It seems fitting somehow that right now, a few days after the 25th anniversary of when I published the first number of The Open Season (the publication that was the ancestor of this electronic live music magazine you’re reading) that I should be featuring an article about harp player, songwriter, charismatic singer/band leader and now once again jam host Jerome Godboo.
Jerome was one of the first people I wrote about as I began my mission of making myself useful (and hoping to be able to earn a living) doing promotion for the local live music scene.
It was an easy choice. Though there were (and still are) many, many other hugely talented musicians who gravitated to the orbit of Grossman’s Tavern, he stood out as unique among that panoply even back then in the spring of 1992, shortly after I had moved to the city and begun frequenting music shows in bars.
Jerome’s probably forgotten how we watched and recorded his transition from racy shirtless Rock frontman (for The Phantoms) into boundary pushing, shirtless lighting rod for an edgy jumpin’ Blues-Rock originals band (several actually, from Deep Down through One Monkey and many others) and as he morphed into a now established, nice-shirt-and-washboard-wearing staple of the Blues festival and bar scene. We’ve known him so long that we remember when he went by Jerome Godbout, his actual given name. (At least he doesn’t call himself Jerome Music, lol).
At any rate, while Jerome seems to have forgotten about this publication we haven’t forgotten him, and neither, I know, have our longtime readers, while possibly some newer ones will want to know more.
The jams Jerome used to host at Grossman’s back in the ‘90s have become the stuff of private legend to many as several players who today are featured attractions honed their chops at those events. But while Grossman’s has a big fat “TBD” on their music listings for tonight, Jerome will be hosting the latest installment in a new Tuesday jam he’s been running for a few weeks now at another club that’s seen its share of great talents over the past two decades since it opened, Cadillac Lounge at 1296 Queen St. West in Parkdale.
(Interestingly, this is the room that Sam Grosso started —and still owns and operates— after he left the bar Graffiti’s that he’d opened around the same time I came on the scene and that was and remains another key Kensington Market scene music crucible.)
Godboo’s support band for tonight’s show (I get the impression its composition varies from week to week) contains some musicians I’m also quite familiar with, including at least two who certainly haven’t forgotten how this publication helps to promote both the local live music scene and its up-and-coming and established artists.
Super versatile and energetic guitarist Josh Gordon I’ve written about a few times, both for his solo and trio shows and in respect of his membership in other bands, namely Blues firewagon The Blazers (fronted by singer Pete Cohan) and, with his wife Amanda Rose (also now mother of Josh’s first child!) as a duo together as well as in her eponymous Rock covers band, her group Mint and other outfits including Bob Seeger tribute big band Against The Wind. Having Josh on the guitar as part of the house band guarantees that anything Godboo or the guests can conjur up will easily be not only supported but enhanced by the six-string division.
While I expect keyboardist Hervé Basset won’t be employing actual strings but rather a high-end board that will emulate organ as well as piano with precision and class, he’s another player who will add precision fills, flourishes and whatever solos seem right to the musical adventure. He’s performed with dozens of headline acts over the years and these days mostly divides his time between three stellar ones. He regularly teams up as the Brady/Basset Duo with songwriter/acoustic Pop covers singer Shawn Brady, who also happens to be the leader of acclaimed U2 tribute Elevation and whose indie group Shawn Brady & The Northern Sons continues to attract notice on that scene. Hervé is also a member of Johnny Cash tribute combo Covered in Cash as well as Eric Clapton replicators Forever Man.
The bassist is a monster too: Guenther Kapelle, best known for his role supporting Tony “Wild T” Springer in his variously named bands for something close to 20 years if not more. Murad Gunduz on the kit will round out the support group, which, if it weren’t so friendly and accommodating, might seem a little intimidating to some players.
