by carl wilson

September Songs (Toronto Gig Guide)

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At last, at last the official September Toronto show guide is here (on the flip). It's a packed month: Action gets active as soon as 15 minutes ago (Fembots in-store at Soundscapes) and tomorrow night with K Recs indie-grrrl dreamboat The Blow (Khaela and friends, pictured above in their new video) at, fittingly, the Boat [Update: Correction! Not till Oct. 7! Geez!], followed by Xiu Xiu with Frog Eyes at the Gladstone on Thursday, the AACM-toasting Guelph Jazz Festival all weekend (with live Zoilus coverage Friday and Saturday), the Tranzac open house festival all day Saturday (with the creme de la weird of Torontopian improv'ers and others), the Fifth Column tribute show that same night, Portastatic (ex-Superchunk) with Tenement Halls (ex-Rock*a*Teens) on Monday, Blackalicious on Tuesday, 13 and God (Notwist-meets-Themselves) on Sept. 15, etc.

If it goes forward, the Ear to the Ground festival will be the month's indie highlight, featuring sets by everybody from K'Naan to the Hidden Cameras to Joel Plaskett to Polmo Polpo to Sleater-Kinney, Sept. 16-18. Unfortunately, the CNE venue is known for keeping festivals in precarious positions. I'll try to keep you updated. Sept. 17 also brings the daunting noise-vortices of Acid Mothers Temple with Wolf Eyes. On Sept. 20, blogland's equivalent of Marianne, Annie, is in town with Royksopp; blogland's equivalent of Jake the Snake Roberts (that'd be Warren Kinsella) takes the stage at Sneaky Dee's; and Numbers returns alongside the collective known as Hank. One of my most anticipated shows of the month comes Sept. 22 when Seu Jorge (see Zoiluses passim) is at the Lula Lounge, and the next night it's George Jones (tho I haven't really heard good things about his shows this millennium) and the CD release for the Fembots.

Ken Vandermark is back in town Sept. 24 with his FME ensemble, while The Gossip scandalizes X-Space. From Sept 25-27, we'll be graced with guest improvisors from Amsterdam and Vancouver in the latest Interplay series, featuring the likes of Michael Moore, Wolter Wiebos, Dylan Van Der Schyff and Achim Kaufmann matching wits with Toronto's improv community. Ted Leo is here again Sept. 29. And no doubt there's more to come. (Update: Such as the surprise late-night label showcases at the Drake during the Film Fest, including Three Guts and Arts & Crafts nights.) The calendar will be updated continually throughout the month. See you in the crowd [...]

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change - this is a casual effort, please do call the venues. Sources include the Stillepost.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, ListMe.ca, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note, Toronto Life and, as the saying goes, you - email or post in the comments with show information and disinformation.

