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Love is in the air (you can find it between the snowflakes) as Valentines Day nears and for those whose passion is Country and early Rockabilly, their hearts will surely swell when they learn that an icon of the genre, Albert Lee, will still be doing two Toronto shows originally scheduled for Hugh’s Room.
(Hugh’s, btw, continues to limp towards re-opening. A gofundme.com campaign to raise $150,000 has so far accumulated $56,000, easily surpassing its target of raising the first $30,000 by Feb. 20. A benefit concert with superb Roots talents was also held last week but there hasn’t yet been any indication as to how much was raised.)
Lee, who was once described by Eric Clapton as “the greatest guitarist in the world” and by Earl Scruggs as “a genuine guitar wizard,” is a Grammy winner known for his unique style of fingerpicking who also performed for many years with seminal early Pop act The Everly Brothers, whom he helped to reunite, and is practically worshipped by County songwriter Emmylou Harris.
The British legend has appeared in TO before, doing shows last summer accompanying another famed early Pop star, Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon for appearances at Hugh’s Room.
With Hugh’s closed, at least for now, Lee will be doing the two nights instead at a bar well known for its young Country acts, Dakota Tavern at 249 Ossington Avenue. Both shows take place from 7-9 p.m. and the cover ranges from $35 - $49.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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7-8> “Acoustic Workshop” with host Heather Fielding @ CIUT 89.5 FM broadcast and online
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
6> Heavy on The Willie @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country
**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Dave Plank @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.
*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
7:30> Chris Banks @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7:30> Metro Big Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road ~R&B/Swing
8> Sampha @ Mod Club, 722 College St.
8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8:40> Day Foot; Stolen Statues; Output @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; 0$
**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
9:30> Humber College Student Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~R&B/Blues; $
**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with hosts Dave Lang & John Sladek @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> Laura Merrimen @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
*10> live musical theatre open mic @ Statler’s, 487 Church St.
416 - TORONTO EAST
7-10> Smokey Folk @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Bluegrass; 0$
7:30> Marti Aykroyd; guests Fat Head Hazel; Lucas Silveira @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$
8:30-10:30> Booked @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.
8:30> Hamilton Leithauser @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~$20
*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.
*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.; 0$
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst also featuring Anthony Cee & Rick Anderson host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*8-11> open stage with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.
*9-1> open jam with The Repairmen @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Chelsea McBride Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
7-9> Albert Lee (first of two shows) @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Country/Rockabilly guitar icon; $35-49
7> Wired @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz trio; pwyc
*7:30> Balfolk @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~French Folk music & dance; $5-10/pwyc
*8-11> Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. ~Blues
*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Bluegrass
*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.
9-1> Tim Hamel Trio & guest @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9:30> Ian Sinclair Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
10> fundraiser for Freddie Prinze Jr. with Milkmaid karaoke @ Smiling Buddha Stage 2, 961 College St.
*10> Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.
*5> open mic @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener
7-8> Emma Rush & Sara Traficante @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square - 1 North Square, Cambridge ~romantic Spanish & South American music
*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener
*8-2> Matt Weidinger @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic originals & covers
9-12> open mic @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
9:30> Turk & The Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo
*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
9?> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.
*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
5:30-9:30> Signe Miranda features at Momondays @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~interactive songwriters meet up; $15
9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket
*8> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country
11> Mary Simon @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton
*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Catherine Harrison @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
*9-1> The Dedbeats @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock ‘n’ Roll
*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
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.). 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 purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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