Hot Ticket: Pitter Patter Music Festival, The Avett Brothers, Thee Silver Mt Zion, Born Ruffians, Zeus, The Weakerthans & Bahamas, ADULT, $100
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY MAY 26 through TUESDAY JUNE 1, 2010.
WEDNESDAY MAY 26 / THE WEAKERTHANS / QUEEN ELIABETH THEATRE / CNE GROUNDS / $37.50 / ALL AGES
Moustachioed drummer Jason Tait will take to the stage of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre twice tonight - first with Bahamas, the pseudonym of singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen, and second with his primary band The Weakerthans for a headlining performance. In addition to the Live at the Burton Cummings CD/DVD combo they released earlier this year, the four members of The Weakerthans are also the subjects of a documentary film by Caelum Vatnsdal entitled We're The Weakerthans, We're From Winnipeg, which premiered in their hometown just a few weeks ago. Since they're known for keeping a relatively low profile in between albums, don't be surprised if this ends up being one of the few shows the Weakerthans play in the city this summer.
THURSDAY MAY 27 - SUNDAY MAY 30 / PITTER PATTER MUSIC FESTIVAL / VARIOUS LOCATIONS / PWYC / 19+
The 2010 edition of the Pitter Patter Music Festival takes over 15 venues for their four-day, not-for-profit event - Rancho, ElMo, Silver Dollar, Horseshoe, The Boat, Velvet Underground, The Embassy, Supermarket, Rearview Mirror, Dee's, Lee's, The Central, The Piston, Duffy's Tavern and The Garrison. The whole thing is PWYC, and features performances from roughly 150 artists, including Sleep For the Nightlife, Anagram, The Hoa Hoa's, The Cautioneers, Parks and Rec, The Diableros, The Wilderness, Planet Creature, The Mark Inside, Intensive Care and many more. You can download a full copy of the Toronto schedule in .DOC format .
THURSDAY MAY 27 / ZEUS / MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $12 / ALL AGES
Zeus stop by the Mod Club this Thursday, where they'll be joined by Matt Murphy and Danielle Duval for their biggest hometown headlining show yet. Taking into consideration the success of their Bonfire Ball tour with Jason Collett and Bahamas, the critical acclaim surrounding their debut full-length Say Us and their upcoming show with Broken Social Scene at Olympic Island on June 19, to say 2010 has been a breakthrough year for Zeus would be a massive understatement.
FRIDAY MAY 28 / FUCKED UP with $100 / TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY / 798 YONGE ST / FREE / ALL AGES
Head to the Toronto Reference Library at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night to catch local hardcore heroes Fucked Up in a special performance with $100 as part of the Make Some Noise series, which also offers free music-related workshops in addition to free concerts in the stacks. For those interested in the industry side of things, the Reference Library will play host to an informal Q&A session with CBC's Vish Khanna this coming Wednesday June 2.
FRIDAY MAY 28 / BORN RUFFIANS (CD RELEASE) / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / $15 SOLD OUT / 19+
Born Ruffians celebrate the release of their sophomore album Say It with a show at the Horseshoe on Friday. While Say It was originally scheduled to be released on June 1, the date has been pushed up and the album is currently available to stream on the Ruffians' myspace page and/or to purchase digitally through iTunes. Armed with new material and standby favourites, Born Ruffians will undoubtedly ignite a feverish dance party, and considering the humid weather expected this week, it's sure to be a hot and sweaty night at the Shoe on Friday. Get there early for opening sets from The Magic and Allie Hughes.
SATURDAY MAY 29 / THEE SILVER MT ZION / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $15 / 19+
Montreal-based experimental post-rockers Thee Silver Mt. Zion in support of their sixth full length LP Kollaps Tradixionales, released this past February through Constellation Records under the pseudonym Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. Support will be provided by Guelph-based dream-pop duo Memoryhouse and local psych-rock duo Nordic Nomadic, featuring Chad Ross of Pink Mountaintops, The Deadly Snakes and Quest for Fire.
SUNDAY MAY 30 / THE ADULT. DOUBLE FEATURE: AN EVENING OF MIDWESTERN HORROR / SPK HALL / 206 BEVERLEY ST / $15 / ALL AGES
The Polish Combatants Association Hall host a double feature performance from Detroit-based experimental electronic duo ADULT, billed as an evening of Midwestern horror. The event will feature ADULT providing a live soundtrack to two original films: 2008's Decampment (a silent experimental horror film making its Canadian premiere) and 2010's Traditions, the second film in the Decampment Trilogy, which will be unveiled for the first time ever during Sunday night's one-of-a-kind performance.
TUESDAY JUNE 1 / THE AVETT BROTHERS / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $25.50 / 19+
After nearly a decade releasing music by themselves or through indie labels, folk rock trio The Avett Brothers were scouted by producer Rick Rubin in 2008, who helped the group record their 2009 breakthrough I and Love and You after signing them to his label, American Recordings. This coming Tuesday, the trio (comprised of Bob Crawford and brothers Scott and Seth Avett) will headline the Phoenix in support of their Ruben-produced major label debut, where they'll be joined by Ohio-based singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield.
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