Intersection of talents is a Junction area hallmark | 170128Sa | Shows for Sat. Jan. 28, 2017


As is not in any way unusual for a Saturday, this afternoon and this evening in the Junction area and Roncesvalles strip adjoining it, once again a remarkably appealing menu of musical talents of diverse genres is on offer.

Shows this afternoon include a hot young Roots-Rockabilly songwriter, Lucas Stagg, and his band (which includes veteran drummer Cleave Anderson) guesting with Bill Heffernan at his weekly 5-8 “Saturday Sessions” shindig at Gate 403 on Roncesvalles.  As we’ve told you previously, these afternoon no-cover gatherings are always a hoot and always popular, so it’s a good idea to arrive well beforehand if you hope to get a seat near the performance area around the in-house grand piano.

Lucas Stagg -GARY 17

The evening offers two rather different but highly appealing options along Dundas St. West in the heart of the Junction.

Another group led by an energetic and talented young songwriter, Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party, is recording an album live at Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., a little past Keele St. starting at 9 p.m.

Freeman Dre @ Horseshoe -JENNIFER WILSON

The group is regularly featured at Cameron House downtown, occasionally at Dakota Tavern and been showcased at Winterfolk (and returns this year) and won a Best Songwriter Award from NOW Magazine. It made a big impact when it opened for Julian Taylor at his Desert Star album release show at Horseshoe Tavern last fall and is definitely going places.  Cover is $10.

George Baumann on sax & Dave McManus on bass -GARY 17

A little further west is the show that I’d have to regard as the highlight of the night and indeed is a kind of annual de facto late New Year’s levee (well, it is Chinese New Years I guess, so maybe not so late this year!) for musicians in the area.

Bass player and string-puller in other ways Dave McManus holds yet another
“It’s All About Dave” birthday bash at The Cat and once again is bringing in a ton of local talents along with his Junction City All Stars band to celebrate.

The no-cover affair includes appearances by the Roots ‘n’ Branches duo (Bob McNiven and Howard Willett) while McNiven will also double as an All Star band member along with drummer Bart der Stepanian, George Baumann on sax and Juno-winning Blues titan Julian Fauth on keys.

(Speaking of Fauth, if you happen to be in the area early afternoon, Julian continues to appear every Saturday from noon-3 at yet another Junction live music room, Axis at 3048 Dundas St. W., for no cover, and usually does a lot of his brilliant and powerful original Tin-Pan-Alley style ballads.)

Based on how things ran at the last one of Dave’s parties I attended at The Cat two years ago, I’d expect a lot of other special musical guests will also be getting up either with the band or during breaks.

There’s no cover for the show in the room at 3513 Dundas St. W. (a little east of Jane) and things will get underway around 9:30. If the inevitable dancing and carousing works up an appetite in you, you’ll be happy to know food is pretty decent and reasonably priced along with the beverages.

-Gary 17,

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8-12> BLUZ-FM with Danny Marks @ JAZZ.FM91


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

1> Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show open stage with host Brian Gladstone @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO

2:30-5:30> Robert Priest and Neil Chapman with band featuring David Hines @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~traditional Jazz; $5

3> Jamzac @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

3-6> Jeff King Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz

3:30> The Jazz Mechanics @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

4> Erika Werry and the Alphabet @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Roots songwriter

4-7> York Jazz Ensemble @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Jazz; $

*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

5:30> closing party jam @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO

6> Colonel Tom & The American Pour featuring Peter Hill on keys @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6-8> John Alcorn @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

7> Kina Grannis; Imaginary Future @ The Mod Club, 722 College St., TO

7:30> Karen Ng student recital @ Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

7:30> Justin Bacchus @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Funk/Soul; $ 161110-support-the-moon

8-10> Joel Sheridan Trio @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~vocal Jazz cabaret

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

9> Kid Koala’s Satellite Concert @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO ~; $

9> Adam’s Rib @ Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~cover Pop Rock

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

9> Russell Leon Band @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Roots-Rock

9> Bill Dickinson Quinet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $

9> Suburban Smith; Fear The Deer @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO

9> Raven Shields; SATE; Common Deer; Shy Kids @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $10

9> Smells Like Nirvana; The Happening; Transformer @ Stop, Drop & Roll, 300 College St., TO ~tributes to Nirvana, The Pixies, Lou Reed; $10

