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May 31, 2004
Artist Backgrounders: Canada Day, Tasty Thursdays, Sunday Serenades
  
Tasty Thursdays, Nathan Phillips Square, Thursday, July 22, noon to 2 p.m.

The Bebop Cowboys developed a reputation for outstanding song
arrangements and stellar musicianship. Each of the five players brings an
impressive set of influences and pedigree to the mix. In addition to his long
apprenticeship to the blues, the troupe's harp player Howard Willett's
whisky-soaked baritone offers reverential readings of classic western swing and
country in a manner that clearly shows how dear this music is to his heart.
Noted jazz guitarist Steve Briggs has a deep knowledge of jazz and
country-western canon. http://www.bebopcowboys.com

Canada Day, Mel Lastman Square, Thursday, July 1, 8 - 10:30 p.m.

Bradley and the Bouncers was inititated by Bradley Harder, a son of a
Baptist minister who grew up in Saskatoon singing gospel music until he was 16
years old. He traded his pitch fork for a guitar and headed to Toronto where he
played in a variety of bands from Country and Western, to Rockabilly, to
bluegrass, to Rock and Roll. After developing laryngitis, Harder's voice was
permanently changed to a deep, gravely "Louis Armstrong" tone. He changed his
style of music to jazz and blues and became an instant international success
singing Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller.

Sunday Serenades, Mel Lastman Square, Sunday, July 18, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Capital City Orchestra band leader Lenny Graf grew up with images of
Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, dancing in his eyes. Graf won the
much coveted Grennick Award and has gone on to become one of the few great
sopranino saxophone players of his time. Over the twenty years that Graf has
been singing and playing big band and swing, he has written a series of fast
paced, swingable tunes which he is now recording. http://www.lennygraf.com/swing

Tasty Thursdays, Nathan Phillips Square, Thursday, August 26, noon to 2 p.m.

David Leask is a performing songwriter originating from Edinburgh,
Scotland now based in Toronto. Leask's music is able to explore the diverse
landscapes of human emotion while combining the story-telling tradition of his
homeland in his own brand of Celtic pop/country/roots music.
http://www.davidleask.com/bio

Sunday Serenades, Mel Lastman Square, Sunday, August 15, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

The George Lake Big Band captivatingly combines timeless hits from the
big band era, fantastic modern swing arrangements and sultry vocals to produce
their award-winning sound. http://www.speedline.ca/spettafor/performers.htm

Tasty Thursdays, Nathan Phillips Square, Thursday, August 12, noon - 2 p.m.

Glengarry Bhoys's developed a signature sound that fuses the roots of
their Glengarry heritage with the multicultural sounds of modern Celtic and
contemporary music. Their performances combine modern technology with a crafted
presentation that will have audiences dancing in the aisles. Currently touring
in support of their latest album Juice, the Glengarry Bhoys have received rave
reviews from critics and audiences around the world.
http://www.glengarrybhoys.com

Sunday Serenades, Mel Lastman Square, Sunday, August 1, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Jennifer Valentyne is probably the best kept jazz secret in Toronto.
Even though her singing voice is relatively unknown in a city that boasts a
bevy of jazz divas she is known by hundreds of thousands of early morning
television viewers on Citytv's Breakfast Television. Her voice and cheerful
presence are unlike any other vocalist performing today. She performs jazz
standards, contemporary and original selections, and when the spirit moves her,
Valentyne has been known to do a little Patsy Cline number.
http://www.jennifervalentyne.com

Canada Day, Mel Lastman Square, Thursday, July 1, 8 - 10:30 p.m.

Lighthouse is back and better than ever! The ten member line-up
features original founding member Skip Prokos, (drums), Paul Hoffert
(keyboards), Ralph Cole (guitar) highlighted by an all-star horn section and
dynamic new lead vocalist Dan Clancy. The energy and richness of Lighthouse's
signature instrumentals and vocals still combine to make them one of the most
exciting acts ever to hit the stage. The band is looking forward to sharing
that sound once again with Lightkeepers in the Toronto area.
http://www.lighthouserockband.com

Tasty Thursdays, Nathan Phillips Square, Thursday, July 15, noon to 2 p.m.

