High-energy Michael Bär a tasty musical treat loaded with fibre | TorontoMoon.ca 161119Sa | Shows for Sat. Nov. 19, 2016

'Sofa on the Curb' front cover art

‘Sofa on the Curb’ front cover art


It’s not yet been six years since I first met Rootsy-Pop songwriter Michael Bär in March of 2011 when he came out to the second week of an open stage I had started at Terri O’s, close to home for him on Danforth Ave. near Broadview.  Pretty much since that night, and certainly by Week 10 on May 18 of that year, when he did the first of several show features for me over the years since, I have been bugging him to “record your originals and release a cd!”

And now, he finally has!  And I’m happy to say it was worth the wait.  Tonight at Black Swan Tavern Sofa on the Curb will be unveiled in front of a good sized crowd if Bär’s track record doing other events is any indication —he brought nearly 40 people to a small pub a couple of years ago just to see him do a feature guest set!

These and other fans of this affable but sometimes pensive artist will be delighted to hear that some of the tunes which have been staples of his solo and band sets over the past few years are all included.  Here they’re done up with a pro backing band treatment, making catchy ones like “Hot Rod”, and “Animal Love” and “I Don’t Believe You” even more so.

And there are some new songs —or at least ones I’m not familiar with— among the dozen tracks on this debut album —and at least a couple of them seem destined to join my earworm list, where “IDBY” and the title track have resided for some time now.

Michael Bär trio @ Winterfolk for SongTown -GARY 17

Michael Bär trio @ Winterfolk for SongTown -GARY 17

The backing players (most of whom will join him tonight) are all about as experienced and solid as you can get without going to L.A. or Nashville and with results just as satisfactory.  Multi-instrumentalist Steve Sherman —in whose studio the disc was recorded and mastered, and who produced and engineered it— is all over the place musically too, appearing on every track and playing at least seven instruments.

I’m pretty sure that Mike and Steve would have met through the SongTown showcases put on by Pete Otis over the past few years, including his Winterfolk Festival shows that included both.  By this past April, when Bär did a guest set at Otis’s album release for Mountains To Climb, it was as a trio with Sherman on second guitar and veteran Country/Blues bassist Darwin Bruce, who also appears on several tunes on the album and for tonight’s show.

Backup singing from lovely vocalist and longtime Bär musical associate Deanna Di Pasquale Giffen and by Stephen Court is used effectively in the studio and the disc also benefits from the pedal steel sweetness of Jim Robbins along with a cameo appearance by Lou Clentano on guitar and two by harmonica ace Jerome Godboo.

It’s interesting to me that in the Facebook promo for tonight’s release show it’s the back cover artwork (Suzanne McCormick did both) of the album that’s being used for the main poster pic.  That’s particularly significant, I think, because the two “sides” of the album art each reflect what I perceive as a strongly dual nature in the soul of this beanstalk-tall and lanky balladeer with a winning smile and worrisome frown.

'Sofa on the Curb' back cover art

‘Sofa on the Curb’ back cover art

As much as I appreciate and enjoy the yin-yang, sunny-moony dichotomy of the cover and back cover images, because they certainly each reflect the contradictory yet related aspects of his persona and his songs, I think I would have gone with a different title track, namely “IDBY”, because that song perhaps ultimately best captures that tug-of-war that Bär seems to feel between optimism and its opposite.

While seemingly based on a painful incident (whether it occurred or not) of being abandoned shabbily by one’s lover, “IDBY” has a bouncy, cheerful feel to it musically and vocally, seeming to say “ya this sucks but so what, I’m gonna laugh about it.”  To me that’s the quintessential Bär, the product of a forced merger of obverse sensibilities that makes him more than just a crooner or a player, that makes him a songwriter with levels and nuances, even while it’s all easily digestible sonically.

The title track, in contrast, is a sort of one-sided, lilty Country delight of a ditty about playing house with found furniture and watching the people on the street watch you watch them.  Similarly, “Animal Love” and “Hot Rod” are also both a couple of feel-good tracks that you see represented by the image on the album cover, with that lovely, giggly, sun-splashed and seemingly complete unworried smile shining through.

