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Everyone knows that anything to do with Amsterdam is likely to put a smile on your face, whether it’s the relaxed city with permissive mores itself (the original go-ahead-and-smoke-it and go-ahead-and-sell-yourself destination for North Americans and Europeans seeking a good time), the delightful line of beers from the local brewery or the music and food venue at 54 The Esplanade known as The Amsterdam Bicycle Club.
It should be the ideal location for a quirky songwriter with brilliant if sometimes embarrassingly cheeky yet also piercing insights and a gift for rhyme. And Jody Ferrer, who appears there tonight at 10 for a no-cover show with his band The Friendzone, fits that bill to a T.
As we’ve told you a few times, most recently earlier this year after release of his album, Nothing Sexy, Ferrer’s versatile musicality combined with those oh-so clever and fearless lyrics puts the alt back in alt-Pop. So much so that some venues have had an issue with even allowing him to play at their open mics —to their everlasting discredit.
One would hope that even with songs like “Hispsters Suck” in his repertoire —not to mention the eponymous “Stuck In The Friendzone” with its explicit references to masturbation and the pursuit of getting laid— this downtown club, which has been a big supporter of showcasing indie music acts, will be sophisticated enough to live up to the tolerant disposition of its namesake municipality and not only not cut short his gig, but celebrate and enjoy it the way we do.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Thursday, July 27, 2021
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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
12-1> Renee Yoxon for “Play The Parks Concerts” @ College Park (outside), 444 Yonge St. ~Jazz; $0
*5-9> open jam @ Steve’s Music, 415 Queen St. W.
6> Corin Raymond @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6> D.R.I.; Punch Drunk; Dragged In; Trashtards @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
6> Like Moths To A Flame; Throne To The Wolves; The Curse Within @ Hard Luck Bar, 812 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
6-8> Jessica Chaikowsky @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6:30> Kevin Quain @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~moody Blues; $
6:30> Jacqui Brown @ H Bar, 859 Queen St. W.
7> Zuze @ Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queen’s Quay W. ~Worldbeat (various international); 0$
7> Jessica Mitchell @ Roy Thomson Hall patio, TO Central, 60 Simcoe St. ~songwriter; 0$
*7:30-9:30> Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7:30> A’Mar Wharton-Matthew @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.
*7:30> Sarah Jordan & Matt G @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~acoustic Top 40
*8-12> Joe Bowden’s Nothin’ But The Blues @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues
8> Josh Garbe; Joseph Piilonen @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. ~songwriters; pwyc
8> Mr. Good Time @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8> Nate & Julia; Jordan Hart & Emily Schulz; Rachel Fawn @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $
8> PAIA recording release for ep; guests Patrick Sauve; Keeners @ Supermarket, 268 August Ave. ~indie; $
8> Overman; Cruel Bloom; PowerBomb; Nailbox; Damage Control @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $5
8:30> Samara York; Cygnus; Tasha & The Sweet Talkers; Sam Keshen @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $6
8:30-12> Rachel Fawn @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~songwriter
9> Chris Lord Ideal @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~original Blues
9> Alexa Samaras; Colin Fisher; Sandy Gordon; Phil Melanson @ Pamenar, 307 Augusta Ave.
9> Centraal; The Shivies; the Same; Blank Ego @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~indie; $
9> Brooke Blackburn @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Blues/R&B
*9-1> Blackburn @ Jo Mamas, 317 King St. W. ~Blues
9> Plaid On Flannel; The Silvers; Red Steps @ Stop, Drop & Roll, 300 College St. ~indie; $5
9> 40 Years After @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> Moonwalks; The Sulks; B17; Shallow Waves @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
*9:30> jam with host band The Regulators @ College St. Bar, 574 College St.
9:30> Vaughan Misener Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*9:45> Mary McKay @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
10> Texas Music Appreciation Club @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country
10-2> The Undercovers @ The Hideout, 423 College St.
10> Frank Ryan Band @ Nightowl, 647 College St.
10> Dan Pencer @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> Pretzel Logic @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Steely Dan tribute; $
10> Rennie B. Williams; Pursuit Grooves; The Kount @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~indie; $
*10:30> Mike Barnes @ Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W. ~acoustic Pop
416 – TORONTO EAST
7-9> Nichol Robertson @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$
7-11> Beaches Streetfest with many 31 acts outdoors along Queen Street East Woodbine to Beech Street
8> CJ Naumann; Jacqui Brown; Cameron Mackay @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; $0
8-12> open mic with Amber Durette & Gary Edward Allen @ Legends, 774 Danforth Ave.
*8:30-10:30> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Folk-Rock/Country
*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
8> Second Pass; Jeff Martin @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $
9> James Green Electric Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~~Blues-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> Frank Wilks & Dan Walek host open jam @ Tara Inn, 2365 Kingston Rd. ~acoustic Pop covers; 0$
8-12> jam night @ The Birchmount, 462 Birchmount Rd.
