After three years of staging charming in-the-round shows at a couple of different venues in different cities, songwriter host Boris Buhot is wrapping up the series tonight with a finale show in east TO at Hirut Café.
For this one it appears it will be just him and guest songwriter Rob Kennedy of the recording bands One Ugly Cowboy and Refugee, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a little song circle jam break out if he ends up having a few representatives in the audience from among the raft of talented artists who’ve appeared at the shows over the past three years.
I was fortunate enough to be one of those guest songwriters at the sessions normally utilizing three or four artists, but most of those featured have been far more established and talented than that. Indeed, the talent roster has been hugely impressive and would be the envy of any Folk festival.
And with Hirut’s excellent listening environment —no stupid tv sports broadcasts or yattering drunk nabobs to distract from the performances and a very nicely arranged gently raised stage with lights and decent sound— the musical experience has always been superior.
(The Ethiopian-style food served here by namesake cook Hirut, btw, is also absolutely awesome and as a bonus is budget priced, easily leaving you enough to chip in something to the pay-what-you-can jar at the front table.)
The shows, which have alternated mostly between Hirut and at Oshawa’s Simcoe Blues and Jazz club, have included artists like Nicole Coward/Lisa Craig, Tony Quarrington, Harpin’ Norm Lucien, Herb Dale, Paul Cross, Pete Otis, Brian Gladstone, Frank Wilks, Sebastian Agnello, Tony Newman, Glen Hornblast, Susan Latimer and many more high-profile songsmiths.
Attendance has been variable —some have been nearly full houses while others have been only skimpily attended— but the real reason Boris seems to be letting go of the project is that over that time he’s become more and more involved with recording a new album of originals to follow up on his now ancient but still vibrantly powerful and relevant Grunge-Roots United Truce disc. [You can hear one of the tracks on our Featured Tracks page on the Music tab.]
In any event, barring a change of heart, tonight’s 9-12 show on the nicely appointed stage in the room at 2050 Danforth Ave. just west of Woodbine will be your last opportunity to toast the earnest and affable host and composer.
And while it may be Boris’s last round, he deserves to have many artists buying him one to say thanks.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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*11am-1pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeats Sundays 3-5am & Wednesdays 6-8am)
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
5:30am-7pm> CBC Daily Bread Food Band live performances broadcast fundraiser with various acts including Julian Taylor Band @ CBC Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. W. ~eclectic; $0/donations requested
*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
*4-6> Terra Hazelton with Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk
6-9> First Fridays with Hold The Bus featuring Kevin Jeffrey @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~classic Rock and Roll/Rockabilly; $0
6-8> Laura Hubert Band also featuring Peter Hill @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Pop Jazz with punch; $10-20
6-8> Galbino Palomares @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~Mexican songwriter
6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6-8> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~solo piano Jazz; $
6:30> Boogaloo Squad @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Christmas Jazz; $
7> Selfish Things; First Ghost @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ~indie
7-9> Vienna D’Amato Hall @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~songwriter
7> The House of Haunt recording release @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W.
7:30> The Startfires @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
7:30> Malcolm Goldstein; Doug Van Nort; Electro-Acousic Orchestra @ Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. ~Classical/Jazz; $15
7:30> The Lifers; Moscow Apartment @ Less Bar, 834 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $15
7:30> Jay Harmony; Ken Whiteley @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~Christmas Roots
*8-10> Radio Fraud @ e11even, 15 York St. ~Jazz
8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~Country
8> Ella Mai @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W.
8> Death From Above; The Beaches @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $
8> Cygnus; Starship Experience; Lucid Movement @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~indie; $
8:30> “One Night In Toronto” benefit for Gord Downie-Chanie Wenjack Fund with Mark Ripp; WD50; Sam Taylor; Cousin Marvin; A Little Like Me; FunCam; Joe Laxton; AJ Walton @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.
8:30> The Tea Party (third of five nights); Alpha Club opens @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $
*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues
8:30> Autumn Kings; Dress Black; Rvnners; Fortunate Losers @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $
9> Mike McKenna & Jay Moonah Duo @ Basso Blues Room, 320 Queen St. E. ~original Blues; $; $0
9> Kill 4 Soda; Microfierce; The Mighty Height @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie; $
9> Espanola with Dan Edmonds on keys @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~original Rock/Pop; $
9> Jeremy Fisher @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W.
