Monday, December 08, 2008

Indie Music 62 (8-14 Dec 2008).

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of inexpensive indie(ish) musical happenings in downtown Toronto, all for $10 or less. I try to list as many shows here as I know about, though this list is not comprehensive. If I'm missing something or you have any comments, let me know.

I didn't get out as much as I wanted to, but still managed to catch some good bands/performers: Hey Rosetta!, Christine Bougie & Dafydd Hughes, Party Time, Peter Project (and Wordburglar), Louwop, Theology 3 & friends, and Canaille (!!). Can I just say that the worst thing about snow is that it makes show-hopping that much more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Biking was fast and free. Bah, winter.

Sorry this is a little late. I'm adding residencies to this list, because many of them are great and there's really no reason not to list them (except it makes for more work for me). And I'm always looking to add more venues to expand the list's usefulness for different genres of music. If anyone out there has some knowledge of a particular scene, and wants to help me gather show listings, send me a message. I'm lacking in jazz, improv/avant guard, blues, hip hop, classical, and so on. I don't list DJ nights/dance parties, and if anyone wants to help collect those, that'd be cool too.

If you're reading this Mon, Tues, or Wed, there's still time to get in on the D'Urbervilles' ticket giveaway happening on my blog.

MONDAY (8 dec)

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

Brooke Harris & friends @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

Shoeless Mondays feat. Born To Busk @ 11:15, Balkana @ 10:15, and The Wax Poets @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Elvis Monday feat. Aids Junkie Scum, Adopted Refugees, The Kettle Black, Adam Faux & the Exploding Band, Witch Ever, The Effens, and more @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.

Rattlesnake Choir (residency) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, free.

Dimebag Tribute Show feat. APE, Sentient, and Theory Astray @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.

Slowdance (Friends Explode DJs) feat. Pirate/Rock and Bozay! @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, free.

Panic Density feat. Lumston @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

Bryan Arcand (residency) w/ Nathan Cyprys and Random Task Force@ The Cameron House (Front Room), 9:30pm, pwyc.

Marcel Aucoin, Michael Holt, and Calamity Royale & her Minions @ Not My Dog, 8pm.

Decade, Anaeq, End of the World 1969, and Yoshi @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm.

TUESDAY (9 oct)

Chloe & Joelle @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Cheers In The Belfry @ 11:40, Les Gars @ 10:50, Bellevue @ 10:00, and Tales To Astonish @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

* The Pink & Black Attack presents The Heatskores (final show) w/ The Wierdies and Corporation @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.

Paul Linklater & His Murmurers (residency) @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 7-9pm, pwyc.

Alexandra Ribera & band (residency) @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 10pm, free.

St. Dirt Elementary School (residency) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Convergence Quartet, The Audience, and The Circus Circus @ Concord Cafe, 8:30pm (start time), pwyc.

Flashlight Radio and Roxanne Potvin @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm, $5.

John Moore and others @ Not My Dog, 9pm, pwyc?

Eric Chenaux & Ryan Driver w/ Anhai (CD release) and Nilan Perrerra @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Key Frames and Parkside @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8:30pm, pwyc.

Best of the Open Stage w/ Marcus Walker, Malone Smith, Matt Froese, Christin Anderson, and Vedette @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

A DADOO Christmas Special feat. The Disraelis, The Vive Quebec Libres, Mother Murder, Planet Creature, and Tough Knuckles @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

* Still Life Still, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Rudely Interrupted @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

Pitter Patter Nights feat. The Leonids, La Casa Muerte, Bron Halpin @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

The Clearing, Bramwell Park & the Leftovers, The Audiovisuals, and Xenia Vakova @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm, $5?

Jack Vorvis / Jeremy Strachan @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

WEDNESDAY (10 oct)

Acoustic Espionage @ Silver Dollar, 6-9pm, free. Weekly songwriters open stage event, hosted by Tim Harrison and Noah Zacharin. Plus, "$3.99 Buffet with purchase of any Amsterdam product." Followed by High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ Crazy Strings (bluegrass music), 9:30pm.

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

The Annex WreckRoom & IndieCan Radio present IndieCan Wednesdays feat. Kathy Taylor, Top Dead Centre, and The 40 Thieves @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, free.

Bump It feat. Yo-Ev and So Soft @ Augusta House, 9pm, free.

