\ PETERBOROUGH \
I remember Willie P. Bennett from my days in London, Ontario, in the mid-through-late 1970s, when I was first learning how to play guitar and write songs and he was already somewhat of a legend in the dynamic arts community by which I was surrounded.
He seemed from a distance a sort of remote and unapproachable icon to me at first, but one day at a gathering of players and tokers I had a chance to chat with him briefly, to play one of my early attempts at a song for him and was surprised and very gratified when he sort of shrugged and said, “you have a lot of learning to do but keep going, I can tell you’ve got something to say.”
He moved out of the city not long afterwards and gradually increased his renown, especially among fellow musicians, and I always gave a silent cheer when he received a laurel or notice over the years thereafter.
Since then, despite his passing at his home in Peterborough twelve years ago this month at the ridiculously young age of 56 (while exercising, fer crying out loud!) his fame and legacy has only grown.
(To me at the time his death barely registered, not because it didn’t bother me but because exactly one week prior, twelve years ago today as it happens, my mother had passed away unexpectedly though peacefully in her sleep the night before a big family reunion at which she would have met her great-grandson for the first time. So I was still in a tizzy.)
Tom Wilson and the rest of the all-star Blackie and The Rodeo Kings tribute band (their name was the title of one of his songs) have had a lot to do with keeping Willie’s music and memory alive, of course, but his songs have also been covered by performers such as Emmylou Harris and Matt Anderson.
In 2018 concerts were held in several Ontario cities commemorating the raunchy Roots troubadour, including in Hamilton, Guelph, Toronto and London. Such is the enduring impact he made with his music in his short life. (You can learn a bit more about that by visiting the Willie P Bennett Legacy page on Facebook.)
And the vibrant Peterborough musical community also has not forgotten one of its iconic early stars. Ever year since his passing local and other players of note have gathered to perform a concert of his songs.
Dubbed The “Blue Valentine” concerts because of the proximity of his death to the annual celebration of love, this year’s twelfth edition takes place today at The Garnet, which has become one of the main musical rooms in the “Electric City” over the past couple of years.
There is no set cover charge for the 3-6 affair in the room at 231 Hunter St. West, but donations are collected for the Willie P Legacy Project to help keep his memory and music alive.
Talents will include Samantha Martin and Big Sugar, Dave Mowat and Curbside Shuffle, Lindy Vopnfjörd, Buck Tingley, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Geoff Berner and several more.
SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, February 09, 2022
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ON AIR / ONLINE
*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)
*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ www.sundaymorningsoul.com ~Blues
9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ http://www.bluesandrootsradio.com/ ~ artist interviews and tracks
*10am-Noon> “The Big Beat Bar-B-Cue Radio Show” with Matt Allen @88.7 FM, The Bay, Hunters Bay Radio, or tune online @ www.muskokaradio.com ~Rock/R&B
4> “Georgian Bay Roots” official show of Summerfolk Festival @ CFOS AM 560 (simulcast on www.560cfos.ca) ~music & songwriter interviews
*4-5> Sarah Siddiqui live performance & Q&A on Facebook.com LiveStories feed from FB page @ ~songwriter
5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM
9pm-midnight> 60s, 70s Soul, Jazz & Funk Cape Town/UK LIVE on FM Radio & Online Worldwide @ https://m.mixcloud.com/WorldofMusicSFonMuthaFM/
9-10> Soundbath Sundays with Jesse Buck & Friends @ https://theyogahub.ie/what-is-a-sound-bath/
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL -Broadview/Bayview to Ossington
11am-2pm> Gloria Valentine & Nina Shapilski for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ; $5 (music only)
Noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Septet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Dixieland Jazz; $
12:30> Candice Sand @ Shangri-La Hotel (Bosk Room), 188 University Ave. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock
1-4> “Song & Poetry Salon” with host Glen Hornblast and guests Maggie Fraser, Lynn Harrison, Ann Carson, Linda Stitt, Steve-Paul Simms, Noah Zacharin, Alan McKinlay @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~music & poetry; pwyc
1> Toronto Improvisers Orchestra @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
3-5> Ayal Senior with Kurt Newman et al @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
3> Donne Roberts Acoustic Trio @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~acoustic Blues/Roots covers & originals
3> Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra with Claire Hur @ Meridian Hall / Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. ~Classical; $
3:30-6:30> Red Hot Ramble @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Blues/Jazz; $
3:30-5:30> Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir @ Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, 527 Bloor St. W. ~Classical: baroque; $
**4-7> Big Groove rhythm section with guests Mark “Bird” Stafford & Adam Beer-Colacino @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Blues/R&B
*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
5> “More Songs & Poems” with Robert Priest & Max Layton with guests Brian Blain, Meg Tennant & house band featuring Ed Michael Roth @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~music & poetry; $0
5> Furniture Music Composition Workshop @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
6-11:30> Ori Dagan’s Live Oscars party @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $25
7-10> Flamenco Sundays with Tamar Ilana & Shirlita Pili @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W.
