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Cover art for Don Stevenson's 'King of the Fools' album

Cover art for Don Stevenson’s ‘King of the Fools’ album


After their yearly summer break, the good folks who stage the last-Sunday monthly Lazy Cat open stage in the Bain Co-op in TO’s Riverdale area are back with a world-acclaimed songwriter and musician as their feature this afternoon along with a new co-host.

Don Stevenson, now in his 70s, is known world-wide as the drummer and a chief songwriter and vocalist of the 60s band Moby Grape, which released its debut self-titled album in 1967.  In 2003 the disc was ranked as number 121 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the best-ever 500 albums.  The band endured a lot of difficulties, including legal entanglements that hobbled their career, but all of its five members went on to make their own music or join other bands, though it wasn’t until 2010 that Stevenson finally released a solo record, King of the Fools, which has had excellent reviews. His talent and contribution to his seminal group and its later solo expression has in fact been compared to that of Don Henley to The Eagles.

Stevenson, who grew up in Seattle and ended up in San Francisco in the ‘60s when MG was formed, has been living in TO for a while now and, in his own words, is “playing guitar, writing music, singing [and] playing with great musicians.”  He’s appeared in the past few months either solo or in conjunction with other talented artists, at several Roots and Roots-Rock/Blues friendly venues such as Relish, Fat Albert’s, Old Nick, Amico’s Pizza and The Feathers.

His feature set for this afternoon’s show in the community centre at 100 Bain St. (with an entrance off Sparkhall Ave.) will take place midway through the 3 pm–5:30 pm event co-hosted by songwriter Linda Lavender and her new co-host Andy Du Rego, who is replacing David Shilman.

Shilman, who’s also a songwriter and singer-guitarist (and half of the Lavender and Twang duo with his former co-host) and a witty emcee, is still very involved with the event, however.  He’ll be continuing to handle social media promotion, as he has done very successfully over the past five years, and you can expect him to be on hand and to no doubt receive a salute from all assembled at today’s edition.

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


11am-2> Eli Pasic @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~piano Jazz; $

11am-2pm> tba for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

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

3> Keswick Adams @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E., TO ~original Country; $10

3:30-6:30> Shrimp Daddy Reid @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Blues; $

*4-7> Michael Brennan @ 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., TO ~New Orleans Jazz

4:30-7:30> Carin Redman Trio @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St., TO ~Jazz

5-9> Soul Session @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~vintage Rock/R&B; $10

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

6-7:30> Gary Krawford @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

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

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

7-9:30> Teri Parker Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

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

7> Ordinary Miracles @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~spoken word

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

8-12> Whores Truly featuring Ed Michael Roth on accordion @ Wolf Like Me, 834 Bloor St. W., TO ~acoustic Pop

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

8-9:30> Melissa Shriner @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

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

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; no cover

9> Snaggle album release @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $10

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

10> The Woodchoppers Association @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

**10> Blues jam with Brian Cober & Bill Hedefine & guest bassist Bob Omar Tunnoch @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

10:30> Geoff Willingham @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock


11am-2> Nathan Hiltz for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. TO East

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

3-5:30> last Sunday monthly Lazy Cat open stage with hosts Linda Lavender & Andy Du Rego & feature by Don Stevenson of Moby Grape @ Bain Co-op Community Centre, 100 Bain Ave. (enter off Sparkhall Ave.), TO East

4> Tim Bradford @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~original Country

*4:30-8:30> jam @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive, TO East

5-7> Julie Long & Friends featuring Fergus Hambleton and special guest Michael Danckert @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~songwriter; no cover

7-10> Jerome Tucker Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, TO East ~R&B/Blues

8> Brian Passmore @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Folk

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

**9> open mic night @ The Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Watch This Sound @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~vintage Jamaican music

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4-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Matt Allen & Nichol Robertson @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Blues/R&B

5-9> Lost Patients @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~Pop Rock

5-10> Benefit for Camp Oochigeas (for kids with cancer) with Wild T & The Spirit; Jerome Godboo Band; Sam Taylor; Susan Quinn; more @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~original Blues; $20

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


*7-11> open jam with host James Green @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough


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

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

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

*4-8> Blues/Rock jam with Cody @ The Cat, 3513 Dundas St. W., TO West

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

5-8> Tanya Philipovich and Lucas Stagg @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~alt-Folk

5-8> Trevor Cape & The Field + guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~originals & Grateful Dead tunes

6> Bed Duff Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

8:30> John Prine Shrine 11th annual tribute show with Jason Fowler, Jory Nash, Suzie Vinnick, Ariana Gillis, David Gillis, more @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~$27.50

8:30> Nick Fraser Quartet @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~Jazz; $20

8:30> William Can Quintet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

9-1> The Ault Sisters @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Parkdale Rebels @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Honky-Tonk/Country

*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~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 East, Milton


1:15> Alyssa Wright @ Barrie Bus Terminal, 24 Maple Ave., Barrie ~Jazz

2-5> Pat Maloney @ The Huron Club (patio), 94 Pine St., Collingwood

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

10> Kenny James; Oxford Blue @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough

905 EAST

7-11> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

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

*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W. Whitby


Noon-6> Newmarket Vinyl & Record Show with many vendors including Jaimie Vernon of Bullseye Records Canada @ 707 Srigley St., Newmarket

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

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

*4-8> open mic with backline & keys @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill

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

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


2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Al Lerman @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $5

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

8> Wax Mannequin; Bunt Mäkkeläl Sarag Good @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie

8> JPNSGRLS; Flamingo Bay; Harlow; Monarchs @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $12.50

905 WEST

**2-6> Country matinee with host Colin Connors and guest Libby McGrath @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

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

3-8> Salsa band @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Latin

*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

**5:30-8:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

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

7-10> Folk Music Night open stage with host Tom Miller @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

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

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

*9-1> Kevin Reid & Derek Lathrop @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~$

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

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