Relish celebrates 8 years of adding flavour to music scene Sundays | 180304Su | Shows for Sunday, March 04, 2022

David Macmichael & Paul Brennan accompany a jammer at Relish -GARY 17

David Macmichael & Paul Brennan accompany a jammer at Relish -GARY 17


It’s been just over eight years tonight since Joanne Clayton first tried out live music at her funky tapas bar on Danforth Ave. a block east of Woodbine and both her restaurant and the east TO live music scene have never been quite the same since.

These days Relish offers at least ten shows a week, with two or even three some Saturdays and Sundays, but at the heart of it remains the event that began eight years ago: the “always the same and always completely different” Sunday night Stir It Up Sundays jam.  Tonight the room will celebrate the weekly open stage going into its ninth year and this edition ought to be a doozy!

The night that began it all at Relish has evolved over the years of course.  Versatile and pleasant-mannered drummer Paul Brennan is the only member of the original hosting crew who’s still part of it.  In the early days a full band was thought necessary since no one knew how many people might come out but nowadays that’s never a problem, as a coterie of regular participants along with an everchanging mix of semi-regulars and first-timers always ensures the roster is full.

For the past several years now Brennan has been working with co-host and emcee David Macmichael (an engaging, entertaining multi-instrumentalist and singer who plays a very solid bass) to provide support for artists wishing it and welcoming solos, combos and full bands to share the now fully equipped, dedicated stage.  Stylistically it’s completely wide open —I’ve seen everything from Country to Jazz, Classical, Folk, Blues, Pop and Rock of course, drum ‘n’ bass, Hip Hop, Rap and some stuff that simply defies description.

I’m not going to rehash everything I’ve written on several occasions over the past eight years about this always delightful destination event that attracts players from all across the city.  Two years ago, for example, I think I captured a lot of the magic in an article about the sixth anniversary of the jam, which also looks shares a bit of the history of the host groups and participants.

170313 Truly Support 2As I mentioned then, a short list of just some of the artists of whose music I’ve become a fan after first hearing them at Relish —in addition to host Macmichael and his Danger Bees of course— includes Bryan Van Dusen, Clela Errington, Das Fagott Mannschaft, Jace Traz, James Clark, Jessica Speziale, Jody Ferrer, Lilly Mason, Lindy Vopnfjörd, Mary Stewart, Robert Pelletier, Sam Taylor, Sandra Bouza and Smokey Folk —to name just a few!

It all kicks off at 9 or so (arrive earlier if you want a seat and you will enjoy the food immensely if you go for dinner) and runs till 1 or a little later in the tiny and very cozy, welcoming room at 2152 Danforth Ave. on the corner of Cedarvale, a block around the corner east from the Woodbine subway station.

-Gary 17,
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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)

*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ ~Blues

9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ ~ artist interviews and tracks

4> “Georgian Bay Roots” official show of Summerfolk Festival @ CFOS AM 560 (simulcast on

5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM

9pm-midnight> 60s, 70s Soul, Jazz & Funk Cape Town/UK LIVE on FM Radio & Online Worldwide @


10am-3> Chris Langan’s Traditional Irish Weekend series (second of 3 nights) with Siobhan Peoples; Martin Nolan; Sean Gavin; Joey Abarta; Patrick Ourceau; Pat O’Gorman @ Tranzac Club (all rooms), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10:30am-1:30> Blues brunch with Robert Davis @ Southern Accent, 839 College St.

11am-2pm> Touch of Klez for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ; $5 (music only)

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro R&B/Soul/Funk; $0

noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz

1-3> Kristy Hagerman; Dana Ben David @ Starbucks, 657 Dupont St. ~songwriters

2> OKAN @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz ~Classical; $

3> Georgia Borashko; Adam Harris;  Valentina Sadovsk @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~Classical; $

3> Cantemus Singers @ The Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square

3> Snooky Tines @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~Funk/R&B/Soul

3-6> Trevor Cape and The Field @ @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St. ~Grateful Dead style jam band

3:30-6:30> Club Django featuring Abbey Sholzberg on bass @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Gypsy Swing Jazz; $

*4> acoustic open stage with Steve Piette @ The Eagles Club, 17 Elm St.