Rock 'n Roll Pornography w/ Guitar Hero live on stage and a live performance by Classic Black Sabbath Tribute Band @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.

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

PWYC Weds feat. Wilderness of Manitoba, Morningseed House, Hungry Lake, and Patrick Brealey @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Dean Lickyer (10pm-1am) and Scott McCord & the Bonafide Truth (8pm) @ The Cadillac Lounge.

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

CaMp CoMbO @ Grafitti's, 10pm-midnight, pwyc.

Benihana, Stack & Large, and more @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5?

Brian Gladstone & Friends Open Jam feat. David & Ariana Gillis @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

The Done Me Wrongs w/ Mr. Rick & the Biscuits @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5?

Scott Russell and others @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5?

James Plouffe & the Shotgun Wedding Band @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $5?

Daniel Berkal, Scott Russell, Julian Petti, and Crawling Quiet (CD release) @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $5?

Slapback Mountain, The O'Darling, and Babarella @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, $5?

Jesse & The Rippers feat. Paige Clarke (2 sets) @ Rearview Mirror (ex Bread & Circus, 193 Baldwin St.), 9pm, $5.

* Holly and Inessa Reveal All feat. Holly Prazoff, Inessa Frantowski, and Alana Johnston (comedy), w/ Laura Barrett, By Divine Right, and The Bicycles @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5. Should be great! Comedy first, then music.

Tyler Yarema w/ Luke Nicholson @ C'est What, 9pm, $7.

Black, White & Acoustic (songwriter night) @ Clinton's, 9pm, $10. B&W dress code.

No Official Capacity presents Warmachine, Muffin, Nexus, and Pyramid Theorem @ The Reverb, 7pm, $10. All ages.

THURSDAY (11 oct)

Michelle Rumball's Beauty Saloon Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

The Cafe Ole @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

The Flints (CD release & listening party) @ The Gladstone Hotel (8pm-midnight), free.

Half Beat Mishap, Spoonful of Blues, and The Steve Poloni Group @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, $5.

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

Malcolm Bauld, My Divine Right (Jose from By Divine Right, solo), and Abigail Lapell @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, $?

The Christina Maria Group w/ Stefi Beck @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm, pwyc?

Live Jazz Thursdays feat. Shai Locke @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

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

Jory Nash, Matthew Hailstone @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

The Pariahs and The New Kings @ 751 Queen St. W. (basement), 10pm, pwyc.

Rough Skeletons, Antler, and M. Mucci @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm (start time), pwyc. Antler is great. The rest, I don't know. But you can't go wrong with pwyc.

* gangLion Comics Launch Party feat. Gravity Wave, Entire Cities, Paul Weadick, Steven McKay, Chris Eakins, Slippers and more @ Habesha Club (875 Bloor St. W at Ossington), 9pm, $5.

CANCELLED * Ketch Harbour Wolves, Spirits, and The Rest @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

Salem Saints w/ Easy Sleezy & the Prefect @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $5.

AppleBox, The Flat Planets, and The Handsome Nobodies, w/ "special mystery guests" @ Clinton's Tavern, 9pm, $5.

Babylon Telecom w/ DJs MFFN, Rob Nice, and Nemo Burbank @ Augusta House (152a Augusta Ave., right beside the Boat), 8pm, $5/non-perishable food donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Eamon McGrath, 40 Thieves, Nature Moves Faster, and Ghostwalk Creek @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5.

Golden Ghetto (CD release) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Darkside presents Night of Terror (bands + movie in the back) feat. Ash Lee Blade and Borealis @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

The Commune presents Psych Night feat. The New State, The Evelyn Room, The Merry Warners, and The Odyssseys @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 8:30pm, $6.

* TWM presents The Craft Economy (CD release) w/ Whale Tooth, Provincial Parks, and DJ Mark Lawrence @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7 (or $5 w/ canned food donation).

* Familiar Music Holiday Party feat. Shelby Lamb, Megan Hamilton, Deromantic, and Products of Better Living @ The Boat, 7:30pm, $8. All ticket sales to benefit the Music Therapy Program at SickKids.

Vercity (CD release) w/ Polarity and Your Good Friends @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $8.

For Those About To Rock: AC/DC Tribute Night @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, $10.

