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Sax man Baumann & bassist McManus of Junction City All-Stars -GARY 17

Sax man Baumann & bassist McManus of Junction City All-Stars -GARY 17

With no fewer than five music festivals going on today in the part of TO west of Bathurst Street and four of them one-day affairs happening on outside street stages, a lot of people are hoping that the weather forecasters are correct when they predict the overnight rain will ease around noon.

One of the five festivals is the final two shows of the Lulaworld Festival to wrap 11 days of World music shows at Lula Lounge on Dundas St. West a couple of blocks west of Dufferin Street. It’s the only one for which cover charges are in effect from what I’ve been able to discern.

Another, the Open Tuning Festival, is spread out in nearly 20 locations, most outdoor, across a quadrant bordered by Bathurst and Christie Streets north of Bloor to Dupont Street.  It features a variety of music styles and artists between noon and 11 p.m. and it’s described as a free festival.

Not far away from both those events, the 11:30 a.m. till 9 p.m. Dundas West Fest involves five street locations along Dundas St. West between Ossington and Lansdowne Avenue.  Clubs in this currently trendy area, such as Dakota Tavern, The Painted Lady and The Garrison, also have shows scheduled in conjunction with it, though these will probably have cover charges. There are some real heavy hitters among the free acts outside though, including The Royal Crowns, The Dears, The Shuffle Demons and Run With The Kittens.

Just a short streetcar ride or leisurely walk further west, the entire length of Roncesvalles Avenue will be alive with live music both outside and in some of the very happening bars along the strip as Roncy Rocks 2016 takes over the area from 10 a.m. till 8 in the evening.

In addition to the free outdoors shows with features like Michael Keith, David Celia, Chris Staig and The Monkey Bunch, both Gate 403 and The Local across the street from it are getting in on the act with special shows in place.

At Gate 403 Bill Heffernan’s weekly 5-8 show (which only has a couple of weeks after this before its summer break) today welcomes the Junction City All-Stars featuring Dave McManus, Julian Fauth and George Baumann along with Howard Willett’s Roots & Branches duo for what should be a spectacular musical occasion as Heffernan is also expected to join in.  The vibe continues afterwards into the wee hours as Fauth heads up a Blues combo that takes over at 9 p.m. There’s no set cover at this club but you’re expected to put something in the jar or bucket for the talent.

Across the street The Local has three shows today instead of its usual two —there’s a set of French songs from 1-3, songwriter Steve Gleason doing Country-Roots from 4-6 and from 9 ‘til whenever the band Redsteps performs.

If you’ve a yen for more open feeling spaces Etobicoke has plenty of those and in addition to proximity to the cooling effect of Lake Ontario and a big sky overhead, the strip of Lake Shore Blvd. between 25th and 32nd Streets (3241-3569 Lake Shore) will be presenting the Long Branch Fest with six outdoor stages featuring some fine talents between noon and 6 p.m. along with a street sale and family-oriented activities.

There are four sets with acts rotating from place to place after each performance and we can tell you that message-Folk-Pop songwriter Harpin’ Norm Lucien (with Kevin Jeffrey and Nicole Coward accompanying him) performs from noon-3, as does Pop songwriter Carmen Toth, while grizzled-Roots writer Roger Zuraw and Coward are each on from 3-6.

After things wrap at this event at 6, you’ll be close enough and still in time to catch sensational Penny Skolski on stage at Southside Johnny’s (3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. —at the corner of 36th street) with veteran R&B/Blues band The Essentials for their weekly 5-8 show.  Afterwards Rock group Driver takes to the stage around 10 and there’s never a cover at this club and it has great wings and other menu items.

All in all, it’s a hell of a good day to head west!

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Saturday, June 11, 2022

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 purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

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*12-3> The Sinners Choir @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

Noon-11 p.m.> Open Tuning Festival on 20 stages featuring dozens of acts doing eclectic music @ various locations, TO

3> The Boxcar Boys @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~old-time

3-6> Ted Quinlan-Phil Dwyer Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz

3:30> Paul Reddick @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Blues; $

4> Zach Day @ The Hideout (patio), 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

4> John Borra Band @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Country

4-7> Barbara Jordan & the All Stars @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~$

*4:40-7:30> The Happy Pals @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~New Orleans Jazz

*5-8> Blues & Troubles @ Déjà vu Bar, 389 College St., TO ~Blues

6> Big Tobacco & The Pickers featuring Anne Werbitsky on pedal steel @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country originals & covers

