LEGENDARY DRUMMER ARCHIE ALLEYNE TO CELEBRATE 80TH BIRTHDAY AT PAINTBOX BISTRO IN TORONTO
New Regent Park Bistro kicks off ‘Season of Entertainment’ Jan. 19, 2013
TORONTO, January 4, 2013…‘Season of Entertainment’ sponsored by The Daniels Corporation, brings an exciting lineup of musicians to Regent Park’s new restaurant and entertainment venue, Paintbox Bistro, with a special performance on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
During 2013, Paintbox Bistro will host a ‘Season of Entertainment’, starting with a tribute to legendary drummer Archie Alleyne, celebrating his 80th birthday, followed by a soon-to-be-announced seven-date jazz series. Plans are now underway for a comedy series, indie music series and emerging artist series that will offer world-class performances in a creative arts environment which enthusiasts will relish.
Jazz drumming legend Archie Alleyne and his trio will open the Paintbox Bistro, the newest performance venue in the burgeoning Regent Park arts and culture scene. Alleyne will take the stage at 8 pm on Saturday, January 19/13, alongside Stacie McGregor on piano and Artie Roth on bass. The event will also feature Alexander Brown Cabrera on trumpet and special guest vocalist Jackie Richardson in a rare, intimate appearance.
Alleyne has been recognized with a Toronto Arts Award, an Order of Canada 2011 and a dazzling collection of industry accolades including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada, numerous Drummer of the Year nominations from the National Jazz Awards and an African Canadian Lifetime Achievement Award from Pride, Canada’s leading African Canadian and Caribbean magazine. Alleyne keeps his long-standing Archie Alleyne Mentorship Program, the Evolution of Jazz Productions active in schools. He and his band Kollage have toured internationally and he has accompanied many of the legends in the genre including Stan Getz, Mel Torme, Chet Baker and Billie Holiday.
A former restaurateur — Alleyne was co-owner of Toronto’s renowned Underground Railroad soul food restaurant, a downtown landmark throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s — his towering musical status dovetails perfectly with the soulful, fresh food served at Paintbox Bistro.
Reservations are recommended for the Archie Alleyne Trio on January 19, 2013 by calling (647) 748-0555.
A three-course dinner package, including the performance is available for $40.
Performance only: $15. cover.
Paintbox Bistro: 555 Dundas Street East, Toronto in Regent Park brings a new live performance venue to Torontonians. Paintbox Bistro is the latest component in the revitalization of Regent Park that is rapidly making it the newest must-visit, distinctive Toronto neighbourhood, transforming not just the architecture and amenities of this vital community, but also the lives of its residents.
About Paintbox Bistro
Located at 555 Dundas St. East, Toronto, Paintbox Bistro is open Monday to Sunday, from 11:30am to 2:00am. Paintbox Bistro is full of celebration from the Regent Park community. A balance of sound culinary technique and whimsy, and featuring intense earthly flavours and naturalistic presentations, Paintbox offers delicious and diverse menus for lunch, dinner and brunch. Tucked into the corner of Daniels Spectrum, they offer a fun and welcoming atmosphere to dine and dish with friends, or relax with cocktails and live music. Led by owner/operator Chris Klugman, most of the staff are from the neighbourhood and have trained at George Brown College, one of North America’s top 10 culinary schools. Paintbox’s goal is to improve the quality of life of people in Regent Park through the love and enjoyment of good food, to be a positive force for people and for the planet. Visit: www.paintboxbistro.ca
Special thanks to the event curators and to Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto for generously providing a piano as part of the ‘Season of Entertainment’.