* David Simard (EP release) w/ Leif Vollebekk @ Rearview Mirror (ex Bread & Circus), 9:30pm, $10.

* Eric Chenaux w/ Suncircle (Zach Wallace & Greg Davis) and Birdshow (Ben Vida) @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 9pm, $tba.

FRIDAY (12 oct)

David Woodhead & Friends @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Gypsy Rebels @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

* Tusks and Major Grange @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Get Throwed feat. Wizdome, Al Bundy, and AR @ Augusta House (152a August Ave.), 10pm, free (before 11:30pm, $5 after).

Flash Lightnin' (2-year anniversary) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $2?

Inflatable w/ Keith Shiner @ Clinton's, 8pm, $5.

Rehab For Quitters, The Groopies, Head Shrinkers, Black Cat Attack, and West End Riot @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

Bad Blood (first show in 8 years) and No Assembly Required, w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

* Modernboys Moderngirls w/ Everything All the Time and DJ Sofi Papamarko @ Supermarket, 9:30pm, $5.

Daniel McKenzie, Nancy Silverman, Allie Hughes, and Marianne Turner @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, $?

C'mon @ 12:15, Drunkula @ 11:00, and Hot Kid @ 10:00, w/ Catl playing in between sets. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $7.

John Moore @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $7

The Rotten, The Daily Times, Rackshot, and Dead City Citizens @ Lee's Palace, 8pm, $8.

* (weewerk) is 6! feat. FemBots, Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Kate Maki, Julie Fader, Charlotte Cornfield, and Jenny Omnichord @ WhipperSnapper Gallery, 9pm, $10 (or $8 adv). Opening party w/ art show from 7-8:30pm, free. Lovely country-folk-rock stuff.

* No Shame presents Rock 'Em Sock 'Em w/ The D'Urbervilles, Katie Stelmanis, and Mantler @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $10 (or $8 adv). Awesome.

Trout (CD release) @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 7:30pm, $10 (cover incl copy of the CD).

* $100 (7" release), Richard Laviolette (w/ band), and The Pining @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $10 (or $8 adv). Adv tix recommended for this one. $100 is one of my favourite bands. This will be tops, and full.

* DD/MM/YYYY Video Launch Party feat. DD/MM/YYYY (DJ set), Romo Roto, Narwhalz, and Ear Pwr @ Cinecycle, 10pm, $10.

The von Drats (CD release) w/ The Wayouts and Mississippi Grover@ Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $10 (incl free 45 while supplies last). This is also a canned food drive.

SATURDAY (13 oct)

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

John Borra Band (residency) @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 4pm, pwyc.

Cadillac Ranch Country Matinee feat. tba @ Cadillac Lounge, 4-7pm.

* Max & Frank Evans & the Family Supper String Band (CD release) w/ Tiny Bill Cody @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

The Calrizians' Christmas Show @ Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $?

The Warped 45s w/ Selina Martin and Annelise Noronha @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm,$?

Rok for Food feat. Frankie Whyte & the Dead Idols, Rosedale, Bury the Bully, Rise for Order, and "celebrity MCs," w/ DJ sets by Rob Dyer @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, free w/ canned food donation, or pwyc.

The Grim Preachers (2-3 sets) w/ Patrick Grant, Leah Erbe, and Bajcar @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm, $5.

Loving In the Name Of (party) feat. The Best (Sebastien Grainger, Matt Murphy, Josh Reichmann, Nick Sewell, Max McCabe-Lokos, Amanda Burt, Nobu Adilman) w/ DJs Disappointment, Product Placement, and Strictly Commercial, and dances by Loose Crew @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $5. Songs by T-Rex, Robert Palmer, The Doors, Lionel Ritchie, and Prince.

Hip-Hop Food Drive for the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank feat. wordPEOPLE, RaSoul, Miles Jones, and Phonic Lab @ Rearview Mirror (ex Bread & Circus), 9pm, free w/ a non-perishable food item.

The Muppet Show Show feat. Jessica Stuart (playing songs from the Muppet Show) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

Dwarf Star (CD release), Crack Mattress, and A Young Wife @ Keep Six Gallery (938 Bathurst, north of Bloor), 8pm-midnight, $5 or pwyc.

* Maylee Todd, Bellewoods, Proof of Ghosts, and The Cheap Speakers @ The Delaware House, 8pm, pwyc.

