Tommy helps to make Scarborough music scene less pathetic | TorontoMoon.ca 170310Fr | Shows for Fri. March 10, 2017

Tommy Rocker -GARY 17

Tommy Rocker -GARY 17

UPDATE at Fri. March 10, 9:30pm: As if to prove the point being emphasized in this article, the club mentioned in it, at which Tommy Rocker’s Band was scheduled to play tonight, decided last night to cancel the gig in favour of bringing them in next Friday for St. Patrick’s Day.  So, as Tommy only discovered today, the gig is off.  Like they just realized yesterday that next week is March 17?  Pathetic is too kind of a description for a scene on which this is considered ok behaviour.  Talk about normalizing sociopathology!

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Frankly the Scarborough club scene these days is pathetic, in particular the complete lack of any promotion effort by most clubs that do feature live music.

Rooms like McGradie’s, Smiling Jack’s, Karla’s Roadhouse, Tara Inn, The Birchmount and others that normally have live bands on Friday nights either don’t have websites or even social media accounts or don’t bother to update them with live music listings if they do.

That’s not only a disservice to themselves and patrons who might want to see the groups they’ve booked in the expectation of drawing some bodies to the room, it’s also hugely disrespectful of the artists involved, who are expected to do all the promotion on top of working what amounts to a full day of labour for peanuts.

What is wrong with the knuckleheads who run these rooms?  Are they serious about being in the hospitality industry or is there another agenda at work?  Whatever the cause, they should be ashamed of themselves and patrons should tell them off about it..

Fortunately, some of the players at least do have their shit together enough to let people know when and where they’re appearing.  Al Reilly and his Catalyst band are always on top of their game, for example, and so is Tommy Rocker, who tonight brings his Classic Rock Show into West Hill Pizza, a room at 4379 Kingston Rd. where, a little bird tells us, he’ll be likely spending a lot more time in the near future.

We’ll look forward to telling you more about that soon!

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Friday, March 10, 2017

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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

*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*5-8> The Fellas @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. ~Pop Rock

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

*5:30> Jazz Generation; Melissa Smeets @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~Jazz

6> Kyp Harness Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter; pwyc

6-8> Howard Willett & Denis Leslie @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Blues; $10-20/pwyc

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

7> The Kindred @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ~indie

7> Blue Whale Story party @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park ~improvisational

7> Shawn Laurie and the Heartfelt Strangers @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.

7-8> Faith Amour, Linda Carone & Friends @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

7:30> Emergency Musical Services; Blunt Object @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~ensemble Jazz 161110-support-the-moon

7:30> Ryerson’s Battle of The Bands with 6 acts @ Hard Rock Café, 279 Yonge St.; $5

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

8> The Burn Ins; Mad Machines; Castro Radio @ Libertarian House, 235 Queen St. E. ~indie; $

8> Power Trip; Iron Reagan @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8> Gerard Popma with Skeets Mesquita @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. ~Pop Rock

8:30> The Red Nose Cabaret @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W.

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

8:30> Dance with the Dead; Squid Lid; Glass Apple Bonzai @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $

9> The Seams (recording release); Ice Cream; Kiwi Jr @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~~indie; $10

9> Phil & John @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~acoustic Rock/Top 40; 0$

9> Say Yes; Rye and Silence; Veil Unknown; Lawless Sons @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

9> Behind Blind Eyes; New Design; Silus; The Colour Green @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W.~~indie; pwyc

9> Bloodshot Bill; CATL; Pink Acid Wash; The Dropups @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave. ~indie; $

9> Rusty @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $17.50

9> Strictly Sabbath @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~tribute to Black Sabbath/Ozzie

9> Oddones; The Parallax; Hoshi Furu; Kozen @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W. ~Metal/Punk; $

9-11:30> Stevie Ross @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Blue Mambo Swing; $

9:30> Frank Slide @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

9:30> Krosst Out ep release with guests Napz Meka; Prezent; Melotika; Scratch Nasty @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $15

9:30> The Dawgs @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Rd. ~Rock/Top 40; $

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

9:30> Jeremiah Taylor @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~songwriter

9:45> Mark Eisenman Quintet @ 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> Shawn Brady @ Hemingways, 142 Cumberland St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; ; 0$

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.~Blues/R&B

10> Spacecraft 7 @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

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

10:30> Chloe Watkinson & Park Eddy @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

11> Claude Kent @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

416 – TORONTO EAST

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

7-9> Thelonious Hank @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Country; 0$

7> Dinosaur Jr. @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

8-11> Don Naduriak with E= @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~original Jazz/Latin Jazz ~pwyc

8> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ Rally Sports Bar, 1660 O’Connor Drive ~melodic 60s Pop Rock; 0$

9> Trish O’Brien Band @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. ~Rock/Top 40

9> Beige Shelter album release for Rumours We Make, Paths We Take @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~indie; $

9:30> High Court County featuring Arie Papernick @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Country; 0$

9:30> The Mark T Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~Grateful Dead style jam band; $5

10:30> Chicken & Waffles @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock

Southside 170308416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE

7:30> Vaughan Misener Trio @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; min table charge

8> James Green & Frank Cosentino Duo @ The Archtop Café, 2312 Bloor St. W. ~Blues

9> North of 49 @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9> Oakland Stroke @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Tower of Power tribute; $15

10-2> Gator James Band @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~classic Rock; 0$

10> Bad Hair Day @ Schuey’s, 1130 Martin Grove Rd. ~80s Hair Metal tribute

10> Southbound Soul @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St. ~Pop Rock

416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH

8> Irene Torres Duo @ Aioli Bistro, 2446 Kingston Rd. ~Blues/R&B; $

9:30> Tommy Rocker Band @ West Hill Pizza, 4379 Kingston Rd. ~Rock/Top 40; 0$

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

416 – TORONTO WEST

5-7> Great Village @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time

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

7-9> Paul Reddick @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Blues/R&B; $

7> J Adverb @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.

