12:30 PM12:30

Constant/Gray Duo & Incandescent Cat-Dude

A rare noon set at the Tranzac. Join us for: 

Constant / Gray
"A duo project featuring Rebecca Gray (voice) and Sara Constant (flutes), working with an emphasis on contemporary chamber music / multimedia / new music theatre / interdisciplinary collaboration."

Followed by a group I’m excited to join for this show:

Incandescent Cat-Dude
"The music of the 17-piece big band Incandescent Cat-Dude showcases classical, cinematic music illustrating images such as a delusional, inept superhero who is half-cat, half-dude, a gravelord who found the Souls of Lords within the flame, and a gluttonous monster that will engulf the world."

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8:00 PM20:00

b mcc-b / Kristen Zimmer, Kontraband Kollectif, Greene / Theriot

Playing a duo set with poet Kristen Zimmer at the Tranzac.

Stay for:

Justin Greene and Elizabeth Theriot (Tuscaloosa)

Kontraband Kollectif (Toronto).

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The Queer Songbook Orchestra: Anthems & Icons
8:00 PM20:00

The Queer Songbook Orchestra: Anthems & Icons

I'll be joining the special once-in-a-lifetime choir addition to the Queer Songbook Orchestra's stellar lineup. They do amazing work and I'm honoured and excited to join them in this performance.
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June 17 at 8:00PM
The Chamber
$20 advance, $25 at the door, $16 students & seniors

The Queer Songbook Orchestra return to Buddies for their fourth annual Queer Pride appearance. Aligned with the release of the ensemble's first studio album, Anthems & Icons, this evening also marks the world premiere screening of Reach the Sky, a short stop motion animation the QSO have developed over the winter months. The QSO have grown tremendously since their first show at Videofag in 2014, and this evening is an opportunity to bring to the stage a selection of the best material the ensemble has developed to date.

Featuring several special guests from our Toronto queer community.

**Limited number of free tickets available to 2SLGBTQ youth by emailing**


Part of Queer Pride 2018 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre presents
June 8-24

Festival Sponsor: TD Bank Group

Buddies celebrates Queer Pride with a month-long festival of theatre, comedy, art, music, and parties that feature the very best queer entertainers our community has to offer.

Box Office 416-975-8555

Accessibility: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is an accessible building. For more information and resources, visit

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TCML 2018 Showcase
8:00 PM20:00

TCML 2018 Showcase

Come see the premiere of many new compositions with a fantastic ensembles made up of emerging composers and performers from around the world.

$15 Regular
$10 Members
$12 Advance


Join us for a unique, varied program of contemporary music that will be developed as part of the 2018 Toronto Creative Music Lab (TCML).

TCML is an annual artistic and professional development workshop for early-career musicians and composers with experiences ranging from jazz, classical, improvisation, and beyond. TCML brings 40 artists from around the world together in a peer-mentored, 8-day workshop that fosters professional development, artistic growth, collaborative learning, and community building through workshops, rehearsals, social events, panel discussions, and performance.
Audiences will experience 10 new works that have been developed at 918 Bathurst in the week leading up to the concert.


Please note that there are 3 steps to the entrance at 918 Bathurst. Inside the venue there is a short staircase to the basement and a short staircase to the hall. 918 Bathurst has gendered washrooms.

You can learn more about the Toronto Creative Music Lab at

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Decoration Day House Concert
7:30 PM19:30

Decoration Day House Concert

  • Davenport and Bathurst (email for address) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

~ please send an email to Ben or a message to the decoration day fb page for the address ~

8pm doors / $10 cover

8:30 PM Cole Blouin
(GENRE: MUSIC OF MOUNTAINS aka irresistible)
Cole Blouin is an improvisational guitarist, composer and songwriter whose music wanders in the wilderness between the singer-songwriter, jazz, contemporary classical, and American folk traditions. His work has been described by Tin Hat's Carla Kihlstedt as being "very beautiful and very strange". Formerly a liberal arts student at Oberlin College, he now studies Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory.

