Sunday, August 10, 2008

Indie Music 47 (11-17 Aug 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.

I've spent the past week in Ottawa (and I'm still here), so didn't go to any shows in Toronto. I did, hwr, see my brother's band perform at a nice little venue in downtown Ottawa. Polk & the Dots, in case you're wondering.

This week I'm itching to get to some of the SummerWorks music shows, as well as drop by my regular spots for an indie fix. See you out!

MONDAY (11 aug)

Jay Amar @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

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

Elvis Mondays presents Boxes & Bags, Adopted Refugees, The Hounds, KaraMel, Das Plumas, Royal So & So's, The Paper Makers, and The People Of Canada @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Shoeless Monday feat. Beyond Ash @ 11:15, Dropjoys @ 10:15, and Cinderellas @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Queen West Acoustic Review feat. Bryan Arcand and Sleep Six @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 9:30pm.

Groovy Mondays feat. Orit Shimoni (Little Birdie) and Christine Tier @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Laura Burns, Jordan Kanner, Richard Harte, Chelsea O'Connor, Craig Pike, Ben Clost, Emberly Doherty, Allen Bergeron, Alistair Blaik Bundale, and Kjartan Hewitt @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, pwyc.

Hank & Lily, Darryl & Saam (SUNRiSER; acoustic), and Cancel Winter (acoustic) @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8:30pm, $5.

New Music Night feat. Fish Tank Dreams, David James Martinez, and Johnny Exxtasy @ Clinton's, 7:30pm, $5.

War Hungry, Swamp Thing, Rah, and This Ship Will Burn @ Siesta Nouveaux (Studio BLR, 15 Lower Sherbourne), 7pm, $10.

TUESDAY (12 aug)

Casablanca Orchestra @ Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre, 7pm, free.

Steph Fraser @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

FANA (Jeremy Strachan, Alia O'Brien, Gabe Levine, John Farah, Nick Storring, Lennie Haggerty, Brandon Valdivia, and Colin Fisher) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 8:30pm, pwyc.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Son Of Dave @ 11:40, The Rivals @ 10:50, The Invasions @ 10:00, and Speakeasies @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Ronley Teper @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Homegrown Tuesdays feat. Jude Haines, Liz May, Matt Empacher, and others @ The Silver Dollar, 7pm, $5.

The Pink & Black Attack presents tba @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Coco Love Alcorn, Sarah Noni Metzer, and Janine Stoll @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8pm, $7.

Best of the Open Stage feat. Marcus Walker, Heather Mazhar, David Ward, Kendal Thompson, and Michelle Luxon @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm (start time), pwyc. This is the order, start to finish. According to my sources, at least.

Extreme Animalz, Fortress of Amplitude, Paul B. Davis, Bitch Ass Darius, Pepperminta, and Nif-D, w/ DJs Jenny and Sarah @ Cinecycle (behind 129 Spadina Ave.), 9pm, $5.

Ko Kapches @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5. "Acoustic 'Dylanesque' hip-hop!"

Cam Britton Collective @ C'est What, 9pm. "Creative Modern Jazz."

Lynzie Kent (CD release) @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, $10. First 50 in get a free copy of the album.

* SummerWorks presents Peter Elkas and Julie Fader @ The Centre Theatre (The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W), 10:30pm, $10. More info here:

WEDNESDAY (13 aug)

Ack! Several good bets tonight. How can I be four places at once?

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

Aaron Jensen Quartet and The Felicity Williams Quintet @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* TWM presents PWYC Wednesday feat. Olenka & the Autumn Lovers, Secret Japanese Girlfriend, and Sleep For the Nightlife @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc. Doc Pickles' 35th bday!

Local Alternative feat. Urban Preacher @ 11:40, Brittlestar @ 10:50, Make Your Exit @ 10:00, and Harm @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4

LAUGHstock presents The Spookey Scarecrows, Broken Bricks, and tba @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

* Octoberman, Culture Reject, and Evening Hymns @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $?.

The Knifings, Flatline Endings, and A Science Primitive @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.

Hotboxxx presents Above It All @ 10:45, Opal Blue @ 10:00, Falling Trees @ 9:15, and Twenty6Hundred @ 8:30. Lee's Palace, $5.

* Dead Sexy Sheila, Sadie May Crash, and Clouds That Look Like Things @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

Toronto Dramatic Society presents The Boy From E.T. w/ Ajay Mehra and Peter Mansbridge & the CBCs @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $7. Lecture starts at 9pm; music, 10-10:30pm.

Sioux Newberry @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Henry Taylor, Craig Smith, and Romney Getty @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm.

Holzkopf, Roman Pilates, and Doom Tickler @ 7/24 Video (1530 Queen St W; porno section, in the basement), 9pm, $tba.

