Need an alternative to TURF this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

For those of you outside Toronto, TURF is a small music festival tailored to those whose idea of experimental rock is Broken Social Scene. Just kidding, there are some good indie bands playing. That being said, if you want to avoid the festival scene, here are some great options for those of us living free ‘n’ cheap.



If you guys are looking for something to do tonight, come check out the Girls Art League Fundraiser @ The Garrison, which will benefit Girls Art League, a Toronto-based non-profit benefitting women looking to make art in a welcoming, safe, and supportive social environment. GAL encourages art technique education as well as community-based events.

Here’s who’s on the bill for tonight:

Army Girls (Toronto)- Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter


Dilly Dally (Toronto) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter


New Fries (Toronto) – Bandcamp


Also featuring DJ Mary Mack. Cover is $10, doors are at 9 pm. Girls Art League on Facebook.



Feeling American? Wanna cram a hot dawg down your gullet and wash it down with a sudsy Budsy? Celebrate the Fourth of July without renewing your dumb passport (something that I went through the process of today – hot tip, paint your face so you don’t look like the colour of an old sock in your 10-year passport photo).

Darlene Shrugg is playing Double Double Land with DJ Gaven Dianda.  Cool? Facebook deets here. $10 equals ticket plus hot dawg + brewski. Visuals are clips from Roseanne.


What is Darlene Shrugg? Slim Twig, Ice Cream, and U.S. Girls playing together as a mini-Toronto-supergroup. They used to play as Tropics, but now that isn’t a thing. To give you an idea, here’s an old Tropics tune:



Tomorrow night, Burn Down The Capital’s Feast In The East features dancey electro-pop, as well as a tasty dinner + cool visual arts by Eunice Luk.

Silkken LaumannSoundcloud | Facebook | Twitter


No BreakupFacebook | Soundcloud


Most People – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter


Memorex – Bandcamp


Have a great weekend, folks!

Feast In The East #34 – Holiday Rambler, Clara Engel, & Moonwood (Gerrard Art Space) 8pm


Feast In The East is a monthly concert series featuring underground artists, performance art, and delicious vegan/gluten-free dinner for the low price of $8 (advance) / $10 (door). Basically the trifecta of happiness right there.

Last month, I went to Gerrard Art Space last month to see Mimico and had a blast – so much so that I reached out to get involved in putting it on. Last Sunday, I spent five hours battling the elements by bike, postering Ossington, Queen West, Dundas, College, and Bloor in all yer favourite record stores and coffeehouses.

This month’s meal is vegan/gluten-free mac & cheese by Harmonie Ainsley & Mary Duthie. Yum yum! The show is all ages and ends early (8pm – 11pm) so there’s still plenty of time to head back to Handlebar, Get Well, or 3 Speed.

Holiday Rambler is the solo project of Hooded Fang drummer D. Alex Meeks. Akin to the dark, warped folk of Timber Timbre, his music trembles between themes of religion and isolation.

Clara Engel is a singer-songwriter dipping into folk territory. Her voice is a pillar of strength that solidifies it all.

Moonwood make playfully fuzzy electronic kraut rock. I can already tell that I’m going to dance to this.

$8 Adv tickets available Circus Books & Music, The Film Buff, Cask Music, Soundscapes and Grasshopper Records. $10 at the door

Art by Henri Faberg – Environs 

“Musician, filmmaker and jaded aristocrat ~ is leaving town for Europe in March and is terrified that people there might not like him. He’s not even sure he likes himself. Visit him in a calm and safe little space for a one-on-one chat, to trade secrets in confidence and new ways of seeing one’s self for the coming year.”

Basically, there’s going to be a booth set up where people can try to convince this guy that he’s a decent, likeable human. Gosh, art is fun.

See you there! Facebook RSVP