Varley Gallery Patio

Anwar Khurshid Trio

Varley Gallery Patio Saturday, August 17, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Anwar is credited for sitar playing in the Oscar-winning score of the recent film, Life of Pi. Songs from his album with blues musician Paul Deslauriers are regularly featured on BluesFM, JazzFM, and the CBC. A classically trained musician from Pakistan, Anwar made Canada his home 20 years ago. Because of Anwar's attention to the nuances of vocal music and his high technical ability, his instrument becomes much like a voice. His sound influences range from Indian classical, to blues, Chinese and Arabic music.

Elena Kapeleris

Varley Gallery Patio Saturday, August 17, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Elena Kapeleris is a Toronto-based saxophonist, vocalist, composer, bandleader, and educator - whose love of music has lead her from Jazz to R&B, Blues, World Music and more. As a graduate of Humber College (Jazz Performance), she has studied saxophone with world renowned Pat LaBarbera, composition with Don Thompson, and voice with Shannon Gunn. Elena is a highly sought-after member of diverse local jazz and blues ensembles, including the Jay Danley Ethiopian-jazz Project.

Kristin Fung

Varley Gallery Patio Sunday, August 18, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm A creative spirit and soulful innovator, Kristin Fung is an unusually refreshing and infectiously joyful voice on the Canadian music scene. Her dynamic and versatile performances as a vocalist, keyboardist, ukuleleist and composer cross multiple musical landscapes, from lyrical groovy R&B originals (as on her debut EP, Massive Stride) to experimental opera (Anthony Braxton) to soulful jazz. Kristin has performed at Roulette (NYC), Vancouver Inter. Jazz Festival, and several of Toronto’s top concert venues.

Lauren Falls

Varley Gallery Patio Saturday, August 17, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Bassist Lauren Falls has come a long way from her hometown of Port Alberni, BC to earning her Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, while also making an impact on the New York jazz scene. Having completed undergrad jazz studies at Humber College, Lauren has recently returned to Toronto, and the local jazz community is happy that she has. She has shared the stage with the likes of Mike Stern and Seamus Blake, and been mentored by the likes of James Moody, Billy Childs and Geri Allen. Falls is also an accomplished composer, having performed her original music extensively across Canada and the US. with her self-titled group.

The Bright Lunch Trio

Varley Gallery Patio Saturday, August 17, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm The Bright Lunch Trio is a Toronto-based jazz group made up of a singer from the Prairies (Whitney Ross-Barris), a guitarist from the Maritimes (Nathan Hiltz) and a bassist from the local burbs (JUNO award winning, Ross MacIntyre). Long ago, when singer, Whitney Ross-Barris flat-out lied to guitarist, Nathan Hiltz about being able to write songs, he quickly called her bluff, and six years later (fall ’17) they released their debut, self-titled album The Bright Lunch Trio, a collection of original songs, combining the proud traditions of jazz and the Great American Songbook.

Viper’s Cloud

Varley Gallery Patio Sunday, August 18, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Viper’s Cloud is a Toronto based Gypsy Jazz collective curating traditional Eastern European music, 1940’s hot jazz and swing music in the style of famous Romani-French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The group ranges from a duo arrangement all the way up to an 8 piece band featuring Violin, Clarinet, Double bass, Manouche guitar and Trumpet.

Virginia MacDonald

Varley Gallery Patio Sunday, August 18, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm At twenty-four years of age, clarinetist, composer Virginia MacDonald is already established as a sought after musician on the Toronto jazz scene; she’s performed as a leader and side woman with a veritable who’s who of artists, at venues and festivals across the GTA. Recipient of the prestigious Yamaha Music scholarship in both ’18/’19, and judiciously selected to attend the exclusive ’18 Berklee Coll. of Music workshop with Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington. Virginia will be joined by Lucian Gray (guitar) and Jonathan Chapman (bass).