Radar: Edgefest, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Cordially Yours, I Seen You On TV, Something is Wrong
Toronto events on July 31st, 2013
MUSIC | Alex Bleeker (of Real Estate) & The Freaks w/ Moves, Bonnie Trash
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks hits TO tonight for a show at The Comfort Zone. This is a much-anticipated show, and fans of Bleeker's more well-known band, Real Estate, will certainly be turning up to check out the bass player's "other project". The band has a new release out, entitled How Far Away, and this sophomore effort finds new territory of an "Americana" variety being mined, complete with pedal steel on the track Leave On The Light. Word has it the album is about a relationship dissolving, and growing older. Sounds pretty heavy, much like the openers on this bill: local garage rockers Moves, and Bonnie Trash will get the ball rolling.
The Comfort Zone (480 Spadina Avenue) 9PM $11.50
FUNDRAISER | Cordially Yours Craft Sale & Rock Show
Lula Lounge will host the Cordially Yours Craft Sale & Rock Show tonight, featuring over twenty vendors of vintage and Canadian handmade goods, live painting by Irina Lipkin, and some great musical acts. Not only is this a great evening out, where you can enjoy drinks, perusing and purchasing crafts, and music, but you will also be supporting a great cause, as fifty percent of funds raised at this event go to the Red Door Shelter. This is Cordially Yours' first TO show, which first got off the ground in Winnipeg in 2008. Tonight's performers include Run with the Kittens, The Beverleys, Tres Bien Ensemble, Ronnie Hayward, and others.
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West) 5PM to 2AM (vendors until 10PM)
MUSIC | Edgefest 2013
Yes, we're knee deep into festival season, and a TO staple has arrived - Edgefest. This annual fest - the longest running regular Canadian concert - has been going since the late '80s, and has gone down at several different venues including Molson Park (way up in Barrie!), Molson Amphitheatre, and Downsview Park is the current location. This year's acts include The Lumineers, Band Of Horses, Mother Mother, Monster Truck, Imaginary Cities, Dinosaur Bones, and others. The gates open at 11am, making this an all-day affair, so don't forget to stay hydrated, wear a hat, and bring sunscreen!
Downsview Park (1-35 Carl Hall Road) 11AM $39.50 - $99.50
COMEDY | I Seen You On TV
I Seen You On TV is a new comedy series slated to appear at The Drake Hotel on the last Wednesday of every month. Improvised comedy is the name of the game here, and we all know that is only going to be as good as the participants. Fortunately, the talented lineup up is top notch: The National Theatre of the World is a multi-award winning Canadian theatre company and they will be joined by Second City alumni and stars of some of your favourite Canadian TV series. Performers include Christy Bruce (Little Mosque on the Prairie), Pat McKenna (Red Green Show), Albert Howell (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Frank Van Keekan (Seinfeld), and others.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 8PM $18
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