Well-grounded, sure-footed talents staging inspiring birthday shows | TorontoMoon.ca 180106Sa | Shows for Saturday, January 06, 2018

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Born of a Capricorn mother, whose birthday would have been in nine days were she still on this side of the mortal plane, I am hugely appreciative of many of the fine qualities of those who entered the world under the sign of The Goat.

Tenaciously determined, sensible, and grounded in reality but with a lofty view of things, folks from this Zodiacal sign, according to astrological lore, share other positive characteristics such as being helpful and loyal.  All of which traits are found in abundance in three artists of very different styles all celebrating birthdays with shows tonight.

Glen Hornblast is a Folk songwriter with a strong thread of Country running through his endearingly elemental and soulful songs with simple but substantial lyrics.  Julian Taylor can perform acoustically but has become hailed across the nation for his upbeat, driving and catchy dance-Pop/Funk/R&B tunes with just a frisson of Reggae.  And Al Reilly is a dyed-in-the-wool classic Rock covers artist who also writes but is best known for his takes on iconic bands such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones et al with his Al Reilly’s Catalyst band.

All are highly regarded within their circles and have a reliable following of fans, achieved after years of building a base and moving step-by-step up the hill towards the top. Moreover, they’ve done so in part not just by insisting on and executing performance excellence from themselves and their band members or accompanists, they’ve also each been stalwart members of their respective musical communities, organizing multi-artist shows or getting out to support other peoples’ gigs on a consistent basis for a decade or more.

Hornblast, who celebrates this afternoon 5-8 at Gate 403 on Roncesvalles Ave. with frequent accompanist and a Roots-Pop songwriter/covers solo and duos artist with a rising profile of his own, Mark Yan, has put on many showcases through his monthly Nashville Bound series, often for good causes, and has also done videography for other artists as well as supporting a variety of open stages.  In addition to sets by the two headliners, specials guests/backing artists will include Al Soberman, Bob Cohen, Linda Saslove and The McDales.

Taylor, who has also had his own record company, created and, until recently, for ten years curated the weekly Riverboat Mondays open stage at Dora Keogh as well as numerous showcase events over the years promoting other artists there, and is also a frequent face in the crowd at east TO live music shows.  Naturally he’ll celebrate turning 40 yesterday tonight at Dora, at 141 Danforth Ave., with a no-cover 9-12 show that’s bound to include guests.

Reilly, who turns 61 today, is a ubiquitous presence in the audience supporting fellow artists at their Rock shows across the GTA along with life partner Brenda Elaine, often travelling to Durham Region, his hometown of Brampton in Peel or to Etobicoke (where of course for the past 28 months he also hosts a weekly Monday jam at The Rockpile).  Also an occasional participant at karaoke shows, he held one bash celebrating his “Sexy One” birthday with his Catalyst band in Scarborough last night, as we told you yesterday, and tonight takes his band out east to the new Drums N Flats at 60 Randall Drive, Ajax for another “Sexy One” party.  I’d expect some guests here as well, since Al is always generous with his stage when fellow artists are in the room.

It’s hard not to reflect, as these fine artists all begin another voyage around the sun, on the fact that we lost so many talents last year, most of them also very fine people, as well as some dear supporters and builders of the scene.  It serves to remind us that no matter the weather, we need to support one another while we can, since we never know whose number will be up next.  The turning of another page by tonight’s celebrants perhaps helps us realize that we’ve got to party while we’re still hearty!

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca therealgary17@gmail.com

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8pm-12> BLUZ-FM with Danny Marks @ JAZZ.FM91


*12-3> The Sinners Choir @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

Gladstone open stage NEW12:30-3:30> “Words & Music Salon” with Linda Stitt & Lucky Mike & guests Glen Gary, Brenda Clews, Sam Sundar-Singh, John Charles Daly & Charlene Jones @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~music & spoken word

1-5> Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show with host Brian Gladstone @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~Roots open stage; $0

3> The Hot Five Jazzmakers @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~traditional Jazz; $5

3-6> Kelly Jefferson Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St. ~Jazz

3-5> Fergus Hambleton @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

3:30> Neon Eagle @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*4:40-7:30> The Happy Pals @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz

6-8> Emma Cava & Ross Macintyre @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6-8> Rattlesnake Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly

7:30> Abigail Lapell @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

7:30> Justin Bacchus @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

7:30> China Broadcasting Film Orchestra @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. ~movie soundtracks with silent visuals; $

8> Erik Bleich & Cassie Norton live recording show @ Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. ~original alt-Roots; $10

8> Phantom Atlantic; The Fame; Slamboni; The Slivers; The Dead Projectionists @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $10

8> Aidan Funston @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

8:30> Shootr; 9 Lives and Counting; Wild Ambition; Sang-Freud @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $7

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

9> Crush Luther; Wasting Time; Bad Western @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~indie; $10

9> Atomic Tomb; Adaptive Reaction; Arson; Left By Snakes @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

9> Call Me Moon; The Wrong Brothers; CityWide Panic @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~indie; $

