Another dose of Marinol unlikely to pacify you | 200204Tu | Shows for Tuesday, February 04, 2022


‘Planning My Exit Strategy’ cover art


Tonight’s performance by Marinol Nation songwriter Eli Martin at Linsmore Tavern will probably be his last.

Because the Sarnia-based Hard Rock and Power Pop tunesmith is “Plannnig My Exit Strategy” he tells us on the title track of his fifth new album, officially being released March 7 but now available at the gig tonight.

Fortunately despite a personal history of struggles with serious medical conditions, as we told you four years ago in reviewing his third Field Of Dreams album, it appears that the “exit strategy” being referred to isn’t the one people employ for final planning.

Instead, happily, it turns out the engaging artist who defies categorization as fiercely as he’s defied the Grim Reaper since being diagnosed with a usually terminal illness several years ago, from which he made a full recovery, is relocating soon to Newfoundland.  So basically he’s planning an “Escape From Sarnia,” which, if they ever made into a horror movie of that idea, Eli has several tracks here and on previous discs that would make a perfect score.

Marinol Nation in duo mode for 2016 Linsmore set -GARY 17

The band’s name, btw, is exactly what you might think —Eli has been an enthusiastic promoter of marijuana since he was a young man, and credits it for his remarkable recovery several years ago now from a disease of the immune system.

I only had the chance to skim through the gigantic new release, which contains 22 tracks all in a similar vein to his previous material, which I also described in some detail two years ago upon release of his fourth Hell’s Ditch album.

The new release is a massive collection of tunes, though many are quite short, and spans the usual gamut of Pop through Thrash/Metal sensibilities, so there’s something at least here for everyone.  While there’s no tracks from this disc yet posted online, you can listen to several from his previous albums on the band’s Soundcloud page.

Although he had several other musicians featured on the album (Adam Miner, Nic Swales, Brenden E. Fraser, Dave Miner, Greg Wilson, T.J. Armstrong, Dave Grennan, and Tim Tanner) it’s not clear whether he’ll have accompaniment or be solo tonight.  For his several previous appearances as part of the club’s Indie Night Tuesday showcases he’s always had at least one or two fellow players on hand and I’d expect that to be the case again.

There’s no cover for tonight’s 3-act show on the impressive stage in the ancient room a few steps from Greenwood Station at 1298 Linsmore Cresc.  Eli will be preceded by versatile Popster Brian Gavreau and his 9 p.m. middle set will be followed by songwriter TC Folkpunk.

-By Gary 17,
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SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, February 04, 2022

Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.  For KEY to listings codes and schemata see note at end of shows list.

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3-7> Julian Taylor hosts @ 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto & ~eclectic music 25% indigenous, 35% CanCon

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

7-10> Bluesday On Tuesday @ CKUW 95.9 FM

*9-12> “Soul Nation” with Bill & Jesse King @ JAZZFM.91 ~Jazz/Soul outside the mainstream

10-11> “Howl” with hosts Nancy Bullis & Valentino Assenza on CIUT 89.5FM & online ~profiles of and interviews with poets and songwriters


416 – TORONTO CENTRAL -Broadview/Bayview to Ossington

5> Brian Abbott & Paul Newman @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~composers

6> Mike Boguski Trio @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

6:30-8:30> Marie Goudy & Jocelyn Barth @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $pwyc

6> Candice Sand @ Reign Bar in Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St. W. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

7> Iann Dior; Poorstacy @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Harry Bartlett’s Sweetland @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz quintet

*8> open mic night with Michael & Mark Villamor @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

8-10:30> Debi Botos @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

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

5> Dave Klassen & friends @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~composers

8:30> Figure Eights; Brick Moons; Aux; Katie Bulley @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~eclectic indie; $

*8:30-12:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

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

9> open mic with Sean Stoneham @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. 

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> Peripheral Vision; Mark Godfrey Quintet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz

10> Run With The Kittens @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~original Rock/Pop


416 - TORONTO EAST -Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park

*6-9> Julian Fauth & Friends @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano/acoustic Blues guests

7-10> Django Gypsy Jam featuring Abbey Sholzberg on bass @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~Gypsy Jazz; 0$

7> Machine Head; Burn My Eyes @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7-9> Choir session led by Melissa Lauren Hiltz @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave.

