No, you are not mistaken; Michael Bublé, Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie are all passing through the city this week. Imagine Michael Bublé (for some unknown reason) making a vocal cameo during Ozzy’s sure-to-be “Crazy Train” encore? Best mash-up, ever! Or not. Ozzy, Michael, and that ridiculous idea aside, there is a show worthy of your attendance for reasons beyond an ideal encore.
On Saturday, January 26, The Tranzac will be hosting the CD release for Purple Hill. Primarily the workings of Owen Marchildon (ex-From Fiction), Purple Hill plays a collection of guitar-driven pieces delivered with humbled confidence and strong musicianship. With hints of psychedelic nostalgia and country twang, Marchildon’s music is reminiscent of past musical eras while carrying a genuinely relatable, unpretentious element which is iridescent in his emotionally transparent lyrics.
Openers Timber Timbre and Bruce Peninsula are also exciting members of the bill. Timber Timbre is a one-man powerhouse of haunting vocals and looped atmosphere. Taylor Kirk creates his man-on-a-tree-stump folk stories through multi-layered textures and sounds, built to height through a loop pedal. His brilliant album Medicinals was released last summer and was (by a landslide) one of Musicologist’s favorite albums of 2007. Just watch the video above!
Bruce Peninsula have definitely crossed your radar at one point this past year as they seem to be blazing a trail wherever they travel. This 10+ membership joins big voices, big percussion, and non-denominational spiritual anthems. Their sound is unique, relying generously on soulful melodies thickened by gospel-esque voices. Bruce Peninsula’s live show always pulses with energy, consistently providing an entertaining set for their audience—suiting for the culture of the bill.
Full listings after the jump.
Monday, January 21
Mars Volta @ Phoenix, SOLD OUT
Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie @ Air Canada Centre, $58-$108.50
Tuesday, January 22
Peter Bjorn and John @ Phoenix, SOLD OUT
Editors, Hot Hot Heat, and Loux XIV @ Kool Haus, $22.50
Wednesday, January 23
Erika Werry, Polyheart, and Book of Gnomes @ The Boat, $5
Cobra Starship @ Mod Club, $15
Thursday, January 24
Michael Buble @ Air Canada Centre, $59-$99
Ketch Harbour Wolves, Sadie May Crash, Howl, and The Miles @ El Mocambo, $5
Jay Brannan @ Supermarket, $15
Friday, January 25
Major Maker, Grand Analog, and We Are The Take @ The Roundhouse (Steamwhistle Unsigned Series), $5
Michael Holt Ensemble with Tanya Philipovich @ Music Gallery, $15
Six Heads, Knurl, Roman Pilates, and Ptarmigan for The Dead of Winter Will Not Be Silent @ Renaissance Cafe, $8 or $12 for 2-Day Pass
Saturday, January 26
No No Zero, Numbers and Figures, and Bush League @ Silver Dollar, $5
Purple Hill (CD Release), Timber Timbre, and Bruce Peninsula @ Tranzac, $10
Ra Ra Riot, The Coast, and The Virgins @ El Mocambo, $8.50
Shitt Hottt and The Speaking Tongues @ The Boat, $5
Vanderpark @ Revival, $10
Tokyo Police Club @ Nathan Phillips Square (8:45 p.m.), FREE
Republic of Safety, Elbow Beach Surf Club, The Blankket @ Sneaky Dee’s, $8
Women in Tragedy, Almost Blue Sunshine, The Dead are Those Who Have Died, Bonsai Forestry, Parkade, and Chris Worden for The Dead of Winter Will Not Be Silent @ Renaissance Cafe, $8 or $12 for Two-Day Pass
Sunday, January 27
Maza Meze @ Music Gallery, $15
The Teenagers @ Social, $16.50
The Torrent, Sleepless Nights, Softy Copy, and DJ Younge Adult @ Sneaky Dee’s, PWYC
Todd Rundgren @ Danforth Music Hall, $57
January 31: Cuff the Duke, Sunparlour Players, and Jewish Legend @ The Drake, $20
March 5: Black Mountain and Bon Iver @ Lee’s Palace, $17.50
March 17: Justice @ The Sound Academy, $28.50
April 26: Born Ruffians @ Lee’s Palace, $10