Back to work tonight for Alex Pangman after Juno weekend | 160407Th | Shows for Thursday, April 07, 2022

Alex Pangman @ 2016 Junos -George Pimentel, Getty Images


She may not have walked away from last weekend’s Juno Awards with a trophy, but remarkably resilient Jazz singer Alex Pangman already felt like a big winner even before her nomination for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

As we recounted in November of 2014 upon the occasion of the release of New, the disc for which she was nominated, Pangman’s story is a nearly unbelievable tale of persistence and battling against seemingly overwhelming odds.

Pangman (also known as Alex Parker) was dubbed “Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing” after a quick rise in the spotlight following her 1999 emergence on the scene with her first album, They Say.  But her steady ascendance, which included two more albums by 2005, was starkly sidelined by lung issues arising from cystic fibrosis, a condition with which she was born.

A risky but successful double-lung transplant in 2007 incredibly not only allowed her to return to good health but she was able to resume her career with continued success, including a return to gigging with her Alleycats band and two more albums by 2013.

But when the “new” lungs began to fail that year it seemed she was destined to finally hang up her vocal chords for good —however, the plucky chanteuse instead applied for and received a second double-lung transplant that summer, and by early the next year was not only functioning normally and performing again but able to record the new New album, whose title would seem fairly self-explanatory.

(In addition to the obvious suggestion of a new beginning with the new lungs, the title also refers, Pangman has said, to the focus of the album, which, inspired by a visit to New Orleans during her recovery from the second transplant, also features players from the area, was recorded there, is a collection of Depression-era traditionals associated with the city and was created in association with a new co-producer, Andrew Gilchrist.)

For Pangman/Parker, then, seeing the record nominated for a Juno was truly just more icing on the cake —its mere existence already being a double-helping of dessert by most people’s standards.

“Although no trophy, I feel totally blessed & very grateful to be able to make music & do what I love to do,” she posted on her Facebook page following the Juno experience.

Tonight it’s back to work on the club scene as, accompanied by keyboardist Peter Hill and other members of the Alleycats ensemble, she’s doing her monthly “first-Thursday” early show at Reservoir Lounge at 52 Wellington St. E. from 7-9 p.m.

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Thursday, April 07, 2022

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6> Brock Zeman @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6-8> Laura Marks Trio @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz –Billie Holiday tribute; $10/pwyc

6:30> Ross Wooldridge Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

7> 1st Thursday Monthly Alex Pangman Band featuring Peter Hill @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

7> Tsumugu for Small World Festival @ Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court ~Japanese traditional trio; $30

*7> open mic with Derek Mok @ Kensington Lodge, 21 Kensington Ave., TO

*7:30-9:30> Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

*8-1> open mic with Alicia Porter @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St., TO

8> Marc Joseph Duo @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock

*8-12> Joe Bowden @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues

8:30-10> Chelsea Keeney Trio @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz –Billie Holiday tribute; $10/pwyc

8:30-12:30> tba @ Silver Dollar 486 Spadina Ave., TO

8:30> Wimps; Hobo Lord; The New Enchanters; Bard @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W., TO ~indie; $

8> Liz Loughrey @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $

9> Sydney Delong @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO

9-12> Melanie Frade; Evan Bellam; Nicole Gauthier @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO ~indie

9> Gillian Margot’s “Black Butterfly” project @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $

9> Kevin Myles Wilson & The Red Beards; Rob London & The Ragged; Bob MacKendrick & The Del Reys; Silver Creek Folk @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $5

*9-1> Blackburn @ Jo Mamas, 317 King St. W., TO ~Blues

9> The Flow with Carlos Morgan @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North ~Rock/Top 40; $5

9:30> NYC’s Manuel Valera Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*9:45> Mary McKay @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

10> Sweater Pants @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~$

10> Sugar Brown @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

10> Robertson Kavanagh Quartet @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~

10> Native Earth fundraiser @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~music & comedy

10> Autolux @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~$21

10> Death Cohen @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West, TO ~Pop Rock

10> Havana Club Night @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Cuban

10:30-12> Terra Hazelton & Sophia Perlman Combo @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz –Billie Holiday tribute; $10/pwyc


7-9> Vasjar Brothers @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~instrumental bass-led duo

7:30> St Germain @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~$50-60

8> One Heart Festival kickoff with Simple Damned Device; Ian-K; Scarlett’s Hand; Monroe Park @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~benefit for C.A.R.E. Community Youth Project; $5 min. donation

8> In Between Sounds @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East ~psych soundscapes

*8:30-10:30> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Folk-Rock/Country

9> Daylight For Deadeyes @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~indie Pop Rock

