Below is our schedule for summer 2014. View the schedule for 2013 here.
Thursday, June 12th, 7pm to 9pm - Lemon Bucket Orkestra Primary Sponsor: Mangia e Bevi
From Toronto to New York, Budapest to Berlin, audiences around the world are hailing the Lemon Bucket Orkestra as folk music revolutionaries. Since their birth three years ago, the band has grown from its initial quartet of buskers to a sixteen-piece guerrilla folk force with an army of grass roots followers and mainstream fans at home and abroad.
Those discovering the band for the first time quickly realize that their shows are more than concerts: they're wild, joyful experiences rarely contained by four walls; they're celebrations of tradition and culture expressed with an explosive punk spirit; they're ecstatic street parades that erupt from the collision of nostalgia and imagination.
Thursday, July 3rd, 7pm to 9pm - Wintergarten Orchestra
The Wintergarten Orchestra is a new and exciting 11 piece ensemble dedicated to recreating the great music of the 1920s and 1930s.
Seasoned Toronto musicians perform the classics from the golden age of the pre-swing era. Brash horns, crooning vocals and violins take us back 90 years to the dawn of Jazz.
Thursday, July 10th, 7pm to 9pm - KC Roberts and the Live Revolution
KC Roberts & The Live Revolution (KCLR) are proud purveyors of beautiful vintage music (funk, jazz, rock), with an artistic obligation to shift all that's sacredly funky and soulful into the current phase of popular music (hip-hop, house, electronic, Drum n' Bass). Essentially an original 8-piece funk band, KCLR is well-known for its energized live performances.
Thursday, July 17th, 7pm to 9pm - Bertie and the Gents + FREE SWING DANCE CLASS 6:30pm to 7:00 pm
Bertie's engaging vocals and strong piano combine with the Gents' solid rhythm section and energetic horns. Bertie & The Gents put their own spin on Ellington classics, blues grooves and New Orleans traditional jazz favourites. Musical fun and frolic that's perfect for dancers and listeners alike! Roberta 'Bertie' Hunt – vocals, piano. The Gents: Toby Hughes – vocals, saxophone, Manfred Koch – trombone, Jack Zorawski – bass and Glenn Anderson – drums.
Thursday, July 24th, 7pm to 9pm - Nostalgia Chamber Ensemble
A chamber ensemble playing light classical pieces with arrangements of songs from operas, old musicals, and old songbooks.
Thursday, August 7th, 7pm to 9pm - Patrick Tevlin Blues Band + FREE BLUES DANCE CLASS 6:30 pm to 7:00pm
The Patrick Tevlin Blues Band is a quartet of trumpet, electric guitar, bass and drums, playing classic New Orleans Blues and R&B. Boogie. Real. Slow. To tunes by the likes of Fats Domino and Ray Charles.
Thursday, August 14th, 7pm to 9pm - MALOO (Maylee Todd)
Maylee Todd is a dynamic and multi-faceted artist, based in Toronto. Her creativity derives its inspiration from a wide range of artistic disciplines: songwriting, production, film, performance art, and design. Maylee's music combines organic and electronic forms, including elements of boogie, bossa, space funk, psychedelia and soul. She is truly a free spirit who brings all of these seemingly disparate influences into honest, soulful, harmonious yet uncompromising vibrations.
Thursday, August 21st, 7pm to 9pm - Union Duke Primary Sponsor: C'est What?
The three original members, Matt, Ethan, and Jim, were drawn together by their teenage hooliganism, skipping class to play music on battered instruments in an old workshop basement. It wasn't long before they were sneaking into bars around the Toronto circuit to play shows at the age of 13. They picked up Will and Rob, natives of Port Hope and Red Deer respectively, and since then their rough and rowdy dynamic has continued to thrive, on and off the stage.
Union Duke has played alongside Elliot Brood and have a number of festivals under their belt including Mariposa Folk Festival, NXNE, Burlington Sound of Music, Lupercalia, Halifax Urban Folk Festival, Bloor Ossington Folk Festival, Fred Eaglesmith Picnic, and Pitter-Patter. Since then, they have been working hard on their latest album. Recorded in a shotgun shack secluded on the shores of Lake Ontario, Bandits & Bridges captures the voracious energy and unrefined, unrestrained performance that encompasses their live show.
Union Duke are five guys, 24 beers, and a half-ton truckload of foot stomping folk rock.