\ TO CENTRAL UPTOWN \
In the realm of the spirit and soul, as in the domain of our dreams, time is of no consequence and we are all ageless. Yet in the corporeal realm, while we’re all subject to the ravages of time, nothing keeps us going more effectively than having a vibrant dream and/or an effervescent soul.
Perhaps that helps to explain how singer Sue Martin and guitarist Dave Girdlestone each seem to be somewhat impervious to the calendar’s tick as they continue, about a quarter-century after I first heard either perform, to deliver high-energy, captivating live musical performances.
These days the two veterans are teamed up as part of an appropriately named band, Soul Mates (though they’re not mates, just musical pals) that is Martin’s newest incarnation based around some core members of her former Whatever Sticks outfit, as I mentioned in a previous article when the new band debuted just under two years ago, since which time Dave joined the crew.
What I only realized a few months ago, however, while doing research on another topic as I trolled through old copies of my to-nite magazine from the mid 90s, was how long I’d actually been writing about Sue!
In June of 1996, which she says “seems like 50 lifetimes ago!” I published a little “hot box” featurette about her and the band she was fronting then, called Sam and the Republic, for their appearance at a cozy little uptown joint called Kokomo (where I also around the same time first heard Julian Taylor perform —when he was still too young to be in bars legally).
As for Girdlestone, he’s been a monster player on the west GTA scene since before I first started covering that area a little over 20 years ago and these days is also part of a couple of other very active and dynamic bands: the Soul Funkshun big band Soul/R&B outfit and The Collective combo with veteran frontman Donnie Meeker, which just last week wrapped up its first season of Sunday afternoon shows at Dakota’s Sports Lounge in Etobicoke.
With these two still dynamic performers anchoring the Mates —which also includes longtime Martin musical sidekick Jy Fairlie on guitar and vocals, Randy Moreland on bass and Gerry Fielding on drums, with veteran sax man Larry Bodnar also part of the mix depending on the gig— you know you can count on an exciting and professionally delivered performance all evening long.
I’d expect the full edition of the band to be out for their show tonight, when Martin returns to the uptown area to the former Chick ‘n’ Deli room at 744 Mount Pleasant Ave. with which she’s well familiar, nowadays known as The Mount Pleasant Rose and still equipped with an impressive, raised stage set-up that makes it possible for a band to put on a real show.
There’s a cover at this club weekend nights, though the room’s website doesn’t indicate how much this evening’s might be for this show that starts at 9 p.m.
SHOW LISTINGS for Friday, June 21, 2021
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*11am-1pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeats Sundays 3-5am & Wednesdays 6-8am)
Noon-6> Steel City Music with Gunner Smith @ The HAWK FM 101.5fm ~Blues, etc.
1-2pm> “Groove Radio” with host Bill King & guests @ CIUT 89.5FM & streamed online
3-7> Julian Taylor hosts @ 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto & www.elemntfm.ca ~eclectic music 25% indigenous, 35% CanCon
9-midnight> “Gumbo Kitchen” with Ron Littlejohn @ JAZZ.FM91 & online ~Blues/R&B/Funk tracks and artists
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL –Broadview/Bayview to Ossington
*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*5-11:30> Top Prize Karaoke singing contest @ Bikini in Manila, 361 Wilson Ave.
*5-7> Annette’s Tea Time Jam @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk
6> Communism @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~original Rock/Pop
6> Heavyweights Brass Band with Jay Douglas @ TD Stage, Cumberland St. ~Funk/R&B/Soul; $0
6> Kata Caution @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~Worldbeat: Ukrainian
6-8> 4th Element Quintet @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6:30> Jeff Biggar, Robert Lee, Brad Cooper, Matthew Giordano, Lauren Knowles, Alisha Oliver in the round @ Trois Bistro, 525 Bay St. ~songwriters; $0
7> Salone di Cultura @ 918 Bathurst Centre, 918 Bathurst St.
