Durham celebrates Christmas spirit with Howard Ross and Blues talents | TorontoMoon.ca 151218Fr Shows for Fri., Dec. 18, 2015

151218Fr Friday, December 18, 2021


A community leader on the music scene in Durham Region and nearby areas, Blues guitarist and songwriter Howard Ross has his hands full this weekend presiding over musical shows that also double as seasonal extravaganzas. He appears with his Full Count Blues Band tonight, Saturday and Sunday at shows in Oshawa, Newmarket and Ajax.

Howard Ross -Gary 17

Howard Ross -Gary 17

Tonight’s Full Count Christmas event at large and welcoming Simcoe Blues & Jazz in Oshawa is nearly sold out at press time despite a $20 cover charge, because it’s a seasonal highlight for the area’s Blues scene and has been for the past nearly three decades —tonight’s is the 29th edition.

The event will also double as a kind of unofficial party for the Durham Region Music Society and each year the gathering raises money for a worthy cause. This year proceeds will help benefit Durham guitarist Bruce Longman, who’s had a very difficult time over the past several months. After suffering a heart attack earlier in the year, he then ended up with serious injuries in a car accident this autumn and while he’s a gamer who has tried to get back active on the scene, he now is dealing with various complications from the ensuing surgeries. He just had a new surgery this month as a matter of fact and has been in the hospital for over a week but was due to be released by today and could be in attendance tonight.

The show in the room at 926 Simcoe St. N. features a 12-piece all-star combo that includes the The Badass Brass horn section and special guests Johnny Mack, Jack de Keyzer, Eric Lambier, Phil Manning and an opening set by Bobby Watson. While only a dozen seating tickets were left at press time, there will be standing room availability too.

Tomorrow Ross and his talented band move north to Newmarket, where they’re featured at 9:30 p.m. at the local Big Daddy’s on Davis Drive. Sometime on Sunday the group also does a show at Mystic Lounge on Monarch St. in Ajax for which there’s a $10 cover and dress code.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Friday, December 18, 2021:

Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.

Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

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416 - Toronto Central

*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO

*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*5-8> Kensington Kitchen Party with host Kevin Jollimore of Sin City Boys, Kim Cadilla on bass & guest musicians @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Pop Rock with heart

*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Folk

*5:30> Jazz Generation; Melissa Smeets @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E., TO ~Jazz

6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Pop

6-9> The Emily Steinwall Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $

6-8> Guy Moreau @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10

6> July; Letdown; Stuck Out Here; Minority 905; more @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., TO ~indie; $10

6:30> Mark Godfrey Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

7:30> Mimi Osvath @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~songwriter

8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO ~Country

8> David R. Maracle & Donald P. Quan @ Musideum, 401 Richmond St. W., #133, TO ~eclectic indigenous/World; $40

9> Nomadica @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W., TO

9-1> Turbo Street Funk @ Monarchs Pub in Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., TO ~Funk/Blues

9> Mark Sanders @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO

9> Dress Black; Ghost Town Orchestra; Northern Saints; The Lipstick Junkies @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO ~ $

9> Skydiggers; Terra Lightfoot @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $30

9> Woodies Christmas Show @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~seasonal songs

150921 Support9> A Wilhelm Scream; Dead Tired; Pears; Brutal Youth @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~Rock; $13.50

9> Sleepy Mean @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO ~indie

9:30> Groove Marmalade @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Rd., TO North ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Step In Trio with Joe Fonda & Carlo Morena @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~60s R&B; $

10> Dave Murphy Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Rock/Funk/R&B; $

10> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO ~indie Roots-Pop

10> Ronley Teper’s Lipliners @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~rootsy art Pop

10> The Rockin’ Revue featuring Mike Daley @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~dancin’ Blues

10:30> Southbound Soul @ Fionn MacCool’s Esplanade, 70 The Esplanade

10:30> The Leghorns @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

416 - Toronto East

5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

8> Zed’s Dead @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~new Rock; $19.50-38.50

9> Paul Reddick Band @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Blues

9> Wayne Neon and The Tubular Orchestra @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave., TO East

*?> open mic with Matt & Mike @ The Grover Pub, 676 Kingston Rd., TO East

*9:30> Alun Pigguns @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Pop originals & covers

9:30> Tim Bovaconti Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rock/Pop

Southside 151215416 – Toronto Etobicoke

7:30> Paul Novotny & Robi Botos Duo @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; min table charge

*8-12> Roger Zuraw & Friends featuring Hurricane Mike Thompson @ Beer N Wings, 5164 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~Roots/Country/Blues

