Laura Hubert first of stellar talents for Kensington Jazz Fest weekend | 170915Fr | Shows for Friday, September 15, 2021

Laura Hubert & Peter Hill -GARY 17


This weekend’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival’s second annual 2017 edition involving over 250 musicians in 170 shows at 20 locations kicks off this afternoon with a 5:30 set by the Laura Hubert Band.

It’s a fitting choice, as Laura’s ties with the market and its environs go way back to her early Leslie Spit TreeO days when she was a budding busking Folk-Rock singer but part of a mileu that included a lot of talented Jazz performers,

Hubert appears 5:30-6:30 at the Poetry Jazz Café on Augusta Ave. with a combo that includes, naturally, keys wiz Peter Hill (who is also part of Alex Pangman’s Alleycats doing a 7:30 set at Trinity Common located practically next door) as well as Eric St-Laurent on guitar and Davide Direnzo on drums.

Kensington Market may be known more for Roots-Rock, Punk and dirty Blues, but it also has long had a strong contingent of “street Jazz” artists, pre-eminent among them the ageless Jim Heinemann, who has been a fixture in the area since forever and a week.

I recall, in fact, how shortly after Supermarket (which is one of the 20 rooms participating in this three-days and nights affair) opened in 2004, one June it was actually host to the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival’s late-night Jazz jams that are one of that event’s biggest draws for players and knowledgeable fans.  And it was none other than Heinemann who, along with Wayne Cass and similarly gifted players, was part of the house band for those sessions.

The Market has come a long way since those days, seeming today far less insular and xenophobic than it was fifteen years ago and this festival certainly seems to demonstrate that.

But in true nonconformist Kensingtonian fashion it also does things in its own way.  One example is that all admission charges for this festival (which ain’t cheap, ranging from $12 and up —though there are a few free and pwyc sets sprinkled in there too, such as the stellar free series at Tom’s Place) must be paid in cash only and there are no advance tickets!  Who ever heard of a festival operating like that?  Well now you have.

Lest you think that this is a less than serious endeavour a quick look at the lineup for just tonight alone will disabuse you of that notion.  You don’t get participation from artists like Colleen Allen, Jackie Richardson, Nathan Hiltz, Fred Spek, Kirk MacDonald, Margaret Stowe, Lala Biali Trio, Ori Dagan, Mark Lalama and the Heavyweights Brass Band (to name just a few who stand out this evening) without having your stuff together.

The founder of the non-profit organization that puts on the festival and other shows in the Market throughout the year is in fact one of Toronto’s most hailed Jazz singers and also a “street Jazz” veteran.  Molly Johnson explains in a press release that the idea of cash-at-the-door-only policy is so that “music lovers have to prove themselves by showing up.”

It ensures that pre-sold seats won’t sit empty and at last year’s debut festival, she says, “in fact nearly all the shows were sold out,” with artists thrilled that “houses were full and audiences were completely engaged.”

The event’s home page contains a full list of the impressive array of talents taking part this weekend.  For more specific details on the set times and cover charges for tonight’s shows and the rest of the weekend you can also visit their website’s schedule page where you’ll find each day’s shows listed alphabetically according to artist, or download a chronological list.

The listings also appear on’s shows calendar, naturally.

-Gary 17,

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*11am-1pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeats Sundays 3-5am & Wednesdays 6-8am)


KMJF = Kensington Market Jazz Festival

*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*5-8> Bill Wood and the Woodies @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St.

*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk

5:30-2> KMJF: Laura Hubert Band also featuring Peter Hill (5:30-6:30), Lalia Biali; Billy Newton-Davis Trio; Quincy Bullen Band @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz

7:30> KMJF: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats also featuring Peter Hill; Mark Lalama Trio; Heavyweight Brass Band with Jay Douglas; Kirk MacDonald Quartet @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz, R&B, Soul; $17

5:30-6:30> KMJF: Rich Brown; Andy Milne; Mike Downes Quartet @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~$12

6> The Wet Bandits; Among Legends; Weigh The Anchor; Coming Clean; Incase We Crash @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ~indie; $10

6> KMJF: Margaret Stowe; Lucien Gray; Allan Johnson; Zoe Ackah @ Hot Box Café, 204 Augusta Ave.

6> Communism @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country

6-8> Tracey Gallant & Alan Cohen @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

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

6:30> Into The Light recording release for Into The Light @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. ~contemporary original; $7

7> Lenka Lichtenberg for “The Spirit of the Artist” kickoff concert @ Church of The Messiah and Bell Tower Coffee, 240 Avenue Rd. ~original Worldbeat (various international influences); pwyc

7> KMJF: Jackie Richardson & Micah Barnes; Koller Michels; Ori Dagan and Nathan Hiltz Duo  @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz; $27

7> AJJ @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W.

7> Sin Bandera @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $

7> Gabrielle Aplin @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

7> Rodriguez (of “Searching for Sugar Man” movie fame @ Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St. ~songwriter; $

7:30> Daria Morgacheva @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W.  ~Country

8-11> KMJF: Fred Spek’s Camp Combo @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~Jazz; $12

6-9> KMJF: John MacMurchy Trio; Colleen Allen & Kalabash @ Café Pamenar, 307 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz; $12

8> Elohim @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $

8> The Besnard Lakes; Heaters; Dead Ghosts; Sisters of your Sunshine Vapor; Crazy Bones; The Litch @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8> Ulitka & Zvukoslon @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

8> Vienna D’Amato Hall; We the Jailbirds; Joshua and Me; Red Light Temple @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie; $

*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues

8:30> Art The Band; Fleece; Little Boxer; Funny Funk @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~eclectic indie; $

9> Julian Fauth Band also featuring Dave McManus @ Basso Blues Room, 320 Queen St. E. ~Blues/R&B

9> Pierre Kwenders recording release for Makanda; guests DATUS; OBUXYM; more @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $20

9> Terence Gowan @ Sopra Upper Lounge, 265 Davenport Rd. ~80s tribute; $10

9> Michael Danckert Band @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40; 0$

8> Bon Villain; Steph Copeland; SLEEPYCATT; Les NANANAS @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~indie; $10

9> Jim Dan Dee; Rebel Hero; The Bristol Hum; Dylan Hennessy @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~original Rock/Pop; $10

9> Micah Erenberg; Turbo Street Funk @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W.

9> Adictox; Ballast; FLQ; The Residuos @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Punk/Thrash; $

9> Seas; Mason Jar; Incenides; Oh Geronimo; Setback @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

9-11:30> Stefan Bauer @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

9:30> Gyles Band @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10

9:45> Lorne Lofsky Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~60s R&B 7-piece; $

10> Arsenals @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Ska; $

10> Freeman Dray @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~original Roots-Rock

10-2> The Disco Rebels @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~Funk/R&B/Soul; $

10> The Honeymoon @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St. W. ~Pop Rock

10:30> Godboogie with Jerome Godboo @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~original Blues; $0

11> “Popup Songwriter Playtime” with host Kayt Lucas & guests Michael Menegon; Treefort; Frank Patrick; more @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade


*5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~rootsy Rockabilly

7-9> Evolution Duo @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$

7> Chocolat King Beez; Oh Sees @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~original Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock; $

8> “Dylan with Cohen” with Tony Quarrington, Lynn Mantle, Tim Maxwelll, more @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~tribute to Dylan, Cohen & Marxist ideology; pwyc

8> Sean Turner Band for Remarks “Grand Reopening Party” @ Remarks, 1026 Coxwell Ave. ~Pop Rock; $0

8> ISpy; Maggie Christl @ Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E. ~Gypsy Jazz & Roots; $

9> The Circumstantialists @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Missing Green @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E.

9> Pontune @ Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave.

9:30> Low Hanging Fruit @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers; 0$

9:30-1> Wayne Neon and The Amazing Tubular Orchestra @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave ~Rock/Top 40/R&B covers

9:30> Rockin Dead @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E.

9:30> Still of The Night @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave.  ~tribute to Whitesnake; $

10:30> Lindsay Brohan @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock


7:30> Irene Atman Trio @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; min table charge

8> Jesse Leach @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.

9:30> The Wheat Kings @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~tribute to The Tragically Hip; $10

10-2> Pop Cherry @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~classic Rock/Pop hits; 0$

10> Hit Parade @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St. ~Pop Rock


9:30> Greg Wyard @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock


2-4> All That Glitters @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave.~Jazz

5-7> Tanya Philipovich & Lucas Stagg @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock

5-8> Concord Jazz Quintet @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

*7-10> Les Petits Nouveaux @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~nu-Jazz trio

7> Choose Joy @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $10

7:30> Andra Henderson Duo @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St. ~Pop Rock

7:30> David Buchbinder Trio @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; 0$

8:30> Vagabond @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~contemporary original; $

8:30-2> Papiosco y los Ritmicos @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Salsa; $15

8:30> Ron Nigrini @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~original Roots icon; $30

8:30> Owen Davis Band; Shadowhand; Joel Phillip Jacobson @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $10

9> Bell Game; Plazas; Tiptoes @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $10

9-2> Shane Murphy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.

9-1> Gram Whitty Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

9> Michael Keith @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair Ave. W. ~songwriter

9> Your Future Ex-Boyfriends; Scratch Nasty; The Roughnotes @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~indie/Rock/Top 40 covers; $

9> “Tequila Jay” Swinnerton @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter

9:30> The Reposadists & guest singer @ Reposado, 135 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz

10> Alun Piggins and the Beasts of Men @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~Roots-Rock

10> Parkside Drive @ 3030 Dundas, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals


GJF = Guelph Jazz Festival

Noon> GJF: Bernice @ Branion Plaza in University of Guelph, Guelph ~Jazz; $0

3-7> Sarah McGrath @ Hespeler Village Market, Cambridge, 11 Tannery St. E.

