Monday, June 02, 2008

Indie Music 38.

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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.

You know that I update these listings throughout the week, eh? If you get this by e-mail, feel free to check the website later in the week for more up-to-date listings.

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Summer festivals are getting underway, and lots of them have a musical component even if they are not focused on music. Luminato
gets started this week, and includes some free events; soundaXis has free musical happenings; and the Waterfront Blues Festival has free shows too, 6-8 June.

Last week I spent a nice Sunday night with Hamilton Trading Co., saw a couple acts at the Nu Music Nite at the Horseshoe (The i Spies, and Les Gars), and went to Zygiella 4, which featured four more bands I'd yet to see. All goods shows. And Friday night I saw a play and went to Yacht Rock at the Boat. That was awesome. I heart the Boat. So I went again on Saturday for Fun'Real, a new dance party. Sunday saw me at the Dakota Tavern (Bluegrass Brunch), Tranzac (Michael Holt et al.), and Wavelength. So much goodness.

This week Thursday looks like the best night to go out, or stay home because you can't decide. As usual, there's something good to do every night. I'll probably hit up the Drake and Wrongbar on Thursday. Otherwise, I haven't decided yet what I'm doing all week.

MONDAY (2 jun)

Reiner Schwarz ("public practice") w/ Steve Whitehouse, Paul Teglas, and others @ The Gladstone Art Bar, 7:30pm, pwyc.

Angela Bower (AKA Christine Bougie and Dafydd Hughes) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

Shoeless Monday presents The Lesson @ 11:15, Jay Monara @ 10:15, and Theta State @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Elvis Mondays presents Purr, Boxes & Bags, Weather Making Challenge, The People of Canada, and The Synaesthetic @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Mark Perak and The Heartbroken Souls @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Glass Tomb, Braiincloud, and Toddler Body (debut) @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, pwyc.

Marsupial Mondays presents Mantler and Andy Swan @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

Eyes on Toronto (live taping) feat. The Sunparlour Players @ The Gladstone, 8pm, $10.

TUESDAY (3 jun)

Ivy Mairi and The Paper Makers @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

Noise Tuesdays presents Hunting Rituals, Michael Keith, and Jack Vorvis w/ DJ Heavywater @ Not My Dog, 9:30pm, pwyc.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Sean Ashby @ 11:40, Hey Rosetta (CD release) @ 10:50, The Painted Birds @ 10:00, and Motion Picture Ending @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Ronley Teper & Her Lipliners and Krista Hartman @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Pink and Black presents Corporation and Happy Accidents @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Kristin Lagasse and others @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Plastics Inc. w/ The Spooky ScareCrows and tba @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Spires That In The Sunset Rise and Barnyard Drama @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

GoodSoundsGood presents Moulann, The Human Statues, and Sachin Sharma @ Supermarket, 9pm, $6.

Seawolf and The Jealous Girlfriends @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $10.


The Saffron Sect, Prince Rama Of Ayodhya, and Teeth Mountain @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Harvest Chant and Justin Chee @ Renaissance Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

Saint Dirt Elementary School @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc. The band is also playing the Tranzac during the Festival on Bloor on Sunday at 6:30pm.

PWYC Weds feat. Alanna Brown, Carnival Moon, and The Printing Press @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Local Alternative feat. Woodward Company @ 11:40, The Human Statues @ 10:50, Hawthorne @ 10:00, and Marta Paceck @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.

Steve Singh, Allie Hughes, and Fait Dormi @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, $5.

The Mike Erb Trio (CD release) w/ Brian MacMillan @ C'est What, 9pm, $6.

New Music Night feat. Falling Trees, Minus the Royals, and Shoot the Camera Man @ Clinton's, 7:30pm, $5.

Carney, Lesley Pike, and Melissa Dalton @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, free w/ CD ($12) or $5/pwyc. Carney will also be playing at Graffiti's on the 5th, $5/pwyc.

TIMA Showcase feat. Dave Borins, Layah Jane, Shelly Rastin, Patrick Dune (band), Marshall Dane (band), and Arlene Bishop @ The Annex Wreck Room, 7pm, $7.

Snorri Iceland Benefit feat Infighter, Lindy, Deathstyle, Sigrun Stella, more @ The Mod Club, 9pm, $8.

THURSDAY (5 jun)

Michael Laderoute and Rob Fenton @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 6pm.

Paul Metcalfe Trio @ The Gladstone Melody Bar, 7pm, free.

Michelle Rumball's Beauty Saloon w/ Michael Holt and Ben Sures @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

Sandro Perri, Party Time, and Church & State @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 10pm, pwyc.

Foxfire, Boxes & Bags, and DJ Shit la Merde @ Wrongbar, 9pm, free. Foxfire will be recording a live EP. I'm ending my evening here.

Brock Simpson @ Clinton's, 8:30pm, $7.

Jim Armstrong & Sonic Deli Band w/ Amer Diab @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $5.

HotBoxxx presents Deuterium @ 11:30, Vicious Fishes @ 10:45, Sope @ 10:00, Artful Vandelays @ 9:15, and A Self @ 8:30. Lee's Palace, 8pm, $5.

* Great Bloomers, Spookey Ruben, and Black Hat Brigade @ The Boat, 8:30pm (start time), $5. Apparently, "Spookey's Live band performance will be preempted by a world premiere video screening of 2 new episodes from [ExclaimTV presents:] Spookey Ruben's Dizzy Playground." And "alcoholic sno-cones (courtesy of Kensington Market Organic Ice Cream) will be on sale at this show too!"

Antler, $100, and Lisa Bozikovic @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, pwyc. Also good.

Proposterous, NikkisTrick, Fake Reality, and tba @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm.

