Michael Brennan figures today is his last roundup for Graffiti’s anniversaries | TorontoMoon.ca 170702Su | Shows for Sun. July 02, 2021

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan


It was four months ago or so that Country songwriter Michael Brennan hit the 17-years mark for his weekly Sunday 4-7 shows at tiny Graffiti’s in Kensington Market, which in June has been celebrating its own milestone of being open for 22 years now. (We told you a little about his longstanding relationship with the room last year on the occasion of his 16th anniversary there.)

But Brennan says in a Facebook posting that today’s is probably the last anniversary he’ll celebrate here, since at some during the next year he’s planning to finally return permanently to from where he hails in Nova Scotia.

It reminds us of how, as we reported seven years ago this past March, [and as registered subscribers can read in the Vault section of our website] in March of 2010 he flew home early from a visit to his native province —where he was doing a showcase at the East Coast Country Music Awards, for which he’d been nominated for his 2009 album Anywhere But Here— just to attend the celebration at the TO club.  We noted the irony of how his life in TO since moving here in 1997 has been far from what was depicted in the disc’s title track, since he obviously valued his relationship with the little room at 170 Baldwin St. enough to make attending the anniversary here a priority over schmoozing with industry types and reconnecting with family and old friends.

Graffiti’s is that kind of a place, the sort of room where once you’re there it’s not easy leaving, and where you can’t help but meet fellow patrons because you’re bound to bump into them at some point on the way to the bar or the bathroom, so people do get to know your name.

For me it also has a special place in the heart and memory as one of our early advertisers in the to-nite magazine that was this e-publication’s forerunner.  Brennan obviously concurs and the room returns the sentiment:  he was their choice to host the 19th anniversary celebrations three years ago, as we told you then.

As always with shows at little Graffiti’s you’ll want to arrive early if you possibly can, though the front window behind the stage should be open if the weather stays nice, so if you have to wait outside for a while you’ll still be well entertained.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, July 02, 2021

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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)

5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM

*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ www.sundaymorningsoul.com ~Blues

9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @  http://www.bluesandrootsradio.com/ ~ artist interviews and tracks


11am-2pm> Lemon Bucket Orkestra for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.; $5 (music only)

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro Rock/Soul

noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz

Noon-10> TDTJF: Canaan – Thelma Yellin High School of The Arts students; Joe Visentin’s Boogaloo Squad; Roberto Occhipinti New Quintet featuring Manuel Valera; Bria Konberg @ OLG Stage, 115 Cumberland St. ~Jazz; $0

1> TDTJF: The Cookers Quintet; Jill Peacock; Tush @ OLG Stage 3, Hazelton Ave at Scollard St. ~Jazz; $0

3-5> Playdate @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

3-11> “Canada Days Concert” with The Sorority; Shauit; Zaki Ibrahim; Roots of The 6ix; Shad; DVSN; Nino Brown; Honey Jam All Stars; Drezus; Los Poetas; Poirier Migration Soundsystem; more @ Nathan Phillips Square, TO Central, 100 Queen St. West, ~eclectic; 0$

3:30-6:30> Red Hot Ramble @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*4-7> Michael Brennan for Graffiti’s 22nd anniversary party @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz

4:30-7:30> Sherie Marshall @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz

5> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~vibraphone Jazz

6-7:30> John Alcorn Trio @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

*6-9> open mic with Eddy Culjak @ Fox & Fiddle Wellesley, 27 Wellesley St.

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.

7> Sugar Still; Claude Kent @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E.

7> open mic @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St.

7> TDTJF: Michael Occhipinti Quartet featuring Pilar @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~Jazz; $0

7> Rooney; Run River North @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W.

*8> open mic with Carlos @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

8> Pokey LaFarge; Hackensaw Boys @ Horseshoe Tavern, TO Central, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $22.50

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$

8> NAVI; Peace; Will Austin @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. TO ~indie; $

8-10> Sarah Jordan @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~original Roots; $

8:30-10> Chris Tsujiuchi & Scott Neary @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

9:30> TDTJF closing concert double bill: Toronto Jazz Orchestra; & Idioteque’s Radiohead Jazz Project @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> Woodchoppers Association @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~improvised Roots-Jazz

10> TDTJF: Humber Faculty Trio hosts late-night Jazz jam @ Proof Vodka Bar (Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel), 220 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz; $0

10> Claude Kent @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

10> Conor Gains Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B

10-2> Sons of Jameson @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.


