2017 Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence: Colleen Allen

Colleen Allen is an acclaimed and versatile sax player and multi-instrumentalist. Based in Toronto (and a Mohawk grad!), she has performed all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe with world class jazz and pop artists, and is one of Canada’s most in demand musicians for live concerts and recording sessions. She has performed extensively with Molly Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Holly Cole, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Rik Emmett, Marc Jordan, Hilario Duran, The Toronto Blues Review, Andrew Craig, Jackie Richardson, Women With Horns, Cirque Du Soleil, and SoulPepper Theatre.

Whether touring with the celebrated Molly Johnson, or performing in Jazz, Blues, Pop or Gospel showcases, Colleen is one of the most cherished musicians on the Canadian music scene. A dynamic solo performer and flawless ensemble musician, Colleen is known for her gorgeous warm tone, soulful style, and brilliant soloing. A world class musician whose musical talents have touched many audiences around the globe.

Catch Colleen Allen on October 24th with her quartet at Artword Artbar, October 27th at Mills Hardware with Caribbean jazz sextet Kalabash, October 28th at Artword Artbar with the Barry Livingston Group and October 29th at Artword Artbar with Darcy Hepner for ‘Alto & Tenor Madness’!

Genevieve Marentette

Genevieve (Gigi) Marentette has established herself as one of Toronto’s most recognizable and illustrious vocalists. “She has always had the type of voice and stage presence that mesmerizes an audience and is simply one of Canada’s finest singers.” - Jaymz Bee (JAZZFM.91). 

Catch Genevieve Marentette Oct 24th at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St, Hamilton, 8pm. Tickets: $15/$10 for students.


Kalabash is a jazz sextet, formed in Toronto in 1993, focused on using the steel pan as
a lead voice in a jazz ensemble and dedicated to experimenting with the layering of rich jazz harmonies over the folk and popular rhythms of the Caribbean. Since the release of the group’s first CD in 2001, it’s apparent that the result of this fusion is a scintillating blend of North American and Caribbean contemporary jazz expression. While there have been individual steel pan jazz
soloists who work in different contexts, Kalabash is unique as a contemporary jazz ensemble built around the sound of this unique instrument and focused on performing original material. The blend of reeds and flute with the steel pans gives the group a special sound that is certain to make Kalabash a hit with jazz festival audiences across the globe.

Catch Kalabash October 27th at Mills Hardware, 95 King St E, Hamilton, 8pm. Tickets: $20/$15 for students or online.

Barry Livingston Group

The Barry Livingston Group features some of Canada’s best musicians from the jazz and global music scene. Livingston’s evocative compositions incorporate diverse influences from mainstream jazz, European influences (the ECM label), South Indian and Asian music, Latin jazz, and bossa nova.

Catch the Barry Livingston Group October 28th at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St, Hamilton, 8pm. Tickets: $15/$10 for students.

Drew Jurecka

Drew Jurecka (violinist, vocalist) is a Toronto-based violinist who is comfortable in many genres. Trained classically at the Cleveland Institute of Music, during his final year Drew played a solo with the great Dave Brubeck and his quartet at Severance Hall. While at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, a summer program for jazz and aspiring studio musicians, Drew had the opportunity to play at the Hollywood Bowl with Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, and Shirley Horn.

Drew has played, written or arranged on more than 150 records, including several JUNO winning and Grammy nominated albums. He has toured internationally as a sideman and with his own projects. He spent five years on the road with Jeff Healey, and now plays as part of Jill Barber’s regular band.

Catch Drew Jurecka October 25th at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St, Hamilton, 8pm. Tickets: $15/$10 for students.

On Topic

The Music of ‘On Topic’ is a collaborative effort from guitarist Kim Ratcliffe, drummer Aubrey Dayle, and the new blood on the music scene, bassist Brad Cheeseman. The trio was formed in early 2015, and is now putting aside some of their other musical endeavors to bring music to the world in this trio setting. Each member of the group are leaders of their own solo projects as well. ‘On Topic’ is a project where they have an opportunity to express themselves in an environment where it is good to relinquish some control, and work more as a band. This trio will caress you, rock you, and everything in between.

Catch On Topic October 27th at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St, Hamilton, 8pm. Tickets: $15/$10 for students.

Alex Pangman

Although Alex Pangman grew up a couple of generations late to have sung with Teddy Wilson, the vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing. With pipes aplenty, Juno nominee Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the sturdy standards of the classic jazz era.

A superb song stylist with growing compositional chops, the gifted Toronto scenemaker has built a loyal fanbase amongst jazz listeners and dancers alike through her critically acclaimed work with her stacked Alleycats in the studio, nightclubs and concert halls across Canada including three stellar showcases at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Catch Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats October 26th at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St, Hamilton, 8pm. Tickets: $15/$10 for students.

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