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Issue 144

December 2013


My apologies for doubling up on this issue of our e-news. We have unveiled an update to our website and the links in the previous e-mail are no longer active. The good news for those of you who are facing inbox overload is that there is now a direct un-subscribe button.

Merry, happy,



Robbie Burns Warm-up

Tuesday January 14 at 7 PM. Advance tickets are availableonlinefor $37 (tax and service charges included).

In an effort to get your single malt neurons re-engaged after the December party season, we are presenting a mini-tour of Scotland. Six whiskies from three regions will be compared: 1996 Glen Grant and Benriach Importanticus Fumosus 12 yr. from Speyside, Tobermory 10 yr. and Caol Ila 12 yr. from the islands, and Auchentoshan 12 yr. and Glenkinchie 12 yr. from the Lowlands.

We urge you to come out and practice so you don't throw out an elbow on Robbie Burns Day.

The Boxcar Boys

Every other Saturday afternoon at 3 PM. Free admission, donation requested. Next show December 21, 2013.

The Boxcar Boys deliver a veritable gumbo of wild gypsy, Dixieland jazz, Klezmer, and folk music performed with a good time New Orleans spirit. The Boxcar Boys are the combined forces of clarinetist and tunesmith John David Williams (Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything, The Roofhoppers), jazz master Karl Silveira on trombone (The Lemon Bucket Orkestra), violin whiz Laura C. Bates (Trent Severn, Del Bel) soulful accordionist Ronen Segall and JUNO nominee Rob Teehan (Heavyweights Brass Band, Saidah Baba Talibah) on sousaphone.

With their first album Don't Be Blue [2011] they caught the ears of critics across the country, placing on the Ejazznews list of Best Canadian Jazz of 2011, receiving 3.5 of 4 stars in the Toronto Star, as well as praise in Wholenote, and Canadian Folk Music magazines. Their new album Rye Whiskey further explores their unique instrumentation as they delve deeper into both the jazz and folk genres. These 15 live-off-the-floor studio tracks showcase the band's raw acoustic sound and lively performances. Their ability to effortlessly switch from a gritty sprawling blues into a tight western swing number or an emotive tango is demonstrated in compositions by all band members. Rye Whiskey also features charming vocal renditions of folk classics "Sam Hall", "Rye Whiskey", and "Freight Train", a joyous instrumental performance of "You Are My Sunshine", and a sentimental lullaby written by composer Joe Ernewein. The band is joined by bluegrass mandolin virtuoso Adrian Gross "Slocan Ramblers" on several tracks. Rye Whiskey captures The Boxcar Boys at their finest, musicians with appreciation for old jazz and folk music who have honed a sound that is undoubtedly their own.

Les Luxemburger

Now showing in the east room.