The jam gets underway at 8 p.m., with sign-up starting at 7:30. One suggestion if you’re going to be sitting in front of the stage: bring sunglasses unless the club has done something about the horrid lighting from the rear of the stage that, the last two times I last visited, did nothing to aid seeing the performers and was blinding to anyone trying to watch the show for any length of time.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, May 02, 2022
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8am> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with host Paul Cross guest songwriter Isaak Bonk @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeat of previous evening’s show)
4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or 1015thehawk.ca
**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 Rock-Fm.ca
9-9:20> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with guest songwriter Corin Raymond @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeats 8 am tomorrow)
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
6-12> Leslie Huyler; Annie Bonsignore; Chris Birkett; special guests @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc
6:30> Trevor Giancola Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano
7:30> Nebyu Yohannes @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~contemporary original
8> Havens; Greenhouse; Before The Flood @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~indie; $
8> “Sing For Ooch” fundraiser for Camp Ooch with Adam Jesin & Campfire Band members @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~$20
8> All The Wasted Years; Caustic Lime; Tough Break @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Punk; $5
8> Claire Coupland Band & guest opener Steve Gleason @ Voodoo Child, 388 College St. ~songwriters; pwyc
*8-11> open mic with hosts Guy Moreau & James Quigley @ Statler’s, 487 Church St.
7> Vittorio Mezza @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Italian music; $
*8> eclectic open mic @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.
8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word
8:30> Jordan B. Wright; Tom Bright @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W.
*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.
9:30> Jazz jam hosted by Chris Gale @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $
10> Peripheral Vision; Hayden Farrar Trio @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz
*10> The Hit Pickers @ Cloak & Dagger, 394 College St. ~Bluegrass
10-2> Alan Kavanagh @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
416 –TORONTO EAST
*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano
7-9> Shikha Sehgal @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$
8> Matt Bentley; Empty Case of Blue; Urbana Piqua @ 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> Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~tribute to Tom Waits
*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
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
7:30-10:30> Gene DiNovi @ Old Mill (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~piano/vocal Pop/Jazz; minimum food/beverage order $20
*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Roots ‘N Branches featuring Dave McManus on bass @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Rootsy Blues
7:30> open jam with Jerome Godboo and house band featuring Josh Gordon on guitar & Hervé Basset on keys @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W.
8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Shawn Nykwist on sax @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$
8> Screaming Females @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.
*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers
8> Radian Baby; Nyssa; No Frills @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $
8> Lynn Moffatt; David Backshell; Spirals @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
8:30> Emergency Musical Services; Kelly J; Jocelyn B @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz; $
9> Lamblion; Graham Ko; Scratch Nasty @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc
9> Bluenatics & guests Partnerd @ T.O. Lounge, 1384 Queen St. W. ~Blues/indie Rock
9> Polish Village Band @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
9> Bruce Chapman Blues Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Blues
9> Pete Casey; The Vinkies; Lindy Vopnfjord; Chloe Doucet Trio @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~songwriters; $
*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge
6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exhange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge
*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph
7> Pete Paquette & Chris Connor @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ~tribute to Elvis; $52
*7-11> Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Association holds Bluegrass jam @ Galt Legion RCL #121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge
*7-9> Juneyt @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge ~Flamenco guitarist
9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
9> jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
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
*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
9> fundraiser for New Canadians Centre with Joel Parkes; Civil Wray @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~songwriters
*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> Dean James @ 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
3:30> Sharon and Bram @ Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~kids/family music; $
7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ RCL 385, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., 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
6:30> Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys for “Southern Supper” @ Mississippi Queen Foods, 635 King St. E., Hamilton ~Blues; $ includes special menu dinner
*8> Blues & Jazz jam hosted by Wayne Janus & The Syncopaths @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
*8> open stage with Wayne Petti @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton
8> Flea Committee; Figure Walking; Texas King @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $10
8> Sean Le Sage & The Dealbreakers @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic
9> open acoustic jam @ Side Bar, 96 George St., Hamilton
9> songwriters night @ The West Town, 214 Locke St. S., 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
9:30> Lauren Knowles Trio @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton
*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> Jeremy & Jenn @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Funk; $
Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.
Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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