Monday, February 23, 2009

Indie Music 71 (23 Feb - 1 Mar 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've been sick and out of it, but I'm finally feeling better and up to doing a full(ish) list again. In the past couple of weeks I've seen only a handful of bands/performers: The Hylozoists, Mi Ami, Thank You, I am Robot & Proud, Snowblink, Alex Lukashevky, Bruce Peninsula, and the Rural Alberta Advantage. (Oh, plus something awesome at the Music Gallery... not indie at all.)

Last week was a bit off, show-wise, in my view. Things are back on track this week, with several good lineups on offer that won't cost you much.

MONDAY (23 feb)

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

Shoeless Mondays feat. Wear Your Crown @ 11:15, Brown Sugar @ 10:15, and Make Me Young @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

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

Elvis Monday feat. Allie Hughes, Human Statues, Gemini 12, Frank Nevada, and The People Of Canada @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.

The Gods @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, free.

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

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

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

Earsplitting Mondays feat. It Lies In Ruin and Elevator 22 @ Annies On Queen, 9pm, $5. This is a new hard rock and heavy metal night.

* Doug Tielli presents The Allison Cameron Band, Nicola Miller, and Eric Chenaux @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, pwyc ($10 sugg).

TUESDAY (24 feb)

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

* Gentleman Reg (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 6pm, free. All ages.

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).

The Toronto Folk Singers Circle (monthly event) @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, pwyc.

Acousic Mardi Gras feat. Sheba, Jeff Barkman, Rosslyn Picton, and Jeff Scott @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

Erin McCallum (CD release) @ The Silver Dollar Room, 8pm (start time), free.

* The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Evil Genius @ 11:40, Inward Eye @ 10:50, Clothes Make The Man @ 10:00, and The Lovely Killbots @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Magnolia w/ tba @ C'est What, 9:30pm, $5.

The Pink & Black Attack presents The Blackouts Toronto and Freddy Fuckup @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.

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

The Human Statues presents feat. The Human Statues, Jeff Giles, David Ward, and Andrea Loren @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, pwyc.

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

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

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

Stephanie Braganza w/ tba @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

CR Avery w/ Corin Raymond (The Undesirables) @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $8.

WEDNESDAY (25 feb)

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

Christina Maria w/ tba @ C'est What, 9:30pm, free.

High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ Crazy Strings (bluegrass music), 9:30pm, free.

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

See Spot Run, The Breakup Letter, and The Strange @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, pwyc.

The Annex WreckRoom & IndieCan Radio present IndieCan Wednesdays feat. The Compound, Grindstone, and Freedom Cage @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, free.

Wednesdays Go Pop! feat. Benjamin Stevenson, Sean Jones, and Ko Kapches @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.

* The Night Bazaar Series 2 feat. Ana, Simantov Orchestra, Neeraj Prem Masih @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

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

Hot White Whiskey Wednesdays w/ Brad Casey @ The Cloak & Dagger Pub, 10pm, pwyc.

The Vive Quebec Libres, The Western Dream, and Dirty Penny @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5?

John Lennon & George Harrison Tribute Night @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

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

Hotboxxx presents Maletesta @ 10:30, Malefic Past @ 9:45, Odium @ 9:00, and Skorches @ 8:15. Lee's Palace, 8pm, $5.

Acoustic Evening feat. Hello Charlie, Leh-Lo, Ben Spivak, and Erin Hunt @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm.

* Special Noise, Braids, and Real Cops @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Wombat Wednesdays feat. HANK, Mister Nobu & the Mighty Sparrows, and PDF Format @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8-11pm, $6.

The Box Salon feat. Claudia Dey (words), Amer Diab (music), Steven McKay (music), Irene Loughlin (performance), Sharon English (words), Nick Fox-Geig (film), Fraser Stables (images), and Peter Venuto (music) @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $5-10 sugg donation.

Odradek perform the soundtrack to Lotte Reiniger's "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

Stokka, With Lust, The Good Times, and Ace Kinkaid @ Clinton's, 9pm, $7.

* No Bunny w/ The Smith Westerns, Deutshe Bank, and Invasions @ The Velvet Underground, $9 (or $7 adv).

