Critics praise new Michael Franti album

Michael Franti & Spearhead released its ninth studio project Soulrocker on June 1, 2016. Known for harmonious peace messages, Franti returns and delivers with his positive musical collective.

Early reviews describe a seasoned San Francisco frontman holding onto his roots while incorporating EDM influences. Toronto’s Exclaim reviewer Ryan B. Patrick hears Diplo in the autobiographical track “My Lord”, spilling stories of finding Franti’s birth parents with percolating rhythms and catchy melodies.

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Hot Ticket: Kiefer Sutherland Band

Actor, producer and director Kiefer Sutherland will bring his band to this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Best known for his television role as Jack Bauer on 24, Sutherland’s debut album tour will be coming to the Horseshoe Tavern on June 27, 2016. The LP, ‘Down in a Hole’, is made up of 11 rootsy tracks about Sutherland’s personal experiences.

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International Jazz Day Celebrations

International Jazz Day celebrated its fifth anniversary on April 30, 2016 in over 190 countries worldwide. Coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO) and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the global day celebrates the power of jazz as a vehicle for freedom and expression. Renowned musician and composer Herbie Hancock chairs the international day, serving as the UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

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Final Discovery Series Performances

On Sunday April 24 at 3pm in the afternoon, get thee to the Alliance Francaise, 24 Spadina Road, for the long-awaited debut of the Art Song Project by David Occhipinti. Featuring vocalists from the jazz and classical worlds performing songs in a chamber music setting, this will be a special afternoon full of improvisation and guest performances.

David Occhipinti- guitar/compositions
Michael Davidson - vibraphone
Aline Homzy - violin
Jeff LaRochelle - clarinet
Soren Nissen - bass
Sheba Thibadeau - bassoon

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