Max Layton celebrating poignant new album today | 170212Su | Shows for Sun. Feb. 12, 2017

Cover art for Max Layton’s ‘True The North’ album


We told you a little last month about the new album just released at the beginning of the year by songwriter and poet Max Layton and this week’s he celebrating it with free downloads and at his regular monthly “More Songs and Poems” show at Tranzac Lounge this afternoon.

Layton co-hosts the monthly 5-7 pm gatherings in the Southern Cross Room of the club at 292 Brunswick Ave. with poet Robert Priest and a stellar house band that includes multi-talented veteran guitarist David Hines and digital accordion wizard Ed Roth, who also appears with his “squeezebox” on the album.

Layton’s latest True The North album (he has three previous releases, plus two published books of poetry) features his smooth and often plaintive baritone/tenor vocals expressing soulful and thoughtful depictions of history, character and places.

It kicks off with a poignant paean about the great Canadian painter “Tom Thomson” (the cover art is his “Jack Pine” painting) and also includes a gut-wrenching ballad to a coal mining tragedy in “Glace Bay” Cape Breton that claimed ten lives (and is largely forgotten by history).  Cape Breton also features in a tune about “Dancing in Mabou” and the feel of its forbidding, windswept wilds is never far from mind throughout the tracks I listened to.

Max Layton

Indeed, you’d swear Layton hails from the east coast if you didn’t know he was born in Montreal (his father was famed poet Irving Layton) and spent his life mostly in Ontario and the west, since Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region features prominently throughout this disc. Songs about a “Lockeport Lockout” fishermen’s strike in Nova Scotia and the legendary “Glooscap” icon of New Brunswick/Nova Scotia aboriginal peoples would resonate with anyone who calls the east home, though there are songs referencing Montreal and other areas too.

The album is described as “contemporary Folk” on its website but it actually has a far more traditional feel that should please those who stick around for this event following the monthly Folk singalong with Sue & Dwight taking place 3-5 in the same room beforehand.

In addition to celebrating the new album, today’s no-cover show (buy an album to support it!) will include performances of music and spoken word by the other artists and there’s also a special guest, which today is psychedelic Folk songwriter Edgar Breau.

-Gary 17,

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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)

*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ ~Blues


11am-2pm> Muzika Klez Duo for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro Rock/Soul

noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz

noon-2pm> Melissa Lauren & Steven Taetz @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~piano Jazz; $

noon-3> Alison Yong @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz brunch; $12

12:30> Toronto Improvisers Orchestra @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

1> “Give a Jam” fundraiser for Regent Park School of Music with The Barrel Boys, Moe Berg, Don Kerr, more @ Tranzac Club (Main Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.

2:30> Barthold Kuijken @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~Baroque flutist solo Classical; $45

3-5> Sue & Dwight with Dave Lang @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk

3> Songs of Freedom album release concert @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. ~$30.50-$44.50

3:30-6:30> Red Hot Ramble @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

3:30> Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir @ Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W ~Bach tapestry; $15-$39

*4-7> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots 161110-support-the-moon

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz

5> “More Songs & Poems” with Robert Priest & Max Layton (celebrating release of True The North album) & guest Edgar Breau & house band featuring Ed Roth & David Hines @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~music & poetry

6-7:30> JP Gedeon & Susan Cuthbert @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

*6-9> open mic with Eddy Culjak @ Fox & Fiddle Wellesley, 27 Wellesley St.

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.

7-9:30> Jake Wilkinson Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

7-9:30> Elvira Hopper @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

7:30> 17th annual Banjo Special with Ragged but Right, Chris Coole, Chris Quinn, more @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.

7:30> Guh! @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> The Doublecuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~alt-Country

8> Esprit Orchestra @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~Classical $40+/-

8> Leyla McCalla @ The Dance Cave, 529 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $18.50

8> That Choir Cabaret with Craig Pike @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~choir sings love songs; $5

*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W.

*8> open mic with Kyle @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$

8> Sampha @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~$26

8-10> Rob Allen @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~Roots Rock/Country; 0$

8:30-10> The Ault Sisters @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

9:30> Phil Dwyer Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> The Lina Allemano Four @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz

10> New Grease Revival @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests Tom Robertson & Al Kavanaugh @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.


11am-2pm> Evan Desaultnier for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$\

11:30am-2pm> “Djembe Playday” @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., ~attempt to set World Record for most djembe players performing together; byod; 0$

**2-5> Allyson Morris with Ted Quinlan & Kieran Overs @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave.

4> Fraser/Daley @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Rootsy Blues originals

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller’s Black Bear All-Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive

4:30-8:30> jam with The Two Fours @ The Peppery Cat, 1953 Queen St. E.

5> Jazz Vespers with Colleen Allen, Justin Gray, Todd Renney & Alex Samaras @ Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, 115 Simpson Ave. ~Jazz

7-11> John Findlay Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$

*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.