THURSDAY (26 feb)

Bluegrass & Old Time Thursday feat. Rob Fenton, Nichol Roberts, James McKie, and Max Heineman @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

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

Julie Mahendran @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

* The Drake's 5th Anniversary Party feat. Gravity Wave, Boys Who Say No, and Great Bloomers @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, free.

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

Jessica Stuart (Koto) Few, Sarah Calvert, and Ida Maidstone @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

To Downcast Your Eyes, Red Trakpants, and Rotox Veterin @ Chelsea Room, 9pm, pwyc.

Nervous Wrecked, Nothing Shy, Om Tree Folk Collective, and Ivy Mairi @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Live Jazz Thursdays feat. Malcolm Sinclair @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

Luxury Bob @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

* Megan Hamilton (residency) w/ Lisa Bozikovic @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Conconquidore Truidore, Circus School, Book, The Elizabeth Freakout Project, and MC Ghost of Helen Keller @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm.

The Priddle Concern, Whosarmy, and more @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

Airheart, Kay Pettigrew Band, and Laura Aidanblaise @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $7-5.

New Music Night feat. 7th Line, Andy Stedman, Broken Sons, and others @ Clinton's Tavern, 9pm, $5.

Clydesdale, Devil Eyes, and tba @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $7.

Ladies of The Canyon w/ Lindi Ortega @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Jack D @ 12:30, Fourthwall Band (CD release) @ 11:40, The Stars Here @ 10:50, The Cunninghams @ 10:00, and tba @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $5.

Six Shooter Thursdays feat. The Cavaliers, Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners, acoustic), Chris Gray (The Black Maria, acoustic), and DJ Adam Kreeft @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

* Hollerado, Black Names, and Earsz @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

The Ambient Ping presents Freeze Avoidance feat. Ortiz and quasiMODAL @ Renaissance Cafe, 8pm, $6.

Nice Cat @ 11:40, Second Pass @ 10:50, Cyanide @ 10:00, and Very Emergency @ 9:10. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $6. "hard/stoner/grunge rock." For a spot on the guestlist, send Nicole (from Nice Cat) a message through the Nice Cat MySpace page, with "historyjen guest list" in the subject line. (She'll be celebrating her birthday the night of the show.)

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

Urban Preacher w/ Dave Borins and Simon Walls @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm (start time), $8.

Vegan Rock feat. Hush Money, More Than Breathing, Dream Awake, and Jacqueline Rendell @ The Boat, 9pm, $10. This is a fundraiser for the Toronto Vegetarian Association. Also feat. "delicious desserts!"

FRIDAY (27 feb)

Masaisai @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free. Traditional music and dance from Zimbabwe.

Greg Hobbs and Patrick Brealey @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Flammable Friday No. 2 feat. Great Dane, International Turpentine, and Stregato @ Renaissance Cafe, 9pm, pwyc.

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

The Frotteurs and Run With The Kittens @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Hope in Folk! feat. Alex Unger, Maggie Cross, Pat Piper, Zach Cassidy, and Liam Sanagan (LUM) @ 1307 Bloor St. W., 8pm, $4/pwyc. All ages.

The Sherbourne Canons, Ashley Newall Band, and The Monitors @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

The Ireland Brothers Band @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Medallions and Picturesound @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

The Jet Trio, You Handsome Devil, and DJ Vania @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

Llions and others @ The Velvet Underground, 9pm, $5.

Public City presents Public, Revival Dear, Spookey Ruben Trio, and Neil Kevin Quin (from Zeus, Major Grange) @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $5.

End Riot, Hollywood Swank, Dead City Citizens and El Riot @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $5.

You & Me and Carly & Mark @ Renaissance Cafe, 9pm, $5.

* The D'Urbervilles, Still Life Still, and The Paint Movement @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $6. There's a contest for free tickets to this show up at

Ashley w/ DJ Duncan @ Neutral, 10pm, $6.

The Speakeasies, These Three Cities, and Joe Macleod @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

The Monster Show (CD release) w/ tba @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, $7.

Hell Yeah Fuck Yeah, Spoiled Rotten, and Broadcast Zero @ Annies On Queen, 9pm, $7.

leftover daylight series presented by Evan Shaw feat. Alaniaris, June Pak w/ improvisers, and the aimtoronto Orchestra Workshop @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

Chaddy @ The Annex WreckRoom, 8pm, $10.

