More than one reason to celebrate second anniversary of Rockpile jam | 170918Mo | Shows for Monday, September 18, 2021

Al Reilly -Gary 17


Hitting the two-year mark for a weekly jam is always something worth celebrating —hell, as we wrote last year at this time when Al Reilly’s Monday jam at The Rockpile came up to its first anniversary, even hitting one year is something work cheering about on today’s volatile live music club scene.

However, as revellers gather tonight for the celebratory show on the big pro-level stage in the room at 5555 Dundas St. West in Etobicoke there will be some notable absences among those assembled —but thankfully the main one expected to be missing will be returning soon.

Memorials for keyboardist Hervé Basset and for superfan/promoter Colin McAllister —both of whom could have been expected to be on hand if they had not passed away during the past few months— were also held on that same stage during the past two months, the most recent for McAllister last week organized by the host of this event, Al Reilly.

But Reilly will also likely not be in attendance tonight, and certainly won’t be handling emcee or duties or performing if he is able to stop in.  As most regulars and fans of his group already know, he’s been in hospital since suffering an apparent seizure following the McAllister memorial last Wednesday night.

Friends who’ve been out to visit him report he’s recovering well as he remains in care for tests, appears energetic and is cheerful except for the effects of his nicotine cravings.  That’s a good sign.

It’s not the first time this has happened —as we reported in 2013, he was hit by a similar event after a show then, but he also bounced back very quickly and was out of hospital and back on stage in just a few days.  I’d expect he’ll be a little more cautious this time around.

The regular members of his house band (Anthony Cee on guitar, Chris Hume on bass, Rick Anderson on keys and Niall Mellor on drums) will be on hand as usual along with guest host Jeff Kahl filling in for Al.

It’s expected there will be a giant get-well card that participants and audients can sign during the evening, which starts at 8 p.m. and for which there is no cover. And while Al may not be there to join in the fun tonight (he’s listed as doubtful, though it could be a game-time decision whether he’s able to at least make an appearance) it is certainly also worth celebrating to know that he will be returning.

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Monday, September 18, 2021

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*6> “Underplayed and Underpaid” interviews and performances by Guelph area bands on CFRU 93.3 FM broadcast and online

7-8> “Acoustic Workshop” with host Heather Fielding @ CIUT 89.5 FM broadcast and online


12:30> Santerias @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E.  ~Latin fusion; $0

5-9> live Jazz for War Child charity @ The Berkley Bicycle Club, 504 Jarvis St. ~Jazz; $?

6> Chris Gostling & The Tempo @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

6:30> U of T student Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Linda Saslove @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

7> Kasabian; Slaves @ Rebel, 11 Polson St.

7> Father John Misty; Weyes Blood @ Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St.

*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

*8> Music City North open mic @ Rose & Crown, 2335 Yonge St.

8> 2017 Polaris Music Prize gala with Lisa Le Blanc; Lido Pimienta; Tanya Tagaq; Leif Vollebekk; Weaves @ The Carlu, 444 Yonge St. (also being broadcast on YouTube and on Facebook by CBC)

8> The Cribs @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $

8> Striker; Dark Tranquilillity; Warbringer @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8:40> Plants; Southbound; Nolan Jades @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0

**9-1:30> jam with rotating guest hosts @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

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

10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~R&B/Blues; $

**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Sarah Greene @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10> Stars Algonquin @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

10-2> Big Otter Creek @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~original Country


7-10> Dan Walsh @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$

7> Oh Wonder @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~art Pop duo; $

7:30> “Revolution Mondays” with host Tanya Philipovich & guest feature Michael O’Grady @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$

8:30-10:30> The Bay of Pigs @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.

*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.

*9-12> The Out of Towners @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.

9-2> Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~Tom Waits tribute; 0$

*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends open stage @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.; 0$


*8-12> Rock jam second anniversary edition & “Get Well Al” party with Jeff Kahl & members of Al Reilly’s Catalyst hosting @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.


*8-11> open stage with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.

*9-1> open jam with The Repairmen @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth


7> Four Letter Words @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

7-10> Tim Hamel Trio & guest @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

8> Yi; JO Marches; Bobbypin; more @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie; $

8> Cameron Avery @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

*8> open jam with The Pumpkinheadz @ The Wicket Pub, 1671 Bloor St. W.

8:30> Michelle Willis; Steven Foster @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~songwriters; $

*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Bluegrass

*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.

8-11> Luke Vajsar @ Orchard Bar, 1174 Bloor St. W. ~experimental loopng Jazz

9:30> Morgan Childs Soul Jazz Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

*10> open mic with host Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.


*5> open mic with Dennis Napper @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

7> H.I.V.E.; Quiet Lakes @ Dstrct, 10 Wyndham St. S., Guelph ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $5

*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

8> Brian Wilson’s “Pet Sounds” with Al Jardine; Blondie Chaplin @ Centre In The Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener ~iconic Pop; $54.50+


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

8-12> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.

10> Richard Garvey @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa


9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket


6> Michael Wainwright & Rick Labrie @ Innsville, 1141 Highway 8, Stoney Creek

*8> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country

8> The Toasters @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~contemporary original; $

905 WEST

*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

*7-10> The Dirty Pioneers @ Shoeless Joe’s Brant (patio), 1250 Brant St., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers

**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Port Credit Review Band @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)

9> Leigh Henderson & Joe Rebello @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit


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