Gotta love Broadview and Danforth on a Monday night
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Between the presence of The Danforth Music Hall and several clubs that feature live music regularly, seeing musicians carrying instrument is no biggie to the residents of the area around Broadview and Danforth Ave.s on a weekend night. But Mondays, too, can practically be a traffic jam with the number of players visiting two open stages and participating in a third showcase event all within a literal stone’s throw of one another. (Please, don’t test this assertion!)
Tonight the weekly 7-11ish M-Factor Mondays showcase night at The Old Nick (121 Danforth Ave.) celebrates its fourth year anniversary of holding the event and host Elana Harte promises, in addition to a feature set by Hippie Chic, an “all-request set” that presumably she’ll do accompanied by some of the regulars.
About as far to the east of that as the traces of a joint’s puff can travel without dispersion, Dora Keogh at 141 Danforth Ave. once again features Dora’s Explorers as the feature act for Julian Taylor’s 8-12 open stage at the club. While it seems the lively, amorphous combo, which includes Julian, has been the feature act at the event a lot lately, the upside of their ongoing presence is that it means a drum kit, keyboard and multiple mics are set up, setting the cozy stage nicely for some of the impromptu all-star jamming for which this evening is well known.
When those shows have wrapped by the time Tuesday morning officially begins, things are usually just heating up across the street at Black Swan Tavern, where iconic protest songwriter, Country/Rock guitar god and always unpredictable and entertaining host Sebastian Agnello has been holding a weekly open stage on the ground floor of the venue at 154 Danforth Ave. for over three years now. The talent mix is eclectic, ranging from tender young newbies to grizzled veterans and including dollops of Country, Rock, Pop, indie and selections, between the guest sets, of Seb’s eclectic and always pithy originals and covers of songwriters of intellect.
Expect a few John Lennon songs at any or all of these events tonight.
-Gary 17, www.torontomoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Monday, December 08, 2021:
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5-8> Mike Daley Jazz Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz
6> Golden Country Classics @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
*6-9> Calliope’s Nest open stage/jam for women @ Lola Pub, 40 Kensington Ave., TO
6-8> Dynamic Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop duo
6:30> U of T Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*7> Hard Time Mondays with Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
**7:30> M Factor Mondays with host Elana Harte & guests Hippie Chic + 4-year anniversary celebration all-request set @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East
7:30> Happy Hour with Chris Banks & Friends @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
7:30> Bob Cary Big Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~R&B/Swing
8-11> Music Of The Mediterranean Stars @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., Toronto East ~Fusion Jazz
8-12> open stage with Julian Taylor & 9:30 feature by Dora’s Explorers @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. TO East
8> Comedy Surprise @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO
**8-1> open stage with host Alex Zdravkovic @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO
*8-11> open stage @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Catherine Harrison @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
*8-12> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
8:30> Bob Bossin & Marie-Lynn Hammond @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Roots; $22.50/-
**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO
*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass
9> blueVenus @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~original Pop
9-1> Chloe Watkinson Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz
9-12> Geoff Willingham @ The Roncy, 390 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~acoustic solo
*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West
*9-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan (ground floor), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East
9:30> Michael Brooker’s MB10 @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~R&B/Blues
*10> open mic (2 songs; signup starts 8p.m.) @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
10> J. Swinnerton Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Blues
*10-2> Danckosmith @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore E., Port Credit ~Pop duo
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