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Jimmy Pearson Live at Mulberry


It must be humble, sincere, crunchy and organic if it’s a song by Toronto Based Alt-Folk artist Jimmy Pearson. As a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jimmy strives to connect with thoughtful audiences through songs that celebrate the pathetic and awkward facets of life. Jimmy released his debut EP Good Friends in November of 2015. Working with producer John Switzer, Good Friends was able to become an honest and whimsical musical soundscape, defiant of any one genre. After touring southern Ontario extensively since the release of Good Friends, Jimmy Embarked on his first cross Canada tour in the summer of 2017. From coast to coast Jimmy entertained crowds of various sizes and demographics, shining a very promising light on the young artist's future.
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Jamie Shea Live at Mulberry


Jamie Shea writes songs that need to be written. 

His listeners immediately relate to his well crafted melodies and lyrics that vibrate in sympathy with shared human experience. Shea takes a sensitive and contemplative approach to the frailty and grace of love and loss while singing with such soft affection as to soothe the very emotions he expresses.    

Shea majored in jazz at Mohawk College, studying composition under the guidance of renowned composer/arranger, the late Dave McMurdo. His experience writing and performing jazz, folk, blues, garage, and psychedelia gives Shea an extensive palette of colours to apply in bold strokes across his sonic landscape. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Shea is proud and honoured to be part of the city’s rich musical tradition.

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Harry Vetro Folk Trio


Harry Vetro is a Toronto-based musician and composer who performs regularly in Toronto and the GTA at notable venues including The Rex Hotel, Jazz Bistro, Tranzac. Other venues include the Resonance Café (Montreal), Jazz Room (Waterloo), and larger festivals such as TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, and Orillia Jazz Festival. Notable musicians he has performed with include Mike Murley, Steve Wallace, Normah Winstone, Pat Collins, Andrew Downing, Jim Lewis etc. Harry was recently selected by U of T Faculty (Jim Lewis) to participate in the TD Jazz Youth Summit this past summer, a program run by the Ottawa Jazz Festival that brings together top young musicians from across the nation. Harry is also the recipient of a FMUA (Faculty of Music Undergraduate Association) music grant and is scheduled to record and produce an album based on his Canada wide travels.

January’s Feature Artist: Laurie Skantzos


Artist Statement & Biography:

In this new body of work I employ repetition or standardization, suggesting
stability. Hand cut stencils, which are somewhat crudely made and imperfectly
spaced, thwart this initial control, indicating the human hand involved in the
making. Layering, scraping back and re-application of paint in this manner leads
me through a process driven inquiry where discovery and exploration are the
main objectives.

Laurie Skantzos’ abstract painting is largely inspired by the natural world and
filtered through her inner landscape. She studied fine art at the University of
Waterloo and her work is displayed in galleries throughout Ontario. She actively
participates in shows and art fairs both locally and internationally. Laurie’s award
winning work is included in private and public collections across North America,
Europe and Asia. She works from her home studio in Guelph Ontario.