* SummerWorks presents The Diableros and Will Currie & The Country French @ The Centre Theatre (The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W), 10:30pm, $10. More info here:

John Moore and Paul Price @ Supermarket, 8:30pm, $10.

Eros, Thanatos & The Avant-Garde: The Cabaret Series feat. The Calrizians, plus dance, film, theatre, and other arty things @ The Rivoli, 8:30pm, $10. Performances by Marnie Cooke, Olivia Davies, Julye Huggins, Shantell "The Shan Monster" Powell, Jannine Saarinen, and Kelly Winterson, and films by Ballet Espressivo and PedestrianThrash.

THURSDAY (14 aug)

Cecilia String Quartet, as part of Summer Music In The Garden @ Toronto Music Garden, 7pm, free.

Jazz Thursdays feat. Beverly Taft @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

Lethbridge Lodge w/ Gabe Levine @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

This Note feat. Special Noise and Consumer Alert @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Morgan Finlay and Jennifer MacDonald @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Two Foot Falls w/ Michael Moone & the Shivertones @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

Pitter Patter Nights presents The Paperbacks, Jetset Motel, and Laura Merimen @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

x_x media presents Economix feat. The Antitheory, Marienbad, Operon, and Montreal Lumberjacks @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

* To Downcast Your Eyes (CD release), Sleeping Kings of Iona, The Youngest, w/ projections by Exploding Motor Car @ The Press Club, 9pm, $5.

The Northwest Division, Little Foot Long Foot, and Jawbone @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5. Roots rock.

tba @ 11:15, First Person Shooter @ 10:15, and Jay & The Lovebirds @ 9:15. Lee's Palace, $5.

BLUDwash, The Mercy Now, and tba @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $6.

Darkside presents Horror Night (launch) feat. a band tba and DJ Gorry Lori @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5. This monthly night features "a band in the front [and] a movie in the back." This month's movie is "Double Feature."

"Grilled Cheese Sandwich" Toronto Premier followed by Just Like the Movies (Chris Miller, Kids on TV), Matias Rozenberg, Holzkopf, The Suicide Pilots, and DJ Machine @ Smiling Buddha, 7:30pm, $?.

Audio Blood Zine presents The Balconies, The Big City Nights, Simon Borer (Entire Cities; acoustic), and Brett Caswell @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Russell Leon Band, Trish Kerr & the Divas, and Keith Shiner (acoustic) @ C'est What, 8:30pm, $5.

Mandibles, The Hunting Horns @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.

Local Alternative Rock feat. Ivory Tree Observatory @ 11:40, Isoceles Project @ 10:50, Lint @ 10:00, and Street Corner Scandal @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.

Metalux, Zaimph, Wasted Nymph, Celine Beyond, and Gastric Female Reflex, w/ DJ Longhorn Tavern @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.

Rock The Foundation hosted by Stacey Prieur, w/ comedians The Distractions, Richard Ryder, Mike Moses, Laurie Elliott, Katie Crown, Jon Dore, Ron Sparks, and Craig Brown, and music by Red Light Riot (opening) and The Forty Five Tension (headlining) @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10. Proceeds to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Region.

Three Legged Galaxy presents Make Your Organ Dance feat. A.M., Marty Smyth, and Andrea Wappel @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $10.

Fundraiser for People's Global Scholarship feat. Max Galactic & The Cloud of Evil, William The Conqueror, Stagehands, and DJs Vaneska and Cobra Cut @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $10 ($7 after midnight).

* SummerWorks presents Claire Jenkins Avec Band and The Rural Alberta Advantage @ The Centre Theatre (The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W), 10:30pm, $10. More info here:

FRIDAY (15 aug)

Dave Ward Band @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

Owl Eyes and Tea For One @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Rehka Paterl, Laura Sales, and Jadea Kelly @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc/$5.

My People Sleeping @ The Drake Underground, $5.

Buck Starball (CD release) w/ The Church of Miss Walker and The Salarymen @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, pwyc.

Scotty Campbell & His Wardenaires @ The Cadillac Lounge, 10pm, $?.

Boppa Do Down Records presents Tyranna (EP release), ZRO4, Let's Dance, and Boulevard Trash @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $?.

TWM 22 presents Hank & Lily, The Burning Hell, and The Skirt Chasers@ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

Polyester Heart w/ Tanya Philipovich @ The Press Club, 9pm, pwyc.

The Wilderness, Insurgentlemen, and The Redux @ The Blue Moon (725 Queen St E), 9pm, $5.

All the Brightness (CD release) w/ Ill Of Day, The Green Room (debut), and Mary Rose Obsession @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9:30pm, $5.

Here's My Card Records presents The Office Party (5th anniversary party) feat. Holzkopf, Adolf Glitter, Jubal Brown & Nwodtlem, The First Seed, Hinder, and Kablonskaneuille @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, $5.

