Will today’s teens, when they become elders fifty years from now, remember 2017 as “The Summer of Hate”?
Today’s latest concert tribute to “The Summer of Love” in 1967 —one of several that have been held over this rather raucous, peculiar summer season— makes one wonder how the events that have been unfolding south of the border recently will be regarded by history.
It seems likely that memories of what’s happening now will be imbued with a character that reflects the current passions of those recalling these days, just as the recollections of 1967 by those of us who were on the cusp of adulthood back then seem to be tinted by the rose-coloured hippie glasses of halcyon longings.
People forget that in addition to the Magical Mystery Tour, “Happy Together”, “To Sir With Love”, and “Incense and Peppermint”, 1967 was also the summer of race riots in the U.S. —nearly 160 of them according to some sources, including the most dramatic and deadly events in Newark N.J. July 12-17, killing 26 people, and Detroit, Michigan from July 23-27, claiming 43 lives.
It was an era of profoundly divisive politics with the Viet Nam War raging and students in the U.S. protesting and being met by armed National Guard troops. Racial politics featured the Black Panthers advocating “Black Power” on one side (a cause which, though he advocated non-violence, was supported, it’s worth recollecting today, by comedian/activist the late Dick Gregory) while on the other “Dixiecrat” pro-segregation Alabama Governor George Wallace was preparing to run for President representing a third party —and in that vote became the only non-Democrat or Republican candidate of the modern era to actually win electoral college votes.
Of course, things were somewhat different and less intense here in Canada, but nevertheless it was a profoundly confrontational time, when “the generation gap” seemed to be fracturing society. But these details have been obscured in many memories by hazy remembrances of good times listening to “Groovin’”, “I’m A Believer”, “All You Need Is Love”, “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Sweet Soul Music” among other notable hits from the day.
This summer’s disturbing events, as shocking and seemingly apocalyptic as they may now seem to us, could well be superseded in memory by much more pleasing themes as people look back on it from the vantage point of passing time.
While it’s unlikely that many of those attending today’s “Mid-Summer Black Swan Ramble” at Black Swan Tavern will be around in 50 years to join in nostalgic reveries about this particular summer, quite a few of those who’ll be there actually do remember ’67 and are certainly likely to fondly recall this concert for some time to come.
Featuring a raft of gifted talents anchored by Mike McKenna performing mostly 60s tunes, the 4-8 event in the room at 154 Danforth Avenue is being billed as a tribute to The Summer of Love and includes artists who were part of the then burgeoning scene in Yorkville Village and on Yonge Street.
McKenna, who was just developing his chops as a player; Sebastian Agnello, who was part of a local band that had a #1 hit 50 years ago this month; Pete Otis, who was a dishwasher at The Purple Onion and budding promoter even then, along with an array of other songwriting and performing talents will all be part of today’s special edition of the Hoser Blues Party series being put on by Otis through his SongTown enterprise monthly for the past year.
The lineup also includes veteran drummer/songwriter Pat Little; eclectic composer Fergus Hambleton; chanteuse Lynne Mulhall as well as Robert Clumpus; Fernando “The Riverdale Kid” Curcione, Michael Bär, Stephen Court, Jay Moonah, David Morrison, Bruce “Richard Noggin” Fraser and McKenna’s houe band featuring Hap Roderman on bass, Rob Kirpatrick on the kit and Tom Robertson on second guitar.
Cover is just $10 and it’s not a huge room, so you’ll want to get there well before the 4 p.m. start time in order to get a comfy seat for those old bones.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)
5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM
*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ www.sundaymorningsoul.com ~Blues
9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ http://www.bluesandrootsradio.com/ ~ artist interviews and tracks
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
11am-2pm> Gloria Valentine & Nina Shapilsky for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ; $5 (music only)
*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro Rock/Soul
11am-2> Demetrios Petsalakis @ McGill Granby Parkette, 415 Yonge St. ~Middle East/East Asian/Mediterranean inspired Pop; $0
noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz
noon-7> Camp Wavelength music festival & fundraiser with She-Devils; Zuze; Slowpitchsound; Dan Misha Goldman; Best Fern; L Con; more; more @ Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Dr. ~eclectic indie; $0/donations gratefully received
12:30> Toque Trad French Canadian Music Session @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
2-3> Aiko Tomi @ Harbourfront Centre, 234 Queens Quay W. ~elecro Pop; $0
3-5> Alaniaris @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
3:30-6:30> Dr.Nick & The Rollercoasters @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B; $
*4-7> Thelonius Hank @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~Country
4-11> “Pianos For Cuba” jam & fundraiser for Pianos For Cuba initiative (www.pianosforcuba.com) with many artists @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~eclectic indie; $10
4-5:30> Scott Hardware @ Harbourfront Centre, 234 Queens Quay W. ~indie Pop/drum synth; $0
*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
4:30-7:30> Mathew Pullicino Trio @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz
5> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~vibraphone Jazz
5:45-7> Phedre @ Harbourfront Centre, 234 Queens Quay W. ~original Pop; $0
6-10> 120 Diner Third Anniversary Party @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St.
6> Princess Nokia; Ebhoni @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~Hip Hop/R&B
*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.
7> Darin Meilleur; Jade Wan @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E. ~songwriters; $pwyc
7-9:30> Justin Haynes Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7> MAGMA; Chromatica opens @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $
7> The Rhythmaturgically Syncopated Social Hour Jazz Jam @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7-9> Sonic Fabulations @ Array Space, 155 Walnut S. ~experimental dance theatre & music
*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B
7:30> Gathering Sparks @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk
8> Scott H. Biram @ Horseshoe Taern, 370 Queen St. W. ~Texas Blues/Country Punk; $13.50
*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W.
