SPRING SERIES @ POETRY JAZZ CAFÉ
POETRY JAZZ CAFÉ – 224 Augusta Avenue
Tuesday, March 14 – Alana Bridgewater Trio
Tuesday, March 21 – Robi Botos Trio
Tuesday, March 28 – Heather Bambrick Trio
Showtimes: 7-8pm and 9-10pm
10pm onward DJ Vania – Vinyl selections
$20 Cash Cover @ the door
Singer-songwriter, broadcaster, O.C. and philanthropist Molly Johnson has been hard at work in Kensington Market. Johnson conceived the inaugural Kensington Market Jazz Festival in September of 2016. Over 100 performances over 3 days & nights in 9 venues, including over 200 Toronto-based musicians who performed to sold-out houses and engaged audiences. Venues enjoyed solid crowds and steady business, which is far from the norm in a live music landscape that sees venues folding on a weekly basis.
“I knew that the only way to do this was to keep it simple. I’m not touching money,” says Johnson. “The artists take the door and the bar keeps the bar. No tickets are pre-sold online, so music lovers have to show up to get their seat. “
“There is a lot of talk of Toronto being a “Music City” and certainly in terms of talent we are there, but in New Orleans, Nashville and Austin you have music neighbourhoods, and that is why we have focused on Kensington Market, it’s the perfect live music destination.”
After the festival, KMJF decided to keep the buzz alive with an 8-week Winter Sunday Jazz Brunch series in January and February 2016 at Trinity Common, 303 Augusta. The focus was instrumental jazz, with cover charge $12 or FREE for kids 16 and under. Artists included Jane Bunnett, Don Thompson and Mike Murley.
Coming up next, Molly & her team partner with Poetry Jazz Café (224 Augusta Avenue), an authentic jazz club in Kensington Market. Since opening 5 years ago, owner Sean Pascalle has successfully cultivated an underground following of younger patrons and devoted jazz fans alike, thanks to the club’s inviting décor, sophisticated cocktail menu and programme of young up-and-comers in the jazz scene. KMJF will present a Spring Series at Poetry featuring luminary artists on Tuesday nights from March 14 – April 25. The series will kick off in March with three exciting artists: soulful powerhouse Alana Bridgewater on March 14, JUNO-winning piano treasure Robi Botos on March 21 and this year’s JUNO nominee for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year Heather Bambrick on March 28. More artists to be announced atwww.kensingtonjazz.com