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They have a long-standing collective interest in Balkan traditions and add Albanian, Bulgarian and Macedonian and whatever else strikes their fancy to their repertoire. The love and respect they have for the traditions they draw from are clear but they are not afraid to arrange the tunes in new and unexpected ways to give them a fresh spin.
Maryem Tollar is a renowned Egyptian-Canadian vocalist, known for her world music performances as well as original compositions. Her voice has been heard on the theme of CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie and A.R. Rahman’s Bollywood hit, Mayya Mayya. Tollar was the featured vocalist in Tafelmusik’s 2016 production of “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee Houses” and more recently she performed the world premiere of Christos Hatzis’ piece “Syn-Phonia – Migration Patterns” with The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Inuit throat singer Tiffany Ayalik.
Brenna MacCrimmon is a Toronto-based interpreter of Turkish and Balkan songs – an adventure that began with a trip to a local public library’s vinyl collection in 1983. She has studied and performed with many notable masters of the traditions in both Turkey and the USA. She works in a diverse range of musical projects, travels frequently to perform and teach and thinks you can never stop learning.
Sophia Grigoriadis, is a musician and teacher. Over the past 30 years her study of Greek, Balkan and Middle Eastern singing and percussion has led her to compose, perform and tour with many Toronto world and fusion ensembles.
Her love of teaching and sharing her musical passion extends to all ages: as Church Choir Director of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, as Music teacher from Preschool to Grade 8 at Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox School, and to young children through her Clapping Land music studio, where her compilation world music CD Sound Adventures — Global Music for Children garnered the Parent’s Choice Foundation Silver Award.
Since making the switch from classical to folkloric singing, Jayne Brown has been learning, performing, travelling and recording with several ensembles, including Latin American ensembles, Nazka and Ilédé, Macedonian band Staro Selo, and Mediterranean mash-up bands Maza Mezé and the Maryem Tollar ensemble. For the past couple decades, Jayne has been concentrating her efforts on Greek folkloric song, studying in both Greece and Toronto. Jayne balances her time between music and her psychotherapy practice.
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Nauroz Tanya is a Kurdish-Canadian composer who began music lessons at the age of six. His father was one of the pioneers in the theater and early television revolution, and through him, Nauroz developed a great interest in music and art.
After completing a degree in music, Nauroz composed music for chamber ensembles, performed in piano solos, orchestras, and short and full-length movies showcased in Europe, Australia, US, and Canada. He wrote music for media and television in France, Germany, and Sweden where he lived for several years and attended the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. He worked as an assistant administrator for the Guelph Symphony and administrator for the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra. He studied piano with Dr Joseph Ferretti, and composition with Dr. Glenn Buhr. He currently studies with Linda Catlin Smith.
Along with his medical studies, Nauroz continues composing for various orchestras around the world, most recently focusing on the issues of immigration and diaspora.
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.
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Guided movement with live sound.
Barbara Dametto and Gary Diggins
This 2 hour long event is an evening of guided movement, sounding and meditation accompanied by live music. Participants are encouraged to connect deeply to their bodies and voices and move and sing in authentic ways inspired by the beautiful and skillfully executed music.
Gary Diggins is an experienced sound therapist, workshop facilitator, musician and master of many instruments including the French horn, didgeridoo, oud, percussion drums, African Kora and mbira to mention a few.
Barbara Dametto is a yogini, dancer, visual artist, sound and expressive arts practitioner and workshop facilitator.
Together they lead seamless excursions that are fun, expressive, cathartic and soul inspiring. These workshops build personal awareness, stamina and allow people to express themselves in a safe environment.
Moving the Body, Sounding the Soul is a monthly event held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm.
The next event is Tuesday May 30th, 2017.
Tickets are $20 and available at the door at Silence: 46 Essex St. in Guelph.
