This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
Wavelength 14 line up announced
Wavelength Fest has been getting better every year, and right now their schedule is looking better than NXNE's, which is pretty cool! Colin Stetson is what I'm most excited about, but there's lots of other stuff going on - from February 13-16. Marnie Stern, DIANA, Cousins, TOPS, US Girls, The Wet Secrets, Odonis Odonis, and many more will also play. You can also bet on special connected events and daytime programming, freebies, and hopefully some all-ages gigs. Weird Canada will be launching their new distro, too - whoah.
Chromewaves throws in the camera strap
Toronto blogger Frank Yang announced last week that he's officially breaking it off with his blog at chromewaves.net, which has been covering Toronto shows, discussing music, and dropping news bites and announcements for over a decade. Yang has published photos at blogTO in the past, and we hope if he ever wants to hit up a show he'll let us know. While everyone likes the idea of independent music blogs, does anyone read them anymore? Do you read about music like, ever? Follow Yang on Twitter here.
More music news from this week
- Drake did something! It involves sports - specifically the NBA. Read about it in the Globe and Mail.
- The next Long Winter x Scion Sessions release will be a 7" split between Isla Craig and Weaves. You might know Craig from our Break Out Bands of 2013 post. This should be pretty good.
- City Council officially approved the music advisory council last week. They sent us a hat, but honestly I still don't understand what this project is for. Aren't Austin based bands kinda overwhelmed and miserable? Will this only help bands with commercial appeal find an audience? Did Rob Ford upload all those early Trust demos to Youtube? This is news, anyway.
Maestro Fresh Wes drops a video for "Desire" featuring Lights
Blimp Rock upload cute animated vid for "The Love That Treats You Right"
This week's hot ticket shows
Death From Above 1979 / Dec 26 / 7pm / The Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth)
When DFA put out You're a Woman, I'm a Machine in 2004, I'm not sure they knew in 2013 they're still be playing live as one of Canada's most respected acts (and one of Toronto's 25 most famous bands). Nobody can give up this duo's relentless noise rock sound, and luckily the dudes reunited in 2011. Eager fans at the Danforth can look forward to the same old raw power, plus new songs from the upcoming (or so they claim) reunion album. Tickets are sold out, but maybe you'll find a pair under the tree.
The Wooden Sky's Holiday Revue / Dec 29 / 918 Bathurst (918 Bathurst St) / 7:30pm
The Wooden Sky present their Fourth Annual Holiday Revue Show alongside this year's musical guest Nick Ferrio. In the last three years they've raised over $6,000 for the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank, and they're hoping to keep the generosity coming. Tickets are available online and will be on sale at Soundscapes, Sonic Boom and Rotate This ($20).
NYE Parties to look forward to
Recently announced concerts
- Nobunny / February 2 / The Horseshoe Tavern
- Lorde / March 15 / Sound Academy
- Digifest / June 14 / Echo Beach
More concert listings: Just Shows
What we got up to last week
- The top 30 concerts in Toronto from 2013
- Beyonce reigns as queen in Toronto
- The top 10 Toronto hip hop acts of all time
- The Viletones raise punk from the dead at the Phoenix
Photo of Colin Stetson by Angelina M
by Aubrey Jax via blogTO