Zoilus by Carl Wilson

Toronto Gig Guide


Have one on Joanna Newsom, March 13 at the Phoenix. (I’ll be out of town, sniff!)


Compiled by Zoilus with the generous aid of ace assistants ERELLA GANON and CHRIS RANDLE.
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, 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.

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TUE MARCH 16

** OXFAM Canada Chile Earthquake Relief Fund benefit w/ JANE BUNNETT, NANCY WHITE, SON ACHE, SANTERIAS, PROYECTO ALTIPLANO, CATHARTIC, FLASHLIGHT RADIO, OJOS NEGROS, MARCEL PUENTE, GRUPO GENERACIONES, GRUPO CHILE, DIEGO MARULANDA, FERNAN ENRIQUEZ, JUDITH COHEN, DJ EL MACHETERO => Lula Lounge, doors 7, show 8 pm, $25 sugg. donation
** (not music) “North America: A Prophecy” w/ SPARROW (NYC), PETER DUBE, STEVE VENRIGHT => This Ain’t the Rosedale Library, 8 pm-11 pm, free
* THE RENT => Somewhere There, 8 pm, $8
Honky Night in Canada w/DRUNK WOMAN, more => Silver Dollar, $3
SEE THROUGH TRIO => Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30 pm, pwyc
CONVERGENCE ENSEMBLE => Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10 pm, pwyc
ADVERTEYES, JON MCKIEL, JON EPWORTH => The Boat, $5
SIXTEEN LAYERS, THE BARETTAS => Bovine Sex Club
BRAD JAMES => Cadillac Lounge
THE DONEFORS, LUKE NICHOLSON => Cameron House (front room)
DAN KOSUB => Cameron House (back room)
ANTHONY FUNG => Gate 403, 4 pm
JULIAN FAUTH BLUES NIGHT => Gate 403, 8 pm
THE MICHAEL JAMES BAND => Graffiti’s, 7 pm, pwyc
THE AQUABATS, more => Mod Club, all ages, 7:30 pm, $16.50
THE SIDEWALKS, more => Rancho Relaxo, $2
SEAN BRAY’S PEACH TRIO => The Rex, 6:30 pm
THE DEREK GRAY GROUP => Trane Studio, $10
CHRIS BANKS, more => Holy Oak Cafe
THE AQUABATS => Mod Club, all ages, 7:30 pm, $16.50
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WED MARCH 17

** Martian Awareness Ball hosted by MARY MARGARET O’HARA, MARCUS O’HARA, more => Lula Lounge, 8:30 pm, $10
* SCOUT NIBLETT => Horseshoe, $11.50
* IAN BLURTON & HURON, MERCY NOW => Dakota Tavern (every Wed)
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* THE INNARDS BROTHERS (members of the Backstabbers) => Cameron House, 6-8 pm, pwyc (every Wed.)
* FELICITY WILLIAMS (voice)/STEVE WARD (trombone)/JESSICA STUART (koto) => Somewhere There, 8 pm, $8
KITGUT OLD TIME STRING BAND => Graffiti’s, 7 pm, pwyc
THE MAHONES => Tattoo Rock Parlour, $15
ALICE IN CHAINS => Sound Academy, 7 pm, $52
TENA PALMER GROUP => The Rex, 9:30 pm
BOBBY HSU JAZZ => Gate 403, 4 pm
THE NEIL YOUNG’UNS => Cadillac Lounge
HAINES & LEIGHTON => Hugh’s Room, $18
Tuff Shit w/ DJ MIKEY APPLES => The Ossington (every Wed)
ANDREW COLLINS, MISS CINDY => Cameron House (front room)
CRY CRY DARLING, THE SWEET PEAS, DANIEL SKY => Cameron House (back room)
SHANE McSHANE => Dominion on Queen, 5 pm
ALISTAIR CHRISTL, more => Dominion on Queen, 9 pm, $7
VINCENT => Gate 403, 8 pm
SEAN BELLAVITI, more => Lula Lounge
THE DREAMBOATS, THE VAUDEVILLE WHORES, DYSFUNCT => Rancho Relaxo, $5
FOR GONZ CONCLUSION => The Rex, 6:30 pm
UNKNOWN MISERY, 9TH UNO, DICK DIAMONDS, more => Rivoli, $5
AM GLORY, DANGER BEES, LIFE SIZE DREAM => Supermarket
TERRY LOGAN => Trane Studio, 6:30 pm
JULIE CROCHETIERE QUARTET => Trane Studio, 8:30 pm, $10
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THU MARCH 18