Pterodactyl, TONNN, and This is Picture @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

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

Oneida, Lullabye Arkestra, and Tropics @ Lee's Palace, 7:30pm (early show), $8.50 (adv tix avail.).

Teenage Bottle Rocket @ 12:30, Riptides @ 11:30, Sidekicks @ 10:50, and Roman Line @ 10:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, $10 (or $9 adv).

Global Rhythms Fundraiser feat. Japhy, A Fourth World, Minus the Royals, My Own Empire, and Divine Is Nothing @ Clinton's, 8pm, $10.

Grande Junction Entertainment presents the 4th Annual Kings of Music Showcase feat. S. Davis, the Othello, Ayatollah Jaxx, Esskei, and Human Record, w/ DJ Mike Stoan @ The Rivoli, 10pm (start time), $10.

* SummerWorks presents Rock Plaza Central and Evalyn Perry @ The Centre Theatre (The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W), 10:30pm, $10. More info here:

SATURDAY (16 aug)

Country Saturday feat. Joanne Mackell & The Paradise Rangers @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 6-9pm, free.

Kasper, The Drunken Trees, and Ministry of the Environment @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc.

* Emeen Z and Shelby Lamb @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

* The Weather Station, Ryan Driver, and Eiyn Sof @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Jordan Faye and tba @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5.

The Knockout, Monster Beach, Vinny Vigiliante @ The Press Club, 9pm, $?.

Hollowphonic, as part of Kensington Station @ The Neutral, 10pm, $6/$5 after 11:30pm.

* TWM presents Bellevue, Emeen Z, Flotilla, and The Lesson @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Bongo Beat Records presents The Franco Proietti Morph-Tet and Plunt @ The Gladstone Hotel (Art Bar), 9pm-midnight, $7/pwyc.

Alejandro Chavez, Butcher Something, Bruno Capinan, Flakko, and Bomba, as part of Rhyme The Image Festival @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:45pm, $5.

PDF Format, Liar's Rosebush, John Kameel Farah, and Hmmm @ Bread and Circus, $7

Pace the Stairs, TurboTurbo, Pirate/Rock, and Malaka @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm, $5.

Local Rock N Roll feat. Latefallen @ 12:30, Moore @ 11:30, Heavy @ 10:30, and Six O’Clock News @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.

Loco Zydeco (CD release) w/ Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $10 (or $20 and you get the CD too).

Loud & Metal feat. Poisonous Glass @ 12:30, APE @ 11:30, Archea @ 10:30, and Fire & Black @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, $7.

Curses!, Fire Hydrant, and The Hungry Ghost Festival @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne), 9pm, $5/pwyc. BYOB.

Proof of Ghosts, The Four Corners, and tba @ The Mansion (157 St George St), 9pm, $5.

Bradley Boy and Catl (feat. David McMorrow) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5. Each will play 2 sets.

Human Eye, Ancestors, and Ghostlight @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne), 9 pm, $8. BYOB.

Double Birthday Bash feat. The Blue Demons and The Goddamn Goddamns w/ DJ Misty Rock n Roll @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $8.

Rehab For Quitters, Hollywood Swank, Oklahoma Bomb Squad, Nagasaki, and The Blackouts @ The Reverb, 8pm, $8 ($15 and you get the CD too). Afterparty at the Bovine.

The Resurrection feat. Jemini, Tru-Paz, and King Jus, w/ music by DJ O-Nonymous and DJ Unknown Steppa @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10. Show starts at 11pm.

* SummerWorks presents Sunparlour Players and Laura Barrett @ The Centre Theatre (The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W), 10:30pm, $10. More info here:

SUNDAY (17 aug)

Oldtime Sundays feat. The Wayside Ramblers @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 5-8pm, free.

CraveFest Music Video Awards feat. Semi Precious Weapons, The Flatliners, Amos The Transparent, Hexes & Ohs, and Webster Death @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 7pm, RSVP at The afterparty features The i Spies.

The Stormalongs, Legendary Weapons, Tungda Browne, and Skint @ Clinton's, 8pm, pwyc.

* Emeen Z, Megan Hamilton & The Volunteer Canola, and Lisa Bozikovic @ The Boat, 9pm, $5/pwyc.

Wavelength 426 feat. Sandro Perri, Ghost Bees, and Mel M'rabet @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

Lifestory:Monologue, Carcrasheyes, Stations, and Arthur Imperial @ Smiling Buddha, 7:30pm, $5.

Burn Down The Capital presents U.S. Girls, The Pink Noise, Flynns, and tba @ Teranga, 9pm, $7.

Ceremony (Bridge 9), Urban Blight, Regiment, Come Clean, and Red Inside @ Siesta Nouveaux (Studio BLR, 15 Lower Sherbourne), 6pm, $10.

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