Helping Shawn Brush stay mobile is a great Christmas cause | 171217Su | Shows for Sunday, December 17, 2021

Shawn Brush -Gary 17


As we’ve mentioned before, a few years ago now, Shawn “The Krooked Cowboy” Brush is a versatile and seemingly indefatigable artist, and this despite the fact that he suffers from a sometimes debilitating condition that would keep many people stuck at home counting down the hours until the end.

He suffers from a rare birth defect known as Morquio syndrome, which basically causes a kind of dwarfism and weakens bone and tissue.  As a result the plucky troubadour is confined to a wheelchair most of the time, making it difficult to get into to some venues and near impossible for many others.

Despite, that, Brush is an active and much sought-after stage attraction who is a songwriter and marvellously accomplished acoustic guitar picker with a versatile mien that encompasses Blues, Roots and Country.

Brush has released a dozen albums of his original material, a mix of sentimental tunes, humour, powerful and often poignant observations about life from his unique point of view and inspiring anthem-like ballads.  His talent has made him many fans and in October he was lauded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the two were introduced at a community event.

In 2008 Brush wrote a book, Krooked Cowboy, that was published along with release of what so far has been his most recent album but he has been working on a new release this year while playing more electric guitar and lately experimenting with Jazz, he told a Burlington reporter recently.

Because he’s busy and lives in Burlington, where public transit, let alone transit for the disabled, is not exactly a practical transportation option, he needs special wheels to get around.  The van he’s been using is just about done and he’s been endeavouring for the last little while to raise funds for a new one.

Which brings us to his special event show this afternoon starting at 2 p.m. “till as long as people want to stick around” that’s taking place at Moonshine Café in Oakville, where, as I’ve also written previously, he’s been a popular attraction for many years.

Cover is just $10 for what should be a memorable show in the room at 137 Kerr St. featuring Brush, of course, and several of his music friends.  You can also donate to the cause through the Shawn Brush Foundation’s page on GO Fund Me.

-Gary 17,
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SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, December 17, 2021

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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)

4> “Georgian Bay Roots” official show of Summerfolk Festival @ CFOS AM 560 (simulcast on

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

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


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

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro R&B/Soul/Funk; $0

Noon-2> Angelique Francais @ Union Station, 65 Front St. West

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

12:30> Toque Trad French-Canadian music session @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

2-5> The Goodtimes Duo’s 13th annual Christmas show with many guests @ Revival, 783 College St. ~Christmas; $15/kids free

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

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

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

4> Nerissa Bradley Group @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz; $5

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

4:30-7:30> Jeff Barnes hosts “Christmas Caroling” show @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz (collecting n-p goods for foodbank)

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

5> Family Christmas carol singalong with Brian Allossery and The Lazy Poets,  Michael Danckert & Peter Nunn @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd.

6-7:30> Lauren Mayer @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

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

7> “Carols by Candlelight” with TSP Choir & Viva Youth Singers of Toronto @ Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 487 Bloor St. W. ~Christmas; $

7> Samantha Lafontaine; Lora Ryan; Lisa Marie Kruchak; Sarah Fazackerley; Charissa @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E. ~fem songwriters; $10-15

7> Flying Cloud Folk Club Christmas dinner @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Roots; $

7-9:30> Teri Parker Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

7> Emilie-Claire Barlow @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~Christmas songs; $

7-9:30> Sam Broverman’s “A Jewish Boy’s Christmas” show @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

7-10> The Rhythmaturgically Syncopated Social Hour Jazz jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.

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

7> Jim Cuddy @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~original Country Rock

7> Kevin Breit @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~moody Blues

7:30-11:30> Hey Rosetta @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Diane Roblin Combo @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8-1> 5/4 fest with Liminal Divide; The Frame Defect; Maitreya; ShadowSelf; Jessica Stuart Few; more @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~eclectic indie; $10

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

8> “Lifted” music showcase with Ye Ali; Zeina Mates; Emanuel Haw Quintana; Vnchy; Troy Phoenix; more @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~Hip Hop/R&B; $25

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

8> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.

9> Matt Gerber recording release @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriter

9> Lucid Movement; Listen Up Kid; The Reed Effect @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

9:30> ZimZum recording release for ZimZum Live at Small World @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~original Jazz; $

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> Makeshift Island @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz

10-2> Dan Gagnon & Phil Hood @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

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


11am-2pm> Jump with Liam Gallagher for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

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

3-5:30> Lazy Cat Café open stage & pot luck dinner with hosts Linda Lavender & John Glover -no feature, it’s a Holiday jam! @ Bain Co-op Community Centre, 100 Bain Ave. (enter off Sparkhall Ave.) ~0$

4> Cash On Demand @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~tribute to Johnny Cash

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller & The Black Bear All Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 OConnor Drive

5-7 & 7-9> “Charlie Brown Christmas” with Alan Semaitis, Kyle Sullivan & Jesse Boxer-Meyrowitz @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~tribute to Vince Guaraldi Trio; donation $10 recommended

5-8:30> Hogtown Country @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~Country

7-9 (second of two shows)> “Charlie Brown Christmas” with Alan Semaitis, Kyle Sullivan & Jesse Boxer-Meyrowitz @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~tribute to Vince Guaraldi Trio; donation $10 recommended

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

7-11> Sam Taylor & The East End Love @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$

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


12-4pm> La Musique Circle Christmas show open stage with prizes including recording studio time @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.

