John Hutt et al enjoy another car-free Sunday in Kensington Market | 170827Su | Shows for Sunday, August 27, 2021

John Hutt in songwriter mode -GARY 17


On the final Sunday of every month from May through October certain streets in TO’s Kensington Market area are closed to automobile traffic and become a pedestrian free-for-all zone as “Pedestrian Sundays” take place from around noon till early evening.

Anyone who’s experienced the delight of being able to roam the vintage streets with buildings that somehow have survived several generations and house a wide array of interesting little shops and bars (despite recent intrusions by chain operations) wonders why this doesn’t happen more often.  Like all the time!

In addition to street performances put on by the local BIA and other organizations, a lot of the local bars also serve up live music and that naturally includes little Lola at 40 Kensington Avenue, across from the corner of that street and St. Andrew Street.

Of course, Lola has live music every day anyways, and this time of year its little patio out front is usually already packed every day if the weather is nice.

For today’s event one of the room’s enduring entertainment mainstays, songwriter and balladeer John Hutt (aka Johnny Bootz to longtime readers and fans of the wiry dynamo’s bass playing with a variety of Rock/Blues bands) will be in the driver’s seat for the entertainment.

When John plays this room —as he does normally at least a couple times a week either solo or with a band— inevitably, whether it’s billed as a jam or not (he’s hosed one here Friday afternoons for years), various special guests end up joining in the musical fun.  That’s a more than worthwhile bonus, because there’s a rich roster of talents in the area who are regularly featured at the little eatery often come out to take part in John’s shows.

170822 Moon has live music coveredNEWOther area performances include Jessica Speziale as well as The St. Royals outside at the corner of Oxford Street and Augusta at starting at 2:15 p.m., plus Keelie at Coalition, a few bands at Trinity Common and Jon Foster Trio at Poetry Jazz Café (all on Augusta)

The fun runs 3-7 (or possibly quite a bit later if there’s another band later, which there probably is) and there’s never a cover charge in this down-to-earth space.

If you’re of a mind to hang around for any length of time (easy to do here, as I explained in some detail three years ago) you can be sure to meet some of the local characters who give the area its vibrancy and colour.  Here’s hoping that they can continue to afford to live in the neighbourhood for many more years to come.

-Gary 17,

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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)

5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM

*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ ~Blues

9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ ~ artist interviews and tracks


11am-2pm> Gypsy Live Band for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~$5 (music only)

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro Rock/Soul

12am-2pm> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~piano Jazz; $5

noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz

Noon-7> “Pedestrian Sundays” with various acts in the street including Jessica Speziale; Thunderfunk; The St. Royals @ Kensington Market, Augusta Ave., Baldwin St. Kensington Ave.

1> Annex Academy & Studio 307 monthly student showcase @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

1-5> lost n’ found; Tokyo Chuop-Line; Andalusia; AIKI TOMI @ Harbourfront Centre, 234 Queens Quay W. ~Worldbeat (various international); $0

2> Keelie @ Coalition (patio), 282 Augusta Ave.,

2:30-9> Gentlemen Soul Brothers; more @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz brunch; $12

3-5> Michael Laderoute with Rob Fenton @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~original Roots

3> Pat Robataille; Patrick Dorie; Kate Ledeuce @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~songwriters; $10

3-7> John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers

3:30-6:30> Freeway Dixieland Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

4> Jon Foster Trio @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz

4> Nerissa Bradley @ King Taps, 100 King St. W.

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz

4:30-7:30> Surefire Sweat @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz

5> Steve-Paul Sims @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Roots/Pop

6-7:30> Michelle Berting Brett @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz Torch songs; $10/pwyc

6> Alex Aiono @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.

7-9> Suzanne Nuttall & Shelley Coopersmith @ Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St. ~Roots-Rock

7> Bog Wegner; Krista Hartman @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E. ~ pwyc

7-9:30> Justin Haynes Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

7> The Rhythmaturgically Syncopated Social Hour Jazz Jam @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.

7> OSYPA Luna recording release for ep @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. TO ~indie; $

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

7:30> Gathering Sparks @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk singalong

*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W.

*8> open mic with Carlos @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$

8-11> DoG LeG @ Sonic Café, 60 Cecil St. ~indie; $

8:30-10> Bobby Hsu with Tracy Michailidis @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

9> Vaerisa; Becomes Astral; Eye of Horus; Mount Abora; more @ Stop, Drop & Roll, 300 College St. ~indie; $

9> The Way Out; The Quiet Things; Almost Kennedy @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

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

9:30> GT Harris & The Gunslingers @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave.

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> Steve Ward @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10> Sal Indigo @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~Blues/R&B

10> Bywater @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests Paul Polisano & Jeff Kahl @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.


11am-2pm> CROW for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~ukulele Jazz; 0$

2> MACA Music youth concert with Siddharth Vijay, Abhay Kumar, Sumant Anantharam; Kamala Deepthi with Abhay Kumar, Sumant Anantharam @ East York Civic Centere, 850 Coxwell Ave. ~Classical; $0

2-4> Music In the Park with The Young Novelists @ Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E.

*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave.

3-7> 67 Band @ Maple Café, 5 Linnsmore Crescent ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*4-8> East Side Elwood & The Patio Players @ The Duke Live, TO East, 1225 Queen St. E.

4> Winnie Brave @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Roots-Rock

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller’s Black Bear All-Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive

5-7> Jordane Labrie @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$

7-11> Gary Cain Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$

*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.


