Gigs At A Glance

May 26 – Debbie Fleming CD Release with Hampton Avenue, Jazz Bistro, Toronto
May 28 – Strings Across Asia, Small World Music Centre, Toronto
May 31 – City Choir, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Toronto
June 1 – The Throwdown, Linsmore Tavern, Toronto
June 4 – Oriana Women’s Choir with Autorickshaw Trio, Grace Church On-The-Hill, Toronto
June 5 – Ilios Steryannis Quartet, The Rex, Toronto
June 7-June 26 – Autorickshaw Trio/FreePlay Duo European Tour
July 6 – Sightreading/Eartraining Masterclass, Miles Nadal JCC, Toronto
July 9 – Toronto Art Blast, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto
July 11-15 – Summer Institute for Creative Adults, Miles Nadal Centre, Toronto
July 13 – Robert Missen’s Revolver at 50, Toronto
July 16 – Autorickshaw, Uptown Jazz Festival, Waterloo
July 17 – Beaches Jazz Festival A Cappella Stage, Woodbine Park, Toronto
July 29 – Hampton Avenue, Niagara Jazz Festival, Niagara On The Lake
Aug 1 – Mike Lalonde Trio, Yorkville Park, Toronto

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Gig Details


Thursday, May 26, 9pm – Debbie Fleming CD Release Featuring Hampton Avenue, Jazz Bistro, Toronto

Debbie’s just released her latest CD, “Back to Bacharach,” and it’s pretty fantastic. Hampton Avenue sang some backups on it, so we’ll be part of this special night, as well as doing an opening set. 9pm, Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St, Toronto. Tickets

Saturday, May 28, 8pm – Strings Across Asia, Small World Music Centre, Toronto

Connecting traditions from a wealth of Asian musical traditions, Toronto erhu player Amely Zhou has assembled a compelling lineup of musicians. Each brings with them a depth of experience in a range of disciplines – from Chinese traditional music and Indian rhythms, to contemporary jazz – that will add up to an evening of cross-cultural fireworks. Featuring members of Toronto groups Spire, Autorickshaw and more: Amely Zhou, erhu; Wendy Zhou, pipa; Mohammad Aman, tar; Ed Hanley, tabla; Dylan Bell, keyboard, guitar & bass. Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St, Toronto. Details

Tuesday, May 31, 7:30pm – Toronto City Choir, Songs Of Freedom, Toronto

Suba’s one of the co-directors of this fine community group, and I’m coming in to play a little piano and sing along with the tenors. St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 188 Carlton St., Toronto. Details

Wednesday, June 1, 8pm – The Throwdown, Linsmore Tavern, Toronto

I’ll be playing keys for Toronto’s newest funk band! The Throwdown features some of Toronto’s funkiest musicians: Wendy Irvine, Dave Patel, TJ Whitelaw and Ian DeSouza. Come get yer groove on! Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, Toronto. Details

Saturday June 4, 8pm – Oriana Women’s Choir with Autorickshaw Trio, Toronto

Led by our dear friend Mitchell Pady, Oriana Women’s Choir invites us to perform at their year-end concert, with arrangements and original compositions by Suba Sankaran.  Grace-Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto. Details

Sunday June 5, 9:30pm – Ilios Steryannis Quartet, The Rex, Toronto

I’m excited about this one: I’ll be playing Ilios’ jazz-funk-fusion music along with Ilios (drums) and badass musicians Elena Kapeleris (sax) and Eric St. Laurent (guitar). Should be seriously groovy! 194 Queen St West, Toronto. Details

Tuesday June 7-Sunday June 26 – Autorickshaw Trio/FreePlay Duo European Tour

Again in the “it’s been too long….” category, Autorickshaw Trio is heading to Europe for the first time since 2009! Catch us in the following places:

June 7, eve – workshop with SOUND, London, UK
June 8, eve – Nehru Centre, London, UK
June 9, eve – concert with SOUND and Techtonics, London, UK. Venue TBC
June 10, eve – workshop with Mikado, Kassel, Germany
June 12 – workshops and concerts presented by Ulrich Diehl, Bad Camberg, Germany.
June 17-19 – workshops and concerts in Liberec, Czech Republic and Mittleherwigsdorf, Germany
June 24 – Workshop/Concert, Officine Musicali, Legnano, Italy
June 25 – Workshop/Concert with Domino Vocal Group, Fossano, Italy
June 26 – Workshop/Concert with IMT Vocal Project, Thiene, Italy

Wednesday July 6 – Sightreading and Eartraining Workshops, Toronto

Struggling with learning your notes in choir? Tired of being the “leaner?” Or, maybe you just want brush up on your sight reading and ear training. Based on feedback from SICA (Summer Institute for Creative Adults) participants, acclaimed performer and masterclass instructor Dylan Bell has created a three-hour program designed to connect the notes on the page to the sounds in your ears. All experience levels are welcome. Two classes, 3pm and 6pm. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto.

Saturday July 9 – Dylan Bell Solo, Toronto Art Blast

A rare appearance by Dylan the Solo Artist! Who knows what I’ll pull out… likely all the instruments, some looping, and some original music. I don’t do this often, so come on out! Artscape Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood Avenue, Toronto. Details

July 11-15 – Summer Institute for Creative Adults, Toronto

This summer I’ll be joining many of Toronto’s top singers and educators for this summer program for vocalists. Open to singers of any experience! Details

Wednesday July 13 – Robert Missen’s “Revolver at 50,” Toronto

Impressario Robert Missen celebrates both his birthday and the 50th anniversary of the classic Beatles album! I’ll be singing with Hampton Avenue and FreePlay Duo. Details TBA.

Saturday July 16 – Autorickshaw at the Uptown Jazz Festival, Waterloo

It’s not often enough that Autorickshaw plays as the full quintet, so when we do, it’s worth seeing! Main Stage, Waterloo City Centre, 100 Regina St South, Waterloo. Details

Sunday July 17 – Beaches Jazz Festival

It’s all-Dylan, all the time! I’ll be onstage all afternoon with four different a cappella groups. The lineup:

1:00-1:40 – Retrocity
2:00-2:40 – The Watch
3:00-3:40 – Hampton Avenue
4:00-4:40 – FreePlay Duo

Location TBC, but likely in Woodbine Park. Just follow the sound of harmony and you’ll find us! After all that singing, you’re more than welcome to buy me a beer. Or, one per singing group.

Friday July 29 – Hampton Avenue, Niagara Jazz Festival, Niagara on the Lake

Hampton Avenue helps kick off this festival with a late set at the “Jazz In The Clubs” part of the festival. 10:30-1am. Details

Tuesday August 1 – Michael Lalonde Trio, Yorkvillie

Mike and I have been playing together since we were kids in high school, and it’s always a pleasure. This time, it’s an afternoon outdoor appearance at Yorkville Park from 1:30-4:30. No better way to spend the Holiday Monday! Details