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  • 292 Brunswick Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 2M7 Canada (map)

Tranzac Club

Come hear the songs and poems of MAX LAYTON and experience the musical wizardry of BOB COHEN, ED ROTH and MARY HANSON. There's beer on tap and no cover but please PWYC..This month our special guests will be LIONA BOYD and NOAH ZACHARIN!

LIONA BOYD, Canada's “First Lady of the Guitar", has enthralled millions around the world with her romantic and unique style of music. She has composed and arranged hundreds of songs and instrumentals and performed solo and orchestral concerts across Canada and internationally for the last forty-five years.

Liona has recorded twenty-eight albums, many of which went Gold and Platinum. The recipient of five Juno Awards and the Order of Canada, she has also played for many heads of state -- several times for Her Majesty and for her pen pal of thirty-four years, Prince Philip. Most recently, in 2017, Dundurn Press published Liona’s second autobiography, “No Remedy for Love” and now, in 2019, she has just completed a new CD which will be released in the fall.

NOAH ZACHARIN has released 8 CD’s and has produced and/or performed on some 60 other recordings by artists throughout North America. A widely published poet, he is currently putting together his first full-length manuscript. “Like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar… [and] world-wise song writing.” (Minor 7th). For more info:

MAX LAYTON'S most recent CD, TRUE THE NORTH, is an album of Max's original songs entirely devoted to Canadian stories and themes. About Max's previous album, LEONARD COHEN said: "This is a terrific record! Can't praise it highly enough!" Max also reads from LIKE, his latest book of poems. Dennis
Lee called Max’s first book of poetry “a genuine pleasure to read” while, according to Joe Rosenblatt, Max “is the wittiest and most experientially sublime poet around in Canadian poetry!” More about Max at

BOB COHEN began his career as a professional musician in 1972 in London, U.K., where he learned his craft in recording studios and on stage. Before moving to Toronto, Bob worked mostly as a guitarist while recording and touring with major artists such as Tim Hardin, André Gagnon, and Jesse Winchester...

ED ROTH is a self-styled “musician” who likes to brag about his “Yorkville roots” and his years in LA. He claims to have worked with Rick James, Raffi and Daniel Lanois and is personally to blame for tons of jingles and TV music. He owns a digital accordion and will play it if provoked. Be warned: His playing only sounds like music.

MARY HANSON arrived in Toronto from Australia in the mid 1980s and debuted her keyboard skills with the Pukka Orchestra at the Bamboo. That's when she fell in with a gang of "Queen street" musicians including Robert Priest, with whom she still plays some thirty years later...

Earlier Event: July 14
Surprise Summer Draft Reading!
Later Event: July 15
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays