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While Donald Trump goes merrily along his way strewing more daily havoc in his tweet-littered wake, daily using new puffery to distract from the consequences of his previous thoughtless actions, it is left to ordinary people of good spirit and conscience to mop up the mess from the whirlwind hatestorm he unleashed during his U.S. presidential campaign and has only further fuelled since ascending to office.
In many places, including even normally rather genteel Toronto, closet racists and religious bigots, emboldened by Trump’s anti-Muslim directives and demagoguery, have increasingly spewed venom against refugees and even immigrants of colour in general. Fashionable people in cities like New York and Washington who until recently used to “do lunch” together, one American writer recently reported, instead “now we go to demonstrations” opposing Trump’s divisive policies and outbursts.
(In Toronto racist posters, bomb threats and vandalism against mosques and demonstrations by proto-Fascist so-called “alt-Right” groups have been reported in various areas and the hateful misogynist and Nazi-worshipping Your Ward News publication, once seemingly confined to the city’s east-end, has lately been appearing on the doorsteps of residents in other neighbourhoods to the west and north.)
So it is that tonight, for the second time I believe, a group of musical artists who value inclusivity, diversity and peace, love and understanding, will gather to perform and raise dough for an organization that attempts to give aid and comfort to refugees and advocate for them when needed.
Romero House, headquartered at 1558 Bloor St. W. near Keele in The Junction, was founded 25 years ago very informally, when, as their website describes it, “a small group, who believed that refugees could be treated differently, took over a refugee shelter threatened with closure.
“They welcomed refugees to stay in apartments without internal locks, as neighbours rather than simply clients, and set out to help them to establish themselves in Canada and create community together. At the time, there was no real plan in anybody’s mind and no idea of anything like what we have become. We used no studies or theory of how refugees should be welcomed. This was something of the spirit: bigger than any one person,” the site recounts.
The name derives from that of Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador who spoke out against injustice, poverty and torture in the 1970s before being assassinated in 1980.
“He exemplified the hope for faith and justice, and the inclusivity that Romero House was to embody … At the heart of Romero House is a fundamental decision to say ‘I trust you’ by choosing not to lock our internal doors. This, and our decision to have our staff live in our houses.”
Today the organization, which now owns several safe houses, also utilizes teams of interns who spend a year of their lives living in the community and being of service. It also engages in advocacy for refugees who have arrived over the past quarter century from the Horn of Africa, Eastern Europe after the breakup of the USSR, Iran, Colombia and Mexico.
Tonight a stellar cast of artists will gather in the main hall at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave.) starting at 6 p.m. to stage a “Folk Fights Back for Immigrants and Refugees” concert help raise a few bucks for the cause.
The timing is just about perfect, because today is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a designation applied to March 21 by the United Nations in 1966 in honour of the 69 victims killed when police opened fire on a crowd of peaceful anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpesville, South Africa on that day in 1960. At Toronto City Hall from 7-9 there’s also a ceremony commemorating the day taking place in the city’s Council Chambers.
The lineup at the Tranzac show includes Foggy Hogtown Boys; Quinque Esquimilla; The Slocan Ramblers; Nancy White with Special Interest Group (featuring Kevin Barrett and Rebecca Campbell); Abigail Lapell; Kristine Schmitt; Ivan Rosenberg & Chris Coole; NUA and more. Cover is listed as $15 but larger donations are also welcome.
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Midnight to midnight: Epidemic Music Group’s Longest Concert Guinness World Record Attempt @ Earl of Whitchurch, Stouffville & online live on YouTube 24 hours a day till 7pm April 2. For artist lineup see listings in 905 North.
4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or 1015thehawk.ca
**7-8> “Songtalk Radio” songwriters interviews/chat with weekly guest @ CJRU 1280AM Toronto and online
7-9> “Unsung and On The Side” with Carolyn Fe on Rock-Fm.ca
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*6-8> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz piano; 0$
6> “Folk Fights Back for Immigrants and Refugees” benefit for Romero House with many artists including Foggy Hogtown Boys; Quinque Esquimilla; The Slocan Ramblers; Nancy White with Special Interest Group featuring Kevin Barrett & Rebecca Campbell; Abigail Lapell; Kristine Schmitt; Ivan Rosenberg & Chris Coole; NUA; more @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick St. ~eclectic; $15
6> Jeremie Albino & The Hope State @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
6-12> Leslie Huyler; Annie Bonsignore; Chris Birkett @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc
6> Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebration with Shab-e She’r poetry series poetry & music artists Nasim Asgari, Lucian Iacobelli,Haft Seen; Alma Mostofian and host Bänoo Zan @ St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave.
6:30> Julian Anderson-Bowes @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano
7> Robi Botos Trio @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz
7:30> Bob Cohen’s Three Ring Circus @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.
*8> eclectic open mic @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.
8> Mary Martyre @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word
8> Alina Baraz @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8:30-10:30> Robert Scott & Genvieve Marentette @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
9> Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $15
**9:30> Brian Dickinson Jazz Orchestra @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $
10> The Waring Blues Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues
10> Ken McDonald Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St.
10> The Hit Pickers @ Cloak & Dagger, 394 College St. ~Bluegrass
10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock
416 –TORONTO EAST
*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano
7-10> The Soul Maître D’s 4-piece @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Roots-Rock; 0$
7> Judah & The Lion @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $
7> Trentemoler; Tom and His Computer @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
8> Ricky Mullen; Gary Edward Allen; Chloe K-Jones @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$
**8-11> open stage hosted by Jay Pennell or Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.
8:30-10:30> Eric and the Soo @ 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> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Celtic & Croon @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave.
7> Cabaret for Parkdale Project Read fundraiser @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic pwyc/$20
7:30-12> Blues jam hosted by Jerome Godboo @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W.
8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Chris Gale on baritone sax @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues
*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers
8:30> “Canadian Music Week Discovery Series” with Crisis Ctrl Club; Straight To Business; Lifeyears; Roadwolves @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $10
9> Monday Rose; Car Trouble; Grizzlie @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc
9> Tich Maredza @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Zimbawean Roots
9> Drew Austin Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9> Wake Island; Inside TGouch; Plazas; Pleasure @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St.
9> The Dirty Ninth @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~cult Pop; $10
*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge
6-9> Paul James @ Morty’s Pub, 272 King St. N., Waterloo ~Blues/Rockabilly
6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exhange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge
*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph
*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
8> Songwriters Night with host Conor Gains & guest @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge
9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
9> tba @ Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St. N., Waterloo
9> jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo
10> Matty P @ Doogie’s & Pablo’s, 37 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
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
*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
10> Severed Feathers @ 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> Hometown Highway @ 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
12:01am-midnight and all day Tuesday and beyond till April 2> Epidemic Music Group’s Longest Concert Guinness World Record Attempt with various acts for 24 hours @ Earl of Whitchurch, 6204 Main Street, Stouffville:
Day 4, benefitting Evergreen Hospice featuring
4AM Wes Fowler
5AM Mike Burns
6AM Sam Barry
7AM Kim Brown
9AM Sam Chefero & Bruce MacNeil
10AM Kevin Kelly
11AM Noreen Sullivan
12PM John Lemme
1PM Mary Bennett
2PM Jack Alvo & Anita Borovilos
3PM Adam Chow
4PM Joel Landau & John Lemme
5PM The Marion Drexler Band
7PM Brian O’Sullivan
8PM Sophia Radisch
9PM Big Shiny ’90s
10PM Melanie J.Hebert
Day 5, Wednesday March 22, benefitting Habitat For Humanity with
12AM Dan Taylor Band
1AM Russell Jackson
2AM Signe Miranda
3AM Ashley & Laurie
4AM Dal Hotel
5AM Happy Jack & Dusty Rain
6AM Russell Williams
7AM Kevin Foster
8AM Odd Concern
9AM Harrison Caldeira
10AM Kim Brown
11AM Stephen Milligan
7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ RCL 385, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., Aurora
*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> Brant Parker for “Southern Supper” @ Mississippi Queen Foods, 635 King St. E., Hamilton ~Blues; $ includes special menu dinner
*8> open stage with Wayne Petti @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton
*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic
8> McMaster University Battle Of The Bands with Back in the Daze; Waking Willow; Detour; Sam Holladay @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; 0$
9> Alex Mason; Benjamin Dakota Rogers; Sarah Hamilton @ The Baltimore House, 43 King William St., Hamilton ~Roots-Rock
9> open acoustic jam @ Side Bar, 96 George St., Hamilton
9> songwriters night @ The West Town, 214 Locke St. S., 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> 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> Maxine Young & Christina Melanie @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Funk; $
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