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz

4:30> David Diao Group @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~experimental Jazz; $5/pwyc

4:30-7:30> Suzi & Doug @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz

5> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~vibraphone Jazz

6-10:30> Oscar’s Party with live performances of award-winning show tunes with hosts Jennifer Walls & Jenna Warner & guests @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz

6> Charlie Ringas @ The Foggy Dew, 803 King St. W.

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.

7-10> Mardeleva @ Love Child Social House, 69 Bathurst St. ~contemporary Latin original; $40

7-10> “Women In Music” with Lora Ryan; Lindsay Foote; Angela Saini; Teigan McKnight; Rebecca Lappa @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E. ~songwriters; $15

7-9:30> Tom Reynolds Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

7-10> The Rhythmaturgically Syncopated Social Hour Jazz jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

7> Riverboat Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~eclectic Roots-Rock/Jazz/Coountry

7> Tory Lanez @ Mod Club, 722 College St. 8

7> Falyaz & The Wasted Chances; Still Sound; Orbiting Deathray; Hangtime @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $0

7> Madball; Brick By Brick; Born Without Hope; Cold Shoulder @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~indie; $25

7:30> Jason Kenemy with Playdate @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~electro-Funk

*7:30> set by Fresh Mistake followed by open mic (sign up starts at 7:45) @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

7:30-12> Manta Raze (recording release for ep); Olivia & Adrian; The Bloomers; The Fade Awaays @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~original Rock/Pop; $7

8> Sam Doll; Ghost Caravan; Lylie Alora; Minnie Dino @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8-1> Evil Ebenezer; SDK; openers Primal Winds; - R.Y.O.T. aka Rebellious Youth Of Theory; Mike Cannz; Troublemaker; Fitz; Chatten Almighty; Jordan Mackie & Anewbis; Reeder; @ Nocturne, 550 Queen St. W. ~indie; $20

6> Mel Flower; Astro Mega; Shanaaz; @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~eclectic indie; $10

8-12> Phresher; Nuu Wave; Prezent; TreElijahl Nego Wynn; FlyBoy; TFMPG @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~indie; $60

8> Tyler Childers @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

9> Hymns57; Chanteclair @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~contemporary original; $

9:30> Barry Romberg Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> The Woodchoppers Association @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~improvised Roots-Jazz

10-2> Pat Wright @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests Tom Robertson & Hap Roderman @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.



11am-2pm> BTB’s for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

12-5> Haru Matsuri Festival with Kiri Koto Ensemble @ Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court ~Worldbeat/Japanese film music; $

*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave.

4> Danny Marks @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~eclectic Blues/Jazz/Pop

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller & The Black Bear All Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 OConnor Drive

5-8:30> George Olliver & Gangbuster @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~vintage Pop/R&B; $10

7> Baca AAT @ The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~tribute/covers of Russian band DDT; $

7-11> Jerome Tucker Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$

8> Stacey Kent @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

*9-1> 8th Anniversay jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.


Southside 180227416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE

12:30-1:30> Chris Stei @ Sunrise Records Sherway, 25 Sherway Gardens Rd. ~songwriter; $0

4-7:30> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Mike Branton & Jesse Whiteley @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Blues/R&B

5-9> Lost Patients @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Browns Line ~Pop Rock

7-10> Live-stream showcase with Shaune Walt @ Mimico Pub, 349 Royal York Blvd. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.


4> Joe Gahan @ Muckish Irish Pub, 74 Hymus Ave. ~Roots-Rock; $0

*7-11> open jam with host Gtar Live @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.



**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.

11-2> John MacMurchy & Dan Ionescu @ Archtop Music Bistro, 2312 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz

*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass

1-3> Geoff Marshall & The Mail Order Cowboys @ The Tennessee, 1554 Queen St. W. ~Country

2-6> Joel Saunders @ Golden Gecko Coffee, 282 Jane St.

2> Simone Cruso @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave.

3-5> Kid Pop Rocks @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country

5-8> Ivan Rosenberg @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots

5-8> Bruce Griffin Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

6> Robert Chapman Trio @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

6:30-10> Chelsea McBride @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz; $0

7> poetry slam @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W.

*7-10> “Another Bloody Folk Club” @ Gin Mill, 2202 Bloor St. W. ~Roots

8> Panic Botanicals; Basketball Knees; Tourist @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie; $10/pwyc

8:30> The Whateverly Brothers; The Two Minute Miracles @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $10

8:30> Dun Dun Band @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

9> Joey Wright @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.

