Say Hello to Our Newest Bandmate!

University of Toronto Jazz The Rex October 12, 2015

We’re thrilled to welcome Max Forster who is taking over the trumpet chair in Snaggle!

     Max grew up in a musical family, and was singing and enjoying music from a young age.  He started playing guitar in middle school, and experimented with wind instruments and percussion in high school before finding his voice through the trumpet.  He was fortunate to be a part of a strong music program at Orchard Park Secondary School in Hamilton.  He was also a member of the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band, with which he toured France and Switzerland, performing 19 shows in 17 days, including major performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Vienne Jazz Festival.

After the tour, Max moved to Toronto to attend York University.  He spent one year there, studying with Kevin Turcotte and Mike Cado, as well as playing lead trumpet in the York Jazz Orchestra and R&B band.  While at York, he performed with Ron Westray and Sundar Viswanathan and began to make himself known in the Toronto music scene.

After his year at York, Max decided to transfer to the University of Toronto’s esteemed Jazz Performance.  He is currently in his second year, and has so far been able to learn from Toronto greats Jason Logue, Chase Sanborn, Mike Murley, Jim Lewis, Gary Williamson, Dave Neill and Gordon Foote.

Duffy's     If you want to come see him and the rest of us come out on Saturday to our show at Duffy’s Tavern!

No Show on the 14th

Some of you may have noticed we were scheduled to play a show at the Rivoli on January 14th. Unfortunately we find ourselves in the position of having to back out of our show and the reason for this involves performance royalties. For those of you who aren’t aware, artists who create original works (like us) are eligible to collect royalties for certain live performances of those works. Music venues pay SOCAN (the canadian organisation that collects performance royalties) for a license to have these original works performed in their venues. Some venues put the cost of that license back on the artists by charging a fee or taking a certain amount of money off of the door. In these situations the artist is essentially paying their own royalty and that strikes us as something that shouldn’t happen. It’s truly not a lot of money, but this isn’t something that we can support. For that reason we are bowing out of our show on the 14th.

Instead, on January 27th we’re going to be at the Velvet Underground playing a set for the awesome music tv show GTA Rocks. Stay tuned for more details!

New Post in Synthesizer 101 – Basic Synthesizer Features


     Our keys and synth player, Nick Maclean, writes an educational blog on synthesizer performance techniques for aspiring synth players. Here’s his newest post – Basic Synthesizer Features

     An important step in learning to play the synthesizer, or even if you are just buying one, is to understand what features a modern day synthesizer should have. Here are the basics that every modern day synthesizer should be capable of as well as a quick run down on how they all work.

Snaggle, PJ & Oli, Liberty Deep Down and The Sleeperz live at the Rivoli

Snaggle Rivoli

     Surprise, we’ve got a gig this Sunday! We’re going to be joined by 3 pretty sweet bands at the Rivoli so come on down and join us for an awesome night of music! Doors open at 8:00pm, $5 cover.

     Snaggle is a 6 piece jazz fusion ensemble made entirely of graduates of the Humber College School of Contemporary Music. Heavily influenced by Snarky Puppy as well as a number of the great jazz fusion players, Snaggle features a repertoire of exciting, dynamic and entirely original material. This all-star line up of players, including the fastest drummer in the entire world, have all studied with many of Canada’s greatest jazz masters and represent the next generation of Canadian talent.

PJ & Oli

     Acoustic duet.

Liberty Deep Down

     Liberty Deep Down, a young, energetic rock band hailing from the suburbs of Columbus, OH. While bringing high energy to the stage Dom, Halen, his twin brother Noah, Tyler, and Dalton convey a unique pop/alternative sound with catchy riffing and vocal melodies. The band was formed in September of 2011. After becoming close musically, Liberty Deep Down was formed with Dom on vocals and guitar, Halen on guitar and keys, and Noah on drums. Through social media, Dalton was found and immediately brought in as a bassist. After the releases of their debut iTunes singles throughout 2011-2012 , the band noticed the almost instantaneous recognition that started to form.

The Sleeperz

     4-piece rock band from Unionville, Ontario. Band members: Richard Mathieu / Mark Janovski / David Sokolyk / Nicholas Mouliakis