R.I.P.: Bernie Sandor will be missed and hard to replace at big band shows | TorontoMoon.ca 190530Th | Shows for Thursday, May 30, 2022

Bernie on sound at outdoor show -COURTESY

Bernie on sound at outdoor show -COURTESY

Editor’s Note: Soundman extraordinaire Bernie Sandor, who in recent years had specialized in big band shows such as with the 10-member Steely Dan tribute Pretzel Logic appearing at Orbit Room tonight, passed away on Sunday May 26.  The following tribute was penned for TorontoMoon.ca by Pretzel Logic singer/saxist Peter Graham Mifsud.  Expect some moments of tribute to Bernie at tonight’s show in the room at 580 College St. at Clinton.

R.I.P.: Bernie Sandor will be missed and hard to replace at big band shows

By Peter Graham Mifsud of Pretzel Logic et al

Bernie Sandor -FACEBOOK

Bernie Sandor -FACEBOOK

A soundman is way more than that.   At various times, an ambassador; sometimes an army ranger and, at work, both an artist and a goalie.

He’s an ambassador because as the initial contact with a venue on gig night there are first impressions to make with the proprietor or manager or, God help you, the wedding planner.  He’s a ranger because, first at a gig, he’s got to figure out terrain and set things up for the band who generally come in late yet still manage to be demanding.

But for a soundman what makes it worth it is getting behind the board for the art of getting a good sound for everyone individually and blending it all together, which entails riding each guy’s different sounds because each one has a different output level, finessing that one’s volume because he gets too loud on the high notes and maybe pulling back the guitarist who gets too lost in his solos.

And why are they goalies?  Because they’re the last line of defence.  They’re the final thing that affects the sound before it gets to an audience’s ears.  Sound guys are that important to the success of the team.

Bernie Sandor went back a long time with us in the music business.  He worked the Chick N Deli when bars were the Tinder of the age.   He did sound for Nightfly at a huge event at City Hall celebrating a Leafs run in the playoffs —yes, he goes that far back— when Gilmour was the hero and Leaf fans were just starting a decades-long complaint about a missed Gretzky penalty!

More recently Bernie was somewhat of a big horn band specialist —a particularly difficult task with so many balls in the air—  as he worked with my band, Pretzel Logic,  plus Brass Transit, Oakland Stroke and for years with Robbie Lane and The Disciples.

The list of artists Bernie worked with was long and I don’t do him proper justice by not noting them.   He started in the business as a drummer, which gave him a feel for music in the first place and he had a calm disposition, so he invariably had it together when we arrived at the last minute while any potential snags with management were avoided because he was so damned easy to get along with.  I never saw him angry.

He had those kind blue eyes that were always reassuring, always patient with our sometimes unreasonable requests, and he made you happy he was on the gig.  Sadly, he was in the queue ahead of us for doing his finale show, and I’ll miss him.

Bernie is survived by his son Spencer, a fine young man who became part of his crew at gigs.  He displayed the same diligence and good nature of his dad.

NOTE: Pretzel Logic and two other horn bands will be performing at a benefit for Bernie’s family on Sunday, June 9 from 6pm-midnight at Port House Social Bar, 139 Lakeshore Rd., E. in Port Credit.  Tickets start at $42.39, available from universe.com.

When Death Comes 1707

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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SHOW LISTINGS for Thursday, May 30, 2022

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9-10am> “The Bill King Show” with host Bill King & guests Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley with Dave Restivo @ CIUT 89.5 FM or online anytime at https://www.mixcloud.com/6345789/ ~Blues/Jazz

Noon-2> Blues on Rock Radio UK with Carolyn Fe

1> “Liquid Lunch” with Hugh Reilly @ www.thatchannel.com  ~songwriter interviews & performances

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

8> Ken Wallis show with tracks and interviews @ www.bluesandrootsradio.com

9> “The Punk Revolution” spins music & relates to political and environmental issues @ CFRU 93.3 FM Guelph & online ~ Punk/Hard-core.altRock

10> “Under The Radar” with Stevie Connor @ www.BluesandRootsRadio.com


416 – TORONTO CENTRAL – Broadview/Bayview to Ossington

4-8> Danny Blue; Rob Minderman @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~songwriters; $0

6> Corin Raymond @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

6-8> Sue & Dwight with Henry Lees @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary; $15

