Multi-talented Fergus Hambleton shines at Beach gem Feathers tonight| 160507Sa | Shows for Sat., May 07, 2022

Fergus Hambleton -Gary 17


A superlatively talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who is a master of diverse genres, Fergus Hambleton is surprisingly laid back and unassuming for a man with so many artistic gifts.

A sax player, singer and co-founder of Juno-winning Reggae band The Sattalites, Hambleton’s pedigree actually goes back to the 60s in Yorkville, when he was a mainstay of the Folk-Rock scene as a member of various bands and when he released two albums in the genre.

After meeting fellow Satallites founder Jo Jo Bennett in the early 1970s, the two eventually teamed up to start the now legendary group, which has released several albums of original material and has copped two Junos. That combo is still heavily in demand for A-list show, yet every Tuesday manages to find time to appear at its longstanding Tuesday night residence at Orbit Room.

He’s also explored Jazz, performing on reeds, winds and guitar with many artists of various styles, and fronts his own group, The Jazz Lovers Society, in that realm.  He’s also released other albums of original material over the years, including, almost exactly a year ago, his latest, Written On The Wind, at a gala show at Hugh’s Room.

Lately we’ve been spotting him in the east-Toronto area, however, where often he’s accompanied by Jazz singer, pianist and songwriter Julie Long, together attending jams at Black Swan and Relish, for example (where he also recently did a showcase) and at these events he melds into the crowd as just one of the gang —until he hits the stage when even though he’s low-key in demeanour his skills stand out.

Tonight I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Long in the audience —and perhaps up on the stage area at some point— when Hambleton is featured at The Feathers Pub in the Upper Beach area.  Like Fergus himself, the musician-owned club (Reid Pickering, songwriter/leader of Country-Pop band The Ditch Horses is the proprietor) maintains a fairly circumspect profile on the local music scene while nevertheless delivering a superb experience.

Feathers, which is really designed to be a darts ‘n’ bitters-friendly authentic English pub, actually only presents live shows one night a week, on Saturdays.  But it more than makes up in quality of talents what it lacks in quantity.  Highly acclaimed songwriter Dan Leask is a regular performer in the cozy, casual spot and recent Saturday songwriter showcases have included artists like Melanie Peterson, Lucas Stagg, Tanya Philopovich and Michael Danckert, to name a few.

This evening’s lineup is a stellar example too: Hambleton is sharing the stage with Don Stevenson (a key songwriting member of legendary U.S. 60s psychedelic Jazz-Rock icons Moby Grape) and guitarist Tim Bovaconti, who has played with more chart-topping stars than you can count on a clear night looking out over the lake.

Tonight’s show in the room at 962 Kingston Road (a few blocks west of Victoria Park) runs 9-12 and amazingly there’s no cover.  But if you like what you hear, do pick up a copy of Ferg’s new disc.

-Gary 17,

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416 - Toronto Central

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

Noon-6 > CMW: Jessica Speziale; Scott Neary; Adam Jenkins; Mae Janelle Berte; Gestures; Daniel Field @ The Central (2nd floor), 603 Markham St., TO ~indie; $10/wb

1:30-4:30 Words & Music with hosts Linda Stitt + Glen Hornblast @ Vino Rosso, 995 Bay St. TO ~eclectic original mix with guests Harpin’ Norm Lucien, Richard Sabsay & Sam Crush, more

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

3> The Hot Five Jazzmakers @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~traditional Jazz; $5

3> CMW: Smokey Witt @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~$/wb

3-6> Barry Elmes @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz

3:30> EMS (Emergency Musical Services @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~big band Jazz; $

4> Jack Marks & Lost Wages @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Countr-Roots songwriter

4-7> Vince Volpe Trio @ 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

6-8> Duly Noted @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

6> CMW: United Nations; Ev Kinsella; Chris Godfrey; Bad Dad & The Pool Girls; Ericarthur; A Fellow Ship; Art//The Band; Jack The Lads @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO ~indie; $10/wb

6> CMW: Rattlesnake Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~$/wb

7?> tba @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., TO ~indie

7> CMW: Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies; Brass Bed; Avalanche City; Timberwolf; Scenic Route To Alaska; Chris Velan @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $10/wb

7:30> The Spanish Waiter @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

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

8-9:30> Hampton Avenue @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO

8-3> CMW: XPrime; The Middle Coast; The Rathburns; San Felix; Peasants King; Overhead, The Albatross @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock; $10/wb

8-4> CMW: Valley; Midnight Shine; Sam Cash and the Romantic; Modern Space; Attica Riots; Bleeker; Proud Sons; The Vidos @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~$?

