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We’ve written a few times now about veteran songwriter and acclaimed inventive guitar player Alex Radeff and his Donkey band, which, as we mentioned in July at the debut of a very short-lived series at a Junction area club that was in upheaval, sort of typifies the struggles of many an artistic soul.
But lately he’s found a nice little niche in downtown café performing solo each Tuesday from noon-3. I haven’t visited the True Love Café at 290 Dundas St. E. (at Sherbourne) but if I do decide to check it out you can be sure that’s when it will be.
Online reviews mention it’s a “down to earth spot serving comfort food” and that the hearts décor makes it cosy and casual. Another describes the breakfasts and meals such as burgers as “hearty”. Sounds appetizing!
Guaranteed appealing will be Radeff’s performance of covers and most particularly his originals, which have, as we’ve told you previously, been acclaimed by industry veterans and which we’ve thoroughly enjoyed on a series of albums, including the latest, 2016’s Furthermore, as we told you about a year ago.
You don’t have to wear your heart on your sleeve if you visit this little spot to hear Alex today or any Tuesday but don’t be surprised if you feel it swelling with delight by the time you leave.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca [email protected]
SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, November 21, 2021
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**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 Rock-Fm.ca
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*noon-3> Alex Radeff of Donkey solo @ True Love Café, 290 Dundas St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$
noon-1> Mariya Orlenko @ Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. ~piano virtuoso; $0
6-8> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz piano; 0$
6> Matt Weidinger @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country
6> open mic with host band Unbuttoned @ Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E.
6-8> Leslie Huyler & Friends @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc
6:30> Chris Platt Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano
7-11> Gerald Peter Project recording release for ep; Jupiter Hollow; Archipelago @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~indie; $10
7> Emily Saliers; Indigo Girls @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $
7:30> Three Ring Circus with Bob Cohen & guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Roots-Rock
7:45-11> “Irie Tuesdays” open mic for singers, rappers & poets @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.
8-12> Jo Snyder @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~songwriter
8> Del Stephen; Slo Man Tofu; Happy Baby @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St.
8-10:30> Laura Marks & The Bernie Senensky Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word
8> Hey Stella @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
*8:30-12> “Open Mic for the Starving Artist” @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~with food for songs!
8:30> Son Little @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W.
8:30-11:30> Sarah Siddiqui with T.C. Folkpunk; Christopher Joris @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc
*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
9> ABC Songwriters Circle with host performer Robert Pelletier & guests in the round Lawrie Ingles, Henry Lees, Rob Greenway @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriters; $
9> Take One Car; Gerry Green; Giving Up; A World in Picture @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Punk/Thrash; $
9> The Rough Go; Wayne Kennedy; Wordplay; Emily Bones; No Cover @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W.
*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.
9:30> The Waring Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
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> open mic night @ The Hideout, 423 College St.
10> Ken McDonald Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz
10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B
416 –TORONTO EAST
*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano
7-9> Sarah Jordan @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~sR&B/Soul covers; 0$
7> Cut Copy; Palmbomen II @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
*7-10> Shawn Nywkist four-piece @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~Jazz; $0
8> FingerStyleGuitar.ca open stage @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Roots
**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.
8> Amina Ax; Pulse in Tempo; Pink Cocoon @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$
*8-12> open mic with host Fraz Milne @ The Beach House, 1953 Queen St. E.
8:30-10:30> iSPy @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.
*9-1> jam with Mike Sedgewick & The Blue Gurus @ The Duke Live, 1225 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
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
10> Wayne Ferguson hosts jam & karaoke night @ West Hill Pizza, 4379 Kingston Rd.
416 – TORONTO WEST
6-9> Sean Beresford recording release for Big City Cough; Animal Parts opens @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~songwriters; $
6-8> Dylan Menzi; Ken Yates @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $13
7:30> Michaela May recording release for Loveaholic @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Shawn Nykwist on sax @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$
8> Matti Pulkki “Become/Dessicated” @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~solo accordion concert; pwyc
8> Ocean Buddha; Deprication unplugged @ Smiling Buddha (lower), 961 College St. ~indie; $
*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers
8:30-10:30> Alex Mason @ Alchemy, TO West, 890 College St.
8:30> Special Costello; Mas Aya; Fiver @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~sax/synth, percussion; $10
9> Jeremy De Freitas; Katey Morley; Peter Serrado @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc
9> Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~songwriters; $pwyc
9> Fred Speck’s CaMp CoMbo @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Roots; $
9> Brian Renton Appreciation Gala “Hollowfest 4 Ever” @ Smiling Buddha (main), 961 College St. ~indie; $
9> “Womens Songs Rise” with Jessica Speziale; Alexandra Hawse; Suprtash @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~fem songwriters; $
6> open mic @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph
6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge
*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph
*7-11> Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Association holds Bluegrass jam @ Galt Legion RCL #121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge
*7-9> Juneyt @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge ~Flamenco guitarist
8> acoustic song circle jam with host Terry Golletz @ Café Crêperie, 40 Mill St. W., Elora
*8:30-11:30> open jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo
7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
*8:30-12:30> open mic with host Cheryl Stiles @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby
9> Darren Hancock @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock
*9-1> open acoustic jam @ The General, 21 Celina St., Oshawa
*10> open mic with Josh Beaven @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa
7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ Aw Shucks, 15474 Yonge St., Aurora
*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill
*8-11> jam with Matthew Kane & The Brews Brothers @ The Crown, 9580 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
*8:30-12:30> open mic @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
*9> open mic with Manny D, Andy Earle & Dave Breckels @ Big Chris BBQ, 17380 Yonge St., Newmarket
6> Rob Reed @ Radius, 151 James St. S., Hamilton
7> songwriters open stage with Deeps/Dave Pomfret @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton
7> Guitar Hamilton student showcase @ Westdale Library, 955 King St. W., Hamilton
*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic
8> Biblical; Darlene Shrugg; Pistol Packin’ Preachers @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie Rock; $
9> Duchess Says; Yamantaka Sonic Tita; Patricia Christina Flowers; more @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $12.50
*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country?
*9:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton
*8> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock
*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2
*8> open mic night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington
8-12> Maxine Young & Christina Melanie @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers
*8:45> open mic with Matt Zadkovich @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga
9> open mic with Chuck Coles @ 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.
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