Venue Calendar

Colleen Allen & Joe Huron Trio @ 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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Adrean Farrugia & Joe Huron Trio @ 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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Carol McCartney & Joe Huron Trio @ Brewery Bay Food Co.
Oct 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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 Carol McCartney

Vibrant and dynamic jazz vocalist Carol McCartney was born and raised in North Toronto – in fact, in the Fall of 2013, the City of Toronto named a street after her “McCartney Street” located in the Weston area where she grew up. (Link to the Emery Village BIA Announcement)

Carol’s impeccable vocals and finely tuned musicianship have made her a favourite among musicians and audiences alike. She has shared the stage with a virtual “Who’s Who” of jazz including Guido Basso, Bucky Pizzarelli, Slam Stewart and the late great Peter Appleyard, who Carol worked with as his singer for 30 years. (She was one of the top ten Canadian jazz vocalists to be featured on Mr. Appleyard’s last CD “Sophisticated Ladies” in 2013.)

Other recordings that feature Carol include Chase Sanborn’s “Good to the Last Bop”, Bob Brough’s ” Like a Spring Day” and popular jazz big band “Freeflight’s” JUNO nominated recording “Taking Flight”.

Carol has recorded two solo CD’s of her own. “A Night in Tunisia” in 2007 and the just released “BE COOL” in 2014.

Edward Blanco of eJAzz reviewed the first CD and commented, “From Ontario Canada comes the latest terrific jazz vocalist from what seems to be one excellent crop of singers from these northern parts … McCartney delivers with spice and electricity … a heck of a vocalist …(she) possesses a sexy voice that projects and reaches high notes with effortless ease. Dizzy Gillespie would have been proud to hear this version of his classic tune.”

Nominated for a JUNO Award with Big Band Freeflight
Received a MARTY Award for Established Artist from the Mississauga Arts Council in 2014

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