A dozen years of Moonshine keeps Oakville music lovers high | TorontoMoon.ca 180112Fr | Shows for Friday, January 12, 2018

Alfie Smith in concert -BILL WATSON, Facebook

Alfie Smith in concert -BILL WATSON, Facebook

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I’ve been writing about the annual anniversaries of the Moonshine Café in Oakville for the past several years now, most recently for its milestone tenth back on January 7 in 2016.  Although I’ve only actually visited the room a couple of times, both visits were more than satisfactory in terms of not only the talent presented and the very dedicated attention paid to the sound by owner and musician John Marlatt, but also thanks to the friendly service by staff and John’s partner Jane MacKay.

As I detailed two years ago, the room has been home to some of the GTA’s finest talents representing an astonishingly eclectic range of genres, from intimate Folk through Jazz, Country, Rock, Blues and even Punk and Thrash some nights.  There’s also occasional comedy and spoken word nights and even a fairly regular Sunday “youth jam” at which local kids can show their stuff and develop their chops.

Nestled in the heart of one of Canada’s richest communities (as defined by per capita income) not far from Lake Ontario at 137 Kerr Street, the room is invitingly casual and décor readily testifies to the fact that this is a room dedicated not to shoving gallons of beer down patrons’ throats but to presenting a superb live music experience.  For that reason the small but adequately supplied stage has also been utilized for live recordings on occasion.

Live entertainment happens seven nights a week and usually also afternoons on weekends and as an indicator of the fact that this room actually takes seriously and respects the artists who perform there, it maintains an always up-to-date website calendar listing that also includes fly-out descriptions of what sort of talent to expect.  (I do find it kind of sad, though, that this last point is actually a stand-out feature worth mentioning, since in my ideal universe no one would present live music without having that in place.)

Tonight’s festive celebration is headlined by Hamilton Blues tyro Alfie Smith and his band. Along with Country/Blues singer/songwriter Ginger St. James and several other artists from The Hammer, he’s a regular feature here and well suited to join the ranks of eminent artists who’ve played the anniversaries, such as Folk icon David Bradstreet —who, as we told you at the time, kicked off the ninth anniversary weekend in 2015.

Cover is just $10 but it’s probably a good idea to call ahead (905-844-2655) to get reservations as it’s not a super-large room and there will be lots of interest locally in being there tonight.  In a town that’s certainly not known as a talent hot-bed, this room stands out as a shining oasis where artists of all stripes can gather, perform, grab a decent burger (the only food available, unless something has changed, prepared on John’s grill, usually positioned out front of the room when it’s open) and know that they are not alone amongst the ticky-tacky houses.

A room in which you can get nourished in more ways than one, for the past twelve years now Moonshine has been giving locals —as well as artists across the GTA who perform here— a boost that’s well worth going out of your way for.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
therealgary17@gmail.com Gary17@TorontoMoon.ca

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ON AIR/ONLINE

*11am-1pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeats Sundays 3-5am & Wednesdays 6-8am)

416 – TORONTO CENTRAL

Hubert 180112*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators with guest singer Laura Hubert @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk

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

6> Out Of My League; Throne To The Wolves; Afterwake; Underlier @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ~indie; $10

6-8> Simone Morris & Mike Freedman @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6:30> The Jivebombers @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Blues; $

7:30> Tania Gill Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz

7:30> Toronto Symphony Orchestra feat. Rob Kapilow and Joaquin Valdepanas @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. ~Classical/Mozart; $

*8-10> Radio Fraud @ e11even, 15 York St. ~Jazz

8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~Country

8> “Nine” @ Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 487 Bloor St. W. ~musical theatre

8> Alter Kackers Countless Numbers Cygnus Lynn Moffatt Band Thin City @ Revival, 783 College St.~indie; $15

8> The Rocky Moon; Chase Cameron; David Huffman @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~songwriters; $pwyc

8:30> Diehipster @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~Funk/R&B/Soul

*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues

9> Still Sound; Yesterday’s Rust; Mumbolayo; Morality Players @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $

9> Jenna Nation @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz

9> 60 Cycle Hum @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40

9> Caroline Colantonio & The Thunder Moons (recording release for Chapter Eight); Pat & Mike open @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

9> Union Duke; Murder Murder; Lovers Touch @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary Rock; $

9> Pretty; The Budds; Jabba the Hunk; JONCRO @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $10

9> Atomic Tomb; The White Swan; NLP; High Priest @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

9-11:30> Colin Hunter & The Joe Sealy Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

9:30> Sound Parade @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10

9:45> Turboprop (recording release for Rev) @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~60s R&B 7-piece; $

10> Dave Murphy Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Rock/Funk/R&B; $

10> Fraser Melvin Blues Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~original Blues

10> Metronome Chomsky @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~art Jazz/Rock

10> Vaal; Afterlife @ CODA, 794 Bathurst St. ~electronica

10> Harley Card Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz

10-2> Scully & The Crossbones @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~contemporary Rock

10> The Honeymoon @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St. W. ~Pop Rock

10> G Jones; Eprom; Ana Sia @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W.

