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.Like this list? Join my Facebook group or subscribe to this blog. Make sure to check the rest of my blog for show reviews and photos, giveaways, and downloads. You can get lots of other suggestions at Stillepost, Zoilus, the weeklies, and venue websites, etc.
Apologies for not doing this list for the past few weeks. Here are suggestions for the next seven days. Lots happening, as usual.
THURSDAY (25 feb)
Thursday Night Confidential feat. Hank, Mantler, and The Phonemes @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 10pm, free.
Rah Rah, The Grammercy Riffs, and Best Man @ The Garrison, 9pm, $5.
Download: Rah Rah, "Duet for Emmylou and the Grevious Angel" (Going Steady, 2008).
Groovetastic presents Tiger Bar Groove feat. Volcano Playground, Bitter City, and Charge of the Light Brigade @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $10 (or $11 for two people).
Download: Volcano Playground, "Waiting" (Waiting EP, 2009).
* Extra Life w/ Tropics, LAN Party, and Holzkopf @ Teranga, 9pm, $8.
Let There Be Light, The Sales Department, and The Ostrich Tuning @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8:30pm, $8.
Om Tree Folk Collective (CD release) w/ The Loneliest Monks and Dalobbi @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $10 w/ CD.
Rock For Humanity feat. Mooseblood, Rebel Emergency, Organ Thieves, Thunderhawks, and more @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $10.
FRIDAY (26 feb)
Matthew Barber (in-store) @ Chapters/Indigo Festival Hall, 12:30pm, free.
* Kurt Vile (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6:30pm, free. Bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Fojeba (Black History Month) @ Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.
Kate Rogers @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Bill Wood and The Old Youth @ Graffiti's, 9pm, pwyc.
Ryan Driver Quartet @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Alun Piggins & the Quitters and The Stars Here @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $5.
Fucked Up afterparty feat. Molested Youth and Total Trash, w/ DJs Ben Cook, Actual Anthony, and Mark Pesci @ Blue Moon (Queen & Broadview), 11pm, $5.
* TWM 57 feat. Danger Bay, Mandeverest, and Pants & Tie @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
Two Zebras, Brennan Finlay, Megan Bonnell, and Peter van Helvoort (Acoustic) @ The Imperial Pub, 9pm.
Tradition and Nif-D (split 7" release) w/ DJ Onakabazien @ Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.), 9pm, $6.
We Are The Take @12:30p, Michou @11:30p, The Matavaras @10:30p, and Bernadette & The North @9:30p. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8.
Parallels (live, CD release) w/ Trust and DJ sets by Holy Fuck, Jackie Phoenix, Ali Black, and Gypsy Midnight @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $10 (adv tix avail.).
* North of America (reunion) w/ Germans and Boars @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10pm, $10 (adv tix avail.).
SATURDAY (27 feb)
Roman Pilates, The Dead Are Those Who Have Died, and Ptarmigan, w/ projections by Daeve Fellows @ Heartbeat (960 Queen St. W.), 8pm, pwyc.
* Soul is Love @ Holy Oak, 10pm, pwyc. "A band has been formed for the intentions of fantastic soul renditions." The players are Christine Bougie (guitar), Blake Howard, (drums), Matt McLaren (bass & maybe voice), Jesse Levine (piano & voice), and Emilie Mover (voice).
* catl and $100 (duo) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.
Download: $100, "Fourteen Hour Day" (Forest of Tears, 2008).
Outbred Inlaws and Evil Farm Children @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
Revolvers, Elk, and Sacred Balance @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $6.
Joel Geleynse @12:30p, Voodoo Bunny @11:30p, Shotgun Wedding @10:50p, Jackfish River @10:00p, and Mass Assembly @9:10p. The Horseshoe Tavern, $7.
Cap Guns, Three Seasons & The Move, and Maneli Jamal & Myles Kennedy @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.
Sun Ra Ra Ra, Magic Cheezies, Queen Licorice, Holy Mount, and Ghost Trees, w/ DJ Tim Perlich @ The Silver Dollar Room, 8:30pm, $6
Quarry Records/Down by the Point Records Showcase feat. Matt Paxton, Kensington Prairie, Ben Somer, Paul Anderson, Cowlick, Before the Flood, and The Abbreviations @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $10.
SUNDAY (28 feb)
Shawn Clarke w/ the Strip @ Cloak & Dagger, 8pm, pwyc.
* Muskox w/ Lisa Conway @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
MONDAY (1 mar)
This is Awesome (every Monday) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.
gangLion comics presents Whistlestop, LUM (members of First Rate People), Ghost Trees, and Grandmother Willow @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. "The Toronto Comics Jam is lending us a few artists to provide you with on-the-spot portraits and sloppy caricatures. Portraits by donation - get one free with admission!" Admission also gets you a free comic.
TUESDAY (2 mar)
Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. The Stiff Wires @11:40p, People In Grey @10:50p, Outernational, @10:00p, and Dirty Analogue @9:10p. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.
The Sure Things (3 sets) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5. Every Tuesday in March!
WEDNESDAY (3 mar)
* Tinariwen (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 6:30pm, free. Bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Antler and Buckets Of @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
The Weathermaking Challenge, Oral C, Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer, and Ryan Mandelbaum @ Tiger Bar, 8:30pm, $5.
SynthFest Showcase #2 feat. Deadlines (EP release), These Electric Lives, pH (Ottawa), and Alphabot @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Drunk Woman w/ Proof of Ghosts and Nathan Rekker (from Sports: The Band) @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $5?
* TWM presents We are the City, Aidan Knight, and Little City @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
Download: Aidan Knight, "Jasper" (Versicolour, 2010).
Wombat Wednesday feat. Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra, Arkana Music, Michael Holt, and Dane Swan (poetry) @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:30pm, $7.