Stars will shine for Hervé’s memory tonight at Rockpile | 170719We | Shows for Wed., July 19, 2021

Hervé Basset facebook pic from 2011 after returning to performing.

Hervé Basset facebook pic from 2011 after returning to performing following a stroke.


In what could end up being the show of the year if all of the listed guests show up and organizers are able to work out a satisfactory schedule, a veritable pantheon of local Blues, Rock, Country and Pop artists will share the big stage at The Rockpile in Etobicoke tonight to remember the late Hervé Basset.

As we sadly had to report last month, the much loved and uber-versatile keyboardist passed away shortly after being rushed to hospital when on June 27 he collapsed while doing what he loved the most —performing on stage with a variety of players at a jam.

A longtime subscriber/supporter of, Basset was an enthusiastic performer who was happy to add his zesty but tasty musical presence to a band of pretty much any style or work in the background providing fills for a long list of marquee singer-guitarists with whom he teamed up over the past few decades on the TO scene.  He also functioned as a steadying, calming influence for many artists, serving as a mentor for some, coach for others and cheerleader for more than a few.

Tonight’s guest list is a pretty good indication of just how versatile, nearly ubiquitous and much appreciated Hervé was.  In addition to sets by the Forever Man tribute to Eric Clapton which he was actively boosting the past several months and The Blues Tues Gang (fronted by Kat Lovett) and The Highway Stars (featuring Laura Lee Montgomery and Sean Patrick Armstrong), performers who have said they’ll be on hand include: Jerome Godboo (Godboogie); Tony “Wild T” Springer; Shawn Brady (Hervé’s partner in the Brady-Basset duo); Stan Miczek; James Green (of The Blushing Brides and James Green Electric); Guenther Kapelle (Wild T & The Spirit); Dale Harrison (Headstones); Frank Cosentino; Rob Cooper; Lisa Shaughnessy (Shagg); Chris Hawley; Susan O’Quinn; Mike McAvan; Randy Charlton;  & Carla Hartsfield; Mike Hopley (Tequila Rocking Birds); and Josh Gordon of The Blazers).

Remarkably there’s no cover for the show in the good-sized room with a great dance floor at 5555 Dundas St. W., near The East Mall just east of Highway 427.  Action is scheduled to start at 7 and will also include showing of an “on the road” video prepared by singer/guitarist Phil Naro.  There’s also a raffle with prizes including a painting that will be created by Steve Houston as the evening goes on plus a framed photo of Hervé from his final performance, with proceeds going to the Toronto Faculty of Muisc’s kids’ bursaries program in Basset’s name.

-Gary 17,

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*6-8pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat show from previous Friday)


6-8> Perlhaze @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6> Golden Country Classics @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

6:30> Ted Warren Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Jazz

7> open mic night @ General Purpose Bar, 112 Harbord St.

*7-10> Blues jam with Mark Stafford & Ken Yoshioka @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St.

7:30 (sign-up at 7)> The Bridge open stage on “Places” theme and between-set showcase music, poetry, etc.; hosted by Lynn Harrison @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E.

7:30> Nicole Coward with Harpin’ Norm Lucien @ Plein Air Garden (Artists’ Garden Co-operative), 345 Balliol St. ~original Roots; $10

7:30> Sue & Dwight’s “Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone” @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. ~Folk singalong; $

7:30> Allison Cameron/Quadruped @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO ~Jazz

**8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~$10-20/pwyc

8:30> The Young Ramblers; Kings Limit; Tomacco; Infinite Repeat @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $5

8:30> open mic @ H Bar, 859 Queen St. W.

9> The Digs @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Funk/Jazz/neo-Soul; $

*9 (signup at 8:30)> open mic with Alan Carter @ Lowdown, 276 Augusta Ave.

9> Virginia McDonald Group @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz; $>

*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St.

MEA Summer 20179-1> open mic with hosts Aberdeen Alley Cats @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave.

9> Redlight Ranch & Friends @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~indie; $?

9:30> Sam Taylor @ The Ballroom Bowl, 145 John St. ~acoustic Blues

*9:30-2> The All Nighters open jam @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.

9:30> George Garzone & Jabfung @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

10> Melissa Payne @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

10> Mas Aya @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

8-2> Phill Hood and the Exclamation; Eclectic Revival; Yanis; Jeremy De Freitas @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~indie; $7

10> Blind Matty @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W.

*10-2> Blues-Rock jam with Al Webster Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO

*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/R&B; $10


6-9> Pretzel Logic @ East Lynn Park, 1949 Danforth Ave. ~tribute to Steely Dan; 0$

7> Xavier Rudd; Emmanuel Jal; Christina Holmes @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

*7:30-10:30> The BTBs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

8-12> Maggie & Mr. Rogers; Riley Hunt opens @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. ~original Roots

8:30-10:30> Mediterranean Stars featuring Ed Roth @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~eclectic European/Middle Eastern Folk/Jazz

*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan Tavern (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave.


7-11> Rockin’ For Hervé show to pay tribute to the late Hervé Basset with many acts including Foreverman; The Blues Tues; The Highway Stars with guests including Tony Springer, Jerome Godboo, Shawn Brady, Guenther Kapelle, James Green, Chris Hawley, Frank Cosentino, Josh Gordon and many more @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic indie; 0$

8-1> Sonny Boy Mick @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line

*9-1> open mic with Daniel Gagnon @ The Old Sod, 2936 Bloor St. W.