7> Denis Martel & The High Rollers @ Keating Channel Pub, 2 Villiers St., TO Central ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
7> Willie Nelson @ Budweiser Stage, 999 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~iconic original Country; $
7:30> Terry Jones @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7:30> Lee Holdridge conducts Toronto Symphony Orchestra for John Denver tribute @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. ~orchestral Pop; $
7:30> Susanna Hood & her band @ Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. ~songwriter; $
8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~Country
8> Harp + @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St. ~Roots
8> Brodie West @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
8> Unchained @ Faema Caffe, 672 Dupont St. ~tribute to Bruce Springsteen; $0
6> Ahmed Moneka & Nastia Y @ Antikka Café, 960 Queen St. West ~Jazz
8> The Brothers Wilson; Napoleon; blackwood; Ida Benna; Thomas Rutherford @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~songwriters; $10
8:30> Paul Cafcae; Alessandro Montelli @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie; $
*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. ~Blues
8:30> Pelican; Cloakroom; Respire @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $
9> Julian Fauth with guests Beverlie Robertson & Po Cholly Robertson @ Senator Wine Bar, 249 Victoria St. ~Juno-winning original Blues; $
9> Soul Mates Band featuring Sue Martin on vocals and Dave Girldesone on guitar @ Mt. Pleasant Rose, 744 Mount Pleasant Road ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop/Funk covers
9> Re.Verse @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~original Jazz; $
9> Madame Psychosis; Rubber Tire Peep Show; Artificial Alien @ The Joint, 55 Colborne St. ~eclectic indie; $
9> Snakes; Blind Cats; Keelie @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~Metal/Punk/Hard-core; $
9> Neon Nostalgic @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40; $10
9> Future Peers; Secret Sign; BamBoo; more @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> illvibe; Myer Clarity; Skevious Tips; Attack The Block; Sean Hales @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W. ~original Rap/Hip-Hop; $
9-11:30> June Garber & Stu Mac @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
9:30> Gyles Band @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $
9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~60s R&B 7-piece; $
10> Dayna Stephens @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
10> Sami Beigi @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $
10> Jordan John Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. ~Rock/Funk/R&B; $
10> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~Roots-Rock
10> Vivienne Wilder & The Vice Presidents @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> TOKiMONSTA; Ryan Playground @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
10> Mike McDonald and Pat Rush @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues-Rock; $0
11> Wild Man Jazz Band @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W.
416 - TORONTO EAST –Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park
5-7> Fraser & Daley @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~eclectic Blues/Roots
7> David Dalisca @ guests @ Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. ~eclectic indie; $
7:30-11:30> Al Reilly‘s Catalyst @ Dawes Road Legion Branch #11, 9 Dawes Rd. ~classic Rock
8> Steve Koven @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz
8:30> Max; Good Kid @ Jasper Dandy’s, 725 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $
9> Ben Walker Group @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter
9> Groove Marmalade @ Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave.
*9:30-1:30> Blues jam with Mike Sedgewick Band & guest Sam Taylor @ Salty Dog, 1890 Queen St. E.
9:30> Covered In Cash @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~tribute to Johnny Cash; $10
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
6:30> Heather Bambrick/Russ Little Quartet & Elizabeth Shepherd @ Old Mill Inn (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; min table charge
8> Lynch Mob feat. George Lynch @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $44
9> Tom Barlow Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $
9:30> Galileo Gigolo @ Dakota’s Sports Bar, 2814 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~tribute to Queen; $0
10-2> High Court County featuring Arie Papernick @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Southern Rock/Country Rock; 0$
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
8> Manitorba Hal @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~ukulele Blues; $20
9:30> Back @ Smilin’ Jack’s, 3482 Lawrence Ave. E. ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
*10> Colleen & The Bleeding Hearts @ The Newfoundlander, 472 Danforth Rd. ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Blues
416 - TORONTO WEST –Ossington to Etobicoke
5-7> John Wayne Swingtet featuring Abbey Sholzberg on bass @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Gypsy Jazz; $0
6> Patient Hands @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.
