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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This list doesn't include any CMW events. Those are well-publicized on the festival's website. This weekend Friday (tonight!) is pretty great, with a few different should-be-awesome band nights.
* Out of This Spark presents Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), VIVIV (feat. Ken Reaume), and the Youngest @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Free Drawings #7 w/ Man Made Hill, Opera Arcana (GB Jones, Minus Smile and Bink), Karaoke, visuals by Philippe Blanchard, and DJs @ Double Double Land, 9pm, $3.
* Steam Whistle Unsigned 13 feat. Dinosaur Bones, Everything All the Time, and Make Your Exit @ Steam Whistle Brewing (the Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Bldv), 8pm, $5. All proceeds to charity.
* Unfamiliar Records 5 Year Anniversary feat. Makeout Videotape, Rat Tail, Stop Die Resuscitate, and the Two Koreas, w/ DJ Mickey Apples @ The Cryptic Canvas (8 Waterloo Terrace, near King and Bathurst), 9pm, $5.
You Handsome Devil (3 sets) @ The Hideout, 9pm, $5.
Free Kisses, Mathemagic, and Cloud Nothings @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $5.
Darrren Eedens, Ania Ziemirska, Neth Moore, and Dress Rehearsal @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $5.
Max Woolaver Band w/ Alistair Christl @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.
Like Animals w/ Ruckus, Esoteric Doctrine, Bloodvine, Vintage King @ Hard Luck Bar, 9pm, $5.
Sugarfoot, The Dishes, and the Jilted Lovers Club @ Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.
The Android Meme, Mary & the Black Lamb, and Myxomatosis @ The Velvet Underground, 8pm, $5.
Braincell Graveyard, The Daily Times, and No Right Turns @ Bovine, 9pm, $5.
HotBoxxx presents Andrea Gal, Michael David Wolf, Ben Kunder, Meredith Shaw, The Box Tiger, more @ Rivoli, 8pm, $5.
Sun Sattelite, Blind Race, All But Over, The Targets UK, and Official Awesome @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $6.
The Dank, Ashley, and Cut Throat Kids @ The Silver Dollar, 10pm, $6.
* No Shame presents Language-Arts, the Pinecones, and Allie Hughes @ The Garrison, 9pm, $6.
* B.A. Johnston, the Racoon Wedding, and Andrew Vincent @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.
Amnesia Vivace, Icarus Has Wings, Strawman, Breakaway @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $5 w/ canned good, $7 w/o.
* United Steelworkers of Montreal @12:00p, The Warped 45’s @11:00p, and Joshua Cockerill @10:00p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $8.
This Is A Standoff, Junior Battles (7" release), the Roman Line, and Hands of the Few @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.
Cadre @ Grafittis, 4-7pm, pwyc.
* Zeus (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 6pm, free.
* Chang-A-Lang and Terror Lake @ Hard Luck Club (downstairs, 812 dundas), 10pm, free.
At Odds With Even and Kosher Dill Spears @ Aspetta Cafe, 9pm, pwyc.
In Support of Living, Buddy Black, Jordopia @ Silver Dollar, 10pm, $5.
fleeceelves w/ Sit Down Tracy (Winnipeg) and The Great Dane @ The Poor Alex, 9pm, $5?
Permanent Bastards, Currents, and the Balance @ Bovine, 9pm, $5.
The Hot Flashes and Bryan Ransome Band @ The Drake, 8-11pm, $5.
Anniversary Party feat. Jack Breakfast and Laura Hubert @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $5.
Age of the Enemy, Special Ops @ The Velvet Underground, 8pm, $5.
Repercussions w/ TerraArdor and My Hollow @ Hard Luck Bar, 9pm, $5.
Orange Fuzz, The Gospel (from Montreal), and lightsweetcrude @ Teranga, 9pm, $6.
Hi-Hat Records Compilation 5 Release Party feat. The Peace Leeches, the Rival Boys, the Archives, and the Cosmic Eye @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7 (incl. comp. download).
Quest for Fire, Chylde, and Holy Mount @ Garrison, 9pm, $8.
Julia Set Generator (CD release) @12:30p, Daniel Wesley @11:30p, The Rosewoods @10:30p, and Cold Dead Hands @9:30p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $10.
Operation Haiti feat. Mean Tangerine, Suspect, Thundermonks, more @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $10.
Peter James Project (CD release) w/ Darrelle London @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, $5 (or $20 incl. CD).
Hamilton Trading Co. w/ Gloria Song & the Classy Rags @ the Boat, 9pm, pwyc.
SugarFightMusic presents The Sitcom, Heartcore, The Little Black Dress, City of Glass @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
Burn Down the Capital presents Zevious and The Swyves @ Somewhere There, 8-11pm, $8.
Shoeless Monday feat. City Sirens @12:00p, The Fury @11:00p, Slocomotion @10:00p, and The Foreign Films @9:00p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.
* The Edge 102.1 Nu Music Nite feat. Medallions @12:30p, Ian Blurton's Happy Endings @11:00p, Yukon Blonde @10:00, and Sixteen Layers (Ireland) @9:00p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.
* Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum, the Weather Station, and Lisa Conway @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Toonie Tuesday feat. Texas, Armed to the Teeth; Caiiro Foster; Dog Tooth Violent; and Please Stand By; w/ DJ Deadlines @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $2.
* The Sure Things (every Tuesday in March) w/ The Strumbellas @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.
* The Besnard Lakes (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6:30pm, free.
Wonbat Wednesdays feat. The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra, The Book of Gnomes, and Fred Spek's Camb Combo @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:30pm, $7.