Hot Ticket: Sufjan Stevens, Bad Religion, Mayer Hawthorne & The Country Opera, Rusko, Jimmy Eat World, Rocky Votolato, and Deerhunter
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13 through TUESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2010.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13 / SUFJAN STEVENS / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA ST / $40 / ALL AGES
Hot on the heels of his latest album The Age of Adz (released yesterday by Asthmatic Kitty), Sufjan Stevens takes the stage at Massey Hall for an intimate evening of music at the legendary venue. Label-mate DM Stith will be opening, still touring his debut LP Heavy Ghost.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 14 / BAD RELIGION / KOOL HAUS / 132 QUEENS QUAY E / $30 / ALL AGES
Punk rock royalty hits Toronto on Thursday when Southern California's Bad Religion plays the Kool Haus with New Jersey's Bouncing Souls and Minnesota's Off With Their Heads, all of whom are signed to Brett Gurewitz's (Bad Religion) Epitaph Records. Bad Religion are currently celebrating three decades of influential, thought provoking and groundbreaking music and remain strong with their fifteenth studio album, The Dissent of Man.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 15 / MAYER HAWTHORNE & THE COUNTY / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $17.50 / 19+
Offering a throwback to the glory days of Motown while incorporating a touch of modern soul and a twist of personal genius, Mayer Hawthorne & The County look to bring the swing to the Opera House on Friday night. Hawthorne's live show has topped best-of lists in recent years, so this one comes highly recommend and is definitely a must-see.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 16 / RUSKO / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $22.50 / 19+
Christopher Mercer, akaRusko takes over the Opera House with his electronic dubstep on Saturday. The Leeds, UK-native is only twenty-five years old but is already making waves in the dub scene - with a bright future on the horizon, Rusko has planned collaborations with Switch, Diplo, Yo Majesty and Wiley.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 17 / JIMMY EAT WORLD / KOOL HAUS / 132 QUEENS QUAY E / $40 / ALL AGES
One of my personal favourite bands of all time, Jimmy Eat World, return to the Kool Haus on Sunday in support of their latest record Invented, which brings the group back together with producer Mark Trombino (Clarity, Bleed American). Jimmy Eat World's live show can't be beat and working with Trombino has rejuvenated the band with an excellent setlist perfectly mixed with old and new songs. Joining them will be Scottish indie rockers, We Were Promised Jetpacks coming all the way from Edinburgh.
MONDAY OCTOBER 18 / ROCKY VOTOLATO / THE DRAKE HOTEL / 1150 QUEEN ST W / $16 / 19+
Seattle singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato brings his acoustic to the Drake Hotel on Monday. The former front-man of the band Waxwing, Votolato is one of many punk rock turned folk players touring today, though his latest LP, True Devotion, is a stand-out of the crowd. Ha Ha Tonka, indie rockers from Springfield, Missouri, open the night at 9PM.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 19 / DEERHUNTER / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $20 / 19+
The critically acclaimed, and increasingly popular, Deerhunter headline the Opera House on Tuesday, looking to captivate the Toronto crowd with their ambient rock. Joining them on the tour is New Jersey's, Real Estate and Kentucky-natives Casino Vs. Japan.
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Writing by Travis Caine. Lead photo of Deerhunter by Achablive.
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