Tickets $10 at Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/silence-presents-moonfruits-and-georgian-bay-tickets-34147247336?aff=eac2
Escorted by a variety of stringed instruments and soaring harmonies, bilingual duos Moonfruits and Georgian Bay tour New-Brunswick, Québec and Ontario this summer in support of Moonfruits’ May 2017 release Ste-Quequepart and Georgian Bay’s 2016 Polaris Prize nominated album Patience. Spinning tales of Canadian mysticism where ideals and imagination intertwine, these longtime friends and collaborators invite you into their world to discover the wilderness of Georgian Bay’s shores and the stories of imaginary maritime village Ste-Quequepart.
Escorted by a banjo and a parlour guitar, Moonfruits’ soaring harmonies captivate listeners and celebrate common ground. Partners on and off stage, they summon music from a place where ideals and imagination intertwine.
Moonfruits' sophomore album, Ste-Quequepart · “Saint-Somewhere” is a folk concept album that plays like a short film soundtrack, each of Ste-Quequepart’s tracks give voice to the inhabitants of this imaginary maritime village. Moonfruits soaring harmonies enchant listeners, weaving together arrangements that dance a varied landscape between intimate and cinematographic. The duo transports listeners elsewhere, inviting them to walk in another’s shoes and rediscover everyday people power.
Bilingual folk duo Georgian Bay entices audiences with scintillating harmonies and dreamlike melodies. Nominated for a 2016 Polaris Music Prize, their sophomore album, Patience, is inspired by the mysterious beauty of natural spaces. Spinning tales of modern Canadiana, the voices of Kelly Lefaive and Joëlle Westman intertwine with the soul of the violin and the heartbeat of the guitar to create an enchanting musical voyage to the shores of Spirit Lake, Georgian Bay.
Friday, June 2nd: The Brian Pickell Band, featuring Shane Cook, Fiddle Champ!
Silence Sounds, 8pm, doors 7:30.
Saturday, June 3rd: Rankin/Robertson of "The Outside Track", featuring Mairi Rankin, Cape Breton Fiddler Extraordinaire, and Ailie Robertson, Scottish Harp Wiz!
A.N.A.F Club, 8pm, doors 7:30.
Tickets $20 for an individual show, or $30 for both performances. Tickets available through Paypal at http://www.guelphceltic.ca, or by e-transfer to email@example.com.
Pulled together by the magnetic, globe-trotting compositions of Brian Pickell, the group combines the talents of Shane Cook, multiple winner of the Canadian and Grand Masters Fiddle Contests and the American Grand National; revered Ottawa multi-instrumentalist James Stephens on fiddle, mandolin, bass and viola; and Pat O’Gorman, an admired mainstay of the Canadian music scene, on flute, whistles and pipes. Julie Schryer is widely considered to be one of the finest piano accompanists in Canada, and Brian is an accomplished composer, guitarist, and banjo and mandolin player. Together, they are a musical force of nature.
Brian’s compositions are now being played and recorded widely: Deaf Shepherd (Scotland), Tony McManus, arguably the greatest guitarist in Celtic music (Scotland), Liz Doherty (Ireland), The Halali Fiddle Band (USA), Oliver Schroer (Canada), Nicholas Williams (Canada), Pierre Schryer (Canada) and numerous others.
"Brian Pickell and his band are at the vanguard of a new living tradition of Celtic music. Brian’s original melodies have been instantly embraced by musicians both on the concert stage and in the kitchen. These tunes now rest easily with the traditional favourites on both sides of the ocean."
Ian Bell, Director Marine Heritage Festival
“Your CD is beautiful! Great musicians, of course, and the most wonderful tunes. Congrats! This CD should be in the home of every Canadian.”
Lillian Wauthier - Presenter / Promoter - Acoustic Harvest.
“I’m telling you folks, this is serious firepower and they don’t disappoint…among this reviewer’s leading contenders for Canadian album of the year.”
Pat Simmonds, The Green Man Review
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.
