Monday, September 22, 2008

Indie Music 53 (22-28 Sep 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.

Didn't see too much music this past week. Dinosaur Bones and Amos the Transparent at Tattoo on Wednesday night, and then a couple of excellent Detroit bands at Wavelength (Child Bite and Prussia), plus Tonka & Puma. I tried, but failed, to see/hear anything musical at Extermination Music Night. (Except instrument cases being carried/wheeled away.)

Elvis Mondays is kinda different this week: it's the debut of a series called Snakes & Ladders. It's still free, and there's still free food. (Some of the Elvis Mondays' regular are on the bill at the Rivoli Friday night, too.) There's lots more free stuff all week. Discover new music (for free or pwyc) at your favourite music-friendly bar, or check out my suggestions below. I'm thinking of going to the Dakota on Tuesday for Alistair Christl. On Friday night DJ Shit la Merde celebrates his 4th anniversary with special guests DJ Pammm and Fritz Helder & the Phantoms. Get there early and be prepared to brave the throngs of younger hipsters. This weekend make sure your days are free. You'll want to spend lots of time at Tranzac (Saturday) and at the Word on the Street festival (Sunday).

MONDAY (22 sep)

Chameleonize Unplugged @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

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

* Snakes & Ladders / Elvis Monday feat. Donlands & Mortimer, La Casa Muerte, Needlefoot, Skunt, hosted by The People Of Canada, with live visuals/projections and DJs Snakes, Rooster, and Cam-A-Lot @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free. This is the first Snakes & Ladders show.

Bo Green and Yawn Temiseva @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, pwyc.

Bryan Arcand, Daniel Sky Band, and Dave Thompson @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 9:30pm, pwyc.

Groovy Mondays feat. Chris Gardner (from The Stars Here) @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

New Music Night feat. Austin John, Balls, Wet Nose Hero, and more @ Clinton's, 7:30pm, $5.

George Casey w/ Michael Williams (acoustic; from Deep in the Ninth) @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

TUESDAY (23 sep)

Wet Nose Hero and tba @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Noah & the Whale @ 11:00, Lindi Ortega @ 10:00, and Jon Epworth (debut) @ 9:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

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

Lysa Fina w/ Nadia Baer @ Graffiti's, 9pm.

Revival Dear @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, free.

* Alistair Christl & the Swingin' Chandeliers (2 sets) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, free.

The Pink & Black Attack presents King Beez (members of The Groopies) and Freddy Fuckup @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

* Showcho feat. The Williamson Playboys, Dominique Rabideau (juggler), Miss Scarlett, Mike Kiss & Ted Sutton (comedians), hosted by Julie Dumais @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Lindsay May @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Katie DuTemple & the Staytoughs and Groovesmith @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

Trace Element and D-Funk @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, $5.

These United States, Entire Cities, and Dickie Haydon @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

The Waking Eyes and tba @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

Holger Schoorl @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

WEDNESDAY (24 sep)

Live 88.5 Big Money Shot Showcase feat. The Prefect, A Plot Against Me, and Sojourn @ The Rivoli, 5:30pm, free.

Granny Boots presents tba @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7:30-10pm, free.

The Annex WreckRoom & IndieCan Radio present IndieCan Wednesdays feat. Lost Innocence, Dan Kosub, and Bluespoon @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, free.

The Billie Hollies and Greg Hambleton @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

Music for Fall feat. Kevin Quain @ Czehoski, 9:30pm, pwyc.

PWYC Weds feat. The Stormalongs, Great Lenin's Ghost, and Senor Kasio @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

* The Owle Bird @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Local Alternative feat. 5 Star Trailer Park @ 11:40, Trevor James & the Perfect Gentlemen @ 10:50, Mondays Fiction @ 10:00, and The Guys @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.

Kaigen (Japan; North American debut) and Modulok & Apollo Creed, hosted by SJ (Wordburglar) @ Augusta House, 9pm, $5. "A wild night of pure unadulterated avant-garde rap nerd sh*t."

LAUGHstock presents Slutty Slutty Bang Bang, Yuka, and YNF @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Mandippal Jandu, Janine Farragher, and Trevor Norris @ The Savannah Room, 8pm, $?

Sketch Songwriters Showcase @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Alistair Blaik Bundale (CD release) and Tempting Murphy (CD release) @ C'est What, 9pm, $5.

Victor Bateman & Eric Chenaux . . . then quiet @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6. (The second set is 30 minutes of silence.)

Brutal Nights, Dean Dirg, The Young, and School Jerks @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8.

Wombat Wednesdays hosted by Girls With Glasses feat. Evalyn Parry & her Bicycle Band, Christine Duncan's Elements Choir, and John Millard & the Happy Day @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $10 ($9 for people w/ glasses, or $8 for Tranzac members).

