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It’s exactly two months shy of two years since the death of eccentric and superbly gifted multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Lee Van Leer (as C.J. Feeney was known on the local music scene) but memories of his engaging, eager persona and scintillating talent still burn bright.
It’s to pay tribute to his memory and to raise some funds for the Variety childrens’ charity that a diverse collection of talents will be assembling tonight at Eton House at 710 Danforth Ave. a block east of Pape Avenue.
Many performers who’ve been part of the Toronto music scene will have several Lee Van Leer stories to share, not all them necessarily flattering to the devil-may-care late keyboardist and unique guitar stylist, whose “all thumbs” slide guitar stylings (he used his thumb almost like a slide tube or even capo at times) also stood out from the pack.
He was a sartorial disaster, as the accompanying pic of him performing at the release show for a SongTown compilation album featuring one of his tunes demonstrates and he had no sense of false pride. He didn’t care about his appearance because he simply lived to write and play and performed with hundreds of musicians over the years, ranging from established household names like Danny Marks to the kids down the street who just started playing last week. He was a perpetual presence at jams across the city and also headed a number of his own groups remarkable for scintillating music, if not for longevity.
His mercurial temperament and unusual behaviours that could make him exasperating at times is now the stuff of local music community legends, He’d often arrive at gigs dragging a cart with what seemed to be all his worldly belongings in it, including guitars that he seemed to have a fetish for defacing and deforming, but which sounded brilliant once he started playing. His hand-made cds with rather bizarre cover art are probably now collectors items that will eventually command big prices on e-Bay and while rough hewn on the outside, like the man himself, what they contained was often close to magic. He was famous for booking gigs at clubs for weeks away and then arriving the next day to beg an advance or some food to tide him by. But his smile when happy, like his playing, was pure gold, like his heart.
Tonight’s 8-12:30 affair ($10 cover or $5 for performers) was organized by veteran drummer and singer Benny “Rave” Sanders, who shared a stage with Van Leer on innumerable occasions. Taking place on the Eton House’s excellent showcase stage (with house sound man!), you can expect this to basically be a kind of wild and wooly jam —just as Lee would have run if he were the host.
The talent will include Benny’s new ’67 Band project functioning as a house band and features several talents seldom seen on stage these days such as guitarist-singer George Pliakes, songwriter Damon Hines, singer Max Brand , Anthony Carr on sax, Gary “Mojo” Scott on harp, and many more acts, with no doubt several surprise guests.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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*11am-1pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeats Sundays 3-5am & Wednesdays 6-8am)
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators with Terra Hazelton @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk
5:30> Marion Law & Friends @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St.
6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6-8> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~solo piano Jazz; $
6-8> Denielle Bassels @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-15/pwyc
6-8:30> Collette Savard and The Savants host open mic @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
6:30> James Brown Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7:30> Bellweather 4 @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.~Jazz
7:30> Ensemble Polaris recording release for dvd @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~Icelandic Rock; $
8> Royal Conservatory Orchestra @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~Classical; $
*8-10> Radio Fraud @ e11even, 15 York St. ~Jazz
8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~Country
8> Diana Krall @ Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St. ~Classical; $
8> Scratch Nasty; Jailbirds; Onionface; Razzmatazz @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~indie; $
8> Patricia Guerrero @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Key W. ~Flamenco
8> Sheldon Hunt @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~songwriter
8:30> The Glorious Sons @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~Roots-Rock; $
8:30> Some Girls @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~tribute to Rolling Stones; $
8:30> T Dot Records showcase with Eclecticus; Kassai; Peake; Crown Syrup; CoCo Coelho; Chris Birkett @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~songwriters; $10
8:30> Meligrove Band recording release for Planets Conspire double-album; The Bicycles; Mayor MCCA @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W.
9> The Blues Miners featuring Dave McManus & George Baumann @ Basso Blues Room, 320 Queen St. E. ~Blues/R&B; $0
9> Suburban Smith @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~Roots-Rock
9> Stephen Stanley Band; Hugh Christopher Brown; Hadlley McCall Thackston; Kate Fenner; Sarah McDermott @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> Wild T & The Spirit @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Blues-Rock covers & originals; $10
9> Jesse Alarcon @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> 54.50 (third of four nights) @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
9> Ada Lea; Blunt Chunks; Consilience @ Less Bar, 834 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $10/pwyc
9-11:30> Colin Hunter & The Joe Sealy Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
9:30> Lady Kane @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:45> Nuf Said @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~NYC Jazz; $
9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~60s R&B 7-piece; $
10> Ed Force One; My Michelle; Liquor Messiah @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W. ~tribute to Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica; $15
10> Dave Murphy Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Rock/Funk/R&B; $
10> The Quickshifters @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W.
