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Toronto Music News: BSS and Pavement for Island Concert, New D-Sisive Track, Oh No Foest Fires Break Up, Great Lake Swimmers in China & More...

In this edition: 2010 Toronto Island Concert line-up announced, D-Sisive mashes up Anvil and Dead Man's Bones on new track, Hooded Fang member writes musical comedy for stage, Oh No Forest Fires and Straight Reads the Line both break up, Great Lake Swimmers blog from China, CBC make their predictions for 2010, and forthcoming release information from $100 and the Weakerthans.

Plus music and videos from Timber Timbre, Great Bloomers, Loom, Basket of Figs, Fucked Up and Todor Kobakov.

Pavement Announced as Headliners of the Toronto Island Concert 2010
Broken Social Scene, Pavement and Band of Horses will be playing Olympic Island on June 19, with more support acts to be announced soon. After a decade long split seminal lo-fi rockers Pavement finally confirmed their reunion in September of 2009, though they claim it's for a one-time-only tour. Presale begins January 18 through GalleryAC, with tickets going on sale through Ticketmaster on Friday at 10am. Here's to hoping one of those acts TBA is Explosions in the Sky, whose 2009 Toronto Island appearance with BSS was called off as a result of the strike.

D-Sisive Samples Anvil and Dead Man's Bones on New Track
D-Sisive is following up a hyper-productive 2009 with what appears to be a busy 2010. Following the internet success of his latest full length effort Jonestown, D-Sisive is again giving away his music for free - this time dropping a brand new single which he describes as "one delicious lawsuit waiting to happen." Given that the song is an intricate mash-up of spoken word snippets from the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil and the chorus and chord progression from the haunting track 'Werewolf Heart' by Dead Man's Bones, I wouldn't be surprised if he has to take it down sooner rather than later. Grab the mp3 while you still can via Urbnet.

Todor Kobakov - ' Toronto Stories'

Just East of Broadway Returns to the Factory Theatre
Just East of Broadway has returned for a limited run at the Factory Theatre as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Co-written by Ben King and Hooded Fang's Nick Hune-Brown, the comedy features music contributions from members of Forest City Lovers, Timber Timbre, the Bicycles and more. For those who didn't catch it during Fringe Fest 09, there are ongoing afternoon and evening showings until January 17.

The Weakerthans Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre
The Weakerthans will be releasing a new live CD/DVD package Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre through Epitaph Records on March 23. No word yet on any new material from the Weakerthans, but they've been recording as Jim Bryson's backing band for his forthcoming solo effort.

Fucked Up Live Footage/Interview via Current TV in San Francisco

- $100 will be celebrating the release of their new 7" My Father's House on January 22 with a show at the Horseshoe Tavern. They'll be joined by the Lonesome Ace String Band and special guests still to be announced.

- In much more upsetting news, the Horseshoe will host the final show from Toronto's Oh No Forest Fires on January 23, with the band simply stating that "sometimes, good things come to an end" in a post on the Facebook event page. They'll be joined at the Horseshoe by The Darcys, Songs From A Room and Arietta. Cover is only seven dollars at the door.

Southern Souls presents: Great Bloomers - 'You're Everywhere'

- Great Lake Swimmers are currently on the other side of the planet, having commenced their inaugural tour of China on January 6th. Frontman Tony Dekker is guest-blogging about the experience for Spinner, updating fans about the success of their shows as they explore the country (starting with The Great Wall).

- Timber Timbre stopped by The Horseshack in Rock Island, Illinois for a Daytrotter session, offering up alternate takes on four songs from their debut full length for free download. Daytrotter is easily one of my favourite places on the internet, so take a minute to register and explore the countless artists they've hosted over the years.

Southern Souls presents: Basket of Figs - 'Send Your Youth'

- CBC count down the 10 Canadian bands destined to break in 2010 - a list dominated by Southern Ontario acts like Evening Hymns, Lisa Bozikovic, D-Sisive, Bonjay, The Magic and The Green Go. In addition to their predictions, they've compiled a massive list of forthcoming album releases from Canadian artists including Broken Social Scene, D-Sisive, Ghost Bees and Holy Fuck.

- In advance of his opening slot tonight at the Mod Club with Owen Pallet, John O'Regan aka Diamond Rings has spoken with both Spinner and NOW regarding the success of 'All Yr Songs' and what's to come in 2010. Both publications also have interviews with Owen Pallet.

- Stoney Creek hardcore fivepiece Straight Reads the Line have disbanded and will be playing a brief farewell tour of Ontario in the latter half of February.

Southern Souls presents: LOOM - 'Grown'

On blogTO last week
- Roger witnessed the pure mayhem of the Anvil Experience.
- Ivy reviewed the Sun Ra Ra and Tropics show at the Silver Dollar on Saturday night.
- Jennifer profiled TTC busker/pianist Emerald Doyle.

Lead photo: "Tools of the Trade - Jerry Leger" by williamself, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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