Melissa Stylianou has built a reputation as one of Canada's top jazz
vocalists. Her sultry singing, startling range and impeccable yet expressive
technique have been commanding loyal home-base audiences in Toronto, across
Canada and the United States. Some of Canada's finest musicians regularly play
with Stylianou. http://www.jazzpromo.com

Sunday Serenades at Mel Lastman Square Sunday, July 25, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Peter Appleyard was born in England in 1928 and started on drums
before discovering the vibraphones. Upon moving to Canada he quickly became one
of the most sought-after, and visible musicians on the jazz scene. He formed
his first quartet in 1957 and built a solid reputation as a master of swinging,
sophisticated jazz in New York City. He played with Benny Goodman for eight
years, performing in major concert halls on tours in Europe, Australia, the
Middle East, Bermuda, Jamaica and Russia. http://www.mgam.com/art_peterapp.html

Sunday Serenades at Mel Lastman Square Sunday, July 25, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Priscilla Wright has had a very long and prestigious history
performing extensively in United States, Europe and across Canada and has also
sung with top artists such as Elvis Presley, George Shearing and Ella
Fitzgerald. http://www.priscillawright.com

Sunday Serenades, Mel Lastman Square, Sunday, August 29, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Rick Sonata has been heralded as the world's number one Frank Sinatra
impressionist, a smooth operator who recreates young Sinatra's in sound, style
and appearance. Sonata has been building his reputation for the past 15 years,
even stepping into Frank's shoes to front current versions of the Tommy Dorsey,
Count Basie and Nelson Riddle Orchestra. He also holds the title of World
Tribute Artist Championship.

Tasty Thursdays, Nathan Phillips Square, August 5, noon to 2 p.m.

Rita Chiarelli distills a full measure of musical influences in a
unique sound that defies categorization. Her songs shimmer with blues based
rock undertones, jazz riffs, Cajun or country riffs. She remains an original
artist consistently gaining on the tremendous cross over potential, as she
converts believers one-by-one through her recordings and concerts.
http://www.livetourartists.com/rita_chiarelli/index.htm

Tasty Thursdays, Nathan Phillips Square, Thursday, July 29, noon to 2 p.m.

The Sattalites, brings diverse musical and cultural backgrounds to
create their unique brand of spirited reggae. This Juno Award-winning band has
earned the title of "ambassadors of reggae music" in Canada and remain in high
demand across Canada, the United States and at festivals around the world.
http://www.sattalites.com

Sunday Serenades, Mel Lastman Square, Sunday, August 8, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Skylark has a special affinity for the sumptuous style and sound of
the big band era bringing the music and memories of the 1930s through the 1970s
to life on stage. Beautiful songs and gorgeous harmonies are presented in a
glamorous show with costumes and choreography to match. Skylark, made up of
Dyanne Dumas, Bonnie Craig and Elaine Thaller, have entertained audiences at
special events and jazz festivals throughout Ontario. http://www.skylarktrio.com

Tasty Thursdays, Nathan Phillips Square, Thursday, August, 19, noon to 2 p.m.

Starlight Orchestra, under the direction of Anthony Terpstra, is
keeping the tradition of ballroom dance alive, interpreting favourites such as
the Tango, Vienna Waltz, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Merengue, Samba, Salsa, Swing, Jump,
the Jitterbug and the Polka. Accompanying the band is the vocal trio Swing
Rosie. http://www.starlightorchestra.com

Sunday Serenades, Mel Lastman Square, Sunday, August 22, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Toronto Megacity Swing Band is an 18-piece jazz orchestra dedicated to
performing the songs that were made famous by the big bands of the 30s and 40s.
Works by Basie, Ellington, Herman, Goodman, Dorsey and others form the core of
the band's material. Big band lovers of all ages have danced to and enjoyed the
sounds of this energetic and exciting band.


Media contact:
Heather Kaufman
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7405
hkaufman@toronto.ca



 

 

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