August is clearly trying to make sure summer ends on a hot note. Toronto’s so jam-packed with concerts and music-type events that there’s got to be something in this heap of sweat for everyone. Here are some choice methods to get hot before September.
This Thursday (11 August) , take a ride to this year’s Bicycle Film Festival. Kicking off the festivities will be a concert featuring The Meligrove Band, Octoberman, and Christien Summers at the Horseshoe. If cycling’s not your style, try something more structured, like Housebuilding Thursdays, a residency by collective band Architects running through August and September, at Somewhere There. And if you’re itching for a bit more angst and electronic experimentation Heartbeat Hotel, Armen at the Bazaar, GAY and Still Life Still will be rocking the Silver Dollar.
This weekend is just as packed. On Friday, The Untold City presents a free show at The Garrison with local upstart shit-disturbers Topanga, plus Uncle Bad Touch, Young Rival and Montreal’s jagged rockers Parlovr. If you’re feeling for something equally sweaty but a bit more on the experimental pop side, check out Hooded Fang, Moon King, Doldrums and more at The Garage. Then, come Saturday and Sunday, Wavelength presents another great lineup for this year’s ALL CAPS Island Festival, featuring the soothing and goosebump-y sounds of Evening Hymns, Julie Doiron, Jennifer Castle on Saturday and the country rock of The Wooden Sky and the party palace that is Rich Aucoin on Saturday. (Plus, there will be camping overnight, film screenings, BBQ, bonfires and more.)
All this isn’t meant for you to forget the SummerWorks festival that’s been blazing all over the city since last week. This weekend features performances by Bruce Peninsula , Miracle Fortress, and Green Go.
Okay! Deep breath. Stay with me, that is all in just the span of three days!
The rest of August is mighty fine, too. Dwayne Gretzky extended their July residency at the Dakota Tavern doing classic rock covers, Allie Hughes will be testing out new material at a free show at the Drake, The Fires Of and Dilly Dally will light up the Silver Dollar and get this: bands and bloggers (quite possibly including this here blogger) will be uniting in a dodgeball match against one another, free for anyone to watch the horror (I mean awesomeness).
But let’s not forget the hungry touring musicians from outside Toronto who are getting everyone buzzing. Hawthorne Heights (they’re still around?!) visit the Rockpile on the 21st, Against Me takes over the Mod Club the 22nd, The War on Drugs soothe the Drake on the 24th and Colin Stetson will get everyone’s new saxophone love in a twixt at the Drake on the 26th.
So now that your calendar is jam-packed, or you at least have a brand new batch of bands to check out, who are you going to see?
As always, you can read more of my thoughts and exclamations on music at RoundLetters.