9> Jim Dan Dee; The Road Heavy; Top Alibi @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St., TO ~indie Rock; $

9> Mr. Jr. @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO

9> The Nasties; Grey Bush; The Cola Heads; Pity @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W., TO ~original Hard Rock/Punk; $

9:30> Rogue Denim @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade, TO

9:30> Jason Collett; Taylor Knox; Forces; Alli Sunshine @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave., TO ~indie; $10

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

9:45> Myriad 3 @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*9:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

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

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

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

10-2> Caution Jam’s 25th anniversary @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~improvisational Jerry Garcia style jam band

10> Mike Billik Trio @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West, TO ~Pop Rock


3:30-7> Go Freddie Go @ The Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave., TO East ~vintage Rock/Pop; $

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

4-7> Stephen Stanley @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave., TO East

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

7-9> Warren Grieg Trio @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz; $0

9-12> David Leask @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~songwriter; 0$

9> The Best of Both Worlds featuring James Alcock on vocals @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Van Halen tribute; $5

9-11:30> Smokey Folk @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Bluegrass; $0

9> Kilowatt Band @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East

9-11> Sugar Brown @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~original Blues

9:30> Kickback @ Stone Lion, 1958 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

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


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

**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Robin Banks @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B; 0$

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

7:30> Amanda Tosoff Trio @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; minimum table charge

7:30> Wednesday 13; Bourbon Crow & Friends @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~$

8:30> Dennis Kowk Tentet; opener Cynthia Fay Collective @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~original Jazz; pwyc

9> The SilverBacks @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock

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

10-2> Bone-Yard @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40; 0$

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


*9> Rock jam with Tommy Rocker Band @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

9-1> Ugly Horse @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

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


*noon-3> Julian Fauth solo @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

*Noon-3> Danny Marks @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~Blues/Jazz

**2-5> Yor Magic Open Mic with host Robert Cooney @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West

4> Plectrified Blues featuring Jacqui Brown @ T.O. Lounge, 1384 Queen St. W., TO West ~Blues

**5-8> Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions with featured guest Lucas Stagg Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~ Roots/Country/Pop

5-8> The Local Haunts @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~alt-Country Roots

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

7-9> Lauren Mayell @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~original Country; $

8> Boogat; Los Poetas @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., TO West

8> Public Access TV; Splashh; The Britanys @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W., TO West ~indie Rock; #

8:30> “Piano Fest” with Steve Koven Trio @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~piano Jazz songwriter; $15

9> “It’s All About Dave” birthday bash for Dave McManus with The Junction City All Stars featuring Julian Fauth, George Baumann & guests Roots ‘n’ Branches; more @ The Cat, 3153 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues/Rock/R&B; 0$

9> The Hangover Whores @ Titty Kafkas, 137 Paton Rd. TO West

9-1> Donné Roberts Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Songs in the Key of Motown with Mama Motown @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~Motown tribute

9> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party recording live @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~original Roots-Rock; $10

9> The Holy Gasp; Mayraki; ART the Band @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~art Rock; $10

9> Chris Staig & The Marque Players @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Rock ‘n’ Roll

10-2> Hot Wax Meltdown @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

10> Park Eddy @ 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Rock/Soul

10> Chameleons @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West

10:30> Salsotika @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Salsa; $15


2> Shannon Lyon @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

*3-7> acoustic open mic with Chixxie Dixx @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo

3-6> Deluxe Drive @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford ~Blues

*3:30-7> acoustic jam @ Galt Legion Branch 121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge

4> 3 For A Quarter @ Black Badger Pub, 55 Water St. N., Cambridge

6:30> Jeff Shows @ The Village Well, 19 Queen St. E., Cambridge

8> Faster @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~guitar/sax art-Pop fusion; $10

8> Chandler Berardi @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop

8:30> Mike Downes Quarter with Robi Botos @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $20

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

9> Great Lakes; Throne To The Wolves; Hunt The Shark; Death Note Silence @ Van Gogh’s Ear, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie Rock

9> Jenny Howes @ The Rabbid Fox, 56 Beech Ave., Cambridge

9> Sandy MacDonald @ Argyle Arms, 210 King St. E., Cambridge ~Roots-Rock

9> The Rotten; Sptix; Luceo; Piffbreak Arcade @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Punk/Hardcore; $10

