Monday, May 19, 2008

Indie Music 36.

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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, let me know.

I had a busy weekend. Thursday night was a No Shame show at the Drake, which was lovely; Friday saw me unexpectedly at the 84.85 show at Tiger Bar (electro hip hop), which was all kinds of fun; Saturday I went to Goin' Steady at the Boat; and then on Sunday did Wavelength. This coming week there are lots of good options. I'm finding myself going to too many of the same things, so I'm gonna try to mix it up a bit. Friday was totally different. I should do more things like that.

There's an open house at the Dundas West Arts Building (2466 Dundas St W) this week, Friday (6-10pm), Saturday (12-7pm), and Sunday (12-5pm). Admission is pwyc. From the website: "various artists living and working in the historic Dundas West Arts Building [will] open their personal studios to share their work with the public. This rare and exciting opportunity brings a casual atmosphere, which fosters a relationship between patrons and artists.

"The event features talented visual artists, musicians, and crafts persons, who showcase and sell their work, invite the audience to join in collaborations and provide free mini classes. Bring your friends and family, meet fellow artists, see great work and learn something new."

MONDAY (19 may)

Angela Bower @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

* Elvis Mondays presents Purr, May-Jun, Atlas Eyes, and Dead Sexy Sheila @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free. Go early and eat for free.

Shoeless Monday feat. Phil Divine @ 11:15, The Wrong Crowd @ 10:15, and Riverside @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Eric Mattei (acoustic) and tba @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc.

Marsupial Mondays presents Tania Gill (The Music of Carla Bley) and The Draperies @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

Allie Hughes @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 7pm, and @ The Concord Cafe, 8pm.

Vapid w/ Reprobates, Disgusting Body (debut), and Critical Convictions @ Teranga.

Ben Kunder and The Careless (CD release) w/ Trevor Campbell, Matt Campbell, and Allie Hughes @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

Subtle w/ Laser Killenium and Atherton @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

TUESDAY (20 may)

* Brad Casey and Keith Hamilton @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Harm @ 11:40, The Spies @ 10:50, Craig Smith & The Saints @ 10:00, and Shiloh @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Paisley Jura and Romney Getty @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc.

Pink and Black presents Downsview and The Labour Of @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Heather Chapelle and Howie Kislowicz @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, free.

Jewish Legend, Huckleberry Friends, and The Creeping Nobodies w/ DJ Mikey Apples @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

Thrones, Orcilim, Wyrd Visions, and Women In Tragedy @ The Boat, 9pm, $8 (adv, $10 door).

Killing For Friday w/ Assemble Me and tba @ Lee's Palace, 8pm, $5.

Nudie & the Turks (CD release) w/ The Brothers Cosmoline @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $tba.

WEDNESDAY (21 may)

Toronto Blues Society presents Shakura S'Aida @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 12:30 pm, free.

Chris Warren & Band @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Music for Spring presents Amy Honey and Selina Martin @ Czehoski, 9:30pm, free.

The Book of Gnomes w/ God's Gift to Yoda @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Local Alternative feat. Dead Etiquette @ 11:40, Lust @ 10:50, Mass Conception @ 10:00, and Shannon Rose & The Thorns @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.

Melanie Peterson, Deb Whalen, and Stamp Alive! @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5. Melanie Peterson also plays at Slacks Thursday night at 9pm, free.

LAUGHstock presents Revolution Love, The Dank, and Left Of Zero @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $5.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Arctic, Secret Japanese Girlfriend, and The City @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Jackfish River w/ A Fourth World and Japhy Rider @ The Rivoli, 8:30pm, $7.

aHigh Society, Johnny Dumptrucks, The Daily Times, and AMD @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, $5.

Pants & Tie and Women @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, $5.

Rory Hinchey, Helen Carlson, Wolfcow, Anamorphic Heat, DJ Bong Jovi, and Zack Kouns @ The Gladstone Art Bar, 8pm, $5.

Michael Reinhart w/ Lee Whalen @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8:30pm, $7.

I Refuse, Unrestrained, Rah, Hopeless Nation, and Against Our Will @ Rancho Relaxo, 8:30pm, $8.

Snowden, Colour Revolt, and The Diableros @ Lee's Palace, 8pm, $10.50.

Legion: DCLXIV, Busted Dawn, and Excarnation @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

THURSDAY (22 may)

There's a lot of stuff to do tonight, stuff that I would do, if I could do more than one thing. Sometimes, when I can't decide between shows, I just take the night off. This could be one of those times.

The Harold Wartooth, The Big City Nights, The Flying Museum Band, and Andrew Fisher @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc. Not necessarily my event of choice, but good.

Michael Holt w/ Tanya Philipovich @ Not My Dog, 9pm, pwyc. I gotta see Michael perform again.

Hundred Pound Head @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Broken Bricks (acoustic), Luke James (Dirty Page), and Sintia @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, $3.

The Midway State and We Are The Take @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents Jason Kent & The Crystal Lake and David Picco & Jetset Motel @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. This looks interesting, and probably what I'd go to if I go out.

Collette Savard (CD release) w/ William & Polly, Richard Underhill, and Eve Goldberg @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $tba.

Born to Busk (CD release) w/ Thee 9am Social and Proof of Ghosts @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

Local Alternative feat. Opus Road @ 11:40, Wax Mannequin @ 10:50, Square Root Of Margaret @ 10:00, Telegram @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $7. Also looks interesting.

