The bands for both the University of Toronto and Ryerson’s frosh week concerts are all confirmed and good to go, and they’re all extraordinarily excellent.
At about 4:30 p.m. next Friday, September 7, the Hidden Cameras and Stars will play a free concert on U of T’s Back Campus (north of University College, at Devonshire Place and Hoskin Avenue) which is restricted to current students. While last year’s U of T frosh week saw Metric show up an hour late and totally underperform, adding an awesome and energetic live band like the Hidden Cameras to play off Stars’ more warm and reserved sound ought to work wonders. And after the party there’s the after-party: that evening, the orientation night party at Hart House (which will likely be far more rigidly restricted to current students) will feature DJ Spooky, DJ Dopey, DJ Serious, Thunderheist, The Carps, among others.
As they’ve done regularly in the past, though, Ryerson has once again one-upped U of T for its frosh concert, all thanks to one amazing woman: Mathangi Arulpragasam, a.k.a. M.I.A. On the same day as U of T’s concert––Friday, September 7––M.I.A. will be joined by You Say Party! We Say Die! and k-os on Centre Island. Unfortunately, it’s really only for Ryerson students: k-os’s MySpace notes that it’s a “closed campus show,” and it’s possible that anyone without a student card won’t even have a shot. If you know a guy who knows a guy who goes to Ryerson, you may still be able to sneak your way in; if not, U of T’s concert makes one hell of an impressive alternative.
Photo of M.I.A. from her website. Thanks Laura R. for the tips.