Devin & The Dark Light (from Orangeville)
Ten Boy Summer (from Guelph)
Eddy Evvy (from Guelph)
Doors at 7 pm
Tickets at door - $10/PWYC
ABOUT HEART BEACH
Self-described as “an ocean-pop band that plays sad, minimal, Hobartian, skuzz pop”; Heart Beach dazzled critics in 2015 with the release of their self-titled debut, following a feature on triple j’s Unearthed and a position in Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Australian Albums Of The Year.
Band members Claire McCarthy (bass/vocals), Jonathon McCarthy (guitar/vocals) and Christopher Wessing (drums/guitar) interweaving girl-boy harmonies, insistent guitars and steady rhythms create uniquely crisp yet subtle sounds of simplicity and grandeur. Attracting comparisons to old-school greats such as The Pixies, Echo and The Bunnymen and Joy Division; the Tasmanian indie-pop trio’s musicianship is of the highest calibre.
Heart Beach have shared stages with Harts, Andy Bull, Teeth and Tongue, Dick Diver, Day Ravies and The Ocean Party, Tam Vantage, Kitchen’s Floor, Bent, Popoliceand Jealous Husband, as well as hometown heroes The Native Cats and Naked and Treehouse. In 2014 the band toured New Zealand for Camp A Low Hum music festival, followed by performances at Falls Festival, A Festival Called Panama and Rose Quartz Festival at Lake Pedder last summer.
In May 2016 a repressing of the trio’s self-titled debut was released in North America and Canada with Vancouver based label Kingfisher Bluez, and Heart Beach toured Australia nationally. Heart Beach return in 2016 with a brand new sophomore album ‘Kiss Your Face‘, set for release November 11 on Spunk Records.
PRAISE FOR HEART BEACH
“Like The Smiths, like Joy Division, this music is oddly and often wonderfully uplifting. Almost every song starts with a drawn-out chord poignant enough to break Rupert Murdoch’s stony heart. It takes a brave, thoughtful band to sound this vulnerable. Heart Beach are beautiful, beautiful, melancholy babies. Treasure them.”– The Guardian ★★★★
“There’s something very satisfying about a band that limits itself to a simple aesthetic and builds a world with what they have.” – Rolling Stone
“The Hobart band are keen observers of the tides, harnessing their power to create affecting and effective guitar pop. Listen carefully and you can hear sonar blasts from the past, the plaintive melodies and moods of ’80s post punk and scuzzy ’90s garage new wave reach the surface, but Heart Beach follow their own currents into new oceans of feeling.” – STACK Magazine
“Bringing together the best elements of contemporary Australian music – laconic guy/girl harmonies, jangling guitar and bass lines and just the right amount of fuzz.”The Music
“You know that feeling you get floating in the ocean? Weightless, worry-less drifting? If you could combine that with the sting of hot sand between your toes, it would feel a lot like Heart Beach. Their music is chill enough to take you to a place of pure calm, but edgy enough to tingle your ears into an all-sense inclusive frenzy.” – Happy
“Tassie trio Heart Beach have really come out strong off the back of their debut self-titled album.” – AU Review
“Heart Beach brings out the droning guitar, simple drum beats and fuzzy leads that is undeniably charming, melancholic and just god damn perfect.” – The Wandering Lamb
The release of her 3rd album, Bloom showcases her best writing and production yet. The songs are infectious, poignant and groove hard. It is noticeably more "pop/funk" than her previous releases yet the themes of social consciousness and inner reflection that has connected her to her listeners remain. NehRita has a gift for writing well-crafted songs that are deeply personal. Much of her music hearkens back to a time when soul and funk music made you dance while also serving up social commentary and a call for change.
She shines brightly during her live show & demonstrates her strength in be able to reach and connect with an audience. You know she feels the music and she leads you into feeling it too.
Raji Sohal from CBC 3 Montreal may have put it best, “I can attest that in live performance her voice and stage presence are stellar and come off as endearingly natural. Joni had me hollering and cheering like I haven’t at an R&B show in a while.”