The lead-off track, “Shackles”, while the title sounds ominous and it seems there’s some element of stress behind it, is nevertheless musically a feel-good Country-Blues Pop hybrid.  Yet that contrast between subject and sound helps set the tone for what’s to come: a blend of light-heartedness and serious soul-searching going on at same time.

The back cover art —literally a rasterized, deep gray hued back-view of Bär looking out over a none-too-friendly, even ominous, TO skyline from a vantage point clearly outside that world, alone and looking on with an expression hidden from our ken— represents to me his other aspect, of uncompromising and forlorn direct regard of the foibles and failures of our humanity.

On that darker end of the scale, “Trestle” is a wrenching story ballad which, if not autobiographical, sure sounds it through Bär’s obviously painful and hauntingly remote nasal/echo-chamber recounting of the death of a boy (his actual brother?) playing “chicken” with trains.  Yet even this is given a chugga-chugga, rolling, Rocking musical accompaniment.  The blen is eerie and menacing, actually.  Other numbers that also seem more emotionally fraught include enigmatic “Iodine” and the two versions of the song “Your Lover, She’s Keeping Me Awake” —which mysteriously both appear here.

There are layers and subtexts in many of the tunes here (not to mention some very clever rhymes!) that I think people will want to explore through repeated and regular listens —and if that’s not the hallmark of successful singer-songwriterdom then I don’t know what is.

The show kicks off at 9pm on the ground floor back room stage of the club at 154 Danforth Ave. and there doesn’t appear to be a cover charge —although obviously you can expect that there will be copies of the disc for sale.  Before the main attraction, bass player Bruce will show another aspect of his self as well, doing an opening set of Country/Old-Timey covers and originals solo on acoustic guitar to warm up the room.

-Gary 17. TorontoMoon.ca


SHOW LISTINGS for Saturday, November 19, 2021

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CIW = Canadian Indie Week Festival


8-12> BLUZ-FM with Danny Marks @ JAZZ.FM91

416 – TORONTO CENTRAL dr-b-medicine-show

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

1> Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show open stage with host Brian Gladstone @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO

2-6> invitational open mic with host Annette Shaffer & backline with 4-piece house band featuring Kevin Jeffrey on bass @ Hard Rock Toronto, 279 Yonge St., TO ~$20 (musicians free)

3> The Boxcar Boys @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~old-time Country Jazz; $5

3-6> Pat Labarbera Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz

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

4> Sin City Boys featuring Kevin Jollimore @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~

4-7> York Jazz Ensemble @ 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> Alex Tait & Mackenzie Longpre @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6> Triple Bari and Willian Hunt Quintet @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO ~Jazz

6> ATX5 @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

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

8-2> CIW competition winners 8-12; 12-2: BR Mackie; Los Bolitas @ Cameron House (back), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~eclectic indie; $10

8-11> CIW: various acts including Fade Awaays; Goodbye Honolulu; Missy Bauman; Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave., TO ~indie; $10

8:30> Neil Bennet; Jordan Paul; Shannon Roszell; Noble Scoundrel @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~songwriters; $6

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

8:30> Emily Kinney @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W., TO ~$20

9> Sarnia Boys @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~indie

9> Grass Grows Back @ Hard Café Toronto, 279 Yonge St., TO

9> Candace Sand Trio @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock

9> Gunslingers @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd., TO North ~Guns N Roses tribute

9> Steve Koven Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~piano Jazz; $15

9> The Planet Smashers; The Creepshow; Boids @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $18.50

9> The Census @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO ~indie

9> The Dawgs @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Rock/Top 40; $

9:30> Stevie Ray & Friends Vaughan Experience @ Originals, 1660 Bayview Ave., TO North ~tribute

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

9:45> High Court County featuring Arie Papernick on guitar for Movember fundraiser @ Royal Canadian Legion 66, 6 Spring Garden Ave., TO North ~Rock

9:45> Cameron Wallis with Alberto Marscio Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Montreal/Italy Jazz; $

*9:45> Robin Banks Band @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

10> Ride The Tiger @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul; $

10-2> Mike McDonald and Pat Rush @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Rock/Blues

10> Modern Space; Valley; Kasador @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~indie; $10

10> Adam’s Rib @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West, TO ~Pop Rock

