Blues series behind 8-ball with imminent closure of On Cue | 170517We | Shows for Wed. May 17, 2022

Jake Chisholm with Dave McManus and Cleave Anderson at previous Wed. show -FACEBOOK


Tonight, sad to say, is the third-last installment of the popular weekly “Hump Night Blues” shows happening Wednesdays at a west TO billiard hall/music venue, as the property has been sold and the new owners want a clean slate to start their occupancy on June 1 we’re told.

It’s been a little over two years now since veteran versatile bass player Dave McManus and equally experienced and talented drummer Cleave Anderson teamed up as the Blues Krewe to initiate the series on Feb. 11 of 2015 at On Cue Billiards on Jane Street.   In the time since, some stellar talents have guested with the house rhythm section, which is usually also complemented by sax player and percussionist George Baumann along with various drop-in accompanists.

The list of featured players for the final three 8-10:30 p.m. shows (in this room —I have to believe it’s likely the event will get picked up by another venue before too long) exemplifies the high calibre of the guest roster and Dave tells me “we had some great new guests lined up into July.”  Recent visitors included Paul Storm, Ferguson Hambleton, Tom Robertson, Voodoo Walters and Roots ‘n’ Branches, to name a few.

Tonight’s attraction, for example, is now-veteran Blues/Jazz guitarist and songwriter Jake Chisholm, whom I recall first hearing when he was a promising young talent eager to break onto the scene over 20 years ago, when he fronted his Jake and the Blue Midnights band.  We once featured him on the cover of to-nite magazine  for his original tunes and he’s always also been a very much in demand session player for a who’s who of local Blues artists.

We did tell you here about Chisholm’s 2013 album Diamond In A Coalmine, about which guest writer Sarah French had some very positive things to say.  That was his third release and last year saw the latest, No More Sorrow, of which no doubt he’ll have copies in hand at tonight’s no-cover show.

After tonight there are two more installments of the series left in the room at 349 Jane St. about midway between Bloor St. West and Dundas Street.  Next week sees the return of Davi Rockit and Michael Titherington of the Full Bore Blues band.  Then the finale on the 31st —which is also the club’s last day of operation— will feature passionately rousing and awesomely talented Blues sensation Tony “Wild T” Springer for what is sure to be a total blow out of highly memorable proportions.

-Gary 17,

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8am> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with guest songwriter Bryn McCutcheon  @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeat of previous evening’s show) ~series finale

*6-8pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat show from previous Friday)


5> Gordon Shawcross & Burke Carroll @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St.

*5:30> Kama House Band @ Kama, 214 King St. W. ~Jazz

6-8> Ori Dagan & Friends with guest Dave Young @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6> Golden Country Classics @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

6> Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes; Dinosaur Pile Up; Royal Republic @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W.; $

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

6:30> Victor Bateman Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

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

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

7> Sirenia; Arkona; Mindmaze; Sicocis @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

*7-10> Blues jam with Mark Stafford & Ken Yoshioka @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St.

7:30 (sign-up at 7)> The Bridge on “People” open stage on “People” theme and between-set showcase music, poetry, etc.; hosted by Lynn Harrison @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E.

7:30> Sue & Dwight’s “Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone” @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. ~Folk singalong; pwyc

**8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~$10-20/pwyc

8> Pomo; Mac Ayres @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

8> Jojo @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $

8-1> open mic with hosts Hold The Green @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave.

8-10:30> Michele Mele Quintet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

8:30> Peregrine Falls @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~art Pop

8:30> open mic @ H Bar, 859 Queen St. W.

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

*9 (signup at 8:30)> open mic with Alan Carter @ Lowdown, 276 Augusta Ave.

9> Do It For The Gram @ Set on King, 333 King St. W. ~indie

9> The Dirty B-Sides jam @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. ~Freestyle/Hip Hop; 0$

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

9> Revive The Rose; The Rob Graham Band; Clairvoyant; Heath Hads @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $10

*9:30> After Funk @ Nightowl Toronto, 647 College St. ~Funk; 0$

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

9:30> Rudy Smith with Kieran Overs Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

10> Dani Nash @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.  ~Country

10> Josh Cole Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO  ~Jazz

10-2> Scuffy solo @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*10-2> Blues-Rock jam with Al Webster Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO

10:30> Elise LeGrow & Co. @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Soul/R&B covers & originals; $10


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

7:30> Toronto Choral Society & Talisker Players present “Songs of Celebration” @ Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave.