9:30> The McElrea Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo

9> Guilty Pleasures @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener ~Pop Rock covers

9:30> Frank Dux; Funk The Punk; Up 2-11 @ Grand River Hotel, 1102 King St. E., Cambridge

10> Last Exit @ Zander’s, 190 King George Rd., Brantford ~Pop Rocl


3-7> Nebraska; Puppet; Seyton @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough ~indie Rock/Roots-Rock; $5

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

8:30> Al Black and The Steady Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> Adam Webster @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

9:30> Rainbow Romp @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

10> Paper Shakers; Lee Dodington; Nathan Miller @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~songwriters

905 EAST

*3-6> acoustic open mic/jam with hosts Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

3-5> Grace Dueck Trio @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

4> Susan Latimer @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~original Roots-Pop

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

9> The Dukes @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9> We Were Sharks; Poeta; Excuses Excuses; Kozen; Taiors of Mayhem; Coach Bombay @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa ~indie Rock; $

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

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

9> Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies; Kim the Lion; Carbon Scores @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie Rock; $10

9:30> Skip Tracer @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40

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

10-2> Marty & The Mojos @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope


*3-7> open jam with Faces for Radio @ CC’s/Kennedy Court, 3 Stafford Dr., Brampton

8> Stan Chang & Eric Bruck Brickhouse Trio @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St., Georgetown ~Jazz

8-11> Bad Days Gone @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill ~Pop Rock

9> Adam Parsons @ Muddy Water Hotel, 25 Main St. W., Beeton

9-1> Two For The Show @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9> Sean Pinchin @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown ~Roots songwiter

9> Jazz Night @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

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

9:30> Burn @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~Deep Purple tribute; $10

9:30> Larry Melton Band @ Champs, 300 Bronte St. S., Milton ~Rock ‘n’ Roll

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

10> The Bud Baxter Band @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown

10> Crooked Zebras @ 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> The Brakemen Brunch @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~originals & cover Rock/R&B; $5

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

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

**2:30> special guest tba with The Mighty Duck Band @ The Golden Pheasant, 244 Ontario St., St. Catharines ~R&B/Blues

**2:30> Blues Matinée with The Coachmen (Colin Lapsey, Dave King, Chris Wheeler, Ian Andrews) @ Coach & Lantern (upstairs), 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Blues

2:30> Smoke Wagon Blues Band album release for Cigar Store @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~Blues; $10

3:30-7> Steve Grisbrook Band & special guest Brian Bomberry @ Monty’s Gastropub, 547 Ontario St., S., St. Catharines ~Blues

?*4> open mic with Traden Tunes @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess St. S., Hamilton

8-11> Steeltown Opry with Ginger St. James; Big Rude Jake’ Tim Gibbons; more @ Mills Hardware, 96 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country/Bluegrass/Roots revue; $

8-2> The Redhill Valleys; The Handsome Devils; Golden Horseshoe Revival @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~Country; $10

8> Monkley Cascade feat. Emily Kemp @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~Rock/R&B party band; $10

8> Stone The Radio @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> Jessie Luciani @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton

9> Hachey The Mouthpeace @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

9> Marcus Star @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton ~$2

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

9:30> The American Rogues @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

9:30> Hardog Brown; Jordie Edmonds; Andy Graffiti @ Rolly Rocket’s BBQ, 470 King St. W., Hamilton ~BLues

9:30> Destroyer @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~KISS tribute

9:30> Silverado @ The Gladstone Hamilton, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton ~Country Rock

9:30> 351 Cleveland @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~Rock/Top 40

905 WEST

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

**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest @ 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> Victoria Young @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop/Jazz/Blues

8> Little Peter & The Elegants for The Compass fundraiser @ Port Credit Legion (upstairs), 35 Front St. N., Port Credit ~50s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll; $30

9> The Dirty Blues Band @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Blues; $10

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

9:30> Guitared & Feathered @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~classic Rock

9:30> Dave Murphy Band @ Mulligan’s Pub, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~Rock/Funk

9:30-11:45> Uproar @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> 905 Band @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

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

10-2> The Wheat Kings @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Tragically Hip tribute; $

10> Selective Soul @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:15> Standard Transmission @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:30> Ok Geronimo; Kasador @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~indie Pop Rock


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