ZwolRox brings magic ingredients to Hoser Blues anniversary show | 170917Su | Shows for Sunday, September 17, 2021

Rox & Zwol -PS collage by GARY 17


No matter how you say their names together (ZwolRox or RoxZwol) the pairing of Robbie Rox and Walter Zwol for a show sounds a bit like one of those miracle medications you might see advertised on tv and that also has a gazillion dutifully-listed strange potential side effects.

Which sounds about right for the teaming up of what show promoter Pete Otis is calling “The Original Bald Boys of Rock” concatenation of legendary great vocalists which will appear with Mike McKenna’s band and a slew of other guests as part of the one-year anniversary and fan appreciation edition of his SongTown “Hoser Blues Party” series today.

Both of the all-star guests are tried and true consummate performers whose pioneering spirits have led them to become nearly cult figures among fans who’ve stayed loyal for four or more decades.

In Zwol’s case, his voice has been compared favourably with Elton John’s and he’s a coveted special guest whose recordings and concert appearances always sell well.

His stellar early career as the singer for seminal ‘70s “TO Sound”  Rock band Brutus, combined with a subsequent forty-year solo career that has catapulted him onto world class stages across the continent and beyond, has been boosted by a fan club that actually calls itself the National Walter Zwol Cult of America!

Rox, who has his own strong contingent of die-hard followers, has reinvented himself several times since his 1970 stage debut playing acoustic guitar while wearing pyjamas in Quebec, to the in-yer-face proto-Punk Rude Band we first wrote about in the early 90s, through various Monster Horn Band operatic R&B/art Rock combinations, and more recently with variations on stripped down power-quintets in an act that turns the idea of a lounge-lizard into a lounge-Godzilla!

Smooth instrumentals back Rox’s always outrageous, delightfully provocative lyrics and acrobatic multi-octave vocal range and character morphing in a show that is captivating and, even when you already know the tunes by heart, never gets old or stilted.

At today’s 4-8 show at Black Swan Tavern in east TO, these two vocal and performance powerhouses who will be given free reign to explore whatever musical realms they wish thanks to all-star support from the house band.

Blues slide legend McKenna’s Slidewinder band, an impressive veteran combo of guitarist Tom Robertson, drummer Rob Kirpatrick and bassist Hap Roderman, will also be joined tonight by harp ace Jay Moonah.

House band members may also sit in for sets by several other special guests, including Otis himself with the full house crew (a highlight of every one of these monthly shows); gifted and compelling songwriter Michael Bär; singer-guitarist Stephen Court of the up-and-coming Roots/Country Rock band High Court County; and Pat Little doing his smooth Rock originals.

Whatever side effects ZwolRox/RoxZwol may have, you can be sure that, when taken as directed in combination with the other great musical medicine and special acknowledgements of fans that are planned, it’s gonna make you feel cured of whatever ails you.

SongTown’s veteran door commander, James Ratch of Long & McQuade and Rock band promoting fame, will be at the entrance at 154 Danforth Ave. near Broadview and hitting you up for just $10 to get your dose.

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, September 17, 2021

A NOTE ABOUT the Kensington Market Jazz Festival:

With 81 shows happening today by as many different artists in about a dozen locations as part of the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, there are just too many to list.  Principle venues are listed below but addresses for the others along with set times and admission charge details can be found on the schedules. Clicking the schedule link will give you the full list or you can download a pdf of the schedule organized chronologically.  Principle venues include: Café Pamenar, 307 Augusta Ave.; Good Egg, 267 Augusta Ave.; Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave.; Hot Box Café, 204 Augusta Ave.; Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.; Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave.; Prohibition, 66 Kensington Ave.; Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave.; Tom’s Place, 190 Baldwin St.; Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave.; Wanda’s Pie In The Sky, 287 Augusta Ave.

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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)

5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM

*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ ~Blues

9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ ~ artist interviews and tracks

9-midnight> 60s, 70s Soul, Jazz & Funk Cape Town/UK LIVE on FM Radio & Online Worldwide !!


11am-2pm> Thaller Family Klezmer Band for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ; $5 (music only)

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro Rock/Soul

11-2> Silvia Temis @ McGill Granby Parkette, 415 Yonge St. ~Flamenco/Jazz; $0

noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz

noon-9> Vive Latinoamerica festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 234 Queens Quay W. ~Latin American music; $0

12:30> Toque Trad French Canadian Music Session @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

2:30-3:30> Denis Williams @ @ Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 487 Bloor St. W. ~Worldbeat (various international) mashup of African/Jewish music

3-5> Alaniaris @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz

3:30-6:30> Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B; $

*4-7> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots

4> Ton Beau String Quartet @ Harbourfront Centre Music Garden, 234 Queens Quay W. ~$0

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz

4:30-7:30> Brendan Davis Duo @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz

5> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz

6-7:30> Jennifer Stuart with Jake Deeth @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

6> Nothing More; As Lions; My Ticket Home; Hell or Highwater @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~indie; $

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.

7> Shannon & The Clams; Max Pain & The Groovies; Kaleidoscope Horse; The Crowleys @ Roundhouse Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers/originals ; $20

7> Public Service Broadcasting @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~original UK Rock/Pop; $

7-9:30> Colin Story Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

7-9:30> Mary Catherine Pazzano @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $15

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

7> The Rhythmaturgically Syncopated Social Hour Jazz Jam @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.

7> Tequila Jay Swinnerton @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

8> Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room with Wayne “Neon” Smith & many more @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~eclectic song sharing; 0$

8> The Toasters @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~Ska; $

*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W.

*8> open mic with Carlos @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$

8> Manshun @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W.

