Having a brush with your own mortality is enough to give anyone pause to reflect on what’s important in life, and fem-Rock songwriter, bandleader and indefatigable indie acts promoter Elana Harte is no exception.
For nearly a year the feisty but genial guitarist and singer faced uncertainty in the face of a diagnosis of possible cancer, and during her time taking treatments and recovering, plus waiting to see if the cure worked, also saw her beloved pet pass away.
In addition to all that, as we described last month, during that year she entered into a new relationship and accepted a proposal for marriage, also changing venues for her now bi-weekly M Factor Indie Showcase (and open stage) series (the next one is this coming Wed., October 25) she’s also dedicated some time to helping do her part in the fight against “the big C,” which has ravaged the musical community as much as any other.
That’s the brief outline of the backstory behind this weekend’s two-day Birdseye Music Festival fundraiser for the bladder cancer treatment programs affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was successfully treated. It includes several performers we’ve written about glowingly in the past and a silent auction and other fundraising activities.
The event takes place today and tomorrow from 4 till close at Eton House Tavern, where for a while she operated the M Factor series before moving it last month to Linsmore Tavern.
Harte will be among the acts performing in the room at 810 Danforth Ave. a block east of Pape station, taking to the big showcase stage at 8:20 p.m. after earlier sets by Jenny Allen, Lilly Mason, Katey Morley & Steve York and Fat Head Hazel and before a set by uproarious art Rockers Jumple at 9:10 to be followed by indie djs.
Tomorrow’s schedule which runs from 4 till 10 or so, is equally impressive, with Sandra Bouza and award winning Blues songwriter Suzie Vinnick among the talent offerings.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca [email protected]
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8pm-12> BLUZ-FM with Danny Marks @ JAZZ.FM91
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*12-3> The Sinners Choir @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
1-5> Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show with host Brian Gladstone @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~Roots open stage; $0
3> Thelonious Hank @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~Jazzy Country; $pwyc
3> Jamzac @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
3-6> Steve Amirault Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St. ~Jazz
3:30> Swing Shift Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*4:40-7:30> The Happy Pals @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
6-8> Brenda Lewis & Margaret Stowe @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6-8> Grier Coppins @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6:30> Darcys; Ralph @ The Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $
7> Low Country Hill recording release for Guesthouse @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7> Bugaloo Squad @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7:30> Toronto Symphony Orchestra “With Glowing Hearts” concert @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.
8> Flamenco Legends @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~Classical; $
8> The Mixtapes; The Paca Rabanne Trio @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8-10> Roxanne de Bastion @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
8> Caution Tape Sound Collective @ Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. ~Jazz
8> Damichael; Melodie Young; Madison Mueller; Jeff Moes; The Midnight Echo; Peake; Evan Backwoodz @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ N’awlins, 299 King St. W. ~Blues
8:30> Austin Strange; Riot Police @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie; $
9> Stark Naked & The Fleshtones; Eugene Ripper; The Hard Toms @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~Surf-Punk/Punk-Roots; $
9> Root Down Organ Trio @ Basso Blues Room, 320 Queen St. E. ~Blues/R&B; $0
9> House of David Gang; Circle 5; more @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~Reggae tribute to Peter Tosh~eclectic indie; $
9> Mark Braithwaite Group @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave.
9> Outer Rooms recording release for lp; Westelaken; Grids @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~indie; $
9> Atomic Hustle @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> Sam Cash; Altameda @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> Alison Young recording release for So Here We Are @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
9> DROID recording release for cdl Warsenal; Cellphone; Pterodactyl @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
9> Mob Bounce; Kayla Briët; more for Imaginenative Festival @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W.
9> Nervcast recording release; guests Second Pass; Breached; GLTY @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~original Rock; $
9:30> The Devil’s Drink @ Scruffy Murphy’s, 180 Eglinton Ave. E.
9:30> Soular @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:45> Brian Charette Organ Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*9:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
10> The Double Cuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country
10-2> Stone The Radio @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Professors of Funk @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul; $
10-2> The Pearl Motel recording release @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~original Rock/Pop; $
10> Chicken & Waffles @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., W. ~Pop Rock
11> Blues & Troubles @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~Blues/R&B
416 – TORONTO EAST
*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E. ~R&B
4-1> Birdseye Music Festival with Jenny Allen; Lilly Mason; Katey Morley & Steve York; Fat Head Hazel; Elana Harte (8:20); Jumple; Natalie Wong & Katey djing @ The Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave. ~Rock/Pop; $
4-7> Catfish @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.
