Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Upcoming music @ GAS

EAST SIDE BOOM! presents GYPSY JIVE BAND
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). 

GAS SUNDAY AFTERNOON PERFORMANCES presents…RIVERRUN
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: 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5DRP7-ZuWUk 




VISUAL ART 
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

GAS SUNDAY AFTERNOON PERFORMANCES presents...PET SOUNDS
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.
xo


















The Printmaking Show
with works by Noreen Mallory, Edith Shoul & Clair Browne.
Thanks to Frank, Julia and the artists!











Saturday, 19 July 2014

THIS WEEKEND @ GAS!!!

VISUAL ART
THE PRINTMAKING GROUP SHOW
With works by Noreen Mallory, Ethel Shoul & Claire Browne.
July 16- August 3, 2014

Please join us for a reception Saturday July 19, 4-7pm.


MUSIC
GAS SUNDAY AFTERNOON PERFORMANCES presents...PET SOUNDS
Sunday July 20th, 2014
3:30pm - 4:30pm
PWYC
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.



Sunday, 13 July 2014

What a night! 
Fortunate to say the least, to host Jory Nash @GAS, performing older as well as brand new tunes that will appear on his upcoming recording.
The evening began beautifully with Nancy Dutra and her gorgeously sultry voice and guitar.
It was lovely to have an evening of guitar and voice from both performers -intimate but the nonetheless powerful. 
Thanks to Frank and Julia for organizing this event and thanks to both performers- very special people.
A perfectly fabulous weekend of really great music by really, really great Toronto musicians ( and very nice folks to boot!)


















GAS MUSIC presents...JORY NASH with special guest NANCY DUTRA
Saturday July 12th, 2014
8:00pm - 10:30pm
Admission $10 (at the door)
"Masterful storytelling with rich segues into brilliant and captivating songs. A Jory Nash live show is a joy to experience! It's always a complete stage show - thoughtful, brilliant songs punctuated with clever and entertaining stories. The recordings are brilliant but Jory gives it all on stage." - Liz Scott, Eaglewood Folk Festival AD
Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 7 critically acclaimed albums, including his newest CD Little Pilgrim, which was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award. His 2009 album New Blue Day was named Penguin Eggs Magazine Critic’s Choice Album of the Year and was also nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Producer. He is also a previous winner of the OCFF Songs From The Heart Award.
Nancy Dutra’s debut CD, 'Time Will Tell', has charted on the Euro-Americana chart and has received glowing reviews from such publications as No Depression, Exclaim, Now Magazine, Roots Music Canada and The Alternate Root. The album features ollaborations with acclaimed Canadian songwriter Ron Sexsmith and celebrated U.S. songwriter Kevin Welch.The spare, lean strength of her concise songs derives partly from her Portuguese heritage. From an early age, Dutra always enjoyed the stripped-down, folk-blues feel of fado music that her parents played for her, especially the saudade– the emotional peak of the song where the singer fully, truly reveals herself. She goes deep, and real, and it's powerful stuff.