Will Virgil Scott’s ‘Musicians New Year’ feature a surprise? | TorontoMoon.ca 170425Tu | Shows for Tues. April 25, 2022

Virgil Scott in 2015 -GARY 17


It’s been nine years now since Virgil Scott debuted his first “Musicians New Year” show and jam in Etobicoke in early 2008.

As we told you in 2013 when we wrote about the sixth annual installment of the show —which at that time was still being held in late January— the idea behind the week-night post-holidays celebration (which we also wrote about for the 3rd show, on January 14, 2022) was to have a way of making it possible for players who were busy performing for others on New Year’s Eve to still have a kickass party of their own.

Most previous editions of the affair were held at what was once Club OV’s on Queensway Avenue (subsequently Hollywood On The Queensway, briefly in 2013 The Brawley, then Legends On Queensway till 2015 and nowadays a sushi restaurant) but with that room vacant proceedings switched over to Timothy’s Pub on Brown’s Line.

The switch to Timothy’s made a lot of sense since Scott appears there regularly with his Three Dads trio (or was until recently when fellow member Jay Speziale developed medical issues last autumn). 170313 ARTISTS EXPOSED Moon prALT2

Perhaps Jay’s situation is also why the tenth incarnation of the event is being held in late April (tonight starting at 7 p.m., actually) rather than in January.  And if that is so, might it be a hint that there’s some good news in the offing if in fact Jay is planning to attend and perform?  Although I haven’t heard any scuttlebutt to suggest that is the case, I’d be shocked if he’s not at least in the room and I find it hard to believe that if he is there he won’t end up on stage at some point.

Furthermore, this week just happens to also be the twelfth anniversary of the debut of the Dads.  I know that because I wrote about the April 21 fifth anniversary show back on April 15, 2022 in Toronto Moon #032 when this publication was still a hard copy release.  [Paid subscribers who are also registered as site members can see it posted as jpg and text in our Vault section.]  So perhaps that also partly explains the scheduling for tonight’s show, which is also being billed as a “Spring Fling”.

Toronto Moon 032 April 05-21, 2010 -Page 05 excerpt ‘3 Dads, 5 years, 1 night April 21’

Only one way to find out if I’m right —get to the club at 344 Brown’s Line just south of Horner Ave in the Long Branch area and check it out!  Regardless of what’s happening with Speziale, you can pretty much be guaranteed that the event will feature a raft of polished performers drawn from Scott’s humongous network of fellow players stretching back several decades along with the pool of incredible talents who perform on the club’s stage at one of the seven live music shows a week that take place there.

I expect there will be a cover but it’s probably just $5 and certainly won’t be more than $10.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, April 25, 2022

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4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or 1015thehawk.ca

**7-8> “Songtalk Radio” songwriters interviews/chat with weekly guest @ CJRU 1280AM Toronto and online

7-9> “Unsung and On The Side” with Carolyn Fe on Rock-Fm.ca


6> Hel Stella @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock

6-12> Leslie Huyler; Annie Bonsignore; Chris Birkett; special guests @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

6:30> Kalya Ramu Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano

6:30> The Maine; The Mowgli’s; Beach Weather @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $

7> Billy Newton-Davis @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

7:30> Wood and Water @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.

8> Mono; Holy Sons @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $

8> Toronto Folksingers Club @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St. ~Folk

*8-11> open mic with hosts Guy Moreau & James Quigley @ Statler’s, 487 Church St.

8-10:30> Duffmusiq @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~soul/R&B Jazz; $

8> Jon Antoniuk @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

8> O-Town @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $

*8> eclectic open mic @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word

8:30> The Coathangers; Pow Wows; Meanwood @ Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave. ~indie; $

*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $

9> Sam Outlaw; Michaela Anne @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~original Country; $13.50

*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.

**9:30> Jazz jam hosted by Chris Gale @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $

10> Vic Lawrence Orchestra @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

10> Nick Fraser @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.

