Can showing some love at Afrofest help to heal? | 160709Sa | Shows for Saturday, July 09, 2021


Can we do anything usefully productive and healing to change the social mindset in the wake of recent incidents south of the border —and those closer to home, including last week’s disruption of the PRIDE parade by Black Lives Matter and the reactions to it?  Or are we condemned to simply watch as anger fuels more anger, violence begets more violence, police shootings produce shootings of police and the whole damned continent degenerates into civil war?

Maybe yes or maybe no;  but it behooves us, if we care even a wit about the world our children and grandchildren will inhabit —assuming Donald Trump isn’t elected and there still is an inhabitable world in another generation— to at least try.

One thing that is nearly certain is that it won’t solve anything to continue pointing fingers, telling people their opinion and experiences don’t matter and dividing the world into “us” and “them” camps.

It’s easy enough to understand why people tend to devolve into an adversarial mentality.  After all, the current structure of our economy —which depends on there being a lot more losers than winners, and which has become distorted way out of proportion to any rational conception of such a division (even if you believe that such a system is not pathologically self-destructive)— tends to readily create classes of those with privileges and those who can’t afford them.

While perhaps only a severe social shakeup —which inevitably will involve serious dislocations impacting a lot of innocent people— can ultimately solve that underlying problem, it shouldn’t have to meant that on a personal, individual level we degenerate into mindless hating machines incapable of seeing as real and valid those who are different from us or who disagree with us.

The way to prevent that, it seems to me, is not by reading or politicking or even through thinking, necessarily, but simply to actually spend positive time with a wide variety of people —including and especially those with different backgrounds from our own— so that they do become real to us, making stereotyping far less likely.  And nothing lubricates such experiences like music.

There’ll be plenty of that happening today and tomorrow at the 2016 edition of Afrofest, a joyous celebration of cultures and peoples and the foods, fashions, customs and music of Africa, which of course is itself an extremely diverse portion of the planet.

It’s free, it takes place in an easily accessible location (at Woodbine Park, at the foot of Coxwell Ave. between Kingston Rd./Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd. East) and I can tell you from personal experience that it’s a very opening, inviting affair.

Although the event’s website did not seem to be functioning at press time, we found the full entertainment schedule on a Facebook page, which also contains lots of other info about the celebration, and the musical lineup appears below.

-Gary 17,


Saturday Stage 1
DJ Flowmaster (Kenya) 12:00 PM
Beyond Sound (Multinational) 1:00 PM
New Tradition (Cuba/Kenya) 2:00 PM
Nhapitapi (Zimbabwe) 3:30 PM
Nati Haile (Ethiopia) 4:45 PM
Toto Guillaume (Cameroon) 6:15 PM
Black Parents (Haiti) 7:45 PM
Moto Tia (Congo) 9:15 PM

Saturday Stage 2
MC Bonde (Zimbabwe) 1:00 PM
MC Ebone (Ghana) 1:00 PM
DJ Bubbling (Cameroon) 1:00 PM
Jean Asamoa (Ivory Coast)2:00 PM
Ekelle Mullings (Guyana) 2:40 PM
Adria Kain (Trinidad) 3:20 PM
Everything Oshaun (Nigeria/Jamaica) 3:45 PM
Comfort & The 420 Orkestra (Multinational) 4:20 PM
TK Smooth (Zimbabwe) 5:00 PM
Fashion Show (Multinational) 5:20 PM
Java Panzo (Angola) 5:45 PM
Black Stars (Ghana) 6:10 PM
G98.7 Dance Competition (Multinational) 6:30 PM
Richie Flow (Jamaica) 7:30 PM
Slim Flex (Ghana) 8:00 PM
TK Smooth (Zimbabwe) 8:30 PM

Sunday Stage 1
DJ Biggy (Ethioia) 11:30 PM
Ijo Vudu (Nigeria) 12:30 AM
Madagascar Slim (Madagascar) 1:30 PM
Bamako Quintet (Mali) 2:45 PM
Lynda Thalie (Algeria) 4:00 PM
Emmanuel Jal (Sudan) 5:15 PM
Ruff N Smooth (Ghana) 7:00 PM