10:30> Kilowatt Band host Funk jam @ Rose & Crown, 2335 Yonge St.

10:30> Jerome Godboo’s Godboogie @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~original Blues; $0

11> Vitus Wight @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~Blues/R&B

416 – TORONTO EAST

*5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~rootsy Rockabilly

7-9> Melanie Peterson @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$

7> Astaroth Incarnate; Profaner; At Dawns Edge; Knotslip; KAP; Necorsaurus Rex @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

8> Don Naduriak’s E= @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Worldbeat (various international) Jazz

8-10> Alan Kulka @ The Beach House, 1953 Queen St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0

9> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. ~Roots-Rock

9> George Olliver & Gangbuster @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~Blues/R&B/vintage Pop Rock; $

9> The Rockaholics @ The Gull and Firkin, 1943 Queen St. E. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9:30> David Macmichael & The $5 Tall Boys @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~alt Pop originals and covers; 0$

9:30> Souled Out @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*9:30-1:30> The Beachles @ Salty Dog, 1890 Queen St. E. ~tribute to The Beatles

416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE Southside 180108

7:30> Linda Carone @ Old Mill Inn (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; min table charge

8> Pre-Malanka @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.

9> Ron Russell @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9> Spirit Doll @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Browns Line ~tribute to David Bowie; $10

Karla's January 2018416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH

9:30> Supernatural @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd. ~classic Rock; $0

9:30> Greg Wyard @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock

10> Harvest @ McGradie’s Pub, 2167 Victoria Park Ave. ~Pop Rock covers

416 – TORONTO WEST

5-7> Jesse Corrigan @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter

5-8> Laura Robinson @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

6> Moonlight Flood @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.

6> Shaolin Temple Pilots @ Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.

7-9> Laura Merriman @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.

*7-10> Les Petits Nouveaux @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~nu-Jazz trio

7:30-8:30> Allison Au Trio @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; 0$

8> The Aughties @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary Rock covers/originals

8:30> Moves; Side Hustle & Evan Cartwright @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.

9> Grounders; Lee Paradise; Beds @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary Rock; $10

9-1> Sean Bellaviti Latin Jazz Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

9> Hansom Ransoms @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W.

9> Que Lastima; Hesitate; LILIM; Tourist @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $

9> Arthur Renwick @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair Ave. W. ~songwriter

9> Doors & Floors; Spacegirl; Kibosh; more @ Duffy’s Tavern, 1238 Bloor St. West ~Punk/Thrash

9> Fat as Fuck; Momokai; The Out of Towners @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers/originals; $

9> Bobby Dove @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.

10:30> Big Tobacco & The Pickers @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~original authentic Country; $

10> Lenny Bull & The Offenders @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Ave. ~Country

10< Progress; Bobby Boyd; Anthony King; @ Yauca’s Lounge, 755 Dovercourt Rd. ~Funk/R&B/Soul/Reggae

10> Parkside Drive @ 3030 Dundas, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~Funk/R&B/Soul

10:30> Café Cubano @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Salsa; $15

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7> Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs; guests Rich Gregor & Enrights @ Guelph Concert Theatre, 166 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~original Rock/Pop; $

7-9> Johnny Devil @ Edge Wine Bar, 205467 County Rd. 109, Orangeville

8> Elgar’s “Cello Concert” + Mozart’s”Jupiter” @ Centre In The Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener ~Classical; $

8> John McKinley Band @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener

8:30> David Woodhead’s Confabulation (recording release for Tunnels and Visions) with Anne Lindsay, Colleen Allen @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $

8:30> Bobby Cameron @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~acoustic Pop covers

9> Naked Wild; Livid @ Van Gogh’s Ear Guelph, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

9-1> Boyscout @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph

*9-2> jam night @ The Cave, 105 Shade St., Cambridge

9> Petty Theft and The Jailbreakers @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

9> Spellbinder @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb Street W., Waterloo ~Southern/Delta Blues

9:30> Mackenzie Meyer Band @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country

10> Chris Chambers Trio @ The Duke, 33 Erb St., Waterloo

705

5-9> Gunslingers @ White House Hotel, 173 Charlotte St., Peterborough

5> Tyler Koke @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

5> Chris Moore @ @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

8> Mr. B. @ Barnstormer Brewing, 384 Yonge St., Barrie

8> Danny Bronson @ Publican House Brewery, 300 Charlotte St., Peterborough

8> Therapy Seekers Duo @ The Locker, 14 Cameron St. W., Cannington ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

