Five Minutes With: Josh Cole’s Band Kind Mind

Josh Cole, an accomplished bassist and composer, leads the ensemble Kind Mind, an electro-acoustic chamber group known for their spontaneous performances. The ensemble boasts two of Toronto’s skilled improvisers, Karen Ng on alto saxophone, and Michael Davidson on vibraphone. Drawing from the rich tradition of improvisational music nurtured within Toronto’s vibrant creative scene at “The Tranzac,” the trio delves into a fractured and minimalist style, emphasizing texture and tone. Their music is enhanced by concise compositions and a shared legacy of collaborative musical exploration spanning several years.

Kind Mind
Photo by: Sonia Beckwith


Josh Cole’s Kind Mind


Jazz and improvised music



# of Albums:


Latest Album:

Kind Mind

Latest Video: 

Favourite musician growing up:


Favourite musician now:

Barre Phillips

Guilty pleasure song:

“But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” – U2

Live show ritual:


Favourite local musician:

Rob Clutton

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Neither, 5-9 pm is where it’s at.

Road or studio?

Neither, a local gig close to my house is best.

Any shows or albums coming up? 

Kind Mind

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Gus Taco maybe, Latin World in Bloordale. Cheap tacos yes, please.

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Spadina Chinatown. There are 3 record stores on the strip between Queen and College (Sonicboom, Invisible City & Play da Record) and all the great food in that hood.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Toronto Island probably. The beach is a great relief from the summer heat. It’s just a bit of a pain to get to.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?


What is your favourite music store in your city?

Music gear: the Long and McQuade rental department! (but lots of love for Pauls and Capsule though) – record stores: She Said Boom on College, Sonic Boom, Rotate This


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Emilea Semancik was born in North Vancouver. Emilea has always always wanted to freelance her own pieces and currently writes for the Vancouver Guardian. She is also a recipe author working towards publishing her own series of recipe books. You can find her recipes on Instagram. @ancestral.foods