Hot Ticket: Active Child, Chad Valley, Shawn Clarke, Handsome Dan and His Gallimaufry, Modern Field Recordings, Wilco, Nick Lowe, Mother Mother, Sweet Thing, Whale Tooth, Toro Y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ava Luna
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER14 through TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2011.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14 / ACTIVE CHILD / THE GARRISON / 1197 DUNDAS W / $12 / 19+
L.A.-based artist Pat Grossi - a.k.a. Active Child - loosens up his audience with stage charms and banter. Grossi mixes electronic and choral music, producing mellow sonic landscapes perfect for intimate settings like the Garrison. Active Child plays in support of his debut LP You Are All I See. UK's Chad Valley joins the line-up.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15 / SHAWN CLARKE / TRANZAC / 292 BRUNSWICK AVE / FREE / ALL AGES
London, Ontario's Handsome Dan and His Gallimaufry and Guelph's Modern Field Recordings both play the Tranzac in support of new records - The Best There Was and We Got Ur Back respectively. And it will be a full folk-rock line-up as Toronto singer-songwriter and romanticist Shawn Clarke (who is also in the studio recording a new LP) joins the two bands.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16 / WILCO / MASSEY HALL /178 VICTORIA ST / $42-$50 / ALL AGES
English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe opens for Wilco, sharing his endearing bar-room ballads and ageless vocals, which remain magical and smooth. Wilco- who release their new LP, The Whole Love, later this month - play back-to-back nights at Massey Hall beginning on Friday.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17 / MOTHER MOTHER / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $25 / ALL AGES
B.C. quintet Mother Mother produces dynamic live shows full of guitar effects, pedals and epic anthems. Songs are played with vigour and a little theatricality, as front-man and guitarist Ryan Guldemond leads by example with energy and confidence. The band plays in support of their third LP, Eureka. Locals Sweet Thing and Whale Tooth open.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18 / TORO Y MOI / OPERA HOUSE/ 735 QUEEN ST W / $20 / 19+
Portland psychedelic band Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Brooklyn pop artist Ava Luna open for rising electronic and experimental artist Chadwick Bundick, who performs under the moniker Toro Y Moi. The afro-topped keyboardist plays with a full live band, his songs resounding with his signature smooth vocals and keyboard jangles.
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Lead photo of Wilco by Pete Clarke.