7:30> Tyler Schewende Duo @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St. ~Pop Rock

7:30> Evaristo Machado @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; 0$

8> JLK & The Assassins; Nyssa; Komodo; Sigi @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $

8:30> Slow Pitch Sound recording release for Thk Skn @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $10

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

9> Staycation; Thing From Outer Space; B.B. Deville @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

9> The Ferns; Tiptoes; Snug; Krak @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $

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

9> Kayko @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W.

9> Michelle Rumball @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Blues/R&B

9:30> Roots & Branches @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Rootsy Blues

9:30> Hot Cakes @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St. ~Blues/R&B

9:30> SCF; Dayfoot; Jailbirds @ Smiling Buddha (lower), 961 College St. ~indie; $

9:30> Reposadists @ Reposado, 135 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz

10-2> Shane Murphy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Country; $10

10> Marta Elena; Salsa Star @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Cuban Salsa; $15

10> Jay Pollock @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~songwriter

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6:30> Drew Chester @ The Village Well, 19 Queen St. E., Cambridge

7-11> Dave Menard @ The Rabbid Fox, 56 Beech Ave., Cambridge

7> Ricky Mullen @ Ernie’s Roadhouse, 7 Queen St. W., Cambridge

7:30> Mary Yan & Barry Mulcahy @ Edge Wine Bar (Headwaters Racquet Club), 205467 County Rd. #109, Orangeville ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$

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

8> Bernie Senensky Quintet @ Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St., Kitchener ~tribute to Mo Koffman; $30

8:30-11> Gillian Nicola @ Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas St., Guelph ~songwriter

8:30> Corey Heuvel @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop

8:30> Dave Wiffen @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $16

8:30> Mike Rowland @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop

9> Lotus Wight @ Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~Roots songwriter; $10

9-1> Seducing Medusa; Go To Whitecastle; Feels Like Home @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $8

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

9> Sandy MacDonald @ The Duke & Duchess, 900 Jamieson Parkway, Cambridge ~Roots-Rock

9> Soulstack @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Blues/Soul

9> Must Stash Hat @ Bobby O’Brien’s Kitchener, 125 King St. W., Kitchener ~indie

9> Delmar Junction @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford ~Funk/Blues

9:30> Brad James Band feat. Annette Haas @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S.m Kitchener ~Country

9:30> Jesse Pitcher @ The Tipsy Toad, 171 Broadway Ave., Orangeville

10> Sad Mickie @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge

10> James O’Brian Band @ Zander’s, 190 King George Rd., Brantford

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5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8-11:45> The Focklers @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Blues/R&B

8> Broken Foot; Beyond The Wall; A-Fos Cleopatrick; Sonorous @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie; $5

8:30> Dean James Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8:30> Winnie Brave @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~songwriter

9> Sputnik; Chris Culgin @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $

9:30> Scurvy Miners @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $

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

905 EAST

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

9> Steel City @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9> Dizzy; The Boombas; Laughed The Boy; Mavourmeen @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie; $

9> Jade Eagleson with Clayton Yates & Jimmy Bowskill @ Cat and Fiddle Cobourg, 38 Covert St., Cobourg ~Country

9:30> Tamin’ Thunder @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40/Dance

10-2> Big Bang @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40

10-2> Marty & The Mojos @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope

905 NORTH

8> Dawson’s Duo @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown

9> Beatle Brothers with Neil Chapman & Fergus Hambleton @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

9-12:30> D’Eve Archer @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~looping Jazz

9> Larry Melton @ Wild Wing Georgetown, 371 Mountainview Rd. S., Georgetown

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

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

9:30> Cab N Fever @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~Rock/Top 40; 0$

*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill

10> MINT featuring Anthony Cee on guitar @ CJ Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick ~~Rock/Top 40; 0$

10> Tony Paglia @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown ~Rock/Top 40

905 SOUTH

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

8> Mohawk College music course bands @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~indie; pwyc

8:30> Altobeelays video release @ Baltimore House, 43 King William St., Hamilton ~indie

8:30> SIANspeheric; Fresh Snow; Whoo-Szo @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $

9> The Abruptors; The Classy Wrecks; Storm & The Babymakers @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~Punk-Ska; $10

9:15> The Old Winos & guests Marty Hopkins & Dave Tufford @ The Old Winery Restaurant, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake

9:30> Red Decade @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $

9:30> Stringbenders @ The Gladstone Hamilton, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton ~Country/Rockabilly

9:30> Rise Agaion @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton

9:30> Madmen @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls

10> Greg Brisco Blues Review @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton ~Blues/R&B

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

905 WEST

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

*6-9> tba @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

8-11:30> James Clark Jones @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

8:30> Death Valley Daze with Wendell Ferguson @ Cavens Alley Bar, 585 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga ~Country

9> Mississippi Bends feat. Mary Simon; TC Folkpunk opens @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Americana; $10

9> Duelling Pianos @ Dymond’s Social Kitchen, 4155 Fairview St., Burlington

9> Skip Tracer @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> Killin’ Time Band Trio @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

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

9:30> 9 Lives and Counting @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Freedom Train @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Blues Cruise @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~~Blues/R&B

10-2> tba @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~

10> Groove Mamalade @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:15> Old Man Flannigan’s Ghost @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock

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

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