6-9> Rich Roxborough @ Tundra Restaurant in Hilton Hotel, 145 Richmond St. W. ~smooth Rock/Pop

6-8:30> Freeman Dre @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*6-8> Julia Gartha @ Crocodile Rock Toronto (rooftop patio), 240 Adelaide St. W. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

6> Hot Mulligan; Belmont; Kayak Jones; Fredo Disco; Future Teens @ Hard Luck Bar, 812 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic indie; $

6:30> Kevin Quain @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~moody Blues; $

*6:30-9:30> Serge Nikol & Etrick Lyons @ Casa Fuego, 230 Adelaide St. W. ~Jazz

7> Kali Uchis; Jorja Smith @ Echo Beach, 1001 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~contemporary original; $

7> Junoflo @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Mike Hines @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.  ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*7:30-9:30> Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

7:30> Kosher Dill Spears + eclectic performance artists for Concrete Cabaret @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick St. ~variety; $

7:30> Manny Blu; Elyse Saunders opens @ Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~Country

7:30> King Raam solo @ Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St. ~contemporary original; $

8> Jeremy Denk @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.  ~Classical pianist; $

8> Retrocity @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~live karaoke band

*8-12> Joe Bowden’s Nothin’ But The Blues @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. ~Blues

8> Higher Brothers @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $

8> The Manvils; Joan Smith & The Jane Does; more @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~eclectic indie; $

8> Portland TV; The Hollowbodies; Bedhead @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8-12> Type 99; Siberian Express; Daniel Monte @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie; $

8:30-1> open mic fingerstyle guitar sessions @ The Tilted Dog, 424 Parliament St.

8:30-10> Stevey Ross @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

9> Chris Lord Band featuring Rob Minderman @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.  ~original Blues; $0

9> The Thick; Roscoe Williams; Rae Fawn @ Supermarket, 268 August Ave. ~indie; $

9> “Emergency Monologues” @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~spoken word; $20

9> Doors & Fours; Black Absinthe; more @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~Metal/Punk/Hard-core; $

9> Re.Verse @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz Hip Hop fusion

9> Maryse; Tigerwing; Soft Honey; Vica; Shaemara @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~electronica/experimental sounds

9-11:30> Arnold Faber’s Gold Monster; The L’l Monsters @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

*9-1> Blackburn @ Jo Mamas, 317 King St. W. ~Blues

9> fundraising event with Faded Genes @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $10 donation

9:30> Free Spirits @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*9:45> Claire Doyle @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $

10> Dave Mowat Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

10> Rotton Banana @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.; $0

*10> Live Band Karaoke @ Crocodile Rock Toronto, 240 Adelaide St. W. ~live karaoke band

10-2> Running Red Lights @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~original Rock/Pop; $

10> Nick MacLean @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~solo piano

10:30> Pretzel Logic @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. ~tribute to Steely Dan; $

11> Square Boys @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W.


416 – TORONTO EAST – Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park

7-9:30> Lennon Daniels @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$

Songs of Pete Otis poster 2b8-11> Blues jam with Ken Yoshioka @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave.

8-10> Jazz open stage with Artie Roth & Steve Koven @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave.

*8:30-10:30> Fraser Melvin @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~original Blues

9> Reggaddiction with Ganja Harvest; Lilly Mason; D’Vocalz @ Jasper Dandy’s, 725 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $

*9-12> open mic/jam @ The Rusty Nail, 2200 Danforth Ave.

9> Jon Eckert Trio; Uncle Dad; more @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~eclectic indie; $?

9> open mic with Brad Cooper @ Originals, 1660 Bayview Ave.

*9:30> open jam with host Kar Wong @ Sportsters, 1430 Danforth Ave.

*10-2> karaoke with Shane Taylor @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.

Southside 190526


*6-10> Danny Mann @ The Irish Shebeen, 5555 Eglinton Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7-10> PandaBand @ Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers; pwyc

7> student performers @ Java Joe’s, 1500 Islington Ave.

7:30> Jeremy Ledbetter Trio @ Old Mill Inn (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; ; $0 (min table charge)

8> Bliss @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock

8-12> Heavy Metal jam with James Alcock & band @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.