THURSDAY (25 sep)

* FemBots (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 6pm, free.

Tripping Hazard, Knock Knock Ginger, and The DGB @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Michael Holt & Chris Warren @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Ancient Chinese Secret @ The Cadillac Lounge, 7:30pm, free.

Jazz Thursdays feat. Beverly Taft @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

Ken Tizzard & the Variety Show Players @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm.

Scott McCord & the Bonafide Truth @ The Cadillac Lounge, 10pm.

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

National Tragedy Episode 4 feat. Our Nation, Almost Blue Sunshine, and Allison Cameron & Jason Benoit @ The Renaissance Cafe, 10pm, pwyc.

Jono Lightstone @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Hatchetmen @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. I'm not sure what this is. The internet fails me. Help.

Local Alternative feat. Pandemic Hadouken @ 11:40, Rocakafellers @ 10:50, Left Of Zero @ 10:00, and The Stagehands @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.

Leeves, Vesper Hours, Lickpenny Loafer, and Travis Mills @ Clinton's, 8:30pm, $5.

Jadea Kelly @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

Dan David Band w/ Captive Grooves @ Supermarket, 8:30pm.

Darkside presents Horror Movie Night feat. The Von Drats, The Gorgon, and The Angry Dragons @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* Friends Explode presents The Pink Noise, Place Hands, and Pirate/Rock @ The Press Club, 10pm, $5.

* No Shame presents Nick Jaina, Kite Hill (members of Ohbijou and Forest City Lovers), and Parlovr @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $5. New/old venue!

Bellaclava, Please Stand By, and Nightwood @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.

Annelise Norhona & the Safe Word Project and Certified Healer @ C'est What, 9pm, $6.

The Knot: Tilman Lewis, Nick Storring, and John Oswald @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

A Thousand Cures, Menew, and Away from the Glow @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $7.

Hunter Valentine w/ Sadie May Crash and The Recroom @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $8.

Dame, Decemberflood, and Darwins Bible @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $8.

AWSUM INK Entertainment presents The Gods of Now, West Memphis Suicide, Dead But Dreaming, Blood Runs Cold, and The Manahan Project @ Kathedral, 8pm, $8.

Dark Meat / Vomit Lasers Family Band / Galaxy (AKA just Dark Meat) and Tropics @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $8.

Against the Grain presents Awesome Color, Action Makes, and Ancestors @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10. Adv tix are available for $8.50.

The Edge 102.1's Live to Air feat. First Person Shooter and Virtue & Vice @ The Mod Club, 8pm, $10.

Dearly Beloved, The Dunes, and Red Elite @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $10.

Rock For Humanity Benefit feat. Video Dead @ 12:00, Bastard Child Death Cult @ 11:00, Only Way Back @ 10:00, and Junior Battles @ 9:00. Lee's Palace, $10.

Oliver & Sebastian Pigott, Chad Doucette, and Melissa Bathory @ Reverb, 7pm, $?. All ages.

FRIDAY (26 sep)

Friday Blues feat. The Riffs @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

Delta 14 @ Concord Cafe, 10pm, free.

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

Jadea Kelly and Tundra Fun @ Not My Dog, 8pm, pwyc.

Chrissy Reichert Presents: Isabelle Noel & A Vegan Feast @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Barn Owl, The Reverlies, and LUM @ The Bean Sprout (1307 Bloor St. W), 9pm (start time), pwyc. All ages. "Bring donations of art supplies (new or used) for a new art program for marginalized women."

Woah! Gordo feat. The Paint Movement (CD release) @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, pwyc.

Michael-Angelo @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Burnin Ethel and Box Full of Cash @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9:30pm.

Humble Empire presents 100 T-Shirt Party feat. 2 surprise bands and a dance party, w/ shirts, hats, and ties for sale @ The Boat, 7pm, $2 (or $5 after 9pm).

* Shit la Merde 4 Year Anniversary Party feat. Fritz Helder & The Phantoms, DJ Pammm, and special guests @ Sneaky Dee's, 10pm, $5.

Pop with Brains #17 feat. Golden Girls, Candy Coated Killahz, Idle Tigers, Alphabot, and Boxes & Bags @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5. ALl proceeds in support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Daylight for Deadeyes (CD release) w/ The Stereohoax @ The Hideout, 9:30pm, $5.

The Deltanos w/ JK Mantis and The Gherkin Trio @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm, $5.

Tambourine Magazine Show #5 (Acoustic Showcase) feat. Kendal Thompson, Viki Pazzano, Mark Martyre & Laura Rodie, Sean Pinchin, Arlene Bishop, and Earthtone @ The Savannah Room, 7:30pm, $5.

Picturesound and George Casey Band @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.