9> Jerry Garcia tribute @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40; 0$
9> Cubadors @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> International Dub Gatherings launch party with OBF; Sr. Wilson; Von D.; Jafu; Spyne; Steinjah; more @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Dub; $
9> Olde recording release for cd; Jahgernaut; HJAMMERHANDS; The Hazytones @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $10
9-11:30> Maureen Kennedy Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
9:30> Lady Kane @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:45> Chuck Jackson @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Blues/R&B; $
9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~60s R&B 7-piece; $
10> Arsenals @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Ska; $
10> Jack Marks @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
10> Metronome Chomsky @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~Jazz
10> Heavy Ethics @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Christmas Jazz
10-2> The North; Tomahawk Love @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~indie; $
10> Soule Food @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St. W. ~Pop Rock
10:30> Switchbeat @ Rose & Crown, 2335 Yonge St. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
11> ARSON; Giver Danger @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~Punk/Thrash; $
11> Vitus Wight @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriter
416 - TORONTO EAST
*5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~rootsy Rockabilly
7-9> m.e. law @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. 0$ ~songwriter
8> Wolf Alice @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
8> Gary Numan; Me Not You @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $
9> James Green Electric Trio @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues; $0120
9:30> The Failsafes @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~Pop Rock
*9:30-1:30> Blues jam with Mike Sedgewick Band @ Salty Dog, 1890 Queen St. E.
9:30> Tim Bovaconti Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave.
10:30> Chicken & Waffles @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
8> Bootlegger; 2112; G2R @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~tribute to Rush; $
8-12> Bob Cary Society Orchestra @ Old Mill Inn Dining Room, 21 Old Mill Rd. ~slow dance music; $
9> The Wheat Kings @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~tribute to Tragically Hip; $10
10-2> The Wilderness @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~classic & contemporary Rock; 0$
10> Mike Billik Trio @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
9:30> F.K.R. @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Raven Call @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave. ~classic Rock/Top 40
9:30> Charlie The Kid @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock
9:30> The Grinn Band @ The Loaded Dog, 1921 Lawrence Ave. E. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
416 - TORONTO WEST
5-7> Dirt Farmer; James Clark opens @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock
5-8> Roberta Hunt @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
6> Kalyna Rakel Band also feat. Kevin Breit @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Jazz; $
*7-10> Les Petits Nouveaux @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~nu-Jazz trio
7> Django Futuro @ Emmet Ray Bar, 924 College St. ~Christmas Jazz/pwyc/$10
7> WheelHouse @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St. ~Roots-Rock
7-8:30> Alison Young @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; 0$
7> Michi; Mack opens @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> Elephant Stone; The Nursery; Spells of Vertigo @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> Side Note @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8:30> John Sheard & The Vinyl Café Orchestra with guests Dala, David Celia, Drew Jurecka @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~tribute to The Vinyl Café, Jazz; $35
8:30> Francois Klark @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $15
9-1> Julian Fauth Blues Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9> Stray Dog Salon with David Sereda, Colleen Allen, David Woodhead & more for Emerging Artists Award in honour of Mary Sue Rankin @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave.
9> The Calrizians recording release @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W.
9> Century Palm; The New Calling; WLMRT; Don’t Bother @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $
9> Matt; Girl; Runnymede @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
9> The Hatchetmen @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
9:30> The Reposadists & guest singer @ Reposado, 135 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz
9:30> Orit “Little Birdie” Shimoni @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair Ave. W. ~Blues songwriter
9:30> The HI Players Rocking Blooze Band @ Duffy’s, 1238 Bloor St. W. ~Blues/R&B
10> Ken Yoshioka Band featuring Dave McManus on bass @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~Blues/R&B
10> The Yonge Kids @ Alchemy, 890 College St.
10-2> Shane Murphy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.
