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.
There's a lot of good stuff this week, as I've come to expect. And there's always lots of stuff that I'm not listing. Like shows that cost more than $10, for example. If I were to go out every day this week, I'd do the Tranzac on Monday; The Beach Boys thing Tuesday; the Drake on Wednesday; the Supermarket or the Boat on Thursday---maybe both, depending on the timing of the bands; Rancho Relaxo on Friday (you should def. go); probably one of the El Mocambo shows or the Silver Dollar on Saturday; and Wavelength on Sunday.
Note that my listings shouldn't be relied upon as the gospel truth. I and obsessive and try to get things right, and I'll update if I find out about changes, but if you're keen on something, I'd double check just to make sure.
MONDAY (4 feb)
Spectrum (Sonic Boom from Spaceman 3) (in-store performance) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free.
Angela Bower w/ Christine Bougie and Dafydd Hughes @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.
Shoeless Monday feat. Loud Love @ 11:30, The Heavy @ 10:30, and Littlefoot Longfoot @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.
Elvis Monday presents Still Life Still, Boxes & Bags, The People of Canada, The Human Statues, and The Labour Of @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.
John Allaire and Emily Weedon @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.
LAUGHstock presents The Flying Museum Band, Soul Rebel Sound, and Jesse Cairns @ The Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
Out of this Spark presents Matias and Chris Yang @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9 pm, $5.
TUESDAY (5 feb)
The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Secret Japanese Girlfriend @ 12:00, Wild Sweet Orange @ 11:10, The Whigs @ 10:20, and Hello Operator (CD release) @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free. Huh. I predict this will be good!
Lina Allemano Four @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Newberry vs Newberry, Canary Mine, and Violet Lyal @ Mitzi's Sister.
Peter James Fox, Alex Woodrow, Darrelle London, Trick of Disaster, and Brooke Fraser @ The Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
The Beach Boys/Weezer Tribute Night feat. The Bicycles, Laura Barrett, PDF Format, Shawn Jurek, and others @ The Silver Dollar, 8 pm, $5. Well, clearly this is a show I must go to. Clearly. See you there! More deets here.
LAUGHstock presents Dinosaur Bones, The Metacomets, and Alphabot! @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Great Aunt Ida, Jack Breakfast, and Balderdash feat. Dan Goldman @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Pink and Black presents Lifestory:Monologue and Sons&Lovers @ The Bovine, 9pm, $tba.
Good Sounds Good feat. Sarah Shafey, Styrofoam Ones, and Mike Celia @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $6.
WEDNESDAY (6 feb)
BC3000 and Sonic 500 with Greg Hambleton @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Marcel Aucoin w/ Mantler and Michael J @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Local Alternative feat. tba @ 12:00, Terns @ 11:10, In House Mavericks @ 10:20, and Craig Smith & The Saints @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.
Pitter Patter Nights presents Jenn Foster, Winhara, and Black Hat Brigade @ The Boat, $5.
Andre Ethier and Ghosthands @ Supermarket, 9 pm, $5.
Little Women (New York City, member of Zs), Nifty, Cow Tongue, and DJ Daniel Vila @ Teranga, 10 pm, $5.
The Michael Parks and Tres Bien Ensemble @ The Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm, pwyc.
Baby Dee w/ Sandro Perri @ The Drake Underground, 8pm, $12 ($8 in advance from Rotate This and Soundscapes). Read an interview with Dee here.
The Cheap Speakers w/ Great Lenin's Ghost! @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm. Both bands are worth seeing.
THURSDAY (7 feb)
Infighter, The Hots, and Public @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5. I've been waiting a long time to see Infighter again.
Local Rock feat. Bury The Bully @ 11:15, Hello Beautiful @ 10:15, and Apollosdown @ 9:15. Lee's Palace, $4.
The Maylee & Slippers Sweatshop Hop II w/ Woodhands @ The Boat, 10 pm, $5. Come for the sweaty workout, stay for the sweaty dancing! Ok, that was way lame. But seriously: fun!
NudE as the nEWs w/ Geraldine and Sandro Perri @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Odyssey (Gerry Alvarez from The Gruesomes) w/ Obviously Five Believers and The Invasions @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.
