Red Whyte and Tollar is appearing at Broadview Espresso on Feb. 11.

Red Whyte and Tollar, featuring the vocal talents of Carin Redman, Thyron Lee Whyte and Yvette Tollar, will be appearing at the Broadview Espresso, 817 Broadview north of Danforth, Feb. 11 beginning at 8 p.m. Accompanying the trio will be well-known jazz pianist Mark Kieswetter and bassist Ross MacIntyre.
Redman is the former owner of Ten Feet Tall, the popular Danforth jazz club. Both Whyte and Tollar performed there over the years. When the club closed the three formed this trio, which has been garnering both critical and popular success. There will be a $10 cover.
For more information call Broadview Espresso at 416-553-3833.

Acoustic Harvest is proud to present a good friend of the club – and one of this country’s pre-eminent guitar makers – when Grit (William) Laskin takes the stage Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Laskin has always been an interesting performer and singer-songwriter, but it has been his guitar-making prowess that has been garnering him the most attention. He began his studies under the tutelage of Jean Lariveé more than 30 years ago. Since then he has developed many unique custom features in his instruments, including arm rests and rib rests, making them highly sought after. As well Laskin has become recognized the world over for his beautifully intricate inlay work, his designs making what was already a beautiful functional instrument into a priceless work of art. Four of his guitars are permanently housed in Canada’s Museum of Civilization.
Aside from his luthier skills, Laskin is a multi-instrumentalist proficient on the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, concertina and Northumbrian pipes. As a member of the Friends of Fiddlers’ Green for more than 25 years, Laskin has toured and performed at coffee houses and folk festivals across North America. He won the Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. He is also president of Borealis Records through which he has recorded four well-received cds.
Grit Laskin is also an author, having written a novel called Angel Could Smell the Fire, along with a beautifully illustrated book called The Art of Instrument Makers. For more information on Grit Laskin visit www.williamlaskin.com.
Tickets to see Grit are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors & students. You can get them at the door (come early… this show will be packed) or by calling 416-264-2235. For more information visit www.acoustic.harvest.ca.

Relish Bar & Grill, 2152 Danforth just east of Woodbine is now featuring live entertainment on its New Music Night, every Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Local singer-songwriters will be on stage singing from their catalogue of original tunes, sprinkling in some favourites from other artists, and selling their CDs.
Mena Hardy will be there on Feb.11; David Macmichael on Feb. 18. Every Thursday is Relish’s version of karaoke, called Skaraoke from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., and open mic night called Stir It Up Sundays runs from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. For more information call Relish Bar & Grill at 416-425-4664, or visit www.relishbarandgrill.com.

50s/60s rock and rollers Playback will be returning to Branch 11 of the Royal Canadian Legion, 9 Dawes Rd. on Feb. 25, as part of a branch fundraiser. Admission is $15, and the evening is open to the public. Included in the cost will be a pot-luck dinner (please consider bringing a dish big enough to feed a few people) which starts at 7 p.m. The band will start at 8. For more information or to order tickets please call 416-699-1353.

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