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60's Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone

60's Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone

Tonight at 7:30pm (Wednesday, July 18th, 2018)

$15

Sue & Dwight, Michelle Rumball (guitar/voice), Tony Laviola (bass)


Join Us For A Singalong Tribute To The Songs Of The 60's Folk Revival

Folk enthusiasts fill the music room at the Free Times Cafe and for two hours are transported back to the coffeehouses of the 1960's Folk Revival. The show includes folk classics like 'If I Had A Hammer', 'Walk Right In', 'Turn Turn Turn', 'Tom Dooley', 'Five Hundred Miles' and many more.

The fun monthly show is hosted by a 4 piece ensemble comprised of Sue and Dwight, Michelle Rumball, and Tony Laviola. The group takes the audience on a musical journey sharing stories and providing historical context that highlights the importance of the songs, performed in the style true to the period. Songsheets are provided, even though most of the audience seems to know every word.

Reservations recommended: 416-967-1078.

Michelle Rumball
With a voice that’s sometimes whispery and wavering, sometimes plangent and clear, but always poignant and evocative, Michelle Rumball sings from deep wellsprings of emotion. As NOW’s Kate Pederson wrote, “I’d pay to hear her sing the phone book.”

Hailing from the eastern Toronto neighbourhood of Scarborough, Rumball sang in church choirs in her earliest years. She dove full-force into the music industry when she fronted The Grievous Angels, a pioneering band on Toronto’s nascent roots-music scene in the mid-to-late ‘80s. The band’s second album, the Juno-Award-nominated One Job Town, earned a national following and rave reviews, with many critics singling out Rumball's voice for special mention.

Leaving the band to better find her own voice – both physical and creative – Rumball journeyed toward self-recovery by travelling all over the American South, where so much of the history of blues, jazz, gospel and storytelling lies.

Sue & Dwight
Sue and Dwight are a folk roots duo, originally from Winnipeg and now living in Toronto. Their music is strongly influenced by their journey from the prairies to the big city and travel in East Africa. Lyrics are honest and insightful with themes of peace, courage, and social justice, conveyed through rich harmonies. Through gentle persuasion the songs remind us not to lose sight of what’s really important in the world. Without pretension, they share their songs and stories while creating a warm atmosphere at their live shows. Rich harmonies are front and centre in their musical arrangements, supported by laid-back guitars, piano, and accordion.


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Joe Bass & Mike Legere

Joe Bass & Mike Legere

Tomorrow Night at 8pm (Thursday, July 19th, 2018)

Joe Bass (voice/guitar), Mike Legere (voice/guitar)


Mike Legere
Mike Legere is a singer/songwriter who plays in bands Century Thief and Places Erupt. He'll be playing songs from his upcoming full-length solo album Ourselves in Public, which explores self-definition vs. social definition, social anxiety and the struggle to exist in/beyond the expectations and assumptions of those around us.


More About Mike Legere

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Music City North

Music City North

Friday Night at 9pm (Friday, July 20th, 2018)

Music City North
Music City North is a community of artists, venue owners, booking agents, managers and fans, working together to grow the Toronto music community and increase awareness of the music scene.


Music City North

Music City North

Saturday Night at 9pm (Saturday, July 21st, 2018)

Music City North
Music City North is a community of artists, venue owners, booking agents, managers and fans, working together to grow the Toronto music community and increase awareness of the music scene.


Jewish Brunch Buffet with Thaller Family Klezmer Band

Jewish Brunch Buffet with Thaller Family Klezmer Band

Sunday Morning at 11am/1:15pm (Sunday, July 22nd, 2018)

$24.95

Thaller Family Klezmer Band


Live music as part of the "Bella did you eat" Sunday brunch.
1st seating - Reserve between 10:30 – 11am, music at 11:45
2nd seating - Reserve at 1:15pm Club (1:00 Bistro), music at 1:45

Buffet includes over 50 Homemade Items - Potato latkes, blintzes, lox eggs & onions, challah, french toast, sour cream, apple sauce, bagels, lox & cream cheese mix, salmon patties, gelfilte fish, cheese, salads galore, fresh fruit, cheeses, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and much more! Children 12 and under 1/2 price, 3 and under free.

Thaller Family Klezmer Band
From shtetl to night club. Journey through time with this genre blending ensemble.
​Four people, ten instruments, three voices, one amazing family.


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Vanessa Smythe Storytelling & Comedy

Vanessa Smythe Storytelling & Comedy

Sunday Night at 8pm (Sunday, July 22nd, 2018)

PWYC

Vanessa Smythe (voice/guitar)


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Open Stage Mondays with TBA

Next Week: Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 7:30pm

Signup at 7pm.

