Five celebration-fundraiser shows express more love than a Valentine | 160221Su | Shows for Sun., Feb. 21, 2016

Please Note: Since this story was published I’ve been informed that the show in Lindsay described within has been postponed due to heating issues at the theatre where it was to be held.

Last Sunday was Valentines Day but a number of shows happening tonight seem to be demonstrating that the Sunday love is living on in spades.

As we detail in a separate story, the no-cover Sunday open stage jam at Relish tapas eatery and music emporium at 2152 Danforth Ave. in east TO celebrates six years tonight.

Horshack at Orbit Room in 2011 -Gary 17

Horshack at Orbit Room in 2011 -Gary 17

Meanwhile another weekly Sunday event, the 10-2 classic/alt-Blues/Rock showcase by Chris Caddell with his Horshack band at Orbit Room at 580 College St. downtown, has been going for five years as of this evening. And in addition to celebrating that with various special guests, the group, which has declared the 10 p.m. show a suit-enthusiast-friendly event and promised to dress up, will be using the occasion to raise funds for respected bass player Steve Pelletier, who’s in a cast and out of work since suffering a recent arm injury. Your $10 cover and any donations go to help him out tonight.

But six years and five years is nothing compared to the anniversary being celebrated at another party-cum-fundraiser tonight as Tranzac Club at 292 Brunswick Ave. in the Annex area celebrates 50 years with its annual fundraising “Winter Feast” that also includes musical performances by esteemed talents like Nancy White, The Band Moms, Raconteurs, Michael Herring Quartet, Kristine Schmitt and The NAGS Players. It’s a 6 p.m. affair and costs $10 to see the show only or $20 if you also want to partake in the vegan repast replete with victual delights.

Howard Ross -Gary 17

Howard Ross -Gary 17

Starting even earlier in the day, at 3 p.m. up in the heart of Kawartha Lakes northerly adjacent to Durham Region, a stellar cast of performers gathers at a theatre in Lindsay to raise funds for the local Academy Of Performing Arts. A day-long event, it includes sets by Marlene Clarke; Jack de Keyzer; Howard Ross & The Full Count Blues Band; Rick Fines and Johnny Cox & The Magnetic Line . There’s actually two shows, (though the promo doesn’t clearly indicate when the first ends and second begins) and cover for the event at the Academy Theatre for Performing Arts at 2 Lindsay St. S. is $20 for either show or $30 for both.

Cover for posthumous Ron Hynes album 'Later That Same Life'

Cover for posthumous Ron Hynes album ‘Later That Same Life’

Finally, on a somewhat less cheery but very much love-laced note, there’s a posthumous album release and life celebration for the much-cherished late Roots songwriter and “Man of A Thousand Songs” Ron Hynes (who passed away in November at 64 years of age) at Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas St. West in TO West). The 8:30 show celebrating completion of Later That Same Life, a collection of his songs, features relatives Joel Hynes and Rebecca Hynes, Canadian icon Nancy White, Julian Taylor, Steve Briggs and many more. Cover is $32 and I’d guess getting an album is extra.

Valentine’s Day may be a memory (and really, isn’t it more about lust than love?) but true love’s ingredients —affection, commitment and nurturing— seem to be very much in the air today.

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, February 21, 2022:

Listings are organized by area in which shows take place and listed chronologically within each area field.

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 purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

Names of subscribers appear in bold, are underlined and, where applicable, include a live link to their websites. Advertisers’ listings are in larger highlighted type, include live link to website and also have ad icon included in listings.

416 – Toronto Central

11am-2pm> Clinton Street Klezmer Band for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

12-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

*12-2:30> Eli Pasic @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~solo Blues piano

1> Toque Trad @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~French-Canadian music

3-5> Alaniaris @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Jazz

3> Derek Christie @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E., TO ~

*3-6> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots

3:30-6:30> Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

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

5-9> Robbie Lane & The Disciples @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~vintage Rock/R&B; $10

5> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

6> Tranzac Winter Feast dinner & show with Nancy White; The Band Moms; A Raconteurs; Michael Herring Quartet; Kristine Schmitt; The NAGS Players @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~variety fundraiser; $10/$20 with vegan dinner

