Monday, October 27, 2008

Indie Music 57 (27 Oct - 2 Nov 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.

The week gets off to an early, exciting start with shows by Sarah Harmer, Mt. Royal, and a Houston indie pop band called The Western Civilization all happening Tuesday. That night, Run With the Kittens ends its longstanding weekly residency spot at the Cameron House's front room. The band started playing other gigs last week and are off on tour soon. Wednesday's looking pretty good too, with the O'Darling playing a set at the Concord Cafe, an excellent bill happening at Sneaky Dee's, Montreal band Flotilla at Tranzac's main hall, and at least two good local indie acts at the Boat as part of LAUGstock that night. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday bring with them a whole slew of Halloween-themed shows that encourage costumes, and will knock off some of the cover prize if you show up not as yourself. Personally, I plan on skipping all of these, though if not, then I'll see you at the Boat on Thursday for an intelligent bill put together by Ross Hawkins (Idle Tigers). Otherwise, you'll probably be happy at the Dakota Tavern on Friday night (and Thursday, too, and if someone knows the cover charge for these shows, please tell me). Chinese Food's releasing their new album at the Horseshoe on Saturday with the Ketch Harbour Wolves and Key Witness. This should be lovely, and where I'll be unless I'm at the Opera House (Born Ruffians w/ Henri Faberge & the Adorables and Hooded Fang, $12). Catch London-based Olenka & the Autumn Lovers with Polyester Heart on Sunday at the cozy Press Club.

Later this week help legendary Canadian punk band celebrate the release of its latest LP. The 4th Annual Fucked Up Halloween Weekend is happening at Sneaky Dee's and the Reverb, with free after parties at Rancho Relaxo each night at 1am, Thursday through Saturday. The regular shows don't make my list---they cost more than $10 and advance tickets are recommended. But find all the deets here: Get on it, and show up for 8pm door time on Thursday if you wanna see $100, Katie Stelmanis, Final Fantasy, Vivian Girls, and Fucked Up all play on the same bill.

MONDAY (27 oct)

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

Shoeless Monday feat. Bare Trees Band @ 11:15, Faded Blue @ 10:15, and Taylor Sanderson @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

* Elvis Monday feat. Witchever (CD release), Carraways, Alphabot!, Vowls, The Human Statues, and The People Of Canada @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.

Bryan Arcand w/ The Jing Bang Show @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 9:30pm, pwyc.

Nicole Dueck, Jeremy Rempel, Chris Warren, Luke Jackson, and Tom St. Louis @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, pwyc.

Panic Density presents Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet) @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, $5.

Dan Kosub, The Mike Butlin Band, Dom Deluca, and Ian McDonnell @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Sweatshop Union w/ Art of Fresh, D-Sisive, and Alex Dimez @ Velvet Underground, 10pm, $10 ($8 adv tix avail).

TUESDAY (28 oct)

Honey & the Money @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

* The Dakota Tavern and War Child Canada present Sarah Harmer @ The Dakota Tavern, 8pm. "No Tickets. First come first served." Go early to get a spot!

B'MO' Crazy, Anna Sudac, and LOFTMusic @ Concord Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Sandman Viper Command @ 11:40, Tickle Me Pink @ 10:50, Night Flowers @ 10:00, and Three Star Seed @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

The Pink & Black Attack present The Terminals, Hated, The Rusty Trombones, and Thrashards @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Anne Louise Genest @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Gearuptogo Sessions @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, pwyc. "Noisism."

Marianne Turner and Eve & the Ocean @ Not My Dog, 9:30pm, pwyc.

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

CaMp CoMbO @ Cadillac Lounge, 10pm-midnight, pwyc..

Hobsons Choice @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

* Run With the Kittens and Sky Shark @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 9pm, pwyc. This is their last show at the Cameron House.

Moshpit Orchestra, Tandy on Friday, and Dr. Doom & the Superficial Vegetables @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

* The Western Civilization, Entire Cities, and Free Kisses @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $3. The Western Civ is an indie pop band from Houston. They sound lovely.

* Mt. Royal, Ben Somer, and Hungry Lake @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

* Gang Gang Dance @ 10:30, The Octopus Project @ 9:30, and Jeans Team @ 8:30. Lee's Palace, 8pm, $10.

* The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra with Thollem McDonas @ Arraymusic Studio (60 Atlantic Ave., Suite 218), 8pm, $10.

WEDNESDAY (29 oct)

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

The Annex WreckRoom & IndieCan Radio present IndieCan Wednesdays feat. Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers, Japhy Ryder, and Final Flash @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, free.

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

David Celia @ Czehoski, 9:30pm, free.

