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The British Royals have been in the news this weekend, of course, and how convenient for Harry and Meghan to have picked the Queen Victoria Day weekend to hold their nuptials spectacular.
There are a couple of musically spectacular shows happening late afternoon into early evening in the east end today that will also harken back to older times (before the third weekend in May became better known to Canadians, at least, as May Two-Four Weekend) when life was simpler and music more important.
(I say music was more important because fifty years ago, around when most of the tunes you’ll hear at the two vintage shows happening this afternoon, popular music was far more central to the social upheaval then taking place —key to usher in the “media age”— than the role it plays todays as merely one of many diverse capturers of mental and emotional attention.)
At Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave., Pete Otis holds the 4-8 season finale for the SongTown/Mike McKenna monthly Blues & Boogie Party series, while at The Duke Live (1225 Queen Street East) old time Rock ‘n’ Roll band Little Peter and the Elegants take to the stage as part of that room’s throwback Sundays series from 5-9.
At the Swan, McKenna and his smooth, versatile Slidewinder backing band (Tom Robertson, Hap Roderman and Rob Kirkpatrick) back a pair of featured special guests who both performed with iconic Canadian R&B/Rock band Crowbar among several other combos of similar ilk. Singer/keyboardist Ray Harrison was also a member of Cameo Blues Band, for example, while the other guest crooner, John Dickie, was also with Mondo Combo among others, all outfits that do the old stuff with style and authenticity. McKenna of course helped define some of that himself with his seminal Blues slide guitar that five decades later is still a how-to for young players across the world.
Cover is also only $10 to check out the show at The Duke, which has a great stage that will be put to good use by the eight-piece Elegants troupe anchored by Peter Toller. The group regularly performs at Legion halls and for various organizations’ special event dance nights (which usually get sold out well in advance) as well as at weddings and other private affairs. It also puts on its own fundraiser shows such as their annual benefit for the Compass organization we told you about back in early 2016. A first-class act of veteran players who were there when the music of the ‘50s and ‘60s came out —grooving to it on their transistor radios!
With tomorrow a holiday I’d expect both these rooms to be if not jumping (a lot of those who’ll be in attendance are well past those days!) at least very busy on the dancefloors.
SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, May 20, 2022
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ON AIR / ONLINE
*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)
*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ www.sundaymorningsoul.com ~Blues
9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ http://www.bluesandrootsradio.
4> “Georgian Bay Roots” official show of Summerfolk Festival Host Ted Rusk will take us on a blues cruise to points near and far. @ CFOS AM 560 (simulcast on www.560cfos.ca)
5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM
9pm-midnight> 60s, 70s Soul, Jazz & Funk Cape Town/UK LIVE on FM Radio & Online Worldwide @ https://m.mixcloud.com/
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
10:30am-1:30> Blues brunch with Robert Davis @ Southern Accent, 839 College St.
11am-2pm> Thaller Family Klezmer Band for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ; $5 (music only)
*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro R&B/Soul/Funk; $0
Noon-2pm> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~piano Jazz; $5
Noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz
1> Selective Soul for Northern Ribfest; more @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E.
1> Toque Trad French Canadian Music Session @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
1> Kristy Hagerman; Vivian Hicks opens @ Starbucks, 657 Dupont St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
3-5> Alaniaris @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Greek fusion Jazz
3> Blues & Troubles @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~Blues/R&B
3:30-6:30> Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Blues; $
4> Luan Phung Group @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz
*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
4:30-7:30> Leyland Gordon Duo @ The Tilted Dog, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz
5> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Thelonious Monk covers
5> Clockwise; The James Clark Institute; The Beat Club @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E. ~eclectic indie; $pwyc
6-7:30> Fifth Element Quintet @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc
6-9> Highgrove; Nathan Ivanco; Humanoid Incognition @ June Records, 662 College St. ~indie; $0/pwyc
6:30> Carla’s Dreams @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St.
*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.
7-9:30> Harley Card Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7-9:30> Irene Harrett Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
7-10> The Rhythmaturgically Syncopated Social Hour Jazz jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.
*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Blues/Jazz/R&B
7> ISpy @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Funk/R&B/Soul
7:30> FACS; Vanishing Hand; The Braion @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. ~indie; $
7:30> No Seas with Karen Ng @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
*7:30> set by Fresh Mistake followed by open mic (sign up starts at 7:45) @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.
8> Ace & The Kid; Old Guards; Ghost Town Remedy; Dickie and the Boys @ Sonic Café, 60 Cecil St. ~indie; $
8> Joshua Hyslop; Havelin; Kate Boothman @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W.; ~songwriters; $
8-11> Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room with Wayne “Neon” Smith & many more @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~eclectic song sharing; 0$
8> Vanessa Marie Carter; Leah Daniels opens @ Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~Country; $
*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W.
8-12> R Q Tek; iamChelseaiam; the Dirty B-Sides; Milla Thyme @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 10$
8:30> Homayoun Shajarian; Tahmoures;Sohrab Pournazeri @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. ~contemporary original; $
9-2> open mic with feature Dougal Bichan @ Eden Hall, 193 Baldwin St.
9> Mokomokai; Black Moor; Smouler; Lycanthro; Hounskull @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $13
7:30> KASHKA; Zoe Alexis; Lora Bidner @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~songwriters; $6-10
9> Thin Spaces; Handsome Savages @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9:45> Christian Howe with Victoria Yeh @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock
10> Makeshift Island with Kevin Breit @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz fusion
10> The Doublecuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~10-piece Western Swing
10-2> Running Red Lights Duo @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~contemporary original; $?
