140621Sa Shows - This weekend’s plethora of TO festivals is absolutely insane!




This weekend’s plethora of TO festivals is absolutely insane!


As if I hadn’t written enough this week about festivals (namely the EXEE at Only Café, NXNE and Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival), there’s at least four others for various interest affiliations taking place over the weekend, including one happening today and tomorrow downtown and another running today only in the city’s Junction area in the west end. There’s also a Hip Hop festival, an Aboriginal festival and, lest we forget, Pride Week kicks off with a smattering of events leading up to next weekend’s big blowout. But in addition to the ones I’ve already written about, two of today’s festival events may be of particular interest to Moon readers.

One is the four-day Redpath Waterfront Festival (it started Thursday) at which FolkPop artist Lilly Mason performed yesterday and which today sees ten acts, including Shawn Brady & Hervé Basset, Julian Taylor Band and Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils.

Irene Torres -Gary 17

Irene Torres -Gary 17

The live music is just one component of this event, which takes place all along the waterfront between Spadina Ave. and Sherbourne St. The Sugar Beach Stage at 22 Dockside Drive features the live music acts.  Elsewhere along the shorefront you’ll find a kids’ adventure area, water sports on the lake, trained sports/EMS dogs and lots more.

Meanwhile, out in the Junction area, there’ll be three outdoor stages set up and live music indoors in eight venue locations along Dundas St. West both sides of Keele Street from noon till midnight for the The Junction Summer Solstice Festival. You can catch acts like Michael O’Grady Band, Jessica Bundy, Jake Chisholm, Young Running and Chris Staig & The Marquee Players on the outdoor stages among 13 sets taking place. Although not listed on the festival website, the Julian Fauth brunch show at Axis is also part of this, as is a 4-8 show at The Hole In The Wall with Roots ‘n’ Branches featuring Dave McManus on bass.

(Also worth checking out: nearby at Gate 403, at 403 Roncesvalles Ave., the club kicks off its participation in this year’s Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival with the season finale show for Bill Heffernan’s weekly 5-8 p.m. Roots series, with special guests Taxi Chain, a Celtic-Rock Fusion band that really will get you rockin’ and reelin’.)

Personally I’m already reeling after researching the plethora of amazing musical acts that are being featured this weekend at so many different shows for so many different reasons. Time now to get out and do some rockin’!

-Gary 17,


Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). 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.

Names of subscribers appear in bold and are underlined and where applicable include a live link to their websites. Advertisers’ listings are in larger type, include live link to website and also have ad icon included in listings.

NXNE = North By Northeast Festival; wristband or $ admittance

TDJF = Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival; $

*12-3> Julian Fauth’s Blues Brunch @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

Noon-10pm> Redpath Waterfront Festival with Shawn Brady & Hervé Basset (1:20); Rikki Nicks Fleetwood Mac tribute (5:00); Julian Taylor Band (6); Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils (7); Soul Motivators @ Sugar Beach, 22 Dockside Dr., TO

Noon-midnight> Junction Summer Solstice Festival with many acts on three stages and in various local bars @ The Junction, Dundas St. W. both sides of Keele, TO West

*12-3> TDJF: Danny Marks @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~eclectic Jazz/Blues/Rock

12:30-2:30> tba @ Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W., TO West ~acoustic Roots/Blues/Pop

1-4> Songbird Sessions in the Round with Mary Stewart, Jeff D. Elliott, Anthony Lohan, Natasha Bouchard @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~original Roots/Pop

1-4> open mic with host Gairey Richardson @ Full Of Beans, 1348 Dundas St. W., TO West

2-10> Cameron House Records outdoor showcase with The Double Cuts; Whitney Rose; NQ Arbuckle; Ferraro; Sam Cash; Zeus @ Cameron House (outside), 408 Queen St. W., TO

*2-6> jam w. Tom Finocchio @ Sam’s Place, Barton-Chestnut Sts., Hamilton

**2-6> Saturday Blues Sermon with James Anthony & special guest John Mays @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Blues

*3-6> Michael Keys & Company @ Blue Goose, 1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke South ~R&B/Pop

*3-7> jam with Michelle Deneault & Redder @ Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St., Port Credit

3> James Clark solo @ Alleycats Music & Art, 95 Mississauga St. E., Orillia ~indie Pop

3> The Hot Five Jazzmakers @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~traditional Jazz; $5

*3:30-6> Johnny Wright @ Outriggers, 2232 Queen St. E., TO East ~R&B

*3:30-6:30> Climax Jazz Band @ Seven44, 744 Bayview Ave., TO North ~Jazz; $

3:30> TDJF: Swing Shift Big Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

3:30> Mike Murley Quartet @ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., TO ~Jazz

