Monday, August 04, 2008

Indie Music 46 (4-10 Aug 2008).

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.

My week: No Shame on Thursday, Opopo on Friday, and Wavelength on Sunday. I really like No Shame. The vibe is always great, no matter the bands. Last week there were unexpected treats in Montreal's The Receivers and Buffalo's Sleeping Kings of Iona. Opopo played as part of a DJ night at the Boat called Room Party. (I was at the Boat again late Saturday night for an hour and a half of 80s fun. It's my favourite place to dance, for sure.) A fun night, with a slightly younger crowd than I'm used to. Wavelength was weird, hipster-filled, and kinda good.

Tyler and I are recording the podcast on Monday. I'm missing everything this week---will be in Ottawa---so be sure to go out and stand at the front for me, ok? Saturday is especially good for music. All day. Lots of choices. And the SummerWorks music series starts on Friday. Get tickets at the door ($10), in advance ($12), or buy a pass to get in for cheaper. All the shows are good. More next week, too.

MONDAY (4 aug)

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

Shoeless Monday feat. You Yourselves @ 11:15, Mayfield @ 10:15, and 7th Circle @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Scott B. Sympathy and Brian Blain @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc.

Ministry of Industry presents H2O Afterparty w/ DJ Soulstice and live performance by The Operation M.D. (11pm) @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Abriato, Liquid Vilence, The Omen, Rusted Dawn, UTI, and From Parts Unknown @ Kathedral, 7pm, $10. All ages. Hardcore bands.

TUESDAY (5 aug)

Unplugged show feat. Infinite Moksha, the DGB, and Jay Spectre @ The Gladstone Hotel (Art Bar), 8pm, $2.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Fiddlestix @ 11:40, Sleeper Car @ 10:50, Songs From A Room @ 10:00, and Matt Bauer @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Chloe Victoria w/ Nathan Legare, Little O, and James Hagger @ The Concord Cafe, 8-11pm, pwyc.

Great Aunt Ida @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

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

Pink and Black presents Toads and Fancy Girls Market @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Jenny Sardone and Scott Baragar @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Home Grown Tuesday w/ Matt Empacher, Blair Packham, Lindsay Louise, Michael-Angelo, and Trick of Disaster @ Silver Dollar, 7pm, $5/pwyc.

A Wonderful (Rochester); Hello Shark (Vermont); Dustin & the Furniture (US); Hello Halebopp (Syracuse), and Milkbagbrother (Kitchener) @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 7pm, $5.

Nice Cat, Nadja, and Orn @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. "An evening of stoner/sludge/dream/doom."

Wintage Records & Tapes presents Realicide, Often, Hell Horn, and Roman Pilates @ Pete's House of Blues (193 Dowling Ave.), $5.

Steph Fraser, Chris Golden, Elise LeGrow, Slow Motion Explosion, and SoKey @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5. (CD release) w/ tba @ Lee's Palace, 8:30pm, $5.

Good Sounds Good presents Sarah Shafey, Tanika Charles, and Marinda Lavut @ Supermarket, 9pm, $6.

Ken Aldcroft (guitar) Claire Elizabeth Barratt (movement) Allison Cameron (special items) Jean Martin (misc.) @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

Rembetika Hipsters @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $10.


Party Time, Erica Mah, and Elisha Lim @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

LAUGHstock presents The Paper Makers, Kings Without, and The In Between @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. Kings Without (from Vancouver) are also playing on Monday at the Cadillac Lounge, and Tuesday at the Dakota Tavern.

Thee Infinint Godzillas, Michael Keith, and New Black @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Emilie Mover and Shelby Lamb (solo) @ The Drake Underground, 8pm, $5.

New Music Night feat. DaySleeper, wordPEOPLE, and Jaime et quoi @ Clinton's, 7:30pm, $5.

Toolshed, The Short & Curlies, and Wordburglar @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

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

Janine Stoll, Sarah Noni Metzner, and tba @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8pm, $7.

Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Teenanger, and The Pink Noise @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8.

Iain Leslie, Vagabond, Paper Saw, Miasmata, and The Wackness Monsters @ Reverb, 7pm, free.

