Big band BackTrack shows big heart performing for Carrie Chesnutt today | 200829Sa | Shows for Saturday, August 29, 2021

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A band I’ve written about several times now —most recently when they closed out last year’s Beaches International Jazz Festival— the BackTrack Motown/Soul/R&B unit always puts on a stellar show, whether as a six-piece in a club setting or, as they will be outdoors in Etobicoke today configured as a nine-plus-piece with special guest singers bringing them up to about a dozen performers on stage.

This afternoon’s 5-9 outdoor concert in the parking lot adjacent to Brickyard BBQ in Etobicoke is not just special because it’s a return to live action by a group that’s been more socially distanced than most during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

Carrie Chesnutt -GARY 17

It was inspired by the plight of one of its regular sax players (there’s usually at least three on stage with this group), Carrie Chesnuttnormally a vivacious sparkplug at any show who, in addition to being out of work because of the pandemic has been dealing with recovery from a broken femur bone after suffering a fall at home shortly after the lockdowns began.

(You can see her in action with the band at a previous live show in a video on the band’s YouTube channel, btw.)

“With her decreased mobility and little opportunity to work as a live musician it became apparent to me that she needed financial, and spiritual help,” band leader and guitarist extraordinaire Marty Zatzman explains in the promo for the show.

“Waiting until we could do an indoor event might have been in 2021. The only thing was to do an outdoor event and the sooner the better.”

He chose the Brickyard at 120 North Queen St. (corner of North Queen and The East Mall, a bit north of the entrance to Sherway Gardens Mall on The Queensway) because of a favourable dining experience and raves about the room’s ribs (as do I!) which will be on offer from the menu along with drinks and so forth.

Tickets for the limited-capacity event (only 80 people can be seated and only 30 spots were still open as of yesterday) are by donation, with $50 being requested and all proceeds going to Carrie.  The promo says walk-in sales aren’t permitted (due to COVID protocols) but you can guarantee your seat by sending an e-transfer to: [email protected], where you can also send a donation in lieu of or in addition to attending live.

NOTE: If heavy rains prevent the show from happening tonight, rain date is tomorrow -call the club at 416-252-5882 or check the band’s concert page at if in doubt.)

-By Gary 17,
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1-10> Kitchener Blues Society presents “True Blue Summer Series” with Sean Pinchin, Danny Marks, Cheryl Lescom, Shawn Kellerman, Jesse Webber, Miss Angel, Alfie Smith and many more: several acts each at five venues in downtown Kitchener ~Blues/R&B

1-4> Felicia McMinn @ Burning Kiln Winery vineyard, 1709 Front St. Norfolk County, 905 South ~acoustic Pop covers/originals

1:30 weekly> James Anthony Band & guest Rob Reed perform @ Uptown Social House, 1900 Walker’s Line, Burlington ~Blues/R&B/Blues-Rock

2-5> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill  @ Maple Leaf Acres, 12 Havsumfun Rd., Fergus (Belwood) ~tribute to 60s Pop Rock

2-5> Monty Greig @ Red Harp Erin, 20 Shamrock Rd., Erin ~acoustic Pop covers/originals

2-5> Nick Densmore on the patio @ Market Brewing Company patio, 17775 Leslie St., Newmarket ~acoustic Pop covers/originals

2:30-5:30 weekly> “York Region Open Mic” with host Steffi Postol Goodfield on the patio @ Turtle Jack’s, 10 Vogell Rd., Richmond Hill ~performers receive free drink; patio reservations 905-770-1729

2:30-6 weekly> The Mighty Duck Blues Band performs @ Jo Blo’s Rock & Wok 155 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines ~Blues/R&B

3-7> jam with host band Copy Machine on patio @ Crossroads Macedonian & Greek Restaurant, 3476 Danforth Ave., Scarborough

4-7> Lifers on Roehampton with Voodoo Walters and Jeff Lazare performing live outside Wolfsong Studio, 412 Roehampton Ave., TO West ~Blues-Rock

5-9> “Concert for Carrie” benefit for Carrie Chesnutt with 9-piece BackTrack band featuring Marty Zatzman and special guests outside @ Brickyard BBQ, 120 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~Blues/R&B/Motown; $50

