September Entertainment At
 120 Diner

Command Sisters
Command Sisters performing on Sept. 17, 2016

120 Diner (120 Church St.), Toronto`s newest live music and comedy hotspot showcases some of the hottest performers throughout September with a line-up of diverse and talented musicians. Cover charge is “Pay-What-You-Can, $10-$20 suggested.” For additional information visit www.120diner.com. To make dinner reservations call 416-792-7725 or text 416-706-4237.

120 Diner is located a short walk from Yonge and Queen, offering fantastic affordable comfort food and good vibes for sensational jazz. There is an amazing line-up each day with a variety of diverse artists throughout September.

Thursday, September 1

6pm – 8pm Julie Michels & David Restivo (jazz)
Julie Michels has been singing since she was just a girl and hasn’t stopped since. Growing up listening to vocal and instrumental jazz greats, she found training and mentorship with legendary jazz bassist, Richard Davis. But it’s never stopped at one genre – Julie’s experiences span classical, blues, gospel and world music to create a sound all her own. Launching a month #First Thursdays series at 120 Diner, this month Julie Michels is joined by the electric David Restivo on keys.

Friday, September 2

6pm – 8pm Howard Willett’s Blue Smoke Trio (jazz/blues)
Led by vocalist and harmonica player Howard Willett, Blue Smoke Trio leans towards jazz and blues, standards and classic R&B with a few swinging originals by Howard thrown into their eclectic mix! Howard is also the lead singer of The Bebop Cowboys and currently plays around Ontario with the venerable Whiskey Jack Septet. Rounding out the group are the talented Alan Cohen on piano and vocals and Bob Cohen on guitar.

Saturday, September 3

6pm – 8pm Aimée Butcher (jazz)
Aimée Butcher is a jazz vocalist and composer in Toronto, originally from Mississauga, Ontario. In May of 2015, Aimée released her debut album, “The World Is Alright”. Her album has been well-received globally and has earned radio airplay on established radio stations such as CBC Radio (Toronto and Montreal) and Jazz.FM91. Aimée will be joined by two of the finest this city has to offer: Mark Kieswetter on keys and Ross MacIntyre on bass.

9pm-midnight Tiffany Hanus (jazz)
Tiffany Hanus is a Toronto-based musician. She studied RCM classical voice and piano with Jil Kelman (1997-2004) and attended Humber College on an academic scholarship, majoring in voice and graduating with a degree in Contemporary Music (2004-2008). While immersed in the Humber Jazz program she had the opportunity to study with Christine Duncan, Heather Bambrick and Trish Colter. Since graduating from Humber College, vocalist Tiffany has been immersing herself in the Toronto music scene combining her love for old school jazz with an original style all her own.

Sunday, September 4

6pm – 7:30pm Dave Mascall Trio (instrumental jazz)
Multi-faceted guitarist, Dave Mascall has performed extensively at home in the U.K. and throughout the world, from The Ritz to Ronnie Scott’s, and from the Albert Hall to the Bluenote club in Japan. It is this experience that has helped Dave develop his soulful playing style combining some of the best elements of funk, soul, jazz and rock. Dave will be appearing with Jack McFadden on bass and Glenn Anderson on drums.

8:30pm – 10:00pm Jacky Bouchard (jazz)
Jacky Bouchard presents a new take on standards, contemporary song, blues, even un peu de français, to create a lovely jazzy mix. She comes at vocal jazz from a background of theatre performance… the story is the thing! Jacky expresses a song’s lyric and essence through phrasing, rhythm and colour. She loves to devise an eclectic show that flows; to entertain and touch her audience. Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington and the 40’s and 50’s era of jazz are major influences. Jacky performs in local clubs and private events with some of Toronto’s finest jazzers.

Tuesday, September 6

6pm Leslie Huyler (jazz/calypso/soul)
Percussionist / singer Leslie Huyler was born in Nassau, Bahamas, where he played music since his teens. He immigrated to Toronto, Ontario in the late 70’s where he continued to pursue his love for music. Leslie has the talent to play many genres of music including R&B, Jazz and Calypso, and is fluent in bongos, congas, djembe and the cajon. He is joined by the electric Eric St-Laurent on guitar.