THURSDAY (7 aug)

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

Kit Soden and Paisley Jura @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents Archipelagos (Montreal; formerly Dukes of the Archipelago), Terror Lake, and Colorlist (Chicago) @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

The Low Tides w/ tba @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $tba.

The Cunninghams and James Clark @ C'est What, 9pm, $5.

* Steam Whistle Unsigned and Unplugged feat. Nils Edenloff (The Rural Alberta Advantage) and Henry Fletcher (Henri Faberge & the Adorables) @ The Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom), 9pm, $5. Proceeds to the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation. I would be here if I was in town!!

October Ending, A!dan (Toronto CD release), The Unsound Souls, and The Sherbourne Canons @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

The Paper Makers @ 11:15, HUGO @ 10:15, and tba @ 9:15. Lee's Palace, $6.

LLIONS, Stanley, Garen, and Kid Metropolis @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $8.

Public w/ Iain Nabil and Whisky Foxes @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $6.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. Birthday Boys (members of Money Moneyand Argyle) w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* NO SHAME presents Spookey Ruben, Hooded Fang, Steve Singh @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5. I heart No Shame. Plus, these are all acts worth your five bucks.

Local Alternative Rock feat. Virtue & Vice @ 11:40, Stone River @ 10:50, Bella Clava @ 10:00, and Three Star Seed @ 9:10. @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.

Wintage Records & Tapes presents Hair Police, Disguises, Piss Horn, and Fossils @ Savage Garden, 9pm, $8.

No Official Capacity presents Darkness Rites, Stalingrad, and Adversary @ Holy Joe's, 8pm, $8. All ages.

Half Beat Mishap and two other bands @ The Concord Cafe, 9pm, $9.

* Jessie Kussin (Cry Rumble), The Saffron Sect, Sun Bear, The Hoa Hoa's, and Ken Reaume, w/ DJ Christian Hamilton @ Sneaky Dee's, 10pm, $10. "The Saffron Sect are raising funds for their UK tour later this summer." presents The Epic Rock Party feat. Farewell To Freeway, Burning The Day, and Kathleen Turner Overdrive @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, $10 (or $7 adv).

Global Rhythms Fundraiser feat. Plastics Inc., A Self, UHLAN, Lorne Hine, and Mark Martyre (w/ Laura Rodie) @ Clinton's, 7:30pm, $10.

Insurrection Entertainment presents King of Kings, A Distance From, Speak of the Devil, Caper In Kasady, Charitys, Caldwell, The Diverse Attraction, and Scotch Goodbyes @ Kathedral, 6:30pm, $10. Proceeds to Give Hope charity.

FRIDAY (8 aug)

Moth Ring @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Remotely Controlled, Honest I's, Videotape, and Hunt Chant @ The Press Club, 9pm, pwyc.

* Jungle Dance Party feat. The Eradicators, The Calrizians, and Luau or Die @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm, $5?

* Place Hands, A History of, Feuermusik, and Metz @ Teranga, 9pm, $5.

David St. Bernard @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm.

The Glass and Modele, followed by Dopplehertz DJs @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, $5.

TWM 21 presents The Stables, Boys Who Say No, and Streetlight Light @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Burn to Black, Rusted Dawn, Aggresor, and Spewgore @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm.

Ariel, the short film "Broken Tulips" (Brandon Cronenberg), The 5th Project, Chris Alexander & Carrie Eliza, and Farheen Beg @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

Local Alternative Rock feat. Tenth Planet @ 12:30, Slave To The Square Wave @ 11:30, Struggle Fish @ 10:30, and Purge @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.

Union City @ 10:15 and tba @ 9:15. Lee's Palace, 8:30pm, $6.

Shotgun Rules, Del Asher, Cities Between Us w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* SummerWorks presents Matthew Barber and Bob Wiseman @ The Theatre Centre (The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W), 10:30pm, $10. More info here:

Sisters Cherry w/ Stokka @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.

Danny Marks @ Silver Dollar, 9:30pm, $10.

