Despite the crappy weather outside Toronto’s musicians seem to have come out of hibernation. If you have the stamina and money burning a hole in your pocket you could probably hit almost a dozen shows and enjoy each one.
Start tonight by going to see Henri Faberge and the Adorables celebrate their first birthday at the Embassy. This one’s free so you’re spending your money on drinks, which is a very good thing. Or head down to the Horseshoe to see local boys Great Lake Swimmers open up for Centro-Matic.
Things steamroll from there. Willowy English woman and sometime Chemical Brother collaborator Beth Orton plays the Carlu on Thursday night. Also on Thursday, Deep Dark United founder Alex Lukashevsky has a CD release party with a half-dozen friends at the Trinport at Dundas and Ossington. With parliament back in session it’s important to note that the leadership of the Republic of Safety are also back at work. They play two shoes this week, the first is Thursday night at the Horseshoe with Tokyo Police Club and Magneta Lane. If you want something mellower try Eve Egoyan’s concert at the Glenn Gould Studio.
We’ve already told you about the videogame night on Friday, but we must tell you again. Video games, indie rock kids and a bar that looks like a boat? What more do you want? Across town at the Mod ClubAndre Ethier opens up for 12 to 20 piece the Silver Hearts. Torontoist will most likely head to see Vancouverites They Shoot Horses Don’t They at Sneaky Dee’s. We should welcome the out-of-towners, it’s a long drive from Vancouver. Also, Torontoist craftster Dory describes them as “fun indie-circus music.” SOLD.
For those of you with littl’uns, drag’em along on Saturday afternoon to the Ninja High School, Hank, ROS, No Dynamics show at the Tranzac. It’s a live recording for Brave New Waves. You got to get them listening to good music while they’re young, before those evil evil record company execs get at them. If the video game action at the Boat wasn’t enough check out the Drunken Dance Dance Revolution event at the Gladstone, uber video-game geek Jim Munroe will be there. Out of town It-band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and local it-band the Guest Bedroom also play Saturday night.
Sunday, things finally quiet down. Just in time for two shows with Final Fantasy at the Music Gallery, if you’re lucky he’ll play songs from his new CD!
Illustration of They Shoot Horses Don’t They? from Discorder magazine.