Kingston Road United Church is holding a series of three family-focused concerts where the musicians will provide an interactive musical experience geared to engaging young people in the art and activity of music performance. This will be an excellent opportunity for families to get up close and personal with the musicians.
As well, the plan is to have the musicians interviewed and filmed, and the videos posted on YouTube prior to the concerts. With the theme of ‘I am a young person in the 21st Century. Why should I come to one of your concerts?’, the musicians will give their answers, and demonstrate their playing ability.

Pianist Alejandro Vela

The first concert will be held March 4 at 1:30 p.m., and is called Conjurer of the Piano. It will feature  the talents of Alejandro Vela, a dynamic young pianist originally from Mexico who now performs worldwide. He is praised for “his power to carry an audience away with his ability to create an atmosphere of mystery, sensuous beauty and majesty” (www.alejandrovela.com). Vela will be accompanied by Toronto Symphony Orchestra cellist Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron.
Future concerts in the series include Scott Good and Friends, and the Lenny Solomon Trio. Beach Metro News will have more information closer to the dates.
Tickets are $20 each (or $50 for the series of three) with family prices available, and can be purchased by calling 416-699-6091. All proceeds will go towards the Kingston Road United Church boiler fund. Kingston Road United Church is located at 975 Kingston Rd.

Relish Bar & Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave.  presents singer-songwriters Mary Stewart, Feb. 25; Jenny Macdonald, March 3; and Jerry Leger, March 10. All performances are from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Don’t forget Skaraoke every Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Stir It Up Sundays, an open-mic night from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. For more information call 416-425-4664, or visit www.relishbarandgrill.com.

Oliver Schroer was a fantastic musician who lived in the Beach area up until his untimely death from leukemia in 2008. Schroer also graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Philosophy, and kept a journal of his musings.
Julie Maloney, a fan from Ottawa, has collected some of Schroer’s thoughts and rendered them into beautiful calligraphy for a book she has titled Oli-isms: the wit and wisdom of Oliver Schroer & friends.
Included in this inspirational collection are his recollections and writings from his trek along the famed Camino de Santiago, and his battles with chemotherapy, along with photographs by his friend Peter Coffman.
Oli-isms is only $14.95, and is available through http://s22.ca/manufactory/books/index.html.

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