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Canada's Music Incubator: Artist Extravaganza

Rivoli, 334 Queen Street West, Toronto

Canada's Music Incubator Presents:

CMIAE Artist Extravaganza

October 13th, 2016 The Rivoli PWYC / $10 suggested

Featuring Artist Entrepreneurs from our 11th #CMIAE Program! Mack Davis Mel Dubé Ori Dagan Raine Zatara RIVER PATHAK Benjamin Barrile Charmie Command Sisters CRiSTiNA Dallas & The Funky Ducklings Dan Taylor Erik Flowchild

Scat Singing Workshop @ Culture Days

Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen Street West, Toronto

Ori Dagan grew up studying classical piano and upon hearing Ella Fitzgerald’s genius scat solos, decided to devote his life to jazz music. He began taking vocal lessons in his late teens and spent a decade studying voice formally at both York University (BFA 2007) where he studied jazz vocals and classical voice, and later at Humber College where he honed his skills as an improviser and songwriter. As an educator, Ori enjoys teaching privately and has had the pleasure of working with a variety of age groups, including workshops at elementary schools, universities and community centres. His philosophy is to expose each student to the inherent joy of jazz improvisation.

Ori Dagan was recently featured on blogTO as one of the Top 10 Singing Lessons in Toronto.

Workshop is from 12-1pm and is FREE!

Kensington Market Jazz Festival

Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave, Toronto

Singers Showcase Fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Canada! Mark Kieswetter on piano; also appearing that set will be Billy Newton-Davis, Jaymz Bee, John Alcorn, Julian Fuego and Patrick Morrison. Also appearing over the weekend for the same charity will be Measha Brueggergosman, Jim Cuddy, Ivana Santilli, and Marc Jordan to name a few. Admission to the BGCAN fundraiser is by donation, cash and cheque donations accepted at the door. Other shows cover charge $10-$25; Tom's Place Piano Room is free and Hotbox Cafe Guitar Room is Pay-What-You-Can. The inaugural Kensington Market Jazz Festival: September 16, 17, 18 rare chance to see Carol Welsman, Brandi Disterheft, Jane Bunnett, Sophie Milman, Larnell Lewis and many others. NO ADVANCE TICKETS, CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR! Follow @kensingtonjazz Full details at www.kensingtonjazz.com

Sneak Preview: "Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole"

Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street, Toronto

Ori Dagan's brand new tribute project to Nat King Cole combines fresh takes on cherished classics with five new original songs inspired by Cole's life and musical legacy. with: Mark Kieswetter - piano Nathan Hiltz - guitar Ross MacIntyre - bass and special guest "Canada's Sweetheart of Swing" Alex Pangman! Music Charge $15.00 Reservations Recommended: Call 416-363-5299

International Jazz Day at 120 Diner!

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

6-8pm Whitney Ross Barris 8:30-10pm Chris Gale Trio plays Ellington & Strayhorn 10:30pm-close Sarah Thawer Trio + Ori Dagan Each Show "Pay-What-You-Can" $10-$20 suggested Reservations: call 416-792-7725 or text 416-706-4237

Apr15

Home Smith Bar

The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd., Toronto

Thrilled to be back at one of Toronto's finest venues for live jazz. No Reservations are accepted so please arrive early to get the best seats. The Old Mill's Home Smith Bar is wheelchair accessible. Stay tuned for personnel.

Mar31

Music Can Heal Jazz Benefit Soiree

Arraymusic, 155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto

Join us for an unforgettable evening of jazz and blues standards and modern-day piano improvisation. Featuring: Award-winning jazz vocalist, Rita di Ghent; Canada's next top crooner, Ori Dagan; world-renowned jazz pianist, Steve Koven, and legendary blues, ragtime and jazz pianist, Bill Westcott. All proceeds go to Music Can Heal, a non-profit organization that brings bedside and atrium concerts to patients in hospices and hospitals. Our roster of award-winning musicians cater to all musical tastes and cultures. Visit www.musiccanheal.org for more information.

Saturday Night Live Jazz!

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

Requests, dedications, favourites, surprises! Be the first to hear songs from Ori Dagan's upcoming tribute to Nat King Cole! Joining Ori for this Late night show from 11pm-1am with Nathan Hiltz on guitar & Jordan O'Connor on bass. Reservations: 416-792-7725 "Pay-What-You-Can $10-$20 suggested"

Duets with Denielle Bassels

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

Doors 5pm Show starts 6pm Dinner & Show Reservations: 416-792-7725 "Pay-What-You-Can $10-$20 suggested" with a great band! Mike Freedman - guitar Jon Meyer - bass Joe Ryan - drums

