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Singer Carin Redman will bring her vocal talents to Kingston Road Village on Friday, Feb. 27.

Carin Redman
Carin Redman

Redman will perform a mix of jazz, pop and soul at Madhus Cafe, 982 Kingston Rd. She will be joined by some of Toronto’s top musicians, including Mark Kieswetter on piano, Ross MacIntyre on bass, Jamie Bird on percussion, and Thyron Lee Whyte and Yvette Tollar on vocals.

The show gets underway at 8 p.m., and will run an hour and a half. There is no cover charge. Madhus is an intimate venue to take in some talented performers. Redman is hoping the show will be part of a growing live music scene along the Kingston Road Village strip.



The Orpheus Choir of Toronto will hold a concert at Beach United Church on Sunday, March 1.

Orpheus Choir PHOTO: Bruce Redstone
Orpheus Choir
PHOTO: Bruce Redstone

Artistic director Robert Cooper will conduct a 60-voice choir and Sidgwick Scholar soloists, singing John Rutter’s Requiem and other selections. One of the more renowned choirs in Toronto, the group will be making its first appearance in the Beach since its founding in 1964. The choir was founded to offer the city’s audiences a choice of modern choral music.

The concert will also feature the painstakingly restored Guilbault-Thérien organ. Orpheus accompanist, organist, choirmaster, and Beacher Edward Moroney will perform solo organ pieces on the impressive instrument. He will also accompany the choir.

Moroney was the founding accompanist of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and was also the accompanist for the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, the Opera In Concert Chorus and the University of Toronto Women’s Chorus. He holds diplomas from both the English and Canadian Royal Colleges of Organists, and is a U of T graduate in composition and vocal music education. He has performed with many choral conductors, including Rutter, Elmer Iseler, Lloyd Bradshaw, and Robert Sund, both on recordings and in concert.

Tickets for the Orpheus Choir are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 10, available at the door or in advance through eventbrite. Proceeds will support the church’s community work. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 1.



Beach author Ann Elizabeth Carson and local actor and vocalist Peggy Mahon will be joined by pianist Danny McErliain and dancer and mime Noriko Yamamoto at the Heliconian Club for a multi-faceted performance on Friday, March 6.

Carson will read from her latest book, We All Become Stories, that gathers conversations about the experience of aging. Mahon, accompanied by McErliain, will add to the stories with musical selections. Yamamoto will perform dance-mime pieces.

The Music in our Lives, which is the third in the Heliconian Club Concert Series, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at a post-concert reception. Admission is $25.



Beach Jazz and Reflection is back at Beach United Church, as the Malvern Collegiate Dance Band and Jazz Choir take over the church on Saturday, March 7.

The series mixes jazz performances with spiritual reflection, and some top musicians have taken part over the years. Malvern music teachers Mike Falla and Laura Norris are proud to have their students take part in this Beach tradition.

The theme of the Malvern concert is ‘Up Jumped Spring.’ The show gets underway at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., just north of Queen Street East.



The penultimate installment in The Cello concert series will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, March 8 at the Seicho-no-Ie centre.

Rachel Mercer PHOTO: David Leyes
Rachel Mercer
PHOTO: David Leyes

Rachel Mercer has been performing since the age of three. The Edmonton native has appeared as a soloist across Canada, Europe, the US, the Balkans, and in Israel.

Not one to shy away from commitment, Mercer is a member of Ensemble Made In Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo, the Seiler Trio, the Art of Time Ensemble, Group of 27, and is guest principal for the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. She is also the artistic director of the 5 at the First chamber music series in Hamilton, and was previously a member of the award-winning Aviv String Quartet from 2002-2010.

Mercer teaches chamber music at the University of Toronto, and has taught master classes at schools, conservatories and universities across the continent, as well as in South Africa and Israel.

She has recorded for the Naxos, Dalia Classics and EnT-T record labels, and released a critically acclaimed album of the complete Bach suites on Pipistrelle a year ago.

For the concert at the Seicho-no-Ie, Mercer will play Bach’s 3rd suite as well as new work by Andrew Downing.

The one-hour concert takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 at Seicho-no-Ie, 662 Victoria Park Ave., just north of Danforth, with free parking at Shopper’s World. Tickets are $20 at the door, with funds going to the centre’s renovation project.



Jazzy Sundays continue at Morgan’s on the Danforth, 1282 Danforth Ave., just east of the Greenwood subway station.

On Sunday, March 1, Thyron Lee Whyte, David Restivo and Robert Whyte will take the stage. The following Sunday, March 8, will feature Yvette Tollar and David Restivo.

Jazzy Sundays run from 2 to 5 p.m., and there is no cover charge.



The Unit will be performing a weekly gig at The Stone Lion (formerly Lion on the Beach).

David Hutchison of The Unit
David Hutchison of The Unit

Consisting of drummer and vocalist David Hutchison, Terry Logan on keys and vocals, and Neal Davis on bass, The Unit will play the high energy jazz and blues of Coltrane, Hancock, Silver, Logan, Miles, and more. They will regularly be joined by special guests.

The show runs every Saturday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stone Lion, 1958 Queen St. E. There is no cover charge.

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