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It’s been barely a year since poignant Roots songwriter David Storey released his long-awaited debut full-length album with a title, Comin’ Home, that now seems a little ironic, given that he’s about to make an 8-months or so excursion to B.C. to work on a project in another discipline.
It would seem that Storey is yet again getting ready to reinvent himself —at least a little bit. On Sept. 21 he’ll be leaving the GTA, to which he returned along with rediscovering his musical roots just a few years ago —which is of course the subtext of the album title— after working many years in television and film.
That Storey should yet again pursue new directions perhaps should not be so surprising, considering that the inevitability of change has been a thread in many of his most powerful ballads. Even the title of his debut 5-song ep from 2012, shortly after he got back into songwriting, speaks to that: Movin’ On, it’s called.
As I wrote last year, many of the tunes from both discs, from the bittersweet “We Are The Greatest” —with its nostalgic yearning for a simpler time before the ravages of a friend’s disease— to “Last Loon On The Lake” —in which one faces the prospect of being left alone after one’s friends and loved ones have all had to take wing— heighten our awareness of the impermanence of all things.
Quite possibly the co-creator, co-writer and main director of “Corner Gas” the series and director/co-producer of its offshoot movie is being co-opted back into the world of the silver screen or perhaps completely different creative directions beckon.
But after seeing first-hand the passion and soul he brings to performance (and the recording) of his wry, often wistful and basically simple but always lyrically penetrating tunes, it seems unlikely to me that Storey will be giving up his musical pursuits entirely during his foray west to work on “something going on out there” that’s been in the hopper for a while.
But whatever the reason for the sojourn, tonight Storey is holding a bon voyage gig in a room where he’s a perfect fit. Relish Tapas Bar at 2052 Danforth Ave. has a dedicated stage with house backline and seems designed for songwriters and small bands to shine; the one tiny tv at the bar never has the sound on and often just broadcasts the aquarium channel. The food is truly awesomely creative and delish and acoustics are good, while audiences are attentive and appreciative.
That’s bound to be especially the case there tonight for Storey’s show scheduled for 9-11 but likely to start later (since there’s an opening act at 7) and bound to run much later since he’s announced he’ll have a band with him for two full sets and has arranged to have a between-sets act as well.
He’ll be accompanied by Howard Rabkin, Bob Cohen and Henry Lees for his performances and the guest act is showcase worthy in its own right: master guitar pickers Brian Gladstone and Tony Quarrington are teamed up as their Amazing Flying Fingers duo.
There’s no cover but there is a donations jug and I would expect that Storey will have copies of the album and ep on hand —if you don’t already own them this might be your last opportunity for a while to get one direct and signed.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Saturday, September 10, 2021
Listings are 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.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. 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.
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416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
11am-11pm> Cabbagetown Festival with live music including Danny Marks, Go Freddie Go, Lavender & Shark @ 12 locations along Parliament Street, TO
*Noon-3> The Sinners Choir @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $
3> The Boxcar Boys, 67 Front St. E., TO ~Rootsy Jazz; $pwyc
3> Jamzac @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
3-6> Alexis Baro and the Pueblo Nue @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz
3:30> Paul Reddick @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Blues; $
3:30> Jessica Stuart Few for Veg Food Fest @ Harbourfront Centre (Round Stage in Ann Tindal Park), 235 Queen’s Quay W., TO ~original World Fusion Jazz; no cover
4-7> The Fabulous Rave @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Rock/Blues; $
*4:40-7:30> The Happy Pals @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~New Orleans Jazz
*5-8> Blues & Troubles @ Déjà vu Bar, 389 College St., TO ~Blues
6-8> Sistah Lois @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6> Little Jimmy’s Chicken Pickers @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
6:30> Joe Hall @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Roots-Rock/protest songwriter
7> Tokyo Police Club; Hollerado; Repartee @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St., TO ~indie; $
7:30> Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray for Veg Food Fest @ Harbourfront Centre (Round Stage in Ann Tindal Park), 235 Queen’s Quay W., TO ~original World Fusion Jazz; no cover
7:30> Justin Bacchus @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~ Jazz; $
8> Claire Hunter; Tragedy Ann @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~songwriters;
8:30> Don & The River Street Band memorial concert for Dave Sniderman & fundraiser for Camp Huronda (diabetic children’s summer camp) @ Mod Club, 722 College St., TO ~Springsteen tribute; $25
*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues
9> Lauren Knowles Trio @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock
9> Timian @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W., TO ~Hip Hop/Rock/Jazz/Funk fusionl $
9> The Garden @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd., TO North
9> The Soul Motivators; Third Coast Kings @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $15
9> Declan O’Donovan; Tim Moxam @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., TO ~songwriters
9:30> Paul Reddick; Son Of Dave; The Holy Gasp @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Blues; $
9:30> Cece Pastor & Word of Mouth @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Rock/R&B; $
9:30> The Cookers Quintet album release @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~original hard Bop Jazz; $20