Nat King Cole Tribute

The Jazz Room, 59 King Street North, Kitchener-Waterloo

Vocalist Ori Dagan, winner of “Best Jazz Vocals” at the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards, is one of Canada’s rising jazz stars. Born in Israel and raised in Toronto, he initially trained as a classical pianist, dabbling in creative writing and musical theatre before discovering Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Dagan’s debut recording “S’Cat Got My Tongue” (2009) garnered critical acclaim for the singer’s sense of musical adventure, from the blistering bebop of “Four Brothers” to the sleek coolness of “Star Eyes”. JazzTimes called him “a budding Kurt Elling” and The Los Angeles Jazz Scene proclaimed that the album is “a major step forward for Ori Dagan, who in a few years will likely be very well known in the jazz world.” On Dagan’s sophomore release, “Less Than Three <3” (2012) the vocalist explored new territory, including reimagined classics by Elton John and Elvis Presley, a scat roller coaster ride on Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” the original ode to search engines “Googleable” and selections in his native tongue of Hebrew stirred into the mix. The recording featured appearances by the Eric St-Laurent Trio and legendary saxophonist Jane Bunnett. The Toronto Star wrote: “the Toronto singer’s second album is serving notice that a major talent is on the scene.” Ori Dagan is currently working on his third recorded effort, a tribute to the music of Nat King Cole, due out in the autumn of 2016. The album will include several original song that will he will be debuting at The Jazz Room.

Ori Dagan – vocals David Restivo – piano Nathan Hiltz – guitar Ross MacIntyre – bass

Cover Charge $18.00

"Bass and Voice" with Dave Young

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

Back on stage with the legendary Dave Young - the only bassist to ever receive the Order of Canada and who toured with Oscar Peterson for decades! It's always an honour to share the stage with this incredible musician and this time we'll feature some surprise guests! 120 Diner is located at 120 Church Street just south of Richmond. Cover Charge: "PWYC $10-$20 suggested" Dinner Reservations recommended by calling 416-792-7725 or texting 416-706-4237

"In the Can" Fundraiser for the Children's Aid Foundation

Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. , Toronto

LineUp: Melissa Lauren Devin Cuddy Lori Cullen Laila Biali Barbra Lica Alex Pangman Genevieve Marentette Ori Dagan Whitney Ross-Barris Darcy Windover Annie Bonsignore O’Pears

Toronto Singers take songs from the can, in a night of musical debuts and fundraising When Toronto songstress Melissa Lauren found out she was expecting a baby, it was a wonderful surprise to say the least. But what came as more of a surprise was the instant shift from within: suddenly, everyone was a baby in need of mothering. As someone who always shied away from children this was a jarring adjustment. In an attempt to productively deal with the (sometimes disproportionate) maternal instinct, Lauren bringing her best asset forward, and calling on her musical friends for a night of song. “In The Can”: A Musical Fundraiser for Children’s Aid Foundation will feature some of the city’s finest singers and songwriters showcasing some of their best new work. Taking place at Hugh’s Room on January 19th the show will feature Laila Biali, Barbra Lica, Lori Cullen, Devin Cuddy, Alex Pangman, Genevieve Marentette, Ori Dagan, Whitney Ross Barris, The Sinner’s Choir and more, backed by a house band of Nathan Hiltz on guitar, Tyler Emond on bass and Ben Riley on drums. The idea is to invite the singers to showcase a yet to be released song, workshop it so to speak, or debut something on it’s way in or out of the recording studio (hence, in the can.) “ These are some of my favourite singers in the city, and many have said they have the perfect song for this project. Some may even write something new…I would love to turn this into an annual event.” says Melissa. “ I have some personal ties to Children’s Aid, and this seemed like the right time to do a non-vanity project..finally! “ The Children’s Aid Foundation is Canada’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth involved with the child welfare system. It supports and delivers a broad range of high-impact programs and services that directly serve vulnerable children and youth across Canada. Its programs address the many complex needs in the four key needs areas of education, healing and recovery, enrichment and prevention. Children’s Aid Foundation works in partnership with over 60 child welfare agencies and youth-serving partners Canada-wide to impact its target population. With proceeds going to the CAF, the night will feature two sets of songs, some surprise guests, and a silent auction. “The first time around, all I can hope for is to have some fun, support each other as musicians, and make some money for a great cause. As emotional an issue it is, I plan on making the evening fun, joyful and sprinkled with laughs.”

Bass & Voice with Dave Young!

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

Sheila Jordan was the first vocalist to perform in the "Bass & Voice" format and inspired by her, I've explored this concept over the years. I'm really honoured to be sharing the stage with one of Canada's most renowned bassist, the great Dave Young! We will be playing some classic old jazz tunes and maybe even taking some requests! Cover charge is "Pay-What-You-Can $10-$20 suggested". We hope to see you!!

Dagan, Whiteman & Young!

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto

As part of the Friday Night jazz series at Lula Lounge, I will be playing a set with two superb musicians: Richard Whiteman on piano and Alison Young on saxophone. We play from 7:30-8:30pm AND IT'S FREE! Reservations: 416-588-0307

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