Hot Ticket: Everything All The Time, Cool Kids, Flashlight Radio, Elvis Costello, Still Life Still, Friends In Bellwoods, Jane Vain and more!
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 through TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 / EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME and THE MAGIC / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $5 / 19+
EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME's huge multi-keyboard setup and fun, danceable electro-pop tunes have made them a standout on the local club circuit, and with Guelph's sensational indie-soul crew THE MAGIC opening, this is sure to be a great night.
THURSDAY AUGUST 27 / COOL KIDS / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $22 / 19+
Mid-west rap duo THE COOL KIDS bring hip-hop back to its roots as fun, irreverent party music, rocking retro-bling gold chains and oversized sunglasses that appeal to a new, post-"gangsta" crowd.
THURSDAY AUGUST 27 / REBEL EMERGENCY / MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $15 / ALL AGES
The group formerly know as PANIC AND THE REBEL EMERGENCY has lost its founding member and frontman Tony Panic, but have emerged stronger and even more committed to spreading their message of peace, love and respect to the world through a blend of rock, reggae and ska music.
THURSDAY AUGUST 27 / JAH YOUSSOUF and ABDOULAYE KONE / MUSIDEUM / 401 RICHMOND ST SUITE 133 / PWYC
Musideum presents a rare acoustic performance by JAH YOUSSOUF and ABDOULAYE KONE from Mali, West Africa, with an introduction by respected musician and producer LEWIS MELVILLE. The two musicians are touring Canada this summer with members of the Woodchoppers Association in a unique fusion of western and African music.
THURSDAY AUGUST 27 / FLASHLIGHT RADIO / THE RIVOLI / 332 QUEEN ST W / $7 / 19+
A big hit at folk festivals around Ontario this summer, FLASHLIGHT RADIO is a duo comprised of singer/songwriter SUZY WILDE and bassist BEN WHITELEY, who celebrate the release of their debut self-titled EP this Thursday at the Rivoli with a mix of acoustic folk-rock ballads and upbeat country-tinged numbers.
FRIDAY AUGUST 28 / ELVIS COSTELLO & THE SUGARCANES / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA ST / $69.50
Veteran rocker and talk show host ELVIS COSTELLO showcases bluegrass, Americana and country-influenced tunes from his latest album "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane", recorded by renowned Nashville produced T-Bone Burnett.
FRIDAY AUGUST 28 / STILL LIFE STILL CD RELEASE / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $10 / 19+
Toronto's STILL LIFE STILL celebrate the release of their debut Arts & Crafts album "Girls Come Too" with an indie-rock extravaganza at the Horseshoe, featuring performances by friends DINOSAUR BONES, BOXES & BAGS and THE PAINT MOVEMENT. Cover includes a copy of the CD.
FRIDAY AUGUST 28 / FRIENDS IN BELLWOODS II / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $12 / 19+
Friends In Bellwoods II is a compilation album released by Out Of This Spark to document the atmosphere of community and friendship that surrounded OHBIJOU member CASEY MECIJA's home on Bellwoods Ave in Toronto. As with the first compilation, all proceeds are donated to the local Daily Bread Food Bank. The first of two CD release shows this week, performers will include OHBIJOU, BOCCE, FOREST CITY LOVERS and EVENING HYMNS.
SATURDAY AUGUST 29 / FRIENDS IN BELLWOODS II / TRANZAC CLUB / 292 BRUNSWICK AVE / $8-$10 / ALL AGES
The second party to celebrate the release of the Friends In Bellwoods II compilation features an all-day BBQ and short sets by a who's-who of Toronto's indie scene, including BRUCE PENINSULA, KATE ROGERS, GREAT BLOOMERS, SYLVIE SMITH, SEBASTIEN GRAINGER, THE PHONEMES, KIDS ON TV, GERMANS, THE ACORN and many more!
SATURDAY AUGUST 29 / JANE VAIN, THE LOVELY KILLBOTS and EXTRA HAPPY GHOST / RANCHO RELAXO / 300 COLLEGE ST / $6 / 19+
Ex-Calgarian singer JANE VAIN and LOVELY KILLBOTS frontwoman LAURALEE share a penchant for dark lyrics and a theatrical vocal style, making for a great contrast between the Killbots' bouncy keyboard-pop and Jane's ethereal folk-noir tunes. Openers EXTRA HAPPY GHOST bring the noise.
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