SUMMER EVENTS

The Island Cafe hosts live music and special events all summer! Check the calendar for live music on Fridays and Wednesdays, our Long Weekend Arts Festival over Labour Day weekend, and games and trivia nights. All Island Cafe concerts are Pay-What-You-Can, so please bring some cash for the bands!

 

Jun
30
7:30 pm19:30

Staycation Surf Band

Our favourite surf band, Staycation, returns to the Island Cafe! Expect a fresh batch of groovy original tunes and all your favourite surf classics! Listen here

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7. 

This is a pay-what-you-can show - please bring some cash for the band!

Jul
5
7:00 pm19:00

Island Cafe Trivia Night !

Join us for our annual trivia night with host Lucas Julien! 

As always, there will be lots of awesome prizes including treats from the garden and Island Cafe swag No need to pre-register, just show up!

Dinner starts at 5:30, First round of trivia shortly after 7pm!

Jul
13
7:30 pm19:30

Aerialists + Jenny Ritter

The Island Cafe is welcoming two beautiful contemporary folk acts to our garden stage on July 13th! We are so excited that Aerialists and Jenny Ritter will be making a stop on the Island during their summer tour.

This is a pay-what-you-can show, so please bring some cash for the bands! Dinner starts at 5:30, music at 7pm. 

More about Aerialists: 
In a world where hyphenated genres are becoming the norm, all kinds of monikers are available for a contemporary folk band - post-folk, trad-core, alt-roots. File under World, or file under Celtic? Aerialists fits best with the beautifully contradictory term prog-trad, melding their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities with a deep love for folk traditions. 

Featuring Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird), Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul (Darol Anger & The Furies), and fiddler Elise Boeur, Aerialists combines post-rock textures and trad energy to create captivating new music on fiddle, lever harp, guitar, bass, and drums. 

More about Jenny Ritter:

Confidently laying claim to the genre "folk-rock", Jenny plays complicated and unique pop- tinged landscapes. Originally from Vancouver Island, she is a seriously accomplished instrumentalist and supports her clear, sweet vocals with complex banjo and guitar parts. A rotating cast of bandmates includes members of Aerialists, Fish & Bird, The Deep Dark Woods, and The Bills.

Jul
19
7:30 pm19:30

Shak Shak Calypso - Monthly Residency

Shak Shak is a Calypso and Caribbean acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, Shak Shak brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made calypso a worldwide phenomenon.

Shak Shak will be playing at the Cafe one Wednesday a month, all summer long: June 21, July 19, August 16, and September 20! 

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

Check out Shak Shak's website: www.spiritofcalypso.com
RSVP on facebook here.

Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

Amazing New Stuff - Reading Series

We're excited to once again be hosting the beautifully curated writing and music series Amazing New Stuff! Expect a group of some of Toronto's finest young talents to grace our garden stage! 

Performance begins at 7pm. This is a pay-what-you-can show - please bring cash for the performers! 

Jul
28
7:30 pm19:30

Alex Samaras & Friends Jazz Group

Back by popular demand, Alex Samaras and friends will bring another gorgeous night of jazz standards to the Island Cafe! This group of some of Toronto's finest young musicians approach the classics with a levity and creativity that is grounded in their deep musical connections with one another. Not to be missed! Watch a video of Alex's beautiful singing here

Dinner starts at 5:30, music shortly after 7. This is a pay-what-you-can show, please bring cash for the band!

Aug
2
7:30 pm19:30

Max Milton Kelly & Friends

A perennial Island favourite, Max Milton Kelly and friends will bring all the best in old time folk and jug tunes! 

Dinner starts at 5:30, music shortly after 7. This is a pay-what-you-can show, please bring cash for the band!

Aug
16
7:30 pm19:30

Shak Shak Calypso - Monthly Residency

Shak Shak is a Calypso and Caribbean acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, Shak Shak brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made calypso a worldwide phenomenon.

Shak Shak will be playing at the Cafe one Wednesday a month, all summer long: June 21, July 19, August 16, and September 20! 

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

Check out Shak Shak's website: www.spiritofcalypso.com
RSVP on facebook here.

Aug
25
7:30 pm19:30

Nhapitapi

To continue what has become an annual tradition, Nhapitapi will once again bring their beautiful blend of mbira music, dance, and story to the Island Cafe! This is always a very special night. Listen to Nhapitapi here

Dinner starts at 5:30, music shortly after 7. This is a pay-what-you-can event - Please bring some cash for the band!

