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He’s wearing a nice suit jacket in the photos I’m looking at and the gentleman’s glasses he sports give him a mellowed, almost studious air. But the unbuttoned denim shirts —and in one pic the centre-parted hair spilling over both sides of his head like grey remnants of a lava flow to meet facial hair that seems to have a mind of its own— speak to me of the Paul Langille I knew forty years ago in London Ontario and Hamilton.
The hard-Roots/Blues songwriter from The Steel City may no longer wear buckskin, canvas and tattered, dirty jeans on stage, but I’ll be he still does when he’s hanging out at home.
Back when I knew Paul he was, as you might guess, what is politely termed “rough around the edges” and his sometimes volatile nature was always something you hoped to avoid in favour of that other Paul: the young man with an adroit command of guitar and a voice that hearkened to the very soul of Country, Blues and Roots, seeming to rise up through him more than emanating from him.
The sheer force of his presence made him kind of scary at times, like a superhero who hasn’t yet gained full control of his powers and doesn’t always know how to contain them. As I once observed about him, “we always seem to be knocking elbows,” as his burly being and somewhat intimidating flow of restless energy seemed constantly in need of expression. But despite the occasional rawness in his demeanour, Langille’s transformation when he picked up a guitar and began to sing was a palpable delight.
His earnest, take-no-prisoners/bide-no-bullshit personal and musical styles coalesced then —and from what I saw on a promotional video on his website still do— to create a uniquely authentic and powerful artist who commands your attention and totally merits it. Paul Langille sings from the heart, from the streets and from the gut.
It’s perhaps fitting that the songs most recommended from his most recent album Pine and Locke (a somewhat down-at-the-heels corner in what we might call a totally unpretentious part of Hamilton) are “Broken” and “Just A Broken Soul”, while the gritty rockin’ Blues elements of his style come through on “Kind of Girl,” about a woman who knows how to get what she wants from a man.
Though perhaps not a household name, Langille is highly respected by artists in both the Roots and Blues genres and has won a couple of awards over the years, though I highly doubt that sort of acclaim is what motivates him to do what he does —he probably has no real choice in the matter but has to keep playing in order not to explode.
Tonight when he visits The Cat at 3163 Dundas St. West a block east of Jane St. for a 9:30 no-cover show, Paul will have an appropriately stalwart and experienced crew of musicians helping him make the most of his strengths. He’s the special guest for a Mardi Gras “Pardi Gras” extravaganza being anchored by genre-hopping bass player Dave McManus, who’s bringing in his Junction City All-Stars group that includes Jon McCann on the kit, George Baumann on sax and bolstered by second guitarist Mike Sedgewick.
The club is a lively and friendly spot with free parking out back, quite edible and affordable food and a very well-stocked bar handled by experienced staff.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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8-12> BLUZ-FM with Danny Marks @ JAZZ.FM91
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*12-3> The Sinners Choir @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
1> with host Brian Gladstone @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO
3> The Hot Five Jazzmakers @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~traditional Jazz; $5
3> Jamzac @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
3-6> Richard Underhill Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St. ~Jazz
3:30> John Cheesman Big Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
4-7> Vision Blue @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road ~$
*4:40-7:30> The Happy Pals @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
6:30> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
6-8> John Alcorn @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Cole Porter Jazz; $20
6> Rattlesnake Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
7> Suuns; Sarah Davichi @ The Mod Club, 722 College St.
7:30> Harrington @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7:30> Justin Bacchus @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~ Blues/Soul; $
8> Ensemble Paramirabo; Thin Edge Music Collective @ Music Gallery, 197 John St.
8> The Toronto Consort with vocal octet Cappella Pratensis @ Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 487 Bloor St. W. ~Classical; $
8> Eddy C Band @ Originals, 1660 Bayview Ave. ~cover Rock/Pop
8:30> The Stanfields; Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party; Rain Over St. Ambrose @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $12
8:30> Colin Hunter & The Joe Sealy Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $15
*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues
9> Maybe May; Eagleson; Red Air; Anthems in Ashes @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W. ~indioe
9> Quincy Bullen @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave.
9> The Garden @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd.
9-1> Jerk Off Diary; Keratoid; Nothing Box; Die Sci Fi? @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie
9-2> Victor Fiction; Soviet; In Drift @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave. ~indie Joy Division tribute; $
9> Lush Buffalo lp release; The Corsets; Fort York; Blue Sky Miners; @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> Burt’s Cat Is Dead @ Stop, Drop & Roll, 300 College St. ~indie
9> Mighty Lopez; Claire Couplenad; Fraz Milne Electrical Band @ Libertarian House, 235 Queen St. E. ~indie
9:30> Something Extra @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road
9:30> Lady Kane @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:45> Marito Marques Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*9:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
10> Ride The Tiger @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul; $
10> The Lonely Hearts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
10> Woodchoppers Association @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~improvisational Roots-Rock/Jazz
10-2> Godboogie @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues
10> Projek Sigma; Mr. Brown; Polaris @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~U.K. electronica ~$
11> Elora & Friends @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
416 – TORONTO EAST
*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E. ~R&B
4-7> Stephen Stanley @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.
