Tasty Soul Mates make debut amid festival musical maelstrom | TorontoMoon.ca 160805Fr | Shows for Friday, August 05, 2021


Soulful singer Sue Martin -GARY 17

Starting this afternoon and running through till Sunday evening, the 23rd annual Krinos Taste of the Danforth festival sees east end main drag Danforth Avenue closed to vehicle traffic from its emergence at Bloor as far east as Jones Avenue a half-block from Donlands subway station.

And among the attractions is —as well as the expected Greek food and a perhaps surprisingly diverse selection of other international cuisines, family activities like rides and games on sidewalks and in venues— a broad range of musical presentations both on outdoor stages and in some of the venues along the way.

We can readily tell you who all the performers on the three festival street stages are.  The schedule for each stage is helpfully enough listed on the Performances tab of the festival’s website.  But remarkably, the festival’s site nowhere contains a map showing the exact locations of any of the stages, or anything else going on either, for that matter.  How they could have overlooked such an elementary aspect of a festival website is absolutely beyond me.  Maybe the web designers were so preoccupied by trying to make it mobile-screen-friendly that they forgot to make it brain and actual life compatible —unlike, say the site for the Festival of Friends event in Ancaster (also going on this weekend) which includes a great map of the grounds.

Just wander around and follow your ears till you find the performance areas, I guess —though I do know the main stage will be located in the middle of the roadway between Black Swan Tavern at 154 Danforth Ave., and the Dora Keogh across the street at 141 Danforth

Which brings us back to club acts in the area.  The Dora features Rockabilly songwriter Jack Marks (presumably with his Lost Wages band) while another music room, Old Nick at 123 Danforth a spit away, offers Rootsy Country Blues songwriter Arthur Renwick at 9:30.

I would assume that the Swan has a show on too, but since that club has long been completely uninterested in doing any promotion of its music of any kind whatsoever, I have no idea who that might be.  Another room with a lot of live music that’s also in the festival zone, The Only Café’ at 972 Danforth at Donlands, is holding a “Beerfest” tasting with music still tba, according to its website, so that’s a craps shoot too.

But then there’s the good ol’ Eton House, presiding over the corner a block east of Pape at 810 Danforth, still inside the festival’s ambit.  This eclectic room with a deceptively dowdy exterior and inside décor actually has an excellent, pro-level, raised stage that includes show lighting and a house soundman/dj (!) whose modest demeanour belies a very good grasp of making a wide variety of acts come across like pros.

His job will be easier tonight, however, since the seasoned troupe coming to his stage, the newly minted Soul Mates band, is used to doing a good job themselves on sound and presentation.  Fronted by savvy and soulful singer Sue Martin, the tight group is newly minted in name only, having recently decided that its previous moniker Whatever Sticks would not, thus rechristening themselves starting with tonight’s show.

I caught the WS combo a year and-a-half ago and was impressed how, despite working in an ineptly provided presentation area (at a lackadaisical Fox & Fiddle club on the outskirts) they still managed to make a delightful and captivating show. They delivered a varied repertoire of Pop Rock, R&B and yes, Soul, numbers that transcended their limited environment and caught lots of ears and eyes.  So I can only imagine how much they’ll enjoy themselves and show the upper reaches of their talents for this showcase tonight!

Their promo promises a mix of Soul, Funk and Disco Dance and singer Sue says that she is “thrilled” about showing how she can stir things up, so I’d expect the room’s generous, dedicated dance floor right in front of the stage is going to get a workout too!

Starts at 9 p.m. sharp; there may be a small cover charge for the show since that might be the only way to keep the crowd from going over-capacity given that it’s a part of the festival’s core area.  If you’re coming from out of the area, parking can actually sometimes still be found on side streets; but it’s a lot more sensible to take the subway to Pape station and walk (or waddle, given the throng of festival fun-seekers) the short block to the club and back.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

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*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO

*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*5-8> Kensington Kitchen Party with host Kevin Jollimore of Sin City Boys, Kim Cadilla on bass & guest musicians @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Pop Rock with heart

*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Folk

5> Dead and Lovely @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO ~cabaret

*5:30> Jazz Generation; Melissa Smeets @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E., TO ~Jazz

6-9> First Fridays with Hold The Bus featuring Kevin Jeffrey & guest singer Rebecca Campbell of Radio Dial @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~classic Rock and Roll/Rockabilly

6> Straight to Business; Dream Version @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO ~Chicago indie bands

6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Pop songwriter

6-8> The Sinners Choir @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Rootsy Blues/R&B; $10-20/pwyc

6:30> Teri Parker Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

7> Cute ‘n’ Crazy Old School Jazz & Rock and Roll Dance Party @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

7:30> Starfires @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

7:30-10:30> Linda Carone Trio @ 70 Down Lounge, 70 Yorkville Ave., TO ~Jazz/Blues; no cover

8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO ~songwriter

8:30> Wye Oak; Tuskha @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~original Rock; $20

8:30> Toronto Ska Fest Day 2 @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W., TO ~Ska

*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues

9> Second Pass; Pop Evil @ The Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Pop; $?

9> For The Son; EPNA; The Wholesomes @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $?

