Monday, October 3, 2011

An Evening with the Don Thompson Big Band

A little bird told me - okay, it was actually John De Simini one of our former "Jazzology" guests from U of T there will be a great concert this coming Saturday October 8th.

It features Don Thompson's oevre if I may be so pretentious - both new and old and featuring some of the finest musicians around :

 Don Thompson, Mark Promane, John De Simini, Kelly Jefferson, Andy Ballantyne, Shirantha Beddage, Dan Douglas, R.J. Satchithananthan, Pat Blanchard, Christian Overton, Jason Logue, Steve Crowe, Brian O’Kane, Jon Challoner, Kevin Turcotte, Brian Dickinson, David Occhipinti, Neil Swainson, Barry Romberg.

The concert takes place at 1515 Bathurst Street (near St. Clair station) at St. Michael's College Schools' "Centre for the Arts".

Tickets available at or calling 1-888-222-6606 or at the door - reasonably priced at $24.99 for all that musical goodness...

Also I found out that for those of you feeling especially generous, warm hearted and flush with cash the JPEC (that's Jazz Performance and Education Centre) is hosting a wonderful fundraising evening  Wednesday October 26th at 8 p.m at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, 5040 Yonge Street.

And what a lineup : Heather Bambrick, Jackie Richardson, Denzal Sinclaire, William Carn, Mike Murley, Pat LaBarbera.. under the musical direction of Denny Christiansen, you can get in on the action for a starting donation of $250. Plus, one of our former "Jazzology" guests, Francois Mulder will be singing!! 

 The organization is working on creating a full time jazz performance space and of course promoting jazz music and education in Toronto...both very worthy goals.

On a very rainy Sunday I tried out "Urban Poling" - lots of fun and a great workout in the beautiful High Park - like walking with cross country ski poles. Check it out with instructor Barb Gormley -  Afterwards a few of us met in the Grenadier Restaurant for a warming beverage - what a nice little spot. You can pay as you go or pay for a few classes in advance..I'll be back
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