Like the Monday night open stages at Toronto’s Free Times Café, the jam/open stages the same night at Grossman’s run by the loosely-knit group of people known as No Band Required are unusual in the community of such events, in that there is no permanent host nor rotation of hosts.
Although NBR honcho Edward Ambrosius is always on hand and has a group of house players available, each week sees a different guest host run the events, which makes every week an adventure I suppose. The event offers a house drum kit and amps and the club also has an old upright piano that’s been played by some pretty amazing talents over the years.
Tomorrow night vivacious songwriter Carmen Toth is in the host role —the first time I’m aware of her ever playing such a role. I’d expect she’ll also have her husband and musical partner drummer in the Social Potion duo, Aaron Jones, helping her out by manning the kit. The event runs 9:30 till late and welcomes all styles of music from solo songwriters to full-blown band configurations.
NBR, btw, tonight also debuts a new Sunday night jam taking place in the Kensington Market area. The 7:30-1 affair is at Augusta House at 152 Augusta Ave.
Pic: Carment Toth & Aaron Jone -17