6-8> Thelonious Hank @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Country
7-9> Sean Poluk @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; $0
7> Getter @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave.
8> Chelsea Wolfe; Youth Code @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E.
9-11> Dean Ross; Yuske; David Storey @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; $0
9> Andrew James Barker recording release for Gunslinger; guests The Bop Fi’s @ Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E.
9> Eastbound Bytown Duo @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E. ~Pop Rock
9> Sam Sundar-Singh @ The Beach House, 1952 Queen St. E. ~Roots-Rock
9-11> Sugar Brown @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.
9:30-11:30> Tim Bradford & The Bandits @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock; $0
9:30> Hell N Back featuring James Alcock on vocals @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~tribute to AC/DC; $
10:30> Synsonic @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*3-6> Whitey & The Roulettes & guests Danny B & Kevin Higgins @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St. ~R&B/Blues
**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Johnny O @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Rock-R&B; 0$
*4-8> The Meteors with guest Jerome Godboo @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Blues/Rock/R&B
7:30> Colleen Allen Trio @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; minimum table charge
8> Judas Preistess @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~tribute to Judas Priest
8> Bee Gees Tribute @ Old Mill Inn (Dining Room), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~tribute to Bee Gees; $
9> The Silverbacks @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Pop Rock
9:30> Motown Mania @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Funk/R&B/Soul; $
10-2> Stumblin’ Blind @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Rock/Top 40; 0$
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*9> jam with Tommy Rocker & West Hill Rockers @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd.
9-1> Colin Amey @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd. ~Pop Rock
9:30> High School Reunion Band @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock
10> Johnnie Wells @ The Newfoundlander, 472 Danforth Rd.
416 – TORONTO WEST
*Noon-3> Danny Marks @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Blues/Jazz
**2-5> Yor Junction Open Mic with host Philomene Hoffman @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W.
**5-8> Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions with featured guests Michael O’Grady & Friends with Richie Roxborough @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~ Roots/Country/Pop
5-8> Isaak Bonk @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter
6> Lynn Miles @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $25
8> Pkew Pkew Pkew; Sure @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W.
8> Wanda Jackson with The Rizdales @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B legend; $
8> Scenic Route TO Alaska; Good Kid; The Danger Bees featuring David Macmichael; @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $
8> John Stetch Quartet recording release for The Vancouver Concert @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~Jazz
8:30> Ray Montford Trio @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $25
9> Algiers @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W.
9-1> Sweet Derrick Blues Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9> Must Stash Hat; Conor Gains Band @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
9> Mark “BBQ” Sultan; First Base; King Creep @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $
9:30> Under Cover @ Mackenzie’s High Park, 1982 Bloor St. W.
10> KickBack @ The Cat, 3153 Dundas St. W. ~Pop Rock/Top 40
10:30> Manny Cardenas @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Salsa; $15
3-5> Brad Music @ Grand River Brewing, 295 Ainslie St., Cambridge
*3:30-7> acoustic jam @ Galt Legion Branch 121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge
6:30> Cameron & MacNeill @ The Village Well, 19 Queen St. E., Cambridge
7-11> Dan Walsh @ The Rabbid Fox, 56 Beech Ave., Cambridge
7:30> Guelph Poetry Slam @ E-Bar, 41 Quebec St., Guelph
8> Lucas Stagg @ The Brownestone, 39 Queen St. E., Cambridge ~Roots-Rock
8> Barn Katz; Big [email protected] Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St., Kitchener
8> “Wubtoberfest” with Lokav; Sevla; Cleroz; more @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~indie; $`5
8:30> Nancy Walker Group @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $20
8:30> Dan Walek @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Rock/Top 40 covers
SOLD OUT 9:00 - 1:00> Little Peter and the Elegants @ RCL #183 (Kincardine Legion), 219 Lambton St., Kincardine ~50s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll; $20
9> Honey Beard; Onion Honey @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock
9> Derek O’Halloran @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinurgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop
9> Jon Knight & Soulstack @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Blues/R&B/Funk
9:30> Counting Down The Hours @ Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country
9:30> Dan Kosub @ Black Badger Pub, 55 Water St. N., Cambridge
9:30> Ryan Major Band @ St. Louis Cambridge, 95 Saginaw Pkwy., Cambridge
9:30> Deluxe Drive @ The Duke & Duchess, 900 Jamieson Parkway, Cambridge
9:30> Dean James @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country
2-5> Peterborough Musicians Benevolent Association Blues jam with Chris Hiney, Al Black & JP Hovercraft @ Dr. J’s BBQ & Brews, 282 Aylmer St., Peterborough ~pwyc
5> Mark Edwards @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
5-7> Little Fire @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