9-12> Space Jazz jam with singer Meagan Luchko & guitarist Kevin Bolger & band with weekly guest @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Jazz; $5/pwyc


7> Chicago; The Doobie Brothers @ Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~60s icons; $

7-9> open mic with host Elspeth Tremblay @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W.

8> Tristen; Nikki’s Wives; Lolaa; more @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~indie; $

*8> MFA open mic @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W.

*8-11> Fraser/Daley @ Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Rootsy Blues

8-12> Fin Zipper; Neon Thrush @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W.

8:30> New Tendencies recording release for Missed Month; guests Dirty Inputs; Doom Tickler @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

8:30> The Girl; Blunt Chunks; Falcon Jane @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W.  ~songwriters; $

**9-12> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Juno-winning Blues

9> Mick McKenzie Band @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~~Rock/Top 40 covers; $10

9> Jenny Ritter @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock

*9:30> Spy vs Spy vs Spy @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

*10> Tanya Philipovich & Lucas Stagg @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. ~original Roots/Blues

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


*8am-1pm> buskers @ Cambridge Farmers’ Market, 40 Dickson St., Cambridge

*6-8:30> ukulele jam @ Idea Exchange, 5 Tannery St. E., Cambridge

*6-9> Dano & Jaye @ Ray’s Bistro, 1475 Queen St. W., Alton ~smooth Pop/Jazz

7> Northlane; Intervals @ Maxwell’s, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~indie; $

7:30> Celtic Session @ Penny Whistle, 2 Quebec St., Guelph

8-12> acoustic Bluegrass jam @ Anaf Club 344, 32 Gordon St., Guelph

8> Flowers For Daniel @ Monigram Coffee Roasters, 16 Ainslie St. S., Cambridge ~indie

8> jam night with Ian Taylor @ Pops & Ruby’s Tap & Grill, 200 Preston Pkwy., Cambridge

8> John Lee & The Hookers hosts Blues jam @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener

8> Matt Weidinger Band @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener

*8-11> A New Ground @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo ~Celtic

8:30> Peter Light; Robbie Hancock @ Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas St., Guelph ~songwriters; $5

9> Tim Louis @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge

*10> Mike Todd @ The Duke, 33 Erb St., Waterloo


*7-11> open jam with The Freacon Band @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach ~ Blues, Jazz; $5

7:30> Jesse Foster & Rhys Climenhage; Lew Phillips @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough

*8> open stage @ Dobro Restaurant, 287 George St. N., Peterborough

*8-11> Michael Bell @ The Lounge By Lignum, 442 George St. N., Peterborough

*9-12:30> Josh Morgan & Mike Francis @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

9> Cody Watkins @ McThirsty’s Pin, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough

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

905 EAST

*8> open stage and karaoke with Eddy Culjak @ Boston Pizza, 20 Taunton Rd., Whitby

8> Bruce Gorrie @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg

*8-10:30> open mic jam with Marty Hepburn @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope

9> open mic @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*10> Two For The Show @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock

*10> Emerson Ireland hosts open mic jam @ The Gryphon Pub, 114 Dundas St. E., Whitby


*6-9> Tone Dogs @ Symposium Café, Georgetown, 235 Guelph St. ~Blues-Rock

*7> open mic night with Tanya Joy Senior @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge

*8-12> open mic with Kevin Ker @ Unionville Arms, 189 Main St., Unionville

8> acoustic jam with Frank Logue @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown

*8:45> open mic jam with Matt Zady @ Magnums, 21 McMurchy Ave. N., Brampton

*9-1> open mic jam with Whiskey Birds @ Sweetz Lounge, 5289 Hwy 7, Woodbridge-Vaughan

*10-2> jam night with Switchbeat Trio @ Maguires, 284 Queen St. E., Brampton


12-1> Big John and the Night Trippers @ Gore Park, King St. E. at John St. S., Hamilton

7:30> open mic with Keith Toms @ Staircase Bistro, 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton

*7:30> open mic with Brant Parker @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~eclectic

**8-1> Boogie N Blues jam with Ian Andrews & Friends @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> Candian Cancer Society fundraiser with Dark Insignia; The Human Race; The Do-Gooders; Black Oubliette; Bob Wegner; more @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

8> Ambassadors of Rock ‘n’ Roll @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $2

*8> Brad James @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~Country

8> Terrie Petrie & band hosts Country Wednesdays @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Country

*8:30> Something Country @ The Endzone, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country

9> Singalong with Judy Marsales @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Hamilton ~Rock/Top 40

9> open mic @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton

*9> open mic with Alfie Smith @ L’Etranger on James, 109 James St. N., Hamilton

*10> Jazz jam @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton

10:30> Adam Cooke & Adam Ostrosser @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton

905 WEST

*4:30> Adam Cooke @ SB Prime, 380 Brant St., Burlington

*6-10> open mic with host Dan Walek @ Lucy’s Seafood Kitchen, 6905 Millcreek Dr., Mississauga

*7> open mic with Gillian Nicola @ Copper Kettle Waterdown, 312 Dundas St. E., Waterdown

7> Rob Reed @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

7:30> Songwriters Night in the round with two sets: Chase Stevens, Charissa, Josh Ross; Paul Malysa, Elyse Saunders, Lora Ryan @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~songwriters; $6

8> jam with The Grindstones @ American House, 324 Dundas St. E., Waterdown

*8:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion with guest @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Jazz

9-1> Kevin Reid and the Dedbeats @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop; $

*9> open mic with Michael Zane @ Shakers Oakville, 589 Kerr St., Oakville


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