Can Seven44 avoid being latest shuttered venue? | 170508Mo | Shows for Mon. May 08, 2022

Bailiff’s notice posted on door at Seven44


The fact that there’s no mention of rental arrears on the bailiff’s notice that is plastered to the door at the Seven44 club (the former Chick ‘n’ Deli at 744 Mount Pleasant Rd —hence its name for the past few years) is perhaps a hopeful sign that whatever dispute they’re having with their landlord can get worked out.

A musician arriving at the club on Friday took a photo of the notice, which appears to be dated in April. dispatched another player to check out this situation this morning and it remains the same, with the venue dark and still under bailiff’s lock and key.

Since, despite the fact that the notice cites the usual strictures that the tenant has five days to arrange to move their belongings before the landlord takes possession, everything seems still intact according to what could be seen today through the windows, perhaps negotiations are underway.

The club was at least able to remove the show listings for yesterday and for today from its website but is still trumpeting shows for Thursday and this weekend, so perhaps a resolution is imminent.  On the other hand, website listings are notoriously unreliable.

For the past nearly six years under owner Steve Benice, the room has featured live music regularly, including some spectacular shows such as the Honouring Our Own tributes to Jay Douglas, John Finley and Steve Sherman and other shows organized by Pete Otis of SongTown.

The venue regularly offers bands Fridays and Saturday evenings, Saturday afternoons and on Sundays.  Maybe not so coincidentally Robbie Lane and The Disciples, whom you’d normally expect to have seen at Seven44 yesterday, made their debut performance that afternoon at Timothy’s Pub in Etobicoke.

The club was recently closed for ten days from April 10-20, which it had announced in advance as being ostensibly for renovations.  But “closed for renovations” is a common cover for closures directed by the LCBO for violations of its archaic codes and regulations.  Sadly, convictions for such violations, despite their complete lack of relevance and utility in today’s world and especially in city that claims it wants to be a tourist destination and “music city”, could be grounds for termination of a lease if a landlord were of a mind to get rid of a tenant for other reasons.

We’ll let you know more when we do.  Anyone with more info is invited to send it along to us at [email protected].

-Gary 17, with files from Lisa Moilala and Darwin Bruce

SHOW LISTINGS for Monday, May 08, 2022

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8am> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with guest songwriter Christian Apollo  @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeat of yesterday’s show)

*6> “Underplayed and Underpaid” interviews and performances by Guelph area bands on CFRU 93.3 FM broadcast and online

7-8> “Acoustic Workshop” with host Heather Fielding @ CIUT 89.5 FM broadcast and online

9-9:20> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with guest songwriter Holli Ward @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeats 8 am tomorow)


6> Sarah Jane Scouten @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

6:30> U of T Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Brian Sasaki @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

7:30> Chris Banks @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> Vulfpeck @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $

8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8:40> Drive; Soryn; Thin City @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0

**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

9> Dr. Boogie; Blind Matty; Pale Lips @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

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

10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~R&B/Blues; $

**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Dave Lang & John Sladek @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10> Mark Sanders @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

10-2> Dan Gagnon & Jake Saenz @ The Hideout, 423 College St.


7-10> Smokey Folk @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Bluegrass; 0$

7> Rival Sons @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> “Revolution Mondays” with performers the club can’t be bothered to name on its website @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters?; 0$

8:30-10:30> Pressgang Mutiny @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~sea shanties

*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.

*9-12> The Out of Towners @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.

*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.; 0$


*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst also featuring Rick Anderson host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.


170314 LIKE TRIVAGO Moon pr*8-11> open stage with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.

*9-1> open jam with The Repairmen @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth


5-8> Chelsea McBride Jazz Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

6> Kevin Harris Woodwind Quartet @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Classical; $

7> Matt Roberts recording release for The Little Prince Suite @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Classical; pwyc

*8-11> Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. ~Blues

*8> open jam with The Pumpkinheadz @ The Wicket Pub, 1671 Bloor St. W.

8:30> Hallers @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~indie Pop; $10

9> Pat Robitaille @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~songwriter; 0$

*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Bluegrass

*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.

9-1> Tim Hamel Trio & guest @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

9:30> Ken McDonald Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

*10> open mic with host Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.


*5> open mic @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

*8-2> Matt Weidinger @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic originals & covers

9:30> Turk & The Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo


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

9> Ukulele Experience Showcase @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough

9?> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.

905 EAST

*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa


9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket


*8> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country

8> Got Talent Challenge with various acts & host Steve Ruddick @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster

905 WEST

*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

8-12> Alessia Cohle @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~songwriter

**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Catherine Harrison @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit


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