Friday, August 22, 2008

Looking Ahead to Frosh Week

Summer is drawing to a close and as I've done for the past several years, I've been scoping out the frosh week concert schedules. University of Toronto has had some great acts lined up over the past several years like Sloan, Metric, Stars, The Hidden Cameras, and The Weakerthans and for this year's frosh concert taking place September 5 betweem 4:30pm-7:30pm at the U of T back campus, they've lined up Tokyo Police Club, Cadence Weapon and Basia Bulat. Thanks to Lycanthrophy for the info. I've usually sauntered into past U of T frosh concerts without any problem and suspect the same for this year.

Ryerson University hasn't yet posted the name of it's headliner for their annual frosh concert at the Toronto Island taking place this year the afternoon of Friday September 5 but they they have confirmed warm-up acts Thunderheist, Zaki Ibrahim, and Team Canada DJ’s to be part of the bill. I haven't attended this one in the past so I can't attest to how easy it might be to crash this one. Last year they had M.I.A. and I wish I could have attended that. Pavement Puddle Stars did postulate back in July that Bloc Party might be playing Ryerson's frosh concert this year though it's looking unlikely since the band have a show in Detroit that night. Although, the Ryerson frosh concert is suppose to finish by 6 pm and if Bloc Party were planning to jet over to Detroit they might technically be able to do both shows. Hmmm. (Of course, don't forget Bloc Party will be at the Virgin Festival at Toronto Islands on September 6.)

York University has a two day frosh festival dubbed YorkFest taking place September 16 and 17 and a concert will kick off the two-day festival featuring Stars, Sweet Thing, Ruby Coast, Trainlight and DJ Knoxx. The YorkFest website does explicitly state that the show is closed to York members including Glendon, Seneca@York and Alumni though each member can apparently bring a guest.

In other show news:

Sebastien Grainger And The Mountains perform at Burroughes Building on September 6.

The now Montreal-based Baby Eagle will be in Toronto for a show at Tranzac on September 8.

Common and N.E.R.D. will rock the Haus (Kool Haus that is) on September 29.

Pollstar lists London, UK outfit Mumford and Sons as part of the bill at the Rivoli on October 4 with already the already announced Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling.

Attack In Black, Ladyhawk and Shotgun Jimmie team up for a two-night stint at the Horseshoe on November 14 and 15.

Toronto music promoter No Shame has a slew of interesting local shows lined up over the next several months. Really, too many for me to post individually about. Please check out the link.

Morrissey guest DJ'd today on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to talk about and play the songs that have meant something to him. Yes, I totally forgot to listen in on this today. I'll have to look out for the archived program in the future.

Hey, how did everyone do on getting tickets to the Neil Young/Wilco/Everest show at Air Canada Centre on December 4? I got lazy about preparing for the presales yesterday so opted to hit right at 10 am this morning which I did. I tried for floors but was denied and then went for the cheapie ticket(spent about $69 total) and ended up with a seat in section 320, row 16. Fortunately, it's close to the stage but maybe a little higher up then I'd prefer to be. But the image of having to stand on the floor for upwards of 4 or 5 hours just didn't seem that attractive. And no I wouldn't have spent the in-excess-of-$200 price tag for section 100 seats.

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