More about Nhapitapi:
Nhapitapi is a Toronto based Zimbabwean Music Band, who specialize in rich old musical and dance traditions from Southern Africa. Over the last 6 years they have performed at International Music Festivals ( e.g Afrofest, Zimfest, Carrasauga, Nhemamusasa North, Bana Y Africa among others), community centres, schools, major music venues across Turtle Island (Canada and the US). Nhapitapi music draws on the Mbira , an old spiritual instrument that has been played in Southern Africa for hundreds of years. Typically, Nhapitapi starts with the sound of three interlocking Mbiras both energizing and healing. Upon the Mbiras they stack up vocals, shakers, hand drum, drum set, bass and lead guitars, producing a unique brand of Chimurenga Sound ( Liberation Sound). The effect is magical and invigorating, when the time is right they throw in swell energetic dances to complete the party. Many have found the music to have a universal appeal both to those who know it well, and to people who have never heard Chimurenga music.

Aug
30
7:00 pm19:00

The Ice Cubes Play Johnny Mercer

Our favourite group of Island musicians are gathering their group together once again! This year, the Ice Cubes will pay tribute to the great jazz songwriter Johnny Mercer. 

Dinner starts at 5:30, Music at 7. This is a pay-what-you-can show - please bring cash for the band!

Sep
4
9:00 am09:00

Brunch en Blanc - A Labour Day Tradition!

Join us for our annual Brunch en Blanc! Labour Day is our last chance to wear white - so come to our brunch in your finest white threads and bid farewell to another beautiful summer season. The kitchen and bar will be turning out a special menu that celebrates the late-summer's bounty, and there will be special treats for those who come in white - no outfit is too outrageous! 

Brunch service runs from 9am-1pm, bar opens at 11am.

Sep
4
7:00 pm19:00

Ansley Simpson

We are excited to welcome singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson to our garden stage for the first time! Her haunting voice and songs will bring a beautiful end to the summer season. You can listen here

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7. 

This is a pay-what-you-can show - please bring some cash for the band!

More about Ansley: 
"Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter and inaugural winner of the BullsEye Media Emerging Artist award from ImagineNATIVE and Slaight Music. Her much anticipated debut album “Breakwall” is a gentle, powerful collection of songs that showcase her lilting vocals, clear melodic sensibility, and intricate guitar playing to moving effect. Ansley immerses the listener in a swelling, soft symphony of emotion that builds in gentle intensity over the course of the album’s nine tracks. She is a natural performer, holding audiences spellbound with her haunting vocals and poetics. “Ansley’s lyrical hymns to love, presence, and possibility entwine you in an unfolding, sonic world of her own making. This is music to guide you back to the shore, when you’ve been lost too long in the waves.” (RPM.fm)

Sep
6
7:00 pm19:00

Tim Bovaconti Duo

Join us as Tim Bovaconti makes his second appearance on the Island Cafe stage! For this event, the Island-favourite and Toronto sideman extraordinaire will play as a duo and bring us a special stripped-down version of his show. 

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7. Come early to get a table!
Please bring cash for the band - this is a pay-what-you-can show.

Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

Ventanas

Ventanas perform a passionate and energetic blend of flamenco, balkan and Sephardic music and dance. They are truly not to be missed! You can listen here

Dinner starts at 5:30, Music shortly after 7. 

This is a pay-what-you-can show - please bring cash for the band! 

Sep
20
7:00 pm19:00

Shak Shak Calypso - Monthly Residency

Shak Shak is a Calypso and Caribbean acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, Shak Shak brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made calypso a worldwide phenomenon.

Shak Shak will be playing at the Cafe one Wednesday a month, all summer long: June 21, July 19, August 16, and September 20! 

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

Check out Shak Shak's website: www.spiritofcalypso.com
RSVP on facebook here.

Sep
29
7:00 pm19:00

Harvest Hoedown Closing Party feat Kitgut Stringband

For the 7th year in a row, the inimitable Kitgut Stringband join us for our final concert of the season! Join us for food & drink, friends, and a squaredance to send off another Ward's Island summer!

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7ish. Come early for a table!
This show is pay-what-you-can, please bring cash for the band!

The Kitgut Stringband plays the mountain music of whiskey revelry and gospel salvation… a thirsty combination fueled by duelling fiddle, banjo and the hammering drive of upright bass and guitar… hollering and heavenly harmonies strike richly!

