Big band BackTrack inviting performers to join them Mondays at Cadillac | 190527Mo | Shows for Monday, May 27, 2022

Singer Belle Matthews on stage with BackTrack


Don’t tell Drake about this (for sure he’d be up on stage hogging the limelight if his behaviour at Raptors games is any indication) but if you’ve ever thought about shining on a pro stage with a big band featuring three saxes backing you, you now have a chance to do that once a week.

The BackTrack Band, which includes an all-female three member sax section (Carrie Chesnutt, Sophia Smith and Abigail Neale) is inviting singers and players to get “Backstage with BackTrack” most Mondays starting tonight through mid-August on the impressive main stage at Cadillac Lounge.

The group, which also includes veteran guitarist Marty Zatzman and up to six other musicians in addition to the saxes, is no stranger to accommodating guest singers, as we’ve told you previously.  They were a key factor in helping young Belle Matthews take her career to the next level when she was just 16 three years ago, as we told you at the time.

BackTrack is also a summer mainstay of the music-oriented multi-stage venue at 1296 Queen Street West and for three previous years now have had successful runs there, as we told you in 2017 for that year’s series.

The group specializes in a repertoire that, as I detailed previously, includes authentic versions of Motown, Soul and R&B standards like “Chain of Fools”, “I Got The Music In Me” and “Respect”.  But it and also adds variety, with takes on modern Pop numbers by artists like Amy Winehouse, soulful versions of Jazz classics like “Crazy” and “At Last” and then varies up the mix with a few perennial dance faves like “Proud Mary”.

The band has always incorporated special guest singers as part of their Cadillac showcases, including divas like Liberty Silver, and also has often featured opening bands.  But the 2019 summer series is, to my knowledge, the first time they’ve opened up the stage to anyone who comes by.

The BackStage series will be running every Monday except June 24, July1 and August 5 from tonight till August 19.

It’s a short show, running 7:30-9:30 but there’s no cover and probably no breaks.  And if my experience hearing this group a couple of years ago is any indication, the time will fly by but listeners will feel like they’ve had a full dose of great music by the time it’s done.

-By Gary 17,
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*2-3> “Out of The Bassment” with host Keiko Gutierrez @ 93.3 CFMU Hamilton and online at ~music featuring bass players

3-7> Julian Taylor hosts @ 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto & ~eclectic music 25% indigenous, 35% CanCon

*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.


416 – TORONTO CENTRAL -Broadview/Bayview to Ossington

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

6> Winona WIlde @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

6-8> Chris Banks et al @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.

6> Alex Little & The Suspicious Minds @ The Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. ~indie; $10

6:30-8:30> Peter Hill Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~ Jazz covers & originals; $

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

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

*7-9:30> UkeZac ukulele jam & workshop @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.; $10

7> Nicole Dollanganger @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $

7> SAFE @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~original Rap/Hip-Hop; $

7:30> Local Natives; openers Middle Kids @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Gaz Coombes with Chris Simmons @ Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W.

7:30-10:30 Balfolk @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~folk dancing to live music fiddlers etc.

**8> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Yawd Sylvester @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> Robi Levy, Steve Gravestock & Michael Thorner @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E.; $10

8> Tom & Bruce Show @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

8> A.K. Shrey & Friends @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $pwyc

8:30> Kyoto Banana Star; Another Crush; Jazz Funeral @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~eclectic indie; $

8:30> John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

**9-1:30> open mic/jam with host Wayne Neon & feature by Mona Lola @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

9> Dylan Hennessy @ The Joint, 55 Colborne St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

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

10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Jazz-Rock fusion; $

10> Alex Lukashevsky @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

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


416 - TORONTO EAST -Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park

7-10> Dan Walsh @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$

7> Cradle of Filth; Wednesday 13; Ravan Black @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~Metal/Punk/Hard-core; $

7> Chromatics; Desire; In Mirrors @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Tequila Mockingbirds @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~singalong neighbourhood choir; $0

7:30> songwriters showcase with host Pamela Gilmartin & guest feature Gary LaRocca @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$

*7:30> George Lake Big Band @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~big band Swing Jazz/Soul; $10

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

*9-12> Gareth Parry’s Book Club @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~Blues/Jazz

*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.



*6:30-10:30>  open mic night @ Rise Entertainment, 1081 Progress Ave.

7:30> Uke jam/workshop or Uke Circle jamalong @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~amateur ukulele players welcome; $5


416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke

3-7> Berman Billings @ Sorauren Farmers Market, 289 Sorauren Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals duo

7> Will Fisher/Carl Bray Band @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

7:30-9:30> “Backstage with BackTrack” big band open jam with BackTrack Band featuring Marty Zatzman @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~big band Motown/Funk/R&B/Soul

7:30> Jon Vinyl; dubé; Aistis; Hunnah @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

8> Blonde Elvis; No Frills; Your 33 Black Angels @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $13

8> “Dark Day Monday 15” with ZacKey Lime Muhaddisah Batool & Esther Stellar Joe Recinos Chris Graham Shanika Maria Music Robin Luckwaldt Rosst & Natalia Bushnik @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~variety; $

8:30> Ammo; Flotsam & Jetsam @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $25

*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> Lucian Gray @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

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


519 EAST -Guelph, K-W & vicinity

7-9> Momondays newtworking/performance gathering with amie Pritchard, Rachel Jones, Linda Neff, Marion Reidel, and Alan Garrett and guest musician is Gwen Potter @ The Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St., Guelph ~variety; $

*7> 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

8-11> Carmen Spada @ Manhattan’s, 951 Gordon St., Guelph ~Jazz

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

9:30> Turk and the Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo



*7-11> Rick & Gailie’s Crash & Burn @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0

9> Sean and Chris Conway @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough


905 EAST -Pickering to Cobourg

7-9> Rob Phillips @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~Jazz

7-11> open mic @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~spoken word & music


905 SOUTH -Hamilton & vicinity

Noon-1> versaCello @ Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St. W., Hamilton ~Cello duo; $0

6> The Repeatles @ Innsville, 1141 Highway 8, Stoney Creek ~Beatles covers

6:30> Greensville Guitar Pickers jam @ Greensville Branch Library, 59 Kirby Ave., Hamilton

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

8> Mayhemingways; Handsome Devils; more @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~eclectic indie; $


905 WEST -south Peel, Halton

6> all ages open mic with Joel Martin @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga  ­­~Blues/R&B

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

**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Rick Furtado @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)

*9:30> Gracie @ Spice Lounge, 52 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Pop covers & originals; $0



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