9:30 PM decoration day
Led by songwriters Justin Orok and Tiffany Wu, Decoration Day is a chamber-folk group based in Toronto. Bringing together musicians from classical, indie rock, and improvised music circles, the group’s approach to traditional song forms is striking and wholly unique. Fluttering acoustic guitars and crystalline vocals rest atop a soft sound field of violin, harmonium, vibraphone and bass clarinet.
tldr; randy newman vs nick drake who will win

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Ben McCarroll-Butler Quartet
8:30 PM20:30

Ben McCarroll-Butler Quartet

Come and hear some new music, composed and improvised, inspired by Alice Coltrane, Steves Coleman and Reich, The Dirty Projectors and our lived experiences in a bizarre, unmapped universe beyond the scope of our tiny human minds.

Ben McCarroll-Butler: alto and soprano sax
Deniz Lim-Sersan: keyboard
Sarah Thawer: drums
Hayden Farrar: bass

- $10 / PWYC -

Vibraphonist Michael Davidson plays the music of Thelonious Monk at 6pm.

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Music By and For Ken Aldcroft XVII: Floradores Saxophone Quartet
10:00 PM22:00

Music By and For Ken Aldcroft XVII: Floradores Saxophone Quartet


i. Mark Zurawinski & Friends
Brian Abbot (guitar) Jonathan Adjemian (synth) Andrew Furlong (bass) Germaine Liu (vibes) Mark Zurawinski (drums)

ii. Floradores
Jeff LaRochelle (tenor saxophone, clarinets) Ben McCarroll-Butler (alto saxophone, clarinets) Emily Steinwell (tenor and soprano saxophones) Patrick Smith (baritone saxophone)

BY & FOR is a monthly presentation in celebration of the life and music of guitarist, composer, educator, and producer Ken Aldcroft who left us far too early in September 2016.

Among myriad important contributions to creative music in Toronto—and well beyond—Ken presented live concerts of adventurous music on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tranzac Club. Joe Sorbara, Aldcroft's long-time friend and collaborator, began running By & For in place of Ken's monthly in December 2016.

The primary goal of the series is to make space for new interpretations of Aldcroft's compositions by an ever-broadening circle of creative musicians interested in spending some time with his music and sharing what they find. True to his dedication to original music, the series also encourages performances of music composed by the series' performers in tribute to Ken; very much including free improvisation/ instant composition.

A sort-of "real book" collection of compositions by and for Ken Aldcroft is gradually being assembled in support of the series' participants. Please stay tuned for more developments and please be in touch if you are interested in taking part in the series and/or contributing an original composition to the by & for book.

The Tranzac can be found at 292 Brunswick Avenue in Toronto

Shows start promptly at 10pm
on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise stated)

Events are PWYC (with a suggested cover of $10)

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DKJO featuring Allison Au
6:30 PM18:30

DKJO featuring Allison Au

DKJO presents an exciting evening of big band music featuring young and upcoming musicians and composers/arrangers from across the GTA in conjunction with special guest soloist Allison Au. 
This is the second of three big band concerts presented by Lula Loungeeach showcasing a different generation of players and writers. 

Doors 6:30 Music 7:30
$15 General
$10 Students/Seniors/Advance
Dinner reservations guarantee seating
Reserve at 416-588-0307 or

Allison Au

Juno-award winning Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger, Allison Au refuses to be defined. Born to a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and raised in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Allison found music as a young child. Exposed to a wide array of musical styles, she was captivated by the unhinged freedom of Jazz. Jazz became Allison’s lab for self-expression, exploration, and musical experimentation. Her work weaves a mosaic of influences into a seamless and soulful sound, a concoction steeped in the tradition of Jazz but skillfully laced with elements of Classical, Pop, R&B/hip hop, Latin, and world music. 

Au’s music transports you to a place where instrumentals ring bold and emotions run free. Melodies cascade and collide, highlighting Au’s gift for layering voices and rhythms. Her writing showcases the color and character of each instrument, while providing ample room for her band mates to push her compositions to new heights.

DKJO is an 18 piece big band lead by composer/saxophonist Dennis Kwok. The band consists of young and upcoming musicians/composers from the Greater Toronto Area and endeavors to constantly present new original works as well as classic repertoire of this enduring tradition. 

Dennis Kwok - Composer/Arranger

Caity Gyorgy

Ben McCarroll-Butler
Sophia Smith
Matt Lagan
Kyle Tarder-Stoll
Jonathan Lau

Aidan Sibley
Nick Marshall
Andrew Gormley
Inayat Kassam

Megan Jutting
Alexei Ozerov
Paul Callander
Mason Victoria

Augustine Yates
Jon Wielebnowski
Jacob Wutzke

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