See Kitgut perform at a previous Cafe hoedown here.


Jun
18
10:30 am10:30

Father's Day Brunch feat. Kristine Schmitt & Jesse Corrigan

Join us for a special Father's Day Brunch on the Island Cafe patio! We're excited to have some live country and folk tunes courtesy of Kristine Schmitt and Jesse Corrigan. And of course we'll have some beautiful Father's Day food and drink specials! 

Brunch will be served from 9am-1pm. Live music from 10:30am-12:30pm. Please bring cash for the band - this is a pay-what-you-can show!

"Hang onto your hats: Kristine Schmitt will knock you off your feet, then pick you up again and make you dance." Exclaim Magazine

This time out, Kristine's bringing along the rich voice and fingerpicking goodness that is Jesse Corrigan on guitar. They're a powerful combination and they're headed your way! Smart original songs all goosed up with a healthy dose of honkytonk, country blues, and a goodly amount of dirty swing.

Jun
16
7:00 pm19:00

Toronto Blues Society Birthday Party feat. Sean Pinchin

Celebrate the Toronto Blues Society's 32nd birthday at the beautiful Island Cafe. This event will feature music by Juno nominated blues guitarist and songwriter Sean Pinchin

Dinner starts at 5:30pm. Music starts at 7pm. Please bring cash for the band - this is a pay-what-you-can show!

Since 1985 the Toronto Blues Society has worked to promote and preserve the Blues in Toronto and across Canada. For more info on the TBS, visit their website at http://torontobluessociety.com/.

Sep
23
6:30 pm18:30

Harvest Hoedown - Final show with Kitgut Stringband !

For the 6th year in a row, the inimitable Kitgut Stringband join us for our final concert of the season! Join us for food & drink, friends, and a squaredance to send off another Ward's Island summer!

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7ish. Come early for a table!
This show is pay-what-you-can, please bring cash for the band!

The Kitgut Stringband plays the mountain music of whiskey revelry and gospel salvation… a thirsty combination fueled by duelling fiddle, banjo and the hammering drive of upright bass and guitar… hollering and heavenly harmonies strike richly!

RSVP on facebook here.
See Kitgut perform at a previous Cafe hoedown here.

Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

Shak Shak Residency - Final Show!

Shak Shak is a Calypso and Caribbean acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, Shak Shak brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made calypso a worldwide phenomenon.

Shak Shak will be playing at the Cafe one Wednesday a month, all summer long: June 15, July 13, August 10, and September 14! 

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

Check out Shak Shak's website: www.spiritofcalypso.com
RSVP on facebook here.

Sep
9
7:00 pm19:00

Zakary Miller

Join us as singer-songwriter Zakary Miller makes his second appearance on the Island Cafe stage!

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7. Come early to get a table!
Please bring cash for the band - this is a pay-what-you-can show.

Zakary Miller was born in the heart of the city, with a foot on the farm. His roots spread across the great white north and his songs reflect on a deeply Canadian identity. Self loathing and loving at the same time, his 'Canadiana Swing' is born.

RSVP on facebook here.
Listen to Zakary on Bandcamp.

Sep
5
7:00 pm19:00

Long Weekend Arts Festival - kith&kin revue and shadow show

The closing night of our Long Weekend mini fest will feature a beautiful evening of a capella singing from Island favourites kith&kin and their amazing choir. There will also be a shadow puppet show by Kristine White, and other treats for the eyes and ears. 

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, Music at 7pm. Come early to get a table. 
This show is pay-what-you-can - please bring cash for the artists!

The Long Weekend Arts festival will also feature an artists market, a concert from Eucalyptus, Sunday afternoon jazz, and the annual Monday Brunch en Blanc. All the info is at islandcafeto.com/events/

kith&kin are a family from Ward's Island - Ivy Mairi, Kathleen McDonnell, and Martha Farquhar-McDonnell. They sing music from the British Isles, Appalachian, Canadian and Shapenote traditions, and the odd original song.

RSVP on facebook here
Watch kith&kin sing here

Sep
5
9:00 am09:00

Long Weekend Arts Festival - Brunch en Blanc

Join us for the 5th annual Brunch en Blanc at the Island Cafe! Wear your best whites as we celebrate the end of a beautiful summer together. The kitchen will be cooking up lots of Brunch en Blanc specials, and there will be treats for those who come in white!
RSVP on facebook here. 


