Toronto Concert Update – April, May, June, July, Aug 2011

All this talk about concerts has whet my appetite for another round of Toronto Concert Update! Put on your pumped up kicks, come down from the mountain, and stick up for yourself son, because there’s a great concert season ahead of us.

Conversely, if you’d like to read one concert-goer’s rant about the inflating price of concert tickets, read Your Favourite Band Has a New Price Tag by Shot From Guns.

PS: Born Ruffians are playing tonight, so check them out first.

PPS: The starry owl poster is from TV On The Radio’s 2009 tour with Dirty Projectors. Isn’t it rad?

APRIL

    Born Ruffians @ Opera House, All Ages
    Sat April 16, 2011
    $15.00
    TV On The Radio @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Mon April 18, 2011
    $28.00
    Jamaica @ The Drake Hotel, 19+
    Tues April 19, 2011
    $13.25
    Beach Fossils @ The Shop, 19+
    Wed April 20, 2011
    $12.00
    The Acorn @ Horseshoe, 19+
    Thurs April 28, 2011
    $10.00

MAY

    Tame Impala @ Phoenix, 19+
    Sun May 1, 2011
    $20.00
    Low @ Mod Club, 19+
    Mon May 2, 2011
    $16.50
    Yacht @ Lee’s, 19+
    Mon May 2, 2011
    $16.00
    Of Montreal @ Phoenix, 19+
    Tues May 3, 2011
    $28.00
    Surfer Blood @ Lee’s, 19+
    Tues May 3, 2011
    $26.50
    Yelle @ Opera House, 19+
    Wed May 4, 2011
    $21.50
    Peter Bjorn & John @ Lee’s, 19+
    Fri May 6, 2011
    $20.00
    Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Thurs May 12, 2011
    $26.50
    Sleigh Bells @ Sound Academy, 19+
    Tues May 17, 2011
    $21.50
    Arctic Monkeys @ Kool Haus, All Ages
    Sat May 21, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Lykke Li @ Phoenix, All Ages
    Sun May 22, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Lissie @ Phoenix, All Ages
    Sat May 28, 2011
    $24.00
    Friendly Fires @ Phoenix, 19+
    Mon May 30, 2011
    $26.00

JUNE

    Aloe Blacc @ Wrongbar, 19+
    Sun June 5, 2011
    $20.00
    Thao & Mirah @ Lee’s, 19+
    Sun June 5, 2011
    $16.00
    Yeasayer @ Phoenix, 19+
    Tues June 7, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Junior Boys w/Caribou (DJ Set) @ Phoenix, 19+
    Thurs June 9, 2011
    $18.50
    Chiddy Bang @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Fri June 10, 2011
    $20.00
    Okkervil River @ Phoenix, 19+
    Fri June 10, 2011
    $24.38
    Architecture in Helsinki @ Mod Club, 19+
    Sat June 11, 2011
    $20.00
    Antlers @ Mod Club, 19+
    Tues June 14, 2011
    $17.50
    Foster the People @ Mod Club, 19+
    Sat June 18, 2011
    SOLD OUT

JULY

    Broken Social Scene w/ Weezer, Hey Rosetta!, Tragically Hip @ Downsview Park, All Ages
    Fri July 1, 2011
    $71.15
    The Black Keys @ Molson Amphitheater, All Ages
    Thurs July 7, 2011
    $42.25-64.75
    Girl Talk @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Sat July 9, 2011
    $31.50
    Fleet Foxes @ Massey Hall,
    Thurs July 14, 2011
    $48.39-58.39
    Deerhoof & The Dodos @ The Phoenix, 19+
    Sat July 16, 2011
    $20.00
    Death Cab For Cutie @ The Molson Amphitheater, All Ages
    Fri July 29, 2011
    $53.50

AUGUST

    Owen Pallett w/ Beirut @ The Phoenix, 19+
    Tues Aug 2, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Owen Pallett w/ Beirut @ The Phoenix, 19+
    Thurs Aug 4, 2011
    $40.00
    The Pains of Being Pure At Heart @ Opera House, 19+
    Tues Aug 2, 2011
    $20.63
    Bon Iver @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Mon Aug 8, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Naked and Famous @ Lee’s, 19+
    Tues Aug 9, 2011
    $15.00
    Jeff Mangum @ Trinity St. Paul’s, All Ages
    Sat Aug 13, 2011
    SOLD OUT

Fall Favourites Playlist!

It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada, and one thing I’m thankful for is the lovely music that I get to hear every week by DJ-ing at CFMU 93.3. The volume of new releases I’m met with every week means that I’m bound to hear something wonderful even when I don’t try to find anything. All of the tracks on MBF’s Playlist Fall Favourites were featured on my show (Tues. Oct 5). And since I can’t stop playing them all over and over again, I thought you’d like to hear them too.

Where I’m Going by Australian electropop band Cut Copy is a sneaky-deaky sliver of their upcoming 2011 album! I love the off-kilter rhythm in that song; it reminds me of the beat in Gary Glitter‘s Rock and Roll. Scandal at the Parkade by Toronto’s own Owen Pallett is from the utterly charming 4-track EP A Swedish Love Story (said to be a tribute to all of the Swede artists Pallett has found inspiration in).

I’m not normally an overwhelming Metric fan, but this Cosmonaut Grechko version of Collect Call starts out sweet and has me hopping around in no time. I’ve always been curious about Felix da Housecat but this is my first foray into his music. I have to say – I’m a fan! I was feeling soulful (and destitute) when I put Aloe Blacc’s I need a dollar into Fall Favourites.

The rest of the tracks on this playlist are all magical and I know that I’m not going to get tired of them anytime soon.

DOWNLOAD FALL FAVOURITES

Track Listing
1. Collect Call (Cosmonaut Grechko Version) – Metric
2. We All Wanna Be Prince – Felix da Housecat
3. I Need a Dollar – Aloe Blacc
4. Where I’m Going – Cut Copy
5. Scandal at the Parkade – Owen Pallett
6. He Would Have Laughed – Deerhunter
7. Passed Out – White Apple Tree
8. Numbers Don’t Lie – The Mynabirds
9. I Don’t Believe You – The Thermals
10. Fast Lane – Husky Rescue