Oct
21
9:00 PM21:00

Dan Pitt Trio Album Release / SALT EP Release

Doors at 9 p.m., Show at 9:30 p.m.

$10 in advance, $15 at the door

SALT is the collaboration of saxophonists Naomi McCarroll-Butler and Patrick Smith. After recording their debut in early 2019, they are ready to release it and much more new music into the world.


The Dan Pitt Trio is an exciting addition to Toronto’s jazz and creative music scene led by guitarist Dan Pitt. The trio’s debut album “Fundamentally Flawed” is a unique collection of music with thrilling left turns and spontaneous moments of composition and improvisation. Completing this dynamic trio is bassist Alex Fournier and drummer Nick Fraser. SALT will be joining the trio for a few numbers as a quintet.

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Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Furniture Music Composition Workshop: Alto Quartet Edition

Patrick O’Reilly hosts this month’s edition of the Furniture Music Composition Workshop, and he’s put together a quartet of alto saxophonists. This is your opportunity to write that alto quartet you’ve always dreamed of and bring it in for us to play!
It’s truly a dream come true.

Karen Ng - alto saxophone
Bea Labikova - alto saxophone
Edwin Sheard - alto saxophone
Naomi McCarroll-Butler - alto saxophone

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Ertel / Harrett / McCarroll-Butler / Sorbara
Nov
13
10:00 PM22:00

Ertel / Harrett / McCarroll-Butler / Sorbara

This new quartet featuring Madeleine Ertel on trumpet, Reknee Harrett on bass, Naomi McCarroll-Butler on alto saxophone and clarinet, and drummer/ percussionist Joe Sorbara continues a monthly residency at the TRANZAC on the second Wednesday of each month at 10pm.

We will explore our own original music; pieces by free jazz luminaries such as Carla Bley, John Carter, Ornette Coleman, and Andrew Hill; and, importantly, compositions by other members of the Toronto creative music community. To that end, after a few months of settling in, the plan is to have a guest each month who will add a few original compositions to our book and join us in playing their music to open the night.

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Oct
12
9:00 PM21:00

Emma Frank Album Release with Thom Gill and Ryan Driver

Doors at 9 p.m., Show at 9:30 p.m.

$12 in advance, $15 at the door

I and violinist Aline Homzy will be joining singer-songwriter Thom Gill supporting Emma Frank on her album release tour.

Born and raised outside of Boston, Emma Frank spent almost ten years in Montreal, working, getting a literature degree at McGill University, and working on songwriting before moving to New York City four years ago. Frank’s last album, Ocean Av, which Popmatters described as “a minor masterpiece” (Will Layman), combined modern jazz sensibilities and folk songwriting, and featured pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Jim Black, bassist Rick Rosato and producer/guitarist Franky Rousseau. Her fourth and newest album, “Come Back,” out September 6th on Justin Time Records and Nettwerk Music Group, is an avant folk exploration featuring pianist Aaron Parks and produced by Franky Rousseau.

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Ertel / Harrett / McCarroll-Butler / Sorbara
Oct
9
10:00 PM22:00

Ertel / Harrett / McCarroll-Butler / Sorbara

This new quartet featuring Madeleine Ertel on trumpet, Reknee Harrett on bass, Naomi McCarroll-Butler on alto saxophone and clarinet, and drummer/ percussionist Joe Sorbara begins a monthly residency at the TRANZAC on the second Wednesday of each month at 10pm.

We will explore our own original music; pieces by free jazz luminaries such as Carla Bley, John Carter, Ornette Coleman, and Andrew Hill; and, importantly, compositions by other members of the Toronto creative music community. To that end, after a few months of settling in, the plan is to have a guest each month who will add a few original compositions to our book and join us in playing their music to open the night.

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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Na•o•mi, K Zimmer, Kieran Smyth, Molly McGregor

A showcase of new music, poetry and puppetry.

NA•O•MI
Naomi McCarroll-Butler (she/her) performs her solo project, a sonic exploration of solo saxophone, words and drones.

Molly McGregor
Puppet performance.

K Zimmer
K (she/they) will be reading poetry from a stash of poems she calls “vignettes.” These vignettes are collections from the city, words as windows into smaller worlds.

Kieran Smyth
Kieran Smyth (he/him) has mainly been performing music with the alt-folk band pomes, but he has been delighted to find himself playing more and more stripped down acoustic sets - such as this one! Kieran's songs aim to honestly express emotions relating to topics such as love, loss, and anxiety.

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Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Intersection Day 2: Joan La Barbara / Eli Keszler / Germaine Liu

Germaine Liu brings her ever mutating group, Imaginary Percussion Ensemble to the Jam Factory. This iteration features Evan Cartwright (Eucalyptus), Kat Estacio (Pantayo), Germaine Liu (the one & only!), Naomi McCarroll-Butler, Heather Saumer, Joe Sorbara, Brandon Valdivia (Not The Wind, Not The Flag, Lido Pimienta), and Mark Zurawinski.

