Back to the Garden for a good cause | 180812Su | Shows for Sunday, August 12, 2021


There are festivals and special events aplenty taking place all across the city and in 905, 519 and 705 regions, as today’s listings detail.

But one lower-profile event that’s worthy of some notice is a fundraiser taking place in a unique venue that’s hosted many interesting shows in the past, some of which we’ve written about.

Harpin' Norm with an earlier version of his band. -FACEBOOK

Harpin’ Norm with an earlier version of his band. -FACEBOOK

The Artists Garden Co-operative is a space at 345 Balliol Street just off Yonge north of Davisville that periodically hosts artists like Steve Raiken, Brian Jantzi, Harpin’ Norm Lucien and others of the Roots-songwriting ilk and today all three of them will be on hand for a two-part fundraiser show.

Starting at noon the house and its backyard garden are open for an art show by four featured artists and a bargain-hunting yard sale with all items priced from $1-25 —all proceeds go to Gilda’s Club, an organization that helps cancer victims become cancer survivors.

Steve Raiken working guitar magic -GARY 17

Steve Raiken working guitar magic -GARY 17

Musically the event is divided into two parts, with the two double-feature shows in the afternoon and evening each costing $20, again with proceeds going to Gilds’s.  Intricate and soulful songwriter Raiken (whose show here a year ago we wrote about at the time) kicks off the performances with a set from 2-2:45, followed by the Doug & Suzi duo till 4.

In the evening, Harpin’ Norm (who as we told you a couple of years ago, has evolved into a suave, poised bandleader while still retaining his folksy demeanour and unassuming persona) is on at 7:15 with a combo he’s calling The Harpin’ Norm Collective that also features rollicking Jantzi on guitar and steel pan player Darlene Sacks on percussion. The final set of the day will be by the Krelner Collective from 8:15 till 9.

-Gary 17,
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SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, August 12, 2021

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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)

*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ ~Blues

9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ ~ artist interviews and tracks

4> “Georgian Bay Roots” official show of Summerfolk Festival @ CFOS AM 560 (simulcast on  ~music & songwriter interviews

5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM

9pm-midnight> 60s, 70s Soul, Jazz & Funk Cape Town/UK LIVE on FM Radio & Online Worldwide @



11am-2pm> Gypsy Jive Band for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ; $5 (music only)

11:30am-4:30> Dirthy Dishes; Bullitt; Bloodshot Bill; Blind Matty Band @ Roundhouse Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd.

Noon-1> Heavyweights Brass Band @ Union Station, 65 Front St. West ~Blues/R&B; $0

Noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz

*Noon-4> Dan Gagnon @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

Noon-9> Deanna Drudge; Jessica Leung; Veshone; Cory Feigen; Marcus Baskie Jazz Band; Jen Schaffer and the Shiners; Funk The System; The B Section @ David Pecault Square, 215 King St. W. ~eclectic indie; $0

1> Jeff Eager @ Cherry Street Bar-B-Que, 275 Cherry St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

1> Toronto Improvisers Orchestra @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

1:30-5​> Countermeasure; Alissa Vox Raw @ Trillium Park Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~a cappella artists; $0

2-4> Arts & Music fundraising showcase & art show for Gilda’s Club with Steve Raiken (2:45); Doug & Suzi @ Artists Garden Cooperative, 245 Balliol St. ~songwriters; $20

2-7> “Habari African Festival” with Alpha Yaya Diallo; Neema Children’s Choir; Sebseb Belu Ethipian Dance; Etage Mbaye; Balafon Village with Adama Daou; The Bombadils; Tich Maredza Band; Sadakah;  @ Harbourfront Centre, 234 Queens Quay W. ~Worldbeat African; $0

2-6> Darling Cora; Teven Taetz @ Distillery District stage, 55 Mill Street ~songwriters; $0

2-4> Morgan Paige Melbourne @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $14

3> Les Contemporains fundraiser for Sistema Toronto free music education charity @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $15

3-5> Ayal Senior @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Blues/R&B

3-6> Fives and Tens @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta St. ~original Rock/Pop; $0

3:30-6:30> Red Hot Ramble @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

4-5> The Bombadils @ Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay ~Roots-Rock

4:30-7:30> Jon Foster Electric Trio @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz

4:30-7:30> Samantha Clayton & Steven Cole @ The Tilted Dog, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz

5> Sarah Teitel; Bob Cohen; Lynn Harrison @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~songwriters; $0

6-9> Fifth Element Quintet @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

5-6> Aline Morales @ @ Union Station, 65 Front St. West ~Worldbeat; $0

7-9> Arts & Music fundraising showcase & art show for Gilda’s Club Part 2, with The Harpin’ Norm Collective also featuring Brian Jantzi & Darlene Sacks; Kreiner Collective @ Artists Garden Cooperative, 245 Balliol St. ~songwriters; $20

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.

