Sunday, March 02, 2008

Indie Music 25.

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.

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There are LOTS of shows this week. Because it's Canada Music Week. I'm not even gonna try to list the shows that are part of it. You can check the (very long, but therefore complete) listings on the CMW website, or else see Zoilus' recommendations in the Gig Guide. I'll list a few things that are $10 or less, and that I think might be fun. Check the other sites if you are keen on taking part in the, er, week. I will be at the Sloan/Meligrove Band show on Thursday, the Paperbag Records showcase at the Drake on Friday, and at Rancho Relaxo on Sunday. The hardest day to pick an event (for me) was Thursday.

This week is chock-full of free in-store performances at Criminal Records, Sonic Boom, and Soundscapes. Those are the first items to appear in the listings below. In-stores are awesome. Definitely check one out if you can.

MONDAY (3 mar)

Shoeless Monday feat. Hue @ 11:30, Monday Rose @ 10:30, and Somastate @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

Elvis Monday feat. The Human Statues, GIRAGIRA.gif, The People Of Canada, Angel Peer, and National Exit Strategy @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Mike Alviano, Big Rude Jake @ Mitzi's Sister, free.

Marsupial Mondays presents Andy Swan, Stacy Burke, and Lesley Hoyles @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

TUESDAY (4 mar)

* Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Major Maker @ 11:30, Great Bloomers @ 10:30, and Lightspeed Champion @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

Pink and Black presents The State of Things and The Rotten @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Great Aunt Ida, Ford Pier, and Balderdash feat. Dan Goldman @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm.

Slowly Slowly, Liz Hysen, and Anna Linda Siddall @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Wisk @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.

GSG Showcase feat. Clare Love, The Humbles, Paul Kolinski, and The People Of Canada @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $6.

Bush League, Slim Twig, and Cheveu, w/ comedy by Nick Flanagan and DJs Jeremy Finklestein and Christopher Sandes @ The Boat, 9pm, $6.


* Bon Iver (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 4pm, free. Fantastic!

Daryl Lamoreux @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Corbin Murdoch, Kent McAlister, and The Gruff @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Local Alternative feat. Ryan McMahon @ 12:00, Parker @ 11:10, Paul Disalle @ 10:20, and Red Roses Black @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.

Caitlin Burgess, Makita Hack and the Log Rollers, and Ghostwalk Creek @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm, $5. This is a fundraiser show for Evergreen (Yonge St. Mission, street youth programs).

See Spot Run w/ The General Staff @ Supermarket, 9pm, $7.

Shitt Hottt, Dinosaur Bones, The Speaking Tongues, and Little Foot Long Foot @ Tattoo, 9pm, $5.

LAUGHstock presents Still Life Still, Alphabot!, and Please Standby We're Having Technical Difficulties @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

THURSDAY (6 mar)

Immaculate Machine (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 5pm, free.

Jenny Omnichord (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6pm, free.

The Burning Hell (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6:30pm, free.

Matthew Barber (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free.

Marco Solo @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

Capital Grass & The No Men, Leonids, and The Donefors @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.

Nude as the News feat Dan Mangan, Samir Khan, and Sandro Perri @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Bridges To Dreams and The Yage Letters @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

* Chart Showcase feat. Oh No Forest Fires @ 2:30, Sunparlour Players @ 1:10, The Acorn @ 12:10, Plants & Animals @ 11:10, Katie Stelmanis @ 10:10, Dog Day @ 9:20, and Immaculate Machine @ 8:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $10 ($9 adv). This is a great lineup.

* Misteur Valaire, Camouflage Nights, The Cansecos, The Russian Futurists, and OPOPO, w/ DJs until 4am @ Sneaky Dee's, 8:30pm, $10. Up for a dance party?

Harvard Broadcasting and X92.9 present Alberta Xposed feat. Secret Broadcast @ 10:00, Jane Vain & The Dark Matter @ 11:00, The Rocky Fortune @ 12:00, Hot Little Rocket @ 1:00, and Rebekah Higgs @ 2:00. The Silver Dollar, $10 ($8 adv). Also good.

FRIDAY (7 mar)

Winter Gloves (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6pm, free.

Plants & Animals (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 7pm, free.

Attack In Black (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free.

The Two-Minute Miracles and Share @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

(weework) showcase feat. Jenny Omnichord @ 9:00, Ox @ 10:00, The Burning Hell @ 11:00, The United Steel Workers of Montreal @ 12:00, Proof of Ghosts @ 1:00, and Tokyo Sex Destruction @ 2:00. The Silver Dollar, $10 ($8 adv).

* Paper Bag Records showcase feat. Skratch Bastid @ 1:30, Woodhands @ 12:45, Winter Gloves @ 12:00, Slim Twig @ 11:15, Laura Barrett @ 10:30, Tropics @ 9:45, and Huckleberry Friends @ 9:00. The Drake Underground, $5.

SATURDAY (8 mar)

* Laura Barrett (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 4pm, free. Excellent!

Calm Down It's Monday (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 5pm, free.

Julie Doiron (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 5:30pm, free.

The Superfantastics (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6:10pm, free.

Dog Day (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6:40pm, free.

The Key Witness, The Hunting Horns, Nich Worby, Owl Eyes, and Fraser Gielen @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 7pm, $6. This is a fundraiser event for OCAD students.

* Slowcoaster @ 9:00, Tokyo Sex Destruction @ 10:00, Fox Jaws @ 11:00, Cancel Winter @ 12:00, and Beth In Battle Mode @ 1:00. Rancho Relaxo, $10 ($8 adv).

Nina Nielson and The Woolly Leaves @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 10pm, pwyc

Demon's Claws, The Nymphets, and Ugly Stick, w/ DJ Mark Pesci @ Wrongbar, 8pm (early show), free.

NeXT-at-CMW feat. The Superstitions @ 8:15, The Unionist Ministers @ 9:00, Jason Kent & The Crystal Lake @ 10:00, Black Hat Brigade @ 11:00, Radius & Helena @ 12:00, Put The Rifle Down @ 1:00, The Mark Inside @ 2:00. The Silver Dollar, $10 ($8 adv).

Daft Punk Tribute feat. The Daft Punk Tribute Band, Yuka, and Ketch Harbour Wolves @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9:30pm, $10.

Dengue Fever @ Sneaky Dee's, 10pm, $10, followed by Fuck Faces dance party, 1-4am.

SUNDAY (9 mar)

Lazy Sunday Matinee with Olenka @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 2:30pm, pwyc.

* Forest City Lovers (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 4pm, free.

Greg Hambleton and tba @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

Wavelength 403. feat Slow Six and Naw, w/ DJ Matt Blair @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

Gather Round w/ Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

Sandbox @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

Two Scoops and tba @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm, $5.

* The Schomberg Fair, Tin Bangs, The Details, and Elias @ Rancho Relaxo, 8pm, $5. Yes. This is one of the shows I'm most looking forward to this week. The last two bands are two of my favourite local acts, and I'm keen on seeing The Details (from Winnipeg) again.

Mouthus, Axolotl, Almost Blue Sunshine, and Roman Pilates @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $8.

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