Monday, January 26, 2009

Indie Music 67 (26 Jan-1 Feb 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.

I caught a few new-to-me bands this week, and one new-to-me venue, plus I traded Wavelength for Gather Round on Sunday... so, it was a week with a difference for me. On Thursday I caught Ketch Harbour Wolves and The O'Darlings at Holy Joe's. On Friday at the Horseshoe, Great Bloomers impressed me with their new songs, and I got to see Tusks finally. That same night I saw $100 as a duo for the first time, then Catl, also for the first time. Great stuff all round. On Sunday I caught a bit of Cataline/These Boots, witnessed the debut performance of Peanut & Victoria (awesome percussion-heavy experimental duo), and then ended the evening with Hamilton Trading Co.

This week there's lots to do! (I know I write that a lot, but it's no less true this week.) I got a few things starred in the listings below. I'll be at the Horsehoe on Saturday---you can win tickets to that show on my blog---but otherwise I haven't made any firm decisions about where I'll be at. I do love Yacht Rock, though... dance party at the Boat on Friday.

MONDAY (26 jan)

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

Shoeless Mondays feat. Those Damn Kookies @ 11:15, Claypine @ 10:15, and Waiting For Grace @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

* Elvis Monday feat. Liam Titcomb, The Whole Entire Universe (AKA The People of Canada band), Yuka, The Miles, Donlands & Mortimer, and Aborted Ambition @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free. Free food served until 10pm.

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

Slowdance (weekly party) w/ DJ Anthony Gerace @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, free.

* Unheard Of Mondays feat. Felicity Williams & Dan Fortin, Mike Smith & Jeremy Strachan, and Colin Fisher & Nifty @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, pwyc. Curated by Thom Gill all month long.

Panic Density feat. See Through Trio @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

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

Chloe Charles, Trevor Campbell, and Erik Jorgensen @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8:30pm, pwyc.

TUESDAY (27 jan)

nO.I.S.E.@ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5:30pm, pwyc.

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

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

Drummers in Exile (weekly event) @ The Annex WreckRoom, 8pm, pwyc ($2-$5).

Sound Bites (acoustic night) feat. For Better Words, Nika Smith, The Sun Harmonic, and Elder Sister Plum @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, free.

Kavan Cleary and Lizz Hodgson @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

* The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Beyond A Wonderland @ 11:40, The Mark Inside @ 10:50, The Superstitions @ 10:00, and Final Flash @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Jagermeister presents Maximum R'n'R and Saigon Hookers @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.

The Boogie Down hosted by Lybido (weekly party) feat. DJs Mensa, Double K, Splattermonkey, and Medley @ Augusta House, 9pm, free.

Tumblin' Tuesdays (residency) feat. Lucas Stagg, Tanya Philipovich, and International Turpentine @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm, pwyc.

Remedy @ Rok Boutique, 9pm.

The Human Statues presents feat. The Human Statues, Christina Maria, David Ward, and David Hein @ Bread & Circus, 9:30pm, pwyc.

Babylon Telecom presents Social Work (DJ night) w/ guests DJ Rob Nice and MFFN @ The Ossington, 10pm, free.

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

Michael Holt (residency) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

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

The Flying Bordelos (2 sets) @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm.

* Bosscho (Springsteen cover night) feat. The Schomber Fair, Whale Tooth, Patrick Brealey, The Dress Whites, Megan Hamilton & Megan Marshall, The Big City Nights Band, and Sky Shark @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Nicole Rampersaud, Harley Card, and Ethan Ardelli @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

Burlesque Carnivale feat. The Cinnamon Hearts (burlesque) w/ Dylan Murray, The Emotionally Unavailable Mariners, and DJ Dorian & Dorian @ The Boat, 9pm, $10.

Paisley Jura (CD release) @ Supermarket, 8:30pm, $10.

WEDNESDAY (28 jan)

Acoustic Espionage @ Silver Dollar, 6-9pm, free. Weekly songwriters open stage event, hosted by Tim Harrison and Noah Zacharin. Followed by High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ Crazy Strings (bluegrass music), 9:30pm.