9> Union Duke; Olivia & The Creepy Crawlies; Oh Geronimo @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~original Roots Rock; $10

9-11:30> The Bill King Trio with feature guest Maiko Watson @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $

9:30> Loji @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO  ~indie

9:30> Lady Kane @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10

9:45> The Botos Family @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~60s R&B; $

10> Dave Murphy Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Rock/Funk/R&B; $

10> New Grease Revival @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO ~Country

*10> Homesick featuring tba @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., TO ~Punk; $5

10> Shred Penner @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock

10:30> The Fabulous Rave featuring Tony Oldland on guitar; openers 1867 @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade, TO ~ol’ time Rock n Roll

10:30> Shawn Brady & The Northern Sons @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

10:30> Combo Royale @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Blues/Rock


5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

6-11> Krinos Taste of the Danforth featuring dance showcase; a samba; The Globe Beats; The Level Exodus Band on Showcase Stage, Danforth Ave., TO East

6:4511> Krinos Taste of the Danforth featuring Stacey Renee; opening ceremonies (8pm); Assassin’s Creed; Greek Superstar on Celebrity Stage, Danforth Ave., TO East

7-11> Krinos Taste of the Danforth featuring Epohi; Paradosi HDC; Galaxy; Eros on Greek Stage, Danforth Ave., TO East

8> Beerfest with music tba @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Soul Mates (formerly Whatever Sticks) featuring Sue Martin @ Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Pop Rock

*9> open mic with Matt & Mike @ The Grover Pub, 676 Kingston Rd., TO East

9> Jack Marks & His Lost Wages @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Country Rock

*9:30> David Macmichael & The $5 Tall Boys @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~alt Pop originals and covers

9:30> Death Cohen @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

9:30> Matt Morgan Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Soul/Funk/Blues; $5


7:30> Gabriel Palatchi Trio @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; min table charge

8> Motorheadache; Blizzard of Oz; Sinburn @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~tribute Rock; $

9:30> United Soul Nations @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $

10-2> Southern Fried @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South ~Southern/classic Rock

10> Daniella Watters @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~Pop Rock



9-1> Tommy Rocker Band @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4640 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~classic Rock

9:30> Al Reilly’s Catalyst @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough ~classic Rock/Top 40

9:30> Denis Martel @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock


5-7> Michael Darcy @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Irish-tinged Roots

5-8> Robert Lee @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

6:30> Gordie Tentrees @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~rural Blues

7:30> Same Same But Different @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St., TO West ~Pop Rock

7:30> Scott Kemp Trio @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz; no cover

8> Orchid Tapes @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West

9-1> The Pearl Motel @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Good Enough @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~live band karaoke

9> Matty Powell @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West

9> Traitrs; Eliza; Sea Ghost @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie

9:30> House of David; Feeling the One Drop; Reggae Party @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West

10-2> The Southern Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W. ~Southern Rock

10> Yani Borrell @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Cuban Salsa; $15


6?> Kitchener Blues Festival with acts tba @ Victoria Park, Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Blues; $

8> Dusty Strings @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Country Rock?

8:30> Ross Burant @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop

11> Chuckee & The Crawdaddies @ Gilt Restaurant, 305 King St. W., Kitchener ~Blues


*5-7> Evangeline Gentle & Einmhin Gentle @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~acoustic duo

5:30> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8-11:45> Vintage Soul @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Rock/Soul

8:30> The Union Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> Adam Webster @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

9> Clairvoyant ep release; guests Callfield; Cleopatrick; Ready the Prince @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie; $?

9:30> Dirty Little Swing Thing @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Swing/Pop

10> Rap Club @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*9:30> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax

10-2> Baz Littlerock @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Rock


5> Dave @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

9> Gunz N F’N Rosez @ Spot One, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~ GNR tribute

9:30> Marlene Clarke and The Heartbreakers @ CJ Barley’s, 213 The Queensway, Keswick ~Rock/Country

9:30> Skip Tracer @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill

10> The Orangeman @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock

905 – SOUTH

5-11> Festival of Friends with Andy Griffiths, Tomi Swick; The Elwins; Monster Truck on CHCH Main Stage – Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Tinity Rd. S., Jerseyville/Ancaster

6:30> Ferguson Young with Liam McGlashon @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> Diane Ryder Band @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> Ryan Vivian @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40

9> Harlow ep release with guests Gillian Nicola; Taste & The Sweet Talkers @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

9> Detour; Ethan Paxton; Run Maggie Run; more @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $10

9:15> The Old Winos & guest tba @ The Old Winery Restaurant, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake

9:30> The Treblemen @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~Rockabilly; $

9:30> Hardline Crush @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~classic & contemporary Rock

9:30> Soul Town Funk Band @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~Funk/Soul

905 WEST

*5> Adam Ostrosser & Joel Guenther @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop

*6-9> Terry Rawlinko @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~ Blues/Jazz/Pop

8> Ron Baumer & Friends; openers The MacLeans; Rob McLay @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~indie; $10

8-11:30> The Ballroom Babies @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

9> Flatrock @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~indie/alt Pop

9:30> Kenny V @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Mike Hines @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock

9:30> Time Trip @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

9:30> The McFlys @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~80s Pop Rock

9:30> Rewind Line @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30-11:30> Glenn Groves @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

10-2> Smoke In The Cockpit @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock; $

10> Walter Ego @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:30> The Commandos @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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