Monday, 13 October 2014

The Last East Side Boom...
@ 1390!!
September 20, 2014
Thank you so much to Jason Kenemy for continuing to support GAS through his wonderful East Side Boom creation and for all the bands - first time performers here @GAS and to those who keep coming back. On behalf of all the members, thanks to all the musicians and those who help out to making GAS a place to celebrate the arts!!
Also see renos for new location below!!

Last ESB @ 1390


Gypsy Jive Band

 Friends of Markos 

Sunday Afternoon Performances, September 21
Thanks to Julia for organizing!

And our very last weekend @ 1390 
The Muted Note
the undeniably mezmerising duo that is Susanna Hood and Scott Thompson
Saturday September 27, 2014

And furthermore....
Renos @ the new space, 1475
The first day, and mid-way!!
Thank you is not enough of a sentiment for Frank Iacobucci and his team: his brother Ed, Lisa North, Leandro Illescas and our very own Greer Brabazon for the exceptional job that they have done ( and continue to do) @ 1475.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Upcoming music @ GAS

Saturday September 20th, 8:00 pm  PWYC suggested $10
ESB Presents The Gypsy Jive CD Launch, alongside two great bands.

The Shoeless will kick things off at 8:00 pm sharp. This trio of incredible musicians (Emilyn Stam, Frank Evans and Eli bender) will play music from ALL CORNERS of the earth, on violin, banjo and cello, Bela Fleck meets Bela Bartok in Appalachia!

The Gypsy JIve Band is thrilled to launch their new CD, " Yennevelt " ! This new recording is a treasure trove of Yiddish, Sephardic and Greek traditionals, and a tongue in cheek original. Gary Weinger (violin) Murray Mckay (guitar) and Rachel Melas (bass)
with Conny Nowe sitting in on percussion.

Closing out the night will be Friends of Markos, with a set of classic Rebetiko music.
Michael Kaler (bouzouki and vocals), Michealangelo Ialdafano (baglama and vocals), Mark Zurawinski (percussion) and the now familiar Rachel Melas (still on bass)and Conny Nowe (guitar). 

Sunday September 21, 3:30- 4:30 pm  PWYC suggested $10
RIVERRUN is a quartet made up of some of Toronto’s strongest musical personalities. Their sound has been described as “electro-chamber-jazz” and “minimalist-avant-garde-pop”. Cinematic, delving and disciplined, RIVERRUN cuts across stylistic boundaries and goes deep into the moment. RIVERRUN is: Tom Richards, Peter Lutek, Scott Petereson & Jake Oelrichs. Watch them on youtube: 

New exhibit @ GAS

MATT WOODSheet Goods: Paintings On Plywood
Wednesday September 10- 28

Matt Wood
Sheet Goods: Paintings on Plywood 
September 10-28, 2014

Matt Wood presents a controlled yet deeply expressive collection of new works that are as esthetically pleasing as they are involving. 

Sheet Goods is an intriguing compilation of work, bold not just in Wood’s overt use of bright colour, but in the range of landscapes presented in each piece. Classically Canadian is his attention to environment, Wood captures a variety of figurative and more literal expressions of the scenic world we inhabit. Vaguely reminiscent of a more modern and interpretive Group of Seven, Wood’s work exudes a freedom of movement usually dampened by the heavier paint medium and rarely so enthusiastically portrayed with such mature delicacy. 

Wood’s approach and technique are consistently engaging throughout his exhibit, demonstrating skill, care, and a commitment to a more simplistic reflection of typically over-thought expressions. Easily described as fresh, Wood seems to emanate a more playful Gerhard Richter, using a similar layering and scraping away technique, while maintaining a more open attitude towards colour experimentation. Wood’s toying with horizontal and vertical movement keeps Sheet Goods cheerful and accessible, light and yet just as resonating. 

More importantly, Sheet Goods is comprised of moments. Despite his penchant for movement, Wood has allowed each piece of plywood to hold hostage a moment in time, a touch of an event, capturing a tension in each that is as fleeting as it is grounding. Sheet Goods: Paintings on Plywood is an exhibit not to be endured, but easily and thoroughly enjoyed. 

- Greer Brabazon for Gerrard Art Space 

Pics from the opening, Saturday September 13, 7 - 9
Matt sold half his work that evening! From all @ GAS, congratulations Matt on a beautiful show. Well done! 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sunday July 20th, 2014
3:30pm - 4:30pm
What a fabulous afternoon listening to the re-imagined classic Beach Boys' Pet Sounds! GAS was packed- standing room only for this lovely performance this past Sunday afternoon.

This loving tribute to The Beach Boys' classic 1966 album Pet Sounds will be performed instrumentally by Christine Bougie (guitar), Dafydd Hughes (wurlitzer), Julia Hambleton (clarinets) and Andrew Downing (cello). The quartet first performed the Pet Sounds album in 2010 and it has since become an annual tradition.
Check out the photos below from last Sunday's performance. Thanks to Julia for organizing!

Speaking of Julia- sadly this was the last of the series for Julia who is leaving us to pursuit academic challenges.
How fitting then, that Pet Sounds was available to perform this last show, a loving tribute from a much loved member of GAS. We wish you well Julia and will miss you terribly. Julia's last day is this Sunday July 26.