FRI. SEPT. 23
** GEORGE JONES, Ronnie Prophet => Massey Hall, $49.50-$79.50
** THE FEMBOTS cd release, NEW BUFFALO => Supermarket, $10
* Leftover Daylight w/ PAUL DUTTON/MICHAEL KEITH/JOE SORBARA/NICK STORRING; JOHN WILSON/PAUL NEWMAN/DAVID FISH; ALLISON CAMERON/RYAN DRIVER/STEPHEN PARKINSON => Arraymusic Studio (60 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 218), 9 pm, $10
* DAVE CLARK'S WOODSHED ORCHESTRA cd release w/ Runcible Spoon, Tania Gill, Monica Fedrigo, Pam Bettger, Julia Hambleton, Lina Allemano, Mike Overton, Blake Howard, Joe Lapinski => Tranzac, 10 pm, pwyc
* DEADLY SNAKES cd release, NO DYNAMICS => Lee's Palace, $8
* PHOSPHORESCENT, DOC PICKLES, DRUMS & TUBA => Sneaky Dee's, 9 pm, $10
* T. RAUMSCHMIERE => Mod Club
* MELISSA STYLIANOU TRIO, THE REX'S ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO JOHN COLTRANE => Rex Hotel (Sept 22-24)
FOUR TET, HOT CHIP, KOUSHIK => Horseshoe, $15
NICK ALI presents FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES => Trane Studio (every Fri. in Sept.)
TRIO MUO (Glen Hall/Michael Morse/Joe Sorbara, cd launch) => The Red Guitar
MIDIVAL PUNDITZ (Small World Music Festival) => Gypsy Co-op, 10 pm, $15
MY DAD VS YOURS, THE AIRFIELDS, I AM ROBOT & PROUD => The Bagel, $6
TOWERS OF LONDON => El Mocambo, $10.50
DINI PETTY => Hugh's Room (and Sept. 24)
MISERY => Opera House, $25
Indie week w/ CANNON FODDER, BULLMOOSE, GLENDORA, LES SIX, THE LAST SHOW => Bovine
Indie week w/ AFFLATUS, GRAND:PM, CHRIS BOTTOMLEY, WORD PEOPLE => Brunswick House
Indie week w/ JP SUNGA, NOAH VACHON, AMY CRAZE, DAN GORDON, THE COMPLEMENTS => Cameron
Indie Week w/ JEN WOODHOUSE, WHITFIELD, STRADA, NATIONAL SOUND, GIRL & THE MACHINE, REFLECTION STATIC, JEEN O'BRIEN, I AN EYE, NADINE MEDAWAR => Drake
Indie Week w/ KAREN KOSOWSKI, ALICIA GLANN, ERIC AZ, SNAKES & MUSIC, PETER KATZ => Holy Joe's
Indie Week w/ EVERLEA, PLANESIDE, BREADFAN, DEADBOLT ZEN, FAITHDOWN, THE FIRST TIME => Kathedral
Indie Week w/ DELICA, PLAJIA, ILL ATTIRE, CONFUSION IN STEREO, ANNIQUE, ICTUS => Neutral
Indie Week w/ THE LUDES, THE COAST, THEME SONG FOR A CENTURY, ONSWITCH, more => Reverb
Indie Week w/ AIDAN, THE LORRIES, BLUE VENUS, THE STRAITS, LEN'S HAULAGE, THE AWESOME TEAM (not to be confused with Awesome) => Silver Dollar
Cuban Fridays w/ CAFE CUBANO => Lula Lounge, dance class 9 pm, show 10 pm, $10
LIGHTHOUSE, DAVID RUDDER, NEU JENARASHUN => Harbourfront
Pitter Patter w/ YELLOW WOOD, IN TRANSIT, ROMEO LIQUOR STORE, YOU SAY PARTY WE SAY DIE => O'Grady's, pwyc
BOB BARNARD/JOHN SHERIDAN/DON VICKERY => Montreal Bistro (Sept 21-24)THE HUMAN STORY (w/ Erin Costello) => Music Gallery, $5-$15
FREEBURN, THE DHARMA BODY, EKA TREE => Vatikan

SAT SEPT. 24
** FME (Ken Vandermark, Paul Nilssen Love, Nate McBride) => NOW Lounge, $15
** THE GOSSIP, WE ARE WOLVES, BUSH LEAGUE => X-Space, 303 Augusta, $12
* ACEYALONE, BUKUE ONE, MR. NEWZ, DJ BRYX, DJ SERIOUS => Drake Underground, 10:30 pm, $15
* DAVID "FATHEAD" NEWMAN => Isabel Bader Theatre
* RYAN DRIVER QUARTET => Tranzac, 10 pm
* BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, MARK GARDENER => Phoenix, 6 pm, $20
* ED VOKURKA SWING ENSEMBLE, JEROME GODBOO, RUNCIBLE SPOON, THE REX'S ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO JOHN COLTRANE => Rex Hotel (Sept 22-24)
Vague Terrain w/ GRANNY'ARK, NAW, AKUMU => Art Bar at The Gladstone Hotel
BOY => Horseshoe
THE HUMAN STORY (w/ Erin Costello) => Music Gallery, $5-$15
NICK ALI TRIO => The Red Guitar
THE NEW KINGS, THE WHOREMOANS, RADICAL CHEERLEADERS, PUNK KARAOKE => Adrift, 299 Augusta, $5
GOSPEL EXPOSION w/ CALYPSO ROSE, ROKISHA LEWIS, SECRET PLACE, KARL HUTCHINGSON, NIGEL SOYER, more => Bloor Collegiate High School (1141 Dufferin), 7 pm, $25
TERRY YOUNG, ROB RITCHIE (ex-Tanglefoot) cd launch => Birchcliff Bluffs United Church (33 East Rd.), 8 pm, $15
BOB BARNARD/JOHN SHERIDAN/DON VICKERY => Montreal Bistro (Sept 21-24)A MOVING SOUND (Small World Music Festival) => Jivamukti Yoga Studio (5 Shuter), 8 pm, $15-20
LURA (Cape Verde; Small World Music Festival) followed by Salsa Saturday w/ ENERGIA LATINA => Lula Lounge, 8 pm, $15-$20
THORNLEY => Lee's Palace, $20
Gaither Homecoming Concert w/ BILL GAITHER, THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND, JESSY DIXON, JEFF & SHERI EASTER, ANTHONY BURGER, LYNDA RANDLE, BOOTH BROTHERS, SIGNATURE SOUND QUARTET, IVAN PARKER, RUSS TAFF, THE ISAACS, MARK LOWRY, JEFF ALLEN, KEVIN WILLIANS, MIKE ALLEN, BEN SPEER dvd taping => Air Canada Centre, doors 4:30 pm, $29.50-$49.50
Indie Week Merch Fair, Panels, Finals Night => Reverb/Holy Joe's
RAOUL & THE BIG TIME's "HARMONICA STANDOFF" => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $10

