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As we first told you just about three years ago now, Linda Lavender is an eclectic songwriter who describes her original music style as “Folkgrass,” which sums it up about as nearly as you can get for an artist with a wide range of styles and approaches at her command.
With Country-Blues style originals like “Lovin’ Me” and resonances of Tin Pan Alley on some numbers, she can captivate on more tender moments or exhilarate when she or one of her accompanists (which regularly includes guitarist Sam Sharkawy of the Mediterranean Stars —with which group she herself often sits in) gets a jig-like rag going that makes not tapping your toes impossible.
I caught up with her last night at a particularly awesome edition of the Stir It Up Sundays open mic at Relish and am pleased to report that she’ll be back there at 2152 Danforth Ave. (a block east of Woodbine) tonight as the 7-9 songwriter showcase act. There’s no cover and the tapas menu is as much of a delight and reason to drop by as the high calibre of the nightly music.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Monday, July 18, 2021
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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ON THE AIR / ONLINE
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
6:30> Peter Hill Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $
*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO
**7:30-1 (sign-up starts at 7)> open stage with host Alex Zdravkovic @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO
7:30> Wintergarten Orchestra @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~R&B/Swing
8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
8:40> Albatross; The Marrows; Jason Hunter @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; no cover
**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO
*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade, TO
9:30> Jeff Coffin & Felix Pastorius with Michael Occhipinti Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $
10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~R&B/Blues; $
**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host tba @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
10> Mike Todd @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
10:30> Big Otter Creek Unplugged @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
416 - TORONTO EAST
7-10> Linda Lavender @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., Toronto East ~
*8-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. TO East
8:30-10:30> Big Rude Jake @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Blues
9> Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Tom Waits tribute; no cover
*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan (ground floor), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst also featuring Anthony Cee & Rick Anderson host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*8-11> open stage @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough
8:30 (signup starts at 8)> open mic with Kevin Ker @ The Loaded Dog, 1921 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Victoria Sanjana Jazz Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz
6-8> The Hollowbodies; Aaron Mallin @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie Rock; $10
7> Sean Cronin @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz
*8> Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~Blues
8:30> Cosi E Cosi; Bears and Children; Databats; L-Spex @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie
8:30> Gap Mangione Quartet @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Mangione Brothers tribute; $25
8:30> Sam Dickson Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz
*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass
*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West
9-1> Linda Carone @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~vintage Jazz & Blues
*10> open mic with Richard McCarthy & feature @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W., TO West
*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8 Dan Fewings; Mike O’Shea @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
9> The Chocolate Hot Pockets @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~Groove/Funk
9?> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.
*8-12> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
*10> L&M Jam with host Emerson Ireland @ The Thirsty Monk, 21 Celina St., Oshawa
9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket
*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Wayne Cheddie @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
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