If life has you down just run away and join The Circus with Ron Davis! | TorontoMoon.ca 200121Tu | Shows for Tuesday, January 21, 2022

Promo for silent movie soundtrack for ‘The Circus’ show


Winter blahs, January Blues, new decade depression, aging angst, sunless sorrow … there are a lot of reasons why people might be feeling a bit down right now —and I haven’t even included any current events on the list!

If that’s your predicament why not just go join “The Circus” —as in the silent movie by Charlie Chaplin, tonight being given a fresh live musical accompaniment soundtrack by innovative piano/composer genius Ron Davis and percussionist Graham Hargrove at the Jazz Bistro.

For Davis this may seem a somewhat pedestrian assignment, given his history and proclivity for unusual sonic soundscapes, about which I’ve written a few times in the past —most notably when he’s performed with his mind-dizzying SymphRONica Orchestra, such my preview of his 2018 new album release.

But Davis, who is highly regarded overseas as well as by those in the know about innovative Jazz here at home, has also teamed up with other combinations before, as I told you in an article about him incorporating a dance troupe into his show in December of 2018 and as I previewed in November of last year when he paired up with bass player Lauren Falls in a duet.

Tonight’s 8-12 show in the room at 251 Victoria Street downtown will no doubt also be interesting as Davis will be composing an original score to accompany the 1928 film.

It’s worth noting in that respect, too, that his “teammate” tonight, percussionist Hargrove, is a highly regarded accompanist in the Jazz and Classical world who has performed with ensembles and orchestras on four continents as well as recording two albums and being a staple of the local musical theatre scene.

You can expect to pay a $20 cover and I’d wager you’ll feel you got more than your money’s worth for this two-ring film-and-music spectacle that’s bound to include thrills and delights such as you’ve never heard before!

-By Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, January 21, 2022

Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.  For KEY to listings codes and schemata see note at end of shows list.

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

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 www.Rock-FM.ca

7-10> Bluesday On Tuesday @ CKUW 95.9 FM www.ckuw.ca/listen

*9-12> “Soul Nation” with Bill & Jesse King @ JAZZFM.91 ~Jazz/Soul outside the mainstream

10-11> “Howl” with hosts Nancy Bullis & Valentino Assenza on CIUT 89.5FM & online ~profiles of and interviews with poets and songwriters


416 – TORONTO CENTRAL -Broadview/Bayview to Ossington

6> Mike Boguski @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

6:30-8:30> Richard Whiteman Four @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $pwyc

7> Candice Sand @ Reign Bar in Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St. W. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

7-12> Alex Stringer Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Rockabilly; $0

7:30> Bob Cohen’s 3 Ring Circus with guest Roger “Pops” Zuraw @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.

7:30> Speak, Be Silent @ Walter Hall in Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent ~contemporary original/tribute to Roger D. Moore; $

8-10:30> Ron Davis with Graham Hargrove @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~original live soundtrack accompaniment for silent movie “The Circus” by Charlie Chaplin; $

8> Alex Cuba @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $

8> Jean-Michel Blais @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. ~acoustic originals; $

*8> open mic night with Michael & Mark Villamor @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

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

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

*8-11> Chicken & Waffles Band @ Mister C., 80 Blue Jays Way ~contemporary Rock

8:30> Magic City Hippies; Tim Atlas @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8:30-11:30> “Irie Tuesdays” open mic for singers, rappers & poets @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.

*8:30-12:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

8:30> The Fourth Street Four; Blythe @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~songwriters; $

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

9> game.set.trap @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Trap Jazz

9> open mic with Sean Stoneham & set by Viveynne @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. 

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> Golden Star Garden Trio; Mute Swan Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz

10> Bad Luck Woman @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Motown/Memphis Blues


416 - TORONTO EAST -Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park

*6-9> Julian Fauth & Friends @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano/acoustic Blues guests

7-10> Liane Fainsinger Quartet @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

*8> open jam with backup band @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E.

8-11> It’s jsin; Brooke Lanziner; Johnathan Cohen Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$

8:30-10:30> Mike Daley & Greg Wyard @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Beatles covers

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

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



7-12 (signup starts at 6)> “Bluesday Tuesdays” Blues jam with host Rocco Novia and his Li’l Sun Novia band & full backline @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.

8> Marshall Dane @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Country/Pop



*8:30-12:30> open jam with Russell Williams & band @ 3 Monkeys, 1585 Warden Ave.

416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke

7-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Rebecca Hennessy on trumpet @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$

7-9> West End Ukulele Jam with host Ronny Shinder @ Gin Mill Gastro, 2202 Bloor St. W. ~byou; $10

7:30> Kevin Foster @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers/originals; $pwyc

7:30> open mic with Devin Loran @ Alchemy, 890 College St.

7:30-10> “Look Up” celebration of the life of Paul Quarrington @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~tribute to Paul Quarrington; $30

8-11> Laura Hubert & Nathan Hiltz @ Intersteer Tavern, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

8> Kane Miller; Erso @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~songwriters; $10

8> open mic with Jay Pollock @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W.

8:30> Re:verse @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~original Rap/Hip-Hop; $

8:30> Drummers In Exile @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W.  ~drum & dance circle

9> Jake Chisholm @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.

9> Daniel Greaves; NLX; more @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Pop covers & originals; $


519 EAST -Guelph & K-W and vicinity

6> Joe Luchetta @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph ~~smooth piano Rock/Pop

*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> open mic with Eric & Andre @ Tavern On Grange, 259 Grange Rd., Guelph

*8-11> open jam with Billy Ol Skool @ Trappers Alley, 100 Carden St., Guelph

8> jam with John McKinley Band @ Lana’s Lounge, 220 King St. N., Waterloo

8:30> open mic jam with Kent McMillan & Enio @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

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

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



*9-12> eclectic open mic @ Play, 600-55 Cedar Points Dr., Barrie

7> Open stage ft Ále Suárez and special guests @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

7-11> Little Rapids @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*8> open mic night with Davey Mac @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

8-11> Dave Bush @ That Little Pub, 26 Bridge St. W., Campbellford ~Jazz

9-10> Music &* art jam @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough


905 EAST -Pickering to Cobourg

*7-11> Wood Shed jam @ 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 Jason Cini or Cheryl Ireland @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> Two For The show @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop

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



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

8> Broadsway @ The Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton ~cabaret Jazz; $

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

*8:30-12:30> open mic jam with backline & host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ London Pub, 9724 Yonge St., Richmond Hill


905 SOUTH -Hamilton & vicinity

7> songwriters open stage with Deeps/Dave Pomfret @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton

7-9> open mic @ Culantro Peruvian Cookery, 537 Main St. E., Hamilton

8> Castle Black; Captain Wildchild; Scabs @ Doors Pub, 56 Hess St. S., Hamilton ~Punk/Thrash; $5

*8> open stage with Boom Babiez @ Ale House, 802 Upper Gage Ave., Hamilton

8> Tuesday Choir @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

8:30-12> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

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

*9:30> Treblecasters @ Cat N Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton


905 WEST -south Peel, Halton

*6:30-10:30> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0

*7> James Clark Jones @ Max Resto Lounge, 102-2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington ~smooth Rock/Pop

*7> open mic with Steve Shelton @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~songwriters

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

*9> open mic night with hosts Jimmy Dee & Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

*9:30> open mic with Matt Zaddy @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga

10> Sean Pinchin @ Door FiftyFive, 55 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit–Mississauga ~songwriter; $0



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