Live Music @ Bar Hop Session
Every Thursday (@ 8pm) and Saturday (@ 9pm) join us at our 681 Danforth Ave. location for an evening of live music. Sip suds, enjoy tasty eats and listen to local and inspired, emerging musicians perform their hearts out.
Check out the upcoming line-up below!
THURSDAY JANUARY 31 @ 8PM
Originally from Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec, Fred Boutin is a musician and song writer currently living in East York, Toronto. His passion and energy for music, whether playing it or writing it, is only matched by the pleasure he takes on stage sharing it. An in-demand multi-instrumentalist, Fred finds the guitar to be the best vehicle to express his musical creativity.
Lately, Fred has been performing his most recent original songs, written in both French and English. His compositions have been described as a weaving of classic rock, bluesy and funky riffs, jazz fusion guitar solos, with thoughtful lyrics rich in meaning and insight.
With Jonathan MacLean (bass & guitar), the duo will also be playing some up beat covers, with the mandolin being the preeminent instrument.
saturday february 2 @ 9PM
With the release of last summer’s debut full length ‘The Circle’, Toronto’s Marlon Chaplin has carved out a respectable place in an ever evolving indie landscape.
Garnering widespread critical acclaim and an always expanding fanbase, Marlon continues to grow and strengthen both as a performer and songwriter, showcasing a prolific output and unwavering drive. Possessing a penchant for hook laden material and the belief that an act’s worth is ultimately proven on stage, 2019 promises to be explosive.
thursday february 7 @ 8pm
Lauryn Macfarlane is an emerging singer-songwriter born and raised in Peterborough Ontario. Growing up on a unique combination of country and blues music, from a young age Lauryn was exposed to artists like Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Rait and Tracy Chapman. Since growing up and developing her own musical taste, Lauryn’s favourite artists include Ben Howard, Kacey Musgraves and The Arkells.
saturday february 9 @ 9pm
At heart, Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and blues recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted support from fellow singer/songwriters like Ron Sexsmith and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, who signed Jerry to his label, Latent Recordings in 2013. He has been called “one of Canada’s best” by Exclaim, a “gifted storyteller” by The Toronto Star and “One of the best Canadian songwriters” by Rolling Stone.
His latest release, the Polaris longer listed ‘Nonsense and Heartache’ is a 2-record set showcasing the two major musical sides of him. The idea was spearheaded by Timmins with ‘Nonsense’ displaying Leger’s rock ‘n’ roll and bluesy grit while ‘Heartache’ is a more folk-roots-melodic expression.
"I can’t get over how confident Leger is as both a vocalist and a songwriter...a commanding and astounding listen." - Zackary Houle, Pop Matters
"One of the country's best roots singer-songwriters." - Bob Mersereau, CBC
linda carone (jazz duo)
thursday february 14 @ 7pm
Linda Carone is a vintage jazz and blues vocalist; a niche song stylist and an interpreter of popular music from the 1920’s and beyond. With a voice that has been described as ‘beautiful, rich, sultry and provocative, Ms. Carone’s raw and natural approach to music has shaped her vocal style in a way that is playful, intimate, and unpretentious.
With an expressive voice known to caress lyrical phrasing often lost in todays’ interpretations, Linda transcends the heart of the song – sans imitation. Linda’s eclectic repertoire includes rare vintage songs of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, classic jazz and swing standards, cocktail lounge and torch ballads, to boogie woogie & roots blues.
An early passion for jazz and blues developed upon first hearing the raw and emotive melancholy of Billie Holiday. This inspiration laid the foundation for growth as a vocalist and as an artist. Linda’s musical journey was further influenced by jazz and blues vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Mildred Bailey, Helen Humes, Valaida Snow and Lil Hardin Armstrong.
saturday february 16 @ 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 february 21 @ 8pm
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.
SATURDAY february 23 @ 9PM
Latam has many influences that have helped him find his sound, among them; the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. He was exposed to much of this music as an infant, when his parents played their records…without turning the volume down. From these sources, Justin offers up barefoot-stomping music with honest heart and soul, blending folk, rock, blues, jazz and pop into a down-to-earth, up-beat sound. The lyrics of his songs range from exploration of everyday life, love and family, interpreting local folk history and Canadiana, and thoughtful introspection.
Justin tours regularly across Ontario, playing festivals, house concerts, breweries, wineries, bars, restaurants and beyond. He’s also made several trips down to Nashville, playing writer’s rounds, Canadian showcases, and furthering his craft through workshops.
“Justin Latam sings barefoot but he sounds very comfortable in his shoes. Original and captivating lyrics…and he sings them like a dream. Love his voice!”
– Vesna M. Bailey, Author, OMNI Publishing
THURSDAY february 28 @ 8PM
Pop Singer / Songwriter Kristy Hagerman has been extensively touring this year to promote the forth-coming release of her album "Right" - coming this Fall on Oak Recording Studio's Our Audio Kin Records.
You can watch videos for Kristy's first two singles "Kiss Me Like you Mean It" and "Prisoner" as well as pre-order her album at: