Playing “a little piano” earns Michael Keys another honour | 170529Mo | Shows for Mon. May 29, 2022

Michael Keys, who says he “plays a little piano” -PROMO


I’ve written many times about versatile Boogie Woogie Blues and smooth Jazz/Pop piano player and singer Michael Keys, most recently last month for his Good Friday jam at Black Bull pub in Burlington, and also previously about his induction into the American Heritage organization’s Blues Hall of Fame a couple of years ago.

The personable Burlington-based veteran with a dry wit tells us he likes “to play a little piano” but has also organized and anchored many shows in Halton Region and TO over the years, as well as teaming up on a regular basis in combos with superb talents like Danny B, Mike McKenna and Ronnie Russell among many others.

He tailors shows he organizes or performs at closely to the rooms in which he appears.  He’s equally comfortable getting dancers to rock out in front of the stage as part of a full band or, solo or in duo mode, giving couples enjoying dinner and wine a relaxed Jazz or Pop show to enhance their mood.

People have noticed his diverse skills and contributions to the scene, including the directors of the Hamilton Musicians Guild of Ontario Local 293, of which he has been a member for many years.  And tonight the organization recognizes his long service to the local industry by awarding him a lifetime membership at a 7 p.m. ceremony.  Congratulations for yet another feather in your cap Michael!

-Gary 17,

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*6> “Underplayed and Underpaid” interviews and performances by Guelph area bands on CFRU 93.3 FM broadcast and online

7-8> “Acoustic Workshop” with host Heather Fielding @ CIUT 89.5 FM broadcast and online


Noon> Bill McBirnie & Bernie Senensky @ Holy Trinity Church, 10 Trinity Square ~Classical

12:30> Kelly Prescott & Johnson Crook @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. ~Country

6> Diamond Joes @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

6> Destruction; Warbringer; Jungle Riot; Hellbender @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

6:30> Rebecca Hennessy’s FOG Brass Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Wayne Neon @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

7> Urban Cone; Nightly @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Michael Kiwanuka; Cloves @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St.

8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8-12> Yoza & Oso with guest @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~Reggae/Soul/Hip Hop; $0

8> ATB; The Fame; Helen of Joy @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0

**9-1:30> jam with featured hosts Echoes of Carlaw @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

9-2> The Sunpilots @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~original Rock/Pop from Australia

9> Entity; Medacity; Possessed Steel @ Nocturne, 550 Queen St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade

9:30> Rex Hotel Orchestra @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $ 170520 Support the Moon

10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~R&B/Blues; $

10> Mark Band Sanders @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.


7-10> Kirsten Jones @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$

7> Arlene Bishop recording live album @ Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave. (upstairs) ~Jazz; $25

7> Frightened Rabbit @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7:30> Performer the club doesn’t find worthy of naming @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$

8> Jazz show & jam with Russ Macklem Quintet @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~0$

8:30-10:30> Pressgang Mutiny @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~sea shanties

*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.

*9-12> The Out of Towners 4th anniversary show @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.

*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.; 0$


*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst also featuring Rick Anderson host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.


*8-11> open stage with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.

*9-1> open jam with The Repairmen @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth

9> Uke jam/workshop @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd.


5-8> Chris Gale Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

6:30> indie jam @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie

7> Nebyu Yohannes @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

8> Tkay Maidza @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

*8> open jam with The Pumpkinheadz @ The Wicket Pub, 1671 Bloor St. W.

8:30> Blackie Jackett Jr. @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Country Rock originals; $15

9> Pat Robitaille @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~songwriter; 0$

9> Civil Wray @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $

*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Bluegrass

*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.

9-1> Tim Hamel Trio & guest @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

9:30> Hans Luchs @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

*10> open mic with host Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.


*5> open mic with Dennis Napper @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

8> Monteith; guests @ Dstrct, 10 Wyndham St., Guelph ~New Brunswick indie; $5

*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

10-2> Matt Weidinger @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic originals & covers

9:30> Turk and the Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo


*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9?> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.

10> Bobby Dove; Bobby Watson @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~songwriters

905 EAST

*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa


9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket


*8> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country

8> Got Talent Challenge with various acts & host Steve Ruddick @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster

905 WEST

*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Wayne Cheddie @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)

*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit

9-1> Julia Carlucci Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock


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