Danger Bees and Dreadful Starlings swarming at Painted Lady | TorontoMoon.ca 170725Tu | Shows for Tuesday, July 25, 2021

David Macmichael lets loose the Bees of inner pain -STEPHEN HAGGART


Perhaps because many of the GTA’s live music rooms are dark on Tuesdays, it has become a popular night not only for open stages and jams, but for indie night showcases, with three acts seemingly the magic number that guarantees a decent set length and a variety of fans coming out to cheer on their faves.

The long-running series at The Piston on Bloor St. West that started as a bi-weekly affair continues to thrive since going weekly and has now been running for three years, while a series launched last year at Linsmore Tavern on Danforth Ave. in east TO also seems to have become an established part of that room’s weekly mix.

Andrea De Boer aka Civil Wray in 2016 -GARY 17

Lately another indie-friendly room in west TO, The Painted Lady, has also started offering what it calls “Epic Tuesdays” cast in the same mold, with the sixth installment in the series (which doesn’t appear to be weekly or follow a pattern I’ve been able to discern) taking place tonight and presenting three impressive acts about which I’ve written previously several times.

Civil Wray (aka Andrea De Boer for those who recall her blueVenus days) kicks off the night at 9:30 with her voice-and-violin tunes that have evolved from the smoothly ethereal Pop that has made her an enduring presence at Castro’s in The Beaches, to also embrace a more Rock-oriented feel of late, I’m told.  But it should feel pretty tame in comparison to what’s to follow.

From 10:30-11:15 the room will be set abuzz by The Danger Bees, an outfit fronted by clever and melodic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Macmichael, who’s also known to many for his role as the anchor host of the Sunday evening jams at Relish in east TO.

On the group’s latest album, Fish With Wings, “the name of the group finally starts to really make sense,” I wrote the day of its December 1 release at Horseshoe Tavern.  The sharper, harder-edged feel of some of those newer tunes seems to be an evolution from the more passive-aggressive ironic dismay of earlier releases.  Whether the group will stick to selections from its albums or has any newer, even more insistent ones to add to the mix of pointed lyrics and musical surprises, I can guarantee this set will impress and delight.

Iliya Vee -GARY 17

Iliya Vee -GARY 17

I wrote quite recently about the songwriting talents of Iliya Vee in an article about his Roncy Boys act, in which he plays bass.  But as I mentioned then, his main musical thrust is his own combo, The Dreadful Starlings, which will hit the stage at 11:30.  The group has released a couple of recorded products, including an ep in early 2016, that display Vee’s gift for both creative rhyme with substance and lively, catchy Pop composition.  Sometimes dark but often buoyant, the Starlings will make you think as well as twitch.

Cover for the show in the room at 218 Ossington Ave. is just $10 and if you do stop in do me a favour please and take one of the staff or management people aside and tell them to please get their website functioning again —it’s not fair to the many fine talents that they book to perform there to rely solely on the vagaries of Facebook’s algorithms and the bands’ social media savvy as the only means of promoting their shows.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, July 25, 2021

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4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or 1015thehawk.ca

**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 Rock-Fm.ca


*noon-3> Alex Radeff of Donkey solo @ True Love Café, 290 Dundas St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$

noon-1> Hannah Burge @ Trinity Square Park, 19 Trinity Square ~Jazz

6> Hey Stella @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock

6-8> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz piano; 0$

6-7:30> Leslie Huyler recording release with guests Eric St-Laurent, Ori Dagan,  Scott Neary, Natalie Wong, more; @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

6:30> The Worst Pop Band Ever @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

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

7-8:30> Folk Theatre – Russian Style @ Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst St.

7:30> Fergus Hambleton & Julie Long @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Roots covers & originals

*8> open mic with Guy Moreau @ Statler’s, 487 Church St., 170520 Support the Moon

8-11> SongStudio open mic @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~$pwyc

8-11> Claire Coupland Band & guest opener @ Voodoo Child, 388 College St. ~songwriters; pwyc

8> Toronto Folk Singers Club @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St. ~Roots.

8> Myrre recording release for ep Solace On Mars; Nico & Lukash; Bogie Break @ The Boat in Kensginton, 158 Augusta Ave. ~songwriters; $5

*8-11> open mic with hosts Guy Moreau & James Quigley @ Statler’s, 487 Church St.

8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word

8> Jaymes Young; Matt Maeson @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

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

9> Walking Around Venice; Listening TO Fugazi; Grey//Water; 4K Dharma @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

9> Jon Foster Electric Duo @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz

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

9:30> Bruce Domoney Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues-Rock; 0$

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

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

10> Lina Allemano 4 @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz

10> Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Jazz

10-2> City Love open mic @ The Hideout, 423 College St.


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

6> The Aquabats; Reggie and The Full Effect @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $

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

8> Vienna D’Amato Hall; Taylor Harp; Jaimie & Alex @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$

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

8:30-10:30> WE-B3 @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.

*9-1> jam with Mike Sedgewick & The Blue Gurus @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E.

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

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


*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul


10> Wayne Ferguson hosts jam & karaoke night @ West Hill Pizza, 4379 Kingston Rd.


5> Korn; Stone Sour; Skillet; Yelawolf; Ded @ Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~contemporary original; $

5-8> Celtic & Croon @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave.

7> LOLAA @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. ~original Rock/Pop; $15

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

8> Greenhouse; Weather Wise; Effie Sky & the Blue Pill; Swanes; The Accolades @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $

8> The Recovery; Rose Jones; Whiplash Girlchild @ Smiling Buddha (stage 2), 961 College St. ~indie; $

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

8:30> Dan Edmonds; Paul Linklater recording release for Golden Boy Pageant; Sandro Perri @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $

9> “Epic Tuesdays” indie showcase with Civil Wray; The Danger Bees featuring David Macmichael; The Dreadful Starlings @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~original Rock/Pop; $10

9> David Madras; Mercy Flight; Tyler Simmons @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc

9> Sweet Teeth @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz/Swing

9> Bluenatics & guests The Responsables @ T.O. Lounge, 1384 Queen St. W. ~original Blues

9> Mark Martyre @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter

9> Matt Cooke; Holywater; Hey Dad! @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $

9> Bill Simms Trio @ Orchard Bar, 1174 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz

9> Renaissance Ramblers @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~mediaeval music with a modern twist; 0$


6> open mic @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph

*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge

6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge

6-9> Paul James @ Morty’s Pub, 272 King St. N., Waterloo ~Blues/Rockabilly

*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph

7> tba @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph

*7-11> Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Association holds Bluegrass jam @ Galt Legion RCL #121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge

*7-9> Juneyt @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge ~Flamenco guitarist

Tba 8> Songwriters Night with host Conor Gains & guest tba @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge

*8:30-11:30> open jam @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo

9-12> JAD; Tragedy Ann @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $

9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

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

*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

8> Oh Susanna; Julie Gibb; Brett Caswell; Colour Film @ Donaleigh’s, 28 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~songwriters; $

905 EAST

*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

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

9> Greg Williams @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

*9-1> open acoustic jam @ The General, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

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


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., Thornhill

*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


6> Annette Haas @ Rousseau House, 375 Wilson St. E., Ancaster  ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7> songwriters open stage with Deeps @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton

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

*8:30> Crystal Eyes; Marlaena Moore; Poorage @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~fem Punk/Thrash; $

*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country?

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

10> songwriters night @ The West Town, 214 Locke St. S., Hamilton

10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton

905 WEST

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

*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

9-1> Big In Japan @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers

9> open mic with Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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