As a vocalist, NehRita is a class act and has had varied experiences from professional musical theatre to singing with the KW Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton Philharmonic to selling out small theatres in Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph. As a solo act and/or backing keyboardist or vocalist she has performed on such stages/events as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Hillside Festival, Waterloo Jazz Festival, Massey Hall, The Centre in the Square and countless venues across North America, Germany, England and Australia. In 2011 her single, “Are You Ready” peaked at #6 on the UK Soul Chart and received airplay on Canadian, US, and British radio stations. She is a voice coach, musical director of Guelph Glee and has sat on juries for The Ontario Arts Council. Her album The Bare Truth was made possible by a grant from the OAC.
In spring 2015 she signed with Guelph label, Chanter Records who released “Bloom” in the fall. It receives regular play on CBC in Toronto & Kitchener-Waterloo & has just been added to the CBC’s national library. Working with industry veteran Rick Hutt of Cedartree Recording Studio proved to be the best recording experience thus far in NehRita’s career. His ears, instincts and attention to detail proved invaluable. She also gained a mentor and friend and is already planning her next project with him.
In 2016 NehRita plans to keep the fire and excitement about Bloom lit with playing festivals and touring southern Ontario and parts of Quebec. She is also writing and demoing new songs with Rick Hutt and exploring what direction her new project(s) will take.
“Someone please call the people who decide the Juno Nominations and make sure they listen to…Bloom before making any big decisions. It will be a shame if the Canadian music industry gathers this spring & NehRita isn’t among the people being recognized for their work.”- Brian Williams, Editor of Guelph Life Magazine
“About 30 seconds into ”A Fine Time”, I was pretty damned confident that Joni NehRita was the real deal. The selections strike hard and soothe the spirit...” ~Addi Stewart Now Magazine
"What fans need to know is that I am a fan, first and foremost of music! I believe it to be a universal language and I believe in its power to evoke change.", says NehRita herself.
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.
Stay for both sessions if you'd like.
by: SlowPitchSound & Libydo
Using a turntable and electronic instruments SlowPitchSound rearranges live sampled audio fragments and transform them into lush rhythmic landscapes. Libydo an accomplished dancer and long time collaborator from Toronto, narrates through mind altering body movements. Together they combine music, dance and projected visuals to create a very unique experience. With clever visuals tricks, SlowPitchSound's own style of turntable compositions and Libydo's unique approach to dance, they take their passengers to new dimensions.
"Definitely one of my favourite concerts of the whole season" - Kathryn Ladano (Artistic director at NUMUS Conserts)
SlowPitchSound is a trail blazer in the Toronto creative music scene. He is the resident experimental DJ for longtime new music organization SOUNDSTREAMS, one of the world’s leading contemporary music companies, and the largest global presenter of new Canadian music. Cheldon is an experimental turntablist or as he calls himself; scifi-turntablist. He has been developing his own style of music composition/performance art over nearly 20 years and has releases 7 studio recorded albums. His work has been featured at major establishments such as the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), Harbourfront Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, TIF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thompson Hall, Gardiner Museum, University of Guelph and Dundas Square to name some. Cheldon's passion for breaking boundaries and presenting fresh ideas has allowed him to perform works in Sweden, Australia, Great Britain, USA, Netherlands and Canada. Past projects have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and Toronto Arts Council.
New Album "THK SKN" Available now! Get it for free: https://slowpitchsound.bandcamp.com/album/thk-skn
Libydo has been a part of Toronto's urban dance scene, appearing and participating in various stage, festivals, showcases and music video's. Throughout his career, Libydo developed his dance movements rooted in breakdance to emulate the spontaneity of musical rhythms and delivers distinctive expressions in a synchronistic display during live performances.
