Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Indie Music 65 (12-18 Jan 2009).

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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.

Saw a string of really good Canadian indie bands last week... of note: Burn Planetarium, Gregory Pepper & his Problems (!), Forest City Lovers, The D'Urbervilles, Hexes & Ohs, Winter Gloves, Green Go, and Sports: The Band. Hard to beat, especially since $5 + $10 + pwyc = a lot of music for not a lot of money. I haven't made any decisions about this week, though I'll most likely be out on Saturday and Sunday, and perhaps on Wednesday too.

On the podcast this week Tyler and I welcomed Ben, Branko, and Joel from Dinosaur Bones. I'll let you know the details about the show when it's posted on the internet. More new and exciting guests in the coming weeks.

This week Wednesday through Sunday all look pretty good, with some stellar offerings for both the 19+ and the all ages set. I'll hit up the Tranzac, the Boat, the Horseshoe, Rancho, and Sneaks over the course of the week. Actually, let's put some of those in the maybe column. Rolly's Garage on Saturday afternoon looks like a must, though. Where will you be?

MONDAY (12 jan)

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

Shoeless Mondays feat. Earthtone @ 11:15, Metro 4 @ 10:15, and One Divided @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Elvis Monday feat. Bill Priddle (The Priddle Concern), Curtis Santiago, Royal So & Sos, Whole Entire Universe, Halleluya @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.

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

Slowdance (weekly party) w/ Friends Explode DJs @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, free.

* Unheard Of Mondays feat. Allison Cameron / Eric Chenaux, Wodwos, and Lakeland Poets @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, pwyc. Curated by Thom Gill all month long.

Panic Density feat. Segger/Segger @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

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

TUESDAY (13 jan)

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

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Saint Even @ 11:40, Aidan @ 10:50, Woodward & Co @ 10:00, and A Thousand Cures @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

The Pink & Black Attack presents Detroit and tba @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.

The Boogie Down hosted by Lybido (weekly party) feat. DJs Standfast, Splattermonkey, and Matt Medley @ Augusta House, 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.

Klessa, Teadora Nikolova, and Antler @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 6pm, pwyc.

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

Best of the Open Stage w/ Walker, Marni Levitt, Myke Mazzei, Rob Elder @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

J.F. Lessard, Amelie Lefevbre, and Willow Rutherford @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, pwyc.

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

Dean's Dragon @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

The Sure Things (residency) @ Cock & Tail, 10pm, pwyc.

Alicia Sales, Brian Tulk, Libby McGrath, and more @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

Winhara w/ The Clear @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

The Diction, This, and CRoSS @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm, $5.

Lindsay Ell w/ tba @ C'est What, 9:30pm, $6.

WEDNESDAY (14 jan)

* Steam Whistle Unsigned Art Show: Live Music Photography Exhibit feat. photos by Zach Slootsky, Corbin Smith, Phil Ogynist, and Robert Coilfi, w/ DJ Vanessa Fischer (Lioness) @ Steam Whistle Brewing (The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd), 6-11pm, RSVP to rsvp@steamwhistle.ca.

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.

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

Rock 'n Roll Pornography w/ Guitar Hero live on stage (weekly event), and DJ Billy Geek @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.

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

PWYC Weds feat. Oscar Brown, A Young Wife, and The Ostrich Tuning @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Bonsai Foresty and Heavy Water @ Rearview Mirror, 9pm, pwyc.

Alysse Rich & the Family Singers, Daniel Field @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

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

Blood Runs Cold @ 11:40, Moondog Uproar @ 10:50, Bombs @ 10:00, and Jell @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.

Cappelletto-McEleney Quintet @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, $5.

* Tropics, Huckleberry Friends, Wyrd Visions, and The Pauls @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

* Wombat Wednesdays feat. Chris Eakins, Hobson's Choice, Entire Cities, The Owle Bird @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $5. This month is programmed by Dwight Schenk, and cover also gets you a copy of his new solo album, _Natural Disasters_. Go early and stay late for this one.

The Sure Things (residency) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5?

Groovesmith w/ The St. George Circus @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents The Champion Heartache, Innes Wilson & his Opposition, and Born to Busk @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Mike Evin, Brent Randall & his Pinecones, and Howie Kislowicz @ Supermarket, 9pm, $6.

Andrea Ramolo w/ Lickpenny Loafer and Christina Maria @ Rok Boutique, 9pm.

The Key Frames w/ Tin Roof Rusted @ C'est What, 9:30pm, $7.

Orchestre Royal Odradek (DC release) and Disguises @ Somewhere There, 8pm, $8.

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ El Mocambo, $8 (adv tix avail.).

Pop Girl 7 feat. Sarah-Jean Villa, Cassandra, Lily C., Leah, Miss Teasa, and more @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 7:30pm, $10.

THURSDAY (15 jan)

* Timber Timbre (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 7pm, free. The new Timber Timbre album's out this week, and it's beautiful.

Chris Banks and Chris Vale @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Dave & Levi (jazz standards) @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

Sky Shark and People Of Canada @ Cock & Tail, 9pm, free.

