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After a momentous summer off-season, songwriter and indie promoter Elana Harte is back with a revamped version of her M-Factor live music series featuring some tweaks to the format including a new night, a new location and addition of an open mic portion.
After leaving long-time home venue Old Nick Pub on Danforth Ave. near Broadview last January following a six year run there for her M-Factor Mondays series, Harte a month later started up M-Factor Redux Thursday nights on the big-stage at Eton House further east near Pape Avenue, which ran till the end of June.
Both of those weekly series followed the formula she’d established twelve years ago when starting up her weekly residencies at a room in Cabbagetown of including a set by herself and members of her Stiletto Flats retro/classic-Rock band along with sets by two featured guest acts.
As of tonight’s debut of the M Factor Indie Music Showcase series, however, the event shifts to alternate Wednesdays and will take place on another powerhouse stage at Linsmore Tavern on Danforth a few steps from the Greenwood subway station.
(There’s no bad blood with Eton House, however —read on further down for the first news about an exciting new event there she’s got planned for next month!)
The Linsmore, after installing functioning house lights a couple of years ago, finally bit the bullet this summer and put in a raised stage next to the window looking onto the street, pretty much signalling its abandonment of attempting to appeal to darts players in favour of enhancing its live music roster, which some weeks has grown to encompass every night of the week.
For Harte the summer was spent in a flurry of ups and downs that included a cancer scare (happily she got the all-clear just a couple of weeks ago), the death of a cherished longtime pet companion and a proposal of marriage which she enthusiastically accepted along with taking a celebratory trip overseas.
Meanwhile, she continues to perform showcase gigs with her band in addition to appearances with the BACA acoustic Rock trio of which she’s one-third; frequent duo shows with Kim Jarrett as Beautiful Salt and as half of the Harte & Mazur twosome with Marianne Mazur; and has also started up a David Bowie tribute band, I Will Be King, that has been getting booked —and rebooked— into some impressive venues.
Not to mention that, in partnership with others, Elana is now in the process of starting the new two-day Birdseye Festival that will be taking place next month at Eton House —the October 21-22 event will be a fundraiser for bladder cancer research and treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Tonight’s kickoff show for the newest incarnation of the M-Factor no-cover series in the room at 1298 Danforth Ave. starts up at 7:30 with a set by Harte et al.
Following that is the feature act: The Soul Maitre D’s, a duo of songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Lawrie Ingles and Henry Lee that has been attracting some notice and getting gigs in disparate rooms because of its versatility and musical depth.
Last but far from least given the talent pool that surrounds Harte and these events, an open mic session kicks in from 10 p.m. till whenever. Hopefully it doesn’t go too late because I have to wonder: when does this woman sleep?
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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*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
*5-8> Tony Quarrington @ Boland’s Open Kitchen, 575 Mount Pleasant Rd. ~solo Jazz guitar; $0
6-8> Lauren Falls @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6> Golden Country Classics @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country
6> Comhaltas Irish Slow Session @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO ~folk dancing
6:30> Alex Coleman’s A/C Unit @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
**7 (7 p.m. sign-up open stage at 8) with 9 p.m. feature by Brian Morgan @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall) ~songwriters
*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Jazz
7> Grieves; Dem; Atlas @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
7> open mic night @ General Purpose Bar, 112 Harbord St.
*7-10> Blues jam with Mark Stafford & Ken Yoshioka @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St.
7:15> Sarah Smith Band; more for benefit for Turning Point Youth Service @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~$10
**8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~$10-20/pwyc
8> Ai Weiwei @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.
8> Denzel Curry; Show Me The Body @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $
8> various acts for “Caribbean Relief and Rhythms” benefit for hurricane Irma victims @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~Funk/R&B/Soul/Reggae; $50
*8-11> open mic @ Ram In The Rye, 63 Gould St. (Ryerson University)
8> Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs “Brahms German Requiem” @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. ~Classical; $
*8> John Bellisario hosts weekly Jazz jam @ The Music Box, 3434 Bathurst St.
8> Layrite Boys @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Bluegrass
*8:30-11> Lonesome Ace Stringband @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~Rockabilly/Country; pwyc
8:30> Kellie Loder @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. ~songwriter from Newfoundland
8:30> Squid Party Mariya Stokes @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie; $
8:30> King Beez; Black Pussy @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~Rockabilly; $5
8:30> Billy Bragg @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8:30> open mic @ H Bar, 859 Queen St. W.
9> The Digs @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Funk/Jazz/neo-Soul; $
*9 (signup at 8:30)> open mic with Alan Carter @ Lowdown, 276 Augusta Ave.
9> Jeremy Morgan Group @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave.
*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St.
9-1> open mic @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave.
9:30> Eddy C @ The Ballroom Bowl, 145 John St.
*9:30-2> The All Nighters open jam @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
9:30> Buddy Aquilina @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
10> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Roots-Rock
10> Bellwether 4 @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO ~Jazz
10:30-2> open mic night @ The Hideout, 423 College St.
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
416 – TORONTO EAST
7> Thundercat @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~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> PSS presents “Evening of Improvised Creations” @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave.
8:30-10:30> John Wayne Swingtet @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Jazz
*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan Tavern (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave.
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
8-1> Phil & John @ 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.
9-12> Space Jazz jam @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Jazz; $5/pwyc
416 – TORONTO WEST
6-9> Blythwood Winds Star Wars; ClassyAF @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~$10
*7-10> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Juno-winning Blues
7:30> Selcuk Suna; Dovira recording release @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Turkish music; $
7:30> Patrick Dorie, Claire Coupland, Michael George Riley @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~songwriter in the round; $10
*8-10> Emily Devlin & Nathan Arges @ The Oakwood Hardware, 337 Oakwood Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8> Slow Dancer @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $13.50
8> Evolfo; Loi Do; Slowfish @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $
8> Melotika; Walkwaves; On A Tuesday; Scratch Nasty @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $8
*8-11> Fraser/Daley @ Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Rootsy Blues
8:30> Matt Holubowski; En Riet @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $12
8:30> Dan Bern @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~songwriter; $30
9> Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~original Roots; $pwyc
9> Mick McKenzie Band @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~~Rock/Top 40 covers; $10
9> Leon Twins; Chris Duncan @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $
9> Lorne Lofsky & David Occhipinti @ Mezzetta, 681 St. Clair Ave. W. ~Jazz; $10
9> Zachary Lucky @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter
*9:30> Spy vs Spy vs Spy @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
*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
8-12> 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> 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
7-11> student band 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
8:30> Omhouse; Rhys Climenhage; Mary-Kate Edwards @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~songwriters; $5-10/pwyc
*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> Major/Minor @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
*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 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
*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
?*7> open mic with Matt Whittmann @ Red Door Gallery, 69 Main St. S., Georgetown
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
**8-1> Boogie N Blues jam with Ian Andrews & Friends @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
8> Jon Knight & Soulstack; Sue Foley @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~original Blues/R&B
8> Marlon Chaplin; Barbarosa @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~contemporary original; $15
*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 with Alfie Smith @ L’Etranger on James, 109 James St. N., Hamilton
9> Poorage; Jerkagram; Bunt @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Punk/Thrash; $5
*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
*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
8> jam with The Grindstones @ American House, 324 Dundas St. E., Waterdown
*8:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion with guest Stevie Gee @ 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 ~Rock/Pop; $
*9> open mic with Michael Zane @ Shakers Oakville, 589 Kerr St., Oakville
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 purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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