5:30> “Harmonia Fest Country Night” with Leah Daniels and other female Country acts for drive-in concert @ Italian Cultural Centre of Milton, 104 Tremaine Rd., Milton ~original Country/alt-Country; $65-85 tickets on website

6-9 weekly> “Saturday Night Live at a Distance” York Region with host Steffi Postol Goodfield and feature sets by Doug Halls; Evan Corneil; Black Mink @ Turtle Jack’s, 10 Vogell Rd., Richmond Hill ~songwriters

6:30-9> James Anthony @ Stonewalls Restaurant, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers/originals; $10

7-9> Daniel Barnes Low Stress Jazz Trio @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

7-11> Recovery Mode on patio @ Drums N Flats Ajax, 60 Randall Dr., Ajax; $0

7-9 weekly> “Stay at Home Concert Series” with Dave Murphy Band live from Mulligan’s Pub (2458 Dundas St. W. Mississauga) with band inside, patio open for guests and streaming live on Facebook

8-10:30> Lou Pomanti & Friends @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO Central ~Jazz/R&B; $

8-11> Table 69 @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop; $5

8> Skip Tracer @ Jake’s Boathouse, 59 First Gulf Road, Brampton ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop

8-11> “Music From The Window” with Sean Stevbenson, A.R. Cane; more performing from inside @ Absinthe Hamilton, 38 King William St., Hamilton, for patrons outside on patio ~original Rap/Hip-Hop; pwyc

8:30-11> Shantelle Pfau & John Fautex of Prime Directive performing @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville from inside stage, with live stream telecast on back patio (reservations required) and online on website ~acoustic Pop originals; $10

9-1> Dave Stevens @ The Powerhouse, 21 Jones St., Stoney Creek (Hamilton) ~acoustic Pop covers/originals; $0

9:30-1:30> The Lonely Hearts @ Wheat Sheaf Tavern, 667 King St. W., TO Central ~Rockabilly

9:30-12> Trish O’Brien Band @ Dora Keogh Pub, 141 Danforth Ave. TO East ~ol’ time/traditional Roots

9:30> Eighth Street Orchestra @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W., TO Central ~Jazz/Pop

9:30> Concrete Soul @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St. West, Ajax ~classic Rock; $10

9:30-1 weekly> Dueling Pianos perform @ Uptown Social House, 1900 Walker’s Line, Burlington ~Blues/R&B/Blues-Rock

9:30> Jack de Keyzer Band for Kitchener Blues Festival @ Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider Ave., Kitchener ~original Blues; $>?


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11am-Noon weekly> “Sold on Hamilton” musician interviews with Judy Marsales broadcast live on 900AM CHML and streaming on

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2-3:30> Toronto Blues Society presents harmonica workshop with Sugar Brown & Ken Yoshioka streaming live on Facebook ~Blues/R&B

2-3 weekly> Blues Source International w Ken Wallis @

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5-8> #NiagaraPerforms Free Live online concert series with The Figure Four performing live outdoor concert from FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, streaming on website, on Facebook and on YouTube ~Classical

7 weekly> Bradley Hails of The Killin’ Time Band performs live solo from the basement streaming on Facebook and on Instagram ~acoustic Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop

7> Denielle Bassels performs live, streaming on Facebook ~Jazz

7-9 weekly> “Stay at Home Concert Series” with Dave Murphy Band live from Mulligan’s Pub streaming live on Facebook ~Blues/R&B

7-12 weekly > BLUZ-FM with Danny Marks @ JAZZ.FM91 ~Blues/R&B

8-11 weekly> “Saturday Night With Paul Brett” ~eclectic Brit Pop/Reggae/Ska spins on

8-9> Abhithi & Jasjit performs for DesiFest streaming live on Facebook ~Worldbeat: Bollywood

8> Arkells perform for #Budweiser At Home streaming live ~contemporary original

8> Switchfoot performs live for “Fantastic NOT Traveling Music Show, streaming on website ~contemporary original; $8.99 on site

