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Jace Traz @ Relish, 2016 -GARY 17

Jace Traz @ Relish, 2016 -GARY 17


Most often seen on the music scene behind a drum kit with other musicians (which is about the only time he’s at all constrained by norms or parameters), gifted artist, compelling songwriter and sartorial dandy Jace Traz is worth going out of your way to see perform when he takes the lead to play his originals.

You could do that tonight as a matter of fact and enjoy the bonus of also hearing alt-Pop songsmith (and Traz band-mate in The East End Love and often Sunday nights at Relish) David Macmichael (about whom we’ve written many times) along with Chelsea Reed as part of the weekly ABC Songwriters Circle showcase at Amsterdam Bicycle Club.

"Robot" art by Jace Traz

“Robot” -art by Jace Traz

Traz has a retro-80s Pop Rock musical style, penetratingly engaging lyrics and unusual, inventive and almost at times bizarre rhymings —“windows” with “wind blows,” “lotion” with “ocean,” “basket with “ask it,” “blanket” with “thank it” and “salads” with “ballads” in “Start To Cry” is as good an example as any.

Like that of his prize-winning art, the subject matter of his songs, as indicated in titles including “Cougars” (not the mountain cats), “Rape Van” and, along with ‘…Cry,’ another Traz crowd-fave, “Pistachio Girl,” is all over the map. But all of them have a catchy, dance-driving throb and his vocals are always compelling, if eerily so at times.

Jace Traz @ Relish in 2013 -GARY 17

Jace Traz @ Relish in 2013 -GARY 17

Jace’s stage costumes (and really, there’s no other way to describe how he dresses —even when not performing!) are equally often outrageous, sometimes reflecting a theme, other times apparently just spilling out of a creative mind seemingly out of control, like walking abstract art, and are always fascinatingly engaging to regard.

The three artists, along with host songwriter Robert Pelletier (aka Felix of Felix and the Cats) who I expect will also do a few tunes, will be arrayed in-the-round style on stage in the room at 54 Esplanade.

The 9-12 session will also, as we told you a few weeks ago, include conversations about their creative process and an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.  I have little doubt onlookers will have many of those after hearing a couple of Traz tunes!

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or

**7-8> “Songtalk Radio” songwriters interviews/chat with weekly guest @ CJRU 1280AM Toronto and online

7-9> “Unsung and On The Side” with Carolyn Fe on


*noon-3> Alex Radeff of Donkey solo @ True Love Café, 290 Dundas St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$

noon-1> Haven @ Canadian Opera Company, 227 Front St. E. ~Classical chamber music; $0

6-8> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz piano; 0$

6> Matt Weidinger @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

6-7:30> Leslie Huyler & Friends @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

6:30> Chris Platt Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano

7> 6BLACK; Sabrina Claudio  @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $

7> Kristy Hagerman; Eriksen opens @ Black Rock Coffee Bar, 677 Bloor St. W.

7> Turnover; Elvis Depressedly Emma Ruth Rundle @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Ornate Ornette @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.

7:46> open mic for singers, rappers & poets with host Breanna Chanelle @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.

8> “Uncovered: Dylan & Springsteen” @ Koerner Hall (Telus Centre), 273 Bloor St. W. ~tribute to Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen; $

8> Saint Motel @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $

8> Lenka Novosedikova & Sisa Suchankova @ Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. ~avant Classical touring Slovakian duo with various backing players; $10

8> Bishop Briggs @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St.

8-10:30> benefit Music Can Heal charity with Steve Koven; Ori Dagan; Bill Westcott; Ros Kindler @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $30

8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word

8> Hey Stella @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.  ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly

8> Trash’T ones; The Punching Nuns @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W.  ~Punk/Thrash; $

*8:30-12> “Open Mic for the Starving Artist” @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~with food for songs!

8:30> Ron Gallo; Naked Giants @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8:30-11:30> La-Nai Gabriel; Leah Canali; Aphrose; Claire Doyle @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $

9> ABC Songwriters Circle with host performer Robert Pelletier & guests in the round David Macmichael, Chelsea Reed, Jace Traz @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriters; $

9> Jo Snyder @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~songwriter

*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.

9:30> Irish night @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~traditional Irish Celtic tunes

9:30> Jazz jam hosted by Chris Gale @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $

10> open mic night @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

10> Nessly; Ant Beatle @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

10> Michael Davidson & guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz

10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.  ~Blues/R&B


*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano

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

*7> Jeff King/Ted Quinlan/Artie Roth/Greg Pilo four-piece @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~Jazz; $0

8> Urbana Piqua; Empty Case of Blue; Matt Bentley @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$

**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.

*8> open mic with host Fraz Milne @ The Beach House, 1953 Queen St. E.

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

*9-1> jam with Mike Sedgewick & The Blue Gurus @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E.

*9> open mic with host Asha Diaz @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave.

*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Folk Roots


*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul


10> Wayne Ferguson hosts jam & karaoke night @ West Hill Pizza, 4379 Kingston Rd.


Hubert 1711076-8> Trails; Blunt Chunks @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $

6-9> Sean Beresford & Big City Cough; David Celia opens @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.~songwriter

7-10> Celtic & Croon @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave.

8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Alison Young on sax @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$

8> Friendship; Little Kid; Poor You @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $

*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers

8> Re.verse @ Drake Commissary, 128 Sterling Ave.

8:30-10:30> Alex Mason @ Alchemy, TO West, 890 College St.

8:30> Arlene Bishop recording release for Together Tonight; Fraser Anderson open @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~songwriter; $30

8:30> Patten/Hernandez 7; Trevor Peverley Group @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~original Jazz; $12

9> Nela Gojevic; Mercy Flight; Queen & Kings @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc

9> open mic @ Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St. W.

9> Berman Billings Duo @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~psychedelic Folk Blues

9> Snotty Nose Rez Kids; Dio Ganhdih; See Monsters; T-Rhyme; more @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St.

9> Simeon Ross; MIP Power Trio; Voltzwagen @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $10


2-4> jam session at W.G. Johnson Centre, 31 Kribs St., Cambridge

6> open mic @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph

*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge

6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge

*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph

*7-11> Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Association holds Bluegrass jam @ Galt Legion RCL #121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge

*7-9> Juneyt @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge ~Flamenco guitarist

8> “The Story of Simon and Garfunkel” @ Centre In The Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener ~tribute to Simon and Garfunkel; $39.50

*8:30-11:30> open jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo

9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo


7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8> Walrus; Beef Boys; The Blather Quartet @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $5

*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*8:30-12:30> open mic with host Cheryl Stiles @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> Fumblin’ Tumbleweeds @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

*9-1> open acoustic jam @ The General, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

*10> open mic with Josh Beaven @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa


7-10 > open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ RCL 385, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., Aurora

7> open mic with Bernadette Connors @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill

*8-11> jam with Matthew Kane & The Brews Brothers @ The Crown, 9580 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*8:30-12:30> open mic @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*9> open mic with Manny D, Andy Earle & Dave Breckels @ Big Chris BBQ, 17380 Yonge St., Newmarket


7> songwriters open stage with Dave Pomfret @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton

*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic

*8:30> open stage with Wayne Petti @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country?

*9:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton

905 WEST

*8> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock

*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

*8> open mic night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington

8-12> David Leask @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~songwriter

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zadkovich @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga

9> open mic with Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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