7> The Electric Dead @ Foxx Lounge, 16 Dunlop St. W., Barrie
7-11> House Brand for 1 year celebration @ Golden Wheel Restaurant, 6725 Highway 7, Peterborough ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $15
7>Blackie and the Rodeo Kings & many guests @ Peterborough Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St., Peterborough ~original Roots Rock; $
8-11:45> Chris Antonik Band @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~original Blues; $5
8:30> Northern Soul @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8:30> Jacelyn Holmes Duo @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Curse @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
9:30> Smokey Monaghan @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie
10> Caber Toss @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~Celtic Rock
10> Elliott Brood @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
2-5> Blueprint @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope
*3-6> acoustic open mic/jam with hosts Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
3-5> Bruce Longman @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
4> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues
8-10:30> Mark Sepic @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~inventive Jazz/Pop looping
*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax
9> Steel City @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9-1> MLC @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
9> Barlee & Hopps @ Fionn MacCool’s Oshawa, 214 Ritson Rd., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> The Pack AD; Cloverdrive; more @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie; $15
9:30> Nuth’un Fancy @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
10-2> Blueprint @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope
*3-7> open jam with Faces for Radio @ CC’s/Kennedy Court, 3 Stafford Dr., Brampton
7> “Rock Off Cancer” fundraiser in memory of Dennis Marchetti with Uforia; Rebel Charm; 8 Track; more @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~eclectic indie; $10
*7-9> Joe & Frank @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz duo
8-11:30> Layrite Boys @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St., Georgetown ~BLuegrass
*9:30> open mic with host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ Richmond Bar & Grill, 10165 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
9:30> Tom Barlow Band @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock
9:30> Pop Machine @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock
9:30> Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown ~classic Rock
9:30> Ayden Jacobs Project @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown ~classic Rock
**2-4:30> Davidson, Dicresce & Nero host jam with guests @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40
*2> The Brakemen Brunch @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~originals & cover Rock/R&B; $5
*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton
**2:30> Blues Matinée with The Coachmen (Colin Lapsey, Dave King, Chris Wheeler, Ian Andrews) @ Coach & Lantern (upstairs), 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues
3:30-7> Steve Grisbrook Band & special guests Mark “Bird” Stafford & Darren Poole @ Monty’s Gastropub, 547 Ontario St., S., St. Catharines ~Blues on summer break
?*4> open mic with Traden Tunes @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess St. S., Hamilton
8> The Sandplains Pickers @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~Roots-Rock; $35
8> Retro Party Groove @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40
8> Johnny Max Band @ Station Coffee House, 28 Main St. E., Grimsby ~original Blues/R&B; $20
8:30> Jack de Keyzer @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~original Blues; $20
9> Nate and Michael AM @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas
9> Ginger St. James with North of Nashville @ Lou Dawgs Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton ~Country
9> Forgotten Rebels; Flesh Rag; Poorage @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Punk/Thrash; $
9> Famous Framus @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
9> Hot Machine @ Old Powerhouse, Hamilton/Stoney Creek, 21 Jones St. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Georgia Pines @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
9:30> Lance Eckensweiller @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton
noon-2am> showcases & jams for Folk Music Ontario Conference @ Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, 5875 Airport Rd., Mississauga ~original Roots
**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest Julian Fauth @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas Street, Burlington
**2-6> Sil Simone Band with special guest Michael Theodore @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Blues
*3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit
4-8> Denise Fex @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
9> Menace To Sobriety @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $10
9> Bon Jovi Forever @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~tribute to Bon Jovi
9:30> Peter Lafferty @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Molly Chambers @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock
9:30> Gordon Deppe @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
9:30-11:45> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas Street, Burlington ~60s dancing Pop-Rock
9:30> Fleetwood Mac Mania @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~tribute to Fleetwood Mac
9:30> Wicked Truth @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40
10-2> Wheat Kings @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~tribute to Tragically Hip; $
10> Bernadette Connors Band @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock
10:30> Hot Machine @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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