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Plaza Ratz in 5-piece mode -Gary 17


After a second hiatus from gigging action over the autumn and winter, it’s good to see classic Rock band Plaza Ratz is in action more regularly since getting back in the groove in March.  The group, as I’ve described previously, puts on a high-energy show that gives new verve to classic faves.

Fronted by singer Kevin Huckell, the band, which last time I saw them had expanded from four to five-pieces, is revved up for a special show they’re doing this afternoon at the The Korner Pub bar in Scarborough, which is doubling as a fundraiser to help people affected by the Fort McMurray area wildfires.

The Facebook event page for the show doesn’t indicate whether other groups are involved or whether it begins earlier than the four-hour show by the Ratz, but for sure it will be happening 3-7 in the room at 3045 Kingston Rd. at McCowan Road in the West Hill area.

The promo also doesn’t indicate what the cover charge might be, but I’d assume it’s probably a donation of whatever you can afford and that there’ll be raffles and other means of raising funds plus a donation from the bar.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

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11am-2pm> Gypsy Jive Band for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

1-4> Dr. Ben Goldacre @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

3> Ron Baumber @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E., TO ~pwyc

3:30-6:30> Beverly Taft Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*4-7> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~New Orleans Jazz

5-9> Robbie Lane & The Disciples @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~vintage Rock/R&B; $10

6-7:30> Chris Hercules @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

*6-9> open mic with Eddy Culjak @ Fox & Fiddle Wellesley, 27 Wellesley St., TO

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage with hosts Steve York & Tony Rabalao (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St., TO

7-9:30> Michael Herring Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

7-9:30> Brenda Lewis & Margaret Stowe @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

8> Angie Hilts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

8> Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~acoustic Pop

*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W., TO

8-9:30> The Ault Sisters @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~vocal Jazz; $10/pwyc

*8> open mic with Kyle @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; no cover

9:30> Montreal’s Kite Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> Park Eddy @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

**10> Blues jam with Brian Cober, Bill Hedefine & guest bassist @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

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


11 a.m. - 2> Brickhouse Trio for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. TO East

*2-5> Allyson Morris with Mark Kieswetter & Ross MacIntyre @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave., TO East

*3:30-7:30> jam @ Black Bear, 1125 O’Connor Drive, TO East

4> Geoff Marshall and the Mail Order Cowboys @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Country

6-9> John Findlay Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, TO East ~R&B/Blues

*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East

*9> Michael Darcy @ An Sibin Pub, 709 Queen St. E., TO East ~Pop Rock

**9> open mic night @ The Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Watch This Sound @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~vintage Jamaican music


2> Crued @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~Motley Crue  tribute; $

4-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Lance Anderson & Terry Blersh @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Blues/R&B

5-9> Taunted By Girls featuring Michelle Deneault @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~Pop Rock

5-9> The Pie Guys @ Refinery Public House, 3039 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~R&B/Rock

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South


Noon-4> jam with Ayden & Friends @ The Birchmount, 462 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough

3-7> Plaza Ratz featuring Kevin Huckell for Fort McMurray assistance fundraiser @ The Korner Pub, 3045 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~classic Rock; donation requested

*6> The Tall Boyz featuring Tommy Rocker host acoustic jam @ Coco’s, 2480 Eglinton Ave. E., Scarborough

*7-11> open jam @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough


**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West

*noon-3> Julian Fauth’s Blues brunch @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. TO West ~Country

*5-8> Ivan Rosenberg & Adam Shier @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass

5-8 Rob Thaller & Joanna Reynolds Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

6> Jake Hanlon Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz

8> Foxmoulder; Gillian Carter; Terry Green; HX KY; Specifics @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West ~indie

8:30> John Gorka @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Folk songwriter; $25

*8:30-11:30> Fraser Melvin Blues Band @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~Blues

8:30> A Band Named Crow @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~innovativd original; pwyc

9-1> Ilios Steryannis Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Amelie et les Singes Bleus @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~

9> Ivy Mairi; Blunt Chunks @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West

10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~retro Soul-Rock


*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

3-6> The Hot Machine @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford ~Pop Rock

*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street East, Milton


3> Brian Haddelsey @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

10> Will Gillespie @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough

905 EAST

4> String Theory @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

4-7> Lakeridge Dixie Stompers @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa

*5-10> All-ages open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W. Whitby

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots

*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway South, Keswick

*4-8> open mic with backline & keys @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill

*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues

*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing North Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket


2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Joshua Arden Miller @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $5

*3> Brother Tom hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

*4> acoustic jam @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

8> Doomsquad album release with guests Casper Skulls; The Barbarettes @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton

905 WEST

Noon-4> Little Peter and the Elegants @ Royal Banquet Hall, 185 Statesman Dr., Mississauga ~50s/60s dance party Rock ‘n’ Roll; $27

**2-6> Country matinee with host Colin Connors and guests The Renegade Riders @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

3-8> Salsa band @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Latin

*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

**5:30-8:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

**7-11> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*7:30-11:30> open jam hosted by Troy Harmer & The Persuaders @ The Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*9-1> Big In Japan @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~$

*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

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