Monday, February 02, 2009

Indie Music 68 (2-8 Feb 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 have been to the Horseshoe a lot lately. But heck I have seen some great bands here! This past Saturday it was Bruce Peninsula and the Tom Fun Orchestra. It was, as Tyler predicted, "a real barnburner." BP was excellent, as expected, but Tom Fun... oh my, what a show! They played for nearly an hour and a half, including two encore sets. Wild. Loads of fun.

There's a nice piece about the Dakota Tavern here: The part about $5 cover being "a rare event" in Toronto is just not true, though. (See below, obv.)

MONDAY (2 feb)

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

Dustin & the Furniture and Big Spirit @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 7-11pm, pwyc.

Shoeless Mondays feat. Kindred Skies @ 11:15, Battleship Ethel @ 10:15, and Binge Ninja @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Derek Downham & friends (residency) @ The Press Club, 9pm, free.

Panic Density feat. Nancy & Co. w/ Thomas @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

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

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

DJ Ya Ma Bzzz w/ My Divine Light @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, free.

TUESDAY (3 feb)

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

Trish Robb and Elena Yeung @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

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

* The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Sea Of Gold & Burgundy @ 11:40, Rikers @ 10:50, La Casa Muerte @10:00, and Sunlit Ambush @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

* Andrew DeVillers (birthday party) w/ Jerry Leger @ Not My Dog, 9pm, pwyc.

* Sunbear and Julie Fader w/ poetry by Damian Rogers @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9:30pm, free/pwyc.

* The Human Statues presents feat. The Human Statues, A Hundred Magic Lions @ Bread & Circus, 9:30pm, pwyc.

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

* Great Aunt Ida and Bramwell & The Left Overs @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* CaMp CoMbO @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

GoodSoundsGood presents...Good Lovin' feat. Emma-Lee, Saidah Baba Talibah, Melissa Bathory, Sarah Shafey, blueVenus, and Moulann, hosted by Sara Hennessey @ Supermarket, 9pm (start time), $6. There's also a prix fixe dinner for $15, or $8 meals, at 7pm.

Helen Carlson w/ The Neil Young 'Uns (debut) @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, free.

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

Hi-Hat Compilation 3 Art Party @ Rancho Relaxo, 8:30pm, free. Not music: you get to decorate the CD sleeves that the compilation disk will come in.

* Paul Collins' Beat, Gentleman Jesse & his Men, and ZRO4 @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

ZAK: Mark Zurawinski, Ken Aldcroft, Michael Kaler with guests @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

Isle of Thieves, Manic Drive, and Marcio Novelli @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $5.


The Red Eyed Boys (residency) @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 6-8pm, pwyc.

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.

* Ice Cream Social feat. Gregory Pepper & His Problems, Gravity Wave, and Diamond Rings @ Habesha Club (875 Bloor St. W at Ossington), 9pm, pwyc. Crafts and "authors" early on to help you make and write Valentine's cards(starting 6:30pm), then bands at 9pm.

* Bruce Peninsula (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 7pm, free. All ages.

Victor Bateman @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

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

Bump It (weekly party) Birthday Bash feat. Egyptrixx, Lucie TIC, RIchie Dioniso, Splice, Yo-Ev, and So Soft @ Augusta House, 9pm, free.

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

Wednesdays Go Pop! feat. Christina Maria, Lindi Ortega, and Alysha Brillinger @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.

* Bramwell & The Left Overs @ Free Times Cafe, 9pm, pwyc.

* PWYC Weds feat. Skullians, John Milner Your So Boss (formerly Adopted Refugees), The Kettle Black, The Convenients, and Sleep for the Nightlife @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc ($5 sugg).

* Marcel Aucoin, Roar & the Wolf, and the Billie Hollies @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Sure Things (residency) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, pwyc.

The Warped 45s (residency) @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 10pm, pwyc.

Broken Sons @ 11:40, Jace P @ 10:50, Urban Monks @ 10:00, and Compound Band @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.

Acoustic Show feat. Justin Brooks, The Dream Company, Jake Chirico, Elijah Holt, and Dan White @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 7pm, $5.

No Official Capacity presents Serene Molestation, Maletesta, and Necrodios @ Kathedral, 8pm, $5. All ages.

* Wombat Wednesdays feat. Metal Kites, Betty Burke, and The Youngest @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8-11pm, $5. Presented by The Phonemes.

HotBoxxx presents Robb Johannes, Patrick Carneiro, Caitlin Burgess, Unknown Culprits, Intended, Creation @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $5.

The Dank, Bombs, The Skirt Chasers, R. Mirsky, and Clydesdale @ The Velvet Underground, 8:30pm, $5.

* Zeus, The Golden Dogs, and Major Grange @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, $5.

The Marksmen w/ The Ninja Funk Orchestra @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm, $5.

The Modest Cowboys @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $?

Tyler Yarema and tba @ C'est What, 9pm, $7.

Odradek residency: "Odradek Concrète" and Meiko Ando (movement) @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

THURSDAY (5 feb)

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

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

The Vacant Project @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-11pm, free.

