1. Manitoba, a band that brings back some not-so fond memories from a few years ago when I walked into an HMV and asked a guy working there if they had Up in Flames (2003) and he informed me that the band no longer existed. I walked out of the store with my head hanging low with disappointment. I later discovered that Manitoba had in fact changed names to Caribou and that the CD I wanted had been re-released under the new name.
I am now curious to experience a live performance by Caribou. Luckily for me, and also you, on June 1st, Caribou w/ Toro Y Moi will be at The Starlite Room. Tickets available here.
2. Wolf Parade is back in town on July 23rd at The Starlite Room. Yes, it’s about time. If you’re into whiney alt-rock played by a greasy Montreal lads, you will fall head over heals for them (no, not literally, they aren’t that greasy).
I saw them back in the fall of 2005 opening for Arcade Fire. I was so intrigued by their sound that I bought their CD just a few days later. I assume that they have somewhat evolved since then but then again maybe not. The band’s front man, Dan Broeker, has been touring around the world with his wife for the last few years with their band: Handsome Furs. We shall just have to wait and see.
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.
3. For those who have the money, $83 minimum to be exact, the Sonic Boom has a line-up that is worth all those dolla dolla bills. This year City and Colour, Wintersleep, Tokyo Police Club, Weezer and many more will be performing at the one-day festival on Saturday September 4th. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.
4. Broken Social Scene is performing at the Winspear Centre on October 9th at 8pm. Tickets are $39, available on the Winspear website, with a choice of seating (The quicker you buy your tickets the better your seats). Most of the closer seats are already sold out, so hurry or all 50 members of the band will appear to be a big black cloud from afar.
Let me know if you have any other suggestions, or if you care to join me at any of these shows.