8:30> Claire Coupland with Peter Light performs for Acoustic Blend Café Online streaming live on website ~songwriter

8:30-11> online stream of Shantelle Pfau & John Fautex of Prime Directive performing @ Moonshine Café on website ~acoustic Pop originals

8:30> Zyra Trio performs live streaming on Facebook

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“RESIDING” items are those which are not time-sensitive and can be accessed 24/7

RESIDING> video of Laura Hubert Trio @ balcony of Senator Restaurant July 17, 2021 on Facebook ~Pop Jazz with punch

RESIDING> video of Laura Hubert Band cover of “Loralei” @ Jazz Bistro filmed by Xpand Studio, on YouTube  ~Jazz (0:4:47)

RESIDING> audio track of Laura Hubert Band cover of “Lazy Bones” + two more from One Night In Kensington live album, on website  ~Jazz (0:4:47)

RESIDING> BackTrack band featuring Marty Zatzman with Carrie Chesnutt on sax perform “At Last” live on video, residing on YouTube ~Jazz/Soul (0:04:22)

RESIDING> The Kings perform in video “The Kings: Live At Heatwave Complete” performance from August 23, 2021 at Heatwave Festival, on YouTube ~original Rock/Pop (0:29:41)

RESIDING> The Kings documentary “The Kings: Anatomy Of A One-Hit Wonder” interviews with founding member of iconic CanRock band on YouTube ~original Rock/Pop (0:43:10)

RESIDING> David McLachlan video for “Where My Heart Will Go” single off Heartache Motel album, residing on YouTube ~original Country (0:02:57)

RESIDING> The Chicago Project performs “Saturday In The Park” (Chicago-Robert Lamm) in socially distanced video residing on YouTube ~R&B/horns Rock (0:03:54)

RESIDING> Elana Harte & band video for original song “All The Love In The World” residing on YouTube ~Worldbeat/Roots (0:03:13)

RESIDING> Steve Raiken performs original instrumental “Hard Driving” residing on YouTube ~Roots (0:02:56)

RESIDING> “A Nay Kleyd” (Rachel Korn) video by Lenka Lichtenberg with band, residing on YouTube ~Worldbeat: 1947 Yiddish poem set to music (0:04:59)

RESIDING> Catherine Thompson lyric video of original song “Only Lonely Me” from forthcoming Wild Cat album, residing on YouTube (0:02:53)

RESIDING> video of set by Screamin’ Evil Blues Band featuring Keith Danby residing on Facebook (1:03:46)

RESIDING> Q&A Duo (Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams) perform outdoors in Tony’s backyard for Emmet Ray Presents concert series residing on Jazz In Toronto Facebook page ~Pop/Jazz (1:02:13)

RESIDING> “In Memoriam” Juno Tribute video to Canadian Artists who passed away in 2019 including Pete Otis residing on YouTube (0:05:49)

RESIDING> Wayne Smith video performing “Big Rock Candy Mountain” (Harry McLintock) on YouTube ~Roots (0:02:56)

RESIDING> Al Reilly’s Catalyst with Dan Walek & Mikey Roland perform “Make Me Do Anything You Want” (Foot In Coldwater) residing on YouTube  ~classic Rock (0:03:50)

RESIDING> Bill Heffernan performs video collage of “Hide Out Refugee” original song, with Lucas Stagg, Jimmy Bowskill, Kenny Yoshioka and Alec Fraser on YouTube ~original Roots (0:04:34

)RESIDING> Margaret Stowe with Tony Quarrington, Ian Bell, Bob Bratina, Ian Thomas, Sonny Del-Rio, Jeff Bird & Michelle Josef performing on collaborative at home video of “Dr. Jaffrey Song” (about 1918 flu treatments developer) dedicated to Canadian Blood Services Plasma for Life, residing on YouTube and MP3 track on Bandcamp (0:03:39)

RESIDING> David Love (with band featuring Bruce Nasmith, Peter Harris, Paul DeLong) performs cover of “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon” (Jonathan King) on YouTube ~ 60s Pop (0:03:06)

