Hitting the teen years, Particelli’s Girls Night Out isn’t so predictable | TorontoMoon.ca 180124We | Shows for Wed. Jan. 24, 2018

Peter Hill & Lisa Particelli @ Morgan's -GARY 17

Peter Hill & Lisa Particelli @ Morgan’s -GARY 17


I knew that the popular weekly Jazz singer jam hosted by Lisa Particelli had recently hit the 13-year mark so found myself rather befuddled when I noticed last week that for the balance of the month it seemed to be missing from the weekly calendars published by 120 Diner, where, as we told you when it moved, it has been held for the past couple of years after, as we also told you prior to that, seven years at Chalkers Pub and four previously elsewhere.

I was just getting ready, in fact, to shoot off an email to piano man Peter Hill, who’s part of the anchoring band that accompanies Particelli for the shows (and a longtime Toronto Moon/to-nite subscriber and advertiser) to find out what had happened, when, lo and behold, I came across an event on Facebook that explained all.

It seems that now that it’s a teenager you maybe shouldn’t expect this jam to follow all the old familiar patterns!  Because for the next five weeks, starting tonight, the event moves over and up to Jazz Bistro at 251 Victoria Street, one of the city’s longest running venues catering exclusively to that genre (nearly 30 years, having started out life as Top O’ The Senator in 1990) and as close as you’ll find on The Big Smoke scene to a pre-eminent jive joint crib for the cool grooves cats and chickadees.

In addition to the geographical change, the next five weeks will be a little different stylistically too, since instead of three backing players Lisa will rely solely on Hill —and any instrument-toting guests who happen along— for the accompaniment.  However, based on my experience checking out the monthly last-Sunday edition of the event that Particelli does these days at Morgans on Danforth in TO East (also in a duo mode) finding ready volunteers to chip in musically shouldn’t be a problem.

During my visit to Morgan’s for about a third of the show in October, not only was the packed house treated to several singers such as Laura Marks, Marla Lukovsky, John Alcorn, Elana Welston and Sam Broverman, there were a couple of sax players joining in at various points —and of course Lisa also did a couple of numbers featuring her vocals and flute.

This special celebratory series will also, in the second set, be featuring tunes by a different acclaimed composer each week, starting tonight with numbers by Harold Arlen, the composer of the music from everyone’s favourite movie, “The Wizard of Oz” along with enduring chestnuts like “Paper Moon,” “That Old Black Magic,” “I Love A Parade” and “One For My Baby”.

As always singers and players are welcome to participate and will be treated graciously as they enjoy performing on a stage that has featured many legends over the decades.  And in keeping with the participatory spirit of the jam, the toney room at 251 Victoria Street is foregoing the usual steepish cover charges, levying only a token $5 “music charge” for attending.

-Gary17, TorontoMoon.ca
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*6-8pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat show from previous Friday)


*5-8> Tony Quarrington @ Boland’s Open Kitchen, 575 Mount Pleasant Rd. ~solo Jazz guitar; $0

5:30-6> Humber College Latin Jazz Ensemble @ Four Seasons Center, 145 Queen St. W. ~Worldbeat (various international); $0

5:30> Candice Sand @ Shangri-La Hotel, University Ave ~songwriter

6-8> Alan Cohen & Friends @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6> Arthur Renwick @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

6-10> JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band; JAZZ.FM91 Seminar Big Band @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St. ~Jazz; $10

6-8> James Dunbar @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~piano solo Jazz; $

6:30> Richard Whiteman Four @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

**7 (7 p.m. sign-up open stage at 8) with 9 p.m. feature by Al Lawrence @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall) ~songwriters

*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Jazz

7> Comhaltas Irish Slow Session @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO ~folk dancing

7> Power Organ Trio with Bernie Senensky @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~R&B; $10

*7-10> Blues jam with Voodoo Walters @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St.

7:30> Allison Cameron @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

**8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St.

8> Irene Harrett Band show & open stage jam @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~$0/pwyc

8> Lee Ann Womack; Stephen Stanley @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

*8-11> open mic @ Ram In The Rye, 63 Gould St. (Ryerson University)

8-1> open mic with feature by Taylor Simpson @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave.

8-10:30> Blythwod Strikes Back @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. ~instrumental movie/TV scores from “Star Wars”, “The Simpsons”, more; $

8:30-12> Whiplash Girlchild & Friends with guest Jessie Jean of The Ants @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie; $5

9> open mic @ H Bar, 859 Queen St. W.

9> The Digs @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Funk/Jazz/neo-Soul; $

*9> open Funk/Jazz/Hip Hop jam @ Nocturne, 550 Queen St. W.

9> Jordan John Trio @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Blues/R&B; $10

*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St.

*9:30-2> The All Nighters open jam @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

9:30> Urbania Octet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

10> Oxford Blue; JD Stone and The Dread Rider @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly

10> Mike Gennaro & Jay Hay @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

10-2> Paige Armstrong solo @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~Blues-Rock covers & originals

10-2> Action Sound Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO

*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/R&B; $10


7> Don Graham (recording release for “I Just Called Him Dad” single) @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.; $20 includes autographed cd

*7:30-10:30> The BTBs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

8:30-10:30> Sam & Lukas @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.

*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan Tavern (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave.


8-1> Dreamboats @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~contemporary Rock

*9-1> open mic with Daniel Gagnon @ The Old Sod, 2936 Bloor St. W.

