Peter Hill debuts interesting new duo concept tonight | 160412Tu | Shows for Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Peter Hill -Gary 17

Peter Hill -Gary 17


As I’ve recounted on a few occasions now, piano player Peter Hill is among the most versatile and ubiquitous ivories plunkers you’ll find on the GTA music scene, accompanying A-list Jazz, Swing, Blues, and even Country/Honky Tonk performers several nights a week.  He’s also a pretty fine instrumental Jazz composer, even if that aspect of his career has been somewhat eclipsed by his busy schedule.

He’s been the musical core of Laura Hubert’s band for over 17 years; does weekly appearances as part of the house band for Lisa Particelli’s Girls Night Out singers Jazz jam (now Wednesdays at 120 Bistro) for over a decade; is a longtime member of Alex Pangman’s Alleycats Swing-Jazz band; and is also part of original Honky Tonk group Colonel Tom & The American Pour —not to mention regularly backing a variety of top Jazz or Blues singers for one-off gigs.

Hill does also still perform some of the excellent originals from his 2009 debut —and so far only— album, For Now when doing occasional but regular appearances at The Rex with his own quintet, as in fact he’ll be doing the next two Mondays 6:30-9.

But now, starting tonight, he’s emerging in yet another incarnation: as the weekly host of an interesting Duos Night show of what I assume will be Jazz numbers at the La Rev Mexican restaurant in the Junction area.

The 9-11:30 team-ups in the music-friendly room at 2848 Dundas St. W., (adjacent to the east corner at Keele St.) will see Peter on keys along with a different guest horn player each week.  Kicking it off tonight will be a tenor sax player with whom he’s already got an established sympatico: Shawn Nykwist, who regularly appears with him as part of Hubert’s band.

There’s no cover, the room is relaxed and I’m told the food is really tasty —and certainly I can safely guarantee that the music will be.

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.

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416 – Toronto Central

6> Sarah Jan Scouten @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

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

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

7:30> Aurochs @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO ~Jazz

8-9:30> Andrea Ramolo @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~indie; $10

8> Total Gadjos; Addie Denison; Suzi Loop; Selyne Maia @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~songwriters

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

9> Voodoo Bunny; Tiny Danza; Basia Lyjak; Soft Wounds @ 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> Kirk MacDonald Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

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

10> Stop Time @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO ~Jazz

10> Chelsea McBridge’s Cityscape @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10

*10> The Hit Pickers @ Cloak & Dagger, 294 College St., TO

10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Rockabilly/Country

416 – Toronto East

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

7-9> Pete Eastmure & AnimalKyngdom @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~songwriter

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

8> George Lazarus; Sister Hyde @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~indie; no cover

8:30-10:30> Carlos Lopes @ 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> open mic @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave., TO East

*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

416 – Toronto Etobicoke

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

416 – Toronto Scarborough

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

416 – Toronto West

5-8> Grant Lyle @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

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

*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 Shawn Nykwist on sax @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz/Blues

9> Brooke Passion; Mercy Flight; Big Horn Sheep @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; pwyc

9> Sean Conway @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original Roots/Country

9> Angela Howard Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Chris Velan @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~Montreal troubadour; $10

**9:30> jam with Derek Downham or Cody McMillan @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~eclectic

10> Heavy On The Willie @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Country; $


7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8> Fog Lake; Marine Dreams; The Lonely Parade; Nick Ferrio & His Feelings @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie Pop; $5

905 EAST

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

9> James Barker Band @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

*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

*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


*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> Groovestone @ 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

*8:45> 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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