RESIDING> video of Screamin’ Evil Blues Band featuring Keith Danby & guest vocalist/bassist Dave “Tex” Bachelor performing cover of “Jesus Just Left Chicago” (ZZ Top) on YouTube (0:4:16)

RESIDING> mp3 of Harpin’ Norm Lucien original song “God Forsaken Blues” on Spotify ~original Blues (0:05:59)

RESIDING> video of jammers at “Bluesday Tuesdays” Blues jam hosted by Tombstone Bullets featuring Rocco Novia @ The Rockpile residing on Facebook ~Blues-Rock (0:01:18)

RESIDING> “Covid 19 Collaboration” remotely recorded montage video with several Toronto musicians performing “N.I.B.” (Black Sabbath) including James Alcock on vocals, Jenn Lady Evil, Roland Roxx, Dennis Camacho, John Robbie, Tim Smith, Sebastian Burnside, Josh Gordon (guitar), Nathan Smith, Anthony Cee, Deb Arruda, John De Medeiros, Dave Barrett, Torsten Braun, Scotty Rockss, Steve Gryzbala  on YouTube ~classic Rock (0:10:04)

RESIDING> Josh Gordon performs instrumental version of “Fortunate Son” (CCR) residing on Facebook ~classic Rock (0:02:57)

RESIDING> Against The Wind featuring Amanda Gordon and Josh Gordon montage video performance of “Like A Rock” (Bob Seger) on YouTube ~tribute to Bob Seger (0:07:10)

RESIDING> Wayne Neon performs cover of “Sunday Morning Coming Down” (Kris Kristofferson) video on Youtube ~acoustic Pop cover  (0:05:24)

RESIDING> The Giveback (Thomas McKay with Michaela May, Katey Morley, Mia Praught, Tara Slone, Stella Azzopardi, Brooke Palsson, Stacey Kaniuk, Steve York, Kathryn Rose, Rique Franks, Ben Spivak, Dominic Mancuso, Peter Serrado, Danko Jones, Julian Taylor, Tony Rabalao) video montage performing original song “Angels” (Thomas McKay/Tony Rabalao/Jonathan Evans/Michaela May/Jordon Zadorozny) to benefit frontline health workers and musicians going through tough financial situations, on YouTube (0:03:31) (donation requested on website)

RESIDING> cover of “Under Pressure” performed by 22 Port Credit musical artists including David Hines & Lynette Fairweather in video montage produced by Derek Lathrop on YouTube (0:04:48)

RESIDING> Rob Minderman mp3 for “Stir Crazy” original song for COVID songwriting contest on ~art-Pop (0:04:01)

RESIDING> Roger “Pops” Zuraw video for “Fine Weather Blues” original song from album Remembering The Lakeshore on You Tube ~songwriter (0:02:56)

RESIDING> Harpin’ Norm Lucien video for original song “Coboconk” on YouTube ~songwriter (0:03:32) 

RESIDING> The Young Novelists featuring Graydon James perform “Back To The Hard Times” and more on YouTube channel ~contemporary original

RESIDING> video of Chris Birkett & The Free Spirits performing original song “The Power of Our Love” from new album 11:11 on YouTube ~Funky contemporary Pop (0:04:49)

RESIDING> Fernando and the Sentimental Rebels featuring Fernando Curcione perform on video of “Mama Dear” for Mother’s Day on You Tube ~songwriter (0:03:45)

RESIDING> Lenka Lichtenberg performs original Yiddish song  about pandemic, “Amol geven a Tsayt” (“Once There Was A Time” to melody of “Those Were The Days” & lyrics by Hindy Abelson) with English singable subtitles on YouTube ~Ethnic Roots (0:04:30)

RESIDING> Robbie Rox talks to Roxanne Tellier in “Off The Beaten Tracks” Podcast on Instagram (0:21:55) ~spoken word

RESIDING> “Čekáme kdesi na konci aleje – Lyric Video” of original song by Lenka Lichtenberg on YouTube (0:04:23)

RESIDING> David Storey & band perform “We Are The Greatest” original song live at Free Times Cafe, video on Instagram ~songwriter (0:04:15)

RESIDING> video of Lynn Harrison performing “Living Room Concert” from home on Facebook ~songwriter (1:41:11)

