It’s mo-tuesday, kinda-sorta, at 120 Diner tonight | 170829Tu | Shows for Tuesday, August 29, 2021


I haven’t yet attended any of the “momondays” social gatherings and live music/spoken word events put on in various cities throughout the GTA by musician and promoter Michel Neray, so I can’t really say how beneficial they might be, though the concept sounds invitingly promising.

But tonight’s musical takeover of the 120 Diner at 120 Church St. by Michel and his partner Barbara for a “kinda-sorta house concert” looks guaranteed to be an enjoyable affair based on the talent lineup.

The couple also puts on actual house concerts in their home near the Eglinton West subway station from time to time, including one coming up September 23 featuring songwriter Kevin Foster, whom they recruited from one of the momondays events.

Tonight for the 6-11:30 p.m. affair Neray himself will host and will also perform (albeit as Jacques Russell, for whatever reason) and there appears to also be a house band, since veteran stand-up bass player Abbey Leon Sholzberg is among those listed on the showcard. (I suppose ultra-versatile Abbey could be doing a solo bass set as he’s certainly capable of entertaining that way at least as much if not more so than the many electric bass players who have been doing instrumental solo shows the past few years.)

Another performer who has been getting a lot of gigs across the GTA lately but whom I haven’t yet had the opportunity to hear is Ragwax, a songwriter with a reportedly eclectic approach that incorporates elements of Jazz, Roots and Soul and into a unique sound.

Jeff Beauchamp and Trevor Owen are also part of the show, which is described in the promo as being a mix of Jazz, Blues and Tin Pan Alley.  There’s no set cover for this one —it’s pay what you can— so it might be a good opportunity to get a feel for and learn more about momondays from the moman himself!

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, August 29, 2021

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4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or

**7-8> “Songtalk Radio” songwriters interviews/chat with weekly guest @ CJRU 1280AM Toronto and online

7-9> “Unsung and On The Side” with Carolyn Fe on


*noon-3> Alex Radeff of Donkey solo @ True Love Café, 290 Dundas St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$

noon-1> Erik Flowchild @ Trinity Square Park, 19 Trinity Square ~original Hip Hop; $0

6-11:30> “Michel & Barbara’s Famous Kinda Sorta House Concert” with host Michel Neray & performances by Jacques Russell (aka Michel Neray); Jeff Beauchamp; Trevor Owen; Abbey Leon Sholzberg; Ragwax @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Blues/Jazz/Roots; $pwyc

6-8> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz piano; 0$

6> Jon Brooks @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter

6:30> Alison Au Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano

7> Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit @ Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St. ~contemporary original; $

8> Toronto Folk Singers Club @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St.

8-11> Chelsea Reed Band & guest opener @ Voodoo Child, 388 College St. ~songwriters; pwyc

*8-11> open mic with hosts Guy Moreau & James Quigley @ Statler’s, 487 Church St.

8> Michael Keith Trio @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~songwriter

8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word

8:30-12> open mic @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $

9> Burn Apollo; Ten Boy; Half Twin; Softside; Centraal @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0

*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.

9:30> Felipe Prado @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues-Rock; $0

9:30> Lynn McDonald @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~tribute to Charlie Parker; $

*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $

10> Josh Cole Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.

10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B

10-2> open mic night @ The Hideout, 423 College St.


*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano

7-9> Dan Farrell @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~piano songwriter; 0$

7> Bonobo @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave.

8> open stage @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Roots

8> Lucyd; Hound Belly; Gary Edward Allen @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$

**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.

8:30-10:30> Don Stephenson @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~songwriter

*9-1> jam with Mike Sedgewick & The Blue Gurus @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E.

*9> open mic with host Asha Diaz @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave.

*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Folk Roots


8-12> Heavy Metal Jam hosted by James Alcock & band @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.

*8> Tom Barlow Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Top 40


10> Wayne Ferguson hosts jam & karaoke night @ West Hill Pizza, 4379 Kingston Rd.


1-5> Angie Hilts @ The Wine Garden, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~original Roots

1:30-5:30> Danny Scott @ Casino patio stage Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Pop Rock

3-6> Greg Wyard Band @ CNE Midway Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West

3-6> Marshall Dane @ CNE Northern Comfort Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Country

5-9> Club Django Toronto @ The Wine Garden, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Jazz

6:30-10:30> Lost Patients @ Casino patio/stage Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Pop Rock

7> Luke Lalonde & film screening @ Open Roof Festival, 99 Sudbury St.

7> John Mayer @ Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> The Sheepdogs; Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs open @ CNE Bandshell, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd., TO West ~contemporary original

7:30-11> Groove Stone @ CNE Midway Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West

7:30-11> Kelly Prescott @ CNE Northern Comfort Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Shore Blvd. West ~Country

8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Jake Wilkinson on trumpet @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$

*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers

8> 80s tribute open stage with sign-up starting at 8 @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~pwyc

8:30> Whiebrow; King Cardiac @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $

9> Bobby Dove @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.

9> Mark Martyre Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter

9> Avery Florence @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.

9> Renaissance Ramblers @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~mediaeval music with a modern twist; $0

9:30> Graham Ko @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $


6> open mic @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph

*7-9> Juneyt @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge ~Flamenco guitarist

9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo

*10> open jam with host Chris Brown @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford


7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8:30> Velvet Bison; Pink Cocoon; The Space Wizards; Semolina Pilchard; Basement Dweller @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie; $5/pwyc

*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

10> Ali McCormick; Max Marshall @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*8:30-12:30> open mic with host Cheryl Stiles @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> Matt Morson @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

*9-1> open acoustic jam @ The General, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

*10> open mic with Josh Beaven @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa


7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ Aw Shucks, 15474 Yonge St., Aurora

*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill

*8-11> jam with Matthew Kane & The Brews Brothers @ The Crown, 9580 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*8> acoustic jam @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown

*8:30-12:30> open mic @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*9> open mic with Manny D, Andy Earle & Dave Breckels @ Big Chris BBQ, 17380 Yonge St., Newmarket


12-1> Aubrey Wilson Quartet @ Gore Park, King St. E. at John St. S., Hamilton

6> Annette Haas @ Rousseau House, 375 Wilson St. E., Ancaster  ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7> songwriters open stage with Deeps @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton

*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic

*8:30> open stage with Wayne Petti @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country?

*9:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

10> songwriters night @ The West Town, 214 Locke St. S., Hamilton

10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton

905 WEST

*8> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock

*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

*8> open mic night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zadkovich @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga

9-1> Johnny Lane Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9> open mic with Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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