In The Clubs: Mostly Jazz
120 Church St. 416-792-7725
120diner.com (full schedule)
All shows: PWYC ($10-$20 suggested)
Every Tue 6pm Leslie Huyler; 8pm Annie Bonsignore; 10pm Chris Brikett. Every Wed 6pm Whitney Ross Barris(7, 14, 28)/Laura Hubert(21); 8pm Lisa Particelli’s GNO Jazz Jam. December 1 6pm Julie Michels & David Restivo. December 2 6pm Kevin Morris. December 3 6pm Sharon McLeod & Kevin Barrett. December 4 6pm Lana Carillo & Sarite Harris; 8:30pm Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster & Brittany Kay. December 8 6pm Donald Quan & Friends. December 9 6pm Carolyn Credico. December 10 6pm Hampton Avenue Four. December 11 6pm Lauren & Meredith Busteed and Chris Ning with John Pugh; 8:30pm Theresa Tova & David Warrack. December 15 6pm Beverly Taft Sings Frank Loesser. December 16 6pm Tomoko Abe. December 17 6pm Melissa Shriner. December 18 6pm Benefit for PAL; 8:30pm Nancy White Christmas Show. December 22 6pm Pat Murray & Riley Murray. December 23 6pm Discovery for the Arts Showcase. December 29 6pm Billy Newton Davis. December 30 6pm Parkside Drive.
2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865
All shows: 9pm unless otherwise indicated. Call for cover charge info.
December 2 Urban Jive. December 3 Soular. December 8 Uptown Soul Concert Series. December 9, 10, 17, 23 Lady Kane. December 16 Universal Boogie Band. December 30, 31 Jamesking.
15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 905-543-8512
artword.net (full schedule)
2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315
All shows: 19+. Call for reservations.
Blue Goose Tavern, The
1 Blue Goose St. 416-255-2442
Every Sun 5pm Blues at the Goose with the Big Groove Rhythm Section.
1184 Bloor St. W. 416-546-4033
burdockto.com (full schedule)
All shows: 9pm
December 15 8:30pm E.M.S.: Emergency Musical Services feat. Jocelyn Barth (voice) $10(adv)/$15(door).
Cameron House, The
408 Queen St. W. 416-703-0811
thecameron.com (full schedule)
December 11, 18 Candy Apple Jazz Band.
2116e Queen St. E. 416-699-8272
castroslounge.com (full schedule)
All shows: No cover/PWYC
December 11 4pm Fraser & Daley. December 12 8:30pm The Fraser Melvin Band.
Cavern Bar, The
76 Church St. 416-971-4440
thecavernbar.ca (full schedule)
December 9 9pm Brownman Ali.
67 Front St. E. 416-867-9499
cestwhat.com (full schedule)
December 3 3pm The Boxcar Boys. December 10, January 7, January 21, February 4 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers.
1079 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-651-2109
desotos.ca (full schedule)
Every Sun 11am Sunday Live Jazz Brunch No cover.
Emmet Ray, The
924 College St. 416-792-4497
theemmetray.com (full schedule)
All shows: No cover/PWYC
December 1 9pm John-Wayne Swingtet: John Farrell (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass), Wayne Nakamura (guitar), Alexander Tikhonov (clarinet).
403 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-2930
All shows: PWYC.
December 1 5pm Bruce Chapman Blues Duo; 9pm Darcy Windover Band. December 2 5pm Ken Taylor: Fixin’s Jazz Trio; 9pm The Pearl Motel. December 3 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pm Tiffany Hanus Jazz Band. December 4 5pm Grateful Sunday feat. Trevor Cape & The Field; 9pm The Ault Sisters. December 5 5pm Mike and Jill Daley Jazz Duo; 9pm Drew Austin Jazz Band. December 6 5pm Roots and Branches Blues Band; 9pm Tomi Allen from Halifax. December 7 5pm Marshall Jacklin Jazz Trio; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 8 5pm Rosita Stone with Jazz Plazma; 9pm Kevin Laliberté Jazz & Flamenco Trio. December 9 5pm Evan Desaulnier Jazz Trio; 9pm Sean Bellaviti Latin Jazz Trio. December 10 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Quartet. December 11 5pm Heather Luckhart Blues/Roots/Jazz Band; 9pm L.A. Turcotte: Sultans of Soul. December 12 5pm Chris Reid & Nina Richmond, voice and guitar; 9pm Chris Staig Trio. December 13 5pm Grant Lyle Blues Music; 9pm Chelsea McBride Jazz Trio. December 14 5pm Michelle Rumball with friend; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 15 5pm Concord Jazz Quintet; 9pm Root Down Trio. December 16 5pm Mr. Rick Solo; 9pm Jerry Quintyne Jazz Band. December 17 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pm Sweet Derrick Blues Band. December 18 5pm Jeff Taylor & The SLT; 9pm Dennis Song Jazz Band. December 19 5pm Andy Malette Piano Solo; 9pm Linda Carone Vintage Jazz & Blues. December 20 5pm Sarah Kennedy & Matt Pines Jazz Duo; 9pm Rob Davis Blues Duo. December 21 5pm Levi Collins Trio; 7pm Gate 403 Christmas Party; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 22 5pm G Street Jazz Trio; 9pm Toby Hughs: The Big Three. December 23 5pm Sam Broverman Jazz Duo; 9pm Nick MacLean Quartet. December 27 9pm Kalya Ramu Jazz Band. December 28 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 29 9pm Denise Leslie Jazz Band. December 31 5pm Ken Taylor: Fixin’s Jazz Trio; 9pm Chris Staig & The Marquee Players New Year’s Eve Show.
