This Week in Music: Drake will be at Drake Night, SINS vinyl release, Neil Young Honor The Treaties, Rae Spoon
This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
Pretty Pretty release SINS' I Die on vinyl
Whoah convenient - we named I Die as one of Toronto's top albums of 2013 and called it "too dark for a summer album," - now Pretty Pretty Records is releasing the album again, this time on vinyl and during the dead of winter. Check it out: "Possibly Toronto's most overlooked album of the year is ϟ†Nϟ' debut full length. The disc features guest spots by Anna Coquette, Rich Forbes (Mauzoleum), and Ell V Gore, and while the retro-meets-internet production alone is bliss for the blissless, the decision to bring on guests gives it an extra push." Huren, Vierance, and Candle Eater are on the bill as well.
Drake will be at Drake night
A terrible lie was floating around the internet that Drake would not be at The Raptor's Drake Night this weekend. That blasphemous rumour appears to be false, according to Extra Mustard, who posted an initial newsbite that Drake would be AWOL - quote: "Correction: The Raptors have informed us that the team will be wearing their standard black alternates on Drake Night, and that Drake is expected to be in attendance. In other words: Ignore everything we said below." Phew. Drake Night is this weekend at the ACC.
Taratula X shirts
There's not much to say beyond that I'm really digging these Taratula X shirts, which have been on his website forever but are finally available for sale. There's an alien Greek goddess-y one called "Alien Versace", and a phallic renaissance-y statue one. They run from $20 - $25.
Neil Young Honor The Treaties benefit / January 12 / Massey Hall / Sold Out
On Sunday Neil Young himself will play Massey Hall for a good cause. All proceeds - all of them - go to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defense Fund for their fight against oilsands developments. Diana Krall will play as well. Similar benefit concerts will also take place in Winnipeg, Regina, and Calgary. As one might expect, this show is already sold out. You can donate directly to Honor the Treaties here.
Local Hot Tickets
Long Winter / January 10 / The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.) / 7pm / pwyc
Oh yeah there's one of these every month! Let's just list off the roll call. Rae Spoon, Isla Craig, B.A. Johnson, Princess Century, Doug Tielli, Weaves, Derek was D-Sisive, Absolut, Sydanie, Bizzarh and Ronley Tepler and the Lipliners are all up for the pay-what-you-can music show, plus there will be art and video installations, dance performances, a talk, an arcade, and food. Isla Craig and Weaves are on the split 7".
Fresh Snow / January 11/ Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Avenue) / 9pm / $6
Fresh snow are a Class of 2014 highlight who made our top albums of 2013 list after becoming one of Wavelength's "incubator bands" earlier in the year. If you like your rock to trance out (in a non EDM way) check this 12 minute track. It's no Magical Unicellular Music, but they could hang out together. Check our full preview of the Class of 2014 series here.
Recently announced concerts
- Yuck with Alvvays / January 17 / The Garrison
- Antoine93 / January 22 / Double Double Land
- SINS vinyl release / January 24 / White House
- Bleeding Rainbow + Hunters / February 22
- Warped Tour featuring Saves the Day / July 4 / Molson Ampitheatre
What we got up to this week
- The top 5 indie bands from the Class of 2014 in Toronto
- The top 5 winter music festivals in Toronto for 2014
- The top concerts in Toronto January 2014
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