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I don’t know if host songwriter Robert Pelletier planned it this way or not, but with International Women’s Day coming up on Thursday and lots of fem-centric events this week, tonight’s edition of his weekly ABC Songwriters Circle seems like it could have been designed as a timely tip-of-the-hat to female talents.
He’s got three songwriting and vocal powerhouses on tap in Folk-Rock recording artist Sarah Siddiqui, Rock/R&B belter Sandra Bouza and super versatile songwriter/promoter/impresario Elana Harte as the three talents with whom he’ll be sharing the stage at the 9-12 event at Amsterdam Bicycle Club.
We’ve written about the ABC series on several occasions of late, (most recently last month) of course, and it’s hard not to when Pelletier brings in such impressive talent on a regular basis. As we’ve pointed out previously, one of the salient features of the in-the-round style occasions in the room at 54 The Esplanade is how expertly and entertainingly Pelletier engages the participants in conversation about the songs they play and music/artistic life in general.
I’m not really familiar with Siddiqui’s material first-hand (though I’m certainly well aware of her rising stature on the local scene) but have followed Harte and Bouza for some time now, and actually got to see them as part of the same event not too long ago, at the hugely successful Birdseye Festival which was put on by Elana at Eton House last October and that we wrote about at the time. Sandra has also been a regular guest at Harte’s M Factor Indie Music Showcase and Open Stage that now takes place alternate Wednesdays (the next is March 14) at Linsmore Tavern.
I think it’s safe to expect that all three of the guests will have interesting things to say about their music and artistic voyages to complement what they perform, whether it’s on topics like #MeToo and whether the music biz is a liberator or oppressor of women or simply the more universal struggle of all artists to make rent and still find time to write.
There’s no cover and drinks are surprisingly affordable in the somewhat toney room that has comfy chairs and a welcoming ambience and staff.
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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
10-11> “Howl” with hosts Nancy Bullis & Valentino Assenz on CIUT 89.5FM & online ~profiles of and interviews with poets and songwriters
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*noon-3> Alex Radeff of Donkey solo @ True Love Café, 290 Dundas St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$
Nppn-1> HMM Trio with Toronto Chamber Players @ Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Ave. W. ~Classical; $?
noon-1> Cheng Duo @ Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. ~Classical; $0
1-2> Joywave @ Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Drive ~contemporary Rock; $0
6> Matt Weidinger @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6-7> Kantele Players of Agricola @ Agricola Lutheran Church, 25 Old York Mills Rd. ~Finnish Folk fusion tro; $20
6:30-8:30> Thompson Ego Egbo Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $pwyc
*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano
7-10> John Amato hosts open-stage music jam @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~$10-$20/pwyc
7> Dermot Kennedy @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $
7> Joywave @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~contemporary original; $
7> Nothing,nowhere; Shinigami; Jay Vee; Smrtdeath @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W.
7:30> The Mike Smith Company @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.
7:30-11> Weaves+ screening of “Heathers” @ Royal Cinema, 608 College St. ~indie band + movie of their choice; $0
7:30-10:30> open mic with Sam Sundar-Singh @ Basso Pizzeria, 320 Queen St. E.
7:45-11> “Irie Tuesdays” open mic for singers, rappers & poets @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.
*8> open mic night with Michael & Mark Villamor @ The Hideout, 423 College St.
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/
*8:30-12> “Open Mic for the Starving Artist” @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~with food for songs!
8:30> Marlon Williams; Tiny Ruins @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $
*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 Sandra Bouza; Elana Harte; Sarah Siddiqui @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriters; $0
9> Tuesday Cabaret with Made Enthat; Heino; Thundrclap!; Sophia Gudino; Christian Aldo @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. ~variety; pwyc
*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.
9:15> Redwood Womens Shelter benefit with Cherry Beach; Cereal In A Mason Jar; Con 5 class; Franny McCabe-Bennett @ John Candy Box Theatre, 99 Blue Jays Way ~eclectic indie; $
9:30> Tim Ries (Rolling Stones) @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $
10> The Beat Club; Word Play; Fuzzbuckets @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~Punk/Rock; $
10> Conception Vessel; Patrick O’Reilly’s Wire Circus @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz
10> Michael Keith @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~songwriter
10> Run With The Kittens @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~original Rock/Pop
416 –TORONTO EAST
*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano
7-9> Django Gypsy Jam featuring Abbey Sholzberg on bass @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Gypsy Jazz; 0$
7> TUnE-yArDs @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
7-10> Greg Pilo and guests Kelly Jefferson, Reg Schwager, Jeff McLeod @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~mainstream Jazz; $0
**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.
8-11> John Allaire; Jack Pine; Wrong Jeremy @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$
*8-11> Traditional Irish music @ Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen St. E.
8:30-10:30> Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~tribute to Tom Waits
*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
7> Havok; Act of Sin; Cadillac Blood; Korrosive @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
9:30> Gibbran @ Fossil & Haggis, 790 Military Trail ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
10> Wayne Ferguson hosts jam & karaoke night @ West Hill Pizza, 4379 Kingston Rd.
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Celtic & Croon @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
6-8> Kristy Hagerman; Jordan Torbay @ Starbucks Christie, 687 St. Clair Ave. W. ~songwriters; $0
7> JAZZ.FM91 Seminar Big Band; Youth Big Band @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. E. ~Jazz
7> Liam Kearney @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~songwriter; $0
8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Bill McBirnie on flute @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$
8> Blues Hearts @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B
*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers
8> Re.verse @ Drake Commissary, 128 Sterling Ave.
8-11> Horseman, Pass By; Kee Avil; Kayla Milmine; Brian Ruryk & Justin Haynes @ Belljar Café, 2072 Dundas St. W. ~improvised groove
8> Los Boneros; Trigger Xl Steal the Days; Five and Tens @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $0
*8:30> Drummers In Exile @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. ~drums & dance circle
8:30> Soul Glo; Que Lastima; Group Hug @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
8:30-9:30> Paul McEachern @ Alchemy, TO West, 890 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0
8:30> Rose Brokenshire; Caren; Robin Linton; Brooklyn Doran @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $10
9> Dani Nash; Sarah Cripps; Zoe Sky Jordan @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc
9-12> Side Hustle; Sam Taylor opens @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~Funk/R&B/Soul
9> Anasimone George; Tom Hobson; Courtney Skye; Rachel Matheson; Darren Springer; Sam Feldman; Todd Graham @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
9> Captain Cowboy and The Money Maker @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock
10> The Hypochondriacs; Laura Merrimen @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Country/Rock; $
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
6:45> Fifth Annual Jazz Night fundraiser for Bridges to Belonging @ TheMuseum, 10 King St. W., Kitchener ~Jazz; $40/+-
*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
7:30> Sonica with Gary Diggins @ Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph ~soundscapes; $20
7:30> Phil Da Void @ The Boathouse, 57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~acoustic Punk/Thrash; $?
8> open stage @ Grand River Hotel, 1102 King St. E., Cambridge
8> acoustic song circle jam with host Terry Golletz @ Café Crêperie, 40 Mill St. W., Elora
9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
9> Sean Pinchin @ Lou Dawg’s Waterloo, 80 King St. S., Waterloo
9-11:30> open jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
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
*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 with host Jason Cini & AC Gray @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby
9> Ray Darren @ 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
*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
*8> Chris Chambers @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*8> Suvette @ 33 Bowen, 33 Bowen Ave. ~Jazz/Blues
*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic
8> Chip Taylor @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton
*8:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country?
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> Fiddlestix Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~fiddle Rock/Celtic
*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
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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