Bailey, David Henman Band, Gabriel Charette-Boily @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Nathan Bishop @ Rearview Mirror, 9pm.

Live Jazz Thursdays feat. Everybody's Favourite Colour @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

Nude as the News feat. tba @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

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

The Mechanical Flowers (CD release) w/ Debbie Suede @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, pwyc.

Seneca College's Social Service Worker Program fundraiser feat. Stop Drop 'n Skank, Demarbles, Earz, Elyse Simpson, and Blues in D @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 7pm, $5.

* Metz (7" release), Brides, and Wyrd Visions @ Trash Palace (89-B Niagara St.), 8pm, $5.

HotBoxxx presents Asleep Behind The Flames @ 11:15, Simple Mission @ 10:30, Days On Edge @ 9:45, and Unbound @ 9:00. Lee's Palace, $5.

Hopeful Monsters w/ My Divine Light @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $5.

* Ruby Coast @ 11:30, Winter Gloves @ 10:30, and Everything All the Time @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $5.

The Beat Lounge w/ resident DJs The Vinylkiller and Kato, hosted by Mantis (album release), a live set by Fresh Kils and DJ iRATE, and beat showcase feat. Mantis, Rich Kidd, Buttahfingaz, Gigz, Fresh Kils, and Marmalade @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5.

Pray For The Monsters! w/ the art of Ghoulish Garry Pullin, feat. DJ Misty and live performance by Skulls (Misfits tribute) @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

The Ryde w/ Monster America @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $5.

Rock the Boat: Funkasaurus feat. DJ Well Said and The Main Thing @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

* Hollerado (residency) w/ Young Rival and Atomic Division (formerly The Sweater Girls) @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5? Hollerado are headlining each Thursday in Feb at Sneaks as part of their all-residency tour schedule.

I Wear My Sunglasses At Night (dance party) w/ DJs DZ Cutz, Fathom, and W.E.R.K. @ Augusta House, 10pm, $5.

Mr. Rick & the Biscuits @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

* TWM presents The Robot Ate Me, Braxton Clover, Emperor X, and Your Volunteer @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6. This one comes highly recommended by Bob at

Ashley @ Rok Boutique, 10pm, $6.

* Nick Fraser and Drumheller @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

Matt York w/ Scott Normandy @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

* Entertainment By Demand presents The Human Statues and The Williamson Playboys @ Clinton's Tavern, 9pm, $10.

Burn Down The Capital presents Alessandro Cortini (of NIN), Fredric Fiteau, Random Transfer, and Women In Tragedy @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $10.

Cuff the Duke @ The Dakota Tavern, 11pm. Holy shit! Really?

Red Handed Denial, Viscount Trematron (debut), A Sin For A Prayer, Fault of The Saviour, and Import/Export @ Kathedral, 7pm, $10. All ages.

* Canadian Reggae World Celebrates Bob Marley feat. ibadan Tréson, Jason Wilson, Belinda Brady, RaLion, Fergus (The Sattelites), and Mr. JoJo Bennett @ Originals (1660 Bayview Ave.), 9pm, $10.

FRIDAY (6 feb)

Kwesi Selassie @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

Willow Rutherford, Patrick Brealey, and Sara Genn @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Decades feat. Brendan Slyne & friends @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $tba.

The Mercy Now, HotKid, and more @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm.

Pacific Trash Vortex, Allie T, Picasio, and Doom Tickler @ Teranga, 9pm, $3.

Clara Engel / Ghost Fetish w/ Basket of Figs and Maria Kasstan @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, pwyc ($5 sugg).

Sheba Mojtahedi and Jeff Barkman @ Free Times Cafe, 7:30pm, $5.

Ashes Of Soma, Days Left, Ill Of Day, and DJ Vania @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

BS101, Chachi On Acid, and Robocopp @ Annies on Queen, 9pm, $5.

The Disraelis, Give Us Daggers, Burn Planetarium, and tba @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5.

Sweetback v. 7 (dance party) feat. DJs CutHowYaLike, The Jive Express, and Platform Shag @ Augusta House, 9:30pm, $5.

Rollin' & Scratchin' (dance party) Frost Bite Party w/ Vitaminsforyou (live set), R&S DJs, DJ Me, and DJ Tricky Cerrera @ Supermarket, 9:30pm, $5 (before 11:30pm).

Left Of Zero (EP release) @ 12:30, Hartford @ 11:30, Desperate Union @ 10:30, and Going Through The Motions @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, $6.

Scotty Campbell & His Wardenaires @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

* Room Party (dance party) w/ Foxfire and DJ Hard Dough @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.

Never Forgive Action (dance party) w/ DJ Dave Campbell @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 11pm, $5.

Special Ops w/ Blood Runs Cold @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $6.

Edgar Breau & Kevin Christoff (Simply Saucer) w/ The Saffron Sect @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, $6.

