Live Music Events Calendar
GARY KENDALL BAND
Everyone knows Gary Kendall as oft-elected Maple Blues’ Bassist of the Year, blues man about town and keeper of the bottom end for Downchild. But Gary’s alter ego is found in his much beloved Gary Kendall Band – a band in which each carefully selected player is equal and accountable. Formed in 2005, Gary reached out to some of Toronto’s best musicians to create a turn-on-a-dime squad of blues marauders to build a loyal following for their own brand of music –and for doing exactly what they like to on any given night – play the blues.
The chemistry found between Gary Kendall (bass/lead vocals/songwriter), Tyler Burgess (drums/vocals/harmonica), Darran Poole (guitar/vocals) and Lorraine Ingel (piano/vocals) is beyond formidable. This spirited foursome plays together relentlessly and have so much fun at it, one’s never entirely sure what to expect – and that live spontaneity is exactly what the blues has been needing for a long time.
Black Belt Jones have been performing for over ten years.
Black Belt Jones has a diverse repertoire of favourites and unexpected musical gems.
Attracting rave reviews as “Outta Control”- the highly successful Dance Music Trio – She topped the charts with music videos and singles in Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States.
Kimberley Wetmore’s powerfull and dynamic voice has captivated audiences worldwide!
Led by accomplished frontman Fraser Melvin (Guitar & Vocals), this remarkable 4-piece band performs a mixture of Blues, Roots, and R&B. Formed in 2008, the Fraser Melvin Band rounded out their lineup when Alex Furlott (Bass) and Fraser met Jonathan Hyde (Drums) and Andrew Moljgun (Saxes & Tambourine) in college. This tight group quickly earned its popularity with crowds across Ontario and Quebec with their energetic live performances and musicianship displayed through a diversified repertoire of tunes. From their countryfied covers of Jimi Hendrix, to their funk interpretations of Bob Dylan, to their own soulful originals, the FMB draws on a wide variety of influences throughout their set. The quartet has performed at numerous festivals including the Kitchener Blues Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, and the Norfolk ’N’ Blues Festival. In 2012 they competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. With a lead singer that sounds 30 years his senior, a honkin’ sax man, and a rhythm section that grooves, the exciting and entertaining Fraser Melvin Band will get you out of your seat, shaking a hip, and singing along.
They’re Back..!! Encore….Encore…!!
Pappy Johns Band have captivated audiences and rocking stages everywhere with their Soulful Rockin’ Blues style that has been described as “Fabulously Bad-ass Blues”
Joshua Arden Miller began his career at an early age, when he toured with Murray Porter across Canada while still a teenager. Now a seasoned veteran of the blues scene, fronting his own bands, The Soul Kings, and Three Wheel Drive, Josh has performed everywhere in North America from the gritty honky tonks of the American South to Major Music festivals. The “Soul King” brings youthful energy and savvy to the band.
NinetyOne-1 is a local cover band that formed in early 2007 with each member bringing many years of playing and performing experience from various projects. Comprised of professional emergency service personel, they can save your life and rock your world! Playing all of your favorite songs, Jamie (Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Dave (Lead Guitar and Vocals/Harmonies), Don (Lead Bass and Backing Vocals) and Ryan (Lead Drums and Backing Vocals) are bringing the party with professional gear, sound and attitude.
Be sure to wear clean underwear ‘cuz they’ll rock your pants off!!!
High-energy soul music from one of Toronto’s long-standing icons of R&B:
Johnny Wright – Vocals
“Singer Johnny Wright burns bright with an honest intensity”
– Wilder Penfield III, Toronto Sun
“Johnny Wright proves there is a sweeter side to soul”
– Mark Miller, Globe & Mail
The Crew All-Star Band
Check out the amazing bios for this line up of top-notch musicians:
Danny Weis – Guitar
Raised in San Diego, California, where he was taught guitar by his father Johnny Weis, a well-known country jazz guitarist who performed with many Grand Ole Opry stars including Johnny Cash and Tex Ritter. At their home, legendary jazz guitar great Barney Kessel was frequently found jamming and trading guitar licks in the living room with Danny and his dad. These early influences formed the foundation of Danny’s strong sense of melody, bluesy lines, and the unique funky rhythmic style that define his trademark guitar sound.
