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It’s been just about a year since Hugh’s Room Live announced that it had hired a new club manager, namely one experienced bar/bistro server/manger Mary Stewart, as we told you last April.
But regular readers of TorontoMoon.ca over the past several years will know her better as an enchanting and thoughtful songwriter with an ebulliently entertaining stage presence, about which talents we’ve written on several prior occasions, including one when she released her Chances Are album back in 2013.
Some may think a transition into running a prestigious music club might mark the end of a young person’s creative endeavours as they “grow up” and join the adult world. I remember being in one bar when the fun-loving manager got scolded by the owners for getting out and grooving on the dance floor, being told in no uncertain terms that “Management Can’t Dance!” (and subsequently inspiring my song of that title). Anyone who makes such an assumption about Mary Stewart clearly doesn’t understand the depths of passion and creativity contained in this diminutive but dazzlingly daring East Coast émigré.
Thus it is that tonight Mary takes off the bowtie (I have no idea if she actually wears one while being a manager, but the image seems somehow to suit her quirky and fetching fashion sensibility) to take to the stage at Hugh’s as opening act for an album release show by songwriter Steven Bowers.
At just $20, cover for the 8:30-11 show is quite modest compared to that for most of the better known talents who appear in the concert room/restaurant at 2261 Dundas St. West. And I can guarantee you’ll feel you’ve gotten more than your money’s worth from the opening act alone.
SHOW LISTINGS for Wednesday, March 13, 2022
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ON AIR / ONLINE
3-7> Julian Taylor hosts @ 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto & www.elemntfm.ca ~eclectic music 25% indigenous, 35% CanCon
*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 -Broadview/Bayview to Ossington
6-8> Jim Clayton @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6> Rocco Giacomo @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. ~spoken word
6> Moscow Apartment; Fintan @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriters
6-9> Melyssa Rose & Nathan Beja @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~Gypsy Jazz
6:30> Nathan Hiltz @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
**7 (7 p.m. sign-up open stage at 8) with 9 p.m. feature by Paul Shakespeare @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall) ~songwriters
*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Jazz
7> The Black Queen; Uniform SRSQ @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
*7-10> Country open mic & karaoke with Matthew Runaway @ Rockin’ Horse Saloon, 250 Adelaide St. W.
*7-10> Blues jam with Voodoo Walters @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St.
7:30> Brodie West Quintet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
7:30> Marianas Trench @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. ~contemporary original; $
8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill & Ross McIntyre @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
8-10:30> Hit Pickers @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~acoustic Bluegrass; $
*8-11> open mic @ Ram In The Rye, 63 Gould St. (Ryerson University)
8-1> open mic @ The Boat in Kensington, 158 Augusta Ave.
*8-11> open Jazz jam @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.
8-12:15> Jess Spagnolo; Caitlin Burgess; Jessica Speziale; Mr. J. @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~songwriters; $10
8:30> Bryan Gauer; Jack Dani; Matthew Waylett; Becca Stardust & Jessica Callaghan; Chapter 18 @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~eclectic indie; $
9> The Digs @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Funk/Jazz/neo-Soul; $
9> Jordan John Trio @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Blues/R&B; $10
*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St.
*9:30-2> Marcus Walker and Reuben O’Dell-Barlow @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~songwriters; $0
9:30> Jeremy Price with Bill McBirnie @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $pwyc
10> Heavy on The Willie @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country
10> Music By & For Ken Aldcroft @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10-2> Action Sound Band with Leo Valvassori & Eric Schenkman @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues-Rock; $0
*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Funk/R&B; $10
11-1> Jazz open stage night with host Mandy Goodhandy & accompanist Peter Hill on piano & Alison Young on sax; pwyc
416 – TORONTO EAST -Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park
7> Matthew Good solo; Poesy @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
7-9> acoustic open mic @ Broadview Hotel, , 108 Broadview Ave.
*7:30-10:30> The BTBs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
7:30> open jam @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #22 Woodbine Heights Branch, 1240 Woodbine Ave.
7:30> And One; nTTx @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E.
7:30> jam night @ Scarboro Music, 1051 Kingston Rd.
*8-11> Paul Reddick Band also featuring Derek Downham @ Sauce on the Danforth,1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues; $0
8-10> open mic/jam with host Tony Oldland @ The Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E.
*8:30> jam with Copy Machine @ Frog and the Crown, 1871 O’Connor Drive
*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan Tavern (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave.
9:30> eclectic open mic with host Matt @ Wayla Bar, 996 Queen St. E.
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*6-10> The Paul Morgan Project @ The Irish Shebeen, 5555 Eglinton Ave. ~Country/Blues/Roots-Rock
7:30> John MacLeod @ Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd. (Home Smith Bar) ~Jazz; $0 (minimum table charge)
8-12> Ragwax @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Blues/Jazz
*9-1> open mic with Daniel Gagnon @ The Old Sod, 2936 Bloor St. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*6-10> Dan Walek hosts open stage/jam @ Working Dog Saloon, 3676 St. Clair Ave. E.
7-9> open mic jam night @ Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, 93 Birchmount Rd.
416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke
6-8> Owen Barney @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.