Sunday Stage 2
MC Bonde/MC Ebone (Zimbabwe/Ghana) 1:00 PM
DJ MagicFlowz (Nigeria) 1:00 PM
Adama Daou (Mali) 2:00 PM
DJ MagicFlowz (Nigeria) 2:40 PM
FocusWay (Congo) 3:10 PM
Staasia Daniels (Jamaica) 3:50 PM
DJ Mahijto (Liberia) 4:05 PM
Obuxum (Somalia) 4:20 PM
Chita Movalez (Ghana) 4:45 PM
Fashion Show (Multinational) 5:05 PM
G98.7 Dance Competition (Multinational) 5:25 PM
Ozee B & Success K (Nigeria) 6:10 PM
DJ Mahijto Close - 6:30 PM

SHOW LISTINGS for Saturday, July 09, 2021

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SOTC: Sounds of The City festival

BJF: Beaches Jazz Festival


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

1> Benefit for Musicians Without Borders with host Jade Wan and sets by Matthew Keys; Joshua Jlatte Lopez; Mai Van Raes, Genna Chew, Ingrid Matthiessen & Alex Cheung @ Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Ave., TO ~eclectic; $20/15

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

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

4> John Borra Band @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Country Rock

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

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

6-8> 4 Skor @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~vocal Jazz quartet; $10/pwyc

6> Little Jimmy’s Chicken Pickers @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6:30> Joe Hall with Tony Quarrington & George Dobo @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~original polemic-Rock/Continental Drift reunion; pwyc

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

8> Clifton Joseph; Carmen Toth; Jennifer Hosein; Tim Maxwell @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~songwriters & poets; pwyc

8> Dispersia; Nanochrist; L’Autre Dame @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~$15

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

9> Stiletto Flats featuring Elana Harte @ The Gates, 66 Gerrard St. E., TO ~retro & classic Rock

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

9> SOTC: Big Durty; Jordan B. Wright; Radio Free Universe @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $10

9> SOTC: Arlene Paculan; Richard Garvey; Johnny Nocash; Sleeping Lies; BingeNinja @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St., TO ~indie; $6

8:30-11:30> Colin Hunter with the Joe Sealy Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $15

9-2> Sleepy Kitty; Rebel 4; GirlOnGirl; Thrifty Kids; The Inaanimates @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave., TO ~indie; $

9> SOTC: We Are Simcoe; The Savilles; Common Deer; Big Otter Creek @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $12

9> Ron Hawkins with Liz Stringer @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Country-Rock

9> SOTC: The Twentiest; Moore; Urvah Khan; Bike Thiefs; Bridgeway @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock; $10

9:30> Talking Out Loud; Tree Museum; The Fallers @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO  ~indie; $

9:30> Community Soul Project @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Soul/R&B

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

9:45> Gabriel Palatchi Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~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> Jack Marks & His Lost Wages @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country Rock

10> Lindsay Brohan @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock

10-2> The Mad Cats @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

11> Flash Rewind @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade, TO ~contemporary Pop Rock


noon-10> BJF: Toronto All-Star Big Band; Turbo Street Funk; Kim & Company; Johannes Linstead; Eddie Bullen & Friends @ Jimmie Simpson Park Main Stage, 870 Queen St. E., TO East

noon-10> Afrofest 2016 with various Africa-centric acts [see article] @ Woodbine Park, Eastern Ave. @ Coxwell Ave.