150921 Support

6-7:30> Julia Pal @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

*6-9> open mic with Eddy Culjak @ Fox & Fiddle Wellesley, 27 Wellesley St., TO

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage with hosts Steve York & Tony Rabalao (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St., TO

7> The Double Cuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Western Swing

7-9:30> Marilyn Lerner Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

7> Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto & special guest Colleen Allen @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $20

7:30> Diane Roblin & guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Jazz

8> Scott Thompson’s Mouth Progress & guests @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO $10

8> Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~Roots

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

8-9:30> Kristina Noid @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

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

9:30> Rhonda Stakick Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*10> Horshack 5th year residency celebration & fundraiser for bass player Steve Pelletier @ Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock; $10

10> Makeshift Island @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10> New Grease Revival @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

**10> Blues jam with Brian Cober, Bill Hedefine & guest bassist Hap Roderman @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

10:30> Big Otter Creek @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie

416 – Toronto East

Rock Goddess 2016-2j11-2> Evan Desaulnier for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. TO East

*2-5> Joceyln Barth & David Restivo @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

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

*3:30-7:30> jam @ Black Bear, 1125 O’Connor Drive, TO East

4> Cash On Demand @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Johnny Cash tribute

6-9> John Findlay Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, TO East ~R&B/Blues

*9-1> 6th year anniversary of the Stir It Up jam featuring Bryan Van Dusen & David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Watch This Sound @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~vintage Jamaican music

416- Toronto Etobicoke

Southside 1602154-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Johnny Max & Steve Grisbrook @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Blues/R&B

4> Wild T & The Spirit @ Markland Pub, 666 Burnamthorpe Rd., Etobicoke ~Blues

5-9> Taunted By Girls featuring Michelle Deneault @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~Pop Rock

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

416 – Toronto Scarborough

6> The Tall Boyz featuring Tommy Rocker host acoustic jam @ Coco’s, 2480 Eglinton Ave. E., Scarborough

*7-11> open jam @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough

416 – Toronto West

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

*12-3> Julian Fauth’s Blues brunch @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

* 12-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Rockabilly

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

*5-8> Chris Coole @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~old-time Country Roots MEA 1

5-8 Jeff Taylor and The SLT @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West

7> Phat Funk Fusion Fantasy @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie

8:30> Ron Hynes life celebration and posthumous album release for Later That Same Life with Joel Hynes; Nancy White, Julian Taylor; Steve Briggs; more @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~songwriter tribute; $32

*8:30-11:30> Fraser Melvin Blues Band @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~Blues

9-1> L.A. Turcotte & Sultans of Soul @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West

9> Mimi Shaw and Tiny Bill Cody @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~alt-Country

9> Tamara Lineman & Brad Germain @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West

10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~retro Rock/Soul; $7


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

*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street East, Milton


3> Fundraiser with two shows for The Academy of Performing Arts with Marlene Clarke; Jack de Keyzer; Howard Ross & The Full Count Blues Band; Rick Fines; Johnny Cox & The Magnetic Line @ Academy Theatre, 2 Lindsay St. South, Lindsay ~Blues; $20/$30

*3-7> jam at CJ Barleys, 213 The Queensway, Keswick

3> Brian Haddelsey @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

905 East

*3-7> Jam with jam with hosts Still Sunday featuring Jim Cornell @ West Shore Bar & Grill, 877 Bayly St., Pickering

*5-10> All-ages open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W. Whitby

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

905 North

**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 @ CJ Barley’s, 213 The Queensway South, Keswick

*4-8> open mic with backline & keys @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill

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

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

905 South

2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Frank Cosentino @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $5

5> Well Strung @ Doc Magilligans, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls

8> Yukon Blonde; guests ON AN ON @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~Vancouver indie band; $15

905 West

**2-6> Country matinee with host Colin Connors and guest The McGrath Family @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

2-5> Kids Are All Right jam @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~$2 kids/$5 adults

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

**5:30-8:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

**7-11> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*7:30> open jam hosted by Troy Harmer @ The Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

8> Z Folk Night open stage with Tom Miller @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Roots’ food bank donation

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

*9-1> tba @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~$

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

Copyright © 2016 Toronto Moon Magazine. All Rights Reserved