Musical friends of the late Charlie Spencer celebrate his life tonight | 160428Th | Shows for Thurs., April 28, 2022


I didn’t know booking agent Charlie Spencer but a whole lot musicians from all over the place did and were very shocked and saddened by his unexpected passing in January.  Tonight many of them will gather to jam some tunes and share memories of the affable, helpful fellow at a show at The Rockpile in Etobicoke.

Although he was apparently better known in the Whitby area, his sister, Mary-Lou Spencer, said in a posting on the Facebook event page for tonight’s show that although when he first passed the hope was to hold a memorial event in the Whitby area, closer to where the siblings grew up, “shortly after the shock of his passing set in, my/his family (our mother and Charlie’s wife) decided that going through a service would just be too difficult to endure. Therefore, the memorial concert at The Rockpile on April 28th will be the only celebration to take place.”

Musician Baz Littlerock posted on the event page that “Charlie was one of a kind. A true friend he always put you first. I miss him every day.  His laugh was so great you’d try to make him laugh more just to hear it. I went for lunch with Charlie just before he passed and we sat there for almost 3 hours discussing nothing but everything. Never a boring conversation.”

Another musician wrote: “I never met Charlie in person but I spoke to him about 5 or 6 times on the phone … and he was excited about being an agent for my band. I can say that Charlie was always a good soul and I could sense it as we talked … plus my drummer met him a few times and told me how gracious and kind he was and how impressed he was with him as a person.”

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Others echoed sentiments about how he exhibited a genuine, caring nature that few would normally associate with a book agent and that made him a friend and kind of coach as much as a business associate.

Tonight’s event will be hosted by The Dukes and several musicians have already confirmed they’ll be participating, including Al Reilly, Max Brand, Baz Littlerock, James Alcock, Mena Hardy, Carmen Toth and many others.

Bands that want to take part in should simply show up with their instruments but there will be a drum kit on stage and some amps to use. Doors open at 7 in the room at 5555 Dundas St. W., with the show starting at 7:30 or 8 and scheduled to end at about 11 p.m.  There is no cover charge.

-Gary 17,

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5-9> Danielle Polan; Sal Talon; Evan Pang; Kalyna Raken @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO ~indie; $5

6> Kelly Sloan @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6-8> Reuven Grajner with Nerissa Kay & Nick Arsenau @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

6:30> Ross Woolridge Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

*7> open mic with Derek Mok @ Kensington Lodge, 21 Kensington Ave., TO

*7:30-9:30> Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

8-12:30> 4th Thursday jam with Hold The Bus featuring Kevin Jeffrey & Diane Baker Mason @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Roots/Country/Pop

*8-1> open mic with Alicia Porter @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St., TO

8> Dante Matas; Michelle Thibodeau; Sarah Francis @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO

8> Kelly Gatta @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock

*8-12> Joe Bowden @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues

8:30> Michelle Lecce & guests @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~songwriter; pwyc

8> Ferraro album release for Losing Sleep; opening act Laura Cole Band; The Soul Proprietor follows @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $12

9-11:30> David Restivo album release @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz pianist; $15

9> Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~iconic original Roots/variety

*9-1> Blackburn @ Jo Mamas, 317 King St. W., TO ~Blues

9> Carlos Morgan & guest @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North ~Funk/R&B; $5

*9:30> jam with host band The Regulators @ College St. Bar, 574 College St., TO

9:30> Sweater Pants; Summer of Youth @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~indie; pwyc

9:30> Rachel Piscione @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*9:45> Mary McKay @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

10> Paul Reddick @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~original Blues

10> Roman Wlate; Moon Baby; Danger Dean & The Laser Beams @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10> Grump @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock

10> Spider Webs; Second Base more @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~No Doubt/Ace of Bass tributes; $12

10> Mercuri Project @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West, TO ~Pop Rock

10> Pretzel Logic @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Steely Dan tribute; $

10:30> Erin Harkes; Dick Rodan @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

11:30> Leslie Huyler @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc


7-9> Amelie & Les Singes Bleus @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~French classics with a twist

8> Black Bear AllStar Band featuring William A. Miller @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Dr., TO East ~Rock/Blues

*8:30-10:30> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Folk-Rock/Country

9> Fairmount Park Ice Master Meltdown featuring Redlight Ranch; Chris Birkett opening & awards presentations @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~indie; $6

9> Fiction @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

*9:30> open jam @ Sportsters, 1430 Danforth Ave., TO East

*10-2> karaoke with Shane Taylor @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East


7-11> Tribute to the late Charlie Spencer’s life and love of music with many jamming acts @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke

7:30> Rob Piltch Trio @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; min table charge

9> Kimberley Wetmore Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Blues

*9:30-2> Skip Tracer @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd., Etobicoke South ~Rock/Pop


7-11> jam night @ The Birchmount, 462 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough

9:30> Full Tilt @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock


5-8> G Street Jazz Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

7:30> Nobunto @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Zimbabwe female a cappella troupe; $20

8> Mainline Live Disco Band @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West

8:30> Cheryl Lescom & The Tuscon Choir Boys; Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues; $

9> Sisters Euclid featuring Kevin Breit @ 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz/Rock/Country Fusion; $10

*9-12> open mic night @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West

9> Kirt Godwin @ The Roncy, 390 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West

*9-1:30> open stage with Jay Pennell @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair West, TO West ~eclectic

9-12> Kristin Lindell Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Witch Prophet; New Chance; Kira May; Alissa Vox Raw @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., TO West ~indie; $15

9> FXRRVST album release; guests Responder; Gadda @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~indie; $5

8:30> Christa Couture album release for Long Time Leaving; opening act Corinna [email protected] Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie-Country banjo songwriter; $12

9> Luka; Ohmhouse; Stephen Steinbrink @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West

9> Shrines; Growing Fins; Grids; Sound Glyphics @ Smiling Buddha (basement), 961 College St., TO West

9> Sarah Burton Band; Löbu; Jamie Gia @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie

9> Zachary Lucky @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Folk/Country sognwriter

9:30> The Mercenaries @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~retro Soul-Rock; $

10> Eli & The Strawman; Rowboat Rescue Operation @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie; $


*7:30-12> open mic with K.M. Smith @ Molly Bloom’s Guelph, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

8> open mic night @ M&M Bar, 475 Main St., Cambridge

8> open mic with James Kuttelwascher @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop Rock

*8-11> open mic with Sandy MacDonald @ Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fischer Hallman Rd., Kitchener


7-11> Lance Anderson @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Blues

*7:30> Rob Phillips Jazz/Blues Trio and Marsala Likianchuk @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8> Shane Cloutier @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

*9> jam with Ted Rusk @ The Sauble Dunes, 11 Southampton Parkway, Sauble Beach

905 - EAST

*5-8> Nelson Denis @ Frank’s Pasta, 42 King Street E., Cobourg ~eclectic mix (Folk, Jazz, soft Rock, Latin)

8-11> Amber Hardy @ Rum Diaries, 368 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*?> jam with Darren Smith & Shayne Thomas @ The Corner Pocket, 45 Prince St., Oshawa

*9> jam @ The Wee Pub, 371 Wilson Rd. South, Oshawa

*9-1> Juggernaut Jam Band @ Tap and Tankard, 224 Brock Rd. S., Whitby ~Rock/Blues

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

*9:30> jam with Billick @ Harp & Crown, 300 Kingston Rd., Pickering

*10> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ St. Louis Ajax, 11 Harwood Ave., Ajax

10> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop

905 – NORTH

*6:30-10:30> jam with Faces for Radio @ Coasters, 55 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton

*7:30-11:30> jam with house band @ 52nd St. Tap & Grill, 30 Kennedy Rd., S., Brampton

*8-11> Jam with Jayme Lynn Reed @ Offsides Sports Bar, 200 Simcoe Ave., Keswick

9> open mic (signup starts at 8:30) @ The Barrel, 2180 Steeles Ave. W. Vaughan

905 – SOUTH

8> Rent House Party fundraiser @ The Duck with many bands including The Mighty Duck Blues Band; The Marty Allen Band; Leaky Faucet & The Drips; Angela Siracusa; The Glemm Gratto Band @ The Golden Pheasant, 244 Ontario St., St. Catharines ~fundraiser to keep club going after owner’s medical hardships

8> Radio Free Universe; The Lad Classic; Flamingo Bay; The Towers @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

*8> open mic (signup at 7) with Dave Gould @ Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St. Hamilton

*9> Joel Parisen Trio @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~R&B/Funk

*9> open mic night with rotating hosts @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton

7> Heavy Hearts; Wild Love; Cedar Spring Motel; Lust @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~original; $

9> Wheeler Pedler Fab open mic @ The Wellington Arms. 222 Cannon St. E., Hamilton

10> Strummers Union @ The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta St., Hamilton

905 – WEST

*6-9> Ric Jacobs @ Ivy Bar, 3330 South Service Rd., Burlington

*7-11> James Anthony Band & guest Gord Aichele @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues

*8-12> jam hosted by The Personics @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington

*8> Salsa band @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Latin

*8> Celtic Night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line

8:30> Tyler Schwende @ Fionn MacCool’s Britannia, 825 Britannia Rd. W., Streetsville Mississauga ~Pop Rock

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zady @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga

9> Rocky @ Fionn MacCool’s Clarkson, 970 Southdown Rd., Mississauga ~Pop Rock

9-1> Freedom Train @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop

9:30> Glenn Groves @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Honky Tonk

*9:30> jam with Jack B Nimble @ Abbey Road Pub, 3200 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga

9:30> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

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