Concert for Suyun: 3rd Annual Fundraiser (ft. Vincent Herring, Pat Labarbera, Byunggul Jung, Neil Swainson, Derek Gray & special guests)




DECEMBER 2 & 3, 2015

9:30 PM




Vincent Herring - alto/soprano sax

Pat Labarbera - tenor/soprano sax

Byunggul Jung - piano

Neil Swainson - bass

Derek Gray - drums

& special guests!


*A portion of the proceeds will be donated towards the Suyun Kim Memorial Scholarship at Humber College.

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3.5X Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations

Official 2015 Nominations (

Monsoon "Mandala" (

- Instrumental Group of the Year

- World Group of the Year

Ventanas "Arrelumbe" (

- World Group of the Year

- Traditional Singer of the Year (Tamar Ilana for "Arrelumbre" - that's the +0.5)


Oodles of New Music!!! Ventanas + Gray Matter + Crooked House Road!!!

Exciting news, Ventanas is celebrating the release of “Arrelumbre” at the Aga Khan Museum this Friday, June 5th! Lead by Tamar Ilana, Ventanas unites Flamenco with the music of Morocco, Macedonia, Greek, and the Middle East. I joined the band for a cross-country tour last summer (Vancouver Folk Festival, Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke, Summerfolk) – we recorded Arrelumbre ("Shine" in Spanish ) in the Fall. Justin joined us for that recording session, and he'll be with the band again for the CD Release concert (along with special guests percussionist Waleed Abdulhamid and Flamenco dancer Ilse Gudiño)! We're all very proud of “Arrelumbre” – can’t wait to celebrate this Friday! If you’re looking for something fun for Friday, invite a friend to the “Arrelumbre” CD Release (use the special promo code "Darbouka" for 10% off) – and then join us for the after-party :)​

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Watch “Primavera”:
Tamar Ilana (Lead Vocals), Demetrios Petsalakis (Oud/Baglamas/Rik), Jessica Deutsch (Violin/Viola), Ben Barille (Guitar), Dennis Duffin (Guitar), Justin Gray (Acoustic/Electric Bass), Derek Gray (Cajon/Doumbek) with special guests: Ilse Gudiño (Flamenco Dance) & Waleed Abdulhamid (Percussion)

Also, Justin and I are please to announce - our first combined effort, Footsteps, is now available on iTunes! If you haven’t yet grabbed a copy – you can download the full album online! Footsteps is also available on Bandcamp. Or if you'd prefer a hardcopy, please shoot Justin or I an email and we’ll put one in the mail for you.
Footsteps has been getting rave reviews (Ottawa Citizen, New Canadian Music) and steady radio play (Jazz FM 91.1, 11 weeks on the Earshot National Jazz Charts). We’d like to thank everyone who helped make Gray Matter's CD Release Tour a huge success! The musicians: Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Eli Bennett (sax), Todd Pentney (organ), Jill Harris (vocals), Lalo (rap), Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes (spoken word), Luis Orbegoso (congas), Kelly Lefaive (violin), Eli Bender (cello), Thomas Francis (string arrangement), and Patrick O'Reilly (vocal sampling) – as well as the incredible production team: Jeremy Darby (recording & mixing), David Travers-Smith (mastering), Scott McLean (album artwork), and Mike Fisher (video/photos). Info about the music: 

The Crooked House Road album is also available all over the internet. Buy it on iTunesBandcamp or, better yet, directly from the band:

Shaina Silver-Baird (vocals), Mirian Kay (vocals, guitar), Tom Mifflin (guitar), Joshua Skye Engel (additional guitar), Gram Whitty (bass), Yours Truly (drums) with producer Ken Whiteley.



Jaron Freeman-Fox - Home Routes Duo Tour (Saskatchewan/Manitoba)

Hitting the road for a two-week Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous tour! Dates below, then finishing it off at Vangelis Tavern in Saskatoon.

Excited to be digging into the drum+fiddle duo concept. If you know anyone in these particular sticks, who might dig this music, send them our way!

Apr 9 - Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, SK
Apr 10 - Swan River, MB
Apr 11 - The Pas, MB
Apr 12 - Thompson, MB
Apr 14/15 - Flin Flon, MB
Apr 16 - Cranberry Portage, MB
Apr 17 - Melfort, SK
Apr 18 - Napatak, SK
Apr 19 - Prince Albert, SK
Apr 20 - Saskatoon, SK

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CHR for Women - Benefit Concert for Sistering


Last Thursday morning, walking near my place at Ossington & Bloor, I met a woman with an empty glaze in her eyes; she wasn’t wearing much more than a worn-out coat – rather ill equipped for winter in Toronto.

“‘Scuse me, sir. Do you know where Sistering is?”
“I don’t. … But I can help you find it.” 
“Thanks. I haven’t slept in 36 hours - I’m in rough shape.”

We looked it up on my phone. Turns out, she was close – Sistering: A Woman's Place is just two blocks west of Ossington - 962 Bloor St. West. I showed her to the door, she went into a safe place with a hot breakfast.

‪#‎CHRforWomen‬ Part II - Thursday (March 26) at 3030 - in support of Sistering - the March instalment of the series in support of local charities focused on aiding women struggling against poverty and violence. Since 1990, Sistering ( has been providing a variety of essential services to homeless and marginalized women.‪#‎DonateWhatYouCan‬

21:30 – Simeon Ross (
22:00 – Crooked House Road (‪#‎YoursTrulyOnDrums‬
23:00 – Heavyweights Brass Band (

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*If you can’t be there tomorrow, but would still like to make a donation, contact Josh Sullovey or Sistering (416-926-9762 -

Sistering “provides basic services to women who are homeless, underhoused, low income or marginalized and are looking for a safe and welcoming place to go during the day. In a welcoming, non-judgmental environment women can access much-needed supports. Sistering serves a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse population in a positive environment through shared commitment to principles of equity and access.”

Next month: #CHRforWomen Part III - April 26 - THE STOP COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE ( feat. Georgian Bay ( & Horsey Craze!! (Will Kidman & Dallas Wehrle of Constantines and Justin Small of Do Make Say Think (official)...vintage Neil Young/Crazy Horse songs).