Happy Easter Monday! I spent my weekend in Bruce County cross-country skiing, happy to return to a snow-less city. There's lot of shows this month, as bands are fully out of hibernation now. 1970s "power band" Yes (according to my mom) is playing April 11th at Massey Hall, freaking Fleetwood Mac is in town, something called "Pagan Fest IV" in on tap and Alicia Keys too — so sumthin fer errrrybody. As always, feel free to share concerts not included on our list in the comments. But do play nice, please.
Read my review of The Rude Boy in the restaurants section.
Read my review of Tofu Village in the restaurants section.
March is maybe the grossest month. Pretty white snow has inevitably melted (yay!) and turned to grey muck (boo), which your cat drags in through your basement window if you can't catch him in time with a towel (universally speaking, here). Random MARCH! fact you didn't ask for: from the Greek Martius, after Mars, the Greek God of war — but no fighting please (Marching allowed....hehheh ehhhhh.) Musically speaking, March is about Canadian Music Week which runs from the 19-24th this year. We've highlighted some of the artists in town for that below but please stay tuned for dedicated CMW previews (free shows! Toronto bands! etc!).
Find out more in my review of Playa Cabana Cantina in the restaurants section.
I know these things about February: 1) it's the month of purification (that's why Purity Ring are coming through town), 2) SAD reaches its peak, 3) Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday and thus a complete waste of time, and 4) "leaplings" are the luckiest people around as they age far more slowly than the rest of us. Man, who wouldn't want to be a leapling? Doesn't it just sound so cool?
Anyway, here's what else I know. February is not the greatest month for live music in Toronto. While not as sparse as January, we're not totally out of the rut yet. That'll have to wait until CMW arrives in March. Can somebody wake me up when it's spring? Thanks!