6-8> Heidi Lange @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

6:30-9> Joe Hall @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~songwriter

7:30> Ryley Murray @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~ Jazz; $

8:30> Piffbreak Arcade ep release; Rehab For Quitters; Set It Back; Luceo @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~indie; $10

8:30> Lawnie Wallace @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO

*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues

9> David Buchbinder’s Jazz Quintet @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W., TO

9> The Heat @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock

9> The Garden @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd., TO North

9> Binge Ninja; Animal Party; Waxlimbs; Selfoss @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO

9> Bernie Senensky Quintet featuring Jake Koffman @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz tribute to Moe Koffman; $

9:30> Something Extra @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Soular @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10

9:45> Rob Garcia @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~NYC Jazz; $

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

10> Soul Stew @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul; $

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

10> Greg Cockerill Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

10> Full Tilt @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock

10-2> Chloe Watkinson & Park Eddy @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Blues

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

10:30> Shawn Brady & The Northern Sons @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~original Rock

10:30> Derek Lathrop Duo @ Fionn MacCool’s Esplanade, 70 The Esplanade ~Pop Rock


*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E., TO East ~R&B

6-8> Thelonious Hank @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Country

7-9> Arthur Renwick @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rootsy Blues

8:30> Yeah Yeah Yeah! featuring David Love @ Rally Sports Bar, 1660 O’Connor Drive, TO East ~Beatles tribute

*8:30> open mic with host Jenn Kee @ The Grover Pub, 676 Kingston Rd., TO East

9-12> Strung Out with Blair Packham @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~songwriter

9> Benton Jazz Duo @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz; no cover

9> Soul Stack feat. Jon Knight @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Blues/Funk

9> Strome-Danckert Duo @ Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

9> Grace @ The Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rock/Pop

9:30-11:30> Bill Wood and The Woodies @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rock covers & originals

9:30> Communism @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

9:30> Mr. Pharmacist @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~tribute to The Fall

10> High Drive hosts Celtic jam @ An Sibin Pub, 709 Queen St. E., TO East

10:30> Rookie @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd., TO East ~Pop Rock


Noon-6> Long Branch Fest with many acts on six stages including Harpin’ Norm Lucien with Kevin Jeffrey (noon-1:30pm on Stage F, 1:30-3 on Stage A); Carmen Toth, (noon-3 on Stage B); Roger Zuraw (3-4:30 on Stage A, 4:30-6 on Stage B); Nicole Coward (3-4:30 on Stage C, 4:30-6 on Stage D) @ 3241-3569 Lake Shore Blvd. between 25th Street and 33rd Street, Etobicoke

*3-6> Danny B Band @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke South ~R&B/Blues

**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Penny Skolski @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B

*4-8> The Meteors with guest Wendell Ferguson @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Blues/Rock/R&B

7:30> Michael Dunston Trio @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Blues; minimum table charge

8> Groove Nights @ Old Mill Inn (Dining Room), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~eclectic Pop Rock; minimum table charge

8> Rock The Rabbit @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke

9> Nasty Habits @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock

9:30> The Nomads @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $

9:30> The Responsables @ Refinery Public House, 3039 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~

10-2> Driver @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40

10> The Clearing @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~Pop Rock


2pm-2am> Rough & Ready Relief Aid Concert for Fort McMurray with many 12 acts including Tommy Rocker (5-5:45), Al Reilly’s Catalyst @ The Birchmount Tavern, 462 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough

9-1> Fraser-Daley @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~Blues duo

9:30> Rock jam with Tommy Rocker Band @ Centro Pizza, 3406 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

*9:30-2> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Winners, 2181 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough

9:30> Random Notes @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock


10am-8> Roncy Rocks 2016 festival with many bands of eclectic styles at various stages on Roncesvalles Ave., TO West [see also Roncy Rocks website and Moon listings for Gate 403, The Roncy and The Local]

11:30am-9> Dundas West Fest with many bands on five outdoor stages @ Dundas St. West from Ossington Ave. to Lansdowne, TO West

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

**2-6> open mic with guest host Kayt Lucas @ Magic Oven, 347 Keele St., TO West

1-3> Amelie et les Singes Bleus @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~French Blues

**5-8> Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions with guests The Junction City All-Stars featuring Dave McManus, Julian Fauth and George Baumann @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~Roots/Country/Pop

4-6> Steve Gleason @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots songwriter

*5-8> Blues jam with Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~Blues

6-9> Kate Maki & Fred Squire @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

