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Jane Harbury presents Discoveries
February 11, 2014 @ 8:30 pm$15 – $17
Now in its tenth year DISCOVERIES owes a great deal to Hugh’s Room which continues to partner with us as we showcase yet another very eclectic group of artists, most of whom are just beginning their creative journeys. The concept is a simple one, (none of these artists is yet able to fill the room on their own, although we have confidence that each one will get to that point) bring four talents together, give each 30 minutes on stage and have each one bring out their fans, family and friends. Suddenly you have a full room and everyone present cheers on their artist and in the process discovers new talent to support in the future.
ALEX SAMARAS is fast gaining a reputation as one of the leading vocalists in the jazz and new music scene. He studied vocal performance in the jazz program at the University of Toronto and at the Banff Centre’s Creative Music Program. Alex also spent time working in New York City with contemporary arts icon, Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble in concert versions of Monk’s work and multi-disciplinary performances. Here in Toronbto he performs with his own trio, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra and “A Sondheim Jazz Project”. He’s also involved in new opera workshops with Tapestry and Theatre Direct. He is founder and AD of his own eight-voice group, GREX. This season Alex will be teaching at U of T and Humber College in the Jazz Departments. Alex is studying vocie with Jeannie Lovetri and theatre with Peter Wylde at the Wylde Project.
ANNA GUTMANIS is an award-winning Canadian songwriter, singer and keyboardist, entwines her brave, edgy lyrics with deep, blues-style vocals. In 2011, Anna and Juno-nominated producer Karen Kane brought together some of the Toronto area’s most talented musicians to record a new album of original material entitled Glimmer In The Dark. Anna and Karen previously worked together on Anna’s single I Am Who I Am, which won the Pride in The Arts “2009 Pride Song” Award and topped 2012 OutVoice charts. Anna is a longstanding musician on the Canadian music scene. The single, Then Came You, from her 1989 self-titled album, can still be heard on Canadian commercial radio stations. This debut release received airplay in every Canadian province and territory, and further songs earned her a FACTOR grant for Canadian Talent on Record. Glimmer In The Dark is Anna’s strongest work to date. It is enjoying great reviews, radio airplay (Canadian Campus, international LGBT, indie & women’s radio), and award nominations.
ARIEL SHETZEN is a Toronto-based jazz vocalist who draws influence from Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Music has always been a primary focus in her life. She studied classical piano and theory with the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum and sang in several choirs. In 2010, Ariel joined her high school’s Jazz Choir under the direction of Juno-nominated pianist/vocalist, Fern Lindzon. Her passion for jazz quickly evolved. This year, Ariel was nominated for the prestigious Slaight Family Scholarship for the Berklee College of Music. She is currently studying with Sienna Dahlen and is thrilled to be in her first year of her Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto.
THE MORALS Half way between Canada’s biggest city and beautiful cottage country, Barrie, ON’s the Morals have utilized their unique surroundings to create a unique style of ambient indie folk that combines the peacefulness of the latter with the tension of the former. Consisting of Holliehobby and Todd Jeffrey, who trade off vocal duties, guitar and keys, and drummer Dan Trickett, the Morals have become a must-see act in a very short period of time.
The band’s debut EP, “Music Tree Life Understanding” combines the heart-wrenching delicacy of Bon Iver with disjointed pop sensibilities of Feist, while hinting towards the bombast of Florence + the Machine. Within its six songs the Morals combine the vocals of Holliehobby and Jeffrey with graceful guitar, pulsating keys and minimalist percussion to draw listeners into the band’s haunting melodies. These songs take on a new life during the Morals live performances, where Trickett propels them to grandiose proportions, pushing them towards the breaking point.The Morals offer listeners heartbreaking harmonies and love ballads filled with raw sincerity, and their audience – much like their songs – is consistently building. They are a band that is certain to make a loud noise out of such a quiet sound.