Carmen Toth offering tit-for-tat if you see her at Horseshoe | 170116Mo | Shows for Mon. Jan. 16, 2017

Carmen Toth -Gary 17

Carmen Toth -Gary 17


Having finally resolved the question of what to call herself (she’s settled on her given name, leaving the Social Potion moniker for perhaps another project), effervescent Pop/Rock singer-songwriter Carmen Toth has been bearing down and relentlessly rehearsing and promoting her music of late.

And the engagingly ebullient and sultry songstress, who’s also adept at a wide range of covers but particularly drawn to Fleetwood Mac and similar styles, really wants you to see her set tonight at Horseshoe Tavern downtown.

She’s the anchor act, following openers The Madonnas and Johnny Menace, for a three-artist no-cover charge indie showcase taking place from 9 p.m. on the club’s awesome back room stage at 370 Queen St. West at Spadina.

Carmen Toth -Michele O’Neill

And so eager is she for you to come out to see her 11:15 set, which will also include drummer Kyle Sullivan and bassist/backup singer Jillian Bunting, that she’ll pay you, sort of, reciprocating in kind if you show up.

“I’m telling any fellow musician that goes that I will do a ‘show for show,’ meaning that I will go to one of their shows in exchange,” she told us in an email.

“I am also taking the emails of everyone who goes so I can send them all a free download of a single from my new ep when it’s ready, and everyone who doesn’t already have it can have a free copy of my debut Social Potion CD and/or they can also download it free online,” she added.

She said she’ll perform a few tunes from the first ep —no doubt including hit-in-waiting “Drive Myself Home”, about which I’ve waxed rhapsodically previously— and also a selection of new songs from her forthcoming release, expected to be out later this year.

As we’ve told you previously, Toth has achieved a fair amount since making her debut on stage only six years ago.  She’s gone even further since splitting with her former SP partner two years ago and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her end up “doing a Suzie McNeil” and quickly rocketing to a much higher level of recognition if she ever ends up also leaving her day job again too.

-Gary 17,

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


6> Heavy On The Willie @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country

6> “Hot Sauced Poetry” @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO ~poetry

6:30> U of T Jazz Ensembles @ 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> 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

9> Free Indie Showcase with The Madonnas; Johnny Menace; Carmen Toth @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~original Pop; 0$

**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

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

9:30> Humber College Student Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

161110-support-the-moon10> 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> Yonge Kings @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

*10> live musical theatre open mic @ Statler’s, 487 Church St., TO


7-10> Dan Walsh @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., Toronto East ~Bluesgrass songwriter; 0$

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

*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with 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

*9:30-2> 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 with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough


5-8> Chris Gale @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

7> Daniel Diaz @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

*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

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

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

9-1> Sunday Wilde; Reno Jack @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

9:30> Jake Koffman Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

*10> Wing Night (The Band) @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen 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

9:30> Tuck & The Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo


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

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


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


*8:30-12:30> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country

11> Mary Simon @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., 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> The Dedbeats @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock ‘n’ Roll

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


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