7-11> Hump Night Blues with Julian Fauth solo 7-8; set with Julian Fauth & guests 8-9; set with Julian Fauth & Krewe de Bleu featuring George Baumann & Dave McManus plus guest Ken Yoshioka 9-11 @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Blues/R&B; $0
7:30> Breton Lalama; Patrick Salvani /Ms Nookie Galore; Amanda Cordner; Jon Blair Armon Gh @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~eclectic indie; $15
8-10> Tiffany Hanus & Friends @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz; $0
*8-11> Fraser/Daley @ Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Rootsy Blues
8:30> Steven Bowers (recording release for Elk Island Park ); Mary Stewart opens @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~songwriters; $20
8:30> open stage with host Chris Staig @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W.
9-11> The BeeJays @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~Funk/R&B/Soul
9> Peter Boyd @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~songwriter; pwyc
9> Mike Murley and Reg Schwager @ Mezzetta, 681 St. Clair Ave. W. ~Jazz; $12
9> Young Clancy; Chris Larocca; Matthew Preogrss; Madee; Jonah Yano @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie
9> Lonesome Ace @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~ol’ time/traditional Roots
9:30> Mickey O’Brien (recording release for My Drift album); Ultra Magnus; Mindbender Supreme The Mighty Rhino @ Duffy’s Tavern, 1238 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $
10> Geoff & The Mail Order Cowboys @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Country; $
*10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Motel Bar, 1235 Queen St. W. ~Jazz
519 EAST -Guelph/K-W & vicinity
*5> James Anthony @ The Temple Bar Milton, 161 Chisholm Dr., Milton
6> John Zadro @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph
*6-9> Dano & Jaye @ Ray’s Bistro, 1475 Queen St. W., Alton ~smooth Pop/Jazz
7> open mic/jam with Stonegrown @ Taste at The Tannery, 121 Charles St. W., Kitchener
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
8-11> John Lee & The Hookers host Blues jam with guest Josh Miller @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener
8> Matt Weidinger Band @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener
8:30-11:30> Dave Huber @ Royal Electric Bar, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0
*5-9> Barry McMullen @ Chemong Lodge dining room, 764 Hunter St., Bridgenorth ~smooth Rock/Pop
*5-9> open mic with Rodina Patrick @ Vidya’s, 238 Barrie St., Thornton
*7> open mic with hosts Jazz Collective @ Coffee Culture Café, 36 Young St., Alliston
7-10> open mic with Jamie Drake @ Flying Monkeys, 107 Dunlop St. E., Barrie
*7-11> open jam with The Freakin’ Band featuring Virgil Scott & Dave Breckels @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach ~ Blues, Jazz; $5
*7:30> open jam with host Aaron Casey @ Foxx Lounge, 16 Dunlop Street East, Barrie
*8-10> open mic with Drew McIvor @ Bruce Wine Bar, 8 Bruce St., Thornbury
*8> Ken Tizzard @ Church-key Pub, 26 Bridge St. W., Campbellford
9> Kevin Foster @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough
9-11> Drew Phillips @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
9> J Blissette, WLMRT, Kommissars, Belly Flop @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $10
905 EAST -Pickering to Cobourg
*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg
*8> open mic @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg
*8-10:30> open mic jam with Rob Foreman & Clayton Yates @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope
*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
905 NORTH-EAST -East of Hwy #400
7-9> open mic night with Tania Joy @ The Second Wedge Brewing Co., 14 Victoria St. N., Uxbridge
*8-11> open mic with Erin Blackstock @ The Lloyd House, 69 Main St., East Gwillimbury
8:30-11:30> open mic @ Britannia Pub, 7359 Yonge St., Thornhill
*8:30-12:30> Jared Christopher Stafford @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
8:30-11:30> open mic & acoustic jam with Don Fleming & Laurence Walters @ Father’s Moustache Grill, Aurora, 15570 Yonge St.
905 NORTH-WEST -West of Hwy #400
6-9> open mic with David Grossman @ The Barrel, 2180 Steeles Ave. W., Concord-Vaughan
7:30-10:30> acoustic jam with host Erik @ Little London Café, 20 Polonia Ave., Brampton
8> acoustic jam with Frank Logue @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown
*8:45> open mic jam @ Magnums, 21 McMurchy Ave. N., Brampton
*10-2> jam night @ Maguires, 284 Queen St. E., Brampton
905 SOUTH -Hamilton & vicinity
7:30-11> open mic jam with Dave Gould and Alison Novak @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
8-11> Bee Sting Ghost Roll Into The Ocean featuring David Macmichael @ Mulberry Street Coffeehouse, 193 James St. N., Hamilton ~songwriters; $
8> Kids Losing Sleep (recording release for “Maybe You’re Right” single); Corbin Giroux; Summerly @ Doors Pub, 56 Hess St. Hamilton ~contemporary original; $8
8> Jason Rutledge; Matt Paxton @ Mills Hardware, 95 King St. E., Hamilton ~original Country; $15
8> Chris Chambers or Adam Ostrosser @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas
8-11> Cory Mercer @ Cause & Effect, 1764 Stone Church Rd. E., Stoney Creek ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Singalong with Judy Marsales @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40
*10> Jazz jam @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton
905 WEST –south Peel, Halton
*5> Adam Cooke @ SB Prime, 380 Brant St., Burlington
*8> Dennis Conn and Linda Wells @ Caven’s Alley, 585 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga
*8:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Jazz
9-1> Savannah @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville
**10> open mic with host Kirt Godwin or Jonni X @ Spice Lounge, 52 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga
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 purchasers (eg., seniors, members, children, etc.). /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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