After the Weather, Monster America, Seven North, and Mechatema @ Smiling Buddha.

Donovan Woods & Band w/ Andrew Austin @ The Central, 8pm, $10.

The Skulls w/ Oklahoma Bomb Squad, Rik Cardiff (Daisy Face), and Dead Starlets @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. Latefallen (CD release) and Jar w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

TWM presents Nightwood, The Books Elusive, and Tomboyfriend @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

In Memory of David presents Toronto Party 4 Heart feat. Melissa Larkin, The Assistants, and Proxy Set w/ DJ Stretch & Glow @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8pm, $7 (or $5 w/ canned good). Proceeds to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

The B.A.D. Ride Kick Off Party w/ The Gary Kendall Band @ Silver Dollar 7pm.

Annelise Norhona, NLX, and Winhara @ C'est What, 10:30pm, $7.

FRIDAY (23 may)

* Eric Chenaux and Ryan Driver & the Skins (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 7pm, free.

Alun Piggins & The Quitters and Stephen Stanley & Carla MacNeil @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc. The Quitters also play Thursday at the Dakota Tavern.

Jeff Alan Greenway and Tempting Murphy @ Free Times Cafe, 9pm, $7.

Joel Elliot (from Sailboats Are White; CD release) w/ Terror Lake, Ghost Hands, and Dwarf Star w/ DJ Senior Beatboxx @ The Press Club, 9pm, $5.

The Hunting Horns (CD release) w/ Rattlesnake Choir and Dan Gordon & The Sure Things @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $tba.

TWM presents First Person Shooter, Organical, and Streetlight Light @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Ride to Rock: Benefit Concert to Help Fight Childhood Cancers feat. Playdeaf, Dutch Loving', and 3 Point One 4, w/ DJ Simmer Down @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $5.

Thundercats Launch Party w/ live set by Marienband @ Tiger Bar, 10pm, $5.

Place Hands (CD release) w/ Etaoin Shrdlu and Ancestors @ The Savannah Room, 9pm, $5. Bring earplugs! I recommend these:

Teenage X and The Weirdies w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Arkana Music and Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, $7.

The Dress Whites, Young Flux, and Red Yellow Green @ The Drake Underground, 8pm (early show), $5. The Dress Whites have been recommended to me.

* Pop with Brains 15 w/ Fox Jaws, The Miles, Pink Dead Whale, Invasions, and The Schomberg Fair @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5. Proceeds to the CAMH. Several good bands. The last time I went to the Rivoli, it was incredibly loud. So make sure to bring earplugs to this, too. In fact, always bring earplugs, just in case.

The State of Things, The Disraelis, and Black Night Crash @ Clinton's, 9:30pm, $5.

Alternative Rock N Roll feat. Scobo @ 12:30, King Clancy @ 11:30 (CD release), The Strugglefish @ 10:30, and Secret Suburbia @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8.

SATURDAY (24 may)

Another night will lots of decent events. Hard to choose. Depending on my mood, I could be happy at any of them.

The DoneFors w/ Miss Emily Brown @ Not My Dog, 9pm, pwyc.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Carlos Antenna @ Tiger Bar, 10pm, $5.

Nastymix presents Paul Devro w/ St Mandrew and Nasty Nav @ Wrongbar, 10pm, $5 (before 11pm).

Maximum RnR, Diablo Redd, and Kill Sid @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $6.66

Tradition, Prints Nifty (Nif-D, etc.), Broken Tree Fort, and Invisibles @ Keep Six Gallery, 9pm, $8.

CaMp CoMbO w/ mentalist Mysterion and Alistair Christl & his Swingin' Chandeliers @ Cameron House (Back Room), $10.

Alternative Rock N Roll feat. Virtue & Vice @ 12:30, Hello Beautiful @ 11:30, Rockafellers @ 10:30, and Stone River @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.

The Jerome Godboo Band @ Silver Dollar, 9:30pm, $10.

Fidget and The First Time w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

8th Annual Bob Dylan Tribute feat. Noah Zacharin, Soles Mojo,Brooke Harris, Alistair Christl, Shawn Clarke, and special guests @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, $5.

Laura Veirs w/ Liam Finn @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $10.

Karma Coop & Welobike Fundraiser feat. The Bag Ladies, Falling Trees, The Flying Museum Band, Barn Owl, Michael L. Johnson, and Basement Arms @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $8. Basement Arms is something else.

Hotboxxx presents The Alco Beat, Joel Lightman Band, William The Conqueror, and These Three Cities @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

SUNDAY (25 may)

This is the first Pedestrian Sunday of the year in Kensington Market. There will be music, including a matinee (3-6pm) @ Graffiti's by The Royal Crowns, and then bands playing on the northern part of Augusta at 7pm (GUH) and 9pm (tba).

Lazy Sunday Matinee w/ Victor Bateman @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 2:30pm, pwyc.

Alicia Isenor, Lindsay Elvie, Nicki Wales, Haley Zalesky, and Rayelle Stainton, hosted by Bob Battams @ Free Times Café, 7:30pm, pwyc.

My Morning Jacket Listening Party w/ Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

Wavelength 414 feat. The Dead Science, Mt. Royal, and Women (from Alberta) w/ DJ Lidi @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

Steamboat w/ Emilie Mover @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

Justin Townes Earle w/ Lindi Ortega @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $9 (adv, $10 door).

The Music Gallery and present Concrete Toronto Music @ Polish Combatants Hall (206 Beverly St.), 7pm, $10 (for students, more for others).

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