Friday, November 06, 2009

Indie Music 101 (6-11 Nov 2009).

Welcome to my weekly roundup of inexpensive indie(ish) musical happenings in downtown Toronto, all for $10 or less. If I'm missing something you think I should list, or you have any comments, let me know. I star (*) shows that most interest me.

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Just came back from the Gravity Wave CD release. Fun was had. Cake was eaten.

A few things to point out for this week: Spiral Beach are playing a couple shows this weekend to raise funds for their European tour. Wham City and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is on this weekend. It's "a 3.5 day DIY arts/music fest exhibiting the art, music, and culture of Baltimore art collective: Wham City." There you go. All the details are here. And “Make Some Noise” is on at the Toronto Public Library. Show listings included below. All the details are here.

FRIDAY (6 nov)

* The Billie Hollies and The Phonemes @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Jesse Levine and Nick Storring @ Holy Oak, 9:30pm, pwyc.

Spiral Beach (acousic) @ Repsycho (676 College St.), midnight, $5. All ages.

* The Gertrudes w/ Lake of Stew @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5. Music over by 11pm; dance party after.

The Unbelievers (CD release) Dirty Chinese Thieves, and DJ Vania @ Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* Catl w/ Bradley Boy (2 sets each, alternating) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Thank Funk It's Friday feat. The Ambassadors w/ The Backbone Beat @ The Silver Dollar Room, 8pm, $5.

* Steam Whistle Unsigned feat. The Coast, Great Bloomers, and Bloodshot Bill, w/ Gravity Wave DJs @ Steam Whistle Brewing (225 Bremner Blvd.), 8pm, $5. Proceeds to the Artists' Health Centre Foundation.

Late Night Live feat. Modernboys Moderngirls, Darlings of Chelsea, and Lemon Wilde (LA) @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:15pm, $6.

The Matavaras, Black Diamond Bay, The Cunninghams (CD release), and Moondog Uproar @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $6.

Carpenter, Clothes Make the Man, Farewell Cool Reason @ Sneaky Dee's, 8-11pm, $6.

Olaroks, Bella Clava, Revolvers, and George Casey @ Cameron House, 9pm, $6.

Postcards, The Easy Targets, The Hoa Hoas, and Volcano @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

Burn Down the Capital presents Shearing Pinx, Thrashed Genes, Ahna, and The Dead Are Those Who Have Died @ Teranga, 9pm, $7.

Stokka w/ Don Primo & Audible Entity @ The Rivoli, 9:30pm, $10.

Bastard Cult Death Child (CD release) w/ Burning Love, Crux of Aux, and Warcrimes @ Hard Luck (812 Dundas St. W.), 9pm, $? Free CD for first 100 people.

SATURDAY (7 nov)

Canaille Trio @ Holy Oak, 9pm, pwyc.

The Jessica Stuart Few @ Reposado, 10pm, $5.

* Make Some Noise concert feat. Bruce Peninsula and Timber Timbre @ North York Central Library (5120 Yonge St., North York Centre subway), 8pm, free.

Spiral Beach (acousic) w/ The People of Canada @ The Only Cafe (972 Danforth Ave.), 11pm, pwyc. 19+

Late Night Live feat. Micronite Filters, Danger Danger, and Bootleg Glory @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:30pm, $5.

* Hand Drawn Dracula presents Off the International Radar (EP release) w/ Aidan Baker (Nadja) feat. Nick Storring & Tilman Lewis, Rabbit Season, and DJ Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) @ The Garrison, 9pm, $7 (or $15 gets you the vinyl EP, too).

Saigon Hookers, Belljars, and Sometimes Why @ Bovine, 9pm, $5.

TWM/Sugar Fight Presents Cobra, The Vaudevillainaires, and Poisonous Glass @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Book (Paul Norrish, CD release) w/ The Beekeeper's Society and Joanna (Anna Mernieks) @ The Cameron House, 9pm.

Travis Porter & We Got the Movement present Starring Janet Leigh, A Sin For A Prayer, Misguided Aggression, and more @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.

Canary Mine (CD Release) w/ Little Foot Long Foot & Vedette @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.

Shook Ones, Make Do and Mend, We Are the Union, and Junior Battles @ The Poor Alex Theatre, 7:30pm, $10.

The Rest w/ Luke Nares, Pick A Piper, and The Passengers @ Polish Combatants Hall, 7:30pm, $10 (adv, $12 door). All ages, licensed.

SUNDAY (8 nov)

Jaron Freeman-Fox (EP release) w/ Emilyn Stam, Ben Whitely, and Dan Stadnicki @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 1-4pm, pwyc.

Evalyn Parry w/ Claire Jenkins @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5-7pm, pwyc.

Wavelength 488, a Round Robin, hosted by Drew and Niall w/Maylee Todd, members of Steamboat, Hooded Fang, Sports: The Band, Henri Faberge & the Adorables, Gravity Wave, and more @ The Garrison, 9pm, pwyc.

Jeremy Jay, Heaven (final show), Tropics, and Black Umbrella @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $7 (adv, $8 door).

MONDAY (9 nov)

Ashley Jane (CD release) @ Supermarket, 7:30-10pm, free.

TUESDAY (10 nov)

* Blue Rodeo w/ Julie Fader and Wayne Petti (Cuff the Duke) @ Diesel Playhouse (roof), 2:30pm, free. Blue Jays Way and Mercer Street will be closed to traffic so the people can gather below.

The Pink & Black Attack presents Forever Dead! and Rhythm & Blooze @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Drool Lounge presents Jessica Stuart and Katey Morley @ Drool Lounge (198 Augusta Ave.), 9pm, pwyc

* Donlands & Mortimer w/ Heartbeat Hotel @ C'est What, 9pm, $5.

Josh Cockerill (CD release) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm.

The Copyrights, The New Enemy, and The Roman Line @ Sneaky Dees, 9pm, $8.

Slate Pacific, The Commandeers, AM Glory, Temple Of Life, and Elias @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

WEDNESDAY (11 nov)

PWYC Weds feat. Cap Guns, The Slate Pacific, and Rebecca Ramone @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Wednesdays Go Pop! feat. Quinzy, Michael Rault, and Gavin Slate @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.

* Ian Blurton w/ Huron @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $7.

* Wax Mannequin & Black Blood w/ Rae Spoon and Mark Bragg & the Butchers @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.

* Carl Wilson presents Songs for Jessie Presley feat. Joe Pernice, The Reveries, and D-Sisive @ The Music Gallery, 8pm, $9 (adv, $10 door). "A musical tribute to Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz's survey exhibition of art about twins, fans, pop culture, and identity. . . . [S]ome of Toronto's most exciting independent musicians unveil their artistic zygotes by playing covers of songs by their formative influences, alongside the clonings, mutations and deviations that are their own songs."


esther said...

Katie Stelmanis's myspace says her library date is November 20th, did it change? I don't want to miss it!

historyjen said...

Ack, you're right. My mistake, it is on Nov 20! Thanks for catching that.