8pm Annie Bonsignore (singer/songwriter)
Annie Bonsignore is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist who was born into a musical family and composed her first song at the age of nine. Annie is rapidly rising in the Toronto music scene, having written, arranged and produced her debut album ‘Shades of Red’. Crossing over seamlessly from infectious contemporary to effortless opera, her music takes the listener on a rewarding journey of emotional depth.

10pm Chris Birkett with Guests (singer/songwriter)
Chris Birkett is a multi-talented, award winning producer, singer/songwriter, composer and sound engineer. His music collaborations with A-list artists from Sinead O’Connor to Quincy Jones, among others. In 2012, he moved to Canada, opened a recording studio in Toronto and finished his work on his third album “Be Creative” featuring Glen Mitchem (Blue Rodeo) and Rik Emmet (Triumph).

Wednesday, September 7

6pm Genevieve Marentette & Robert Scott (jazz/soul)
Geneviève (Gigi) Marentette lived in Hong Kong for 8 years, then Europe and now has returned home to Toronto. In March 2015 she released a six-song EP produced by George Koller and titled after her nickname Gigi. She was also featured in a duet with Hall of Fame vocalist David Clayton-Thomas on Combo, his latest record of jazz standards. Expect to hear a mix of standards, modern interpretations, Brazilian, French and collaborations and covers of other local musicians, featuring some of the finest musicians and singers Toronto has to offer!

Robert Scott is a multi-talented, virtuosic pianist, producer, composer and lyricist. His highly personal and passionate performing style has garnered praise and respect from all corners of the industry. He is known for his virtuosic technique, uncanny eidetic musical memory, and his highly passionate and personal performances. Robert has performed and recorded extensively both as a soloist and as a sideman for many high-profile artists, including Jeff Healey, Michael Bublé, Colin James, Tom Wilson, Kim Stockwood, Bill Cosby, Jane Birkin and Bob Rock.

Wednesday, September 7

8pm-12am Lisa Particelli’s Girls Night Out Jazz Jam
Join host vocalist Lisa Particelli for “Girls Night Out Jazz”, now in its 11th year. Lisa’s GNOJAZZ is a vocalist friendly open mic jam where you can take the stage to sing with resident players Peter Hill on keys and Ross MacIntyre on bass. It’s always a fun and entertaining mid-week night out whether you choose to simply listen or come to sing! In the words of founder Lisa Particelli: “Live music improves the quality of our lives. Whether we choose to simply listen or to participate in the creation of live music, we wire our brains to pay attention, we create social connections and best of all, we truly experience the full range of human emotion”

Thursday, September 8

6pm – 8pm Ryley Murray Trio (soul/jazz/pop)
Born into an artistic family of a jazz singer mother, a freelance photo journalist as a father and a little brother who plays drums in three to five punk bands at once, making music is practically Ryley Murray’s birthright. A PR pro by day, she has been fronting a rock cover band called #PandaBand for more than 5 years. Rounding out the trio are two of Toronto’s finest: guitarist Eric St. Laurent and bassist Jordan O’Connor. Launching a month #SecondThursdays series at 120 Diner, Ryley Murray beautifully sings everything from Beyonce to the Beatles.

9pm – 12am PerlHaze (roots/folk/singer-songwriters)
After years of chance encounters, near misunderstandings and missed opportunities, Toronto based singers Terra Hazelton and Sophia Perlman discovered a mutual love for music, harmonies and songwriting that went far beyond the borders of their respective jazz careers. PerlHaze has been studying the songwriters who inspire them most taking their first steps as aspiring songwriters, and learning to play (at press time) six instruments between them, and fine-tuned their uncanny vocal blend creating harmonies on Joanne Mackell’s release Every Day & Night and Jeff Gladstone’s debut album Hell of Girl.

