Retro Go-Go bubblegum Pop fun at Swan tonight | 170507Su | Shows for Sunday, May 07, 2022

Retro 60s Pop shows, such as this Beach Boys tribute act at Linsmore Tavern last year, has proven popular with all ages -GARY 17


If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember as a teenager a small handheld device that at the time was a veritable miracle of technology: the transistor radio.

This small invention (about the size of a modern smart phone) was the forerunner of today’s far more sophisticated yet perhaps not ultimately as satisfying “social media” devices.  For back in 1965, AM radio was the original social media for a generation coming of age in years still defined by the fallout from the Second World War and very much adumbrated by the possibility of a very different kind of fallout if the Cold War were ever to go hot.

Huddled under your blankets so your parents would think you were asleep, you might have listened on CHUM-AM or CKOC out of Hamilton to songs like “Happy Together” by The Turtles, “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron”, “Winchester Cathedral” by The New Vaudeville Band, “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers, “Here Comes Shack” by The Secrets, “I Fought The Law” by Bobby Fuller Four or “Incense & Peppermints” from Strawberry Alarm Clock —in addition, of course, to the many monster hits being released by groups like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles et al.

Many of the tunes that topped the charts in that period were one-hit wonders, yet they still linger in memory and sadly only rarely get played anywhere anymore.

But you might just hear some of those tunes this evening —performed live!— if you check out a retro “bubblegum Pop” show taking place at Black Swan Tavern.

Starting at 7 p.m. in the downstairs lounge at 154 Danforth Ave. near Broadview, Bazooka Joe (old folks will remember the “double bubble” gum of the same name) comes to life as Fernando Curcione and friends recreate some of the hits from the 1964-1968 era when the transistor radio and AM charts were at their peak.

Since I’m not privy to the song list I can’t say what tunes will be included, but certainly Fernado is known for his vast repertoire of musical knowledge and he’ll be accompanied by none other than veteran singer/conga player Robbie Rox as well as bassist Andrew Canning for what is bound to be a lively and hugely entertaining night.

Fernando (aka The Riverdale Kid) and Robbie are longtime friends and musical associates, having met while teens involved in a theatre production of “The Odd Couple” (now is that appropriate or what?) and also having done musical theatre together a couple of decades ago, when they were part of a larger touring troupe that was putting on retro Rock musical revues.

Curcione has also, as I told you about a year ago, been involved for the past several years as the frontman of a Beach Boys tribute act, The Beach Party Boys, that put on an impressive show the night I saw them at Linsmore Tavern last March when they packed the dance floor with a crowd spanning several generations.

Cover for Bazooka Joe and the Double Bubbles is just $5 and I’m told there’s a strong possibility that there will be another long-lost attraction from the mid-60s that many will remember as being part of live music shows: a Go-Go Dancer to accompany the band on stage!  If you aren’t old enough to remember any of this, btw, here’s your chance to get a feel for why the 60s was the best decade ever.

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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)

5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM

*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ ~Blues

8am-8:30> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with guest songwriter Alex Harea @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeats of previous evening’s show)

9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ ~ artist interviews and tracks

9pm-9:20> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with guest songwriter Christian Apollo @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeats 8 am tomorrow)


170314 LIKE TRIVAGO Moon pr11am-2pm> Touch of Klez for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro Rock/Soul

noon-3> Humber College recitals @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz

1> Sacred Lamp @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

3-5> Alexei Orechin @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

3> Maja Bannerman @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~songwriter

3:30> Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~Classical; $

3:30-6:30> Triple Bari Ensemble @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~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. ~New Orleans Jazz

4:30-7:30> Beverly Taft & Reg Schwager @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz

5> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~vibraphone Jazz

6-7:30> Renee Strasfeld & Mark Selby + guests @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

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

6:30> NF; Kyd The Band @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.

7> Jake Feeney; Alexi Halket @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E. ~songwriters; pwyc

7> open mic @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St.

7-9:30> Bugaloo Squad @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

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

7> The Doublecuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~original Country

7:30> Harrington @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

8> “Best of The Open Stage” with acts the club can’t be bothered to name on its website @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.

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

8> Soulstack featuring Jon Knight @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St. ~original Blues

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

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$

8:30-10> Heath Salazar @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

9:30> Stefan Bauer @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

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

10> Woodchoppers Association @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~improvisational Roots

**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.


11am-2pm> Liane Fainsinger for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

**2-5> Steve Cole, Russ Boswell & Shawn Nykwist @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

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

4> Morgan Davis @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~original Blues

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller’s Black Bear All-Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive

4:30-8:30> jam with The Two Fours @ The Peppery Cat, 1953 Queen St. E.