8> Austin Jones; Run 2 Cover @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~Rock; $

9> Hurricane Hills @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9> G-String @ Maple Leaf House, 2749 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Etobicoke ~Rock/Top 40/Blues

9:30> Soul Funkshun @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $

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

10-2> Pop Cherry @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South ~vintage classic Rock

416 – Toronto Scarborough

9:30> Stone Slinger @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough ~classic Rock/Top 40

9:30> Marc Joseph Band @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

9:30> Tamin’ Thunder @ Kornerstones, 1601 Birchmount Ave., Scarborough ~Rock/Dance/R&B

10> A Very Catalyst Christmas east end edition @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~classic Rock

416 - Toronto West

5-8> Denise Leslie Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

7-9> Fork York Christmas Show @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W.

7:30> Running Red Lights @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St., TO West ~indie Pop Rock

7:30> Valerie Matzner Trio @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~World Jazz; free

8:30> Foggy Hogtown Boys Christmas Party @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Bluegrass/old-time; $25

9-1> Tiffany Hanus Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

8:30> Jenny Berkel & Marine Dreams @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West

9> Surinam; Das Rad; Champion Love; Alpha Strategy @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $

9> Greg Clarke; Dimwits @ The Tennessee, 1554 Queen St. W., TO West ~indie; $

9> Hervana; Blue Cougar; Buckets of… @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~indie; $8

9> Michael O’Grady @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Celtic Rock

9> Secret Sign; Boybitch @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie

9:30> Raoul & The Big Time @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~Blues

9:30> D’Arcy Good @ Amico’s Pizza, 1648 Queen St. W., TO West ~Country Roots-Pop

10> Havana Club @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Cuban music; $

10-2> The Double Cuts @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W. ~Western Swing; $10

10> Great Bob Scott @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West


8> The O’Deadlys @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener

8> Roots open stage with Dave Jensen @ Best Western/Brantford Park Inn, 19 Holiday Drive, Brantford

9> Detour @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Ediburgh Rd. S., Guelph

9> Yazgerz Farm @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford

9:30> Tim McIntosh @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville


5:30> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8:30> Rob Phillip Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> Hair Raiser anti-bullying event with Callfield; Buster Brown; Carling Stephen @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough

9:30> C&C Surf Factory @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~Surf Rock

9:30> Bang On @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

10> Nick Procyshyn album release party @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 East

8-1> Howard Ross & Full Count Blues Band with The Badass Brass & special guest Johnny Mack, Jack de Keyzer, Eric Lambier & more: Christmas Concert & fundraiser for Bruce Longman with Bobby Watson opening@ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa; Blues; $20

9> Still Sunday featuring Jim Cornell @ The Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

9> Kris Barclay Band @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9> White Cowbell Oklahoma; The Noise @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa ~art Rock; $

9> The Comeback Show; Oseko @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*9:30> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax

9:30> Acoustica @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~acoustic Pop

905 North

8:30> Fat Cat Jamboree @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

9> Kingfishers @ King Richard’s Pub, 15570 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock

9> Bianconscious @ Fionn MacCool’s Newmarket, 17315 Leslie St., Newmarket

9:30> Itchy & Scratchy @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

9:30> Red Velvet @ Stewart Maguire’s Landing, 15 Allan Rd., Bolton ~Pop Rock

9:30> Full Til @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Top 40/Rock

*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill

10> Happy Pants @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock

905 – South

6:30> Ferguson Young featuring Liam McGlashon @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

9> Stardust; Matty Simpson; Lava Dolls @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Bowie tribute; Pop

9> Young Rival @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~$

9:30> Soul Train Night @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $

10> The Associates @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls

905 West

*5> Adam Ostrosser & Joel Guenther @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop

*6-9> Laura Thomas & Rick Spyder Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~rootsy acoustic Pop covers & originals

8> Disc Runner holiday party with various artsits @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~eclectic; $10

9> The Doozies @ Fionn MacCool’s Oakville, 350 Dundas St. E., Oakville

9> Rewind Line @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9> Shari & Jonny @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington

9:30> Tyler Yarema & Gracie @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Blues

9:30> Alessia Cohle @ Fionn MacCool’s Clarkson, 970 Southdown Rd., Mississauga

9:30> Ric Jacobs @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> Coda @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Led Zeppelin tribute

10-2> Smoke in the Cockpit @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop; $

10:15> Orangeman Christmas @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Rock/Pop

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