A brief overview of Toronto music happenings finds some exciting and some not-so-exciting news. Aw yeah.
– Dizzee Rasclat Bumbal Squat is coming out with new sneaks. Unfortunately they are Nikes. The up side is he will be at the Opera House on April 28.
– Hipe-with-an-‘i’ NYC band The Bravery make their T-dot debut on April 13.
– The RZA is rzarecting the Wu ideology for a new book, Wu-Tang Manual: Enter the 36 Chambers, Vol. I.
– With an almost Tragically Hip-like rate of reoccurrence, Stars are back on April 14 at the Phoenix, pairing up with like-minded poppettes the Organ.
– Chingy is here this weekend. He’s called Chingy for the same reason bling is called bling: They’re both onomatopoeias. But beware; according to our favourite oafish music magazine Chartattack, hip-hop is not for “greasy white boys.” Chart believes in the archaic notion that certain races can only appreciate certain music, while Torontoist believes Chart is out of thurr element. Stick to Trews shows please – and leave the Ching-a-ling to us.
– Bob Wiseman, Andre Ethier and other notables play Bloor Cinema on Feb. 18 for Toronto Public Space Committee benefit.
– Shameless launch party at the Gladstone with comic Katie Crown and others on Feb. 20.
– A night of Gibb as Joel Gibb goes solo followed by a Joel Gibb-fronted performance by the Hidden Cameras at Art Metropole for their new 10″.
– Magneta Lane are back on the Feb. 25, while the Futureheads swing by on the 27th. For more shows, check out Zoilus’s extensive concert list.