The Dirty 30's, SkyeHook, Audio To Mute, Pyramid Theorem, and tba @ Kathedral, 7pm, $10.

SATURDAY (9 aug)

No complaints about there being nothing good to do today, ok?

* ALL CAPS! Outdoor Show feat. Hooded Fang, The Youngest, Feuermusik, Huckleberry Friends, LAL, Wordburglar, Colours... Brothers, and The Miles @ Dufferin Grove Park, 2-8pm, free. There will also be a BBQ and mixed CD trade.

Blood Ceremony, The Saffron Sect, The Battleship Ethel, Ghostlight, and Oliver Haddo & Aurang Zeb @ Trash Palace (89B Niagara), 3-6pm, $10. "The Saffron Sect are raising funds for their UK tour later this summer."

* Drug Bike 2 feat. $100, Muskox Jr., Ken Reaume, Alex Lukashevsky, Ghostlight, Bonzai Forestry, Chris Worden, Not the Wind Not the Flag, Ayal Senior, Amy C. Lam, Kado, Wolfcow, Shahin Plays 'Octophenia', High Colour, Heavywater, Shit Sweat 2, Wodwos, Juanita Dark, DJ oG, Under Heaven, VFU, Transcendental Rodeo Mothership, Picnicboy, and more. Meet by the Edward VII statue in Queen's Park from 7pm on for details. I'm thinking you get on your bike and ride around looking for the performers.

The Dress Whites, The Cheap Speakers, and Garen @ The Central, 9pm, $5. Solid indie pop-rock.

Soozie Schlanger @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

Paul Linklater and The Violet Archers @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Machetes and Diemonds @ The Velvet Underground, 8:30pm, $4.

Armen Bazarian, La Casa Muerte, The Paint Movment, Still Life Still, 10000 Watt Head, and Boxes & Bags @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5. This is a charity event, with proceeds going to a medical centre in Tibet. See for more information.

Edward & Rachenne, Peter James Fox, and Tom Eastland @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, $5.

Chris Miller, Owl Eyes, and Urban Symphony @ The Concord Cafe, 8pm, $5.

Borealis, Hammersmith w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Modele (CD release), followed by Kensington Station (dance party) @ The Neutral, 10pm, $5.

Hollywood Swank (CD release) w/ West End Riot, El Riot, and The Hymen Smashers @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

Hardtail, Nothing Else, Loki, and blueorange @ Reverb, 8pm, $5.

The Wilderness @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $tba. These guys play there every second Saturday.

Ashley Newall CD Release + Kate Rogers @ C'est What, 10pm, $6.

* The Speaking Tongues, The Golden Hands Before God, and The Schomberg Fair @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $tba. Amazing lineup. I don't know the order of bands, but you'll want to be there for all of them.

John & Jenny's Rock 'n' Roll Party presents The Ronnie Hayward feat. Clayton Yates and Washboard Hank @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $7.

The Ethers @ 12:00, The Famous Framus Band @ 11:00, and Hi8tus @ 10:00. Lee's Palace, $7.

The Habit w/ Sienna Dahlen and Lori Nuic @ The Savannah Room, 9pm, $8.

* NO SHAME presents Bruce Peninsula, The Got To Get Got, and One Heart Many Hands, hosted by Chris Locke @ The Whipper Snapper Gallery, 9pm, $10 (or 8 adv).

* SummerWorks presents The Two Koreas and Gentleman Reg @ The Theatre Centre (The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W), 10:30pm, $10. More info here:

Trish & The Tangents, Octobre's Ending @ Holy Joe's, 8pm.

SUNDAY (10 aug)

1st Annual Roost Round Up feat. The Rizdales, The Royal Crowns, Lickin' Good Fried, and Ancient Chinese Secret @ Cadillac Lounge, 3-7pm, pwyc. Proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Elizabeth Bruce @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

Hobson's Choice w/ Felicity Williams @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Wavelength 425 feat. Rockenspiel, Hank & Lily, and Walter Haul @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

AySes & friends @ The Boat, 9pm.

* SummerWorks presents The Bicycles and Young Rival @ The Theatre Centre (The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W), 10:30pm, $10. More info here:

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