8-11:45> Crash Monkey Mob @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood

8:30> Flashback @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~Rock/Top 40 covers

8:30> Karla Crawford @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

9> David Dino White; Mr. Jr.; Copper Crown @ Foxx Lounge, 16 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~indie; $6

*9-12> open mic @ Southside Pizza, 29 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough ~$2

9> Deathsticks; WLMMRT; Kitty Pit; Martian Broadclock @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $6/pwyc

9> Ben Wright @ The Church-key Pub, 26 Bridge St., Campbellford

9:30> Ronnie Douglas Band @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

10> Rob Watts Band @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie

10> Daniel Maguire @ Aria, 331 George St. N., Peterborough

10> High Waters Band  @ Dobro Restaurant, 289 George St. N., Peterborough

10> Brian Haddlesey @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough

905 EAST

7> Maura Mapes @ Cork & Bean, 8 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*8-12> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax

8> Paul Noonan @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg

9> Fire When Ready @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9-1> Symply Skynyrd @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa  ~tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd

9> Two For The Show @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Alter Ego (recording release for ep); guests Soggy Beard; Wayne Kennedy @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa ~original Rock/Pop; $5

9> Tomahawk Love; This Is A Crisis; The Corporate Life; Orbiting Deathray; Gunt @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Punk/Thrash; $

9:30> GrooveStone @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9:30> Samurai Fly @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

10-2> Baz Littlerock Band @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa  ~Rock/Country covers

905 NORTH-EAST

4> Chris Smith @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7> Anna Leeming @ The Davis Room/Stouffville United Church, 34 Church St. N., Stouffville ~yogic singing; $20 suggested donation

8-11> Full Moon @ Market Brewing Company, 1775 Leslie St., Newmarket ~Rock/Top 40 covers

8> open mic with feature Stephen Stanley @ Main Street Bakehouse, 6236 Main St., Stouffville

9> Blackdog Ballroom @ Falcon and Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~Brit Rock/Top 40 covers & originals

9> Johnson’s Creek @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) Aurora, 105 Industrial Parkway N., Aurora ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly

9> Adam Parsons @ Muddy Water Hotel, 25 Main St. W., Beeton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0

9:30> Tres Hombres @ CJ Barleys Pub, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick ~tribute to ZZ Top

905 NORTH-WEST

8-10:30> Tom Walker Jazz Project; guest Mei Kelly @ Rockford’s Bar & Grill, 2124 King Rd., King City ~Jazz

8> Failte @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown ~Celtic

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: 9> Al Reilly’s Catalyst @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~classic Rock; $0

9-12:30> Richard Henderson Trio @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~acoustic lap steel Blues

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: 9:30> Marc Joseph Band @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

9:30> Neon Rain @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Top 40/Rock

905 SOUTH

4:30> Brad James @ The Honest Lawyer, 110 King St., Hamilton

*6:30-10> Henry Strong Duo @ Cavallo Nero, 370 Wilson St. E., Ancaster ~Jazz

6:30> East Coast Kitchen Party @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

7> The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer; Jeremie Albino @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $

8> Piper Hayes; Carly Thomas @ The Clef, 171 Stanley St., Hamilton ~songwriters; $10/BYOB

8> The Rockets @ Bobbie’s Bar & Grill, 2965 Homestead Dr., Hamilton

9> Moonhead; Altobeelays; Bassline @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~contemporary original; $

9> UK-47 @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Driven @ Augusta House, 17 Augusta St., Hamilton

9> Orangeman @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Flash Johnson @ Old Powerhouse, 21 Jones St., Hamilton/Stoney Creek

9:30> July Sunrise; Nicole Amatruda @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $

9:30> Patsy & The Muscle @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton

10:45> Brothers du Monde @ Gallagher’s Bar, 117 John St., Hamilton

905 WEST

*5> Adam Ostrosser @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop

*6-9> Don’t Look Down @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

7> The Bronte Brothers @ Bronte Sports Kitchen, 2544 Speers Rd., Oakville

7> Peter Marino @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

8> The Fiddlers @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #551 Waterdown, 79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown

8> Rich Cloke @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

8:45> Rebelljo Trio @ Fionn MacCool’s Oakville, 350 Dundas St. E., Oakville ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Alfie Smith Band for club’s 12th anniversary @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~original Blues; $12

9> Cutaway @ Clancy’s, 4490 Fairview St., Burlington

9-12> Small Town Justice @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> Barlow, Yeh, McNeill @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Wrong Kids Band @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock

9:30> RENO @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

9:30> Mean Bones @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Rock/Blues/Funk

9:30> Glen Gordon @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock

10-2> Sonny Boy Mick @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues/R&B

10:15> Jammers Waffle House @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:30> Hot Fix @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

LISTINGS KEY

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