Expect Sin City Boys to wrap 25-year history in frenzied style tonight | TorontoMoon.ca 170707Fr | Shows for Fri. July 07, 2021

Sin City Boys in 2015 -Gary 17


I’ve been writing about vintage Pop Rock covers and Tex-Mex style originals band Sin City Boys since becoming a lifelong fan after first hearing them in a small east TO club eight years ago now.  Which makes me, in their quarter-century history, a relative newcomer to the ranks of those who appreciate this dance-friendly, exquisitely dynamic four-piece fronted by singer and guitarist Kevin Jollimore.

Sadly, this article, about their show tonight at Eton House tavern on Danforth Ave. just east of Pape Avenue feels more like an obituary than a celebration —not because anyone has died (although, as we reported previously, the group’s original drummer, Glenn “Bunny” Kimberley did pass away untimely early a couple of years ago and is still remembered by his many fans and fellow players) but because it’s their final performance as a group.

Kevin Jollimore ~Gary 17

Kevin Jollimore ~Gary 17

Kevin, who is also, btw, a versatile, much in demand actor and amateur artist (as his personal website details) is moving with his wife to Halifax Nova Scotia this summer “to start a new adventure,” he told me recently.

That will make him the second long-time staple of the entertainment roster at Graffiti’s pub in Kensington Market, where SCB has done a monthly Saturday matinee for several years and where he has also been running a Friday afternoon weekly “kitchen jam” show.  As we told you last weekend, 17-year Sunday afternoon veteran Michael Brennan has announced he’s also relocating back east at some point in the next year.

Sin City Boys at Graffiti's -Gary 17

Sin City Boys at Graffiti’s -Gary 17

SCB reaches back to the origins of party Rock for tunes by Buddy Holly, Rolling Stones and many artists of that era, serving up music that gets people dancing and, as I’ve previously mentioned, usually packs rooms like Dakota Tavern (where they celebrated their 20th anniversary what seems like yesterday), Dora Keogh which they jammed with frenzied fun-lovers and dancers and Linsmore Tavern, where I was happily involved in bringing them in for a holiday weekend show expected to be a slow, slow night and which they turned into a banner success that the club booker still talks about to this day.

With Gerard Popma on lead guitar and veterans on the rhythm section backing Jollimore’s by turns growly, frantic, passionate and playful vocals, the band, as its Reverbnation site apty describes it, “has been called ‘Country Thrash’ … and described as sounding like ‘The Rolling Stones in a bad mood.’”

But more than putting on memorable must-go destination live music events, the group also has released a couple of records, most notably in my book so far (I haven’t heard the latest disc but hope to pick one up tonight!) their wonderfully absorbing and lively release Los Muchachos De Pecado (the name of the band in Mexican Spanish).  The album contains a number of tunes like “Temptation Road”, “You’ve Got It Bad”, “Long Way Down” and “Outlaw” which I’ve played many, many times as part of the playlist I spin at shows I put on or emcee.

Ancient pic of Sin City Boys from 2009! -17

Ancient pic of Sin City Boys from 2009! -17

It was four years ago that I first wrote about the outfit doing their first show at tonight’s Eton House venue at 710 Danforth Ave., and as I noted then, the room is set up perfectly for this band because in addition to its good-sized dance floor in front of the wide stage with pro lights and a house sound man, there’s also plenty of seating —so you don’t have to be cramped in jammed up against other patrons as is the case at Graffiti’s or Dora.

As Kevin’s gift to the combo’s legion of longtime fans, there’s no cover for this evening’s 9:30-1:30 three-set show.  But even with all the room available to spread out at this club, you’ll want to get there early to ensure you have a prime location.

And do bring a few bucks along to pick some of the recorded material —it might be all you’ll have to enjoy of them for some time to come.

-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)


*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

4:30> “Steve Ray Vaughn” by Classic Albums Live @ Roy Thomson Hall patio, 60 Simcoe St. ~tribute to SRV; 0$

*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk

6-9> First Fridays with Hold The Bus featuring Kevin Jeffrey & guest singer Rebecca Campbell @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~classic Rock and Roll/Rockabilly

6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

6-8> Michel DeQuevedo @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

9-11:30> Faith Armour Trio tribute to Ella Fitzgerald @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

6:30> Artie Roth @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

7> Eric Arthur Blair recording release; guests Parliament Owls; Huge Cosmic @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ~indie; $

7-11>Delhi 2 Dublin; Tanika Charles; Desiree Dawson @ Harbourfront Centre outdoors -2 stages, 235 Queens Key W. ~contemporary original

7> Vivek Shraya recording release for Part Time Woman @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Starfires @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~Country

8> Yeuzu Meuzu @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~Blues-Rock

8-10> Yasgurs Farm @ Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

8> Jessie Reyez @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $

8-11> Five Alarm Funk; Turbo Street Funk @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. ~Funk; 0$

8> Chiihro & The Bluenotes; Copper Crown; Big Otter Creek; Gun Ho Catalyst @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8:30> Lane Whittington @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~songwriter

8:30> Alexa Rose @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues

8:30> V For Mania; Kill No Albatross; The Casket; Synergist @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

