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This Week in Music: OVO Fest, Prism Prize, Field Trip, Nadja, Slowpitch, Weaves, Rob Ford makes a beat

This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.

OVO Fest announces dates & Outkast
Drake has announced that OVO Fest will return August 3 and 4th, with Outkast and Drake on the line up so far respectively. As in years past, there probably won't be many more artists announced for the bill - the deal here is Drake getting to show off who he's friends with on a home town stage via surprises.

Prism Prize short list announced
The Top 10 Best Canadian Music Videos of 2013, "as voted by a jury of more than 100 media professionals including music journalists, filmmakers, artists, and programmers," include Drake's Started From the Bottom, Jessy Lanza's Kathy Lee, Keys N Krates's Dum Dee Dum, and Shad's Fam Jam. Also on the list are Arcade Fire, Young Galaxy, Majical Cloudz, Hollerado, and The Belle Game. The winner will receive $5000 on March 23, which is like, totally enough money to uh, buy some nice cables. You can watch all the vids and vote for audience choice award here.

Field Trip line up announced
That didn't take 'em long. Broken Social Scene are playing - shocking, I know - plus Interpol, The Kills, The Constantines (back together!), Chvches, Shad, Austra, and A Tribe Called Red. See the full line up here.

Nadja release Queller
Find the newest Nadja release (number 666 I believe), a four track metalgazey LP on Essence Music, here on their Bandcamp. The release is conjunction with Nadja's South American tour.

Slowpitch announces Dimly Lit Existence
Toronto turntable artist Slowpitch can set a mood like no one else in this city. His debut full length Dimly Lit Existence will be released April 15th on What Rules. Watch a trailer here, and then grab a download of his EP Ghost Fossil here.

Download a free Digits mixtape
Digits' mixtape is out now. You can download the whole thing for free right here.

New Weaves Track: Buttercup
Look for their self-titled debut EP on Buzz Records April 1st.

New Trust track: Are We Arc
Trust's Joyland is out on Arts & Crafts on March 4. It's going to be soo sparkly.

Rob Ford's noise band is terrible
He was better when he was just doing ambient stuff, sure, but if he's on the bill for a show I wouldn't be caught dead there anyway because the dude is homophobic, racist, and misogynist and there's no room for that in my scene.

This week's hot ticket

The C'mons CD release / February 28 / Tattoo Rock Parlour / 9pm / $10
We listed The C'mons as a break out band from 2013, and their lead-singer Steph Bosch made the top 10 queer Toronto musicians list for having her talented paws in a whole bunch of exciting upcoming projects. This show is for the release of the band's first LP. Local bands Hue, Morakoza, and beau will also be on hand, and rumour has it that some of the musicians will be getting tattooed at the show. Which sounds totally sanitary.

See more concerts at Just Shows.

Recently announced concerts

  • Lemon Bucket Orkestra / March 14 / Lee's Palace
  • Crosss / March 15 / Smiling Buddha
  • Foster The People / March 21 / The Horseshoe
  • Petra Glynt / March 28 / Cinecycle
  • PUP / March 29 / Toronto Reference Library
  • The Head and the Heart / March 30 / Kool Haus
  • Ladyhawk / April 17 / Horseshoe Tavern
  • July Talk / May 3 / Lee's Palace
  • Arctic Monkeys / June 21 / Molson Amphitheatre
  • Tori Amos / August 8 / Massey Hall

Photo: Karla Moy

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