Monday, June 16, 2008

Indie Music 40.

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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 am show'd out. Man. NxNE. I loved every minute of it. It was my first time at the festival, and I dove right in, seeing 28 performances. Almost everything I saw was awesome, and the local acts I caught really outdid themselves. Local bands rock! Anyways, I also caught Hamilton Trading Co. and Anna Linda Siddall on Monday, Will Currie & the Country French and Sloan at Tattoo Rock Parlour last Tuesday, and on Sunday went to Gather 'Round at the Boat, which was great as usual.

The Toronto Jazz Festival starts this weekend. Full details at I won't list associated events here. There are a lot of free and pwyc shows and late-night jam sessions.

The fourth podcast (that accompanies these listings) is now up at Zygiella. Enjoy!

MONDAY (16 jun)

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

Shoeless Monday feat. Perfect Gentlemen @ 11:15, David Newbold @ 10:15, and Flat Fifth @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Ava Ava and Darelle London @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Moon June presented by Mantler feat. Nifty and Slow Hand Motem @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, pwyc.

Mono Taxi, Love Kills, and The Assistants @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

Pain Train presents Miss Teasa, Static Lab, Jane's Party, and Times @ Smiling Buddha, 7pm, $10. Proceeds to the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

The Endless Blockade, American Cheeseburger, Reprobates, School Jerks, and UV Rays @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $8.

TUESDAY (17 jun)

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

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Paper Lions @ 11:40, Robot Man @ 10:50, In My Coma @ 10:00, and The Framework @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free. If you go, go early to see The Framework. They are also playing the Mod Club on Saturday.

The Silt @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Formula @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Attack and Underground Operations presents Aspirations w/ tba @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Benjamin & Mia and Turn on the Waterworks @ Free Times Cafe, 9pm, $5.

Pitter Patter Nights presents The Re-Mains (Australia) w/ Proof of Ghosts (duo set) @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Home Grown Tuesdays w/ Matt Empacher, Evan Malach, Daniel Sadowsky, Rafe Malach, Trick of Disaster, Robyn Dell..unto, and Lauren Eyton Jones @ Silver Dollar, 8pm, $5.

Cunt Art vs. Fashion Tips @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm. Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum had to cancel, but a related project, Cunt Art, will perform with their rivals, Fashion Tips.

WEDNESDAY (18 jun)

Queer Ears feat. Vivek Shraya, GIRAGIRA.gif, and DJs 4est and Triple X @ The Gladstone, 9pm, free.

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

Matt York w/ Nay Jay @ The Central, 8pm, $5.

The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* Bicycle Film Festival Opening feat. The Bicycles, No Cadence (Sandro Perri, Nif-D, Ryan Driver, Matias Rosenberg, and Sean Corcoran, playing a live soundtrack to bike movies), Syntonics, and The Cleef w/ DJ Rob Dyer and more @ Studio Gallery (294 College St.), 9pm, pwyc.

LAUGHstock presents Flying Museum Band, Driftwood, and Assembleme @ The Boat, 8pm, $5.

The Low Heroes and Phusion @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

Amy Ferguson @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

Bloodshot Bill w/ Art Adams @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm.

La Casa Muerte and Tripping Hazard @ Velvet Underground, 10pm.

The Daniel Barnes Quartet and The Micah Barnes Trio @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8pm, $tba.

Mike Harloff & the Endangered Ladies, Matt Harloff, and Allosaurus @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

TIMA Showcase feat. ARYA, Warmachine, Downsview, Zzen, The Free Press, and APE @ The Annex WreckRoom, 7pm, $7.

Langhorne Slim & the War Eagles @ 10:30 and Ruth Minnikin @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $8 (adv, $10 door).

THURSDAY (19 jun)

The True Believers, Crummy Stuff, and Sisters Of Mersey @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, free.

Avi Granite w/ Peter Lutek @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Polyester Heart and Nick Zubeck @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Faeghan @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

Dexmatic, Atherton, PBrain, and DJ Who @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Hungry Lake, Bramwell & the Leftovers, Dan Gordon & the Sure Things, and Proof of Ghosts @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm.

The Shady Character Revolution, Hugh Oliver, Yuka, and special guest @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. Melody Unwinding w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $tba. The Vancouver band is also doing an in-store performance at 1pm @ Sunrise Records.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents Aleks & the Ramps, Loitering Heroes, Morningseed House, and Mixylodian @ Tiger Bar?, 9pm, $5. If this does happen at Tiger Bar, it will be a dry event.

Stop Drop N Skank @ 11:15, Manic Sewing Circle @ 10:15, and The Corporation @ 9:15. Lee's Palace, $7.

Alt Country Roots Review feat. Hopeful Monster @ 12:10, Brothers Cosmoline @ 11:15, David Celia @ 10:00, and Madison Violet @9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $8.

The Isosceles Project, Ivory Tree Observatory, and ADA @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

* Place Hands, Whiskey Priest, and Hot Monogamy @ The Press Club, 9pm, $5.

Golden Girls presents The Summer Dance Off feat. Put the Rifle Down, Synotinics, St. Mandrew, and more @ The Drake Underground, 10pm, $5 (before midnight).

Acoustic Sounds of the Underground feat. This is a Parade, The Bag Ladies, Bedmaz, and Casey & Layne @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $5 w/ canned food.

Punk Aid IV feat. The Groopies, The Mahones, BS101, Unbelievers, The Von Drats, C-Sexshuns, and Sycho Logic @ The Annex WreckRoom, 7pm, $7 (adv, $10 door). Proceeds to Sick Kids Hospital.