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

Pat Robitaille and Michou @ The Arbor Room (Hart House, U of T), 9pm, free.

Eden w/ Roman Tome @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc (pass the hat).

Live Jazz Thursdays feat. Jessica Stuart Few @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

* Honest I's, Mina May, Horses, and Pacific Trash Vortex @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

* Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum, Klessa, Sarah D., Whatever Jailer, and Teadora Nikolova @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 9:30pm, pwyc.

* Bret Caswell & the Marquee Rose, Shelby Lamb, and The Key Frames @ El Mocambo, 9pm, pwyc.

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

Alicia Sales, Mandippal Jandu, and more @ Holy Joe's, 8pm, $5.

Montague Street w/ Save this City @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 8:30pm, $5.

* Dance Electric, The Guest Bedroom, and Pace the Stairs @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $5.

The Yage Letters and Extinct or Alive @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

* The Apollo Effect, Picturesound, and The Vestaloynes @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5.

Dirty Chinese Thieves and Voodoo Bunny @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

Mike Lynch w/ Stewed Roots @ C'est What, 9:30pm, $5.

White Girl @ Augusta House, 10pm, $5.

Toronto City Roots presents The Billie Hollies, Nonie Crete, and Rae Billing @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $6.

Simeon Abbott, Saltarelli / Heidt, and Car Fur Omelette @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

The Johnnys and Second Pass @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $6 (or free before 10pm).

7th Heaven presents JD Twitch w/ Andrew Allsgood @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 10pm, $7.

Street Pharmacy and Mean Tangerine @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $8.

Sean Jones w/ Dale Luarca @ Supermarket, 9pm, $8.

Inertia Entertainment presents Psyopus, Titan, and Vilipend @ The Annex WreckRoom, 8pm, $10.

FRIDAY (16 jan)

Matt Humphries @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

Andrew DeVillers @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Mechanical Flowers and tba @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Porte, Real Cops, and Thee 9am Social @ The Press Club, 9pm, pwyc.

The Calrizians @ Cloak & Dagger, pwyc.

Barbie Wire (DJs) @ Rearview Mirror, 8pm.

RTRD'D (monthly party) presents Back to So Cold feat. DJs Friends Explode and Famous Players @ Augusta House, 10pm, $5.

LAUGHstock presents The Smile, Whiskey Priest, Please Standby, and Blind Cats @ Annies on Queen, 8pm, $5.

Distance Between Stars, Love You To Death, Aberdeen, and Turn Off the Stars, w/ DJs Matt Medley and Danny Nagels @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

* Pop Noir (monthly party, debut) feat. OPOPO @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.

The Calrizians @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, $5.

Movement, hosted by Tweed (weekly party) @ The Annex WreckRoom, 10pm, $5 (or free w/ student ID).

* Owl Eyes, Thom Gill, and Carnival Moon @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

DJ Skratch Bastid w/ Rory Them Finest @ The Drake Hotel (Lounge), 8pm, $5.

Whitney Spears (dance party) feat. Le Freak C'est Keek and Gangbangas Countess Christmasher @ Supermarket, 10pm, $5 (after 11pm).

DMoney presents Edumacation w/ DJs Fase, Ritz, and hosted by Taboo @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 11pm, $5.

The Organ Thieves, Hijack Delta, and Gentlemen Husbands, w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

The Starship Experience, The Low Heroes, The Grim Preachers, and Shemp @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, $5ish.

TWM presents Romeo Liquor Store, Purr, Corduroy, and Wildlife @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Hobson's Choice, The Jessice Stuart Few, and Justin Dunlop @ The Renaissance Cafe, 9pm, $6.

Lost Innocence, Cold Dead Hands, and My Flea Circus @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $6 (or free before 10pm).

Leftover Daylight presents Johnson / Schoorl / Thomson, Fisher / Peterson / Salimi, and Salek / Storring @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

Shaman's Revival, Earsz, Mermen Attack, and Sandman Viper Command @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.

Diemonds, Drunkula, Birthday Boys, Left of Zero, and Dean Lickyer @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $7.

NxNE present The Keep Six Tour feat. El Da Sensei & the Returners, Ghettosocks, Toolshed, Wordburglar, Freshkils, and Alex Dimez @ Silver Dollar, 10pm, $8.

Bruised Shins, Blistered Fingers: An Instant Composition feat. dance by Neil Sochasky, music by Aaron Lumley with lighting environments by Anna Silverstein @ Red Brick Studio (6 Nassau St.), 7:30pm, $8.

The Hemis, Sisters of Mercy, and Jay Pollock @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $?

Hotboxx presents Burning Candy, Adam Evil, Unknown Culprits, Mule Skinner, and Signe Miranda @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

Slowcoaster @ 12:00, Dr DFunkt @ 11:00, and Aaron Collier @ 10:00. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.

SATURDAY (17 jan)


* Dapslove presents All Ages Vol. 1 feat. Oh No Forest Fires, Golden Girls, Skeleton Me, The Bicycles, and Tonka & Puma @ Rolly's Garage, 2-7pm, $7 (or $6 adv at Soundscapes). Great!!

