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Jun
3
Fri
2022
Nick Maclean Quartet featuring Brownman Ali
Jun 3 @ 6:00 PM
Nick Maclean Quartet featuring Brownman Ali @ Old Church Theatre
 

This contemplative and often thrilling quartet’s explorations of modern, original repertoire is led by a fast-rising star in Toronto’s jazz piano community, 29 year old NICK MACLEAN.


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  Formed in 2016, Maclean’s foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history.

Repeatedly regarded as a modern take on the ferocious and hard-swinging post-bop era, the group is frequently lauded for the strength of their collective improvisatory vision and features one of Canada’s most provocative improvising trumpet-playing iconoclasts Brownman Ali, standing shoulder to shoulder with Maclean & two of Toronto’s top-tier rhythm section 20-somethings: Ben Duff on bass (in for Jesse Dietschi) and Jacob Wutzke on drums. The synergy of the 4 is always palpable in concert.

The group has toured across Canada as well as internationally and has been featured in numerous festivals and concert series including the Regina Jazz Society, the Altrincham Jazz Festival, and multiple appearances at the Toronto Jazz Festival both as a featured ensemble and an often requested backing band. In addition to their original material, the ensemble has also mounted several popular tribute series to jazz masters including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry & Cole Porter.

The quartet’s debut 11-track full-length album “Rites Of Ascension” features 6 Maclean-penned compositions, 1 Brownman original and 4 re-imagined Herbie Hancock classics, all recorded at the renowned Canterbury Studios in Toronto.  Produced by Brownman Ali, this new disk was released on October 31st, 2017 and was nominated for CJSF’s ‘2018 Julian Award of Excellence’, it won a ‘Gold’ Global Music Award in the ‘jazz’, ‘band’, and ‘album’ categories, and was featured as one of the Global Music Awards’ ‘Top 5 Albums of Spring 2018’. The group is hard at work on their next studio album slated for release on Browntasauras Records in winter 2023.

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Jun
4
Sat
2022
Simon Kempston
Jun 4 @ 6:00 PM
Simon Kempston @ Old Church Theatre
 Simon Kempston is ‘one of Scotland’s very best songwriters’ (The Sunday Herald), a composer and leading fingerstyle guitarist based in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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There are very few artists who manage to create a sound on an acoustic guitar which is distinctive, instantly recognisable.  Simon’s complex finger-picking style, which draws from the disparate genres of classical, celtic and blues (amongst others) confirms he is certainly one such artist, his subtle style providing the perfect accompaniment for his rich, powerful and compelling tenor vocals.
 
His outstanding songs showcase thought-provoking, inspiring poetic lyrics which often sidestep the usual themes of love and attraction, in favour of offering crucial, important political and social commentary.  Fascinations with architecture, travel and English literature have all informed his impressive lyrical style, words which can stand alone as poetry in their own right apart from the music.
 
Live performances are well-known for their intensity, Simon’s true passion for music and songs shine through in his critically acclaimed shows.  With more than a decade of international touring behind him in 31 European countries, Siberian Russia, Uzbekistan (the first Scottish artist to do so), Canada (6 tours) and New Zealand, he has performed at a countless number of esteemed venues, festivals, and on a plethora of international radio and television stations.
Simon’s latest album (his eigth as a singer-songwriter), saw him reignite his relationship with Ian McCalman as producer and it is his most honest, direct and heartfelt collection of songs yet, the perfect companion piece for these troubled times.   ‘Hand On My Heart’, released in late 2020, showcases his sheer talent for songwriting of the highest order, winning him frequent comparisons to amongst others, Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Bert Jansch (view Simon’s contribution to the official ‘For Bert’ project here).
 
Never one to follow expectations, only his prolific, creative muse, in early 2020 Simon released his fourth guitar instrumental album, a four-part suite for solo acoustic guitar entitled ‘In Gratitude of Solitude’.  Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted music to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.
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Jun
5
Sun
2022
Tragedy Ann and Basset
Jun 5 @ 6:00 PM

Tragedy Ann and Basset, a pair of Ontario-based folk duos, are emerging from the pandemic together to facilitate intimate musical gatherings between Ontario and the Maritimes.


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They will be intertwining their songs to present a harmony-ridden night of storytelling, transporting listeners to beekeeper’s fields, haunted second-hand store basements, the shores of the Adriatic sea, and to their hometown communities. Tragedy Ann and Basset’s music answers the call for deeper connection with each other and with the natural world.

Presenting new music recorded during a time of isolation, these concerts will be celebrations of resilience, vulnerability, and community.

To learn more about these bands, visit their websites:    Tragedy Ann and Basset

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Jun
8
Wed
2022
Open Mic
Jun 8 @ 6:00 PM
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Come join us for Open Mic outdoors on the patio, Wednesdays at the Old Church Theatre.

