Friday Night Live: Mardi Gras

Fri Jun 21 7:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$17 adults*, $15.50 students/seniors*, $5 ROM members* *Taxes not included
Ticket Information: 

7:00-11:30pm Currelly Gallery DJ L’Oquenz
9:30-10:15pm Currelly Gallery Heavyweights Brass Band
7:00-11:30pm Bronfman Hall DJ Agile
8:30-9:00pm Bronfman Hall Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats
8:00 &10:30pm Eaton Court Tap Dance w/ Allison Toffan
8:00-10:30pm Teck Gallery Steel pan w/ Gareth Burgess Trio
7:00-11:30pm Live in c5 DJ Medicineman
9:00 & 10:00pm Live in c5 Scarlett LaFlamme Burlesque

The Heavyweight's are a meeting of five of Canada's finest up and coming musicians. With collective experience as sidemen in almost every facet of Toronto's very diverse music scene, they formed The Heavyweights to bring you the funkiest brand of feel-good New Orleans inspired Jazz. As likely to play a neo-soul tune as a jazz standard, Caribbean rhythms as well as second line drum grooves, the group approaches this music through a modern lens with heaping portions of heart and soul.

John Pittman - Trumpet
Paul Metcalfe - Tenor Saxophone
Christopher Butcher - Trombone
Tom Richards - Sousaphone
Lowell Whitty - Drums

Vocals/ Leader: Justin Time recording artist Alex Pangman has been called "Canada's sweetheart of swing." Her JUNO nominated recent album "New" pays homage to the songs of the 1930s, ably proving the music is still relevant & alive. Her style has all the vivacity and steppin' out glee of the Jazz Age & with a voice all her own, you'll hear influences of Kay Starr, a young Ella Fitzgerald, and Ruth Etting. Pangman has worked with Bucky and John Pizarelli, Denzal Sinclaire, Ron Sexsmith, Jim Galloway, and Jeff Healey.

Piano: Peter Hill can be considered "a singer's best friend". He's been working with Alex Pangman for a decade, as well as supporting Laura Hubert, Girls Night Out, and being the steady on-call pianist on the Toronto trad scene. His own Quintet CD "For Now" got rave reviews.

Drums: Glenn Anderson is a scene maker. The perpetually busy drummer cites Buddy Rich & Gene Krupa as influences, whilst bringing his own "Anderson flair" to the kit. The flair has kept him steadily on stage with Pangman, Big Rude Jake, Red Hot Ramble, and a heaping handful of the best trad bands around. His own CD, "Swingin' The Blues" came out in 2003.

Bass: Christopher Banks is a graduate of Mohawk College, and a much in demand jazz bassist. "International Banks" has worked from Dubai to Seoul, Victoria to St. Johns: and has held a spot with Pangman for five years. Always the comedian, it's no joke to say that his playing is solid.

Cornet: John Macleod is a JUNO winning cornet and flugelhorn player. His distinctive style has been brewing since he began studying trumpet at age 12 in Toronto, and becoming an aficionado of New Orleans, Chicago and swing styles of the music. He has played in the Boss Brass, and is a professor at Humber College (where he himself studied), arranger, and band leader of his own Rex Hotel Orchestra.

Saxophone: John MacMurchy is a woodwind specialist who has played with a check list of jazz luminaries including Cleo Laine, Peter Appleyard, Warren Vache, Guido Basso, as well as being in demand as a sideman on the Toronto scene.

Photo By: Vincent Lions

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A creative mastermind are the words that can be used to describe Toronto’s Agile. A DJ, producer and songwriter; his style is as diverse as the city he rep- resents. His proven ability to captivate a crowd has made him one of the country’s most sought after DJ’s earning the notoriety to play across Canada, the U.S and the Caribbean. As a producer Agile has worked alongside power players NaS, Melanie Fiona, Dwele, Kardinal Offishall, Method Man, Jully Black, Ivana Santilli and Glenn Lewis to name a few.
Agile’s success is unprecedented. He is a Stylus DJ Award winner, NXNE Rising Star Award winner, five-time Juno nominee and a five-time MuchMusic Video Award nominee. He is a member of the hip-hop super groups Brass- Munk and Big Black Lincoln where he acts as DJ & producer.

Agile can skillfully hold down any party. As soon as he hits the 1’s and 2’s you are instantly taken on a musical journey from hip-‐hop, r&b, nu soul, top 40, to house, rock and reggae. His corporate clients include Apple Canada, Nike and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). He is on his way to becom- ing the official DJ for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they have booked him 2nd year in a row for their "Rivalry Series". Agile was also the official DJ for the 2008 Major League Soccer All-‐Star Game Pre Show and Halftime DJ featur- ing international recording artist Estelle.

Consistently sharing his love of music, Agile has gained worldwide attention with his series of mix-‐tapes which he uses as an outlet to expose under exposed music. He is the recipient of the 2009 Stylus DJ Award Mix tape of the Year award for “Toronto Love Jay,” a tribute to the late J. Dilla.

At present, Agile continues to party rock everywhere including his residences in Toronto with his parties – The Main Ingredient, P.P.T. and MORE. Passionate and determined, Agile is a perfectionist at his craft. His musicality transcends all borders making him ready to take on the world.

Scarlett LaFlamme, Toronto's Blazing Bombshell, is the producer of creative, large-scale, themed burlesque shows. Her long-running signature themes include Bad Girls of History and Canada's first and only annual Game of Thrones burlesque tribute. Her productions have been written up by the BBC and featured at two sold-out Friday Night Live shows (Bad Girls of History in 2017 and Monsters in 2018). As a performer, Scarlett's many credits include the Great Burlesque Exposition of Boston and the Toronto Burlesque Festival. She brings creative, sensual storytelling to burlesque numbers ranging from the dramatic to the ridiculous.

Gareth has been playing the steel pans for over 15 years and is currently enrolled in the Music Faculty at York University, Toronto in the Jazz Program, having given up a basketball scholarship in the US to pursue a career in music. Since participating in the relentless jazz ensemble playing in the York program over the last couple years, he has developed into one of the finest jazz soloists in the city, with a refined technique reminiscent of Northern Illinois university’s Liam Teague. He has played in three of Toronto’s top steelbands: Silhouettes, Panatics, and Earl La Pierre’s famed Afropan. This has given him the opportunity to work with some of the best arrangers in the city. Gareth teaches steelband classes at two high schools in the Greater Toronto Area. His father Lindy Burgess, who leads the Toronto chapter of the La Petite Musicale Choir, also teaches a steelband ensemble class at the York U. Faculty of Music. Gareth plays drums with that student band at York and coaches the ensemble students as a Teaching Assistant in the Faculty.

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