Live Music @ Bar Hop Session
Live music every Sunday afternoon and Thursday and Saturday nights!
Sip suds, enjoy tasty eats and listen to local and inspired, emerging musicians perform their hearts out.
Check out the upcoming line-up below!
sean stanley & miss dior - sunday jazz brunch
every sunday in april @ 12PM-3pm
Pianist Sean Stanley, and vocalist Miss Dior possess a special chemistry; it's not simply their warm, dynamic interplay, but their unique blending of influences that come together so effectively. This polished duo bring early jazz and blues to life, mixing landmark standards with Sean Stanley's original compositions.
Miss Dior treads her own path as a vocalist (also a talented world music percussionist), and her sound is the sum of her many diverse influences, spanning a broad spectrum of musical classifications: Bjork, Billie Holiday, Sade, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan are a few vocalists that inform her charismatic sound and presentation. Born in West Africa and raised in Toronto after arriving as a refugee with her family, Dior’s style is as eclectic and well travelled as her life.
Sean Stanley is a jazz man, living the life and filling each possible moment with a focus to deepen his knowledge of great jazz music and its leading, creative figures. Stanley's piano playing reflects his autodidactic jazz piano historian background. He summons the spirit of: Errol Garner, Eubie Blake, Teddy Wilson, and Earl Hines, among others in his piano technique.
thursday april 4 @ 8PM
Joshua Gladstone (singer in The Honky Tonk Zeros) play both Country and Western music with a psychedelic folk influence for extra flavour.
saturday april 6 @ 9pm
Canadian singer/songwriter Colin Amey began turning heads with his performances when he was only three years old, singing at a local fair. Within two years his family settled in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, and before he had turned ten, the CBC program Journal made him the subject of one of its reports.
The singer triumphed in talent competitions on a regular basis before he relocated with his family to Edmonton. There he performed during the Klondike Days festival beside such artists as K.D. Lang, Ronnie Hawkins, and the Gatlin Brothers. He has performed with such leading country artists as Shenandoah, Bryan White, Joe Diffie, Wade Hayes, Pirates of the Mississippi, Perfect Strangers, and the Wilkinsons, among others.
thursday april 11 @ 8pm
Canadian singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist, Dan Walsh is already well known for his collaborations with a number of talented musicians. He’s added his bluesy-bluegrass signature style to more than 40 albums and toured across North America, Europe and Australia.
For many years Walsh was a key member of Fred Eaglesmith’s band, The Flying Squirrels, where he played more than a couple of hundred gigs a year and shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, Willie P. Bennett and the Del McCoury Band.
Since going solo, Walsh has performed over 420 shows across Canada including opening for Ike Stubblefield and Col. Bruce Hampton.
saturday april 13 @ 9pm
Born and raised in small town Ontario, Matt Gunn combines a mix of soul, motown, and reggae to prove to the world there is more to the country than just honky tonks and cowboy boots.
Influenced by Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, and The Slackers, Matt creates a blend of sounds to soothe even the pickiest of ear drums.
Matt just released his 2nd solo album “Staring At Nothing” which aims for a modern touch to a sound you forgot you loved. All instruments on the albums are written and performed by Matt.
thursday april 18 @ 8pm
Justin Portugaise is a Toronto-based singer and multi-instrumentalist. His performances combine warm folk vocals, guitar, and live looping with a setlist of originals and covers pulled from a wide variety of genres; from bar favourites to deep cuts, there's sure to be something for anyone and everyone!
saturday april 20 @ 9pm
Jon showed an interest in music at a very young age, his talent started to grow during drum lessons at the age of 12. By 16 he was playing in clubs in the Toronto area. Eventually he picked up the guitar, started singing and became the front man for a number of bands in the Toronto area demonstrating a unique ability to relate to his audiences.
Most notably Jon had his original song Hero played as the grand finale at the 150th anniversary concert of the royal regiment band of Canada. Currently performing many shows in the GTA, Jon’s shows are like campfire music without the fire, so sit back and enjoy a very diverse song list of your favourite tunes.
thursday april 25 @ 8pm
Elana Harte enjoys a successful career as a writer, performer and producer. A gifted vocalist and guitarist, the Montreal-born songstress has released a number of CDs and has been featured on numerous compilations/soundtracks.
She was the sole producer of M-FACTOR MONDAYS & M-FACTOR REDUX, a long-running weekly Toronto Indie showcase, featuring local, national and international talent. She was also the founder and co-producer of BARE BONES AND UP FRONT, a showcasing series hosted by the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Recognized for her songwriting abilities both locally and internationally, (International Songwriting Competition, Songwriter Universe Magazine, Unisong International Songwriting Contest, SongDoor, Great American Song, Kicx99.5 FM New Country Starquest winner), Elana is an avid songwriter who relishes collaborating with new and established artists. She released her CD with STILETTO FLATS in 2014 and is in the midst of her next recording projects, BEAUTIFUL SALT, PAN STATION CALLING and producing DARCY FEAVER.
richard henderson [duo]
saturday april 27 @ 9pm
Richard was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Durham Region Music Society and First Runner Up in The Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search. He has earned showcases at the International Blues Summit, the Folk Music Ontario Conference, Ontario Contact and for Mariposa and Winterfolk Festivals. Maverick, the UK’s leading independent roots music magazine, describes “Seventh Day”, Richard’s CD, as “Excellent! On the cutting edge of country and blues”.
Richard’s performances, which feature the acoustic lap steel guitar together with any combination of electric guitar, bass and percussion, give a unique perspective on the continuing evolution of acoustic roots music. The distinctive slide of the lap steel weaving through an eclectic mix of blues, roots, and vintage rock and roll is an unusual musical twist that audiences really enjoy. The result, while evocative of blues and folk traditions, is transformational: leading to a vibrant reconstruction of roots music.