\ BURLINGTON \
When a bruise or wound goes from purple to black it’s not a good sign. What it means when something goes the other way I don’t know, but Blues/Rockabilly veteran James Anthony may be about to find out.
After a very long-running Saturday afternoon “Blues Sermon” matinee show with weekly special guests at the Black Swan pub in Burlington, as of this week Anthony is moving the show to another local very music-friendly bar, The Purple Heather, in the suburban city nestled in the crotch of Lake Ontario between Oakville and Hamilton.
What the back story is I don’t know, but I also observe that Anthony, who has also appeared at the Swan regularly on Thursday nights for at least a couple of years, not only is no longer on that schedule either (replaced by a DJ it seems) but in fact is now listed on the Purple Heather’s website as hosting a Jazz open mic and jam there for at least the month of February. And with today’s Sat. matinee being a first for the new host club, it seems the shift is going to be as permanent as anything can be in the volatile music biz.
For his debut today in Purple, located in a giant shopping centre at 3600 Dundas Street (aka Highway #5) at the corner of Walker’s Line northeast of the downtown, Anthony is pulling out all the stops it would seem, having locked in George Olliver as his special guest for the show, which runs 2-6 p.m.
For its part meanwhile, The Swan, which is located quite near to the Heather at 4040 Palladium Way (which runs east off of Walkers Line a little north of Dundas), has not abandoned live music on Saturdays (when it normally features karaoke in the evenings) if this afternoon is any indication. The club’s website bills a 1-5 p.m. show with a Funk/Jazz/Soul trio known as One Way Up which features Dwayne LaForme on guitar and saxist Mary Kovacs.
As if those two attractions didn’t present enough to fill the appetites of Saturday afternoon music lovers in the area, another long running Saturday matinee series hosted by eclectic Rock/Pop singer and guitarist Sil Simone with an all-star band of veterans (including Garth Vogan on keys!) and also featuring special guests, takes place just a few kilometers to the west at Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Road at Guelph Line half-way between #5 and QEW. For that 2-6 affair today the guest will be another Blues veteran, Bruce Longman.
There’s no cover for any of these shows and if you end up making the journey out there (it sure sounds worth the drive!) on the way back to TO (assuming you don’t stick around to catch the Sat. night bands at the Heather or Arms) you might also want to make a pit stop to visit another longtime favourite Burlington area performer, piano man Michael Keys, who will be going the other way this evening as he appears for a no-cover 9-1 show with vintage Blues/Rock/Pop outfit Ronnie Russell and The Corvairs at Blue Goose Tavern at 1 Blue Goose Way off Royal York Road.
And while you’re in that area, if you still want more Blues you can check out Frank Cosentino’s new Blues Time combo (with Ali Shan on harp) appearing for no cover from 10-close at Southside Johnny’s at 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. near Brown’s Line.
If this Saturday “battle of the giants” schedule keeps going like it is, once the nicer weather arrives I may have to get myself an e-bike with a longer range!
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Saturday, February 04, 2022
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8-12> BLUZ-FM with Danny Marks @ JAZZ.FM91
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*12-3> The Sinners Choir @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
1:30-4:30> Words & Music with hosts Linda Stitt + guests Harpin’ Norm Lucien; Philomene Hoffman; authors & poets @ Vino Rosso, 44 St. Joseph St. (4th floor party room) ~eclectic original mix
3> The Hot Five Jazzmakers @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~traditional Jazz; $5
3> Jamzac @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
3-6> Steve Holt Jazz Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St. ~Jazz
3:30> Swing Shift Big Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
4> Stephen Stanley Band @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. ~
4-7> Soulidified @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road North ~$
*4:40-7:30> The Happy Pals @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
*5-8> Blues & Troubles @ Déjà vu Bar, 389 College St. ~Blues
6> Rattlesnake Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Rootsabilly
7> Worst Pop Band Ever @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~ Jazz; $
7:30> Heavy On The Willie @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Country
8> Gidon Kremer with Kremerata Baltica @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~Classical string concert; $
8> 1=1; Caution Tape @ Music Gallery, 197 John St. ~indie; $
8> Drive By Truckers @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St.
8:30> That’s Close Enough Duo @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~Roots-Rock/Pop covers; $?
*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues
8:30> The Johnson Report @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.