**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests Russell Williams, Justin Snikkar @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
416 – TORONTO EAST
11am-2pm> Alex Creamer for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave.
4-8> SongTown presents Blues & Boogie Party 18 with host band Mike McKenna & Slidewinder & featured guests John Dickie & Ray Harrison + sets by Pete Otis; Pat Little; Stephen Court, Amber & Alex; David Morrison @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Blues/R&B originals & covers; $10
4> Gypsy Rebels @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Gypsy Jazz
5-9> Little Peter and the Elegants @ The Duke Live 1225 Queen St. E., Toronto ~50s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll; $10
6-8:30>The Palm Tree Trio @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~0$
6> Iam @ The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E.
7-11> Mike Sedgewick’s Blues Review @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$
*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
4-7:30> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Paul Reddick & Kyle Ferguson @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Blues/R&B
*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*8-12> acoustic jam with hosts Dan Walek & Paul Evans @ Al Mac’s, 2459 Kingston Rd.
416 – TORONTO WEST
**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.
Noon-4> open mic @ Amp Studio Café, 154 Oakvwood Ave.,
*noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass
Noon-2> Harley Card @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz
1-5> C.R. Gillespie (recording release for Séance Works vinyl lp) @ Invisible City Record Shop, 165 Geary Ave. ~original Rock/Pop; $?
2> Arthouse Ensemble @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~Jazz
**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country
5-8> Ivan Rosenberg @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots
6> Maxwell McEachern Trio @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~ Jazz; pwyc
6> Slackline @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~original Rock/Pop; $
7-9> Daccia Bloomfield & Tidal Mouth @ Wenona Craft Beer Lodge basement, 1069 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters
8> Derek Harrison @ Alchemy, 890 College St.
8> Savannah Somers; Olive b; Kylo @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $5
8> This is The Kit; Adam Schatz @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8:30> Big City Cough featuring Sean Beresford @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~contemporary original; $pwyc
8:30> Brandyn Leo (recording release for album); Sil & Nario @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriter; $10
9> Soulkustek @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Colombian Champela band (includes meal)
9> Berman Billings Duo @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Roots-Rock
*9:30> Rock and Roll Ladies of the Knight; Dragon Fjord @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~original & cover Rock; $
10> Tribe @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $10
10> Kim Davis, Ammoye, Kim Kelly, Arlene, Jay Harmony and Donna Makeda @ Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Road ~ Reggae Divas
*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge
4> Borwnman Ali @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 170 King St. W., Kitchener ~Jazz; $
6-9> Stan Chang; Erick Bruck @ Manhattan’s, 951 Gordon St., Guelph
6> Ritz @ Dstrct, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~original Rock/Pop; $
8> Adam Wendler; Ivan Rivers @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~songwriters; $10/pwyc
9> Brendan O’Halloran @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo
*10-2> open mic @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph
3> ¾ House Brand @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*8> open stage with Ryan Van Loon @ McThirsty’s Pint, 155 Charlotte St., Peterborough
4> Grant Josh @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
4:30-8> Tom Leighton & Ric Bauer @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~Celtic
6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax
*6> Phlo @ Oasis Bar, 31 King St. E., Cobourg ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues
*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
*11am> Robert Lee Trio @ Lil’ Brew Hops, 209 Main St. S., Newmarket ~Jazz
*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots
*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville
*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick
*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues
*6-10> open mic with host Brian Wride @ Col. McGrady’s, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge
*7-10> Lynn McDonald @ Jester’s Court, 279 Queen St., Port Perry ~Pop/Jazz
*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown
5:30-8:30> Carmen Spada & Friends @ J. Red & Co., 341 Main St., Brampton ~Jazz
*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton
7:30> Eric Huang for “Candlelit Church” sessions @ St. Alban’s, 537 Main St., Glen Williams-Georgetown ~Roots
*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street E., Milton
2-6> Sunday Blues with Brant Parker Band & guest Terry Gillespie @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young Street, Hamilton ~Blues; $7
2-5> Alfie Smith @ Lou Dawgs Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton ~Blues
*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton
4:30-7:30> Roberts & Shea @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton
7-10> Jess and Tay @ 33 Bowen, 33 Bowen St., Hamilton ~Country
8> Lauren Knowles Trio @ Gallagher’s Bar, 117 John St., Hamilton
8> Duotang; Shanks; Get Off The Cop @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $
9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton
9> open jam with Walker and Jamie @ The Pour House Hamilton, 1115 Fennell Ave. E., Hamilton
9> Silvertone Hills (recording release for ep); Royal Seas; Athanase @ Absinthe Hamilton, 38 King William St., Hamilton ~indie; $10
9> Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr @ Lionshead Pub, 137 John St. S., Hamilton
*10> open mic with Kim Koren @ West End House, 151 Emerson St., Hamilton
10> Chris Chambers @ Augusta House, 17 Augusta St., Hamilton
*10:30am-3> Mike Maguire @ Pepperwood Bistro, 1455 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington ~Jazz
2-6> Rob Kirkham & Neon Rain @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country
2-5> Marty Allen duo @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
3:30> James Anthony & guest Kevin McQuade @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues
*4-7:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock; $5
4-7> Glenn Groves @ 5 West Brewpub, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country
*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Blues
*5> Sara Mills @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington
**8-12> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
8> Tim Kennedy & The Roadhouse Boys @ Caven’s Alley, 585 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga ~Country/Roots-Rock/Rockabilly
*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington
9:30> Taste It @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Latin
*10:30> Strummers Union @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington
Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.
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 purchasers (eg.: seniors, students, members, kids, etc). /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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