PWYC Weds feat. The Magnificent Sevens, Bellewoods, and The Cunninghams @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

George Casey @ 10:45, Telfer @ 9:45, and Hell Or Highwater @ 8:45. Lee's Palace, 8pm, $4.

The O'Darling, Meredith Jordan Buchanan, and Slapback Mountain @ Concord Cafe, 9:30pm, $5.

Ryan Driver & Erika Werry @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* LAUGHstock presents This is Picture, Whatever Happened to Corduroy?, To Tell, and Smile Case @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

The Book of Gnomes, The Outlanders, and The Lake Vernon Drowning @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Brian Gladstone and Wendell Fergusson @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

* Wombat Wednesdays presents Flotilla, Mikey Muscat (w/ band), and Maylee Todd @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:30pm, $7 (or $5 if you're wearing a costume). This month's Wednesday shows at the Main Hall at curated by Kat Burns (from Forest City Lovers).

Cat Jahnke @ Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $6.

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

The Flints w/ Echo Hermits @ C'est What, 10pm, $7.

* (weewerk) presents Proof Of Ghosts, Hospital Bombers, Julie Fader, and Leif Vollebekk @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5. Holy shit.

THURSDAY (30 oct)

Les Singes Bleu @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7 -10pm, free. "French cafe songs with a modern twist."

Sexy Dance (Evan Shaw & Tim Shia) and Mentor (Marcel Aucoin) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Rachelle van Zanten with tba @ C'est What, 9pm, free.

Ayal Senior, M. Mucci, and Acapulco Whore (debut) @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc.

The Loaders @ Graffiti's, 9pm, pwyc.

Live Jazz Thursdays feat. Jon Feldman Quartet @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

National Tragedy ep. 5 feat. Isla Craig, The Knot, Picnic Boy, and Ptarmigan @ The Renaissance Cafe, 9:30pm, pwyc.

The Smile, Orca, and Whiskey Priest @ Siesta Nouveaux, 8:30pm, $5.

J Funk and The Organ Trio @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, $5. Prize for best costume.

Ben Kunder & the Careless @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $5.

The Emotionally Unavailable Mariners w/ Samantha Martin & The Haggard @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5. Uh, not sure if this is the correct opener. Samantha Martin's MySpace says her band is playing that night at Slack's.

* Alphabot!, Pants & Tie, Idle Tigers, and Noisedive @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Pigott Bros., Ryan Christopher, and Joah Kanter @ Holy Joe's, 9pm, $5.

The Wilderness, Divine Is Nothing, and Little Bunnies @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

The Does, The Assistants, and In Support of Living (DJ set) @ Smiling Buddha, 10pm (start time), $5.

Devil's Night Party, Carnival Diablo Theme, with DJ Misty, guest appearance by Toronto Roller Girls, and live performances by Machetes and War Bride (members of Bukkake Katholik) @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* Andrea Ramolo (CD release), The Ory No'Man Too, and Cindy Doire's Lady & the Bandit @ The Dakota Tavern, 9:30pm (start time). If there's a cover---and I imagine there is---I don't know what it is.

Hammersmith:Forgers Of Metal, The Virginia Wolves, and Bloodgrass @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

FABRik RECorDs presents FUnhUnT Devil's Night Party feat. bands tba @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5 (or $3 if you're in costume).

Local Alternative Rock N Roll feat. The Expos @ 11:40, Stereohoax (CD release) @ 10:50, Unbelievers @ 10:00, and The Knockouts @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $5.

Black Sabbath Tribute Night feat. Sun of Sabbath, 13th Floor, On the Verge, LOA, and Ultra Magma, w/ special appearance by Bludwash @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $6.

Tamarack and Oriana Cheung @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $8.

Trey Mills, Joey Bentley, and Jeff Scott @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $10.

Adam Fallon, Proxy Set, Peter James Fox, and Matt Wilson @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, $10.

Hotboxxx Devils night feat. Impulse, Waxmen, Hungry Ghost Festival, Playdeaf, and Rival Kartel @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

Devil's Night feat. Infighter and Monday's Fiction, followed by DJs MRK and Bobbi Guy @ The Mod Club, 8pm, $10 (or $8 adv).

* Fucked Up LP Release Weekend Afterparty feat. Lullabye Arkestra and tba @ Rancho Relaxo, 1am, free.

FRIDAY (31 oct)

One Hundred Pound Head and Paul Dutton @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

Bill Wood & the Tarnations @ Graffiti's, 9pm, free.

KC & the Moonshine Band @ Cadillac Lounge, midnight, pwyc.

