Musical gathering to serve Clinton’s bar staff tonight | 200225Tu | Shows for Tuesday, February 25, 2022



The abrupt closure a few days ago of Clinton’s Tavern, a home to live music and dance parties for the past nine decades, has not only left the musical performance community distressed but also, of course, has profoundly affected the staff.

It tweaked some nostalgic memories in me as in 1989 I held an edition of my annual SpringRise Concert series there and was very pleased by both the way the club treated me and the amazing job done by then-soundman, now legendary icon in the business Bo (he went on to train a generation of knobs and dials spinners still working in top local clubs).

Whether the room at Clinton St. and Bloor can reopen as a tavern soon or even at all is till up in the air.  But either way, the staff are out of work and out of pocket for the time being and, as everyone in the biz knows, being a bar employee is a tenuous way to make a living at the best of times.

Tonight therefor a group of musicians led by venerable Bill Withers and his Choir Choir Choir ensemble that has gathered there weekly for years, will come together for an impromptu “Lean On Me” benefit for the affected staff.

Being held at nearby Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street just east of Bathust), I’d expect there’ll be a lot of Clinton’s regulars coming and that anyone would likely be welcome to perform.  Cover for the 7 p.m. event is a $10 donation to the cause.

-By Gary 17,
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SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, February 25, 2022

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3-7> Julian Taylor hosts @ 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto & ~eclectic music 25% indigenous, 35% CanCon

4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or 

**7-8> “Songtalk Radio” songwriters interviews/chat with weekly guest @ CJRU 1280AM Toronto and online

7-9> “Unsung and On The Side” with Carolyn Fe on

7-10> Bluesday On Tuesday @ CKUW 95.9 FM

*9-12> “Soul Nation” with Bill & Jesse King @ JAZZFM.91 ~Jazz/Soul outside the mainstream

10-11> “Howl” with hosts Nancy Bullis & Valentino Assenza on CIUT 89.5FM & online ~profiles of and interviews with poets and songwriters


416 – TORONTO CENTRAL -Broadview/Bayview to Ossington

5> “Between The Lines” book launch @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St. ~spoken word

6> Slocan Ramblers @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Roots-Rock

6> Shab-e She’r Poetry Night with hosts Banoo Zan & Terese Pierre & feature sets by Terese Pierre & Michael Mirolla @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick St. ~spoken word

6> Candice Sand @ Reign Bar in Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St. W. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

6:30-8:30> Marie Goudy and Jocelyn Barth Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $pwyc

7> Sun Junkies, Smear, Sterling & The Birdwatchers @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~eclectic indie; $5

7> Refused; Youth Code @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $

7> “Lean On Me” fundraiser for staff at Clinton’s with Bill Withers and many more @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~variety; $10 donation

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

8> Mip @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Fergus Hambleton with Julie Long & Bob Cohen @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

7:30> Amahl Arulandandam & Sara Constant @ Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St. ~Classical chamber music cello/flute duo; $

8> League of Rock @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~classic Rock; $

*8> open mic night with Michael & Mark Villamor @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

8> Olive B; JIN; Valerie Logan; Staats @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~eclectic indie; $

8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word

8> Toronto Folk Singers Club @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St.

*8-11> Chicken & Waffles Band @ Mister C., 80 Blue Jays Way ~contemporary Rock

*8:30-12:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $

9> open mic with Sean Stoneham @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. 

9:30> The Angel Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.; $0

9:30> Jazz jam hosted by Chris Gale @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $

10> Lisa Allemano’s Titanium Riot @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz

10> Bad Luck Woman @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B/Motown

11:30> Mardi Gras New Orleans Jazz party @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. 


416 - TORONTO EAST -Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park

*6-9> Julian Fauth & Friends @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano/acoustic Blues guests

7-10> Cory Mercer’s Mardi Gras Day party @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~Cajun Blues/Jazz; 0$

7> Chelsea Cutler; Alexander 23 @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7-9> open choir session led by Melissa Lauren Hiltz @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave.

7-11> “Take Cover” singalong & open jam fundraiser for Nellie’s Shelter @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; $5

7-10> Greg Pilo and guests @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~mainstream Jazz; $0

8> open stage @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Roots

8> Eric Johnson @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $

8:30-10:30> The 501 Band @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.

