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If you enjoy live music but can’t really much abide the craziness of the “bar scene” with its blaringly bright oversized televisions mindlessly tuned to telecast sports you have no interest in, Boland’s Live Kitchen on a Wednesday from 5-8 might be just the ticket.
Here you’ll find no tvs (at least none show up on the photos you’ll find when you search it on Google Maps and this is clearly a restaurant rather than a neighbourhood bar), but will encounter an impressive open shelf of various wines, tasty looking dishes —and, most importantly from our point of view, multi-disciplinary songwriter/performer Tony Quarrington performing solo instrumental Jazz for no cover.
The room is located at 575 Mount Pleasant Avenue a little north of Davisville Ave. south of Eglinton and it’s a bit toney yet doesn’t come across as intimidating. The menu isn’t scarily priced either, with tempting starters in the $9-14 range and most main dishes going for a little below or a bit above $20.
Although he’s an exquisitely gifted world-class talent (a Juno-winner whose presence helped other classy rooms to gain a profile on the local scene) Quarrington is also about the most self-effacing and relaxed fellow you’ll meet anywhere, so it’s a great fit to have him in a room that seems to have other quality offerings available without being stuffy about it.
Drink prices aren’t listed on their online menu except for a couple of specialties, but one item, which intriguingly they include as part of the “Starters” menu, definitely has me curious: the Fresh Oyster Shooter with vodka, clamato, horseradish and lemon —and priced at just $3!
At that price you can buy a couple for yourself and another pair for Tony and let us know how you liked them!
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Wednesday, October 04, 2021
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*6-8pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat show from previous Friday)
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
2> Toronto Symphony Orchestra @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. ~tribute to John Williams ~Classical; $
*5-8> Tony Quarrington @ Boland’s Open Kitchen, 575 Mount Pleasant Rd. ~solo Jazz guitar; $0
5> Gordon Shawcross & Burke Carroll @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St.
6-8> 4SKÖR @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~a cappella Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6> Golden Country Rutledge @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country
6> Together Pangea; Tall Juan; Daddy Issues @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
6-8> Greg Spero @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~piano solo Jazz; $
6:30> Pat Smith’s Standard Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
**7 (7 p.m. sign-up open stage at 8) with 9 p.m. feature by Mary Milne @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall) ~songwriters
*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Jazz
*7> open mic with host Jay Pollock @ B-side, 669 College St.
7> Circa Waves; Day Trip @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
7> Kid Cudi @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $
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> Troubleshooting and guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO
**8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~$10-20/pwyc
8> Jahlen Barnes & Emma Sangalli @ Revival, 783 College St. ~cabaret
8> Harry Styles; Schwarz @ Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St. ~contemporary original; $
8-11> Kevin Quain @ Sellers and Newel, 672 College St. ~moody Blues
8> Scott B & Yawn Temiseva @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. ~songwriters
*8> Jazz jam with John Bellisario @ The Music Box, 3434 Bathurst St.
8-11:30> Jordana Talsky recording release for Neither of Either @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. ~songwriter; $
8-10:30> John McDermott All Star Band recording release for Some Other Time @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
*8-11> open mic @ Ram In The Rye, 63 Gould St. (Ryerson University)
8-12:30> open mic with hosts Aberdeen Alley Cats @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave.
8> Circles with various artists @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W.
8> Rob Szabo @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
*8> John Bellisario hosts weekly Jazz jam @ The Music Box, 3434 Bathurst St.
*8:30-11> Lonesome Ace Stringband @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~Rockabilly/Country; pwyc
8:30> Evie; The Shift; Edward Sayers @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. ~songwriters; $7
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> Astral Witch @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~doom Rock; $
*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St.
9:30> Katie Du Temple Band @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz
*9:30-2> The All Nighters open jam @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
9:30> The Kandinsky Effect @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
10> Running Red Lights @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~original Rock/Pop
10> Ghostlight @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO
10-2> The Undercovers @ The Hideout, 423 College St.
10-2> Action Sound Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO
*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/R&B; $10
416 – TORONTO EAST
7> Them Evils; Zakk Wylde @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~classic Rock; $
*7:30-10:30> The BTBs @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
8> acoustic jam with Gar LaRocca @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave.
8:30-10:30> Civil Wray @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~songwriter
*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan Tavern (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave.
7:30-10:30> Gene DiNovi @ Old Mill (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~piano/vocal Pop/Jazz; minimum food/beverage order $20
8-1> Alessia Cohle Band @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Country
*9-1> open mic with Daniel Gagnon @ The Old Sod, 2936 Bloor St. W.
9-12> Space Jazz jam @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Jazz; $5/pwyc
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
9-1> Courtney Bowles and Sarah Fazackerley @ Queen’s Head Pub, 2555 Victoria Park Ave. ~Country/Pop
416 – TORONTO WEST
*6:30> Chris Bezant Duo @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Django style Jazz
*7-10> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Juno-winning Blues
8> Chris LaRocca; Maddee @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
7:30> Patricia Cano recording release @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.
8> The Venuti String Quartet @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~Classical; $
*8-10> Emily Devlin & Nathan Arges @ The Oakwood Hardware, 337 Oakwood Ave. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8> Ben Stevenson; Young Clancy @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $10
8> Alex Cameron; Nyssa @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
8> Worriers; Thin Lips; Pseudo; more @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $10
*8-11> Fraser/Daley @ Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Rootsy Blues
8:30> Riverrun; The Lowlighters @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~experimental Jazz featuring Kevin Breit; $
9> Surefire Sweat @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz
9> Dodge Fiasco @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Rock; $15
9> jam night @ Orchard Bar, 1174 Bloor St. W.
9> Ron Davis with Mike Downes @ Mezzetta, 681 St. Clair Ave. W. ~Jazz; $10
9> Jack Marks @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
*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
6:45-11> open stage (sign-up starts at 6) @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph; pwyc
*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
7:30> Carroll Baker @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ~Pop; $20
7:30> Celtic Session @ Penny Whistle, 2 Quebec St., Guelph
8-12> acoustic jam @ Anaf Club 344, 32 Gordon St., Guelph
8> jam night with Ian Taylor @ Pops & Ruby’s Tap & Grill, 200 Preston Pkwy., Cambridge
8> John Lee & The Hookers host 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
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> student bands @ Black Horse Pub, 452 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 Pint, 166 Charlotte St., Peterborough
*8> open stage and karaoke with Eddy Culjak @ Boston Pizza, 20 Taunton Rd., Whitby
8> Frank Z @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~songwriter
*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg
*8-10:30> open mic jam with Rob Foreman & Clayton Yates @ 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
?*7> open mic with Matt Whittmann @ Red Door Gallery, 69 Main St. S., Georgetown
8-12> open mic with Kevin Ker (sign up at 7:30) @ Unionville Arms, 189 Main St., Unionville
8-12> jam with Rebelljo Band featuring Dave Girdlestone of Soul Funkshun on guitar @ Fionn MacCool’s Brampton, 11 Ray Lawson Blvd. Brampton
8> acoustic jam with Frank Logue @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown
*8:30-12:30> Jared Christopher Stafford @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*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
7> Todd Kerns @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~acoustic show; $14
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
*8:30> 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 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
*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
8> jam with The Grindstones @ American House, 324 Dundas St. E., Waterdown
*8:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ 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; $
9-1> Shelley Budd & Friends @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~songwriters; $5
*9> open mic with Michael Zane @ Shakers Oakville, 589 Kerr St., Oakville
Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.
Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. 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.
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