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There are a number of charities and initiatives that help to remove obstacles to music-making for young people whose families lack financial resources and for others who face challenges such as folks dwelling in remote communities in the far north.
But Toronto non-profit organization Music Without Barriers is focused on overcoming a different kind of block to performing and composing —that of physical or cognitive impairment.
Judging by the group’s rather cleverly designed logo and its fascinating Facebook page and a MusicWithoutBarriers.com website with even more details, the target group they want to help is those with disabilities such as visual challenges and mobility issues —even including addressing the specific difficulties faced by quadriplegics!
Tonight a group of Humber College music students based around four saxophone players known as the Humber Sax Quartet stages the fourth annual benefit concert to raise funds to further the organization’s goals, including helping those with disabilities to acquire access to technology that can help them express their musicality and working with artists to help them express their musicality and reach their potential.
The show takes place in elegant music listening lounge Burdock at 1184 Bloor St. West a couple of blocks west of Dufferin Street. Doors open at 7 and donation cover is $15, with the concert starting at 7:30.
If you can’t make the show but want to help the cause, you can also donate online from their website. And if you’re cash poor but have old musical instruments, components or other equipment you’re not using and are willing to donate, you can also contact the group through the website and they will arrange to pick them up.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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7-8> “Acoustic Workshop” with host Heather Fielding @ CIUT 89.5 FM broadcast and online
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
6> Andrew Collins Trio @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
6:30> U of T Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Brian Sasaki @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.
*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
7> Divine Council @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $20
7:30> Chris Banks @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7:30> MegaCity Swing Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road ~R&B/Swing
8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8> The Flaming Lips; Clipping @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $45+
9> Ayden Jacobs Project; Wrong Jeremy @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie
**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
9:30> Humber College Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~R&B/Blues; $
**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Dave Lang & John Sladek @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> Jenie Thai @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
*10> live musical theatre open mic @ Statler’s, 487 Church St.
416 – TORONTO EAST
7-10> Smokey Folk @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Bluegrass; 0$
8:30-10:30> Tracey Gallant @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Jazz/Soul/Blues
*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.
*9-12> The Out of Towners @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.
*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.; 0$
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst also featuring Anthony Cee & Rick Anderson host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*8-11> open stage with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.
*9-1> open jam with The Repairmen @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Chelsea McBride Jazz Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
7> Hayden Farrar Quintet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
*7> “Songwriter Search” showcase with various artists: Sherry Jacoby; Fletch Gull; Shealagh Rose; Kristy Hagerman; James R. King @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen ST. W. ~songwriters; 0$
7:30> Humber Sax Quartet fundraiser for 4th annual Music Without Barriers @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz; $15
*7:30> Balfolk @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~French Folk music & dance; $5-10/pwyc
8> Jens Lekman; Lisa/Liza @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $22.50
*8-11> Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. ~Blues
*8> open jam with The Pumpinheadz @ The Wicket Pub, 1671 Bloor St. W.
*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Bluegrass
*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.
10> Parkside Drive @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers/originals; 0$
9-1> Tim Hamel Trio & guest @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9:30> Adrean Farrugia Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz tribute to Keith Jarrett; pwyc
*10> open mic with host Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.
*5> open mic @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener
*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener
*8-2> Matt Weidinger @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic originals & covers
9:30> Turk and the Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo
*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8> Fiddlehead Soup @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~eclectic violinist “chamber Folk”
9> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.
*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket
*8> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country
11> Mary Simon @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton
*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Catherine Harrison @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
*9-1> Sil Simone Trio @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
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