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


Country Saturday feat. Joanne MacKell & the Paradise Rangers @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 6-9pm, free.

Willow Rutherford w/ FM High Low @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

Friendship (Friends Explode DJs) @ The Ossington, 10pm, free.

Three Times Fast @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc. "The music of Ellington and Monk."

* Great Aunt Ida w/ Michael Holt @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Colleen & Paul (Witchbelly) w/ Tiiu @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Must Stash Hat and Tetris Holdem @ The Imperial Pub, 10pm, $3.

Bangers & Mash (DJ night) @ Rearview Mirror, 9pm.

Adopted Refugees @ The Poor Alex Theatre, 9pm.

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

Bad Skin, The Clusterbombs, Rackshot, and Thrashards @ Annies On Queen, 9pm, $5.

Raygun Cowboys and Rehad for Quitters, w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

The Sherbourne Canons, House of Commons, and more @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $5.

Pop Rocks w/ DJ Dwight (weekly party) @ The Annex WreckRoom, 10pm, $5 (or free w/ student ID).

My Shaky Jane and Little Foot Long Foot @ The Press Club, 10pm, $5.

DJ Jaime Sin @ The Drake Hotel (Lounge), 10pm, $5.

* Saddle Up! (country & western dance party) @ Canadian Corps Legion Hall (201 Niagara), 10pm, $5.

Goin' Steady (50s and 60s dance party) @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.

Lickin' Good Fried @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5?

YO! Remember the '90s? (monthly party) feat. DJs Dale Cooper, Uncle Phil, and Dylan McKay @ Augusta House, 10pm, $5.

* Late Night Live feat. The Hunting Horns, Priya Thomas, and Revolvers @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10pm, $5.

Lipstick, Cherry w/ DJ Pammm and Dynasty DJs (monthly party) @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 11pm, $5.

Do Right! Saturdays (dance party) feat. DJs Fase, John Kong, Circle Research, and MC Abdominal @ Supermarket, 10pm, $5 (before 11pm).

* TWM presents The Odysseys, That's the Spirit, Olenka & the Autumn Lovers, and Shawn Jurek @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Jarod Parlee w/ Jane Carmichael @ Free Times Cafe, 9pm, $6.

neither/nor feat. Mark Sherlock, Mark Couroux, Rob Clutton, Eldritch Priest, and Doug Tielli @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

Base War 13 (dance party) feat. STA, Errol vs Knifehandchop, Gingy, and DVSN @ Z (822 Dundas St. W), 10pm, $7 (or $5 for groups of 3 or more).

* Invasions (CD release) w/ The Ghost is Dancing and Mother Murder @ The Velvet Underground, 8pm-11:15pm (early show), $7 (adv tix avail.)

* Dinosaur Bones (1 year anniv party), The Junction, Black Hat Brigade, and The Paint Movement @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $7.

Sherry-Lynn Birthday Show @ Holy Joe's, 8pm, $8.

Invasions w/ The Good Times, The Svens, The Effens @ The Velvet Underground, 5pm-8:15pm (super early show), $10 (adv tix avail.). All ages.

Hardpressed to Print presents An InPrint Collective Fundraiser feat. Ten Thousand Creatures & Benhur, Kendal Thompson, Jeremy Gontier (Stirling), and Scotty Stiles @ The Cameron House, 9pm, $10.

Hotboxx presents 1867 @ 12:15, Little Sunday @ 11:30, Broken Sons @ 10:45, Above It All @ 10:00, and Rockafellers @ 9:15. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.

Surf and Turf feat. Tennessee Voodoo Coupe w/ The Vondells, and DJ “Surfin” Dave Faris @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $10.

The Next Best Thing (TNBT) feat. Lazy Slang and DJ Themes @ The Rivoli, 9:30pm, $10.

Jane's Party w/ The Ben Young Trio @ C'est What, 10pm, $10.

SUNDAY (18 jan)


Les Singes Bleus @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 1pm, pwyc.

Makita Hack & the Logrollers @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 5-8pm, free.

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

Scotty Campbell Country Matinee @ The Cadillac Lounge, 4-7pm, pwyc.

The Calzirians @ Rearview Mirror, 4pm, pwyc.

The Liquidaires @ Mitzi's Sister, 5-7pm, pwyc.

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

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


Katelyn Dawn @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

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

* Wavelength 446 feat. Steamboat, Romo Roto, and Lanterns, w/ visuals by General Chaos, and hosted by Doc Pickles @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc ($5-$10 sugg).

Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co. w/ Gloria Song @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

Rob Clutton (Bass), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola da gamba) & Brandon Valdivia (Drums) perform solo sets @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

The Beauties (residency) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10:30pm.

Christine Duncan's Element Choir (residency) @ Somewhere There, 6-8pm, $6.

NOW Series feat. David Sait and Germain Liu @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

* Dan Burke and No Shame present Marianne Dissard: a Dinner Show @ The Dakota Tavern, 6:30pm-9pm, $10 (admit two, adv tix avail.)

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