Presented by Ontario Place
New this year, the Vista Eatery has turned into a weekly live music venue for emerging jazz musicians from across Ontario to perform on our waterfront patio! These musicians are students or recent grads from University of Toronto, York University, Humber College and Mohawk College. The program will provide these musicians the opportunity to gain experience, develop their audiences, network with fellow musicians and industry professionals and perform in one of the few venues in the city that features live jazz music.
The program is co-curated and hosted by Robert Missen, who has had a long and distinguished career in the Canadian performing arts as artist manager, agent, producer and promoter. Robert has worked with some of Canada’s most notable performers and has a real passion and ability to nurture and showcase musical talent.
So sit back in a muskoka chair and let us provide the entertainment!
Please visit the Vista Eatery page for more info, including location and regular hours of operations.
This Sunday: Anthony D’Alessandro Trio
The award-winning Anthony D’Alessandro Trio is a swinging piano trio featuring Nick Donovan on drums and Evan Gratham on bass. The Trio was assembled by pianist and bandleader Anthony D’Alessandro, as a means to pay homage to the rich tradition of the jazz piano trio, while simultaneously composing new and exciting music audiences of the modern generation can appreciate and enjoy. The Anthony D’Alessandro Trio has performed in many of Ontario’s finest venues and concert series including the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, the Jazz Sudbury Festival, the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, the Old Mill Toronto’s Year ‘Round Jazz Festival, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the Home Smith Bar, Heliconian Hall and Lula Lounge. Recent accolades for the Trio include winning first prize at the 2018 Jazz Sudbury Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase, receiving the opportunity to open for legendary Canadian musicians Molly Johnson, Robi Botos, and Michael Kaeshammer on the Jazz Sudbury Festival’s main stage. In July 2018, the Toronto Summer Music Festival featured the Anthony D’Alessandro Trio in concert alongside the great jazz trumpeter Chase Sanborn. This Trio is heavily influenced by the level of polish, precision and hard-swinging approach of the legendary Oscar Peterson Trio. In addition to Peterson, this Trio has a wide variety of influences ranging from Ray Charles, Monty Alexander, and Cedar Walton, to Robi Botos, Larnell Lewis, and Christian McBride.