Friday, September 9

6pm – 8pm Joanne Morra (jazz)
For more than a decade, Joanne Morra has sung jazz, blues, funk, and “chansons franco” across Toronto and the GTA, crooning at high-toned clubs, gritty late-night venues, and music festivals. She’s studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College, Shelley Berger Music School, as well as under the direction of Howard Rees, Paul Cooper, and Whitney Smith, among others. By day, Joanne teaches art at a Toronto high school, does humanitarian work abroad, and rescues Toronto street cats. Joanna will be joined by John Farrell on guitar.

Saturday, September 10

6pm – 8pm SistahLois: Sistah’s Telling (gospel/reggae/calypso/jazz)
SistahLois possesses an dynamically comforting voice which subtlety expresses spiritual authenticity to touch each listener’s heart intimately. This show will feature Musical Storytelling, for your inner child. With Zoe Ackah, Drums and Vocals; Fatha Ma Sr., Bassist; Mark Hundevad, keys; guest vocalist Shirley George and Members of the Hillcrest Village Choir.

Sunday, September 11

6pm – 7:30pm L J Folk (jazz)
L J Folk has been in the music business since the late 70’s. He has released music in several styles over the years, including jazz, folk, pop, rock, and instrumental scores. WholeNote Magazine’s Lesley Mitchell-Clarke writes: “As a vocalist, Folk is nothing short of breathtaking – expressive and compelling, his voice effortlessly and consistently delivers the goods.” He was a long-time founding member of the a cappella jazz group, Hampton Avenue, where his silky leads and warm vocal tone helped define the group’s award-winning sound. His latest, “Parking For Meatballs” includes originals, standards, and covers. Available everywhere.

8:30pm – 10:00pm Julia Pal Sings Songs From Films (jazz)
An accomplished vocalist and performer, Julia Pal began her career as a theatre artist before her passion for jazz came to the forefront. She graduated from the Humber College Jazz program and has been singing professionally ever since. Her recent recordings are “IMPRINT” – a personal and introspective selection of jazz and pop standards and “FRAIL GESTURE”- Julia’s original compositions for 8 poems by E.E. Cummings. A skilled and soulful interpreter, she has a rich, mellow sound and performs with warmth, ease and clarity. Julia will be joined by Kevin Barrett on guitar and Jordan O’Connor on bass.

Tuesday, September 13

6pm Leslie Huyler (jazz/calypso/soul)
Percussionist / singer Leslie Huyler was born in Nassau, Bahamas, where he played music since his teens. He immigrated to Toronto, Ontario in the late 70’s where he continued to pursue his love for music. Leslie has the talent to play many genres of music including R&B, Jazz and Calypso, and is fluent in bongos, congas, djembe and the cajon. He is joined by the electric Eric St-Laurent on guitar.

8pm Annie Bonsignore (singer/songwriter)
Annie Bonsignore is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist who was born into a musical family and composed her first song at the age of nine. Annie is rapidly rising in the Toronto music scene, having written, arranged and produced her debut album ‘Shades of Red’. Crossing over seamlessly from infectious contemporary to effortless opera, her music takes the listener on a rewarding journey of emotional depth.

10pm Chris Birkett with Guests (singer/songwriter)
Chris Birkett is a multi-talented, award winning producer, singer/songwriter, composer and sound engineer. His music collaborations with A-list artists from Sinead O’Connor to Quincy Jones, among others. In 2012, he moved to Canada, opened a recording studio in Toronto and finished his work on his third album “Be Creative” featuring Glen Mitchem (Blue Rodeo) and Rik Emmet (Triumph).

Wednesday September 14

6pm Genevieve Marentette & Robert Scott (jazz/soul)
Geneviève (Gigi) Marentette lived in Hong Kong for 8 years, then Europe and now has returned home to Toronto. In March 2015 she released a six-song EP produced by George Koller and titled after her nickname Gigi. She was also featured in a duet with Hall of Fame vocalist David Clayton-Thomas on Combo, his latest record of jazz standards. Expect to hear a mix of standards, modern interpretations, Brazilian, French and collaborations and covers of other local musicians, featuring some of the finest musicians and singers Toronto has to offer!

