sunday jazz brunch at la bastringue

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Hey friends! Over the next two months Marie-Claire Durand and I will be bringing alternating Sunday solo concerts to La Bastringue in Petite Patrie, Montreal. Marie-Claire Durand is active as a pianist, vocalist, composer, as well as arranger and teacher. Her latest album, Peu de mots, is a dreamy and crystalline work, at once strong and fragile. Also she’s my good pal!

The first Sunday jazz brunch is happening today from 11:30am to 1:30pm and I will be kicking things off! Below is the schedule May and June. Looking forward to seeing you there!

May 3: Renée
May 10: Marie-Claire
May 17: Renée
May 24: Marie-Claire
May 31: Renée

June 7: special guest
June 14: Marie-Claire
June 21: Renée
June 28: Marie-Claire

Jazz Brunch with Marie-Claire Durand and Renée Yoxon
Sundays, 11:30am – 1:30pm, pay what you can
La Bastringue
1335, rue Beaubien Est
514 903 9222

two shows in montreal this week

Hello friends! I am doing two performances in Montreal this week, one with a huge ensemble of singers, and one with a very small one. I’m very excited about both shows so if you’re in Montreal this week I would love if you would join me. Details are below:

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Cole Porter: Rearranged – Night and Day

Come spend a night listening to the music of the great Cole Porter (1891–1964), a famous pianist and prolific songwriter. All his pieces will be arranged and sung by the students of Ranee Lee.

Venez redécouvrir la musique du fameux Cole Porter (1891-1964), un célèbre pianiste et compositeur prolifique. Ses pièces seront réarrangées par les étudiants et étudiantes de la classe de Ranee Lee.

Vocalists: Sarah Bakirci, Michelle (Mimi) Klein, Sarah Rossy, Emilie Samson, Robert Stefaniuk, Denise Trimm , Emma Elbourne – Weinstock, Asia Harvey Wright , Leon Yu Xinzhuo, Renee Yoxon

Instrumentalists: Michael Go (guitar), Thomas Sauve (drums), Chris Tauchner (piano), Francis Viau (bass)

Tuesday, February 10, 8pm
Tanna Schulich Hall, New Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke Street W, Montreal, QC
The concert is free and no tickets are required.
Le concert est gratuit et vous n’avez pas à vous procurer de billets.

Click here to RSVP on facebook.

Accessibility: No steps to get into The New Music Building but the door switch doesn’t work on the way in. There is an elevator to the second floor where people usually enter, but there are no seats in the very back. You can enter on the ground level and sit in the first row with a mobility aid but sometimes the doors are locked. Access can be requested on the 2nd floor.

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Marie-Claire Durand + Renée Yoxon au café Résonance

21h: Renée Yoxon (piano/voice) et Francis Leduc-Bélanger (trumpet)
www.reneeyoxon.com

22h: Marie-Claire Durand (piano/voice) et Joel Kerr (bass)
www.marieclairedurand.com

Musique et chansons originales, en français & en anglais !

Friday, February 13, 9pm
Café Résonance, 5175A Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC
PWYC

Click here to RSVP on facebook.

Accessibility: Résonance has 7 steps down into the venue. The restaurant mostly level (there is one small raised seating section). There are booth seats and chairs with backs. The washrooms are large but there are no guard rails or door switches. Street parking only.

Can’t get to Montreal tonight? Catch the concert live stream!

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Tonight marks the beginning of my three-city mini-tour! Hooray! If you live in Montreal you should definitely join me, Chad Linsley, and Joel Kerr at Upstairs Jazz Club. If you live in Ottawa or Toronto you should definitely come to our shows at the Tiny House Mansion or Musideum.

If you can’t make it to any of these places then fear not! You are in luck! Tonight’s concert will be live streamed at upstairsjazz.com. Just tune in at 8:30pm, 10:15pm, and 12am to catch all the action.

See you tonight!

upcoming concerts: montreal // ottawa // toronto

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Hooray! I’m happy to announce three amazing concert dates in three amazing cities. I’ll be playing with Chad Linsley in Montreal on September 26th, Ottawa on October 4th, and Toronto on October 11th. Full details can be found on my concerts page.

For the last few months Chad and I have been working on music that reflects on childhood. We collected tunes from film adaptations of children’s stories and songs about magic, dreaming, and the urge to run away. The music is imaginative, intimate, vulnerable, carefree, questioning, and melancholy. I’m so excited to share this project with you.

