Artists shining brief but bright at Sunday Roots showcases | 151122Su Shows for Sun., Nov. 22, 2015


Shows featuring multiple artists seem to have really proliferated over the past few years, allowing a lot of talents who may not have enough material to fill an entire four hours or so to still have an opportunity to shine in the spotlight.

Peter Mathieson -Gary 17

Peter Mathieson -Gary 17

This afternoon and early evening at Tranzac Lounge in TO’s Annex area, award-winning Folk songwriter Michael Laderoute is featured 3-5 accompanied by guitar wiz Rob Fenton. Right after that show, wry and witty Roots-Pop songwriter Peter Mathieson joins uber-versatile Steve-Paul Simms and Folkie Joanne Crabtree for a 5-7 showcase.

Following that gathering, at nearby Free Times Café on College St. near Augusta, a group of hugely talented songwriters gather for the latest edition of Glen Hornblast’s Nashville Bound series, which tonight is also a preview of the upcoming 14th edition of the Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival in February.

An event that itself has done more than any other I can think of to lift the profiles and advance the careers of Roots artists since its inception in 2002, Winterfolk is the epitome of events that allow talents to show what they can do in short-burst sets staged at several venues over a weekend in the middle of winter.

HOTCHA! -Gary 17

Along with scores of others artists, the 2016 edition will include performances by the artists who will be appearing tonight at the 7 p.m. Free Times show, for which proceeds from the $10 or pay-what-you-can cover all go to the non-profit festival.

In addition to host Hornblast, the night includes founder and executive director and “psychedelic Pholk” artist Brian Gladstone teamed up with musical partner, songwriter and Juno-winner Tony Quarrington, HOTCHA! Swing-Roots duo featuring Beverly Kreller; Roots-Pop tunesmith (with a new album recently released) David Storey plus D’arcy Wickham, Mr. Rick, Clela Errington and Noah Zacharin.

Though the weather is finally showing signs of starting to get colder and the nights are longer, the brief bursts of musical light coming from the many short sets by all these delightful artists today and tonight can serve to remind us that this also means the festive season is now underway!

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, November 22, 2021:

Listings are organized by area in which shows take place and listed chronologically within each area field.

Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). 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.

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416 – Toronto Central

11am-2pm> Gypsy Jive Band for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

12-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

12> Toronto Sound Festival @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

3-5> Michael Laderoute & Rob Fenton @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Roots-Pop originals duo

3> Rob Minderman @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO ~60s-70s melodic Pop & originals

3> Alyssa Wright @ Grace Church on the Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd., TO North

*3-6> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots

3:30-6:30> Mr. Rick’s Tin Pan Alley @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Rootsy Blues; $

4-8> Dylan & The Band tribute featuring Hervé Basset on keys @ Hard Rock Café, 279 Yonge St., TO ~tribute

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~New Orleans Jazz

5-9> Soulidified @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~vintage Rock/R&B; $10

5> Steve-Paul Simms, Joanne Crabtree, Peter Mathieson @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

6-8> Angela Turone & Chris Platt @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage with hosts Steve York & Tony Rabalao (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St., TO

7> Nashville Bound preview of Winterfolk XIV & festival benefit with Glen Hornblast; HOTCHA! featuring Beverly Kreller; Brian Gladstone; Tony Quarrington; David Storey; D’arcy Wickham; Mr. Rick; Clela Errington; Noah Zacharin;  @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~original Roots

7> The Double Cuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Western Swing

7-9:30> Bugaloo Squad @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

7-10> The Lorraine Foreman Songbook @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz

7:30> Eve Goldberg & Jane Lewis “Gathering Sparks” @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Folk

8-9:30> Kal’s Hot Four @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO

8> Exesforeyes; CAYM; Goodnight; Seattle; Badgermilk @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~free

*8> open mic @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO

8> Eva Green’s Compared To What @ Musideum, 401 Richmond St. W., #133, TO ~Jazz; $20

9> jam with Jay Pennell @ Scruffy Murphy’s, 150 Eglinton Ave. E., TO North

9:30> Three Blind Mice @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> Jack Marks @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

**10> Blues jam with Brian Cober, Bill Hedefine & guest bassist @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

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

416 – Toronto East

150921 Support*2-5> Allyson Morris with Ted Quinlan & Kieran Overs @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave., TO East

*3:30-7:30> jam @ Black Bear, 1125 O’Connor Drive, TO East

4> Helen Stewart @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Country/R&B

*5-9> John Dickie/Pat Perez Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, TO East ~R&B/Blues

7> Grimes; Nicole Dollanger @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~$37.50+

*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Watch This Sound @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~vintage Jamaican music

416- Toronto Etobicoke

4-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guest Paul Reddick & Greg Cockerill @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Blues/R&B

5-9> Little Peter and The Elegants featuring Peter Toller @ Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Legion, 150 8th St., Etobicoke ~vintage Pop Rock/R&B 8-piece band; $8 ($5 for Legion members)

5-8> Pie Guys & guest @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~Pop Rock

7> Second Pass; Hawkwind @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South

416 – Toronto Scarborough

*6-10> jam with Tommy Rocker @ Scarborough Junction, 646 Danforth Rd., Scarborough

*7-11> open jam @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough

416 – Toronto West

**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West

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

* 12-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Rockabilly

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. TO West ~Country

*5-8> Chris Coole @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~old-time Country Roots

5-8> Hello Darlings @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

7> Wane Neon and The Tubular Orchestra @ The Tennessee, 1554 Queen St. W., TO West

8> FLIP Entertainment showcase @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West

*8:30-11:30> Fraser Melvin Blues Band @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~Blues

9-1> Steve Farrugia Jazz Quartet @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Mayhemingways @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Fuzz Folk

9> Mara & The Marigold; Kilmanjaro @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~$10

10> The Beauties @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie Pop/alt Country


*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street East, Milton


*3-7> jam at CJ Barleys, 213 The Queensway, Keswick

3> Marc Roy Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~Bluegrass

*7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

10> Two Minute Miracles @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough

905 East

4> Jabel @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*5-9> Jam night @ West Shore Bar & Grill, 877 Bayly St., Pickering

*5-10> All-ages open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*7-11> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W. Whitby

905 North

**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

1-4> Blaine and Mark & Friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Blvd., Stouffville

*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

3> Bernadette & Friends @ King Richard’s Pub, 15570 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop

5-8> Jerome Tucker Band with guest Howard Ross @ Col. Mustard’s Newmarket, 16925 Yonge St., Newmarket ~Blues

*5-9> open mic with feature guest @ Sgt. Pepper’s Aurora, Walmart Plaza (Hwy 404 & Aurora Rd.), Aurora

905 South

2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest George Olliver @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $5

*4> acoustic patio jam @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

8> Ponyshow; Mindcrawlers @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

905 West

**2-6> Country matinee with host Colin Connors and guest Wendy Lynn Snider @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

2> Chelsea McBride Group @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington

204> Mary Simon recital @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

5> Garnet Ford Band @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

**5:30-8:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

**7-11> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit

*7> open jam with Mike Shotton & The Flying Squirrels @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*7:30> open jam hosted by Troy Harmer @ The Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*9-1> Jerome Godboo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues; $

10> Woodshed Session @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

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