Heather Bambrick @ Next Door Restaurant

January 31 – February 2, 2023

Next Door Restaurant
139 Main St Unionville,
Markham, ON
L3R 2G6
(905) 604-6983

Tickets: $30 + HST & Gratuity
Dinner + Drinks extra. Minimum spend $30
Performance: 8:00pm

*Dining may begin as early as 6 PM
​**Please arrive at your reserved time
​***For an enhanced dining & jazz experience, guests are recommended to arrive 1 hour or more before scheduled 8 PM performance

About the Artist

As one of Canada’s top Jazz vocalists, Heather has collaborated with some of the best, including Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Guido Basso, Ian Shaw, and the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard. She’s appeared as a guest performer with numerous Jazz ensembles, as well as with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

Each of Heather’s four solo recordings have received East Coast Music Award nominations for Jazz Recording of the Year, and her 2017 release You’ll Never Know was also nominated for a JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Her most recent release Fine State moved in new musical directions, with a more pop-influenced jazz sound, featuring strong Canadian content, and original material. Says Bambrick: “This project brings together more of the things that inspire me overall, not just in jazz and not just in music. The arrangements show influences from rock, pop, and folk music, and the tunes we’ve chosen have a strong connection to the events of the world around me, and the roots of who I am as a musician and a person.”

Beyond singing, Heather is one of Canada’s top voice actors, voicing characters for commercial campaigns and several Emmy Award-winning animated series, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, and Justin Time. For almost 20 years she’s been a popular host on JAZZ.FM91, twice named the National Jazz Awards’ Broadcaster of the Year, and most recently receiving the inaugural 2020 Canadian Broadcasting Award for Best On-Air Host (Music). Heather is also highly sought-after educator at schools and festivals across Canada, having taught at both University of Toronto and Humber College. She currently sits on the Advisory Council for Music Canada, and between all of this, she’s been known to take the occasional nap.

About the Chef

From a young age, Chef Isaac Co learned the importance of mealtime and quality food. From his grandmothers’ meals at the holidays, to his mother’s nightly dinners, food always taught him that family comes first. Throughout the years, Isaac also drew inspiration from his travels and from exploring the diverse cultures that Canada and other countries around the world have to offer through food.

When you dine at NextDoor Restaurant, we want you to feel like family and to experience the bond that great food and drinks can bring to the table. We bring Isaac’s vision of the bond between food, travel, family, and community to life for you at NextDoor. Sourcing only the freshest ingredients from the vast landscape at our doorstep combined with the cultural diversity that Canada has to offer, NextDoor is Chef Issac’s take on Canadian seasonal cuisine.

Molly Johnson @ Draco – Toronto Marriott Markham

March 8 – March 10, 2023

Draco – Toronto Marriott Markham
170 Enterprise Blvd.,
Markham, ON
L6G 0E6
(437) 777-3496

Tickets: $30 + HST & Gratuity
Dinner + Drinks extra. Minimum spend $30
Performance: 8:00pm

*Dining may begin as early as 5 PM
​**Please arrive at your reserved time
​***For an enhanced dining & jazz experience, guests are recommended to arrive 1 hour or more before scheduled 8 PM performance

About the Artist

Known as one of Canada’s greatest voices, award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson is a mother, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist, who has just released her highly anticipated new album, “Meaning To Tell Ya”. Produced by multiple GRAMMY Award-winning Producer, Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones); it is more than a jazz record. It’s funk, it’s soul, it’s groove played by some of Canada’s best musicians. Says Molly: “Working with Larry was magic. When it was finally my turn, I jumped at the opportunity. This is a record I have been wanting to make for years. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!” Says Larry: “Molly has the kind of musical gift that cannot be cultivated by musical education or assiduous practice. She has great natural musical instincts and an irresistible signature to her voice. She is a rare and wonderful talent.”

About the Chef

Chef Bill Jewer began his career working in the kitchen as a dishwasher in a small restaurant at the young age of fourteen and thought it was fun. From there, he held a few odd jobs stocking shelves, helping in a greenhouse and working as a camp counselor, until he was eighteen years old.

After turning 18, he began to struggle with what he wanted to do as a career, for the rest of his life. He tried the college route, enrolling in an engineering course, but Bill knew this was just not for him. That summer he went back to camp as the archery instructor. Mid way through the summer, the camp Director let the head chef go and asked if Bill would like to work in the kitchen for the rest of the year. He thought to himself why not, it might be a nice change and he instantly fell in LOVE with the culinary arts and has been doing it ever since.

Upon his return to the city, he quickly enrolled in George Brown College for Culinary Management.  He graduated with honors and was one of the few young chefs that was able to secure employment right after graduation.  He completed his 3-year Apprenticeship at L’Hotel (CP) where he was exposed to all areas of the kitchen.

The love for cooking grew to a passion now after working 30 years in the kitchen cooking for Movie stars, royalty and presidents. Winning culinary competitions and working in three different countries, and for many different hotels and brands Chef Bill knows that his life in the culinary arts has been fulfilling.

Emilie-Claire Barlow @ Essence of Unionville – Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites

March 15 – March 17, 2023

Essence of Unionville – Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Convention Centre & Spa
8500 Warden Ave.,
Markham, ON
L6G 1A5
(905) 470-8500

Tickets: $30 + HST & Service Fee
Dinner + Drinks extra. Minimum spend $30
Performance: 8:00pm

*Dining may begin as early as 5 PM
​**Please arrive at your reserved time
​***For an enhanced dining & jazz experience, guests are recommended to arrive 1 hour or more before scheduled 8 PM performance

About the Artist

Canada’s incomparable vocal jazz jewel Emilie-Claire Barlow – leads her stellar band through innovative arrangements of American-Songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas and elegant ballads. She continues to endear herself to critics, peers and audiences everywhere with her relaxed, polished demeanour, her charming humour, and a voice of unforgettable beauty. Emilie-Claire’s concert will feature favourites from her extensive repertoire as well as new arrangements from her forthcoming 13th album “Spark Bird.

Her performing career spans over 24 years in venues ranging from Toronto’s storied Montreal Bistro & Top of the Senator, to Tokyo’s Cotton Club and more recently concerts with symphony orchestras at Toronto’s Massey Hall and Montreal’s Maison Symphonique. She has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival on seven occasions including a 2015 performance on the Main Stage with 50,000 people attending.

About the Chef

Chef Jitin Gaba joined Hilton Toronto/Markham culinary team as an Executive Chef in November 2018.

Although born in Delhi, India, Jitin spent a lot of time in France and Italy, where he developed his culinary skills and passion for cooking at an early age. He would often assist his mother in the kitchen, cooking for his family, and accompanying her to the local food market, choosing freshest produce and later transforming ingredients into meals.

Prior to his journey with Hilton, Jitin worked as an Executive Sous Chef at the Fairmont Royal York (Toronto), which has one of the biggest kitchens in North America, as well as Chef de Cuisine at TOCA restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Toronto.

“Jitin has enjoyed an extensive career in hospitality spanning almost two decades. He has held various roles working in kitchens across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Chef Jitin’s culinary experience included working at four and five star hotels, as well as top restaurants, such as Chef Oliver Glowig’s Two Michelin Star restaurant and Chef Antoine Westermann’s Three Michelin Star restaurant.”

From his home base in Toronto, where he lives with his wife, Jitin journeys weekly to fresh produce markets in his neighbourhood and beyond, sourcing new ingredients and suppliers and discovering different family-owned businesses and new producers. Jitin’s favourite cuisine is Italian, made with fresh local ingredients. Like other members of his 35-plus culinary team, he is passionate and creative about cooking, which shows in the menus he creates!