No Shame presents Jane Vain & The Dark Matter, The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra, and Anhai @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, $5. Definitely recommended if you're up for something a smidge different.
Effigy, Trigger Effect, and tba @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.
The Ryde and High Voltage @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
Quadrophonic w/ Joanna Mohammad @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.
Wolff and Tuba w/ Doc Pickles (Secret Japanese Girlfriend) and Hollowphonic @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8pm, $10.
FRIDAY (8 feb)
Little Brown Bat and To Downcast Your Eyes @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Tin Roof Rusted w/ Lucky Fool @ Mitzi's Sister.
Salarymen, The WG's, 122 Greige, and DJ Anousheh @ Smiling Buddha, 10pm, $5.
Ten Kens, Metz, For that Day, and Hijack Delta @ Sneaky Dees, 9pm, $5. I didn't like Ten Kens when I saw them live, but I do like their recorded tunes. Maybe they've changed up their act, or maybe I just didn't get it. You decide.
Two Way Monologues presents The Schomberg Fair, The Stables, and B.A. Johnston @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7. This is where I'd be for sure if not for the need to be a history grad student Friday night. The Schomberg Fair is rock 'n banjorific with just the right balance between murder ballads and songs about hobos (their descriptions). One of my faves. Plus, B. A. is a guy you gotta see, so I hear (and believe).
Ska, Pop & Rock feat. Two Scoops @ 12:30, After The Anthems @ 11:30, SCOBO @ 10:30, and The Blame-Its @ 10:00. Lee's Palace, $5.
Two Scoops, The Class Riot, and Personal Circus @ Lee's Palace, doors 10 pm, $6.
Local Alternative feat. tba @ 12:30, The Joys @ 11:30, Free Press @ 10:30, and tba @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.
Macro Fiesta and other bands tba @ Cadillac Lounge, $5.
Ill Of Day (CD release) w/ All The Brightness, Rise For Order, and Great Lenin's Ghost! @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.
Jeremy Robinson w/ Andrew Heintzman @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.
Shortwave w/ Slim Pickens and Opopo @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $6.
SATURDAY (9 feb)
Castlemusic, Ryan Driver, Anna Linda Siddall, and Alex Lukashevsky @ Eastminster United Church, 4pm, $5.
Nadja (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 6pm, free.
The Horables @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.
The Weather Station, Casey Mecija (from Ohbijou), and Lisa Bozikovic @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc. If you're looking for something awesome, this is it.
The Watter Bros., Rebellion, and The Felines @ Mitzi's Sister.
The Rosie Jones Band and The Shalyn Gray Project @ The Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
The Hoa Hoas, The Disraelis, Picturesound, and The Superstitions @ The Silver Dollar, $5.
The Von Drats, Trole, The Primordials, and The Sisters of Mercy @ El Mocambo (Second Floor), 9pm, $5.
Minority and Stolenowners @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
Ministry of the Environment w/ Adam Warner @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.
Local Alternative feat. Shenanigans @ 12:30, Moore @ 11:30, Virtue & Vice @ 10:30, and Honky @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.
Bob Marley Tribute / Daily Bread Food Bank Benefit feat. lots of people @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $15 (or $10 w/ non-perishable food donation). You can also get adv tix ($9) for this. Details here. There's also a Bob Marley tribute night at the El Mocambo on Thursday.
This one is now sold out: Yeasayer, MGMT, and Foxfire Forest @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 10pm.
SUNDAY (10 feb)
Lazy Sunday Matinee with Olenka @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 2:30pm, pwyc.
Laura Hubert @ Mitzi's Sister, 3-6pm.
Wavelength 399 feat. Megan Hamilton & the Volunteer Canola @ 11:00pm and Jane Vain & the Dark Matter @ 10:00pm. Sneaky Dee's, pwyc. Good stuff. I will probably go.
Sandbox @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.
Linda Mercer, Nik Beat, Joani Paige, Ernest Lee, and Deanna Prall @ Mizti's Sister.
Gather Round feat. Silver Speakers and Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Vitamin X (Holland) w/ Reprobates, Hazardous Waste, and tba @ Rancho Relaxo, 8pm, $8.