Staple of Relish musical diet, Steve Raiken returns tonight | 150526Tu Shows for Tuesday, May 26, 2022


A deft guitar finger-picker and crafter of intricate instrumental melodies and ballads about life’s relationships and milestones, Steve Raiken has appeared at east end-end tapas eatery and musical destination room Relish many times over the past couple of years, as I’ve written previously.

Steve Raiken -Gary 17

Raiken was one of the first artists to appear in the room at 2152 Danforth Ave., a block east of Woodbine, when they started the 7-9 p.m. Tuesday evening dinner shows back in 2013 and has continued to be a staple of that rotation, returning tonight.

Raiken weaves a captivating spell with the tunes on his debut (and so far only) 2009 album Stages and has several new tunes since then that are equally appealing, including a couple that were inspired by the marriages of his sons last year. On “Wedding Bells” he artfully interprets the sound of the nuptial celebratory ringing on his six-string Guild. Maybe it’s time he thought about recording a new album!

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, May 26, 2022

Listings are now organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.

Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

Names of subscribers appear in bold, are underlined and, where applicable, include a live link to their websites. Advertisers’ listings are in larger highlighted type, include live link to website and also have ad icon included in listings.

416 – Toronto Central

6> Andrew Collins Trio @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6:30> Matt Newton @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

*7> open mic @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO

7> comedy jam @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO

7:30> Eucalyptus @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO

8> Jen & John @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

8> Toronto Folk Singers Club @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St., TO

8> Maybe Mae; Even The Trees; Vickie Vale; At Dawns Edge @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO; $10

8:30> Songwriters Association of Canada Toronto Regional Songwriters Group open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~eclectic songwriters

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

9> Autumn Still; Shore Thing; The Howll; The Cashews @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO

9:30> Django Gypsy Jam @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

9:30> Jazz jam with host Chris Gale @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

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

10> Nick Fraser presents @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO

10> Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

10:30> The World Is Yours Unplugged @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

416 – Toronto East

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

7:30-9:30> Steve Raiken @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots songwriter

8-10> Big Rude Jake @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Blues

**9> open mic with host Jody Ferrer & 10 p.m. feature by tba @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave., TO East

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

*9:30-12> open stage hosted by Jennifer Brewer @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East

*9:30> jam with Frank Wilks & Friends @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E., TO East

416 – Toronto West

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

6-9> C&C Surf Factory @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

8:30> Jane Harbury presents Birds of Bellwoods; Piper Hayes; Our Shotgun Wedding; Frank Ryan @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~eclectic originals; $17/-

9> Mercy Flight feat. Steve York; Angie Saini; Ania Soul for Indie Tuesdays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; pwyc

9> Bucketeer @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Soul/Funk organ

9> Simone Morris Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

**9> tba @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie showcase; $5

*9:30> jam with Derek Downham @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~eclectic

416 – Scarborough

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


7> Kerry McMaster @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8-10> Sean Hully Jazz Group @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~Jazz

905 East

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

9> Kris Barclay @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

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

*10> open mic @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

905 North

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

*8:30> 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

905 South

*8-11> Michael Keys & Friends @ The Ale House, 802 Upper Gage Ave., Hamilton ~Pop/Jazz

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

9> Hello Cat Piano hosts open stage @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N, Hamilton

905 West

*8-12> Marshall Dane Trio @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~New Country/Pop

*8> open stage with host Iain Leslie @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

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

*9:30> The Phil & John Show feat. Phil Naro @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock

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