9-2> STOTC: Freedom and the Astronaut; Rue Bella; Tomorrow’s Midnight @ Nocturne, 550 Queen St. W. ~eclectic indie; $10/wristband 170520 Support the Moon

9> Terence Gowan @ Sopra Upper Lounge, 265 Davenport Rd. ~80s Rock/Top 40 covers; $10

9> All Boy/All Girl; Stoker; Stereo Division @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~indie; $

?*8-11:30> open stage with Lil Steve Piette Band @ Toronto Island Marina, Centre Island

9> Riff Raff @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40; 0$

9-12> STOTC: The Rifle & The Writer; Jammers Waffle House; more @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~eclectic indie; $/wristband

9> “Toronoise Day 1” with various acts @ Stop, Drop & Roll, 300 College St.  ~Noise/grindcore; $

9-11:30> The Brian Browne Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

9> STOTC: Hillary Dumoulin; Adam Caranfa; Alexander Keith @ Edenhall, 193 Baldwin St. ~eclectic indie; $10/wristband

9-3> STOTC: Chainbreaker; Abyss; Villain; Cellphone; Brutal Wulfsex @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~eclectic indie; $10/wristband

9:30> Lady Kane @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10

9:45> Melissa McMillan with Progger @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~60s R&B 7-piece; $

10> Confidential Sources featuring Alana Truda Edwards @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~Funk/R&B/Soul

10-2> STOTC: JAD; Old Man Grant; We Are Monroe; The Treetops @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~eclectic indie; $10/wristband

10-2> STOTC: Stephen Stanley Band; Lucas MacKenzie; Leaving Esemeralda; Mr. Jr. @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St. ~eclectic indie; $10/wristband

10> Dave Murphy Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Rock/Funk/R&B; $

10> Del Fi’s @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W.

10> Loyal Compass @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10> Andrew Fetterley Trio @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St. W. ~Pop Rock

10:30> Combo Royale @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues/R&B; 0$

11> Claire Hunter @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriter

12:30am-4> STOTC: Cloverdrive; Mad Anthony; Weapons @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~eclectic indie; $10/wristband


*5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~rootsy Rockabilly

6-10> The Happy Pals; The Achromatics for Beaches Jazz Festival’s Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Festival @ Jimmie Simpson Park, TO East, 870 Queen St. E. ~Jazz; 0$

7-9> Bossa Tres @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.~Latin Jazz; 0$

9> Sin City Boys feat. Kevin Jollimore play final band gig @ Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave.

9> Rockaholics @ Gull & Firkin, 1943 Queen St. E. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Flight 97; Mega Hip; Fraz Milne Electrical Band; Church Underground; Lovegate; Miondful Audacity @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~indie; $15

9:30> Richard Malouin Band @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~ Pop Rock originals and covers; 0$

9:30> Dance Beatles @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~Pop Rock ~Rock/Top 40 covers; 0$

9:30> Mercuri Project @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E. ~Pop Rock

9:30> The Young Originals @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave.  ~indie; $

10:30> Matt Zaddy Band @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock


7:30> The Heillig Manouevre @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; min table charge

x> The Blizzard of Ozz; Metal Detector; Maiden Forever @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~tribute to Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden; $

9:30> XPRIME @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $

10-2> Hit Parade @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers; 0$

10> Bernadette Connors Band @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St. ~Pop Rock


9> West Hill Rockers featuring Tommy Rocker @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd.

9> Still Sunday @ The Loaded Dog, 1921 Lawrence Ave. E. ~Rock/Top 40/Blues

9:30> Eddy C @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock


5-7> Michael Darcy @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Celtic Roots

5-8> Roberta Hunt Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

7-9> Paul Reddick @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~original Blues; $

7>Grizzly; Above & Beyond; Thomas Jack; MK; Steve Angello; Aly  & Fila; Green Velvet; Infected Mushroom; Jamie Kidd; Markus Shulz; Saad Ayub; more for Dreams Music Festival @ Echo Beach, 1001 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

*7-10> Les Petits Nouveaux @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~nu-Jazz trio

7:30> Red Velvet Duo @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St. ~Pop Rock

7:30> Yiannis Kapoulas @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; 0$

8> Dress Black recording release for Future Songs; guests Bamboo @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

8> Woods; John Andrews & The Yawns @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $

8:30> John Doyle @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W.  ~songwriter; $25

8:30> Cam MacLean; Giant Hand @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Montreal songwriter; $

9> Peeling; Fruit & Flowers; more @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $

9-1> The Pearl Motel @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

9> Jerome Godboo Band @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~original Blues; $

9> The Dropups; Swellshark; The Mightabins; Goodnight Sunrise @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~indie Rock; $

9> Matty Powell @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter

9:30> The Reposadists & guest singer @ Reposado, 135 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz

10> Ken Yoshioka Band feat. Dave McManus on bass @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~Blues/R&B

10-2> The Mercen80s @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~80s Rock/Top 40 covers; $10

10:30> Yani Borrell @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Cuban Salsa; $15


3-7> Dave OH @ Hespeler Village Market, Cambridge, 11 Tannery St. E.