At 18 Danny co-founded Iron Butterfly and performed at famous Sunset Strip clubs like The Whiskey Au Go Go and The Troubadour. He caught the eye of Elektra Records producer Paul Rothchild who presented Danny with an offer to join super group, Rhinoceros. He accepted and went on to record three albums with the group and co-wrote their instrumental hit Apricot Brandy. Danny has shared the stage with musical legends Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, David Crosby, Ray Charles, The Bee Gees, The Who, Alice Cooper, Blood Sweat and Tears and Jimi Hendrix. He as toured and recorded with The Everly Brothers, Burton Cummings, The Rascals, Lou Reed, Melissa Manchester and others.
In 1979 he was musical director and performed in the movie The Rose, starring Bette Midler, for which he received gold and platinum American Music Awards. In 2005, Marshmellow Records recorded and released Danny’s first solo project Sweet Spot which features an exciting mix of smooth jazz, funk and R & B originals.
Now living in the Georgian Bay area, Danny is kept busy in his studio writing, arranging and recording his own projects as well as recording and performing with other Canadian, US and International artists.
For additional info, please see his website at dannyweis.com
Gabor Szepesi – Keyboard
Gabor went on the road, after graduation to pursue a career in music. Touring for years with bands like Bloodstone, Mango, Justin Paige, Grant Smith, Lenny Solomon, Charity Brown, Janet Harper, The Ryan Brothers, Laurie Schedler, Atlantis, Better Late, Ultrasound and Sweet Blindness.
In the 70’s and 80’s Gabor did many recording sessions at Toronto’s premiere recording studios as well as “live to air” television music series productions on CHCH and CTV.
In the mid 80’s he decided to follow another passion and created a very successful audio production company, PA+ Productions Inc.
PA+ had house rigs in the most prestigious live music venues in the city. These included The Jarvis House, Lee’s Palace, The Diamond Club, Rock’Roll Heaven, RPM, The Government, and on and on.
In the early 90’s PA+ was awarded the status of “preferred supplier” to some or Toronto’s most prestigious live performance venues. These included: Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, The Sony Centre and The Harbourfront Centre.
Our services division also established itself as a player in world class theatre production. In 1992 we launched the world premiere of the Live Entertainment production of “Kiss of the Spider Woman”, a theatre production that toured the world after the Toronto launch.
PA+ also had a very successful integration division that was very respected by the leading consultants. It did projects that encompassed an enormous scope. Some of our installations include: Fallsview Casino, Lakehead University, University of Windsor, Massey Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, Bruce Power, Legislative Assembly of Beijing, Copps Coliseum, Halifax Legislature, Molson Barrie Arena, Celebration Square, and on and on.
Gabor sold PA+ in 2014 and still runs a local tour support company, Backline Plus Inc. BL+ is a world class supplier of professional musical instrument rentals and still services all of the preferred supplier contracts that were serviced by PA+.
Gabor moved to Wasaga Beach in 2016 and is playing every week at local bars. He is actively playing with Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project, Lisa Hutchinson, Dean McTaggart, The Collective, and Mike Roberts, as well as traveling to Toronto to do periodic session work.
Today Gabor concentrates on managing Backline Plus and is the VP of Integration at Metalworks Production Group. But he still makes time to follow his passion for playing music.
Neil Numminen – Bass
Neil has been fully engaged in all aspects of the Entertainment Industry.
As a musician, Neil has been seen across North America in many venues from the smallest to some of the largest, performing an eclectic mix of music styles, sharing the stage with a veritable who’s who of Canadian and North American musical talent.
Neil has been active as a session player, with the Electric bass as his main instrument, with a truly eclectic mastering of varied styles. Neil has appeared on many CD releases over the years.
Neil has worked with The Good Brothers, John Allen Cameron, Sylvia Tyson, Lance Anderson, Cameo Blues Band, Jack De Keyser, Jerome Godboo, Chuck Jackson,
Danny B, Rita Chiarelli, Dylan Wickens, Tony Springer ( Wild T and the Spirit), George Olliver, and many others.
Dalton Music has been Neil’s main base of operations all these years , a sound reinforcement, installation and contracting business.
Through this business, Neil has worked with many of the legends of Canadian music, including Natalie McMaster, Arrogant Worms, Willie P. Bennet, Valdi, Leahy, The Barra MacNeils, Sylvia Tyson, PFM, Bill Frisell, Ian Thomas, Prairie Oyster, Michael Burgess, Garnet Rogers, Buddy Wasisname, Jimmy Flynn, Doug and the Slugs, Men of the Deeps as well as Pierre Berton, Jeff Healey and his Jazz wizards among countless others.
Neil’s primary musical passion has always been recording.
Dave Breckels – Drums