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

Deb Whalen @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

Pink Mafia and She Does The City present Live Band Karaoke @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, pwyc.

The Annex WreckRoom & IndieCan Radio present IndieCan Wednesdays feat. Vercity and Patrizia @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, free.

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

Rock 'n Roll Pornography w/ Guitar Hero live on stage @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.

Wednesdays Go Pop! feat. The Framework, Chris Caddell, and Alysha Brillinger @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.

Rockgasm II feat. Max Alexandre, O-God, and Bryen Shi @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

Everybody's Favourite Colour (original music, improv) @ Concord Cafe, 9pm.

The Night Bazaar presents Michael Keith (playing the complete works of Karl Magnet), Debashis Sinha's 'shruti,' Duo improvisations by Kousha Nakhaei & David Sait @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc. Chess boards provided.

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

Wombat Wednesdays feat. The Uplifters, The Brothers Baird, and Bitter City @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:30pm, $5.

* Alphabot!, Cut Throat Britva, Clouds (that look like things), and Blood Rexdale & the Walls Are Blond @ The Velvet Underground, 9pm, $5ish.

Vanderpark and The Evelyn Room @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $5.

Half Past Four, The Futz, and Mackenzie King @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

Acoustic Night feat. Ryan Christopher and Luke Sneyd @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $6.

Odradek (residency) w/ Paul Newman, Bill Gilliam, and Araz Salek (solo) @ Somewhere There, 8pm, $8.

* Josh Reichmann Oracle Band @ 11:15, Valery Gore @ 10:15, and Laura Barrett @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $8.

Sarah Shafey (CD release) w/ Mike Celia @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10 (or $5 in adv from

THURSDAY (29 jan)

* Sebastien Grainger & the Mountains (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free. All ages.

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

Andre Roy Jazz Trio @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 6-9pm, free.

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

Erik Bleich, Jon Travis, Carl Lorusso Jr, and Elissa Gallai @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Live Jazz Thursdays feat. Stop Time @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

Quarter Tank, Voodoo Bunny, and DJ Ash @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm.

The Eatons and Space Is For Stars @ Rok Boutique, 9pm.

* Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns), Kat Burns (Forest City Lovers), Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), and Gavin Gardiner (The Wooden Sky) @ The Central, 9pm, pwyc.

Temptation w/ DJ General Electric (weekly party) @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 10pm, free.

Trinket Trance feat. Great Dane, The Good Ideas (final show), and Betty Dimo @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

* The Pauls and tba @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Acoustic Spirit feat. Dallas Lockrey, Krazy-Rob, Julian Petti, and Reuben O'dell-Barkow @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9, $5.

Artists for Outreach presents Sing For Supper, a benefit concert for St. Francis Table feat. Missing In Venice, The Jayce, and Victor Swift @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 8pm, $8 (or $5 w/ canned food or cleaning agent donation).

Squeeky and The Terribles, King Solomon, and Carlo & the Sound Education @ The WhipperSnapper Gallery, 8pm, $5.

* Steam Whistle Unsigned feat. United Steel Workers of Montreal, Shortwave, and Hooded Fang, and Green Go DJs @ Steam Whistle Brewing, 9:30pm (show starts), $5. Unsigned Art Show Closing Reception 8pm-9:30pm. All proceeds at the door to the Artists' Health Centre Foundation.

Your New Friends (CD release) w/ Run With the Kittens and Donlands & Mortimer @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $5.

* Horses, The Jill Stavely Project, Shotgun Wedding, and Malcolm Bauld @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5.

Pacific Trash Vortex, Pace the Stairs, and Spooky Scarecrows @ The Chelsea Room, $5.

Freedom Cage @ 11:15, The Dregs @ 10:15, and The Pull @ 9:15. Lee's Palace, $5.

The Unknown Culprits and Katelyn Dawn @ C'est What, 9:30pm, $5.

* IndieCredit No. 1 feat. The Lovely Killbots, The Wilderness of Manitoba, and Wendy Leung @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Hush Money (CD release) w/ Barf, Pigeons!; B'MO Crazy; and Please Stand By, We're Having Technical Difficulties @ The Boat, 9pm, $5 (or $8 gets you the CD too).

