The Art Bar Fraser MacKenzie A solo showcase performance with songs from his band, the Blue Alarm. Nods to country, folk and garage-style rock. 9 pm.
Andrew Spice Young songsmith and pianist whose emotion-laden voice possess a timeless quality. Has opened for Emm Gryner and Tom Wilson. 10 pm.
Arctic Studio trickery and solid performance creates airy soundscapes and haunting melodies. Also a member of the Adrienne Pierce Band. 11 pm.
Maya Solovey Passionate and genuine artist who produces pop music with an Eastern flavour and R&B influences. Strings, sitar and tabla create an earthy, full sound. Midnight.
TBA 1 am. The Bagel TBA 9 pm.
Kuroda From eerie atmospheric soundscapes to lightning-paced math-jazz and scorchy blues-based rock. Irresistible melodies and plenty of dynamics. 10 pm.
The Last Show Refreshingly original rock from this honest trio. 11 pm.
oldmandog Trio focus on pure melody and song structure while using grinding guitars and driving rhythms. Midnight.
The Dupes Fast, catchy and sarcastic punk rock. Passionate singing, searing riffs and all the other staples of punk. 1 am. Black Bull The Jack Kerouac Knapsack Band Five-piece encompass everything from seven-minute epics and jazzy crooning to balls-to-the-wall rock. 9 pm.
Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy An appealing brand of country-inspired folk-rock. Won fans at Halifax Pop Explosion with their deep vocal harmonies. 10 pm.
Milton Mapes Americana-based band formed in 1999 influenced by Neil Young and Springsteen. Two CDs show creative progress. 11 pm.
Michael Brennan Country-roots singer and former frontman for the Wayward Angels. Smooth voice brings comparisons to classic country stars. Midnight.
Rambler 454 Cars, girls and guitars and all the things that make rock good are the main ingredients in Rambler 454. 1 am. Bovine Sex Club The Cliks Tough and tender rock songs with sultry vocals from all-femme trio. Played frequently on college radio. 8 pm.
Surface Powerful guitar riffs and catchy melodies from this rockin' femme four-piece. Have played with Big Sugar, Gob and Swollen Members. 9 pm.
Kuma Textural guitars heavily featured in electronic soundscapes enhanced with female vocals with comparisons to New Order and Depeche Mode. 10 pm.
Sticky Rice Bio not available. 11 pm.
The Strines New York based fiery pop-punk five piece with songs featured on Joan Of Arcadia and Queer Eye TV programs. Midnight.
Tuuli Pop creativity merged with punk rock attitude. Since 1997 they've toured and played SXSW. 1 am. Cadillac Lounge Romi Mayes Edgy warm vocals and a phat country bluegrass guitar style frame her affecting songs. 9 pm.
Brennen Leigh Unique hybrid of country, bluegrass and blues. Has toured with Ralph Stanley and released two albums. 10 pm.
Tricycle Blending old-time and bluegrass with the sophistication of improvisational jazz. Free spirited, dark and down-home. 11 pm.
Matt Masters & The Gentlemen Of The Rodeo Toronto alt-country player with a clear passion for Canada and a voice like Johnny Cash. Midnight.
the Ingham County Regulars Convincing Americana-styled originals with a live show that is intense and sincere. 1 am. Cameron House Marnie Mains Thought-provoking and real lyrics are combined with angelic, soft music. Has opened for Swollen Members and Glass Tiger. 8 pm.
5th Projekt Bio not available. 9 pm.
The Hermit Percussion-driven post-rock akin to Tortoise that has seen them nominated for two West Coast Music Awards. 10 pm.
Malajube Naive yet clear musical vision that found the Mirror calling their album "a near-perfect pop record." 11 pm.
The Hot Springs The members get in fights and then go dancing. Their music kind of sounds the same. Midnight.
The Adam Brown Bio not available. 1 am. Clinton's The Vulcan Dub Squad Melody-based music with the perfect alchemy of garage-psych/soul and fairy tale. Comparisons to the Cure and My Bloody Valentine. 9 pm.
Rollerphone Infectiously melodic, mature pop that appeals to a wide demographic. Have received industry thumbs-up. 10 pm.
Hector On Stilts A mix of funny, enigmatic and bittersweet songwriting in lavish anti-epics and salsa-spiced disco. 11 pm.
Kelly & The Kellygirls Horn-happy melange of sweat and swagger infused with lounge-lizard bravado. Midnight.
The Glad Yeah Bio not available. 1 am. The Drake Lounge (main floor) flow 93.5 fm presents Clas Bio not available. 9 pm.
Tash Bio not available. 10 pm.
Rich London Aka DJ Juice, he's making a mark as a hiphop MC with real charisma and an original approach. 11 pm.
