TOP FIVE REASONS TO GO
- HOGTOWN NEW CHAMBER MUSIC. Never heard of Hogtown New Chamber Music? Well then you really have to come. An evening of original songs & song cycles written by Aruna Antonella Handa.
2. SIRENS & GUESTSSirens are so fetching & they sing so sweetly & the Guests make music so musically.
3. WHISKEY & BEER. Thirty (30) kinds of whiskey & 18 craft beer on tap. (To sip while you listen…)
4. ASIAN STREET FOOD. By Bunz Urban Food. Plus burgers. (To nosh while you listen…)
5. FREE TURNTABLE FOR EVERY GUEST. (just joking)
BONUS: HISTORY. Not just a bar, but a landmark, the Monarch has been serving customers since 1927. (To admire while you listen…)
Won’t you join us?
(HOGTOWN NEW CHAMBER MUSIC sounds like: Tom Waits meets Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht down a madly painted laneway with the late sun slanting into a cedar shingled garage and Billie & Odetta are singing the blues and Joni’s putting on a harmony meanwhile Nina’s trying on one of Joel Grey’s jackets & Joel’s touching up his eye liner, and Bruce & Nancy are swapping stories on the stoop & Gord’s gone to get some ice cream with Neil and Captain Beefheart’s surfing and Cecil’s playing tag with Buffy who’s whistling around the corner, at least i think it’s her (there are Tiger Lillies) and Leonard? He’s laughing and dancing in the dark. And there’s Stevie & Jane & Chet & Joe & Betty…)
The Sirens are Caitlin Holland (right), Lindsay McDonald (centre) and Jennifer Wakefield (left).
Guests: Raphael Roter (drums) • Chris Adriaanse (upright bass) •Kristian Podlacha (piano) plus surprises.
SET LIST TO INCLUDE:
ADDICTION: A SONG CYCLE ON QUITTING
+ songs from
SUNDAYS & MONDAYS • REVOLUTION • LOIS & GAVIN • ELEPHANTS
photograph on poster by Cher Knightingale
garden photo AA Handa
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Tavern policy is 19+.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Monarch is located on Clinton Street, just south of College. The westbound and eastbound College Street cars stop at Clinton Street. There is a Green P parking lot, just north of College on Clinton (which is one way going north from College, and there is paid street parking along College.
What can I bring into the event?
Your good self, your friends, some money if you’d like to eat and drink. There may be a little merchandise available.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
What’s the refund policy?
All sales are final. That said, if you find yourself in a pickle, get in touch and we’ll work something out. We want you to be happy.
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Organizer of Aruna Antonella Handa & the Sirens + Special Guests at the Monarch May 24
ARUNA ANTONELLA HANDA is a singer/composer working in Toronto. After a hiatus from the (music) stage, Aruna is back in full voice, excited to be sharing her new songs with audiences. She has sung in a variety of contexts in Canada, the US and the UK. Last year, her song cycle Have You Seen My Sister? was selected as part of the program of Independent Projects for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2017. Aruna has been collaborating with the very talented Sirens with whom she is planning to record her song cycle Addiction (and more), collaborating with producer David Seitz of Shelter Island Sound, NY.
CAITLIN HOLLAND has a voice full of warmth that beckons us to stop whatever we are doing and listen. She performs regularly in a variety of pop and classical ensembles in the city and as a solo act. She studied pop, classical, and jazz singing, earning an advanced diploma in musical theatre performance and ARCT designation in vocal pedagogy. In addition to maintaining a busy teaching studio, she also is the music director at Malvern Emmanuel United Church in Scarborough.
LINDSAY MCDONALD From eight-voice jazz choirs, to contemporary Canadian women’s choirs, musical theatre to rock bands, Lindsay loves to sing the tough parts. As a composer and arranger, Lindsay’s music has been performed across Canada, the UK and Thailand. She has a BMus in composition, a double-major (piano and voice) in jazz and commercial music, and an ARCT in performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Lindsay is thrilled to be singing with the Sirens, and brings her incredible arranging skills to each note.
JENNIFER WAKEFIELD tied her performance degree with music education and when the opportunity came to teach overseas, she worked in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for five years, immersing herself in local live music. In 2008, she moved to Toronto where she teaches and sings in a variety of choral, backup vocals and duo projects. Recent credits include backup vocals for singer-songwriter Melanie Peterson, vocalist in a Fujiwara dance piece in the Danceworks 40th Anniversary, singer in “Have you seen my sister?” a vocal installation at Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017, soprano in “The Christmas Story” pageant a cappella quartet, and arranger/vocalist and flautist in a Sprig of Rosemary, a Celtic music duo.
RAPHAEL ROTER plays drumset in the 11-piece band, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, whose first Canadian album was met with critical acclaim. The band has been featured at prominent shows including the Toronto Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival and Afrofest and has played alongside Seun Kuti, and Antibalas & Zap Mama. Raphael has played and recorded with Doug Tielli, Adam Rudolf, Meliani Brulee, Trisha Foster, Patrick Hewan and Aline Morales. Raphael has also directed and conducted the street percussion group Samba Elegua and has toured in Europe and Canada’s east coast with the performing dance group Lila Ensemble.
CHRIS ADRIAANSE plays upright and electric bass and teaches music in Toronto. He plays with a number of groups and ensembles. He has played with eclectic groups like Lullaby North (“Walk in Spirals” 2011, “Speak in Tongues” 2013, “Forget in Rhymes” 2015) Lila Ensemble, Tia Brazda, Shaky Knees (“7 Years” 2014) the Doug Tielli Band, The Ryan Carr Band, Crankbox, Astrosurf (“Live Off the Ocean Floor” 2016) the Adriaanse/Stanley Duo, Emily Raquel (“Self Titled” 2015) and with countless groups of jazz musicians and free improvisers in many performance contexts.
SANAZ NAKHJAVANI has performed with different ensembles since 1998 in Tehran and in Istanbul where she performed Mixta, Spanish music with Turkish instruments and free improvisation ensemble and duet of soprano, electronics and kanun. She has also contributed to various albums, the most important of which include Showaname (2012), From Rey to Roum (2013) and Rehavi (2014).