6> Rose County Rambers; Inbar Starr @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~eclectic indie; $
6:30-8:30> Diogo Ramos @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Worldbeat; 0$
7> Jesse Reynolds; Mixx; Brazyy; MC Fur; more @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~eclectic indie; $
7> Virginia MacDonald/Nicole McCabe Quintet @ Emmet Ray Bar, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
*7-10> Les Petits Nouveaux @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~nu-Jazz trio
8> Faye Webster @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> WALE @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
8:30> “Let Me Clear My Throat” @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~musical theatre; $30
9> The Whateverly Brothers @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $
9> Desire Lines (recording release for Suddenly); guests Slowfish; Hungry Lake @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $
8> Cheryl Lescom & The Tuscon Cowboys @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B
9> Joshua Gladstone @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair Ave. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Country/Blues
9> Minor Element; Of Nature; Down By Law @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic indie; $?
10-2> Mike T. Kerr and his Hot Swing Brass @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.
10> The St. Royals @ 3030 Dundas, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~Funk/R&B/Soul; $0
10:30> The Shades @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz
10:30> Changui Havana @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Latin/Salsa; $15
519 EAST –Guelph, K-W & vicinity
Noon-1> Mattie Leon Band @ St. George’s Square, corner of Wyndham St. N & Quebec St., Guelph
7> Mikalyn Hay; Angela Saini @ Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas St., Guelph ~songwriters; $?
8> Chasing Shadows; Near Summit; Tiff Frost @ Red Papaya, 55 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~eclectic indie; $?
8> Pindles; Hyness; Allodays @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~eclectic indie; $
8> Virginia To Vegas @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo
8> John McKinley Band @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener
8> Bobby Cameron @ Tanners Pub, 40 Eastern Ave., Acton
9-1> Sundown Superhero; Among Legends; Nothing Serious @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~contemporary original; $
9> Justin Beauchamp @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinburgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop
*9-2> jam night @ The Cave, 105 Shade St., Cambridge
9> Soulstack @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener ~Blues/Soul
9> Heart & Soul @ Black Wolf Smokehouse, 139 Broadway Ave., Orangeville ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
9:30> 8 Second Ride @ Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country
9:30> You Rock! @ Tavern On Grange, 259 Grange Rd., Guelph ~live karaoke band
9:30> Boo Radley Project @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph
9:30> Chris Ayries & The Crash Boom Bangers @ Shakespeare Arms, 35 Harvard Rd., Guelph ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
10> Dirty Tricks @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
*5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
5> Chris Moore @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
5-9> Barry McMullen @ Chemong Lodge, 764 Hunter St., Bridgenorth-Selwyn ~smooth Rock/Pop
7-10> Chick’n Pot Pi; Jonny & Jane @ The Twisted Wheel, 379 Water St., Peterborough
8> Ben Rough (recording release for album); guests teelburner, Beef Boys, and DJs from Twisted Wheel @ Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~original Rock/Pop; $12
8-11:45> The Descendants @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
8> Jamie Ciotta @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood
8:30> Christine Atrill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*8:30> open mic with John Dawson @ Dominion Hotel Minden, 113 Main St., Minden
9> Sun Valley; Harry Hannah @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $10
9> Oberge @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
10> Those Handsome Hooligans @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
10> Brian Haddlesey @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough
905 EAST–Pickering to Cobourg
*6-9> Dino Stakos @ Colonel Mustard’s Port Perry, 15 Water St., Port Perry ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
7> JF Perotin (recording pre-release for All About The Journey) @ Cork & Bean, 8 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
8> Gab De La Vega; Wayne Kennedy @ Rotilicious Basement, 89 Commercial Ave., Ajax