9> Big In Japan @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Caroline Colantonio & The Thunder Moons @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

9> Andrea Pellegrini Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

9-1> Scott & Julian @ Shangri-La Hotel, 188 University Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9-1> Five and Tens @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

9-12> Chris Birkett and Friends @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~songwriter; $10-20/pwyc

9:30> Mandi Galer Duo with Paige Armstrong @ Scruffy Murphy’s, 180 Eglinton Ave. E. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9:30> Pacifiers @ Originals, 1660 Bayview Ave. ~cover Rock/Pop

9:30> Boids; School Damage; Reminder; Flight 97 @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~Punk/Thrash; $

9:30> VON; Gyles @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $10

9:45> Ted Warren & Jason Raso @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*9:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $

10> Signe Miranda; Eric Sorenson @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~acoustic Pop originals & covers

10> The Del Fis @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country

10-2> Covered In Paint @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

10> Blackburn Brothers @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Blues/R&B; $

10> Thirsty Curses; Bobby’s Fever; 90 Proof Therapist @ The Dance Cave, 529 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $

10> Chicken & Waffles @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., W. ~Pop Rock

11> Soul Disciplez @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~Funk/R&B/Soul


*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E. ~R&B

4-7> The Silver Corderos @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.

6-8> Thelonious Hank @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Country

7-9> Neil Little and The Chrome Hearts @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.  ~$0

7> August Burns Band; Born of Osiris; Erra; Ocean Groove @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7:30-10> Carmen Toth @ The Beach House, 1953 Queen St. E. ~songwriter; $0

9-11> Fox Trail @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave.

9-12> Julian Taylor’s 40th birthday party @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.

9-12> Mike Danckert & Paul Martin @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals; $0

9-11> Melanie Peterson @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~songwriter

9:30-11:30> Baked Wave & the Dreamy Cove @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~80s Rock/Top 40 covers; $0

9:30> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~original Roots-Rock

10:30> Skip Tracer @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 ONeill Rd. ~Pop Rock


Southside 180102*3-6> The Roulettes & guests @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St. ~R&B/Blues

**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Danny Fisher @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Rock-R&B; 0$

*4-8> The Meteors with guest Peter Graham Mifsud @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Browns Line ~Blues/Rock/R&B

7:30> Sam Broverman Trio @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; minimum table charge

9> Dan McVeigh @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Pop Rock

9> RePop! @ The Irish Shebeen, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9:30> Kickback @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Browns Line ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $

10-2> Tipping Point @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Rock/Top 40; 0$


*9> jam with Tommy Rocker & The West Hill Rockers @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd.

9-1> Root Down Trio @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd. ~Roots-Rock; $0

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

9:30> Nightshift Band @ Bistro Manila, 4465 Sheppard Ave. E. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

10> RockHard Classics @ The Newfoundlander, 472 Danforth Rd. ~classic Rock


*Noon-3> Danny Marks @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Blues/Jazz

2-4> North Atlantic Drift @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~traditional Irish/Cape Breton

?2-5> Yor Junction Open Mic with host Jennifer Brodie-Brown @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W.

4-6> Dana Spiros and Bryce Jardine @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.

**5-8> Glen Hornblast & Mark Yan for Glen’s birthday party with guests Al Soberman, Bob Cohen, Linda Saslove and The McDales @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~ Roots/Country/Pop; $0

5-8> Kylie Precipia @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Roots; $

7-9> Po’Boy Jeffreys @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~Roots-Rock

8> Edward Sayers Band @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. ~Roots-Rock

8:30> Jerelle & Beware @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~contemporary original; $

8:30> Em Patrick; Alex Legget; Joe Kelly @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $

9-1> Wayne Neon & The Amazing Tubular Orchestra; Axes of Evil opens @ Bloor Bar Café, 105 Bloor St. W. ~Rock/Top 40/Blues covers

9> Social Strife; True North; Keelie; Forsaken Empire; Bien Agiter @ Ciros Restaurant, TO West, 1316 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $10

9-1> Tin Pan Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock

9> Good Enough Band @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~live band karaoke

9> The Nude Dogs; Thrifty Kids; Gold Pony; Triples; Fade Awaays; more @ Smiling Buddha stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie; $

9-1> The Hellbent Rockers @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W.  ~Rockabilly; $?

