I'm still on a Hillside high, and a bunch of the bands I saw over the weekend are continuing their tours through Toronto. If you are in or around Toronto this week, check out these gigs:
Monday, July 26
1. Scott H. Biram, Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), $9
I mentioned this show last week, but seriously people, you should go to it. Bad-ass southern blues rock!
Scott H. Biram - Blood, Sweat, and Murder.mp3
Buy: Dirty Old One Man Band (2005)
2. Andy White with Kristin Sweetland, The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue)
I saw White at Hillside yesterday and he was fantastic. He reminds me of Billy Bragg meets Paul Kelly, only Irish. He plays a small, custom made 12-string guitar that sounds like a full size acoustic. Very cool. His show is in the early time slot at 8:00 pm. Go see him, then head over to the Horseshoe to see Biram.
3. Shane Koyczan and the Long Story Short, Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas Street), $22.50
You may know the name Shane Koyczan from his "We Are More" poem from the opening ceremonies from last winter's Vancouver Olympics. I'm not usually big on spoken word, and the only reason I saw him yesterday was because he was performing in the beer tent area, and I was thirsty and wanted to get out of the sun. Wow! He recites his poetry while a band backs up his verses. Totally blew me away. He also plays on Thursday at the Drake (1150 Queen West).
Tuesday, July 20
1. The Felice Brothers, Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), $18, doors open at 8:30, Felice Bros at 10:45 pm.
Get your butt to the Horseshoe for some alt country goodness!
The Felice Brothers - Whiskey in My Whiskey.mp3
Buy: The Felice Brothers (2008)
2. Tim Harwill, Reba's Cafe & Gallery, (3289 Dundas St. W.)
Harwill is a 12-string country/folk troubadour from Thorsby, Alberta. He has an early start time at 7 PM. Go see him, then head to the 'Shoe for the Felice Bros.
Tim Harwill and Friends - The Ballad of Kenny Holmes.mp3
Buy: The Wander Man Revisited (2009)
Two other artists which I saw at Hillside yesterday are supposed to be playing Toronto this week, but I can't find any info on their gigs. If anyone has any intel on Morgan O'Kane or Sam Doores and the Tumbleweeds, can you please let me know? Nothing is jumping out at me for the rest of the week, so if I am missing something please shoot me an e-mail at rockstaraimz at gmail dot com.