Gift Shop Gallery
21 Rebecca St., Hamilton
December 16 8pm HAVN Records Double Album Release feat. Lee/Palmer/Bennett Trio: David Lee (bass), Chris Palmer (guitar), Connor Bennett (reeds); BELLWETHER4: Emily Denison (trumpet), Anthony Argatoff (sax), Andrew Miller (percussion), Victor Vrankuli (bass); Susan Alcorn (pedal steel) $15/$10.
379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-7000
grossmanstavern.com (full schedule)
All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted).
Every Sat The Happy Pals Dixieland jazz jam. Every Sun 10pm The National Blues Jam with Brian Cober. Every Wed 10pm Bruce Domoney.
67 Richmond St. E. 416-368-1920
harlemrestaurant.com (full schedule)
All shows: 7:30-11pm (unless otherwise noted). Call for cover charge info.
December 2 JWT. December 17, 31 The Sean Stanley Trio & Sokhna-Dior. December 23 Fibralou.
Hirut Cafe and Restaurant
2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560
Every Sun 3pm Open Mic with Nicola Vaughan PWYC. December 2 8:30pm In the Round w/ Boris Buhot, Frank Wilks, Tony Newman PWYC ($10 suggested). December 6, 20 8pm Fingerstyle Guitar Association PWYC. December 31, January 27 9pm Hirut Hoot Cabaret $5. January 6 8:30pm In the Round w/ Boris Buhot, Arlene Paculan, Nicola Vaughan PWYC ($10 suggested).
Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, The
2261 Dundas St. W. 416-531-6604
All shows: 8:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
December 1 Jeffrey Foucault $25(adv)/$30(door). December 2 8pm Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Showcase $29(adv)/$32.50. December 3 11am Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Showcase $29(adv)/$32.50; 8:30pm Elizabeth Shepherd & Jaron Freeman Fox $29.50(adv)/$33(door). December 4 1pm Rosie and the Riveters $20(adv)/$22.50(door); 8:30pm Kevin Fox $22.50(adv)/$25(door). December 7 8pm JAZZ.FM91 Presents Our President’s Choice Concert Series – Sophie Milman $50. December 8 Jane Siberry – CD Release – Angels Bend Closer $35(adv)/$40(door). December 9 Craig Cardiff $22.50(adv)/$25(door). December 10 Toronto All-Star Big Band – A Swinging Christmas $30(adv)/$35(door). December 11 Sultans of String’s Christmas Caravan! $25(adv)/$30(door). December 14 Susan Aglukark $35(adv)/$40(door). December 15 A Quartette Christmas $45(adv)/$50(door). December 16 Dr. Draw $40(adv)/$45(door). December 17 Maria Doyle Kennedy with Kieran Kennedy $27.50(adv)/$30(door). December 18 1pm The Ault Sisters Celebrate the Season $22.50(adv)/$25(door); 8:30pm Jane Siberry – ‘Angels Bend Closer’ CD Release – 2nd Show $35(adv)/$40(door). December 20 A Bluesy Christmas $25(adv)/$30(door). December 21 Avalon’s Garden Swings for SickKids $35(adv)/$40(door). December 23 The Arrogant Worms – Christmas Show $35(adv)/$40(door). December 28 Don Ross $35(adv)/$40(door). December 29 Suzie Vinnick $22.50(adv)/$25(door). December 31 9:30pm New Year’s Eve with Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite and Special Guests $135. January 7 The Al Lerman Band $22.50(adv)/$25(door). January 12, 13, 14, 15 15th Annual “Way We Feel:” A Celebration of the Music of Gordon Lightfoot $38(adv)/$40(door). January 18 Jan Kudelka presents JANIS JOPLIN’S BIRTHDAY BASH! $22.50(adv)/$27.50(door). January 19 “In the Can” A Fundraising Concert for Children’s Aid Foundation $20(adv)/$25(door). January 20 Richard Sabsay Band Video and CD release No cover. January 27 Harpdog Brown $22.50(adv)/$27.50(door). January 28 Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond – Featuring the Music of Peter and Gordon $40(adv)/$45(door). January 29 2pm Ken Whiteley’s Sunday Gospel Matinee $20(adv)/$22.50(door). February 1 8pm JAZZ.FM91 Presents Our President’s Choice Concert Series – Guido Basso $50.
Jazz Bistro, The
251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299
December 1 9pm Jacob Gorzhaltsan (clarinet, sax) – CD Release ‘Fly Softly’ with Denzal Sinclaire (voice), Ewen Farncombe (piano), Scott Hunter (bass), Colin Adhikary (drums) $15. December 3 9pm Brandi Disterheft (bass) Trio with Harold Mabern (piano), Joe Farnsworth (drums) $20. December 4, 11, 18 12pm(4, 18)/11:30am(11) Brunch with pianist Eli Pasic $5. December 5 8:30pm Matt Dusk: Old School Yule $40. December 11 7:30pm Sam Broverman: A Jewish Boy’s Christmas $15. December 14 8:30pm Cocktails & Candy Cabaret $15. December 17 9pm Hilario Duran & Robi Botos $20. December 18 7pm A Mitch Smolkin Holiday Special with Levon Ichkhanian (guitar), Wilson Laurencin (drums), Attila Darvas (bass), Robert Horvath (piano) $30. December 31 9:30pm New Year’s Eve with the Jeanine Mackie Band $150.
Jazz Room, The
Located in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565
kwjazzroom.com (full schedule)
All shows: 8:30pm-11:30pm unless otherwise indicated. Attendees must be 19+.
December 2 Brandi Disterheft $20. December 3 So Long Seven: Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), Tim Posgate (banjo), Ravi Naimpally (tabla), William Lamoureux (violin, voice) $18. December 9 Barbra Lica $20. December 10 Alex Pangman (voice) & Her Alleycats: John MacLeod (cornet), Peter Hill (piano), Christopher Banks (bass), Glenn Anderson (drums) $20. December 16 Ted Gibbons (guitar) with John Zadro (piano), Dan Brennan (bass), Gary Tomlin (drums) $16. December 17 The Carn/Davidson 9: William Carn (trombone), Tara Davidson (alto and soprano saxes, flute), Kelly Jefferson (tenor & soprano saxes), Perry White (bari sax & bass clarinet), Jason Logue, Brad Eaton (trumpet & flugelhorn), Alex Duncan (bass trombone), Dan Fortin (bass), Ernesto Cervini (drums) $25. December 23 Tom Nagy’s Christmas Experience $20. December 30 The Mary-Catherine Quintet: Mary-Catherine Pazzano (voice), Don Buchanan (piano), Jason Hunter (sax), Mike Grace (bass), Steve James (drums) $16. December 31 7pm NYE party feat. Elise LeGrow $35(adv).
317 King St. W. 416-340-6469
Every Tue 6pm Jeff Eager. Every Wed 6pm Thomas Reynolds. Every Thu 9pm Blackburn. Every Fri 10pm The Grind. Every Sat 10pm Shugga.
214 King St. W. 416-599-5262
kamaindia.com (full schedule)
Every Thu 5:30pm Jazz with the Kama House Band.
2848 Dundas St. W. 416-766-0746
Every Tue 9pm Duets with Peter Hill and featured guests. Every Sat 7:30pm Saturday Night Jazz (lineup TBA).
Local Gest, The
424 Parliament St. 416-961-9425
Local Pub, The
396 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-535-6225
localpub.ca (full schedule)
December 3 9pm Candy Apple Jazz Band.
1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307
lula.ca (full schedule)
Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club
951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440
manhattans.ca (full schedule)
All shows: PWYC.
December 1 University of Guelph Jazz Ensemble. December 2, 18 Stan Chang & Erick Bruck. December 3, 7, 21 Jamie ‘Giggles’ Mitges. December 5, 12, 19 Sandy MacDonald. December 6, 20 Brad Halls. December 8, 22 Joe Lucchetta Trio. December 10 Bartosz Hadala Trio. December 14 Rob White. December 23 Latin + Jazz. December 28 Paul Taylor.
876 Dundas St. W. 647-607-2032
maytoronto.com (full schedule)
681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687
mezzettarestaurant.com (full schedule)
All shows: 9pm, $8 (unless otherwise noted).
December 7 Rob Piltch (guitar) & Neil Swainson (bass). December 14 Louis Simao (voice, guitar, accordion) & Pedro Joel (voice, guitar). December 21 Rebecca Enkin (voice) & Ron Davis (piano).
12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833
themonarchtavern.com (full schedule)
December 12, January 9 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra $10. January 25 Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto
Morgans on the Danforth
1282 Danforth Ave. 416-461-3020
morgansonthedanforth.com (full schedule)
All shows: 2pm-5pm. No cover.
December 11 Jocelyn Barth & David Restivo. January 29 Lisa Particelli’s Girls’ Night Out East Jazz Jam.
N’awlins Jazz Bar & Dining
299 King St. W. 416-595-1958
All shows: No cover/PWYC.
Every Tue 6:30pm Stacie McGregor. Every Wed 7pm Jim Heineman Trio. Every Thu 8pm Nothin’ But the Blues w/ Joe Bowden (drums) and featured vocalists. Every Fri, Sat 8:30pm N’awlins All Star Band. Every Sun 7pm Brooke Blackburn.
Nice Bistro, The
117 Brock St. N., Whitby. 905-668-8839
nicebistro.com (full schedule)
December 14 San Murata Duo $39.99 (dinner included). January 11 Farrucas Latino Duo $39.99 (dinner included).
Old Mill, The
21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641
The Home Smith Bar: No reservations. No cover. $20 food/drink minimum. All shows: 7:30pm-10:30pm
December 1 Colleen Allen (sax, flute) Trio with Mark Hukezalie (piano), Peter Telford (bass). December 2 Canadian Jazz Quartet: Frank Wright (vibes), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Pat Collins (bass), Don Vickery (drums) feat. Drew Jurecka (violin). December 3 Micah Barnes (voice) Quartet with Michael Shand (piano), Russ Boswell (bass), Al Cross (drums). December 6 In Concert and Conversation with Gene DiNovi. December 8 Steve McDade (trumpet, flugelhorn) Trio with Robi Botos (piano), Scott Alexander (bass). December 9 Sean Bray’s (guitar) Peach Trio with Mark Dunn (bass), David MacDougall (drums). December 10 Colina Phillips (voice) Quartet with Stacie McGregor (piano), Mike Milligan (bass), Ted Warren (drums). December 15 Bob DeAngelis (clarinet, sax) Trio with Phil Disera (guitar), Ron Johnston (bass). December 16 Julie Michels (voice) Trio with David Restivo (piano), Ross MacIntyre (bass). December 17 Dave Young (bass) Quartet with Jim Lewis (trumpet), John Sherwood (piano), Terry Clarke (drums). December 22 Russ Little (trombone) Trio with Tom Szczesniak (piano), Scott Alexander (bass). December 23 Julie Mahendran (voice) Trio with Adrean Farrugia (piano), Ross MacIntyre (bass). December 31 New Year’s Eve Jazz Party hosted by June Garber, feat. Mark Kieswetter (piano) Trio with Ross MacIntyre (bass), Daniel Barnes (drums) $150(adv) (includes buffet dinner).
Only Café, The
972 Danforth Ave. 416-463-7843
theonlycafe.com (full schedule)
All shows: 8pm unless otherwise indicated.
555 Dundas St. E. 647-748-0555
paintboxbistro.ca (full schedule)
Pilot Tavern, The
22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716
All shows: 3:30pm. No cover.
December 3 Bernie Senensky Quartet. December 10 Sugar Daddies. December 17 Dave Young Quartet.
Poetry Jazz Café
224 Augusta Ave. 416-599-5299
poetryjazzcafe.com (full schedule)
1305 Dundas St. W.
remixlounge.ca (full schedule)
December 9 8pm David Murray (sax) with The All Star Ritual Trio: Sir Kahil El’Zabar (drums), Harrison Bankhead (bass).
Reposado Bar & Lounge
136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474
reposadobar.com (full schedule)
Every Wed Spy vs. Sly vs. Spy. Every Thu, Fri 10pm Reposadists Quartet: Tim Hamel (trumpet), Jon Meyer (bass), Jeff Halischuck (drums), Roberto Rosenman (guitar).
Reservoir Lounge, The
52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887
reservoirlounge.com (full schedule).
All shows: 9:45pm
Every Tue, Sat Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Every Wed The Digs. Every Thu Stacey Kaniuk. Every Fri Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis.
Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The
194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475
therex.ca (full schedule)
Call for cover charge info.
December 1 6:30pm Teri Parker Trio; 9:30pm Kiki Misumi Quintet. December 2 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Artie Roth Quartet; 9:45 Joe Bowden Sextet. December 3 12pm The Sinners Choir; 3:30pm Swing Shift Big Band; 7pm Sammy Jackson Quintet; 9:45pm Dave Young Quintet. December 4 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band; 3:30pm Club Django; 7pm James Brown Guitar Trio; 9:30pm Ilios Steryannis Quartet. December 5 6:30pm U of T Jazz Ensembles; 9:30pm Steve Farrugia’s Big City Big Band. December 6 9:30pm Brad Cheeseman Group. December 7 6:30pm Brian de Lima’s Bud Powell Tribute; 9:30pm Split Cycle (Montreal/Brooklyn/Japan). December 8 6:30pm Peter Hill Quintet; 9:30pm Split Cycle (Montreal/Brooklyn/Japan). December 9 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Artie Roth Quartet; 9:45 John Raymond & Real Feels. December 10 12pm The Sinners Choir; 3:30pm The A/C Unit; 7pm Sammy Jackson Quintet; 9:45pm Mark McLean. December 11 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band; 3:30pm Red Hot Ramble; 7pm James Brown Guitar Trio; 9:30pm Jacob’s Cattle. December 12 6:30pm U of T Jazz Ensembles; 9:30pm Tom Upjohn’s We Are All Big Band. December 13 6:30pm David Diao Group; 9:30pm Saorsa. December 14 6:30pm Brian de Lima’s Bud Powell Tribute; 9:30pm Virginia MacDonald. December 15 6:30pm Laura Hubert Group; 9:30pm Norbert Botos. December 16 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Artie Roth Quartet; 9:45 Brooklyn’s Huntertones. December 17 12pm The Sinners Choir; 3:30pm Jerome Godboo Winter Blues Solstice; 7pm Sammy Jackson Quintet; 9:45pm Brooklyn’s Huntertones. December 18 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band; 3:30pm Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters; 7pm James Brown Guitar Trio; 9:30pm Radiohead Jazz Project - T.J.O. Toronto Jazz Orchestra. December 19 6:30pm Triple Bari Ensemble; 9:30pm Edmonton’s Jenie Thai. December 20 6:30pm Chris Gale Quartet; 9:30pm Jake Wilkinson’s Bebop Christmas. December 21 6:30pm Brian de Lima’s Bud Powell Tribute; 9:30pm Thrust (Ottawa). December 22 6:30pm Justin Bacchus; 9:30pm Roberto Occhipinti. December 23 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Artie Roth Quartet; 9:45 Terry Promane & Dave Young Octet. December 26 8pm The Sinners Choir. December 27 6:30pm Chris Gale Quartet; 9:30pm Leyland Gordon. December 28 6:30pm Brian de Lima’s Bud Powell Tribute; 9:30pm Gordon Hyland’s Augenblick. December 29 6:30pm Bugaloo Squad. December 30 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Artie Roth Quartet; 9:45 Jabfung. December 31 1pm The Sinners Choir; 9:30pm The Rex NYE Bash w/ Grooveyard.
Salty Dog Bar & Grill, The
1980 Queen St. E. 416-849-5064
thesaltydog.ca (full schedule)
Every Tuesday Jazz with Greg Pilo.
Sauce on the Danforth
1376 Danforth Ave. 647-748-1376
All shows: No cover.
Every Mon 9pm The Out Of Towners: Dirty Organ Jazz. Every Tue 6pm Julian Fauth. December 3 Stephen Stanley. December 17 Ike Cedar & The Daydrinkers.
(Formerly Chick n’ Deli/The People’s Chicken)
744 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-489-7931
seven44.com (full schedule)
All shows: 7:30pm
December 5 Advocats Big Band. December 12 Mega City Swing Band. December 19 George Lake Big Band.
292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137
3-4 shows daily, various styles. Mostly PWYC.
Every Mon 10pm Open Mic Mondays. Every Fri 5pm The Friends of Hugh Oliver (folk). This month’s shows include: December 2 10pm Emily Denison. December 4 5pm Monk’s Music. December 6 10pm Peripheral Vision. December 11 10pm The Lina Allemano Four. December 13 10pm Michael Davidson. December 18 7:30pm Diane Roblin. December 20 10pm The Ken McDonald Quartet. December 27 10pm Nick Fraser Presents. December 30 10pm The Ryan Driver Sextet.