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Mother and daughter duo Clela and Jocelyn are playing tonight, Tuesday, April 15, at Relish Bar and Grill from 7 to 9 p.m.

Clela and Jocelyn
Clela and Jocelyn

The duo of Clela Errington and Jocelyn Barth plays roots music and perform regularly around town. For the show at Relish, the two will be joined by special guest Nancy Dutra.

Errington’s new album, More Love and Happiness, has been earning solid reviews, and this pay-what-you-can evening is a good chance to see the acclaimed singer on her home turf, along with the next generation of talent.

For more on Clela and Jocelyn, visit clelaerrington.ca and facebook.com/joceybmusic. Dutra is at nancydutra.com.

Relish Bar and Grill is at 2152 Danforth Ave., just east of Woodbine. The venue is an oasis of nightly live music on east Danforth.

Regular happenings include The BTBs on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Kiki’s Karaoke on Thursdays from 10 p.m. to close, the Danger Bees from 9 p.m. to close on Friday nights, the Stir It Up open mic night from 9 p.m. to close on Sunday nights and Bentroots from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays.

Other scheduled performers include Jessica Blake, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19; Liane Fainsinger covering brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 20; Steve Raiken from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22; Stratocheif from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26; and Jordan Glick and the Usual Suspects from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29.


The Toronto Beach Chorale presents the final concert in its 2013-2014 series, with Vivaldi and Italian Baroque, on Good Friday, April 18.

Toronto Beach Chorale
Toronto Beach Chorale

Under the artistic direction of Mervin William Fick, the local chorale will share the extravagance of the Italian baroque era through Antonia Vivaldi’s music. Joining the choir will be a chamber orchestra, the award-winning Esprit Chamber Choir, and guest soloists including soprano Jocelyn Fralick, mezzo soprano Chelsea Säuer and baritone Bryan Estabrooks.

The chamber orchestra will accompany the mass choir in Gloria in D Major, before splitting into two groups to play with the two separate choirs in Vivaldi’s three works for double chorus: Beatus Vir,  Kyrie in G Minor and Lauda Jerusalem.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 cash only at the door, with half price for youth age seven to 18 and no charge for children under seven. Advance tickets can be purchased at torontobeachchorale.com or through a choir member.

Vivaldi and Italian Baroque takes place at 7:30 p.m. on April 18, at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. at Scarborough Road.


Morgan’s on the Danforth hosts the weekly Jazzy Sundays, with duos providing entertainment during the post-brunch afternoon hours.

Sunday, April 20 will see Steve Koven and Henry Heilig perform. The following week, on April 27, Lisa Particelli will host a special East End daytime version of her well known Girl’s Night Out Jam (“where gentlemen are welcome too”).

Jazzy Sundays take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Morgan’s on the Danforth, 1280 Danforth Ave., just east of the Greenwood subway station. Find out more at morgansonthedanforth.com or call 416-461-3020.


Theatrical couple Tyler Seguin and Helen Juvonen are back with the Canadian premiere of workplace comedy The Memo.

Seguin directs and Juvonen is artistic director for production company Thought For Food. Another East End local, Alex Eddington, takes care of sound design.

The Memo was written by Václav Havel, who later became president of the Czech Republic. The original was banned under communist rule, while this version has been updated for Canada by Havel’s friend Paul Wilson.

The story follows Andrew Gross, who receives a company memo written in a new artificial language designed to supposedly streamline communications. The play follows Gross on his quest to find someone able to translate the memo amidst an absurd bureaucracy. Thought For Food describes The Memo as “a communist comedy that is weirdly at home in Canada.”

The Memo runs from Thursday to Sunday, April 25 to May 10, with a curtain time of 7:30 p.m. The venue is Unit 102 Theatre, at 376 Dufferin St. Tickets are $25, or $12.50 for preview performances on April 23 and 24. Please bring along a non-perishable food donation for a Parkdale-area food bank.

To order tickets, visit thememo.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. For more on Thought For Food, see thought4food.ca.


Beach composer, guitarist and poet Mark Battenberg will present music from his new CD Morpheus, the god of dreams at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at Savoury Grounds Coffee House. He will also read selections from The Tower, poems of forgotten realms, his new book.

Mark Battenberg
Mark Battenberg

Battenberg will play selections from his newest and fifth album, consisting of acoustic guitar compositions. He will also be joined by musical guests for what he calls his “magical musical meditation and journey.”

Morpheus features cellist Andrew Ascenzo, in a duet called The Joy of Sorrow, viewable on Battenberg’s YouTube channel. The album also includes his first recorded performance on Celtic harp.

Savoury Grounds is at 283 Scarborough Rd. at Kingston Road. For more information visit battenbergmusic.com, or find Morpheus at Beach Sounds Records on Kingston Road.

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