The Loaded Dog is dark tonight for all the wrong reasons | 180105Fr | Shows for Friday, January 05, 2022

Loaded Dog fire aftermath pic from Loaded Dog group on Facebook

Loaded Dog fire aftermath pic from Loaded Dog group on Facebook


As the deep freeze bites yet again many clubs are still in the doldrums after New Year’s Eve and not presenting any live music tonight, but one room in Scarborough that somewhat regularly has live bands is dark and cold for a very different reason.

Overnight on Dec. 30-31 a fire apparently broke out inside The Loaded Dog at 1921 Lawrence Ave. E. near Warden and caused “extensive damage to the building” according to a statement on the club’s Facebook group.

One of the few rooms in Scarborough that I actually have enjoyed attending over the past few years, the Dog unabashedly puts live music in second place behind sporting events telecast on its many tvs and big screens, enthusiastically sponsors local amateur teams and even puts on occasional live arm-wrestling and other “soft” sporting events.  With its bread and butter coming from tv sports, however, the timing for this catastrophe couldn’t be worse, with the Canadian Junior team in the playoff round this week, NFL playoffs starting Saturday and both the Leafs and Raptors seemingly on steady marches to the post-season.

Against the Wind 9-piece Bob Seger tribute showband at Loaded Dog -Gary 17

Against the Wind 9-piece Bob Seger tribute showband at Loaded Dog -Gary 17

Although their live music calendar is somewhat unpredictable, since sports takes priority, and it’s promotion of the bands they feature is rather spotty, when the Dog does have live bands, normally a few times a month, it does them up right.

The venue features a large well appointed stage with a great in-house sound system and some equipment and hires solid acts that put on a real show.  I’ve seen a lot of great talents on the stage and enjoyed many a visit there in the spacious room that also has a decent dance floor area in front of the stage and a rockin’ outdoor patio that’s a destination hang for Scarborough’s beautiful youth during the nice weather months.

All of that appears to have been gutted, based on news reports and one picture posted by the club on New Year’s Eve.  Although a post to their Facebook group said owner Phil Slaney was “heartbroken today” by the damage, by the next day the club was thanking patrons for an overwhelming outpouring of “love and support.”  A structural engineer was assessing the damage this week and the club has promised updates as soon as the situation is more clear.

Al Reilly at 60th birthday show January 6, 2022 -GARY 17

Al Reilly at 60th birthday show January 6, 2022 -GARY 17

Here’s hoping the room was properly insured and is able to recover from the disaster.  Based on what I’ve known of Phil and his sister Karen, who helps with many aspects of running the room, I’d expect that no matter what needs to be done, it won’t be long before the Dog bounces back, hopefully well before it’s time to show the Leafs hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Meanwhile, if you’re in the Scarborough area and looking for some great classic Rock happening tonight, check out McGradie’s Pub on Victoria Park Ave. at Ellesmere, where Al Reilly and his Catalyst crew are celebrating his “Sexy One” birthday with 10-2 no-cover show.

-Gary 17,
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*11am-1pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeats Sundays 3-5am & Wednesdays 6-8am)


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

*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 Rebecca Campbell @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~classic Rock and Roll/Rockabilly; $0

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

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

6> Belmont; Nightwell; Parkside; Letdown @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ~indie; $

6:30> The Jivebombers @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Blues; $

7> Martin Sexton Trio @ Mod Club, 722 College St.

7> “Sounds of The City” with The Postscripts; Dear Scarlet; Funk That Noise; Lunge Brothers; Paracosm; Gunk; Thwack; The Accolades @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~indie; $10

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

7:30> Jenna Nation @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W. ~Soul/Reggae

*8-10> Radio Fraud @ e11even, 15 York St. ~Jazz

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

8> Milan Andiel @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

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

8:30> Terminal Joy; Freedom Baby; Howlin’ Circus; Scratchnasty @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $

9> “Uncrwnd Volume 6” with Cardo Antonnio; Don Papi; Haviah Mighty; Jalen Santoy; Jerelle; JETSET; Kyle Wildfern; Tahir; Uptown Boyband @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~indie; $20

9> Elementals (recording release for Mother Nature and Her Bipolar Tendencies); Big Lonely; Huttch; The Kerouacs @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $7

9-11:30> Andrea Pellegrini Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

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

9:45> Eliana Cuevas @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Venezuelan original Jazz; $

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

10> Gareth Bush @ Hemingway’s, 142 Cumberland St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

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

10> Savage Groove @ The Ballroom Bowl, TO Central, 145 John St.

10> Drop Top Alibi (video release); Freeways; Locust Hill @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~original Rock/Pop; $

10> Heavy Ethics & guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Prog Rock/Classical fusion

10-2> Paige Armstrong Band @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~Blues-Rock

10> Mike Billik Trio @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St. W. ~Pop Rock

10:30> Combo Royale @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues-Rock

11> Po’Boy @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade


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

7-9> Leanna Yamada @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~original Rock/Pop; $0

7> The Musical Box @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7:30-11:30> The Sidewalkers New Year Country/Roots jam @ Artisans at Work, 2071 Danforth Ave.

