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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 are some benefit shows this week for residents of and businesses located on that strip of Queen West destroyed by fire a few weeks back. The first one's on Monday, with good lineups at Holy Joe's and Reverb. I might head over to Holy Joe's. I am a fan of LLIONS and Mariposa.
You know that I've cut out the dance listings, right? There are lots of fun dance parties/DJ nights at the Boat, Sneaky Dee's, Tiger Bar, Clinton's, etc.
This is the six-month anniversary of my listings!
MONDAY (10 mar)
* Queen West Fire Relief Fundraiser feat. bands (see below) plus bake and craft sales @ Reverb and Holy Joe's, 7pm, $10 (sugg. donation).
7:45 - 9am Social/Now Yr Taken
8:30 - Sean Pinchin
9:15 - Speaking Tongues
10:00 - LLIONS
10:45 - Steve Shoe
11:30 - Mariposa
7:30 - Basement Arms
8:15 - Salarymen
9:00 - Thee Diet Pills/Birdweek
9:55 - Anagram
10:50 - Arietta
11:45 - Gone Hollywood
Shoeless Monday feat. The Rebellion @ 11:30, Jackfish River @ 10:30, and Deathstyle 666 @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.
Elvis Mondays feat. Chasing Sam, Major Grey, Flying Eyes, Boxes & Bags, The Labour Of, and The People Of Canada @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.
Groovy Mondays feat. Shawn Creamer, Elana McMurtry, and Ian Phlip @ Mitzi's Sister, free.
Marsupial Mondays presents Steve McKay @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm.
LAUGHstock presents Soul.Rebel.Sound, Dances With Wolves, W!nslow, and Amelia @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm, $5.
TUESDAY (11 mar)
The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Vesta Varro @ 12:00, Low Level Flight @ 11:10, Awake & Dreaming @ 10:20, and Auto Pilot @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.
Automatic and Tommorow We Die @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.
Craig Smith and The Stars Here @ Mitzi's Sister, free.
Matt Newton Trio @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Al Tuck @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
WEDNESDAY (12 mar)
The Mighty Gill @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Local Alternative feat. tba @ 12:00, Hey There Pilgrim @ 11:10 (CD release), Playmaker @ 10:20, and Zabeth D’Kos @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.
Boulder, The Medium Mood, Whiskey Priest, and Hooray Henry @ Teranga, 9pm, $5.
James Everett (Methus Bound), Amy Pitt, and Ida Maidstone @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $7 ($5 for students). Fundraiser show for PETA.
Love You Live: The Velvet Underground's "Live At Max's Kansas City" performed by The Beauties and friends @ The Velvet Underground, $7.
Pitter Patter Nights presents The Liras and Jordan Fine @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
* School of Language, I Spies, and Pants and Tie @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8. (I'm breaking my own rules: this requires adv tix.)
Ministry Of The Environment w/ Jadea Kelly and Mike Glendon @The Rivoli, 9pm, $5.
* The Weather Station w/ Sandro Perri and Eric Chenaux @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
THURSDAY (13 mar)
BC 3000 and Sonic 500 @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
ex-Ontario Power Generation @ Mitzi's Sister. Nice! Excellent rockers.
The Beatles, Ethel & The Mermen, and The Dubterraneans @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
Local Alternative feat. These Three Cities @ 12:00, Sunlit Ambush @ 11:10, Living Room @ 10:20, and Hoolie Snatch @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.
Max Galactic, Cloud Evil, Josh Penslar, and Urban Symphony @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 8pm, $5.
Hotboxxx presents Loudlove @ 11:45, In Transit @ 11:00, Twenty 6 Hundred @ 10:15, The Kids @ 9:30, and Leighton Bain @ 8:45. Lee's Palace, $5.
TWM presents William The Conqueror w/ Printing Press, Construction & Destruction, and Deadbeat Dads @ Rancho Relaxo, 8:30pm, $6.
Black Collar Thursdays presents The Famous Monsters w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.
Metal Kites and Nick Zubeck, w/ comedy by Kathleen Phillips @ The Boat, 9:30pm, $5.
The Ugly Bug Band @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
FRIDAY (14 mar)
No Shame presents Songs From A Room, Brent Randall & His Pinecones, and B.A. Jonston @ The Drake Underground, 7pm (early show), $5.
Doc Dailey and William & Polly @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30 pm, pwyc.
Pink Dead Whale, North Amorica, and Maylee @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, free.
The Creeps and The Outbred Inlaws @ 751, free.
Ronley Teper & Her Lipliners @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
T.O. Mega Metal feat. Ash Lee Blade @ 12:00, Cauldron @ 11:00, and Curses @ 10:00, w/ host Kayvon of Kayvon TV. Lee's Palace, $5.
Knee Deep In Squaresville Zine First Anniversary Party! w/ Buzz Deluxe and Alistair Christl @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, $5.
Babylon Telecom w/ We Love, John Kameel Farah, Subscript, Nemo Burbank, and Antimaximum @ The Gladstone Art Bar, 9pm, $5.
TWM presents The Cheap Speakers w/ The Dress Whites and Sitcom @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.
* Double CD release feat. The D'Urbervilles and Forest City Lovers @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $8 (or $7 adv).
The Lights, Everlea, Matthew Johnson @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8:30pm, $7.
Hair Police w/ Disguises, Fossils, and Gastric Female Reflex @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8.
In Your Face RAWK! feat. C’MON @ 12:30, Rammer @ 11:30, Starvin Hungry @ 10:30, and Zuku @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $10.
Trigger Effect and Chameleonize w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 and Patrick Pentland (from Sloan) @ The Bovine, 9pm, $10. "The proceeds of this night will be donated to the fire victims of Queen Street West." The Bovine's also having a benefit ($20 cover) on Saturday. Details on their website.
The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra @ The Music Gallery, 8pm, $10.
SATURDAY (15 mar)
Paul Linklatter (CD release) w/ Claire Jenkins Avec Band @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 7pm, $tba.
Greg Hobbs Band, Nick Rose, and Nancy Dutra @ Mitzi's Sister.
The Knifings and tba @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
Saturday Night Live launch party feat. Lipstick Machine @ 8:30 and Purr @ 9:30. Velvet Underground, $5.
Local Alternativeeat. Julia Set Generator @ 12:30, Tenth Planet @ 11:30, The Ryde @ 10:30, and Struggle Fish @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.
The Craft Economy (as part of Kensington Station) @ The Neutral, $6.
Holloywood Swank, Maximum RNR, West End Riot, and Vilipend @ Sneaky Dee's, $5.
$100, Party Time, and The Youngest @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Matthew Pencer's Setbacks Quartet @ Not My Dog, 10pm (two sets), free.
Proposterous, Poisonous Glass, and Nagasaki @ Silver Dollar, $7.
Fake Reality, Blood Theory @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8:30pm, $10.
SUNDAY (16 mar)
Lazy Sunday Matinee w/ Brodie West and Brent Tanemura @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 2:30pm, pwyc.
David Malach @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.
Wavelength 404 (co-presented with No Shame) feat. PDF Format, Rouge, and One Heart Many Hands, w/ DJ Ruby Petunia @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.
Gather Round w/ Doc Dailey and Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.
Full Irish Breakfast @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.