Release of ‘Desert Star’ double-album tonight a watershed moment for Julian Taylor | 161007Fr | Shows for Fri., Oct. 07, 2016

Album cover for Julian Taylor's 'Desert Star'

Album cover for Julian Taylor’s ‘Desert Star’


Tonight is the long-awaited release of eclectic songwriter Julian Taylor’s new double-album, Desert Star, at Lee’s Palace with his self-titled band.  And all indications are that it is going to be a watershed event for this amiable and supremely talented artist who excels in several genres, including Rock, Dance, Reggae, Soul, Pop and Roots.

I have not yet had the luxury of being able to make the time to listen to the entire album, which is being released on vinyl as well as digitally and on compact disc, but what I’ve heard inclines me to want to simply parrot the rave review it received in the cover story of the September 16 issue of Cashbox magazine written by Pat Blythe, who calls it “one of my favourite albums of all time.”

Rather than crib from that review and/or attempt to fake a proper one of my own, I’m going to suggest instead that readers simply go to the magazine’s website and read it.  From all I’ve heard, it’s bang on.

Better still, just get to the 8 p.m. show tonight in the club at 529 Bloor St. West and hear the entire release performed live.  As another writer, Kerry Doole of, also wrote as part of an article released today, the band particularly excels at performing live —an observation with which I heartily agree.

Cover is just $15 and, if this album does what I expect it will, it may be the last time you can see this particular group for such a reasonable admission charge.  You’ll also enjoy supporting sets by soulful songwriter Anne Vriend and fabulous Roots-Rockers Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party.

-Gary 17,

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5> Piper Hayes on “Corby’s Orbit” on Radio Regent


*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

6-9> First Fridays with Hold The Bus featuring Kevin Jeffrey @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~classic Rock and Roll/Rockabilly

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

6-8> Caroline Martin-Rowe @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

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

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

8:30> Julian Taylor Band album release for Desert Star; openers Freman Dre & The Kitchen Party; Ann Vriend @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~original Rock/Funk/Pop; $15

8:30> Christopher Guglick; Samantha Hooey; Trevor Howard @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~songwriters; $5

8:30> “Queens of Noise” festival with The Anti-Queens, High Heels to lo Fi; Black Cat Attack; Graffiti Crimes; Mip Power Trio; The Sours @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St., TO ~eclectic femRock; $

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

9> Matt ‘n’ Dave @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd., TO North ~Rock/Top 40

9> The Bombadils; Sarah Jane Scouten @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO

9> Honesin & The Hurt; The Effens; Kurt Marble; Ol CD @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $8

9-11:30> Amy McConnell & Willian Sperandei album release @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $20

9:30> Asha Diaz @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO

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

9:45> Christine Jensen & Maggi Olin Group @ 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 7-piece; $

10> Donkey featuring Alex Radeff @ The Queen’s Legs, 286 Eglinton Ave. W., TO North ~Pop Rock originals & covers; no cover

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

10> Graham Nichols @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO

10> Starfires with Arnd Jurgensen @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10> The Wrong Kids @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock

10> The Better Half @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West, TO ~Pop Rock

10-2> Combo Royale @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Blues

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

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

7-9> Valerie Shane & Steve Sherman @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~dinner Jazz

8:30> In The Round with Boris Buhot, Glen Hornblast, Mark Ripp, Peter Verity @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave., TO East ~eclectic Roots; pwyc

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

9> Washboard Hanl @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rootsabilly Country

9:30> Geary Groove Street Band @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Funk; no cover

9:30> Alldayadonai @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

9:30> The Weber Brothers @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~original Blues; $

10:30> Fight Gone Bad @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd., TO East ~Pop Rock


southside-1610057:30> Canadian Jazz Quartet @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; min table charge

8> Slaves On Dope @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~$

9> Vic & The Power Cables @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40

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

10-2> The Doubts @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South ~classic Rock; no cover

10> The Heat @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~Pop Rock


9:30> Greg Wyard @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock


5-7> Michael Darcy @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots/Country

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

7-9> Zachary Lucky album releae; Dan Edmonds guests @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W.

7:30> Matt Sellick @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz; no cover

8> Jenny Hval @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., TO West  ~original; $13.50

8:30> Crystal Shawanda; Danny Marks @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues; $35

8:30> Crushed Out; Laue or Die; Pins & Needles @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~eclectic; $10

9-1> The Pearl Motel @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> By Divine Right; Lebarons; Our Father Star; Kevin Foster and the Nik Naks @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~indie; $10

9> Matty Powell @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West

9:30> D’arcy Good @ Amico’s Pizza, 1648 Queen St. W., TO West ~Roots/Blues songwriter

10> Ken Yoshioka Blues Trio feat. Dave McManus @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

10-2> Big Tobacco & The Pickers @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W. ~original Country; $10

10> Café Cubano @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Cuban Salsa; $15

10> Andria Simone @ 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Soul; no cover


8> Weiss Blau Band @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~German Folk; $16+

8> Tea For Two @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop

9> Blaine Bomberry @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford  ~Blues

9:30> Jason Redman @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop

10:30> Knee Deep @ Norfolk Tavern, 200 Main St., Port Dover ~Rock


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

8:30> Dean James @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> McAndrew; Huron & Moore @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

9> Lonely Parade album release for No Shade; guests Casper Skulls; Stacey Green Jumps @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie Rock; $8/pwyc

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

10> Snow Blink; Nick Procyshyn @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

9> Steel City @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9> Professors of Funk @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Funk/R&B

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

10-2> The Bomb @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa


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

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

9:30> The Mixx @ 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> East Coast Kitchen Party @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> Nezqwik @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~Jazz/Funk fusion

8> Maria Muldar with Laura Cole @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Pop Jazz/Soul icon; $28.25

8> Jack’D Up @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> Kilkilled by Meth album release; guests The Noble Savages; Artifical Dissemination; BSHC; Klazo @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $7

9:30> Retroaction; The Lad Classic; Was it the Walrus; Run Maggie Run @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $

905 WEST

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

*6-9> Larry Melton @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues/Jazz/Pop

8> T.G. & The Swampbusters @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~

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

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

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

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

9:30> Pretzel Logic @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Steely Dan tribute; $

9:30> Last Exit @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Hellbent Rockers @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30-11:30> Glenn Groves @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

10-2> Hair of The Dog @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~

10> Wasted Measures @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:15> The Dukes @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Country Rock

10:30> Must Stash Hat @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~original Pop Rock

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