Monday, March 02, 2009

Indie Music 72 (2-8 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.

In store performances at Soundscapes are a fantastic occasional break from loud midnight sets in small, dark bars. The bright lights, casual atmosphere, and good vibes from the colourful CDs and books and the all-ages crowds make for a wonderful way to spend 45 or so minutes. Last week I saw Gentleman Reg perform in the record store; this and other intimate sets are ones to be remembered. Other than this, I was out of the indie world until Wavelength (great show w/ Hopeful Monster, Pete Samples, and Evening Hymns). I'll be back in it this week!

Celebrate the People of Canada's birthday, and enjoy free food (as always), at tonight's Elvis Monday show at the Drake. I'll be at the Boat on Tuesday night for a Ken Farrell + iPod + Paul Banwatt Gravity Wave trio performance. On Wednesday there are some good lineups and bands playing. This month Muskox's Mike Smith is programming Wombat Wednesdays at Tranzac; I'll be there if I can. The Drake's 5th year anniversary celebrations (and series of free shows) continue this Thursday in the Underground with Bonjay, Young Flux, and DJ Tom Wrecks. Lots more good stuff come Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday... see below for all the details. As usual, I've starred (*) the shows that I think are worth your while. Also, as always, let me know if I'm missing out on something great!

Tyler and I are recording our podcast tonight (assuming all goes as planned). I'll let you know when's it's available on the internet. We've got some special guests planned for later this month!

MONDAY (2 mar)

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

Groovy Mondays feat. Max Cann (performing at 10pm) @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8pm-midnight, free.

Shoeless Mondays feat. Tofu Meat @ 11:15, Peaceful Soldier @ 10:15, and Melissa Bel @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

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

* Elvis Monday feat. Boxes & Bags, The Whole Entire Universe, Allie Hughes, David Gillespie, Still Life Still, and Luau or Die @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free. Free food at 9:30pm.

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

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

* Clara Engel & Ghost Fetish, Eonbomb, and Jordaan Mason @ Clinton's Tavern, 7:30pm, $5.

Inertia Entertainment presents Psyopus, Titan, and Vilipend @ The Annex WreckRoom, 8pm, $5.

Stellar Waves (Aaron Leaney / Simeon Abbott) and Colin Fisher / Aaron Leaney @ Tequila Bookwork, 9pm (start time), $5.

The Isosceles Project @ 11:00, Symbol @ 10:00, James Macdonald @ 9:15, and Reverse Mount Rushmore @ 8:30. Lee's Palace, 8pm, $6.

Black Art Entertainment presents Rusted Dawn, Aggressor, Hallows Die, Demonthrone, and Fatality @ Sneaky Dee's, 8pm, $8.

TUESDAY (3 mar)

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 Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. The Low Heroes @ 11:40, Moondog Uproar @ 10:50, Frail Fragment @ 10:00, and Distorsis @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

* The Bang Bangs, Damian Rogers (poetry), and Sunbear @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9:30pm, pwyc.

Guy Douchette, Anna Sudac, Anna Merneiks feat. Nora, Shira, and The Tandoories @ Not My Dog, 9pm, pwyc?

Liam Kearney, Olivian McLean, and Rehan Dalal @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc?

SiR (Souls in Rhythm) w/ Zoe Bentley @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8:30pm.

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

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

Great Aunt Ida and Paul Linklater @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

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

The Done Me Wrongs and Morgan Doctor (CD release) @ The Dakota Tavern, 8pm.

* Gravity Wave (Ken Farrell + iPod + Paul Banwatt on drums) and You Me & the Machine @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Magnolia and tba @ C'est What, 9pm, $5.

GoodSoundsGood presents blueVenus (full band), Diana Thorpe, and Andy Stedman (full band) @ Supermarket, 9pm, $6.

Dirt Floor (Aaron Lumley / Dan Gaucher) @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.


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

High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ Crazy Strings (bluegrass music) @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9:30pm, free.

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

The Annex WreckRoom & IndieCan Radio present IndieCan Wednesdays feat. Mackenzie King (formerly Ontario Power Generation), Wank Punter, and Vercity @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, free.

Rock 'n Roll Pornography Relaunch Party w/ DJ Billy Geek and The Suicide Girls @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.

* Wednesdays Go Pop! feat. Mike Evin, Knock Knock Ginger, and Leif Vollebekk @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.

PWYC Weds feat. Brothers, Cutthroat Britva, and The Quarry @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

GUH (residency) @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9-11pm, pwyc.

* Blacklung Curatorial vol. 1 feat. Jack Vorvis / Jeremy Strachan and Samir Khan @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

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

Erik Bleich, Peter Eastmure, and Elissa Gallai @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, $5/pwyc.

Bella Clava, The Ryde, and Rapture @ Clinton's Tavern, 8pm, $5.

* Slapback Mountain, The O'Darling, and Meredith Jordan @ Concord Cafe, 8:30pm, $5.

