Hot Ticket: Lowest of the Low, Graydon James and the Young Novelists, Tyler Ward, Wildlife, Fred Eaglesmith, Vince Neil
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19 through SATURDAY DECEMBER 22, 2012.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19 / LOWEST OF THE LOW / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $26.50 - $30 / ALL AGES
The Horseshoe's 65th anniversary rolls on with a series of fantastic shows, and this week, local heroes the Lowest of the Low will play two nights in a row. After supposedly breaking up for good in 2007, the band has reunited and is picking up right where they left off, with a unique brand of alt-rock that has rightfully garnered the sextet a very loyal following. Wednesday's show will feature support from Graydon James and the Young Novelists, and Thursday's will see The Strumbellas open. You really can't go wrong either way.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 20 / TYLER WARD / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON / $16.50 / ALL AGES
This young YouTube sensation has made quite a splash over the last couple of years, and his covers of popular songs by artists such as Adele, Taylor Swift, and even the Biebs have helped him launch his own singing/songwriting career. If nothing else, Ward illustrates that in this day and age, sometimes all you need to make it in the music industry is a little ingenuity on top of talent.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 21 / WILDLIFE / THE DRAKE HOTEL / 1150 QUEEN W / $13 / 19+
Local boys Wildlife will be hitting the stage at the Drake to serenade the crowd. An interesting little nugget of information: in 2010, when Arcade Fire were set to release The Suburbs, a leaked copy of the album found its way online. It turned out that this was not the actual album, and that the songs had all been replaced by other tracks. One of the tracks, "Rococo," was replaced by "Sea Dreamer," a song written by Wildlife, among other songs by the band. This is an interesting footnote in the young career of a band who seems poised to break out.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 21 / FRED EAGLESMITH / HUGH'S ROOM / 2216 DUNDAS / $35 - $37.50 / ALL AGES
Hailing from the small town Caistor Centre in Southern Ontario, Fred Eaglesmith is an old-school alt-country artist who writes and performs songs about such traditional subjects as rural life, farming, and drinking. He's a throwback to old-timey country singers with a bit of a modern twist, and his devoted fanbase is known as "Fredheads." This should be a fun little show, if you're into this sort of thing.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 22 / VINCE NEIL / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $55 / ALL AGES
If you're a fan of Motley Crue (and I know there's a few of you out there), chances are that you've already got your tickets to this show, where the band's frontman Vince Neil will be taking the stage to perform a solo set. The tickets are quite pricey, but Neil retains some metal allure, so it's understandable. Besides, if you're a fan of the fairly poppy metal that Neil is known for, you won't have any trouble paying the price to see him live.
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