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It’s been a long, long time since I last wrote about Pop Rock songwriter Frankie C and his Monster Beach band that, as I expressed it in 2008 in Issue #415 of to-nite, “make[s] it sound like 60s radio never died!”
It’s been so long since I last heard this outfit, which is (or was then at least) basically Frank plus bassist Chris Chown and whichever drummer they happened to be working with at the time, that I’ve pretty much forgotten all the song titles of some of the tunes that I really liked.
You can’t really find anything online, either, because for some reason Frank has always insisted on keeping a super-low profile, exemplified in how he uses only an initial for his secret last name. (I used to know his actual name but it’s been too long to recollect and sadly my indexing of materials from that time is far from perfect.)
The intentional obscurity perhaps also explains why, to my knowledge, Frank has never recorded an album. That’s a real shame, because his material is not only radio-friendly, it bears repeated listenings.
Unless something has changed drastically in the last decade or so, however [and assuming that the group listed on the schedule is actually even the same one I’m familiar with!] I can heartily recommend this group’s set tonight at The Piston to anyone who likes high-energy, thoughtfully crafted Rock/Pop tunes.
They’ll be appearing in the room at 937 Bloor St. W. a few doors down from the Long & McQuade store just west of Ossington, as part of a three-act indie showcase that also includes another band whose tunes have always impressed me: Mercy Flight fronted by super-versatile multi-instrumentalist Steve York.
The other feature for the weekly 8-12 Indie Tuesdays showcase is another talented songwriter, Angela Saini. There’s no cover if you arrive by 9:30 and after that it’s $5.
SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, October 08, 2021
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3-7> Julian Taylor hosts @ 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto & www.elemntfm.ca ~eclectic music 25% indigenous, 35% CanCon
**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 www.Rock-FM.ca
7-10> Bluesday On Tuesday @ CKUW 95.9 FM www.ckuw.ca/listen
*9-12> “Soul Nation” with Bill & Jesse King @ JAZZFM.91 ~Jazz/Soul outside the mainstream
10-11> “Howl” with hosts Nancy Bullis & Valentino Assenza on CIUT 89.5FM & online ~profiles of and interviews with poets and songwriters
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL -Broadview/Bayview to Ossington
6> Hopeful Monster & guest Drew Smith @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~original Rock/Pop
6:30-8:30> Chris Wallace Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $pwyc
*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. ~Jazz piano
7> Klarka Weinwurm; Lester Slade @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St. ~songwriters; $?
7> Rich Brian @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $
7> Confabulation “One Last Chance” @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick St. ~spoken word
7> Candice Sand @ Reign Bar in Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St. W. ~smooth Pop/Jazz/Rock
7> The Comet Is Coming; The Higher Heights @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $
7> Moonchild @ Radio/Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~contemporary original; $
7> The Regrettes; Green and Hala @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
7> Caravan Palace @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $
7> Graham Nash @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd. ~contemporary original; $59.50
7> Wilco; Lord Huron opens @ Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~contemporary original; $
7:30> Fournier/Urquart Duo @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.
7:30-11> Hannah Georgas + screening of “Casper” @ Royal Cinema, 608 College St. ~indie band + movie of their choice; $0
7:30> Earthless; Maggot Heart; Sacred Monti @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $
7:30> 5 Seconds of Summer; The Chainsmokers; Lennon Stella @ Scotiabank Arena / Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St. ~contemporary original; $
*8> open mic night with Michael & Mark Villamor @ The Hideout, 423 College St.
8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word
8> Hey Stella! @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
*8-11> Pearl @ Mister C., 80 Blue Jays Way ~contemporary Rock
8:30-11:30> “Irie Tuesdays” open mic for singers, rappers & poets @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.
*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
*9> game.set.trap @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Trap Jazz
9> open mic with Sean Stoneham @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W.
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> Anne Bourne & Robin Love @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz
10> Bad Luck Woman @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country Blues
416 - TORONTO EAST -Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park
*6-9> Julian Fauth & Friends @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano/acoustic Blues guests
7-10> Ad-Ventures @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~tribute to The Ventures; 0$
7> Jinjer; The Browning; Sumo Syco @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $
7> Mt. Joy; Fleece opens @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
7-10> Greg Pilo and guests Alex Brown, Reg Schwager, Dave Young @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~mainstream Jazz; $0
8> FingerStyleGuitar.ca open stage @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Roots
8> open jam with backup band @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E.
8:30-10:30> The 501 Band @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.
*9> open mic with host Asha Diaz @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave.
9-12> Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial @ Dora Keogh ~eclectic vintage Pop/Jazz
*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Folk Roots
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
8> Dedbeats @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*7> weekly community singing group presented by Scarborough Bluffs Community Association open to all @ Birchmount Recreation Centre, 93 Birchmount Rd.; $0
*8> open mic @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4640 Kingston Rd.
416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke
7-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Bill McBirnie on flute @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$
7> Paige Warner; Kuf Knotz; The Responsables; Christine Elise @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~songwriters; $10
7-11> Urban Vietcong; The Fallout; Lee Reed @ See-Scape, 347 Keele St. ~eclectic indie; $10
7:30> Slenderbodies @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> Angela Saini; Mercy Flight; Monster Beach @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc/$5 after 9:30
8> Chk Chk Chk @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W.
8:30> The Stanfields @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~original Roots-Rock from Halifax; $30
9> Above Ground Pool @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $5
9> Chopped Liver @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Bluegrass
*10-2> open mic with host Devin @ Alchemy, 890 College St.
519 EAST -Guelph & K-W and vicinity
*6> open mic @ The Ridge Social Eatery, 3215 Roseville Rd., Ayr
6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge
8> Paul Taylor @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph ~~smooth piano Rock/Pop
8> jam with John McKinley Band @ Lana’s Lounge, 220 King St. N., Waterloo
8> Adrian Chalifour @ Emmanuel United Church, 22 Bridgeport Rd. W., Waterloo ~B.C. songwriter; $15
8:30> open mic jam with Kent McMillan & Enio @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
*9> DC Fraser @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo
7> Randy Hill Band with guest Wylie Harold @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*8> open mic night with Davey Mac @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
905 EAST -Pickering to Cobourg
7-11> open mic @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax
*7-11> Wood Shed jam @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
*7:30> Don Owen & Bruce Longman @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~tribute to The Beatles
9> Johnson’s Creek @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock
*10> open mic with Josh Beaven @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa
*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill
*8:30-12:30> open mic jam with backline & host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ London Pub, 9724 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
905 SOUTH -Hamilton & vicinity
7> songwriters open stage with Deeps/Dave Pomfret @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton
7-9> open mic @ Culantro Peruvian Cookery, 537 Main St. E., Hamilton
7> Hamilton Regional Songwriters Group showcase/open stage @ Birchway Sound, 47 Grant Ave., Hamilton
*8> open stage with Boom Babiez @ Ale House, 802 Upper Gage Ave., Hamilton
*8:30-12> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
*9:30> Treblecasters @ Cat N Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton
905 WEST -south Peel, Halton
*6:30-10:30> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $0
*7> James Clark Jones @ Max Resto Lounge, 102-2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington ~smooth Rock/Pop
*7> open mic with Steve Shelton @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~songwriters
*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2
*9> open mic night @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington
*9:30> open mic with Matt Zaddy @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga
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 purchasers eg. students, members, seniors, etc.). /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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