A Northern Drawl, The Good Times, and Guitar @ The Velvet Underground, 9pm.

No Official Capacity presents Abyssal Throne, From Ruins, and Drowned in Viscera @ The Reverb, 8pm, $5. All ages.

* Wombat Wednesdays feat. Snowblink, Eric Chenaux, and Isla Craig @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $6. Great lineup. This month's Wombat Wednesdays are programmed by Mike Smith (Muskox).

Nathan Down, Waiting for Grace, and Roman Dane @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $5.

Tyler Yarema w/ Allie Hughes @ C'est What, 9pm, $7.

The Cluttertones @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

THURSDAY (5 mar)

Les Singes Bleus @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

Bluegrass & Old Time Thursday w/ Marc Roy @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

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

Gregory Hoskins, Gary Craig, and George Koller @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

My Flea Circus, Blood Rexdale & the Walls Are Blond, and Kasper @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm, free.

Live Jazz Thursdays feat. Max Senitt Y Sus Amigos (trio) @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

The von Drats and Evil Farm Children @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Words Around the Waist and Thomas @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm, $5.

Hot Soup feat. Nilan Perera / Susanna Hood, Fullspeed Velocipede, The O'Darling, Mikooshka, and Shunga (w/ dancers Cara Spooner & Amelia Ehrhardt, and projections by Farhad Nargol-O'Neill @ Labspace Studio (2A Pape Ave.), 8pm, $5.

* Drake 5th Anniversary Party feat. Bonjay, Young Flux, and Tom Wrecks @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, free.

Sinister Trailerpark Magin, Sound Asleep, Toys Are Just, and Nagasaki @ The Velvet Underground, 8-11pm, $5.

* Ryerson's Centre for Learning Technologies presents A Concert for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing feat. ill.Gates, Fox Jaws, Treestar, The Dufraines (formerly The Urban Symphony), Hollywood Swank, and And DJ Stephane Vera @ Clinton's Tavern, 8pm, $5 sugg donation. "The will be five Emoti-chairs available for use, so everyone will get a chance to experience what its like to feel music."

The Roman Line, Broken Sons, and DJ Ash @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

Unknown Funk Hero presents The Beat Lounge w/ resident DJs The Vinylkiller and Kato, hosted by Justis (Do Right! Music), and a beat showcase feat. a whole bunch of local beat-makers and producers @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5.

The Old Ceremony w/ Josh Cockerill @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm.

* Bellewoods @ 11:40, Rikers @ 10:50, Bellevue @ 10:00, Alphabot (full band debut) @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $5.

RobotMan w/ Kid Metropolis and Raggedy Angry @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $5.

In the Red, Colin Moore, and Summer of '92 @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $tba.

The Guest Bedroom, Buckets Of, We Take Lovers, and DJ Dwarf Star @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

* One Hit Wonders Night @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7. Bands/performers include B'MO Crazy, Left of Zero, PDF Format, The Cheap Speakers, Recordbreaker, The People of Canada, Doc Pickles, and more.

My World My Cause II, A Night of Music Benefiting Serving Charity’s Soup Kitchen feat. The Rest, Patrick Kennedy, Mandippal, Lisa Swain, and Francis @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 7:30pm, $8 (or $5 w/ canned food).

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

FRIDAY (6 mar)

The Curries (cover band) @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

Brian Carney & mByronic Heroes, Chris Rait, Claire Senko, Matt Rait @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm.

* Out of this Spark presents Kite Hill and Griffin Epstein @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 11pm, pwyc.

Jay Pollock, Vince Clarke, and Charles / Jake / Eric @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm.

No Guff Indie Showcase feat. William Delray and Elk Face w/ Dani Nash @ Clinton's Tavern, 9pm, $5.

The Expos and Gregory Pepper & his Problems @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8-11pm, $5.

Pacific Trash Vortex, Dead Wife, and Magic Cheezies @ Teranga, 9pm, $5.

You Handsome Devil (2 sets) and LLIONS @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $6.

Toronto's Burning Compilation Release Show feat. Urban Blight, U.T.I., Picked On (ex Black Spokes), and Hazardous Waste @ Annies on Queen, 9pm, $7.

Down By The Point Records and TWM present Winter Love In (Hamilton Music Showcase) feat. Cowlick, Matt Paxton, Cam Malcolm & the Owls, and The Abbreviations @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

The Video Dead, Junior Battles, and Fog Of Leprosy, w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

* Room Party (DJ night) feat. Vitaminsforyou (DJ set) and OPOPO (live) @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.

* Bradley Boy w/ Catl @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Confidential Records proudly presents A "Mash-Up" of Musical Flavours feat. Chris Gostling, Karyn Ellis, The Little Deaths, B. Marson, and Chili Banks @ The Rivoli, 8:30pm, $8.

