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Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Toronto's newest, most elegant, world class jazz club   

announces its performing artists for April, 2013

beginning with

multi-talented pianist, composer, actor, musical director on-air host

and Member of The Order of Canada

Joe Sealy


and "The Joe Sealy Trio"

Featuring Paul Novotny on bass and Daniel Barnes on drums

This coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday -

APRIL 4th, 5th and 6th


On April 5th, Joe and his Trio will be joined by his special guests,

elegant crooner and "The Jazz Bistro" owner, Colin Hunter,

 and brilliant young saxophonist Alison Young


On April 6th, Joe and his Trio will be joined by special guests,

enchanting vocalist Barbara Lica

and iconic saxophonist, Mike Murley  


TORONTO - April 3, 2013 --  Following its recent grand opening, the new jewel in the crown
of Toronto's entertainment industry, "The Jazz Bistro" has just announced its line-up of performing artists for the month of April. "The Jazz Bistro" is committed to its entertainment policy of presenting international jazz artists as well as emerging and established Canadian instrumental jazz musicians and vocalists. Kicking off the exciting line-up this month is masterful pianist, composer, producer, on-air host ("Joe's Jazz" - JAZZ FM 91) and member of The Order of Canada. Joe Sealy and his Trio, comprised of bassist Paul Novotny and drummer Daniel Barnes will be taking the "Jazz Bistro" stage on Thursday, April 4th; Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th. On Friday, April 5th, Joe and his trio will welcome two special guests - elegant crooner (and "Jazz Bistro" owner!) Colin Hunter and thrilling, emerging saxophonist Alison Young. On Saturday, April 6th, he will welcome both enchanting vocalist Barbara Lica and iconic saxophonist Mike Murley.

 "The Jazz Bistro" is located at 251 Victoria Street in downtown Toronto. Nouvelle gourmet cuisine is served from 7:30 PM and performances begin at 9:00 PM. For these performances, there will be a $20 Music Charge.  


Upcoming Featured Artists this month include:

April 4, 5 & 6:

"The Joe Sealy Trio"

with Paul Novotny on bass and Daniel Barnes on drums

On April 4th, Joe`s Trio will be joined by exciting young saxophonist, Alison Young

On April 5th, Joe's Trio will be joined by elegant crooner, Colin Hunter and saxophonist Perry White

On April 6th, Joe's Trio will be joined by the delightful Barbara Lica and saxophonist Mike Murley 


April 11, 12 & 13

Elegant and dynamic Jazz/Cabaret Vocalist George Evans

With Nancy Walker at the piano, Pat Collins on bass, and Ethan Ardelli on

drums. It's *almost* the Nancy Walker trio (sans hubby).


April 18, 19 & 20:

Jazz Vibes Legend, Peter Appleyard

with pianist John Sherwood, bassist Dave Young, guitarist Reg Schwager and drummer Terry Clarke


April 25th, 26th & 27th:

Jazz/Cabaret vocalist, Adi Braun

with pianist Jordan Klapman, bassist Pat Collins and drummer Steve Heathcote



About the new "JAZZ BISTRO"...  


In 1989, the building at 251 Victoria Street was given new purpose when Bob Sniderman created "The Senator Steakhouse" beside his legendary (and historic) "Senator Diner". The following year, he added the jazz club, "Top O' the Senator". For the next sixteen years, the steakhouse offered pre and post theatre dining and "The Top O' The Senator" became one of the most respected and well known venues for "live" jazz in North America. Following the closing in 2005 of both the beloved steakhouse and jazz club, "The Savoy Bistro" briefly replaced the two venues, and a year later the building was dark once again.  


Eight years later, (through the vision of owners Colin and Joan Hunter) the building at 251 Victoria Street has been given a new life and purpose in its magnificent, upscale incarnation as "The Jazz Bistro". The Hunters are enthusiasts of both music and fine dining, and realized a critical need in the city for a world class venue. They then set out on a journey to create a comfortable, creative space where one could enjoy memorable nights of "live" performance as well as exquisite food. As a lover of music and a well- recorded crooner, Colin understood the need to respect the performing musicians with a room and stage that complimented and supported their talents.  


Joan brought that room to life through exquisite careful design, installation of a state-of-the-art sound system and installation of a beautiful "one of a kind" Steinway B piano called "The Red Pops".


Victoria and Dundas is once again a mecca for musicians and music lovers alike. Diners will enjoy a superb meal, raise a glass of wine in celebration, and music will once again flow from a stage graced by some of the world's greatest jazz musicians.


About Joe Sealy.....