9-12> Space Jazz jam @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Jazz; $5/pwyc


7:30-9> Teen jam @ Scarboro Music Co., 1051 Kingston Rd.

8> Dan Walek & friends @ Working Dog Saloon, 3676 St. Clair Ave. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals


5-8> Mr. Rick solo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Country/Roots-Rock

6-8> Declan O’Donovan; The Sun Harmonic @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~piano covers & originals; $10

6:30-10> Steinwall Farrar Duo @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz; $0

7> Lonesome Ace Stringband (recording release for When The Sun Comes Up)  @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~$10

*8-10> Emily Devlin & Nathan Arges @ The Oakwood Hardware, 337 Oakwood Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*8-10> Banda Trama @ Chalkers Pub, 247 Marlee Ave. ~Brazilian Jazz; $

*8-11> Fraser/Daley @ Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Rootsy Blues

8:30-10:30> Hump Night Blues with host band featuring Dave McManus & George Baumann & special guest Mike Sedgewick @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues

8:30> Kristin Fung; Kelsey McNulty Trio @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~piano covers & originals; $15

9> Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~original Roots; $pwyc

*9-12> The Gatekeepers @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Blues

9> Steed @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock

*9:30> Spy vs Spy vs Sly @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

10> open mic with D.B. Buxton @ T.O. Lounge, 1384 Queen St. W.

*10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Motel Bar, 1235 Queen St. W. ~Jazz


*7> open mic night @ Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas St., Guelph

*6-8:30> ukulele jam @ Idea Exchange, 5 Tannery St. E., Cambridge

*6-9> Dano & Jaye @ Ray’s Bistro, 1475 Queen St. W., Alton ~smooth Pop/Jazz

7:30> Il-Dong Bae & Dong-Won Kim @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph; $15

7:30> Celtic Session @ Penny Whistle, 2 Quebec St., Guelph

8-12> Song Circle acoustic jam @ Anaf Club 344, 32 Gordon St., Guelph

8> jam night with Ian Taylor @ Pops & Ruby’s Tap & Grill, 200 Preston Pkwy., Cambridge

8-11> John Lee & The Hookers host Blues jam @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

8> Matt Weidinger Band @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener

8> Classic Albums Live @ Centre In The Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener ~tribute to Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin I note for note); $39.50+

*8-11> A New Ground @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo ~Celtic

*10> Mike Todd @ The Duke, 33 Erb St., Waterloo


*7-11> open jam with The Freacon Band @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach ~ Blues, Jazz; $5

*8> open stage @ Dobro Restaurant, 287 George St. N., Peterborough

*9-12:30> Josh Morgan & Mike Francis @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9> Cody Watkins @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough

905 EAST

6> Joanne Shaw @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*8> open stage and karaoke with Eddy Culjak @ Boston Pizza, 20 Taunton Rd., Whitby

*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg

*8> open mic @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg

*8-10:30> open mic jam with Rob Foreman & Clayton Yates @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope

9> open mic @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9> Punishment; Carbon @ The Music Hall, 39 King St E., Oshawa ~tribute to Whitesnake; $

*10> Two For The Show @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

*10> Emerson Ireland hosts open mic jam @ The Gryphon Pub, 114 Dundas St. E., Whitby


*7> open mic night with Tanya Joy Senior @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge

8-12> open mic with Kevin Ker (sign up at 7:30) @ Unionville Arms, 189 Main St., Unionville

*8:30-12:30> Jared Christopher Stafford @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

8:30-11:30> open mic & acoustic jam with Don Fleming & Laurence Walters @ Father’s Moustache Grill, Aurora, 15570 Yonge St.

*9:30-1:30> open mic @ London Pub, 9724 Yonge St., Richmond Hill


8> Aaron Goodvin @ Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton

8> acoustic jam with Frank Logue @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown

*8:45> open mic jam @ Magnums, 21 McMurchy Ave. N., Brampton

*10-2> jam night with Switchbeat Trio @ Maguires, 284 Queen St. E., Brampton


7:30> open mic jam with Dave Gould @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

7:30> open mic with Keith Toms @ Staircase Bistro, 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton

8-1> open jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> The Fugitives @ Mills Hardware, 95 King St. E., Hamilton

8> Chris Chambers or Adam Ostrosser @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas

**8:30-12> Matt Maloney & guests Teal Booth & Gillian Nicola @ Zyla’s, 299 James St. N., Hamilton ~original Pop; pwyc

*8:30> Something Country @ The Endzone, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country

9> Singalong with Judy Marsales @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40

*9> open mic with Alfie Smith @ L’Etranger on James, 109 James St. N., Hamilton

9> open mic night @ Phoenix Pub McMaster University, Refectory Building, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton

*10> Jazz jam @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton

905 WEST

*4:30> Adam Cooke @ SB Prime, 380 Brant St., Burlington

6:30-9:30> open mic with Edward Bose @ Live Restaurant, 3131 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga

8-11> The Gene Pool Boys @ Door FiftyFive, 55 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga

8> jam with The Grindstones @ American House, 324 Dundas St. E., Waterdown

*8:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Jazz

9-1> Kevin Reid and the Dedbeats @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Rock/Pop; $

9-1> Songwriter Night with John Marlatt @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

*9> open mic with Michael Zane @ Shakers Oakville, 589 Kerr St., Oakville

**10> open mic with host Kirt Godwin or Jonni X @ Spice Lounge, 52 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga


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