*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 Jade Wan & Matthew Docktuh @ The Grover, 676 Kingston Rd., TO East

9-12> tba @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~songwriter

9> Sin City Boys featuring Kevin Jollimore @ The Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave., TO East ~vintage Rock/Tex Mex

9> Collective @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Ethiopian music & dance

9> Kayla Howran & Dylan Ireland @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Country

9> Marlon Chaplin Duo @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

9:30-11:30> Tom Rich & The Gents @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~

9:30> Wild T & The Spirit @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Blues; $10


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

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

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

7:30> Adrean Farrugia Trio @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; minimum table charge

8> F-One The Don @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke

9> Sil Maril @ Maple Leaf House, 2749 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Etobicoke ~Rock/Top 40/Blues

9:30> Tom Barlow Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $

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

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

10> Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~Pop Rock


11am-11pm> Taste of Lawrence Festival along Lawrence Ave. E. from Birchmount to Warden Ave. with various acts on two outdoor and indoor club stages

9-1> Loading Zone @ 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> Denis Martel @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock


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

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

4> Dave Kirby @ The Rhino Bar, 1249 Queen St. W., TO West ~Blues

**5-8> L.A. Turcotte’s Sultans of Soul @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~

5-8> Carver Baronda @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Folk/Country songwriter

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

6-8> Cilantro Collective @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~Bluegrass/Country; $10

7> Decadance; Betsy Swoon; Saint Stella; Sultana @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West

7:30-11> Gib & Tam @ Harlem Eastside, 67 Richmond St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $28 prix fixe meal

8:30> Rachael Cardiello; David Newberry & Susanna Rose @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~songwriter; $10

9-1> The Ken Yoshioka Trio featuring Dave McManus on bass @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

9> Samuel Powers; Conflicting Plaid; The Cox; Terrible and the Horribles @ Smiling Buddha (basement), 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $

9> Vallens record release @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $

9> Mighty Big Word @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West

9> Roisin Murphy album release party @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie

9:30> Arthur Renwick @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Roots/Blues originals

9:30> Red Velvet Duo @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St., TO West ~Pop Rock

10> The Paul James Band @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~Rockabilly/Blues; $10

10-2> The Royal Crowns @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Rockabilly; $10

10> Open Mind with Corey Dawkins @ 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Hip  Hop/Reggae; free

10:30> Conjunto Lacalu @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Salsa; $15


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

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

9:30> North of 49 @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop


5-7> Spells of Vertigo @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough ~indie; $5

8-11:45> Little Caesar & The Consuls @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~

8:30> Rick and Gailie Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> MD Dunn @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

8> Sarah McInnis; Lance Isaacs; Hillary Dumoulin; Jeremiah Taylor X @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough

9:30> Smokey Monaghan @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

10> Brian Passmore @ The Garnet, 231 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> Steel City @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9-1> Junta Position @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9-1> Full Tilt @ Tap and Tankard, 224 Brock Rd. S., Whitby ~Rock/Pop

9> Sparrows @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9:30> The Bomb @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock


8-11> Louisa and The Planets; Simply Put; Brent Birchall @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill ~originals

9> The Twangsters @ Lion Pub, 1091 Borham St., Newmarket ~Country

9> Sean Bourke Band @ Muddy Water Hotel, 25 Main St. W., Beeton ~Country Rock

9-1> Full Tilt @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40

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

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

10> Laura Lee’s Tequila Mockingbirds @ Village Inn, 2 Holland St. E., Bradford


**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

8-12> Nicole “Songbird” Coward @ Churchill Lounge, 6 Picton St., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~original & cover Folk

8> Andre Bisson @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~R&B/Motown/Soul

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

9> open mic & jam with Steve Vincent De Piante @ Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St., Hamilton

9> Caroline Wiles @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton

9> Dark Carnival Shocktail party @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

9> Dave Gould @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

**9> Niagara Rhythm Section with guest Mark “Bird” Stafford @ The Old Winery, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~R&B/Blues

9:30> Twenty6hundred; We Are Arden; Black Suit Devil; Graffiti Crimes @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

9:30> Live Music Prize Semifinals Night 3 with Cross Dockers; Death By Decibel; Dying Day; Counterwait; The Ocean Cure @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~omdoe’ $12

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

905 WEST

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

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

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

8-12> The Smokin’ Pistons @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~traditional Country/Country Rock; $5

9> Steve Shelton Band @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington

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

9:30> Groove Train @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock

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

9:30-11:45> No Idea @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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

10:30> The Cover Boards @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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