A couple of BIG ideas to celebrate World Saxophone Day | TorontoMoon.ca 171106 | Shows for Monday, November 06, 2017

Album cover for John MacLeod's 'The Toronto Sound'

Album cover for John MacLeod’s ‘The Toronto Sound’

There are many ideas as to what constitutes “The Toronto Sound,” foremost among them perhaps the music of the R&B and Rock/Blues bands that emerged from the twin crucibles of Yorkville and Yonge Street in the 1960s.

But Jazz coronet player John MacLeod apparently has his own concept of what the phrase connotes, since tonight he and his band The Rex Hotel Orchestra are releasing an album under that name in the dining room at the swank Old Mill Inn at 21 Old Mill Road just west of the Humber River.

The timing couldn’t be better, since today is actually “World Saxophone Day” according to the DaysoftheYear.com website.  And you can bet there’ll be plenty of sax among the instruments in MacLeod’s gigantic 20-piece orchestra performing 8 p.m. till 11:45.

The disc is being billed by show sponsors Jazz.FM91 as a tribute “to Toronto’s leadership in big band jazz around the world” and selections from the album and other tunes will be performed by the ensemble that includes many local acclaimed veteran performers.

There is a cover charge, of course, but I wasn’t able to find out just how much from the Jazz.FM website or its tickets link —but don’t expect it to be cheap.  Then again, however much they charge, for this calibre of entertainment and the size of the group, whatever it is it’s probably a bargain if you lean towards this style of music.

If you do like this style of performance and the preceding has whet your appetite insatiably but your pocketbook or transportation limitations won’t allow the excursion to the Mill, there is another pretty accessible alternative.  The Advocats Big Band will be performing its second last Monday show at soon-to-close Whistler’s Grille (995 Broadview Ave. at Mortimer) starting at 7 p.m. and the cover there is just $10.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca  therealgary17@gmail.com

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*6> “Underplayed and Underpaid” interviews and performances by Guelph area bands on CFRU 93.3 FM broadcast and online

7-8> “Acoustic Workshop” with host Heather Fielding @ CIUT 89.5 FM broadcast and online


5-10> Genevieve Marentette @ The Berkley Bicycle Club, 504 Jarvis St. ~Jazz; $10

6> Melanie Peterson @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

6:30> U of T Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Glen Hornblast @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

7-8> student showcase for Regent Park School of Music @ Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St. E. ~eclectic; $0

7:30> Terry Jones & guests @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

7:30-10:30> Chilina Kennedy, Jackie Richardson, Matt Dusk; more for fundraiser for PAL Canada Foundation poverty alleviation organization @ Trinity-St Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. ~R&B/Soul/Jazz; $

**8> Music City North open mic with host Ory Tracy @ Rose & Crown, 2335 Yonge St.

8> Aggression, Domination; Python; Raider @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Thrash; $12

8> Curtis Harding @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

8> Mount Aboral; Nothing Right Now; Pink Cocoon; Vaerisa @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~contemporary original; $

8> Shout Out Louds @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~indie Pop from Sweden; $

8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> Jerelle Fisher; Rough Gentlemen; Capture DeBand @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $?

8> Zula; Tange; Bunn @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~indie; $10

**9-1:30> jam with rotating guest hosts @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

*9:30> open mic @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

9:30> Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~R&B/Blues; $

**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Chris Banks @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10> Quique Escamilla @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

10-2> Dan Gagnon & Jake Saenz @ The Hideout, 423 College St.


7-10> Taylor Harp or Arthur Renwick @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; $0

7> The Advocats Big Band @ Whistler’s Grille, 995 Broadview Ave. ~big band Jazz; $10

7> Elbow @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> “Revolution Mondays” with host Maria Ryan & guest feature Alun Piggins @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$

8> William O’Meara for Toronto Theatre Organ Society and Toronto Silent Film Festival @ Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd. ~organ concert; $

8:30-10:30> Presaging Mutiny @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.

*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.

*9-12> The Out of Towners @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.

*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends open stage @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.; 0$


7:30> John MacLeod & The Rex Hotel Orchestra recording release for The Toronto Sound @ Old Mill Dining Room, 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; 0$/minimum table charge

*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.


7:30> Uke jam/workshop @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd.

*8-11> open stage with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.

*9-1> open jam with The Repairmen @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth


6-9> Chris Coole & Scott Prout @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~old’ time Country

7> Evan Gravelle Group @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Hip Hop Jazz; pwyc

7> Rachel Andrist with various singers @ Zoomerhall, 70 Jefferson Ave. ~operatic arias~original Blues; $30

7-10> Mike & Jill Daley Jazz Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

8> Tegan & Sara @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd. ~original Roots; $60-80

8> David Bazan; Michael Nau @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

*8> open jam with The Pumpkinheadz @ The Wicket Pub, 1671 Bloor St. W.

8> Marc Pierre Toth @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~piano Jazz; $

8:30> Ihtismanska recording release for Yüz Yüze @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Turkish/Bulgarian fusion; $

*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Bluegrass

*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.

9:30> Harley Card, Jim Lewis & Daniel Fortin @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

*10> open mic with host Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.


*5> open mic with Dennis Napper @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

7:30-12> open mic with Anthony Schmanthony @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

8> Joshua Hyslop @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~songwriter; $10

9:30> Turk and the Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo


*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8> Your Memorial; In Search of Silence; A Particle Apart; Relaps @ Foxx Lounge, 16 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~contemporary original; $

8-12> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.

10> Ali McCormick @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa


9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket


6> Michael Wainwright & Rick Labrie @ Innsville, 1141 Highway 8, Stoney Creek

*8> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country

905 WEST

*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

*7-10> The Dirty Pioneers @ Shoeless Joe’s Brant (patio), 1250 Brant St., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers

**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Mimico Bill @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)

9> Fiddlestix Duet @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~fiddle  Rock

*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit


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