7> ILE; Your Girl Flav @ Radio/Adelaide Hall), 250 Adelaide St. W. ~contemporary original; $25
*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.
7-9:30> Patrick Smith Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7-9:30> Oscars Party @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St.; $5
7-10> Tap Beat Bang Collective hosts Jazz jam @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.
*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Blues/Jazz/R&B
7> Gorod; Killitorous; Goreworm; Vile Driver @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W. ~Metal/Hard Rock; $
7:30> Synaptic Circus with Kathryn Ladano (recording release for solo clarinet album) @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
*7:45> open mic (sign up starts at 7:45) @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.
8> Juliet Palmer @ The Music Gallery, 197 John St. ~composer; $
8> Palace; Janet May opens @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
8-1> Future Proof; Abbott; Milmine; Newman @ Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. ~Jazz
8> Rynx @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $
9-11> Jade Visions Sextet @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~tribute to Bill Evans; pwyc
*9> open jam with Reuben O’dell-Barkow @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
9> Tangi Lion Quartet @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~Jazz
9:30> Harrison 2 (recording release for album) @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock
10> Lina Allemano Four @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
9:30> Justin Portugaise & guests @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
10> Where’s Shane @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
10-2> Dan Gagnon @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers/originals
**10> Blues-Rock jam with Bill Hedefine & guests Rob Quail on guitar & Hap Roderman on bass @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
416 – TORONTO EAST -Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park
11am-2pm> Q & A Duo (Tony Quarrington with Zoey Adams) @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~Roots/Pop/Jazz originals; $0
*1-3> Michael Pollard Trio @ The Dock on Queen, 932 Queen St. E. ~Jazz
2> Rezonance Baroque Ensemble @ St. Barnabas Church ~Classical; $
4-8> Wendell Ferguson with Gruvfoot & special guest Pat Little @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Blues/R&B; $10
5-8:30> Robbie Lane & The Disciples @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~vintage Pop/R&B; $10
6-9> Muzos @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~indie Pop duet; $0
*6-10> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller & The Black Bear All Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive
7-11> The Legendary Castaways @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$
7> open mic with Dragon Mac and The Neighbours @ Green Dragon Pub, 1032 Kingston Rd.
8> Mick Jenkins; Jurdan Bryant; Wynne @ The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $
*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~$0
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
2-4> August Knight; Brent Lunney @ Village Vinyl Music Emporium, 2925 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~songwriters; $0
5-9> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock ~60s Pop Rock dance party
*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*5> Dinny & The AllStars with guest @ Queen Victoria Pub, 2240 Midland Ave. ~Jazz/Blues; $7
416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke
**11-2> live Jazz brunch with Double A Jazz @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.
*11am-2:30> The Unseen Strangers @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass
2-6> Joel Saunders @ Golden Gecko Coffee, 282 Jane St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
3> The Henrys (recording release for Paydirt album) @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Roots-Rock; $
**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country
5-8> Ivan Rosenberg & John Showman @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots/Bluegrass
5:30> Wild Black; Rahkee Morzaria; Belle Jumelles; Nicolette & The Nobodies followed by open stage hosted by Arianne Tong @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~fem songwriters; $15
6> Ron Leary @ Today/Tonight, 1704 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6> Dean Veneruz Quintet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
6:30> Quisha Wint, Omar Lunan, Dwayne Morgan, and The Recipee Band @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Blues/R&B
7> Meaghan Kelly; Daccia Bloomfield; James Burrows + open mic @ Wenona Craft Beer Lodge basement, 1069 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters & poets
8> open mic with guest host Joey Caughey & feature set by Pasquale Loglisci @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W.
