Entertainment Beat

The Kingston Road Village Concert Series presents A Romantic Valentine’s Eve with Amanda Martinez on Friday, Feb 13.

Amanda Martinez
Amanda Martinez

Martinez is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter who combines flamenco soul with her Mexican and South African heritage. She’s been nominated several times for Latin Jazz Performer of the Year, headlined the legendary Blue Note jazz club, and performed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup festivities in South Africa. She is co-chair of the PanAm 2015 Ignite program, and will put on a series of countdown concerts leading up to the games.

Not content to sizzle as a singer, Martinez is also a radio host – she launched the JazzFM 91 Latin Jazz program – as well as a television personality (BRAVO Arts & Minds, Star TV!) and actor (Regenesis and Disney’s Life With Derek).

If that weren’t enough, Martinez is also an ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that helps abandoned and orphaned siblings stay together around the world.

A Romantic Valentine’s Eve with Amanda Martinez takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 at Kingston Road United Church, 575 Kingston Rd. Tickets are $20, with no charge for children 12 and under, and are available from eventbrite.ca.

 

While he may be known to Beach Metro News readers as a regular legal columnist, Martin Gladstone was a performing musician before ever attending law school. Over the past decade he and partner Frank Caruso have performed at local clubs, parties, and fundraisers as Martin and Frank.

For the occasion of this year’s Winterfolk festival, Caruso will adopt the Gladstone name, and the duo will be joined by Bonnie Gladstone and Marci Gladstone-Jameson (and possibly more Gladstones – Martin’s brother Brian is both a well-known musician and founding organizer of Winterfolk). The Fabulous Gladstones will appear at the Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave., at 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14.

Brian Gladstone has released numerous albums over the course of his 35-year career as a musician, producer, festival director, and activist. He will appear several times throughout the festival, both solo and with other artists. Check winterfolk.com for the full schedule.

Clela Errington will also be performing alongside her daughter Jocelyn Barth as part of an emerging artist showcase at Dora Keogh.

Errington didn’t release her first album until the age of 43, when she distilled five years of performing on the East Coast into the first of four collections of songs, the latest called More Love and Happiness. The album features Barth on several tracks, and was produced by Juno-winner Alec Fraser, bass player for the late Jeff Healey.

Errington and Barth hit the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 at Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., just east of Broadview.

 

Jazzy Sundays continue at Morgan’s on the Danforth.

On Sunday, Feb. 15, Heidi Lange will be backed by Mark Kieswetter and Ross MacIntyre. On Sunday, Feb. 22, Lisa Particelli’s ‘Girls Night Out’ jazz jam – where gentlemen are welcome too – will be on stage.

Jazzy Sundays run from 2 to 5 p.m. most Sundays at Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave. just east of the Greenwood subway station.

Bowmore Rocks will take over the Royal Canadian Legion at 243 Coxwell Ave. on the evening of Valentine’s Day, from 8 p.m. until last call.

The fundraiser will raise money to improve the kindergarten play area, and will feature music by DJ Malik, DJ Dual, and DJ Wiz.

Admission is $15. To arrange tickets email bowmorerocks@gmail.com.

 

Julian Taylor will headline the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern with his full band for a special Valentine’s Day performance on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Julian Taylor
Julian Taylor

Response to the band’s recently released Tech Noir has been strong, with the album charting and getting rotation on CBC, as well as songs being placed in several TV shows.

Building on the idea behind the hit single of the same name, Taylor has initiated the Be Good to Your Woman challenge (begoodtoyourwoman.com) as his and his bandmates’ way of speaking out against violence directed at women.

While the plan was already in place to donate a portion of album sales to shelters and organizations that help abused women, Taylor and drummer Jeremy Elliot wanted to do more, and the challenge was born. People are encouraged to film their own video explaining what it means to be good to your woman and upload it at the website.

The Julian Taylor Band plays at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., on Saturday, Feb. 14, with openers are Emma Lee and Biopic. Doors open at 9 p.m. and Taylor and the band hit the stage at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door, in advance from the front bar at the Horseshoe, or at ticketfly.com.

For those unable or unwilling to cross the great divide of the Don River, Taylor will also be playing a solo acoustic set as part of Winterfolk. He’ll be on stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 at Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.

 

The best jazz players in town continue to flock to the Salty Dog Bar and Grill every Tuesday for no-cover jazz sessions led by drummer Greg Pilo.

Greg Pilo
Greg Pilo

Tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 10, Pilo will be joined by Mark Kieswetter on piano, Ryan Oliver on saxophone, and Ross MacIntyre on bass.

On Tuesday February 17, the band will be Pilo on drums, with Perry White on saxophone, George Koller on bass, and Robi Botos on piano

The Salty Dog is at 1980 Queen St. E. Jazz nights run from 7 to 10 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

 

Café Chez Hélène continues to offer live music in Birch Cliff Village.

Every Wednesday is Chez Hélène’s Bilingual Salon, an open mic night in French and English starting at 8 p.m. Hosts are Michael Moesh, Jade, and Hélène.

On Valentine’s Day, songstress Adrianna Galic will play as part of a special jazz dinner and show evening for both couples and singles. The evening gets underway at 7 p.m. with cheese fondue and a surprise menu inspired by the Intercourses cookbook. Tickets are $40 and must be reserved in advance.

On Feb. 21, singer-songwriter Sandra Frieser will perform at 7 p.m., with a suggested donation of $10.

Jazz pianist and composer Conrad Gayle will perform on Feb. 28. Gayle is inspired by the legacy of artists like Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk. He has released three albums, with a fourth coming soon. The show gets underway at 7 p.m. The $10 admission ($12 at the door) includes coffee or tea and a treat, or a specialty drink.


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