Every Monday, all artists are welcomed to sign up and share their songs, poetry, prose or comedy act on Toronto's longest-running open stage; local artists, or those visiting Toronto are encouraged to attend. Here are some of the artists who started their careers at the Free Times open stage: Jason Fowler, Jory Nash, Kat Goldman, Ron Sexsmith, Emm Gryner, Laura Fernandez, Sarah Slean, Noah Zacharin, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra.


Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage

Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage

Next Week: Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 8pm

art bar
The Art Bar is recognized as Canada's longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

While featuring no fewer than one hundred-twenty poets a year, The Art Bar provides another five hundred opportunities for people to present their poems on its open-stage. Twenty-five percent of its features are emerging poets (who have yet to see their first book published). The remaining seventy-five percent are mid- to advanced-career poets, many of whom have won local, national and international awards for their work.

The Art Bar enjoys an average weekly audience of approximately sixty-five people and is able to accommodate up to one hundred. It provides an inclusive venue for poetry and features poets from diverse backgrounds and from every province in Canada. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate by getting on stage, speaking to a poet, or simply applauding.


Best of the Open Stage: Lunar Bloom, Dorota

Best of the Open Stage: Lunar Bloom, Dorota

Next Wednesday at 8:30pm (Wednesday, July 25th, 2018)

$6

Lunar Bloom, Dorota (voice/guitar)


Toronto Java Users Group

Toronto Java Users Group

Next Week: Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 6pm

Toronto Java Users Group
The Toronto Java User Group provides presentations of exciting new technologies and socialization with your fellow developers in a relaxed atmosphere. Join us for dinner, drinks, and a talk on an interesting topic presented by one of your peers.

Our monthly agenda includes:
* group discussion of recent Java-related headlines
* lightning talks from anyone who has something to show and tell
* a robocode battle - bring your robot and compete in our arena for fun & prizes!
* a longer-format prepared talk (30-45 minutes max)
* time to relax and chat in the pub
* prizes and swag for participants (subject to availability)

We have no membership fee and no formal membership process. Just come out to a meeting!


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Big Grumpy Comedy Night

Big Grumpy Comedy Night

Next Week: Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 8:30pm

Free


Big Grumpy Comedy
Big Grumpy Comedy is a monthly stand up comedy show curated and hosted by Cody Kitchener. Each show features a diverse cast of unique voices from all over Canada. Described as the best "hidden gem" stand up show in Toronto, Big Grumpy promotes a welcoming and inclusive environment for performers and audience members alike.


Best of the Open Stage: Wesley Blondin, Haley Midgette

Best of the Open Stage: Wesley Blondin, Haley Midgette

Next Week: Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 8pm

Wesley Blondin (voice/guitar), Haley Midgette (voice/guitar)


More About Wesley Blondin


Old Words Story Telling

Old Words Story Telling

Next Week: Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at 6pm


Presenter Page


Jewish Brunch Buffet with Michael Anklewicz

Jewish Brunch Buffet with Michael Anklewicz

Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at 11am/1:15pm

$24.95

Michael Anklewicz (clarinet)


Live music as part of the "Bella did you eat" Sunday brunch.
1st seating - Reserve between 10:30 – 11am, music at 11:45
2nd seating - Reserve at 1:15pm Club (1:00 Bistro), music at 1:45

Buffet includes over 50 Homemade Items - Potato latkes, blintzes, lox eggs & onions, challah, french toast, sour cream, apple sauce, bagels, lox & cream cheese mix, salmon patties, gelfilte fish, cheese, salads galore, fresh fruit, cheeses, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and much more! Children 12 and under 1/2 price, 3 and under free.

Michael Anklewicz
Mike Anklewicz is a versatile musician who performs, composes, arranges, and teaches in many different areas of music, ranging from classical to jazz to klezmer to the avant-garde. He has recorded and performed with distinguished artists in all of these genres.

Mike leads KlezFactor, a "klezmer-fusion" band that plays both traditional and original compositions fusing Eastern European Jewish folk music with jazz, rock, and classical musical techniques. KlezFactor has been garnering international acclaim for their two albums. Klezmachine, their most recent CD, has topped university radio charts in Ontario and has been played throughout Canada, the United States, Argentina, France, Portugal, Spain, and Russia.

