This Week in Toronto

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Recurring gigs

8pm- Matthew Coldwell & Donovan Locke @Pamenar Cafe

Join Matthew Coldwell and Donovan Locke every Tuesday for an intimate jazz experience at Pamenar Cafe. Each week they invite a different instrumentalist to explore a new music dynamic – they have previously featured Adrian Gross (mandola), Michael Eckert (pedal steel guitar), Dawson Chamberlain (acoustic guitar) and Fraser Melvin (electric guitar), check our listings to know who’s on the coming week!


8.30pm- Top Hat Thursdays @La Palette

A late night acoustic experience with Nat Beja, Mo M Mitchell and Taylor Maslin playing their favourite jazz and swing standards at La Palette. Bring your best top hat to blend in with the rest of the staff!

10pm- The Down and Out @Cloak and Dagger

The Down and Out are a horn heavy eclectic roots rock’n’roll band playing the wide tapestry of roots music from soul, blues, jazz, country and western swing to ska and rocksteady.
The core band is composed by Ollie del Mastro (vox, guitar), Daniela Torres (alto sax), Shaylynn Anderson (tenor sax, vox) and Devon Goping (bass, vox). Frequent guests include Geraden Smith (guitar), Madeline Currie (trumpet), Celine Tchang (trombone), Daniel Bado (guitar), Lucas Redwood (cajon, percussion).

6pm- Toronto Jazz Collective @Motorino Citta

Weekly on Thursdays and Fridays at 6PM, Toronto Jazz Collective‘s Weekly Music Series at Motorino Citta with TJC’s talented roster of solo performers – each week a different musician from the collective.


7pm- Tak Arikushi & Alex Fournier @La Rev

Fiery hot swing rhythms in the style of Django Reinhardt back some of the most exciting talents of Toronto’s jazz scene at La Rev on Friday nights. Tak Arikushi (gt), Alex Fournier (bs), perform with a third rotating guest seat making each week a special, one-of-a-kind evening. A long standing residency starting in 2014 with the band, Les Petits Nouveaux, it restarts with a new lease on life after a hiatus forced by the pandemic.

7pm - Camp Combo @Grossman's Tavern

Every first Friday of the month. With Fred Spek, Nichol Robertson, Alan Zemaitis and Tim Shia. Oddball cover songs, original tunes and exuberant playing form a wacky hybrid of pop/swing/jazz and polka.  TV themes, surf, and maudlin ballads… Vintage musics for the future!

9.30pm- 20's - 30's Swing Jazz with Combo Royale @Grossman's Tavern

Every first Friday of the month. “This is Drinking Jazz, not Thinking Jazz”. Join Ralph Pastore, Charlotte McAfee-Brunner, Chris Adriaanse, Brian Sasaki and Steve Wellman! 


3.30pm- The Happy Pals @Grossman's Tavern

The Happy Pals New Orleans Party Orchestra, based in Toronto Canada, swing authentic old-time New Orleans Dance Music. They’ve been featured every Saturday at Toronto’s legendary Grossman’s Tavern for over forty years, and have attracted literally generations of fans. The Happy Pals play down-to-it rockin’ tunes you can dance, sing or just hang out to – blues, hymns, pop songs, marches, calypso, even a jazz song now and again! Tunes by Kid Thomas, George Lewis, Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong, Elvis, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash, Glenn Miller, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, you name it! It’s live, stompin’ jazz music for all occasions, and it’s Big Fun. Don’t miss it. 
Patrick Tevlin – Trumpet, Janet Shaw – Reeds, Charlotte McAfee-Brunner – Trombone, Ben Lee – Banjo, Mike Evin – Piano, Lucas Gadke – Bass, Chuck Clarke – Drums

8pm - Jazz+Two @Café On The Hill

[JAZZ+TWO] is a Toronto based duo with Noah Shopsowitz on Roland keyboard and vocals, and Joe Spina on 5 string Fender bass. They are known for their jazzy pop arrangements of classic jazz and pop tunes forged into a unique musical experience.


7pm - Nat Beja Trio @Bar Pompette

The Nat Beja trio is a pint sized version of Viper’s Cloud jazz and swing ensemble. Lead by vocalist/Jazz manouche guitarist Nat Beja and accompanied by clarinetist Jacob Gorzhaltsan and upright bassist Chris Adriaanse, the group’s repertoire focuses on curating lost and forgotten songs from the golden era of jazz, along with other Latin songs influenced by Nat’s upbringing in Mexico, and interpreted in the style and spirit of Django Reinhardt.

9pm - The Ole Fashion @The Alpine

Every Sunday at 9pm. With a combined way-too-many-to-admit-to years of experience playing everything you can imagine in acts all around the world, the 5 members of The Ole Fashion have always been happiest playing what we know everyone enjoys: classic tunes no one ever gets sick of. That means tried and true tunes from, yes, The Beatles, The Stones, The Band and Neil Young, along with deep cuts from the likes of Tom Petty, Linda Rhonstadt, Glen Campbell, Elton John … the list goes on. 


Where to Jam?

8pm – Open Stage @Tranzac
9.30pm –
Open Mic @Cathedral Bar


7pm – Open Mic @Free Times Cafe
7pm – Open Mic @Bampot House of Tea 
8pm – Open Mic @Handlebar
8.30pm – Jazz Jam @The Rex
9pm – Big Fam Jam @Supermarket


6pm – Club 350 Jam @Jazz Bistro
7pm –Open Mic @Lola
7.30pm – Open Mic @Thai Mango
8pm –
Open Mic @Clinton’s
8pm –
Open Mic @The Old Sod
8pm –
Open Stage @Mandy’s Bistro
9pm –
Open Mic @The Annex Social


8pm – Open Mic @TacoTaco
8.15pm – JazzinToronto Jam @Paupers Pub


8pm – Open Mic @The Fox and The Fiddle
9.30pm – Blues Jam @Black Swan Tavern
11.30pm – Late Night Jazz Jam @Jazz Bistro


1pm – Dr B.’s Open Stage @Free Times Cafe
3pm – Open Stage @Tranzac
11.30pm – Late Night Jazz Jam @Jazz Bistro


4pm – Jazz Jam @Black Swan Tavern
4pm – Singer-Songwriter Matinee  @Handlebar
Open call to all singer-songwriters. Bring down your old chunks of coal and let’s polish ’em into diamonds. Backline provided.
6.30pm – Annette Jam @Annette Studios
7pm – Open Mic @Film Cafe
7pm Conversation Jam @Tranzac [Every other Sunday]