Ensemble

Arecibo

A deeply exploratory latin-jazz outfit delving into Puerto Rican, Cuban and Brazilian modern jazz traditions with a New York latin-jazz attitude featuring some of Toronto’s most acclaimed jazz and latin music specialists from Trinidad, Cuba, Mexico & Canada. This quartet has been often compared to the "Wayne Shorter Quartet, were each member born in South America" & named after the Puerto Rican Arecibo radio telescope, responsible for the deepest exploration of space mankind has achieved to date.

Donna Grantis Electric Band

The Donna Grantis Electric Band is a psychedelic fusion trio fronted by Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis. Featuring Roger Travassos (drums) and Steve Zsirai (bass), the group recently released their debut album titled Suites. Inspired by artists ranging from Bill Frisell to Billy Cobham and Jeff Beck to Jimi Hendrix, the album is a concept record featuring two suites of original instrumental music named after Donna’s beloved guitars: Elektra and Starla. Check out donnagrantis.com for a free track download.

The Soul Motivators

Finding the right groove means digging deep. With a love of vintage soul and funk, The Soul Motivators have mined their musicality to bring you a fresh revival of a retro sound. Featuring numerous veterans of Toronto's thriving underground funk scene, The Soul Motivators are a 9-piece, 3 horn explosion, whose rough, tough and soulful funk with a hip hop flair motivates people straight to the dance floor. For The Soul Motivators, its all about keeping it real, keeping it right and keeping it tight.

Shannon Graham and the Storytellers

Shannon Graham and the Storytellers are a ten person chamber jazz ensemble who bridge the realms of improvised music, through-composed music and song, merging the styles of large jazz ensemble, modern chamber music, and pop music. With an eclectic instrumentation of voice, strings, saxophone, brass, and jazz rhythm section, the Storytellers are constantly reaching for new textures, ranges of emotion, musical surprise and humor to provoke and delight the listener.

Peripheral Vision

Peripheral Vision is one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. Based in Toronto, the creative leaders of the group are long time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy.

In the Current Jazz Ensemble

The In the Current Jazz Ensemble is a new group intended to showcase original compositions for a unique configuration of instrumentalists. The ensemble was first formed to perform a suite written by Mike Downes as part of his master’s thesis in composition at York University. The group generated much interest in its mere two public performances. With the help of a Toronto Arts Council grant, Mike recently composed new material and is eager to present the group as a professional entity.

Mike Downes (bass/composer/leader)
Colleen Allen (woodwinds)
Kelly Jefferson (saxes)

John Southworth and Andrew Downing

John Southworth is one of Canada’s most distinctive and iconoclastic music artists, respected for forging ahead with his own unique brand of music-making, while garnering high praise for his inimitable contribution. His most recent record, Human Cry, was released on Toronto's Barnyard Records and recorded with The South Seas (Andrew Downing, bass; Justin Haynes, guitar; Jean Martin, drums). Human Cry's supremely crafted, elegiac songs offer rare and intimate illuminations, artfully performed with seasoned precision and grace.

The Thing Is

The Thing Is was formed in 2006 by composer and vocalist Tova Kardonne in Toronto, Canada. With the musicians she met in jazz/fusion workshops at the renowned Humber Jazz program, she formed a band around her unique fusion of jazz with the Balkan and South African influences of her childhood. The unique richness of her sound has attracted guest appearances from some of Toronto’s most acclaimed jazz virtuosi, including Bill McBirnie, Dave Restivo, Ted Quinlan, and Jim Vivian.

Los Amigos Invisibles

For Los Amigos Invisibles, it has been over 60 countries visited, 1 Latin Grammy + 2 Latin Grammy nominations, 3 Grammy (NARAS) nominations, 7 studio albums, 1 live DVD+2CD, 1 record label, 20 years in the music business, and with high hopes to continue to do what they love to do.

Justin Gray

Justin Gray is a rising star acoustic and electric bass player, composer and band leader in the international music scene. His main influences include jazz, North Indian classical and contemporary music.

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