9> Diamond Jones @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.  ~Honkytonk

9:30> The Blues Miners feat. Dave McManus & George Baumann @ The Cat, 3513 Dundas St. W. ~Blues-Rock

9:30> Thelonious Hank @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Country; $

10:30> Conjunto Lacula @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Salsa; $15


2> Matt Weidinger @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

3-5> Saturdae Jonez @ EBar, 41 Quebec St., Guelph

3:30-7> acoustic jam @ Galt Legion Branch 121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge

8-10> Chris Coole @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~tribute to old-time banjo legends

8> Cameron & MacNeill @ Ernie’s Roadhouse, 7 Queen St. W., Cambridge

8:30> Mark Kelso & The Jazz Exiles @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $

9> Street Pharmacy; Revive The Rose @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $10

9> The O’Deadly’s @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinurgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Roots-Rock

9> Digawolf @ Van Gogh’s Ear, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

9> tribute to Tenacious D @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

9> 3rd anniversary bash with The Practically Hip @ Black Wolf Smokehouse, 139 Broadway Ave., Orangeville ~tribute to Tragically Hip

9:30> Counting Down The Hours @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country

10-2> Little Boxer @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~contemporary original; $


3-5> Lotus Wight @ Wild Blue Yonder Pub Elmhirst Resort, 1045 Settlers Lane, Keene ~Country Blues; $0

8> Smells Like Nirvana; Doll Parts; Footos @ Foxx Lounge, 16 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

8-11> Black Suit Devil @ Barnstormer Brewing, 384 Yonge St., Barrie ~original Blues; $

8-10> Rob Phillips @ Publican House, 300 Charlotte St., Peterborough ~Jazz

8-11:45> Coming of Age @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~classic Rock

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

8:30> Nate Douglas @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9:30> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~60s melodic dance Pop-Rock

10> Tara Brox and the Revellers @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie

10> Sue Newberry; James Burrows @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

2-5> Straight Shooter @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*3-6> acoustic open mic/jam with hosts Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

*3-7> open mic with hosts The Turtle Boys @ Lion & Unicorn, 965 Dundas St. W., Whitby

3-5> Bruce Longman & The Quartette @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

8-12> The Two Fours @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers

8> Tyler Cochrane @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg

*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax

9> Jesse Slack @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9:30> Hammer of The Gods @ West Shore, 877 Bayly St., Pickering ~Blues-Rock/classic Rock

9:30> Nuthin’ Fancy @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock

10-2> Al Reilly’s Catalyst for Al’s “Sexy One Birthday” bash @ Drums N Flats Ajax, 60 Randall Drive, Ajax

10-2> Straight Shooter @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~Rock/Top 40 covers


8> Josh Gordon Band @ Father’s Moustache Grill, 15570 Yonge St., Aurora ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals~Blues/R&B

8> The Chicago Project featuring Alan Glennie on guitar @ Market Brewing Company, 1775 Leslie St., Newmarket ~tribute to Chicago

*9:30> open mic with host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ Richmond Bar & Grill, 10165 Yonge St., Richmond Hill


*3-7> open jam with Faces for Radio @ CC’s/Kennedy Court, 3 Stafford Dr., Brampton

8> The Chair (recording release for ep); more @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~indie; $10

8> Brickhouse Trio @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St., Georgetown  ~Jazz

8:30-12> Mickey Doyle @ New Barber Towne Pub, 360 Guelph Street, Georgetown ~looping Top 40

9-1> The Mixx @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Dave Murphy Band @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Funk


*1> East Coast kitchen party with James Ferris @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Roots-Rock

*2> The Brakemen Brunch @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~originals & cover Rock/R&B; $5

**2> Brant Parker Band with guest @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~Blues

**2:30> Blues Matinée with The Coachmen (Colin Lapsey, Dave King, Chris Wheeler, Ian Andrews) @ Coach & Lantern (upstairs), 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues

*6> Henry Strong Duo @ Cavallo Nero, 370 Wilson St. E., Ancaster ~Jazz

7:30> Belmont; Nighwell; Parkside ~indie; $@ @ Doors, 56 Hess St. S., Hamilton

8> Scurvy Dog @ Old Powerhouse, Hamilton/Stoney Creek, 21 Jones St.

8:30> The Good Depression and The Author @ Club Absinthe, 38 King William St., Hamilton ~original Rock/Pop; $15

9> 20 Flight Rockers @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> Thee Empty Hour @ Augusta House, 17 Augusta St., Hamilton

9> Idioteque @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~tribute to Radiohead; $11.30

9> Retro Party Groove @ Innsville, 1141 Highway 8, Hamilton/Stoney Creek

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

9:30> Stone Blue @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton ~Blues-Rock

10> Ginger St. James @ Lou Dawgs Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly

905 WEST

**2-6> Sil Simone Band with special guest Kim Doolittle @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Blues

**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guests Soul Patrol horn section @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas Street, Burlington

* 2:30-6:30> open jam with Martin Rouleau with backline provided @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit

4-8> Terry Rawlinko @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit

7> Sarah Mills @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

8> Pepper Shakers @ RCL #551 Waterdown, 79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown

8-12> Mike Stevenson, Mary O’Malley, Paul Dickson @ @ The Slye Fox, 4057 New St., Burlington ~Roots-Rock

9-1> Kat House featuring Kat Lovett @ Caven’s Alley, 585 Lakeshore Rd East, Mississauga ~Rock/Blues/Pop covers

9> Stone Monkeys @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~classic Rock; $10

9> Killin Time Band @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop Rock

9> Hot Buttered Soul @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> Peter Lafferty @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

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

9:30> Classic Rock Live @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~classic Rock

10-2> Groove Marmalade @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40; $

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

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


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