Brunch en Blanc is part of the Island Cafe's Long Weekend Arts, which will also feature an artists market, a concert from Eucalyptus, Sunday afternoon jazz, and Monday night's concert and puppet show from kith&kin. All the info is at islandcafeto.com/events/

Sep
2
7:00 pm19:00

Long Weekend Arts Festival - Eucalyptus

The first night of our Long Weekend mini-fest features the tropical vibes of Eucalyptus. This will truly be the perfect way to end the summer on Ward's Island. 

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, Music at 7pm. Come early to get a table! 
This show is pay-what-you-can - please bring cash for the band!

The Long Weekend Arts festival will also feature an artists market, Sunday afternoon jazz, Monday Brunch en Blanc, and a concert and puppet show from kith&kin and friends. All the info is at islandcafeto.com/events/

More about Eucalyptus:
"Brodie West's adventure in avant jazz is accompanied by a who's who of Toronto avant whatever odd ball scene, including guitarist Alex Lukashevsky, trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud, pianist Ryan Driver, drummer Nick Fraser, bassist Mike Smith Muskox and percussionists Blake Howard and Evan Cartwright. Pulling from a variety of worlds, music traditions & a generally buoyant feeling of love & harmony, Eucalyptus are the perfect band to have playing on the pool side patio at your palatial Caribbean estate. " Tad Michalak, Burn Down the Capital

RSVP on facebook here.
Listen to Eucalyptus on Bandcamp here

Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

ZUZE - Afrobeat Rhythms of Iran

We're really excited about this one - Zuze are a new and fast-rising band on the scene - alive with warmth and energy. We are so excited to be having them at the Cafe this summer! 

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7pm. Come early to get a table!
Please bring cash for the band - this is a pay-what-you-can show. 

Zuze is an 8-piece brass band playing folk melodies of Iran to afro-beat rhythms. Zuze is about the heart and the hips. Zuze is the sound of sunglasses being worn. Artistically motivated by the narrative of bi-culturism, Zuze is neither here nor there. Zuze is the experience of betweenness. Zuze is the shrinking distance connecting two worlds. Zuze is a trumpet howling a high C. Zuze is not a band, Zuze is not an audience. Zuze is the liminal space between the song and the dance. Zuze invites you to immediacy. Zuze loves you!

RSVP on facebook here.

 

Aug
19
7:00 pm19:00

Island Jazz - The Ice Cubes play Irving Berlin

The Island Cafe is happy to once again host the Ice Cubes - a gang of Island jazz musicians. This year we will sit back and relax as the band takes us through six decades of jazz standards by the great Irving Berlin.
Featuring Frank, Rod, Joanna, Grahame, Coby, and an all-star cast of guest singers.

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7pm. Come early to get a table!
This show is pay-what-you-can - bring cash for the band!

RSVP on facebook here.

Aug
10
7:00 pm19:00

Shak Shak Residency

Shak Shak is a Calypso and Caribbean acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, Shak Shak brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made calypso a worldwide phenomenon.

Shak Shak will be playing at the Cafe one Wednesday a month, all summer long: June 15, July 13, August 10, and September 14! 

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

Check out Shak Shak's website: www.spiritofcalypso.com
RSVP on facebook here.

Aug
6
5:30 pm17:30

Pig Roast - In Support of Amnesty International

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The Island Cafe and Steam Whistle Brewery have teamed up to present a Saturday Pig Roast dinner in support of Amnesty International! 

$25 gets you an all-you-can-eat buffet of roast pig, corn, potato salad, buns and gravy - plus a cold delicious pint of Steam Whistle Pilsner! 

Join us for dinner and support a great cause --- more about Amnesty International's important work can be found here. 

Aug
5
7:00 pm19:00

Aline Morales Trio

The Island Cafe is pleased to welcome Aline Morales to our stage for the first time! For this show, the Brazilian-born singer/percussionist/composer will bring her trio for an intimate and lively performance.

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7pm. Come early to get a table.
Please bring cash for the band - this is a pay-what-you-can show!

Since her travels to Canada in 2003 and her decision to set roots down here a few years later, Morales has been well known locally as a dynamic singer, percussionist and bandleader. However, it was the release of her debut solo album, the Juno-nominated Flores, Tambores e Amores, that brought national attention to this unique artist. Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Aline began her performing career as a child training in capoeira, and by the time she reached her 20's, she had performed in a variety of traditional and modern bands including one of Brazil's most well-known maracatu groups, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife led by Mestre Walter de Franca. Since her arrival in Toronto, she has been a tireless promoter of the traditional maracatu rhythms of Northeastern Brazil, performing with her 30-member percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba, at countless outdoor festivals, leading parades through Kensington Market in Toronto and even starring in Ontario Tourism's "There's No Place Like This" commercials.