5> GJF: Jane and the Magic Bananas; Michel F. Kote; Alexandre St-Onge; Sam Shalabi @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~Jazz; $20

6:30-12> GJF: Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble; Bernice; Friendly Rich; Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band @ Market Square Stage (City Hall), 1 Carden St., Guelph ~eclectic Jazz/Pop; $0

7> I Love You Honey Bunny @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph

8> GJF: John Butcher Trio; Peggy Lee Octet @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ~Jazz/Pop ; $30

8> Armed & Hammered; The Nasties; Gag Order; The Sham @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

8> KOI Festival with Battle Win; Sparrows; Monarch Woods; Dead Tired; The Fatalist; exalt; Life in Vacuum; Cancer Bats  @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~eclectic indie; $

8> Cameron & McNeill @ Tanners Pub, 40 Eastern Ave., Acton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

8> Grand River Blues Camp with John McKinley @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener

8:30> Joni Nerita @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $

9> Kayko; Of Gentlemen & Cowards @ Van Gogh’s Ear Guelph, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $7

9> The Bachynski Project; Crown Lands; I Love You Honey Bunny @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $7

*9-2> jam night @ The Cave, 105 Shade St., Cambridge

9> Lynn Jackson; Lynn Hanson @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~songwriters; $15

9:30> James Cameron @ Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country

9:30> Ally Howatt @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country


5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

7> PRIDE without Borders open mic till 8; followed by Witch Prophet; Perkolator; I.M. Brown; Above Top Secret @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie; $

8-11:45> Bill Durst @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Rock ‘n’ Roll icon; $20

8:30> Groove Authority @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~Funk/R&B/Soul

8:30> Graham Playford Duo @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*9-12> open mic @ Southside Pizza, 29 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough ~$2

9:30> Television Road @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

9:30> Charlotte and The Dirty Cowboys @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock

10> Fraser Melvin Band @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~original Blues

10> Outer Rooms; Hurricane Charlie; Martian Broadcloak @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $8/pwyc

10> Brian Haddlesey @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough

905 EAST

*8-12> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax

8:30> Wild Oats @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9> Greg Williams @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9> The Kents; Luke Austin @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9:30> Marc Joseph Band @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $5

10-2> The Root Men @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope


Noon-2pm> Mark Yan @ Ray’s 3rd Generation Bistro, 1475 Queen St. W., Ray’s 3rd Generation Bistro, Alton, 1475 Queen St. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7> Coldfront; First Ghost; Parkside; Arcane Ghosts; Nightwell @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~indie; $7

7:30> Erwin Schack @ The Foster Memorial, 9449 Concession 7, Durham 1, Durham ~original Roots

8> Bill Craig @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown ~Irish traditional

8:30> Neil Chaoman @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Roots-Rock/Blues

9-12:30> Stevie Gee & Jef Kearns @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~acoustic swing Blues duo

9:30> Orangeman @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

9:30> The Twangsters @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Top 40/Rock

*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill

9:30> The Grady Brothers @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown ~Roots-Rock

10> Boom @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock


6:30> East Coast Kitchen Party @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> McCulrie, Doidge & Wiles @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~original Roots trio; $10

8> Nick Pacheco recording release @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~contemporary original; $10

8> Sylvester’s Cologne @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

8> Simple Plan 15th album tour with guests Courage My Love; Selfish Things; The Bottom Line @ The Studio, 10 MacNab St. South, Hamilton ~contemporary original Punk-Pop; $

9> Flamingo Bay & guests @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $10

9:30> Flat 5; Conor Gains Band; Road Waves @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $10

9:30> Big Rude Jake @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~original Blues; $

9:30> Chris Wheeler & Friends @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton

905 WEST

*5> Adam Ostrosser & Joel Guenther @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop

*6-9> Lauren Knowles @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

7> The Bronte Brothers @ Bronte Sports Kitchen, 2544 Speers Rd., Oakville

7> Headin’ Home @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #551 Waterdown, 79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown

8> Harte & Mazur featuring Elana Harte @ American House, 324 Dundas St. E., Waterdown ~original Rock/Pop; $

9> Andy Griffiths & The Lost Groove @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~original Roots-Rock; $10

9> Freedom Train @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Dirty Pioneers @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> Peter Lafferty @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Backroad Bound @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Rock/Top 40 covers

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

9:30> Coda @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~tribute to Led Zeppelin; $

9:30> Retro Rocket @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock

10-2> Mustang Wally @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit

10:15> Avenue Inn @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:30> Adam’s Rib @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock


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