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.
I'm rushing this one off so you can check out Monday happenings. Will add more comments and show listings in a bit. The Wavelength festival show on Sunday was awesome!! And tonight (Monday) you should all go to the Boat.
MONDAY (18 feb)
Shoeless Monday feat. Sukerfactory @ 11:30, Luke Sneyd @ 10:30, and Downsview @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.
Elvis Monday feat. Organical, Dinosaur Bones, Allie Hughes, The People Of Canada, Steve Singh, and Leh Lo @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.
Christen Latham and Max Canin @ Mitzi's Sister, free.
LAUGHstock presents Crimson Shadows and tba @ The Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
Kaeru and Mandibles @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9 pm, pwyc. This is part of the Toronto/Guelph (416:519) series.
Pitter Patter Nights presents Jon McKiel and The Papermakers @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Crimson Shadows, Of The Epic, After The Invasion, and more @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.
Approximately 3 Peters @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm.
TUESDAY (19 feb)
Jeffrey Lewis (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 7pm, free.
The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Keepin 6 @ 12:00, Opus Road @ 11:10, The John Henrys @ 10:20, and The Redux @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.
The Good Rats Radio and Corporation @ The Bovine, 9pm.
Cindy Doire, Andrea Ramolo, and Ory No'man @ Free Times Cafe.
This Is Not A Reading Series feat. Dan Kennedy (author of Rock On: An Office Power Ballad) in conversation with Dave Bidini w/ music by The Bicyles, hosted by Jonny Dovercourt @ The Gladstone, 7pm, free.
Darryl Erickson and Brian Arcand @ Mitzi's Sister, free.
Lina Allemano Four @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Owle Bird and Danger Music @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
William Del Ray w/ Mel Milime @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.
Autorickshaw @ Lula Lounge, $12. This group is rather different, and they were fantastic when I saw them a few years back.
WEDNESDAY (20 feb)
Pitter Patter Nights presents Fleece Elves w/ Elvyn @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Camp Combo @ Cadillac Lounge, 10 pm, pwyc.
Must Stash Hat, The Cunninghams, and The Doug Trucker Band @ The Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm, $5.
The Torrent @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 10:30pm, free.
Zuku w/ Revolution Love @ Clinton's, 9pm, $6.
Jeff Straker, Katey Morley, and Heather Hill @ Free Times Cafe.
The Hunting Horns, Nick Rose (CD release), and Dan Griffin & The Regrets @ The Horseshoe Tavern, free.
Hotboxxx presents Haard @ 11:30, Persist @ 10:45, Prologic @ 10:00, Adam’s God @ 9:15, and Bolus @ 8:30. Lee's Palace, $5.
Alpha Galates @ Tattoo, $5.
Mike Glendon w/ Jaeda Kelly @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.
Eiderdown @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Lindsay Ferguson and Andy Swan @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc. Sounds good to me.
Rock for Renewables feat. Barons & Lengthy, Barn Owl, and Free Kisses @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm. This is a benefit show. B & L are loads of dance-y fun.
THURSDAY (21 feb)
Good shows on tonight. If I'm up for it, I'll go to the Drake. Otherwise, I'll check out Rancho---the Miles are great---or what's on at the Boat. Unless someone wants to grab a pint at the Cloak & Dagger with me.
No Shame presents Plants & Animals (CD release) w/ special guests The Bruce Peninsula @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, $12 (or $10 adv tix). This group's been getting buzz; one blogger has already declared them the 2008 Polaris Prize winner. We'll have to wait and see about that.
The Vestaloynes and Sisters of Mercy @ Mitzi's Sister, free.
Chris Warren & band @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Tina Sunshine, Samstag, and Linus & Lucy @ The Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
Pitter Patter Nights presents Rabbit Season, Boats!, Slow Hand Motem @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Two Way Monologues presents The Miles, Bluesky Borderline, and The Wisk @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5. The Miles are three guys all ten years my junior, and they play tight, interesting, good music. Go see them.
The Hots, The Good Soldiers, Laganza @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.
Proof of Ghosts, Cry Rumble, The Saffron Sect, David Schoonderbeek, and Doc Pickles @ The Cloak & Dagger, 9pm, pwyc.
The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Local Loud feat. Shatterpoint @ 11:15, Effigy @ 10:15, and tba @ 9:15. Lee's Palace, $4.
Tenth Planet and Japhy Ryder @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
Samba in Solidarity feat. Bateria de Escola de Samba, Dane Jah Ras, Truth Is...?, La Revoluvionaire Group de Capoeia @ El Mocambo (Second Floor), 9pm, $7. Fundraiser event.
FRIDAY (22 feb)
The Heavy, The Giant Baby, and The City @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
The New State and QuiQue Escamilla @ Mitzi's Sister.
Laromlab, Robot Cowboy, and Nifty @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5. Nifty was awesome when I saw them on Sunday!
Frankie Whyte & the Dead Idols @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.
Groundcrew and Ash Lee Blade @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
Racloned @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.
Vacuity (CD release), Stirling, These Electric Lives, and In Transit @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $8. Should be good. I need a break from the Horseshoe, though.
Local Indie CD Release feat. tba @ 12:00, Insurgentlemen @ 11:00, and tba @ 10:00. Lee's Palace, $10.
Northern Dusk Records presents Yonder (CD release) w/ Boys Who Say No and Dan Griffin @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.
Jubilation w. The Human Statues @ El Mocambo (Second Floor), 9pm, $10.
Kae Sun, iNSiDEAMiND, and Louwop @ Clinton's Tavern (NuJazz Festival Performance), 9pm, $10.
SATURDAY (23 feb)
Tin Bangs and tba @ The Mod Club, 10pm. Well, this is clearly where I'll be. Clearly.
Marienbad, Subculture Syndrome, The Canaries, and Antitheory @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
Wendy Lands @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.
Fidget and Krakatoa Metal @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
East Coast Joel Plaskett Approved Rock N Roll! feat. Two Hours Traffic @ 12:00, Wooden Sky @ 11:00, and My Shaky Jane @ 10:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8. Wait... maybe I don't need a break from the Horseshoe.
Aceface @ Neutral, $6.
Spiral Beach w/ Slim Twig @ WhipperSnapper Gallery, 9pm, $10 (or $8 adv tix). Fun!
CATL feat. David McMorrow, Golden Ghetto, and Horse @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc. CATL is recommended by Dan W.
Rude Mule presents Major Grange w/ Danielle Duval and William Delray @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5.
Maniac, Piledriver, Spewgore, and Dipsomania @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm.
Truth Explosion Magazine 4th Anniversary Party feat. DJs More Proof @ 12:30, Hell Yeah Fuck Yeah @ 11:30, Delinquents @ 10:30, and Video Dead @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, $10.
SUNDAY (24 feb)
Wavelength 401 feat Shitt Hottt, Brides, Nick Storring @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc. This is worth your while to take in if you're into the sound on offer.
The Spider Dogs and The Sound Foundation @ Mitzi's Sister.
Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.