Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Weekend Picks (8-12 Oct. 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 weekend I was in Montreal and didn't have time to compile a full list for this week. So, instead, here are some suggestions for this weekend. There's lots to do in the indie world. I will check out a show or two before I head to Ottawa for Thanksgiving. Everything on the list below should be good/great, depending on what you're in the mood for.

Something called Indie Week is happening now. I don't really know what this is, but there are a few decent shows happening at venues around town. Cover for each is $10 or more, but you can get a wristband to see all the shows for $10. I haven't listed the shows, but you can find out more information on the festival here:

THURSDAY (9 oct)

Brasstronaut (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6pm, free.

Christianne (CD release) w/ Andrew Devillers and Lucy Idlout @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Proof of Ghosts, August, and Orca @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

TWM presents Sound & Structure, Sleep for the Nightlife, and Star Map Caravan @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

No Shame presents Bad Flirt (CD release) w/ Howl and Engines with Names (members of Ruby Coast) @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $5.

Parker, Ministry of the Environment (CD release), and Luke Michielsen, w/ DJ Vinyl Fluid @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, $5.

Cadence Weapon w/ Woodhands and Stop.Die.Resuscitate @ Lee's Palace, 9pm (start time), $10. Adv tix avail.

Hunter & Cook Magazine Party feat. Anagram, Corpusse, $100, and Josh Reichmann Oracle Band @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $10.

FRIDAY (10 oct)

The Buttless Chaps (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6pm, free.

Ghost Bees, Emma McKenna, and Steven McKay @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm.

Andy Swan and J.J. Ipsen @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Oh No Forest Fires (CD release) w/ Black Hat Brigade and Dinosaur Bones @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

Pants & Tie (12" release) w/ Pink Noise, Slow Hand Motem, and DVAS (DJ set) @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $tba.

The Buttless Chaps w/ Wax Mannequin and Tim Vesely (The Rheostatics) @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

Thomas Function w/ The Unionist Ministers, and The Job @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $8. Adv tix avail.

SATURDAY (11 oct)

Mark Berube & the Patriotic Few (CD release) w/ The O'Darling @ Cervejaria, 9pm, $tba.

Snowblink and Ryan Driver @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Young & Sexy w/ Neins Circa @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

Action Makes, The Speaking Tongues, Electric Lions, and the Skirt Chasers @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.

Tripping Hazard, Little Foot Long Foot, Left of Zero, and The Assistants @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $6.

TWM presents The Vive Quebec Libres, Rival Boys, Nineteen Seventy Seven, and Bold Saber @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

SUNDAY (12 oct)

Alex Lukashevsky @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 2:30pm, pwyc.

Wavelength 434 feat. Viva Mexico Mariachi, The New Kings, and Guy Dallas @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc. omg lolz.


nowhere said...

Do you know which members of Ruby Coast are in Howl and Engines with Names?

historyjen said...

Howl is unrelated to Ruby Coast... they play melodic folk-pop ballads, but presumably wil rock things up for this show.

Engines w/ Names... no idea, sorry!

nowhere said...

Alright, thanks for the info about Howl. I'll probably check it out.