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Sultans gigs, Amanda Martinez, Kids concerts, Fundraiser 80% there!

Hello Friends!  We are so excited about all our upcoming summer shows and news!

1 – I am super excited with this lineup of shows with Sultans of String, especially the opportunity of performing with the newly named Burlington Symphony Orchestra in my new home town (yes it’s true, for those of you who don’t know 🙂  Grab your tickets while they last! More info on all shows here

01 Jul Thunder Bay, ON (CA) – Canada Day Celebrations
06 Jul Peterborough, ON (CA) – Peterborough Musicfest
16 Jul Wasaga Beach, ON (CA) – Jazz & More In The Park
17 Jul Aurora, ON (CA) – Concerts in the Park
18 Jul Bancroft, ON (CA) – Bancroft Village Playhouse
20 Jul Toronto, ON (CA) Duo show – Union Summer Matinee
20 Jul Waterford, ON (CA) – Old Town Hall @ Whistling Gardens
21 Jul Niagara, ON (CA) – Niagara Jazz Festival
03 Aug Nashville, TN (US) – Live On Stage Showcase
11 Aug Ottawa, ON (CA) – The Great India Festival
22 Aug Pointe Claire, QC (CA) – Pointe Claire Summer Series
19 Sep Martinsville, WV (US) – ArtsLink
27 Sep Sydenham, ON (CA) – Festival of Small Halls
28 Sep Brockville, ON (CA) – Festival of Small Halls
29 Sep Burlington, ON (CA) – Burlington PAC w/ Burlington Symphony Orchestra


2- Our dear friend Amanda Martinez is launching her newest CD Release “Libre” w/ special guest Donne Roberts at the Toronto Jazz Festival

For those of you keeping track, you will know that Drew Birston, our bass player in Sultans of String, is Amanda’s husband and bass player as well. You will also recognize the exceptionally talented Kevin LalibertĂ© and Rosendo Chendy Leon in the band!  Not to miss, get your tickets here http://torontojazz.com/node/4227


3- We love playing for young audiences and you can catch a Fiddlefire! kids show this summer as well… Do it for the children! Details on all shows at http://www.fiddlefire.com

June 14, FiddleFire! show at Shenkman Arts Centre 10th Anniversary Block Party, Ottawa ON
June 15, FiddleFire! for DoReMi 4 Kids, Mississauga, ON
June 22, FiddleFire! TD Side Stage at Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
June 23, FiddleFire! TD Side Stage at Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
July 1, FiddleFire! at Canada Day in Thunder Bay, ON
July 24, FiddleFire! at the Lennox & Addington Museum, Napanee, ON
Aug 31, FiddleFire! at Kidfest in Fenelon Falls, ON


4- Our fundraiser continues for our new album REFUGE, and thanks to your generous contributions, we are over 80% to our goal!  If you have been interested in taking part in this historic recording, now is a great time to click over to the site and consider pre-ordering a CD. If we reach our goal they reward us by keeping our page open for another six months!

So far the studio has been filled with the music of Ojibwe Elder Duke Redbird, Twin Flames, Robi Botos, Anwar Khurshid, Donne Roberts, Michel DeQuevedo, Ifrah Mansour, Edmar Castaneda and the legendary Sammy Figueroa, recorded with JUNO Award winning co-producer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey!

Thanks to all of you who have pledged support so far.  We are so thrilled about this project and cannot wait to share this music with you soon!

Lots of love, Chris McKhool