** NUTSAK (Shalabi Effect, American Devices), THRASHED GENES, FRED SPEK’S CAMP COMBO, THE SOUPCANS => Teranga, 9 pm, $6
* THE HUNTING HORNS, NICK TAYLOR & FRIENDS, JAY BAIRD => The Piston (937 Bloor St W), 9:30 pm. pwyc/$5
* FRED PENNER => Hugh’s Room, $20
* MIMO, ODRADEK => Somewhere There, 8 pm, $8
THE EFFENS, CEDAR, BELLEAU WOODS, TWO ZEBRAS => Tiger Bar, $10 for one person, $11 for two
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL => Kool Haus, $33.50
A WILHELM SCREAM => Mod Club, all ages, $14.50
SILVERSTEIN => El Mocambo, all ages, Mar 18-21, $15
ALEJANDRA RIBERA => Hugh’s Room, $16
War Child benefit w/CRUSH LUTHER, more => Horseshoe, $12
ESPRIT D’ESCALIER, MIRROR => The Boat, $5
COOL MAN COOL, more => Rancho Relaxo, $7
THE RUNAWAY CATHOLICS, WINNEBEGOS OF DEATH => The Cloak & Dagger, 9:30 pm, pwyc
War Child Benefit w/ CRUSH LUTHER => Horseshoe, $12
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FRI MARCH 19

** THE CLIENTELE, FIELD MUSIC => Horseshoe, $14
* Tom Waits tribute w/ L’ORCHESTRA D’HOMMES-ORCHESTRES => The Music Gallery, $18-$24 (also March 20)
* DANGER BAY, GAY, MAGIC CHEEZIES, JOHN MILNER YOU’RE SO BOSS, INDUCED LABOUR => Teranga, $5
* Morning Music: GERMAINE LIU (drums)/JOHN OSWALD (alto saxophone)/SCOTT THOMSON (trombone) => Somewhere There, 7:55 am, $5 (free with pastries or fruit to share, coffee/tea for all) (every Fri)
* JOHN MCDERMOTT & MICHAEL SMITH => Hugh’s Room, Mar 19 & 20, $35
FRI, MARCH 19
Saks Fundraiser Party, live music, DJ’s & silent auction => Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave, pwyc
FLOTILLA (Montreal), RADIUS & HELENA, GREAT DANE, TRIPPING HAZARD => Bread & Circus, 10 pm, $6
VILIPEND, THE GREAT SABATINI (Montreal), DANCE ELECTRIC, AUTHORS => Rancho Relaxo, 9 pm, $5
SILVERSTEIN => El Mocambo, $15
PUSCIFER => Queen Elizabeth Theatre, $45-$75
GET IT TOGETHER => The Boat, $5
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SAT MARCH 20

* Tom Waits tribute w/ L’ORCHESTRA D’HOMMES-ORCHESTRES => The Music Gallery, $18-$24
* ATMOSPHERE => The Boat, $5
* CUFF THE DUKE => Lee’s Palace, $15
* JOHN McDERMOTT & MICHAEL SMITH => Hugh’s Room, Mar 19 & 20, $35
* FOGGY HOGTOWN BOYS => Dakota, 3:30 pm (every Sat)
* JOHN BORRA BAND => Graffiti’s Bar & Grill, 4 pm, pwyc (every Sat)
Digital Future w/ CALVIN HARRIS, LAIDBACK LUKE, FAKE BLOOD, BOY 8-BIT, AEROPLANE, more => Sound Academy, $20
LOON CHOIR, BUFFALO, CROWN LAND => Rancho Relaxo, $5
THE IRISH DESCENDANTS => Horseshoe, $20
HOT FIVE JAZZMAKERS => C’est What, 3 pm, $5 (every Sat)
THAT 1 GUY => Rivoli, $15
CADILLAC RANCH COUNTRY MATINEE => Cadillac Lounge, 4-7 pm (every Sat)
HAMMERFALL, POWERGLOVE => Opera House, $28.50
THAT 1 GUY => The Rivoli, $15
SILVERSTEIN => El Mocambo, all ages, Mar 18-21, $15
PUSCIFIER => Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Mar 19 & 20, $45-$75
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SUN MARCH 21

* JOHN BORRA & SAM FERRARA => The Communist’s Daughter, 5 pm, pwyc (every Sun)
* THE KENSINGTON HILLBILLIES => Cameron House, 6 pm (every Sun)
* KEVIN QUAIN & THE MAD BASTARDS => Cameron House, 10 pm (every Sun)
* BLUEGRASS BRUNCH => Dakota Tavern, 11 am-3 pm (every Sun)
* THE BEAUTIES => Dakota Tavern, 10 pm (every Sun)
EXCELSIOR DIXIELAND JAZZ => Rex, noon (every Sun)
SILVERSTEIN => El Mocambo, all ages, Mar 18-21, $15
Gather Round w/ AARON WALLACE, DAVEED, HTC => The Boat, pwyc
OLD WITCH, AUTOVOICE => The Garrison, 9 pm, pwyc
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MON MARCH 22