8-4> CMW: Kroy; Nyssa; Caveboy; For Esme; Blanka; She-Devils; Secret Guest; Drez; Rich Kidd @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave., TO ~indie; $10/wb

8-4> CMW: Forever Distracted; No Stories; Dr. Vena; Moon Tan; Dorian Gray; Sumo Cyco; Secret Gues; Waxy @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St., TO ~indie; $10/wb

8:30> Matt Cooke @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~songwriter

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

9-4> CMW: Beauts; Mardeen; Walrus; Customarie; Hotkid; The Hones Heart Collective @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $10/wb

9> The Ayerhart Roofing Co. @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock

9> U Out @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd., TO North

9> Steve Koven Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $

9:30> Juggernaut & guests @ P.J. O’Brien, 39 Colborne St., TO ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Cece Pastor & Word of Mouth @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Rock/Blues/Top 40; $

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

9:45> NYC’s Uri Gurbich @ 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> CMW: Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO Blues; $/wb

10> Lindsay Brohan @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock

10-2> Swingin’ Blackjacks @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Rockabilly

10> Kurt Swinghammer; Gregory Hoskins opens @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~Roots icon; $

10> Shred Penner @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West, TO ~Pop Rock

416 - Toronto East

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

6-8> Mediterranean Stars featuring Ed Roth on accordion @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Mediterranean Gypsy Folk/Jazz

6-8> Thelonious Hank @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Country

7:30> Frank Wilks & Freedom Express @ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22, 1240 Woodbine Ave., TO East ~cover & original Pop Rock; $

8> CMW: Royal Wood @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~$?

8> Mudpunch @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Blues Rock duo

*8:30> open mic with host Jenn Kee @ The Grover Pub, 676 Kingston Rd., TO East

9-1> Sam Taylor & The East End Love @ The Peppery Cat, 1953 Queen St. E., TO East ~original & cover Blues; no cover

9-12> Fergus Hambleton, Don Stevenon & Tim Bovaconti @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~songwriter

9-11> Yukon Cigar @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

9> The Magpies @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Parkside Drive @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rock/Top 40

9> James Sheehan @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

9:30-11:30> The Pearl Motel @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~

9:30> Jerome Godboo Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Blues; $10

10> CMW: The Vanishers; Barren Acres; Them Dang Rattlers; Trainwreck ~Country; $10/wb

10> The O’Deadly’s @ An Sibin Pub, 709 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

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

416 – Toronto Etobicoke

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

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

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

7:30> Monica Chapman Quartet @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; minimum table charge

8> Little Peter and the Elegants @ Winston Churchill Legion, 150 8th St., Etobicoke !50s/60s dance party Rock ‘n’ Roll; $10

8> Groove Nights @ Old Mill Inn (Dining Room), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~eclectic Pop Rock; minimum table charge

9> Donnie Meeker @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock

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

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

9:30> The Kings of The Midway @ Refinery Public House, 3039 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~Pop

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

10-2> 4 Lion Sound @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~

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

416 – Toronto Scarborough

2-5> Canada Rocks hosts Wounded Warriors benefit with Honey Badger @ The Loaded Dog, 1921 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough

7:30> Shari Ulrich for Acoustic Harvest @ Robinson Hall in St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Roots; $25

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

9> Sonic Boom @ The Birchmount, 462 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough ~KISS tribute; $

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> The Ugly Horse Band @ The Loaded Dog, 1921 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough ~Celtic/East Coast

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 Frank B @ Magic Oven, 347 Keele St., TO West

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

5-8> Dan Mock and Kristin Cavoukian @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots/Americana

5-7> Total Gadjos @ The Tennessee, 1554 Queen St. W., TO West

*5-8> Blues jam with Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~Blues

6-1> CMW: Stonetrot; Jessica Mitchell; The Dead South; The Pistolwhips; Andrew Combs; The Kents; Shane Murphy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~$10/wb