Hammersmith:forgersofmetal and others @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm.

* Bahamas @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm.

Padded Cell Productions presents Shock Therapy feat. Danny Dopamine, Angerville, PCP, w/ guest DJs JzL, Scratche, and DTM @ Augusta House, 10pm, $7 (before 11pm, $10 after).

* The Hots @ 11:30, Cancel Winter @ 10:50, Sunriser @ 10:00, and Us & Others @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $8.

Simeon Abbott (residency) feat. Cat Fur Omelette and Generic Rock @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

The Sarah & Jeff Show, Glenn Brody, The Clearing, Emily Bones, and Ryan Karam @ Holy Joe's, 8:30pm, $8.

Abstract Thought Events Promotions presents Half Past Four, Captive Grooves, metheus Bound @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 7:30pm, $10.

* Low Level Flight, We Are the Take, These Three Cities @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $10.

FunkaBelly: Monthly Dance Party and Bellydance Cabaret w/ DJ medicineman @ Supermarket, 9pm, $10.

* Beast and These Electric Lives @ The Mod Club, 7pm (early show), $10.

FRIDAY (30 jan)

* Ronley Teper's Lipliners @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Mosaic (R&B, soul) @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

Bill Wood & the Woodies w/ Mary Margaret Wood @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm, free.

Tanya Philipovich and Lucas Stagg Band @ The Press Club, 10pm, pwyc.

Collette Savard @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm.

* The Ryan Driver Quartet @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Don't Be Shy (dance party) @ Augusta House, 10pm, free (before 11pm, $5 after).

Bradleyboy w/ Jeff Leech & the Pepperbox Choir @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Dirty Chinese Thieves, Darlings of Chelsea (debut), Voodoo Bunny, and Romeo Liquor Store @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

The Burnitdowns and Organ Thieves @ Annies on Queen, 9pm, $5.

Shit La Merde (dance party) w/ DJs Pat C and CTV News At Noon @ Sneaky Dee's, 10pm, $5 (or free before 11pm).

TWM presents Michou, Make Your Exit, and Voila @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

The Common Dears, Lion Ride, and DJ Vania @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

Yacht Rock X (dance party) @ The Boat, 10pm, $5. This is my favourite dance party. It's hilarious.

Broomfiller and You Handsome Devil @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $6.

Late Night Live: Sourvan, Endsville @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:30pm, $5.

Star Map Caravan and Space Craft 7 @ Rearview Mirror, 10pm, $5ish.

Jace P & the Big People w/ The BreakDown and Jessica Rose @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, $5.

Non Stop (dance party) w/ Dana D, Fistfight, and Graham Zilla @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 10pm, $5.

Nick Rose w/ David Goldman, Dan Griffin & the Regrets @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $5.

Foxhole 4 Year Anniversary (dance party) w/ DJs Shane MacKinnon, May, and Bink @ Supermarket, 10pm, $7.

Ferriswheel, J-Envoie, and Nina Nielsen & the Sinking Ships @ Mitzi's Sister.

The Grave @ 12:30, Jets To Ground @ 11:30 (CD release), Sonny Boy Mick @ 10:30, Free Press @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $6.

Leftover Daylight Series: Schoorl / Sorbara, Paul Newman (solo), and aimtoronto Orchestra Workshop @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

Chinese Food @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $10.

Chris Warren (CD release) w/ The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:30pm, $10.

The Screwed (3 sets) @ The Cadillac Lounge, 10pm.

Primary Colors presents You So Big Musclw Strong J'Taime feat. Parallels (live set), Thrust Lab (live), Botox Corvette, Animal Monster, and Nif-D, with Mark Brown (video) @ Canadian Corps Legion Hall, 9pm, ?

Landed Entertainments presents Film Jam: Battle of the Jams 2, Round 3 feat. Cookie Couture, Leah Speers, and Start Tomorrow, w/ DJ Havok @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 8pm, $10 (or $8 w/ canned food donation).

