Sunday jammers still Freefalling after ten years | 170115Su | Shows for Sun. Jan. 15, 2017


I have never actually attended one of the “Freefall Sundays” open stage/jam nights held for the past ten years —as of tonight— at the Supermarket bar at 268 Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market near College St.

So I cannot rhapsodize from any personal experience about what a well-run event this is, nor extoll how it’s enabled legions of singer-songwriters to connect with new fans and one another, and how its existence has helped bolster artists’ self-esteem enough that more than a few strong talents have emerged from that scene.

Steve York [right] -Facebook

Tony Rabalao & Steve York celebrate a previous anniversary -FACEBOOK

But everything I’ve heard about these 7pm-1am shows from every musician I’ve talked to on the subject has been very positive —save the fact that sometimes the list of participants is so long that you have to wait quite a while before getting up.  (Ah, the woes of success!)

I’d expect that this will be even more the case tonight as hosts Steve York and Tony Rabalao celebrate hitting the decade mark for the event, about which we’ve told you before in an article mentioning the 8th anniversary show in 2015.

(Curiously, although for at least the past two years the anniversary celebration nights have been either the last Sunday in January or first in February, it seems to have been moved up a couple of weeks this year.)

Read about it or talk to anyone who’s been there and then —if like me you haven’t previously attended— decide whether you want to dare trying to make your debut tonight.  Of course whether or not you are a performer, if you have an interest in hearing eager talents whom you may or may not already be familiar with, you might just want to be there anyways to get in on the ground floor of their next decade.

Gary 17,

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*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ ~Blues


11am-2pm> Thaller Family Klezmer Band for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St., TO ~retro Rock/Soul

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

noon-3> Jane Bunnett & Hilario Duran @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave., TO ~Jazz brunch; $12

12:30> Toque Trad French Canadian music session @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

2> Diana Doherty & Dennis Kim @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., TO ~”Mazzoleni Masters”; $25 161110-support-the-moon

3-5> Alaniaris @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Jazz

3:30-6:30> Red Hot Ramble @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*4-7> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots

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

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

5-8> Bill Westcott & The Echo Women’s Choir @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $

5-9> Oakland Stroke @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~Tower of Power tribute; $10

5> Gathering Time @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6-7:30> Charlotte Moore & David Warrack @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

*6-9> open mic with Eddy Culjak @ Fox & Fiddle Wellesley, 27 Wellesley St., TO

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage 10th anniversary edition (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St., TO

7-9:30> Jake Koffman Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

7> Alonso @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E., TO

7> Khalid @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W., TO ~touring

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

7:30> Diane Roblin @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

8> Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room featuring Wayne Neon Smith on sax @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~

8> The Doublecuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~alt-Country

*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W., TO

*8> open mic with Kyle @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$

8-10> Andee LeClerc @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave., TO ~songwriter; 0$

8:30-10> Ori Dagan & David Warrack @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

9:30> Laura Swankey Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

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

10> Makeshift Island @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Jazz

10> New Grease Revival @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~alt-Country

**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests Nicholas Tabarias & Terry Wilkins @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO


11am-2pm> John Pagnotta Quartet for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. TO East ~Jazz; 0$

**2-5> Andrea (Civil Wray) deBoer, Carlos Lopes & Russ Boswell @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

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

4> Gypsy Rebels @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller’s Black Bear All-Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive, TO East

7-9> Dan Walsh @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~songwriter; 0$

7-11> Sam Taylor & The East End Love @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, TO East ~R&B/Blues

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


Southside 170111*10am-2> tba for Bluegrass Brunch @ New Town Billiards, 2878 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~Bluegrass

4-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Mark Crissinger & Shakey Dagenais @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Blues/R&B

5-9> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~melodic 60s Pop Rock hits & cult faves

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South


2-6> Dan Walek hosts acoustic jam @ Norm’s Place, 3439 St. Clair Ave. E., Scarborough

*6-10> jam with Ron McLeod & Supernatural @ Tara Inn, 2365 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

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

8-12> acoustic jam with hosts Tommy Rocker & John Robbie @ Al Mac’s, 2459 Kingston Rd., Scarborough


**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West

11-1:30> Jorge Maza & Pancho Galván @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Latin Jazz brunch

*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass

1-3> The Hurtful Two @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~acoustic duo

1-4> Heavy On The Willie @ Opticianado, 2919 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Country

4> Whiskey Jack @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~Rockabilly/Country

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

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

5-8> Trevor Cape & The Field + guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~originals & Grateful Dead tunes

6> Nick Scott @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

8> Palmistry @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., TO West

8:30> fundraiser for TO midwives to attend International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress with sets by Fiver; Drawing With Knives; Charlotte Cornfield; more for @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~eclectic indie, raffles, etc.; $25

8:30> Ben Bishop Quintet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz performance of Hank Mobley’s “Workout”; pwyc

8:30> Socialist Night School album release party @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~$15-$20

9-1> James Thompson & Friends @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Heavy On The Willie @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Country

*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~retro Rock/Soul; $10

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


1> sognwriters showcase @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo

*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

4> Pete Temple and the Cornerstones feat. Mike McDonald @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Blues/Blues-Rock

9> Campfire Session hosted by Mark Rodford & Greg Denton @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

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

9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo

*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph


3> Christine Artrill Band @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

6:30-9:30> Joe Huron Trio with guest tba @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Jazz

8:30-12> Alanna MacDougall; Angela Semple; Elisha Rubacha @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough ~poetry & music; $10/pwyc

905 EAST

*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock

*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering

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

4-7> Lakeridge Dixie Stompers @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~guess?; 0$

6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*7> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W. Whitby

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots

*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway South, Keswick

*4-8> open mic with backline & keys @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues

*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing North Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket


*3> Brother Tom hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

4:30-7:30> Alfie Smith @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~original & cover Blues

*7:30-11:30> open jam hosted by Troy Harmer & The Persuaders @ The Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

9-12> Adam O & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton

10:30> Chris Chambers Group @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton

905 WEST

**2-6> Country matinee with The Dukes @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

3-8> Salsa band @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Latin

*4-7> Glenn Groves @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

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

**5:30-8:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

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

7> Folk music open stage @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*9-1> Dan Ford @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~$

*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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