35 years of The Cameron House still isn’t enough | TorontoMoon.ca 161015Sa | Shows for Saturday, October 15, 2021

John Borra & Sam Ferrara, May 2016 -GARY 17

John Borra & Sam Ferrara, May 2016 -GARY 17


With popular local venues such as Not My Dog in Parkdale and The Hideout downtown being forced to close recently or in the near future for a variety of reasons, this evening’s celebration of the enduring appeal of The Cameron House stands out even more than it would normally.

The two-room venue at 408 Queen St. West, a block west of Spadina Ave., has a panoply of its regularly featured talents on the roster to commemorate its 35th birthday starting at 9 p.m.

In addition to featuring live music in both its front saloon-style lounge and rear stage-equipped room for as long as I can remember, the rental rooms above the bar have also been a refuge for musicians in need of affordable accommodation in an area that has seen rents skyrocket over the years.

The lineup for tonight’s extravaganza includes Sam Ferrara and John Borra, a Country-Roots/Rock pair that is at the heart of the club’s much deserved rep as a nurturing environment for original music.  (While each has their own band, they team up as a duo to appear weekly on Sundays at The Communist’s Daughter and once a month on a Saturday afternoon at tiny Sauce in east TO.

Other staples of the club’s current roster such as Devin Cuddy, Freeman Dre, David Celia, Patrick Brealey, Colonel Tom (of The American Pour), Jay Swinnerton and more are also to be featured and I’d expect Grier Coppins of Taxi Chain, who does a 6 p.m. show in the front room prior to the big do, will also stick around.  No doubt there will be a ton of special and surprise guests too.

While the club’s website is pretty good at listing upcoming acts it doesn’t include much in the way of ancillary info so I can’t say whether or not there will be a cover for tonight’s show.  But even if there is, tonight’s show will be well worth the price of admission.  And if whatever they collect helps ensure another five, ten, twenty or thirty-five years of this place, then it’s an investment you should be happy to make.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

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

2> Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show open stage with host Brian Gladstone @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO

2-6> Full Bore Blues @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO ~Blues

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

3> Jamzac @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

3-6> Barry Elmes Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz

3:30> Carnival of Souls @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

4> Sin City Boys featuring Kevin Jollimore @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~vintage Pop/original Rock

4-7> Milky Whites and the Buesmen album rlease @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~$

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

*5-8> Blues & Troubles @ Déjà vu Bar, 389 College St., TO ~Blues

6-8> Marla Lukofsky @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6> Grier Coppins @ The Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~songwriter

hubert-1610087-1> Feline Follies fundraiser for Trap Neuter Release feral cat service with Wayne Neon; Doom Tickler; The First Seed; Goth Girl; Honey Novick; Nude Dogs; Ero Guto; more @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E., TO

7-11> The Scott Rogers Revue with Often Running; Maggie & Mr. Rogers; more @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~songwriter

7> Bad Girls; Like A Motorcycle; The ’92 Blue Jays @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., TO ~indie

7> Laura Hubert Group featuring Peter Hill on keys @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~ Pop Jazz with punch; $

7:30> Claire Coupland @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

8-12 Mark Sepic @ Fairmont Royal York Hotel Library Bar, 100 Front St. W., TO

8> L CON vinyl release for Moon Milk with guests Ilsa Craig; James Irwin @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., TO

8-12> Piper Hayes ep release for Goodbye Mister Nice Guy @Touché Martini Bar, 669 College St., Toronto

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

9> Boom! @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock

8:30> Susie Grooves & Co.; Decibel Dogs; Mike Siskind Band for Bridges To Community Canada fundraiser @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd., TO North ~eclectic; $20

9> The Cameron House 35th Anniversary with Ferraro; Devin Cuddy; Freeman Dre; David Celia; Patrick Brealey; Colonel Tom; Jay Swinnerton; John Borra; more @ Cameron House (front & rear rooms), 408 Queen St. W., TO

