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Friday, January 23, 2009


This weekend at 6 Nassau there is a benefit show for the studio opening in this space.   The benefit is being headlined by Toronto's $100 (my new obsession, how did they fly under my radar for soooo long!) and will also feature Jennifer Castle, The Pauls and Tamsen & Elliott (of Brides.  Tickets are $7 at the door, more info here.
Peter Bjorn & John play the Phoenix on April 24th in support of their not-yet-released album Living Thing.  No ticket details as of yet.
Newly signed to Arts & Crafts Bell Orchestre are at the Courthouse on Aprl 24th.  Tickets on sale here.
New York's High Places play the Horseshoe on February 9th.  Tickets on sale here.
Bloc Party have added a second show at Kool Haus on March 13th.  Tickets, $36.50 also include CMW wristband and are on sale here or at Rotate This.
If you do check out Bloc Party and have a CMW wristband, you may want to check out Chart Magazine's stellar CMW line-up at the Horseshoe.  If I do end up with a bracelet, this is where I'll be all weekend:

Thurs. March 12
8:30 p.m. Lovely Feathers
9:20 p.m. $100
10:10 p.m Women
11:10 p.m. Gentleman Reg
12:10 a.m. Chad VanGaalen
1:10 a.m. Quest For Fire
2:10 a.m. Delinquints

Fri. March 13
8:30 p.m. Dinosaur Bones
9:20 p.m. Daniel Wesley
10:10 p.m. The Bicycles
11:10 p.m. Human Highway
12:10 a.m. Handsome Furs
1:10 a.m. Hot Panda
2:10 a.m. The Schomberg Fair

Sat. March 14
8:30 p.m. The Hundreds And Thousands
9:20 p.m. Rebekah Higgs
10:10 p.m. Young Galaxy
11:10 p.m. Two Hours Traffic
12:10 a.m. The Golden Dogs
1:10 a.m. Hexes & Ohs
2:10 a.m. Vancougar

Born Ruffians headline a show at Sneaky Dee's on March 24th with Akron/Family supporting.  Tickets available now at Rotate This.
Sebastien Tellier brings his Sexuality tour back to Toronto on April 8th at the Mod Club.  Tickets here.
Animal Collective have announced a show in Toronto on May 16, 2008 at Sound Academy. Tickets on sale this morning at 10am here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Friday, January 02, 2009


Just a reminder that Hexes & Ohs have a show in Toronto this weekend, Saturday January 3rd at the Silver Dollar.  Tickets are available at Rotate This and Soundscapes for $7.  Set times are as follows:
11:40pm: Hexes & Ohs
12:30am: Hut
Wavelength 450's 9th anniversary festival has been fully confirmed.  Shows are happening at Sneaky Dee's, Wrong Bar, Music Gallery, Cameron House and the Polish Combatants Hall.  
Thursday February 12th: Timber Timbre CD release show featuring Ghost Bees and Dorit Chrysler -  The Music Gallery at St. George the Martyr Church - Doors 7pm
After party at the Cameron House featuring sets by The Diableros and Loitering Heroes. Doors at 11pm
Friday February 13th: Slim Twig with Bonjay, Child Bite, The Magic and DJ Benjamin Boles - Wrong Bar - Doors at 9pm
Saturday February 14th: $100 with Brides, Hooded Fang, The Luyas, Element Choir and Djs Greg Ipp & Ian Worang - The Polish Combatants Hall -  Doors at 8pm
Sunday February 15th: Foxfire with I Am Robot and Proud, Thank You, Mi Ami and Dj Babylon Telecom - Sneaky Dee's - Doors at 9pm
All shows are $10 or PWYC at the door ONLY.
Friday April 3rd - Andrew Bird - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Tickets on sale now

Thursday, January 01, 2009


10.Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
9. Santogold - Creator
8. Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
7. M83 - Couleurs
6. Crystal Castles - Courtship Dating
5. Lil' Wayne - A Milli
3. Bon Iver - Skinny Love
2. Cut Copy - Out There On The Ice
1. MGMT - Kids

