Entertainment Beat, Oct. 31, 2017

Denielle Bassels graces the Beach United Church stage Nov. 4. PHOTO: Submitted

Songwriter and vocalist Denielle Bassels graces the Beach United Church stage Saturday, Nov. 4, part of the ongoing Jazz and Reflection series.

The international chanteuse performs with feeling. Think: sultry smooth vocals and original songs “that weave through borders of jazz, blues and folk in a way that is fresh and exciting.”

Bassels began her music career in Lausanne, Switzerland, while working as an au pair, with her bio noting “she accompanied the boy she looked after to his drum lessons at one of the most prestigious jazz schools in Switzerland.” There, at Ejma, she discovered jazz and soon began to carve out a space in the European jazz scene as a singer.

After two years, she returned to Canada and enrolled in Humber College’s contemporary music program.

She’s since received numerous prizes and grants, allowing her to complete her first full-length album What About Wool Wishbags, and has performed at Toronto venues like Lula Lounge, Hugh’s Room, The Cameron House and 120 Diner.

To get a sense of her refreshing, yet classic, style, watch her video for her Electric Swing Original, “Cool Cool Water”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-bBiYi74FA.

Bassels plays with Scott Hunter on Upright Bass and Tak Arikushi on Guitar Nov. 4 at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

In what is now a Main and Danforth Remembrance Day tradition, the Hope United Church Players present The War Time Radio Show Nov. 10 to 12 in the Hope United Church auditorium.

The War Time Radio Show

An original Canadian production, the program was written by Hope United Rev. Brian Stevens in 1999, based on the history of CFCY radio in Charlottetown, PEI

But locals take note: the story, staged as a “live to air” 1944 radio show, complete with  commercials, news, and music from the 1940s, has been adapted to have an “East Toronto” feel.

The production is comprised of excerpts from programs, original jingles, plenty of great music and “Letters Across the Waves” written by loved ones to their family serving overseas.

Tickets are available by calling 461-691-9682, online at www.hopeunited.ca, and at the door, 2550 Danforth Ave.

Seniors/students $12, adults $15  and a family of 4 for $40.

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