Children of the Forest Canada present
Great live music, dancing, food and fun for a good cause
with Avery Raquel, Ezra Jordan, Angelique Francis & DJ Scotty
Sat, Jun 24 at 7pm - Sun, Jun 25 at 2am
- Under the age of 19 must have a chaperone
We reviewed hundreds of bands in Ontario who were named in awards presentations or named on “best of” lists or named in media reviews that assessed the acts as very good. In our view, the best three young, up and coming Canadian acts from that search are who will be performing some blues, R&B, popular music & some jazz at this event. Between sets, there will be video rolling on some TV screens showing what this charity is about and the Jays game. We'll have some auctions and other activities like shooting a game of pool. There is also an art exhibit and merchandise made by the children or Canadian students who support this charity. The Duke has excellent food and drinks at a very reasonable price and is accessible to either subway line with 24 hour TTC service and close to the DVP, has parking at the rear. You'll be able to dance the night away if you like. We're going to have a good time.
With over 50 years in the Canadian music business, JANE HARBURY was a great help putting this evening together. The man who inspired the founding of this event, the late LEE BORTOLOTTI, helped up and coming Canadian musicians and artists and the homeless for decades. His fine example formed the core of our efforts today.
Aside from presenting these wonderful, entertaining Canadian music talents, all proceeds from this event will go to supporting CHILDREN OF THE FOREST, a registered foundation in Thailand also registered in the UK and the US and is being evaluated for such status in Canada. CHILDREN OF THE FOREST provides protection, education, healthcare and life changing opportunities for abused, abandoned and orphaned stateless children in Thailand who would otherwise be at risk of exploitation and child trafficking.
8:30pm AVERY RAQUEL‘s journey in the arts began at just 7 years old. Now at 15, Avery is a veteran, having acted in various film, television, radio and animation projects as well as having performed in a number of professional stage musicals across Canada. Avery Raquel has already garnered many awards and excelled on the festival circuit while delivering winning performances. Avery’s debut album Life Lessons, featured both standards and fresh jazz-inflected interpretations of pop songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and was nominated for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’ at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards. The album has received critical acclaim and airplay on major stations across the country including CBC Radio One and JazzFM. In collaboration with Juno-winning, noted Toronto producer/songwriter/musician Greg Kavanagh (Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Warnes), Avery has written strikingly accomplished new songs that appear on her recently released second solo album, Without A Little Rain.
9:30pm Toronto native EZRA JORDAN started on piano at the age of 5, picking up other instruments throughout his formative years while developing his musical style into a modern blend of R&B and Pop. His keyboard-oriented music creates a sound that is soulful, refreshing, and authentic. Ezra has been writing songs for years, which culminated in his completion of the Independent Artist Program at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles. Since graduating, Ezra has hit the ground running with his debut single “Drag Me Down” available on all streaming services now.
10:30pm ANGELIQUE FRANCIS is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer song writer who first took to the stage at age 7 and made her American national television debut at age 13 on the Oprah Network for writing and composing an original theme song for the Gayle King show. Over the past few years Angelique has risen through the ranks of the Blues/ Soul and roots music scene at warp speed. She was selected top 6 emerging Blues artist for the Toronto Blues Society showcase, and was later chosen to represent the blues society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee. Angelique was also nominated for a Stingray Rising Star Award by Ottawa CityFolk Music Festival (Marvest) and was one of the winners of the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Artist initiative. Angelique has also been featured in various radio, television and print media, such as Ottawa Women’s Magazine, Maple Blues Magazine, Canada’s Walk of Fame Magazine, Much Music, CTV, Own, Huffington Post, Boom 997, CKCU and the Ottawa Citizen.
11:45pm SCOTTY HIGGINSON, a professional DJ has generously offered to spin discs after the live music is over keeping our guests dancing into the small hours. Born and raised in Brampton Ontario he inherited his love for music at a young age. Scotty quickly learned that if he was the one in charge of picking the vinyl, he could get people going. Twenty years on Scotty’s love for music has allowed him to DJ all types of events from corporate parties to weddings and fundraisers to clubs or pubs.
Between the sets, we have some other activites you might be interested in. The children have made some books, backpacks and art that is for sale or auction. From that we have made some greeting cards, tee shirts and other items for sale. Canadian children from Newtonbrook Secondary school have made some jewelry to help support their counterparts they studied, the Children of the Forest. There's a selfie booth. You can shoot some pool. And we have some other contests planned.
THE DUKE LIVE’s building opened as a tavern in 1870. The city of Toronto recongized the building as historical in 1983. It has a comfortble feel, a wonderful terrace
and multi-room layout so you can slip away to eat their wonderful food or shoot some pool. Around the facility are a number of video screens that will allow you to follow the Jays game or see some video about our event. Drinks and beer are offered at very reasonable rates.
24 hour TTC service is right out side their door. They're 12 minutes by TTC to the Bloor subway line and 15 minutes to the Yonge St. subway line. They're a six minute drive from the DVP and have free parking in the rear.
The Duke Live ownership and management have been very accommodating and welcoming to our effort.
We hope you’ll come out and join in the fun.