Mike is also the clarinetist in Zebrina, a band led by keyboardist Jonathan Feldman, which has performed all around Toronto. They will be recording their first album this fall with an Ontario Arts Council grant. Mike has recently recorded with the Prague-based band, Eggnoise, and can be heard on their next CD scheduled for a spring or summer release.

In addition, Mike is active as a freelance woodwind player in Toronto and has performed in some of Toronto's top venues including Massey Hall, The Rex, and Harbourfront Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he studied composition and saxophone performance. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, in saxophone performance. He is currently a PhD candidate at York University, studying ethnomusicology.


More About Michael Anklewicz


 

TBA

Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at 8pm


Wayne Neon hosts Open Stage Mondays

Wayne Neon hosts Open Stage Mondays

Monday, July 30th, 2018 at 7:30pm

Wayne Neon (saxophone/flute)


Signup at 7pm.

Every Monday, all artists are welcomed to sign up and share their songs, poetry, prose or comedy act on Toronto's longest-running open stage; local artists, or those visiting Toronto are encouraged to attend. Here are some of the artists who started their careers at the Free Times open stage: Jason Fowler, Jory Nash, Kat Goldman, Ron Sexsmith, Emm Gryner, Laura Fernandez, Sarah Slean, Noah Zacharin, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra.


More About Wayne Neon


Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage

Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 at 8pm

art bar
The Art Bar is recognized as Canada's longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

While featuring no fewer than one hundred-twenty poets a year, The Art Bar provides another five hundred opportunities for people to present their poems on its open-stage. Twenty-five percent of its features are emerging poets (who have yet to see their first book published). The remaining seventy-five percent are mid- to advanced-career poets, many of whom have won local, national and international awards for their work.

The Art Bar enjoys an average weekly audience of approximately sixty-five people and is able to accommodate up to one hundred. It provides an inclusive venue for poetry and features poets from diverse backgrounds and from every province in Canada. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate by getting on stage, speaking to a poet, or simply applauding.


Yiddish Vinkl with Honey Novick

Yiddish Vinkl with Honey Novick

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at Noon

$20 (includes a Jewish Style Buffet, drink, tax, gratuity and the program)


Honey Novick is going to tell the TRUE tale of "The Incredible Two-Gun Cohen".

Honey Novick is going to tell the TRUE tale of "The Incredible Two-Gun Cohen", a British, Canadian whose name is engraved on a plaque in Shanghai because he was considered one of the TEN most important Jewish mean and women in the history of China.

Honey Novick is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet with 8 CDs and 8 soon to be published volumes of poetry.

Yiddish Vinkl Toronto
Wander down old Spadina Avenue the street that author Matt Cohen once called the "cosmic spine" of the Toronto Jewish community. Learn about the history of the community, its social, religious, political life.

The Yiddish Vinkl is a warm, cozy, heymish group of people who are interested in subjects related to the Yiddish language and culture. Everyone is welcome. Our programs are conducted primarily in English. Knowledge of the Yiddish language is by no means necessary to have a great time!! Membership is free. We meet at the Free Times Cafe, where one can indulge in a delicious buffet lunch which includes Judy's delicious latkes and blintzes. It is a memorable time amongst friends new and old.


 

Jewish Brunch Buffet with TBA

Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 11am/1:15pm

$24.95


Live music as part of the "Bella did you eat" Sunday brunch.
1st seating - Reserve between 10:30 – 11am, music at 11:45
2nd seating - Reserve at 1:15pm Club (1:00 Bistro), music at 1:45

Buffet includes over 50 Homemade Items - Potato latkes, blintzes, lox eggs & onions, challah, french toast, sour cream, apple sauce, bagels, lox & cream cheese mix, salmon patties, gelfilte fish, cheese, salads galore, fresh fruit, cheeses, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and much more! Children 12 and under 1/2 price, 3 and under free.


Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band

Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band

Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at 11am/1:15pm

$24.95

Gypsy Jive Band


Live music as part of the "Bella did you eat" Sunday brunch.
1st seating - Reserve between 10:30 – 11am, music at 11:45
2nd seating - Reserve at 1:15pm Club (1:00 Bistro), music at 1:45

Buffet includes over 50 Homemade Items - Potato latkes, blintzes, lox eggs & onions, challah, french toast, sour cream, apple sauce, bagels, lox & cream cheese mix, salmon patties, gelfilte fish, cheese, salads galore, fresh fruit, cheeses, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and much more! Children 12 and under 1/2 price, 3 and under free.

