Friends and jammers gather to remember the late Bruce Adamson tonight | 161219Mo | Shows for Mon. Dec. 19, 2016

Bruce Adamson in the sweet zone with The Crown Jewels at Dora Keogh in May, 2013. -Gary 17

Bruce Adamson in the sweet zone with The Crown Jewels at Dora Keogh in May, 2013. -GARY 17


It’s been a year now since family, friends and band mates of the late Bruce Adamson heard the shocking news that the Rock/Pop guitarist had died suddenly on December 15 of 2015 and for many the pain of losing him has not eased much in that time.

While no cause of death was publicly revealed, he had undergone heart surgery earlier in the year, although several friends said after the news was spread that he had seemed robust and been “back in the groove” performing with his current band, The Crown Jewels, as well as regularly at the Monday open stage at Dora Keogh.

He was a very much in-demand backing player for many of the regular participants at the weekly gatherings in the club at 141 Danforth Ave. and many of those musicians expressed disbelief and dismay at his untimely demise.

The host of the jam, Julian Taylor, in whose indie band, Staggered Crossing, Adamson played guitar during for five years during its 1997-2001 heyday, held a special edition of the event a year ago to honour his departed comrade, and tonight’s gathering will likewise be dedicated to his memory, he says.

“Many of us who knew Bruce well and played with him frequently are getting together to remember him by telling stories and playing songs,” Julian said about this evening’s 8:30 – 12 Raise A Glass to Bruce gathering.

“There’s been a huge gap since he left us and we want to come together to be close to one another and comfort each other.  He would have wanted it that way.”

Adamson will be among those included in Toronto Moon’s forthcoming Musical Legacies Online Museum on the website once enough support has been garnered to launch that project.

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Monday, December 19, 2021

161110-support-the-moonListings 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.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. 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.

Names of subscribers appear in bold, are underlined and, where applicable, include a live link to their websites. Advertisers’ listings are in larger highlighted type, include live link to website and also have ad icon included in listings.


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


6:30> Triple Bari Ensemble @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Brian Sasaki @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

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

7:30> Kat Goldman @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

7:30> George Lake Big Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~R&B/Swing

8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

8-12> Charles Tilden; Twin Voices; Baby Cages; Lake Forest @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., TO

*8-11> Legible Illegibles host poerty open mic @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W., TO

8:30> Chihiro and the Bluenotes; Lawnie Wallace; Fire The Neighbours @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; 0$

**8:30-1:30> Christmas party jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO; 0$

*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade, TO

9:30> The Black Lodge; They Might Be Fascists; The Killer Wails; Old Ceremonies; Glad To Be Here @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO ~indie Rock; $

9:30> Jenie Thai @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~R&B/Blues; $

**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Sarah Greene @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10> Lost In The Wilderness; guests tba @ Lost And Found, 577 King St. W., TO ~Hip Hop

Click to donate at or email

Click to donate at or email [email protected]


7-10> Pat Maloney @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., Toronto East ~songwriter; 0$

**7:30> M-Factor Mondays with host Elana Harte & Lucio Agostini with features by Julie Long & Fergus Hambleton @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East ~songwriters; 0$

8:30-10:30> Bay of Pigs @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays open stage jam toasts the late Bruce Adamson with hosts Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. TO East; 0$

*9-12> The Out of Towners @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Tom Waits covers; 0$

*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan (ground floor), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East; 0$


*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst also featuring Anthony Cee & Rick Anderson host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke


*8-11> open stage @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough


5-8> Andy Malette @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~solo piano

7> Jacob Gorzhaltsan Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

7> Carousel Kings; Harbour; Carried Away @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $

*7:30> Balfolk @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~French Folk music & dance; $5-10/pwyc

*8-11> Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~Blues

8:30> My Father’s Son; Jerry Leger @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~original acoustic Pop; $10

9-1> Linda Carone with Peter Hill on piano @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~torch Jazz; pwyc

*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass

9> Rob McLaren & Nick Doneff @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West

*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West

*9> Wing Night (The Band) @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W., TO West

9:30> Ernesto Cervini Trio @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

*10> open mic with Richard McCarthy & feature @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W., TO West


*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

*8-2> Matt Weidinger @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic originals & covers


*7> Rick & Gailie & John Steele @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> Sound of the Mountain; Paulabulus; Ad Hoc Shop @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~various art-noise ensembles; $8/pwyc

9?> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.

905 EAST

*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa


8> “Christmas Celebration” with the Richmond Hill Concert Band and York Region Police Male Chorus @ Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~seasonal; $35

9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket


7> Ear Candy @ Doc Magilligan’s, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~acoustic Pop

*8:30-12:30> songwriters open stage with host JP Riemens @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

905 WEST

*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

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

9-1> Kevin Reid & The Dedbeats @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40

*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit

Copyright © 2016 Toronto Moon Magazine. All Rights Reserved