Beaches Jazz Festival action heating up | 160716Sa | Shows for Saturday, July 16, 2021


This year’s edition of the Beaches Jazz Festival (now in its 28th year) is actually just about two thirds over, having staged a variety of concerts in widespread east Toronto locations, including farmers markets and community parks, over the past two weeks, but the big shows are just starting to roll out.

This weekend at Woodbine Park on Lake Shore Blvd. at Coxwell Ave., there are, in addition to some shows yesterday evening, two full days of live shows on two stages featuring a variety of acts that aren’t all strictly Jazz, if you’re a purist, but that are most assuredly of high quality.  And the shows are all free.

Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar -promo

Today’s roster includes, for example, exciting up-and-coming Blues combo Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, which, as we told you back in January, was nominated for four awards at this year’s Maple Blues Awards.  While the group didn’t score any hardware, just being nominated, as they say, is an honour —especially for an artist who actually started out as a Country/Rockabilly act, with her longtime band The Haggard, and has only really been doing Blues for about three years now.

The band appears at 5:30 p.m. on the TD Main Stage.  Another Blues act of note that’s on that stage this weekend is legendary Rockabilly outfit the Paul James Band, which performs at 4:30 tomorrow.

On the SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival-sponsored A Cappella stage, the 14-member Countermeasure band, which just released its second album, Made To Measure at a gala concert at Harbourfront Centre two days ago, shares some of their critically acclaimed originals and eclectic covers starting at 3 p.m.

Countermeasure promo shot 2016

TV/radio host George Stroumboulopoulos calls the group, led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen, “awesome” and it was one of only a few local acts that was part of this year’s extended 12-day SING vocal festival in May.  Incorporating percussive and instrument-like vocal sounds along with intricate, stirring and delightful harmonies, the group has been called “the leading a cappella chorus out of Toronto,” by the Washington D.C. Examiner newspaper, among many other media plaudits.

It’s probably worth arriving at this stage a little earlier actually, since Countermeasure is preceded by another vocal Jazz sensation, The Ault Sisters, who go on at 2.

The festival continues later in the week with more concerts at the park Tuesday and Wednesday and all next weekend from Friday through Sunday, along with the famed Streetfest that closes off Queen Street East for three days of outdoor shows from July 21-23.

For more info check out the festival website’s schedule page, pick up a copy of the hard-copy programme from several area retail and restaurant locations or check the listings daily.

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Saturday, July 16, 2021

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 purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

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

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

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

4> Sin City Boys featuring Kevin Jollimore @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO

4-7> Barbara Jordan & The All Stars @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~R&B; $

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

5> Wesley Attew Band ep launch @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO ~indie

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

6-8> Bill Westcott @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~African-American/Classical; $10-20/pwyc

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

7:30-10:30> Linda Carone Combo @ 70 Down, 70 Yorkville Ave., TO ~Jazz; no cover

7:30> Justin Bacchus @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~ Jazz; $

8> Jennis @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~original Roots/Blues fusion duo

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

8:30> Peter Molloy; Kim Cole Trio with Burke Carroll on dobro @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO

8:30> Tomorrow’s Midnight; Astral Bell; Veil Unknown; Rue Bella @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~$7

9> The Cunninghams Duo @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock

9-11:30> Ariel Pocock @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz piano; $

9-2> The Coathangers; L.A. Witch; PONY @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave., TO ~indie; $

9> In My Coma; Death Party Playground; Mother Leeds; Goodnight Sunrise @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock; $8

9> Abigail Lapell; Waxlimbs; Brian Maxwell; O Frontera @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO ~indiel $

9:30> Pop Cherry @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~vintage Pop Rock

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

9:45> Russ Nolan @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~NYC Jazz; $

*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> Grand Gesture @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~Australian Rock

10> The Milkman & The 2% @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock

10> Famous Lee; Alister Johnson; Sonny Dunn @ Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W., TO ~Funk/Disco

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

10:30> The Don Campbell Band @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock


Noon-11> Beaches Jazz Festival: Youth Jazz Canada Combos; Rich Brown & The Abeng; Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar; Ivana Santilli @ Woodbine Park Main Stage, Lake Shore Blvd. E. @ Coxwell Ave., TO East ~Blues/Jazz; no cover

1-7> Beaches Jazz Festival: 4Skör; The Ault Sisters; Countermeasure; The Waterfront Singing Ambassadors; Duly Noted; Pretty Sharp @ Woodbine Park A Cappella Stage, Lake Shore Blvd. E. @ Coxwell Ave., TO East ~Jazz; no cover