8> Akashic Records showcase with Mike Black; Alvina August; Dante Matas; Gabrie; Serna Rutedge; Tessa; Michelle Cavalen; Latoya Mullings; Inner Villain @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~indie; $10

8:30-10:30> Mediterranean Stars featuring Ed Roth @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~eclectic European/Balkan Jazz/klezmer/Folk

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


7:30> Havana Nights @ Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd. (Home Smith Bar, minimum table charge) ~Jazz

8-1> Chris Partland @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line  ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals

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

9-12> Space Jazz jam with singer Meagan Luchko & guitarist Kevin Bolger & band with weekly guest @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Jazz; $5/pwyc


5-8> Terry Gillespie @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Blues covers & originals

6-8> The Layrite Boys @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass; $0

6> Christine Bougie recording release for Whistle Up A World @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $10

*6:30-9> Carl Bray & guest @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St. ~solo piano

7> Todd Slant; Hello Shark; Anna McLellan @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $

7-9> open mic with host Elspeth Tremblay @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W.

9> Slight; Bodywash; Blunt Chunks @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $10

8-11> The Old Salts @ Another Bar, 926 Bloor St. W. ~Roots-Rock

*8> MFA open mic @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W.

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

**8:30-10:30> Hump Night Blues with Dave McManus, George Baumann, Cleave Anderson + special guest Jake Chisholm @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. ~Blues

8:30> The Nude Dogs recording release for Doll Creatures of The Valley with guests Mineta; Los Senores C.; Terrible and the Horribles @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W.  ~indie garage Punk; $10

8:30> The Lifers; Annie Sumi @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $10

**9-12> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Juno-winning Blues

9> The Ragged @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $

9> Civil Wray @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~songwriter; pwyc

9> David Newberry & Bryn Besse + guest Rachael Cardiello @ Orchard Bar, 1174 Bloor St. W.

9> Lorne Lofsky and David Occhipinti @ Mezzetta, 681 St. Clair Ave. W. ~Jazz; $10

9> Voodoo Raha @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

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

*10> Tanya Philipovich & Lucas Stagg @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~original Roots/Blues

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


*8am-1pm> buskers @ Cambridge Farmers’ Market, 40 Dickson St., Cambridge

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

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

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

8> Curbside; Old Wives; Worst Days Down @ Jimmy Jazz, 42 Macdonell St., Guelph ~indie; $

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

*8:30-11:30> The Gaes @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo ~Celtic

9> Tom Louis @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge

*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

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

9> Know @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough

10> Dana Sipos @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

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

8> Bruce Gorrie @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

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

*8-10:30> open mic jam with Marty Hepburn @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope

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

*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

?*7> open mic with Matt Whittmann @ Red Door Gallery, 69 Main St. S., Georgetown

*8-12> open mic with Kevin Ker @ Unionville Arms, 189 Main St., Unionville

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

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

*9-1> open mic jam with Whiskey Birds @ Sweetz Lounge, 5289 Hwy 7, Woodbridge-Vaughan

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


7> tba @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton

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

*7:30> open mic with Brant Parker @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~eclectic

**8-1> Boogie N Blues jam with Ian Andrews & Friends @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

*8> Brad James @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~Country

8> Terrie Petrie & band hosts Country Wednesdays @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Country

*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> The Real McKenzies 25th anniversary show @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton

8-11> Piper Hayes, Raine; Gillian Nicola @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~songwriters; $15

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

10:30> Adam Cooke & Adam Ostrosser @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton

905 WEST

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

*6-10> open mic with host Dan Walek @ Lucy’s Seafood Kitchen, 6905 Millcreek Dr., Mississauga

*7> open mic with Gillian Nicola @ Copper Kettle Waterdown, 312 Dundas St. E., Waterdown

7> Rob Reed @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

*8> open mic with Jim Italiano @ Club 54, 3345 Harvester Rd., Burlington

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 Rock

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

9-1> Kevin Breit & Mark Lalama @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Fusion Jazz/R&B

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


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