6-11> Cambridge Arts Festival musical & artworks preview with various acts @ Phidon Pens, 63 Dickson St.

6> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

7> Tim Bastmeyer @ Ernie’s Roadhouse, 7 Queen St. W., Cambridge

8> Manatee; Thunderbird; Animatist @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~indie; $10

8-10> Aistis @ E-Bolt Muisc, 59 Main St., Cambridge ; pwyc/$10

8> John McKinley @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener

9-1> Little Boxer @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~contemporary original; $5

*9-2> jam night @ The Cave, 105 Shade St., Cambridge

9> The Celebration Army @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge ~original Rock/Pop

9> Runaway Nation @ The Fiddle & Firkin, 707 King St. E., Cambridge

9:30> James Cameron Band @ Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country

9:30> Brad James @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country

10> Run With The Kittens @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~contemporary original; 0$


5> Jayde Taylor & Kyle Renton @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7-9> Clayton Yates and Jade Eagleson @ The Lounge by Lignum, 442 George St. N., Peterborough

6-10> Chuck Jackson & The All Stars @ Riverside Grill (Holiday Inn), 150 George St., Peterborough ~Blues/R&B; $10

7> Anne Lindsay; Barenaked Ladies; Suzie Vinnick; Great Lake Swimmers; Ruth B; Reuben and the Dark; Steve Poltz; Ellis Paul; Whitehorse; Madison Violet; Scenic Route to Alaska; more, on various stages for Mariposa Folk Festival @ Tudhope Park, 500 Atherley Rd., Orillia ~eclectic Roots; $?

8-11:45> Even Steven @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood

8:30> Sanchez @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8:30> Honeymoon Phase @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

9:30> Krosst Out; Melotika; Terminal Joy; The Discarded @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

9:30> New Swears; Prime Junk @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $

9:30> Lisa Hutchinson @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Country Rock

10> The Straights @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~Rock/Top 40 covers

10> Torero; The Hypochondriacs @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $

10> Brian Haddlesey @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough

905 EAST

*8-12> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax

9-1> Poison Whiskey @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9> The Dukes @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9> Professors of Funk @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Funk/R&B/Soul

9:30> Philcos feat. Ilse Themen @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Funk/R&B/Soul

10> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

10-2> Arizona Bliss @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Country Rock

10-2> Al Black and The Steady Band @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~Blues/R&B/Roots-Rock


6-9> “Music On Main” with 3 stages featuring Andrea Kuzmich; SAGEN; Debbie & Phil @ 63-137 Main Street, Markham

6-11> Ayerhart Roofing Company; The Beresfords; The Fumbling Tumbleweeds; Riki Knox for Markham Rotary Ribfest, 179 Enterprise Blvd., Markham ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7-9:30> Mark Yan @ La Catrina, 35 Queen St. W., Brampton ~acoustic Country

9> Guns N’ FN’ Rosez @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~tribute to Guns N’ Roses; $10

9> Whisky Dust Duo @ Wild Wing Georgetown, 371 Mountainview Rd. S., Georgetown ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9-12:30> Tony Silvestri @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill

9:30> Jake Roberstson @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown ~Rock/Top 40 covers

10> Pontune 5 @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock


Noon-1> Southbound Soul @ Gore Park, King St. E. at John St. S., Hamilton ~Funk/R&B/Soul

6> Michael Maguire @ Rousseau House, 375 Wilson St. E., Ancaster

6:30> East Coast Kitchen Party @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

7:30> Little Peter and the Elegants @ Niagara Falls  History Museum, 5810 Ferry St., Niagara Falls ~50s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll; $12

8> Latin American Pena @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton  ~music & poetry; $10

8> The Lifers @ Mill’s Hardware, 95 King St. E., Hamilton  ~original Rock/Pop

8> Ugly Dog @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> Dinner Is Ruined; The Bad Dates; Ylang Ylang @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~original Rock/Pop; $

9> Snack Donkey; Octopus Army @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton

9> Lady In Black; Noise Floor; The Therapists; Janicii  @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $10

9:15> The Old Winos & guest Mark LaForme @ The Old Winery Restaurant, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake

9:30> The Trunk Monkeys @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9:30> Ken & Co. @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~Blues/R&B

10> Jessie Parent @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton

10:45> Brothers du Monde @ Gallagher’s Bar, 117 John St., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers

905 WEST

*5> Adam Ostrosser & Joel Guenther @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop

*6-9> Michael Billick @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

7> The Bronte Brothers @ Bronte Sports Kitchen, 2544 Speers Rd., Oakville

7> Peter Marino @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

8-11:30> Freedom Train @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Dave Field Band @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Funk/R&B/Soul; $10

9> Duelling Pianos @ Dymond’s Social Kitchen, 4155 Fairview St., Burlington

9> Dirty Pioneers @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> Killin’ Time Band @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Motherleads @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville

9:30> Barr Band @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington

9:30> The Marlas @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock

10-2> Ozone Baby @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~tribute to Led Zeppelin; $

10> Take Cover! @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:30> Scurvy Dog @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock


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