SUN SEPT. 25
** Lecture by MARTIN ARNOLD "Improvisation & Narrative" as part of the Interplay festival => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave., no. 218, NOON, free
** Interplay w/ JOUST (John Oswald/Scott Thomson)/DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF , WOLTER WIERBOS/KEN ALDCROFT, MICHAEL MOORE/LINA ALLEMANO/NICK FRASER/ANDREW DOWNING => Arraymusic Studio, #218- 60 Atlantic Ave. Toronto, 9 pm, $15 (Sept 25-27, 3-night pass $30)
* JENNY WHITELEY & JOEY WRIGHT => Tranzac main hall, 7:30 pm
* NEW ORLEANS BENEFIT w/ KEVIN CLARK, DENIS KELDIE, JANE BUNNETT, CHRISTOPHER PLOCK, NICK ALI, LAURA HUBERT, TOM McDERMOTT, more => Fermenting Room, 55 Mill (Distillery District), $20
* LENIN I SHUMOV, GERMANS, THE GUEST BEDROOM => Polish Legion Hall,
2032 Dundas Street West, 9 pm
TRIO JOURBAN (Small World Music Festival) => Lula Lounge, 8 pm, $20-$25
HEARTLESS BASTARDS => Horseshoe, $10
Wavelength 282 w/ HENRI FABERGE AND THE ADORABLES, THE SUMMERLAD, MAHOGANY FROG, DJ LOUIS PRIMO => Sneaky Dee's
Solo piano Sundays w/ MARILYN LERNER (9 pm), BOB WISEMAN (10:15 pm) => The Red Guitar
STRATOVARIOUS, INTO ENTERNITY => Opera House, 7:30 pm, $29.50
TORONTO ALL-STAR BIG BAND => Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre, $20
U. OF T. WORKSHOP, FREEWAY DIXIELAND, SWING ROSIE => Rex Hotel
ANDY WHITE, STEPHEN FEARING, COLLEEN HODGSON, BROOKE MILLER => Hugh's Room, $17.50

MON. SEPT. 26
** MIA, SPANK ROCK => Phoenix, $20
** Interplay w/ WOLTER WIERBOS (solo trombone), ACHIM KAUFMANN/MICHAEL KEITH/MATT BRUBECK/BRANDON VALDIVIA, MICHAEL MOORE/ERIC CHENAUX/JOE SORBARA => Arraymusic Studio, #218- 60 Atlantic Ave. Toronto, 9 pm, $15 (Sept 25-27, 3-night pass $30) (Sept 26)
* THE ROLLING STONES, BECK => Rogers Centre, $60-$160 ($450 floor tickets)
NEW MODEL ARMY => Lee's Palace. $15
OCTOBERMAN => Gladstone
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT 2005 => Montreal Bistro
ANDREW BONIWELL TRIO, KRIS CHUBB QUARTET => Rex Hotel

