Marcel Aucoin

Marcel has been working in Toronto as a composer, arranger, pianist, singer songwriter and educator since 1998. During this time he has held weekly gigs at the Cameron House, Gate 403 and the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar in addition to being a featured performer in the Toronto Downtown Jazz and 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festivals.  From 2004 to 2005 he co-organized the monthly music series STRANGE FOLK with guitarist Geordie Haley. The series was held at holy Joe’s in Toronto and featured improvised music, singer-songwriters, dance, and short plays.

In 2005 he stepped out of his role as a sideman to release his first CD as a leader: WEIRD COCKTAIL, a quirky mix of funk, jazz and classically inspired original pieces that Carl Wilson of the Globe and Mail described as “a corkscrewed concoction that goes down easy, combining a searcher’s sensibility with influences from the exotica end of the jazz spectrum.” Marcel’s recent projects include the monthly series the piano salon which he co-hosted and organized with Michael Holt from 2009 to 20014, and a solo album of his original compositions to be completed in late 2015.