After a summer concert season that was a little underwhelming, September is shaping up well for shows in Toronto. As a matter of fact, the next four Fridays have already been penciled in on my concert calendar. Here’s an overview of the gigs I’m looking forward to seeing:
September 9th: Sister Caravan, Ol’ Time Moonshine and more @ The Rockpile, Etobicoke
Never been to The Rockpile before, and for good reason. The place is about halfway to Hamilton from here. Well okay, it’s not quite that far, but the fact that it’s over by Pearson airport doesn’t make it a very attractive location. That being said, I am looking forward to the first stoner rock gig at the Etobicoke venue, in particular the debut performance of Sister Caravan, a brand-new female doom power trio. My buddies in Ol’ Time Moonshine are always a good time, too.
September 16th: KYUSS LIVES! with The Sword(?) and Monstro @ Sound Academy, Toronto Waterfront
I’ve heard conflicting reports as to whether The Sword is actually on this bill. But if you’re only stoked to see The Sword, you ought to be shot in the face. Fuckin’ Kyuss!
September 23rd: Tee Pee Records Showcase with Quest For Fire, Naam, Elks @ Silver Dollar, College & Spadina
This is pretty cool. All of the aforementioned are playing Pop Montreal the nite before, so QFF has taken it upon themselves to book their Brooklyn brethren a gig in Toronto on the way home. Should be a trippy evening, to be sure.
September 30th: Enslaved, Ghost, Alcest and Empyrean Plague @ Opera House, Queen & Broadview
Enslaved is one of the biggest black metal bands in Norway, but I’m more interested in seeing the Perverted Priest and his Masked Minions–by far the best Swedish pop band since ABBA.
As for this evening, well, I figure I’ll just kick back, relax and watch some football on a Friday nite. (You’re welcome, TSN. That’ll be 25 dollars.)