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Live On The Lake


The Toronto Hotel is a legendary country pub and what better way to celebrate it than to stage an iconic series of music concerts on the grounds of the hotel overlooking Lake Macquarie.

“Live On The Lake” as it is affectionately known has attracted some of the biggest national and international performers to its stage. The first Live On The Lake concert kicked off in January 2018 with a sold out performance by the one and only Daryl Braithwaite. Since then the concert series has been home to acts including Thirsty Merc, Russell Morris, Mental As Anything, Leo Sayer and most recently a sold out double header rock concert starring the Baby Animals and The Angels.



From Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock and as a solo artist with no less than 26 ARIA Top 40 hits to his credit as a singer, songwriter and producer, Ross Wilson is one of Australia’s most awarded, respected and well-known artists!

From the legendary band Daddy Cool whose number one anthem Eagle Rock smashed all previous sales records in Australia, to the 1977 formation of Mondo Rock, delivering 80’s hits ‘Cool World’, ‘State of The Heart’, ‘Chemistry’, ‘No Time’, and ‘Come Said The Boy’ and into the 21st century as a solo performer, Wilson has never been out of the limelight.

Twice inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, Wilson has written hits for Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham and Joe Cocker, and produced smash hit albums for Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Skyhooks and Screaming Jets. Come Back Again to see an absolute solid gold legend of rock and his full band ‘The Peaceniks’ perform all his hits!

Approx start time of support acts 4.30 PM.



Thirsty Merc – Live on the Lake – Saturday the 1st of February 2020.

Tickets available now from the bottleshop and online at

THIRSTY MERC are unquestionably one of Australia’s finest live acts and Toronto Hotel are bringing the boys back to perform Live On The Lake. Their last concert at Toronto Hotel SOLD OUT. Get your tickets NOW.

Having released 4 critically acclaimed albums, over 250,000 album sales under their belt, a finalist in the APRA Song of the Year for 20 Good Reasons (which also reached #1 on iTunes in Australia), 5 ARIA Award nominations, Thirsty Merc have found their way into the fabric of Australia’s musical landscape.

Thirsty Merc formed in Sydney in 2002 releasing their debut EP, First Work, in September 2003, before being signed to Warner Music. The band’s big break came in 2004 with the release of their debut, self titled, album which included the hits, Someday Someday and In The Summertime (the theme for Bondi Rescue since 2006).

Two more studio albums followed – Slideshows in 2007 (#4 ARIA Album) and Mousetrap Heart in 2010 (#14 on the ARIA Album chart) which included radio staples, 20 Good Reasons, Mousetrap Heart and Tommy and Krista.

Thirsty Merc marked the 10-year milestone since the release of their self- titled, double platinum debut LP with the announcement of their Acoustic Anniversary Album and national tour. Dubbed ‘AAA’ the album is a collection of acoustic interpretations of fan favourites. These recordings showcase the band’s exemplary level of musicianship and hearing these well- known songs with acoustic production highlights the world-class song writing ability of Rai Thistlethwayte.

In 2015, Thirsty Merc released Shifting Gears, their first wholly independent and first new material in five years, and spent the next 18 months crossing the country on 3 extensive tours, running up thousands of Frequent Flyer points and sold out shows. The first single The Good Life was nominated for Rock Work Of The Year at the 2017 APRA awards.

Thirsty Merc are:

Rai Thistlethwayte – vocals, piano, guitar
Phil Stack – bass
Matt Smith – guitar

Support acts start from 4.30pm.



Black Sorrows – Live On The Lake – Sunday 16th Feb 2020.

Just some of Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows hits include – ‘Harley & Rose’ – ‘Chained To The Wheel’ – ‘Hit & Run’ – ‘Shape I’m In’ – ‘Daughters Of Glory’ – ‘Ain’t Love The Strangest Thing’ – ‘Better Times Ahead’ – ‘The Crack Up’ and many, many more.

Approximate start time 4.30PM

“I’m on my 49th album. 21st with the Black Sorrows,” says Joe Camilleri, thegiant of Australian rhythm and blues with a sideways glance that dares you to believe it. “So, there’s a lot of past sins I have to repent!”

For those who came in late, those include the ’70s soul-ska revolution of Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, the peerless FM radio conquest of Hold Onto Me and Harley & Rose and, from the Drollies circa ’65 to Bakelite Radio and the Revelators, more soul-fed, sweat-soaked bar bands than he cares to count.

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Moving Pictures – Live on the Lake – Saturday the 7th of March 2020

The Toronto Hotel are proud to welcome
Moving Pictures to our Live On The Lake concert series.

Tickets available now online from:

Moving Pictures began in 1979. Within a year, they had made their reputation as one of the best live acts in Sydney. They were all superb musicians, and in Alex Smith, they had an exceptional vocalist and world class front man.

In 1981, they recorded their debut album, “Days Of Innocence”, including the smash hit “What About Me”, both of which went to the top on the charts.

The band enjoyed several very successful years before the pressure of relentless touring took its toll, and, in 1987, they split. Alex went to London to with Harry Vanda and George Young, and spent many years working with some all-time rock legends.

Garry formed the chart-topping band, “1927”, while Ian, Mark and Charlie are the A-list of Australia’s session musicians.
In 2011,

Moving Pictures reformed for a 30th anniversary tour, which culminated in a sensational sold out show at Sydney’s State Theatre, where the band’s powerhouse set shook the foundations.

Every year since, they have toured Australia to rave reviews. The band are the best they have ever been.

Early in 2018, Moving Pictures were part of the sold out National Red Hot Summer Tour, where they played a killer set of all their hits, plus some awesome covers of rock classics.

Support acts start from 4.30PM

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