At Odds With Even and The Hormoans @ The Savannah Room, 9pm, pwyc.

The Stormalongs, Hookers, and The Western Dream, and more Halloween stuff @ Clinton's, 9pm, $3/pwyc.

The Evil Bitches, Tundra Fun, and DJ Alvaro @ Not My Dog, 10pm.

Halloween Show with Sheba Mojtahedi, Jon Travis, Carl Lorusso Jr., Mark Cassidy, and Soles Mojo @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, $5/pwyc.

Themis, Space Tank, and That's What She Said @ The Black Swan Tavern, 9:20pm, $5.

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

Anagram, DCT, Lunchmeat, Labour Of, and DJ Troubleshhh @ Silver Dollar, 10pm, $5.

Foxfire and Hot Blood present Foxfire, Parallels (DJ set), and Mikey Apples (DJ set) @ Dejour Loft (Queen & Portland back alley), 11:55pm, $5.

leftover daylight @ Arraymusic Studio (60 Atlantic Ave., # 218), 9pm, $10 or $6. Details here:

* TWM 27 presents Insurgentlemen, The Dress Whites, Whale Tooth, and The Cheap Speakers @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6. Good solid Rancho/Dan Wolovick bill.

Mysterion's Haunted Halloween Birthday feat. The Von Drats, King Bees, Mysterion & the Wolfman, and more @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, $5.

* The Deep Dark Woods w/ Kate Maki @ The Dakota Tavern, 8pm. If there's a cover---and I imagine there is a small one---I don't know what it is.

The Next Best Thing w/ DJ Chill P @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

* The Rocky Horror Picture Show Revue w/ opening sets by Electro/Punk Star and Senor Kasio @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:30pm, $10, "The songs from the movie [will be] performed live by an all-star Toronto band."

Chizzy's Haunted Halloween Bash feat. Toy Box, My Darkest Days, Easy Sleezy, and Stiletto @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $10.

Fucked Up LP Release Weekend Afterparty feat. Teenanger and tba @ Rancho Relaxo, 1am, free.

SATURDAY (1 nov)

Rachelle van Zanten @ 10:30 and The Dixie Flyers @ 8:30. The Dakota Tavern.

The Hot Five Jazzmakers @ C'est What, 3pm (start time), $5.

Necrotric Night feat. The Voodoo Idols, R.I.P., and DJs Nico, Evil Painclown, and Rock & Roll Jenny @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Patrick Boyle @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

Lesbian Blues From the 30s @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, $tba.

Jay Crocker, Cat Fur Omelette, and Proof of Ghosts @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 9pm, pwyc/$5. "Avant-pop/improv/folk/noise from Toronto and Calgary."

* Bring Colour to their Lives (fundraiser event) feat. Modernboys Moderngirls, Famous Players, and Alphabot! @ The Boat, 9pm, "donations appreciated."

Rosemary Phelan Trio w/ Trevor Mills @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Sensoria Saturday feat. Syntonics and XI w/ host Sidenote, video by Videocake, plus Quim and C.O.I. @ Augusta House, 10pm, $5 (or free before 11pm).

Sarah Wyse's Birthday Party w/ Dirty Tricks @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Steve Fever, Half Past Four, Tyranny of Love, Linda Mercer, and Themis @ The Black Swan Tavern, 9:20pm, $5.

The FAM Invades Toronto feat. Make Me Young, Citywide Vacuum, Another Saturday Knight, and Two For The Cascade @ The Savannah Room, 9pm, $6.

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

Alan Bloor @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

* Chinese Food (CD release) @ 12:30, Ketch Harbour Wolves @ 11:30, Key Witness @ 10:30, and Urban Planner @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $8.

Chaddy w/ many special guests @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

Monster Halloween Bash feat. Russian Roulette, Purge, ROA, Strive for Nothing, Theory: Astray and Ghost of Calico @ Kathedral, 8pm, $10.

Fucked Up LP Release Weekend Afterparty feat. Urban Blight and Mad Men @ Rancho Relaxo, 1am, free.

SUNDAY (2 nov)

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

* Olenka & the Autumn Lovers, Polyester Heart, and Nick Zubeck @ The Press Club, 7pm, pwyc.

J and Edward Regozo / Rachenne Regozo / Brandon Navia @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

Wavelength 437 feat.
Noah23, Pash (ly), The Greenbelt Collective, and Karaocake @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

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

The Ice Bears Tour: Prince Po of Organized Konfusion feat. Prince Po, Atherton, Edreys, Paulie Rhyme, and SickTricks @ The Boat, 9pm, $10 (or $8 adv at Play de Record).

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