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Wayne "Neon" Smith 2016 -GARY 17

Wayne “Neon” Smith 2016 -GARY 17


Whether providing accompaniment on sax or flute, fronting his Amazing Tubular Orchestra Rock ‘n’ Roll band or sharing original ballads or covers solo on acoustic guitar, Wayne “Neon” Smith brings 100% solid musicianship and soul to his performance.

I only first heard him this past summer while attending the now sadly defunct Saturday open stage being hosted by Carmen Toth at The Grover in the Upper Beaches area in TO and I was impressed not only with his own set but also by how he was able to back me on flute doing songs he’d never heard before!

He also used sax and flute to back others such as Jade Wan on their originals and demonstrated an acutely sensitive ear and sense of timing and place.

Tonight I’d expect him to be in solo guitar mode as he’s the featured guest at the weekly Fat Albert’s coffee house acoustic open stage in the Steelworkers Hall at 25 Cecil Street across from Grossman’s Tavern.  But this busy eclectic talent (last he was backing indie band Focused with his sax prowess at Supermarket downtown) will be bringing his full band into Black Swan this Friday, October 21, if you’re unable to get to tonight’s set.

This evening Wayne will take to the cozy stage at the iconic open stage around 9 p.m., with a steady stream of songwriters preceding him starting at 7 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30) and afterwards till 11 or later.  If you do go, btw, you might also want to pop into Grossman’s afterwards:  this week near-legendary drummer Owen Tennyson is hosting that club’s Wednesday Blues/Rock jam with his Owen’s Sound band so the house group at least is guaranteed to be first-rate.

-Gary 17,

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4-8> Rob Minderman @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO ~original & cover Pop Rock; no cover

5> Gordon Shawcross @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO

*5:30> Kama House Band @ Kama, 214 King St. W., TO ~Jazz

6-8> Gigi & Friends featuring Genevieve Marentette  & Robert Scott @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6> Golden Country Classics @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country

6:30> Lemon Bucket Orkestra @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~art Jazz; $

*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W., TO ~Jazz

*7-10> Blues jam with Mark Stafford & Ken Yoshioka @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North

7> Latterman @ Mod Club, 722 College St., TO

7> Phantogram @ Phoenix Concert Centre, 410 Sherbourne St., TO

7:30> No Octopus Dancing @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

7:30-9:30> Charles Di Raimondo @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Blues; $20

7:30> Sue & Dwight & friends @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., TO ~Folk singalong; $15

**8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~$10-20/pwyc

**8 (7 p.m. sign-up)> open stage with 9 p.m. feature by Wayne Neon @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall), TO ~Roots

*8> open mic with host Jay Pollock & feature @ Touché Martini Bar, 669 College St., TO

8> DCXII album release @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO ~$

8> Colour Domes; Sunset Rollercoaster @ Adleaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W., TO

8-11> Stacey Dowsell & Darcy Windover @ Wolf Like Me, 834 Bloor St. W., TO ~acoustic Pop

8> The Delegation; Gordon Hyland @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

8:30> Honey Beard; Coronado; Sportsfan; Wotts @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; $5

9> The Digs @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Funk/Jazz/neo-Soul; $

9> open jam with Wednesday’s Child feat. Johnny Bootz Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO

9> Shipley Hollow; Growing Fins @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W., TO ~indie; $5

*9 (signup at 8:30)> open mic with Alan Carter @ Lowdown, 276 Augusta Ave., TO

*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., TO

9:30> Dave Young Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

10> Dani Nash @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country

10> Josh Cole Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

*10-2> Blues-Rock jam with Owen’s Sound @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO

10:30> The Undercovers @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/R&B; $10


7> Jóhann Jóhannsson @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East

*7-10:30> The BTBs & more with beer specials, raffles, prizes for “funraiser” to help cover vandalism costs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

8-10:30> Alana & Leigh Cline album release @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Celtic instrumental duo

8:30-10:30> The Mediterranean Stars feat. Ed Roth on accordion @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East


7:30-10> The Platinum Rock All Stars; Limitless featuring Anthony Cee on guitar @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~classic Rock; $

8-1> Lost Patients @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~

9-12> Space Jazz jam with guitarist Meagan Luchko & Kevin Bolger & band with weekly guest tba @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~Jazz ; $5/pwyc


6> Whiskey Jack with guest Devin Cuddy @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~stories and songs of Stompin’ Tom Connors; $39.80

7:30> David Shaw Trio @ Chalkers Pub, 247 Marlee Ave., TO West

8> Sunflower Bean @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~original Rock’ $12.50

*8> MFA open mic @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W., TO West

8:30> Kevin Breit; Gregory Hoskins @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~original Jazz/Rock/Country fusion; $

9-12> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original Juno-winning Blues

9> Get Right; John Bradley; Friends & Family @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie

9> Sintja Baba; Marlon Chaplin @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~original Roots

9> Dan Ionescu & Dave Restivo @ Mezzetta, 681 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West ~Jazz

9> Sean Conway @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West

10> Dead Flowers @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Stones Country; $10


8> Jennifer Budd; Melissa Marchese; Everett James Wood @ Maxwell’s, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~songwriters; $15


*7-11> open jam with The Freacon Band @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach ~ Blues, Jazz; $5

7-9 (sign-up 6:30)> Week Without Violence open mic with Niambi Leigh, Jasher Guiel, Elizabeth Jenkins @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough

7:30> Christine Artrill Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

8> Graham Playford @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~acoustic Pop

9> The Jessica Stuart Few album release for The Passage @ The Sapphire Room, 137 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~original Pop;

9> Reiki Share; Valued Customer; Yarrow Harvest @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie

10> A La Mode; Meowlands; Also, Also, Also @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie

905 EAST

8> Bruce Gorrie @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg

9> open mic @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

9> Face Your Maker; Vesuvius; Out of My League; Throne to Wolves @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa ~indie; $

*10> open mic @ The Thirsty Monk, 21 Celina St., Oshawa


*7> open mic night with Tanya Joy Senior @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge

8-12> open mic “showdown” with Kevin Ker @ The Mill, 139 Mill St., Unionville

*8:45> open mic jam with Matt Zady @ Magnums, 21 McMurchy Ave. N., Brampton

*9-1> open mic jam with Whiskey Birds @ Sweetz Lounge, 5289 Hwy 7, Woodbridge-Vaughan

*9:30> open mic with The Villagers @ Main’s Mansion, 144 Main St., Markham

*10-2> jam night with Switchbeat Trio @ Maguires, 284 Queen St. E., Brampton


7-11> Johnny Max Band album release for Roadhouse Soul @ The Silversmith Brewing Company, 1523 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~original Blues

*7:30> open mic @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~eclectic

**8-1> Boogie N Blues jam with Ian Andrews & Friends @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> Terrie Petrie & band hosts Country Wednesdays @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Country

*8:30> Something Country @ The Endzone, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country

9> Singalong with Judy Marsales @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40

905 WEST

8-1> Vivienne Wilder & Ben Balmer @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Roots-Pop duo; $7

*8:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

9-1> Jeremy and Jenn @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop; $

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