Robert Scott is a multi-talented, virtuosic pianist, producer, composer and lyricist. His highly personal and passionate performing style has garnered praise and respect from all corners of the industry. He is known for his virtuosic technique, uncanny eidetic musical memory, and his highly passionate and personal performances. Robert has performed and recorded extensively both as a soloist and as a sideman for many high-profile artists, including Jeff Healey, Michael Bublé, Colin James, Tom Wilson, Kim Stockwood, Bill Cosby, Jane Birkin and Bob Rock.

Wednesday September 14

8pm – 12am Lisa Particelli’s Girls Night Out Jazz Jam
Join host vocalist Lisa Particelli for “Girls Night Out Jazz”, now in its 11th year. Lisa’s GNOJAZZ is a vocalist friendly open mic jam where you can take the stage to sing with resident players Peter Hill on keys and Ross MacIntyre on bass. It’s always a fun and entertaining mid-week night out whether you choose to simply listen or come to sing! In the words of founder Lisa Particelli: “Live music improves the quality of our lives. Whether we choose to simply listen or to participate in the creation of live music, we wire our brains to pay attention, we create social connections and best of all, we truly experience the full range of human emotion”

Thursday, September 15

6pm – 8pm Joel Sheridan (jazz)
Joel Sheridan the best of the jazz-influenced pop singers of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. With his distinctive sound, and contemporary sensibility, he delivers fresh, swinging, and dynamic new interpretations of timeless classics. Joel’s eclectic and expansive repertoire includes jazz and pop standards, swing, bossas, urban blues, rarely-heard musical treasures, and his own original compositions.

Friday, September 16

6pm – 8pm Double Bill: Raine (electro-pop) + Mack Davis (R&B/hip-hop)
Born in St. Paul, Alberta, Toronto-based Raine is an emerging independent electro-pop artist. Pulling inspiration from lyricists such as Lights and Joni Mitchell, and the powerful lungs of Annie Lennox and Lady Gaga. Making waves on Toronto’s urban music scene, Mack Davis is an up-and-coming songwriter with an intense style rooted in hip hop and R&B.

Saturday, September 17

6pm – 8pm Double Bill: Dan Taylor (singer-songwriter) + The Command Sisters (alternative pop)
Dan Taylor is a young Canadiana folk musician weaving old traditions into today’s narratives to create his own upbeat folk expression, with influences including City and Colour’s Dallas Green, Neil Young, and Matthew Good.

Winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, The Command Sisters recently ditched a strictly country background in favor of a more expansive and direct pop sound colored with unique instrumentation and drenched in lush harmonies that only true sisters can pull off.

Sunday, September 18

6pm – 7:30pm Double Bill: Mel Dubé (reggae/neo-soul) + Charmie (pop/soul)
Mel Dubé is musically trained in music theatre; her Jamaican heritage inspires a soulful reggae sound. She brings passion to ignite her audience as well as her powerful vocals that combine neo-soul and reggae in a melodic pop fusion.

Charmie is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter and performance artist, a self-taught-musician versed in piano, guitar, bass and drums. She is harvesting her experience by performing at various local open mics, lounges and concerts. Charmie continues to mould her vision of creating soulful, timeless music.

8:30pm – 10:00pm Donna Greenberg (jazz/singer-songwriter)
Donna Greenberg is a stylistically versatile singer and songwriter with four CDs to her credit. Her warm classically-trained voice, musicality, and dramatic flair are always evident in her heartfelt performances. Whether singing her own original songs or the great standards, Donna’s deep love of music always shines through. Her songs of love, life, and sorrow are written mainly in the style of jazz standards and sung in five languages. She has both a local following as well as a growing international following on internet radio. Listeners who enjoy Doris Day, Julie London, Helen Merrill, Jo Stafford, and Chris Connor will appreciate her music. She will be performing with pianist Attila Fias.

Tuesday, September 20

6pm Leslie Huyler (jazz/calypso/soul)
Percussionist / singer Leslie Huyler was born in Nassau, Bahamas, where he played music since his teens. He immigrated to Toronto, Ontario in the late 70’s where he continued to pursue his love for music. Leslie has the talent to play many genres of music including R&B, Jazz and Calypso, and is fluent in bongos, congas, djembe and the cajon. He is joined by the electric Eric St-Laurent on guitar.

