Haskell has been earning rave reviews for both her debut album, 10, 2 & 6, and for her live performances, which leave many wondering how a Chatham, Ontario native can channel the soul of gospel, roots and Motown artists of years past.
Gulley, who produced Haskell’s debut recording in Nashville, will perform with her. His career as a producer, songwriter and guitarist ranges over two decades, and includes multiple top 40 singles, SOCAN and CCMA awards and a Juno nomination. He’s written for and performed with artists including Michelle Wright, John Landry, Gil Grand, Beverley Mahood and many more.
Husband and wife duo Kelly and Michael Authier – pronounced, not entirely surprisingly, “oh chay” – have been building a reputation as engaging performers with an entertaining stage show. Kelly’s wide-ranging vocals and piano and organ skills are backed up by Michael’s percussion, guitar and vocals. The couple, from Port Alma, previously performed as The Kelly Authier Duo and Bill ’n’ Sugar.
Beach jazz musician Greg Pilo has been drumming for decades, including biweekly jazz nights at the Salty Dog featuring a revolving cast of stellar players.
On Sept. 30, Pilo will celebrate the release of his album About Time, joined by Pat LaBarbera on saxophone, Ted Quinlan on guitar, and George Koller on bass. Copies of the album will be available, and admission is free.
About Time includes seven tunes performed by Pilo, Quinlan and Koller, with LaBarbera on sax for two tracks, and Bob Brough covering saxophone duties for the remaining five tracks.
Songs include standards such as My Favourite Things and My Funny Valentine, alongside two tunes written by Koller: Compassion Blues and Way After Midnight. Pilo must have found his calling behind the kit, as the back cover of the CD features a signed photo of a young Greg Pilo with the legendary jazz drummer Gene Krupa.
The Salty Dog is at 1980 Queen St. E., and the show will run from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30.
The Toronto Beach Chorale is inviting budding vocalists to sing with them. The chorale will take part in Canada’s Culture Days celebration with a free working rehearsal for anyone interesting in stretching their vocal chords in a choir setting.
The well-known East End choir will share their passion for vocal music by offering this chance for a behind the scenes experience at a rehearsal. Conductor Mervin William Fick will guide participants through techniques and exercises, ending with a short performance of a piece from an upcoming concert.
The rehearsal will run from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scarborough Players present Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon.
Brighton Beach is Simon’s autobiographical play about 15 year-old Eugene Morris Jerome’s escapades while growing up in Depression-era Brooklyn. Eugene’s attentions are newly focused on his attractive cousin Nora, distracting from his long-term goals of becoming a baseball player or comedy writer.
Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first of four productions in the East End theatre group’s 56th season. One of the longest running community theatre groups in the country, Scarborough Players, which includes members from the Beach, Birch Cliff, and Cliffside areas, will offer its traditional opening night wine and cheese reception event on Friday, Oct. 3. The post-show refreshments and mixer with cast and crew are included in the regular ticket price ($20, $17 for seniors and students). The Thursday, Oct. 16 performance will conclude with an audience talk-back session, an informal chat with cast and crew after the performance.
Brighton Beach Memoirs starts at 8 p.m. on Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 12. Performances are held at the Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. at Markham Road. For more information call 416-267-9292.
Lica began singing along to her father’s jazz collection at age six, and has gone on to collaborate with Dave Young, Peter Appleyard, Joe Sealy and the Brian Barlow Big Band. Her debut album, That’s What I Do, was released with a live to air concert on 91.1 Jazz FM.
Sealy has produced, composed, and performed as well as working as a radio broadcaster. He has performed with Blood Sweat and Tears, Joe Williams, Milt Jackson, Veronica Tennant and others, and has released five albums as a jazz duo with Novotny. He also runs Triplet Records with Novotny and hosts a weekly show on Jazz FM.
Novotny is a successful composer and audio engineer for television, working on shows for CBC, HGTV, CMT and others. He composed the theme music for CBC’s National News, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos and News Now, as well as numerous commercials. He also teaches music at Humber College.
Beach Jazz and Reflection runs from 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., just north of Queen Street East. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be collected.
The multicultural lineup of Payadora consists of Argentinian Alberto Munarriz on bass, American Rebekah Wolkstein on violin, Canadian Tom King on piano and Serbian Branko Džinovic on accordion. The technically proficient quartet performs their own arrangements of tunes from traditional and modern composers, including De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, Salgan and Piazzolla.
While the Toronto-based musicians are accomplished and take part in wildly diverse projects, their performances retain the passion inherent in the tango form. To hear Payadora, visit soundcloud.com/payadora-toronto or payadora.com.