* Bluegrass Mondays w/ THE HAMSTRUNG STRINGBAND => The Local, 9 pm-11:30 pm (every Mon)
KEVIN QUAIN => Graffiti’s (every Mon)
RATTLESNAKE CHOIR => Dakota Tavern, 10 pm, free (every Mon)
Elvis Monday => Drake Hotel Underground, doors 9 pm (every Mon)
UKULELE JAM => Lula Lounge (every Mon)
MC HOMELESS, RIDDLORE?, RICHARD BENJAMIN, BACKBURNER CREW => Rancho Relaxo, $8
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TUE MARCH 23

* NORAH JONES => Massey Hall, $55.50-$65.50
* AIR, AM => Phoenix, $32.50
PAUL LINKLATER & HIS MURMURERS => Cameron House (front), 7 pm, pwyc (every Tues)
INNES WILSON & HIS OPPOSITION, guests => The Boat, $5
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WED MARCH 24

** THE WEAKERTHANS in-store => Sonic Boom, 5 pm, free
* FRUIT BATS => Horseshoe, $10
* CASPA => Wrongbar, $15
* IAN BLURTON & HURON => Dakota Tavern (every Wed)
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* THE INNARDS BROTHERS (members of the Backstabbers) => Cameron House, 6-8 pm, pwyc (every Wed.)
* GENTLEMAN REG (Feb residency), EVENING HYMNS, more => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $10
TRAIN, BUTCH WALKER & THE BLACK WIDOWS => Phoenix, 7 pm, $32.50
THE BIG PINK, A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS => Mod Club, $18.50
FRIED DOUGH => The Boat, $5
Pwyc Weds w/ QUEEN LICORICE, THE EFFENS, CHARGE OF LIGHT BRIGADE => Rancho Relaxo, pwyc
Tuff Shit w/ DJ MIKEY APPLES => The Ossington (every Wed)
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THURS, MARCH 25

** MICHELLE McADOREY, SNAILHOUSE, EVENING HYMNS => Tranzac
** HABIB KOITE & BAMADA (Mali) => Revival, 8 pm, $25 adv, $35 door
* THE WOODCHOPPERS ASSOCIATION, MICHAEL LOUIS JOHNSON & THE RED RHYTHM, KARAOKE (Derek Westerholm & Michelle Breslin) => The Piston (937 Bloor St W), 9:30 pm. pwyc/$5
* CATL, BRUCE PENINSULA => Garrison, 10
HUDSON MOHAWKS = Wrongbar, $12.50
OCTOBERMAN, THE PRIDDLE CONCERN, ANDREW PENNER (of Sunparlour Players) => Dakota Tavern, 9 pm, $8
PROFESSOR FINGERS, STEPTONE, DAVID PAPAJANISZ, MASAKI KONAGAI, LYBIDO => The Boat, $5
THE DILDONIKS , more => Rancho Relaxo, $5
ADAPTIVE REACTION, ORPHAN GRINDER => The Velvet Underground, music 9:30 pm, $5
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FRI, MARCH 26

** THRUSH HERMIT => Lee’s Palace, Mar 26 & 27, $17.50
* HENRY ROLLINS => Queen Elizabeth Theatre, all ages, 7 pm, $37.50
* MAGIK MARKERS, RATTAIL, more tba => The Garrison, $8
* YOUNG DOCTORS IN LOVE, THE PHONEMES, CHARMS => Rancho Relaxo, $5
PROTEST THE HERO, HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, THESET, ELIAS => Sound Academy, all ages, 7 pm, $25
READY STEADY GO => The Boat, $5
DIRTY PENNY (Santa Cruz, CA), DIEMONDS => Wrongbar, 10 pm, $10
Heartbeat Hotel launch w/ LA CASA MUERTE, DOLDRUMS, BLOOD REXDALE, THE WALLS ARE BLONDE => Tiger Bar, $10, album download included
DOUBLE K (Parkdale Funk), ANOUSHEH (Move On Up) => Starving Artist, No Cover
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SAT, MARCH 27

