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  • Catey Shaw truly got her start underground- in the New York City subways. She played a beat-up ukulele for spare change until her current manager, Jay Levine, scooped her up from the train platform and into the recording studio.

    She released her debut EP, "Clouds" in February 2013, ringing with lyrics of love, family and the freedom of her bohemian, NYC lifestyle. Her influences span from hip-hop to disco, Billie Holiday to Bob Marley. Through channeling her well-rounded understanding of the world into pop music, Catey Shaw makes her unique voice impossible to tune-out.

    Aside from music, Catey is a lifelong painter and a true artist. She views everything she creates as self-portraiture, and shares with her audience unapologetically.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $13.50
    • Time: Sept. 19, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • As impressive as her list of recent collaborators, Shara Worden's voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera House to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues. She's performed under the experimental-pop moniker My Brightest Diamond for the last seven years, and counts Bryce Dessner (The National), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and each of The Decemberists among friends and fans. They are just a few of the many who've fallen in love with Worden's mystical voice and mythic storytelling.

    Growing up outside of Detroit in a family of musical evangelists, Worden studied multiple instruments (her father is an acclaimed accordionist and mother an organist). She became equally passionate about classical and Motown, later pursuing a degree in Opera at the University of North Texas where she wrote and recorded original material for the first time. After moving to New York by way of Moscow, Worden recorded three albums before joining the ranks of Sufjan Stevens' Illinoisemakers. She then expanded her musical education further by studying composition under Padma Newsome (Clogs, The National), and turned out several scores for off-Broadway productions.

    Worden's artistry seems to transcend music itself. On stage she evokes as much Martha Graham as Edith Piaf, and can be found collaborating with visual artists (Matthew Ritchie) and filmmakers (Matthew Barney, Murat Eyuboglu) alike. Where worlds are colliding, there is a Shara; a zeitgeist for a growing movement of experimental musicians eager to bend the borders of artistry and genre.

    Having recently returned to Detroit, planted a garden and given birth to a son, Worden's latest offering, All Things Will Unwind, draws inspiration from the motor city itself. More folk inspired than much of her recent work the new album addresses the juxtaposition of life and death, class and race, pantries and politics—as heard through the mesmerizing lullaby of a new mother.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15.50
    • Time: Sept. 20, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 30th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Lights, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Austra, Peaches, Diana, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith, Doldrums, Moon King, 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.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 22, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • The Lonely Hearts are a rock and roll jukebox.

    A high energy quartet, the Lonely Hearts have been playing together for nearly a decade; from intimate parties to maximum capacity crowds, they have kept audiences dancing from start to finish. They contain the energy and soul of a vintage rock and roll band but with an incredibly vast repertoire that ranges from early rock and roll, Motown, early punk, new wave and modern pop. Their musicianship goes far beyond their years. They pride themselves on the ability to read a crowd and use their repertoire to tailor their set in order to keep the party at a high pace.

    A unique contrast exists within The Lonely Hearts; they give you the best of then with the youthful energy of now. They understand the importance of your event and will do everything they can to make your event as memorable and enjoyable as possible.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 22, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • Toronto's Valery Gore set out to claim new territory on her third and upcoming album Idols In The Dark Heart. Four years in the making, this album charters a course across the turbulent waters of human relationships, encountering love, loss, and the shadows of nostalgia and doubt. Navigated by Gore’s throaty, candid voice, the listener is swept through a lush and lyrical paradise filled with synth melodies, confident acoustics and low Moog bass lines.

    The end result is an exquisitely crafted blend of woven harmonies and melodic hooks that feels like a journey to exotic shores. Idols is her most exciting collection of songs to date, where ideas are expressed in beats and bass lines, and the piano makes room for the conversing of guests.

    The structure of the album is rich and textured, yet still accessible with its pop smarts pleasantly intact.In a recent show review, Exclaim Magazine described Gore as “quite possibly the most underrated sonic artist in this or any other country, breathing new life into traditional song forms with idiosyncratic melodies, subtly complex rhythms and eclectic arrangements that reveal an expansive listening palate.”

    With special guest Animalia.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10 advance/$13 at door
    • Time: Sept. 25, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.

    Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 25, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 30th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Lights, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Austra, Peaches, Diana, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith, Doldrums, Moon King, 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.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 29, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • The St. Royals are the new kings of the motown/funk/soul scene. Recently featured on Slice TV, they're an army of Toronto's most talented young players who always pack the dance floor. The St. Royals ooze style and swagger, while bringing authenticity and excitement to the soul era. Most of all, they bring the funk!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 29, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • EMA continues to evoke a unique and ambitious sound that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011, and is likely to send her back into the public consciousness once again in 2014.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15.00
    • Time: Sept. 30, 2014, 8 p.m.