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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I am busy with Canadian Music Fest, but there's lots going on if you're shunning it or just don't have the $$ to go to any of the shows. For example . . .
THURSDAY (11 mar)
Doctor Ew (Drew from the Bicycles), Simon Borer and others from Entire Cities, and more @ Cloak & Dagger, 10pm, pwyc.
Steers & Queers presents Miss Fluffy Souffle, The Pining, and Shane McKinnon, w/ DJ's Sigourney Beaver and Joe Blow @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, $5.
* The Owle Bird (video release) w/ Skeletones Four, the Dead Elm Society of Canada, and Lisa Bozikovic @ Cinecycle, 8:30pm, $8.
* We Are Busy Bodies presents Japanther (performing in a fort), Boys Who Say No, Rich Aucoin, Quiet Hooves, and Doldrums (feat. members of Spiral Beach) @ Wippersnapper Gallery, 8pm, $10. All ages. (But not dry.) Tickets at the door, only, so go early because this will sell out.
FRIDAY (12 mar)
Ghostkeeper (7pm) and the Balconies (6pm) @ Criminal Records, free. All ages.
Not the Wing Not the Flag w/ Plant Songs @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
* Donlands & Mortimer, Doldrums (feat. members of Spiral Beach), Alanna J. Brown, and the People of Canada @ C'est What, 9pm, $5.
Looks Linear (CD release), Ryan Masters Band, and Ex~Po @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $10 (incl. CD). "Please bring a canned good to the show and it will be donated to 'Serving Charity.'"
SATURDAY (13 mar)
* Hollerado (7pm), Dan Mangan (6pm), and Aidan Knight (5pm) @ Criminal Records, free. All ages.
Lovely Picnic 004 feat. Kind Heights, Cosmic Neanderthals, and Simon Frank @ Palace Flophouse (1183 Dovercourt Rd), 8pm, $5/pwyc. All ages.
The Sure Things @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.
Matt James, MJ Cyr, and the Baymen @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5?
The Stables, the Old Youths, the Get Nuns, and Magicforce @ The Press Club, 9pm. Birthday bash for Dany Laj.
Mark Pesci presents White Wires, Sonic Avenues, First Base, and Chang-A-Lang @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne St.), 9pm, $8. All ages, BYOB.
Alejandra Ribera, Jay Pollack, Darrelle London, and Dan Mclean Jr. @ C'est What, 9pm, $10. Fundraiser for CAMH.
SUNDAY (14 mar)
* Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co., Owen Steel, and hyperpotamus (Spain) @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.
* The Beauties @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5. Every Sunday.
MONDAY (15 mar)
Elvis Monday feat. Drunk Hussy, Ah! La Lettre, In Plain View, Loryn Taggart, People of Canada, and Matt Holtby @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free. Free food, too.
TUESDAY (16 mar)
* Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. A Friend In London @11:40p, Dead Letter Chorus @10:50p, Southern Death Threat @10:00p, Slip Of The Tongue @9:20p, and Hellsongs @8:40p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free. Depending on how things go during CMW, I might want to go check out Hellsongs (from Sweden), and Ireland's Dead Letter Chorus, both of whom sound lovely. (I don't know the others.)
TGT Inc. presents Toonie Tuesdays feat. the Sidewalks, the Box Tiger, King Solomon, Seven Joint Ride, and more @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $2.
Adverteyes, Jon McKiel, and Jon Epworth @ The Boat, $5.
The Sure Things @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, $5.
OCAD fundraiser feat. Alphabot, First Rate People, The Naive, and DJs Vice and Fuck Death @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, $5.
Kev Corbett and Shawna Caspi @ C'est What, 9pm, $6.
WEDNESDAY (17 mar)
St. Patrick's Day Party feat. The Stanfield and Alert the Medic @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.
St. Patrick's Day Party feat. The Sure Things @ The Dakota Tavern.
Kurt Russell's Birthday / St. Patrick's Day Party feat. Dysfunct, the Vaudeville Whores, the Dreamboats, and DJ Mr. Shitshow @ Rancho Relaxo, $5.