Toronto Music News: Free EP from Lullabye Arkestra, Record Store Day 2010, The White Stripes Ballet, Nominees for the 2010 Indies Announced & More

In this edition:

  • Fucked Up celebrate Record Store Day with new 7"
  • Nominees for the 2010 Indies announced
  • Lullabye Arkestra tour Canada, release free EP
  • Metric's t-shirt controversy
  • Rockets Red Glare talk about their planned reunion shows and Wavelength 500
  • Third Floor Sessions prepare for their second set of shows
  • Dinosaur Bones & Timber Timbre to head to Austin for SXSW
  • White Stripes inspired ballet to arrive in Toronto in November
  • Rivers Cuomo shows his love for Sheezer
  • compile a list of great Canadian collaborations
  • Chris Eaton of Rock Plaza Central becomes a Dad

Still Life Still - 'Kid'

Free EP From Lullabye Arkestra & Vice Records
Lullabye Arkestra are about to embark on a cross-Canadian tour, and to celebrate the occasion they have release a free digital EP for download. The three-track collection is entitled Heart Like a Wheel and is being distributed online via Vice Records, where you can pick up a ZIP file of the songs in exchange for your email address.

Have a Fucked Up Record Store Day in 2010
Record Store Day falls on April 17 this year, and Fucked Up have already announced the details of their plans for my favourite holiday of the year (not that I ever need an excuse to spend hours in a record store). They'll be releasing a 7" featuring a pair of Daytrotter cuts of songs from Couple Tracks and a b-side called 'Crooked Head.' The single will have eleven different covers, with ten of the variations paying tribute to some of Fucked Up's favourite US record stores. Fucked Up will be headlining what is sure to be an epic show at the Opera House with Kurt Vile and Peasant on February 26.

Diamond Rings - 'Watch & See'

Nominees Announced for the 2010 Indie Awards
Nominees are out for the 2010 Indies, with plenty of nods going to local artists including Timber Timbre, Constantines, D-Sisive, The Wooden Sky, Grand Analog, Great Lake Swimmers, Metric, Alexisonfire and more. The annual awards ceremony goes down Saturday March 13 and serves as the closing party for CMW. Check out the full list of nominees.

Third Floor Sessions Gear Up for Round Two
Back in December I wrote about the Third Floor Sessions project that was going on at Ryerson University. The crew are gearing up for a second set of sessions in 2010, and are currently selling SPIRITlive t-shirts to raise funds for the performances. Shirts are available in five colours, and you get to wear one knowing that you supported a great local music initiative. presents Morning Noon Night: Evening Hymns at the Tranzac

- Metric sparked a small controversy last week regarding their methods of raising funds for earthquake relief in Haiti. After appearing in a telethon the band designed a new shirt to help aid the struggling country, but were accused of "likening their pop star angst to a human tragedy of epic proportions" after the shirts were seen to be adorned with the name of their hit single 'Help, I'm Alive.' The band quickly apologized for the misinterpretation, and have offered to replace the shirt with an updated design if the purchasers are unhappy with the original.

- Rockets Red Glare put on a spectacular reunion show during Wavelength 500, and have announced plans for at least one more show before the end of the month. Toronto diehards will be disappointed to hear that the show is all the way in Montreal as part of Blue Skies Turn Black's tenth anniversary concert on February 27. Chart Attack spoke with guitarist Evan Clarke about the future of RRG.

- The Weakerthans forthcoming CD/DVD collection Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre will be released March 23 via Anti- Records. Check out the cover artwork and full album details via Exclaim.

Untold City presents: Eric Warner & We Are Busy Bodies

Make Your Exit - Minilogues

- Spinner has an interview with Laura Barrett of Sheezer, the all-female Weezer cover band, in which she speaks about Rivers Cuomo's take on the group.

- Chroma is a ballet set to orchestrated versions of songs by the White Stripes, as re-imagined by composer Joby Talbot. The ballet made its debut in 2006 in London, England, and will be opening at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto on November 24 for a limited run through to November 28. Tickets will go on sale through the National Ballet of Canada's website on September 27.

- Timber Timbre aka Taylor Kirk has a busy couple of months ahead of him - after a show at the Great Hall as part of CMW on March 11, the singer/songwriter will make stops at SXSW in Texas before a short tour with The Low Anthem. Taylor will then head overseas for his first bout of European touring, serving as the opening act for a handful of Broken Social Scene dates in the UK, Holland and Germany.

- Dinosaur Bones will also make the trek down to SXSW this year, with a hometown send-off show planned for March 5 at Steamwhistle Brewery as part of their unsigned showcase, also featuring Make Your Exit and Everything All the Time.

- has compiled a list of great Canadian Collaborations in recent history, as well as suggestions for some they'd like to see in 2010.

- Chris Eaton of Rock Plaza Central took to myspace last week after becoming a father.

D-Sisive - 'FebruaryTwelfthTwoThousand&Ten' (Vlog #10)

- D-Sisive is offering up 'The Reign' for free download via zshare. The track was produced by Munshine and pays tribute to Notorious B.I.G, Big L and Big Pun.

- Mechanical Forest Sound has a great collection of original live recordings available for your listening pleasure, including a cut of a new Holy Fuck song entitled 'Red Lights,' recorded at night two of Wavelength 500.

k-os - Wish I Knew Natalie Portman'

On blogTO last week
- Jennifer profiled TTC busker and guitarist George Sanchez at Eglinton station.
- I previewed the Wavelength 500 music festival after speaking with WL programmer Kevin Parnell and co-founder Jonny Dovercourt. I then proceeded to check out each and every single night of the festival, taking over 2000 pictures and videos of the 28 artists featured.

Lead photo of Rockets Red Glare at WL500 by Matthew McAndrew.

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