Arabesque Everyone seems to be buzzing about the next big thing in hiphop with a chart-topping single in 04. Midnight.
Michie Mee Canada's first lady of hiphop and the first to sign a deal with a major American label. Recently worked with Esthero on the hit track Slave. 1 am. The Drake Underground Dave Rave & Mark McCarron with special guest Lauren Agnelli Ex-Teenage Head singer teams up guitar and jazz cats for music that evokes a lonely romanticism. 9 pm.
The Bedsit Poets with Joe Mannix Picture Fairport Convention crossed with Belle and Sebastian. Fusion of acid folk and shimmery pop with warm vocals. 10 pm.
Linda McLean Singer/songwriter with sensual visions and a mature lyrical wisdom. Memorable melodies, intelligent songs and a beautiful voice. 11 pm.
Johnny Dowd Country noir with darkly poetic songs delivered in a spooky drawl. Has a loyal cult following in Europe. Midnight.
Kobayashi Conceived as the jazzman's surrender to the hiphop beat. An amalgamation of jazz, electronica and orchestral undertones. 1 am. El Mocambo Adam Kowalczyk Former touring guitarist for LIVE and nominated for 2003 Independent Pop Album of the Year at the L.A. Music Awards. 9 pm.
Lights On Bio not available. 10 pm.
The Outfit Frisky sonic hybrid incorporates garage rock, dub, electronica and psychedelia. A Mod Club favourite. 11 pm.
The Hundred A blend of romanticism and disillusionment while reflecting on the complexities of everyday life. Influenced by Neil Young and Jeff Buckley. Midnight.
Shaker Firmly straight-ahead rock and roll band from Kitchener inspired by anything really from 1964-79. 1 am. El Mocambo Upstairs Clare Muldaur Manchon & the Reasons Refreshing new talent whose songs have a trace of Billie Holiday, while others bring to mind a sweet lullaby. Has performed at Carnegie Hall. 9 pm.
AM Stripped-down punk trio with huge range of influences and a live show akin to a sonic assault. 10 pm.
The Zambonis Formed around the singer's vision to play nothing but songs about hockey, influenced by the Beatles and Wayne Gretzky. 11 pm.
The Ride Theory Vintage rock 'n' roll that captures the spirit of the Stones, Beatles and Yardbirds with contemporary sensibilities. Have played with Billy Talent. Midnight.
TBA 1 am. Fox & Fiddle white sands Side project for singer of Templo Diez with intimate and introspective material akin to Steve Earle. 9 pm.
Natasha Alexandra Provocative hyper-ballads and cheerful banter make this piano-based singer's performances intensely endearing. 10 pm.
Mark Geary A favourite in New York's East Village whose records that have approached gold status in Ireland. Has played with Buckley, Costello and Coldplay. 11 pm.
Tariq Poetic and versatile roots-inflected singer/songwriter with four albums and past Juno nominations. Midnight.
Markus Piano and guitar-based compositions reflect the influence of Paul McCartney and Rufus Wainwright. 1 am. Free Times Cafe Dan Goldman A skilled songsmith who marries sonic innovations to imaginative and personal lyrics. 8 pm.
Julia Othmer Piano-playing siren making a mark with her fiery and passionate performances. Her song is featured in a PlayStation game. 9 pm.
Woody Russell Woody draws upon a wide range of genres, and has been a popular featured artist at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival. 10 pm.
Layah Jane With soulful vocals and a poetic, articulate tongue, Layah recalls Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco. 11 pm.
Ben Somer Beautiful and sometimes chilling guitar-based songs influenced by the Doors and Neil Young. Midnight. Funhaus BenQ & NXNE in Association with Black Market Records present All ages Drum & Bass special 10pm -4am featuring
Potential Bad Boy
Potential Bad Boy makes his Canadian debut. This talented UK chart topping producer and DJ, set the DnB world a light last year with his dance floor anthems "Your Mine" and "The Sun is shining".
The golden voice behind these hits MC Yush also makes a debut appearance in Canada to perform the hits in a special showcase and is the Master of ceremony for the night.
Talented US producer from the Mathematics, James Rohan, hailing from Brooklyn, showcasing his ample DJ skills with his unique blend of heavy DnB beats and liquid rollers.
DJ Spinz, DJ Prime, Medicine Muffin, Kool Dragon, Andy F, Filthy, DZ, Outsida
MCs: Trajady, A2Z, SK Gladstone Hotel Ben Ratliff An Americana-styled singer/songwriter with a penchant for appealingly languorous songs. 8 pm.
The Lovely Feathers Quintet with alt-rock and post-punk leanings with a captivating live show. 9 pm.
junk tv The anglo-eclecticism of their sound has drawn comparisons to Coldplay and Keane. 10 pm.