TUES. SEPT. 27
** Interplay w/ ACHIM KAUFMANN/EVAN SHAW/DAVE CLARK/DAVID PRENTICE, DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF/ DOUG TIELLI/ROB CLUTTON,
KAMOSC TRIO (KAUFMANN/MOORE/VAN DER SCHYFF)/WOLTER WIERBOS => Arraymusic Studio, #218- 60 Atlantic Ave. Toronto, 9 pm, $15 (Sept 25-27, 3-night pass $30)
** GEORGE CLINTON FAMILY (w/ Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Darryl Dixon, Rob Bacon), JOI, CHILDREN OF PRODUCTION (Raphael Saadiq, Amp Fiddler, Stephen Perkins, Dave Watson) => The Docks. $41.50
* MARIZA (Small World Music Festival) => Massey Hall, 9 pm, $39.50-$59.50
* DEADLY SNAKES => Soundscapes in-store, probably late afternoon
* THE CRUZEROS => Hugh's Room
SELINA MARTIN, CINDERPOP => Supermarket
THE MORNING-AFTER GIRLS => Horseshoe
PIRATE JENNY => The Red Guitar
The Ambient Ping w/ SONGSPELL (Michael Moon [Vibes, electric guitar, Vocals, percussion], Thom Dean [Keys, percussion], Jenn Howie [Keys, Vocals, percussion]) => Hacienda Lounge, 9 pm, pwyc
BRET MICHAELS (ex-Poison) => Lee's Palace. $30
THE SUZANA DA CĂMARA QUARTET => Montreal Bistro
Exotic Journeys w/ DIANA McINTOSH, BEVERLEY JOHNSTON, PAMELA ATTARIWALA, MADAWASKA STRING QUARTET => Lula Lounge, 8 pm, $10-$15 Celebrating Twins: Toronto, Milan w/ I SOLISTI DELLA SCALLA TRIO, members of QUARTETTO GELATO => George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge), $50
HOGTOWN SYNCOPATORS, CLASSIC REX JAZZ JAM => Rex Hotel (every Tues)

WED. SEPT. 28
* METRIC, JASON COLLETT, THE LOVELY FEATHERS => Phoenix. $20
* Over the Top Fest launch party w/ PREFUSE 73, RIS PAUL RIC (ex-Q and Not U), ULTRA MAGNUS, DJ JUSTIN PEROFF (Broken Social Scene) => Mod Club, 8 pm, $14 adv.
* improv w/ JAKE OELRICHS, RYAN DRIVER, DOUG TIELLI => The Art Gallery of York University, Suite N145 Ross Building, 7 pm, free
* THE DINNER IS RUINED => Tranzac, 9:30 pm (every Wed. in Sept.)
* INTERPOL, BOOM BIP => Kool Haus, 8 pm, $31.25
* MICHAEL PENN, ROSIE THOMAS => The Rivoli, $15 (also Sept 29)
* CRAZY STRINGS (bluegrass) => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* Latin Cool Series launch w/ LUISITO ORBEGOSO's ALTA DESCARGA => Lula Lounge, 9 pm, $10
* COLONEL TOM'S SWINGING DOOR => Cameron House, 7-9 pm, pwyc (every Wed)
ASH DARGAN (Small World Music Festival - didgeridoo warning!) => Drake, 9 pm, $15-$20
LORI CULLEN, JORY NASH => Hugh's Room
SWING SHIFT BIG BAND => Montreal Bistro
"EBB", DAVID ROTUNDO PRESENTS => Rex Hotel
CORRY SOBOL QUARTET => The Red Guitar

