Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Gearing Up for GZA!!!

One of the legends of the Wu-Tang Clan stops by the Sound Academy tonight. GZA the Genius is in town and a great way to see one of the best Wu members live. Long live Liquid Swords

GZA @ Sound Academy
Doors Open at 8pm
19+
11 Polson Street
$20 – Ticketmaster

Gordon Ball at Sleeping Giant – FRIDAY

Been waiting for this all week. Gordon Ball graces us with a visit from Montreal for his latest photo show at Sleeping Giant.

GordBall

Tonight – EVERLEA At The Mod Club

Kingston’s Everlea are in Toronto tonight. I was first introduced to them through their work with amazing photographer Brooks Reynolds on WE ARE SLEEPING GIANTS.

A Brooks Reynolds still from WE ARE SLEEPING GIANTS, a collaboration with Kingston band Everlea.

A Brooks Reynolds still from WE ARE SLEEPING GIANTS, a collaboration with Kingston band Everlea.

Everlea
Tuesday February 3, 2009
at Mod Club (722 College Street)
w/ Secondhand Serenade + Meg and Dia
Cost: $20

Check Out Somewhere There

Jack Vorvis playing with intensity at Somewhere There Dec. 9th.

Jack Vorvis playing with intensity at Somewhere There Dec. 9th.

Jeremy Strachan peppered the precussion with both soprano & bari saxes at Somewhere There Dec. 9th.

Jeremy Strachan peppered the precussion with both soprano & bari saxes at Somewhere There Dec. 9th.

Somewhere There is a venue tucked away in Parkdale highlighting members of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIM Toronto) as well as creative-musicians from everyplace else. The cozy atmosphere is host to live music 6 nights a week (from Tuesday to Sunday) and will be home to Leftover Daylight this Friday.

Glad I was able to catch Jeremy Strachan and Jack Vorbis blaze through a quick set last night. Be sure to check the Somewhere There Blog and website for details of upcoming shows.

Somewhere There
340 Dufferin Street (NOTE: Enter from Melbourne Avenue)
LIVE MUSIC – Nightly except Mondays
Most shows at 8pm
$6 unless otherwise noted (in 2009 the base price goes up to $8) – check listings for full details.

A Swan Song for The Ex…

The close of the Labour Day weekend is always a sad time. It means the end of The Ex, marks the beginning of school for so many, and acts as a reminder that Fall is on the way. Glad I made it back to The Ex this year though. It’s been quite awhile.

Rain or shine, nostalgia and good entertainment won me over again. While my dentist is probably cautiously cheering my love for cotton candy there were other treats abound. A wide variety of music from Silverstein to Blood Sweat & Tears front man David Clayton-Thomas had fans of all ages (and tastes) in good spirits. The carnival games are fun to play and watch too. My personal MVP was the dude rocking freestyle rhymes over drum and bass pictured here. You were definitely repping the EX large!

This dude was reppin\' the game stand and freestyling for the crowd.

Fun fur fedoras and freestyle rhymes. A serious crowd pleaser at work at The EX.

Well if your life is seriously lacking in oversized stuffed animals you must be in the depths of depression. The Ex doesn’t return until August 2009. No, no…it’s OK to start counting down the days.

The Music is So Close But… soooo far away!!!

One of my favourite times for live Music in the city is here. CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK! Ah but work, school and life conflicts will mean I will miss all of this years shows. Such is life (even when I’ve busted out hard cash for a wristband to catch the action during the fest)…

Well if I can’t see some of my favourites like Julie Doiron, The Besnard Lakes, Sloan or The Breeders I can only encourage you NOT to do the same.

Of course there are 500 Canadian and International artists playing at 41 venues in the city. Best pick at least one and hang on for the ride. You may not get back in if you leave. Trust me.

Not sure where to start? My choice picks during the CMW (that I have to miss…GRRR… but you don’t) are Burlington’s Saint Alvia Cartel, Montreal’s SoCalled, Raised by Swans, Volcanoless in Canada, Toronto’s own Colin Munroe, and Grand Analog.  Even Jenny Omnichord (just because I miss Lederhosen Lucil)…

Canadian Music Week – March 5th – 8th

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