Blues stars donating talents to help Hamilton music-supper club | 170110Tu | Shows for Tues. January 10, 2022

Connie Rouble with Blues artist Steve Strongman -TWITTER


While many in the Roots, Blues, Jazz and Pop community in Toronto are busy bemoaning the sudden closure of Hugh’s Room last week, leaving many artists and advance ticket purchasers out of pocket, a panoply of Blues stars are gathering in Hamilton this evening to raise money to help a newish dinner-and-music room become better established there.

It doesn’t get much more star-studded than the lineup that will appear from 7 p.m. at the Casbah Lounge at 306 King St. W. a few blocks west of the Jackson Square Mall in the heart of the Steel City.  In case you didn’t already know, “The Hammer” actually has a Blues scene as vibrant as that in TO —more so, even, considering the relative sizes of the two municipalities.

Resident talents such as Steve Marriner, Steve Strongman, Alfie Smith, Frank Koren and Frank Cosentino will all appear along with festival stalwarts from TO and area such as Chuck Jackson, Alec Fraser and Jerome Godboo for the “Blues For Booze” fundraiser, for which suggested donation-cover is $25.

It’s all in aid of enabling Connie Rouble, the owner of nearby eatery Mississippi Queen Foods, to apply for a liquor license in order to evolve that room into “a destination ‘Blues supper club’ here in Hamilton” as the Casbah’s website puts it.  Sounds a lot like what Hugh’s Room was trying to be except narrower in focus!

In addition to the stellar live music tonight there’ll be raffles, a silent auction and door prizes as well as a “Blues Gumbo” buffet available for $20 prepared by the beneficiary of the affair, so that you can sample what’s on offer in her place at 635 King St. East on the other side of downtown.

The restaurant, which opened a year ago almost to the day (on Jan. 06, 2016) already stages occasional “Southern Supper” live music events with marquee-draw talents (including two later this month) despite the challenge of doing so without being able to serve alcohol.

-Gary 17,

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7-9> “Unsung and On The Side” with Carolyn Fe on


noon-1> Glen Gould School artists @ Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., TO ~Chamber music; 0$

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

6-12> Paul LaMarche; Leslie Huyler; Annie Bonsignore; Chris Birkett & special guest John Otway @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

6-10:30> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $10

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

*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano

7> Dirkschneider @ Mod Club, 722 College St., TO ~German Rock/Metal; $

7:30> Ornate Ornette @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO161110-support-the-moon

8> The Sheryl Show @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO ~Roots-Pop; 0$

8> Sean Chen @ Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. E., TO ~Classical piano recital; $50-55

*8> eclectic open mic @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO

8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~spoken word

8:30> Young Honey; 9 Lives And Counting; The Wet Bandits; Girl @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; 9$

*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

*9> open mic with Revel York @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO

9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St., TO

**9:30> Laura Hubert Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Pop Jazz with punch; $

*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $

10> Owen’s Sound @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

10> Michael Davidson & Andrew Miller’s Congruence @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO ~Jazz

10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country/Rockabilly


*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave., TO East ~original Blues piano

7-9> Richard Malouin Band @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~0$

8> Jacob Celli; Wes Fowler; The Ayden Jacobs Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~indie; 0$

**8-11> open stage hosted by Jay Pennell or Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East

8:30-10:30> Carlos Lopes @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

*9-1> jam with Dan Walek @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E., TO East

*9> open mic with host Asha Diaz @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave., TO East

*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Folk Roots


7> Orgy; Death Valley High @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~Hard Core/Metal ~$

*8> Groovestone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Rock/Soul


*9:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ The Fossil & Haggis, 790 Military Trail, Scarborough


5-8> Celtic & Croon @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Jake Wilkinson on trumpet @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz/Blues

8> tribute to David Bowie with various performers @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; pwyc

8> “The Dakota Sessions” live taping with tba @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~$5

9> The Hanna’s; Dinosaur Isle; Revisionist; Jason Nagy @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $5-7

9> Pressgang Mutiny @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~sea shanties

9> Charles Tilden & guest @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West

9> Mr. Rick @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots

9> Bex & Blanco @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie


2-4> jam session at W.G. Johnson Centre, 31 Kribs St., Cambridge

*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange, 1 North Square Queen’s Square, Cambridge

6-9> Blues & Roots showcase @ Morty’s Pub, 272 King St. N., Waterloo ~Blues/Roots

*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph

*7-11> Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Association holds Bluegrass jam @ Galt Legion RCL #121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge

*7-9> Juneyt @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge ~Flamenco guitarist

*10> open jam with host Chris Brown @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford


7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*7-11> open acoustic jam with Darren Smith & Shayne Thomas @ The Thirsty Monk, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

8:30-12:30> open mic with host Cheryl Stiles @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> Dean James @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

*10> L&M Jam with host Emerson Ireland @ The General Pub, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

*10> open mic with Josh Beaven @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa


7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ RCL 385, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., Aurora

7> open mic with Bernadette Connors @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., 905 North

*8-11> jam with Matthew Kane & The Brews Brothers @ The Crown, 9580 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*8:30-12:30> open mic @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*9> open mic with Manny D, Andy Earle & Dave Breckels @ Big Chris BBQ, 17380 Yonge St., Newmarket


*8> Blues & Jazz jam hosted by Wayne Janus & The Syncopaths @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

7> Steve Strongman, Chuck Jackson, Alec Fraser, Alfie Smith, Frank Cosentino, Jerome Godboo, Steve Marriner, more for “Mississippi Foods Blues for Booze” fundraiser @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~Blues; $25

*9> open stage with Dave Nicoloff @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

*9:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

905 WEST

*8> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock

*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

*8> open mic night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zadkovich @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga

9-1> Marshall Dane Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Funk; $

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