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It is very sad to me and in fact a source of great pain that people like hugely talented Country/Blues singer-songwriter Kim Doolittle —about whom I’ve been writing for 25 years and who releases her latest cd, Into The Blue, tonight— have opted not to support this publication since I switched from an ad-revenue based model to a subscriber-based one 9 years ago in the naïve belief that more artists actually appreciated the promotion I’ve done for them, as they so often used to claim when club ads paid the bills.
Although I’ve consequently basically lost touch with Kim I’ve stayed a fan of her music. I still rave about and play selections from her magnificent 1998 Country-Pop disc Natural Born Woman at events I host. The cover story I wrote calling the work “a polished gem” was actually the first to appear on our former to-nite.net website when it debuted with to-nite‘s issue #133 on November 18 of that year.
Like us, Kim has had her ups and downs in the intervening nearly 20 years between then and tonight’s release show at happily re-opened Hugh’s Room at 2261 Dundas St. West. She spent some time working on cruise ships, has moved house and home a couple of times at least, worked as a dog-walker and continued to at least occasionally make appearances as a special guest at various high-calibre musical events and headline a few shows herself.
During that time, also, two other fine Doolittle discs —Touch Wood in 2003 and a live recording in 2010— have been released and while I haven’t yet heard any of the tracks from her latest opus, I have little doubt that it’s another brilliant creation. Certainly even just the names of the artists who collaborated with her on Into The Blue —pre-eminently producer Ken Whiteley and also veteran all-star calibre players like Pat Carey, Tom Leighton, Victor Bateman, Rob Quail and Bucky Berger— would pretty much guarantee that at the very least the performances will resonate. And I’d be surprised if Doolittle has lost her prowess with lyric and melody —if anything this new work promises to be deeper and richer than what has led to it.
Cover for the 8:30 p.m. show is a very reasonable $22.50, though I’d assume for that price in this rather upscale room that copies of the album will be extra. I won’t be there —I’m already blue enough thinking about lack of support for this publication and its possible demise if things don’t change— but I’m sure you’ll be in for a fine show if you attend.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Thursday, June 08, 2017
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ONLINE / ON AIR
9-10am> “The Bill King Show” with host Bill King & guests @ CIUT 89.5 FM ~Blues/Jazz
Noon-2> Blues on Rock Radio UK with Carolyn Fe
8> Ken Wallis show with tracks and interviews @ www.bluesandrootsradio.com
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*5-8> Danny Blue @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~acoustic Pop
6> Corin Raymond @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6-8> Paul Lamarche @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~songwriter; $10-20/pwyc
6:30> Alex Coleman’s A/C Unit @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $$
7-10> Jessica Rose @ Bar Reyna, 158 Cumberland St. ~Jazz; $0
*7> open mic with Derek Mok @ Kensington Lodge, 21 Kensington Ave.
*7:30-9:30> Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7:30> “Franc’Open Mic” @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~French language open stage
*7:30> The Way Back @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8> Robin Dann; Rebecca Hennessy; Lucy Dhegrae; Lara Dodds-Eden @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~Classical/Jazz; $
*8-12> Joe Bowden @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues
8-12> Delta Will; Manners; Pet Heads @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~indie; $
8> Fast Romantics; Said The Whale @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $
8> The Avalanches @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $
8> The Ragged; King’s Limit; Havens; Maluna @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> Satanarchist; Hard Charger; F*acehawk; Black Tar @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
8> Driftglass; Slyde; Prismind @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
8:30> The Pick Brothers @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W.
8:30-12> Katie & Karen @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~Celtic Pop
9> Chris Lord Ideal @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~original Blues
9> Shayne; Erika Dacunha @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriters; $
9> Ebedoz @ Nocturne, 550 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
9> Derion Falana; Leila Dey; Jayd Ink; McCallaman; Vee; Osei The Native; EVLTN @ Supermarket, 268 August Ave. ~indie; $
9> The Naïve; Green Girl; Drone Wolf; Charlie McKittirck; Peter Campbell @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~indie; $5
9> Countless Numbers @ Hard Luck Bar, 812 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
9-11:30> Ori Dagan birthday show @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
*9-1> Blackburn @ Jo Mamas, 317 King St. W. ~Blues
9> Jim Dan Dee @ The Rose & Crown, 2335 Yonge St. ~solo acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Switchbeat @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
*9:30> jam with host band The Regulators @ College St. Bar, 574 College St.