8:30> Brittany Craig Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
8:30> J.P. Cormier @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~Roots multi-instrumentalist songwriter; $30
9> Ben Harvey & His Ornamentals @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~ol’ time/traditional Roots/Jazz
*10:30> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul/Funk; $0
519 EAST -Guelph, K-W & vicinity
11am-1> Onion Honey @ Seven Shores, 10 Regina St. N., Waterloo ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
1:15-3:15> Women Fiddlers Jam @ Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St., Waterloo
*2-7> Kitchen Table Jam with Scott Rhodes @ The Causerie, 165 Victoria St. S., Kitchener
2-6> Dawn Tyler Watson with Steve Marriner @ Busholme Inn, 156 Main St. (Hwy 24), Erin ~original Blues; $15
2:30-5:30> Charlie Weber and Bryan Coffey @ Brothers Brewing Company, 15 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~songwriters
3> “Hillside Inside” Bluegrass jam with Mark T Acoustic Band; Jerry’s Grass @ Royal Electric Bar, 452 Macdondell St., Guelph
3> Guelph Symphony Orchestra @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ~Classical; $
*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge
3-9> “Koala-Fest KW” with The Bend; Sticky; Skylar Valli; Vintage Flight; Romeo Sex Fighter; Lulu’s Roadhouse Band @ Dallas Night Club, 312 King St. W., Kitchener ~benefit for Aussie Wildlife (WIRES); $
4> Wild T & The Spirit @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 170 King St. W., Kitchener ~Blues-Rock
4> Latta Rajna Dinger @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 170 King St. W., Kitchener
6-9> Emily Kemp; Chris Bruder @ Manhattan’s, 951 Gordon St., Guelph
*7> open Rock jam @ Royal City Studios, 930 Woodlawn Rd., Guelph
9:30> Brendan O’Halloran @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo
1-4> Jazz Jam @ Hot Belly Mama’s, 378 George ST. N., Peterborough
1-5> Caleb Van Halteren @ Fiddler’s Green, 34 Lindsay St., S., Lindsay
2-5> Derek Marshall Combo @ Grillicious Gourmet Tap and Grill, 3 Mulcaster St., Barrie ~Jazz
2-9> Queensland Koala Crusaders benefit feat. Colt Harley, Ian K., Lindsay Barr, 4 Front, & more @ The Venue, 286 George St. N., Peterborough; $15
3-6> 12th Annual Blue Valentine tribute to Willie P. Bennett featuring Samantha Martin and Big Sugar, Dave Mowat and Curbside Shuffle, Lindy Vopnfjörd, Buck Tingley, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Geoff Berner, and more @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough ~songwriters; $pwyc
3> Catfish Willie & The Buckle Buster @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~Roots-Rock
*3> open mic with Laurie Z @ Potato Factory, 61 Hurontario St., Collingwood
*4> open jam with Mike Pulkinghorn & The Pint House Band @ Malone’s Pint House, 118 Bradford St., Barrie
4-8> Chris Murphy @ Pie Eyed Monk Brewery, 8 Cambridge St. N., Lindsay ~Blues/R&B
5:30> Absolutely You; Sterling & The Birdwatchers; The Wet Souls @ Foxx Lounge, 16 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~eclectic indie; $10
6:30-9:30> Jocelyn Gould @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*8> open stage with Ryan Van Loon @ McThirsty’s Pint, 155 Charlotte St., Peterborough
8> Boids, Avem @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough ~indie; $?