6-8> Thelonious Hank @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Country
7-9> Red Jenny & The Boys @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz/Blues trio; $0
7> The Tea Party; The Road Heavy @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary Rock; $
8> Mudpunch @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave. ~Blues Rock duo; 0$
9> Wicked Grin with Murray Kinsley @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.
9> Big Nite Out @ The Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave. ~Rock/Pop; $5
9-11> Communism with Don Kerr @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Roots
9:30-11:30> Kim Jarrett @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Roots songwriter; $0
9:30> FTATR @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~AC/DC tribute
9:30> Graydon Butler @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.
9:30> Blonde Ambition @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~Madonna tribute; $10
9:45> Mike Nagoda & The Spectrum Blues Band @ The Peppery Cat, 1953 Queen St. E. ~Blues
10:30> Candice Sand Band @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*3-6> Whitey & The Roulettes @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St. ~R&B/Blues
**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Suzanno Piano @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Rock-R&B; 0$
*4-8> The Meteors with guest Michael Danckert @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Blues/Rock/R&B
7:30> Shannon Butcher Trio @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; minimum table charge
9> Floyd Factor; 2112 @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~Pink Floyd & Rush tributes; $
9> Donnie Meeker @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Pop Rock
9:30> The Dreamboats @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~retro Pop Rock/Top 40; $10
10-2> Tall Order @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Rock/Top 40; 0$
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
8:30> Gator James Band @ Tara Inn, 2365 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Rock/Top 40
*9> Rock jam with Tommy Rocker Band @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd.
9> Jason Martin @ The Newfoundlander, 472 Danforth Rd.
9:30> Denis Martel @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO WEST
*noon-3> Julian Fauth solo @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues
*Noon-3> Danny Marks @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Blues/Jazz
1:30-4:30> Words & Music with hosts Linda Stitt + guests Mary Milne; Anna Gutmanis; more @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~eclectic original mix
**2-5> Yor Magic Open Mic @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W.
**5-8> Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions with featured guest Fraser/Daley @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~ Roots/Country/Pop
5-8> Kirsten Jones & Mitch Girio @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriters
*5-8> Blues jam with Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. ~Blues
7-9> Father Christmas with King Cuddy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~$10
8:30> Staycation @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.
9> Sir Noah Shark; Tray Tray Ray @ Titty Kafkas, 137 Paton Rd. ~Rock
9> Sean Pinchin @ Whelan’s Gate, 1663 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter
9> Ghost Love; Bad Willow; Alina Libkind @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
9-1> The Tin Pan Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9> Chris Culgin @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~alt-Country
9:30> “Pardi Gras” with The Junction City All-Stars featuring Dave McManus & George Baumann & with guest Paul Langille @ The Cat, 3153 Dundas St. W. ~Blues/Cajun Rock
9:30> The Dick Clark Five featuring Greg Godovitz @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Brit Pop
9:30> Emily McCain @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W.
9:30> Thunderfunk @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St. ~Motown/Blues
9:30> The Better Half @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St. ~Pop Rock
10-2> The Tonkas @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Rock/Blues; $10
10> Alun Piggins @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~original Roots-Rock
10> The Reflex @ 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~retro 80s & 90s hits
10:30> Viva Columbia @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Salsa; $15
*3-7> acoustic open mic with Chixxie Dixx @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
*3:30-7> acoustic jam @ Galt Legion Branch 121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge
6:30> Trevor Hall @ The Village Well, 19 Queen St. E., Cambridge
7-11> Dan Walsh @ The Rabbid Fox, 56 Beech Ave., Cambridge
8> Drumhand @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~percussion ensemble
7:30> Michael Graves @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~Misfits member; $25
8> Samuel Bonnet Trio @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph
8> Jesse Webber @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop
8:30> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeil @ Schwaben Club, 1688 King St. E., Kitchener ~melodic 60s dance Pop-Rock; $15
8:30> Exit 282 Band @ Ali’s Bar and Grill, 304 St. Andrews St., Cambridge
9> Adrian Raso; Kayko; Kennedy 7; Jeremy & The Pink Band; @ Dstrct Main Bar, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph
9> Random Killing; Armed and Hammered; The Nasties; The Sham @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~Punk; 0$
9> Don’t Mind Dyln; A-Fos; more @ Dstrct Lounge, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph
9> The O’Deadlys @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinurgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop
9> Barefoot Boogie Band @ Ernie’s Roadhouse, 7 Queen St. W., Cambridge ~jump Blues
9> The Guilty Pleasures Band @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge
9> Luke Michielsen with Matthew De Zoete @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~
9> Old School @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop
9:30> Wolf Brothers @ The Tipsy Toad, 171 Broadway Ave., Orangeville
