Top Shelf Comedy is a new comedy show right here in the Beach. The first show took place Aug. 17 – too late for us to cover or promote it. But the next show is happening Sept. 21, at 8:30 p.m. at St. Louis Bar and Grill, 1963 Queen St. E.
The brainchild of local comedian Brian Ward, Top Shelf Comedy will be bringing top names in Canadian comedy, as well as up-and-coming comedians, to local audiences who until now have had to travel downtown to hear great stand-up.
The Sept. 21 show will feature Ali Hassan, whose comedy resume includes Yuk Yuk’s, Absolute Comedy, and Just For Laughs, as well as comedy clubs across North America and abroad. You can find out more about Ali at standupali.com.
Other guests for the evening include Travis Albers, Alex Pavone and Jesse Owens, all veterans of Yuk Yuk’s. Currently Ward is hoping to make Top Shelf Comedy a monthly event, but with good support from Beachers, it could play more regularly. There is no cover charge. For more information visit facebook.com/topshelfcomedy.
Beach novelist Cordelia Strube, whose previous works include Lemon, Planet Reese, Blind Night and The Barking Dog, has just finished her latest called Milosz. The official launch is not until Oct. 4, but she will be reading from Milosz at the Taylor Memorial Library, 1440 Kingston Rd., tonight (Sept. 11) at 7 p.m. The reading is free as part of the Toronto Public Library’s Eh! Series.
Strube will also be participating in Word on the Street, Sept. 23, at 3:15 p.m., in the Great Books Marquee. This is also a free event.
The Toronto Star called Milosz a novel “about an actor named Milo whose life is falling apart in a spectacular yet familiar way.” If you are a fan of Cordelia Strube’s quirky writing, you will be eager to read her latest.
Linda Lonseth is the Vocal Director of The Beach Vocal Jazz, a new ensemble that welcomes all lovers of jazz to come sing jazz standards and world music selections. It’s free…and it should be fun! Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening, from 8 to 9 p.m., at The Record Vault, 2156 Queen St. E., beginning Sept. 18. No registration is required.
If you are a more serious singer and would like a kick in the vocal chords, Lonseth is offering unique singing classes at the same venue, in the hour before the Beach Vocal Jazz get-together. Linda has a Masters of Music along with her Bachelor of Education, and will be using this hour “to incorporate powerful energy techniques so singers can get over their blocks, and relieve the stresses of life!”
There are 10 sessions planned. For more information, or to register for the classes, call Linda Lonseth at 416-693-9009, or visit singyourheartopen.com.
Acoustic Harvest presents Toronto-based singer/songwriter Anne Walker, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m., at the regular venue in St. Nicholas Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. east of Warden.
Walker’s hauntingly strong voice has been compared to that of Anne Murray, and her well-crafted lyrics have a strong resonance with listeners. She began her performing career in the 1980s playing in coffee houses and festivals. Her second recording, Over My Shoulder, was produced by Tony Quarrington. Labyrinth, her latest CD, marks a comeback of sorts, and includes accompaniment by John Sheard, Paul Mills, David Woodhead and Jason Crowler. For more information visit annewalker.ca.
Tickets for Anne Walker are $22 for adults, and $20 for seniors and students, and are available at the door, or by calling 416-264-2235. For more information on this and upcoming concerts visit acousticharvest.ca.
The Toronto Beach Chorale is participating in Culture Days, “a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.”
The popular choral group, under the direction of Conductor Mervin Fick, will be holding an open rehearsal on Sept. 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kingston Road United Church.
This will be an opportunity to practise vocal techniques along with the choir, be instructed and coached by the conductor, and perform with the Toronto Beach Chorale in a short piece in a later concert. Registrations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the choir visit torontobeachchorale.com.
Culture Days is a three-day event offering participants more than 7,000 cultural experiences across Canada. It takes place Sept. 28 to 30. For more information, visit culturedays.ca.
Jazz at Bluffers Park is back. Enjoy this popular Sunday lunch and jazz concert Sept. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bluffers Restaurant, 7 Brimley Rd. S. You can enjoy an elegant hot lunch while taking in great danceable jazz by Jim John’s Swing Shift Little Big Band, who sold out the event in the spring.
Tickets for Jazz at Bluffers Park are $39.50 (incl. HST and gratuity), and can be purchased at Bluffers Restaurant, the Valu Mart Store at 123 Guildwood Pkwy., by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 416-805-1283.