When local promoter Dan Burke so unabashedly declared “less drugs, more shows” as what he looks forward to for this calendar year, no one believed the drugs portion of that resolution—but Friday is reason to start believing the show portion.
Friday night will gather many to the Silver Dollar to celebrate the CD release of local experimental composer Katie Stelmanis. Widely recognized for her contributions to all-female baroque rockers Galaxy (R.I.P.) and alt-gospel howlers Bruce Peninsula, Katie Stelmanis has come to be known as one of the most exciting female musicians in the city. Her first full-length, Realize, will be released on Blocks Recording Company, joining the ranks with The Blankket, The Creeping Nobodies, Kids on TV, and Final Fantasy.
Katie carries a similar musical ethos to Kate Bush—eccentric and emotive. Her pieces consist of pre-recorded compositions with everything from piano, flute, violin, and (most distinctly) synth-ridden electronic undercurrents. The patchwork of these pre-recorded foundations runs constant as Katie sings and plays keys overtop. Her sound is unique and memorable, but without a doubt it is the strength of her soulful, classically-trained voice that leaves audiences converted fans.
Katie’s live show always feels dramatic (especially given the nature of her music), but new initiatives involving the accompaniment of drummer Maya Postepski (Galaxy, Bruce Peninsula) and local singer-songwriter Carmen Elle on guitar have proven to be a more filling presentation of her pieces. Katie will share the stage with Montreal’s The Luyas, Toronto’s The Torrent, and Emma McKenna (also previously of Galaxy), making it a night heavy with talent. Musicologist will see you there!
Full listings after the jump.
Monday, January 7
Kate Nash @ Mod Club, $18
Tuesday, January 8
Key Witness, PDF Format, and The Gamines @ The Boat, $5
Run with Kittens and Skyshark @ Cameron House, $5
Wednesday, January 9
Final Fantasy, Laura Barrett, The Blankket, and Laural Laundauer @ Gladstone Hotel (Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love 33 1/3 Book Lauch, 7:30 p.m.), FREE [Read Torontoist’s full article about the launch.]
Craft Economy, Elbow Beach Surf Club, and The Ruby Coast @ The Boat, $5
Nada Surf @ Sonic Boom (7:15 p.m.), FREE
Don Byron @ The Rex
Thursday, January 10
Whatever Happened to Corduroy?, The Postage Stamps, and Oh No Forest Fires @ Gladstone, $5
Necro @ Kathedral, $26.50
Friday, Jaunary 11
Sunparlour Players and Sandro Perri @ Dakota Tavern
Turn off the Stars, The Dress Whites, The Sweethearts of the Revolution, Lee’s Palace, $7
Mark Berube, QR5, The Cheap Speakers @ Rancho Relaxo, $7
Katie Stelmanis, The Luyas, The Torrent, and Emma McKenna @ Silver Dollar, $5
Kid Sister @ Wrongbar, $15
Saturday, January 12
Woodhands, Bocce, Opopo, and Green Go @ Teranga, $6
The Weather Station and Isla Craig @ Tranzac
The Duke Robillard Band @ Silver Dollar, $18
The Queers, The Vapids, The Unbelievers @ Kathedral, $11.50
Harley Quinn, Mississippi Kings, Barons & Lengthy, and Seymore @ Lee’s Palace, $5
Crush Luther, Grand PM, Summerside, and Police & Procedures @ Horseshoe, $10
Sunday, January 13
Castlemusic and Alex Lukashevsky @ Tranzac, PWYC
Whiskey Priest, Anna Linda Siddall, The Future has a Silver Lining, and Colin Fisher @ Sneaky Dee’s, PWYC
February 14: Nina Nastasia @ El Mocambo, $8.50
February 15: Winger @ Lee’s Palace, $22.50
March 21: The Raveonettes @ Opera House, $16.50
March 28: Beach House and Paper Cuts @ El Mocambo, $8.50
Photo of Katie Stelmanis