These Electric Lives (Remix album release) w/ Seedy Ease, DJ Jr-Flo, and Vitaminsforyou @ The Drake Underground, $8. I'm starting my evening here.

Clara Lofaro w/ Peirson Ross @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. Chasing Mercury and Futures Past w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Numbers & Figures (final show), Sprinter, Five Blank Pages, and Ryan Karam @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

The Shout, The Low Heroes (debut), and Revolvers @ The Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.

The Low Tides and The Handsome Devils @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.

FRIDAY (6 jun)

Ronley Teper and Christine Bougie @ The Music Gallery (Outdoor Courtyard), 5pm, free.

The Gypsy Rebels @ The Gladstone Melody Bar, 7pm, free.

Mossman's Rud, The Flying Eyes, Fire & Black, and The Ethers @ The Savannah Room, 9pm, pwyc. Proceeds to charity.

Mary Kastle and Christa Couture @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

The Ryan Driver Quartet @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Dave Rave and Bill Culp & The Memphis Cats @ Cadillac Lounge, 9pm.

Ape, Non-Existent, All But Over, and Poisonous Glass @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

Room Party feat. DJ Hi Mom w/ Pants & Tie (11pm set) and DJ Shit la Merde @ The Boat, 10pm, $5. They will be "giving away 'Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hi Mom'---A Room Party mixtape! Free at the door until they run out."

Must Stash Hat, Sweet As Today, and Tin Roof Rusted @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, free (before 10pm; $5 after).

James Clark Institute, Lauren Best & The Renegade Company, and Shaun Devlin @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5 or pwyc.

End Program (CD release), 68pornomags, and Clusterbombs @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10 (incl. CD).

"The American Boogie Down" CD release party feat. Jerome Derradji, Paul E. Lopes, Patrick Paredes, and Lab.our Union @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5 (before 11pm; $10 after).

The Northwest Division w/ The Salarymen @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $6.

* 3rd Annual Great Lakes Surf Battle (Night 1) feat. The Blue Demons, The Treblemakers, The Robots, The Calrizians, and The Aquaholics @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Hatchetmen and tba @ C'est What, 10pm, $7.

The Harold Wartooth, The Synaesthetic, and Mercy Now @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

Mastermind Productions presents Jane's Party and Jay Spectre @ The Annex Wreck Room, 7:30pm, $7.

Ash Lee Blade, Mad Parish, and Metalian w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

TO Afro World Music Dance Party! feat. Mr. Something Something @ 12:00, Kobotown @ 11:00, and Maracatu Nunco Antes @ 10:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, $10.

SATURDAY (7 jun)

Healing Power Picnic feat. HeavyWater, Misha Bower, All Under Heaven, Woolly Leaves, Almost Blueshine, The Element Choir, Isla Craig, Allison P/Linsay G/Amy L, Hoover Party, Louis Calabro, and Bruce Trail @ Coronation Park, 2pm, free.

Kensington Hillbillys @ The Gladstone Melody Bar, 7pm, free.

Gillis Griffin Henderson @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

John Tielli Band and Paul Linklater @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Dave Mansell, Alison Burkett, and Sushiboy @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm.

Bellevue (CD release), Music Maul, and Jewelry Rat w/ DJs Jewels and Broken Arrow @ Smiling Buddha, $5 w/ CD.

* TWM 18 presents The Darcys, The Dress Whites, and An Offhand Rebellion @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Matt Epp (CD release) w/ Kathryn Rose @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8:30pm, $10.

Scotty Campbell & The Wardinaires and The Backstabbers Country Stringband @ Silver Dollar, 9:30pm, $10.

Zuku and The Hits w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

High Art for the Low Down presents The Suicide Pilots, Please Stand By, Thrashards, and Snot Rohmit @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne), 9pm, $5.

* 3rd Annual Great Lakes Surf Battle (Night 2) feat. The Von Drats, The Treblemakers, The Eradicators, The Amino Acids, and Tabernacos Surfers, @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $5.

Bernie Senensky Trio and John Kameel Farah @ The Trane Studio, $10.

The Forgotten Rebels, The 3tards, The Drug Dealers, The Fudge Packers, BS101, and Awlt.Dig.Fuar @ The Kathedral, 6pm, $10. All ages show.

SUNDAY (8 jun)

SoundaXis in the Street (Pedestrian Sunday in Mirvish Village) feat. Basement Arms, Grant Hart (ex-Hüsker Dü), Sandro Perri & friends, Kingdom Shore, The Don Scott Quartet, The Allison Cameron Band, Eiyn Sof, Ayal Senior, and Nilan Perera @ Mirvish Village (Markham Street), noon-7pm, free. Fun!

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

High Art for the Low Down Hardcore Matinee feat. Cross and U.T.I. @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne), 3pm, $5.

Prodigal Sundays feat. The Backstabbers @ The Gladstone Melody Bar, 5pm, free.

* Michael Holt presents I Love Music! (Jazz theme) feat. The H. M. Blea Jazz Combo (Michael Holt, Reade Olivier, Chris Banks, Christine Bougie, and Drew Jurecka) w/ Elizabeth Shepherd and Ben Gunning @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc. Music by Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, and more. This is a cool series.

Josh Van Tassell and friends @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

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

* Wavelength 416 feat. Darkroom Theatre Project and Nifty, and AlphaBaby @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc. All the Wavelength shows look great this month.

Michael Louis Johnson @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

Angel Pier (acoustic), Darryl (from Sunriser; acoustic), and MJ Cyr (from The Hots; solo) @ Neutral, 8:30pm, $tba.

Two Scoops, The Away Game, The Class Riot, and The Coconuts @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, $5.

Styrofoam and Broken Spindles @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8pm, $8.50.

1 comment:

Paul said...

Wow. These listings are awesome--my brain hurts just looking at them.