Tapas bar Relish has Donkey on the menu tonight! | TorontoMoon.ca 180123Tu | Shows for Tuesday, January 23, 2022

Donkey in 2015 -GARY 17


As we told you back in November, songwriter and acclaimed vegeran Pop Rock guitarist Alex Radeff has been appearing weekly Tuesday afternoons for the past several months (with a short break over the holiday period) for a 12-3 lunch show at downtown’s True Love Café on Dundas St. E. at Sherbourne.

But while those no-cover shows are basically designed to be a kind of sonic wallpaper for the funky little restaurant’s lunch time crowd, he’s better known for his recordings and shows with his Donkey band, as we’ve described on a few occasions over the years.

The persistently focused and resolute songwriter has an impressive discography, including his most recent product, 2016’s Furthermore…, which we raved about on the occasion of its release at The Rivoli on November 12 of that year.

As I wrote then, “The album is laced with 60s style songwriting and sounds, though it’s most certainly not derivative, as Radeff has his own unique approach to a wide range of musical tricks and sensibilities.   There’s everything from psychedelic sonic sweeps and swirls describing the love affair between “The Donkey & The Unicorn” to more doleful minor-key laments of lost loves, opportunities and time on tunes like “I Stayed in Hamburg” and “I Should Be With You” or chunkier, even menacing Rock riffs on songs like “Nocturnal Awake” and “Tent City”.  There’s lots of other idiosyncratic innovation that makes ditties like “Strange Cat” and “I Beg To Differ”, while not really fitting in any recognizable category, strangely catchy and soon feeling welcomely familiar on multiple listens.”

This evening you can hear some of that material when Radeff appears with the trio for the weekly Tuesday songwriters series at superb listening room Relish at 2152 Danforth Ave. a block east of the newly renovated Woodbine subway station.  There’s no cover for the 7-9-or-later two-set appearance and the open kitchen’s tapas style food is yummy, while the fully stocked bar, with 21 or more craft beers and ciders on tap and premium liquors, is also certain to include something you’ll enjoy heartily.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, January 23, 2022

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4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or 1015thehawk.ca

**7-8> “Songtalk Radio” songwriters interviews/chat with weekly guest @ CJRU 1280AM Toronto and online

7-9> “Unsung and On The Side” with Carolyn Fe on Rock-Fm.ca

10-11> “Howl” with hosts Nancy Bullis & Valentino Assenz on CIUT 89.5FM & online ~profiles of and interviews with poets and songwriters


*noon-3> Alex Radeff of Donkey solo @ True Love Café, 290 Dundas St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$

noon-1> Joshua Guerrero @ Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. ~Classical; $0

6> Matt Weidinger @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.

6:30> Patrick O’Reilly’s Wire Circus @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

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

7> open mic for singers, rappers & poets with host Breanna Chanelle @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.

7:30> Wood & Water @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Roots-Rock

7:30> Typhoon; Bad Bad Hats @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $29

7:45-11> “Irie Tuesdays” open mic for singers, rappers & poets @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.

*8> open mic night with Michael & Mark Villamor @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word

8:30-11:30> Jordana Talsky, Heather Luckhart & Tony Quarrington @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

*8:30-12> “Open Mic for the Starving Artist” @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~with food for songs!

8:30> Rebelle; Grey Eyes; UK Cinema @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $0

*8:45> Alison Young @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz; $

9> ABC Songwriters Circle with host performer Robert Pelletier & guests in the round Finbar “The Pretty” Conlon; Kevan Maddison; Dr. Jingles @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriters; $

9-12:30> Music City North presents Kirk Reed @ The Rose & Crown ~acoustic Pop covers

9-1> open mic pop-up jam with host Eli Mulin & band @ Hemingways, 142 Cumberland St.

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

9:30> Cedarstrip Rocketship @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

9:30> Rosemary Galloway @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

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

10> Zuan Ye & Colin Fisher @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz

10> The Sinners Choir @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.  ~Blues/R&B


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

7-9> Alex Radeff & Donkey @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~original Rock/Pop; 0$

7> Bernie Senensky et al @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~Jazz; $0

7:30> open mic jam with Edward Monzon @ Nomads Restobar, 699 Danforth Ave.

**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.

8> Sincerely Craigk; Sarah Jordan & Matt G; Courtney Bowles @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~indie; 0$

*8-10> open mic with Tony Oldland @ The Beach House, 1953 Queen St. E.

*8-11> Traditional Irish music @ Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen St. E.

8:30-10:30> Eric & The Soo @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.

*9-1> jam with Mike Sedgewick & The Blue Gurus @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E.

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

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


*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul


9:30> Gibbran @ Fossil & Haggis, 790 Military Trail ~acoustic Pop covers & originals


5-8> Arthur Renwick @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter

6-8> Darren Creech; Thompson T> Egbo-Egbo @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~piano concert; $15

6-9> Emily Raquel Band @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.

7> CMA concert series with Dean Brody; Levi Hummon; Marcus Hummon; Jessica Mitchell @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. ~songwriters; $

7> SYML @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W.

7:30> Snail Mail; Lomelda; Melanie Gail St-Pierre @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $

8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Peter Hill on keys & guest Allison Au on alto sax @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$

8> Miss Emily featuring Rob Baker @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W.

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

*8:30> Drummers In Exile @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. ~drums & dance circle

8:30-10:30> Kelly Sloan @ Alchemy, TO West, 890 College St. ~songwriter

8:30> Penumbra; Avesta Nakhaei @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~piano concert; $15

9> Hot Pants; Mercy Flight; Forest City Aurora @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc

9> open mic @ Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St. W.

9> Captain Cowboy & The Money Maker @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old time


6> open mic @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph

*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge

*6> open mic @ The Ridge Social Eatery, 3215 Roseville Rd., Ayr

6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge

*7-11> Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Association holds Bluegrass jam @ Galt Legion RCL #121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge

*7-9> Juneyt @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge ~Flamenco guitarist

8> acoustic song circle jam with host Terry Golletz @ Café Crêperie, 40 Mill St. W., Elora

9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

9-11:30> open jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo

10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo


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

*9> open mic night with Matt Diamond @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 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

7-9> Cobourg Poetry Workshop @ The Cat & Fiddle Cobourg, 38 Covert St. Cobourg ~spoken word

7:30> Don Owen & Bruce Longman @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~tribute to The Beatles

*8:30-12:30> open mic with “Celebration of Women In Music” theme @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> Fumblin’ Tumbleweeds @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

*9-1> open acoustic jam @ The General, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

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


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

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

*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


6> Rob Reed @ Radius, 151 James St. S., Hamilton

7> songwriters open stage with Dave Pomfret @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton

7> Carm Milioto @ Stonewalls, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*8> Chris Chambers @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*8:30> open stage with Wayne Petti @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton

*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic

*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country

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

10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton

905 WEST

8-11> Dale & Cody & guests @ The Port House, 139 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~acoustic Pop duo

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

8-12> Big In Japan @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~contemporary Rock

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

*8-12> open mic night with Chris Partland @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington

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

9> open mic with Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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