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City Sounds on the Waterfront

Summer MUSIC Series

Wednesdays, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
July 3 - August 21

Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
51 Dockside Dr., outside the south-side entrance on the Water's Edge Promenade between Sherbourne Common and Sugar Beach

George Brown College (GBC)’s City Sounds on the Waterfront Summer Music Series is a vibrant music event nestled between two parks, Sherbourne Common and Sugar Beach.

Organized by GBC, the event aims to transform the waterfront into a lively and welcoming space for all. Beyond showcasing diverse musical talents, City Sounds on the Waterfront is a platform for building community connections and fostering a sense of togetherness. 

Join us as we celebrate local artists, promote cultural diversity, and create lasting memories at GBC's City Sounds on the Waterfront events. 

Check out the performance schedule and performers' details below, and be sure to check back for updates!

Performance schedule

July 3, Robert Chapman Trio 

Meet the Robert Chapman trio band, featuring a bassist, saxophonist and guitarist Robert Chapman, who's been lighting up stages across Canada since his early 20s. From The Rex Hotel to the Montreal Jazz Festival, he's rocked renowned venues with electrifying performances. A graduate of Mohawk College and Humber College's esteemed music programs, Robert was featured on Jazz FM 91.1's Jazzology and plays alongside the Juno-nominated Brad Cheeseman Group. 

July 10, The Regal Tone

Meet The Regal Tone! Originating from the Philippines, this dynamic trio boasts a powerhouse lineup of a drummer, singer, and guitarist, who have been crafting musical magic together for over 8 years. Renowned for their seamless fusion of soulful vocals, captivating guitar riffs, and irresistible rhythms, The Regal Tone offers a distinctive musical journey that enchants audiences wherever they perform. Specializing in pop hits, Top 20 favorites, and nostalgic 80s tunes, get ready to groove to their soulful melodies and immerse yourself in the essence of their timeless musical voyage.

July 17, The Akitas

Meet The Akitas, a dynamic seven-piece band from Toronto fronted by singer-songwriter Christine Jackson. Their sound is infused with elements of folk, rock, jazz, and blues, and it oozes Canadiana. Rich, lush harmonies mesh with infectious grooves to produce unique compositions built on evocative, relatable lyrics. The final product is a polished yet powerful experience that audiences won’t soon forget.  

July 24, Nick Maclean Quartet feat Brownman Ali

Led by the prolific pianist Nick Maclean, the quartet fuses contemplative melodies with powerful expressions reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's iconic Blue Note era. At the heart of their sound is Brownman Ali, recognized as one of Canada's most provocative improvising trumpet players. His innovative style has earned him praise as "Canada's preeminent jazz trumpet player" by New York City's Village Voice.

Together, they deliver a captivating blend of introspection and exhilaration, making waves in the global jazz community.

July 31, Souls of Steel

Meet Souls of Steel, a dynamic 24-piece orchestra of skilled musicians began in 2007 as a community band at Holy Name School in Toronto's Danforth community. Originally comprised of parents, teachers, and local members, they significantly enhanced the school's steel pan music program. Recognizing their profound impact, in 2009, Souls of Steel transformed into a nonprofit steel orchestra dedicated to teaching and performing the steel pan. Their evolution from community roots to a polished ensemble showcases their commitment to musical excellence and community enrichment.