So in case you didn’t know–and well, there is a good chance you didn’t know because FB only shows a small percentage of you my posts–I am going to be in Toronto this week as of Thursday the 20th!
The main reason I am coming is to see my dear friends The Cheap Speakers, who are playing their farewell show at Sneaky Dee’s. Upon hearing this news I changed my entire year’s plans around to make sure I could be in town for this show. Over the years countless bands have come and gone and made a big splash, while the Cheap Speakers have just continued to play some of the best live sets around and crank out a fantastic LP and a great EP. But like all bands who aren’t the Rolling Stones, they all have an expiry date. The Cheap Speakers’ is March 21st at Sneaky Dee’s–but oh, what a last show we have. The Cheap Speakers will be joined by South of Bloor, a reunited Beth in Battle Mode, brand new buzz act Baby Please, and a DJ set from Branko. TWM would not be where it is without the Cheap Speakers, and I would love nothing more but to share their final show with as many of you as possible.
- Full Facebook event info
- Sneaky Dee’s Blog Interview w/ the Cheap Speakers
- South of Bloor’s brand new video released this week (shot in my buddy Antony East’s basement!)
Thursday March 20th: TWM Presents at Music City North Festival at the Bovine w/ The DGB, Odd Years, Little Foot Long Foot, Paint & Low Hanging Lights
Flying into Toronto and then hustling over to this show and what a night it is going to be! This week, from Thursday to Sunday, is the Music City North Queen Street Festival at venues like Bovine, Cherry Cola’s, The Hideout, and the ‘Shoe. Opening night at the Bovine has been programmed and is presented by Two Way Monologues, and holy shit do we have a lineup for you!
Doors are at 8:30 with Low Hanging Lights hitting the stage at 9 sharp! While I have been gone, my partner in crime Antony East and the Low Hanging Lights boys have had a series of great shows. I have always been a huge fan of their band and am super excited to see them again!
Then we jump to TWM legends Paint! When the band isn’t on tour or shooting some of the city’s best music videos, they can be found on stage with one of the most dynamite and energetic live shows Toronto has to offer. Robb himself said he’s “never had a bad show at the Bovine” and I don’t imagine that is about to change.
After many years together, Little Foot Long Foot has announced that long-time drummer Isaac is leaving the band after two more shows–which means you now have even more reason to catch their 11 pm set. You can read the official announcement here.
We have a special treat at midnight in Odd Years, featuring members of Cuff the Duke, Minotaurs. and Lowlands. Their debut recording Drawing Lines is one of my favourites of the last year or so. With them sharing so many members they don’t get out to play Toronto all that often, so you’ll want to make plans to be here.
Finally, a trip home wouldn’t be the same without the DGB aka the Do Good Badlies! I’ve been doing shows with these folks almost as long as I’ve been doing shows, and nobody caps a night like they do!
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/614163498660579/
Saturday March 22nd: Milo McMahon (album release) w/ the Nursery & Trevor James & the Perfect Gentlemen at Rancho
What trip home would be complete without a sweet show at Rancho Relaxo? For this one we are celebrating Milo McMahon‘s Big City Hustle release party! Currently residing in Montreal (and formerly in Toronto), this album pays tribute to the time he spent here. Milo is a fantastic musician–and if you don’t believe me, just stream the record for yourself.
Joining Milo McMahon are two tremendous Toronto locals who I am spoiled to get to see while I am in town: Trevor James and the Perfect Gentlemen and The Nursery, who both are hard at work on records that will be coming out in the coming months. Let’s face it, the Jameson tastes better at Rancho so let’s drink a bottle or two and enjoy this show.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/270094046489369/?ref=22
And finally, the night before I leave I have a funky little experimental pop show at the Handlebar for your dark & stormy needs.
Tues March 25th: Jean-Paul de Roover, Bron Halpin (full band), and Carlo Meriano (solo)
Doors at 8:30 and the show will be over early in the night–so you can come out, hear great music, see me off, and still get to work on Wednesday in a relatively together state.
Hope to be able to see all of you while I am in town, but if you can’t make these shows flip me a line or text me and we’ll try to get together. What a time we are about to have, Toronto!