9:30> Soular @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:45> Sophia Perlman Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $
*9:45> Robin Banks @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $
10> Ride The Tiger @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul; $
10> Devin Cuddy @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
10> Lindsay Wellman *& Jason Kenemy album release @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
10> Full Tilt @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock
10-2> Park Eddy @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Blues
10> Citizen Fame; The Joy Arson; 20 Ampl Soundchild High @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~indie Rock; $10
10> The Wrong Kids @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West, TO ~Pop Rock
10:30> Scully & The Crossbones @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
416 – TORONTO EAST
*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E., TO East ~R&B
6-8> Thelonious Hank @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Country
7-9> Mikel Miller & Kevin Bell @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots-Rock songwriter
7> The Used @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~indie; $43-53
9-12> Blair Packham with Fergus Hambleton & guests @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~songwriter; no cover
9> Gyles @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East ~
9> Stephen Stanley @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots-Rock
9> Niko Love Duo @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock
9:30-11:30> David Storey bon voyage show with backing band + guests Amazing Flying Fingers Duo (Brian Gladstone & Tony Quarrington) @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots-Rock songwriter; no cover
9:30> Automan @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Blues-Rock; $
10:30> Mike Billik Trio @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd., TO East ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
11am-9:30> various acts [including Little Peter and the Elegants (11am-noon) on Prince Edward Stage, Prince Edward Drive ~50s & 60s Rock’n’ Roll 9-piece] on three stages for Taste of The Kingsway Festival, Bloor St. West between Montgomery Rd. and Prince Edward Drive, Etobicoke ~eclectic; no cover
*3-6> Whitey & The Roulettes @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke South ~R&B/Blues
**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Kim Doolittle @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B
*4-8> The Meteors @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Blues/Rock/R&B
7:30> Nancy Walker Trio @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; minimum table charge
9> Universal Juveniles; Sinburn opens @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~Max Webster tribute; $
9> The Sour Mash Blues Band @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Blues
9:30> Blackboard Blues Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Blues/R&B; $
9:30> Soda Blue @ Refinery Public House, 3039 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~Pop Rock
10-2> Molly’s Chamber @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40
10> Fat Tony @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
9-1> James Ashberry @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock
9:30> Rock jam with Tommy Rocker Band @ Centro Pizza, 3406 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
*9:30-2> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Winners, 2181 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough
9:30> Sam Taylor & The East End Love @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Blues
416 – TORONTO WEST
*noon-3> Julian Fauth solo @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues
*Noon-3> Danny Marks @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~Blues/Jazz
**2-5> Yor Magic Open Mic with host Michael Cuddy @ La Rev, 2848 Danforth Ave., TO West
3:30> Mary & Mickey @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West
5-8> Fabulous Thornleys @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Folk
*5-8> Blues jam with Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~Blues
8:30> Our Founders; Loon; Best Fern split tape launch @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; $10
8:30> Friends of Fiddler’s Green @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Celtic/Roots covers & originals; $25
9-1> Julian Fauth Blues Quartet @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz
9> King Kuddy album release with guests Torrero; Matt Cooke and the Grand Marquis @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~indie; $10
9> Hayley & Dave Rave @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~Rock
9> The Formula @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original Latin/Funk; no cover
9:30> The Junction City All-Stars featuring Dave McManus, George Baumann @ The Cat, 3153 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Rock/Blues
9:30> Adam’s Rib @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St., TO West ~Pop Rock
10-2> Hot Wax Meltdown @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Rock covers
10> The Intentions @ 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Funk/Motown/Soul; no cover
10:30> Moda Eterna @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Salsa; $15
7:30> The Lazys; The Motorleague; The Wormwood Scrubs @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~indie; $15
8L30> Shred Penner @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop
9> The O’Deadlys @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinurgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop
5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8:30> Roy’s Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
9> Shealyn Angus Duo @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood
9> Tripsonix; Atlas Murray @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough ~indie
9:30> Smokey Monaghaun @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie
*4> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues
*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax
9> Dufferin County Line @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9> Outshined ep release @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie
10> Vinyl Hero; Misty Sunshine; Cale Crowe @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa ~indie Rock; $10
10-2> Phoenix Rising @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40
6:30> The Campfire Poets @ The Orangeville Curling Club, 76 Fifth Avenue, Orangeville ~Roots-Rock
8-11> Between The Static @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill ~Pop Rock
8> The Dio Years @ Spot One, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~DIO tribute; $10
9-1> Plan B @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9> Nasty Habits @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Rock/Top 40
9> Bernadette Connors @ King Richard’s Pub, 15570 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock
9:30> The Rockafellas @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock
9:30> Souled Out @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock/Soul
10> Legends Live @ Village Inn, 2 Holland St. E., Bradford
**2-4:30> Davidson, Dicresce & Nero host jam with guests @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40
**2> Brant Parker Band with guest tba @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~Blues
*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton
**2:30> Blues Matinée @ Coach & Lantern (upstairs), 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues
6:30> Raqs Mahasti; Paromita Kar; Faith; Ajelica Scannura @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $15
8> Beg TO Differ Trio @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~Blues
8> Crank @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40
9> Ann Higgins Band @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton
9> BA Johnston; Sha Bang Bang; Customaries; White Crowleys @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $5
**9> Niagara Rhythm Section & guests Carlos del Junco @ The Old Winery, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~R&B/Blues
9:30> The Merge; DFP @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
9:30> Nezqwik @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton
9:30> The Chasers @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~Rock/Top 40
Noon-11> Soulsville; The Weber Brothers; Daddy Mack; Loco Zydeco with Cheryl Lescom; Ted Peters & Gumbo Ya-Ya for Southside Shuffle @ Mississippi/Dawg FM Stage, Memorial Park, Port Credit ~Blues; $10
Noon-11> The Oh Chays; Jake Chisholm; The Mackenzie Blues Band; The Fraser Melvin Band; Conor Gains & The Ramblin’ Moon; Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar for Southside Shuffle @ Enersource Stage, Memorial Park, Port Credit ~Blues; no cover
Noon-11> Chuckee Zehr Band; Joint Chiefs of Soul; Durham County Poets; Pianorama with Tyler Yarema, David Vest & Lance Anderson; Blackburn; Tom Lavion and the Legendary Powder Blues for Southside Shuffle @ Sab Memorial Stage, Memorial Park, Port Credit ~Blues; $10
1-10> Guitar workshop; Michael Schatte; Joel Johnson & Teddy Leonard; Robbie Antone & Arthur Renwick; Joe Murphy and Chris Gill for Southside Shuffle @ Investors Group First Nations Stage, Memorial Park ~Blues; no cover
**2-6> Sil Simone Band with special guest Chris Kenny @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Blues
2-6> Street Shuffle outdoor performances at 20+ locations by various artists for Southside Shuffle along Lakeshore Rd. East, Port Credit ~Blues; no cover
**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest Ric Taylor @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues
*3-7> jam with guest hosts Amanda Rose Band also featuring Josh Gordon for Southside Shuffle @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit; no cover
*3-7> open stage jam @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2
4-8> Piece of My Heart (Krista Blondin) for Southside Shuffle @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~ Janis Joplin tribute; $
6:30> Vogan/Markman Duo for Southside Shuffle @ Thyme Ristorante, 347 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~ Blues; $?
7> Denielle Bassels for Southside Shuffle @ Door Fifty-Five, 55 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
7> Four Lines for Southside Shuffle @ Spice Lounge, 52 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
7:30> Blind Greasy Pig with Fraser Melvin; Dirty Jazz Down with Ragwax for Southside Shuffle @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
8> The Oh Chays for Southside Shuffle @ El Jefe, 66 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
8> James Anthony for Southside Shuffle @ Fired Up, 89 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
8> Amanda Reeves and Street Talk for Southside Shuffle @ Snug Harbour, 14 Stavebank Rd. S., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
8-12> Ginger St. James @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Cabaret/Rockabilly/Blues; $10
9> Conor Gains & The Ramblin’ Moon for Southside Shuffle @ The Brogue Inn, 136 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
9> Little Bobby & The Jumpstarts for Southside Shuffle @ Pump House Grill, 40 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
9-1> Durham County Poets for Southside Shuffle @ Port Credit Legion (downstairs), 35 Front St. N., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
9> Tone Deaf @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington
9:30> Brant Parker Blues Band for Southside Shuffle @ Crooked Cue, 75 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues; $?
9:30> Savage Groove @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~ClassicRock
9:30> Ballroom Babies @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
9:30> Trysted Sister @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Twisted Sister tribute
9:30-11:45> Uprise @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Rock
9:30> Coda @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Led Zeppelin tribute; $
9:30> Evermile @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40
10-2> Jerome Godboo for Southside Shuffle @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40; $
10> Selective Soul @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock
10:15> Shawn Steinhart Band @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock
10:30> The Cover Boards @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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