A tuneful “tonic” from Tim Tamashiro

“Tim Tam” Tamashiro is all about accentuating the positive. His laid-back jazzy vocals lift your spirits. His stories are told in a warm and engaging style. And his wide grin invites everyone to smile. On Wednesday May 29, settle back for an evening of retro jazz tunes and tales with “When You’re Smiling” at the Venables Theatre at 7:30 p.m. We dare you not to sing along to “High Hopes” , “Candy Man” “I Get a Kick from Champagne” and “That’s Amore”.

Vocalist Tim Tamashiro is joined by his jazz trio performing songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. You might know them as The Rat Pack but in their day when they were planning a party they called themselves “The Summit”. Together they really were the pinnacle of entertainment.

Tim combines his story-telling skills (honed on his CBC 2 radio jazz program, “Tonic”) with his career as a jazz vocalist, and brings them together for an evening of Rat Pack tales and song. It promises a cool cocktail mix of their Vegas lifestyle, behind-the-scenes buddy stories, naughty hi-jinks, lots of laughs, and of course, the unforgettable songs of the mid-century jazz scene. Think of it like The Vinyl Cafe with a jazz band.

Seats are just $37.50. ​Groups of 10 or more $30 (Use promo code GROUP or call the box office at 250-498-1626)​ Purchase your tickets by phone or by visiting www.venablestheatre.ca