expert and amateur swing dancers... and those who just like to watch! Alex will be joined by Terra Hazelton. Terra has sung duets together on Pangmans' "Christmas Wish" CD and is a phenomenal actress and recording artist. Alex and Terra are joined by Peter Hill (piano), Chris Banks (bass), Tony Quarrington (guitar), Brigham Phillips (trumpet), Glenn Anderson (drums), Drew Jurecka (sax and violin) and there will also be an appearance by crooner Roger Clown. The emcee for the evening is Jaymz Bee, who will also act as DJ between the live sets of music. You can expect seasonal songs as well as classic swing tunes. Bring your dancing shoes! Light food will be available for purchase and of course the Palais Royale is fully licensed. Free parking.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 29
Gary Morgan's PanAmericana
1585 Dundas West
doors 7:00pm | show 8:00pm.
Dinner reservations guarantee seating.
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New York-based Gary Morgan returns to Toronto presenting his all-star, 21 piece, Canadian Latin jazz orchestra.
Hilario Duran, Roberto Occhipinti, Mark Kelso, Rick Lazar and others join the Chilean-born, Toronto-raised composer, conductor and musician for an evening of pulsating, sparkling latin jazz. Gary is an ex-Torontonian who worked for many years in nightclubs and in the recording and television industry in addition to playing with artists such as Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass.
He is a lifelong student of latin music, and developed a particular love of contemporary Brazilian music, and has made it his mission to translate the best of this music into the sound of the latin jazz orchestra.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 31
New Year's Eve Comedy Extravaganza
178 Victoria Street
Tickets $39.50 - $69.50
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Jeremy Hotz hosts the 13th Annual New Year's Eve Comedy Extravaganza. The hilarious (and miserable) Hotz will help laugh in another calendar year with comics like Jessica Kirson, Mike MacDonald and many others, all hand-picked by Yuk Yuk's founder Mark Breslin. Music by Bonzai Suzuki. The show ends by about 10:30 so after big laughs you can still beeline to another party (or home) for the official countdown!
TUESDAY DECEMBER 31
Bravissimo! Opera's Greatest Hits
Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe Street
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Start off your New Year's celebrations with a concert celebrating Verdi's 200th anniversary. Enjoy excerpts from La Traviata, Rigoletto and Aida, as well as works by Puccini, Rossini, Offenbach and more. The international cast includes a 100-voice choir and Erika Sunnegårdh (following her acclaimed performance as Salome with the COC). Concert ends at 9pm, in time to continue your New Year's Eve celebrations. Cast and repertoire subject to change.