Some people have commented to me recently that “Country music is making a comeback” and on the face of it that certainly seems to be true. With the opening in TO of two new bars offering a Country vibe and live music plus an increasing number of “alt-Country” acts popping up here and there —not to mention the wild success of groups like Johnny Cash tribute We Walk The Line— the genre seems to be healthier than it has in some time. And soon you’ll be reading more about that scene as a new Moon correspondent begins penning profiles and reviews. (BTW, I’m also interested in having other subscribers do some writing for the publication about the music that gets them excited.)
But there are some bars where County isn’t making a comeback because it never went away! One such is The Corral in Oshawa, which has been open at 433 Simcoe St. South for over 30 years and features live Country acts three nights a week: Friday and Saturday, as you’d expect, and for some mysterious reason every Tuesday as well, while the rest of the week it’s closed except for special events. Usually it’s the same bands doing 9-1 shows all three nights, with a Country DJ between sets. That’s also the case this week as the Paul Nathan Band appears. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Sudbury, he sounds well qualified to deliver the “blue collar Country” his Facebook band page promises. -Gary 17, torontomoon.ca
*5-8> Piano Jazz @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave., TO E. ~Jazz
5-8> Rob Davis Blues Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO W. ~Jazz
*6:30-11> open acoustic jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
6:30> Carissa Neufeld Group @ 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> TBC @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. TO E.
7:30> Colette Savard @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO ~indie Pop
7:30-10> First Tuesdays open mic with hosts North Of Queen @ Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, 214 Wright Ave., TO W.; $2
*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> Tim Bovaconti & Pat Allcock @ Monarchs Pub in Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., TO
*8> open mic @ 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
8:30> Angele Menard; Paul Stavros @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~
9> Danny Marks & Alec Fraser Blues Night @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO W. ~Blues
9> Massey Harris @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO W. ~songwriter
9> The Treasures @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W.
9> Ababe Music presents Joon Bugs; 5th Projekt; Paint @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO W. ~indie showcase
9> Paul Nathan Band @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock
*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
*9:30-12> open stage hosted by Jennifer Brewer @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO E.
9:30> Jason Stillman @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*9:30> jam with Derek Downham @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO W. ~eclectic
*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> Peripheral Vision @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St., TO ~Jazz
*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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