8:30-10> Death Ray Cabaret @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $20

9:30> Klezmology @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~klezmer Jazz; $

10> Makeshift Island @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10> Vixens @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

10> T.Dot Bangers @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

10-2> Pat Wright Duo @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.


11am-2pm> James Carroll & Bob Strome @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Pop; 0$

1-3> Wayne “Neon” Smith and Bob Cohen Duo @ The Beach House, 1953 Queen St. E. ~Pop/Jazz

*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave.

4-8> SongTown’s “Hoser Blues Party Night” first anniversary & fan appreciation edition with Mike McKenna & Slidewinder & special guests Robbie Rox & Walter Zwol; Pete Otis; Stephen Court; Michael Bär; Pat Little; more @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Blues/R&B; $10

4> The Greasemarks @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E.

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive

5-7> Cadre @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Roots-Rock; 0$

5-8> Hogtown Country @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~Country

7> Alison Moyet @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7-11> Sam Taylor & The East End Love @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~Blues covers & originals; 0$

*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.


4-8> The Pie Guys Reunion @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Blues/R&B

5-9> The Sunday Sinners featuring Michael Theodore @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~classic Soul; $

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.


3-7> jam with hosts The Repairmen @ Birchmount Tavern, Scarborough, 462 Birchmount Rd.  ~Blues-Rock

*7-11> open jam with host Gtar Live @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.


**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.

*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues

Noon-10> Ansley Simpson; Han Han; Kafena; Turbo Street Funk; Ventanas; several more for “Small World In the Park” @ Ontario Place Trillium Park, 995 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~eclectic; $0

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass

2-5> All Ages Stages with host Karl MP @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~youth open stage

*4-8> Dawg Day Afternoon featuring Dave McManus & George Baumann @ Shoxs (in the Dawg Pound North room), 2827 Dundas St. W. ~post-Cleveland Browns NFL game show, Blues; $0

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country

5-8> Ivan Rosenberg & Kyle Kirkpatrick @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots

5-8> Jeff Taylor & The SLT @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

6> Daniel Diaz Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

7> Melanie Durrant; Merna and Shi Wisdom @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~R&B/Soul; $20

7> Tony MacAlpine; Felix Martin; Tony Mac @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.

7> Royal Canoe; Little Scream @ The Great Hall, 1078 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $22

7> poetry slam @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~spoken word

8:30> Polky Village Band; DoVira @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~Polish and Ukrainian bands; $25

8:30> Hezi; Ay Lawson; more @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Rap; $12

8:30> Alex Francoueur Group @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

9> The Fuzzy Undertones; The Moody Tulips; Manshun; Youfo @ Smiling Buddha Stage 2, 961 College St. ~indie

9-1> Evan Desaulnier Trio  @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

9> The Parkdale Rebels @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals

9> Aldous Harding @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W.

*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul; $10

10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St. W. ~lounge Jazz/Groove


Noon> Mark Helias; Tom & Gerry for Guelph Jazz Festival @ Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan St., Guelph ~Jazz; $25

1-3:30> Little Peter and the Elegants for the Owen Sound Ribfest @ Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave. E., Owen Sound ~50s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll; $3

*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

4> jam with guest host Kim Doolittle @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

7:30-10> Faith Healer; Shopkeeper @ Take Time Vintage, 8 Wilson St., Guelph ~indie; $10

8> Barnyard Drama; Christine Duncan; Jean Martin for Guelph Jazz Festival @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~Jazz; $25

*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street E., Milton

9> Austra & guests @ Starlight Waterloo, 47 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $20

9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo

*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph


1-4> The Honeyrunners @ Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~original Rock/Pop

3> The Bucklebusters @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

905 EAST

*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock

*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering

4> Jazz Gerder @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

6-10> open jam with Juggernaut & guest Jay Ezs @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*6-10> open mic with host Brian Wride @ Col. McGrady’s, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge

*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots

*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick

3-7> Ablett and Cooper @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown ~fingerstyle guitar duo

*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues

*7-10> Lynn McDonald @ Jester’s Court, 279 Queen St., Port Perry ~Pop/Jazz

7:30> Brian DeBoer for “Candlelit Church” sessions @ St. Alban’s, 537 Main St., Glen Williams-Georgetown ~Roots-Rock

*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket

*9> King Henry’s open mic (sign-up starts 8:45) with host Ben Crosby @ King Henry’s Arms, 9301 Yonge St., Richmond Hill


2> Shady Brady & Sambuca Bob @ Southcote 53, 534 Garner Rd. E., Ancaster

2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Michael Shatte @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $7

*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

3> Steve Beach, Tom Wells, Steve Grisbrook @ King West Bistro, 186 King St. W., Dundas

*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton

4> Blues jam & show by Wayne Janus and the Backline @ Masque Wine Bar Hamilton, 13 Hess St. S. Hamilton

4:30-7:30> J.P Riemens @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

*7> open mic @ The Wee Dram, 1831 Main St. W., Hamilton

*7-11> open Country jam with Robert Tyler @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton

7> The Full Pamela; Michel DeQuevedo @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~songwriters; $10

*7:30-11:30> open jam hosted by Troy Harmer & The Persuaders @ The Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

8> Bernardino Femminelli and Ylangylang @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

9> Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr @ Lionshead Pub, 137 John St. S., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

10> Chris Chambers @ Augusta House, Hamilton, 17 Augusta St.

10> open mic @ The Hub, 1141 King St. E., Hamilton

905 WEST

2-6> Laura Mattson @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

3:30> James Anthony @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues

4-7> Glenn Groves @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

**5:30-8:30> The Stew with guest Wendell Ferguson @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

7-10> Tristan Alexander @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Jazz/Pop singer; $15

**8-12> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

10-2> jam with Derek Lathrop @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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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