Ironic irony: Kyp Harness releasing album of greatest hits tonight | 170806Su | Shows for Sun. August 06, 2021

Kyp Harness in 2016 -GARY 17


So what do you call it, I wonder, when irony is itself ironic?  When the use of irony is itself an act of irony?  Because whatever that is, it is precisely what describes tonight’s release by iconoclastic and idiosyncratic songwriter Kyp Harness of a new album at the Tranzac Club.

I’ve written on a few occasions here now about Harness’s formidable lyrical talent, which I’ve been a fan of for over 20 years.  Most recently here I described his artistic gifts in some detail in telling you on March 24 of last year about the release show for his then-newest album, Stoplight Moon, at Dakota Tavern.

No doubt Harness, who’s whipsmart clever, a wordsmith nonpareil (check out my review in the East York Chronicle magazine of his debut novel “Wigford Rememberies” from earlier this year!) had a little snicker as he decided on the title of this disc, Kyp Harness Greatest Hits, since he’s not —to the chagrin of a cult following that includes many famous fellow songwriters along with this scribe— anything like a celebrtity mainstream star.

You won’t find his name on many, if any, radio or album sales charts and you’ll probably never see him headlining any of the supposedly street-savvy music festivals being promoted by Music Toronto and their corporate concert cohort in various “village squares” like Yonge-Dundas, Nathan Phillips, Trinity and so forth.

Album cover art for ‘Kyp Harness Greatest Hits’

Yet the deeper irony of him using that title for this 14-track fourteenth album is that he has written a number of hits —if, like me, you define the term “hit” as a song that is catchy, memorable and hugely respected by fellow artists and any other fans lucky enough to hear it.

For while 98 out of a hundred people you stop in the street probably have no idea who Kyp Harness is, the 2% who do, regard him —in the words of fellow songwright Ron Sexsmith— as “every bit as powerful as Dylan, Cohen and Lennon combined” and “one of the finest songwriters on the planet.”

Such ardent admirers of Kyp are Sexsmith and other knowledgeable industry folk like keyboardist-songwriter and producer Bob Wiseman, that, as I recounted at the time, a panopoly of fellow artists, organized by Wiseman, in March of 2013 got together to stage a tribute concert honouring him by doing covers of 13 of his tunes —and he didn’t even have to die for it!

The new album, which contains several high-profile appearances by musical guests likely to be on hand tonight, is a selection of “fan favourites” Harness says on his website.  And based on the stature and discerning tastes of his followers, you can be guaranteed they’re all powerful numbers.

Given that Kyp Harness’s genius is powerful enough that he has already successfully defied both posthumous appreciation and artistic pigeon-holing, it perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise if, at tonight’s 7:30 show in the Southern Comfort room of the club at 292 Brunswick Ave. in the Annex, he can conquer irony too.

-Gary 17,

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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)

5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM

*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ ~Blues

9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ ~ artist interviews and tracks


11am-2pm> Muzka Klez Duo/ Isaac Muzikansky/Lana Biro for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~folk, piano; $5 (music only)

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro Rock/Soul

noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz

3-5> George Crotty Trio @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

3> M.E. Law; Lily Mason @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E. ~Folk/Rock; pwyc

3-11> “Island Soul Festival” with Pass The Torch; Hudson Forde drums; Jay Douglas & The All Stars; Bahamas Junkanoo Legends; Guaracha y Son; Moko Jumbie SwizzleStick Theatre; Joel Davis; Kommotion; David Rudder @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.  ~Worldbeat (various international); 0$

3:30-6:30> Club Django @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*4-7> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots

4> Luann Phung @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave.

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz

4:30-7:30> Joe Spina Duo @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz

6-7:30> Ros Kindler @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.

7> The Rythmatugically Syncopated Social Hour Jazz Jam @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

7:30> Kyp Harness recording release for Kyp Harness Greatest Hits album @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~songwriter

7-9:30> Justin Haynes Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

7-9:30> Joanna Majoko @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $10

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

*8> open mic with Carlos @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$

9-11> Mr. Rick’s Ruckus Juice @ Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~Folk, Blues

8:30-10> Tiffany Hanus @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

9> Hybrid Frequency/Stargoon @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. TO

9:30> Space Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> Chris Banks Trio @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10> Luke Vajsar @ Ciros, 1316 Bloor W.  ~Folk, Blues; ~$10

10> Claude Kent @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guest rhythm section Nicholas Tabarias & Gary Kendall @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

10> Roy Woods @ Fiction Night Club ~Pop/Soul/Rock; $30


11am-2pm> Bossa Tres for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz;  $

2-4> “Music In the Park” with Suzie Vinnick @ Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E. ~original Blues; $0

*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave.

3-7> The Repairmen @ The Birchmount Tavern, 462 Birchmount Road.

4> WE-B3 @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E.

