Entertainment Beat

Following up on recent success breaking into the television soundtrack market, Julian Taylor brings his band to the Royal Ontario Museum for a free concert.

Julian Taylor
Julian Taylor

Taylor’s tune Do You Remember was recently featured on the NBC/eOne show Haven, while Never Gonna Give You Up was played in the CBS drama Elementary. The Julian Taylor Band album Tech Noir has also been getting play on CBC radio.

While Taylor grew up on the classic sounds of Motown, Blue Note, and Stax records, he listens to – and has performed – musical styles all over the map. Tech Noir strikes a more soulful note than his decade performing with Staggered Crossing, allowing his songwriting and vocal talents to shine.

The Julian Taylor Band will play at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 at the ROM, 100 Queen’s Park.




The Shout Sister choir
The Shout Sister choir

Shout Sister, a women’s choir that performs a mix of popular music and old-time tunes, is back in the Beach for a fall concert at Beach United Church. Local Honey will also perform. The project is Shout Sister director Abby Zotz’s solo endeavour. She will be backed by fingerstyle guitarist Chris Saunders.

The concert is a fundraiser to support the community development programs operated by Beach United Church. Last year’s event sold out, and organizers are expecting similar success at this year’s concert.

Abby Zotz
Abby Zotz

Shout Sister and Local Honey perform Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. Tickets are $15 or $5 for children under 10, and are available through the church office at 416-699-2489, or online.

Jazzy Sundays offer weekend afternoon entertainment at Morgan’s on the Danforth, 1282 Danforth Ave., just east of Greenwood.

On Nov. 9, Allyson Morris will sing, backed by Adrean Farrugia on piano and Pat Collins on bass. The following week, Nov. 16, will see Ros Kindler take the stage, with Mark Kieswetter on piano and Ross MacIntyre on bass.


Acoustic Harvest presents David Ross MacDonald on Saturday, Nov. 15.

The fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter has been described as a cross between Nick Drake and 1970s-era Bruce Cockburn, and this is the last chance to see him before he heads home to Australia.

MacDonald grew up with a jazz musician for a father and ended up working as a geologist before giving into his heritage and plunging into international touring and performing. He also drums for the Australian group The Waifs.

The show takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Robinson Hall at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. near Warden Avenue. The venue is accessible and parking is free. Tickets are $25 at the door or $22 in advance.


The second of six concerts dedicated to celebrating the art and music of the cello is returning to the Seicho-No-Ie Centre.

Elinor Frey, a cellist from Montreal, will perform Bach’s Suite #6 and other pieces during the concert.

Frey plays both period and modern cellos. She has recently performed with Ensemble Caprice, Tafelmusik, Les Idées heresies, Bradamante, and her own quartet, Pallade Musica.

Her latest album La voce del violoncello was released in 2013. She has a doctorate in music from McGill, and diplomas from Mannes College of Music and Julliard School.

Elinor Frey will perform at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Seicho-No-Ie Centre, 662 Victoria Park Ave., just north of Danforth. Tickets are $20 at the door, with proceeds going to the centre’s renovation project.

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