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Tuesday evenings on the little part of Danforth Avenue centered on the Greenwood to Woodbine strip could easily be a Friday or Saturday night anywhere else based on the amount of live music going on in the area tonight.

There are at least five live music events taking place there, some featuring more than one act and most of assuredly high calibre.

Starting at 6 and performing till 9 every Tuesday, Julian Fauth, who won the Best Blues Juno for his authentic Tin Pan Alley-style originals and about whom I’ve written many times, appears at tiny craft-brew friendly Sauce at 1376 Danforth.  There’s no cover charge and usually a good crowd of youngish local trendies both inside and on the front and rear patios of the restaurant a little east of the Greenwood subway station at Linnsmore Crescent.

From 7-9 or 10 p.m. each Tuesday there’s a live music act at tapas eatery Relish, a block east of Woodbine at 2152 Danforth, usually a songwriter —such as Michael Coughlan tonight— sharing original material.

Starting at 7:30 there’s now a new weekly live music residency at the recently opened Firkin On Danforth in the condo tower on the corner of Woodbine at 2057 Danforth.  Most weeks it will feature acoustic Pop covers soloist Matt Winkler, who kicked off the event last week.  I was very impressed with his versatility, amiability and serious guitar-playing talent and ended up staying till the show wraps at 11 —personable attention from server Kristin didn’t hurt my enjoyment either!  Since Matt says he probably can’t do every week (he’s also part of a duo —and has some fine originals, btw) there will probably be openings for other performers to do these evenings in the future.  Stay tuned!

Across the street from the Firkin, although it only happens on alternate Tuesdays, the Fingerstyle Guitar Association tonight hosts an open stage at Hirut at 2050 Danforth from 8 until interest wanes, usually around midnight.  With personable Mai-Ling Loo on hand to shepherd proceedings, the vibe is relaxed and welcoming and they even let amateurs get up, though there are usually several undeniably gifted pickers, like local composer Steve Raiken, who come out to share their tunes and socialize.

Heading back towards the Greenwood subway station, a few steps away at the corner of Linnsmore, the Tuesday night Steamwhistle Brewery-sponsored indie series at Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth, is still going strong from 8 till 12 or so and tonight has a special treat.  Among the three acts on deck is a duo with songwriter Eli Martin of Sarnia indie band Marinol Nation, whom I wrote about last month.  Again there’s also no cover for this show.

Last week I also stopped into the Groove Bar a block west of Woodbine, which for a long time has offered a weekly open stage on Tuesdays, but the room had no stage set up and there was nothing going on, so it appears that event, if not kaput, is certainly not a destination room you can rely on just now.

With all the other stuff going on in the area, however, you can see why it might feel like a Friday —except, of course, that you won’t be paying cover charges at any of these places!

SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, July 05, 2021

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.). 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.

Names of subscribers appear in bold, are underlined and, where applicable, include a live link to their websites. Advertisers’ listings are in larger highlighted type, include live link to website and also have ad icon included in listings.


6> Geoff Marshall @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

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

6:30> Richard Whiteman Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

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

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

8:30> Gillian Nicola & Andrew Ivens; Tim Watson @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~Canadian covers & originals; $10

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

9> The Dearly Bereft; Highlife; The Lemon Twigs; Northern Roads @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; no cover

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

*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> Signe Miranda’s Veranda with Chris Birkett @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~ indie; $10/pwyc

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

*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

10:30> 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> Michael Coughlan @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~songwriter

*7:30-11> Matt Winkler solo @ Firkin On Danforth, 2057 Danforth Ave., TO East ~acoustic Pop

8> FingerStyleGuitar.ca open stage @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Roots

8> Marinol Nation Duo featuring Eli Martin; Wood Over Wires; Alyssa Tess more @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~indie; no cover

8:30-10:30> TWAC @ 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

9-12> Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial @ Dora Keogh ~eclectic vintage Pop/Jazz

9> Paul Reddick @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Blues

*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


7> Metal Works showcase @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke

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

*8> open mic with Steve Herman and Scott Deathe @ Refinery Public House, 3039 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke


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


5-8> Valerie Shane with Jazz Inc. @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

7> Archer with The Heartbroken @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~ $

8:30> Sun Ray album fundraiser party with guest Kristian Montano @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~original Folk-Rock/Rock

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

8> Tuesdays To Tape –living taping of bands with Taylor Holden @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West; no cover

*8:30> Andrew Collins Trio @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~original acoustic Pop

9-11:30> piano/horn duo night with Peter Hill on keys & guest tba @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz/Blues

9> Danielle Knoll; Among Giants; Carrine @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; pwyc

9> Fred Spek’s Camp Combo @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Polka Swing

9> Charles Tilden & Friends @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West

9> Bryan Thevanayagam Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

8:30> Cadence @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West

9> Isle of Ease; The Belle Regards; Border Patrol @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie; $5

*9> jam with The Northern Greys @ The Cat, 3513 Dundas St. W., TO West


7> Fanfare Ciocarlia; Adrian Raso @ Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~24-member Gypsy brass/Funk; $20

*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

10> Roch Albert; The Late Greats @ 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

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 @ Aw Shucks, 15474 Yonge St., Aurora

*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> open stage @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

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

905 - WEST

*8> The Phil & John Show feat. Phil Naro @ 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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