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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Once

Rhythm Nocturne

Eight piece R&B band with Denise Pelley and Tom Starks. Folks familiar with Tom’s projects know this will be an exceptional evening.


For over four decades, the members of Rhythm Nocturne have been playing and performing in various bands throughout North America. This nine piece group has come together for this special evening to bring you R&B and Soul classics from the 60s and 70s. It’s been said that dynamic vocals by Denise Pelley and Al Trudell, a super tight four piece horn section, and a stellar rhythm section that includes Aylmerite Tom Starks are a killer combo.  Bring your boogie shoes, Rhythm Nocturn is going to knock your socks off.
Did you Know
On Baritone Sax; Troy Neeb, Brass and Windwood technician extraordinare, overhauls instuments sent to him worldwide. 
On Trumpet; Ron Walker, most sought after trumpet player in these parts.
On Tenor Sax; Bryan Covey, has Perfect Pitch (enough said).
On Trombone; Peter Hysen, President of Musical Endeavours, a company involved in arranging, orchestrating and transcribing.
On Drums; Pat Crone, Played in a group with Tom week after week for twenty years (they still like each other).
On Bass:Wayne Perdu, Tom’s birthday brother, both born on January 19th.
On Guitar and Vocals: Al Trudell, Toured  Northern States including New York with Tom in a show band, both at the tender age of 19 ( I don’t think parents let their kids do that anymore).
On Vocals; Denise Pelley: In the year 2008 Both Tom and Denise were up for the same Jack Richardson Award (Jazz artist of the year) The good news is Denise won, the other good news is, they’ve been best friends ever since ( Denise has gone on to win many more awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002)
On Keyboards: Tom Starks, hoping you have big fun tonight and go ahead and tap your foot.

Ian Thomas

Ian first hit internationally in 1973 with “Painted Ladies” . Over the years he has acquired a Juno award, four SOCAN classic awards, a UNICEF  Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award, Juno and Gemini nominations,  15 albums and nearly as many top 10 hits.

To read more about our first performer of the 2014/15 Season go to

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement and, according to Roger Ebert, is “the first true horror film”.

The film used stylized sets, with abstract, jagged buildings painted on canvas backdrops and flats. To add to this strange style, the actors used an unrealistic technique that exhibited “jerky” and dance-like movements.This film is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema.

The premiere of a digitally restored version of the film took place at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2014.


Jack de Keyzer

With 2 Junos and a hot new album, Jack de Keyzer and his Electric Love band will keep you rocking all night long!

From the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC, virtuoso guitarist, Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has relased 8 CD’s and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo. An incendiary live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 180 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). A much celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national blues awards) , first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. In 2009 Jack was invited to 24 Sussex Drive to give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and first lady Laureen Harper’s son a private concert and guitar lesson. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat and swaying to his hot blues, soulful r&b and cool soul jazz. World class.

“The finest blues guitarist in Canada” Jeff Healey
“If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous” Bob Dylan
“Electric Love…a rock blues album with nods to guitar influences Clapton, Hendrix and Page… a disc of excellent new songs by a bluesman who should be considered their equal.” (Maple Blues)

Kim Stockwood

Kim Stockwood is an accomplished artist who has been in the public eye for more than a decade. Her versatility and talent make her a highly sought-after entertainer, performer, writer and host.

Kim’s latest recording, Back to the Water, won the 2012 ECMA Award for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year. A tribute to her homeland of Newfoundland, the release of Back to the Water coincided with a CMT special and created a strong demand for Kim’s live show. The last 18 months have seen her tour from British Columbia to Newfoundland in theatres and at festivals.

Danny Michel

With three JUNO nominations, the Polaris Prize long list and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s best kept secrets. But the secret is out. His thoughtful songs, earnest live performances and witty stage banter have earned him a devoted global fan base. A musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease. He is a spontaneous & fearless artist.

In 2011 he moved to Belize to record with one of his favorite bands The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group. That album (“Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”) was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time” By Billboards Larry Leblanc. The album landed him a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time on the world music category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with a 10 piece band. While in Belize he also founded the Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund to help raise scholarships for small non-profit community high school in Belize. To date he’s raised over $63,000.00 for the school and volunteers there when he can.

Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics which have “something to say” without coming off preachy. Topics range from the environment (“Feather, Fur & Fin”) to big questions (“If Gods’ on your side, then who’s on mine”). Others ask “Who’s Gonna Miss You when you’re gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right?/did you live it wrong?”.

When Michel is not on the road or recording his own music he shares his production skills with other talent as a producer. At the moment Danny is sitting in front of a blank canvas contemplating where his next album is going to take him. It could go anywhere from here. Knowing Danny, wherever it goes – it will be an adventure”


Emilie Claire Barlow

Emilie-Claire Barlow (born 6 June 1976) is a Canadian jazz singer and voice actress. Born to parents who were professional musicians, she was encouraged to sing and study several instruments including piano, cello, clarinet and violin. By age seven she had begun her career, singing television and radio commercials.

Barlow’s first album Sings was released in 1998. She has received three nominations for Canada’s Juno Awards and was named “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the 2008 National Jazz Awards. Amongst her musical influences, Barlow has named artists Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder.

Barlow has also provided voices for several animated television series, including Sailor Venus and Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon, Bakugan Battle Brawlers and one of the lead characters Courtney in Total Drama


Jeremy Fisher at Massey Hall

Massey Hall presents Canadian Songbook at The Rivoli

Music lovers worth their salt adore nothing more than to unearth new talent. This season, Queen West institution The Rivoli will play host to a series of monthly concerts at which tomorrow’s musical luminaries will showcase their craft. Take a chance on soon-to-be household names.

Jeremy Fisher recently released album, Mint Juleps, earned him an impressive 4-N review from Now Magazine which shouldn’t be a surprise to those who have followed this two-time JUNO Award nominee. Fisher’s songwriting is catchy and engaging while still being both clever and honest. Of his craft, Fisher declares, “The songwriters I admire the most like John Prine, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman are able to make you laugh and break your heart in the same couplet. There is something about humor that opens us up to new possibilities or ideas in life, it has a direct way of communicating vulnerability.” Fisher’s live show is energetic, authentic, and intimate – a stellar combination that is sure to leave you smiling, and likely humming one of his tunes.