1-8> Little Peter and the Elegants (50s/60s Rock’n’ Roll, 1-3:30); Bare Blue Sea; Circle Reggae Band for Woodbine Ribfest @ Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Blvd. ~eclectic; $5

5-9> The Dedbeats @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock

5-10:30> Indie showcase with The Jims; Talking In Our Sleep; Populusque Romanus; Crown Syrup; Low Kites; Neon Thrush @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $15

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.


*3-7> The Repairmen @ Birchmount Tavern, Scarborough, 462 Birchmount Rd.  ~Blues-Rock

4-8> Danny Williams @ Muckish Irish Pub, 74 Hymus Ave. ~Celtic Rock

*7-11> open jam with host Gtar Live @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.


**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.

11-1:30> Jorge Maza & Pancho Galván @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Latin Jazz brunch

*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass

1-5> Angie Hilts @ The Wine Garden - Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~original Roots

1:30-5:30> Kenny V @ Casino patio stage - Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Pop Rock

3-6> CaraVan @ CNE Midway Stage - Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West

3-6> Jerry Sereda @ CNE Northern Comfort Saloon - Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Country

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country

5-9> Club Django Toronto @ The Wine Garden - Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Jazz

5-8> Ivan Rosenberg & Adam Shier @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots

5-8> Grand Resonance @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

6> Monk’s Music @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~vibraphone Jazz; pwyc

8:30> Above Ground Pool @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $

7> The Vamps; Sabriona Carpenter; McKenzie Small; Josh Bogert; Aviva; Taveeta @ Budweiser Stage, 1001 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

7> poetry slam @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.

7> Stickmen; Sonar @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $27.50

7:30> John Kay’s Steppenwolf; Ascot Royals open @ CNE Bandshell - Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd., TO West ~classic Rock

7:30-11> The Honeyrunners @ CNE Midway Stage - Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~indie

7:30-11> Kelly Prescott @ CNE Northern Comfort Saloon - Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Country

8> The Retroaction; Daniel James Clarke; Jesse Thomas @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie; $5

8:30> Lisa Bregneager @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $12

8:30> Virginia McDonald Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

9-1> Kalya Ramu Band also feat. Hanna Barstow @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

9> Ali McCormack & Max Marshall @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock

*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul; $10

10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St. W. ~lounge Jazz/Groove


Noon-8> 11:30am-11pm> Guelph Ribfest with Kenny Munshaw; BlackWater Trio; The Little White Lies; Tokyo Gians @ Guelph Riverside Park, 709 Woolwich St., Guelph ~eclectic

2-4> Traditional English Music Folk Sessions @ The Argyle Arms, 210 King St. E., Cambridge

*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

5> Danny Michel; The Human Rights @ Starlight Waterloo, 47 King St. N., Waterloo ~original Rock/Pop; $

9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo

*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph


1-4> Adam Webster @ Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

2-5> Lauchy @ Riverside Grill (Holiday Inn), 150 George St., Peterborough

3> Wolfgang Brothers @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> Roughhands @ Red Dog Tavern, `89 Hunter St. S., Peterborough

10> Justin Million @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock

*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering

4> Eric Lambier @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers

6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


Noon-10> Newmarket Music Festival with York Harmony Chorus; Happy Jack and the Rainmakers; The RL Session; Annie Bonsignore; Stratos; After Hours Big Band; Oakland Stroke; K.C.Roberts & The Live Revoltion; Jordana Talsky; Pauly and the Goodfellas; George St. Kitts @ Newmarket Music Festival, 200 Doug Duncan St., Newmarket

**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots

*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick

*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown

5> Abigail Lapell @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues

*7-10> Lynn McDonald @ Jester’s Court, 279 Queen St., Port Perry ~Pop/Jazz

7:30> Eric Huang for “Candlelit Church” sessions @ St. Alban’s, 537 Main St., Glen Williams-Georgetown ~Roots

*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket

*9> King Henry’s open mic (sign-up starts 8:45) with host Ben Crosby @ King Henry’s Arms, 9301 Yonge St., Richmond Hill


2-11> Kiwanis Play Day with several bands including Silver Swing Big Band; George Arnone Big Band; more @ Gage Park Hamilton, 1000 Main St. E., Hamilton ~Jazz

2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Joel Johnson @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $7

*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

3-7> Chaos Disorder & Panic; The Black Donnellys; Christ Choker; Dirty Work; Generation Hexed @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton

4:30-7:30> Alfie Smith @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~original Blues; $

*7> open mic @ The Wee Dram, 1831 Main St. W., Hamilton

*7-11> open Country jam with Robert Tyler @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton

9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

9> Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr @ Lionshead Pub, 137 John St. S., Hamilton

*10> open mic with Kim Koren @ West End Pub, 151 Emerson St., Hamilton

10> open mic @ The Hub, 1141 King St. E., Hamilton

10> Chris Chambers @ Augusta House, Hamilton, 17 Augusta St.

905 WEST

2-6> Wendy Lynn Snyder @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

?*2> open mic with John & Sheila Ludgate @ The Queen’s Head, 400 Brant St., Burlington

*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

3:30> James Anthony with guest John Cigan @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues

4-7> Glenn Groves @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

5> Sara Mills @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

**8-12> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

9-1> jam with Derek Lathrop @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers

*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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