9> Danger Bees featuring David Macmichael; Ghosted; Sans Gothic; Trollblazers @ Stop, Drop & Roll, 300 College St. ~indie Rock/alt-Pop; $
9> Pontune 5 @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. North
9> The Thinly Veiled Double Entendres; Stereoclypse; Crown Lands; Angora; @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~original Rock; $10
9> Russ Little Quintet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
9-2> Pantomime; Colony; Fuzz Monkey Reunion; Denim Skeletons @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave. ~indie; $
9:30> Sal Indigo @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
9:30> Something Extra @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road ~Pop Rock; $
9:30> Soular @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:45> Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats featuring Peter Hill on keys @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Swing Jazz; $
*9:45> Robin Banks @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
10> Ride The Tiger @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul; $
10> Callan Furlong @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
10> Colin Fisher & guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10-2> The Fullerton with Neil Chapman @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues/Blues-Rock
10> Blond Ambition @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO EAST
3-7> The Beachles featuring Tony Oldland on guitar @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~Beatles tribute
*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E. ~R&B
4-7> Alec Trent @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.
6-8> Steve Gleason @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; $0
6-8> Thelonious Hank @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Country
7> Couer de Pirate; Kroy @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave.
7:30-11:30> Bill Craig album release for The Road Back Home Again @ RCL #22 (Royal Canadian Legion) Woodbine Heights Branch, 1240 Woodbine Ave. ~Roots; 0$
8> Ernest Lee & Cotton Traffic @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Blues/Rock
8> Mudpunch @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave. ~Blues-Rock duo
9-12> Kickback @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock; 0$
9> Gyles @ Old Nick Pub, 123 Danforth Ave.
9> The Vicars of Vinyl @ Pepper Cat, 1953 Queen St. E. ~cover Rock/Pop
9-11> Bidini Band @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.
9:30> I Will Be King featuring Elana Harte @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~David Bowie tribute; $10
9:30-11:30> The Pearl Motel @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~$0
9:30> Robbie Antone Band @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave.
9:30> Andrew Fetterley @ Stone Lion, 1958 Queen St. E. ~Pop Rock
10:30> Chicken & Waffles @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
**4-8> The Essentials with guest singer Tracey Gallant @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B; 0$
*4-8> The Meteors with guest Krista Blondin @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line South ~Blues/Rock/R&B
7:30> Adrean Farrugia Trio @ Old Mill Inn (Homesmith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; minimum table charge
8> Tony Springer; Jerome Godboo Band @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~Blues; $
9:30> Raquel & The Blue Tones @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line South ~Pop Rock/Blues; $
10-2> Blues Time featuring Frank Cosentino @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rockin’ Blues; 0$
10> Pop Agenda @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
8-12> The Laws; Ben Sures @ St. Nicholas Birch Cliff Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. ~Country; $25
*9> Rock jam with Tommy Rocker Band @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd.
9-1> Colin Amey @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd. ~Pop Rock
*9:30-2> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Winners, 2181 Lawrence Ave. E.
9:30> Recovery Mode @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock
10> Colleen & The Bleeding Hearts @ The Birchmount, 462 Birchmount Rd. ~Rock/Country/Blues; $5
416 – TORONTO WEST
*noon-3> Julian Fauth solo @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues
*Noon-3> Danny Marks @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Blues/Jazz
**5-8> Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions with featured guests Arthur Renwick & Darcy Good @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~ Roots/Country/Pop
5-8> Alan Kavanaugh @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Irish songwriter
*5-8> Blues jam with Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. ~Blues
7-9> Harrow Fair @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Country; $10
8> Sikh Knowledge @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. ~Irish/Indian fusion; $15
8> Giselle Hausman @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W.
8:30> Altameda; Dirty Rain; Evan Redsky @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $10
9-1> The Tin Pan Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9> Live Band Karaoke @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~singalong Pop Rock with lyric sheets
9> Mighty Big Word; Laura Merrimen Band @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~indie
9> Daylight For Deadeyes @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
9:30> “Junctionfest 2” Daily Bread Food Band fundraiser with Terminal Joy; Death By Decibel; How to Die in Oregon; Killroy; Braincell Graveyard @ Orb, 2872 Dundas St. W. ~original Hard Rock/Punk
9:30> Sam Taylor Band @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~original & cover Blues
9:30> Mama Motown @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St. ~Motown/Soul
9:30> Milkman & the 2% @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St. ~Pop Rock
10-2> The Del Fi’s @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Rock; $10
10> A Man Called Warwick; Senor Vishal @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~indie
10> The Intentions @ 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~Funk/Sou/Motown; 0$
10:30> Conjunto Lacalu @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Salsa; $15
3-5> Annie Sumi; Aniqa Dear @ Planet Bean, 21 Macdonell St., Guelph
3> Exit 282 Band @ Hespeler RCL, 26 Schofield St., Cambridge ~local indie
*3-7> acoustic open mic with Chixxie Dixx @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