11:30> CIW: The Garden; Kim and The Created; Hot Garbage; Baby Cages; The Try Umphs @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave., TO ~indie; $


2-5> T.C. Folkpunk @ Dylan Bar, 1276 Danforth Ave., TO East ~original Roots-Pop

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

4-7> John Borra & Sam Ferrera @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Country/Roots

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

7-9> Liane Fainsinger @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz; no cover

7> USS #Sixinthe6ix; Repartee @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~$40+

8> The Lost Anglers @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rock/R&B

9-1> Michael Bär album release party for Sofa On The Curb; Darwin Bruce opens @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave., TO East ~original Roots-Pop; no cover

9-12> Fraser-Daley Duo @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~Blues-Roots originals; no cover

9> James Carroll @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots-Pop songwriter

9> Trish O’Brien @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> The James Green Electric @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Blues-Rock; $5

9> Kat Vhonda Duo @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

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

9:30-12> Tiny Davis @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~old-timey classics & salon originals; no  cover

9:30> Morgan @ Stone Lion, 1958 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

10> Danny Marks @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E., TO East ~Blues/Rock/Pop

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


southside-161113*3-6> Whitey & The Roulettes @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke South ~R&B/Blues

**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Penny Skolski @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B; no cover

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

7:30> The Two Tenors @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; minimum table charge

8> Little Caesar and the Consuls @ Old Mill Inn (Dining Room), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~vintage Pop Rock/R&B; minimum table charge

8-2> Kitchen Orkestra & guests @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke

9> Al Reilly‘s Catalyst also featuring Anthony Cee @ Maple Leaf House, 2749 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Etobicoke ~classic Rock

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

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

10-2> Straight Shooter @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40; no cover

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

11> Sandman @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~Metallica tribute; $


9-1> Loading Zone @ 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> The Left Fielders @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

9:30> KickBack @ The Loaded Dog, 1921 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough

10> Starlite Band @ The Newfoundlander, 472 Danforth Rd., Scarborough ~vintage smooth Pop/Rock


*noon-3> Julian Fauth solo @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

*Noon-3> Danny Marks @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~Blues/Jazz

*Noon-3> Corrigan and Schmitt @ The Passenger, 2968 Dundas St. W., TO West

**2-5> Yor Magic Open Mic with host Steve Raiken @ La Rev, 2848 Danforth Ave., TO West

**5-8> Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions with featured guest Michael O’Grady & Friends @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~ Roots/Country/Pop

5-8> Ray Legere @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Country/Bluegrass

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

6-8> Moonlight Flood @ @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; $

7-10> Glen Hornblast; Mark Yan + house band @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St., W., TO West ~original & cover Roots/Country; no cofer

8> International Pop Overthrow Festival Bullseye Records Night with Sonny Boy Mick; Hailee Rose; Synners of Truth; Dave Rave; Lawrie Ingles; Jaimie Vernon @ Duggan’s Brewery, 1346 Queen St. W., TO West ~eclectic indie; $5

8> The Treble; Crystalyne @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., TO West ~indie; $10

8> Escola De Samba De Toronto; Proyecto Uno @ Alliance, 501 Alliance Ave., TO West

8:30> Annabelle Chvostek album release for Be The Media @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~Roots-Rock/Pop songwriter; $14

8:30> Stan Rogers tribute night 2 with James Keelaghan; Paul Mills; Nathan Rogers; more  @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~tribute; $27.50

8:30> CIW with various bands @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~eclectic indie; $10

9-1> Sweet Derrick Blues Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

9> Mainline @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West

9> Pseudo album release for Renovations; guests Junior Batles; Dead Broke; Heart Attack Kids; more  @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $10

9> Tim Bradford and The Bandits @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Country Honky Tonk

9:30> Brund @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Funk

9:30> Junction City All-Stars featuring Dave McManus & George Baumann with special guest Paul Langille @ The Cat, 3153 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> The Mercenaries @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~retro Soul-Rock

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

10-2> Shane Murphy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

10> The Inventions @ 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Funk/Soul/Motown; no cover

10:30> Ricky Franco & The P-Crew Orchestra @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Salsa; $15

11:30> CIW: Trampa; Them & Us; Deon; The Commoners; Plaid Brixx; more @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West