7> Acid Priest record release; Spells of Virtigo; Wine Lips; Possum @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie; $

7:30> Among Giants album release @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West

8:30> “Things Are Swinging” Peggy Lee tribute with Jackie Richardson, Karen Robinson, Patti Jannetta, Eileen Joyce and band @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~tribute; $35

9-1> Julian Fauth Quartet @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

9> The Commoners; The Howll; Huttch; JJ and the Pillars @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~indie; $10

9> Long Range Hustle; Flowers For Daniel; Sam Boer @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~$

9> Girls Ritual; Boybitch; dj @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West

9:30> Eddy Moon & the Silver Birds @ The Cat, 3153 Dundas St. W., ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Pudding @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~Blues

9:30> Andrew Fetterley Duo @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St., TO West ~Pop Rock

10-12> Redsteps @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Pop

10-2> The Weber Brothers @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Blues; $

10:30> Viva Puerto Rico for final day of Lulaworld Festival @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Salsa; $15


7:30> Relic City; The Wormwood Scrubs; 7T8; Headworthy for KW Rock Fest @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~original Rock; $15

8> Steve Strongman @ Starlight, 47 King St. N., Waterloo ~Blues

8> Annette Haas @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop covers & originals

9> The Doozies @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinurgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop

9:30> Organized Chaos @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop


5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8:30> Dean James & The Heartbreak Hillbillies @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> McAndrew Trio @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

9?> Thor Harris; Echo Bech; Horseman Pass By; Palabulus @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough

9:30> Smokey Monaghan @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Blues

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

905 EAST

*4> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues

*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax

9> Jack Connolly & The Gas Station Cowboys @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9-1> Dwyor Reunion @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9-1> Sean Steinhart @ Tap and Tankard, 224 Brock Rd. S., Whitby ~Rock/Pop

9:30> Whatever Sticks featuring Sue Martin @ West Shore, 877 Bayly St., Pickering ~Rock/Pop

9:30> Juggernaut with Caroline Cardona @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock

10-2> tba @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax ~Pop Rock


6-9> Dinner Jazz @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

6:30-10:30> Mark Yan & Barry Mulcahy @ Ray’s 3rd Generation Bistro, 1475 Queen St. W., Alton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7:30> Pierre MonAmi Bordeleau Duo @ The Cornerhouse, 6403 Main St., Stouffville ~acoustic Pop/Blues

7:30-11> Soul Up Top @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill ~Rock ‘n’ Soul/R&B

9-1> Full Tilt @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9> The Ault Sisters @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

9> The Shiny Things @ Fionn MacCool’s Newmarket, 17315 Leslie St., Newmarket ~Pop

9:30> Side B Vibe @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

9:30> Pop Machine @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock

10> The Barstool Academy @ Village Inn, 2 Holland St. E., Bradford


**2-4:30> Davidson, Dicresce & Nero host jam with guests @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

**2> Brant Parker Band with guest Mark Crissinger @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~Blues

*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton

**2:30> Blues Matinée @ Coach & Lantern (upstairs), 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues

6-9> Max Marshall & Laika @ Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St., Hamilton

8> Elizabeth Rodriguez Band @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~Latin Jazz

8> Heart & Stroke Foundation benefit with Salsa band @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton

8> Selective Soul @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> Dan Edmonds Band; Grand Resonance; Albert Barubek; LTLeif @ Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St., Hamilton

9> The Funk Underground; The Snow Beach Players @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

9> Michael Dequivaso @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

**9> Niagara Rhythm Section with guest Mark Crissinger @ The Old Winery, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~R&B/Blues

9:30> Rocket and the Invaders @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

9:30> Michael O’Grady @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~Celtic Rock

905 WEST

**2-6> Sil Simone Band with special guest John Mays @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Blues

**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest Al Lerman @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues

*3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit

*4-8> Gail Gunnis and the Dirty Roosters @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit

8-12> Leslie Hudson album release @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~piano songwriter; $10

9> Why Now? @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~Pop

9> Fools Paradise @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Peter Lafferty @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Molly’s Chamber @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock

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

9:30> Bare Blue Sea feat. Steve Denomme @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington

9:30-11:45> Mountain Lion Trappers @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

9:30> Mid Life Crisis @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Sonny Boy Mick @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

10-2> Fleetwood Mix @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Fleetwood Mac tribute; $

10> Wednesday’s Engine @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:15> Amy Zen @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga

10:30> Monkley Cascade @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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