11am-2pm> Romanyi Rota for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave.

4> Opera Revue with Danie Friesen and Colin Frotte @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E.

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller’s Black Bear All-Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive

5-7> Smokey Folk @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Bluegrass; 0$

7-11> Jerome Tucker Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$

*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.


1:30-9:30> “Toronto Ribfest” featuring various acts including Sarah Jordan; Coyote Blue; Chris McHardy & Friends featuring Robin Banks & members of Downchild Blues Band; Savage Groove; Girl Power Band; more @ Centennial Park, Etobicoke. 256 Centennial Park Rd. ~eclectic; $15

3> “Lockdownfest” Day 3 with Green Jelly; Twisted Sista; more @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $20

3-11> Timothy’s Pub’s Canada Day Party & Salvation Army fundraiser with dj & Freedom Train (7-11) @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #101, 3850 Lake Shore Blvd.  ~Pop Rock; $10 Salvation Army donation

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.


*2-6> Dan Walek hosts acoustic jam @ Norm’s Place, 3439 St. Clair Ave. E.

*6-10> jam with Ron McLeod & Supernatural @ Tara Inn, 2365 Kingston Rd.

*7-11> open jam with host Gtar Live @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.


**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.

11-1:30> Jorge Maza & Pancho Galván @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Latin Jazz brunch

*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass

1-4> open mic with Jesse Daly @ The Grand Trunk, 1718 Queen St. W.

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country

5-8> Po’boy Jeffries @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Country Blues

5-8> Grateful Sunday @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Grateful Dead tribute

6> Solon Gee Band @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~ Jazz; pwyc

8:30> Jose Contreras; Laura Barrett; Ilia Nicoll; Jake Nicoll @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $

8:30> Kristian Podlacha Band @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

9-12:30> The Ole Fashion @ Opera Bob’s, 1112 Dundas St. W. ~oldtime Country

9-1> Berman Billings @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

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

*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul; $10


*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street E., Milton

9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo

*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph


1-4> Austin McCarthy @ Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

2-5> 4 Front @ Riverside Grill (Holiday Inn), 150 George St., Peterborough

3> Bluegrass Menagerie feat. Mathew Fines @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

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

905 EAST

*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock

*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering

4> Rob @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


Noon-5> Kevin Ker hosting open mic for Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival @ Marquis Tent in Stouffville Memorial Park, Stouffville

**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick

*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown

5> Sue & Dwight @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown ~Folk singalong

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

6-10> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues

*7-10> Lynn McDonald @ Jester’s Court, 279 Queen St., Port Perry ~Pop/Jazz

*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket


Noon-9> “It’s Your Festival” with 4 stages featuring Treble Men; Creeping Bent Orchestra; Riddim Riders; Miles from Nowhere; more @ Gage Park Hamilton, 1000 Main St. E., Hamilton,

2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Terry Edmunds @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $7

*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton

4:30-7:30> Alfie Smith @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

*7> open mic @ The Wee Dram, 1831 Main St. W., Hamilton

*7-11> open Country jam with Robert Tyler @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton

*7:30-11:30> open jam hosted by Troy Harmer & The Persuaders @ The Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

9> Python; On The Verge; Social Strife @ The Doors Pub, 56 Hess St. South, Hamilton ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

10> Chris Chambers @ Augusta House, Hamilton, 17 Augusta St.

905 WEST

12-7> “Paint The Town Red” Canada Day festival with 3 stages and featuring Mississauga Pops Orchestra; Mucho DeNaros; Hurricane Hill; Bayou Boys; Susan Aglukark; Hotel California; more @ Memorial Park, 20 Lakeshore Rd. East, , Port Credit-Mississauga

2-6> The Dukes @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

3:30> James Anthony @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues

4-7:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

4-7> Glenn Groves @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

**7-11> The Nomads with guest Cheryl Lescome @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

9-1> Lauren Knowles Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop; $

*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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