RESIDING> One Eyed Oracle aka Boris Buhot) new album Really Small Town links on website ~original Rock/Pop

RESIDING> Dougal Bichan performs original songs “More Than 100”, “Two Chairs”, “Clarkstown Flood”, bagpipes solo & more on YouTube channel & on InstagramTV ~songwriter

RESIDING> Shawn Brady video performance of original song “The Ballad of Cinderella” with the late Hervé Basset on keys on Facebook ~songwriter (0:4:40)

RESIDING> Harpin’ Norm Lucien mp3 of new song “I Can Hear the Heartbeat (Of A Thousand Whales)” on ~songwriter (0:4:11)

RESIDING> Robbie Rox video channel featuring archival band videos of original songs spanning 40 years plus several recent recordings of original tunes solo acoustic on YouTube ~eclectic originals

RESIDING> Little Peter and the Elegants perform 11-song set covering Sha Na Na at Wheels On Danforth, August 2019 to celebrate 50th anniversary of Woodstock ~video on YouTuboe (0:30:11)

RESIDING> Late Fakirs featuring Greg “Harpfool” Shields perform continually growing collection of original tunes from “Corona-chan Collection” ~videos link on YouTube ~contemporary original

RESIDING>  Shawn Brady performs original song “Sideways 2020” video on Facebook ~songwriter (0:4:46)

RESIDING> Kathleen Lovett performs cover of John’s Prine’s “Sam Stone” acoustic solo on YouTube; (0:5:22)

RESIDING> Al Reilly performs “Still Loving You” Scorpions cover acoustic solo on YoutTube (0:6:17)

RESIDING> Doc Higgins performs original song “The Lonesome Death of John Prine” on YouTube; (0:4:36)

RESIDING> Robbie Rox performs original song “Small Things Make Me Happy” solo acoustic for Good Friday on Facebook ~songwriter; (0:1:25) 

RESIDING> Sebastian Agnello performs “Pour Me Another Tequila Sheila” @ Black Swan live in 2011 on Moon TV on YouTube; (0:2:54)

RESIDING> Kevin Jollimore performs “Stay the Blazes Home” for COVID protocols on YouTube ~ original Roots Rock; (0:3:20)

RESIDING> Drew Winters all ten tracks from Last Call In Montreal album on YouTube and on Spotify ~original Pop

RESIDING> Scott Rogers solo and with Maggie Keogh as Maggie & Mr. Rogers ~several videos on YouTube

RESIDING> Rob Minderman performs “Invisible Enemy” original song about COVID-19 on YouTube (0:4:00)

RESIDING> Wayne Neon and the Amazing Tubular Orchestra™ on Youtube: Social Distance Sessions live ~eclectic covers & originals (0:18:22)

RESIDING> Kathleen Lovett performs cover of “Sam Stone” by John Prine on YouTube; (0:5:22)

RESIDING> Susie Grooves & Company performs “Rhianna” at Southside Johnny’s on Facebook (0:3:44)

RESIDING> Eclectic Power Company featuring Graham Clarke covers “Wheat Kings (Tragically Hip) on InstagramTV (0:3:10)

RESIDING> Josh Gordon on Koch guitar solo for “Koch Quarantine Sessions” on YouTube (0:1:33)

RESIDING> Howard Gladstone performs original Roots solo on Facebook ~songwriter (0:5:32)

RESIDING> Kathleen Lovett performs solo on Facebook live ~Pop Rock/Roots/Blues covers (1:52:53)

RESIDING> David McLachlan performs two original songs recorded @ Bluebird Café, Nashville, on YouTube (0:8:02)

RESIDING> Alex Radeff & Donkey perform original song “Another Night At The Bar” on YouTube, recorded @ El Mocambo, December 1993 (0:4:20)

RESIDING> Howard Gladstone at Winterfolk XVIII performs “Crazy Talk” on You Tube ~songwriter (0:4:10)

RESIDING> Roger “Pops” Zuraw with Joshua-Walker & friends performs original song “Headboard Boogie” on YouTube ~songwriter (0:4:55)

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