8:30> Modus Factor album release @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W., TO ~original electro-ambient; $

9> Roger Kellaway Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $

9> Landon Walton @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO

9:30> Community Soul Project @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~R&B/Soul; $

9:30> 1 Row Back @ Originals, 1660 Bayview Ave., TO North ~cover Rock/Pop

9:30> Sensation @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10

9:45> Raoul and the Bigger Time @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Blues; $

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

10> Ride The Tiger @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul; $

10> Red Velvet @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock

10-2> McDonald Rush @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Blues

10> Alun Piggins @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~original Roots-Rock; pwyc

10> Shred Penner @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West, TO ~Pop Rock

10> Brady/Basset Unplugged featuring Shawn Brady @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~acoustic Pop


2-6> T.C. Folkpunk @ The Dylan Bar, 1276 Danforth Ave., TO East ~original Roots-Pop

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

4-7> Civil Wray with Jessica Stuart @ Sauce on the Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Pop/Jazz/Blues

4> Ken Whiteley with Anne Michael, David Sereda, Sandra Swannell, Tyler Wagler, Keira McArthur for “The Woods Are Burning: A Celebration of Tom Thomson” @ The Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayveiw Ave., TO East

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

7-9> Steve Raiken @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots songwriter; no cover

7> Bob Moses; Harrison Brome @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~$31.75-40.60

9-12> Lucas Stagg @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~songwriter; no cover

9> Foxtrail @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Sam Sundar-Singh & The Sultans of Singh @ Black Swan, 154 Dundas St., TO East ~Rock; $

9> Same Same But Different @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

9:30> Just Janis featuring Rick Anderson on keys; openers Al Reillys Catalyst @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Janis Joplin tribute; $10

9:30-11:30> Mr. Rick’s Rukusjuice @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots songwriter

10:30> Daniella Watters @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd., TO East ~Pop Rock


southside-161012*3-6> Donnie Meeker @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke South ~R&B/Pop

**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Tracey Gallant @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B; no cover

*4-8> The Meteors with guest Michael Danckert @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Blues/Rock/R&B

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

8> Johnny & The Gem Tones @ Old Mill Inn (Dining Room), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Rock ‘n’ Roll; minimum table charge

9> The Release @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock

9:30> The Mountain Lion Trappers @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $

10-2> Why Now? @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40; no cover

10> The Gormley Brothers @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~Pop Rock


9-1> Fraser Daley @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~Roots/Blues duo

9:30> Rock jam with Tommy Rocker Band @ Centro Pizza, 3406 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

*9:30-2> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Winners, 2181 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough

9:30> Bob Bash; Hog Town @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

10> The Starlite Band @ The Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth Rd., Scarborough ~vintage Rock


*noon-3> Julian Fauth solo @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

**2-5> Yor Magic Open Mic with host Brian Jantzi @ La Rev, 2848 Danforth Ave., TO West

4-7> Jocelyn Barth & The Red Rhythm @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W., TO West ~pwyc

**5-8> Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions with featured guests Chris Staig & The Marquee Players @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~ Roots/Country/Pop

5-8> David Meenan @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Irish

*5-8> Blues jam with Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~Blues

6:30> Salsotika @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Salsa; $15

6:30> Mark Fossen @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West  ~alt-Folk songwriter; $12

7:30> Sales @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., TO West ~indie; $13.50

8:30> Jane Bunnett & Maqueque album release for Oddara @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~songwriter; $32

9-1> Sweeet Derrick Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

9> Turkwaz; So Long Seven @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ethnic World; $15

9> The Hip Shakers @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~50s R&B

9:30> Jay Pennel @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~acoustic Pop

9:30> The Ones @ The Cat, 3153 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Jade Mya @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~original Country

9:30> The Morning Caesars @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St., TO West ~Pop Rock

10-2> Mama Motown & Her Bad Decisions @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Motown Blues; $


