Toronto – Here are your weekend tips!
The Charlatans – postponed
One would find it funny that the Charlatans have once again delayed their show here in Toronto if not for the fact that it is for a rather serious matter. Drummer Jon Brookes collapsed on stage at the show in Philadelphia, and as a result, both Canadian shows have been delayed. Given that this has not been the best year for drummers collapsing on stage and the Charlatans past history (Rob Collins was killed in a car accident in the 90s) we can only hope that Jon Brookes is on his way to a speedy recovery. I had originally lamented the fact that the show got postponed, but obviously, bigger issues are at hand.
Still, the new Charlatans album – Who We Touch out on The End Records and here is the a new video for the single:
Caribou / Russian Futurists
The Phoenix, Sept 17
Also on Fridays packed bill is Caribou, the Ontario based electro artist who was here in May and according to our writer Sarah, put on an most excellent show. He’ll be in town to promote his 2010 release Swim. Opening up will be another Ontario act, the Russian Futurists, who me and Wade enjoyed tremendously at the Wavelength shows back in February. I know you are like the double rainbow guy right now and wondering “WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?” Well, it means that this show will be pretty damn good.
Sept 17, The Garrison
I don’t really know much about the lineup at the Garrison, other then a bunch of my new friends are excited about it. The show will be a cd release party for the artist known as Stephen McKay and the album is self titled. Steve McKay is from Toronto, Ontario. He has performed and recorded as drummer or whatever with the likes of Bruce Peninsula, T H O M A S, Timber Timbre and a handful of other great acts from the Greater Toronto area. Also on the bill is Hooded Fang, another band I know little of, aside from they too have a lot of fanbase here in the city. Basically, I’m useless. However, I did find this quote on their myspace page:
“Very emotionally powerful. I couldn’t understand any of the lyrics, but the music sort of made me think of some bipolar man trying to go as hard as he can because he knows that as soon as he comes down he’s going to kill himself… it was kind of weird how upbeat it was on the surface, but with these underlying hints of melancholy.” -Anonymous depressed fan
The show is only $3, so you can’t really go wrong. Like seriously, I had cravings for McDonalds this morning, I texted my coworker who I thought was going to be late going to work and asked him to buy me two hash browns. However, he was actually sick and it didn’t happen. BUT..that would have been 3 dollars.
Here is Stephen Mckay video:
Lee’s Palace, September 18
The last time I was at a David Bazan show, I was there to check out the opening act, Seattle band Say Hi to Your Mom. I was not aware that David Bazan was formerly of Pedro the Lion, a pretty popular indie band from Seattle when I was in University. I wasn’t really there for him, but I think the show was pretty good. This time, he is once again playing Lee’s Palace, and it will be good if you like some mellowish tunes.
That’s all the shows of interest this weekend…have a good one.