7> Lady Donli @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~songwriter; $

7> Stephanie Paglia, Candace Leca x Michael Paglia, Alex Nunes @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E. ~songwriters; $

7-9:30> The Blue Standard @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

7-9:30> John Alcorn & Alexa Samaras @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $20

7-10> Jazz United Jazz jam with Jocelyn Barth, Chris Platt, more @ Tranzac Lounge (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

7> Drake and Migos @ Scotiabank Arena / Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Janine Wright’s Spirit Jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

*7:45> open mic (sign up starts at 7:45) @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

8> Redcoat; Excuses Excuses; Alberta @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8> Andrew Sharp @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

8> Many Rooms; Angelo De Augustine @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8> poetry open mic with Sheresha @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave.

9-2> open mic with host Mario Palumbo & feature @ Edenhall, 193 Baldwin St.

9:30> Dovira @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> Liona Allemano Four @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10-2> Pat Wright @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.



11am-2pm> Howard Willett for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Blues; 0$

Noon-10> Taste of the Danforth with many acts on three outdoor stages including Sabrina Soares; Sofia Blu; Train Electric; Sam Polley and The Old Tomorrows; Skye Wallace @ Danforth Ave. between Broadview Ave. and Jones Ave. ~variety; $0

2-4> Rufus John @ Kew Gardens Park, 2075 Queen St. E. ~original Rock/Pop; $0

4> Fraser & Daley @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~eclectic Blues/Roots; $

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller & The Black Bear All Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 OConnor Drive

5-8:30> Hogtown Country & fundraiser for Levi Wheeler @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly; $0

7-9> Frank & Cheryn Lynn @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

7-11> The Legendary Castaways @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$

*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.


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5-9> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Browns Line ~60s Pop Rock dance party

7> Traitors; Sins Of The Swarm; Falsifier; Being; Creatures; Portrayal of Purity @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

7> “35 Hospital Beds for Jamaica” fundraiser with Marvia Providence; Fitz Aransevia; Zamar; Daniel Simpson; more @ West End Church of God of Prophecy, 1355 Martin Grove Rd. ~Gospel

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.



1-4> Bill Westcott & Brenna MacCrimmon @ Olde Stone Cottage, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Blues/R&B; $0

*9-1> acoustic jam with hosts Dan Walek & Paul Evans @ Al Mac’s, 2459 Kingston Rd.



**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass

1-4> Better Than Bagpipes @ Opticianado, 2919 Dundas St. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country

5-8> Ivan Rosenberg & Adam Shier @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots

6> Monk’s Music @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~vibraphone Jazz; pwyc

6> The Ghost of Paul Revere; Westelaken @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass

6> The Lifers; Annie Sumi; Jojo Worthington @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~songwriters; $15

7-9> The Jessica Stuart Few; Chelsea Reed @ Wenona Craft Beer Lodge basement, 1069 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters

9-12> Thalia Koryn & Kali Carter; Karelyn Molgard; Luna Li; Janis Dolphin & Idious Carrie;  @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~songwriter; $0

8> Many Rooms; Angelo De Augustine @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W.

8> Number 9 Blacktops @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly

8> Petra Glynt; Time; Sea Beau; Scarlett Rose @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W.

8:30> The Titillators @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

8:30> open mic @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W.

9> Saxophone Brothers; The White Lamas (recording release self-titled album) @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Jazz; $

9> Parkdale Socialites @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.