3-6> The Mark LaForme Band @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford ~Blues

3> Max Mouse and the Gorillas @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough ~original Boogie Country Blues

*3:30-7> acoustic jam @ Galt Legion Branch 121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge

6:30> Tyler Young @ The Village Well, 19 Queen St. E., Cambridge

7-10> Guelph Poetry Slam feat. Jillian Christmas @ E-Bar, 41 Quebec St., Guelph ~poetry

8> Maximum RNR: Trigger Happy; Tha Nasties; Last Imprint; Dragged In @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~indie; no cover

8> Neon Dreams @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~indie; $10

8> Eric Bolten @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge

8> Friendly Rich; The Lollipop People @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~indie

8:30> James Cameron @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop

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

9> Becomes Astral album fundraiser @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $10

9> Baca featuring Elana Harte @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge ~Pop Rock fem trio

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

9> Becomes Astral album fundraiser @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $10

9> Chelsea Crites @ Squirrel Tooth Alice’s, 649 Scottsdale Dr., Guelph ~Country

9> Trippy Hippies @ Black Badger Pub, 55 Water St. N., Cambridge

9> Dan Walsh @ The Brownestone, 39 Queen St. E., Cambridge


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

10-2> Highs @ Van Gogh’s Ear, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $10


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

8:30> Four Lanes Wide @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> Noah Zacharin @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~Roots songwriter

9:30> Memphis Mudd @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Blues

9:30> Sunparlour Players @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

10> Protruders; Prime Junk @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough ~indie; $5

10> The Day Dreamers @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*3-6> acoustic open mic/jam with hosts Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

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> Jerome Godboo Band @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~original Blues

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

9> Lush Buffalo; Little Junior @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie

9:30> Nuth N Fancy @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Blues/Soul

10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

10-2> Randy and Pierre @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax ~Pop Rock duo


*3-7> open jam with Faces for Radio @ CC’s/Kennedy Court, 3 Stafford Dr., Brampton

6:15-10:30> Bernadette Connors; openers Mac & Em; Cindy Lunau; Jeff Gunn @ Aurora Cultural Center, 22 Church St., Aurora ~songwriter; $25

9> Susie Grooves & Co. @ Tracks Brew Pub, 60 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Rock/R&B/Top 40

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

9> Jazz Night @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

9> The Twangsters @ Lion Pub, 1091 Gorham St., Newmarket ~Country Rock

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

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

9:30-1> Way 2 Hip @ CJ Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick ~Tragically Hip covers; $25 includes dinner @ 7:30

9:30-1> Fat Cat Jamboree @ Wild Bill’s Bistro, 443 The Queensway S., Keswick ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Keep The Faith @ Spot One, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~Bon Jovi tribute

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

10> Zepology @ Big Daddy’s, 446  Davis Dr., Newmarket ~Zeppelin covers; $10

10> The Barstool Academy @ Village Inn, 2 Holland St. E., Bradford ~Pop Rock


**2> Brant Parker Band with guest Rick Taylor @ 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 tba 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

8-2> Beautiful Nothing; Violence; Noisfeeder @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie Hard Rock; $

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

8-11> Just Heart @ Lincoln Alexander Theatre, 160 King St. E., Hamilton ~Heart tribute; $

9> Famous Framus album release party @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton ~indie

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

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

9:30> TG And The Swampbusters @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Blues

9:30> Steel City @ The Gladstone Hamilton, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton ~Country Rock

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

10> Dan Edmonds lp release; openers Zachary Luck @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $10

905 WEST

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

**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guests Jack & April @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues

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

4-8> Dan Ford @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit

8-12> McCurlie; Doidge and Wiles @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Folk-Rock trio; $10

9> Tone Deaf @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30-12> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~melodic 60s Rock

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

9:30> Guitared & Feathered @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock

9:30> Marshall Dane @ Mulligan’s Pub, 2458 Dundas St. W., TO West ~original & cover Country-Rock/Pop

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

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

9:30> The 905 Band @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40/R&B

9:30> Clean Sl8 @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

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

10> The Hot Machine @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:15> Orangeman @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:30> Stinky & The Hotrodz @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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