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller’s Black Bear All-Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive

7-11> Blues Sunday With The Jerome Tucker Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$

8> Brian Passmore; Lee and Jessee McCuaig @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave. ~Roots-Rock

*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.


2-11> Sil Simone & The Pie Guys; Phil Naro Band; Jordan John & Mike Branton; Gino Monopoli as Elvis for Lakeshore Mardi Gras Festival, Colonel Samuel Smith Park, 18 Colonel Sam Smith Park Drive; $0

* 4-8> Linda Wells & Derek Pilgrim @ Lake Shore Moose Lodge, 3753 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.


*7-11> open jam with host Gtar Live @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.


*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass

2> Nate & Julia @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St.

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country

5-8> Ivan Rosenberg & Kyle [email protected] The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots

5-8> Grateful Sunday @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

6> Chris Platt @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~vibraphone Jazz; pwyc

7> Jeremy Rose @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~ Rock; pwyc

8> Accolades; Jack the Lads; Naken Wild; Camino Jazz Club @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie; $

8> Cook Bag; Rehab For Quitters; The Feedbacks @ Smiling Buddha Stage 2, 961 College St. ~Punk/Thrash; $

8> Gordie @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~folktronica; $13.50

8:30> New Flamenco Quartet @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~Flamenco; $20

8:30> Harley Card Trio @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

9-12:30> The Ole Fashion @ Opera Bob’s, 1112 Dundas St. W. ~oldtime Country

9:30> “Sing Strips” with Vella Canto; Maximum Capacity; Bianca Boom Boom; Victoria Vermouth

9:30> Double Time Surf Band @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~ Rock; pwyc

9-1> Berman Billings Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

9> Los Caballeros Del Son @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave ~Tradition Cuban Folk

*10> Choe Watkinson of Park Eddy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul; $10

10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Motel Bar, 1235 Queen St. W. ~Jazz


1-10> 25th Annual Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music with many acts on several stages including Cousin Molly aka Laura Thomas (on the childrens stage); Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme; Bourree a Trois; Scantily Plaid; Everlovin’ Jug Band; Great Village; Mu Mbana; Final Nine; Brian Crozier; Doug Watt; Onion Honey

*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

4> jam with Chuckee Zehr @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

9> Digawolf @ Dstrct Lounge, 10 Wyndham St. N.

*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street E., Milton

9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo

*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph


1-4> Nate Douglas @ Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

1> Abigail Lapell for Sawdust City Music Festival @ Arts At The Albion, 100 Muskoka Rd. N., Gravenhurst ~songwriter

2-5> Close Enuff @ Riverside Grill (Holiday Inn), 150 George St., Peterborough

2> Mélanie Brulée @ Muskoka Discovery Centre, 275 Steamship Bay Rd., Gravenhurst

3> Bluegrass Menagerie feat. Mathew Fines @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

7:30> Brian Summers; Jeremy Dutcher; Jessica Mitchell Mélanie Brulée; The Julian Taylor Band for Sawdust City Music Festival @ Music On The Barge, Gull Lake Rotary Park, Gravenhurst ~original Rock/Pop

9> Papa John; Winnie Brave; Ferraro for Sawdust City Music Festival @ Sawdust City Brewing Co., 387 Muskoka Rd. N., Gravenhurst ~songwriters

905 EAST

*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock

*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering

4> Rob Bulger @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots

*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick

*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown

5> Paul Hampso @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues

*7-10> Lynn McDonald @ Jester’s Court, 279 Queen St., Port Perry ~Pop/Jazz

7:30> Paul Shearer for  “Candlelit Church” sessions @ St. Alban’s, 537 Main St., Glen Williams-Georgetown ~Roots

*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket


noon-11> Festival of Friends with 2 stages featuring Shae Dupuy; Rich Cloke; Emma Elena Grace ; Benjamin Dakota Rogers; Quarter in The Bag; The Red Decade; Barbara Lynn-Doran; Late Night; more @ Gore Park, King St. E. at John St. S., Hamilton ~Country/Roots-Rock

2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Jack de Keyzer @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $7

*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton

4:30-7:30> Alfie Smith @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton  ~Blues/R&B

*7> open mic @ The Wee Dram, 1831 Main St. W., Hamilton

*7-11> open Country jam with Robert Tyler @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton

*7:30-11:30> open jam hosted by Troy Harmer & The Persuaders @ The Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

?*10> open mic with Kim Koren @ West End Pub, 151 Emerson St., Hamilton

10> Chris Chambers @ Augusta House, Hamilton, 17 Augusta St.

905 WEST

2-evening?> Memorial tribute to Paul C. Young with many guests, open mic, socializing, etc. @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

2-6> Colin Connors and guests @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

3:30> James Anthony @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues

4-7> Glenn Groves @ 5 West, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

**5:30-8:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

**7-11> The Nomads with guest @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

9-1> Derek Lathrop hosts jam @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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