10> Lucas Stagg @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Roots-Rock
10:30> Yani Borrell @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Salsa; $15
6:30> Jesse Parent @ The Village Well, 19 Queen St. E., Cambridge
7:30> Ramriddiz; Young Lungs; Brae @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~contemporary original; $15
8> “Boreal’s Songs For A Snowy Season” @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ~Christmas; $
8-11> Bob MacLean @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge
8> John McKinley Band @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener
8> Sultans of String’s Christmas Caravan @ Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St., Kitchener
8:30> Burning Hell; Blimp Rock @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~indie; $10
8:30> New Vibes; Penderecki Quartet @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $30
8:30> Tom Kovacs @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop
9> Sara Dishart & Filthy Rich @ Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9-1> Texas King; That Dirty Racket; Rich Gregor; Near Summit @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $
*9-2> jam night @ The Cave, 105 Shade St., Cambridge
9> Luke Michielson; Death Party Playground; Sedge @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~indie; $
9> Phil X @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener ~original Rock/Pop; $
9:30> James Cameron @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country
11> Run With Kittens @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~original Rock/Pop; $
5> Andrew Queen & Son @ The Church-key Pub, 26 Bridge St., Campbellford
8> David Papple @ The Church-key Pub, 26 Bridge St., Campbellford
8-11:45> The Weber Brothers @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~original Blues; $20
8:30> Flash Back @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8:30> Campfire Poets Duo @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> “Ska La La La La 2017” @ Foxx Lounge, 16 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Christmas Ska
*9-12> open mic @ Southside Pizza, 29 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough ~$2
9:30> SRV @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan
10> Rob Watts Band @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie
10> Ali McCormick; Michelle Moran @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
10> High Waters @ Dobro Restaurant, 289 George St. N., Peterborough
10> Brian Haddlesey @ McThirsty’s Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough
*8-12> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax
8-11> Madman’s Window @ The Cat & Fiddle Cobourg, 38 Covert St., Cobourg
9> Revolver @ Drums N Flats Ajax, 60 Randall Drive, Ajax ~tribute to The Beatles
9> Ambush @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country; $5
9:30> North of 7 @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax
10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
10-2> Hippie Crippler @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10-2> Robin Hawkins Band @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~Country
8> Fxrrvst @ Main Street Bakehouse, 6236 Main St., Stouffville ~songwriters
8> Eddie Palmieri; Latin Jazz Septet @ Flato Markham Theatre, 171 N. Town Centre Blvd., Markham ~Latin; $
8-11> Soul Bound @ Market Brewing Company, 1775 Leslie St., Newmarket ~acoustic Rock/Soul/Blues
*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill
8> MAXX40 @ Wild Wing Georgetown, 371 Mountainview Rd. S., Georgetown ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8> Hawk’s Nest @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
9-12:30> David Leask @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~songwriter
9:30> Table 60 @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock
4:30> Brad James @ The Honest Lawyer, 110 King St., Hamilton
*6:30-10> Henry Strong Duo @ Cavallo Nero, 370 Wilson St. E., Ancaster ~Jazz
6:30> East Coast Kitchen Party @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
7> Teenage Head recording release @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~original Punk; $
8> Retro Party Groove @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40
8> Mark McNeil with Les Smith; Tuba Jay @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton
8> Mike Williams Band @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton
9> The Sadies; guests @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~original Roots-Rock; $20
9> Delmar Junction @ Bobbie’s Bar, 2965 Homestead Dr., Hamilton
9> Mountain of Wolves; Ollivanders; Wooly Mantis @ Mills Hardware, 96 King St. E., Hamilton ~indie; $
9> Beg To Differ; Pete Van Dyk; more @ End Zone Bar, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~tributes
9:30> Revive The Rose; Martianrebel; DFP @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $6
9:30> The SaNJays @ The Gladstone Hamilton, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton
9:30> TG Swampbusters @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton ~Roots-Rock
10:45> Brothers du Monde @ Gallagher’s Bar, 117 John St., Hamilton
*5> Adam Ostrosser & Joel Guenther @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop
*6-9> Suzanne O @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
7> The Bronte Brothers @ Bronte Sports Kitchen, 2544 Speers Rd., Oakville
7> Peter Marino @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington
7> The Retroaction @ Queen’s Head, 400 Brant St., Burlington
8> Blues Bros @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~tribute to The Blues Brothers
9> The Wanted @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly; $10
9> Freedom Train @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock
9:30> Pop Machine @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Urban Sky @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Country Rock
9:30> RENO @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
9:30> For Those About To Rock @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~tribute to AC/DC; $
9:30> No Idea Band @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock
10-2> Pop Cherry @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10:15> Clean Sl8 @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock
10:30> Burly Calling @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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