Hotboxxx presents Waitin on Pogey, Fridays Karma, Paul Clifford, Ryan Barwick, Gettysburg, Vedette, and Run Yellow @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

SATURDAY (28 feb)

* Luxury Bob (3 sets) @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 4-7pm, pwyc.

Bill Colgate & the Urbane Guerillas feat. Cam MacInnes (residency) @ The Dominion on Queen, 4-7pm, pwyc ($10 sugg).

Ivy Mairi and Alex Whyte @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6:30pm, pwyc.

Organic Funk @ Harmony Lounge, 8pm, free.

Country Saturdays feat. Michael Brennan w/ Steve Briggs @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 6-9pm, free.

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

Songwriters Unite! feat. Noah Zacharin, Blair Packham, D'Arcy Wickham, Heather Chappell, James Clark, Bri-Anne Swan, Ellie Avishai, Sarah Calvert, and your host Russell Leon @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm, pwyc ($5 sugg).

Matthew de Zoete, Nina Nielsen, and The Done Fors @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:15pm, pwyc.

Will Fisher Quintet @ Tequila Bookwork, 9pm, pwyc.

Ed Vokurka Ensemble @ The Drake Hotel (Lounge), 8pm, $5.

* Katie DuTemple & the Staytoughs w/ Calie Staples @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

TWM 35 feat. Rival Boys, Noisedive, and Bitter City @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

* Key Witness, Honest I's, and The Artful Vandelays @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10pm, $5.

The 3tards, The Groopies, and The Talliband, w/ DJ Billy Geek @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

Joshua Cockerill @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

* Sadie May Crash and The Superstitions @ The Velvet Underground, 9pm, $5.

The Salem Sessions Vol. 1 feat. Golden Ghetto w/ The Poet Trials @ C'est What, 9:30pm, $7.

LAUGHstock presents Come Clean, Barrier, NoHawks, and After The Invasion @ Annies on Queen, 9pm, $7.

* Demon's Claws (record release), Teen Anger, Savage Crimes, and Rackshot @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8.

Build to Suit: Alan Bloor, Matthew Poulakakis, Jim Bailey, and Arnd Jurgenson @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

Mitzi's Sister 6th Anniversary Party feat. Taxi Chain, Laura Hubert, and Laura Repo @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $10.

* The Coast @ 12:30, The Diableros @ 11:30, Oh No Forest Fires @ 10:30, and Ryan Masters Band @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $10. The Coast are back from their UK tour.

* No Bunny, The Smith Westerns, The Superstitions, Sadie May Crash, The Paper Makers, and La Casa Muerte @ The Velvet Underground, 4pm, $8. All ages.

* Anagram, Bush League feat. Jeremy Strachan, Katie Stelmanis, Animal Monster, and DJ Rob Gordon, w/ performance by Sebastian Butt & Bonny Poon @ Cinecycle, $10. This is a fundraiser for Jamie's Area.

Rise for Order @ 12:30, Affinity @ 11:30, A Match for the Curios @ 10:30, and Fancy Girls Market @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.

SUNDAY (1 mar)

Brunch w/ Ben and Dub music @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), noon, pwyc.

David Woodhead's Confabulations @ Tranzac (Souther Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

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

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.

Cosima, Nick Zubeck, and Ross Budden @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, free.

Healing Power 1st Anniversary feat. Glass Tomb and Boner Jerusalem @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, pwyc,

Paul Reddick & the Recidivists w/ guests @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, 5?

* Wavelength 452 feat. Hopeful Monster, Pete Samples, and Evening Hymns, w/ DJ Lauren Schreiber, and visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

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

Women in Tragedy, Pants & Tie, and Nascent State @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 10pm, $5.

* Canaille (2 sets) @ Somewhere There, 6-8pm, $8.

John Oswald, Michelangelo, and Laurel MacDonald @ Somewhere There, 8pm, $8.

Futurepop! (Cdn premiere) w/ Theophilus London @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $10.

Truth Is...'s Merch. Release Party (poetry, music, and comedy) feat. Mumbles & the Dust, Made Wade, Alicia Murrin, Keisha-Monique, Dave Brennan, Truth Is..., and DJ Well Said @ The Boat, 7pm, $10.

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