3-6> The Blazers feat. Pete Cohan & Josh Gordon @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford ~original Blues

4-8> The Feds @ The Norfolk Tavern, 200 Main St., Port Dover

8> The Weiss Blau Band @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~German drinking band

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

9> Beggars By Choice @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinurgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop

9:30> Ross Burant @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop

10:30> Circle of Fifths @ Norfolk Tavern, 200 Main St., Port Dover


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

8:30> Parkside Drive @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~Rock/Top 40

9-1> Paint album release for (disPLAY) with guests A Primitive Evolution @ Foxx Lounge, 15 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~indie Rock; $5

9> The Honeyrunners @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~original Pop

9> Wayne Kennedy & Friends @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough

9:30> Klasik @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

9:30> Justin Rutledge @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

10> Beats N’ Braids @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*4> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues

5-6> Mark Sepic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourgh ~songwriter/looping artist

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

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

9> Sanguine Glacialis; Lutharo; Experiment Specimen; more @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa ~indie; $10

9-1> Stevie Ray Vaughan Experience @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~SRV tribute

9-2> Brooklyn Doran album release for These Paper Wings with Rory Taillon & The Old Souls; Patrick Dorie; @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie; $6


6-10> Mark Yan & Barry Mulcahy @ Ray’s 3rd Generation Bistro, 1475 Queen St. W., Alton ~original & cover Pop; no cover

8-11> Deeply Faded; Talking In Our Sleep @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill ~Pop Rock

9-12> Soul Mates feat. Sue Martin @ Unionville Arms Pub, 189 Main St., Unionville ~Rock/Top 40

9> The Sweathogs @ Muddy Water Hotel, 25 Main St. W., Beeton ~Rock/Blues

9> Jazz band tba @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

9> Ship of Fools; Merloaded; Bad Luck; The Wet Bandits @ The Grey Goat, 74 Main St., Newmarket ~indie Rock; $5

9> Bill Nadeau @ Tipsy Cow, 6298 Main St., Stouffville ~Blues

9:30> The Doubts @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

9:30> Rock Off Cancer showcase @ Spot One, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~Rock; $10

9:30> Groove Marmalade @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock

10-2> Fifteen Stone @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~classic Rock; no cover

10> Crooked Zebras @ Village Inn, 2 Holland St. E., Bradford ~Rock


**2-4:30> Davidson, Dicresce & Nero host jam with guests @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

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

*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton

**2:30> special guest tba with The Mighty Duck Band @ The Golden Pheasant, 244 Ontario St., St. Catharines ~R&B/Blues

**2:30> Blues Matinée @ Coach & Lantern (upstairs), 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues

8> Scott Merritt; Jeff Bird @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~original Roots

8> Darlington Underground @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> Rick Taylor’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Masquerade Party with The Smooth Criminals; The Treblemen @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

9> The Merge @ The Gladstone Hamilton, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton ~classic Rock

9> Steve Sinnicks @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

**9> Niagara Rhythm Section & guests tba @ The Old Winery, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~R&B/Blues

9:30> Funkhaus @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~Funk/R&B

9:30> Blue Radio @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Blue Rodeo tribute

9:30> X Prime @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~Rock/Top 40

905 WEST

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

**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest Roly Platt @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues

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

4-8> Roger Trueman @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Elvis impersonator

7:30> Michael White & The White @ First United Church, 151 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Led Zeppelin tribute; $30

8-12> Cheryl Lescom @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Blues; $10

8> Collectif9 @ Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville ~9-piece string ensemble; $

8:30-12:30> Soul Funkshun feat. Dave Girdlestone on guitar @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Funk/R&B/Soul

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

9:30> The Phil & John Show @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~acoustic Pop duo

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

9:30> All Over Easy @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> Fleetwood Mania @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Fleetwood

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

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

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

10:15> LMT Connection @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~R&B/Funk power trio

10:30> Lo-Fi @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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