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As the summer solstice is upon us this evening songwriter Lynn Harrison will once again celebrate the longest day of the year with a special evening of interdisciplinary artists for the third anniversary show tonight for her monthly “The Bridge” series of open mics.
But in addition to that benchmark celebration, tonight’s edition, for which the theme is “Beauty,” also takes place in a new venue after nearly two years at Imperial Pub following a debut series in June of 2015 at Tranzac Club.
I haven’t visited the newish Super Wonder Gallery at 584 College Street, just east of Clinton Ave., but from what I can discern it appears to be a room designed with putting on performances top-of-mind. That should fit well with the mix of songwriters, poets, authors and dancers who usually take part in these eclectic evenings, as we told you exactly one year ago for the second anniversary show and in previous articles.
There’s no fixed cover charge (pay what you can) and sign-up for the 7:30 kickoff begins at 7 p.m.
SHOW LISTINGS for Wednesday, June 20, 2021
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ON AIR / ONLINE
*6-8pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat show from previous Friday)
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
6-8> Monty Greig @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6> Aaron Comeau @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
6:15-11:30> Aiden Myers; Trophy Kid Diz; Walkwaves @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~eclectic indie; $0
6:30> Worst Pop Band Ever @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7:30 (sign-up at 7)-11> The Bridge open stage on “Beauty” theme and between-set showcase music, poetry, etc.; hosted by Lynn Harrison @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College. ~songwriters/poets; $pwyc
**7 (7 p.m. sign-up open stage at 8) with 9 p.m. feature by Sudhir @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall) ~songwriters
*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Jazz
*7> Country music open mic with Matthew Runaway @ Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, 250 Adelaide St. W.
*7-9> Shak Shak @ Island Café, 20 Withdrow St., Toronto Island ~Calypso
7> open mic with Kevin Howley @ B-side, 669 College St.
7> Songwriters Meetup with Song Talk Radio hosts Bruce, Neel & Phil @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7> Jake Paul @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $
*7-10> Country open mic with Matthew Runaway @ Rockin’ Horse Saloon, 250 Adelaide St. W.
*7-10> Blues jam with Voodoo Walters @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St.
7:30> Alex Fournier’s Bearrah Fawcett @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
*7:30-11> open mic with hosts Big Otter Creek @ Grace O’Malley’s, 14 Duncan St.
7:30> “Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone” with Sue & Dwight @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. ~ Folk singalong; $
8-10> Chelsey Bennett @ Art Square Gallery, 334 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; $0
8> The Real Shade @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
8-10> Pavlo’s 20th anniversary concert (Night 12 of 20) @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $ includes nightly guitar giveaway to one audience member
8> Ax with Toronto Symphony Orchestra @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. ~Classical piano (Mozart); $
8-1> open mic with feature by The Red Panther @ The Boat in Kensington, 158 Augusta Ave.
*8> John Bellisario hosts weekly Jazz jam @ The Music Box, 3434 Bathurst St.
8:30-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill & Ross McIntyre @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
8> Avalon’s Garden @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W.
8:30> Sons of An Illustrious Father; Andrew Austin @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> The Digs @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Funk/Jazz/neo-Soul; $
*9> open mic with Graham McI @ Watson’s, 388 Richmond St. W.
9> Jordan John Trio @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Blues/R&B; $10
9> Blues jam with host Alana Truda Edwards & Dom Greto @ Mirto Italian Restaurant, 25 Toronto St.
*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St.
9> Hide The Rum @ Rose & Crown, 2335 Yonge St. ~solo acoustic Pop covers & originals
*9:30-2> The All Nighters open jam @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
10> Tequila Jay @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
10> Cameron/Cole/Perri/Rampersaud; Luka’s Ryokan and Rumi Band @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz?
10-2> League of Rock showcase @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~Rock covers
10-2> Action Sound Band with Leo Valvassori & Eric Schenkman @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues-Rock; $0
*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Funk/R&B; $10
416 – TORONTO EAST
7-9> “East York Days” with Donné Roberts Band feat. Dave McManus on bass; Grace @ East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. ~eclectic Blues/Pop; $0
7-10> The Two Fours @ Firkin on Danforth, 2057 Danforth Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
*7:30-10:30> The BTBs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
8-10> “All You Need Is (David) Love” British Invasion theme open mic with host Tony Oldland & guest bassist/vocalist David Love @ The Beach House, 1953 Queen St. E.
8> Pouya @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $
*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan Tavern (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave.
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
6-10> The Paul Morgan Project @ The Irish Shebeen, 5555 Eglinton Ave. ~Country/Blues/Roots-Rock
7-11> Jenn & Jeremy @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*9-1> open mic with Daniel Gagnon @ The Old Sod, 2936 Bloor St. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
8> Dan Walek & friends @ Working Dog Saloon, 3676 St. Clair Ave. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*8-1> open mic & karaoke @ Winners, 2181 Lawrence Ave. West
416 – TORONTO WEST
6-8> Jackson Lundy @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $
6:30> “Sing Out” benefit for Counterpoint Counselling & Educational Co-operative with Sarah Thawer; Marina Lopez; Alexa Belgrave; Leah Canali; Piper Hayes; Lady Parul; Brooklyn Doran; Anda Zeng; Ievy Stamatov @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic indie; $
7> Joshua Q and The Trade Offs @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.
