While preparing listings each week I’ve been finding myself looking forward to discovering which TO indie talents will be featured in that Tuesday’s showcase at The Painted Lady in Ossi-Parkdale. Promoters, A Babe Music —which appears to be an actual babe (club liaison Angela Faithful) as well as a collective of fellow creative multi-disciplinary artists— each week assemble three or four acts, many of which I’d never heard of before seeing them listed on the club’s website but whose names, it often develops, I soon start seeing popping up doing sets in other venues.
I don’t always have time to check out the websites or music of the various names (it would help if there were live links to the artists’ sites on the club’s) but occasionally when I do and a name piques my curiosity, I take a looksee. That’s how I found out about Iliya Vee and his band The Dreadful Starlings, who are part of tonight’s lineup at the PL. Trust me, this guy (who also plays as part of Jessica Speziale’s band on occasion) is a budding songwriting alt-Pop star you want to hear right now. -17
*5-8> Piano Jazz @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave., TO E. ~Jazz
5-7> Roots ‘n’ Branches feat. Howard Willett @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO E. ~Rootsy Blues
5-8> Connor Hall Jazz Quartet @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO W. ~Jazz
6> Livingston String Band @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
*6:30-11> open acoustic jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
6:30> David Hutchinson Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
7> Karaoke with host Rob MacArthur @ Ajax Legion (RCL 322), 112 Hunt St., Ajax
7:30-9:30> Jordan Glick & The Usual Suspects @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. TO E. ~indie
7:30> Nico Dann @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO ~drums
*8-12> Phil & John Show feat. Phil Naro @ The Harp, 55 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
*8> open stage with host Alexander Quail @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville
8-12> Kate Todd @ Monarchs Pub in Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., TO ~acoustic indie Pop
8> Toronto Folk Singers Club @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick St., TO
*8> open mic with Jacelyn Holmes @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave., TO E.
*8:30-12:30> open jam with Frank Wilks & The Bell Bootz @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E., TO E.
*8:30> Django Jam @ Dominion On Queen, 500 Queen St. E., TO ~Django Jazz
9> Danny Marks & Alec Fraser Blues Night @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO W. ~Blues
9> The Vaudevillian @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO W. ~1920s Blues
9> The Treasures @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W.
9> Ababe Music presents Jennifer Foster; Rueben O’Dell Show; Rebecca Everett; The Dreadful Starlings @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO W. ~indie showcase
*9:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ The Fossil & Haggis, 790 Military Trail, Scarborough
*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave., TO E. ~Folk Roots
9:30> Nicola Vaughan hosts jam @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO
9:30> James Clark Institute; TC Folkpunk; James Carroll @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~indie Pop Rock
*9:30-12> open stage hosted by Jennifer Brewer @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO E.
9:30> Dave Young @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*9:30> jam with Derek Downham @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO W. ~eclectic
9:30> Steel City @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock
*10-2> Marshall Dane Trio @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~New Country/Pop
*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~orig. & cover Reggae/Funk
10> Nick Fraser Presents @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO
10> Harlan Pepper @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
*10-11> Nik Beat’s Howl radio show @ CIUT 89.5 FM, ~spoken word & music
10:30> Jeans Off Duo @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
*10:30> blueVenus with Luke Roberts @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO E. ~original Pop
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