Today’s the day our not-so-humble music festival kicks into high gear and wouldn’t you know it from the increased presence of beater tour vans confusedly driving past all your favourite patios. But when it’s raining, as it’s apt to do tonight, it’s a billion per cent less fun to show-hop if you have a pass (and are a wuss). So here are some stacked bills that you can plunk yourself down at all evening and remain stoked (and dry) amongst fellow stoked (and dry) people.
King Khan by lechampiondumonde.com on Flickr.
MusicSurprise surprise, the Horseshoe is touting some stuff that you’re going to want to wait in line for and then not get in to. Most notably, eclectic country-tinged rockers United Steel Workers of Montreal (from Montreal, obviously) at 11 p.m., followed by the total rock ‘n’ roll madness of The King Khan & BBQ Show (also Montreal) at 12 a.m. and Health (Los Angeles, CA) at 1 a.m. Our favourite underappreciated Toronto indie rock icon, Spookey Ruben, kicks off the show at 9.
If you’re down with upping the punx, a big ticket is tonight’s U.O. Booking Agency/No Idea Records showcase at Kathedral presented by Exclaim!. Featuring the uncompromisingly intense and musically brain-defying Bridge & Tunnel (Brooklyn, NY) joined by Carpenter (Vancouver, BC), O Pioneers!!! (Houston, Texas), Orphan Choir (Windsor, ON), and local openers Junior Battles. Plus a super-secret headliner at 1 a.m. (hint: it’s White Cowbell Oklahoma).
Now if you want to get your indie rock out without piling into the Arts&Crafts cattle-car at the Courthouse, check out the Drake’s i(heart)music showcase. You might remember the promoter of this show as the tireless Ottawa music blogger/booker/dude who got financially bullied by some jerks at SOCAN. This is his first Toronto showcase, so show a little love.
In the same-ish indie vein there’s the CIUT showcase at the Rivoli with Violet Archers (ex-Rheostatic Tim Vesley’s band), Mardeen (Halifax, NS), and mister Noah Mintz with Arkweld.
For those bopping around the city a bit, there’s some good free stuff at Yonge & Dundas Square, particularly Black Lips at 10 p.m. At 11:20 p.m., one of Toronto’s best and brightest MCs, D-Sisive (who deserves his spot on the recently released Polaris long list more than most on there), hits the stage at Bread & Circus in Kensington. And don’t miss legendary Japanese noisy garage rockers Zoobombs (Tokyo, Japan) at 1 a.m. at the Silver Dollar.
Finally, to take proper advantage of the extended bar hours, your best bet to close out the night (and all subsequent nights this weekend) is at the Dakota Tavern where Ossington hipster-approved twang will come courtesy of house band The Beauties. They’ll be playing 3 a.m. sets to only the truest late-night revellers and barn dancers all weekend long. Get there early tonight and the cute-as-a-button country rock you’ll be hearing is none other than Cavaliers in the 2 a.m. slot.
FilmOh right, there’s other stuff happening too. Your best bets for ye ol’ moving image are probably M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues, wherein two blues producers go on a weeklong trip through the Mississippi Delta; The Briefs: The Greatest Story Ever Told about pogo punk band The Briefs; African Underground: Democracy in Dakar about the role of youth and hip hop in the political process in Dakar, Senegal; and Ashes of American Flags: Wilco Live, a live doc about you-know-who directed by Brendan Canty (of Fugazi!) and co-presented by Hot Docs.
ConferencesFrom 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. join a bunch of industry bigwigs (from CBC, Universal, Live Nation, Corus, etc.) at Second City for The State of the Industry 2009 Town Hall moderated by Jake Gold.
Okay, that’s that for today (not really though; go check the schedule for full listings, set times, and stuff we’re not cool enough to pick out for you).