*8-11> Julian Fauth @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~original Juno-winning Blues; $0
8> Robert Lee Duo @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz; $0
8> alt-J @ Echo Beach, 1001 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> Cris Derksen @ The Great Hall, 1078 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> Brandon Post Trio; Eric Brandon @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $
*8-11> Fraser/Daley @ Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Rootsy Blues
8:30> Four String Nomads; 2ish @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. instrumental strings; $15
*9-1> open mic with backline @ 420 Lounge, 1530 Queen St. W.
*9> RITMO & guests @ Yauca’s Lounge, 755 Dovercourt Rd. ~Jazz; $5
9> Dan Walsh @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*9:30> Spy vs Spy vs Sly @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
10> open mic with Pamela White @ T.O. Lounge, 1384 Queen St. W.
*10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Motel Bar, 1235 Queen St. W. ~Jazz
10:30> Lucas Stagg & Tanya Philipovich @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.
*6-8:30> ukulele jam @ Idea Exchange Hespeler, 5 Tannery St. E., Cambridge
*6-9> Dano & Jaye @ Ray’s Bistro, 1475 Queen St. W., Alton ~smooth Pop/Jazz
7:30> Celtic Session @ Penny Whistle, 2 Quebec St., Guelph
8-12> acoustic Bluegrass jam @ Anaf Club 344, 32 Gordon St., Guelph
8> jam night with Ian Taylor @ Pops & Ruby’s Tap & Grill, 200 Preston Pkwy., Cambridge
8-11> John Lee & The Hookers host Blues jam @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener
8> Matt Weidinger Band @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener
8> Matthew Barber with Lindy @ Maxwell’s, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~indie; $20
8:30-11:30> Dave Huber @ Royal Electric Bar, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*10> open stage hosted by Enio and Patrick @ NV Kitchen Bar, 16 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
*10> Mike Todd @ The Duke, 33 Erb St., Waterloo
*7-11> open jam with The Freacon Band @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach ~ Blues, Jazz; $5
7-7:30 open mic with Tyler Koke @ McGillicafey’s Pub & Eatery, 13 Bridge St.. N., Hastings
7-10> jam with host band The Gators & special guest John Eaton @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood
8-12> Hilary & Brandon @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*8> open stage @ Dobro Restaurant, 287 George St. N., Peterborough
*8> Ken Tizzard @ Church-key Pub, 26 Bridge St. W., Campbellford
*9-12:30> Josh Morgan & Mike Francis @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Kevin Foster @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough
9> Shae Tull @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
7-10> open mic night @ Copper Branch – Brooklin, 66 Baldwin St. W., Whitby
7> Bruce Gorries @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
*8> open stage and karaoke with Eddy Culjak @ Boston Pizza, 20 Taunton Rd., Whitby
*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg
*8> open mic @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg
*8-10:30> open mic jam with Rob Foreman & Clayton Yates @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope
9> open mic @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
*10> Two For The Show @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
*10> Emerson Ireland hosts open mic jam @ The Gryphon Pub, 114 Dundas St. E., Whitby
*7> open mic night with Tanya Joy Senior @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge
8-12> open mic with Kevin Ker (sign up at 7:30) @ Unionville Arms, 189 Main St., Unionville
*8:30-12:30> Jared Christopher Stafford @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
8:30-11:30> open mic & acoustic jam with Don Fleming & Laurence Walters @ Father’s Moustache Grill, Aurora, 15570 Yonge St.
8> acoustic jam with Frank Logue @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown
*8:45> open mic jam @ Magnums, 21 McMurchy Ave. N., Brampton
*10-2> jam night with Switchbeat Trio @ Maguires, 284 Queen St. E., Brampton
2:30-5:30> open jam @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton
7> World Refugee Day celebration @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton
7:30-11> open mic jam with Dave Gould and Alison Novak @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
7:30> Claire Coupland @ Mulberry Street Coffeehouse, 193 James St. N., Hamilton
7:30> open mic with Keith Toms @ Staircase Bistro, 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton
8> The Sanjays @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8> Matt Zaddy @ Gallagher’s Bar, 29 Augusta St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
8> Chris Chambers or Adam Ostrosser @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas
*8:30> Something Country @ The Endzone, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country
9> Singalong with Judy Marsales @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40
*10> Jazz jam @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton
6:30-9> Rebecca Binnendykl @ Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington ~Jazz/Pop; $
7> open mic with Gillian Nicola @ Copper Kettle Waterdown, 312 Dundas St. E., Waterdown
7> Rob Reed @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington
8> jam with The Grindstones @ American House, 324 Dundas St. E., Waterdown
*8:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Jazz
9-1> Kevin Reid and the Dedbeats @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Rock/Pop; $
9-1> Brock Zeman; Rod Picott @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~songwriters; $10
*9> open mic with Michael Zane @ Shakers Oakville, 589 Kerr St., Oakville
**10> open mic with host Kirt Godwin @ Spice Lounge, 52 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga
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, members, children, etc.). /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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