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~Tuesday, August, 26th~



$6, 9pm.

Also featured: Jordan Fine

@ Pepper Jack's


38 King William St. Hamilton

905 525-6666

(Halifax, NS) GYPSOPHILIA Kicks off Summer Tour with Via Rail!

Gypsophilia is heading out on their first ever tour of Ontario and Quebec and they're going by train! The end of August through the Labour Day weekend sees the popular Halifax band playing in clubs, at a Jewish music festival and onboard Via Rail at selected locations.

It all begins on the train, with the group playing for lucky Via travelers, enroute to the first club show at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec, on Saturday, August 23, where the group opens for L'il Andy at 9:00 p.m. This is followed by a show a the Mercury Lounge in the Byward Market, Ottawa on the 24th, the Pepperjack Café in Hamilton on the 26, eBar in Guelph on the 28th and then onto Toronto's Ashkenaz Fetival at Harbourfront Centre on Sunday, August 31. The 5:30 show is followed up by a 9:00 p.m. performance at The Boat in Kensington Market. The Train Tour continues at Toronto's Rancho Relaxo, 300 College Street on Wednesday, September 3, with a final performance at L'escalier, 552 Sainte-Catherine est, in Montreal on Friday, September 5. Gypsophilia is traveling by train for as much of this tour as possible, and will be performing live enroute.

The tour is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, which enables Canadian audiences to discover artists from other regions and provinces.

Gypsophilia was initially inspired by the music of French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, but soon found its own distinctive sound through unique original compositions and the melding of the band members' varied backgrounds and influences. While "gypsy jazz" remains a major component of the music, Gypsophilia fuses elements of tango, klezmer, funk, classical music, hard bop and post bop. The band's repertoire ranges from energetic swinging dance music to more sophisticated jazz.

Onboard for this performance will be six Gypsophilia members: Adam Fine (Bass), Nick Wilkinson (Guitar), Ross Burns (Guitar), Alec Frith (Guitar), Gina Burgess (Violin) and Matt Myer (trumpet).

In the past year Gypsophilia has focused on promoting its debut album Minor Hope, which was released in May 2007, and was nominated for both a Nova Scotia Music Award and an ECMA for Jazz Recording of the Year. The group gets people up and dancing wherever they play, dubbed "one of the hottest jazz bands in years" by CBC Radio.

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