RSVP on facebook here.
Listen to Aline here.

Aug
3
7:00 pm19:00

Joel Thomas Hynes

We're excited to host songwriter Joel Thomas Hynes at the Cafe for the first time! Joel will be playing original songs, as well as sharing some of his writing with us. 

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, music at 7pm. Come early to get a table.
Please bring cash for the musicians - this is a pay-what-you-can show! 

Joel Thomas Hynes is an award winning novelist, actor, filmmaker and musician from Calvert, Newfoundland. His music is an intense blend of folky roots rock that he seldom performs live.

RSVP on facebook here.
Watch Joel on youtube here.

Jul
22
7:00 pm19:00

Nhapitapi

We are thrilled to have Nhapitapi back for the 5th summer in a row! This is always a truly uplifting experience - a highlight of every Island Cafe summer. 

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, come early to get a table.
Please bring cash for the band - this is a pay-what-you-can show!

Nhapitapi -- a Shona word meaning sweet sounds -- is a dynamic, six-piece ensemble of Zimbabwe musicians, singers, dancers and performers who expertly weave ancestral rhythms and melodies with contemporary African diasporic flavours, conjuring musical magic in their midst. 

Nhapitapi's magnetic performances open with the healing serenity of mbira and marimba, both grounding and energizing. Vocals, shakers, hand drum, guitar, bass and drum set are then introduced, producing playful and complex layers of auditory enchantment. Once audiences have fully surrendered to this soaring soundscape, a deft duo of dancers hits the floor with unparalleled vigor and bold flirtation, drawing onlookers in to join the outburst of cathartic joy. 

And so, we invite you with open hearts and arms to join us in song and dance, and you too will feel the breath of the lion on your neck.

RSVP on facebook here.
Watch Nhapitapi in action here.

Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

Shak Shak Residency

Shak Shak is a Calypso and Caribbean acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, Shak Shak brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made calypso a worldwide phenomenon. Shak Shak will be playing at the Cafe one Wednesday a month, all summer long: June 15, July 13, August 10, and September 14!  $10/PWYC (pass the hat) Check out Shak Shak's website: www.spiritofcalypso.com RSVP on facebook here.

Shak Shak is a Calypso and Caribbean acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, Shak Shak brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made calypso a worldwide phenomenon.

Shak Shak will be playing at the Cafe one Wednesday a month, all summer long: June 15, July 13, August 10, and September 14! 

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

Check out Shak Shak's website: www.spiritofcalypso.com
RSVP on facebook here.

Jul
8
7:00 pm19:00

Staycation Surf Band

Staycation - Matthew Bailey's surf crew - join us again this year for an evening of sunny surf tunes! 

Dinner service starts at 5:30pm - come early to get a table. 
Please bring cash for the band - this is a pay-what-you-can show. 

Staycation are a band of shape-shifting, dance-inducing, slop-surfing friends that perform and write music that holds in its core a signature vibrating energy found originally in recordings by Link Wray, The Shadows and other instrumental surf rock pioneers. While paying tribute to these innovators at their live shows, Staycation also perform original music with sounds ranging from nintendo western to disco surf. They're no strangers to the Island Cafe stage, having played every year since the band's inception (under various names), and this year promises to be their best yet! Staycation lead guitarist, Matthew Bailey says: "we've got new strings on our guitars, new tubes cooking in our amplifiers and a brand new EP in tow so islanders and city slickers alike better bring their dancing flip-flops and SPF 60 on July 8th".

RSVP on facebook here.
Check out Staycation's new single here

 

Jun
29
7:00 pm19:00

Tim Moxam

Join us as Tim Moxam returns to the Island Cafe stage!
For this show, Tim will be performing in a trio with singers Ivy Mairi and Raffa Weyman - a rare and beautiful treat !

Dinner starts at 5:30, Music at 7pm. Come early to get a table.
This show is pay-what-you-can - bring cash for the band!

There’s a comforting sense of familiarity in Tim Moxam’s music, like the feeling of a soft summer breeze after the passing of a cold, grey winter. It’s his soulful voice that floats over twangy acoustic guitar; his vivid storytelling of lost love; his breezy, warm atmospheric tones that swell and crash. He exists in a world that deftly explores the space between country-rock and folk, with a talent for carving out memorable melodies in unlikely places. On his debut LP, Soft Summer, Moxam shows he’s a singer-songwriter wholly of his own.

RSVP on facebook here.
Watch Tim's video for Meant to Be.

Jun
25
6:30 pm18:30

Toronto Blues Society Bday Party with Harrison Kennedy

In this special co-presentation, the Island Cafe is teaming up with the Toronto Blues Society to celebrate 31 years of promoting and preserving blues music in Toronto! Veteran blues songwriter and guitarist - and this year's Juno winner -  Harrison "Sweet Taste" Kennedy will perform two sets of music for the occasion. Arrive early to get a table!

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

RSVP on facebook here.
Learn more about the Toronto Blues Society here.
Visit Harrison Kennedy's website here

Jun
19
10:00 am10:00

Father's Day Brunch with Tim Bovaconti

Join us for a special father's day brunch with live music by Tim Bovaconti! Brunch runs from 9am-1pm, with the music happening between 10:30am and 12:30pm. 

Long time friend and former Ward's Island resident Tim Bovaconti has been playing shows on the Island since he was 16 years old. He is a songwriter, producer and current guitarist for former Guess Who singer Burton Cummings. He's also toured around the globe with Ron Sexsmith since 2001. For this special Fathers Day performance Tim will be joined by longtime friend and musical partner Patrick Allcock who is a great vocalist and songwriter in his own right.

RSVP on facebook here.
Visit Tim's website here

Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Shak Shak Residency

Shak Shak is a Calypso and Caribbean acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, Shak Shak brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made calypso a worldwide phenomenon.

Shak Shak will be playing at the Cafe one Wednesday a month, all summer long: June 15, July 13, August 10, and September 14! 

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

Check out Shak Shak's website: www.spiritofcalypso.com
RSVP on facebook here.

Jun
10
6:30 pm18:30

Alex Samaras & friends play JAZZ

Alex Samaras will be joined by some of Toronto's finest musicians for a night of old standards, bossa novas, and classic jazz. This will not be your typical jazz concert though, oh no! You never know if there will be a sing-a-long, an improvised hoe-down, or a chance for you to come up and join the fun.

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

Watch Alex sing here.
RSVP on facebook here.

Sep
18
7:00 pm19:00

April Snow

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There is a mystery surrounding the elusive April Snow. Led by the undeniable Thom Gill, this neo-soul supergroup brings together some of the strongest musicians and singers around to slay you with grooves. Guaranteed this will be one of the most memorable concerts in Island Cafe history.

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

SEAN DONALD
Sep
6
6:30 pm18:30

SEAN DONALD

The music Sean plays has travelled a long journey and has stood the test of time. Music that has moved with its people, changing and evolving along the way but still retaining its depth and purpose. Sean plays the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England aswell as the forms they took on and collided with in North America, all of which has roots that go deep throughout many places and cultures. These are songs of the human experience, songs of love and loss, good times and hard and these are also the songs that he writes. Sean is a multi-instrumentalist but plays primarily the guitar and the 5-string banjo in a number of different styles, having learned a great deal on his own and from musical mentors and communities.

KRISTINE SCHMITT
Sep
5
6:30 pm18:30

KRISTINE SCHMITT

Kristine Schmitt writes bad-ass, gritty country-blues and oldtime tunes, and is the fiercest belter you ever did see. Alongside killer renditions of traditional bluegrass and country classics, she slides in original tunes: songs that honour the old sounds but break free with funny, personal and downright racy lyrics!

Communism
Aug
28
7:00 pm19:00

Communism

This is a brand new Communism.

High energy rock for the era of action.

Our mission is to fill your heart with joy and your boots with helium, so you float through life giving and giving with the strength and wisdom with which you were born.

Human inspiration is the greatest renewable resource, please help us throw some switches.

 

Don Kerr - drums

Kevin Lacroix - bass

Paul Linklater - guitar

Everyone - vocals, hand claps, dance moves

Aug
19
6:30 pm18:30

SHAK SHAK

Shak Shak is a Calypso and Caribbean acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, Shak Shak brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made calypso a worldwide phenomenon.

$10/PWYC (pass the hat)

http://www.spiritofcalypso.com/