If you are saddened by your procrastination that cost you Richard Hawley and Jose Gonzalez tickets this week, you can direct your attention to the eclectic choice of shows as a mild substitute. It does, however, appear as if local label Arts and Crafts have successfully cornered the market on this week’s moderately sized shows (read: tickets that cost no more than $35).
Tuesday you can catch Jason Collett with a surprise guest at the Dakota Tavern for what is guaranteed to be an intimate show. The night’s warmth will recall the days when Collett hosted Radio Mondays which traveled through the Rivoli, the Supermarket, and the Rancho Relaxo. The residency involved a handful of musicians all sitting casually on stage, each playing acoustic versions of their songs and talking about their song writing process.
Britain’s Los Campesinos! play the Mod Club Wednesday evening with Sweet Thing and Germans. Los Campesinos! recently joined the ranks of non-Canadian Arts & Crafts bands, already including Phoenix, The American Analog Set, and New Buffalo. Their infectious melodic pop anthems will definitely ignite an obnoxious dance floor Wednesday evening (which can also be said of Toronto’s own Sweet Thing). But don’t show up too late—openers Germans are one of the most exciting local bands in the city, with their “we don’t give a shit” stage presence, and brilliant musicianship which shines through their Pavement-inspired, post-punk goodness. Musicologist recommends this one!
Lastly, Saturday will deliver Broken Social Scene plays Kevin Drew at the Kool Haus. For all those going through Broken Social Scene show withdrawal, this will definitely hold you over for the next while. Spirit If, Drew’s recent release, is the first of what may be an ever-growing series of Broken Social Scene presents albums, the next installation being Brendan Canning in early 2008. With a night of great sounds and what may be a reunion of sorts for musicians and fans alike, it can only be hoped that this exciting show can overcome its sterile venue.
See complete listings after the fold.
Tuesday, December 4
Paul Anka @ Massey Hall, $82.50-$135.50
Jason Collett and special guests @ Dakota Tavern, $15
Wednesday, December 5
Richard Hawley and Ferraby Lionheart @ Horseshoe, SOLD OUT
Les Campesinos!, Sweet Thing and Germans @ Mod Club, $12
Lights and We Are The Take @ Supermarket, $5
Thursday, December 6
Amon Amarth @ Opera House, $25.75
Big D and The Kids Table @ Kathedral, $12 Blood Ceremony @ Boat, $5
Friday, December 7
Jose Gonzalez @ Mod Club, SOLD OUT
Waco Brothers @ Horseshoe, $10.50
Great Bloomers @ Tiger Bar, $5
Lucky Fool, Two Minute Miracles and Proof of Ghosts @ Silver Dollar, $7
Saturday, December 8
Broken Social Scene Plays Kevin Drew @ Kool Haus, $27.75
Justin Rutledge @ Horseshoe, $15
Krief and Kill the Lights @ Rivoli, $10.60
Macabre @ Fun Haus, $12.50
We Are Wolves @ Lee’s Palace, $10.60
ALL CAPS + No Shame Craft Show feat. Youngest, Big Digits and Kaeru @ Whipper Snapper Gallery, PWYC before 6pm/$7 after 6pm
Sunday, December 9
Northamorica, The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra and Bill Bissett @ Sneaky Dees, PWYC
December 12 – Fiery Furnaces @ Lee’s Palace, $19.50
December 28 – Thunderheist @ Drake Hotel, $TBA
December 31 – Sadies @ Horseshoe, $20
December 31 – By Divine Right @ Tranzac, $10
Photo of Kevin Drew from Kevin Drew’s MySpace.