*9:30> open jam @ Sportsters, 1430 Danforth Ave., TO East

*10-2> karaoke with Shane Taylor @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East


7:30> Tara Davidson Quartet @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; min table charge

8> Grump @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~indie Pop Rock

8> Parkside Drive @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock

*9:30-2> Skip Tracer @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd., Etobicoke South ~Rock/Pop


7-11> jam night @ The Birchmount, 462 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough

9:30> Greg Wyard @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock


5-8> Bruce Chapman Blues Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

7:30> Beverly Taft; Rebecca Binnendyk Trio @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz; $10

8> Marlon Chaplin video and single release party with guests Jack Marks; Matt Cooke @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West

8> Teddy Thompson; Kelly Jones; Andrew Austin @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., TO West ~indie; $

*9-12> open mic night @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West

*9-1:30> open stage with Jay Pennell @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair West, TO West ~eclectic

9-12> Darcy Windover Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots

9> Tooth @ The Tennessee, 1554 Queen St. W., TO West

9> Emily Rockarts ep release for Mapmaker with guests Midcoast @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~$10

9> Casual Drones @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $

9> CMW Discovery Series with Huttch; Jeff Eager; Featurehe; The Zilis @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West

9> Mighty Big Words @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots-Rock

9:30> The Mercenaries @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~retro Rock/Soul; $

10> Eli & The Strawman tour send-off @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie;


*7:30-12> open mic with K.M. Smith @ Molly Bloom’s Guelph, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

7:30> Nicole Robertson @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop Rock

8> open mic night @ M&M Bar, 475 Main St., Cambridge

8> open mic with James Kuttelwascher @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener

*8-11> open mic with Sandy MacDonald @ Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fischer Hallman Rd., Kitchener


7-11> Jon Warren @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Blues

*7:30> Rob Phillips Jazz/Blues Trio and Marsala Likianchuk @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8> 9 Lives and Counting; Veil Unknown; Crimson Breed; Johnny Nocash @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie Rock; $5

8> Angie Nussey @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~Blues-Roots songwriter

*9> jam with Ted Rusk @ The Sauble Dunes, 11 Southampton Parkway, Sauble Beach

10> Susan Latimer @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~Roots-Folk songwriter

905 EAST

*5-8> Nelson Denis @ Frank’s Pasta, 42 King Street E., Cobourg ~eclectic mix (Folk, Jazz, soft Rock, Latin)

8-11> Aria Royal @ Rum Diaries, 368 Bayly St. W., Ajax ~sultry Pop

*?> jam with Darren Smith & Shayne Thomas @ The Corner Pocket, 45 Prince St., Oshawa

*9> jam @ The Wee Pub, 371 Wilson Rd. South, Oshawa

*9-1> Juggernaut Jam Band @ Tap and Tankard, 224 Brock Rd. S., Whitby ~Rock/Blues

*9:30> jam with Billick @ Harp & Crown, 300 Kingston Rd., Pickering

*10> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ St. Louis Ajax, 11 Harwood Ave., Ajax

10> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop


*6:30-10:30> jam with Faces for Radio @ Coasters, 55 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton

*8-11> Jam with Jayme Lynn Reed @ Offsides Sports Bar, 200 Simcoe Ave., Keswick

9> open mic (signup starts at 8:30) @ The Barrel, 2180 Steeles Ave. W. Vaughan


*8> open mic (signup at 7) with Dave Gould @ Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St. Hamilton

8> Brodie Dakin; Fishing Derby; Beams & Shawn William Clarke @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie

8> On Topic Trio @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton  ~Jazz

*9> LMT Connection @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~R&B/Funk

*9> open mic night with rotating hosts @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton

10> Strummers Union @ The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta St., Hamilton

905 WEST

*6-9> Michael Keys & George Baumann @ Black Bull Burlington, 1124 Guelph Line, Burlington ~easy listening Swing/Boogie Woogie

*6-9> Ric Jabobs @ Ivy Bar, 3330 South Service Rd., Burlington

*7-11> James Anthony Band hosts jam @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues

*8-12> jam hosted by The Personics @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington

*8> Salsa band @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Latin

*8> Celtic Night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line

8:30> Kevin Breit & Mark Lalama @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~Jazz/Rock/Country Fusion; $15

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zady @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga

9> Matt Sprague @ Fionn MacCool’s Clarkson, 970 Southdown Rd., Mississauga ~Pop Rock

9-1> Freedom Train @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop

9:30> Glenn Groves @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Honky Tonk

9> 5th Anniversary Celebration with The Rider Project @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~Rock

*9:30> jam with Jack B Nimble @ Abbey Road Pub, 3200 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga

9:30> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Can-Pop icon

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