Axis cancels Tuesday jam after complaints | 160503Tu | Shows for Tuesday, May 03, 2022

to-nite 349, July 7-20, 2005, Page 10 excerpt - ‘Derek Downham’s new Axis jam up and running Tuesday nights’


Two months shy of eleven years as a staple of the west-TO live music scene, the Tuesday night jam at Axis Gallery & Grill on Dundas St. West in the Junction area has been cancelled by the club, apparently due to conflicts between the hosting band and regular customers.

Derek Downham at Axis in 2005 -Gary 17

Started by Derek Downham on July 5 in 2005 [as reported in to-nite 349 —and as paid subscribers who are website members can read in our Vault section] the jam has been a crucible for up and coming performers not only from the area but from across the city. As previously reported, it’s where we first heard then Country Roots/now Blues songwriter Samantha Martin perform, along with many other talents large and small, enduring and ephemeral.

It appears that Downham hasn’t really been involved with running the jam for some time and that another group, The Northern Greys (which says it is moving the event as of next week) had been involved in a dispute with some regular customers about noise levels.

The club issued a statement on its Facebook page on April 28 that said:

The Northern Greys -facebook event page pic

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the offensive and unprofessional remarks made from The Jam Band about the people of The Junction. We appreciate and cherish our neighbours, regular customers and friends here at Axis. Without you we would not exist. We miss a lot of those regulars that would come in every Tuesday and fill the place but don’t anymore because of the noise level. We will no longer be hosting the Tuesday night jams. We have heard your complaints and want to respect your living area. We took these complaints to heart by requesting the band on Tuesday’s to no longer use the drums after 11pm and to turn the levels down. It was pointed out to us tonight on social media that they had made some very unprofessional comments towards the neighbours of the Junction because of these complaints. We do not support this kind of behaviour and would never speak this way of our neighbours and customers. We agree the noise levels were unbearable as per the note from the city. We hope to return Tuesday’s to the way they used to be. Stay tuned for the exciting upcoming events on Tuesday’s and hope to see those wonderful faces that we have been missing. Friday’s and Saturdays remain as a full band. Any band members that do not respect Axis and the customers that support them (which includes our neighbours) should not be playing in The Junction. Thank you friends and neighbours for all of your love and support.”

Stay tuned for info about forthcoming developments.

-Gary 17,

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416 – Toronto Central

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6> Jen Lane @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6-7:30> Miray @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~ indie; $10

6:30> Ethan Ardelli Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano

6> CMW with The Slow Night; lightcraft; The High Streets; Ménage; Fire Department Club; The Statistics; Frizzo; Matt Cooke @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO ~indie; $5/wb

7> Ivy James; Stronetrotter; Adam Hanney & Co.; MKAI @ The Central (2nd floor), 603 Markham St., TO

7-2> CMW: Coyote Black; Last Bullet; the Falling; Canvas; Playing To Vapors; Kyrk Dodds @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

7:30> Ali Berkok & special guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO

8> CMW: Annie Sumi; Milo McMahon; The Rising Few; Eddie Paul @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~indie; $/wb

8-9:30> Lazersuzan @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~ indie; $10

8> CMW: Matthew de Zoete; Edith Crash; Among Giants; Prateek Kuhad; Jake Morley  @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St., TO ~indie; $1-/wb

8:30> Nowhereman; Lily Zomar; Capital Response @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~songwriters; pwyc

8:30> Second Pass; Green Jellÿ @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St., TO ~indie Rock; $

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

9> Bob Mould Band; Fake Palms @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $29.50

9> CMW: Blue Cougars; Naken Wild; The New Resistant; Bear Culture @ Bovine Sex Club, 452 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $/wb

*9> Chris Caddell Blues Band @ Lou Dawgs, 598 King St. W., TO ~Blues

9:30> Lewis Waring Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

**9:30> Jazz jam hosted by Chris Gale @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $

*10> The Hit Pickers @ Cloak & Dagger, 294 College St., TO

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

10> Weatherstone @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~ indie; $10

416 – Toronto East

7-9> Django Gypsy Jam @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Django Reinhardt style jam

7> CMW: Baroness @ The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., TO East ~indie Rock; $25

8> eVan Bellam; Michael A.M. (of Funnyboht); Mystery Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~indie; no cover

7> Lights @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East; $

8> EXEE Showcase @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East

8:30-10:30> TWAC @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

*9-1> jam with Paul Storm and The Hog Town Torpedoes @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E., TO East

*9> open mic with host Asha Diaz @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave., TO East

9-12> Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial @ Dora Keogh ~eclectic vintage Pop/Jazz

*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Folk Roots

**9:30-12> open stage hosted by Jay Pennell or Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East

416 – Toronto Etobicoke

*8> open mic with Steve Herman and Scott Deathe @ Refinery Public House, 3039 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke

416 – Toronto Scarborough

*9:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ The Fossil & Haggis, 790 Military Trail, Scarborough

416 – Toronto West

5-8> Robert Chapman Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

7> CMW: Anna Rose; Twin Peaks; Norhern Roads; Willie Stratton; The Royal Foundry; JJ Shiplet @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie; $/wb

7:30> Ukulele jam night @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West

8> CMW: Ruthless Ones; The Black Fever; The Noise FM; The K.; Bloody Diamonds @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $10/wb

8> Music City Showcase with Maylee Todd; Claimont The Second; Petra Glynt ~indie; $10

*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers

8> CMW: Fridaee; Joseph Rose; Nick Persons; Sassyblack; Training Season @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie; $10/wb

8:30> Andrew Collins Trio @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~acoustic Pop

8:30> Jane Harvey’s Discoveries present Jules; Gracie; Avery Raquel; Jeremy De Freitas @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~songwriters; $17

*8:30> Andrew Collins Trio @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~original acoustic Pop

9-11:30> piano/horn duo night with Peter Hill on keys & guest William Carn on trombone @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz/Blues

9> Katey Morley; Provincial Lines; Conrad Downey @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; pwyc

9> Jack Marks and his Lost Wages @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots songwriter/Americana

9> Jazz Forge @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9:30> Scott Nolan; Graham Nicholas @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; $18


9> Collective Soul; Royal Tusk @ Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St. N., Waterloo


7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

905 EAST

*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

8:30-12:30> open mic with host Cheryl Stiles @ 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


7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ RCL 385, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., Aurora

*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., 905 North

*8-11> jam with Matthew Kane & The Brews Brothers @ The Crown, 9580 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*8:30-12:30> open mic @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*9> open mic with Manny D, Andy Earle & Dave Breckels @ Big Chris BBQ, 17380 Yonge St., Newmarket


*8> Blues & Jazz jam hosted by Wayne Janus & The Syncopaths @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

*9:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

905 WEST

*8> The Phil & John Show feat. Phil Naro @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock

*8-12> Groovestone @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Funk; $

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

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zadkovich @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga

*10> Chuck Coles of The Organ Thieves and Creepshow hosts open mic @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

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