Memorial for Colin McAllister with all-star lineup tonight | 170913We | Shows for Wed. Sept. 13, 2017

Memorial plate for Colin McAllister for Rockpile prepared by James Alcock.


He was a local Rock scene superfan who had fans of his own.  But his fans just happen to have been an A-list of local musicians whose shows he supported and promoted for years and who became his friends and staunch admirers.

Colin McAllister -Bill Reid Photography, posted on FB by Rickferd Van Dyk

It was our sad duty a couple of weeks ago to report on the passing August 31 of Colin McAllister at just 54 years of age from a heart attack in his sleep.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll superfan, photographer and inspirational supporter will be remembered tonight starting at 6 p.m. (doors at 5) in the room that was pretty much his home away from home: The Rockpile at 5555 Dundas St. West in Etobicoke.

With host Al Reilly and his Catalyst band as house unit, a parade of superb Rock acts will take to the club’s big stage to pay tribute to Colin and raise some bucks to go to his dad to cover funeral expenses. [See lineup below].  Cover has not been specified but I assume a minimum donation of $10 would be expected (with more encouraged) plus there will be raffles, etc. for donated prizes.

Colin McAllister [right] being wished Happy Birthday by Blushing Brides at Rockpile August 11 -Susan Gula on Facebook

The Rockpile was so much Colin’s hang-out that a memorial plate (prepared by singer James Alcock) has been installed on the chair at the end of the bar in which he used to sit.  No doubt tonight it will be occupied by photos and other memorabilia evoking his memory.

But although he was based in Etobicoke, McAllister also travelled to Scarborough, Durham and beyond to support the acts he loved and was loved by in return.  So in addition to artists associated with the west end like Susie Grooves and James Green Electric, the bill also includes Scarborough’s Tommy Rocker Band and Jenn Lady Evil with her Strictly Sabbath group, along with others from farther afield such as Russ Dwarf from Killer Dwarfs and Alcock’s Rock Gods.

While Colin may forevermore now be absent from the shows he used to attend almost religiously week in and week out for years, he will live on in the memory of those whose talents he so selflessly supported.

He will also be included in the Builders section of’s forthcoming Musical Legacies Online Museum once the musical community sees fit to support the project to enable its launch.

Here’s the lineup, as of early September 13, posted for tonight’s show:
6:00 Introductions
6:15 Catalyst with Niko Love
6:50 Strictly Sabbath

7:15 Chick Jagger
7:40 Social Strife
8:05 Rockzilla with Catalyst
8:30 Monique Richardson with Catalyst
8:55 Rustik
9:20 Tommy Rocker Band
9:45 Rock Gods
10:10 Crisis Ctrl Club
10:35 Russ Dwarf
11:15 Second Pass
11:40 James Greene Electric
12:05 Copy Machine
12:30 Susie Grooves
12:55 Open Jam Closing out with Al Reilly’s Catalyst

-Gary 17,

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*6-8pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat show from previous Friday)


6-8> Lauren Falls @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~vocal/bass Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6-9> A Gathering for J. Michael Elder @ Air Canada Centre Lounge, 40 Bay St. ~spoken word; $0

6> Golden Country Classics @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.  ~Country

6:30> Ranconteurs @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO ~spoken word; $

6:30> Alex Coleman’s A/C Unit @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

6:30> Greg Rhyno book launch @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St.  ~spoken word

**7 (7 p.m. sign-up open stage at 8) with 9 p.m. feature by Paul Nash @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall) ~songwriters

7> Comhaltas Irish Slow Session @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO ~folk dancing

*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Jazz

7> The Hotelier; Oso Oso; Remo Drive @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W.  ~Punk/Thrash; $

7> The Spirit of John @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~tribute to John Mann; $

7> Invsn @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~Punk/Thrash; $

*7-10> Blues jam with Mark Stafford & Ken Yoshioka @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St.

7:30> Brodie West; Alex Lukashevsky @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

**8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~$10-20/pwyc

8> King Woman; Volur; Godstopper; more @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave.  ~indie; $

*8> Jazz jam with John Bellisario @ The Music Box, 3434 Bathurst St.

8-10:30> James Dunbar @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

8-2> The Foreign Resort; The Shyness of Strangers @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~indie; $

8-10:30> Rebecca Hennessy Trio @ Sellers & Newel, 672 College St. ~Jazz; $

8> Layrite Boys @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Bluegrass

8> Geek Weekend; Oblique; General Chaos @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~Boise/electronica; $

*8> John Bellisario hosts weekly Jazz jam @ The Music Box, 3434 Bathurst St.

*8:30-11> Lonesome Ace Stringband @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~Rockabilly/Country; pwyc

8:30> Bat House; Tonemirror; Gdansk Man @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie; $

8:30> Dan Croll; The Dig @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

9> The Digs @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Funk/Jazz/neo-Soul; $

9> Brooke Blackburn Group @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz/Blues

*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St.

*9:30-2> The All Nighters open jam @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

9:30> Robert Lakatos Quartet with Robi Botos @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

10> Yonge Kings @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

10> Music By and For Ken Aldcroft @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

10-2> Action Sound Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO

*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/R&B; $10


6:30> Conor Oberst; Phoebe Bridgers @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7-10> Michael Holt & The Kids with Don Kerr & Peter Murray house concert @ 100 Bain Ave.. ~eclectic Roots

7> Sleeping With Sirens @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $

*7:30-10:30> The BTBs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

7:30> jam night @ Royal Canadian Legion #22, 1240 Woodbine Ave. ~$0

8:30-10:30> Gypsy Rebels @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Gypsy Jazz

*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan Tavern (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave.