Southside 140616*4-8> The Bear Band & guests @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock-R&B

*4-7:30> Ronnie Hayward Trio @ McQueen’s, 993 Queen St. E., TO E. ~Blues/Roots

*4-8> The Meteors with special guest @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Blues/Rock/R&B

*4> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues

*4:30-6:30> Big Rude Jake @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO E. ~Blues/Roots

5-8> Bill Heffernan & Friends season finale show with guests Taxi Chain @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. TO West –rockin’ & reelin’ Celtic Rock

5> wake for Nash The Slash with many musical guests and friends @ Stratengers, 1130 Queen St. E., TO East

5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

6-8 Roots ‘n’ Branches with Dave McManus on bass @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Roots

6:30> Giamapolo Scatozza with Neil Braithwaite & Bret Higgins @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

7-10> Mark Yan & Barry Mulcahy @ Ray’s 3rd Generation, 1475 Queen St. W., Alton ~acoustic Pop

7> East By East East (EXEE) Festival with Winter Rowan; Linda & Aurora Lavender; Electric Ego; Lost Anglers; Tommy Hawlk & The Outlaw Surfers; Not A Total Gadjo @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East ~

7> Piper Hayes for Nuit Rose @ Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St. W., TO ~indie Pop

7> NXNE: The Morals; Nive Neilsen & The Deer Children; The Jerry Cans; Lakes of Canada @ Tranzac Club  (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

KB poster June 21**8> Gary 17’s acoustic showcase & open stage with 9:30 feature by Mike Bar @ King’s Belly, 429 Donlands Ave., TO East

8> James Clark solo @ The Brownstone Café, 178 Mississuaga St. E., Orillia

8-4> NXNE: Brad Filatre; Lynn Jackson; Holyoak; Wild Leaves; Pretty Archie; Freeman Dre @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

8-4> NXNE: Mandippal; Rosu Lup; Jackson Nova; The Ascot Royals; The Cunninghams; Vonelle; Silver Gun & Spleen @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

8> NXNE: comedy 8-10; 10> JoJo Worthington; Mariana Bell; Kyle Stephens  @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO

8-4> NXNE: Josh Geddis; Madisons; Waiting For Henry; Slow Down Molasses; Sue Newberry & The Law; The Sharp Things; Pistol George Warren @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

8> TDJF: Manuel Valera @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~ Jazz

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

8-12> Hawk’s Nest with Neil Cotton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Country/Rockabilly; $7

8:30> Eliza Gilkyson @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO W. ~Roots/Americana; $27.50/-

9> Kickback @ The Feathers, 962 Kingston Rd., TO East ~songwriter

9-1> Mike Hines Duo @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~acoustic Pop/soft Rock

9-1> TDJF: Valeria Matzner & Sabor @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~ Latin Jazz

9> Trish O’Brien @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East ~WorldPride celebration

9> The Belle Regards @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West

9> Jack de Keyzer Band @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~rockin’ Blues

9> TDJF: Ted Peters & Gumbo Ya-Ya host tribute to New Orleans @ May, 876 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz

9> Port Credit Acoustic Review/Full Pocket @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South

9> Chase @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9-1> Tone Dogs @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Blues

9-1> Stephen’s Garage @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Pop Rock/Top 40

**9> Niagara Rhythm Section with guest Terry Gillespie @ The Old Winery, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake ~R&B/Blues

Linsmore 1406169:30> Groove Stone @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Gerry Garcia tribute; $5 adv./$10 door

**9:30-11:30> The Marwills @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~original Rootsy Pop

9:30> David Love Band @ Sixth Line Pub, 1500 Sixth Line, Oakville

*9:30-2> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Winners, 2181 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough

9:30> Exale @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Blvd., TO North

9:30> Kris Barclay @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Country

9:30> Dragonflys @ Timothy’s Pub 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Hot Buttered Soul @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Soul

9:30> Cadillacs @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*9:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues

10-2> Al Reilly’s Catalyst @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Etobicoke South ~Rock/Top 40/R&B

10> Shawn Brady & Hervé Basset @ P.J. O’Brien’s, 39 Colborne St., TO ~Pop Rock

10> Ride The Tiger @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Funk/Soul

10-1> Rob Elder @ Bar Radio, 615 College St., TO ~Roots; pwyc

10 Riverrun album release @ Tranzac Club  (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10-2> Krysta Lee @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd. E., Ajax ~Country Pop

10> TDJF: Kadinsky Effect @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

10-2> Side B Vibe @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40

10> I Dunno @ The Red Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~

10:30> LoFi @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

11-4> Cameron House Records indoor showcase with Whitney Rose; Ferraro; Sam Cash @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

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