Monday, July 14, 2008

Indie Music 43 (14-20 Jul 2008).

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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.

Last week I saw some great bands: Horses, The RAA, DD/MM/YYYY, The Miles, and Henri Faberge & the Adorables. Wow. This week I'm looking forward to a bunch of things . . . I've starred shows I think will be good (depending on your tastes). Hope to see you around! But, please: wear earplugs. The Drake is the only venue I know of where they aren't an absolute necessity. The foam ones are cheap but frustrating. Get yourself ones that cost $10-15 and wear them everytime you go out. I got mine from Also available through Do it.

MONDAY (14 Jul)

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

Elvis Mondays presents Pavlov's Dog's Orchestra, zhowndz, 10,000 Watt Head, Oscar Brown, and the People of Canada @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Shoeless Monday feat. Hammersmith @ 11:15, Vanishers @ 10:15, and Urban Monks @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Craig Smith and Peter Verity @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

My Psycho Ex, Lady of the Valley, Cameron Clark, and Sleep for the Nightlife @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

* Bottomless Pitt, the Kadane Brothers, and Great Bloomers @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

TUESDAY (15 Jul)

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

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Six O'Clock News @ 11:40, Del Asher @ 10:50, Egypt Central @ 10:00, and Italian Edition @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Ronley Teper & her Lipliners and Marco Solo @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Pink and Black presents The Roman Line, Unbelievers, and The Wish You Weres @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

The Budgies (Helen Carlson's band) w/ Broken Telephone @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8pm, pwyc.

Cindy Doire, Andrea Ramolo, Sean Pinchin, and Ryan Bishops @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

* Kirby & Blind Mule (tour kickoff) w/ Brad Casey @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Tribute to The Cure feat. Party Wallet, Great Lenin's Ghost, State of Things, Machetes, and Poisonous Glass @ The Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.

CRAK: Banks, Buckley, Wedmen, and Brenders @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.


Rex Van der Spuy (sitar) and Anita Katakkar (tabla) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

PWYC Weds feat. My Flea Circus, The Skirt Chasers, and Rebel Blind @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc. I have seen and rather liked the Skirt Chasers.

This Note feat. Tyler Yarema & Kat Morley @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, pwyc.

Hobson's Choice and mmiicchhaaeell @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Printing Press, Metheus Bound, and Armen at the Bazaar @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, pwyc.

Alex Woodrow and Tommy & the Tall Girls @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

* Rival Gang Theatre w/ MJ Cyr @ C'est What, 9pm (start time), $5.

[apple]box, The Flat Planets, and Matthew Lee Wilson @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

LAUGHstock presents Terminals, Taberfucks, and Blind Cats @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

A.N.S. (Texas), School Jerks, Hazardous Waste, Genesis Climber (CA), and Endprogram @ The Badcave (393 Margueretta St.), 8pm, $5. BYOB.

Toronto Independant Music Awards Presents Best Urban Showcase! feat. Kim David, JB, Luu Breeze, General Angerville, Honee, and guests @ The Annex WreckRoom, 8pm, $5.

aUTObODiEs w/ Party Time and Ken Reaume @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $5.

Breast Cancer Fundraiser feat. Bobby Wiseman, David Payne & the Automatic City, and others @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

The AMBiENT PiNG presents Spaced on the Danforth w/ Geek Weekend and The Devil in the Design, feat. visuals by General Chaos @ The Renaissance Cafe, 8pm, $6/pwyc.

Paul Newman's Open House w/ Evan Shaw, Michael Herring, Dave Fish, and Scott Thomson @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

* Yukon, Etaoin Shrudlu, East City, and Still Life Still @ The Velvet Underground, 9:30pm, $7.

Euphonic Sound presents presents Monster America, Endsville, Jadea Kelly, and 48 Caliber @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $7.

John Moore w/ The Clear @ Supermarket, 8:30pm, $7.


The Horse You Rode In On @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Miss Scarlett w/ Fullspeed Velocipede @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

You Handsome Devil and Marco Solo @ The Hideout, 10pm (start time), $5.

Two Roads Home @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents Jewelry Rat, Birdweek, and The Innes Wilson Opposition @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Purple Hill with Lysa Fina and Loitering Heroes @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $5.

Murder City Sparrows, Yonder, and Anne Sutherland @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

Everything All the Time and Shelby Lamb @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, $5.

Brane Wave Productions presents the 4 City Face Melt Tour feat. Brane, ROA, Theory Astray, Solidarity @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5.

Lowtides, Holy Fields, and Synaesthetic @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. The Jolts and Romeo Liquor Store w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* No Shame presents Famous Players, Peter Project, and Rouge @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5. I believe in No Shame.

Picturesound presents Bye Bye Badman w/ Escalate and DJ Oile @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

* We Take Lovers (EP release) w/ Femme Generation and The Guest Bedroom @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $6 (or $10 to get the EP too).

