Mo’ Kauffey’s voice from beyond at posthumous album release today | 161016Su | Shows for Sunday, October 16, 2021

Mo' Kauffey in 2003 -Gary 17

Mo’ Kauffey in 2003 -Gary 17


He may be gone but it will be a long time before travellin’ troubadour Mo’ Kauffey is forgotten by the many fans and fellow musicians/songwriters whom he touched in a full, rich life of song.

I’ve written about Kauffey many times over the years since first meeting him back around the turn of the century after he settled in the Guelph area.  As I described him back in 2003, he was a “soulful, Rootsy guitar picker with a voice that drips authenticity and experience … one of those unique artists who can mesmerize an audience all by himself” and also an affable fellow with a wry sense of humour.

As we reported on March 14, Kauffey, born Gary Wickizer in Colorado, passed away the previous day after a battle with cancer, but had been working on a final album with several musicians from the Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph area before he succumbed.

Several memorial shows have taken place since then and they were also used to help generate the funds to complete the disc, titled Honey Be, which is now done and being released this afternoon at iconic Kitchener venue The Boathouse in the city’s central downtown Victoria Park.

Donate at or contact Gary 17

Donate at or contact Gary 17

Pete Temple, Mike McDonald (yes, he of Grossman’s and McDonald-Rush renown —he and Temple had been working closely with Mo’ on producing the album) will be among a panoply of Blues/Roots performers who appear on the album taking part in today’s celebration.

There’s no cover for the 4-7 show in the beautiful room at 57 Jubille Drive but attendees are naturally being encouraged to purchase a compact disc copy of the recording for $15.

-Gary 17,


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


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

11am-2pm> Gloria Valentine & Nina Shapilsky 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

12:30> Touque Trad @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~French Canadian music

3-5> Alaniaris @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Jazz

3> Matt Bentley & Kristin Lindell @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E., TO ~pwyc

3:30-6:30> Club Django @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Django Reinhardt Jazz; $

*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> Sophia Perlman @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St., TO ~Jazz

5-9> Kim and Company @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Rock/R&B; $10

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

6-7:30> Ori Dagan @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Nat King Cole covers; $20/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> Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

7-9:30> Elvira Hopper @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz/Pop fusion duo; $15

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

7> The Doublecuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country

7:30> Diane Roblin & guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Jazz

8> Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room feat. Wayne Neon on sax @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~acoustic Pop; no cover

8-12> Edgar Breau @ 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> Judith Lander; Bruce Harvey; Roberta Hunt @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~cabaret Blues; $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

9:30> Bill Smith Celebration @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

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

10> Makeshift Island @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10> New Grease Revival @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country

**10> Blues jam with guest host Nicholas Tabarias, Bill Hedefine & guest bassist Guenther Kapelle @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

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


11am-2pm> John Pagnotta 4tet for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. TO East

**2-5> Ilana Waldston & Mark Kieswetter @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

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

4> Fraser & Daley @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~acoustic Blues

4> Ken Whiteley with Anne Michael, David Sereda, Sandra Swannell, Tyler Wagler, Keira McArthur for “The Woods Are Burning: A Celebration of Tom Thomson” @ The Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayveiw Ave., TO East

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

5-7> Cadre @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots-Rock; no cover

7-10> Sam Taylor & The East End Love @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, TO East ~Blues

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

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


southside-1610124-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Tyler & Chris Burgess @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Blues/R&B

5-9> George Cash @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~Oktoberfest style

8> Frank Soda @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~art Rock icon; $

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


*7-11> open jam @ 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> Jeff Taylor and the SLT @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West

6> Trevor Giancola @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

7-9> Selina Martin @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~original Pop; $10

8-10:30> The Badniks @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Rock trio; no cover

8:30> Ramblin’ Jack Elliott @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~original Country; $42.50

8:30> À La Mode; Lake Forest @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~original Pop; $10

8:30> Jon Lindhorst @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Berlin Jazz; pwyc

9-1> Jerry Quintyne Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Moskitto Bar @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~art Roots

*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

4-7> Mo’ Kauffey posthumous album release for Honey Be with Pete Temple, Mike McDonald, many more @ The Boathouse Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Rootsy Blues; no cover -$15 for copy of cd

7> Pine; Heavy Hearts; Oso Oso; MallCopz; Romancer; Among Legends @ Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~indie; $10

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


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

3> Brian Haddelsey @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

10> Emily Millard album release @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough

905 EAST

5> Lee @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

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

7-11> Justin Rutledge with guests Joshua Hyslop, Trish Robb @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~songwriter

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


**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

5:30-9:30> jam with Jack b Nimble @ Crown and Anchor, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

*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 Tony “Wild T” Springer @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $5

2-6> Dunn featuring Dee Flat for Canal Bank Shuffle @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~Blues/Rock

3> Ceilidh @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St. ~song circle

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

8-12> jam session with Big Johnny Blue Band @ The Gladstone Hamilton, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton

905 WEST

**2-6> Country matinee with host Colin Connors and guests Straight South @ 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

6:30-9> Kidz Are All Right youth jam @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

7-11> Michael Williams with Liberty Silver & Eddie Bullen; opener Mark Robertson @ Taste of Colombia, 67 Bronte Rd., Oakville ~Jazz; $20

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

*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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