This month’s talented ‘Nashville Bound’ troupe really is!
On the fourth Sunday of each month for the past nearly half-year, elegant Folk songwriter and genial host Glen Hornblast has been shepherding a stellar showcase series that brings together several talented Roots/Country artists to each do a set as part of his Nashville Bound series at Free Times Café.
What sets tonight’s show apart from the previous editions is that in this case most of the seven featured artists actually are headed south to the music city very soon.
In addition to Hornblast, songwriters Pete Otis, Brian Gladstone and Harpin’ Norm Lucien are part of a contingent of Toronto songwriters that will return to a rural suburb of Nashville in October to be again featured at a special “Canadian songwriters” festival taking place there. Another headliner from tonight’s bill, Paul Cross, has also been on one of the previous four junkets.
Otis actually first initiated his multi-artist excursions to Nashville in 2011 as part of his mission to promote artists on his Songtown.ca label, which also, of course, puts on the Honouring Our Own concerts since 2009, the annual SongTown Toronto Music Festival since 2012 and has released four compilation albums, including one that has several Nashville-based songwriters on it along with local TO talents.
The U.S. event at which the four travellers will be performing in October, as they did last year, is a benefit for Tin Pan North, an organization that presents and promotes Country-Roots songwriters north of the 49th parallel. Organized by Terry & Wanda Seay, residents of Franklin, Tennessee just outside of Nashville, the concert features Canadian songwriters visiting from our Dominion as well as expatriate Canucks living in the Nashville area.
On previous trips members of the various entourages organized by Otis (in addition to Cross, Peter Verity also joined them for one) also performed at indie festivals and various clubs for pre-arranged gigs as well doing some recording in local facilities and writing with resident artists.
Hornblast will likely kick off tonight’s affair in the club at 320 College St. near Augusta Ave. with a set of his originals at 8, then the various artists (at least one of whom will be accompanied by bass player Darwin Bruce) will do their sets —including one by Boston songwriter Kat Goldman, currently visiting the Big Smoke. Cover is just $6 and helpfully the club offers $5 tax-in pints on selected craft beers nightly to keep you flowing with the groove.
-Gary 17, www.torontomoon.ca
LISTINGS for Sunday, August 24, 2021:
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11am-2pm> Gloria Valentine & Nina Shapilsky for Jazz Brunch @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~Jewish Jazz
*11am-3pm> Rockabilly Brunch with The Cosmotones @ Dominion On Queen, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~Rockabilly
*12-3> Julian Fauth’s Blues Brunch @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues
noon> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*2-5> acoustic jam with host Bill Black @ The Working Dog Saloon, 3676 St. Clair Ave. E., Scarborough
2> Hamilton Blues Society’s Jammer In The Hammer 1st anniversary party @ 222 Queenston Rd., Hamilton ~Blues
*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave., TO East
3 (and 6)> David Love Band also featuring Darrell McNeill @ CNE Midway Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lakeshore Blvd. West, TO ~60s Pop Rock
*3-7> open mic @ Moskito + Bite, 423 College St. TO
*3-6> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots
3-6> jam with host Buddy Love Band @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville
*3-7> jam at CJ Barleys, 213 The Queensway, Keswick
3 9th Anniversary of the Black Horse Pub celebration with many acts @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
3:30-6:30> Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*4-7> open jam with Mike Murphy @ The Brigadoon, 1109 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough
*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~New Orleans Jazz
4> Eric Lambier @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~piano man
*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues
*5-9> All ages open jam with Juggernaut Jam Band featuring Andy Narsingh @ West Shore Bar & Grill, 877 Bayly St., Pickering
**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. TO West ~Country
*5-9> Rasta Fest Recognition Awards Ceremony @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~vintage Rock/R&B; $10
5-8> Living Daylights Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~old time Country
5-8> Christine Aziz Jazz Quartet @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz
5-9> Justin Time Band @ Lake Affect, 1 Port St., Port Credit ~Rock
**5-8> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock
*5:30-8> Sam Taylor & The East End Love with special guest TBA @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, TO East ~electric guitar Blues
6-10> jam with host Kerri Kalli & band @ Fox & Crown, 646 Danforth Rd., Scarborough
*7-1> open stage with hosts Steve York & Tony Rabalao (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St., TO
*7-11> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax
*7-9:30> Dan Fortin Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*7-11> open jam @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough
**7-11> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
*7> open jam @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington
*7> open mic for anniversary party @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
7:30> Brenna MacCrimmon @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
7:30 (and 11)> Summer Of 69 @ CNE Midway Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lakeshore Blvd. West, TO ~Rock
7:30> The Orchestra (ELO members); Francesco Yates to open @ CNE Bandshell Stage, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lakeshore Blvd. West, TO ~Rock
8> Nashville Bound Songwriters Showcase with Glen Hornblast, Pete Otis, Harpin’ Norm Lucien, Brian Gladstone, Tony Quarrington, Paul Cross & Kat Goldman @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~Roots; $6 or pwyc
8> Nicole “Songbird” Coward live online album release show for Strong Enough For Love @ https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ck00r929ui5phfcbh8s39fchm6g
*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Gryphon Pub, 114 Dundas St. E., Whitby
9-1> Elliott Devine dj night @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West
9> Chris Bartos & James Thomson @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West
*9-1> jam with Mike Roland and Lenny Vaccari @ Stewart Maguires Landing, 15 Allan Dr., Bolton
*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street East, Milton
*9:30-1:30> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South
9:45> Ben Ball 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> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~brassy Blues; $7
**10> Blues jam with Brian Cober, Bill Hedefine & guest bassist @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO
*10> jam with Groovestone feat. Dale Harrison @ Scruffy Murphy’s Uptown, 150 Eglinton Ave. E., TO North
10> Sean Pinchin’s Blues ‘n’ Beers @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues
10:30> Scott Baragar @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
*10:30> Adam Cooke Band @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~contemporary & classic Pop Rock
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