HotBoxxx presents Lucas Hunter, Andrew Thompson, Linda Quesada, Soul Stir, The Kernals, and Max Galactic & The Cloud Of Evil @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $8.

Jennie Laws (EP release) hosted by WanLuv w/ Chris Rouse and DJ Agile @ Supermarket, 9pm, $8.

Rock for a Reason presents The Brothers Decadence, The Cheap Suits, Bury the Bully, Unsensored (final show), and Street Corner Scandal @ El Mocambo, 7:30pm, $10.

FRIDAY (20 jun)

The Foolish Things @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, free.

Earthroots Fundraiser feat. acoustic performances by Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck), Lily Frost, and Emilie Mover @ Hotshot Gallery (181 Augusta Ave.), 7pm, pwyc.

Moth Ring @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

The Saffron Sect (in-store) @ Marylou Flamingo's (984 Dundas West.), 8pm, free.

Vanderpark (full band acoustic) @ The Central, 9pm. The band will be recording a live acoustic CD. To be part of it, e-mail for more info.

Saint Dirt Elementary School @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Jessica Stuart Few, Joanna Borromeo, and Robin Dann @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

The Cunninghams (CD release) w/ 7 Days 2 Perfection @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

International Heavy Metal Day feat. Trole w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* The Violet Archers (CD release) w/ Erika Werry @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm.

Akroid, Dance Electric, and Tonnn @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne St.), 7pm, $7. All ages.

The Leather Uppers, Home Blitz, D.C.T., and Catl @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne St.), 9pm, $5. BYOB.

Local Indie feat. Flying Eyes @ 12:00, tba @ 11:00, and tba @ 10:00. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $6.

TWM 18 presents Gravity Wave, Pete Samples, and The Paint Movement @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

Red Diablo, Blood Ceremony, Sun of Sabbath, and The Harold Wartooth @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $7.

Waiting For Grace w/ Late Night Sanity and Red Roses Black @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

Wintage Records & Tapes presents Paul Flaherty & friends, Man Made Hill, and Aaron Lumely/David Prentice @ Pete's Place (193 Dowling Ave., enter at rear), 9:30pm, $10. RSVP:

The Weybourne Project (CD release) w/ special guests @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10. You get a free CD with admission.

Ladies Night presented by Entyse Entertainment feat. Mynt and Andrea Henry (Sugar Jones), $8 (adv, $10 door).

* Spiral Beach's Anti-Anti-Postering Show feat. Spiral Beach and guests w/ DJing by Daniel Woodhead and projections by Trevor Haldenby @ WhipperSnapper Gallery, 10:30pm, pwyc ($10 suggested). Proceeds will go to help pay off a HUGE fine Spiral Beach got for glueing posters to recycling bins.

SATURDAY (21 jun)

* Small City Saints and Andy Swan @ The Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St. E.), 9pm.

Melanie Joy w/ special guests @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5.

Throbbin Hoods, Jacques & the Shakey Boys, and Sleep Six @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Grand Parade @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

* $100 and Maria Kasstan @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Bob Wiseman and Ruth Minnikin @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 11:30pm, $tba.

The Weirdies (CD release) w/ guests @ Trash Palace (89B Niagara St.), 8pm, $5 (or $10 w/ CD).
Canteen Knockout and The Shovels @ The Cadillac Lounge, 8pm, $5.

The Framework @ The Mod Club, 10pm. E-mail to be on the guestlist. The Mod Club has a featured band each Saturday to kick off their dance party. I believe regular cover is $10, but bands have large guest lists.

Sitcom, The Cheap Speakers, Diamond Teeth, and Mike Costanzo (Instruments of Lust and Fury, solo) @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Chris & Jess' Jack & Jill party feat. The Burnitdowns, Sons & Lovers, C-Sexshuns, and Vilipend plus other stuff @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne Ave.), 8pm, $5.

Arlene Bishop w/ Scott Dibble @ C'est What, 10pm, $7.

Base War 07 feat. Alias, TMDP, Vitaminsforyou, Dougie Boom, and The 84.85 @ Club Z (812 Dundas West.), 10pm, $7.

T.O. DIY Punk Vol. 1 Release feat. Hollywood Swank @ 12:30, Daily Times @ 11:30, The Terminals @ 10:30, and The Rusty Trombones @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10 (incl. free CD).

Summer Solstice w/ Tiny Danza, Miles Jones, and Organic Funk @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $10.

* Ska Saves Lives Fest feat. Suspect, The Thundermonks, Dysfunct, Corporation, Run With The Kittens, The Miles, Phil Allister, The Good Times, Stop Drop N Skank, The Expos, One Night Band, and The Cheap Suits @ Kathedral, 4pm, $10. This is an all-ages show, and a fundraiser for Free the Children. There are some VERY good acts on this bill.

SUNDAY (22 jun)

Lazy Sunday Matinee feat. Karen La Rose @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 2:30pm, pwyc.

Michael Holt presents I Love Music! @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

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

Sherry Ryan and Erika Werry @ Czehoski, 9pm.

Kat Goldman w/ Danny & the Holy Mountain @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, $5 (or pwyc).

Astrophysics for Fun @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, free.

Ramona Cordova, Francois Virot, and Griffin & the True Believers @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 8pm, pwyc.

* Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co. w/ Hush Money and Jeff Peers @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc. This is the last Gather Round at the Boat.

* Wavelength 418 feat. Shapes & Sizes, Weird Wheels, and Ruby Coast @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc. Go see Ruby Coast!

The WoodChoppers Association @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

Jack Mark and special guests @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

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