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Rik Emmett – Artist Life Stories @ Orillia Opera House
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm


Rik Emmett –
Artist Life Stories

Online Ticket SalesAn up close and personal evening.  A speaker night with a difference. Cameron Smillie interviews Rick about his 50 years in music including stories and he will play some tunes!

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Linda Carone @ Apple Annie's Cafe
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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LINDA CARONE IS A VINTAGE JAZZ AND BLUES VOCALIST: a niche song stylist and interpreter of popular music from the 1920’s and beyond. With a voice that has been described as ‘beautiful, rich, sultry and provocative’. Ms. Carone’s raw, natural and diverse approach to music has shaped her vocal style in a way that is playful, intimate and unpretentious. She boasts an expressive voice and is known to caress lyrical phrasing often lost in todays’ interpretations. “Music is timeless.

If it’s a forgotten song that one has never heard before, then it’s considered new. Recreating the sound of an era is not my goal – I discover songs that I love and transport them into the present”. Linda sings with a pure vocal style all her own while – TRANSCENDING THE HEART OF THE SONG. An early passion for jazz and blues developed upon first hearing the raw and emotive melancholy of Billie Holiday. This inspiration laid the foundation for growth as a vocalist and as an artist. Linda’s musical journey was further influenced by jazz and blues vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Mildred Bailey, Helen Humes, Valaida Snow and Lil Armstrong. Linda’s eclectic repertoire includes rare and sometimes risque vintage songs of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, classic jazz and swing standards, cocktail lounge and torch ballads, to boogie woogie & roots blues. Linda continues to earn rave reviews and is an impressive regular in the music scene today. Working with some of Toronto’s best musicians in the industry, performances can include mellow’n smooth duos with piano or guitar accompaniment, to lively trios, quartets or quintets. Her performances generate rave reviews with audiences finding themselves both entertained and educated as she plays the Toronto circuit with impressive regularity, wowing crowds at venues such as Jazz Bistro, Hart House, 70Down Yorkville, Relish Bar & Grill, SpiritHouse GastroPub, RasaBar, 120 Diner, Saluté Piano Bar, Gate 403, White Elephant Lounge and Rasputin Vodka Lounge. “Linda Carone’s taste in music is born of great jazz vocalists, (Bing Crosby, Julia Lee, Una Mae Carlisle) and her voice is refreshingly grown up & womanly. It’s the voice of a singer who has stories to tell, great diction, affection for the melody, and the lovely inflections that one might expect from a 78rpm, but recorded here in a modern crisp recording of some delicious yet lamentably overlooked songs in jazz history. I’m very excited about this recording, and this great singer!” Alex Pangman – Juno Nominee, Vocalist, Band Leader Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing “yeah, baby! you’re one of the very few authentic singers in the tradition.xo” Rita Di Ghent – Composer, Vocalist, Teacher.


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Matt Dusk & Band at the Orillia Opera House @ Orillia Opera House
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm


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A celebrated Canadian singer who has expanded on his crooner roots, Matt Dusk has forged an international career highlighted by 8 critically-acclaimed studio albums, countless TV and DVD specials, and unforgettable live performances worldwide. Dusk’s latest solo release, the JUNO award nominated MY FUNNY VALENTINE:  THE CHET BAKER SONGBOOK was a return to his jazz roots to pay homage to one of the most prolific musicians of the twentieth century – Chet Baker.  Dusk recently launched an innovative project that sees him being the first musical artist in history to release multiple versions of a duets album in different global markets, each showcasing a celebrated duet partner from that local geography.  The first two were released in the fall and winter of 2015, with Karen Aoki in Japan and pop sensation Margaret in Poland, including tours to support the album release.  The third installment of this project is in Canada with a release featuring Florence K.  The next releases scheduled are the Netherlands, Germany, The UK and the US.
Dusk has been awarded multiple GOLD and PLATINUM albums and has enjoyed numerous NUMBER ONE radio hits globally.  His performances showcase his classy cool style, his top band of musicians, and his seemingly effortless way of taking his audiences on a journey through his music and making them feel part of something special.  2016 also sees Dusk releasing multiple singles in specific global markets, starting with the spring launch of his latest pop single “Danger” in Europe.
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Colleen Allen & Joe Huron Trio at Brewery Bay Food Co. @ Brewery Bay Food Co.
Oct 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm

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Colleen Allen is one of Canada’s most in-demand musicians for live concerts and recording sessions. Based in Toronto, the acclaimed and versatile multi-instrumentalist has performed all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe with world class jazz and pop artists including Molly Johnson, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Cole, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Rik Emmett, Marc Jordan, Andrew Craig and Jackie Richardson, to name a few. Known for her warm, authentic tone and soulful style of soloing, she works frequently with Brian Barlow’s Big Band, Cirque du Soleil, is a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre, and a member of Manteca, Canada’s premier fusion jazz big band. She has been in the house band of the Toronto Blues Society’s Women’s Blues Revue since its inception in 1986.

