Will you visit versatile Michael Keith at his Thursday home? | TorontoMoon.ca 151105Th | Shows for Thurs., Nov. 05, 2015

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He may look these days like an old-time Blues songwriter but Michael Keith’s repertoire of covers and originals is much more diverse than any one genre. And over the past few months he’s been popping up at various venues across the city and beyond displaying his versatility in various ways.

He’s done guest appearances and gigs in rooms as diverse as Relish in east TO, Tranzac Club and C’est What downtown and Cue Billiards in the west Junction, to name a few, as well as even venturing out to Keswick for the jam at C.J. Barley’s.

Dave Montrose joins Michael Keith [right] at Revolucion open mic. -Mary Elizabeth Armstrong, © 2015

Dave Montrose joins Michael Keith [right] at Revolucion open mic. -Mary Elizabeth Armstrong, © 2015

But while his schedule seems pretty unpredictable and he does little to promote his shows himself (telling us he believes it makes no difference to the turnout) there’s one place you can consistently find him on Thursday nights and where he does usually have people come out to join him.

Every week for about 15 months now he’s been hosting an 8-11 p.m. open mic at La Revolucion Mexican eatery at 2848 Dundas St. West a short stone’s throw east of the corner at Keele.

The night that photographer Mary Elizabeth Armstrong visited last month he was joined on stage for some impromptu jamming by guitarist Dave Montrose, whom Armstrong tells us is a “spectacularly talented guitar player,” and the night also featured a performance by songwriter Shaemara Rose, who was sharing some of her newly released original tunes.

If you decide to go there, do make a point of letting Keith know that hearing about it in advance helped  to encourage you to attend. Otherwise, what’s the point of me even telling you about shows like this?

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Thursday, November 05, 2021

Listings are 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.

Names of subscribers appear in bold and underlined and, where applicable, include a live link to their websites or event page. Advertisers’ listings are in larger type and highlighted, include a live link to their website and also have a copy of the ad included in listings.

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416 - Toronto Central

6> Corin Raymond @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country Roots-Pop

6-8> Perlhaze @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz

6:30> Kevin Quain @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~moody Blues

7> Alex Pangman Band featuring Peter Hill @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

*7> open mic with Derek Mok @ Kensington Lodge, 21 Kensington Ave., TO

7> Nags Players Present: “Perfect Crime”  @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

*7:30-9:30> Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

7:30> Sue & Dwight with Michelle Rumball & Tony Laviola @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~Folk revival $10

*8-1> open mic with Alicia Porter @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St., TO

8> TWiM: Lost Cousins; Ally Mode; Last of the Bandits; Papermaps; The Rickaneers; High Heels Lo Fi @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~indie

8-12> R&B/Blues @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO

8> Maia Waern @ Musideum, 401 Richmond St. W., #133, TO ~Folk songwriter; $20

8:30> Diarrhea Planet @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~$12.50

9> TWiM: YYearsss; The Black Fever; MATT dorgan PROJECT; Stegall; Drunk Lips; TJ Hollywood @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., TO ~indie

9> Sky Valley @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO

9> TWiM: Mama Hawk; Blackdog Ballroom; Death Valley Yacht Club @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~indie

9> The Steve Koven Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz

9> Toucan Slam; Onionface; Tonemirror; Wolves in the Timber @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO

9-1> Mark “Bird” Staffod @ Monarchs Pub (Eaton Chelsea Hotel), 33 Gerrard St. W., TO ~Blues

*9-1> Blackburn @ Jo Mamas, 317 King St. W., TO ~Blues

9> Mike Lynch & special guest Raina Krangle @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~Country

9:45> Mark Eisenman Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

*9:45> Stacey Kaniuk @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

10> Run With The Kittens @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Roots-Pop

10> Robertson and Kavanaugh Quartet @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Blues

10> Havana Club with Alex Barro @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Cuban music; $

416 - Toronto East

7-9> Joanne Morra @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East

8> In Between Sounds @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East ~psych soundscapes

*8:30-10:30> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Folk-Rock/Country

9> Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Tom Waits tribute

*10-2> karaoke with Shane Taylor @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East

