Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Weekly Picks (16-21 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 was out a lot last week. Let's see if I can remember what I saw . . . The D'Urbervilles, Bocce, Slow Hand Motem, $100, Richard Laviolette & the Oil Spills, The Craft Economy, Whale Tooth, Provincial Parks, Hamilton Trading Co., Still Life Still, and The Rural Alberta Advantage. Not a bad list.

But now I'm sick, and I've no energy this week to compile a full list, but here are some suggestions.

TUESDAY (16 dec)

* The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Arkells, We Are The Take, Young Rival, and Songs From A Room @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

The Oxford Hotel presents Dustin & the Furniture, Toby Foster, Matt Whispers, and Sarah D. @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 7pm, pwyc. House show.

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

Book of Gnomes and Lake Vernon Drowning @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 9:30pm, pwyc.

Trinket Trance presents Great Dane, Personal Circus, and Tripping Hazard @ The Poor Alex Theatre, 9:45pm, pwyc.

Showcho 5 feat. Kathleen Phillips (comedy), Anna Sudac, The Flying Museum Band, hosted by Eric Toth @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc or donation to food bank. Variety show.

Boxes & Bags, Itchy Watery Eyes, and Our History of Cowboys @ The Velvet Underground, 9pm, $5.

Wake & Weep presents Pace The Stairs, Sex Swamp Robots, and The Mountain @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Wildlife, We Landed On The Moon, The Rest, and Elsinore @ Lee's Palace, 8pm, $5.

WEDNESDAY (17 oct)

The Annex WreckRoom & IndieCan Radio present IndieCan Wednesdays feat. Miasmata, All For Nothing, and Freedom Cage @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, free.

PWYC Weds feat. Must Stash Hat, Doug the Trucker Band, The Hey Now, Shoot the Cameraman @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Balls, Borealis, and My Flea Circus @ Lee's Palace, 8pm, $4.

3rd Annual Jesus & Mary Chain Tribute @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5. Feat. The Disraelis, The Hoa Hoa's, The Easy Targets, and others.

Phasmatis, Nautilus, The Jing Bang Show, Thank The Academy, and Cory Kane @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 7:30pm, $5.

The Framework w/ JSIN and These Three Cities @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $8.

THURSDAY (18 oct)

The Commune presents Psych Night feat. October Sky, The Merry Warners, The Invisible Mouth, and Reverse Mount Rushmore @ The Silver Dollar Room, 8:30pm, $6.

* Foxfire and Delinquints w/ DJ Shit La Merde @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $5.

Pitter Patter Nights 4th Year Anniversary (375th show) feat. Brothers, Heartbeat Hotel, and Don Mills @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

* TWM presents Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum, Trevor James & the Perfect Gentlemen, and B & the North @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Slow News Day, Little Foot Long Foot, and others @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $5.

Sarah Blackwood, The Roman Line, Liquor Box, and Sarah Skellington @ Lee's Palace, 8:30pm, $6.

Carole Pope w/ Sadie May Crash @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $10.

Pierson Ross w/ The Wilderness @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

FRIDAY (19 oct)

* The Diableros, Great Bloomers, Serb Superb, and DJ Broken Arrow @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

* Bad Day presents Bad Holiday, Huckleberry Friends, Wyrd Visions, and Castlemusic @ Xpace (58 Ossington), 9pm-midnight, $5.

* Bradley Boy (CD release) and Catl (2 sets each) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

I Have Eaten The City, Trio Araki, and Rob Piilonen & guests @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

* The Edge Electric Christmas feat. Beast, These Electric Lives, and Sunriser @ The Mod Club, 7pm (early show), $10. Early for real: Beast is on at 9pm.

SATURDAY (20 oct)

Superfriends Superparty feat. Maylee Todd, Tonka and Puma, Yuka, Generic Rock, Wellington Wellingtonians, Backwoods Justice @ Concord Cafe, 9pm (start), pwyc.

Bird Week, Chang-A-Lang, and Buck Starball @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Metal Kites (2 sets), Kathleen Phillips (comedy), and Yellow Jacket Avenger @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Stuck In the City Winter Solstice feat. Urban Blight, Eating Glass, Glue, and Hazardous Waste @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne), 7:30pm, $5. All ages.

The Darcys present Yuletide Cheer 3 feat. The Darcys, Cool Dad, and Ryan Karam @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $5.

* Snakes & Ladders Christmas Show feat. OPOPO (DJ set), The Miles, Green Go (DJ set), and Heartbreak Hotel (ex-Mariposa) @ WhipperSnapper Gallery, 9pm, $5. All ages.

* Late Night Live feat. The Ghost Is Dancing, Burn Planetarium, and tba @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:30pm, $5.

Somewhere There Festive Special Night feat. The Rent, Holger Schoorl, and Charity CD Auction @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6 or free w/ donation of non-perishable food item. "Please bring a few CDs from your collection that you know are terrific, but you never listen to and would be willing to share for a good and festive cause." Proceeds to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

* TWM 31 feat Golden Hands Before God, The Speaking Tongues, Terror Lake @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7. Yes!

Mothring, Castlemusic, Eric Chenaux, and Aimee Dawn Robinson @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 9pm, $10 (or $7 w/ 2 non-perishable food items.

SUNDAY (21 oct)

Healing Power potluck feat. No White God, Ayal Senior, Public Saxophone, Lumley/Tielli, Eric Chenaux, Ken Reaume, Misha Bower, Boner Jerusalem, Skullbong, Heavywater, Hoover Party, and Roman Pilates @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge and Tiki Room), 10pm, pwyc.

Gather Round Xmas Concert feat. Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

* Cancel Winter, Still Life Still, and Rich Girls @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8pm, $10 (or $8 w/ canned good).


The R.O.B. said...

Also, on Sunday "Parkas" at Rancho Relaxo... I think...

Anonymous said...

doesn't carl wilson do this well enough?

historyjen said...

The Zoilus list is great. He lists things I don't, and vice versa. (If you're into jazz and improv, for example, his list is better than mine.) But for $10 or less rock-pop, my listings are more extensive. Well, not this week, but every other week for sure. And I also like to list start times and cover charge for every show, which Zoilus does not always include. So yeah, Zoilus + me + other outlets that give you concert listings for more expensive shows = in the know!

Anonymous said...

Serena Ryder plays for free at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, showtime I believe at 7 pm.

ps. obviously Anonymous hasn't well enough compared your concert listings with Zoilus, because your listings are WAY different and as you said your listings cover practically every local indie show, $10 or less every week. No one else comes close.(I sure don't)

historyjen said...

Zoilus and I take listings from each other, too. I don't check his list during the week, so it may be that items that appear on mine make it to his after the fact.
(Carl and I talked about how we steal from each other tonight, when we tan into each other!)