8-11> Brian Gauvreau; Marinol Nation featuring Eli Martin; TC Folkpunk @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie songwriters; 0$

*8> open jam with backup band @ 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



7-12 (signup starts at 6)> “Bluesday Tuesdays” Blues jam with host Rocco Novia and his Li’l Sun Novia band & full backline @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.

7:30-10:30> Gene DiNovi @ Old Mill (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~piano/vocal Pop/Jazz; minimum food/beverage order $20

7:30-11:30> Jazz jam with Caity Gyorgy @ The Wild Pigeon, 2977 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

8> Marshall Dane @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop/Country covers & originals



*7> weekly community singing group presented by Scarborough Bluffs Community Association open to all @ Birchmount Recreation Centre, 93 Birchmount Rd.; $0

*8:30-12:30> open jam with Russell Williams & band @ 3 Monkeys, 1585 Warden Ave.


416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke

7-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest guest @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$

*7-9> Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Country Rock; $

8> Aryss; Sleeping Bees; Lauren Mayer; Holly Clausius @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~songwriters; $10

8> open mic with Jay Pollock @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W.

8:30> Drummers In Exile @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W.  ~drum & dance circle

8:30> Jack Semple; Jenie Thai opens @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~songwriters; $30

9> Noah Franche-Nolan Trio @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz

9> Lady Pi Trio @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz Pop


519 EAST -Guelph & K-W and vicinity

6> Joe Lucchetta @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph ~~smooth piano Rock/Pop

*6> open mic @ The Ridge Social Eatery, 3215 Roseville Rd., Ayr

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

7> open mic with Eric & Andre @ Tavern On Grange, 259 Grange Rd., Guelph

*8-11> open jam with Billy Ol Skool @ Trappers Alley, 100 Carden St., Guelph

8> jam with John McKinley Band @ Lana’s Lounge, 220 King St. N., Waterloo

8-11:30> open mic with feature @ Heartwood Concert Hall, 939 2nd Ave., Owen Sound

8:30> open mic jam with Kent MacMillan & Enio @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

10> Hunter Sheridan @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

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



7> Dylan Ireland @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

7-10> Monis.Baer with Tanya Willis @ Trent Valley Lanes, 63 Front St. N., Campbellford ~Jazz

8-11> open jam night with Robby Gignac @ The Last Class, 1 Georgian Drive (Georgian College), Barrie

*8> open mic night with Davey Mac @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough


905 EAST -Pickering to Cobourg

6:30> Daucey; Young Family Band @ The Breezeway in Port Hope Lions Club, 29 Thomas St., Port Hope ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop

7> open mic with Breakthru @ Cork & Bean, 8 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*7-11> Wood Shed jam @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*7:30> Don Owen & Bruce Longman @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~tribute to The Beatles

8:30-12:30> open mic with Jason Cini or Cheryl Ireland @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> Ray Darren @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

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



*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 jam with backline & host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ London Pub, 9724 Yonge St., Richmond Hill


905 SOUTH -Hamilton & vicinity

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

7-9> open mic @ Culantro Peruvian Cookery, 537 Main St. E., Hamilton

8-11:30> Proof of Ghosts; Darryl Gould; Bell Hollow @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~eclectic indie; $

*8> open stage with Boom Babiez @ Ale House, 802 Upper Gage Ave., Hamilton

*8:30-12> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

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

8-11:30> Steve Strongman with Colin Lapsley & guest Dawn Tyler Watson @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St. E., Ancaster ~original Blues; $

*9:30> Treblecasters @ Cat N Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton


905 WEST -south Peel, Halton

6> Kenny V @ Piazza Bistro, 94 George St., Oakville ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

*6:30-10:30> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0

*7> Chris Ayries @ Max Resto Lounge, 102-2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington ~smooth Rock/Pop

*7> open mic with Steve Shelton @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~songwriters

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

*9> open mic night with hosts Jimmy Dee & Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

*9:30> open mic with Matt Zaddy @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga



Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchasers eg. students, members, seniors, etc.). /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

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