For more than five decades Joe Sealy has enjoyed a successful career as a musician, actor, composer, music director and recording artist. During this time he has been featured on numerous television shows, toured throughout North America and Europe, worked with many major names in the entertainment industry including Sammy Davis Jr., John Candy and jazz greats Joe Williams and Milt Jackson, and has also been honoured to have won some of Canada's most prestigious awards. Joe's television appearances have included such high-level programmes as "Adrienne Clarkson Presents", "The Spirit of Africville" and "Jazzman and Hallelujah". His extensive credits as a musical director include the highly acclaimed "Tonya Lee Williams' Gospel Jubilee" television special, "CBC's 75th Anniversary Gala" at The Glenn Gould Studio and most recently The Children's Aid Foundation fundraiser, which took place at the elegant Carlu.

Touring has also played a significant role in Joe's career. Some of his more notable stints include six months on the road with "Blood, Sweat and Tears"; a 19 city concert tour of Joe's concert presentation "Africville Suite" (including an appearance at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.); a 20 city national tour of Timothy Findlay's "The Piano Man's Daughter" (along with Veronica Tennant and Sylvia Tyson); and a 2 week tour of Norway and Denmark which included a performance at the world famous "Jazz House" in Copenhagen.


In the early 1990s, Joe teamed up with bassist Paul Novotny to form a musical partnership that has produced five albums over a period of 20 years. He not only performed on these albums but composed most of the material. The recording projects include: Double Entendre, Dual Vision, Africville Suite, Blue Jade and Songs. All of this work and success has not gone unnoted. Joe is both proud of, and humbled by, the acclaim that he has received. Major awards include: a Juno Award for his CD, Africville Suite; the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Music Direction in the Toronto production of "Ain't Misbehavin"; and a Gemini Award nomination for his musical score written for the documentary film, "The Road Taken".   


In recent years, Joe's career has continued to flourish. Following the 2010 release of his fifth album, Songs, he performed with The Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Lawrence Hill presenting a concert performance of The Book of Negroes at Koerner Hall, and then embarked a 9 city eastern Canada tour of his latest project, Africville Stories. Joe continues to host a popular, weekly radio programme called "Joe's Jazz" on Jazz FM 91 ( In September of 2010, Joe Sealy was invested as a Member of The Order of Canada.

Performance Streams.....

General Manager and Artistic Director, Sybil Walker is an expert at running a world-class jazz club, having previously served for sixteen years as the creative and managerial force behind "The Top 'O The Senator". In addition to the regular, featured Thursday, Friday, Saturday appearances of international, in-demand jazz and blues artists, "The Jazz Bistro" will also feature Torontonian and Canadian musicians and vocalists in a variety of performance settings.

will feature a 12:00 PM Jazz Brunch with entertainment from a series of noted jazz/cabaret vocalists. The same artist will appear at every Sunday Brunch for a month - hence the title of the performance stream, "A Month of Sundays".  Marcus Nance will begin his run of Sundays on April 7th, with his highly entertaining show, "Divos and Divas". 


Every Tuesday evening will be " Take the Stage Tuesday",  and will feature emerging artists, CD Launches and other presentations.   If it's a Tuesday, there may be a CE release - a performance
by a visiting musician who needs a Toronto-based venue for a night, and a stage to present an evening of music - or possibly a musical evening that is part of an existing arts festival. The artist/promoter/producer provides the idea, and "The Jazz Bistro" will provide the stage and sound! In addition, on the first Tuesday of every month, we will present "Lucian Gray's Student Jazz Jam", which will feature an array of talented young musicians who represent the future of jazz.


Toronto has always had a vibrant "Blues" community, and now (for perhaps the first time in Toronto) these exceptional artists will be presented in a beautiful, upscale setting.On Wednesdays, "The Jazz Bistro" will present Latin music from a wide variety of Spanish-speaking countries, including musical genres from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Portugal, Spain, Brazil and elsewhere. In addition, and in keeping with "The Jazz Bistro's" inclusive music policy, at least once week a month the featured artist on Thurs./Fri./Sat. will come from the worlds of Blues and R & B  Toronto has always had a vibrant "Blues" community, and now (for perhaps the first time in Toronto) these exceptional artists will be presented in a beautiful, upscale setting.




A complete roster of upcoming performers in

May and beyond will be announced shortly!




For further information, photo art, artist CD product,

or to schedule a media opportunity with the performing artists,

Colin and/or Joan Hunter, or Sybil Walker,

please contact

LMC Media

by phone at 416-486-6742 or by e-mail at