10> Diego DeVille @ Zander’s, 190 King George Rd., Brantford ~Rock/Top 40
5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8-11:45> Cheryl Lescom & The Matt Weidiner Band @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Blues
8:30> House Brand @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8:30> Kate Quinn & Nate Doublas @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood
9> Brooklyn Doran; Gillian Nicola; Bethany Brown @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~songwriters
9:30> Rick Robichaud @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Pop Rock
9:30> BA Johnson @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
2-5> Brave & Crazy @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~retro Rock
*3-6> acoustic open mic/jam with hosts Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
4> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues
*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax
9> Dean James @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9> Outta Space; Hidden Moon; Drone Wolf; more @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa ~indie; $
9> Blamethrower; Rory Taillon & The Old Souls; Rhyme Jaws; Dan Brooks @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie; $7
9:30> Red Velvet @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock
10-2> Brave & Crazy @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~retro Rock
*3-7> open jam with Faces for Radio @ CC’s/Kennedy Court, 3 Stafford Dr., Brampton
6-10> Mark Yan & Barry Mulcahy @ Ray’s Bistro, 1475 Queen St. W., Alton ~acoustic Pop originals & covers; 9$
*6-9> Joe & Frank @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz duo
8> Brickhouse Trio @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St., Georgetown ~Jazz
8-11> Piper Hayes @ Acoustic Blend, 21 Charles St., Milton ~indie Pop; $15
8> The Switchbacks @ St. John’s United Church, 11 Guelph St., Georgetown ~Rock ‘n’ Roll; $25
8:30-12> Leigh Henderson @ New Barber Towne Pub, 360 Guelph Street, Georgetown ~Pop Rock covers
9> Benjamin Dakota Rogers with Chris Rait @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown ~~alt-Folk
9> Rany Brethour and the Hoo Doo Too @ Muddy Water Hotel, 25 Main St. W., Beeton ~Pop Rock
9-1> Dufferin County Line @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Sherrie Gold @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock
9:30> Strictly Sabbath @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~Black Sabbath covers; $
9:30> Switch Beat @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock
9:30> Deluxe Drive @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown ~classic Rock
10> Tungsten @ Village Inn, 2 Holland St. E., Bradford ~classic Rock
**2-4:30> Davidson, Dicresce & Nero host jam with guests @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40
*2> The Brakemen Brunch @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~originals & cover Rock/R&B; $5
**2> Brant Parker Band with guest Joshua Arden Miller @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~Blues
*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton
2-4> Piper Hayes; more for International Women’s Day celebration @ WAHC, 51 Stuart St., Hamilton ~indie Pop; 0$
**2:30> special guest Andre Bisson with The Mighty Duck Band @ The Golden Pheasant, 244 Ontario St., St. Catharines ~R&B/Blues
**2:30> Blues Matinée with The Coachmen (Colin Lapsey, Dave King, Chris Wheeler, Ian Andrews) @ Coach & Lantern (upstairs), 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues
3:30-7> Steve Grisbrook Band & special guest Mike Branton @ Monty’s Gastropub, 547 Ontario St., S., St. Catharines ~Blues
?*4> open mic with Traden Tunes @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess St. S., Hamilton
8> Cootes Paradise @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~R&B/Rock; $15
8> Robin Benedict; Brennagh Burns; more @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton; donations
8> Retro Party Groove @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Retro Rock/Funk
9> Stone The Radio @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Pop
9> Public Animal; Pet Sun; Reverend Snow @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $
9> River Road @ The Gladstone Hamilton, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton ~Country
9> Astrid Young @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
**9> Niagara Rhythm Section & guests Dwayne LaForme @ The Old Winery, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~R&B/Blues
9:30> Russian Kurfew @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
9:30> Mary Simon @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton
9:30> Back In The Daze @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~Rock/Top 40
1-5> Ian Andrews Band @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues/Jazz/Funk
**2-6> Sil Simone Band with special guest Kenny V @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Blues
**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest Dave Rodenburg @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas Street, Burlington
*3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit
4-8> Denis Fex & The Topmen @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~R&B/Blues
8> Mike Stevenson @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville
9> Marty Allen Band @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Honkytonk/Rockabilly; $10
9> Pop Machine @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop Rock
9> Trysted Sister @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock
9:30> Barlow & Friends @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Daylight for Deadeyes @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
9:30-11:45> Forty Years After @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas Street, Burlington ~Pop Rock
9:30> Keep The Faith @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Bon Jovi tribute; $
9:30> Freedom Train @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40
10-2> One7One @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40; $
10:15> Skip Tracer @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock
10:30> Hot Vicks @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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