“Before The Wrecking Ball Swings”
THE LAST SHUFFLE
The Hogtown Allstars
Chuck Jackson, Gary Kendall, Pat Carey
Mike Fitzpatrick, Michael Fonfara, Darran Poole
with performances by:
Donnie”Mr.Downchild”Walsh, Danny Marks, Cheryl Lescom
Jerome Godboo, Robin Banks, Spencer MacKenzie
Raoul Bhaneja, Braithwaite & Whiteley
THE SILVER DOLLAR ROOM
FRIDAY, JUNE 16TH $20adv. $25 door
Doors: 7:30pm Show 8:30pm
486 Spadina Ave. Toronto ON
It’s a well know fact that The Silver Dollar Room closed it’s doors on May 1st to make way for urban development. Once the Waverley Hotel, Silver Dollar Room and Comfort Zone are demolished a student housing complex and a new live music venue will be constructed on that well traveled corner of Spadina and College. In recent years Indie rock had slowly transformed the one time blues club into a successful new music venue. That genre celebrated the club’s departure with an over the top final week of shows to say goodbye.
When the dust settled the owners decided to dig back a little deeper into the history of the place that’s housed live music since New Years Eve 1957 and celebrate it’s life as “Toronto’s Premier Blues Night Club”. A banner it held proudly from 1994-2010.
Gary Kendall, long time bassist with The Downchild Blues Band and musical director of The Maple Blues Awards had been the driving force behind the clubs blues years. He was asked to put together a show with some of the artists who had supported the club during that era. A day or two of email and phone put THE LAST SHUFFLE in motion giving Toronto’s blues community a chance for one last boogie before the wrecking ball swings.
During the blues years The Silver Dollar Room presented an amazing lineup of legends and icons. Bobby”Blue”Bland, Snooky Pryor, Levon Helm, R.L.Burnside, Kim Wilson, Junior Kimbrough, Magic Slim, A.C.Reed, Coco Montoya, The Average White Band and Duke Robillard to name only a few. Canada`s Blues elite also played a large role in the club`s history. The Downchild Blues Band, Fathead, Powder Blues, Jack de Keyzer, Rita Chiarelli, Carlos del Junco, Paul Reddick and many of those performing at The Last Shuffle developed their careers at The Silver Dollar Room.