Insurrection Entertainment & LiveLetLive Promotions presents The Cherish, A Distance From, McCarthy, The Diverse Attraction, Casper in Kasady, Beyond the Shadows, and Big City Skyline @ Kathedral, 6pm, $10.

Indie Night feat. Graham Porter, The Jing Bang Show, The Passenger, and You vs. Me @ Holy Joe's, 8pm, $10.

SATURDAY (31 jan)

Dodge Fiasco (residency) @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 4pm, pwyc.

Bill Colgate & the Urbane Guerillas feat. Wendell Ferguson (residency) @ The Dominion on Queen, 4-7pm, pwyc.

Willow Rutherford w/ David Celia @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

Country Saturdays feat. Kensington Hillbillys @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

* Wintercity Festival feat. Shad (8pm) and Thunderheist (8:45pm) @ Nathan Phillips Square, free.

D'Arcy Wickham @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm.

Shoot The Cameraman (2 sets) @ Not My Dog, 10pm, pwyc.

* SIRIUS Canada presents Cuff the Duke and Castlemusic, hosted by SIRIUS Satellite Radio Canada / CBC Radio 3’s Craig Norris @ Lakeside Terrace (Harbourfront), 9-11pm, free. All ages.

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

Stella Rose, Kim Jarrett, Neil Blackhawk & the 3 Legged Dog @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm.

Avant Gardening feat. Martine Arnold, Kyle & Sarah Glover, Neil & Carolyn Turnbull, Al Newell, Dave Clark, and Mike Overton @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne tribute band) @ Rok Boutique, 10pm.

* John Connolly, Allie Hughes, and Jadea Kelly @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.

Diablo Red, Reverse Mount Rushmore, and DJ Darrin Pfeiffer @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

* Endprogram, Akroid, UTI, and The Kettle Black @ Annies on Queen, 9pm, $5.

DMoney presents Sophisticated (dance party) feat. Lucie Tic, Barbi, and the Right Clik Dance Crew @ Augusta House, 10pm, $5 (before 11pm).

* Famous Players, OPOPO, Fellows, and The Miles @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

Michael Brennan Band w/ Kim Cole @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm.

DJ Mikey Apples @ The Drake Hotel (Lounge), 11pm, $5.

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

Lifestory:Monologue, Farewell Cool Reason, Second Floor Escape, and Cut Throat Kids @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

The Job (CD release), My Shaky Jane, and People You Know @ The Velvet Underground, 8pm (early show), $5?

F'unreal (dance party) @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.

Culture By Number, Blacklist Manifest, Anthony Randall, Daniel Berkal $ Brian Parker, Julian Petti, At Odds With Even, and Mike Lazarevski @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 8pm, $5.

PiNG presents WARMiNG WiNTER CHiLL featuring io with a. mark (mbira) + URM + General Chaos Visuals @ The Central, 8pm, $6.

* TWM 33 presents The Unsettlers, Hot Kid, and The Speaking Tongues @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7. WOO!

* Boys Who Say No (EP release) w/ Provincial Parks, Woolly Leaves, and The People of Canada @ WhipperSnapper Gallery, 8pm, $7 (adv tix avail. at Soundscapes).

Young Contrarians, Epigram, and Picturesound @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $6.

* The Tom Fun Orchestra @ 12:15, Bruce Peninsula @ 10:45, and The Darcys @ 9:45. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $8. I'm running a ticket/CD giveaway for this show on my blog.

Footprints (dance party) feat. DJs Jason Palma, General Eclectic, and Stuart, hosted by Lybido @ The Rivoli, 10pm, $5 (before 11pm; $10 after).

Justin Haynes & Roddy Ellias @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

Deamon, Crimson Shadows, Abyssal Throne, and Immrama @ Duffy's Tavern, 8pm, $10.

SUNDAY (1 feb)

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

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

David Woodhead and Friends @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

The County Boys @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 5-8pm, free.

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

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

Lauren Best @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm.

* Wavelength 448 feat. Mein, Electroluminescent, Fire Hydrant, and The Unsettlers @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

* Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co. and more @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

The Woodchoppers Association @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

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

NOW Series @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Jen! Thanks for the mention and your support of Indie music!

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