9> Penny Benjamin; The Valhounds @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~original & cover Rock/Pop; $5

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

9:30> Lori Yates; Blair Packham; Shawn William Clarke @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly

Southside 180102*9:30-1:30> Blues jam with Mike Sedgewick Band @ Salty Dog, 1890 Queen St. E.


7:30> Canadian Jazz Quartet @ Old Mill Inn (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; min table charge

8> Iron Priest @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.  ~tribute to Iron Maiden & Judas Priest; $

9> Tuesday Heartbreak @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Browns Line ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $

10-2> Gator James Band @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~classic Rock; 0$


9> Neostalgia Band @ Bistro Manilla, 4465 Sheppard Ave. E., Scarborough

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

10> Copy Machine @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

10:15> Al Reilly’s Catalyst for Al’s “Sexy One” birthday bash @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave. ~classic Rock/Top 40


5-7> Meg Tennant with Bob Cohen @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock

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

6> Dan Mock; Aaron Comeau @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~songwriters; $15

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

7> Poetry Slam @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~spoken word; $7

7:30> The Devil’s Drink @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St. ~Pop Rock

7:30-8:30> Patrick O’Reilly @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; 0$

8> Lost In Japan; Johns Cottage; Glass Cactus; Minority 905 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $7

8:30> Sweet Baby James featuring Mark Sepic, Darcy Windover, Jenie Thai, Gillian Nicola, more @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~tribute to James Taylor

8:30> Beef Boys; Heart Attack Kids; Not For Function; Substrata @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $

8:30> Georgia Harmer & Friends @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $7

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

9> Bone-Yard @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> Brendt Thomas Diabo @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair Ave. W. ~songwriter

9> Fives and Tens @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic instrumental

9> Fraser Melvin Band @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Blues

10> Jake Chisholm Trio with Dave McManus on bass @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~Blues/R&B; $0

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

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


7-10> Juneyt @ Descendants, 319 Victoria St. N., Kitchener ~Flamenco/Classical guitar

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

8:30> Tim Louis Sextet @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $20

9> Same, Same But Different @ Van Gogh’s Ear Guelph, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~Rock/Top 40 covers

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

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

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


8> Shai Peers @ Publican House Brewery, 300 Charlotte St., Peterborough ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

8-11:45> The Gators @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Blues-Rock; $5

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

8:30> Campfire Poets Duo @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

9> Bruce Enloe; Mary-Kate Edwards @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~songwriters

*9-12> open mic @ Southside Pizza, 29 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough ~$2

9> Andy McDonald and friends @ Puck’ N Pint, 871 Chemong Rd., Peterborough

9:30> SRV  @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan

10> The Barriers @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie

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

905 EAST

7-11> Fade Kings @ The Cat & Fiddle Cobourg, 38 Covert St., Cobourg

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

8> Diane Williamson @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg

9:30> Marc Joseph Band @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers

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


8> CROW @ Main Street Bakehouse, 6236 Main St., Stouffville ~Roots-Rock

8> Bill Craig @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown

9> Skeleton Lake; Summer Camp; Bloodless Child @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~indie; $10

9-12:30> Joe Rebello & Bill Evans @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown

9:30> Switchbeat @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

9:30> Head Trip @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Top 40/Rock


4:30> Brad James @ The Honest Lawyer, 110 King St., Hamilton

*6:30-10> Henry Strong Duo @ Cavallo Nero, 370 Wilson St. E., Ancaster ~Jazz

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

8> Siren Song @ Bobbie’s Bar & Grill, 2965 Homestead Dr., Hamilton

9> Ruby’s Revenge; more @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $

9> Bandicoots; Emay; Janut; Crowleys @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $10

9> Orangeman @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> Fiction @ Augusta House, 17 Augusta St., Hamilton

9> Dirty Pioneers @ Old Powerhouse, 21 Jones St., Hamilton/Stoney Creek ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9:30> Lady In Black; Pistol Packin Preachers; Good Goddams @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $

9:30> Lance Eckensweiller @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton

10:45> Brothers du Monde @ Gallagher’s Bar, 117 John St., Hamilton

905 WEST

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

*6-9> James Naro @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

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

7> Giordano Catonar @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

7:30> Rob Reed @ Jonathan’s of Oakville, 120 Thomas St., Oakville

8> Glenn Groves @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

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

9:30> Sonny Boy Mick @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Mixx @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock

9:30> Foreign Journey @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~tribute to Foreigner & Journey; $

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

10-2> The Doubts @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $

10> Flash Johnson @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock


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