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It’s Good Friday, one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar and a public holiday for just about everyone except essential service workers like bartenders and musicians.
A lot of clubs respond by cancelling their live entertainment but others have learned over the years that there’s a market on this day for a certain kind of holiday afternoon entertainment somewhat similar to what many nowadays also offer Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
One good example the annual Good Friday Jam in Burlington in which piano man and singer Michael Keys always plays a prominent role. The ace Boogie-Woogie, Blues, R&B/Soul, Pop and Rock veteran 88s man does a lot more than “play a little piano” as he likes to suggest with tongue in cheek in his promo.
For one thing he’s a member of the American Heritage organization’s Blues Hall of Fame, as we’ve reported previously, a distinction he heard through some years of performing as part of Jazz/Pop singer Danny B’s band. I’ve also seen him share gigs with Mike McKenna and other great Blues performers and these days he appears regularly also with Ronnie Russell & The Corvairs, a vintage Pop/50-60s Rock outfit that does big stage gigs.
The event takes place from 1-5 p.m. at the Black Bull pub in Burlington at 1124 Guelph Line and in addition to being an all-ages affair there’s no cover and a wide variety of music is likely to be on tap.
The house band of which Keys is a member is fronted by Russ McAllister and offers a full backline, so players of guitars, harmonicas, keyboards, horns, spoons, drums, bagpies, kazoos or any other instrument are invited to sign up for a spot that guarantees them a minimum of two tunes.
The promo also encourages people to bring their families so that the kids can “see Dad and Mom rock!” Sounds like a pretty great way to spend a Friday afternoon to me!
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Friday, April 14, 2022
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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
1pm> Paris Black Band @ Revival, 783 College St. ~original Glam Rock
*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*5-8> Kensington Kitchen Party with host Kevin Jollimore of Sin City Boys, Kim Cadilla on bass & guest musicians @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. ~Pop Rock with heart
*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk
*5:30> Jazz Generation; Melissa Smeets @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~Jazz
6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
6-8> Irene Harrett @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6:30> Bugaloo Squad @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7:30> IC/JC/VC @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~Country
8> Simple Damned Device; Aidan Devine; Maurice Dea Wint @ Libertarian House, 235 Queen St. E. ~indie; $7
8:30-11> Alex Radeff @ Performance Arts Lodge, 110 The Esplanade ~acoustic Pop covers; 0$
8:30> Chris Birkett birthday concert @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~songwriter
*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues
9> Future States; Ada Lea; Merival @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~indie; $
9> Jumple @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~jump Gypsy Rock-Blues; $
9> Octopus Project; Bamboo; Luma @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave. ~indie; $
9> Black Absinthe; SpaceGirl; Foxy Roxy; Lux Aeterna @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~indie; $
9> Skrou; Creep Echo; Durty Little Secret; Born Again Sinners @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
9> “Summit of the Arts Hootenanny” @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~$10 (for non-players)
9-11:30> The Nightporters @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
9:30> Chloe Watkinson & Park Eddy @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers; 0$
9:30> Universal Boogie Band @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:45> Avi Granite Six @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~60s R&B 7-piece; $
10> Dave Murphy Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Rock/Funk/R&B; $
10> QuiQui Escamilla @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W.
10-1> T.C. Folkpunk @ The Queen’s Legs, 286 Eglinton Ave. W. ~songwriter
10> Lauren Lee Trio @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> Lindsay Brohan @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St. W. ~Pop Rock
10:30-1:30> Cowboy Buddha Band @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~indie; $10
11> Jason Portugaise @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
416 - TORONTO EAST
*5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~rootsy Rockabilly
7-9> Chelsea & David @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~0$
THIRD FRIDAY 7:30-10:30> improvisational drum jam @ LucSculpture Studios, 663 Greenwood Ave. ~$5 donation
8> Don Naduriak Combo @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; pwyc
*9> open mic with Matt & Mike @ The Grover Pub, 676 Kingston Rd.
9> Alan Kavanagh @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.
9:30> Rock Gods featuring singer James Alcock @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~tribute to 80s metal
9:30> “1977 CBGB tribute” with The Blanks; The Jammed; Blondee @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~tribute to 70s Punk/New Wavers The Jammed, Blondie; $10
10:30> The Rêves @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
9:30> Tom Barlow Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $
10-2> Star Power @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers; 0$
10> Hit Parade @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
9:30> Rockever @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave. ~classic Rock/Top 40
9:30> Andrew Fetterley @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 - TORONTO WEST
5-7> Kevin Foster @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
5-8> The Misunderstandings @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave.
7> Communism; Run With The Kittens @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $5
*7-10> Les Petits Nouveaux @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~nu-Jazz trio
7:30> Andrew Grady Duo @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St. ~Pop Rock
7:30-8:30> Sonia Aimy @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; 0$
8> Bridget Kearney recording release for Won’t Let You Down; guests Fit Club @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~songwriter; $16.50
8> The Achromatics; Ten Meter Band @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $10
8> The Districts @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8:30> Rakkatak recording release for Small Pieces @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~classical Indian/Pop fusion; $20
9> Ice Cream; Queen of Swords; Michele Nox @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
9-1> Sean Bellaviti Latin Jazz Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Latin Jazz
9> Emily Mac; The Burn Ins; Angora @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~fem-bands Blues-Rock; $10
9> Seb Cowan; Daniel BW @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St.
9> Matt Boehm @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair Ave. W.
9> The Wanted @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
9:30> Tyler McGregor @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W.
9:30> The Reposadists & guest singer @ Reposado, 135 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz
10-2> Shane Murphy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.
10> Paiosco Y Los Ritmicos @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Cuban Salsa; $15
10> Self-Evident; Riddimz @ Smiling Buddha (Stage 2), 961 College St. ~indie; $
10> Mr. Rick @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~Roots
*8-12> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax
6> Quinn Mills recording release for “The Common Era” single; openers & guests Tay Sera & Justin Bradley; Jessica & Samantha; Cheryl Stiles @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie; $0
9> Two For The Show @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Pop/Rock covers duo
9> Unbeing; The NSP; North Shore @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
9> Illscarlett; Darenots; The Awareness; Beyond The Wall @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
9:30> Mark Joseph Band @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10-2> Furious George @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa
10-2> Rezonator @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope
3-9> open mic 4-6; Treeline & guests from 6 @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) #375, 233 Centre St., Richmond Hill
8> Tom Leighton & Contrad Kipling @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown ~Celtic/Roots
8:30> Sarah Beatty Duo @ New Barber Towne Pub, 360 Guelph Street, Georgetown ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
8:30> The Moondogs @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point
9-12:30> D’Eve Archer @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~Jazz/Pop/Groove fusion
9:30> New Hollywood @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock
9> The Rebel Few; Outshine; Last Bullet @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton
*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill
9:30> Adam’s Rib @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10> Lauren Knowles @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock
1-5> Good Friday jam with Russ McAllister band featuring Michael Keys @ Black Bull Burlington, 1124 Guelph Line, Burlington ~eclectic all-ages jam; 0$
*5> Adam Ostrosser & Joel Guenther @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop
*6-9> Sil Simone Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
9> The Weber Brothers @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~original Blues; $
9> Duelling Pianos @ Dymond’s Social Kitchen, 4155 Fairview St., Burlington
9:30> Pop Machine @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Tomahawk Love @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
9:30> Now & Then @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Full Circle @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40
9:30> “Burlington’s Got Talent” showcase @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock
10-2> Gator James Band @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $
10> The Milkman and The 2% @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock
10:30> Hot Machine @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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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