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Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Intersection Day 1: Sarah Hennies / Jason Doell / Clarinet Panic / Mika Posen

Clarinet Panic bring their expanded sax infused ensemble to the public arena for your pleasure, featuring Olivia Shortt and Naomi McCarrol-Butler, along with the regular quartet of trouble makers. Hectic dream jams from cellist Cory Latkovich, avant percussionist/eccentric genius D. Alex Meeks (Hooded Fang, Holiday Rambler), saxophonist Karen Ng (Andy Shauf, Convergence Ensemble, etc) and guitarist Sebastian Shinwell. Clattering ahead like the score to a never ending horror film, inching towards climax as cello and sax play a game of back & forth only to be driven forward by systematically antagonistic drum patterns and their own instrumental curiosity. Rigid breakdowns give way to seemingly free form guitar & sax chaos, only to slam us back in the exacting grid like patterns with more force & precision that ever before. Bastard chamber music meets math rock. Sponsored by Beef Jerky Unlimited.

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Aug
27
9:00 PM21:00

Furniture Music Duo Night

Furniture Music is hosting their second night of duos. A lot of really special collaborations and new music this month.

1) Urquhart/Fournier (new music/new album prep)
2) Naomi McCarroll-Butler/Patrick Smith (duo sax)
3) W H E R E ? (Michael Davidson/Patrick O'Reilly)

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Queer Songbook Orchestra 5 Year Anniversary
Mar
31
7:30 PM19:30

Queer Songbook Orchestra 5 Year Anniversary

Marking 5 years since the inaugural performance of the Queer Songbook Orchestra, which took place at the beloved Videofag in March of 2014, the QSO are gathering to celebrate and reflect on many of the songs, stories and collaborations of the past years. Since that first show to a packed audience of 35 people, the QSO have gone on to perform all across Canada, played many of the countries largest arts festivals, released two albums and a short animated film, performed to kd Lang, and collaborated with over 150 writers, arrangers, musicians, guest singers and narrators from the 2SLGBTQ and allied communities from Whitehorse to St. John’s.

The ensemble will be joined by several special guests as they dive deep into the Songbook and present a mix of QSO classics and some of the lesser played material in the repertoire. All are welcome to join in this evening exploring and celebrating queer experience and the songs most deeply connected to them.

ALL AGES (minors permitted on balcony level only)
FREE TICKETS FOR 2SLGBTQ YOUTH ARE AVAILABLE, please email info@queersongbook.com to have your name placed on the youth list.
$15/Advance - Students, Seniors, Arts Workers (online only)
$20/Advance - General
$25/Door

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Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

House Show: Simone Baron+Naomi McCarroll-Butler / Mingjia Chen / Kohen Hammond

Dufferin and Bloor - send me a message for the address: b.mccarroll.butler@gmail.com

1:
Friend and collaborator Simone Baron (Washington DC) and I are playing a duo set of compositions and improvisations while she’s in town. Simone has a beautiful voice on the accordion and I look forward to exploring together in this intimate setting.

2:
Mingjia Chen performs solo renditions of her beautiful music.

3:
Composer Kohen Hammond presents a collection of new solo pieces for violin, cello, voice and bass clarinet.
Hunab Felix Flores - violin
Jillian Sauerteig - cello
B McCarroll-Butler - bass clarinet
Mingjia Chen - voice

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Mar
19
8:00 PM20:00

DKJO plays the music of Maria Schneider and Christine Jensen

The Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra (DKJO) returns to the beautiful Gallery 345 playing music from two of today's finest big band composers and arrangers - Maria Schneider and Montreal's own Christine Jensen. We will be presenting old and new selections from their repertoire.

20$/10$ Students cash at the door or online

http://www.christinejensenmusic.com/
https://www.mariaschneider.com/

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Mar
10
5:00 PM17:00

The Furniture Music Composition Workshop @ The Tranzac

Back in the Tiki Room with a new panel who's ready to talk about the finer points about those tunes of yours that just aren't sitting quite right. Got something you're having a hard time with? Can't get an idea what it sounds like from Finale (or Sibelius)? Trying something new? Just curious about the process? Come hang out!

Tara Kannangara - Trumpet/Voice
B McCarroll-Butler - Alto Sax
Ashley Urquhart - PIano
Alex Fournier - Bass
Stefan Hegerat - Drums

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Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

CoexistDance with Molly McGregor

Improvising with my dear collaborator, dancer Molly McGregor in coexisDance at Array Space. There will be many other duets between musicians and dancers throughout the evening.

“coexisDance is a duet series with the format, ‘no more than two dancers, no more than two musicians, at least one of each.’  Each piece is about eight or nine minutes long. A coexisDance performance involves eight such pieces, which can be improvised, choreographed, or anything outside of that or in between.”

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