4-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Mike Branton & Michael Fonfara @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Blues/R&B

5-9> “Have A Heart For Kim” fundraiser for Kim Harris with emcee Al Reilly & performances by Limitless; Bootlegger; Ozone Baby; Second Pass; Rustik @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~Rock covers & originals; $10

5-9> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~melodic 60s Pop Rock

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.


*2-6> Dan Walek hosts acoustic jam @ Norm’s Place, 3439 St. Clair Ave. E.

*7-11> open jam with host Gtar Live @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.

*8-12> acoustic jam with The Tall Boyz featuring Tommy Rocker @ Al Mac’s, 2459 Kingston Rd.


**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.

11-1:30> Jorge Maza & Pancho Galván @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Latin Jazz brunch

*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass

2-4> Azuline Du @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~classical guitar & flute concert; $20

2> “Roy’s Room Song Circle” with Roy Buchan @ Women On The Move, 2111 Dundas St. W.

2:30-3:30> 2:30-3:30> The Monkey Bunch @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. ~family/kids music; $10

4> Whiskey Jack & guests @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Stompin’ Tom birthday covers for birthday anniverary

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country

5-8> Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots

5-8> Fifth Element @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

6> Slackline Reading series with Iris J; Laboni Islam; Taylor Najjar; Adam Zachary @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~spoken word; pwyc

6> Monk’s Music @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

7> Nicole Dollanganger @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie; $12.50

7> Another Bloody Folk Club @ Yellow Griffin Pub, 2202 Bloor St. W. ~traditional English Folk

7> “The Love Hangover” showcase with Lilly Mason; Ted Hawkins; Chloé Watkinson, Eric St.-Laurent; Kyp Harness @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~indie love songs; $12

7:30> “Vintage Valentines Dance” with GTA Swing Band; Lindy Hop Revolution @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. ~$25

8:30> Stefan Hegerat Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

9> Tim Moxam; Liz Stringer @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~indie Pop songwriters; $10

9-1> Hisaka @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz & Pop

9> Astrosurf @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Surf Rock

9> Shaemara; Jes Cho; Smoke & Shadows @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $6/pwyc

*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul; $10

10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Motel Bar, 1235 Queen St. W. ~Jazz


10am> “Hillside Inside” hand drumming workshop @ Planet Bean, 21 Macdonell St., Guelph ~Roots

11:30am> “Hillside Inside” with Begonia @ Miihidaa, 37 Quebec St., Guelph ~songwriter; $25

12:30> School of Rock presents “The 70s” @ Starlight Waterloo, 47 King St. North, Waterloo ~70s Rock; $10

1:30> “Hillside Inside” Circle of Sound with Gary Diggins @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~participatory song/sound creation

2-4> Traditional English Music Folk Sessions @ The Brownestone Gastropub, 39 Queen St. E., Cambridge

*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

3> School of Rock presents “Green Day superhits” @ @ Starlight Waterloo, 47 King St. North, Waterloo ~Green Day covers; $10

3:30> “Hillside Inside” with The Blurry Pickers @ Royal Electric Bar, 52 Macdonell Street, Guelph ~Bluegrass; pwyc

4> Mike McDonald’s Monster Jam @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~

4:45> School of Rock presents “Canada Rocks Eh?” @ @ Starlight Waterloo, 47 King St. North, Waterloo ~90s CanRock; $10

7:30-10:30> Annie Sumi; Rayannah; Loyal Compass @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~indie songwriters; $20

*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street East, Milton

9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo

*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph


2-5> Joe Huron Trio with guest Carol McCartney @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Jazz

2:30> “Blue Valentine” tribute to Willie P. Bennett hosted by Pat Temple with many acts playing songs by the late songwriter @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough

3> Christine Artill Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

5-9> The Telstars @ Marlwood Golf and Country Club, 31 Marlwood Ave., Wasaga Beach ~50s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll Valentines dance; $20

10> Max Mouse @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter Street W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock

*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering

5> Doug Dale @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*7> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W. Whitby

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots

*3-7> salute to The Tragically Hip for Gord Downie’s birthday & brain cancer research fundraiser with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway South, Keswick

*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues

*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket


2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Jake Chisholm @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $7

*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton

4:30-7:30> Alfie Smith @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Blues

*7> open mic @ The Wee Dram, 1831 Main St. W., Hamilton

8> Heat; Twist; Basement Revolver; Family of Things @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $10

9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

10:30> Chris Chambers Group @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton

905 WEST

**2-6> Michael Warren @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

3-8> Port Credit Review @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

3:30> James Anthony @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues

4-7> Brad James @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

*4:30-8> Danny Fisher & The All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

**5:30-8:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

**7-11> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

8> Tom Miller hosts Folk music open stage @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~food bank donation

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*9-1> Dan Ford @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~$

*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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