This Week in Music: Digital Dreams line up, Fourtet at Foundry, new F-cked Up, Paper Lions, FAWN Opera
This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
Digital Dreams release line up
The line up for Canada's largest EDM festival so far includes heavy hitters like Art Department, Tisto, Deep Dish, Luciano, NERVO, and Flux Pavilion. The fest will bring blinding neon light to Echo Beach on June 28th and 29th. Tickets are on sale here for $118.75+.
Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival 2014 Official Aftermovie
Speaking of neon, did you miss the Brrrrr! Fest in February because like, it was cold outside? Do you want to know what a bunch of people wearing parkas (or not! Where are their jackets?!) and colorful sunglasses partying to EDM in freezing, snowy environment looks like? Do you have a toque fetish? Watch below.
F-cked Up's next album hits this summer
Hey F-cked Up fans, whoever you are: F-cked Up have announced their album Glass Boys will be released by Matador Records this summer. I know it's weird to read about a F-cked Up related project that's actually F-cked Up, but here you go. Watch a trailer below.
'Walk On The Wild Side' at the CBC
CBC Music recorded this performance at their birthday tribute concert to Lou Reed at the Glen Gould. Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies/Rheostatics), friend and musical director to Lou, put it all together. The stage hosted members of Lou's band, Broken Social Scene, Metric, The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie, Carole Pope, Chris Hadfield (what?), Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, and more. It's a terrible cover, but if you're into Canadiana rock you might tear up or something. RIP Lou.
Bry Webb will release new album in May
Now that he's made everyone happy by announcing a Constantines reunion, Webb made some more goofy local smiles this week by announcing his album Free Will will drop May 20 on Idée Fixe Records.
New Toronto tracks & videos
This week's hot tickets
Arcade Fire / March 13 / Air Canada Centre / sold out
The most badass thing the Arcade Fire has ever done is calling their own fans out on being too frumpy at their arena shows. "Wear something nice already, you're making us sick" - The Arcade Fire, last true punk band in indie rock.
Foundry / March 14th to April 5 /
Tower Automotive 99 Sudbury / 10pm / $99.50 series pass, $19.50-$49.50 single nights
Last year Foundry brought together a wide network of underground dance music promoters and scenesters to throw an eclectic mini-festival. This year
they'll do the same at the Tower Automotive Building (recently used for the Promise Heart Party) (moved to) 99 Sudbury, with another talent-stacked lineup, including the unpredictable experimentalist Four Tet and Canadian electronic duo Purity Ring. This weekend features Four Tet + Anthony 'Shake' Shakir + Gingy + DJ Colin (Friday) and Purity Ring [DJ Set] + Shigeto [Live] + Blue Hawaii [DJ Set] (Saturday). Check out our preview of the fest here.
Emergents III: FAWN Opera & New Music Michael Vincent, curated by Chelsea Shanoff / Friday, March 14 / 8pm / The Music Gallery (197 John Street) / $12
This looks to be an amazing Music Gallery show for lovers of dramatic performances and experimental music. FAWN is all about "Synesthesia concerts" which apparently usually take place in art galleries. Music and visuals will combine for some kind of psychedelic contemporary opera, with a whole lot of weirdness, naturally. Watch below.
Crosss / March 15 / Smiling Buddha / $8
If you haven't heard, Smiling Buddha is totally different now - well, except for a few things that the new owners just couldn't change. Mark Pesci (of Mark Pesci's Toronto Punk and Hardcore Shows) is booking gigs now, so it remains to be seen if this will still be the city's best bet for shows where you have no idea what is going on. Montreal loud-band Crosss is joined by loud-bands Soupcans, Special Noise, and Ketamines.
Recently announced concerts
- Weaves / April 26 / Cinecycle
- Chelsea Wolfe / May 27 / Winter Garden Theatre
- Phoenix / June 10 / The Sound Academy
- Boston / June 23 / Molson Ampitheatre
- Tori Amos / Aug 8 / Massey Hall
What we got up to this week
- Breakout Toronto Bands: The Folk
- The El Mocambo is up for sale at almost $4 million
- 10 Toronto bands showcasing at SXSW 2014
- Toronto music bloggers team for concert promotion biz
- 10 can't-miss sets for electronic fans at Foundry 2014