Dec 5: Craig Pedersen // Mark Molnar // Matt Rogalsky @ Musical Chairs


Musical Chairs
330 Division St (at York)
Doors at 7, music at 8!
$8 / PWYC

Tone Deaf is happy to present CRAIG PEDERSEN’s
CUT AND GOUGE: solo trumpet tour

There will also be performances by:
MARK MOLNAR – Ottawa cellist, composer
MATT ROGALSKY – Kingston sound artist
(more info coming soon!)

Craig Pedersen is out on his CUT AND GOUGE solo-trumpet cross-Canada CD-release tour. At each stop on the tour, he’ll be joined by some of the musicians he most admires – in this case, Matt Rogalsky and Ottawa’s Mark Molnar. More information about the tour and the new disc at

Craig Pedersen is trumpet player and experimental musician living in Montréal, Canada. Since 2011, Craig has released nine albums, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer, in a variety of ensembles. Recent highlights of this work have included collaborations and/or performances with Joe Morris, Shayna Dulberger, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore). His method book exploring extended techniques for the trumpet, Trumpet Sound Effects, was published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.

Mark Molnar plays strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, 1/4 Tonne Spike Pitcher (Nick Keupfer and Eric Craven), Generator (John Higney and Jamie Gulliksen), Mice (Bennett Bedoukian and Dave Clark), and in duos and a variety of configurations with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, James Annett, David Broscoe, Jamie Gulliksen, Linsey Wellman, and Bennett Bedoukian. He also plays erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun.

Dec 11: KJE @ Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church


Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church
200 Norman Rogers Drive – Kingston
$25 & $20 – Available at the door
Military & Students: $15

Join 19 of Kingston’s finest jazz professionals and music educators for this very special one night performance featuring Swinging BIG BAND and COMBO arrangements of traditional standards as well as timeless Christmas favorites like Jingle Bells, Sleigh Ride, I’ll be Home for Christmas, and more.

Information: Call 613-546-9868

Oct 17: The Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble Tribute to Dave Brubeck @ The Grand Theatre


Saturday October 17th
7:30 pm
The Grand Theatre
more information here

Tickets are:
A Section $37.50
B Section $27.50
C Section $19.50
plus HST and handling fee

In 1950-60, very few American jazz artists have had as much influence and were as popular as Dave Brubeck. The Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble with special guest pianist François Bourassa are proud to present a brand new production, Tribute to Dave Brubeck, performing the music of Brubeck’s celebrated band, also recognized thanks to the excellent saxophonist Paul Desmond. “Take Five,” “Blue Rondo a la Turk” and several other compositions from the album Time Out are included in the program – one of the most famous and best-selling albums in the history of jazz.

Featuring music from his latest CD.

Remi Bolduc, alto saxophone
François Bourassa, piano
Fraser Hollins, bass
Dave Laing, drums

Sep 20: The Greg Runions Septet @ The Isabel


Sunday, September 20th
The Isabel Bader Centre for the Arts
The Rehearal Hall

Tickets available at the door or from

This should be a good one – the septet featuring some old and new music from Greg Runions and a few works by Canadian master Kenny Wheeler!

  • Dave Barton – guitar
  • Mike Cassells – drums
  • Brian Dickenson – piano
  • John MacLeod – trumpet
  • Artie Roth – bass
  • Greg Runions – vibes
  • Jon Stewart – sax

Aug 22 and 23: Canadian Songbook at the Baby Grand

Music lovers are sure to be interested in this upcoming concert:

The Baby Grand is the perfect venue for the intimate performance of “Canadian Songbook”, a celebration of the music of our Canadian Singer/Songwriters

ARTISAN Entertainment presents “CANADIAN SONGBOOK” August 22nd, at 8:00pm and August 23rd at 2:30pm.

Join CLIFF EDWARDS, CRAIG JONES, KEN HALL, DAN CHARBONNEAU, SELINA CHIARELLI and DUNCAN HOLT as they perform the great songs from some of our Internationally known Artists. K.D.Lang, Bryan Adams, Bruce Cockburn, Jann Arden, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young are featured in a musical tribute to those Artists whose songs have become known world-wide. The show features the hits “If You Could Read My Mind”, “Insensitive”, “Lady Chatelaine”, “Run To You” “Heart Of Gold” “Constant Craving” and “She’s Come Undone”. These are just a few of the songs featured in this wonderful intimate presentation from some if Kingston’s most talented musicians and performers.

“Canadian Songbook” August 22nd, 23rd in the Baby Grand.
Call the Grand Theatre Box Office 613-530-2050 or at
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Highlights of the 5th Annual Porch Jazz Parade posted!

Porch Jazz is a fun romp through the streets with pit stops for concerts highlighting many of Kingston’s best jazz acts along the way.

For our 5th Annual Parade, the sounds of The Lemon Bucket Orkestra and the Woodshed Orchestra carried parade goers en route to the Skeleton Park Arts Festival. At each location, local jazz ensembles played a half-hour set. There was dancing in the streets at this kid- and family-friendly event!

Upcoming Jazz: a feast of local talent

Hello jazz lovers!

As you can see from these upcoming shows, local jazz is thriving in Kingston. Look what we have to look forward to:

Thursday July 23 and 30th 8-11: Ornette Coleman Tribute concerts @ musikkii 


Thu, Jul.23 and Thu, Jul.30
Musikkii Cafe
73 Brock St.
Pay What You Can

In tribute to the late great Ornette Coleman, Inside Out will be playing two tribute concerts at Musikkii Cafe. These shows will be all Ornette’s music and largely focus on the earlier albums such asTomorrow Is The Question and The Shape of Jazz To Come.

Inside Out is the brainchild of Benji Perosin (trumpet) and Jonathan Stewart (saxophones), with Paul Clifford (bass) and Rich Bannard (drums). The chord-less format of the band allows the horns much freedom in interpreting harmony and form, and there is much group improvisation.

Friday July 24 6-9:  The 20th Century Band featuring Craig Jones and friends @ Monte’s


Saturday July 25 9-12: Big Phat Horn Band @ The RCHA


Sunday July 26 12-2pm: Le Chien Noir All-Stars @  Le Chien Noir

OPEN-AIR LIVE JAZZ BRUNCH! On the terrace for live Jazz featuring the ‘Le Chien Noir All-Stars’, Sunday’s from 12-2PM.

Tuesday July 28 6-9pm: Tuesday night jazz @ Olivea

Tuesday night live Jazz at Olivea has become a Kington tradition among jazz lovers. There is no cover charge, just come and enjoy the music of Spencer Evans, the Downtown Trio, or the Dave Barton Trio while you dine on fabulous Italian food. The bands rotate from week to week – check out the schedule below. They play from 6 – 9pm every Tuesday.

The Downtown Trio: James Wannamaker – Saxophone; Sean Jensen – Drums; Noah St. Amand – Bass

Spencer Evans – Vocals, Keyboard, Clarinet; and Bob Arlidge on Bass

The Dave Barton Trio features Dave Barton on Guitar with Bass (Paul Clifford or Doug Rooks) and Vocals (Amanda Balsys, Michelle Kaz or Susan Graff)

  • July 28 – Spencer Evans
  • August 4 – Dave Barton Trio
  • August 11 – Downtown Trio
  • August 18 – Dave Barton Trio
  • August 25 – Spencer Evans