7:30> CMW: The City Gates; darts; Goodby Honolulu; Acid Priest; MUUY; BIIEN; Sharmuffin @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $10/wb

8-10> Mike Aceto @ Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W., TO West ~acoustic Roots/Blues/Pop

8:30> David Rotundo Band @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues; $

9-1> Melissa Boyce Jazz & Blues Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz/Blues

9> Dale D’Amore @ The Tennessee, 1554 Queen St. W., TO West

9> CMW: Amelie Patterson; Devarrow; Sam Weber; Jen Lane; Mike Edel @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West  ~indie; $10/wb

9> Geary Street Groove Band @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Afro-Funk/Soul

9:30> Bill Heffernan & His Homeland Security Band @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~original Rootsabilly

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

9:30> The Kat Kings @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West

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

10:30> Papiosco Y Los Ritmicos @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Salsa; $15


3-6> The Pappy Johns Band @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford

9> The Doozies @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Ediburgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop

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


4> Was It The Walrus; The Retroaction; From The Ruins @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough

5> Michelle Prins & Nicholas @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8-11:45> Coldjack @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood

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

9:30> The Stephanie Gregg Band @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

10> Ron Hawkins @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~original Rock

905 East

1-8> Ajax Beer Fest with The Funny Waiter (1, 3 & 5 pm); Double The Pleasure (1:30 & 3:30); The Macs featuring Rob MacArthur (5:30-7) @ Ajax Community Centere, 75 Centennial Rd., Ajax ~eclectic; $

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

8> Livin’ The Dream & Boris Buhot @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Pop Rock; no cover

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

9> Screams of Demons; Fallen Legion; Viledriver @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa

9-1> I Heart @ Tap and Tankard, 224 Brock Rd. S., Whitby ~Rock/Pop

9> Awareness; Break The Trend; Blamethrower @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~original Rock; $

9:30> Red Velvet @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40

10-2> Trilogy @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax ~Pop Rock

10-2> Big Bang @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40

905 North

7:30> Whatever Sticks featuring Sue Martin @ The Cornerhouse, 6403 Main St., Stouffville ~Pop Rock

9> Dickie & The Boys @ Muddy Water Hotel, 25 Main St. W., Beeton ~Pop Rock

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> Andy Earle & The Bandits @ Fionn MacCool’s Newmarket, 17315 Leslie St., Newmarket ~Pop

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

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

9:30> Daybreak @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock

10> Fockler @ Village Inn, 2 Holland St. E., Bradford ~Rock

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

905 South

**2-4:30> Davidson, Dicresce & Nero host jam with guests @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

**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 Terry Blersh with The Mighty Duck Band @ The Golden Pheasant, 244 Ontario St., St. Catharines ~R&B/Blues

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

7> Royal Tusk @ Club Absinthe, 38 King William St., Hamilton

8> Reflexion @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> Rae Spoon; LAL; Haolin Munk @ Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St., Hamilton ~$12

9> Laura Cole @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton

9> The Lizards @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Phish tribute

9> Patrick Lawton @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

9> Deluxe Drive @ Wellington Arms, 222 Cannon St. E., Hamilton

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

9> Dunn @ Moe’s Tap & Grill, 190 Main St. E., Port Colborne ~Rock/Top 40

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

9:30> The Fletcher Project @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton

9:30> Madhatters @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~Rock/Top 40

905 West

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

**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest Terry Chilholm @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues

*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

*4-8> Big Bob Hammon and the Mississauga Delta Blues Band @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Delta Blues

8-12> Wayne Cheddie band @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~$10

9> Pop Agenda @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~Pop

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

9:30> Soul FUNKshun featuring Dave Girdlestone on guitar @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Funk/R&B/Rock

9:30> Barlow, Yeh and Michaels @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

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

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

9:30> Groove Hammer @ Sixth Line Pub, 1500 Sixth Line, Oakville ~Rock/Blues/Pop

9:30> The Remenents @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington

9:30-11:45> Uprise @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Rock/Pop

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

10-2> Krista Blondin Band @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40/Blues; $

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

10:15> Groove Marmalade @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga

10:30> The Cover Boards @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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