3-6> Blaine Bomberry Blues Band @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford ~Blues
*3:30-7> acoustic jam @ Galt Legion Branch 121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge
6:30> Drew Chester @ The Village Well, 19 Queen St. E., Cambridge
7-11> Exit 282 Band @ The Rabbid Fox, 56 Beech Ave., Cambridge ~local indie
8-11> Smomid @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~electronic Pop
8> Blackridge @ Ernie’s Roadhouse, 7 Queen St. W., Cambridge
8> Aepoch; Bookakee; Dioxide Angel; Dreams of Prophecy @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Metal/Industrial; $10
8:30> Alexis Baro & Pueblo Nuevo Jazz Project @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $20
9> The O’Deadlys @ Fionn MacCool’s Guelph, 494 Edinurgh Rd. S., Guelph ~Pop
9> Harbour In; Frank Dux; Nine Times Over; Mac n Sleeze @ Van Gogh’s Ear, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $8
9> Plead the 5th @ Grand River Hotel, 1102 King St. E., Cambridge
9> Trippy Hippies @ Black Badger Pub, 55 Water St. N., Cambridge
9> Travis Gaetz @ The Brownestone, 39 Queen St. E., Cambridge
9> Live Band @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge
9:30> Dave McIntyre Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
9:30> Wolf Brothers @ The Tipsy Toad, 171 Broadway Ave., Orangeville
10> Selective Soul @ Zander’s, 190 King George Rd., Brantford ~Soul/Pop
3> showcase with various acts for Peterborough LIVE Music Festival music bursary fund @ The Spill, 414 George St., Peterborough
5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
5-7> Little Fire @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
8-11:45> The Argues @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood
8:30> House Brand @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
9> The Honeyrunners @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~original Pop
9:30> Paul James Band @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Blues
9:30> Mad Child @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
2-5> Broken Harmony @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~Country
*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> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues
*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax
9> Greg Williams @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9-1> Itchy & Scratchy @ Tap and Tankard, 224 Brock Rd. S., Whitby ~Rock/Pop
9> This Is Death Valley final show; Drag The Lake; Falsifier; Rosewood; Beguiler @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~original Rock; $10
9:30-1> The Weber Brothers @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~original Blues
9:30> Two For The Show @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Pop Rock covers
10> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
10-2> Broken Harmony @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~Country
*3-7> open jam with Faces for Radio @ CC’s/Kennedy Court, 3 Stafford Dr., Brampton
6-9> Joe & Frank @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz duo
8> Brickhouse Trio @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St., Georgetown ~Jazz
8> Ambedo; Rosenbloom @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~cover Pop Rock
9> High Court County featuring Arie Papernick @ Big Daddy’s, 446 Davis Dr., Newmarket ~Country
9> Benjamin Dakota Rogers with Chris Rait @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown ~alt-Folk
9> Rik Hawkins @ Muddy Water Hotel, 25 Main St. W., Beeton ~one-man band
9-1> Full Tilt @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9> Jazz band @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point
9-12:30> Pat Robitaille @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~Folk-Rock/Soul
9:30> Groove Marmalade @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock
9:30> Fleetwood Mac Mania @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~Fleetwood Mac tribute; $
10> Pop Machine @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown
10> The Glamour Assassins @ Village Inn, 2 Holland St. E., Bradford ~Rock
**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 guests John Dicke & Jim Gay 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
3:30-7> Steve Grisbrook Band & special guests Mike McDonald & Paul Martin @ Monty’s Gastropub, 547 Ontario St., S., St. Catharines ~Blues
?*4> open mic with Traden Tunes @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess St. S., Hamilton
8> Queens of Quirk with Hanna Bech @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~$20
9> The Rockets @ The Gladstone Hamilton, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton ~classic Rock
9> Simply Saucer @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
**9> Niagara Rhythm Section & guest Jake Chisholm @ The Old Winery, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~R&B/Blues
9:30> Negative State Relief @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
9:30> Live How You Live; The Feels @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Pop Rock
9:30> Jesse Luciani @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton
9:30> The Chasers @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~Rock/Top 40
1-5> One Way Up @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues/Jazz/Funk
**2-6> Sil Simone Band with special guest Bruce Longman @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Blues
**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest George Olliver @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas Street, Burlington
*3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit
4-8> Aaron Solomon with The Roc’n Docker’s @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues/R&B
8> The Pistolettes featuring Ginger St. James; opener Matty Simpson @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Country/Cabaret; $10
9> Soul Mates featuring Sue Martin @ The Pipes and Taps, 231 Oak Park Blvd., Oakville ~cover Pop Rock/R&B
9> Killin’ Time @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop Rock
9:30> Glenn Groves @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Denis Martel @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock
9:30-11:45> Bare Blue Sea @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas Street, Burlington ~Pop Rock
9:30> Desire @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~U2 tribute
9:30> Groove Hammer @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40
10-2> Nancy Be Band @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40; $
10> Stacy Renee Band @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock
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