This Saturday marks the fifth and final annual Three Gut Records anniversary party. The Guelph-spawned label will cease putting out new records after the release of the new Constantines album Tournament Of Hearts on September 27. To call Three Gut important in the creation of Toronto’s vibrant independent music scene as it stands today is a gross understatement. This Exclaim retrospective offers some insight into how a small group of friends, musicians and artists opened up doors for great local music to be heard and appreciated all over the world.
The Anniversary party is going down in two parts – an all-ages matinee show at the Tranzac and a licensed evening event at Lee’s Palace. The former will feature full sets from Jim Guthrie and Gentleman Reg and solo performances from members of Royal City, The Cons, Oakley Hall and special guests. The lineup for the Lee’s show reads like The Constantines, Oakley Hall, Oneida and Kinski. Tickets for the matinee are available at the door, tickets for the nite cap are $15 though it’s probably sold out by now… but you never know.
Three Gut head honcho Lisa Moran recounted some of her favourite moments of the last half-decade era for NOW while eye compiled their essential Three Gut mixed tape.
Lots of other stuff going down this weekend. Clicky clicky.
Thursday, August 18:
Irish romantics Hothouse Flowers are at Lee’s Palace with Elliott Brood ($20) while the Silver Dollar hosts a ridiculously deep and eclectic lineup featuring Dandi Wind, Dynamite Club, The SS Cardiacs, The Airfields and Special Noise.
Friday, August 19:
This week’s free Harbourfront festival, East Coast Rhythms, has a maritime theme and features Matt Mays & El Torpedo on the CIBC stage at 9:30PM while Jon-Rae Fletcher & The River have their own free show at Soundscapes at 6pm sharp. Indiana’s Early Day Miners are at Rancho Relaxo with Windsor For The Derby, Five Blank Pages and Now Yr Taken ($8). Finally, Scousers The Dead 60s are at the Mod Club, tickets $13.50.
Saturday, August 20:
East Coast Rhythms continues at Harbourfront with Gordie Sampson at 8pm and The Joel Plaskett Emergency at 9:30. Once again, admission is free.
Sunday, August 21:
College St is the place to be this evening – The Creeping Nobodies, AIDS Wolf and Fox The Boombox make this very loud and very uncomfortable at Rancho Relaxo while Tradition and Tit Fuck Me Jesus try to match them decibel for decibel at Wavelength, just down the block at Sneaky Dee’s.
Monday, August 22:
As it turns out, school’s not out forever – just for Summer. Those with complaints about being misled can take it up with Alice Cooper at The Docks ($58.50). Also on the bill is Cheap Trick who, after all these years, still just want you to want them.
Tuesday, August 23:
LA metal merchants Dredg are at the El Mocambo, tickets were $10 but are almost certainly sold out. Those who like their metal a little more comical can haul ass to the Molson Amphitheatre to see umlaut-merchants Mötley Crüe try to prove their still down with the young’ns as they headline a bill including Sum 41, The Exies and Silvertide. Tickets $22.50 to $75.00.
Wednesday, August 24:
Soul legend Percy Sledge was supposed to make a rare appearance at The Reverb, but that performance has had to be rescheduled. Details to come. Bummer.