Colleen’s own recordings as a leader draw from her seasoned experience as a musician performing in a variety of genres and situations. Her first CD “Colleen Allen” displays her talents as instrumentalist, arranger, bandleader and producer. Her sophomore release “Flashlight” features bassist George Koller, guitarist Rob Piltch and Snarky Puppy drummer Larnell Lewis.  As she notes, “I heard an interview recently with Wayne Shorter, where he described the past as a flashlight to the future.  I loved the image of the past shedding light, informing the steps we take into the future.  Each of the songs on this recording, represents some past light that has guided me on my path.”

Colleen is a beloved mentor and teacher of music for 15 years now at Humber College and a regular adjudicator/clinician for musicfest, and the TD jazz education festival in Picton. 

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Jerry Leger @ Apple Annie's Cafe
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Apple Annie LogoJerry Leger – Judging by music journalism these days, it seems that ever since “post-punk,”we’ re living in a “post-everything” world. So why not just start over again from the beginning? It’ s easy to feel that way when listening to Jerry Leger’s brilliant new album Nonsense And Heartache, because that’ s precisely what it suggests through its combination of primal rock and roll, and raw, confessional balladry. The separation between the two is evident by the album’ s title, and it is in fact two distinct collections of songs presented on two slabs of vinyl. In many ways, Jerry Leger’ s artistic path has been leading up to this ambitious display of both sides of his musical personality, fueled by countless nights playing in Toronto bars with a loyal band equally committed to keeping rock and roll’ s original flame burning. But while many others have made the same commitment, there’ s always been something special about Jerry Leger’ s songs that few can match. It bears repeating, and is hardly an understatement, that he manages to channel the youthful vigor of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young and Rick Danko, sometimes all within the same song. But at heart, Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and soul recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted early support from fellow singer/songwriters like Ron Sexsmith, and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. Employing his distinctive live-off-the-floor recording approach on Nonsense And Heartache, Timmins focused on capturing the chemistry between Leger and his core musicians: multi-instrumentalist James McKie, bassist Dan Mock and drummer Kyle Sullivan, along with guest vocalist Angie Hilts. The ragged-but-right results perfectly complement Leger’ s tales of characters on the fringe, attempting to unravel life’ s mysteries. Leger describes the album himself by saying, “Mike came up with the idea of doing a double album, but it’ s really two different records—Nonsense and Heartache—packaged into one. He had the idea to record one album as electric, bluesy, dirty rock and roll, with James and I on electric guitars, Dan on electric bass and Kyle bashing away. The other album was intended to be more of a singer/songwriter record with me on acoustic guitar or piano, James on fiddle or lap steel, Dan on upright and Kyle using brushes and percussion. So, it’ s not an ego trip for either of us. It just felt like it made more sense to put them together, plus the fact that neither is overly long, just about 35 minutes each.”Leger adds that the more concise vision expressed on Nonsense And Heartache was a contrast to his previous album, 2014’ s Early Riser, on which he took a much more freewheeling approach in the studio with a bevy of guests and an array of instrumentation. In the time following Early Riser, Leger formed the in-the-moment side projects the Del-Fi’ s and the Bop-Fi’ s, with whom he now regularly get his kicks on stage and in the studio. He also released a split 7-inch with Graham Nicholas and co-produced albums by Ben Somer and Eric & The Soo. It all helped guide him toward achieving what he most wanted for Nonsense And Heartache, a sonic consistency throughout the sum of its parts.
The relationship between Leger and Timmins also works so well because, as songwriters, each shares a fondness for arcane Americana. There is plenty of rich detail in tracks like “Another Dead Radio Star” and “Pawn Shop Piano” that, depending on your perspective, could evoke either the past or present. The former references the famous Orson Welles-voiced character The Shadow, which Leger found to be an ideal metaphor. “That image kind of runs through the whole song as a way of describing what we’ve lost, but at the same time never completely goes away,” he says.
“‘Pawn Shop Piano’ I think describes how I live my life in some ways—the antique and junk shops, the day-to-day living, the debts. It also has a couple references I had written down from years earlier when I toured the U.S. for the first time. We found a cheap motel in the middle of the night somewhere in West Virginia called the Travel Lite, which was a scary joint. And in Johnson City, Tennessee we stumbled upon a pawnshop called Diamonds & Guns that had a really cool hand-painted sign. Things like that often stick with me until I find a home for them.”
Through persistence and patience, Jerry Leger has been finding his own home within the Canadian music scene, earning his place in the pantheon of this country’s great singer/songwriters. Nonsense And Heartache brings him one very significant step closer.