416 – Toronto Etobicoke

Southside 1511027:30> Micah Barnes Trio @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; min table charge

7:30> Max Brand Band; Jack de Keyzer @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~Blues

9> 24th Street Wailers @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock

*9:30-2> Skip Tracer @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd., Etobicoke South ~Rock/Pop

416 – Toronto Scarborough

7-11> jam night @ The Birchmount, 462 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough

*9> Tommy Rocker’s Classic Rock Band host jam @ Centro Pizza, 3406 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

9:30> Scott Driscoll @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

416 - Toronto West

5-8> Jeff Graville Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

*8-11> Tinderbox Thursdays open stage with Michael Keith @ La Revolucion, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~eclectic

8> TWiM: NEW ROW; Chico Dusty; Teen Violence; The Tins; El Kabong @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West; ~indie

8> TWiM: Hellenica; SARAS; raised by swans; John Jacob Magistery; Lobu; unHRDoF @ The Tennessee, 1554 Queen St. W., TO West ~indie

8> TC Folkpunk @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade, TO ~indie Roots-Pop

8:30> Oliver Swain’s Big Machine album release for Nevber More Together with Liny Vopnfjord opening @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~traditional Folk; $22.50/-

*9-12> open mic night @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West

*9-1:30> open stage with Jay Pennell @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair West, TO West ~eclectic

9-12> Darcy Windover Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Fort York; Omhouse; Rory Lavelle @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West

9> Sydney Delong; David Baxter & The Regulars; Jenie Thai; Coco Brambose @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Roots; $

8:30> Tyler Yarema & The Fat Boys @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~Blues/Jazz

10> David Picco album release for Start Again with special guests The Poor Darlins and Patrick Brealey @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~original Country; $10


*7:30-12> open mic with K.M. Smith @ Molly Bloom’s Guelph, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

7:30> Nicole Robertson @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville

*8-11> open mic with Sandy MacDonald @ Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fischer Hallman Rd., Kitchener


*7:30> Rob Phillips Jazz/Blues Trio and Chelsea Bennett @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*9> jam with Ted Rusk @ The Sauble Dunes, 11 Southampton Parkway, Sauble Beach

905 - East

*5-8> Nelson Denis @ Frank’s Pasta, 42 King Street E., Cobourg ~eclectic mix (Folk, Jazz, soft Rock, Latin)

8> Songwriters In The Round with host Boris Buhot, Tony Newman, Mark Sepic @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*?> jam with Darren Smith & Shayne Thomas @ The Corner Pocket, 45 Prince St., Oshawa

*9> jam @ The Wee Pub, 371 Wilson Rd. South, Oshawa

*9:30> jam with Billick @ Harp & Crown, 300 Kingston Rd., Pickering

905 - North

7> Mark Crissinger @ Jonathan’s Restaurant, 14845 Yonge St., Aurora ~indie Roots-Pop

*8> open mic with Kevin Ker @ Duchess of Markham, 53 Main St., Markham

8> Ron Fleming @ King Richard’s Pub, 15570 Yonge St., Aurora

*9> open stage jam night @ Memphis North, 18947 Woodbine Ave., East Gwillimbury

9> Bianca Rollo solo @ Fionn MacCool’s Newmarket, 17315 Leslie St., Newmarket

905 - South

8> Avenue Inn @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls

8:30> Wild South @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~Gram Parsons appreciation/celebration

*9> Leapin’ Laszlo album release party with The High Tides; Jack Pedler Trio @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

*9> open mic night with rotating hosts @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton

905 – West

*7-11> Michael Keys “7-Piece” Trio & Sing Along With The Live Band Karaoke @ Black Bull Burlington, 1124 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Boogie-Woogie Blues/Pop Rock

8-12> Freedom Train @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop

*8-12> open mic & jam @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*8-12> jam hosted by The Personics @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington

*8> Celtic Night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line

8:30> John Marlatt & friends @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~acoustic Pop/Roots

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zady @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga

9> Eddy C @ Fionn MacCool’s Clarkson, 970 Southdown Rd., Mississauga

9:30> Glenn Groves @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*9:30> jam with Jack B Nimble @ Abbey Road Pub, 3200 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga

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