It’s finally that time of year, Canadian music lovers rejoice! Today marks the start of the 28th annual Canadian Music Week, and as Toronto gears up for Canada’s largest new music festival, both City Sonic’s artists and venues are well represented.
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December is a time for making lists: year-end best-ofs, wished-for CD box sets … and must-see gigs. With some the city’s most popular (read: road weary) musicians home for the holidays, there is a bounty of special shows throughout this month, particularly of the for-charity, gang’s-all-here variety. So get outside, drag some friends along and balance out your shopping sprees with some sing-alongs at the following recommended events:
Jason Collett’s Basement Revue, Tuesdays at the Dakota Tavern.
Collett’s back for a third year of his December variety series, which offers a top-secret line-up of musicians, poets and and other surprises (often involving his famous pals in BSS.) Always a spirited, intimate good time. Also always sold out in advance. Good luck scoping out a date with a spare ticket.
Haydain Neale Tribute Concert, Monday, Dec 7, Phoenix Concert Theatre
Nelly Furdato, k-os, Divine Brown, Justin Nozuka and others join to celebrate the life and music of the lead singer of jacksoul, who died of lung cancer on November 22. Tickets are $20 and benefit his family’s trust fund.
Andy Kim Christmas Show, Wednesday, Dec 9, Mod Club
“Rock Me Gently” “Sugar Sugar” Ring any bells? That’s famed Canadian songwriter Andy Kim‘s handiwork. The Billboard chart-topper hosts his annual holiday shin-dig (now in its fifth year) featuring special guests Divine Brown, Broken Social Scene and The Beauties. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit the Regent Park School of Music.
Mouthparts and Wings, Friday Dec 18 and Saturday Dec 19, Rivoli Club
Mia Sheard hosts this two-night stand featuring Justin Rutledge, Luke Doucet, Kurt Swinghammer and many more stars of the independent music community. The $18 ticket price helps the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Your donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank is encouraged too. Line-up and ticket details here.
You know why there aren’t more live music shows in the Junction? Because until 1997, the west end neighbourhood on the other side of the train tracks was dry. No booze = no clubs. It’s changed plenty since then (goodbye junk shops, hello antique shops and raw food restaurant) and artists of various stripes have been moving there in droves. Not surprisingly, the Junction Arts Festival gets bigger and better ever year.
Tomorrow night (Saturday September 12), City Sonic artists Jason Collett and Justin Rutledge will headline the festival’s mainstage (8:15 and 9:30, respectively), along with Dakota Tavern houseband the Beauties. It’s a free show and you can even get alcoholic drinks afterwards at next door at Margrets, one of the city’s best kept secret nocturnal hang-outs.
Of course there’s a good chance you’re spending the entire weekend indoors at TIFF movies. If so, keep an eye out for Sarah Slean, who has a cameo on the short film The Translator, part of Short Cuts Canada programme this weekend. Screening times and info here.
We would never lie to you. When we said details of our free City Sonic screenings at Yonge and Dundas Square as part of TIFF would be coming soon we meant it. All the details here. And here:
September 10th, 12pm: Tony Dekker at Spadina Subway Station. Directed by Anita Doron
Followed by Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
September 11th, 12pm: Serena Ryder at The Dakota Tavern. Directed by Robert Lang
Followed by Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing
September 11th, 9pm: Danko Jones at Maple Leaf Gardens. Directed by George Vale
Followed by Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
September 12th, 12pm: Divine Brown at The Rex. Directed by Charles Officer
Followed by The Harder They Come
September 13th, 12pm: Geddy Lee at Massey Hall. Directed by Bruce McDonald
Followed by Woodstock
September 14th, 12pm: Woodhands at the Brick Works. Directed by Rob Pilichowski
Followed by Stop Making Sense
September 15th, 12pm: Sarah Slean at the Rivoli. Directed by Rob Pilichowski
Followed by Sweet Toronto
September 16th, 12pm: Laura Barrett with Martin Tielli at the AGO. Directed by Peter Lynch
Followed by The Last Waltz
September 17th, 12pm: Lioness at the Masonic Temple. Directed by Peter Lynch
Followed by Rattle & Hum
September 18th, 12pm: Jason Collett at Kensington Market. Directed by Peter Lynch
Followed by Don’t Look Back
September 19th, 12pm: Care Failure (Die Mannequin) at 102.1 The Edge. Directed by Bruce McDonald
Followed by Truth Or Dare
You may notice some artist names in there for the first time. Stay tuned for more photos and sneak peeks in the weeks ahead and then come and see the full films every day at noon Sept 10-19.
Director: Peter Lynch, 2009
Singer/songwriter Jason Collett has lived all over Toronto, but he feels most connected to Kensington Market. This unique neighbourhood features not only diverse music venues, shopping and food markets, but a history of art and social activism. For his latest album, Jason even penned a tribute to one of Kensington’s earliest figures, called “Angel of Kensington.” Now he takes us into Paul’s Boutique music shop to try out the vintage gear and discuss how the vibrant cultural community there has shaped his life and music. Featuring exclusive live performance of a new unreleased song and a tour of Jason’s favourite Kensington haunts, this reflective portrait reveals an artist with deep roots.