4-7:30> BG Rhythm Section Christmas party featuring Gary Kendall + guests Raoul Bhaneja & Darren Gallon @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Blues/R&B

3-7> Jazz Vespers with Laura Fernandez @ St. Philip’s Anglican Church & Cemetery, 31 St. Phillips Rd. ~Jazz

5-9> The Sunday Sinners featuring Michael Theodore & 10th annual food drive @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Browns Line ~classic Soul; $ (collecting n-p goods for foodbank)

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


4> Celtic Cross @ Muckish Irish Pub, 74 Hymus Ave. ~Roots-Rock; $0 (collecting n-p goods & toys for Juliette’s Place)

*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.

11-2> Frank Adriano for Jazz brunch @ Archtop Music Bistro, 2312 Bloor St. W.

11-1:30> Jorge Maza & Pancho Galván @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Latin Jazz brunch

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

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

1-4> The Ault Sisters @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~vocal Jazz trio; $15-30

2> “Christmas Concert – Beau Noel” withJulie Nesraliah; Caroline Leonardelli; Matthew Larkin @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~Classical; $

4-6> Nellie’s Shelter fundraiser with Kat Leonard; Arlene Paculan; Heather Christine; Carla Casanova; Angela Saini; Aliss Vox Raw; Heather Hill @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~eclectic indie/pwyc

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

5-8> Ivan Rosenberg, Andrew Collins & Darryl Poulsen @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots with drobro

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

6> Miles Finlayson Trio @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

7-10> The Woodhouse with Barbra Lica @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Latin Jazz Pop; $

7> Toronto Monologue slam @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~spoken word; $15

*7-10> “Another Bloody Folk Club” @ Yellow Griffin Pub, 2202 Bloor St. W. ~Roots

7:30> Trading Co.; Traplines; Jupiterspin @ Gaslight, 1426 Bloor St. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; pwyc

7:30> MAW vocal arts showcase with Anne Bourne; Leslie Predy; Alex Lukshevsky; Kirsten White & Marc Bourgon; Renee The Voice; Scott Peterson; Game Shout Match; the Jumblies; Making Room Community Choir; Shodekeh & Max Bent; more @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~$10

8> Jeanette King; Tigerwing; Chalks; Princess Bed @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie fem-fronted bands; $

8> Pretty recording release for single; Other Families; Dorval; Don Valley and the Parkways @ Smiling Buddha Stage 2, 961 College St. ~indie; $10

8:30> Surefire Sweat @ Alchemy, 890 College St.

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

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

9> Lotus Wight @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Country Blues

*9:30> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro R&B/Soul/Funk; $0


2> Sons of Serendip @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph

2> Big Rude Jake @ Lou Dawgs Waterloo, 80 King St. S., Waterloo ~original Blues; $

2> Matt Weidinger hosts jam @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo

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

8> Craig Cardiff @ Dstrct, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~songwriter; $

8> Sinister Sabbath for Metal Fest II @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

9> Traditional English Music Folk Sessions @ The Brownestone Gastropub, 39 Queen St. E., Cambridge

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

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


*2-6> open mic @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #103, 34 Bridge St. W., Campbellford

3> Odd Man Rush @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

3-6> Pays d’en Haut @ Catalina’s, 131 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~$15

5> Scotty Kipfer @ Corner Café, 3 Bruce St. S., Thornbury ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7-10> 3rd annual Warming Room Christmas party with Kate Suhr; Melissa Payne; Kate Brioux; Silver Lining; Paper Shakers; Eric Brandon ~eclectic indie; pwyc

10> Construction and Deconstruction @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough

905 EAST

4> Eric Lambier @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers

4-7> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa

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

**7-10> “Underground Sundays” with 3 bands @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg ~indie; $0

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

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


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

3-7> The John Stewart Band Christmas/customer appreciation bash @ ON7 Bar & Grill, 5694 Hwy. 7 E., Markham ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*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

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

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

*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> Christmas concert @ John Elliott Theatre, 9 Church St., Georgetown ~Christmas; $

3> Jimmy Pearson @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown

*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

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

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


12-3> Matthew Pullcino Trio @ Rust City Brewery, 27 King William St., Hamilton ~Jazz

12-6pm> Punk Rock flea market @ Club Absinthe, 38 King William St., Hamilton

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

2:30-5:30> “Sound of Music Singalong” @ The Zoetic, 526 Concession St., Hamilton

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

3> Funds for Farley benefit with many Rock/Metal acts (& photos with santa till 5:30) @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

*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

6> Fam Jam @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

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

7-9> The Hamilton Seven @ Staircase Café, 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton ~storytelling; $12

9> open jam with Walker and Jamie @ The Pour House Hamilton, 1115 Fennell Ave. E., Hamilton

9> Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr @ Lionshead Pub, 137 John St. S., Hamilton

*10> open mic with Kim Koren @ West End House, 151 Emerson St., Hamilton

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

905 WEST

2-8> Shawn Brush Foundation fundraiser for wheelchair van @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

2-6> Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain @ 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> Sara Mills @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

**8-12> The Nomads with guest @ 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

*10:30> Strummers Union @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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