*9> open mic with host Asha Diaz @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave.

*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Folk Roots



7-12 (signup starts at 6)> “Bluesday Tuesdays” Blues jam with full backline hosted by Tombstone Bullets featuring Rocco Novia @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.

7:30-11:30> Jazz jam with Caity Gyorgy @ The Wild Pigeon, 2977 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

8> Dedbeats @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock



*7> weekly community singing group presented by Scarborough Bluffs Community Association open to all @ Birchmount Recreation Centre, 93 Birchmount Rd.; $0

*8:30-12:30> open jam with Russell Williams & band @ 3 Monkeys, 1585 Warden Ave.

416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke

7-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Lucian Gray on guitar @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$

*7-9> Ships @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~songwriter; pwyc

7:30> open mic with Devin Loran @ Alchemy, 890 College St.

7:30> Mardi Gras Day party with Red Hot Ramble Jazz, The Big Butter & Egg Men and Denis Keldie @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. E.

8> Eighth Street Orchestra for Mardi Gras Day party @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~Blues/Soul

8> open mic with Jay Pollock @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W.

8> Pat Boyle & Friends; Queasy Weasel @ Wenona Craft Beer, 1068 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $?

8> Bambara; K0m0d0; Blankscreen @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $

8:30> Drummers In Exile @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W.  ~drum & dance circle

9> Fred Spek’s Camp Combo @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Ethnic Roots


519 EAST -Guelph & K-W and vicinity

6> Matt Weidinger; Paul Taylor @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph ~~smooth piano Rock/Pop

*6> open mic @ The Ridge Social Eatery, 3215 Roseville Rd., Ayr

7> open mic with Eric & Andre @ Tavern On Grange, 259 Grange Rd., Guelph

7> Theory of A Deadman @ Guelph Concert Theatre, 166 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~contemporary original; $

*8-11> open jam with Billy Ol Skool @ Trappers Alley, 100 Carden St., Guelph

8> jam with John McKinley Band @ Lana’s Lounge, 220 King St. N., Waterloo

8:30> open mic jam with Kent MacMillan & Enio @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

10> Hunter Sheridan @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo



7-10> open stage with Ale Suarez @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

7-11> open mic with Cameron Fraser@ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8-11> open jam night with Robby Gignac @ The Last Class, 1 Georgian Drive (Georgian College), Barrie

*8> open mic night with Davey Mac @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

8-11> open mic @ That Little Pub, 26 Bridge St. W., Campbellford ~Jazz

9> Brent Lawless @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough


905 EAST -Pickering to Cobourg

7-11> open mic @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax

*7-11> Wood Shed jam @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*7:30> Don Owen & Bruce Longman @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~tribute to The Beatles

8:30-12:30> open mic with Jason Cini or Cheryl Ireland @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> Rob Watts Band @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

*10> open mic with Josh Beaven @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa



*8-12:30> Ward 5 open mic jam with backline & host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ London Pub, 9724 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill

8> acoustic jam @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown


905 SOUTH -Hamilton & vicinity

6:30> Ragwaxfor “Southern Supper” @ Mississippi Queen Foods, 635 King St. E., Hamilton ~Mardi Gras Blues/Jazz; $45 includes special menu dinner

7> songwriters open stage with Deeps/Dave Pomfret @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton

7-9> open mic @ Culantro Peruvian Cookery, 537 Main St. E., Hamilton

*8> open stage @ Ale House, 802 Upper Gage Ave., Hamilton

*8:30-12> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> Christopher Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic

8> Steve Strongman with Colin Lapsley & guest @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St. E., Ancaster ~original Blues; $

9> Chris Chambers & Chris Hawley @ The West Town, 214 Locke St. S., Hamilton ~Blues-Rock; $0

*9:30> Treblecasters @ Cat N Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton


905 WEST -south Peel, Halton

*6:30-10:30> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0

*7> James Clark Jones @ Max Resto Lounge, 102-2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington ~smooth Rock/Pop

*7> open mic with Steve Shelton @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~songwriters

*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

8-11> open mic @ The Marquee (Sheridan College TRF), 1430 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville ~students & guests only

*9> open mic night with hosts Jimmy Dee & Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

*9:30> open mic with Matt Zaddy @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga



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