* TWM 34 feat. Ryan Masters Band, Five Blank Pages, and Tin Star Orphans @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

Hand Drawn Dracula Label Showcase feat. Contrived, Brian Borcherdt, Julie Fader, and Off the International Radar, w/ DJs Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and Shit La Merde @ WhipperSnapper Gallery, 9pm, $7.

* Loving In The Name Of feat. DJs Disappointment, Product Placement, and Strictly Commercial, and The Best (cover band incl. Andre Ethier, Matt Murphy, Nobu Adilman, James Sayce, Allie Hughes, and Katherine Bates) @ The Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom), 10pm, $7.

Leftover Daylight Series feat. Gaucher/ Lumley/ Shaw, N, and Rampersaud/ Rindone @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8. Full details:

* Geoff Berner (CD release) and Forest City Lovers @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:30pm, $10. Saw Geoff last year and I laughed so hard it hurt. FCL are one of my favourites.

Dr. Payne & the Disease w/ Maya @ Clinton's, 9:30pm, $10.

SATURDAY (7 feb)

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

The Foggy Hogtown Boys (residency) @ The Dakota Tavern, 3-7pm, pwyc.

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

Cadillac Ranch Country Matinee (weekly) @ Cadillac Lounge, 4-7pm.

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

Joe Hall and George Dobo @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6:30pm, pwyc.

Country Saturdays feat. The Wanted @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

Rekha Patel @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm.

David Celia Trio w/ Derrick Brady and Cleave Anderson @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm.

Half Beat Mishap @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

* Mandibles and Miss Scarlett @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc ($5 sugg).

Girls! Girls! Girls! (singer-songwriter night) hosted by Melanie Peterson, feat. Elana Harte, Sue Breit and Amy Campbell @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 10pm, pwyc.

The Flyboys feat. Serb Superb, Carlo & his Sound Education (Toys Are Just), The Drunken Moon Sisters @ The Velvet Underground, 7pm (early show), $5.

Blood Runs Cold, Tijuana Crackwhore, and A Necessary Evil @ Annies on Queen, 9pm, $5.

* School Jerks, White Wires, The Bang Bangs, Mother's Children, and City Sweethearts (debut) @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Drunkula, You Call Yourselves Soldiers, and DJ Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger, CFNY) @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

Samantha Martin & the Haggard @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Shake A Tail (dance party) @ Clinton's, 10pm, $5.

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

Tenth Planet and Rise for Order @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $6.

Russell Leon Band w/ Nate Daniels Band, and The Marcus Walker Quartet @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $6.

Donovan Woods w/ Jean Caffeine @ C'est What, 10pm, $6.

Superhero Masquerade feat. The Love & Wars, TreeStar, Polarity, and Sheba Mojtahedi @ Mitzi's Sister, 8:30pm, $7 (or $5 w/ superhero costume). Also featuring superhero and villain art on display and for purchase.

* TWM presents Whale Tooth (EP release) w/ Green Go and The Balconies @ Sneaky Dees, 9pm, $7. Pay $10, and you'll get a copy of the EP, too. (It's good.)

* Eating Glass, Our Father (record release), Crux of Aux, Indian Ocean, and Bastard Child Death Cult @ Adrift Clubhouse, 8pm, $8. All ages.

Philallistah, Ken Aldcroft Convergence Ensemble, and dysfunct @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

Flash Lightnin' @ 12:00, The Knifings @ 11:00, and Dean Lickyer @ 10:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $8.

No Name Dance feat. Aimée Dawn Robinson (dance), Eric Chenaux, Jennifer Castle, Nick Fraser, Allison Cameron @ The Music Gallery, 7pm, $10 ($5 members, of pwyc). Improv stuff.

* MV/EE & the Golden Road (2 sets) w/ Battleship Ethel and DJ Longhorn Grille @ Vintage By the Pound (1234 Bloor St.), 7:30pm, $10.

Rencontres en Chansons presents Serge Monette w/ Philippe Flahaut @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $10.

* Ainiké w/ Richard Underhill, Eric St. Laurent, Harmattan Road, and DJ General Eclectic (Footprints) @ The Silver Dollar Room, 8:30pm, $10.

Sensoria feat. DJG, Loetech, and Sidenote w/ Coi & Enlight, w/ video by Videocake and Quim @ Augusta House, 10pm, $10.

* The Primordials @ The Mod Club, 11pm (set time), $10. Contact the band to get on their unlimited guest list, and get in for free.

SUNDAY (8 feb)

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

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

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

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

White Squirrel Sinnerz @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 5-8pm, free.

Elena Yeung @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

* Wavelength 449 feat. Machetes, Sadie May Crash, and Key Witness, hosted by Doc Pickles, and with visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

* Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co., Brad Casey, Diamond Rings, and Amelia Goodlet @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

* The Beauties (residency) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, free.

The Lina Allemano Four @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

John Mayberry hosts The Bilge Rats @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 7pm, $5.

A Mountain Far presents The Chronic, Tonnn, Japanese Beaver Are Canadian, and No Alarms @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 8pm, $5.

TWM presents Roy Lieberman, Hi Red Center (CD release), The Paint Movement, The Ostrich Tuning @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

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

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