Roaring into March with special event shows - 150301Su Shows for Sunday, March 01, 2022

With Spring now in view (even though the return of sprouting things each year seems to happen a lot later than the third week of March for the past few decades) perhaps there’s a new energy infusing the music scene today.

The desire to roar into March full throttle might explain why Sunday March 1 happens to include several special shows across the GTA featuring particularly high-energy and high-calibre talents.

Howard Ross -Gary 17

Howard Ross -Gary 17

In the hamlet of Uxbridge located in the north-east quadrant of the GTA, some of Durham Region’s most talented Blues performers will be gathering for a Beat The Winter Blues cavalcade from 6-10. It includes two-time Blues Album Of The Year Juno winner Jack de Keyzer, up-and-coming Blues sensation Johnny Cox (whom I told you about just a few days ago) and towering talent Howard Ross, all backed by his stellar Full Count Blues Band that today includes Richard Thornton on sax. The show takes place at Wixansbridge, a room I hadn’t heard of before but that Ross says is a fave among local foodies. Cover is just $10 —a steal for such a stellar lineup.


Glen Hornblast’s first multi-artist showcase in 2013 -Gary 17

At Free Times Café downtown Folk treasure and nowadays show organizer Glen Hornblast is hosting a special edition of his monthly Nashville Bound showcase series to raise some dough for non-profit Fat Albert’s Coffee House. To do so he’s recreating part of the vibe of the very first multi-artist concert series he sponsored two years ago, starting Jan. 6, 2013 at Dave’s on St. Clair, when he, Meg Tennant, Tony Hanik and The Curries kicked off his Songwriters In The Round series. They’ll all be back for tonight’s show starting at 8 along with at least five other quality acts. Cover is just $5 or pay-what-you-can.

Big Tobacco & The Pickers 5-piece at Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon -Gary 17

Big Tobacco & The Pickers  -Gary 17


In TO’s west end, meanwhile, rollicking Country band Big Tobacco & The Pickers are part of a bill that also includes boots’n’sass songwriter Samantha Martin’s band plus New Country Rehab and a duo as part of SHINE 2015 at Lula Lounge on Dundas St. West starting at 7 p.m. Cover’s $25 but it goes to a good cause: supporting the SHINE music bursary.

Michael Keith -Facebook

Further west, on Jane St. a couple blocks north of Bloor St., versatile Blues/Rock/Jazz/World musical explorer Michael Keith begins a four-week Sunday residency for a new acoustic solo series at On Cue Billiards. No cover and it gets underway at 8.

-Gary 17,



SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, March 01, 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.

Names of subscribers appear in bold, are underlined and, where applicable, include a live link to their websites. Advertisers’ listings are in larger highlighted type, include live link to website and also have ad icon included in listings.

11-2> The Pearl Motel for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. TO East

11am-2pm> Beyond The Pale for Jazz brunch @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

*12-3> Julian Fauth’s Blues brunch @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

12-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

1> No Angels Dancing @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

*2-5> Thyron Lee Whyte, David Restivo & Robert Whyte @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

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

3> Derek Christie; Greenway Blvd @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E., TO ~pwyc

*3-6> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots

*3-7> jam at CJ Barleys, 213 The Queensway, Keswick

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

3:30-6:30> Club Django @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

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

*4-8> Michael Theodore 4-piece @ The Irish Shebeen, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke North ~Pop

4-8> The Pie Guys with special guest Mike Daley @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~Pop Rock; $

4> Leon Knight & The Neon Lights @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

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

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

*5-9> John Dickie/Pat Perez Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, TO East ~R&B/Blues

*5-9> All ages open jam with Juggernaut Jam Band featuring Andy Narsingh @ West Shore Bar & Grill, 877 Bayly St., Pickering

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

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

5-8> Chris Coole @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~old time Country

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

5-8> Michael Lalonde Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

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

*5-9> open mic with feature guest @ Sgt. Pepper’s Aurora, Walmart Plaza (Hwy 404 & Aurora Rd.), Aurora

*6-10> jam with Tommy Rocker, John Robbie @ Scarborough Junction, 646 Danforth Rd., Scarborough

6-10> Beat The Winter Blues with Jack de Keyzer; Johnny Cox; Howard Ross & The Full Count Blues Band @ Wixansbridge, 60 Brock St. W., Uxbridge ~Blues; $10

6> Mark Eakins @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*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

7-12> Shine 2015 with Samantha Martin & Kal Shaw; Big Tobacco & The Pickers (8pm); Andrew Cash & Brittany Fontes; New Country Rehab with Casey Cain @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Country

*7-11> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

7> Cadre @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E., TO ~Roots-Rock/Blues; pwyc

7-9:30> Joel Visentin’s Bugaloo Squad @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

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

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

*7> open jam with Mike Shotton & The Flying Squirrels @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

7:30> Zebrina & guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

8> Nashville Bound benefit for Fat Albert’s Coffee House with host Glen Hornblast + Michelle Lecce; Tony Hanik; Ruth Jenkins; The Curries; Sam & Jennifer; Johann Lowenberg; Meg Tennant & Sadie Atlas @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~$ or pwyc

*8-10:30> Michael Keith @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~eclectic acoustic solo

8> Brian, New  Passmore @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Folk-Rock

*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Gryphon Pub, 114 Dundas St. E., Whitby

9-1> Rosy Cervantes Y La Sana Rabia Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

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

9> Los Cabelleros del Son @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Cuban traditional

*9> Rob Hiemstra solo @ The Unicorn, 175 Eglinton Ave. E., TO North ~Rock/Pop

9-1> The Tonkas @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40

*9-1> jam with Mike Roland and Lenny Vaccari @ Stewart Maguires Landing, 15 Allan Dr., Bolton

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

*9:30-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring Bryan Van Dusen & David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East

Southside 150223*9:30-1:30> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South

9:30> Tim Hamel Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

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

*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

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

*10> jam with Groove Stone feat. Dale Harrison @ Scruffy Murphy’s Uptown, 150 Eglinton Ave. E., TO North

*10> Stephen Lewis @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough

10:30> The Woodchoppers Associaton @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

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

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