Paisley and Colt Cousins & the Heavy Hands w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Marianne Turner @ Graffiti's, 9pm, $6.

Joshua Cockerill Band w/ David Baxter @ Mitzi's Sister, 9:30pm, $6.

Live to Air dance party feat. Radio Clash @ 11:00. Lee's Palace, $6 (or free w/ student ID).

* TWM 25 presents B.A. Johnston (CD release) w/ The Schomberg Fair, Horses, and Raccoon Wedding @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

Tyler Yarema and Allie Hughes @ C'est What, 10pm, $8.

Two Hours Traffic @ 10:00, The I Spies @ 9:00, and Danks @ 8:00. Lee's Palace, 7pm (early show), $8.50 (adv tix avail).

Batuki Music presents Daniel Nebiat (CD release) @ Tranzac, 8pm, $10.

Damian Andre and friends @ Smiling Buddha, 10pm, $10.

SATURDAY (27 sep)

* The TrekZac FestiCon @ Tranzac, 1pm-midnight, $5-$10ish. For details see or This is a fundraiser for the Tranzac, and there is a lot happening.

Country Saturdays feat. Whoa Nellie @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

Johnny 2 Bit @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

Sean Peever @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, pwyc.

Wet Nose Hero, Tune Yards, and Katherine Peacock @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 8pm, pwyc.

Night Jars and Floral Minuets @ Hub 14 (14 Markham St.), 9pm, pwyc.

Bill Colgate & the Urbane Guerillas @ Graffiti's, 9pm, pwyc.

Jennifer Foster and Park Road @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Fire Numbers @ The Cadillac Lounge, 10pm.

Fleece Elves, Elvyn, and The O'Darling @ The Savannah Room, 9pm, $5.

Subculture Syndrome, A!dan, Fourthwall, and Hatch @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Drake Classic presents Roberto Rosenman @ The Drake Hotel (Lounge), 8pm, $5.

Slutty Slutty Bang Bang, Burn Planetarium, and tba @ The Mansion (157 St. George St.), 9pm, $5. BYOB.

Years of Silence (CD release) w/ Circuit for the Blackout, and Isle of Thieves @ The Poor Alex, 9pm, $5 (incl. CD).

Wendy Leung, Will Hemmings, and tba @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm, $5.

Gentlemen Husbands w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Marisa Clare and Steve Raiken @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $6.

Ken Aldcroft (CD release) @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

The Books Elusive, followed by Kensington Station (dance party) @ Neutral, 10pm, $6.

JD Edwards and Grande Fir @ C'est What, 10pm, $6.

* TWM presents Sing Leaf, Ladyfingers, The Wind Whistles, and We're For Barton @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6. Awesome.

Metz, Dan Gordon & The Sure Things, and You Call Yourselves Soldiers (debut) @ Tiger Bar, 10pm, $10. presents The Chameleon Project (2 sets), Gratefully Deadicated Soundsystem, and Michael Lambert, w/ visuals by VJ Charm @ Revival, 9:30pm, $10 (or e-mail for $8 tickets).

Evangelicals, Parenthetical Girls, For that Day, and Huckleberry Friends @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10 (or $7 adv).

* The Musebox presents The High Dials, The Disraelis, and Invasions @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $10.

SUNDAY (28 sep)

Drake Classic presents Big Rude Brunch w/ Big Rude Jake @ The Drake Hotel (Cafe), 2pm, free.

Solar Cycle 24 feat. Alan Glicksman @ The Gladstone Hotel (Art Bar), 2-5pm, free.

* Word on the Street: Music! feat. Eric Chenaux, Laura Barrett, $100, Chris Eaton (Rock Plaza Central), and more @ Eye Weekly Music Stage, 11am-6pm, free.

Word on the Street: Music! feat. Liam Titcomb, The Micah Barnes Trio, Evalyn Parry & band, and more @ Citytv Main Stage, 11am-6pm, free.

Songwriters Expo hosted by Monique Barry, feat. Eric Mattei, Rob Szabo, and Roger Zuraw @ The Cadillac Lounge, 4-7pm, pwyc.

Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

United Empire Loyalists @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Lindsey Elvie and Ayton Atherton @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

* Wavelength 432 feat. Uhlan, My People Sleeping, Tuneyards @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

Steamboat Review w/ Alex Lukashevsky @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

Holy Cobras, Pirate/Rock, and tba @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $?

The Rent plays the music of Steve Lacy @ Somewhere There, 6-8pm, $6.

Sunday Stoner Rock Spectacular 2: Electric Boogaloo feat. Sons of Otis, Nadja, Diablo Red, The Harold Wartooth @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 7pm, $10.

Jozef van Wissem w/ Colin Fisher & Brandon Valdivia @ The Music Gallery, 7pm, $5 (students & seniors) / $10 (members) / $15 (regular).

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