CMWist: Wednesday Preview
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CMWist: Wednesday Preview

Photo of Deerhoof courtesy of Four Paws Media.
Canadian Music Week officially kicks off today. The bulk of the week’s action is, mysteriously, crammed into Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but there are a couple of shows tonight that are set to get the week off to a promising start.

The Big Ticket

Photo of Ace Frehley courtesy of Kayos Productions.
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley (whose real name is Paul), will be rocking Guvernment at 9 p.m. tonight. This year marks a decade since Frehley last released any new material, and seven years since he last toured, so tonight’s show is sure to be a nostalgia-fest for fans. As Ace is now approximately 107, it’s likely the only trouble walking will be his own, but we hear hip replacements work wonders these days. Whether OHIP will cover them, however, is another matter.

The Up-and-Comer

Photo of Ten Kens courtesy of FatCat Records.
If you’re less interested in the aging spaceman rockstar thing and more interested in seeing the Next Big Thing, you can head to Phoenix Concert Theatre for Eye Weekly’s showcase, also at 9 p.m. The headliners are San Francisco indie quirksters Deerhoof, known for lyrics like “Choo choo choo beep beep,” and for their colorful appearance on Eye‘s cover last week.
Deerhoof are supported by Toronto locals Ten Kens, whose sound veers wonderfully between Doorsesque crooning and Franz Ferdinand-style foot stomping, with the occasional screaming chorus thrown in for good measure. CMWist definitely recommends getting there early to check them out.
Ten Kens’ self-titled debut album will be released on June 2nd.