No open stage at McGradie’s as bar is closed and for sale | 180521Mo | Shows for Monday, May 21, 2022

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Open stagers used to performing Monday nights at McGradie’s Tap & Grill on Victoria Park Ave. at Ellesmere will have to find a new location to ply their talent tonight and for the foreseeable future, as the room has been shuttered at least since the middle of last week.

Rumours and postings on the bar’s Facebook group suggested at one point that the owner had been locked out by the landlord for rental arrears but others said no padlock or bailiff’s notice had been seen and that it could be something planned for some time.

The first public inkling of the closure came in a post on the bar’s Facebook group on May 18, when a patron wondered why the room had “been closed for the past several days.”  A band scheduled to perform that night apparently had been given no notice although one patron posted that the owner had told her some time beforehand.

The same poster also shared a screenshot of an undated real estate listing suggesting the business is for sale.  The asking price for the pub, at which two shootings took place last summer and which is described as having “Excellent Clientele,” is $250,000.

-Gary 17,
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SHOW LISTINGS for Monday, May 21, 2022

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*6> “Underplayed and Underpaid” interviews and performances by Guelph area bands on CFRU 93.3 FM broadcast and online

6> “Soundcheck with Sabrina” with Sabrina Fallah @ Jungle 77.3 & online at ~eclectic tracks, interviews etc.



12:15-1:15> Spring Serenade @ Holy Trinity Church, 10 Trinity Square ~Classical; $0

*5-9> Jim Heineman Trio @ Mirto Italian Restaurant, 25 Toronto St. ~Jazz

6> The Hulagoons @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Hawaiian swing with steel guitar

6-8> Matthew Bailey and Edwin Sheard @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.

6:30> Fog Brass Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Linda Saslove @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

7> Little Magic Sam & His Band & guests @ The Cavern, 76 Church St. ~Soul/Blues

7:30> Wendy Lands @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~songwriter

**8> open mic with host Adam Caranfa @ Rose & Crown, 2335 Yonge St.

**8> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with hosts Dave Lang & John Sladek @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> Cesar Ruiz @ Tranzac Lounge (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> NAV; 88Glam @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $

8:30> CHEW; The Better Lates; Jesse and the Dandelions; The Gables @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0

*8:30> Mari Palhares hosts “Soul Beats Project” workshop on Afro-Brazilian drum rhythms for beginners @ above Lucky Moose Foodmart, 393 Dundas St. West (second floor)

**9-1:30> open mic/jam with host Sam Sundar-Singh @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

*9:30> open mic @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

9:30> N.O.J.O. @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~R&B/Blues; $

10> Staycation with guests @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0

10-2> Dan Gagnon @ The Hideout, 423 College St.  ~contemporary Rock



7-10> The Dirty Dogs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Blues-Rock; 0$

7:30> “Revolution Mondays” with host The Opera Blue & guest feature Kyle Precepa @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$

?8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.

*9-12> The Out of Towners @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.

9-2> Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~Tom Waits tribute; 0$

*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends open stage @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.; 0$



*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.  



*8-12> open jam with All or Nothing @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth Road



6> Dark Day Monday cabaret @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.

7-11> Mariachi Fuego @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.

7> Magiceyeimage @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

8> Nervous Dater; Camp Girls; Feels Fine; Dog Cops @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $10

8> Nichol Robertson’s Boogaloo Boys @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers; 0$

*8> open mic/jam @ The Wicket Pub, 1671 Bloor St. W.

8> PJ Morton @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

*8-11> open mic with Jean Baptiste De Collier @ Station Ale House, 2457 Bloor St. W.

8:30> “Polyphonic Sounds From Either Side of the Black Sea” @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Classical chamber music; $20

*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.

9:30> In Between @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

*10-11> The Skyliners @ Skyline Restaurant, 1426 Queen St. W. ~low-fi Soul/Blues

*10> open mic with host Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.



*5> open mic with Dennis Napper @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

*7:30-12> open mic with Anthony Schmanthony @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

*9-2> James Murray @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9:30> David Scott @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals



*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8-12> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.

9> Garbageface; Curta; Rich Jones @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~Rap; $7


905 EAST

6> Rob Phillips @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~Jazz

*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa



8-11> open mic @ The Barrel, 2180 Steeles Ave. W., Vaughan

9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket



6> Michael Wainwright & Rick Labrie @ Innsville, 1141 Highway 8, Stoney Creek ~Beatles covers

7-10> Frog Eyes at Mills Hardware, 95 King St. E., Hamilton

7> Jennifer Budd; The Altobeelays @ The Casbah, 406 King St. W., Hamilton ~eclectic indie; $0

*8> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country


905 WEST

*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Screamin’ Evil Band featuring Keith Danby @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)

8> Lauren Knowles @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*8-12> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga

*10> Gracie @ Spice Lounge, 52 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~acoustic Pop covers & originals



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