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As some of the videos that periodically go mildly viral on the internet show in a variety of situations, it’s easy to take huge talents for granted when we encounter them casually —say a prodigy playing a rare and expensive violin on a street corner, a Rock star busking in the subway; or a Juno-winning Blues songwriter at our neighbourhood bar on a weekly basis for no-cover shows.
Piano player/singer Julian Fauth is practically a fixture at three TO bars where he does four weekly free shows about which we’ve previously writtent —Saturday and Sunday brunches at Axis in The Junction; Wednesday evenings from 9 at Gate 403 on Roncesvalles; and Tuesdays 6-9 at Sauce on Danforth Ave. in East TO.
While I assume he does reasonably well off whatever stipends the bars pay him and any much deserved tips that I would hope appreciative audience members offer, I imagine only a minority of those who delight in his authentic-sounding Tin Pan Alley era tunes —that just happen to all be originals— are aware that he’s a Juno winner of the coveted Blues Album of Year Award.
It’s not like you can tell just by looking at this unpretentious, unassumingly modest performer. And it’s not like winning a Juno Award suddenly sees the riches and tv spot endorsements start pouring in. The reality is that for most winners, as two-time Juno Blues award recipient Jack de Keyzer once mentioned, it might mean receiving an extra few dollars for doing a bar gig or that the club can get a cover charge, but it doesn’t change their lives all that much.
The exception to that is in how it does open doors to better-paying festival and corporate gigs, such as the one that Fauth has this afternoon for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in the basement space known as The Oval in the Yorkville Village boutique mall at 55 Avenue Road just north of Yorkville Avenue. The 1p. m. concert is free, but it’s doubtful that anyone will just happen by and fail to appreciate the talent and hard work that has gone into crafting his story songs that poignantly speak about lives outside of the spotlight full of toil, grief and hope.
Hopefully in order to cash in on his own toil, Julian will have copies for sale not only of his 2009 Juno-winning Ramblin’ Son disc but also previous and subsequent ones such as his equally brilliant debut and Juno-nominated release Songs of Vice and Sorrow and Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right, which was chosen Best Blues Album of 2012 by CBC.
BTW, a new Fauth album, The Weak and the Wicked, is due to be released on Electro-Fi Records in September. If you do attend today’s show you might ask him to share a selection from it live —maybe write the request on a $20 bill to let him know in no uncertain terms that you’re certainly not taking his talents for granted!
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Monday, June 26, 2021
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7-8> “Acoustic Workshop” with host Heather Fielding @ CIUT 89.5 FM broadcast and online
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
Noon-10> TDTJF: Rick Shadrach Lazar & Montuno Police; Igor Butman & The Moscow Jazz Orchestra; Mario Rom’s Interzone; No BS! Brass @ OLG Stage, 115 Cumberland St. ~Jazz; $0
1> TDTJF: Julian Fauth @ The Oval in Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Rd. (lower level) ~original Blues; $0
3> TDTJF: Andre Scott Trio @ TNT Lounge, 55 Avenue Rd. ~Jazz; $0
4:30-6:30> “Get Unstuck With Your Songwriting” workshop with Signe Miranda & Kat Goldman @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~$15
5> Patrick Smith Quartet@ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
5-9:30> TDTJF: Parker Abbott Trio; Mark Kelso & The Jazz Exiles @ OLG Stage 3, Hazelton Ave at Scollard St. ~Jazz; $0
6> David Newberry @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
6:30> TDTJF: Bill McBirnie’s Find Your Place Band @ The Lane, 136 Yorkville Ave. ~original Jazz; $0
**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Signe Miranda @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~0$
*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
7> TDTJF: Luc Ex’s Naked Wolf @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~Jazz; $0
7> TDTJF: Dialectica Saxophone Quartet; Hotgown Brass Quintet @ Church of The Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz; $0
7 (& 10, 2 shows)> TDTJF: Sheila Jordan Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, TO Central, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $40
7:30> Sean Jones @ Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace ~Blues/R&B; $25
7:30> Happy Hour with Chris Banks @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8> John Macleod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8> Faux Furrs; more @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~indie; $
8-12> Yoza & Oso with guest @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~Reggae/Soul/Hip Hop; $0
8> The Skints; Darenots; The Classy Wrechs @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
**9-1:30> jam with featured hosts @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
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 Yawd Sylvester @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> Matt Weidinger @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
10> The Wilderness; guests @ Lost And Found, 577 King St. W. ~Hip Hop
*10> live musical theatre open mic @ Statler’s, 487 Church St.
10> TDTJF: Humber Faculty Trio hosts late-night Jazz jam @ Proof Vodka Bar (Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel), 220 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz; $0
10:30> We Are All recording release for ep @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~19-piece ensemble original/experimental Jazz; $
416 - TORONTO EAST
7-10> Kevin Foster @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter & one-man band; 0$
8> Russ Macklem Quintet hosts Jazz jam @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~0$
8> TDTJF: Joss Stone @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
*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$
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*8-12> KOS Music store showcase @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.
8> Sil Simone Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~~Rock/Top 40 covers
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
7:30> Uke jam/workshop @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd.
*8-11> open stage with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.
*9-1> open jam with The Repairmen @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Ed Kopec Jazz piano solo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
7> Dan Rougeau Trio @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
7> Corpusse; Skin; Goth Girl @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~electronica/Noise; $7-10/pwyc
*8> open jam with The Pumpkinheadz @ The Wicket Pub, 1671 Bloor St. W.
8:30> Nature Of; Sam Taylor & The East End Love; Lovers Touch @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $10
9> Pat Robitaille @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~songwriter; 0$
*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> Nathan Hiltz, Jake Koffman, Chris Banks & Ben Riley @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
10> Parkside Drive @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W.; 0$
*10> open mic with host Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.
*5> open mic with Dennis Napper @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener
monthly first Monday 7:30-12> open mic @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener
9:30> Turk and the Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo
*10-2> Matt Weidinger @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic originals & covers
*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
9?> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.
*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
5> Chris Chambers @ SB Prime, 300 Brant St., Burlington ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
*7-10> The Dirty Pioneers @ Shoeless Joe’s Brant (patio), 1250 Brant St., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Wayne Cheddie @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
9> Adam Cooke @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
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