TUESDAY MARCH 4
A Concert for Meryn Cadell
THE DRAKE HOTEL
1150 Queen Street West
PWYC at the door
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A night of timeless tunes and spoken word will take place in the Drake Hotel's "Undergournd" featuring poetry by: Lynn Crosbie (with Benjamin Boles), Tony Burgess, Alexandra Leggat and music from William New, Kurt Swinghammer, Bonzai Suzuki and a reunion of The Bee People, the eighties punk band that screams songs about the life and career of actor Al Waxman. This will be their first set featuring all four original members in almost thirty years! There is no cover but everyone is asked to donate what they can to help out a friend in need.
Meryn Cadell is a friend of William New, Jaymz Bee and countless artists in Toronto. When it was reported Meryn was ill, which spiraled into a financial setback including eviction; New, Bee and their friends wanted to do something to help. They decided to produce an evening of pop, rock, punk and poetry and pass the hat to raise money for their dear friend who performed regularly in Toronto at The Beverly Tavern in the 80's and currently lives in British Columbia.
THURSDAY MARCH 6
Heavyweights Brass Band CD Launch
1585 Dundas West
doors @ 7:00pm | show @ 8:00pm
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After coming out swinging with their debut album in 2011, Toronto-based collective, The Heavyweights Brass Band now packs a one-two punch of crossover appeal and respect from music's elite with the release of their sophomore album, "Brasstronomical".
The show will feature special guests who also grace the new recording, including Jane Bunnett, Luis Orbegoso and Jay Douglas!
Tickets are just $10 at the door and $20 if you want a CD included. What a bargain!! What a party!!
SUNDAYS in MARCH
THE JAZZ BISTRO CELLAR
251 Victoria Street
doors @ 7:00pm | show @ 8:00pm
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Did you know Jazz Bistro has a third floor? When Don Francks walked into the room he knew this was the perfect cozy venue for him to hold court every Sunday night for a couple hours. He will be joined by his Music Director on keyboard, Steve Hunter and aside from singing his unique take on jazz standards he'll also be telling stories and for the first hour, showing some vintage jazz videos while chatting with his friends and fans.
Come up for wine, cocktails and a mellow early evening (live show is 8-9:30) that is guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired! Only five bucks at the door!
THURSDAY MARCH 13
The Lucky Ball
Benefitting The Fort York Food Bank
783 College Street
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The Lucky Ball is a St. Patrick's Day themed party with all proceeds going to support the Fort York Food Bank. Tickets include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and great music DJ'd by Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene.
FYFB is one of Toronto's busiest community support agencies offering Food programs, Counselling & Advocacy, a Community Drop-In Centre and Community Vitality programs. In 2012, FYFB served over 40,000 meals in their Community Drop-in Centre, helped 2,500 people with their Advocacy & Counselling services, provided over 330,000 meals through their 3-day grocery baskets and received over 27,000 voluntary service hours of time.
For more information about Fort York Food Bank, please visit fyfb.com.
THURSDAY MARCH 20
Alex Samaras and Sophia Perlman: The Songs of Sondheim
2261 Dundas Street West
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Bobby and Alex love great songs from timeless musicals. Their latest album "A Sondheim Jazz Project" "rebuilds the long lost bridge between Broadway and modern jazz, setting Stephen Sondheim's beautiful melodies and brilliant lyrics to the stylistic language of Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. To pay tribute to this prolific composer, Alex Samaras and saxophonist/music historian Bobby Hsu will come together to perform "The Songs of Sondheim".
Joining this talented young band is singer Sophia Perlman – this will sell out – get your tickets now by going on line to jazz.fm and clicking on 2014 Cabaret Series. (You can also pick up tickets to Cadence at Hugh's Room in April at the same time!)