10> Jonathan Billings Band @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~Blues-Rock; $10
10> Ryan Driver Sextet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
10-2> Stone The Radio; Rycky Ruke @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~Hip Hop; $
10> Chicken & Waffles @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St. W. ~Pop Rock
10> Frankie Foo & The Yoyo Smugglers @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Ska; $0
11> Darin Meilleur @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
416 - TORONTO EAST
*5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~rootsy Rockabilly
7-9> Kid Cajun @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Zydeco/Creole Southern Country-Blues; 0$
7> Daylight For Deadeyes; Big Sugar @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
7> Sonreal; Blaque Keyz; Tobi @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~indie; $
8> Hirut Hoot comedy night @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave.
8-12> Tribute to Lee Van Leer & fundraiser for Variety Childrens Charity with Danny Marks, ’67 Band featuring Benny Rave; Max Brand; Damon Hines; George Pliakes; many more @ Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave. ~eclectic; $10
8-10> Fablo Dwyer @ The Beach House, 1953 Queen St. E.
9:30> Jimmy Byron @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly; 0$
9:30-1> Wayne Neon and The Amazing Tubular Orchestra @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. ~eclectic Blues/Roots/Rock
9:30> Glamour Assassins @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~Pop Rock
*9:30-1:30> Blues jam with Mike Sedgewick Band @ Salty Dog, 1890 Queen St. E.
10> Mob Barley @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~tribute to Bob Marley; $
10:30> Matt Zaddy Band @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
7:30> Amhed Mitchel Quartet @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; min table charge
9> Lucas Stagg @ 6th Street Gastropub, 4923 Dundas St. W. ~Roots-Rock
9> Harvest @ Maple Leaf House, 2749 Lake Shore Boulevard W. ~Rock/Top 40/Blues
9> Harvest Moon @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $
10-2> Pop Cherry @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~classic Rock; 0$
10> Dan Kosub @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
9:30> Strome & Dancert @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock
10> Colleen & The Bleeding Hearts @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave. ~Blues/Rock/Top 40; $0
416 - TORONTO WEST
5-7> Angie Hilts @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.~songwriter
5-8> Didi Mau Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
6:30-8:30> Bob Scott Trio @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Latin Jazz; 0$
7> Jerusalem In My Heart; Suuns; Oiseaux-Tempete; The Weather Station @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W.
7> Jacob Banks @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.
*7-10> Les Petits Nouveaux @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~nu-Jazz trio
8:30> The Last Waltz @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~tribute to The Band; $50, SRO
8:30> Claire Coupland @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $
9> Jean Daddy; Vypers; BBQ Pope @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
9-1> Sweet Derrick Blues Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Blues
9> North of America @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.
9> The Champions of Justice; Mark Malibu & The Wasagas; Luau of Die; Cliff Divers; The Atomic Bellieveaus @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~surf Rock; $15
9> Darlene Shrugg & The Dead Projectionists recording release; New Fries; Miss World; @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $
9> Full Bore Blues Duo @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair Ave. W. ~original Blues
9> Simone Denny and The Stereo Dynamite All Stars; The Harmonauts @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W.
9> Bywater @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Blues-Rock
9:30> The Reposadists & guest singer @ Reposado, 135 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz
9:30> Julie Long & Fergus Hambleton @ Amico’s Pizza, 1648 Queen St. West ~songwriters; $
9:30> Tumako @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W.
10> Heavyweights Brass Band @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Funk/R&B
10-2> Tequila Jay Swinnerton @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~songwriter
10:30> Papiosco Y Los Ritmicos @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Salsa; $15
7-9> Jammers Waffle House @ Grand River Brewing, 295 Ainslie St., Cambridge ~Rock/Top 40 covers
7> Vera Causa Opera @ Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson St., Cambridge ~opera comedy; $
8> Andrew Collins Trio @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ~contemporary original; $29
8> Lara Solnicki Trio @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph ~songwriter
8> Rheostatics @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~contemporary original; $30
8> John McKinley Band @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener
8> Juneyt recording release @ Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St., Kitchener ~songwriter; $20 includes cds
8> Darran Poole & The Poole Boys; CATL @ Lou Dawg’s Waterloo, 89 King St. S., Waterloo ~Roots-Rock/Country
8:30> Lily Frost @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~original Jazz; $20
9> Lisa Marie Kruchak @ Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas St., Guelph ~songwriter
9> Cécile Doo-Kingué @ Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~original Blues; $10/pwyc
9-1> Goodnight Sunrise; Teddys Atlas; JohnJaconMagistery; Sam Boer @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $10
*9-2> jam night @ The Cave, 105 Shade St., Cambridge
9> Profaner; Orexin; Lutharo; Lotek Cruiser @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
9:30> Bareback Riders @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country
