Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Don't Slow Down You're Gonna Crash

As Blacking Out The Friction and Stillepost have pointed out, VICE will be throwing a free bash featuring Crystal Castles, iNSiDEaMiND, and I Am Robot and Proud at Hart House on September 4. Doors open 8pm, it's a 19+ show and you must send an e-mail to to put your name on the list, though I believe entry isn't necessarily guaranteed and is subject to some sort of capacity, so lining up will likely be a prerequisite.

Speaking of Hart House (which if you didn't already know is located at the Downtown Toronto University of Toronto Campus) will be having an open house (for students?) on September 10 all day which will be capped off with a free show by Apostle of Hustle in Great Hall at Hart House at 9 pm (doors 8 pm). Info here [.pdf file]. I have no idea whether this is open to the general public so try your luck if you're in the area.

As many of you've probably seen the ad in the current print editions of NOW and Eye Weekly, a slew of acts have been added to Virgin Festival taking place at Toronto Island on the weekend of September 6 and 7 - Mark Robertson, The Waking Eyes, Saint Alvia Cartel, Lights, Flash Lightnin', Bad Flirt, and We Are The Take have been added to the September 6 lineup and Shad, Matt Costa, Arkells, Rock Plaza Central, Opopo, Paper Lions, Songs From A Room, and Winter Gloves have been added to the September 7 lineup. Apparently most of these additional bands, plus contest winners Secret Broadcast, are playing as on the third stage(sponsored by Oh! Henry). No offence to these acts, most of who I'm not that familiar with anyway but is this it? Most people were expecting an announcement of at least a few more bigger named acts, considering this is a corporate sponsored event, and really this latest announcment is a little underwhelming.

As this year's Toronto International Film Festival kicks in to high gear, the Canadian Music Cafe will provide some afternoon musical entertainment from September 9 to 11, taking place at Hard Rock Cafe (on Yonge St. across from the Eaton Centre). Unfortunately, the series is exclusively for TIFF delegates and accredited media (and I may try to apply for accreditation which the deadline is this Friday August 29 at 12 pm). Check the aforementioned CMC link for the full lineup, though highlights(at least for me) include Martha Wainwright and Thunderheist on September 9 and Gentleman Reg, Two Hours Traffic, and Jill Barber on September 10.

Speaking of TIFF, there'll be some free performances at Yonge Dundas Square by artists who have films in the festival including Youssuo N'dour performing on September 6 at 8:30 pm and Terence Blanchard performing on September 8 at 8:30 pm. Youssou N'dour has a film entitled "Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love" which I think is a documentary and Terence Blanchard will be performing in support of Spike Lee's new film "Miracle at St. Anna" (for which Mr. Blanchard provided the score).

A few posts back I mentioned that Toronto show promoter No Shame have a slew of interesting shows lined up over the next couple of months, and too many to mention, though I thought I'd point out that a few of the more familiar acts, The Coast and Will Currie and The Country French will be at The Drake on September 12. I think it's a TIFF related event.

Via Chromewaves, Jenn Grant will be bringing her soothing indie folk-pop sounds to Hugh's Room (a venue I've yet to visit) for a two night stint on September 27 and 28.

It's come to my attention that the blog hyped/band I've yet to hear/curiously-named Women will be opening for Chad Vangaalen at The Mod Club on October 4.

Edmonton's The Wet Secrets will be at El Mocambo on October 17 with the already announced We Are talk about a high-energy show.

The Wooden Sky have whack of dates through Ontario and Quebec joining Vancouver's Mother Mother(new album "Oh My" out September 16 through Last Gang) for some shows in October and Pascale Picard Band for shows in November and December. Full dates over at MySpace. The Wooden Sky and Mother Mother are in Toronto at Lee's Palace on October 17.

Elliott Brood will be at El Mocambo on November 4.

Sub Pop duo No Age will be at Lee's Palace on November 21.

As far as I knew, tickets originally sold out for the Sigur Ros show at Massey Hall on September 22. I was ambivalent about going to Sigur Ros and wasn't disappointed about the showing selling out but I decided to check out the Massey Hall website anyway over the weekend and was surprised when single floor tickets (albeit at the back and to the left) popped up as available. So I decided to spring for a ticket, setting me back about $60, but I got a seat in Row S on the floor on the left side. Hopefully, this'll make up for not getting a ticket for the recent Radiohead show. Unfortunately, as of today, no more tickets through the Massey Hall website are available. Sorry people.


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