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

This year was a relatively slow year concert-wise for me. Tons of bands came through the city, and somehow I managed to miss a bunch of amazing shows. I missed Hercules & Love Affair at Opera House, Bon Iver at the El Mocambo and My Bloody Valentine at Kool Haus. Regardless, I still caught some good ones. Here is the list of my favourite shows.
5. Girl Talk - Kool Haus
"Another review that slipped through the cracks. This show was a last minute deal, a friend had an extra ticket so I decided to go. Greg Gillis knows how to throw a house party, even if said party is taking place in a 3000+ capacity venue. Feed The Animals is a mash-up masterpiece, and live it's even better. Everything about this night was perfect, the tunes, venue and the crowd."
"One thing that must be noted is the use of pre-recorded vocals in a couple songs. Some think this is uber cheesy, me I think its endearing, he can get away with it because he's french and maybe he doesn't know better. Highlights of the show: Teen Angst, Asterick, Moonchild, Graveyard Girl and set closer Couleurs. To be completely honest, the sole reason of seeing them a second time on this tour was to witness the brilliance of Couleurs live3.
3. Radiohead/Grizzly Bear - Molson Ampitheatre - Review Here
"I have to admit, I'm not the hugest fan of their last two albums (Hail To The Thief and In Rainbows), I like about 3 or 4 tracks off each album. I miss their more electronic stuff (circa Kid A). They opened with 15 Step, one of the songs off IR that I love. Thom did his little jig, it was endearing. Their setlist heavily pulled from the last two albums but they sprinkled in a couple old tracks into the mix such as Climbing Up The Walls, Paranoid Android, Planet Telex (shocking!) and my favourite Talk Show Host."
"Didn't review this show at the time, but in retrospect, I should have. Thunderheist were far better live than I anticipated, I've had their promo EP on my iPod for over a year, love it, but never chose to see them live. Isis is an amazing MC, she totally engaged the crowd (who seemed unfamiliar with the band) and brought an amazing energy to the stage. And she rapped over Lil' Wayne's A Milli, one of my favourite songs of 2008. Crystal Castles created a Jonas Brothers-style mob scene. I was about three rows from the stage and by the time Alice and Ethan began their set, every inch of standing room around the stage was full, there were people standing on the seats, on the floor in between the seats and in the aisles. Being so close it was hard not to get wrapped up in their set, Alice is an insane front woman, she danced and threw herself around the stage like a maniac. Ethan's beats sounded as good as they do on the album, and the addition of a live drummer was a great touch. It felt like seeing something really special and being part of something. They played all the hits including Alice Practice, Courtship Dating and Crimewave. That being said, talking to friends that showed up late (and that were positioned at the back of the ampitheatre) they really didn't like the show. Apparently from the back Alice's vocals were inaudible and the music was all distorted. Thunderheist play a free show at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday January 31st. Their debut Diplo-produced album is still TBO. Crystal Castles are playing two shows in Brooklyn tonight then off to Australia for a string of dates."
1. Cut Copy/The Presets - Sound Academy - Review here
"Overall I have to say that I'm thrilled that live dance music has progressed to the point where the artists actually "play" live and aren't just stuck behind a bank of electronics. Cut Copy are one of the best live dance bands I've seen in a long time, their set is a perfect balance of guitar friendly dance and full on Daft-Punk style electronic."

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Spin Online features Montreal's Winter Gloves and also has their cover of LCD Soundsystem's Someone Great for download.  Winter Gloves are playing Singing Lamb's launch party at the Tranzac on January 10th in Toronto.  Hexes & Ohs are also on the bill and the show to be an early afternoon show.
I also missed Spin's cover story featuring M.I.A.  Read the article here.
Toronto's $100 are playing Wavelength's 200th anniversary show on February 14th at Sneaky Dee's.  
Now Magazine lists their favourite Toronto shows of 2008.  My list should be up in the next day or so. 
Not related to music, The Globe and Mail's Jessica Leeder examines the current economic crisis and how we got to where we are in 2008.   Read it here.
The New Yorker profiles Naomi Klien, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine.