Ernie Tollar

Alto, & Soprano saxophones , Hybrid flutes, Bansuri, Ney, Composition

Ernie did his first professional gigs in 1980, and has since performed in Europe, India, Egypt, U.S.A., Mexico, and across Canada. (at the major jazz and folk  festivals)
While in high school Ernie was a featured performer on CBC's TV show "Going Great" an after school - documentary.hosted by Chris Makepeace.


Ernie has been praised extensively by jazz writer Mark Miller (Globe and Mail) for his playing in “Space Trio”: “Tollar's impressive command of reed instruments” …etc.
As well, Geoff Chapman (Toronto Star) dedicated a half page article on Tollar's jazz and world music accomplishments and contributions.

A few highlights include: guesting with Qithara, Library Opening - Alexandria Egypt ; Trichy Sankaran - touring and at the Music Gallery, Toronto, Dave Restivo - Canadian Jazz Festivals ; Simon Shaheen - Festival du Monde Arab, Montreal Quebec.

Jazz collaborators include David Restivo, Shelly Berger, Holly Cole, NOJO, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Lovano, Don Thompson, David Piltch, Robi Botos, Rich Brown, Yvette Tollar, Pierre Tanguay, Hugh Marsh and Geoff Young. 

Recent World Music performances include the Near East Trio w. Ravi Naimpally, Demetri Petsalakis, and Gary Diggins. Other World music with Trichy Sankaran, John Wyre and Bob Becker of Nexus, Greek/Arabic ensembles Maza Mezé and Doula, Tasa, Brenna, MacCrimmon, Mel Mrabet, Aaron Ben Sousan, Rick Shadrach Lazar, and Spare Parts.

His various teachers have included:
South Asian: Trichy Sankaran, N. Ramani, 
Arabic (maqam) Alfred Gamil, Ibrahim Kawala, 
Jazz: Ron Allen, Ted Moses, Pat LaBarbera. 

Ernie currently resides in Toronto, ON.