Signe back for another double-header at Free Times | 170424Mo | Shows for Mon. April 24, 2022

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Ebullient and engaging songwriter Signe Miranda pops up in the most unexpected places, appearing far and wide both as a solo artist, with her band Signe Miranda’s Veranda and to conduct sessions of her ongoing songwriting workshop series.

She was one of the scores of artists who took part in the recent world record-setting charity concert at Earl of Whitchuch in Stouffville, appearing with her Pop group in the middle of the night.  And the author of “The Song Creation Formula: 7 Easy Steps to Writing Your Song” has also done shows and workshop sessions in Montreal, Ottawa and far beyond during the past few years.

Tonight, though. she’s back on familiar turf doing double duty once again at Free Times Café, where from 4:30-6:30 p.m. she hosts another of her “Get Unstuck With Your Songwriting” workshops that could be just what a composer needs to cure writer’s block.  Cost for that is $15 —or just $10 if you register in advance— and you only need to bring pen, paper and the instrument of your choice.

As we’ve written on previous occasions when she’s done the back-to-back workshops and open mics, after the coaching session participants will be first in line to try out their material on the no-cover weekly open stage she’ll be hosting in the back room of the club at 320 College St., for which sign-up begins at 7 p.m.

-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


4:30-6:30> “Get Unstuck With Your Songwriting” workshop with Signe Miranda @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~followed by open stage at 7; $15

6> Claire Coupland @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

6:30> Peter Hill Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

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

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

7> Colleen Allen Trio for Canzona Concert Series @ St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John St. ~Jazz; $25

7:30> Chris Banks @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

7:30> Clean Bandit; Zara; Larsson; Starley @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~indie; $

7:30> George Lake Big Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road ~R&B/Swing

*8-12> open mic with Wayne “Neon” Smith @ Libertarian House, 235 Queen St. E.

8> Goapele @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $

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

8:40> Sadukki; Woodwin @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; 0$

**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required & guest host Chihiro Nagamatsu @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

*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; $

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

**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Yawd Sylvester @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.

10> Sly Why @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.


7-10> Blaine & Mark @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Rockabilly/Country/Bluegrass; 0$

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

7:30> supposedly some acts that the club can’t be bothered to name @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$

8:30-10:30> Lotus Wight @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock

*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 @ 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> Groovestone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Top 40 covers


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

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


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

6> Kayla Luky @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Roots songwriter; $

7> U of T Faculty of Music performers showcase @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

*8-11> Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. ~Blues

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

8> Kelvin Wetherell; Brian Abbott; Catholic Wilt @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $

9> Doug Haynes @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.

*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> Sam Kirmayer Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc

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

10> Parkside Drive @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals; 0$


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

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

*8-2> 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> Owen Meany’s Batting Stance @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

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” semifinals with 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

7:30-1130> Sil Simone Trio @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

**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


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