Annual Elegants dance helps Compass provide direction for disadvantaged | 160130Sa | Shows for Sat., Jan. 30, 2016


Little Peter and the Elegants

Little Peter and the Elegants


Most people these days are aware that music, in addition to its ability to create enjoyment and help smooth social situations, has healing and other beneficial qualities. But as a Mississauga-based R&B/vintage Rock singer is demonstrating, it can also help to create positive changes in the direction of people’s lives.

For the past eight years, and again tonight at the Port Credit Legion, singer Peter Toller has assembled his veteran Little Peter & the Elegants group to perform at a dance that benefits a social support organization known as The Compass.

The Compass is a registered charity that opened in Port Credit in 2002 to address concerns about people experiencing severe economic and social challenges. Today, the organization offers a food market where qualifying customers can shop for no-cost food, provides language and computer training classes, as well as legal support and activities such as life skills workshops. As its name would suggest, The Compass helps to orient people who are facing challenges so they can find more positive directions for their lives.

Peter Toller -supplied

Peter Toller -supplied

Toller, a Port Credit insurance agent when he’s not singing, got involved in supporting the organization back in 2007 when he was delivering food donated by his local church to the group. Knowing that it was always needing more funding to do its work one day he had a brainwave idea for putting on a Dance For The Compass event, reasoning that if the dozen churches already supporting the Compass all bought tickets it could make a big difference.

In January 2008, the first Dancing for The Compass night was held upstairs at the Port Credit Legion and was an instant hit that’s now an annual tradition, raising well over $20,000 over the past eight years as almost 2,000 folks have supported the Compass at the events.

Toller says the annual show “is a highlight of the year for the band.”

Some folks attend every year and word-of-mouth advertising always gets new faces checking out the excitement, he says, and the group feels rewarded because “to attract close to 240 people every year is quite an achievement.” dancing forCOMPASS

It’s all possible in large part, of course, because the band is very talented at what they do. As we told you recently, this troupe is a highly proficient veteran combo that’s been together with Peter at the helm for 42 years now. The 8-piece band delivers 50s/60s hits with a focus on vocal harmonies, with five members playing instruments and singing backups for the three lead singers up front. More than just a gig, this band truly puts on a show.

The Port Credit Legion, at 35 Front St. N. next to the Credit River just north of the lake, is a perfect fit for fans who in some cases have been following them for their entire career. The upstairs room where the show take place offers comfortable seating at tables that seat ten people and boasts a large wooden dance floor. It also has a cash bar and there’s even an elevator provided from ground level.

In addition to funds from the sale of tickets for $30 at the door, The Compass also benefits from raffles at the event. Doors open at 7:00pm, the show runs 8 to midnight and a light buffet is served after 9:30 p.m.

For more information you can call Peter at 416-464-8067 or see the group’s website at

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Saturday, January 30, 2022

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150921 Support

416 - Toronto Central

*12-3> The Sinners Choir @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*2> Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show open stage with Brian Gladstone @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~Roots

3> Jamzac @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

3:30> Mississauga Big Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

3:30> Dave Young Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz

4-7> Rick Levine @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~$

*4:40-7:30> The Happy Pals @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~New Orleans Jazz

*5-8> Blues & Troubles @ Déjà vu Bar, 389 College St., TO ~Blues

6> Colonel Tom & The American Pour featuring Peter Hill on keys @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country

6-8> The Ault Sisters @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

7:30> Justin Bacchus @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~ Jazz; $

8> Star Lab @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

9> Zeib Next Door Band @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W., TO

9> The Better Half @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock

9> Jay Harmony & The Groove Sharks @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Blues

9> Bud Baxter Band @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd., TO North

9> Russ Little Quintet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $

9> Tommy Youngsteen @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~$12

9> The Leslie Spits; Adult Services; House Taken Over; Brian Sasaki & The Scuffed Souls @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E., TO ~indie Rock/Folk

9-12> Rough Spells; The Glass People @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO

9> Megan Lane with guest Andrea Ramolo @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., TO ~lumberjane Roots-Rock

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

9:45> Metalwood reunion & new album recording @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*9:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

10> Ride The Tiger @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul; $

10> Greg Cockerill Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country/Indie

10> Cliantro Collective @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10-2> Caution Jam @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Grateful Dead style jam band

10:30> Jordo Arnott Band @ Fionn MacCool’s Esplanade, 70 The Esplanade ~Pop Rock

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

416 - Toronto East

*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E., TO East ~R&B

*4-7:30> Ronnie Hayward Trio @ McQueen’s, 993 Queen St. E., TO E. ~Blues/Roots

6-8> Lily Frost and Thelonius Hank @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Country

7> The Watchmen @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East; $

9-12> David Leask @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~songwriter

9> Tim Bovaconti Big Band @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Pop Rock

9> BACA @ The Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rock/Pop

9-11> Communism @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~indie

9:30-11:30> Fraz Milne Electrical Band @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~songwriter

9:30> Silvergun Supermen @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Stone Temple Pilots tribute; $10

416 – Toronto Etobicoke

*3-6> Danny B Band @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke South ~R&B/Blues

Southside 160125**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Kimberley Wetmore @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B

*4-8> The Meteors with guest Neil Chapman @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Blues/Rock/R&B

7:30> Mike Downes Trio @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; minimum table charge

8> Knotslip @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~Slipknot tribute; $

9> Cadillac Daddies @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Rock/Blues

