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The Scarborough Players present the third play in their 55th season, The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan, directed by Katherine Turner and produced by Anthony Jones.

The play tells the story of the Winslow family. Ronnie is expelled from the Royal Naval College after being accused of theft, and father Arthur builds an obsession with proving his son’s innocence and clearing the family name, and threatening the family in the course of his actions.

A scene from The Winslow Boy. PHOTO: Sean Howard
A scene from The Winslow Boy.
PHOTO: Sean Howard

Opening night, Friday, March 7, will feature a wine and cheese reception with the cast and crew. An audience talk-back will be held after the Thursday, March 20 performance.

The Winslow Boy runs on March 7 and 8, 13 to 15 and 20 to 22 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinee performances on March 9 and 16. Tickets are $20, or $17 for students and seniors. The play takes place at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. at Markham Road, in the Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. The venue has free parking and is wheelchair accessible.

The Scarborough Players have been offering high quality community theatre for more than half a century. For tickets or more information, visit theatrescarborough.com or call 416-267-9292.

Jazzy Sundays continue at Morgan’s on the Danforth. From 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, duos and trios, usually featuring a vocalist and accompaniment, set the mood and provide entertainment.

Sunday, March 9 will see Jordana Talsky play with Ross MacIntyre and Nathan Hiltz.

Jordana Talsky
Jordana Talsky
PHOTO:Choo Yeung Yao

Talsky is a relative newcomer to the Canadian jazz scene, but the vocalist and songwriter, who built her talent with the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, the Toronto Symphony and the National Ballet, is getting noticed. On her debut album Standard Deviation, she mixes a few classics with her versions of newer rock and pop covers, including tunes by Alannah Myles, The Police and The Cardigans.

Bassist McIntyre has been playing professionally for 20 years. He’s played with a number of top musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Ed Robertson and Blue Rodeo, and has toured the world with Emilie-Claire Barlow, Matt Dusk, Jesse Cook, the Shuffle Demons and Michael Kaeshammer, along with a number of well-known jazz players.

Hiltz is a Juno-winning guitarist, based in Toronto for the past 15 years. He has played on over 20 albums, and is a part time faculty member at Humber College. He has released albums with both his groups, Organic and the Griffith Hiltz Trio, and is now focusing on writing songs with a number of jazz vocalists.

On Sunday, March 16, Lisa Particelli brings her popular Girls Night Out jam to Morgan’s for a special edition Girls Night Out East. As the tagline states for her weekly jazz jam, gentlemen are welcome too.

Particelli’s open mic jazz jam has been running for years, featuring early performances from a number of Toronto singers (including Jordana Talsky). The music is usually provided by Peter Hill on piano and Ross McIntyre on bass.

Morgan’s is at 1282 Danforth Ave., just east of the Greenwood subway station. For more information, visit morgansonthedanforth.com.

The Mark Eisenman Trio is hosting the seventh Jazz in the Kitchen event on Monday, March 10 in the Beach.

Mark Eisenman
Mark Eisenman

The event places the trio and a small audience in a Beach home, for a unique experience with three of Canada’s top jazz players. The concert setting is so intimate, the audience may almost feel they are part of the band, an atmosphere unmatched by any Toronto jazz club.

Eisenman is a master of the piano sounds of 1950s and 1960s jazz, and is the first call for any touring jazz artists in Toronto. He will play a beautiful Steinway grand piano for this concert. Steve Wallace, on bass, has played for many musicians and bands, including Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones and Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. Drummer John Sumner toured with Andy Williams and played in Los Angeles for much of the 1970s and 1980s. The trio have been playing together for more than 30 years.

For a review of last September’s Jazz in the Kitchen show with guest Mike Murley, visit artstoronto.ca. The show takes place on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m. For more information and links to ticket sales, search for Jazz in the Kitchen at brownpapertickets.com.

Relish Bar and Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave. just east of Woodbine, is proud to offer live music on Danforth most nights.

On Wednesdays, the BTBs play from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Kiki’s Karaoke runs from 10 p.m. until close on Thursdays. The Danger Bees play every Friday from 9 p.m. until close. Bentroots play Monday nights from 8 to 11 p.m. On Sunday nights Stir It Up! offers an open stage for budding performers, from 9 p.m. until close.

Brian MacMillian will play from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 6. Mark Sepic takes the stage from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. The Pearl Motel has brunch covered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9. Clela plays from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11. Chris Scian plays from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. Cadre has the 5 to 7 p.m. slot covered on Sunday, March 16. Alex Vissa plays from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.

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