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Good vibes with Carol and Bob [centre and right] -Gary 17

Good vibes with Carol and Rob [centre and right] -Gary 17


As we told you about this time a year ago, Tuesdays tend to be a quiet night for bands doing live music shows in Scarborough —in fact there are exactly none that we know of.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no live musical entertainment at all, because for several years now dynamic karaoke hosting duo Carol MacDonald and partner Rob (aka The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman) have been hosting a very happening weekly show at a well established and relaxed room, The Fossil and Haggis at 790 Military Trail.

Located in a little plaza at the corner of Military Trail and Morningside Ave. (so it’s very accessible off the 401 a few hundred metres north if you’re travelling by car) the F&H is a fairly typical British pub style room but because it’s independently owned rather than part of one of the big chains it also has its own identity and a strong contingent of both neighbourhood regulars and folks who come out for the Tuesday k-shows and when the room offers live music Fridays.

(Unfortunately there’s no way to find out who’s performing any given Friday, since the club’s website is mostly all about food and has no show listings, while their Facebook presence is pretty much non-existent, with a page that hasn’t been updated in almost two years.)

Tuesdays, however, this place has it all together, thanks largely to Carol and Rob, who put on a professional, welcoming show wherever they appear.  (They also do a weekly Saturday night show at tiny but dynamic Winners on Lawrence Ave. and Sunday evenings at Pearson Pub on Mary St. in downtown Whitby.)

In addition to making a point of approaching newcomers to invite them up the couple loves to get “group sing” things going, often doing a rousing song that lends itself to singalongs whenever things start to lag.

They also have a pro-calibre sound system with great mics and know how to make any singer sound good.  That makes it an ideal event both for amateurs just out to have fun and for professional singers to try out a song you’ve been thinking you might want to do but may need some practice to perfect.

The show starts at 9:30, goes late and is one heck of a lot of fun!

-Gary17, TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, October 04, 2021

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


6> Winona Wilde @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6-7:30> Leslie Huyler @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

6:30> John Pittman Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

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

8-10:30> Jim Gelcer album release for Melodies Pure and True @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $15

8-11> tba @ Wolf Like Me, 834 Bloor St. W., TO

8-9:30> Annie Bonsignore @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

8:30> Art Bar @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~poetry reading series; $5

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

9> The Inanimates; Lite Years; Sure; Taylor Holden @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; no cover

*9> Chris Caddell Blues Band @ Lou Dawgs, 598 King St. W., TO ~Blues

*9> open mic with Revel York @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO

*9:30> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St., TO

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

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

10> Peripheral Vision @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO ~Jazz

*10> The Hit Pickers @ Cloak & Dagger, 294 College St., TO

10> Run With The Kittens @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Pop

10-11:30> Chris Birkett @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

10:30> Don Campbell @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock


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

7-9> Django Jazz Jam @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Django Reinhardt covers; no cover

7> Billy Bragg; Joe Henry @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~$50.75-55.75

8> Alyssa Tess; Wood Over Wires; Opossum, Rabbit & Shrew @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~indie; no cover

8:30-10:30> Total Gadjos @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

*9-1> jam with Paul Storm and The Hog Town Torpedoes @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E., TO East

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

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

**9:30-12> open stage hosted by Jay Pennell or Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East


*8> Groovestone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Rock/Soul


*9:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ The Fossil & Haggis, 790 Military Trail, Scarborough


hubert-1609277> Sink Tapes; Weather Weather; Steady Hustle @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie

8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest John MacMurchy on tenor sax @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz/Blues

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

8:30> Acoustic Strawbs @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~British Folk-Rock icons; $60

*8> Cody McMillan hosts jam @ The Cat, 3513 Dundas St. W., TO West

8:30> Boreal Sons with David Newberry; !mindparade @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~original Pop; $15

9> Chris Bottomley; Mmi O’Bonsawin; Ed Roman @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; pwyc

9> John Showman & Friends @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~old-time

9> Drew Smith; Laura Barrett; Henri Fabergé @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West

9> The Arc Sound @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~; $


7:30> Airbourne @ Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~original Rock; $25

*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

7> Alyssa Wright @ Barrie Bus Terminal, 24 Maple Ave., Barrie ~Jazz

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

9> Laura Mac & Strikeback @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~acoustic Pop duo

10> Max Marshal @ The Garnet, 231 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

*7-11> open acoustic jam with Darren Smith & Shayne Thomas @ The Thirsty Monk, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

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

9> Steel City @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

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

905 – NORTH

7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ RCL 385, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., 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., 905 North

*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

905 - SOUTH

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

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

905 - WEST

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

*8-12> Big in Japan @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Funk; $

*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

*10> Chuck Coles of The Organ Thieves and Creepshow hosts open mic @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

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