Salonapalooza (variety show) feat. Guy Few, Patricia O'Callaghan, The Caliban Quartet, TorQ Percussion Quartet, Lush, The Beached Buoys, The Ant Farm Ensemble, plus comedy and theatre @ Tranzac (Main Hall?), 8:30pm, pwyc.

* Ryan Masters Band, Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum, Carnival Moon, Book (Paul Norrish), and Whatever Jailer @ Unit 102 (46 Noble St.), 7pm, $5.

Not the Wind, Not the Flag @ 6 Nassau St., 9pm, $5.

Dance Electric and Revolution Love @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

TWM presents Horses, Plastics Inc, and The Orphan Choir @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

The Hots' Xmas Party feat. Geezer (Weezer cover band), The Hots, and Wildlife @ The Wiltshire Residence (1 Wiltshire Ave., unit 116), 9pm, $5. BYOB. "Twister Tournaments... Ugly Christmas Sweater Contests...raffles... Christmas tunes... homemade cookies," and more.

Iron Giant, Maximum RNR, and Bastard Child Death Cult, w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $6.

* Base War 12 (1 Year Anniversary Party) feat. OPOPO, Famous Players, Egyptrixx, Sidenote, and Errol vs Dvsn @ Z (822 Dundas St. W), 10pm, $7 (or $5 for groups of 3 or more). Dance party.

Capital Grass & the No Men w/ Young Contrarians @ C'est What, 9:30pm, $7.

* No Shame presents Rock 'Em Sock 'Em w/ The D'Urbervilles, Bocce, and Slow Hand Motem @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $10 (or $8 adv). Awesome.

Run with the Kittens @ 12:15, Jay Spectre @ 10:45, and Dirty Penny @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $10.

The 3tards, B.A. Johnston, Broomfiller, Corporation, Drop Dead Pin-Ups, Outbred Inlaws, Omega 3 Fatty Asses, and Oral Concentration @ Kathedral, 6pm, $10. All ages. "Please bring a non-perishable food item."

Abstract Thought Event Promotions presents Storyville Project, Marissa Saroca, Jordan Setacci, and Thank the Academy @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 7:30pm, $10.

S & S Promotions presents Trapdoor, The Ocean Buried, Dancing With Paris, Cadency, Next Floor Up, Grindstone, Midnight Pilot, and Dynasis Grove @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 6pm, $10. All ages.

SUNDAY (14 oct)

Festive Brunch Show w/ Amélie et Les Singes Bleus and more @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), noon, pwyc.

Taxi Chain @ Mitzi's Sister, 5-7pm, pwyc.

Michael Brennan, Steve Briggs, and Rob Clark (residency) @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 4-7pm, pwyc.

John Borra & Sam Ferrara (residency) @ The Communist's Daughter, 5pm, pwyc.

Gordon's Acoustic Living Room @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, free.

* Nick Zubeck, Yiiu, and Lisa Bozikovic @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7-9pm, pwyc.

* Wavelength 443 feat. Disguises, Catl, and Bitter City, w/ DJs The Professor and Miss Priss @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

* Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co., Malcolm Bauld, Silver Speakers, and Gates Gates Gates @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

Katie DuTemple & the Stay Toughs @ Concord Cafe, 8-11pm, $5.

Rancho Relaxo presents Rock the Clashbah, A Tribute to the Clash @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7. Bands playing covers include The Wilderness, Provincial Parks, Leonids, The Boo, The Quantum Jitters, and Blood Rexdale & the Walls Are Blonde.

The Big Bop presents Hello Beautiful w/ Afternoon Zero, Alright Alright, The Machams, and The Ocean Buried @ The Reverb, 7pm, $10. All ages.


nowhere said...

It's like Thursday and Friday are trying to rip me apart in terms of things to do.

historyjen said...

for serious. but you should do the gangLion thing, and $100. i won't be at either, probably, so you should represent, you know?

nowhere said...

Doubt I'll be at a concert on Friday, two separate parties happening. We'll see what I get up to on Thursday though.

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The R.O.B. said...

Louwop? How was that... I've heard good things...

historyjen said...

I enjoyed Louwop, but I don't have any context for judging. I liked and had a good time, and appreciated the positive vibes. But that's all I can really say, not knowing anything about hip hop.