9:30> Blackboard Blues Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~big-band Blues; $

10-2> Groove Marmalade @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40


416 – Toronto Scarborough

*3-6> Still Sunday featuring Jim Cornell hosts invite Rock/Blues jam @ The Loaded Dog, 1921 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough

9-1> Peter Lafferty @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~ Pop Rock

9:30> Rock jam with Tommy Rocker Band @ Centro Pizza, 3406 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

*9:30-2> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Winners, 2181 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough

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

9:30> Billik @ Kornerstones, 1601 Birchmount Ave., Scarborough ~Rock/Top 40

416 - Toronto West

*12-3> Julian Fauth’s Blues Brunch @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

**2-6> open mic with guest host Michael Cuddy @ Magic Oven, 347 Keele St., TO West

3> Plectrified @ TO Lounge, 1384 Queen St. W., TO West ~Blues

**5-8> Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions with featured guest Lucas Stagg Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~Roots/Country/Pop

5-8> Rattlesnake Choir; Adam Faux and the Luck Factory Duo @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Roots/Rockabilly

5-8> Meredith Moon & The Oldest Man I Know @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~old-time Country

7> Combo Royal @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Ave., TO West ~Swing; $

8-10> Dave Allen @ Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Folk songwriter

8:30> Garnet Rogers @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Folk; $27.50

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

9> By Divine Right; Patti Cake; Nick Ferrio @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~$10

9> Jordan B. Wright album release with guest Dina Thorpe @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; $

9> Greys; Chastity; PONY @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $

9> The Belle Regards @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~indie Folk

9:30> Bad Dog @ The Cat, 3153 Dundas St. W., ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Big Rude Jake @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~Blues; $

9:30> The Clearing @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St., TO West ~Pop Rock

10-2> Hot Wax Meltdown @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

10:30> El Quinto @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Salsa; $15


3-6> Trickbag @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford ~Blues/Roots/R&B

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

9> Dave Barrow; Mason Smoke @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Ediburgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop

9:30> Lex & Sara @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop


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

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

9> benefit for Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough

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

9:30> Dub Trinity @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~Bob Marley tribute

10> Sea Drugs; Spell; Faux Cults @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

11:30> The Weber Brothers @ The Venue, 286 George St. N., Peterborough ~Blues

905 East

*3-5> The Grace Trio @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

*4> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues

*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax

9> Ray Darren Band @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9-1> Charlie Jackson @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9> XPrime; Kim The Lion; Stranded Cruiser @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie

9:30> Still Sunday featuring Jim Cornell @ Sabina’s, 1755 Pickering Pkwy., Pickering ~Rock/Blues

9:30> Philcos @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock

9:30> Something Extra @ West Shore, 877 Bayly St., Pickering ~Rock/Pop

10> 3 Sheets 2 The Wind @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

10-2> Saturday Night House Party @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax ~Pop Rock

10-2> Two For The Show @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

905 North

9> The Twangsters @ Top Spot Pub, 87 High St., Sutton ~Country

9-1> Bone-Yard @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9> Andrew Grady @ Fionn MacCool’s Newmarket, 17315 Leslie St., Newmarket ~Pop

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

9:30> Midnight Jewel featuring Brian Potts on bass @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock

9:30> Bon Jovi Forever @ Stewart Maguire’s Landing, 15 Allan Rd., Bolton ~Bon Jovi tribute

9:30> Nosmo King @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

*11> DJ Ozne (Enzo Simone) @ Britannia Pub, 7359 Yonge St., Thornhill

905 South

**2> Brant Parker Band with guest tba @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~Blues

*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton

**2:30> special guest with The Mighty Duck Band, The Duck, 244 Ontario St., St. Catharines ~R&B/Blues

**2:30> Blues Matinée @ Coach & Lantern (upstairs), 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues

8> Mighty Duck Blues Band with guest Al Lerman @ Jet Hall, 746 Barton St. E., Hamilton ~Blues; $

9> Strummers Union @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues/Roots

9> Burnt Sugar; The Arkestra Chamber; Rick James; Haolin Munk @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~iconic Can Rock/indie; $18

9> The Werks; Greasemonkey; Raddleshack; Chartreuse @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie Rock; $

**9> Niagara Rhythm Section @ The Old Winery, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~R&B/Blues

9:30> LVO @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

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

905 West

**2-6> Sil Simone Band with special guest Gene Hardy @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Blues

**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest Carolyn T @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues/Souldancing forCOMPASS

*3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit

*3-7> open stage jam @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

*6-9> Sultry Sounds @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~R&B/Blues/Jazz

8> Dance For The Compass benefit with Little Peter and the Elegants @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit ~50s-60s harmonic Rock ‘n’ Roll ~$30

8-12> Ray Montford solo @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~eclectic songwriter; $15

9> The Pub Jugs @ Fionn MacCool’s Oakville, 350 Dundas St. E., Oakville ~Pop

9> Rainbow Dance @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington

9:30> Phil & John featuring Phil Naro @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock

9:30> Voodoo Walters @ Sixth Line Pub, 1500 Sixth Line, Oakville ~Blues/Rock

9:30> Fat Tony @ Tin Cup Burlington, 1831 Walker’s Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

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

9:30> Freedom Train @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Midlife Crisis @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Rock/Pop

10-2> Krista Blondin Band @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Blues/Jazz; $

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