9:30> Fat Tony @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Steve Holt Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
7> Torquil Campbell; Ansley Simpson; Andy & Josh; Oh, Susanna; Andrew Cash; more @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic indie; 0$
*7:30-11:30> Marcus Walker Band @ The Station, 2457 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter
7:30> Alexandria @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. ~songwriter; $5
8-11> Honk n’ Pluck @ Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St. W. ~Country Jazz
*8> open mic @ Axis Gallery & Grill, 3048 Dundas St. W.
**8> The Soul Maître D’s with guest @ The Archtop Café, 2312 Bloor St. W. ~acoustic Pop
8> SongStudio student showcase @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic; 0$
8:30> Ten Sleep; How Far To Mexico; The Accents @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $10
*9-12> open mic night with Anthony Abbatangeli @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.
9> Lynn Moffatt Band; Jim Dan Dee; Pigeon Lady @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $5
*9> open mic with Phil Hood @ The Roncy, 390 Roncesvalles Ave.
9> Sisters Euclid @ 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~Country/Jazz/Rock fusion; $10
*9-1:30> open stage with Jay Pennell @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair West ~eclectic
9-12> Root Down Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~~Roots-Rock
9> Tange; Gold Pony; Wine Lips; Bueller; Crazy Bones @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie; $7
9> Smudgie @ Orchard Bar, 1174 Bloor St. W.
9> Los Caballeros Del Son @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Latin
9:30> The Reposadists Quartet @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz
10> The Mean; Catholic Wilt; George Westerholm @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $
10> Oh Geronimo; Sam Cash and Greg Mashinter @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $
11> The Digs @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. ~groove Rock; 0$
6:30> open jam night @ Grand River Brewing, 295 Ainslie St., Cambridge
*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> Marg Catherine @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo ~Blues
*8-11> open mic with Sandy MacDonald @ Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fischer Hallman Rd., Kitchener
*8:30> acoustic jam hosted by Mike Meacher & Vic Freitas @ 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> jam with Miss Jaye Baxter Band @ Black Wolf Smokehouse, 139 Broadway Ave., Orangeville
9:30> Counting Down The Hours @ The Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country
*9:30> Paul Mallard @ The Black Badger, 55 Water St., Cambridge ~acoustic
9:30> Galley West @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country
*10-2> Mike Something @ Royal Electric, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop
3-6> Rock Camp For Girls youth social @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough
**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
7:30> Peterborough Poetry Slam with Wes Ryan @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~spoken word; $5-$10
*8> The Joe Huron Trio @ Sticky Fingers, 199 Essa Rd., Barrie ~Jazz/Blues
8> Elvis Festibal @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood
*9> jam with Ted Rusk @ The Sauble Dunes, 11 Southampton Parkway, Sauble Beach
9> Marlaena Moore; Crystal Eyes; Courtney Dubois; Jesse Foster @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $7/pwyc
9:30> Sean Conway @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
*5-8> Nelson Denis @ Frank’s Pasta, 42 King Street E., Cobourg ~eclectic mix (Folk, Jazz, soft Rock, Latin)
*6-10> Sticks & Tones @ Fionn MacCool’s Oshawa, 214 Ritson Rd., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
7> Blues jam @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
7> Wicklow @ The Mill Restaurant, 990 Ontario St., Cobourg
8-11> Ray Robinson @ Rum Diaries, 368 Bayly St. W., Ajax ~soft groove Pop/R&B
*8-11> open mic night @ George & Orange Taproom, 67 Orange St., Cobourg
*?> jam with Darren Smith & Shayne Thomas @ The Corner Pocket, 45 Prince St., Oshawa
*9> jam @ The Wee Pub, 371 Wilson Rd. South, Oshawa
*9-2> open mic with Rich With Sin @ Gravity Lounge, 45 Prince St., Oshawa
9> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~acoustic Pop covers & originals duo
*9:30> jam with Billick @ Harp & Crown, 300 Kingston Rd., Pickering
9:30> Doubleshot @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax ~Blues/R&B
*10> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ St. Louis Ajax, 11 Harwood Ave., Ajax
*6-8> Ben Hannah @ The Cellar, 78 Main St. S., Georgetown ~Jazz guitar; 0$
*6:30-10:30> jam with Faces for Radio @ Coasters, 55 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton
7> Norma & Jerry Duet @ 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 & fundraiser for B.C. forest fires relief efforts 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
12-1> Chris Chambers @ Gore Park, King St. E. at John St. S., Hamilton
6:30> Harrison Kennedy @ Mississippi Queen Foods, 636 King St. E., Hamilton ~original Blues; $
7:30> Great Canadian Duelling Pianos @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster
8> Carolyna Lovely and Her Big Shiny Friends @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $
8:30> Chris Chambers @ Lou Dawg’s Hamilton, 116 George St., 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> The Pistolettes @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton ~fem Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock band
10:30> Chris Caddell and Friends @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton ~Blues-Rock
4:30> Adam Cooke @ SB Prime, 380 Brant St., Burlington
6> Adam Ostrosser & Annette Haas @ Ye Old Squire Burlington, 3537 Fairview St., Burlington ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
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
8-12> Mike Stevenson & Friends @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8> Tom Barlow, Victoria Yeh & Chris McNeill Trio @ 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> Celtic Night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line
9> Shjanne Glover & Friends @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~$5
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
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