9:30> Bryan Tyrell @ The Old Sod, 2936 Bloor St. W. ~Pop

*10-2> Skip Tracer @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. ~Rock/Pop


416 – TORONTO WEST – Ossington to Etobicoke

6-10> Bill McBirnie Trio @ Bloom Restaurant, 2315 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz; $

6-9> Greg Cockerill @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~songwriter; $

7> Kevin Bolger @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

7> Desifest open stage night @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St.

7:30> Abby J Hall & CJ Cooper, Haf n’haf, We Are Various, Daniel Diaz, Meghan Chamberlain & River Guard @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W.  ~eclectic indie; $

8> Terrible, Thanks For Asking @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8> Joanne Morra @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz; $0

8> Daniel Kahn & Painted Bird @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Worldbeat: Yiddish; $

8> David Olds retirement party & performance @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~acoustic Roots covers & originals; $60

8> Sedated Tigers @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $

8> Mario Breau (recording release for album); Olivia B & Company @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~songwriters; $

8> Teen Daze; Prince Innocence @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $

8:30> 13go (recording release for album) with Vernon Reid @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $35

9> Adyn Townes; Poor Nameless Boy @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $

9> Low Life Lolas (recording release for ep); guests Papershakers; Beams @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~eclectic indie; $10

9> Sugar Brown @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~eclectic Blues/Roots

9:30> Phillippe Carrier @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

10> Shanks Sioux; Cairo; Jon Lootz; iiSaints; 416Finn; St Parris; J Otis @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.


519 EAST -Guelph, K-W & vicinity

6-9> Thomas Hammerton @ Manhattan’s, 941 Gordon St., Guelph ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock

6> Dave Menard @ Strykerz Kitchen, 120 Ottawa St. N., Kitchener

*6> acoustic jam with Dave Pike @ TWB Co-operative Brewing, 300 Mill St., Kitchener

7-10> The Hazy Maidens; Nathan Coles @ The Common Café, 36 Wilson St., Guelph ~indie; $

*7> open stage with Paul and Sue @ Commercial Tavern, off Notre Dame Dr. South, Maryhill-Breslau

*7-9> jam nite @ The Edge Wine Bar, 205467 County Rd. 109, Orangeville

*7:30-12> open mic with K.M. Smith @ Molly Bloom’s Guelph, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

7:30-10> jam night @ RCL #126 Preston Legion, 334 Westminster Dr. N., Cambridge

*7:30> jam night @ Music at Green Gables, 189 Queen St. N., Kitchener

*8-12> open mic with Mike Meacher & Vic Freitas @ Rhythm & Brews Brewing Co., 1000 Bishop St. N., Cambridge

*8> Craig McNair @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

8> Behaviour; Back Check; Danger Liker; Parliament Owls; ILLICIT Band @ Harmony Lunch, 90 King St. N., Waterloo ~eclectic indie; $10

8> The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~indie; $25

8> Jesse Parent; Aaron Allen @ Lana’s Lounge, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~songwriter

8:30> The High Loves; Excuse Me; Mc n’ Sleeze @ eBar, 41 Quebec St., Guelph ~eclectic indie; $

*8:30-12:30> acoustic jam with Dennis Napper & Joe Lopez @ Fiddle & Firkin, 707 King St. E., Cambridge

*9> Brendan O’Halloran @ Taphouse/Trappers Alley, 98 Macdonnell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & original

9> Speakeasy @ Black Wolf Smokehouse, 139 Broadway Ave., Orangeville ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop

9:30> Jeff Holdridge @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9:30> Brad James Band @ The Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country

*10-2> Mike Something @ Royal Electric, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop

*10> Happy Pappy @ The Duke, 33 Erb St., Waterloo



5-9> Barry McMullen @ Chemong Lodge, 764 Hunter St., Bridgenorth-Selwyn ~smooth Rock/Pop

7> open mic with Karl @ Barnstormer Brewing, 384 Yonge St., Barrie

7> open mic @ Pappas Billiards, 407 George St. N., Peterborough

*7> open mic night @ The Church-key Pub, 26 Bridge St. W., Campbellford

7:30-9> Songwriters Association of Canada Barrie Regional Writers Group monthly meeting with host Sarah Melody @ Anahata Yoga from the Heart, 1 Hollyholme Farm Rd., Barrie ~talk and music