9:30> Norman Marshall Villeneuve Sextet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*9:45> Mary McKay @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
10> Angie Hilts Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Roots-Rock
10-2> Morning Fame @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals
10> Girls In Front @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> Eat A Peach @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~tribute to Gregg Allman; $
10> Jessica Rozman @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
*10:30> Mike Barnes @ Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W. ~acoustic Pop
416 – TORONTO EAST
7-9> Chris Staig & The Marquee Players @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Roots-Rock; 0$
7> Franklin Ave. Swingtet @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz
7:30> Aunty Donna @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
7:30-12> open mic with Gary Edward Allen @ Legends, 774 Danforth Ave.
8-12> Bark @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive ~Blues-Rock
*8:30-10:30> Tim Bradford @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Folk-Rock/Country
9> Redsteps @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; $0
*9:30> open jam with host Kar Wong @ Sportsters, 1430 Danforth Ave.
*10-2> karaoke with Shane Taylor @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.
*10-1> open jam with host Michael Villamor @ Breakwall, 1910 Queen St. E.
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
9> Kimberley Wetmore Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock
9:30> Bryan Tyrell @ The Old Sod, 2936 Bloor St. W. ~Pop
*10-2> Skip Tracer @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. ~Rock/Pop
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
8-12> jam night @ The Birchmount, 462 Birchmount Rd.
9:30> Greg Wyard @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Robert Lee Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
6> Ed Cherry Trio @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; $
6> Ian Lefeuvre @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.
*6:30-9> Carl Bray & guest @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St. ~solo piano
7-9> Leeroy Stagger; Dan Taylor @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ; $
7> Jack de Keyzer @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~original Blues; $
8> Ruby Cikada; Valois; Antibliess; Drago Dit Dragon @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $
*8> open mic @ Axis Gallery & Grill, 3048 Dundas St. W.
8> Spacegirl; Empty Minds; Floating Doors @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
**8> The Soul Maître D’s with guest @ The Archtop Café, 2312 Bloor St. W. ~acoustic Pop
8:30> Kim Doolittle; guests Ken Whiteley, Rob Quail, Tom Leighton, more @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~songwriter recording release for Into The Blue; $22.50
8:30> Lulaworld Festival with Mercy Now; Paul Reddick; Quique Escamilla @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~original Blues; $
8:30> Yonge Guns Quartet; Beatsync @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz; $
9> Boss Tres @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Latin Jazz; pwyc
9> Horse Lords; Eyeballs; Retired; Tack @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
*9-12> open mic night with Anthony Abbatangeli @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.
*9> open mic with Phil Hood @ The Roncy, 390 Roncesvalles Ave.
*9-1:30> open stage with Jay Pennell @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair West ~eclectic
9-12> Kevin Laliberte Jazz & Flamenco Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz & Flamenco
9> Patio; Edgar Clinks; New You @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie; $
9> Andi; JonoJosh; Moonhead; Postmoderndisco @ Smiling Buddha Stage 2, 961 College St. ~indie; $
9> Swinging Pussycats @ Shameful Tiki Bar, 1378 Queen St. W.
9> Carver Baronda @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old time banjo
9:30> The Reposadists Quartet @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz
10> Practice; Killa Kels; Sammy Rawal; Revy B; Abscvnd; Laith @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W.
10> Left Lane Cruiser; CATL @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~original Roots-Rock; $
*7-11> Lucas Stagg @ Argyle Arms, 210 King St. E., Cambridge ~Roots-Rock
*7:30-12> open mic with K.M. Smith @ Molly Bloom’s Guelph, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
7:30-10> jam night @ RCL #126 Preston Legion, 334 Westminster Dr. N., Cambridge
8-11> Joni Nehrita @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~songwriter/protest singer
*8> Jazz/Blues jam @ Hep Cats, 42 Erb St. E., Waterloo
*8-11> open mic with Sandy MacDonald @ Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fischer Hallman Rd., Kitchener
*8:30> acoustic jam hosted by Simon Heras @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge
*8:30-12:30> acoustic jam with Dennis Napper & Joe Lopez @ Fiddle & Firkin, 707 King St. E., Cambridge
9-`1> Tyson & His Gameboy; Matt Moskal; Corridors @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $pwyc
9> jam with Jay Baxter Band @ Black Wolf Smokehouse, 139 Broadway Ave., Orangeville
9:30> The Dukes @ The Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country
*9:30> acoustic act nobody wants to name @ The Black Badger, 55 Water St., Cambridge ~acoustic
9:30> 8 Second Ride @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country
*10-2> Mike Something @ Royal Electric, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop
10> Happy Pappy @ The Duke, 33 Erb St., Waterloo
**7-11> Tamica Herod & The Harbour Street Band with guest @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Blues
*7:30> Rob Phillips Jazz/Blues Trio and Marsala Likianchuk @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*8> The Joe Huron Trio @ Sticky Fingers, 199 Essa Rd., Barrie ~Jazz/Blues
8> David Essig @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~original Roots; $
8> Honeymoon Phase @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood
*9> jam with Ted Rusk @ The Sauble Dunes, 11 Southampton Parkway, Sauble Beach
9-1> M&B Live @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie
9:30> Spencer Burton @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
*5-8> Nelson Denis @ Frank’s Pasta, 42 King Street E., Cobourg ~eclectic mix (Folk, Jazz, soft Rock, Latin)
*6-10> Sticks & Tones @ Fionn MacCool’s Oshawa, 214 Ritson Rd., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8-11> Mellow Dee & guest @ Rum Diaries, 368 Bayly St. W., Ajax ~soft groove Pop/R&B
*?> jam with Darren Smith & Shayne Thomas @ The Corner Pocket, 45 Prince St., Oshawa
*9> jam @ The Wee Pub, 371 Wilson Rd. South, Oshawa
9> Twin Rivals; Rats; DieHexe; Cigar Hurt Babies @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
*9-2> open mic with Rich With Sin @ Gravity Lounge, 45 Prince St., Oshawa
9:30> James Green Electric with Jerome Godboo @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax ~Blues-Rock
*9:30> jam with Billick @ Harp & Crown, 300 Kingston Rd., Pickering
*10> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ St. Louis Ajax, 11 Harwood Ave., Ajax
10> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~acoustic Pop covers & originals duo
*6:30-10:30> jam with Faces for Radio @ Coasters, 55 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton
7> Steve Royall @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*7:30-11:30> jam with house band @ 52nd St. Tap & Grill, 30 Kennedy Rd., S., Brampton
*8> open mic with host Kevin Kerr @ The Duchess of Markham, 53 Main St. N., Markham
*8-11> Jam with Jayme Lynn Reed @ Offsides Sports Bar, 200 Simcoe Ave., Keswick
9> open mic (signup starts at 8:30) @ The Barrel, 2180 Steeles Ave. W. Vaughan
*9> open mic with The Almost Cool Band @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown
9:30?> Willin and Able @ Aw Shucks, 15474 Yonge St., Aurora
*10:30> jam with Gary White & Friends @ Bryden’s, 270 Main St. E., Milton
8> Willie Rios @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~Bolivian charango player
8:30> Chris Chambers @ Lou Dawg’s Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton
*9> LMT Connection @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~R&B/Funk
9> Chris Altmann & The Mystic Fingers @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton
*9> jam with Hank & The Boys @ Tartan Toorie, 969 Fennell Ave. E., Hamilton
*9> open mic night with rotating hosts @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Ancaster
*9:30> Rock jam @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton
9:30> acoustic open stage with Daryl Gray @ The George Hamilton, 1115 Fennell Ave., Hamilton
10> Strummers Union @ The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta St., Hamilton
10> Riders Unplugged @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
4:30> Adam Cooke @ SB Prime, 380 Brant St., Burlington
*6-9> Ric Jacobs @ Ivy Bar, 3330 South Service Rd., Burlington
6:30> Rob Reed @ Cucci Ristorante, 119 Jones St., Bronte
*7> Fraser/Daley @ Anchor Bar Burlington, 2000 Appleby Line, Burlington ~original Rootsy Blues
7> Scott Whittington @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington
*7-10> Clarke County @ Montana’s BBQ Mississauga, 5031 Hurontario St., Mississauga ~Country
*7-11> James Anthony Band @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
?*7:30> Bluegrass jam @ RCL #551 Waterdown, 79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown
8> The Grady Brothers @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals
8> Kent MacMillan @ Bronte Sports Kitchen, 2544 Speers Rd., Oakville
*8-12> jam hosted by The Personics @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington
8-12> Mike Stevenson & friends @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington
*8> Celtic Night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line
9> Jay Semko @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~songwriter; $10
9-1> Freedom Train @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop
*9:30> jam with Jack B Nimble @ Abbey Road Pub, 3200 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga
9:30> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
*10:30> The Killin’ Time Duo @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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