Musical friends of Crowbar’s Kelly Jay will remember him in song tonight | 190723Tu | Shows for Tuesday, July 23, 2021

Kelly Jay with his late wife Tami Jean

Kelly Jay with his late wife Tami Jean prior to her 2012 death.


Just over three years ago we wrote about a benefit concert happening in TO to raise funds for ailing and somewhat troubled Canadian music icon Kelly Jay (Blake Fordham) of Crowbar fame.

The event helped buoy his spirits and quite possibly to help prolong his life, but sadly on June 21, at 77 years of age, he passed away after suffering a stroke the week before.

Kelly Jay -GO FUND ME

Kelly Jay -COURTESY, 2016

The stroke was the final blow in a series of life difficulties and setbacks that, as detailed in our 2016 article, included the tragic deaths of a daughter and his wife as well as medical conditions that had been assailing him for many years including diabetes and a hoarding disorder.

He had been living for over 30 years in the Calgary area but still regarded Hamilton, Ontario, from whence the Crowbar band emerged in the early 1970s and rocketed to international stardom with its hit “Oh What A Feeling” from its second album —still an iconic Rock anthem very popular at events and on radio.

Tonight, some of the band’s former members (such singer-drummer Sonnie Bernardi and saxist Sonny Del-Rio as well as a plethora of other CanRock icons and veterans who were friends of Fordham’s will gather at Leander Boat Club to pay him tribute.

Bernardi says on the Facebook event page for the show that band members have “been reminiscing on a lot since hearing the news.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our gratitude for our friend Kelly Jay with the things that brought us all together from the beginning - great music and good times.”

If the group does reunite this evening it will be the second time in just over a year they’ve done so to salute a former comrade.  In June of last year, as we reported at the time, they took the stage together for the 15th annual tribute to the late King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell) who was a founding member of the group when it began and a regular guest on harp until his death in 2003.

There’s just a nominal $10 cover charge (plus requested food bank item dontation) for the 7 p.m. concert in the club at 50 Leander Drive, with proceeds being donated to Fordham’s family.

-By Gary 17,
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SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, July 23, 2021

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

4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or

**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

7-10> Bluesday On Tuesday @ CKUW 95.9 FM

*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

4> Drew Sweetwood @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~contemporary Rock

5-8> David Hines @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0

5> Wiz Khalifa @ Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~contemporary original; $

5-6> Jennifer Koh @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~violinist; $0

6> Stan Simon @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

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

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

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

7:30> Wood & Water @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Reggae/Soul trio

*7:30> acoustic open mic with host Mitchell Anton MacEachern @ The Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E.

8> Eddie & Quincy Bullen Jazz Review @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~Blues/Jazz

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

8-10:30> Mark Lalama & Michel Berube @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~French Jazz; $

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> A Is For Arrows @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

8> Jessa; Marla & David Celia; Belle-Skinner @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St. ~songwriters; $?

8:30> Small-Town Strik Club; Young Doctors In Love; more @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

8:30> No Band Required open mic jam @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues-Rock; $0

*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 @ 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> Whyte, Luke and Sait @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.

10> Adam Beer Colacino @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.


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> The Fixin’s @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

7-10> Greg Pilo and guests Alison Young, Stacie McGregor, Artie Roth @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~mainstream Jazz; $0

*7:30> African drum & dance jam @ Woodbine Beach, Ashbridges Bay on Lake Shore Bvd. E.; $0

8-11> Jace Traz; Bee Sting Ghost Roll Into The Ocean Duo featuring David Macmichael with Chelsea Reed; AWSM @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$

**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.

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

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



7:30-11:30> Jazz jam with Caity Gyorgy @ The Wild Pigeon, 2977 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

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



7> weekly community singing group presented by Scarborough Bluffs Community Association open to all @ Birchmount Recreation Centre, 93 Birchmount Rd.; $0

8-11> open stage with host Dan Walek @ Willie Stouts, 2175 Sheppard Ave. E.


416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke

Hubert 1906256-8> Tiger Balme @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~all-fem original Pop; $15

7:30> repeat repeat @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Rolston String Quartet @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. E.

8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest David French on sax @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$

8> Triio (recording release for album) @ Wenona Craft Beer, 1068 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $pwyc

8> From Parts Unknown; Power Drill Suicide @ Duffy’s Tavern, 1238 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $

9> Jenn Nucum; Drupe; In Spades @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc

9> King Cardiac @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.

9> Bev Sound; Dom Louis; more @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.

*10-2> open mic @ Alchemy, 890 College St.


519 EAST -Guelph & K-W and vicinity

*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

*7:30> open mic night @ KW Boathouse, 57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

8-11> Matt Weidinger Trio @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph ~contemporary Rock/Pop

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

*9> DC Fraser @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

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



5-8> Angie Nussey @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave, Collingwood ~songwriter

5-8:30> Gary and the Rough Ideas @ Dominion Hotel, 114 Main St., Minden

6:30-8:30> Chris Culgin & Derek Bell @ Wild Blue Yonder Pub, 1045 Settler’s Lane (Elmhirst Resort), Keene ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0

7> Randy Hill Band with guest Ty Wilson @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*7-9> open mic hosted by Nathan Truax @ Kawartha Coffee Co., 58 Bolton St., Bobcaygeon

7-9> North Country Express @ Murphy’s Lockside Pub, 3 May St. Fenelon Falls

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

905 EAST -Pickering to Cobourg

7-11> open mic @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax

*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 @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

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



7-9> Scriver-Taylor Band @ East Gwillimbury Civic Square, 19000 Leslie St., East Gwillimbury ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop; $0

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

*8:30-12:30> open mic jam with backline &  host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ 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 -Hamilton & vicinity

Noon-1> Big Rude Jake @ Gore Park, James St. South at King St. East, Hamilton ~Blues/Jazz

Noon-1> Rick Henderson @ Jackson Square, Hamilton, 2 King St. W. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock; $0

7> Kelly Jay Musical Celebration of Life with Sonny Del Rio, Paul and Donna Panchezak Larry Feudo, Lily Sazz, Sonnie Bernardi, along with Rob “Cueball” Platsko & many more @ Leander Boat Club, 50 Leander Dr., Hamilton ~variety; $10 + donation of food bank item

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

7> Monte Carlo; Los Chukos; The Flakes @ Doors Pub, 56 Hess St. S., Hamilton ~eclectic indie; $

7> “Bill Cody Sees The Devil” @ Artword Art Bar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~musical theatre

8-11> John Brothers Piano Company @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Punk-Jazz; $

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

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

7> “Charly’s Piano” @ Artword Art Bar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~musical theatre

*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

6:30-9> Karli June @ Hendrie Park in Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock; $13.50 (includes admission to grounds)

*7> Rob Reed @ Max Resto Lounge, 102-2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington ~smooth Rock/Pop

*7> open mic with Chris Partland @ 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

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



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