905 EAST –Pickering to Cobourg
*2:30-5> eclectic open mic with Keith & feature by That Guy @ Cork & Bean, 8 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
4:30> jam with Matt D @ Cocoa & Joe Café, 44 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
4:30-8> Chris Devlin @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~Celtic
5-9> Vance Mckenzie @ Chatterpaul’s, 3500 Brock St. N., Whitby ~acoustic Pop covers/originals; $90 (includes dinner)
*5:30> Phlo @ Oasis Bar, 31 King St. E., Cobourg ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*6-10> bi-weekly open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax
*6-9> open jam with Dino and the Dogs @ Colonel Mustard’s Port Perry, 15 Water St., Port Perry
7-11> Doug Libby @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues
*9-1> jam night @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa
*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
905 NORTH-EAST -east of Highway #400
*1-4> open mic with host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Dr., Richmond Hill
2-4> Samways @ Old Country Inn, 198 Main St., Unionville-Markham ~rootsy Jazz; $15
2:30-4:30> Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra + Jazz ensembles for fundraiser @ Le Parc Banquet and Conference Centre, 8432 Leslie St., Richmond Hill ~Classical; $
3-7> Lighter Showers @ Corners Bar, 10593 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
*3-7> Neil Numminen & Rob host jam with guest @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick
3-5> Jess & Tay @ Second Wedge Brewing Co., 14 Victoria St. N., Uxbridge ~acoustic Pop covers/originals
7> Lou Moore & Mike McMaster @ Corners Bar, 10593 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~acoustic Country covers/originals; $5
*7-9> open mic night with Tania Joy & Brian Wride @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge
*7:30> King Henry’s open mic with host Shane Joseph @ King Henry’s Arms, 9301 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
905 NORTH-WEST -west of Highway #400
*2-5> jam with Deux Def Dudes & Company @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) Brampton Branch #609, 1133 Queen St. E., Brampton
4-9> Serge Nikol & Etric Lyons @ Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse, 205 Maycroft Ave., Vaughan ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock
*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton
6> open mic @ Appalachian Public House, 68 Main St. N., Georgetown
6:30-11> open mic jam with hosts Cat and Chris @ The Rad Brothers, 550 Ontario St. S., Milton
*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street E., Milton
905 SOUTH -Hamilton & vicinity
2-5> Kalyna Rakel @ Lou Dawgs Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton ~Blues songwriter; $0
2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest @ Stonewalls, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Blues/R&B; $0
*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
4:30-7:30> Jamie Shea @ Cat N Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton
5> Blues jam & show by Wayne Janus and the Backline @ Masque Wine Bar Hamilton, 13 Hess St. S. Hamilton
*7> Chopped Liver @ Collective Arts Brewing, 207 Burlington St. E., Hamilton ~Bluegrass
*7-11> open mic jam @ The Honest Lawyer, 110 King St., Hamilton
9-12> Strummers Union @ Cat N Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Roots-Rock
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
905 WEST -southern Peel, Halton
*10:30am-3> Mike Maguire @ Pepperwood Bistro, 1455 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington ~Jazz
11am-4> Sara Rose @ Chapters Vega, 3050 Vega Blvd., Mississauga ~songwriter
1:30-5:30> Paradise Road; Instant Traffic; Full Deck; Sunset Fire; Daelin Henschel; Madeline Turgeon & host Lucas Redwood @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~eclectic youth bands; $?
2-8> open mic with Tim Hebert & Borderline @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) Cooksville Branch #582, 456 Hensall Circle, Mississauga
2-6> Owen Riegling @ 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 & guest Lori Yates @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues
4-7:30> The Stew hosts “The Stewie Awards” for club staff and patrons @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock; $5
4-7> Broken Emptys @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville
4> “Dogman” The Musical @ Burlington Performing Arts Center, 440 Locust St., Burlington; $59.50
*7-12> Tony Paglia & Co. @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Pop Rock/Blues; $0
8> Tim Kennedy & The Roadhouse Boys @ Caven’s Alley, 585 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga ~Country; $5
10> Brad Sumak and Mike Olivieri @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Roots-Rock
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 purchasers (eg.: seniors, students, members, kids, etc). /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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