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Although she’s probably better known for her bongo playing and vocal backups teaming up with other artists in various Roots/Pop and soft Rock combos (not to mention her children’s music persona, Cousin Molly —voted best in that realm by City Parent Magazine!) Laura Thomas is also a pretty fine songwriter.
I discovered that first hand about three years ago when she came out to perform at one of my open mic nights and delighted us with some originals as well as a couple of covers. If you check out her website you’ll immediately hear her dulcet voice crooning the lovely title track of her album Simple Things and you can hear more when you click on the “CDs” tab.
Thomas recently moved from the Brampton area out to Cambridge, where the enterprising and energetic lady, who’s been involved with the Brampton Folk Club for a while, quickly hooked up with the local Mill Race Traditional Folk Festival people. She’s now actually the newest member of their board of directors and will be co-ordinating volunteers and merchandising for this year’s August 4-6 edition of the event in Galt.
Laura has also, she tells me, recently started up a new “Rootsy Boogie Woogie” act and last weekend debuted a freshly written song, “Boogie Woogie All Day”, at the Brampton Folk Club’s coffee-house fundraiser show. Today, however, she makes what is becoming a somewhat rare musical appearance downtown as part of a Pop trio.
Teamed up with Mike Hines and Geoff Iwamoto, she appears 5-9 on the patio of a venue I’ve not heard of before: the Duke of Devon at 66 Wellington St. West. If you go to the no-cover show see if you can persuade her to perform the new number and one or two tunes from her album. You can probably also pick up a copy of the disc and maybe find out more about the August festival while you’re at it.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, May 30, 2022
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**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
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
5-9> Laura Thomas, Mike Hines & Geoff Iwamoto @ The Duke of Devon (patio), 66 Wellington St. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
5:30> Phil Cooper @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. ~UK songwriter
6-12> Leslie Huyler; Annie Bonsignore; Chris Birkett; special guests @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc
6> Ariana Gillis @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~original Roots
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> Destruction; Jungle Riot; Warbringer; Demons Within @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~Punk/Thrash; $
7> Vacay; Half Twin; Know; Courtney Taylor; A-Minor @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
7:30> The FoulPlayBoys @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.
8> Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra @ Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. ~Classical; $
8-11> Claire Coupland Band & guest opener tba @ Voodoo Child, 388 College St. ~songwriters; pwyc
*8-11> open mic with hosts Guy Moreau & James Quigley @ Statler’s, 487 Church St.
8> Keith Hallett @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
8-10:30> Robert Scott & Gigi Marentette @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
8> Toronto Folk Singers Club @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St. ~ Roots
8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word
8> HO99O9; Injury Reserve @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
9> Tomacco; The Recovery; Spacegirl; Holly Santonato; Orange O’Clock @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $0
9-2> open mic with City Love The Beaches & City Love Amsterdam @ The Hideout, 423 College St.
9:30> Cedarstrip Rocketship @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues-Rock
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> Tanya Gill Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~original Jazz; $pwyc
10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock
*10> The Hit Pickers @ Cloak & Dagger, 394 College St. ~Bluegrass
416 –TORONTO EAST
*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano
7-9> Kaitlin and Simon Zarzour @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$
7> Arlene Bishop recording live album @ Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave. (upstairs) ~Jazz; $30
7> Flogging Molly; The White Buffalo @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
8> Bruce Palait; Wasteland Wannabees; T.C. Folkpunk @ 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> Sherman Lee Dillon @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.
*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
8-12> Heavy Metal Jam hosted by James Alcock & band @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.
*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
10> Wayne Ferguson hosts jam & karaoke night @ West Hill Pizza, 4379 Kingston Rd.
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Ed Kopec @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz piano solo
7:30> open jam with Jerome Godboo, Tony Springer, Hervé Basset & rhythm section @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W.
7:30>Avery Raquel @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/R&B songwriter
8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Reg Schwager on guitar @ 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> Chance The Rapper @ Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> Ashley Sloggett; Dan Levy; Wordplay; Dan Pearce @ Smiling Buddha (stage 2), 961 College St.
8:30> Dante Matas; Merival; Julie Arsenault @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $
9> Geoff Marshall and the Mail Order Cowboys @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Country; $
9> Logan Sutherland (ep release); Phantom Atlantic; The Detours @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc
9> Bluenatics & guests @ T.O. Lounge, 1384 Queen St. W. ~original Blues
9> Jordan Faye and the Grey Owls @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
9> Jonthan Billings Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~tribute to Greg Allman
6> open mic @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph
*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge
6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge
*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph
7> Guelph Glee Choir directed by Katie Hamton @ Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas St., Guelph
7> Shawn Barker “The Man In Black” show @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ~tribute to Johnny cash; $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
9-12> Kele Fleming; Lara Koreker; Sarah Greene; Mitch Evans @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~songwriters; $10
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
8-10> Jazzmania @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
9> Carpe Noctem @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~Jazz
10> Moonfruits; Georgian Bay @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
*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> Greg Williams Band @ 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 @ RCL 385, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., Aurora
7> open mic with Bernadette Connors @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point
*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> Jack de Keyzer for “Southern Supper” @ Mississippi Queen Foods, 635 King St. E., Hamilton ~Blues; $ includes special menu dinner
7> songwriters open stage with Deeps @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton
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
*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
9:30> Lauren Knowles Trio @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton
10> songwriters night @ The West Town, 214 Locke St. S., Hamilton
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> Rick Spyder & Rebelljo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
9> open mic with Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington
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