8pm Annie Bonsignore (singer/songwriter)
Annie Bonsignore is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist who was born into a musical family and composed her first song at the age of nine. Annie is rapidly rising in the Toronto music scene, having written, arranged and produced her debut album ‘Shades of Red’. Crossing over seamlessly from infectious contemporary to effortless opera, her music takes the listener on a rewarding journey of emotional depth.

10pm Chris Birkett with Guests (singer/songwriter)
Chris Birkett is a multi-talented, award winning producer, singer/songwriter, composer and sound engineer. His music collaborations with A-list artists from Sinead O’Connor to Quincy Jones, among others. In 2012, he moved to Canada, opened a recording studio in Toronto and finished his work on his third album “Be Creative” featuring Glen Mitchem (Blue Rodeo) and Rik Emmet (Triumph).

Wednesday, September 21

6pm Genevieve Marentette & Robert Scott (jazz/soul)
Geneviève (Gigi) Marentette lived in Hong Kong for 8 years, then Europe and now has returned home to Toronto. In March 2015 she released a six-song EP produced by George Koller and titled after her nickname Gigi. She was also featured in a duet with Hall of Fame vocalist David Clayton-Thomas on Combo, his latest record of jazz standards. Expect to hear a mix of standards, modern interpretations, Brazilian, French and collaborations and covers of other local musicians, featuring some of the finest musicians and singers Toronto has to offer!

Robert Scott is a multi-talented, virtuosic pianist, producer, composer and lyricist. His highly personal and passionate performing style has garnered praise and respect from all corners of the industry. He is known for his virtuosic technique, uncanny eidetic musical memory, and his highly passionate and personal performances. Robert has performed and recorded extensively both as a soloist and as a sideman for many high-profile artists, including Jeff Healey, Michael Bublé, Colin James, Tom Wilson, Kim Stockwood, Bill Cosby, Jane Birkin and Bob Rock.

8pm – 12am Lisa Particelli’s Girls Night Out Jazz Jam
Join host vocalist Lisa Particelli for “Girls Night Out Jazz”, now in its 11th year. Lisa’s GNOJAZZ is a vocalist friendly open mic jam where you can take the stage to sing with resident players Peter Hill on keys and Ross MacIntyre on bass. It’s always a fun and entertaining mid-week night out whether you choose to simply listen or come to sing! In the words of founder Lisa Particelli: “Live music improves the quality of our lives. Whether we choose to simply listen or to participate in the creation of live music, we wire our brains to pay attention, we create social connections and best of all, we truly experience the full range of human emotion.”

Thursday, September 22

6pm – 8pm Laura Marks (jazz)
Visual artist and vocalist Laura Marks sings with the same quiet intensity and sensuality that informs her paintings. Her cool, restrained style draws the listener into a shared intimacy, as heard on her debut recording “57 Minutes” which features jazz and bossa nova standards. Joining Laura will be Bernie Senensky on keys and Ross MacIntyre on bass.

Friday, September 23

6pm – 8pm Denise Leslie Sings Ray Charles (jazz/blues)
Denise Leslie is a unique jazz vocalist who enjoys pulling various musical influences into her repertoire and vocal style from R&B to rock. She possesses a distinctive knack for the art of syncopation and fluid phrasing in her approach, more conducive to jazz and has proven herself to be a very proficient vocal improviser.

Saturday, September 24

6pm – 8pm Distillery Blues (blues)
The Distillery is a charming blues group that can appear to be deceptively mellow at times. Please don’t relax too much, as they bring out the sabre tooth tiger when you least expect it. The Distillery has toured clubs, bars and festivals through the US and Canada behind their award-winning debut release “What You Told Me” and latest release “How We Carry On”. The Distillery is on the new Toronto Blues Society “Fresh Baked Blues” compilation of top emerging talent.