*9:30> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro R&B/Soul/Funk; $0


2> One On A Blues @ The Wooly Pub, 176 Woolwich St., Guelph

3-5> The Greasemarks @ Van Gogh’s Ear, 10 Wyndham St. N. Guelph ~Country/Rockabilly

*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

4> Blues jam with guest Howard Ross @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo

*10-2> open mic @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph



*2-6> open mic @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #103, 34 Bridge St. W., Campbellford

*2> open mic @ The Barn Co-operative, 121 Old Highway 26, Meaford

3> Dub Trinity @ Red Dog, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~tribute to Bob Marley

3> Bluegrass Menagerie feat. Mathew Fines @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*8> open stage with Ryan Van Loon @ McThirsty’s Pint, 155 Charlotte St., Peterborough

8> Chastity; Crywank; Beef Boys @ Red Dog, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie; $


905 EAST

4> Doug Libby @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

4:30-8> Ugly Horse @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~Celtic

6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*6> Phlo @ Oasis Bar, 31 King St. E., Cobourg ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


*11am> Robert Lee Trio @ Lil’ Brew Hops, 209 Main St. S., Newmarket ~Jazz

*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots

*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick

*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues

*6-10> open mic with host Brian Wride @ Col. McGrady’s, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge

*7-10> Lynn McDonald @ Jester’s Court, 279 Queen St., Port Perry ~Pop/Jazz

*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket

*9> King Henry’s open mic (sign-up starts 8:45) @ King Henry’s Arms, 9301 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*9-1> Band jam with The Bandits house band feat. Matt Groopie @ Archibald’s, 8950 Yonge St., Richmond Hill


*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

7:30> Roy Parsons for “Candlelit Church” sessions @ St. Alban’s, 537 Main St., Glen Williams-Georgetown ~Roots

*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street E., Milton



11am-1pm> Reno Silva for Jazz Brunch @ Royal Botanical Gardens, 1185 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Latin Jazz; $15

1> Jeremy Fisher Junior @ Mills Hardware, 96 King St. E., Hamilton

2-6> Sunday Blues with Brant Parker & Matt Weindinger @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young Street, Hamilton ~Blues; $7

*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

3-7> The Rockets @ Stonewalls, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Blues/R&B; $0

*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton

4> Blues jam & show by Wayne Janus and the Backline @ Masque Wine Bar Hamilton, 13 Hess St. S. Hamilton

4:30-7:30> JP Riemens @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

5:30-10> The Lonely Bunch; Craterheart; Stackhouse Down; Between The Angels @ Doors Pub, 56 Hess St. S., Hamilton ~eclectic indie; $15

6-10> Tree of Stars cd release fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Foundation Youth Wellness Centre featuring Emilio Bonito; Megan Bevilacqua; Robin Benedict; Michelle Lindfield; Kristen Bezemer; Brennagh Burns; Lynne Atkinson; Sara Wilkinson; Ashley Bell; Kayd Kuenzig @ Tracie’s Place, 592 Upper James St., Hamilton

7:30-10:30> Ken Aldcroft tribute night with Two Hours Early; Ten Minutes Late; Mars People ~Jazz; $15

8> Snail Mail guests @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton

8-11> Jess and Tay @ 33 Bowen, 33 Bowen St., Hamilton ~Country

8> Lauren Knowles Trio @ Gallagher’s Bar, 117 John St., Hamilton

9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

9> open jam with Walker and Jamie @ The Pour House Hamilton, 1115 Fennell Ave. E., Hamilton

9> Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr @ Lionshead Pub, 137 John St. S., Hamilton

*10> open mic with Kim Koren @ West End House, 151 Emerson St., Hamilton

10> Chris Chambers @ Augusta House, Hamilton, 17 Augusta St.

905 WEST

*11am-2> Mike Maguire @ Pepperwood Bistro, 1455 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington ~Jazz

1> Jazz Connection @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~big band Jazz; $15

2-6> Mark LaForme @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

3-9> Reunion Church music night @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

3:30> James Anthony with guest David Johannesson @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues

**4-7:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock; $5

4-7> Glenn Groves @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

*5> Sara Mills @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

**8-12> The Nomads with guest @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*10:30> Strummers Union @ 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 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 purchasers (eg.: seniors, students, members, kids, etc).  /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

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