Gypsy Jive Band
The Gypsy Jive Band plays klezmer ethno-fusion country & eastern. In playing klezmer music in smaller communities around Ontario, they have had to adapt klezmer for non-traditional audiences. Hence you would hear them play such classics as "Sweet Georgia Brownstein" or "Romania the Brave" or "Love Potion No. NEIN" or "An Irish Shmedley".


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Jewish Brunch Buffet with The Horables

Jewish Brunch Buffet with The Horables

Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at 11am/1:15pm

$24.95

Rachel Shenin (violin/voice), Conny Nowe (voice/guitar/percussion/mandolin), Rachel Melas (bass), The Horables


Live music as part of the "Bella did you eat" Sunday brunch.
1st seating - Reserve between 10:30 – 11am, music at 11:45
2nd seating - Reserve at 1:15pm Club (1:00 Bistro), music at 1:45

Buffet includes over 50 Homemade Items - Potato latkes, blintzes, lox eggs & onions, challah, french toast, sour cream, apple sauce, bagels, lox & cream cheese mix, salmon patties, gelfilte fish, cheese, salads galore, fresh fruit, cheeses, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and much more! Children 12 and under 1/2 price, 3 and under free.

The Horables
The Horables play the celebratory dance music of Eastern European Jews, as well as Gypsy dance tunes and some Django style jazz. Rachel Sheinin (violin) Conny Nowe (mandolin) Rachel Melas (accordion and guitar) and Michael Kaler (upright bass) bring the music to life with thoughtful arrangements and a few tongue in cheek juxtapositions.The Horables have been playing Klezmer music together for about 5 years, at festivals, cafes, concerts and farmers markets. They released their CD "No Shirt No Shoes No Tsuris" in 2012.


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Jul 15 Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band Gordon's Acoustic Living Room Gordon's Acoustic Living Room 16 Lovely Linda Saslove hosts Open Stage Mondays Lovely Linda Saslove hosts Open Stage Mondays 17 Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage 18 60's Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone 60's Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone 19 Joe Bass & Mike Legere Joe Bass & Mike Legere 20 Music City North Music City North 21 Music City North Music City North
Jul 22 Jewish Brunch Buffet with Thaller Family Klezmer Band Jewish Brunch Buffet with Thaller Family Klezmer Band Vanessa Smythe Storytelling & Comedy Vanessa Smythe Storytelling & Comedy 23 Open Stage Mondays with TBA 24 Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage 25 Best of the Open Stage: Lunar Bloom, Dorota Best of the Open Stage: Lunar Bloom, Dorota 26 Toronto Java Users Group Toronto Java Users Group Big Grumpy Comedy Night Big Grumpy Comedy Night 27 Best of the Open Stage: Wesley Blondin, Haley Midgette Best of the Open Stage: Wesley Blondin, Haley Midgette 28 Old Words Story Telling Old Words Story Telling
Jul 29 Jewish Brunch Buffet with Michael Anklewicz Jewish Brunch Buffet with Michael Anklewicz TBA 30 Wayne Neon hosts Open Stage Mondays Wayne Neon hosts Open Stage Mondays 31 Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage Aug 1 2 Yiddish Vinkl with Honey Novick Yiddish Vinkl with Honey Novick 3 4
Aug 5 Jewish Brunch Buffet with TBA 6 7 8 9 10 11
Aug 12 Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band 13 14 15 16 17 18
Aug 19 Jewish Brunch Buffet with The Horables Jewish Brunch Buffet with The Horables 20 21 22 23 24 25
Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage

Art Bar: Poetry + Open Stage

about 20 hours ago (Tuesday, July 17th, 2018)


Lovely Linda Saslove hosts Open Stage Mondays

Lovely Linda Saslove hosts Open Stage Mondays

2 days ago (Monday, July 16th, 2018)

Linda Saslove (voice/guitar)

Links: More About Linda Saslove


Gordon's Acoustic Living Room

Gordon's Acoustic Living Room

3 days ago (Sunday, July 15th, 2018)

Gordon's Acoustic Living Room

Links: More About Gordon's Acoustic Living Room


Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band

Jewish Brunch Buffet with Gypsy Jive Band

3 days ago (Sunday, July 15th, 2018)

Gypsy Jive Band

Links: More About Gypsy Jive Band


Second Nature & Seth Zosky

Second Nature & Seth Zosky

4 days ago (Saturday, July 14th, 2018)

Second Nature, Seth Zosky (voice/guitar)

Links: More About Second Nature


Mikalyn Hay & Friends

Mikalyn Hay & Friends

5 days ago (Friday, July 13th, 2018)

Mikalyn Hay (voice/guitar)

