Parkdale is most definitely in the house this weekend. On Friday, the Elizabeth Shepherd Quintet will be playing a CD release show at the Gladstone Ballroom. Parkdale (at right) is the follow-up to Shepherd’s acclaimed debut Start to Move and is being released by Do Right! Music. John Kong has acquired an eclectic label roster and the label is top notch. They’ve already promoted Parkdale with a making-of video and a podcast. It’s worked too, as the album sounds like a gem. As a bonus, the Footprints DJs and Kong will be spinning after Shepherd’s set.
Parkdale resident Zaki Ibrahim will grace the Mod Club’s stage on Tuesday. The soul singer will be releasing two records this year including her major label debut Every Opposite. Before that, Ibrahim will drop Eclectica, which judging from this King Britt remixed track sounds quite good. While Ibrahim has logged a lot of time in the studio, you can’t eat in this city as an R&B singer without being a dynamite live performer. Respected local MC Kamau will be opening. Also, Parkdale, Motherfucker goes down at Wrongbar this Saturday. It’s Parkdale snitches!
Another interesting show that’s going on this weekend is taking place at Downsview Park. You can check out the latest import cars and some of the city’s biggest rappers at this year’s Importfest. Hip Hop Canada will be showcasing such local talents as Mayhem Morearty, Bishop Brigante, and Famous. The website has been doing a fantastic job chronicling the city’s hip hop scene and bringing some genuine enthusiasm to the Screwface Capital.
Full listings below.
Thursday, May 8
White Girl @ Chelsea Room with DJ Train Wreck and DJ Yung Adult. No cover.
Tainted Love @ Andy Poolhall with rotating DJs: DJ Ritz, Corey Dawkins, DJ X, and DJ Fase. No cover.
Bluntdelphix @ Gladstone Art Bar. No cover.
Friday, May 9
No Guff! @ Augusta House with Tuff Ghost, Electric Blanket, DJ Cardigan, The Meat, and Calvin. $5.
Rehab @ Footwork with Olivier Giacomotto, Sydney Blu, Baby Joel, and YM. $20 with guestlist.
South Rakkas Crew @ Wrongbar with Bonjay and Nasty Nav. $10.
More Proof @ Drake Underground with Your Boy Brian, Colin Bergh, and Gabe Knox. $5.
Martijn Ten Velden @ Mod Club with Simon Jain and Jason Myles.
Purplelectricity Goes Disco @ Ultra Supper Club with DJ doctor BAGGIE and Chris La Roque. $15.
Manzone & Strong @ This is London with Deko-ze, Ortemy, and Bratan.
Synchro @ Andy Poolhall with Cozmic Cat and Orly. $5 after 11 p.m.
Elizabeth Shepherd Quintet @ Gladstone Ballroom with Footprint DJs and John Kong. $10 adv, $15 door.
Pawn Shop @ TOI Bar with Alicia Hush and Noah Pred. No cover.
Randomland: Monkeys In Love @ CiRCA. Main Room: VND/LSM, Jokers of the Scene, St. Mandrew, A.D/D; Mirror Ballroom: Honey Dijon; SKYY Cinema: Tightknit’s “Bullshit”, The Beat Freakers, Hatchmatik, Justin Tyc., Fawn Big Canoe & Tomi Le Filth; Bathroom Bar: Vaneska, ViVi Diamond, Matt Sims.
Saturday, May 10
Parkdale, Motherfucker @ Wrongbar with Shit La Merde and Pammm. $5.
Luke Fair and Brad Copeland @ Footwork.
Swagger Blaster @ Blak with Rob Solo, DJ Tasc, Tom Wrecks, and DJ Caff. $5.
DMoney’s Fuck Faces @ Sneaky Dee’s with Sek One, Alias, Dougie Boom, Syntonics, and Fistfight. Free before 11 p.m.
Shake A Tail @ Clinton’s. $5.
Hi Life! @ Andy Poolhall with Abacus and Lupo. $5.
Hip Hop Canada Showcase for Importfest @ Downsview Park with Infinite, Mayhem Morearty, Bishop Brigante, Camoflauge, Untitled, Big Blax, Rochester, Promise, Famous, The Corps, and Malicious.
Are You There God? It’s Me, DANCE PARTY!! @ Tiger Bar with Chris Thinn, Pat C, and Kevin Knows. $5 after 11 p.m.
Spin @ Guvernment with Mark Oliver, The Roaches; The Drink: Manzone & Strong, Sydney Blu; Orange Room: 4 Korners; D’Luxe Lounge: DJ Wristspect, MC Sir Lancelot; Acid Lounge: Jay Force.
Sunday, May 11
Edge 102.1 Live to Air @ Velvet Underground with Martin Streek.
Thunderpussy @ Bovine Sex Club with ViVi Diamond and Guy Michael.
Monday, May 12
Make it Mondays @ Raq-n-Waq with The Viper Crew. No cover.
Manic Mondays @ Dance Cave with Holly Rock and DJ Shannon. No cover.
Tuesday, May 13
Zaki Ibrahim @ Mod Club with Kamau and Candy Coated Killahz, and DJ NaNa. $12 adv.
Totally Wired Tuesdays @ Embassy with DJ Richie Volume.
Footwork Tuesdays @ Andy Poolhall with DJ Fase. No cover.
Wednesday, May 14
Remix This @ Andy Poolhall with Alias and Matt Medley. No cover.
Hump Day Bump @ Gladstone Melody Bar. No cover.
Flop House Wednesdays @ TOI Bar with Alicia Hush and YM. No cover.