Allison Cameron Ensemble @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

Toronto Independant Music Awards Showcase Best Live Tie-Breaker feat. Jacob Moon, Grainne, Lisa Swain, Secret Suburbia, Shobha, Corporate Saturday, Fancy Girls Market, and DAME @ The Annex WreckRoom, 8pm, $7.

* (weework) presents The Schomberg Fair @ 11:40, Canteen Knockout (CD release) @ 10:50 , The Unionist Ministers @ 10:00, and Lil Andy & Karaoke Cowboy @ 9:10. @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $8.

FRIDAY (18 Jul)

Tingouly @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

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

Burt Neilson Band (2 sets) @ The Dakota Tavern, 8pm.

* Shitt Hottt w/ The Sour Notes @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc. Really? Awesome!

* Steam Whistle Unsigned 7 presents Notes to Self, Green Go, and Run With The Kittens, w/ DJing by the Carps @ Steam Whistle Brewing (The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd), 8pm, $5. Everything taken at the door goes to the Artists' Health Centre Foundation.

Max Woolaver CD release @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Donovan Woods, Shoot the Cameraman, and The Buffalo Builders @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

Ron Leary with Nick Rose, and Catherine MacLellan? @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $?.

Amber Ladd and Interplay @ C'est What, 10pm, $5.

Gnarly (dance party) feat. My!Gay!Husband! and Machetes, w/ DJ Dougie Boom, and DJ tba @ Sneaky Dee's, 10pm, $5.

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

Young Flux (CD release), Pirate/Rock, and Gardens, w/ DJs Hi Mom and Boner Dragon @ The Press Club, 10pm, $5 (or $10 to get the CD too).

Bludwash w/ Jen Militia, Devil Eyes, Track Dirtyaz @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.

* TWM 20 presents Jetset Motel, Hooded Fang, Knock Knock Ginger, and Cedar @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Night Flowers, The Elephant, Adverteyes, and Confusion Fog @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Local Alternative Rock feat. Supernal @ 12:30, Hail The Villain @ 11:30, A Fourth World @ 10:30, and Cancel Winter @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8.

The Automatic @ 12:00, ADA @ 11:00, and Delusional Manifesto @ 10:00 Lee's Palace, 9pm, $8.

* Castlemusic (CD release) w/ Nifty and Ryan Driver @ St. George the Martyr Church (courtyard), 7:30pm, $8.

No Official Capacity presents Bride Of The Monster w/ Flesh on Fridays and Necrodios @ The Annex WreckRoom, 7pm (early show), $10.

Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan @ The Cadillac Lounge, 10pm.


The Tranzac's Open House is today. It's great, and goes to support this wonderful venue. Tickets at $10 in adv, or $12 at the door. More details at

Ancestors and Devil Eyes @ Trash Palace (89B Niagara St.), 3-6pm, $5. Also "BBQ, popcorn, cold beer."

Evil Farm Children and Mississippi Grover @ Dakota Tavern, 9pm.

* Whatever Jailer, Grim Safari, and Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 8pm, pwyc.

Friends of the Family @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

* Bound Stems, The Miles, Black Hat Brigade, and Lacerda @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5. Oh my, good lineup.

* No Shame presents Carbon Dating Service, Oh No Forest Fires, and Ride 'til Dawn @ The Drake Underground, 7pm (early show), $5.

Mystik Motorcycles and The Roxies w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

ElZoo presents Doppleganger Zuku, The Isosceles Project, The Harold Wartooth, and DJ Illicit @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5 (w/ canned food donation; $7 without). There will also be live painting and an art gallery set up. Sounds cool.

Joe Sorbara's Other Foot First w/ Joe Sorbara, Evan Shaw, Nicole Rampersaud, Scott Thomson, Ken Aldcroft, Thom Gill, and Chris Willes @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

Russell Leon Band w/ The Futz, and the Flyboys @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $6.

* Quest For Fire (ex-Deadly Snakes; CD release) @ 12:00, Andre Ethier @ 11:00, and Wyrd Visions @ 10:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, $7.

Rayna and Tamarack @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $8.

The Last True Gentlemen (CD release) @ 12:30, MENEW @ 11:30, Fourlines @ 10:30, and Night Flowers @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.

Shoba w/ Ray Robinson and Imaan Faith, and DJ Jason Chambers @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

SUNDAY (20 Jul)

I'll be at the Bruce Peninsula 7" release tonight (it's sold out), otherwise, I'd be at Somewhere There.

Andrea Wappell @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

Gordon's Acoutic Living Room @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, free.

Justin Chee and Antler @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Hamilton Trading Co. w/ Bill & Nat @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Wavelength 420 feat. The End Program, 68Pornomags, The Divergents, and Nagasaki @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc. Hard rock/metal bands.

Steamboat Soul Revue feat. Sandro Perri and Matler, w/ Michael Louis Johnson @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

NOW presents Marcinku Kedzior (piano), Jonathan Gilbert (flute), and Paul Newman (saxophones) @ 8pm, and Simeon Abbott (prepared guitar) and Colin Fisher (Guzheng) @ 9pm. Somewhere There, $6.

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