5-7> Cadre @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Roots-Rock; 0$

7-10> Bazooka Joe and the Double Bubbles featuring Fernando Curcione & Robbie Rox @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave ~vintage 1964-’68 Pop Rock; $5

7> Trey Anastasio @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. recording release for ~contemporary original; $

7-11> Jerome Tucker Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$

8> Brian Passmore @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave. ~Folk

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


4-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Jake Chisholm & Jesse Whiteley @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Blues/R&B

5-9> Robbie Lane & The Disciples @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~vintage Pop Rock/R&B

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


*2-6> Dan Walek hosts acoustic jam @ Norm’s Place, 3439 St. Clair Ave. E.

*6-10> jam with Ron McLeod & Supernatural @ Tara Inn, 2365 Kingston Rd.

*7-11> open jam with host Gtar Live @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.


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

11-1:30> Jorge Maza & Pancho Galván @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Latin Jazz brunch

*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues

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

2> Night Stalker; Chlorine; Coke Jaw; Gazm; Baghead @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

3> Ginger Ale & The Monowhales; Kaleidoscope Horse; Space Chums for Bloordale Arts & Music Festival @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc

4> Taxi Chain @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~original Celtic/Rock fusion

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

5-8> Ivan Rosenberg & Chris Coole @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots

5-8> Trevor Cape & The Field + guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~originals & Grateful Dead tunes

6> Patten/Hernandez/Lee Trio @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

6> Slurry; Slow Cooker; Radiation Risks; Judy & The Jerks; Quitter; The Bug; Negative Scanner Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. ~indie; $20

6:30> Benefit for Bennie, 20-year-old afflicted with Familia Dysautonomia @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~$20

7> Bad Case; We Were Sharks; Focus Fires for Bloordale Arts & Music Festival @ D-Beastro, 1292 Bloor St. W ~indie; pwyc

7> poetry slam @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~spoken word

7> Another Bloody Folk Club @ Yellow Griffin Pub, 2202 Bloor St. W. ~traditional English Folk

7:45> Michael Holt with feature guest Shahriyar Jamshidi for “Eating Music Salon” @ Dundas West Arts Building Loft #501, 2466 Dundas St. W. ~Kurdish/Iranian music; $

8:30> Bloom recording release @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Jazz/Roots; $10

8:30> Nick MacLean Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

9> Noosa Al-Sarraj @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.

*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul; $10

10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Motel Bar, 1235 Queen St. W. ~Jazz


2-4> Classical guitar open mic with Open Mic Guild for Classical Guitar @ Idea Exchange, 1 North Square, Cambridge.

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

4> Mike McDonald’s Monster Jam @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

5-8> Jason White @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo ~songwriter

5:30> “Next Up!” Songwriters showcase with Sam Burke; Eric Leigh; Runaway Nation; Mya Kidson; Madison Galloway & Jonathan Markov; Connor Sweet; Prophet The King @ Monigram Coffee Roasters, 16 Ainslie St. S., Cambridge ~songwriters; 0$

8> Thunderbird; Shadowhand; Jamie Gia; Livid @ Van Gogh’s Ear, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $6

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

9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo

*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph


3> Bluegrass Menagerie feat. Mathew Fines @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

905 EAST

*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock

*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering

6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

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


**Noon> Nate Douglas & guest @ Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

**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 S., Keswick

*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown

5> Barry Mulcahy solo @ Copper Kettle, 517 Main St., Georgetown ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

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

*7-10> Lynn McDonald @ Jester’s Court, 279 Queen St., Port Perry ~Pop/Jazz

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


2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Joshua Arden Miller @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $7

2> Hamilton Irish Arts @ The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta St., Hamilton

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

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

*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton

4:30-7:30> Alfie Smith @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~original Blues

*7> open mic @ The Wee Dram, 1831 Main St. W., Hamilton

*7-11> open Country jam with Robert Tyler @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton

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

8> Missy Bauman recording release; guests Of Gentlemen & Cowards @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~songwriter/indie band; $10

8> Meisha & The Spanks; The Squids; Ashley Sloggett @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $

9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

*10> open mic with Kim Koren @ West End Pub, 151 Emerson St., Hamilton

10> Chris Chambers @ Augusta House, Hamilton, 17 Augusta St.

905 WEST

2-6> Wendy Lynn Snider @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

?*2> open mic with John & Sheila Ludgate @ The Queen’s Head, 400 Brant St., Burlington

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

3:30> James Anthony @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues

**4-7> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

4-7> Glenn Groves @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

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

6:30> The Kids Are Alright youth jam @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

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

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

9-1> After Funk @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Funk/R&B; $

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


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