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The Sonny Balcones & Harley Card

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The Sonny Balcones

The Sonny Balcones are a Toronto jazz favorite, who plays familiar and rare jazz tunes with their own unique style.

The band was formed in 2015 by guitarist/singer Tony Neale and singer Corry Ouellette, following their work together in The Sandy Pockets and The Julee Cruise Ships, a tribute to Twin Peaks.

Alongside Rachel Melas on bass, Robert Stevenson on clarinet and Conny Nowe on drums, this group has honed a sound that is both quirky and romantic.

Think of Chet Baker and Julie London, sometimes sultry, sometimes heartbreaking. Follow that with a modern day Ruth Etting and some silly swing. Top it off with a bit of Joao Gilberto.

Harley Card

Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist, composer, and freelance musician. As a contributor to the creative music scene in Toronto for the past decade, Harley has played with many artists including; Richard Underhill, Alex Dean, Alex Samaras, William Carn, Michael Herring, Sarah Jerrom, Michael Davidson, Don Scott, David Virelles, Felicity Williams, Dave Clark, Carlie Howell, Jon Challoner, Colin Power, RJ Sachnanathan, Ian Sinclair, Kurt Neilson, Matt Newton, Dan Fortin, Ernesto Cervini, Ben Dietschi, Jesse Malone, Dan Gaucher, Caitlin Smith, and Scott Kemp among others.

Harley is a member/composer for the Toronto groups; Hobson’s Choice, The Harley Card Trio, The Harley Card Quintet, God’s Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. Each ensemble has performed extensively in Canada and released multiple recordings. Hobson’s Choice’s recent Barnyard Records release; “Of The Waves”, was premiered at The 2012 TD Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival.