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!

5pm- Sean Stanley @Jazz Bistro

Sean Stanley will be at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro for their solo piano series Tuesdays in November from 5-7pm! Stride, Jazz, Swing, Ragtime the blues, 50% off appetizers… no cover (tip funded performance) what more could you ask for?  

Sokhna-Dior Cisse

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!


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.

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

Every first Friday of the month. “This is Drinking Jazz, not Thinking Jazz”. Join Ralph Pastore, Charlotte McAffee-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.


4.30pm - Jam hosted by Sean T.M

Weekly jazz jams every Sunday at The Black Swan Tavern from 4:30pm-8pm. No cover charge, starts with short set and then goes into an open stage for jazz musicians to come up and call tunes, all musicians and listeners are welcome!

6pm - 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.

7pm- Swing Shift Big Band @Smokeshow BBQ and Brew

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.
Swing Shift Big Band
 presents a smaller but powerful version of the 19 piece orchestra, we have 11 of the finest musicians and singers in town performing your favourite jazz, big band, rock, latin and more. Join us once a month in this great venue (the old Chicken Deli) and bring your friends for an enjoyable afternoon of fun music with vocals by the amazing Larisa Renee and Dave Statham.

7pm- Grapevine @The Oud & The Fuzz

Every 3rd Sunday of the month.
is a trombone and guitar duo (sometimes with special guests) that’s been playing all over town since last summer. We are so happy to have a home at The Oud & The Fuzz on the third Sunday of every month! Charlotte McAfee-Brunner and Jared Higgins play some of their favourite standards with plenty of conversational improvisational touches. Can’t wait to see you there!

photocred: @ngcamillee
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]