Links: More About Mikalyn Hay


Sean Dinsley + John Aaron Cockburn

Sean Dinsley + John Aaron Cockburn

6 days ago (Thursday, July 12th, 2018)

Sean Dinsley (voice/guitar), John Aaron Cockburn (voice/guitar)

Links: More About John Aaron Cockburn


Zan Khan + Rose Jones

Zan Khan + Rose Jones

7 days ago (Wednesday, July 11th, 2018)

Zan Khan (voice/guitar), Rose Jones (voice)

Links: More About Zan Khan, More About Rose Jones


Brian Sasaki hosts Open Stage Mondays

Brian Sasaki hosts Open Stage Mondays

9 days ago (Monday, July 9th, 2018)

Brian Sasaki (voice/guitar)

Links: More About Brian Sasaki


Jewish Brunch Buffet with Musika Klez Ensemble

Jewish Brunch Buffet with Musika Klez Ensemble

10 days ago (Sunday, July 8th, 2018)

Isaac Muzikansky (voice/guitar/violin), Alexander Zlotnik (piano), Tom Hamilton (violin)

Links: More About Isaac Muzikansky


Mike Hines & Geoff Iwamoto

Mike Hines & Geoff Iwamoto

11 days ago (Saturday, July 7th, 2018)

Mike Hines (voice/guitar), Geoff Iwamoto (voice/guitar)


Maggie & Mr. Rogers + Graydon Butler

Maggie & Mr. Rogers + Graydon Butler

12 days ago (Friday, July 6th, 2018)

Maggie & Mr. Rogers, Graydon Butler (voice/guitar)

Links: More About Maggie & Mr. Rogers


Songs of Jesse Winchester with The Echo Tones, Chris Lowry, Tom Melville, Daniel Kölsch

Songs of Jesse Winchester with The Echo Tones, Chris Lowry, Tom Melville, Daniel Kölsch

13 days ago (Thursday, July 5th, 2018)

The Echo Tones, Chris Lowry (voice/guitar), Tom Melville (piano), Daniel Kölsch (saxophone)


WordSpell Spoken Word Showcase

WordSpell Spoken Word Showcase

14 days ago (Wednesday, July 4th, 2018)


D'Arcy Wickham hosts Open Stage Mondays

D'Arcy Wickham hosts Open Stage Mondays

16 days ago (Monday, July 2nd, 2018)

D'Arcy Wickham (voice/guitar)

Links: More About D'Arcy Wickham


Jewish Brunch Buffet with Screening of Free Times Cafe Documentary

Jewish Brunch Buffet with Screening of Free Times Cafe Documentary

17 days ago (Sunday, July 1st, 2018)


Old Words Story Telling

Old Words Story Telling

18 days ago (Saturday, June 30th, 2018)

Links: Presenter Page


Paul Frydrych with All You Can Eat

Paul Frydrych with All You Can Eat

19 days ago (Friday, June 29th, 2018)

Paul Frydrych (violin/guitar)


Big Grumpy Comedy Night

Big Grumpy Comedy Night

20 days ago (Thursday, June 28th, 2018)

Links: Facebook Event


Toronto Java Users Group

Toronto Java Users Group

20 days ago (Thursday, June 28th, 2018)

Links: More Info


Zing Zing: Yiddish Folk Singalong

Zing Zing: Yiddish Folk Singalong

21 days ago (Wednesday, June 27th, 2018)


Wayne Neon hosts Open Stage Mondays

Wayne Neon hosts Open Stage Mondays

23 days ago (Monday, June 25th, 2018)

Wayne Neon (saxophone/flute)

Links: More About Wayne Neon


2 Shots of Hennessy

2 Shots of Hennessy

24 days ago (Sunday, June 24th, 2018)

Dylan Hennessy (voice/guitar), Doug Hennessy (voice/guitar)

Links: More About Dylan Hennessy


Jewish Brunch Buffet with Thaller Family Klezmer Band

Jewish Brunch Buffet with Thaller Family Klezmer Band

24 days ago (Sunday, June 24th, 2018)

Thaller Family Klezmer Band

Links: More About Thaller Family Klezmer Band


Lia Scott + BEX

Lia Scott + BEX

25 days ago (Saturday, June 23rd, 2018)

Lia Scott (voice/guitar), Rebecca Madamba (voice/guitar)

Links: Facebook Event, More About Lia Scott


60's Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone

60's Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone

28 days ago (Wednesday, June 20th, 2018)

Sue & Dwight, Michelle Rumball (guitar/voice), Tony Laviola (bass)

Links: Facebook Event, More Info