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I very much enjoyed my visit to the Amsterdam Bicycle Club on a Tuesday night in November when the weekly songwriters-in-the-round ABC Songwriters Circle show hosted there by Robert Pelletier featured three very accomplished performers.
In addition to enjoying the tunes of the participants, who, in addition to the host included Gary Edward Allen, Tim Preuter and Jody H. Ferrer, I was quite captivated by some of the stories behind how the sons they were sharing came to be written. It’s not all that unusual to have a bit of conversation by artists in between numbers at such gatherings, but with Pelletier at the helm that aspect of the show almost seemed to take on the dimensions of a talk show worthy of broadcast on any network. There was interesting interaction between all four of those on stage and listening to them chat inspired some true insights into my own creative activity.
I’d expect that tonight, when the series returns after a three-week holiday break, this week’s 9-12 edition will be particularly fascinating, since in addition to Pelletier at least one of the participants is a composer with many tales to tell indeed.
David Storey lives up to his name’s homonym in many of his musical creations, as I’ve described previously on several occasions, most recently in September of 2016 when he was preparing to head out B.C. for work on a new film project, putting music aside for a while after just starting to get back into it as a full-time focus back in early 2013.
During the three-and-a-half years while he was concentrating on writing and performing in TO Storey also, of course, released his brilliant Coming Home debut full-length album in mid-2015, as we described at the time. Now he’s back in Ontario and happily has resumed fairly regular performing and visits to open stages. Hopefully he’s also working on another disc.
There’s no cover for the series and I also should add that I was delightfully surprised at the very reasonable cost of my beverage considering where the club is located in the toney tourist district downtown at 54 The Esplanade, and I found the service was quite pleasant and the room very welcoming.
SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, January 16, 2022
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**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
10-11> “Howl” with hosts Nancy Bullis & Valentino Assenz on CIUT 89.5FM & online ~profiles of and interviews with poets and songwriters
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*noon-3> Alex Radeff of Donkey solo @ True Love Café, 290 Dundas St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$
noon-1> Benjamin Baker & Daniel Lebhardt @ Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. ~Classical chamber music; $0
6> open mic with host band Unbuttoned @ Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E.
6> Matt Weidinger @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6-7:30> Lelie Huyler & Friends @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc
6:30> Patrick O’Reilly’s Wire Circus @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano
7> open mic for singers, rappers & poets with host Breanna Chanelle @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.
7:30> Bob Cohen’s Three Ring Circus @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~songwriters
7:30-11> Dear Rouge + screening of “Scott Pilgrim vs the World” @ Royal Cinema, 608 College St. ~indie band + movie of their choice; $0
7:45-11> “Irie Tuesdays” open mic for singers, rappers & poets @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.
*8> open mic night with Michael & Mark Villamor @ The Hideout, 423 College St.
8> Andrea Gibson; Chastity Brown @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $
8-10:30> Brenda Navarrete (recording release for Mi Munda) @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Afro-Cuban Jazz; $
8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word
*8:30-12> “Open Mic for the Starving Artist” @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~with food for songs!
8:30-11:30> Blair Packham & Lori Yates @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~songwriters; $10-$20/pwyc
*8:45> Bradley & The Bouncers @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~muscle Jazz/Blues; $
9> ABC Songwriters Circle with host performer Robert Pelletier & guests in the round David Storey, David Madras, Kevin Foster @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriters; $0
9> Slow Trains Still; Rolls Joyce; Kids with iPods @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0
9> The Nasties; Stinkbox; 4 Litres Away @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.
9:30> The Waring Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues-Rock; $0
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> Kristian Poladcha @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.
10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B
416 –TORONTO EAST
*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano
7-9> Collette Savard Trio @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$
7> Walk The Moon @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
7:30> open mic @ Nomads Restobar, 699 Danforth Ave.
**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.
8> Sam Taylor & Maia Van Raes @ Radical Road Brewing Company, 1177 Queen St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0
8> Wes Fowler; Kyle Wallace; The Brand @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$
*8-10> open mic with rotating hosts @ The Beach House, 1953 Queen St. E.
*8-11> Traditional Irish music @ Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen St. E.
8:30-10:30> Don Stevenson & Tim Bovaconti @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*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
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
9:30> Gibbran @ Fossil & Haggis, 790 Military Trail ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
10> Wayne Ferguson hosts jam & karaoke night @ West Hill Pizza, 4379 Kingston Rd.
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Arthur Renwick @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
7:30-10:30> Kelly Sloan @ Alchemy, TO West, 890 College St.
8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Denis Keldie on accordion @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$
*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers
*8:30> Drummers In Exile @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. ~drums & dance circle
9> Mauve Grove; Bywwater; Alyson McNamara @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc
9> Emilyn Stam & John Williams @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~eclectic Roots
9> The Quickshifters @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.
6> open mic @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph
*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge
*6> open mic @ The Ridge Social Eatery, 3215 Roseville Rd., Ayr
6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge
*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph
*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> acoustic song circle jam with host Terry Golletz @ Café Crêperie, 40 Mill St. W., Elora
9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
9-11:30> open jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo
7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
7:30> Don Owen & Bruce Longman @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~tribute to The Beatles
*8:30-12:30> open mic with host Jason Cini & AC Gray @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby
9> Rob Kirkham & Neon Rain @ 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
*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
*8:30-12:30> 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> Rob Reed @ Radius, 151 James St. S., Hamilton
7> songwriters open stage with Deeps/Dave Pomfret @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton
7> Ginger St. James @ Stonewalls, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*8> Chris Chambers @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*8:30> open stage with Wayne Petti @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton
*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic
*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
10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton
8-11> Dale & Cody & guests @ The Port House, 139 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~acoustic Pop duo
*8> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock
8-12> Johnny X Trio @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers
*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2
*8-12> open mic night with Chris Partland @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington
*8:45> open mic with Matt Zaddy @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga
9> open mic with Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington
Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.
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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