Sign up when you arrive if you want to play or just come out to listen and support local talent.

We are open at 5pm to serve you your favourite beverages from the bar and take orders for our wood-fired pizza.

Music starts at 6PM with our host Rick Zimmerman and sound tech Dave Cotterell. 

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Jun
10
Fri
2022
Shannon Linton
Jun 10 @ 6:00 PM
Shannon Linton @ Old Church Theatre

Shannon Linton is a Canadian singer-songwriter, classically trained vocalist, and music educator.


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After narrowly avoiding a career in opera, she rediscovered her passion for popular music and began performing and recording her own songs, first with Northern Hearts (2019 CBC Searchlight Top 100) and now as a solo artist.

Shannon’s debut EP, In Spite of Everything, will be released Spring 2022. She has invited a dream team – multi-instrumentalist Saskia Tomkins and the velvet-voiced Whitney O’Hearn – to join her for a series of shows across southern Ontario to celebrate the release.

You can listen to Shannon’s music at https://shannonlinton.bandcamp.com/ or wherever you stream music and follow her on Instagram or Facebook @shannonlintonmusic.

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Jun
11
Sat
2022
Tom Savage – CD Release Concert
Jun 11 @ 6:00 PM
Tom Savage - CD Release Concert @ Old Church Theatre

We’re happy to be holding the Quinte region  CD Release concert with Tom Savage and the Savage Family Band!


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Tom Savage has been making critically acclaimed music for over 20 years, but when the pandemic arrived it essentially brought him back to the beginning. Holed up at home, he began piecing together a new collection of songs much like he did when he first acquired a four-track cassette recorder as a teenager.
However, through the benefits of digital technology, Savage could now send his multi-instrumental parts to his trusted rhythm section, bassist Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco, Ron Sexsmith) and drummer Bonz Bowering, resulting in 21st Century Lo-Fi, Savage’s most diverse album to date.
“This record has a different feel than my previous albums, largely due to the circumstances under which it was recorded,” he says. “I made use of virtual instruments—Midi, synths—to achieve the sound I was looking for, and I feel this record is the closest I’ve gotten to what I hear in my head. A benefit of the pandemic was the opportunity to focus my whole attention on this project, because in normal times, the recording process would be broken up with tour dates, and other business distractions.”
Indeed, Savage greatly expands upon his familiar roots-based sound throughout 21st Century Lo-Fi, as evidenced by “Down Here,” on which he offers a rapid-fire indictment of economic disparity overtop a pulsing beat.
“That song focuses on what I believe is a major issue we are currently facing in our society, and something that has really bubbled to the surface during the pandemic,” he says. “I am a big proponent of universal basic income and wealth taxes to right the capitalist ship that has gotten even more askew over these past two years.”
Although like most singer/songwriters, Savage cites Neil Young as a primary inspiration for the fearless trust he’s always placed in his audience to follow him wherever the music led, Savage is likely to attract many brand new ears because of 21st Century Lo-Fi’s sonic exploration. As an album that ignores any preconceived notions, it’s the pure expression of an artist taking stock of his surroundings with an unflinching eye.
 
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Jun
12
Sun
2022
Kate Weekes
Jun 12 @ 6:00 PM
Kate Weekes @ Old Church Theatre

Kate will bring her trio to the Old Church with James Stephens on fiddle and mandolin and Brian Sanderson on the sousaphone


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All albums are travelogues of sorts, deep dives into foreign (sometimes familiar) worlds undertaken with little more than a guitar, a notebook, and an unquenchable desire to explore. Few artistic journeys have been as expansive as the one mounted by Kate Weekes as she assembled ‘Taken by Surprise’, recorded in 2019 with James Stephens in Chelsea, QC. This dazzling third solo album charts a tumultuous period in Weekes’s life; her first album to fearlessly chronicle not just the physical landscape around her but also the emotional one within.
 
Now based in Wakefield, Quebec after nearly a decade spent immersed in the Yukon’s vibrant music scene, Weekes drew on an astonishing array of experiences including dog mushing-for-hire in Norway, touring China with a swing band, canoeing from Whitehorse to Dawson City and, notably, several intense personal relationships to write these by turns mournful and joyous songs.
 
That unique backstory explains why a one-genre description simply cannot capture the album’s musical scope. It’s more like: eclectic, lyrical, vocally propelled folk/pop with subtle jazz underpinnings buoyed by everything from organ to flugelhorn to trumpet. Indeed, you might say ‘Taken by Surprise’ is the ultimate sonic scrapbook of a bold life lived to the fullest.
 
Kate will bring her trio to the Old Church with James Stephens on fiddle and mandolin and Brian Sanderson on the sousaphone.   
 
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