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Itzsoweezee hits the Underground for its monthly whirlwind of wall-to-wall music - prepare to dance, smile and holler. Local favorite Tom Wrecks of the Stylusts crew captains the night with a rotating cast of stellar guest DJs. With roots in the A-Trak, visuals lighting up the screens and a foot in the mainstream, these guys throw a wild and crazy night. Itzsoweezee will make it easy - so easy - to get you on the dance floor.
Join us for Sky Yard Sundays complete with brunch, booze, buckets of Corona + a ton of fun in the Sun(day).
Make your weekend last longer with Drake's Sky Yard party and fuel up with a late brunch or tacos; to ensure that you can dance all day to the sounds of our weekly live DJs from 2PM-6PM.
Chicago bands CALIFORNIA WIVES and MY GOLD MASK team up for a tour that hits the Drake Underground on this long-weekend night.
CALIFORNIA WIVES incorporate their appreciation of electronic music, more specifically bands that mixed synthetic and traditional instruments like New Order and the Cure, with an indie pop and shoe gaze sound. Their debut album, Art History, is available now through Vagrant Records.
MY GOLD MASK get experimental on their latest album, Leave Me Midnight, playing around with otherworldly guitars and electronic drums over a “wall of sound” production style to create an addictive mix of synth-influenced indie rock.
Joining the bill are:
SEAM play progressive folk-rock, with diverse influences from fellow Canadian acts City and Colour and Peter Katz, to Jason Mraz and Kings of Leon.
GO DIANA reinterprets post-punk and alternative dance traditions for the new era of rock music.
Advance tickets available at Rotate This & Soundscapes, and online at Ticketscene.
CAYUCAS, pronounced "ky-yook-us", is the new project from Zach Yudin, a young California native with a penchant for ecstatic harmonies and euphoric classic-pop arrangements. He makes supremely catchy and sunny indie-pop that comes shot through with old-school rock-and-roll popcraft, like what would happen if Local Natives were all serious Buddy Holly obsessives. The debut album , Bigfoot, is out now on Secretly Canadian.
Advance tickets available at Rotate This & Soundscapes, and online at Ticketweb.
Your regular 86'D Monday programming is on hiatus tonight - Happy Canada Day!
Special Tuesday edition:
Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 27th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Peaches, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith and BECK! Acting as a launching pad for many Toronto bands, Elvis Monday continues to champion emerging talent and play an important part of Toronto's music scene.
Art & Woodhouse
JOHN GRANT is an American singer/songwriter from Denver, Colorado and former lead vocalist with Bella Union cult favorites The Czars. When The Czars broke up, John moved up to New York for a change of scenery and found himself playing support to Flaming Lips and Midlake on a few shows. He recorded his 2010 debut solo album Queen Of Denmark with Midlake, and received critical acclaim, including being named Mojo magazine's Album of the Year. John is currently touring in support of his second solo effort, Pale Green Ghosts, released in Spring 2013.
Advance tickets available at Rotate This & Soundscapes, and online at Ticketfly.
SHYANN is a neo soul singer-songwriter from Toronto. Her debut album Into The Ground showcases a dark jazz- influenced sound that has been described as trip-pop, combining her haunting vocals with the unique touch of producer Nick Name.
The album has received rave reviews, with the 'making-of' documentary making the official selections for both the 2012 Hamilton Film Festival & the 2012 Mississauga Independent Film Festival. Their live act, The Shyann Quartet, feature a fresh take on the art of looping and the interaction of hip hop production with live musicians.
The Shyann Quartet, have been busy gigging, and are finally ready to celebrate their new release in Toronto. It's definitely going to be a memorable performance… don't miss it!
Every week Drake's art concierge Betty Ann Jordan explores the galleries and project spaces along the Queen West strip with an eye out for the best of the best. Whether you are an art aficionado or culturally curious, Betty Ann is sure to show you something a little unexpected. For updated tour information and weekly schedules please check out Art InSite.