Saturday April 9. Show 3:00 PM (three sets), doors open 2:00 PM. The Hot Five Jazzmakers are a versatile Canadian jazz group and play a mix of ragtime, blues, spirituals & classic jazz with the flavour of the 1920’s/30’s – the golden era of jazz. Don’t be confused by the word “FIVE” however. Mostly they field six players and often seven when the occasion demands. Their Saturday matinee sessions in the intimate setting of “C’est what?” (67 Front St E, Toronto) have been a feature of the Canadian jazz scene for over thirty years.
Women in Music Vol. 11 – Save the Date! Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 6 PM As always, Lora Ryan is busy putting together a stellar lineup for the next Women in Music Showcase. Tickets will be available soon, so be sure to save the date! For lineup and additional info, follow the links below: https://www.facebook.com/womeninmusicto/ https://www.instagram.com/womeninmusicto/
James King & The Midnight Hours Friday, March 6 at 9PM James King & The Midnight Hours is a retro-style classic rock trip. The group is comprised of Toronto-based artists featuring Gaby Grice on keys and vocals, Richard Lam on lead guitar, Mike Lee on drums, Daniel Williston on bass and vocals, and James King as songwriter, frontman and lead vocalist. Influenced by many of the great rock acts of the 70’s, James King & The Midnight Hours are an event. Theatrical, mystical and sensuous, their style ranges from three-part harmony-drenched rock to wild psychedelic ragers.
Legion of Saints, Field Study and Countless Numbers Saturday, March 21 at 9PM Legion of Saints is a four-piece independent alternative-rock band based out of Ottawa. Their songs feature intricate guitar hooks and catchy choruses, with a sound that embraces a mix of high and low distortion guitars, low to mid-range punchy bass and powerful drums. Band members include lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Bryce Atkinson, lead guitarist Floro Bely Jr., bassist Shawn Bowser, and drummer Sebastian Bax. Active since 2010, the band has been busy performing high-energy shows, while promoting their newest EP Killing the Silence (2019). Countless Numbers tell their …
The Hot Five 31st Anniversary Shows Saturday, February 8th, 15th and 22nd, 3PM to 6PM The Hot Five Jazzmakers played the first ever Saturday matinee at C’est What, originally taking the stage on February 11, 1989. To celebrate their 31st anniversary, the band will play three shows this month starting on Saturday, February 8th.
The Hiltz Family Singers Thursday, February 27th at 8PM Featuring the incredible voices of Shannon Butcher, Jessica Lalonde, and Melissa Lauren, the Hiltz Family Singers performs acoustic vocal music with lyrics drawn from early Canadian poetry. Composer and guitarist Nathan Hiltz explores the art of guitar accompaniment, drawing from folk, jazz, and classical traditions using acoustic steel, nylon, and archtop guitars. Catch the Hiltz Family Singers during their three-month residency at C’est What, with shows on the last Thursday of each month, beginning February 27th.
Leaving Esmeralda featuring Clockwise Saturday, February 22nd at 9:30PM Leaving Esmeralda is a four-piece rock n’ roll band from Toronto, featuring a jazz fusion drummer, lyrical singer-songwriter, progressive rock guitarist, and a contemporary rock bass player. This quartet brings an arsenal of original tunes and compelling covers, creating an entertaining, party atmosphere wherever they play. With a subtle nod to the songwriting books and hooks of past and present pop-rock bands, Clockwise proliferates the traditional pop song by adding their unique brand of power-pop. Clockwise is at once modern, reminiscent and timeless.
The Free Spirits Album Release Party Saturday, January 11 at 9PM, $20 Tickets are $20 and includes a copy of their new album 11:11. The Free Spirits is a collaboration between singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo Chris Birkett and Sherri Talon. Inspired by music legends Mark Knofler, Jethro Tull and Deep Purple, The Free Spirits blend together genres of rock, world, and Celtic music with their unique voice and original arrangements.
The Vic Lawrence 7 Saturday January 18 at 3PM The Vic Lawrence 7 is a seven-piece swing band inherited from mentor Vic Lawrence, a tenor player who led the band to popularity in the 70s and 80s in Toronto. It is currently led by Toby Hughes (alto) and features Gram Whitty (bass), John Collins (drums), Jan Hughes (trumpet), Jacqueline Chia (trombone), Andrew Molgun, (tenor), Nat Edgar (piano).
Kristin Lindell and Matt Bentley Sunday, December 15 at 6pm With echoes of Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux and Joni Mitchell, Kristin Lindell captivates audiences with provocative lyrics, sweet bass grooves and tasty guitar licks. Seamlessly blending genres of blues and folk, Kristin’s sensual vocals will dig into your soul, while her shimmering sound will set your heart on fire. Matt Bentley is a Toronto based singer and songwriter, best known for performing with his band Flight Risk. Come see Matt on December 15th, where he will return to C’est What to play a set of original tunes.