3-8> Beaches Jazz Festival: Carlos Lopes and Friends @ Kew Gardens East Walkway, Kew Gardens, Queen Street East, TO East ~Jazz

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

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

*8:30-1> open mic with host Carmen Toth @ The Grover, 676 Kingston Rd., TO East

9-12> Fraser-Daley @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~Rootsy Blues; no cover

9> Don Valley Outlaws @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots-Rock/Blues

9> Trish O’Brien Band @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Pop/Celtic

9> Peter Jarvis @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

9:30-11:30> Fouronesix @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~eclectic; no cover

9:30?> Keri Kalli hosts jam @ The Peppery Cat, 1953 Queen St. E., TO East

9:30> Brother Levon @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Funk; $5


*3-6> Danny B Band @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke South ~R&B/Blues

**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Johnny O @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B

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

7:30> Thompson/Gallus Quartet @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; minimum table charge

8> Rittz @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~$

9:30> Frank Cosentino @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Blues; $

9:30> The Smokin’ Pistols  @ Refinery Public House, 3039 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~

10-2> Bone-Yard @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40

10> Daylight for Deadeyes @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~Pop Rock


7-11> Plaza Ratz featuring Kevin Huckell @ Busters By The Bluffs, 1539 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~classic Rock

9-1> B.K. Smith @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~ Pop Rock

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> Craig Robertson @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

9:30> GRUV Street @ The Loaded Dog, 1921 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough ~Rock/Pop


*Noon-3> Danny Marks @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~Blues/Jazz

**2-6> open mic with guest host Brian Jantzi @ Magic Oven, 347 Keele St., TO West

4> Brendon Gomez @ The Rhino Bar, 1249 Queen St. W., TO West

**5-8> Amber Leigh Jazz Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~Jazz

5-8> Michael Coughlan @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots with twang

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

7:30> M. Mucci; Clara Engel; Undulation @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West ~acoustic fingerstyle/Folk/ambient; $7/pwyc

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

9> Tiger Moon; Nick Teehan; Kevin Foster @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West

8:30> Greg McEvoy; Patrick Lack and South Heaven; Field Study @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~original Rootsy Pop/Blues; $

9> Hailee Rose & Dave Rave @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West

9> Swamperella @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Cajun

9> Still Sunday for Cat Pub first anniversary @ The Cat, 3153 Dundas St. W., ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> The Hipshakers @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Rock/R&B

9:30> Andrew Fetterley Trio @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St., TO West ~Pop Rock

10-2> Butch Holler and his Chesterfield Ramblers @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Country; $

10:30> Charles y sus Estrellas @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Salsa; $15


5> Annette Haas @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop

5:30> Got The Oxygen @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~

9> The Doozies @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinurgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop

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


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

8:30> Brianna Cotton Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> Angie Nussey @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~Rootsy Pop songwriter

9:30> Charlotte and the Dirty Cowboys @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Country-Rock

9:30> Max Mouse and The Gorillas @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

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

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

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

9> The Mad Murdocks; Van Damaged; Critical Hit @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa

9-1> Sweet Apple Express @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9:30> Juggernaut feat. Kat Vhonda @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock

9:30> Brian Allosery and The Lazy Poets @ Irish Times, 1400 Bayly St., Pickering ~Folk-Rock


8-11> Matt Groopie; Mike Stanfield and Lucy @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill ~acoustic Pop

9-1> Dufferin County Line @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Country Rock

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

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

10> Bullitz @ Village Inn, 2 Holland St. E., Bradford ~classic Rock/Pop


**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 guest tba @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~Blues

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

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

8> Basement Revolver ep release; guests Grey; Water; more @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie Rock; $12

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

9> The Racoon Wedding; Bad Reed; Shawn Kerr @ Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St., Hamilton ~$10/pwyc

9> Strummers Union @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton

9> Weird Lines; Adrian Teacher; Jon McKiel; Dan Edmonds @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~original Rock;

9> Astrid Young @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton ~songwriter

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

9:30> Alarcon @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

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

905 WEST

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

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

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

*3-7> open stage jam @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

8-12> Doghouse Rose with Alex Mason @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~original Country; $10

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

9:30> Run For Cover @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~classic Rock/Pop

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

9:30-11:45> Rhythm and Bones @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~R&B

9:30> Backroom 11 @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Soul/R&B; $

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

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

10:15> All Natural Flavours @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Rock/Pop

10:30> Porch Stool Jam @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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