Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Life's A Beach

If you hadn't already caught on, Spiral Beach were just confirmed to kick off the mainstage lineup for the second day[ie. Sept 7] of the Virgin Festival at Toronto Islands. Check out their Myspace for more tour dates which include a bunch of instores at Sunrise Records around Southern Ontario.

Speaking of Virgin Festival with the schedule now confirmed, if you'd received the recent Virgin Festival e-mail notification, there'll also be an acoustic stage[Molson Canadian Rocks Zone] which'll feature acoustic performances from Electric Touch and The Fratellis on the first day and Stereophonics and Yoav on the second day. It's a limited access thing and 19+, and full details on getting in will be available on-site at the Festival - it'll involve texting a code word on your cell phone.

To close out the Toronto International Film Festival, Yonge Dundas Square will host a free Festival Wrap Party featuring performances from Esthero, The Midway State, and Cadence Weapon on the evening of September 13 starting around 8 pm.

A good way to start off your Nuit Blanche on October 4 (if your not already going to the Johnny Flynn/Laura Marling/Mumford and Sons show at the Rivoli or the Chad VanGaalen/Women show at The Mod Club) might be to check out Brazilian Girls who will be at The Diesel Playhouse (56 Blue Jays Way, Toronto) that night.

Vancouver's The Evaporators will be playing an all ages show at 4 pm at Trash Palace (89-B Niagara Street) in Toronto on October 5. The afternoon will also include Nardwuar showing his 'Video Vault' of interviews he has done over the years.

Murray and Natalia of The Dears have confirmed a new lineup [props to Chromewaves for that link] and will be showing off the band and their new material during a two-night stint at The Music Gallery in Toronto on October 9 and 10. Via Emerge, tickets $20, onsale now. Or perhaps you can check The Dears out in Hamilton at The Casbah on October 1 with opener The Gentleman Reg Band. Via Stille Post.

Sponsored by Dose.ca, You Say Party! We Say Die! will be hitting the road for a cross-Canada tour which will stop in Toronto for a show at Wrongbar and will include support acts Montreal bands Winter Gloves and Beast, and Toronto's own Lioness.

Chicago's The Sea and Cake, in promotion of their eighth album "Car Alarm" being released through Thrill Jockey on October 21, will head out on the road making a stop in Toronto at Lee's Palace on November 14. [via The Windish Agency]

Looking forward to this fall on Bravo, live musical performances recorded earlier this year at Berkeley Church in Toronto are slated for broadcast on the program "The Berkeley Sessions". The show premieres September 10 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Bravo. publicbroadcasting.ca has the schedule for the first six episodes.

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