NorthStar will shine bright tonight despite the cold - 150107We Shows



NorthStar will shine bright tonight despite the cold

Shows for Wednesday, January 07, 2022


The media will tell you that it’s way too cold tonight to go anywhere, that you should hunker down at home to avoid killer wind chill temperatures, hazardous travel and oh, by the way, we’re showing a super movie at 9 p.m. tonight starring … blah blah, exaggerate, sell sell.

But hey, this is Canada and a good pair of boots and coat, warms socks, thermal gloves and a scarf and hat should enable you to fairly comfortably make your way to a cozy, welcoming club that happens to feature an up-and-coming duo (plus guest act) that will excite you with brilliantly inventive takes on cover Pop tunes and, even more so, with originals expressing passionate souls.


Shikha Sehgal & Nelson Sobral -Gary 17

Shikha Sehgal & Nelson Sobral -Gary 17

NorthStar, appearing at C’est What on Front St. at Church starting at 9 p.m., (with opening act AHI) is a duo comprised of two artists who are each captivating performers and who together weave a musical, lyrical tapestry that’s practically transcendent.

Versatile Nelson Sobral is ubiquitous these days as part of a number of other bands and regular events (such as the monthly Songwriters Circle of Jerks showcase he founded, and which goes with its 7-act “Year Of The Jerk!” edition tomorrow night at Free Times Café), The Celebration Army and his own Melting Pot combo.

Shikha Sehgal, as I’ve written before, is an artist who knits Jazz-Pop with Southwest Asian stylings to create a uniquely enchanting musical spell that’s sheer delight.

Together they take their individual magics to a higher level, making this show (the first of a biweekly series of Wednesdays they’ll be doing at the club through to Feb. 18) worth braving the elements to attend.

 -Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Wednesday, January 07, 2022

Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.) 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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5-8> Roots & Branches feat. Bob McNiven @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots

6-9> New Country Rehab @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~New Country

6:30> Melissa Lauren Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

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

*7-11> open jam with Wayne Buttery Band @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach

7> Randy Dawson @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*7:30-10:30> The BTBs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

7:30> Katie Du Temple with Carlie Howell @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

*8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ Chalkers, 247 Marlee Ave., TO North-West

*8-12> all-ages jam with Kimberley Wetmore Band featuring Dave Girdlestone of Soul Funkshun on guitar @ Sixth Line Pub, 1500 Sixth Line, Oakville

**8> open stage with 9 p.m. feature by Kirk Felix @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall), TO ~Roots

*8-1> open jam with Wednesday’s Child feat. Johnny Bootz Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO

8> acoustic jam with Gary LaRocca @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East

*8-10> The Mediterranean Stars @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Jazz

*8-11> Fraser-Daley @ Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West ~Roots/Blues

8-1> Marshall Dane @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Country-Pop

8-1> George Crotty & Friends @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

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

*8:30> Howard Ross hosts “Big Mojo” Blues jam @ The Hub, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

8:30> Wordspell Showcase @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., TO ~spoken word showcase; $6

*8:30> Crazy Strings host High Lonesome Wednesdays with opening acoustic act @ Silver Dollar 486 Spadina Ave., TO ~Bluegrass

*8:30> open mic with Jenn Fiorentino @ Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

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

*8:45> Bradley & The Bouncers @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues/R&B

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

*9> The Phil & John Show feat. Phil Naro @ Molly Bloom’s Waterloo, 170 University Ave., Waterloo ~acoustic Pop Rock

9> NorthStar featuring Nelson Sobral & Shikha Sehgal with guest AHI @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~indie Pop


9> Joey Wright @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~alt-Country Roots


*9> open mic with Sean Barker @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., TO


9> Kelly McMichael & The Gloss with Gramercy Riffs & Blim Rock @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West


*9> open mic jam with Jack B Nimble @ Blarney’s Gate, 1151 Dundas St. W., Mississauga


*9?> jam with Michael Zane @ Shakers, 580 Kerr St., Oakville


*9-12> jam with Damage Control @ St. Louis Bar & Grill Ajax, 11 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax


9> Frank @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa


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

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

9:30> Florian Hoefner Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~NYC Jazz

*9:30-2> jam with B-Sides @ The Unicorn, 175 Eglinton Ave. E., TO North

9:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

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

*10-2> Paul & Curtis @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop

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

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