Songs From Northern Britain
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Songs From Northern Britain

2005_07_21teenageFanclub.jpgBar none, the most anticipated show of the coming week, at least to this Torontoist-er, is the return of eternally youthful Scotsmen Teenage Fanclub to Hogtown on Monday night for a show at the Mod Club. Anyone who was at their last show at the Opera House four years ago knows what a treat they were – you’ll not hear more note-perfect harmonies anywhere, guaranteed. They’re touring in support of Man-Made, their first album since 2000’s Howdy, and a fine disc it is – no big surprises, but twelve tracks of masterful pop music is always welcome. What is surprising is that they’re playing a venue as small as The Mod Club and that tickets are still available for $22.50 from TicketMaster, Rotate This, Soundscapes and the Horseshoe. I swear they sold out the much larger Opera House last time, so take advantage of the smaller, more intimate venue and say hello to the Fannies. They’re joined on this tour by labelmates The Rosebuds. The Toronto Star previews the show.
Mo’ shows apres le jump.

Thursday, July 21:
British acoustically-inclined duo Turin Brakes are at the Mod Club with West Indian Girl and Beneath Augusta ($12.50), it’s a cross-Canada thing at the Horseshoe with Halifax’s Wintersleep, Toronto’s Uncut and Regina’s Sylvie ($8) and Stars with Hard-Fi are at the Drake (CFNY contest winners only).
Friday, July 22:
Guelph’s annual Hillside Festival is the place to be this weekend, with a who’s who of Canadian talent including Arcade Fire, The Weakerthans, Stars, Sam Roberts and a host of others. It is more sold out than you can imagine, so if you don’t have tickets, don’t even try. Don’t even think about trying. Back in town, you’ve got resurgent country legend Loretta Lynn with Martha Wainwright at Massey Hall ($39.50 to $59.50) and half of Azure Ray gone solo, Maria Taylor, is at the El Mocambo with The Statistics. Tickets $10.50 or head over to to win passes.
Saturday, July 23:
For big shows, you’ve got Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at the Kool Haus, ($40) and Good Charlotte at the Molson Amphitheatre ($41.25). For little shows, you’ve got Ottawa’s Kepler with Polmo Polpo and Jennifer O’Connor for a CD release party at The Boat, ($8 or $7 with a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank) and Lobster Rock Tokyo with Bellevue and personal faves The Airfields at the Cameron House ($5).
Sunday, July 24:
Wavelength welcomes Picastro and Aiden Baker. This is the 273rd edition of Wavelength, for those keeping score at home. Sneaky Dee’s, pay what you can.
Monday, July 25:
If the Fanclub isn’t your speed, there’s always hip-hop veteran Common at the Kool Haus ($34.50).
Tuesday, July 26:
If you’re going to be anywhere, it better be at the Docks to see Whitesnake ($46.80). Here they go again on their own, goin’ down the only road they’ve ever known. Embrace were supposed to be at Lee’s Palace but cancelled the tour when they heard they’d be going up against the might of David Coverdale. Former Howlin’ Wolf guitarist and all-around blues legend Hubert Sumlin ain’t afraid of no ‘Snake, though – he’s at the Silver Dollar ($18).
Wednesday, July 27:
The world is your oyster next Wednesday night. No matter what they have to say about the accuracy of DIG!, The Brian Jonestown Massacre is certainly reaping the benefits of the exposure. The curious will be at the Phoenix to see if Anton Newcome self-destructs ($10.50). Jewel – remember Jewel? – is at Roy Thomson Hall ($49.50 to $69.50) while The Sugar Water Festival brings Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Queen Latifah to the Air Canada Centre for some full-on R&B diva action (49.50 to $89.50). Finally, A Silver Mount Zion begins a three-night stand at the Tranzac ($10). The Phonemes support the first night.