Songwriters on musical merry-go-round at Piston tonight | 161018Tu | Shows for Tues., Oct. 18, 2016

Lawrie Ingles & David Macmichael @ Relish, 2015 -GARY 17

Lawrie Ingles & David Macmichael @ Relish, 2015 -GARY 17


Performers who are adept on various musical instruments are not at all uncommon and songwriters in particular find having command of more than one instrumental voice gives them more range.  And when a few such talents have had opportunities to play together at an ongoing jam —such as the one Sunday nights at Relish— quite often they’ll end up backing one another on original compositions as they become familiar with them.

Tonight three such artists —David Macmichael (best known for his Danger Bees band), Jace Traz and Lawrie Ingles— who in fact often do just that at the aforementioned Sunday open mic, will be mixing and mingling their roles on each other’s songs and employing at least a couple of different instruments each in the process.

The three are the featured attractions at tonight’s installment of the long-running weekly Tuesday Indie Night series at The Piston at 937 Bloor St. West a little past Ossington.

Macmichael, who’s the host of the Sunday Relish jam, is probably the most versatile of the trio, performing impressively on keys with his band, acoustic or electric guitar either solo or as an accompanist and holding down the bass end on Sundays and until earlier this year as part of Sam Taylor’s Blues band.  As I’ve extolled on many occasions, his songs are bitingly ironic, lyrically teasing and plain fun to listen to.  And in addition to some of his popular Bees hits, he should also be performing some of the material from a new DB album expected within the next few months or so.

Jace Traz @ Relish, 2016 -GARY 17

Jace Traz @ Relish, 2016 -GARY 17

Backing David for that set, Ingles will perform on keys, for which he’s easily best known —largely because he’s so damn good at it.  But when he does his stint with some of his own intriguing and soulful originals (for which Macmichael will take up the four-string) I’d expect he’ll quite likely also break out the guitar for at least a couple of numbers.  He’ll also have singer Henry Lees, who’s the other half of his Soul Maitre’Ds duo, helping out.

Traz will be backing both those performers on drums, but he’ll also be taking up the electric guitar to do a set of his own stellar 80s New Wave-style originals, backed by the other two artists.  His tunes are among the most musically catchy and lyrically complex songs of anyone on the scene that I’m aware of.  Why this guy isn’t a star is beyond me, unless it’s because he’s more focused on his visual art, a field in which he also excels.

I believe Ingles starts off, with Macmichael on second and then Traz performing under yet a new combo name: Gemini Hegemony.  There’s no actual cover —it’s pay what you can— though no doubt there will recorded product for sale.  It all kicks off at 9 p.m.

-Gary 17,

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7-9> “Unsung and On The Side” with Carolyn Fe on


6> Ben Balmer @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6-7:30> Leslie Huyler @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

6:30> John Pittman Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano

*7> open mic with Revel York @ The Central, 603 Markham St., TO

7:30> Bob Cohen’s 3-Ringed Musical Circus with Folkabulation; Frankie Hart; more @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO

8-11> Mark Watts; Roger Angus; Focused featuring Wayne Neon @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., TO

8-10:30> Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Transylvanian concert; $25

8> The Delegation; Gordon Hyland @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick St., TO

8-11> Arthur Renwick @ Wolf Like Me, 834 Bloor St. W., TO ~Roots/Blues songwriter

8-9:30> Angela Saini @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~songwriter; $10-$20/pwyc

8> Art Bar poetry showcase and open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues; $

9> The Trust; The Critical; Across The Board; Field Trip @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~indie; no cover

*9> Chris Caddell Blues Band @ Lou Dawgs, 598 King St. W., TO ~Blues

9:30> The Waring Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~Blues

*9:30> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St., TO

**9:30> Jazz jam hosted by Chris Gale @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $

10> Josh Cole Quartet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO

*10> The Hit Pickers @ Cloak & Dagger, 294 College St., TO

10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country

10-11:30> Chris Birkett @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

10:30> Phil Hood & John Bridges @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock


*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave., TO East ~original Blues piano

8-11> Sam & Jenn featuring Sam Sundar-Singh @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~eclectic Pop/Jazz/Blues; no cover

8> Smudge; Winnie Brave; Copper Clown @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~indie; no cover

8:30-10:30> The Snowblowers @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

*9-1> jam with Paul Storm and The Hog Town Torpedoes @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E., TO East

*9> open mic with host Asha Diaz @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave., TO East

*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Folk Roots

**9:30-12> open stage hosted by Jay Pennell or Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East


*8> Groovestone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Rock/Soul

*8> open mic with Steve Herman and Scott Deathe @ Refinery Public House, 3039 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke


*9:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ The Fossil & Haggis, 790 Military Trail, Scarborough


10am-1pm> Toronto Ravel with John Herberman @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West

5-8> Sarah Kennedy and Matt Pines duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest William Carn on trombone @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz/Blues

8-11> Marco Grieco’s “Art Of The Piano” @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave., TO West ~Classical piano; $25

*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers

*8> Cody McMillan hosts jam @ The Cat, 3513 Dundas St. W., TO West

8:30> Coszmos Quartette; Ian Daniel Kenoe; LURA @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~original Pop; $10

9> Lawrie Ingles; David Macmichael of The Danger Bees; Gemini Hegemony feat. Jace Traz @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; pwyc

9> John Showman and Friends @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~old time

10> Sean McConnell with Havelin @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~; $


*10> open jam with host Chris Brown @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford


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

9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

9> Outta Space; Todd Jaxon; Evan Moore @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie; $5

10> Milligrub; Puberty Hands @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 - EAST

*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*7-11> open acoustic jam with Darren Smith & Shayne Thomas @ The Thirsty Monk, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

8:30-12:30> open mic with host Cheryl Stiles @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> The Dukes @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

*10> open mic with Josh Beaven @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa

905 – NORTH

7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ RCL 385, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., Aurora

7> open mic with Bernadette Connors @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., 905 North

*8-11> jam with Matthew Kane & The Brews Brothers @ The Crown, 9580 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*8:30-12:30> open mic @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*9> open mic with Manny D, Andy Earle & Dave Breckels @ Big Chris BBQ, 17380 Yonge St., Newmarket

905 - SOUTH

*8> Blues & Jazz jam hosted by Wayne Janus & The Syncopaths @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

*9:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

905 - WEST

*8> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock

*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

*8> open mic night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zadkovich @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga

*9-1> Big in Japan @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Funk; $

*10> Chuck Coles of The Organ Thieves and Creepshow hosts open mic @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

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