Closing of Cadillac Lounge will cut BackTrack short | 190603Mo | Shows for Monday, June 03, 2022

5 members of BackTrack on stage in 2017 -GARY 17


The new Monday night Motown/Soul-Rock jam being hosted by the BackTrack big band at Cadillac Lounge won’t be running all summer after all.

We told last week you about the new 7:30-9:30 Monday nights “Backstage with BackTrack” event for its kick off night, but since then the group’s guitarist, Marty Zatzman, has informed us that “Sam has sold the place and it closes on July 14” and that the band’s series will end after its fourth installment on June 17.

It’s not the first time Sam Grosso has announced the sale and possible closure of the room at 1296 Queen St. West in Parkdale of course.  In fact it was just 13 months ago that we reported on BackTrack being part of a finale show there when a previous sale had supposedly been confirmed.  Although for a while it seemed there was indeed a new owner in place, at some point the deal must have fallen through since it wasn’t long before Grosso was back booking bands and behind the bar as if the whole fiasco had never happened.

It would be nice to think this will again be another “fake purchase.”  But if this time it’s actually a done deal that still leaves you a chance to join in the fun tonight and the next couple of weeks.

Jammers are welcomed up for the first set with the 9 or 10-piece backing ensemble that features three female sax players from 7:30 till 8:30 and then the band does an hour-long showcase set starting at 8:30.

-By Gary 17,
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*2-3> “Out of The Bassment” with host Keiko Gutierrez @ 93.3 CFMU Hamilton and online at ~music featuring bass players

3-7> Julian Taylor hosts @ 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto & ~eclectic music 25% indigenous, 35% CanCon

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

6> “Soundcheck with Sabrina” with Sabrina Fallah @ Jungle 77.3 & online at ~eclectic tracks, interviews etc.


416 – TORONTO CENTRAL -Broadview/Bayview to Ossington

*5-9> Jim Heineman Trio @ Mirto Italian Restaurant, 25 Toronto St. ~Jazz

6> Christina Hutt & Her Upbeat Downers @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

6-8> Anne Lindsay with Woodhead & Wilde @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.

6-8> Nathan Corr @ Harvest Kitchen, 124 Harbord St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

6:30> Peter Hill Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~cover& original Jazz; $

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

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

*7-9:30> UkeZac ukulele jam & workshop @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.; $10

7:30> Aly & AJ; Armors @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $

7:30-10:30> The Tristones reunion show; Emile d’Eon @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~indie; $

7:30 Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra @ Walter Hall in Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent ~Classical; $

7:30-10:30 Balfolk @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~folk dancing to live music fiddlers etc.

7:30> Sean Jones & The Righteous Echo  @ Casa Loma Glass Pavilion, 1 Austin Terrace ~smooth Rock/Pop; $30

8> Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Ronan Farrow @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. ~Classical; $

**8> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Abigail Lapell @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> Slough Feg; Sanhedrin @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

8> Monsieur Perine; Lolaa @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $

8> Tom & Bruce Show @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

8:30> Athanase; Gareth Inkster @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

**9-1:30> open mic/jam with host Sam Sundar-Singh & feature by @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

9> Dylan Hennessy @ The Joint, 55 Colborne St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*9:30> open mic @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

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

10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Jazz-Rock fusion; $

10> The High Rollers @ Loose Moose, 146 Front St. W. ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop

10> Friendly Rich @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0


416 - TORONTO EAST -Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park

7-10> Phillip Vonesh And The Spare Parts @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$

7:30> songwriters showcase with host Pamela Gilmartin & guest @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$

*7:30> The Advocats Big Band @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~big band Swing Jazz/Soul; $10

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

*9-12> Gareth Parry’s Book Club @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~Blues/Jazz

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



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



*6:30-10:30>  open mic night @ Rise Entertainment, 1081 Progress Ave.

7:30> Uke jam/workshop or Uke Circle jamalong @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~amateur ukulele players welcome; $5


416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke

7> Thom Gill & Friends @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz/tribute to Abbey Lincoln

7:30-9:30> “Backstage with BackTrack” big band open jam with BackTrack Band featuring Marty Zatzman @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~big band Motown/Funk/R&B/Soul

7:30> Blythwood Woods @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~songwriter; $

8> Plants; Lost Arts; SexBeat; Adam Tobias @ Duffy’s Tavern, 1238 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $

8:30> Dr. Mike Daley presents “The Beatles’ Story” @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~variety music & seminar; $30

*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.

9:30> Sisters Euclid featuring Kevin Breit @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz/Rock/Country fusion; $

9:30> Paul Tynan and Jake Hanlon (recording release for Beyond The Pale) @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

*10-11> The Skyliners @ Skyline Restaurant, 1426 Queen St. W. ~low-fi Soul/Blues


519 EAST -Guelph, K-W & vicinity

*7> open mic with Dennis Napper @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

*7:30-12> open mic with Anthony Schmanthony @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

9:30> David Scott @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

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

*11-2> Anthony Damiao @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals



*7-11> Rick & Gailie’s Crash & Burn @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0

8> Sean and Chris Conway with guest @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough


905 EAST -Pickering to Cobourg

7-9> Rob Phillips @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~Jazz

7-11> open mic @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~spoken word & music


905 SOUTH -Hamilton & vicinity

6> The Repeatles @ Innsville, 1141 Highway 8, Stoney Creek ~Beatles covers

6:30>> Greensville Guitar Pickers jam @ Greensville Branch Library, 59 Kirby Ave., Hamilton

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


905 WEST -south Peel, Halton

7> Geddy Lee in conversation @ Oakville Center for the Performing Arts, 160 Navy St., Oakville ~spoken word; $125 includes copy of “Big Beautiful Book of Bass”

*8-12> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga

**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Mimico Bill @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)

*9:30> Gracie @ Spice Lounge, 52 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Pop covers & originals; $0



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