** THRUSH HERMIT => Lee’s Palace, Mar 26 & 27, $17.50
** LUKAS LIGETI, PRINCESS CENTURY => Music Gallery, all ages, $10
** THE BLACK LIPS, DEMON’S CLAWS, BOX ELDERS => Horseshoe, Mar 27 & 28, $15.50
* FOGGY HOGTOWN BOYS => Dakota, 3:30 pm (every Sat)
* JOHN BORRA BAND => Graffiti’s Bar & Grill, 4 pm, pwyc (every Sat)
* MADAGASCAR SLIM => Silver Dollar, $12
* TEENAGE X, DESERT OWLS (Montreal), THE WEIRDIES => Silver Dollar
* THE BEST => Method Lab, 148 Augusta Ave, 11 pm, free
MAYER HAWTHORNE & THE COUNTY, NIKKI JEAN => Wrongbar, $15
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA, THE FEATURES, BIFFY CLYRO, O’BROTHER => Mod Club, 6 pm, $15
IMMORTAL, ECLIPSE ETERNAL, PANZERFAUST => Opera House, all ages, 7 pm, $55
CHRONOLOGIC (dance music from 1890 to 2011) => Boat, 10 pm (every Sat)
HOT FIVE JAZZMAKERS => C’est What, 3 pm, $5 (every Sat)
CADILLAC RANCH COUNTRY MATINEE => Cadillac Lounge, 4-7 pm (every Sat)
F’UNREAL => The Boat, $5
IMMORTAL, ECLIPSE ETERNAL, PANZERFAUST => Opera House, $55
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SUN, MARCH 28

** THE BLACK LIPS, DEMON’S CLAWS, BOX ELDERS => Horseshoe, Mar 27 & 28, $15.50
* KEN WHITELEY’S GOSPEL MATINEE => Hugh’s Room, 2 pm, $17
* NEBULA, QUEST FOR FIRE, REVERSE MOUNT RUSHMORE => Annex Wreckroom, 7 pm, $12.50
* JOHN BORRA & SAM FERRARA => The Communist’s Daughter, 5 pm, pwyc (every Sun)
* THE KENSINGTON HILLBILLIES => Cameron House, 6 pm (every Sun)
* KEVIN QUAIN & THE MAD BASTARDS => Cameron House, 10 pm (every Sun)
* BLUEGRASS BRUNCH => Dakota Tavern, 11 am-3 pm (every Sun)
* THE BEAUTIES => Dakota Tavern, 10 pm (every Sun)
COLIN HUNTER (cd release), JOE SEALY, PAUL NOVOTNY, more => Hugh’s Room, $15
EXCELSIOR DIXIELAND JAZZ => Rex, noon (every Sun)
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MON, MARCH 29

* NADA SURF => Lee’s Palace, $16.50
* SPOON, DEERHUNTER, THE STRANGE BOYS => Sound Academy, all ages, 7:30 pm, $24.50-$33.50
* THE BRONX, JAPANTHER, more => Mod Club, 7 pm, $15
* Bluegrass Mondays w/ THE HAMSTRUNG STRINGBAND => The Local, 9 pm-11:30 pm (every Mon)
KEVIN QUAIN => Graffiti’s (every Mon)
TIM MAGWOOD (cd release), PAT ROBITAILLE => Hugh’s Room, $12
RATTLESNAKE CHOIR => Dakota Tavern, 10 pm, free (every Mon)
Elvis Monday => Drake Hotel Underground, doors 9 pm (every Mon)
UKULELE JAM => Lula Lounge (every Mon)
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TUE, MARCH 30

* BEACH HOUSE => Opera House, $14
* VAMPIRE WEEKEND => Sound Academy, all ages, $27.50
* ARRAY ENSEMBLE, “Miniatures” concert => Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre, noon, free
JIM McCARTY (cd release) => Hugh’s Room, $20
THE TEMPER TRAP => Mod Club, $15.50
PAUL LINKLATER & HIS MURMURERS => Cameron House (front), 7 pm, pwyc (every Tues)
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WED, MARCH 31

* IAN BLURTON & HURON => Dakota Tavern (every Wed)
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* THE INNARDS BROTHERS (members of the Backstabbers) => Cameron House, 6-8 pm, pwyc (every Wed.)
UNEARTH, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, VEIL OF MAYA, CARNIFEX, more => Opera House, all ages, 7 pm, $20
Tuff Shit w/ DJ MIKEY APPLES => The Ossington (every Wed)
SEABEAR => Horseshoe, $12
JON ANDERSON => Danforth Music Hall, $39.50-$69.50
HIM, WE ARE THE FALLEN, DOMMIN, DRIVE A => Sound Academy, all ages, 7 pm, $42.50
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