10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock

*10> The Hit Pickers @ Cloak & Dagger, 394 College St. ~Bluegrass


*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano

7-9> Steven Conover Trio @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; $0

7> Colleen Allen Combo @ The Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~Jazz

7> Gnash; Sweater Beats; Max; Goody Grace; Tulpa & Blankts; Triangle Park; Myboyjon @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~indie; $

8> FingerStyleGuitar.ca open stage @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Roots

8> Jacob Celli; Gregory Noseworthy; Tape Eagles @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$

**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.

8:30-10:30> WE-B3 @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.

*9-1> jam with Mike Sedgewick & The Blue Gurus @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E.

*9> open mic with host Asha Diaz @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave.

*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Folk Roots


7> Virgil Scott’s 10th Annual Musicians New Year/Spring Fling jam @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~R&B/Pop/Jazz/Blues; $?

8-11> JAZZ.FM 91 presents Marc Jordan @ Old Mill (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Pop/Jazz; $50

8-12> Heavy Metal Jam hosted by James Alcock & band @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.


5-8> Celtic & Croon @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave.

7> Falcon Jane; Waxlimbs; North By North; Prince of Toronto @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $

7:30> Payadora Tango Ensemble @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~Tango band

8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Bill McBirnie on flute @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$

8> Sweet Crude; Motel Radio @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers

8:30> Cat and the Queen; Paint featuring Keiko Gutierrez on bass; The Naïve; Choose Epic @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~eclectic indie; $10

8:30> Girls of St. Louis recording release for ep; opener Rory Lavelle @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $10

9> Sleep Science; Maybe Refugee; Gen Gorman @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc

9> James McEleney @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock

9> Arthur Renwick @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter

10> Torero; Dani Nash @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~songwriters; $10


2-4> jam session at W.G. Johnson Centre, 31 Kribs St., Cambridge

*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge

6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exhange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge

*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph

7-10> Gina Horswood & Karen Morand; Dan McLean @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*7-11> Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Association holds Bluegrass jam @ Galt Legion RCL #121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge

*7-9> Juneyt @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge ~Flamenco guitarist

8> Songwriters Night with host Conor Gains & guest @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge

9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

9> tba @ Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St. N., Waterloo

9> jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo

10> Matty P @ Doogie’s & Pablo’s, 37 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo

*10> open jam with host Chris Brown @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford


7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8-10> JAZZmania @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~Jazz

*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*8:30-12:30> open mic with host Cheryl Stiles @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> Kris Barclay @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

*9-1> open acoustic jam @ The General, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

*10> open mic with Josh Beaven @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa


7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ Aw Shucks, 15474 Yonge St., Aurora

7> open mic with Bernadette Connors @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill

*8-11> jam with Matthew Kane & The Brews Brothers @ The Crown, 9580 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*8> acoustic jam @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown

*8:30-12:30> open mic @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*9> open mic with Manny D, Andy Earle & Dave Breckels @ Big Chris BBQ, 17380 Yonge St., Newmarket


6:30> Dylan Wickens & Sean O’Grady for “Southern Supper” @ Mississippi Queen Foods, 635 King St. E., Hamilton ~Blues; $ includes special menu dinner

*8> Blues & Jazz jam hosted by Wayne Janus & The Syncopaths @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

8> Hamilton Folk Club open stage @ The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta St., Hamilton

8> Sean Le Sage & The Dealbreakers @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic

*8:30> open stage with Wayne Petti @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

9> open acoustic jam @ Side Bar, 96 George St., Hamilton

9> songwriters night @ The West Town, 214 Locke St. S., Hamilton

*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country?

*9:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

9:30> Lauren Knowles Trio @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton

10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton

905 WEST

7:30> John & Sheila Ludgate @ Montfort Grill Burlington, 796 Brant St., Burlington

*8> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock

*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

*8> open mic night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zadkovich @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga

9-1> Big In Japan @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop; $?


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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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