THURS. SEPT. 29
** TED LEO/PHARMACISTS, NORTH OF AMERICA => Mod Club, 7 pm, $15
* METRIC, JASON COLLETT, THE LOVELY FEATHERS => Phoenix, $20
* UNSANE => Lee's Palace, $10.50
* HOVEN DROVEN (Sweden; Small World Music Festival) => Lula Lounge, 9 pm, $15-$20
* NICK FRASER & MICHAEL KEITH (8 pm), SANDRO PERRI (10 pm) => Tranzac, 10 pm
* KEVIN QUAIN, MIKE MURLEY SEPTET => Rex Hotel
* MICHAEL PENN, ROSIE THOMAS => The Rivoli, $15 (also Sept 28)
* Leftover Daylight Series w/ MICHAEL HERRING'S VERTIGO (w/don scott- guitar, joe sorbara- drums, quinsin nachoff- tenor sax, r.j. satchitananthan- trombone, jeremy schaal- alto sax); KEN ALDCROFT/EVAN SHAW/JOE SORBARA; KRIS DAVIS QUARTET (w/ jeff davis, tony malaby, eivind opsvik) => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave., ste. 218, 9 pm, $15
JORANE => Hugh's Room, $15-$17
THE DIRTBOMBS => Horseshoe, $10.50
RADIUS & HELENA, TWO BEARS, PINKO CRONKITE, SOME WOLF => The Boat, $5, 9 pm
No Format w/ MY PROJECT: BLUE, members of BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE => The Silver Dollar
Pitter Patter w/ THE POSTAGE STAMPS, PROJEKTOR, THE SUMMERLAD, THE LONDON APARTMENTS. THE INFLATION KILLS => O'Grady's, pwyc
WILLIAM CARN TRIO => The Red Guitar
THE HAYMAKERS, PLAN B, RESHURE => Rancho Relaxo, pwyc, 9 pm
AL HENDERSON QUINTET (w/PAT LABARBERA, ALEX DEAN, RICHARD WHITEMAN & BARRY ROMBERG) => Montreal Bistro (Sept 29-Oct 1)

FRI. SEPT. 30
** CULTURE SHOCK w/ SHAWN HEWITT & THE NATIONAL STRIKE, CUFF THE DUKE, GENTLEMAN REG, NO DYNAMICS, MAGNETA LANE, more => Harbourfront (Sep 30-Oct 2)
* JOE HALL & THE CONTINENTAL DRIFT REUNION SHOW, THE SILVER HEARTS, JAYMZ BEE, DAVID FRANKS => Tranzac Main Hall
* DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac, 10 pm
* AUTORICKSHAW, TRICHY SANKARAN, KEVIN BREIT (Small World Music Festival) => Al Green Theatre, JCC (750 Spadina), 8 pm, $15-$20 (also Oct 1)
* MELISSA STYLIANOU TRIO, MIKE MURLEY SEPTET => Rex Hotel
PAN-TIKI BATERIA (Small World Music Festival) => Gypsy Co-op, 10 pm, $10
DOVES, VHS OR BETA => Docks, $26.50
Pitter Patter w/ THE FEMINISTS, more => O'Grady's, pwyc
NICK ALI presents FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES => Trane Studio (every Fri. in Sept.)
DECEPTIVE MOVES (w/ BILL GILLIAM, COLLEEN OSTOFOROFF) => The Music Gallery, $5-$15
MARBLE INDEX => Mod Club, 7 pm, $13.50
AL HENDERSON QUINTET (w/PAT LABARBERA, ALEX DEAN, RICHARD WHITEMAN & BARRY ROMBERG) => Montreal Bistro (Sept 29-Oct 1)
JIMMY SWIFT BAND => Horseshoe. $10
JOHN NUGENT TRIO => The Red Guitar
THE FADED JEANS => Mix Community Club (50 Fairfax), $5
DAVID WILCOX => Club 279
BRIAN BLAIN'S HI-TECH BLUES REVUE cd release w/ special guests => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $10

Read More | Live Notes | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, September 06 at 6:15 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)

 

COMMENTS

Hi Carl,
An addition for yer gig guide....I am hosting a matinee with a different backup band each month. September's band includes mandolin pickin' jazz vocalist Alex Pangman, ex-Blue Rodeo James Gray on accordion, dobro player Burke Carroll (Bebop Cowboys) and fellow Backstabbers Sam Petite on upright bass. Oh yeah, me on guitar, mandolin and heartsong.
Best,
Tom

Colonel Tom's Swinging Door
Every Wednesday 7pm - 9pm
The Cameron House
408 Queen Street West
pay what you can (but pay often)

Posted by Tom Parker on September 7, 2005 9:50 AM

 

 

FME (Ken Vandermark, Paul Nilssen Love, Nate McBride) => NOW Lounge, $15

Awesome!

Posted by Gord Fynes on September 7, 2005 9:01 AM

 

 

thank you.

Posted by Mike Daley on September 6, 2005 11:15 PM

 

 

Thanks for the gig guide. Please add my band's Tuesday 6:30-8:30 spot (ongoing) at the Rex. The band is the Hogtown Syncopators - traditional jazz.

Posted by Mike Daley on September 6, 2005 8:48 AM

 

 

 

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