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Past Shows

The Hymns to Freedom Project

Inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Corey Butler has composed classical orchestrations which will be supported by a Symphony Orchestra and renowned actress and singer, Jackie Richardson. The orchestra is comprised of avid and skilled players from all over the Greater Toronto Area and represented by many different cultural backgrounds. Mr. Butler’s compositions fuse Classical Music and the Negro Spiritual and highlights the unlikely influences the genres have on each other. Tension and resolution in the pieces are juxtaposed against the past and present racial environments and shows that when united, our differences can blend to create masterpieces.

The Hymns to Freedom Project communicates the ideals of love, respect and unity to all generations. Guests will be entertained by the music and challenged by the message that, We’re Better Together.

Frank Sinatra Tribute

Frank Sinatra’s impact on jazz is undeniable. The leader of the Rat Pack enjoyed big band jazz from a young age and it helped shape his musical sensibilities for his entire career. Musical Director, Corey Butler will showcase Old Blue Eyes’ jazz influence alongside an 11-piece band including Sarah Thawyer on Drums, TJ Whitelaw on Guitar, JT Kim on Bass, Chris Roberts, Paul Metcalfe, Shirantha Beddage on Saxes, Christian Overton and Karl Silveira on Trombone, Steve Dyte and Patrice Barbanchon on Trumpet and vocalist, Justin Bacchus.

Dizzy Guilespie Tribute

Producer, musician, entrepreneur and educator Corey Butler set to curate an exciting tribute to one of the most important and influential figures in jazz: Dizzy Gillespie.

Butler, the musical director of the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, has assembled and all-star lineup of musicians to pay homage to the genrebreaking catalogue of this jazz virtuoso, including the Cuban influences that he introduced to North American audiences in the mid-20th century.

The starring role will be filled by Alexis Baro, a Cuban-born trumpeter whose latest album Sandstorm is nominated at this year’s Juno Awards for solo jazz album of the year. Baro has performed on more than 300 recordings and is a Global Music Award winner and multiple National Jazz Awards nominee.
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