*7:30> Rob Phillips Jazz/Blues Trio and Marsala Lukianchuk @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

7:30> Dan McKinnon Band @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Blues; $5

7:30> Tamica Herod @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood  ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

8> open mic with Jacques Graveline @ Dreams of Beans, 138 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

*9> JJ Thompson/Tony Silvestri & Greg Caven @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough

10> open mic with Gerald Vanhalteren @ The Coach & Horses, 16 York St., Lindsay


905 EAST – Pickering-Cobourg

*6-10> Sticks & Tones @ Fionn MacCool’s Oshawa, 214 Ritson Rd., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers

7> Bailey Darren @ Cork & Bean, 8 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*7> open mic with Colin Campbell @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

7-10> open mic @ Cocoa & Joe Café, 44 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

8-12> open jam with rotating hosts @ West Shore Bar & Grill, 877 Bayly St., Pickering

8-12> Texas King @ Music Hall Concert Theatre Oshawa, 39 King St. E., Oshawa ~contemporary original; $

*8> open mic with host Will Surphlis @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa

*8-11> open mic night @ George & Orange Taproom, 67 Orange St., Cobourg

8:30> Mellow Dee & guest @ Rum Diaries, 368 Bayly St. W., Ajax ~soft groove Pop/R&B

9> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~acoustic Pop covers & originals duo

*11> jam @ The Players Bench, 1330 Ritson Rd., Oshawa


905 NORTH-EAST – east of Hwy #400

*6:45-11> Marshall Dane @ The Scruffy Duck, 357 Main St., Schomberg ~original Country/alt-Country; $?

*7-10> Kenny V @ Marlowe Restaurant, 155 York Boulevard, Richmond Hill ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*7-10> Dino Stakos @ Father’s Moustache Grill, 15570 Yonge St., Aurora ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*8-12> open mic/jam with host Paul Burdon @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket

*8> open mic with host Kevin Kerr @ The Duchess of Markham, 53 Main St. N., Markham

*8-11> Jam with Jayme Lynn Reed @ Offsides Sports Bar, 200 Simcoe Ave., Keswick


905 NORTH-WEST – west of Hwy #400

7:30-11> jam night @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton

*7:30-11:30> jam with house band @ 52nd St. Tap & Grill, 30 Kennedy Rd., S., Brampton

8> open mic with Broadening Horizons @ Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton

8> jam with Linda Nusca Albertyn @ Sammy’s Grill, 15 Allan Drive, Bolton

*8-11:30> open jam with hosts Ramblin’ Soul @ Stratengers Casual Dining, 212 Queen St. S., Bolton

*10:30> jam with Gary White & Friends @ Bryden’s, 270 Main St. E., Milton


905 SOUTH –Hamilton & vicinity

7> open mic with David Tabone @ Vicar’s Vice, 2251 Rymal Rd. E., Hamilton

*7:30> open mic @ Station 1 Coffee House, 28 Main St. E., Grimsby

8> Will Ross; Union; Kay @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~contemporary original; $

8> The Ruddy Ruckus (recording release for album); guests Bad Communication; Dirty Rick; Against The Tide @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~contemporary original; $15

*8-10> Josh Coulter @ Judge and Jester, 17 Main St. E., Grimsby

8:30> Chris Chambers @ Lou Dawg’s Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton

9> open jam with Tim Ninehouse and Mr. Jay @ George Hamilton Restaurant, 152 King St. W., Hamilton,

*9> open mic night with rotating hosts @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Ancaster

10> Mykul @ The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

10> Brisco Blues Revue @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton ~Blues/R&B


905 WEST –south Peel & Halton

6:30> Kent MacMillan @ Bronte Sports Kitchen, 2544 Speers Rd., Oakville

6:30> Rob Reed @ Cucci Ristorante, 119 Jones St., Bronte

*6:30> Bluegrass jam @ RCL #551 Waterdown, 79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown

*7-11:30> Tyler Yarema @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Blues/Jazz

7> James Anthony @ Uptown Social House, 1900 Walkers Line, Burlington ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7> Chris Ayries @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

*8-12> jam hosted by The Personics @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington

9> Oatrick Ballantyne and The O’Chays @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~Roots-Rock; $10

9-1> Freedom Train @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Rock/Pop

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



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, etc.) /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

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