8> “Ode To Fleetwood Mac” @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~tribute to Fleetwood Mac; $20
8-11> Shawn Nelson @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg
9-1> Stone Slingers @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
9-1> Derek Lion @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
9> Rob Watts Band @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9> Vance Mckenzie & Something Extra @ The Biltmore, 1656 Nash Rd., Clarington ~Ethnic Roots
9:30> United Soul Nations @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax ~Blues/Soul
10> Ian Conboy @ Gryphon Pub, 114 Dundas St. E., Whitby
10> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
905 NORTH-EAST –east of Hwy #400
*5-8> open mic with host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Dr., Richmond Hill
6-9> various acts Epidemic Music Group can’t be bothered to name for Music On Main Street, Main street in downtown Markham ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock; $0
8-11> The Hill @ Market Brewing Company, 1775 Leslie St., Newmarket
9-1> open mic night with full backline & PA with hosts Matt Groopie and Steffi Postol Goodfield @ Falcon and Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~Rock/Top 40 covers/originals
905 NORTH-WEST –west of Hwy #400
7:30> Emily Gilbart @ Appalachian Public House, 68 Main St. N., Georgetown ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> The Doubts @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop; $10
*9> Joe’s Jazz Jam @ Wendel Clark’s Classic Bar, 36 Main St., Brampton ~Jazz
9:30> Switchbeat @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Tattoos and Whiskey @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
905 SOUTH –Hamilton & vicinity
Noon-1> Hammer Hed @ Gore Park, King St. E. at John St. S., Hamilton ~ Rock/Pop; $0
5-8> Brad James @ The Fool and Flagon, 2255 Barton St. E., Hamilton ~Country
*6:30-10> Henry Strong Duo @ Cavallo Nero, 370 Wilson St. E., Ancaster ~Jazz
6:30> East Coast Kitchen Party @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
7> Anvil; Helix @ Club Absinthe, 116 George St., Hamilton ~iconic CanRock; $
8> The Acoustics @ Artword Art Bar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton
8> Oh Geronimo @ Mills Hardware, 96 King St. E., Hamilton ~indie; $
8> Nathan Burke @ Vicar’s Vice, 2251 Rymal Rd. E., Hamilton/Stoney Creek
8:30> No Show Smith @ Grimsby Legion, 233 Elizabeth St., Grimsby
9> The Rockets @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
9> The Hammersmiths (recording release for album) @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton
9> The Sanjays @ The Pour House, 1115 Fennel Ave. E., Hamilton ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
9> Matthew Pullicino Chordless Trio @ Zyla’s, 299 James St. N., Hamilton
9> Justin Sawicki @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40
9:30> Martha Rocks @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $
9:30> Andy Griffiths @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton ~songwriter
10> Chris Chambers @ Ye Old Squire Hamilton, 550 Fennel Ave. E., Hamilton
10> Off The Record @ Old Powerhouse, 21 Jones St., Hamilton/Stoney Creek ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Brad James @ Different Strokes, 19 Elm St., Grimsby ~Country
905 WEST–south Peel, Halton
5> Adam Ostrosser @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Road, Burlington ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*6-9> Tomi Swick & Joel Guenther @ Black Bull Mountainside, 2475 Mountainside Drive, Burlington ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
7> Peter Marino @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington ~smooth Rock/Pop
7> Headin’ Home @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #551 Waterdown, 79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown
7:30> Rob Reed @ Jonathan’s of Oakville, 120 Thomas St., Oakville ~smooth Rock/Pop
9> Joe Rebello Band @ Caven’s Alley, 585 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> Johnny Max Band @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Blues/R&B; $10
9> Mustang Wally @ Lionheart Pub, 3221 Derry Rd. W., Mississauga ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
9> Bliss @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9-12> Tim Park @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Kat House featuring Kathleen Lovett @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Street Fire Band @ Abbey Road Pub, 3200 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> The Sound Parade @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> open jam with Mike Shotton et al @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Crank @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers
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