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  • In support of those living with cystic fibrosis we bring you a night of awareness through art. Performances by Aria Zenua, Souls of Steel, Lee's Language, T Moore also featuring L.I.P, Mama's Life Products and Wild Childs Kitchen.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: Donations Accepted
    • Time: Aug. 21, 2014, 7 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: Aug. 21, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • Swear and Shake most recently has shared the stage as direct support for The Lumineers, Delta Rae, and G Love & Special Sauce. They're scheduled to set sail upon the Caribbean Sea to play aboard Rock Boat XIII in February, 2013, and to be officially showcased at SXSW in Austin, TX, in March, 2013.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $12.00
    • Time: Aug. 22, 2014, 7 p.m.
  • Los Angeles, CA—Harper Simon has announced plans to embark on a summer tour beginning in August, that will include a string of dates in major cities including San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Brooklyn, NY and Toronto, ON. The tour will continue to support Simon's critically acclaimed sophomore album DIVISION STREET which released in the US on March 13th to critical praise.

    DIVISION STREET was hailed by Rolling Stone as "pop-rock that stands on its own and then some" and People Magazine as "dreamy." The 10-track album set was produced by Simon and Tom Rothrock (Elliott Smith, Beck), and was recorded with a small coterie of guest musicians—including Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello's Attractions on drums, Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes on bass, vocals by Inara George, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on synths, as well as Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes and Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.50
    • Time: Aug. 23, 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: Aug. 25, 2014, 9 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: Aug. 28, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • The girls have been whittling their sticks, bird watching, working on their "counselling skills" and whipping the campy campers into shape allllll summer long. Now it's time for them to show their stuff in the Drake Underground for their first CAMP on Queen West.

    Join Judy Virago and Igby Lizzard for an evening of camp cabaret featuring performances from members of the House of Filth and friends...

    Allysin Chaynes
    Boy Pussy
    Buzz Huneedew
    Champagna Enemea
    Dolly Berlin
    Leelando Mitchell
    LeeLee Davis
    Matthew Lindholm
    Nancy Bocock
    Scarlett BoBo

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, Art, Other, Comedy, Theatre
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: Aug. 31, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • For every song Joseph Arthur has released in a critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs, he's probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping. Indeed, Arthur has been known to start working on a new album -- or two -- while simultaneously trying to finish another.

    It was amid this abundance of riches that the Brooklyn-by way of Ohio-native began molding a collection of music under a single narrative thread: The Ballad of Boogie Christ, described by Arthur as "a fictionalized character loosely based on my own journey."

    At first, it was a song here or there, or a set of lyrics with no accompanying music. Then, those songs would get recorded and set aside. They'd get re-recorded and revised. They'd start to make sense in relation to their brothers and sisters, and then they wouldn't. And pretty soon, more than half-a-decade had flown by and Boogie Christ was no closer to coherency.

    "For some reason, I've been avoiding finishing this record for a long time," Arthur says with a laugh. "It's been an albatross around my neck. I don't know why, but it has."

    Yet despite its labored birth, The Ballad of Boogie Christ -- Act 1 has defied the odds to become another essential cornerstone of Arthur's robust discography. Encompassing sessions put to tape in upstate New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Arthur's own Brooklyn studio, the 11-song album showcases the artist's signature rich storytelling set to a diverse range of rock'n'roll.

    "I don't know that there's a beginning, middle and end to the story, but there are definitely experiences, situations and perspectives that point in those directions," says Arthur. "I wanted to let the listener fill in some of the blanks without telling the whole story in a straight-ahead way."

    The album begins with the surprising orchestral pop of "Currency of Love," on which Arthur unveils a passionate croon unlike any vocal performance he's ever given. From there, Boogie Christ offers epic affirmations on overcoming addiction (the seven-minute closer "All the Old Heroes"), anthems of open-hearted solidarity ("Wait for Your Lights," "It's OK To Be Young/Gone") and the kinds of slow-burning narratives ("Famous Friends Along the Coast," "I Used To Know How to Walk on Water") that have won Arthur a legion of fans around the globe.

    Songs like "Black Flowers," "I Used To Know How to Walk on Water" and the title cut were recorded several years ago with help from the Band's legendary keyboardist Garth Hudson and bassist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams, Jack White), while newer additions to the track list such as "Currency of Love" and "Saint of Impossible Causes" were crafted in Los Angeles with assistance from Chris Seefried (Fitz & the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey). Among the other guests on Boogie Christ are Ben Harper (Arthur's bandmate in Fistful of Mercy), session drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner, Joan As Policewoman leader Joan Wasser and composer Paul Cantelon (Oliver Stone's W., Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell & the Butterfly).

    "There are certain moments on the album that are just pop music and sugary," Arthur says. "I didn't want it to be this diatribe of heaviness, and it had been like that sometimes. I definitely wanted moments of relief within it, where you just get a good jam."

    At the center of the project is the autobiographical "King of Cleveland," a classic story song that connects Boogie Christ the character with Arthur the flesh-and-blood artist. On it, the narrator apprentices alongside a big fish in a small pond, "playing blues in the back seats, from biker bars to limousines" -- much like Arthur did in his early professional career in Northeast Ohio. Says Arthur, "He's just starting to live the life he's imagined, playing roots boogie in the real America -- Ohio." With plans still taking shape for future installments of Boogie Christ material, perhaps as earlier as the fall, Arthur is hoping the project will eventually take on a life of its own outside of the album context.

    "I've heard David Bowie talk about how Ziggy Stardust and some other records were the beginnings of screenplays that he just never finished," he says. "I could really see this becoming something deeper and bigger than just an album.

    "Chuck Prophet reminded me that there's always the Great American Novel," he continues. "And that really stuck in my head about Boogie Christ. That's what I've been wanting to achieve with this album. He encouraged me that it was okay to dream big."

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $23.50
    • Time: Sept. 6, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Robyn Hitchcock is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. While primarily a vocalist and guitarist, he also plays harmonica, piano and bass guitar. Hitchcock's musical and lyrical styles have been influenced by his appreciation of Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Syd Barrett. Hitchcock's lyrics are an essential component of his work and tend to include surrealism, comedic songs, characterisations of English eccentrics and melancholy depictions of everyday life. His themes include the eternal contingencies of existence — namely, death, sex and eating. Recognizing this theme, he released an EP in 2007 called Sex, Food, Death and Tarantulas.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $22.50
    • Time: Sept. 11, 2014, 8 p.m.