Janis Joplin lives again tonight, though not at Hugh’s | TorontoMoon.ca 170118We | Shows for Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

Jan Kudelka as Janis Joplin -cropped PROMO PIC


Janis Joplin has been dead for over 46 years now yet her entrancing persona and groundbreaking approach to Blues/Soul singing lives on as fresh as it was during her heyday in the late 60s, when she was part of a generation that redefined North American music and culture.

And artists like Jan Kudelka, who’s been reincarnating Joplin since 1981 —albeit with a 20-year break in the mid-‘90s until a couple of years ago— are still keeping Janis’s sizzling spirit and sound alive and will do so again tonight to mark what would have been her 74th birthday.

It’s interesting to speculate where Joplin would be in the pantheon of still-active greats if she were alive today.  I have to think it’s likely that at this point she’d be a fully fledged diva, still strutting stages and maybe even teaming up with fellow vocal icons like Mick Jagger, Cher or Aretha Franklin for special shows.

Given the lack of innovation and true excitement of contemporary radio music, her daring and her danger are perhaps all the more needed today for a new generation to experience.

Kudelka, an original cast member of “Hair” and alumna of Theatre Passe Murraille and Stratford Theatre, is also a playwright who created a full-blown show based around Joplin’s material, “Janis Janus,” that has been hailed by critics.

While Hugh’s Room won’t be able to host tonight’s long-planned celebration of Joplin’s putative 74th as planned (since it’s still closed, though with prospects of re-opening at some point soon), arrangements have been made for the show to go ahead on the big stage in the main room at Tranzac Club at 292 Brunswick Ave. in the Annex.

It starts at 8:30, tickets are $35 and all ducats that were pre-sold through Hugh’s will be honoured at the door.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

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noon-1pm> Partita Aplomb: Jingqua Xie @ Four Seasons Center, 145 Queen St. W., TO ~piano; 0$

noon-1> Graham Banfield @ St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe St., TO ~Classical guitar solo; 0$

5> Gordon Shawcross @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO

*5:30> Kama House Band @ Kama, 214 King St. W., TO ~Jazz

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

6-8> Alison Young & Marie Goudy @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6> Golden Country Classics @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6:30> Nathan Hiltz Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W., TO ~Jazz

7> Team Rowland @ Mod Club, 722 College St., TO ~$30

*7-10> Blues jam with Mark Stafford & Ken Yoshioka @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North

7> Mark Lalama Trio @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Jazz/R&B; $10

7:30> Sue & Dwight’s Folk Revival @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., TO ~Folk singalong; $15

**8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam 12th anniversary show with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~$10-20/pwyc

**8 (7 p.m. sign-up)> open stage with 9 p.m. feature by Kirk Felix @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall), TO ~songwriters

161110-support-the-moon*8> open mic with host Jay Pollock & feature @ Touché Martini Bar, 669 College St., TO

8> Toronto Symphony Orchestra @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., TO ~Classica; $33-100.50

8-11> Kitgut Old Time Stringband @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO

8-10:30> Dan Dwoskin solo @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Pop songwriter; $10

8:30> Janis Joplin’s 74th Annual Birthday Anniversary bash with Jan Kudelka & band @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO ~tribute; $35

9> The Digs @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Funk/Jazz/neo-Soul; $

9-1> open jam with Wednesday’s Child feat. Johnny Bootz Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO

*9 (signup at 8:30)> open mic with Alan Carter @ Lowdown, 276 Augusta Ave., TO

*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., TO

9> Joe’s Basement; Ricky Mullen; Hymnomancer; Magnetic Revelators @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~local indie; $5

9:30> Buddy Aquilina @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

10> The Layrite Boys @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Bluegrass

10> Bellwether 4 @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

10-2> Blues-Rock jam with Al Webster Combo @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO

*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/R&B; $10


*7:30-10:30> The BTBs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz; 0$

8-11> Piper Hayes Duo @ Skwish, 1192 Queen St. E., TO East ~original & cover Roots-Pop

