Big Mojo jam turns two with 2-time Juno winner; Ken Whiteley releasing new album at webless Tranzac - 150429We Shows for Wednesday, April 29, 2022

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We’ve told you a few times now about how popular the weekly Wednesday Blues jam hosted by Howard Ross & Full Count Blues Band has become and how impressive the talent roster is both for special guests and regular participants.

Jack de Keyzer -17

Jack de Keyzer -Gary 17

Tonight’s edition will demonstrate both of those qualities to the max. It’s the two-year anniversary of the event held at The Hub, 15 Simcoe St. North in Oshawa, and you can expect the room to be jammed with all-star players.

That will include the members of the house band –Ross on multiple instruments and vocals, Al Mathews also showing his versatility on guitar, keys and vocals; Joe Lambert on sax; Nick Succi handling bass and Rich Greenspoon anchoring things on the kit.

Utilizing the skills of this troupe will be, in addition to whichever jammers participate, special guest and Durham Region resident Jack de Keyzer, who has won two Junos for Blues Album of The Year in the last decade.

It all starts at 8 p.m. and there’s no cover.

Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band -Promo shot

Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band -Promo shot


In Toronto, meanwhile, Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band releases a new self-titled album of innovative and masterful Folk tunes at Tranzac Club.

In the Beulah configuration the indefatigable and acclaimed Genie and multiple Folk awards winner Whiteley teams up with veteran players Frank Evans on banjo, Rosalyn Dennett on fiddle and son Ben Whiteley on bass, who also co-produced the album with his dad.

You can be sure the place at 292 Brunswick Ave. will be jumpin’, since Whiteley also celebrates his birthday and will have performing special guests Mose Scarlett and two-time Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year Juno-winner and niece Jenny Whiteley also doing sets.

I assume the show takes place in the Main Hall in the multi-room venue but can’t check that with the club’s website because after a week of going through the ringer and having the site “suspended” at one point, it now has no working url at all. I can tell you it’ll start at 7 p.m. and that advance tickets were $20 or $10 for “student/under-employed” patrons.

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Wednesday, April 29, 2022

Listings are now 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.) 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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416 – Toronto Central

6> Jenie Thai @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6:30> Ethan Ardelli Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

7> Gene Hardy @ Monarchs Pub (Eaton Chelsea Hotel), 33 Gerrard St. W., TO ~eclectic Jazz

7> Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band album release with Jenny Whiteley and Mose Scarlett @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO; $20/$10

**8> open stage with 9 p.m. feature by Paul Nash & Carol Farkas @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall), TO ~Roots

*8-1> open jam with Wednesday’s Child feat. Johnny Bootz Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO

8> Sugar Brown @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

8> Franc’open mic @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., TO ~French language open mic night

*8:30> Crazy Strings host High Lonesome Wednesdays with opening acoustic act @ Silver Dollar 486 Spadina Ave., TO ~Bluegrass

*8:45> Bradley & The Bouncers @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues/R&B

*9> open mic with Sean Barker @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., TO

9:30> Russ Nolan Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

*9:30-2> jam with B-Sides @ The Unicorn, 175 Eglinton Ave. E., TO North

9:30> Angie Nussey @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~songwriter; pwyc

10> Joey Wright @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

*10-2> Blues-Rock jam with Bruce Domoney @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO

10:30> Paige Armstrong Duo @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock/Blues

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

416 – Toronto East

*6-11> Rock jam with Scar-Bro Pete & Lee Van Leer @ Melange, 172 Main St., TO East

*7:30-10:30> The BTBs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

8> G Mark Weston @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East

*8:30-10:30> Jazz Money @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

416 – Toronto West

5-8> Anna Cyzon Jazz Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

6-9> Trapper with special guests Reignfall @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West; 12

**8-10:30> Hump Night Blues with Dave McManus & Cleave Anderson + special guest @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~Blues

*8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ Chalkers, 247 Marlee Ave., TO North-West

8:30> Fergus Hambelton album release for Written On The Wind + opening set by The Ault Sisters @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~eclectic original Jazzy R&B/Fusion; $22.50

9-12> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original Juno-winning Blues

9> The Rucksack Willies @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Country-Folk

9> Rob London & The Ragged; Rebel Hero; The Lipstick Junkies; Jacklyn Robert; Kara Purto @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West

10> Scott B. Sympathy & guests @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

416 – Etobicoke

8-1> Jeanine Mackie @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~R&B/Jazz/Rock

416 – Scarborough

* 7> jam with Tommy Rocker’s Classic Rock Band @ Fox at Scarborough Junction, 646 Danforth Rd., Scarborough

*8:30> Al Reilly’s Catalyst @ Centro Pizza, 3408 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~classic Rock

*8:30> open mic with Jadzia Skye & Michael Oesch @ Chez Helene’s, 1437 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

905 East

*8> Howard Ross hosts “Big Mojo” Blues jam with guest performer Jack de Keyzer for 2nd anniversary bash @ The Hub, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

8-12> open mic night @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 32 Kingston Rd. E. Ajax

8> Joanne Shaw @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg

*9-12> jam with Damage Control @ St. Louis Bar & Grill Ajax, 11 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax

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

905 West

*8-12> All-ages jam with band featuring Dave Girdlestone of Soul Funkshun on guitar host with host Kevin Reid @ Sixth Line Pub, 1500 Sixth Line, Oakville

*8-2> Paul & Curtis @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop

8-1> Hawks Nest @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Rockabilly/Country-Rock; $5

*8:30> Something Country @ The Endzone, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country

*9> open mic jam with Jack B Nimble @ Blarney’s Gate, 1151 Dundas St. W., Mississauga

*9?> jam with Michael Zane or Pat Dowds @ Shakers, 580 Kerr St., Oakville

9:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

905 North

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

*8-12> acoustic jam with Tony Paglia & Aaron Soloman @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton

*8-12> open mic with Kevin Ker @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora

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


*9> The Phil & John Show feat. Phil Naro @ Molly Bloom’s Waterloo, 170 University Ave., Waterloo ~acoustic Pop Rock


*7-11> open jam with Wayne Buttery Band @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach

7:30> Odd Man Rush @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

10> Tanner James; Sean Hamilton @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough


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