9:30-1:30> jam with Robin Hutchinson, Mike Sedgewick & house  rhythm section @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E.


5-1> Memorial benefit concert for Colin McAllister with host Al Reilly & many other bands including Tommy Rocker Band; Rock Gods featuring James Alcock; James Green Electric; Susie Grooves and many more [see story for lineup] @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic; $donation

8-1> Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~original Blues; $5

*9-1> open mic with Daniel Gagnon @ The Old Sod, 2936 Bloor St. W.

9-12> Space Jazz jam @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Jazz; $5/pwyc


6> Bryson Tiller; H.E.R.; Metroboomin @ Echo Beach, 1001 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~contemporary original; $

*7-10> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Juno-winning Blues

7-9> Roberta Janzen; Classy AF @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~TSO cellist doing Rock/Show tune covers; $20

7> Orphaned Land; Pain; Voodoo Kungfu @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $

8> JWC Twins recording release; guests The Ferns; Lake South @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $

*8-11> Fraser/Daley @ Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Rootsy Blues

8:30> galaa; Blunk Chunks; Rapport @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $10

9> Cruel and Unusual trio featuring Marcus Walker with Ed Roth on accordion @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Roots-Rock

9> Victoria May; Alexa Dexa; Wildgraves @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $10

9> Mick McKenzie Band @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~~Rock/Top 40 covers; $10

9> Zachary Lucky @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter

*9:30> Spy vs Spy vs Spy @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

*10> Tanya Philipovich & Lucas Stagg @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~original Roots/Blues

*10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Motel Bar, 1235 Queen St. W. ~Jazz


*6-8:30> ukulele jam @ Idea Exchange, 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> Peter Brötzmann for Guelph Jazz Festival @ Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris St., Guelph ~original Jazz; $10

8-12> Song Circle acoustic jam @ Anaf Club 344, 32 Gordon St., Guelph

8> jam night with Ian Taylor @ Pops & Ruby’s Tap & Grill, 200 Preston Pkwy., Cambridge

8> 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

*8-11> A New Ground @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo ~Celtic

9-11> Ugly Beauties Trio for Guelph Jazz Festival @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~Jazz; $15/pwyc

9> Tim Louis @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge

*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

8-12> student bands showcase @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*8> open stage @ Dobro Restaurant, 287 George St. N., Peterborough

*8-11> Michael Bell @ The Lounge By Lignum, 442 George St. N., Peterborough

*9-12:30> Josh Morgan & Mike Francis @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9> Cody Watkins @ McThirsty’s Pin, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough

10> Jon Cohen Experience @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*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

*8-10:30> open mic jam with Marty Hepburn @ 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


*6-9> Tone Dogs @ Symposium Café, Georgetown, 235 Guelph St. ~Blues-Rock

*7> open mic night with Tanya Joy Senior @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge

8-11> songwriters open mic with host Derek Christie @ Archibald’s Pub, 8950 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

8-12> open mic with Kevin Ker (sign up at 7:30) @ Unionville Arms, 189 Main St., Unionville

8> acoustic jam with Frank Logue @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown

*8:30-12:30> Jared Christopher Stafford @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*8:45> open mic jam with Matt Zady @ Magnums, 21 McMurchy Ave. N., Brampton

*9-1> open mic jam with Whiskey Birds @ Sweetz Lounge, 5289 Hwy 7, Woodbridge-Vaughan

*10-2> jam night with Switchbeat Trio @ Maguires, 284 Queen St. E., Brampton


7:30> open mic with Keith Toms @ Staircase Bistro, 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton

*7:30> open mic with Brant Parker @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~eclectic

**8-1> Boogie N Blues jam with Ian Andrews & Friends @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> Richard Garvey; Teal Booth; John Muller @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~songwriters; $10

*8> Brad James @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~Country

8> Terrie Petrie & band hosts Country Wednesdays @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Country

8> Silver Creek Folk; The Olivanders @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Roots-Rock; $?

*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

9> open mic @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton

*9> open mic with Alfie Smith @ L’Etranger on James, 109 James St. N., Hamilton

9> Walrus & guests @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $

*10> Jazz jam @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton

10:30> Adam Cooke & Adam Ostrosser @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton

905 WEST

*4:30> Adam Cooke @ SB Prime, 380 Brant St., Burlington

*6-10> open mic with host Dan Walek @ Lucy’s Seafood Kitchen, 6905 Millcreek Dr., Mississauga

FIRST & THIRD WED MONTHLY *7> open mic with Gillian Nicola @ Copper Kettle Waterdown, 312 Dundas St. E., Waterdown

7> Rob Reed @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

*7:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion with guest tba @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Jazz

8> jam with The Grindstones @ American House, 324 Dundas St. E., Waterdown

9-1> Kevin Reid and the Dedbeats @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop; $

9-1> Mike Biggar @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~songwriter; $10

*9> open mic with Michael Zane @ Shakers Oakville, 589 Kerr St., Oakville


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