– by Jason Schneider


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Adrean Farrugia & Joe Huron Trio at Brewery Bay Food Co. @ Brewery Bay Food Co.
Oct 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm

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Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano.

Adrean comes from a musical family. His father Bruno is a professional drummer in the music scene. His grandfather Joseph Ivan Arsenault was a Maritime fiddler. Adrean studied classical piano with Shirley Coit and Donald Cook before discovering a love of jazz music in college.

In 1992 Adrean enrolled in the Mohawk College Applied music program studying with Mark Eisenman, Dave McMurdo, Mike Malone, Christopher Hunt, and Brian Dickinson. In 1996 Adrean continued his Education at the University of Toronto Jazz Performance program studying with Gary Williamson, Kevin Turcotte, and Phil Nimmons. Also in 1996, Adrean attended the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Summer Jazz Workshop where he studied and performed with Don Thompson, Hugh Fraser, Kenny Wheeler, Pat and Joe Labarbera, and Norma Winstone. Adrean has also received private instruction from jazz legends Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Benny Green, and British pianist John Taylor.

Since the late 1990s Adrean has been in high demand as a freelance performer and teacher. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe and in Japan. Adrean has performed/recorded with some of jazz’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Larry Carlton, Curtis Fuller, Tom Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Chris Potter, Joel Frahm, Matt Penman, Brad Goode, Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, and Pat Labarbera.

Adrean is currently pianist for such diverse projects as the Matt Dusk Band, the Brad Goode Quartet, The Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm), Tim Shia’s ‘The Worst Pop Band Ever’, the Bob Brough Quartet and the Darcy Hepner Big Band. Adrean also works regularly with his wife, vocalist Sophia Perlman.

Adrean has appeared on more than 30 recordings to date and his debut recording as a leader Adrean Farrugia v1.0: Live at the Senator was released in the summer of 2006 on ROMHOG RECORDS. It features his skills as both a pianist and composer. This album has enjoyed regular play on Toronto’s JazzFM and the CBC as has led to appearances on JazzFM’s ‘Joe Sealy’s Duets’ as well as a feature article in Performance Magazine by jazz journalist Geoff Chapman.

In 2008, Adrean forged a new project entitled RICOCHET . The band released their JUNO nominated debut recording in 2010 on the Mainstage at the TD Canada Trust Toronto International Jazz festival.

Adrean is currently on the faculty of York University and Mohawk College of Arts and Technology where he teaches jazz piano and improvisation. He has also done workshops/clinics at the University of Colorado, University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario, The Banff Centre for the arts, and in Warsaw Poland as part of the Polish Jazz Society’s 35th annual Summer Jazz Workshop. As well, Adrean has been a contributing writer to piano guru Larry Fine’s publication “The Piano Book”, the world’s foremost publication on all things piano.

In April of 2011 Adrean was invited to perform and to participate as a panelist at the 63rd annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder Colorado, a week long event bringing together individuals from all walks of life from around the world to discuss the current state of politics, the world economy, human rights, the arts, the environment and many other topics in panel discussions for the general public. As the sole invitee from Canada, this was a great honour for Adrean

Adrean Farrugia is a Shigeru Kawai artist.

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Mike Malone & Joe Huron Trio at Brewery Bay Food Co. @ Brewery Bay Food Co.
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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 MICHAEL (MIKE) MALONE (trumpeter, composer, arranger) has been part of the Canadian jazz music scene since the early 1970s. He is a key member of the jazz studies faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, serves as a clinician for Yamaha Music Canada, and conducts Improvisation Workshops at York University in Toronto.Malone is featured as both a writer and performer with singer Ranee Lee, Nimmons ‘n’ Nine Plus Six, the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, Ted’s Warren Commission, the Alex Dean Quintet, The Brass Connection, the Kieran Overs Nonet, and the Ted Moses Quintet.

Mike Malone was a featured trumpet player in eight separate “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concerts at the Ontario Science Centre between 1977 and 1995.

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