*9:30> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro R&B/Soul/Funk; $0



Noon-6:30> Cambridge Ribfest with Juneyt; Blush; Alfie Smith; more @ Riverside Park, 49 King St. W., Cambridge ~variety; $0

Noon-6> Kitchener Blues Festival on four stages with various acts including Paul James Band; Sue Foley; Sass Jordan; Mike McDonald; Jack de Keyzer; Danny Marks; Kevin Breit; John McKinley; Sandy MacDonald; many more in downtown Kitchener

1> Onion Honey @ Seven Shores, 10 Regina St. N., Waterloo ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly

*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

3-6> Magnolia Electric Company @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Blues/R&B

7> Sue Foley; Emily Burges s @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~original Blues; $

9> Brendan O’Halloran @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo



2-4> Mr. Jr. @ Beard Free Brewing, 649 The Parkway, Peterborough

*2-6> open mic @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #103, 34 Bridge St. W., Campbellford

3-6> Tonya Bosch @ Publican House Brewery, 300 Charlotte St., Peterborough

*8> open stage with Ryan Van Loon @ McThirsty’s Pint, 155 Charlotte St., Peterborough

9> Road Waves @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough


905 EAST

2-5> Rory Taillon @ Town Brewery, 1632 Charles St., Whitby ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

4-12> Guardians of The Children Toronto Chapter fundraiser with Juggernaut Band; Searching for Daybreak; more @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Aja

4-6> poetry open mic with Keith Conkie @ Cork & Bean, 8 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

4:30> jam with Matt D @ Cocoa & Joe Café, 44 Smcoe St. N., Oshawa

4:30-8> Dan Clancy @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~Celtic

*6> Phlo @ Oasis Bar, 31 King St. E., Cobourg ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock



*11am> Robert Lee Trio @ Lil’ Brew Hops, 209 Main St. S., Newmarket ~Jazz

1-4> Street Performers the organizers respect so little they don’t bother to name on Main Street in Unionville

2-5> Bluegrass jam with Blaine Burnie @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Blvd., Stouffville

*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick

7> Newmarket Citizens Band; York Highland Chorus @ Newmarket Riverwalk Common, 200 Doug Duncan Dr., Newmarket ~variety; $0

*6-10> open mic with host Brian Wride @ Col. McGrady’s, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge

*7-10> Lynn McDonald @ Jester’s Court, 279 Queen St., Port Perry ~Pop/Jazz

*9> King Henry’s open mic (sign-up starts 8:45) @ King Henry’s Arms, 9301 Yonge St., Richmond Hill



Noon-6> Parks N Wreck; more @ Garden Square Brampton, 12 Main St. N. Brampton ~contemporary original; $0

Noon-6> Acton Leathertown Festival with Wicked Truth; more on Main St., downtown Acton

5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown

5:30-8:30> Carmen Spada & Friends @ J. Red & Co., 341 Main St., Brampton ~Jazz

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

7:30> Walter Lemiski for “Candlelit Church” sessions @ St. Alban’s, 537 Main St., Glen Williams-Georgetown ~Roots



2-6> Sunday Blues with Brant Parker Band & guests Ian Andrews @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young Street, Hamilton ~Blues; $7

2-5> Harrison Kennedy & Jesse O’Brien @ Lou Dawgs Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton ~Blues

*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

3-7> Mary Simon @ Stonewalls, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Blues/R&B; $0

*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton

4> Blues jam & show by Wayne Janus and the Backline @ Masque Wine Bar Hamilton, 13 Hess St. S. Hamilton

4:30-7:30> Jamie shea @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

7-9> Stan Rogers Tribute show with Poor Angus, Paul Mills, Jude Johnson, Ariel Rogers, Beth Rogers, and Scott Cameron Smith @ Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Suphur Springs Rd., Ancaster ~tribute to Stan Rogers; $

8> Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $30

9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

9> Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr @ Lionshead Pub, 137 John St. S., Hamilton

*10> open mic with Kim Koren @ West End House, 151 Emerson St., Hamilton

10> Chris Chambers @ Augusta House, 17 Augusta St., Hamilton


905 WEST

*10:30am-3> Mike Maguire @ Pepperwood Bistro, 1455 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington ~Jazz

Noon> Mike Conto @ Snug Harbour Restaurant, 15 Stavebank Rd. S., Port Credit-Mississauga

2-6> Burlington Downtown Jazz Festival with Coco Love Alcorn; Mike Downes Quartet @ Burlington Performing Arts Center, 440 Locust St., Burlington ~Jazz; $0

2-6> Jeff Black @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

3:30> James Anthony with guest Donna Robbins @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues

*4-7:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock; $5

4-7> Glenn Groves @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

*5> Sara Mills @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

6:30-9> The Noble Rogues Memorial Park, 20 Lakeshore Rd. East, Port Credit-Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals; $0

**8-12> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

*8> open mic night with Mike Shotton 4-piece band @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

*10:30> Strummers Union @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington



Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.

Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.  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.: seniors, students, members, kids, etc).  /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

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