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Playing a distinctive octave mandolin instrument that uses six twinned strings to deliver a more versatile and energetic sound than a traditional acoustic guitar, songwriter Kayt Lucas describes her passionate, soulful Roots-Rock music as “Hard Folk,” but it’s pretty easy listening live.
I had a chance to catch her for a set last month when, accompanied by guitarist Michael Menegon from her Kayt and the Hard Folks band, she did the feature at the Thursday open mic at Legends in east TO. Even as a duo, she more than lived up to expectations roused by watching and listening to her band online, as I had described in an article just over a year ago.
Tonight, however, she’ll be on her own as part of the weekly songwriters-in-the-round session at Amsterdam Bicycle Club at 54 The Esplanade downtown. But she won’t be lonesome, as she’ll be sharing the stage with veteran Rock-Blues songwriter Karen Lee Wilde, singer-songwriter Frank Patrick and host Robert Pelletier of the Felix & The Cats original Roots-Rock band.
The ABC Songwriters Circle 9-12 Tuesday shows, as we’re shared with you previously, are not only rife with talent and songs but also, as I also described earlier this year, offer an engaging dialogue between the artists and host Robert Pelletier —as well as the audience, which is encouraged to ask questions during the between-songs patter.
In addition to being a thought-provoking composer and able lyricist, the former aerialist/dancer is a thoughtful observer of the local scene who recently shared some pithy observations about the “Music City” concept and the need for more grassroots-driven connectedness and co-ordinated promotions on a lengthy social media post.
With nice weather, no shortage of interesting conversation and captivating musicality on offer —and no cover charge for the toney but relaxed room with budget drink prices— there’s no reason this show shouldn’t shine as an example of what Music City can be, if only we’ll all become active citizens in it.
SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, April 24, 2022
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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
7-10> Bluesday On Tuesday @ CKUW 95.9 FM www.ckuw.ca/listen
9> Humber College Songwriters Series with featured guest Winona Wilde @ www.radiohumber.ca (continues daily Mon-Fri till April 25)
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
noon-1> Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra @ Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. ~Classical; $0
5:30> Cassandra Myers hosts poetry slam @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. ~spoken word; $
6> Matt Weidinger @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6:30-8:30> Morgan Childs Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $pwyc
*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano
7:30> Wood & Water featuring Fergus Hambleton @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.
7:30-10:30> open mic with Sam Sundar-Singh @ Basso Pizzeria, 320 Queen St. E.
*7:45-12> open mic featuring Fresh Mistake @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.
*8> open mic night with Michael & Mark Villamor @ The Hideout, 423 College St.
8-10:30> Peter Campbell @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word
8> Alma @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8:30> PK & The Wreck; Revive The Rose; Jesse Roper; Voltzwagon @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0
*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
9> ABC Songwriters Circle with host performer Robert Pelletier & guests in the round Frank Patrick; Karen Lee Wilde; Kayt Lucas @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriters; $0
*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.
9:30> Jazz jam hosted by Chris Gale @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $
10> Riverrun @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.
10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B
10 (signup starts at 8)> Open mic pop-up jam with host Elijah Mullin & house band available @ Hemingways, 142 Cumberland St.
10:30> 8> Re.verse @ 416 Snack Bar, 181 Bathurst St.
416 –TORONTO EAST
*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano
7-9> Pete Eastmure with Denis Keldie @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Country originals; 0$
7> Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather; Caitlin Rose @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave.
7> Dumfoundead @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $
7-10> Greg Pilo and guests @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~mainstream Jazz; $0
7-8:30> jam night @ Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.
**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.
8-11> Hallow Point; Creatures; The Co-operative @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$
*8-11> Traditional Irish music @ Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen St. E.
8:30-10:30> Sam and Lukas Band @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals
*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> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul
416 – TORONTO WEST
6-8> Shawn James @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $
6-9> Long Range Hustle & guests Oh Geronimo; Blakdenim @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $
6:30> Jim McCarty (recording release for cd & book) @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. E.
8> YALA featuring Emily Steinwall; Mingjia Chen Duo @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~Jazz
8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Jesse Barksdale on guitar @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$
8> The Parkdale Rebels @ Cadillac Lounge front room, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Roots-Rock
8> The Tape Eagles @ Cadillac Lounge back room, 1296 Queen St. W.
*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers
*8:30> Drummers In Exile @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. ~drums & dance circle
8:30-11:30> Jay Swinnerton @ Alchemy, TO West, 890 College St. ~songwriter; $0
8:30> Winona Wilde; Sarah Jane Scouten; Skye Wallace @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $10
9> Jammers Waffle House; Mercy Flight; Phantom Atlantic @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc
9-12> Bruce Domoney All Star Band @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~~original Blues-Rock; $
9> Berman Billings @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~eclectic Blues/Roots; $
10> Theorie; Eoz; Vladislove; Kaspr @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic indie; $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> open mic @ The Ridge Social Eatery, 3215 Roseville Rd., Ayr
6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge
*7-11> Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Association holds Bluegrass jam @ Galt Legion RCL #121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge
7:30-11> Banners; more @ Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~contemporary original; $
8> open stage @ Grand River Hotel, 1102 King St. E., Cambridge
8> jam @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
8> acoustic song circle jam with host Terry Golletz @ Café Crêperie, 40 Mill St. W., Elora
9> DC Fraser @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo
7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*8> open mic night with Matt Diamond @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
8> Jazzmania @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~Jazz
*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
7-9> Cobourg Poetry Workshop @ The Cat & Fiddle Cobourg, 38 Covert St. Cobourg ~spoken word
*7:30> Don Owen & Bruce Longman @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~tribute to The Beatles
*8:30-12:30> open mic @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby
9> Jesse Slack @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock
*9-1> open mic with Justin Cooper @ Fox & The Goose, 799 Park St. S., Oshawa
*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
*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 with 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
7> songwriters open stage with Deeps/Dave Pomfret @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton
7> Ginger St. James @ Stonewalls, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~acoustic Blues/Country covers & originals
*8> Chris Chambers @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
8> LMT Connection @ 33 Bowen, 33 Bowen Ave. ~Funk/R&B/Soul
*8:30-12> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic
*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country?
10> Matt Weidinger Trio @ Augusta House, 17 Augusta St., Hamilton ~Rock/Soul originals & covers
10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton
*7> Rob Reed @ Max Resto Lounge, 102-2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington
*7> open mic with Chris Partland @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~songwriters
8-11> Dale & Cody & guests @ The Port House, 139 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~acoustic Pop duo
*8> The Phil & John Show @ 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/Top 40 covers
*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2
*8:45> open mic with Matt Zaddy @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga
9> open mic with Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington
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.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchasers eg. students, members, seniors, etc.). /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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