*8> open mic with Carlos @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.
*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$
9-11> The Wanted @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock
9> Shipley Hollow; Silus; Marateck @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
9:30> Alex Kapo Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock
10> Steve Ward & Friends @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> Vixens @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
10> The Eddy Blake Trio; Brendt Thomas Diabo & The Ramblers @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests Al Kavanagh on bass, Tom Robertson on guitar @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~songwriters
416 – TORONTO EAST
11am-2pm> Devin Patten for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
2-4> Music In the Park with Countermeasure @ Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E. ~a cappella Pop; $0
*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave.
4-8> SongTown presents Hoser Party 11 “Mid-Sumer Black Swan Ramble” with Mike McKenna & The Slidewider Blues Band; Pete Otis, Pat Little; Michael Bär; Fergus Hambleton; Lynne Mulhall; Sebastian Agnello; Robert Clumpus; Fernando “The Riverdale Kid” Curcione; more @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Blues/Roots/Pop-Rock tribute to the music of 1967; $10
4> Gypsy Rebels @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Gypsy Jazz
*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller’s Black Bear All-Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive
7-11> Sam Taylor & The East End Love @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$
5-9> The Sunday Sinners featuring Michael Theodore @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~classic Soul; $
*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
3-7> The Repairmen @ Birchmount Tavern, Scarborough, 462 Birchmount Rd. ~Blues-Rock
*7-11> open jam with host Gtar Live @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.
416 – TORONTO WEST
**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.
*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues
* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass
1-4> Bruce Chapman & Drew Austin @ Opticianado, 2919 Dundas St. W. ~Roots-Rock/Blues
1-5> Pat Temple & Hi-Lo Players @ The Wine Garden, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Swing/Blues/Rockabilly
1:30-5:30> David Leask @ Casino patio/stage Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~songwriter
3-6> Community Soul Project @ CNE Midway Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West
3-6> Buck Twenty @ CNE Northern Comfort Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Country
**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country
5-9> Toronto Tango Trio @ The Wine Garden, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Tango
5-8> Ivan Rosenberg & Adam Shier @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots
5-8> Jeff Taylor & The SLT @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
6> Nick Arsenau @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
6:30-10:30> Savage Groove @ Casino patio/stage Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Pop Rock
7:30> Camp Wavelength evening show with Deerhoof; The Luyas; Emilie & Ogden; more @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
7:30> Kiefer Sutherland; Meghan Patrick opens @ CNE Bandshell, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd., TO West ~
7:30-11> Fleetwood Nicks & Practically Petty @ CNE Midway Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~tributes to Fleetwood Mac & Tom Petty
7:30-11> Blue Radio @ CNE Northern Comfort Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~tribute to Blue Rodeo
8:30> MSEA recording release for ep @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $
8:30> DF @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Montreal audio-visual duo; pwyc
9-1> Evan Desaulnier Jazz Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9> Tich Maredza @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul; $10
10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St. W. ~lounge Jazz/Groove
2> The O’Pears for Forest Festival @ Historic Logging Museum in Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve, 1095 Redken Rd., Haliburton ~Pop
*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge
4> jam with Mike McDonald @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener
8> FKB @ Dstrct, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $10
*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street E., Milton
9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo
*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph
Noon-7pm> Peterborough Folk Festival featuring: Mary-Kate Edwards; Melissa Payne & Friends; Washboard Hank Kids Parade; Sharon and Bram; Samito; Delhi 2 Dublin; Hollerado; The Sadies @ Nicholls Oval, 725 Armour Rd., Peterborough
1-4> The Honeyrunners @ Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~original Rock/Pop
2-5> Carrie Chesnutt Trio @ Riverside Grill (Holiday Inn), 150 George St., Peterborough ~Jazz
3> Sonny & Cloudy @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
Noon-5> Northumberland Ribfest with Pat Kelleher; Port Hip featuring Mark Sepic (1:30-3:30); Green River @ Victoria Park Bandshell, King Street, Cobourg
*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock
*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering
6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax
*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues
8> Steven Tedford Band @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Jazz
*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
10:30am-6:30> “Mariachi Mexican Feista with various Mariachi bands @ Andrews’ Scenic Acres, 9365 #10 Sideroad, Milton
**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz
*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots
*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville
*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick
*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown
5> Barry Mulcahy @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown ~Roots-Rock
*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton
*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues
*7-10> Lynn McDonald @ Jester’s Court, 279 Queen St., Port Perry ~Pop/Jazz
7:30> Roy Parsons “Candlelit Church” sessions @ St. Alban’s, 537 Main St., Glen Williams-Georgetown ~Roots
*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket
2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Chery Lescom @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $7
2-5> Jamie Oakes; Jesse O’Brien @ Lou Dawgs Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton ~Blues/R&B
*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton
4:30-7:30> The Gormley Brothers @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton
*7> open mic @ The Wee Dram, 1831 Main St. W., Hamilton
7> Ruby’s Revenge; more @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton
*7-11> open Country jam with Robert Tyler @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton
8:30> Treephones; Northfields; Otis King @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $
9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton
10> Chris Chambers @ Augusta House, Hamilton, 17 Augusta St.
2-6> The McGrath Family @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country
*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
3:30> James Anthony @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues
4-7> Glenn Groves @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country
*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues
**8-12> The Nomads with guest @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington
9-1> jam with Derek Lathrop @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers
*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington
Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.
Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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