140530Fr Shows - Final few nights at Harp dominated by Tom Barlow





Final few nights at Harp dominated by Tom Barlow


Versatile and constantly reinventing himself, Pop Rock covers artist, jam host and indie songwriter Tom Barlow [aka Barlow, aka Twig] has been a big part of the success of Port Credit eatery and music pub the Harp at 55 Lakeshore Road. E. a little east of the marina.


Tom Barlow -Judy Willrich -Facebook (edited)

Tom Barlow -Judy Willrich -Facebook (edited)

He’s been there every Monday for several years co-hosting a jam with John Bride (except when he’s touring the world with the latest incarnation of his self-led band taking music to remote communities such as Greenland villages, or, as he was doing earlier this month, recording an album in Costa Rica) and his band normally plays at least one Fri.-Sat. weekend show per month, sometimes more.

So it’s fitting that as the final weekend of the club’s operation gets underway tonight (it closes after his finale jam show Monday, June 2) it’d be Barlow’s band that performs both tonight and tomorrow.

Sunday at the club will be the final Nomads show and while I don’t know who their special guest is (they usually don’t bother to release that information until the day of, for some reason known only to band leader Tony Paglia) it wouldn’t surprise me if Barlow is also on hand for that –if not as the formal guest then as one of what is likely to be a legion of talents who’ll sit in with the group for this event.

Harp may be closing, after 26 years of pretty much unqualified success, but owner Maureen O’Neill isn’t leaving the business –she’s also got another nearby location, Shore Grill, to which she’ll be relocating some of her staff and hopefully some of the entertainment.

 -Gary 17,


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*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

4-11> Pickering Ribest with many musical acts @ Esplanade Park, Pickering ~eclectic

*5-8> Kensington Kitchen Party with host Kevin Jollimore of Sin City Boys & guest musicians @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Pop Rock with heart

*5-7> open mic with The Foolish Things @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~original Pop

*5-7> Ronnie Hayward Trio @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO E. ~Blues/Roots

5-8> Justine Campbell Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Roots-Pop originals

6:30> Laura Hubert Band feat. Peter Hill @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Pop Jazz with punch

7-9> Brandon Zdan & Scott Nolan @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

7:30> Kyle Brenders & Friends @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO

8> The Dreadful Starlings; Marion Chaplin @ Not My Dog, 1510 Queen St. W., TO West ~indie

8-12> Stevie Gee @ Ember Hot Stove, 3039 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South ~acoustic Pop

*8-1> karaoke @ RCL #312, 112 Hunt St., Ajax

8> Rex Mann @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~

8-12> TREO feat. Mike Burns @ Earl of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville ~acoustic Pop

8:30> Steve Rutchinski @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~indie Rootsy Blues; $5

8:30> Project TRAG feat. Robi Botos, Drew Jurecka, Ben Riley George Koller @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~World Jazz Fusion; $30

Linsmore 1405279> The Wholigans (1st of 2 nights) @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Who tribute; $10/$15

9> The Magpies @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rootsy Pop

9> Shawn Brady & Hervé Basset @ The Irish Embassy, 79 Yonge St. TO

9> Suzana d’Amour @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO; $

9-1> S.O.A. Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9-1> Rob Quail & Steve Grisbrook @ Monarchs Pub in Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., TO ~classic Rock

*9-1> Frank Cosentino Band @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~rockin’ Blues

9-1> Fools Paradise @ Legends On The Queensway, 1184 The Queensway, Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40; $5

9-1> Juxta Position @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa

9> Highway 12 with Kris Barclay @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9-1> The Hip Kings @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Bramp. ~Tragically Hip tribute

9:30> Phil & John Show feat. Phil Naro @ Shakers, 580 Kerr St., Oakville ~Pop Rock

9:30> 24th Street Wailers @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etob. S. ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Stones tribute @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Blvd., TO North; $

9:30> Lisa Smith’s Powerhaus @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarb. ~classic Rock/Top 40

9:30> Greg Wyard @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

9:30> Tom Barlow Band @ The Harp, 55 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40 ~Pop/Top 40

9:30> The Doubts @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

9:30> Pat Hewitt @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> Sticky Keys @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

9:30> Steel City @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton ~Country

9:30> George Olliver @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~vintage Rock/R&B

9:45> Steve Koven’s Project Rex @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

9:45> The Dirty Martinis feat. Mary Mckay @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz

Southside 14052610-2> Groove Marmalade @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South ~classic Rock

10> Tommy Rocker’s Classic Rock Show @ Ridges Pub (Liverpool Arms), 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~classic Rock

10> Al Reilly’s Catalyst @ Centro Pizza, 2406 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~classic Rock

10> Dave Murphy Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Rock/Funk/R&B

10> Nick Teehan @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO

10-2> Colonel Tom & The American Pour @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W.

10> Ryan Driver Sextet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Jazz

10> Donkey @ The Queen’s Legs, 286 Eglinton Ave. W., TO North ~Rock/Top 40

10-1> Little Jimmy’s Chicken Pickers @ Bar Radio, 615 College St., TO ~Country; pwyc

10-2> Blue Nash @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd., E., Ajax ~Pop Rock/Top 40

10-2> Keep The Faith @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Bon Jovi tribute; $

10> Dear Bay; Tanner James @ The Red Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~

10:30> tba @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

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