6-9> High Waters Band @ White House Hotel, 173 Charlotte St., Peterborough
5-7> Chester Babcock Trio @ Catalina’s, 131 Hunter St. S., Peterborough
5> Andrew Queen & Son @ The Church-key Pub, 26 Bridge St., Campbellford
8> Present Tense @ Dr. J’s BBQ & Brews, 282 Aylmer St., Peterborough
8> Chris Culgin @ The Church-key Pub, 26 Bridge St., Campbellford
8-11:45> Swtichbeat @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $5
8:30> Al Black Steady Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8:30> Drew Wright @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Tradesmen; The House Call; System Status @ Foxx Lounge, 16 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~indie; $
*9-12> open mic @ Southside Pizza, 29 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough ~$2
9:30> Kennedy Cult @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $5
9:30> Rick Robichaud @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie
10> Shawn Steinhart Trio @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> BA Johnston; Deathsticks @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $6
10> Brian Haddlesey @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough
*8-12> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax
8-11> Urban Angel @ The Cat & Fiddle Cobourg, 38 Covert St., Cobourg
9-1> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Blues/R&B
9> Darren Hancock @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9:30> Philcos @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
10-2> Spitfire Kings @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Courtney Bowles & Michael Ploughman @ Down Omer, 522 Ritson Rd., S., Oshawa ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
10-2> Marty & The Mojos @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~Blues-Rock
8> Alexander Keith @ Main Street Bakehouse, 6236 Main St., Stouffville ~songwriter
8> Gowan @ Flato Markham Theatre, 171 N. Town Centre Blvd., Markham ~80s Rock icon; $
8-11> Ron Fleming Band @ Market Brewing Company, 1775 Leslie St., Newmarket
8:30> Ragwax Trio @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Roots-Rock
9-10> The Beresfords for Markham Festival of Lights @ Markham Pentecostal Church, Markham ~Roots-Rock
9> Sean Bouke @ Muddy Water Hotel, 25 Main St. W., Beeton ~Country
*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill
8> Tom Leighton and Conrad Kipling @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown ~ traditional Roots
8> Hawk’s Nest @ Wild Wing Georgetown, 371 Mountainview Rd. S., Georgetown ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
8> Late Night Sanity & guests @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~indie; $10
9-12:30> The Tone Dogs @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~classic Rock
9:30> Skip Tracer @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock
9:30> Itchy and Scratchy @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Top 40/Rock
4:30> Brad James @ The Honest Lawyer, 110 King St., Hamilton
*6:30-10> Henry Strong Duo @ Cavallo Nero, 370 Wilson St. E., Ancaster ~Jazz
6:30> East Coast Kitchen Party @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
6:30> Jerome Godboo & Eric Schenkman @ Mississippi Queen Foods, 635 King St. E., Hamilton ~original Blues; $45 includes dinner
7:30> “International Pop Overthrow Festival” with Arlene Paculan; Carmen Toth (8:30); The Natrolites; The Nines; Dave Rave & Hailee Rose; Pineapple Girls; Oh Geronimo @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~original Rock/Pop; $10
8> The Amy Project @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~tribute to Amy Winehouse; 10
8> Back In The Daze @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40
8> Chris Chambers @ Firth’s Celtic Pub, 543 Upper James St., Hamilton ~songwriter
8-11> Madison Violet @ Station 1 Coffeehouse, 28 Main St. E., Grimbsy ~original Roots; $
8:30> DNA Project; with host Carlos Morgan @ Mills Hardware, 96 King St. E., Hamilton ~Funk/R&B/Soul; $22
8:30> Trickbag @ Buddy’s Roadhouse, 1360 King St. E., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> Pale Drone & guests @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $10
9> The Dukes @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Ancaster ~Country
9:30> Stork and the Baby Makers; The Soundscape Collective; Foxhound @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $
9:30> 2112 @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~tribute to Rush; $?
9:30> Shari, Jonny & Justin @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton
11> Brothers du Monde @ Gallagher’s Bar, 117 John St., Hamilton
*5> Adam Ostrosser & Joel Guenther @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop
*6-9> Matt Zady @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
7> The Bronte Brothers @ Bronte Sports Kitchen, 2544 Speers Rd., Oakville
7> Headin’ Home @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #551 Waterdown, 79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown
7:3009:30> Maksim Mrvica “Croation Rhapsody” @ Living Arts Centre, 3131 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga ~Classical piano; $
9> Bedrokk @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~original Rock/Pop; $10
9> Colluci Brothers @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
9> Daryl Gray @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock
9:30> Kenny V @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Mike Billik Band @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Blues-Rock
9:30> Fiddlestixs @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~fiddle Rock
9:30> Backroom 11 @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~classic Soul
9:30> The Shots @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock
10-2> The Doubts @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $
10:15> Orangeman @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock
10:30> Kay the Destroyer @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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