His own dance style which includes an emphasis on improvisation also known as Freestyle has allowed him to share his talents in many diverse and creative performances that involved multi-disciplinary collaborations such as, Luminato Festival (2010), Manifesto Festival’s All-Styles Exhibition (2011) and with the Kitchener - Waterloo Orchestra (2011). He has also been a proud member of Event Horizon Dance (EHD), a company which fuses modern dance and breakdance since 2007. Through EHD and partnering with Dreamwalker Dance, Libydo has been able to conduct dance movement workshops for many schools across the GTA under “The Whole Shebang Tour” led by Andrea Nann (2009). Libydo wishes to continue teaching dance movement workshops, and ever evolving his own Freestyle dance in order to bridge other art forms into one expression through more collaborations and bring in his own uniqueness to complement any creative project.
Doors at 8 pm, performance at 9 pm, Albion Hotel after-party at 11 pm
Sean Hales is a Canadian musician from Guelph ON who is surfing the beautiful waves of music towards an acoustic-pop, alt-rock, hip-hop, mystery genre. This Sean Hales Showcase will include an acoustic hip hop focused performance and some other great local artists! Come out to enjoy good vibes, great music, wine & beer, and great friends. All artists, musicians, listeners, and friends are welcome to come out for a pint and some great music!
Not only does this project highlight Canadian women’s music, but it also gives opportunities to other Canadian female artists. Most of the poetry has been written by Canadian poets (eg. Madeleine Guimont, P.K. Page, Majorie Pickthall, Beatrice Redpath, and E. Pauline Johnson), a Canadian female designer, Carly Cumpson, is creating the gown that will be worn for every recital, and the musicians who will perform the recitals are also women. It is a celebration of women in Canada by having women perform great works by women!
For more information on the CWC Project visit the website http://www.canadianwomencomposersproject.com or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/canadianwomencomposersproject/
Tickets $15 at the door
Ellwood Epps, trumpet
Brodie West, alto saxophone
Wes Neal, double bass
Louis-Vincent Hamel, drums
Scott Thomson, trombone
Ellwood Epps’s Montreal quintet Togetherness! plays brilliant, joyful pieces by South African composers like Abdullah Ibrahim, Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, and Sean Bergin, plus those, like Don Cherry, William Parker, Misha Mengelberg, and Ellwood Epps, inspired by them.
The music is steeped in the alchemical blend of gospel, swing, and extended improvisation that informed the ‘Township Jive’ tradition including kwela, mbanqanga, and their synthesis with UK free jazz epitomized by Chris McGregor’s wonderful Brotherhood of Breath.
The concert is a musical (re)introduction to the city by new Guelph Jazz Festival programmer, Scott Thomson, who has recently announced his programming for the 2017 Festival on https://guelphjazzfestival.com.
The event is a fundraiser for the GJF as well as its partner-venue, Silence. Come for the fun! Bring funds! Enjoy, dance, sing along!
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.
Sandcatchers was formed in the corner of Cheryl's, a soul food restaurant on the corner of Underhill avenue and Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Given the opportunity for a weekly gig, oud player and guitarist Yoshie Fruchter brought in his friends Myk Freedman on lap steel, Michael Bates on double bass, and Yonadav Halevy on percussion to see what kind of music they could make together. Over the course of many weeks, a fresh sound was created blending the middle eastern trope of the oud with the dreamy, americana infused textures of the steel - and a new project was born. Featuring original music by Fruchter inspired both by middle eastern maqam and the Appalachian trail, Sandcatchers is a beautiful collaboration of sound and souls.
Isaiah Farahbakhsh (cello) and David Hollingshead (piano) are a unique duo who weave their web of influences in modern and traditional jazz to create a wide array of moods through original compositions and reimagined standards. With their playful interaction, each song evolves to new territory bringing the listener on an otherworldly voyage.
'What the Health' is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.
'What the Health' is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our individual and collective health, and how big business influences it.
WATCH THE TRAILER: https://youtu.be/Jf44vLndiRM
Doors open: 6 p.m.
Movie: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 (+HST and Eventbrite fee)
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