Busy Nicola Vaughan doesn’t have a lot of free time on her schedule these days, what with hosting her regular Sunday afternoon open stage at Hirut Café, Wednesday open mic at Black Swan Tavern and hosting karaoke on the weekends at another local joint. But Tuesdays are free for her and tonight she’ll be free to see when she teams up with one of the regular guests at her other live music events, Jo-Anne Park, as part of the bill at Linsmore Tavern’s indie night series.
These two together are an absolute treat. I’ve previously described Nicola’s amazing versatility and Jo-Anne adds to that with her Chet Baker-inspired guitar accompaniments and also usually has her bass with her to fill out Nicola’s sound on other numbers. The repertoire ranges from Country to Jazz to Beatles Pop, showtunes and a lot more and they do it all, as well as occasionally some of Nicola’s catchy original Pop tunes, with poise and a lighthearted, fun-loving demeanour.
They sound so good together that not only did I christen them with a name (Vaughan Park) but I also booked them for a couple of shows a few years ago, including one at Hirut shortly before Nicola took over the Sunday open mic I had started there a year previously. As regular patrons know, Jo-Anne is a frequent guest there as well as at the Swan Wednesdays for the past nearly five years since Vaughan started there. (That anniversary happens May 3, btw.)
The pair go on tonight at 10 but it’ll be worth going by the club at 1298 Danforth Ave. (a few steps from Greenwood subway) a little earlier on for the no-cover three-act show that starts at 8. At 9 p.m. is another exciting feature, the SpaceGirl Band featuring songwriter and Punk-Pop songwriter Teresa Hart. A former member of the all-female Punk band Fidget and a regular at open mics and Blues jams for many years, Hart is versatile, dynamic and accomplished.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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**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
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*6-8> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz piano; 0$
6> Hey Stella @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock
6-12> Leslie Huyler; Annie Bonsignore; Chris Birkett; special guests @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc
6:30> Kalya Ramu Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano
7> Kyle; Cousin Stizz; Superduperbrick @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~indie; $
7:30> Ornate Ornette @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.
8-11> Claire Hunter; Lindsay Foote; Chris & Nicole @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~songwriters
8-10:30> Mira Katsarova @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~modern Jazz Pop standards; $
*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> Lil Peep @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
9> Youngblood; Shipley Hollow; Pony Girl; Walkwaves; Letters to Lions @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; 0$
*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.
9:30> Jazz jam hosted by Chris Gale @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
10> Joel Battle @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $
10> Michael Davidson @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz
10> Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock
*10> The Hit Pickers @ Cloak & Dagger, 394 College St. ~Bluegrass
416 –TORONTO EAST
*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano
6> Kreator; Obituary; Midnight; Horrendous @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
7-9> Fraser Melvin Band @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues ~original Blues; 0$
7> Floating Points; JFDR @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
8> FingerStyleGuitar.ca open stage @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Roots
8> Steve Taunton; SpaceGirl Band; Nicola Vaughan @ 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> Carlos Lopes @ 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
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
8-12> KOS Music Store showcase with artists the club can’t be bothered to name on its website @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.
*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul
416 – TORONTO WEST
6> Genevieve Marentette Trio @ Bloom Restaurant, 2315 Bloor St. W ~Jazz; $
7> “Not Your Mom’s Basement” concert series with RTA 937 @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $
7:30> San Fermin; Low Roar @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Shawn Nykwist on sax @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues
8> Diet Cig @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers
8:30> Maria Neckam; May Cheung; Peirson Ross McLean @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $
9> Dame Alexander and Friends @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.
9> Brian Corbett; Mercy Flight; Tree Museum @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc
9> John Showman & Friends @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~fiddle ace
9> Steve Farrugia Jazz Quartet @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9> Matt Cooke with Graham Nichols and Jiants @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $
2-4> jam session at W.G. Johnson Centre, 31 Kribs St., Cambridge
6:30> Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~Jazz; pwyc
*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge
6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exhange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge
*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., 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
8> Songwriters Night with host Conor Gains & guest @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge
8> Crash Vegas; openers Shannon Lyon Pop Explosion @ Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~contemporary original; $20
9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
9> jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
10> Matty P @ Doogie’s & Pablo’s, 37 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
*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
*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> Arctic Cowboys @ 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 @ Aw Shucks, 15474 Yonge St., 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> acoustic jam @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown
*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
*8> open stage with Wayne Petti @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton
8> Hamilton Folk Club @ The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta St., Hamilton
8> Sean Le Sage & The Dealbreakers @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic
*8:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
9> open acoustic jam @ Side Bar, 96 George St., Hamilton
9> songwriters night @ The West Town, 214 Locke St. S., Hamilton
*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country?
9:30> Lauren Knowles Trio @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton
10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton
12:45> Arlene Paculan @ Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~songwriter
7:30> John & Sheila Ludgate @ Montfort Grill Burlington, 796 Brant St., Burlington
*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> Marshall Dane Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
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