JT handing over command of Riverboat to Tyler Ellis tonight | TorontoMoon.ca 171120Mo | Shows for Monday, November 20, 2017

Tyler Ellis at Dora Keogh -JULIAN TAYLOR

Tyler Ellis at Dora Keogh -JULIAN TAYLOR


After just over a decade as the host of an open mic he created at Dora Keogh after quitting his bartending job there in order to maintain a relationship with the owners, Julian Taylor is handing over the reins of the event to longtime pal Tyler Ellis.

The event, as we’ve detailed over the years, has been through many a permutation in name (“Monday Acoustic Jam, Kitchen Jam, Open Mic and lately Riverboat Mondays) in timing (switching of nights to Tuesdays then back to Mondays and from a 10 p.m. start to 8 and finally settling on “around 9”) and in stylistic approach (from standard open mic procession to kitchen-style jam in the round off the stage and finally back to the stage with sign-up list again).

But the quality of participants, as we noted on the event’s seventh anniversary in May of 2015, has never varied —it’s always been first rate.  And from established singer-songwriters, members of touring indie bands who’ve become buds with Julian over the years, through nervous first-timers, JT, as fans and friends know him, has unfailingly been welcoming, affable and unflappable.

Julian Taylor in 2015 -Gary 17

Julian Taylor at Dora in 2015 -Gary 17

But this genial and deceptively laid back dynamo of a songwriter has also been busy churning out chart-climbing recorded product and more and more often of late the universally positive response to his latest Desert Star album released last year has taken him far afield on tours as word continues to spread about his versatile, catchy and soulful tunes that are both danceable and memorable.

With a public appetite for lots more of this icon in the making, at this point in his life Julian just no longer can justify making the time to be able to commit to being there every Monday.  But rather than do it half-assed constantly “subbing out” hosting or cancelling the event, he’s “passing the torch” as he put it in announcing the change in a social media post over the weekend.

(We actually basically predicted just this almost exactly a year ago, in fact, noting that Julian’s touring commitments and holidays would be interfering with the schedule and commenting that “The way things are going, who knows how much longer he’ll even be able to include the weekly Riverboat outings in his schedule!”)

Fortunately, as we mentioned back last year, one of the mainstays of the event has been songwriter Tyler Ellis, who in fact has also been billed as a co-host for the past several months.  An able and eager talent and participant, after tonight’s finale show for Julian, the Riverboat is Tyler’s to steer.  Here’s to a successful voyage of at least another ten years!

-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> Wintergarten Orchestra @ The Berkeley Bicycle Club, 504 Jarvis St. ~Jazz; $10

5:30> Momondays networking, storytelling and musical performance with speakers Michel Neray, Andrea Ivanka, Matt Keys, Darcy Patrick, Rhea Anne, Gabriela Love & Courtney McLeod & musical performance at 7 by Matt Keys of Keys To Belfast ~spoken word & music; $25

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 Linda Saslove @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

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

7> Damien Robitaille & Mehdi Cayenne @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~bilingual Pop Punk; $

**8> Music City North open mic with hosts Sophia Radisch & “Tiger” Will Mason @ Rose & Crown, 2335 Yonge St.

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

8:40> Real Kilroys; Congression @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0

**9-1:30> jam with rotating guest host Jeremy Edwards with feature by Alex Purcell @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

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



9:30> Mike Malone & The Writers Jazz Orchestra @ 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 Sarah Greene @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

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

10-2> Big Otter Creek @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~original Country

10> The Wilderness; guests Belly @ Lost And Found, 577 King St. W. ~Hip Hop


7-10> The Palominos @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Roots-Rock; 0$

7> Swings; C Jamm; Giriboy; Ossun Gum; Blacknut; Honeychain; Genius Nochang; Goretexx; Bill Staxx @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~Korean Hip Hop; $

7> DECA general meeting & party with musical accompaniment by Taki Bui @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; $0

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

8:30-10:30> Pressgang Mutiny @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~sea shanties

*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.

9-2> Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~Tom Waits tribute; 0$

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


*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


7> Matt Newton Quartet with Ted Crosby @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

7> Boiler Room Ensemble @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~improvisational; $0

7-9> Musician Mondays “Help Get Your Music on Radio” with Demetrius Nath @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~discussion; $0

7-10> Tim Hamel Trio & guest @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

8> Bill Heffernan; The Beat Club feat. Lucas Stagg; Blackdog Ballroom @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~songwriters; $

7> Swings; C Jamm; Giriboy; Ossun Gum; Blacknut; Honeychain; Genius Nochang; Goretexx; Bill Staxx @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~Korean Hip Hop; $

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

*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> William Carn, Tara Davidson & Andrew Downing Quintet @ 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

9> Die Hexe & guest @ Dstrct, 10 Wyndham St S., Guelph ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $6

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


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

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


7:30> songwriters’ open mic (7pm sign up) with host Derek Christie @ Divan, 9218 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

8-11> open mic @ The Barrel, 2180 Steeles Ave. W., Vaughan

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

6:30>> Greensville Guitar Pickers jam @ Greensville Branch Library, 59 Kirby Ave., Hamilton

*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 Port Credit Review @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)

9> FIddlestix Duo @ 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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