Here is a recording of Chad and I playing Little Prince, the title theme from the musical adaptation of the book Let Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


All three venues have limited seating so please reserve your seat early. If you have any questions about any of these dates please leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you right away.

renée yoxon at the artistic showcase hosted by brandon wint

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Brandon Wint hosts a monthly artistic showcase at Pressed in Ottawa. I’m honoured to have been asked to participate and will be performing a solo set alongside a collection of diverse, warm-hearted, powerful and expressive human beings. Brandon has this to say:

In March, The Artistic Showcase reached magical, transcendent heights. In April, we will stretch ourselves to embrace love, warmth, community and artistry yet again. We will embrace the magic and beauty of the human condition and celebrate it through art and unity. :). It will be the first time we’ll invite jazz, revolutionary folk music, spoken word poetry, contemporary dance and film into the warm space of Pressed (750 Gladstone ave) on the same night.

On April 22nd, The Artistic Showcase will welcome featured performances by:

RENEE YOXON (http://www.reneeyoxon.com/)

KAY’LA FRASER

TITO MEDINA (http://www.reverbnation.com/titomedina)

and special guest performances by:

SONIA AWAD (Son Jamma)

CRAIG ALLEN CONOLEY (http://partusfilms.com/)

KAY KASSIRER

As always, The Artistic Showcase will be hosted by Brandon Wint (www.brandonwint.ca)

Click here to RSVP on facebook.

The Artistic Showcase hosted by Brandon Wint
Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
7pm, $10

Click through for accessibility info.

upcoming performance: winter jazz festival, feb 14

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Hello fabulous readers. I know my events calendar has been a little sparse as of late but I will be explaining this in a future post so expect that very soon. On the bright side, I’m happy to announce that I have a performance coming up in Ottawa on Friday, February 14th at 5pm, at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage as part of the Winter Jazz Festival. I’m really excited about this performance because I will be joined by Montreal’s own Jeff Johnston on piano and Fraser Hollins on bass, and I have prepared an entirely new set of material. It will be strongly influenced by Norma Winstone, Irene Kral, and Abbey Lincoln. It will be dramatic and sorrowful and introspective. In other words – a perfect valentine’s day date!

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Ottawa Jazz Festival website. More information here.

weekend inspiration: emma frank quartet – life flows in


Every so often I am mesmerized by a video of a singer. There’s something about witnessing great command of the instrument that makes me unable to turn away. The last time it happened was with this clip of Diane Schuur singing Love Dance. Emma Frank has taken the torch from Diane Schuur.

If you’re in Montreal this Wednesday, December 11, Emma Frank will be at Upstairs starting at 8:30pm. More details here.

highlights: casual friday, spoonie jewellery, and party planning!

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Hey look it’s a picture of my face! Thanks to Monica Ferguson for snapping that one. On Friday Mark Ferguson and I participated in the National Arts Centre’s very first Casual Friday. It was a beautiful evening and everyone I talked to was having a great time. I’ll have to attend the next event in the series as an audience member and food eater instead of a performer.

You can’t tell in the photo but I was wearing my brand new silver spoon necklace that I got from The Paper Poppy Store on Etsy. You may remember from this post that the spoon is the symbol of chronic illness, based on The Spoon Theory of chronic illness by Christine Miserandino. Lately I’ve started to appreciate and accept my life with chronic illness so I thought I’d start wearing my spoonie pride around my neck.

I also got NW by Zadie Smith but I haven’t gotten very far yet.

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Lastly, I spent time this week getting everything ready for The End of Live Jazz Monday which is happening tonight! Everything is place for a great big goodbye party. We can’t wait to see you there! Click here for details and click here to RSVP on facebook.

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videos from live jazz monday // the end of live jazz monday is coming, nov 4

Thanks to our resident videographer, Austin Cooke, I have two more Live Jazz Monday videos to share with you. Thanks, Austin!

I also want to remind my Ottawa readers that our four-year residency at Mercury Lounge is coming to an end on November 4th and François Gravel and I would really love to have you there to say goodbye and celebrate the end of an era.

The event will take place on Monday, November 4th. There will be delicious treats, surprise guests, and of course – beautiful music. Entrance is free and the party will begin around 8:30pm with the performance starting at 9pm. See you there! Click here for more details and click here to RSVP on facebook.

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this weekend: merrickville’s jazz festival

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This Sunday, Mark Ferguson and I are at the Baldachin Inn for Merrickville’s Jazz Festival. Details below!

What: Renée Yoxon & Mark Ferguson at Merrickville’s Jazz Festival
Where: Baldachin Inn, 111 St Lawrence St Merrickville, ON
When: October 20, 12pm – 2pm
Tickets: $15, reservations must also be made with the Baldachin Inn ((613) 269-4223)

http://www.merrickvillesjazzfest.com/
http://www.baldachin.com/
http://www.reneeyoxon.com/event/renee-yoxon-mark-ferguson-merrickville-jazz-fest/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1424320577789237/