Primary Colors presents Daddy Done Dicked Me Dirty feat. Juiceboxxx, Teengirl Fantasy, Romo Roto, GhostTrashCat, and Nude Photo, w/ visuals/video by Brady Bothwell, and lighting/forts/caverns by J. G. O'Regan @ Rolly's Garage, 9:10pm, $10?

* Rollin' & Scratchin' presents TMDP (album release) w/ R&S DJs, Tricky Carrerra, and DJ Me @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5 (before 11pm).

Chinese Food, Spookey Ruben, and Dirty Penny (video release) @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8pm, $7. To get on the guestlist, e-mail the band at managementATthatsmydirtypennyDOTcom w/ "oolanto supresada nomencada" as the subject line.

* Loving In The Name Of w/ DJs Disappointment, Product Placement, and Strictly Commercial, and The Best (cover band incl. Matt Murphy, Katherine Bates, Alanna Stuart, Allie Hughes, Max McCabe-Lokos, and Simone Schmidt) performing songs by Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Sly & the Family Stone, and The Rolling Stones @ The Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom), 10pm.

leftover daylight series presented by Evan Shaw feat. Gaucher / Lumley / Shaw, N, and Rampersaud / Rindone @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

* Kazoo! presents The Cyc (Graphic Novel / Bike Opera performed live) @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 9pm, $8.

S&S Promotions presents Seasons (debut), Forever Circa, Carl Mudding, Survive to Rise, District, Crosshairs, Razz, The Major Macs, and more @ The Reverb, 6pm, $10.

Elastocitizens @ 11:30, Yuka @ 10:30, and Tiny Danza @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.

The Runaway Catholics, The Grim Preachers, Revolvers, The Stormalongs, and Bandana & the Stonecutters @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $6.

Second Sight presents An Acoustic Night feat. Justin Morgan, Doug Hell, John Moore, Shawnee Lynne, and Sleepless Nights @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9:30pm, $10.

Jon Davis (CD release) w/ Jadea Kelly @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

SATURDAY (7 mar)

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

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

Soozie Music @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6:30pm, pwyc.

The Main Thing and DJ Double K @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, $5.

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

Sunlit Ambush @ The Edge 102.1 (228 Yonge St.), 9pm, free. All ages.

Free Boat Rentals @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

Yawn Temiseva & friends w/ Edo Peled @ The Press Club, 10pm, pwyc.

* Zygiella VII feat. Leif Vollebekk, The Wilderness of Manitoba, and Carnival Moon @ The Old York (167 Niagara St.), 10pm, $5.

Greensplatt, Micho, and Sigrun Stella @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

Hill, Lysa Fina & the Boys, Eva Moon, and Machetes @ The Dakota Tavern, 7pm (early show), $5?

John Borra Band @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Tiger Lil w/ The DoneFors @ C'est What, 10pm, $5.

The Nightmares and Rehab For Quitters w/ DJ Darin Pfiffer @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

Nature Moves Faster and Junction Box @ Velvet Underground, $5.

* Clara Engel & Ghost Fetish, Paul Kolinski & Michael Herring, Chris Eakins, and Mekele @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, $6/pwyc.

Ash Lee Blade and Static Lab @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $6.

Fidget, followed by Kensington Station w/ DJ Duncan @ Neutral, 10pm, $6.

* TWM 36 feat. Brent Randall & his Pinecones, B.A. Johnston, The Stables, and Dany Laj @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

Late Night Live feat. Gillian Dollar Babies w/ Victor Swift @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:30pm, $7. "The first annual D.R.E.A.M.S. Benefit Concert."

Dodger w/ Staylefish @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $8 (or $7 plus non-perishable food item donation).

The Rent plays the music of Steve Lacy @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $8.

High Plains Drifter @ 12:00, Dr. Dfunkt @ 11:00, and tba @ 10:00. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $8.

* United Steel Workers of Montreal (CD release) @ 12:00, The Schomberg Fair @ 11:00, and Jon-Rae Fletcher (CD release) @ 10:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $10.

* Mark Pesci presents AIDS Wolf, US Girls, Thrashed Jeans, and Heaven @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10 (adv tix avail).

SUNDAY (8 mar)

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.

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

* Marcel Aucoin and Michael Holt present The Piano Salon feat. Carey West (w/ Jeff Wilson, Marcel Aucoin, and others), John Russon (philosophy talk), Jeff Burke, and snacks @ 98 Concord Ave. (home of Carey West and Jeff Wilson), 7pm, pwyc.

* Evalyn Parry and Tiiu @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

* Wavelength 453 feat. Radius & Helena, Times Neue Roman, and Swiss Dice, w/ DJ Michael J. Brown, hosted by Doc Pickles, and visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co., The Beekeepers Society, and The Shadowboxers @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

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

Mark Pesci presents The Weakends, DCT, and City Sweethearts @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $8.

Jeremy Strachan / Mike Smith, and Strachan / David Sait / Robin Buckley @ Somewhere There, 6-8pm, $8.

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