Sunday, September 25

5pm – 11pm Christine Gaidies: A Celebration of Life and Love
Members of Toronto’s folk music community will celebrate the life and music of talented folk singer-songwriter Christine Gaidies, who recently passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Missed for her music and beautiful soul, Christine released her debut album “Just Love” in September 2015 following a successful crowd funding campaign. Funds raised from this tribute will go towards financing a posthumous release of original music and a park bench in Christine’s name.

Tuesday, September 27

6pm Leslie Huyler (jazz/calypso/soul)
Percussionist / singer Leslie Huyler was born in Nassau, Bahamas, where he played music since his teens. He immigrated to Toronto, Ontario in the late 70’s where he continued to pursue his love for music. Leslie has the talent to play many genres of music including R&B, Jazz and Calypso, and is fluent in bongos, congas, djembe and the cajon. He is joined by the electric Eric St-Laurent on guitar.

8pm Annie Bonsignore (singer/songwriter)
Annie Bonsignore is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist who was born into a musical family and composed her first song at the age of nine. Annie is rapidly rising in the Toronto music scene, having written, arranged and produced her debut album ‘Shades of Red’. Crossing over seamlessly from infectious contemporary to effortless opera, her music takes the listener on a rewarding journey of emotional depth.

10pm Chris Birkett with Guests (singer/songwriter)
Chris Birkett is a multi-talented, award winning producer, singer/songwriter, composer and sound engineer. His music collaborations with A-list artists from Sinead O’Connor to Quincy Jones, among others. In 2012, he moved to Canada, opened a recording studio in Toronto and finished his work on his third album “Be Creative” featuring Glen Mitchem (Blue Rodeo) and Rik Emmet (Triumph).

Wednesday, September 28

6pm Genevieve Marentette & Robert Scott (jazz/soul)
Geneviève (Gigi) Marentette lived in Hong Kong for 8 years, then Europe and now has returned home to Toronto. In March 2015 she released a six-song EP produced by George Koller and titled after her nickname Gigi. She was also featured in a duet with Hall of Fame vocalist David Clayton-Thomas on Combo, his latest record of jazz standards. Expect to hear a mix of standards, modern interpretations, Brazilian, French and collaborations and covers of other local musicians, featuring some of the finest musicians and singers Toronto has to offer!

Robert Scott is a multi-talented, virtuosic pianist, producer, composer and lyricist. His highly personal and passionate performing style has garnered praise and respect from all corners of the industry. He is known for his virtuosic technique, uncanny eidetic musical memory, and his highly passionate and personal performances. Robert has performed and recorded extensively both as a soloist and as a sideman for many high-profile artists, including Jeff Healey, Michael Bublé, Colin James, Tom Wilson, Kim Stockwood, Bill Cosby, Jane Birkin and Bob Rock.

Wednesday, September 28

8pm – 12am Lisa Particelli’s Girls Night Out Jazz Jam
Join host vocalist Lisa Particelli for “Girls Night Out Jazz”, now in its 11th year. Lisa’s GNOJAZZ is a vocalist friendly open mic jam where you can take the stage to sing with resident players Peter Hill on keys and Ross MacIntyre on bass. It’s always a fun and entertaining mid-week night out whether you choose to simply listen or come to sing! In the words of founder Lisa Particelli: “Live music improves the quality of our lives. Whether we choose to simply listen or to participate in the creation of live music, we wire our brains to pay attention, we create social connections and best of all, we truly experience the full range of human emotion.”

Thursday, September 29

6pm – 8pm Alma Soul (R&B/funk)
Alma Soul is an R&B/Funk Jazz fusion band featuring the Sugarcane Horns, Canada’s hottest all-female horn section! Taking influence from the RH Factor, Stevie Wonder and Electro Deluxe, Alma Soul plays primarily the original music of lead singer/trumpeter Marie Goudy.

Friday, September 30

6pm – 8pm Jmondew (electro-jazz/soul)
Songstress with bite, Jmondew takes her affinity for all things vintage and merges it with her cutting edge contemporary approach to craft her own brand of soulful electro-jazz. She has an exciting show planned reimagining some of her favourite tunes from the 1960s interspersed with her original compositions.

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