8:30-10:30> Mediterranean Stars featuring Ed Roth on accordion @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~eclectic European/Middle Eastern Jazz/Klezmer Folk

*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East


8-1> Marshall Dane @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Country-Pop covers & originals; $

9-12> Space Jazz jam with singer Meagan Luchko & guitarist Kevin Bolger & band with weekly guest tba @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~Jazz ; $5/pwyc


5-8> Blues and Troubles @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

*7:30-10> Carrie Chesnutt Combo with guest Chesley Bennett @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~brassy R&B/Motown/Soul; 0$

7:30-9> Hilario Duran @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~solo piano Jazz; $20

*8> MFA open mic @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W., TO West

8-12> The Voyageur; Tobias Russ; Mark Ripp @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~acoustic Pop songwriters;

8> Rhonda Stakich & The Distillery @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~Folk-Jazz songwriter; $12

**9-12> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original Juno-winning Blues

9> Sean Conway @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Rockabilly Roots

9> Citizen Fame; Second Pass; Elly Ball @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~indie

9> Killer Party Killer @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Rockabilly super-group; $10

*10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Motel Bar, 1235 Queen St. W., TO West ~Jazz


*6-8:30> ukulele jam @ Idea Exchange, 5 Tannery St. E., Cambridge

7:30> Brett Kissel @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ~Country songwriter; $47.75

7:30> Celtic Session @ Pennywhistle Pub, 2 Quebec St., Guelph

8-12> acoustic Bluegrass jam @ Anaf Club 344, 32 Gordon St., Guelph

8> Rory Taillon @ Monogram Coffee, 16 Ainslie St. S., Cambridge ~songwriter

*8:30-11:30> The Gaes @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo ~Celtic

10> Scott Cairns @ Doogie & Pablo’s, 37 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

*10> Mike Todd @ The Duke, 33 Erb St., Waterloo


*7-11> open jam with The Freacon Band @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach ~ Blues, Jazz; $5

8-12> Trent University student bands @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9-11> Carpe Noctem @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~Jazz quintet covers & originals

905 EAST

7> Bruce Gorrie @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

8-12> open mic night @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 32 Kingston Rd. E. Ajax

*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg

*8-10:30> open mic jam with Marty Hepburn @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope

9> open mic @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*10> Two For The Show @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

*10> Emerson Ireland hosts open mic jam @ The Gryphon Pub, 114 Dundas St. E., Whitby


*7> open mic night with Tanya Joy Senior @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge

*8-12> open mic with Kevin Ker @ Unionville Arms, 189 Main St., Unionville

8> acoustic jam with Frank Logue @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown

*8:45> open mic jam with Matt Zady @ Magnums, 21 McMurchy Ave. N., Brampton

*9-1> open mic jam with Whiskey Birds @ Sweetz Lounge, 5289 Hwy 7, Woodbridge-Vaughan

*9:30> open mic with The Villagers @ Main’s Mansion, 144 Main St., Markham

*10-2> jam night with Switchbeat Trio @ Maguires, 284 Queen St. E., Brampton


*7:30> open mic with Brant Parker @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~eclectic

**8-1> Boogie N Blues jam with Ian Andrews & Friends @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

*8> Brad James @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~Country

8> Terrie Petrie & band hosts Country Wednesdays @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Country

*8:30> Something Country @ The Endzone, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country

9> Singalong with Judy Marsales @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40

9> SAYA @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~electro R&B trio; $10

*9:30-12> Part Maloney & Gillian Nicola @ Zyla’s, 299 James St. N., Hamilton ~original Pop; pwyc

9:30> Adam Cooke & Adam Ostrosser @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton

*10> Jazz jam @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton

905 WEST

*4:30> Adam Cooke @ SB Prime, 380 Brant St., Burlington

*8> open mic with Jim Italiano @ Club 54, 3345 Harvester Rd., Burlington

*8:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

9-1> Sil Simone Trio @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop; $

9-1> Cosmic Circle with Carlos Mallia @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~$8

*9> open mic with Michael Zane @ Shakers Oakville, 589 Kerr St., Oakville


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