Welcome to my weekly roundup of inexpensive indie(ish) musical happenings in downtown Toronto. I try to list as many shows here as I know about, though with a preference for listing those happening at venues I especially like, or featuring performers I know something about. This list is thus not comprehensive. In addition, I rarely list shows that cost $10 or more, and never ones that require advance ticket purchases. If I'm missing something or you have any comments, please do let me know.
MONDAY *NYE (31 dec.)
There's all kinds of parties, of course. Here are some of the cheaper, indie-er options:
"Your Boy Brian plays hits. St Mandrew plays crunch" @ Wrongbar (1279 Queen St. W), $1 with this flyer:
The Phonemes, By Divine Right, Drumheller, Vigilante Justice, Laura Barrett, Gentleman Reg, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Forest City Lovers, Alex Lukashevsky, No Face No Problem, DJ Glissandro 70 (Sanro Perri and Craig Dunsmuir), DJ Steve Kado @ Tranzac, 8pm, $12. The best bang for your buck, for sure. Solid indie acts; good variety, and stuff happening in three different rooms. Yes! But go early because tix may sell out fast.
Barons and Lengthy, Mariposa, Wax Mannequin, Great Lenin's Ghost, and The People of Canada hosting @ The Boat, $5. I think the crowd will be a bit young for me, but I do quite like the bands.
Shit la Merde NYE 2008 feat. Flagrant, Supercycle, DJs La Merde, Pammmm, and Dougie Boom @ Sneaky Dees, 9:30 pm, $20 adv at RT, SS, Sneaks. I hate advance tix, and I don't wanna pay $20. Sorry.
Don't be Shy & White Hot Nights @ Tiger Bar, indie/pop/punk/new wave/electro best of 2007. Doors 9 pm, $tba, but between $5 and $10. Hmm.
Doing it to Death NYE party, feat. live performances by DD/MM/YYYY and Nifty, and DJs Wes Allen and Daniel Vila playing "obscure funk jamz, dancehall, fuzzy guitars, and Ethio/Tuareg/Afro things" @ Back Alley (188 Augusta), 9:30pm, $5 before 11; $8 after. Not for me, but perhaps for you.
TUESDAY (1 jan)
I've got nothing.
WEDNESDAY (2 jan)
Local Alternative feat. Wank Punter @ 11:10, Sound & Fury @ 10:20, and Playmaker @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.
The Songs of Bruce Cockburn @ 10pm and mmiicchhaaeell plays Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" @ 11pm. Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), pwyc.
THURSDAY (jan 3)
Local Alternative feat. Free Press @ 12am, In My Coma @ 11pm, Shadows In Red @ 10:20pm, and The Framework @ 9:30pm. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.
Nude as the News @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
The Rural Alberta Advantage w/ LLIONS, The Golden Hands Before God, and Stanley @ The Drake Hotel, 8pm, $5. Oh yes. I will be there.
Tropics, Huckleberry Friends, and The Pink Noise @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Teeth of Lions, Miss Scarlett, and Atlas Eyes @ Clinton's Tavern, 8 pm, $5.
The Unionist Ministers w/ The Stavely Project, Buckets Of, and Strawberry Jam @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm.
Valhalla Records presents Blacks Ships, Barn Burner, Titan, and The Endless Blockade @ Teranga, 8pm, $8.
FRIDAY (jan 4)
Rough Skeletons w/ The Ostrich Tuning and The Puff Forbes @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
The Disraelis, Radius & Helena, and more @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5.
Metal Kites w/ Great Bloomers @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5. (Thx to Musicologist for the heads up.)
Alt Rock N Roll/Fred Robinson's BDay Party! feat. 63 Monroe @ 12:30am, Saigon Hookers @ 11:30pm, Alpha Project @ 10:30pm, and The Stormalongs @ 9:30pm. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.
Rollin' N' Scratchin' w/ DJ Chili Palmer feat. The Shenanigans @ The Boat, $5.
SATURDAY (jan 5)
Grand River Orchestra and Andy Swan @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Capital Grass and the No Men w/ guests @ C'est What, 10 pm, $5.
Del Asher and Kathleen Turner Overdrive @ The Bovine, $5, 9pm.
Local Rock feat. Basia Lyjak @ 12am, Frankie Whyte & The Dead Idols @ 11pm, and Sin Dealer @ 10pm. Lee's Palace, $7.
Local Alternative feat. Brain Toy @ 12:15am, Brown Brigade (Ex Sum 41) @ 11:15pm, A Fourth World @ 10:15pm, and Cancel Winter @ 9:15pm. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8.
Goin' Steady @ The Boat, 10pm, $5. This may be where I'll be.
SUNDAY (jan 6)
Wavelength 394 feat. Quest for Fire @ 12am, Tropics @ 11pm, HolyBlueGhost @ 10pm, and + DJ Delroy Lindo. Sneaky Dee's, pwyc.
Gather Round presents The Weather Station and Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. This might be a must-attend for me.