Summer may be over, but festival season lives on - 140920Sa Shows



Summer may be over, but festival season lives on


While it is expected to warm up a tad for today and tomorrow, summer’s last gasps are unmistakably being spent and this weekend marks the formal transition into the autumn season. But that doesn’t mean festival time is over –not by a long shot!

Mind you, the two festivals of live music taking place today are both one-day affairs (or, in one instance, actually a one-evening show) but they’re packing enough talent into their rosters to qualify as destination events in my book.

The more expansive event is the Junction Music Festival, which runs from around noon, throughout the day and into evening and will no doubt continue to be celebrated in local bars until the wee hours. With headliners like The Sadies, The Beauties and many other impressive acts on six outdoor stages and in 29 official music presenting venues (plus one, Humble Beginnings, that somehow was excluded but that is nevertheless expanding its usual single two-hour afternoon music offering into three shows running during the afternoon and up till 10 p.m.) this free event, being put on by the local Junction BIA, looks to be a winner.

My only criticism is in connection with the lack of clear listings of acts and times on the event’s website. There are pages listing the artists and the venues, but no real timetable page –the only thing that helps you to figure out where you might want to be is a “Program” page that lists the venues and the acts appearing there but rarely the time frames, which vary widely and capriciously from spot to spot. There is a really nicely done map though and all in all it looks to be a wonderful day to visit this super-hip area of the city.

poster excerpt for Woodystock 2014

poster excerpt for Woodystock 2014

If you feel like getting out of the city, however, you might consider a drive to Newmarket, where from 6 p.m. till midnight or so York Region resident Woody S. Woodley is staging his annual “Woodystock” 2014 event at the Eaton Hall in the Royal Canadian Legion branch at 707 Srigley Street. It boasts a whole passel of talented local north-GTA and TO acts, including Laura Lee & Tequila Rockingbirds, Donnie Meeker, several members of Fathead, Jerome Godboo, Johnny Wright, and, of course, Woody himself performing as part of the Big Rock Ending. [See listings below for the full lineup.]

In addition to being a great party, Woodystock is also a fundraiser for research and treatment of lupus, a debilitating and puzzling disease that continues to mystify doctors and crucify its victims. There’ll be a speaker from the group raising the funds and various raffles, draws, etc. designed to encourage you to help fund the crusade to fight back against yet another invisible ravager of lives.

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Saturday, September 20, 2021:

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 type, include live link to website and also have ad icon included in listings.

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

12-3> Danny Marks solo @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

Noon-late> Junction Music Festival with many acts on six stages and in 29 retail locations/bars [see article]

12:30-2:30> Rye & Fairytales @ Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Folk-Bluegrass duo

1-4> Songbird Sessions with Mary Stewart and guest artists Jace Traz, Natasha Nouveau, Rob London @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~songwriters

*2-6> open mic with rotating hosts @ MacKenzie’s High Park, 1982 Bloor St. W., TO West

*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton

**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest Chris Murphy @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues

*3-6> Danny B’s House Party Band feat. Michael Keys on piano @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke South ~R&B/Pop

*3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit

*3-6> jam @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave., TO East

3> The Hot Five Jazzmakers @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~traditional Jazz; $5

*3-7> open stage jam @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E., TO East ~R&B

*3:30-6:30> Climax Jazz Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Jazz; $

3:30> Jerome Goboo @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Blues

3:30> Chris Wallace Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz

Southside 140916*4-8>  The Bear Band & guests Kevin Phillips and Kevin Vienneau @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B

4-6> Shelley T album release @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~

*4-7:30> Ronnie Hayward Trio @ McQueen’s, 993 Queen St. E., TO E. ~Blues/Roots

*4-8> The Meteors with special guest Michael Danckert @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Blues/Rock/R&B

*4> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues

*4:30-6:30> Big Rude Jake @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO E. ~Blues/Roots

**5-8> Bill Heffernan & Friends featuring guests tba @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West –Rootsy Pop

5-7> Nicole “Songbird” Coward @ Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W., TO West ~acoustic Roots/Blues/Pop

5-8> Arthur Renwick @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Rootsy Pop

*5:30-8:30> Victoria & Bobby Keys @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~soft Pop

6-8> Whitney Rose @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6:30-12> Woodystock Music Festival and fundraiser for lupus research/treatment with many acts: 6:30> Jay Stoyan; 6:40> Bad Brothers; 7:10> Marlene Clark, Graham Shaw, Ryan Nichols; 7:30> Break – Lupus speaker Juanita Butler; 7:45> Laura Lee and The Tequilla Rockingbirds; 8:25> Donnie Meeker with Bad Brothers; 8:50> Soroja; 9:15> Johnny Sinatra; 9:30> Members of Fathead (John Mays, Al Lerman and Pappa John King with Dave Morrison and Dave Breckels & Woody singing “Sweet Home Chicago”; 10:10> Break – Door Prize draws; 10:20> Jerome Godboo (with Bad Brothers and Joe Agnello); 11:00> Jesse Tayton, Graham Young, Graham Shaw, Julie Turnpenny Wright with Johnny Rock Wright; 11:30> Break – Raffle and 50/50 draw; 11:40> Bad Brothers with Woody & Big Rock Ending @ Eaton Hall Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket

7> Keith Hallet Blues Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~ New Brunswick Jazz

8> Kickback @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East

8-10> The Allnighters Blues Duo @ Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W., TO West ~acoustic Blues

8> Calan Furlong & Julie Arsenault @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

8-12> Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Blues$10

8:30-12:30> Kat House with Dave Girdlestone of Soul Funkshun on guitar @ Lake Affect, 1 Port St., Port Credit

8:30> Rita Chiarelli @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO W. ~Blues chanteuse; $32.50/-

8:30> Allyson Murrell & Anthony Moncatta @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~young songwriter; $5

9> Druckfarben featuring Phil Naro @ Rockpile East, 2787 Eglinton Ave. E., Scarborough ~progressive Rock

9> James Clark Institute @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~punch Roots-Rock

9-2> Big Tobacco & The Pickers @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Country; $10

*9-1> karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ Tudor Rose, 700 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax

9-1> Fraser-Daley @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~acoustic Blues

9-1> Jerry Quintyne Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~ Jazz

9> Sandy Pockets @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~astro Country-Swing!

9> Big Bob Hammond Band @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Blues/R&B

9> Jeff Brown @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9-1> Shane Scott @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Blues

9-1> Escape @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40

Linsmore 1409169:30> Molly’s Chamber @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rock/Pop/Dance

9:30-11:30> Kristin Lindell @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~acoustic Roots

*9:30-2> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Winners, 2181 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough

9:30> Brian Litvin & Jabulani @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East ~acoustic

9:30> Red Velvet @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Rock/Pop

9:30> Ugly Horse @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

9:30> Michael Theodore Band @ Timothy’s Pub 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Pat Hewitt @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> The Redactions @ Shakers, 580 Kerr St., Oakville

9:30> Groove Hammer @ Sixth Line Pub, 1500 Sixth Line, Oakville ~Rock/R&B/Pop

9:30> Off The Wall @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9:45> Kevin Turcotte Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

*9:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues

10-2> Cottage Brew @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40/R&B

10> End Of Summer Bash with Colleen & The Bleeding Hearts featuring Colleen McCullough @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave., TO East

10> tba @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul

10> Devin Cuddy Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

10-1> Chris Staig & The Marquee Players @ Bar Radio, 615 College St., TO ~Roots; pwyc

10-2> Tamin’ Thunder @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax ~Rock/R&B/Dance

10-2> Bad to The Bone @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Thorogood & more

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

10:30> Stinky & The Hot Rods @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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