Yesterday afternoon’s Guinness Book of World Records attempt at largest guitar ensemble attempt was astounding. In 2007 Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany brought together 1,802 guitarists to play Smoke on the Water. Neil Young’s Helpless was to be The Great Canadian Tune to rally Toronto guitarists and beat the record. We were close. “Just” 1,623 made it! While just shy of the record seeing a city block wrapped with a line up of guitar players was pretty cool.
New York City’s Francis and the Lights are rounding out their third of three shows in three nights at Drake Hotel. Kanye called them “a mix between Prince and Phil Collins”. If you haven’t heard A MODERN PROMISE or STRIKING Friday night is a great time to find out what they can do for your dancing shoes.
Francis and the Lights @ The Underground – Drake Hotel
Friday May 15, 2009
1150 Queen Street West
Sunday has always been a great day to relax. Wavelength is always a go to “night out” (and it’s usually PWYC!!!) but this weekend is special.
Jeremy Strachan mixes it up with Mike Smith of Muskox. This should make for an exciting blend. The warm cozy space Somewhere There is the host for this guitar/banjo duo followed by group set. Somewhere There continues to bring out some of the best and brightest from Toronto’s improvised music scene and host daily shows (except Monday nights).
MARCH 8 at SOMEWHERE THERE
340 Dufferin Street (One block south of Queen – enter from Melbourne Ave)
Jeremy Strachan / Mike Smith duo – 6pm (early show)
(minimal banjo/guitar duets)
Plus a second set featuring David Sait (guzheng), Robin Buckley (percussion), Jeremy Strachan (etc)
The venue has changed but they are still coming to Toronto. My Bloody Valentine are playing at Kool Haus (instead of Ricoh Coliseum this Thursday). No worries all tickets for the Ricoh Coliseum show will be honoured at Kool Haus. Door and show times have been pushed back by 30 minutes to better accommodate the fans.
My Bloody Valentine were a shelved project for the more than 10 years until last summer. A total treat for faithful fans since many dates on this “reunion” tour have been completely sold out and this is one of their few Canadian dates. Rumours are that they have nearly an albums worth of new material but they likely wont play it just yet. No worries their catalogue has many treasures for sure. Loveless is a classic and still critically acclaimed after 17 years. As the Guardian’s John Moore can attest My Bloody Valentine are a band you FEEL live.
Bring your earplugs and prepare for the wall of sound!!!
My Bloody Valentine
Kool Haus, Toronto, ON
Thu, Sep 25, 2008
Doors open at 7:30 – 8pm
Tickets Available at all TICKETMASTER locations or by phone 416-870-8000
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