The Gardens Faithful Catchy and intelligent rock that feature vintage keyboards as the lead instrument, channelling the spirit of the Zombies and Costello. 11 pm.
Friday Morning's Regret Alt-country-tinged, with indie rock influenced by Young, Paul Simon and the Beatles. Have been featured on CBC's Definitely Not The Opera. Midnight.
The Daybreak Young four-piece affected heavily by Britpop and the Madchester sound. Have opened for the Music and Maroon 5. 1 am. Healey's CYR Aggressive, edgy and contagiously melodic singer/songwriter with influences like Nirvana and the Flaming Lips. 9 pm.
Four Square A great new rock band led by Simon Head of Trigger Happy. 10 pm.
Silversun Pickups Critics have described their sound as flowing, noisy pop in the vein of Yo La Tengo, 11 pm.
Hopewell & the Birds of Appetite Craving the immediacy of human connection, Hopewell is now a dedicated live band. Midnight.
Raising The Fawn Meditative and plaintive moods accented by guitars surge and ebb in familiar ways with lyrical subjects like love, enemies and death. 1 am. Holy Joe's Jason Bajada Fiery red with intellect and black-and-blue with emotion. Influences include Wilco and Sparklehorse. 8 pm.
The Commons A road-tested band who've released three albums with roots in alt-psyche rock. 9 pm.
Imaginary Bill Inventive chord progressions and laid-back grooves characterize their modern sound. 10 pm.
Vitamin-D Quintet with a trumpet as the lead instrument and featuring a member of Lambchop. 11 pm.
Vespas Grittier than garage, slicker than shoegaze, newer than new wave and influenced by the Pixies. Midnight.
The Porcelain Gods The mellow side of Pavement crossing paths with the conviction of Beatles-era rock. 1 am. Kathedral Greg Milka Crowe A one-man band passionately committed to ska since the early 90s. 9 pm.
JFK & The Conspirators One of Canada's longest running ska and reggae acts who have loyal fans across the country. 10 pm.
The Afterbeat They fuse old-school ska with contemporary strains and have enjoyed radio play in Europe. 11 pm.
Cheap Suits Pop, punk, ska and soul collide in a highly entertaining fashion with a typically energetic live show. Midnight.
BROOMFILLER Bio not available. 1 am. Lee's Palace Joel Kroeker Somewhere musically between Paul Simon and Jack Johnson. His album was a number one-seller in Canada. 9 pm.
Colin Linden An accomplished singer/songwriter, blues guitarist and producer. He's played on over 150 albums and with the likes of Bruce Cockburn. 10 pm.
The Rheostatics For two decades and countless shows, their music has been described as prog-rock, art-rock, orchestral psychedelia and "a loosely organized cacophony of sound." 11 pm.
54-40 These Vancouver veterans have been part of the elite of Canadian rock for just about two decades, and have been covered by Hootie & the Blowfish. Midnight.
The Golden Dogs They defy definition with their freewheeling sound referencing Elvis Costello, XTC and Wilco, while their onstage antics are completely original. 1 am. Oasis According to Simon An adventurous duo who travel in traditional and experimental terrain from folk ambience to alt-rock. 8 pm.
Better Off Dead Bio not available. 9 pm.
Fuzzminko One part jazz-pop, one part folk-rock and a shot of percussive habanero. 10 pm.
Red Orkestra They create songs that not only take the listener all over the world, but all over the spectrum of human existence and experience. 11 pm.
Krister Axel Roots rock that is often compared to Ben Harper, with the greasy sound of vintage keys and a raw baritone voice. Midnight.
The Lost Tricks Piano-driven pop combo based around compelling mini-epic pop songs that have drawn comparisons to Beck and Ben Folds. 1 am. Rancho Relaxo Showroom The stylish alt-pop sounds of the early 80s collide happily with today's emotional pop-punk. 9 pm.
Another Blue Door A vulnerable and introspective sound similar to Pavement and the Replacements. 10 pm.
the ramen Their wall of garage-tinged sound goes down a storm onstage. Inspired by Velvet Underground and Television. 11 pm.
The Press Their alternative-slanted sound reflects influences as radically disparate as the Clash, Lee Scratch Perry and Fugazi. Midnight.
Les Séquelles Entertaining freakbeat rock 'n' roll that delights listeners. They've played London and New York, and have two albums available. 1 am. Reverb Millions of Cats That Turned On Their Masters Their exceedingly energetic rock songs have won them a strong local following. 9 pm.
Whitey Houston Pure feral rock 'n' roll with just the right amount of swagger, humour and arm-windmilling. 10 pm.
LEI Clever hooks with pop arrangements and thick guitars are their calling card, and their album has received international distribution. 11 pm.
Shikasta Power rock trio with gritty vocals and blues guitar. They've toured with the Vines and Tricky Woo. Midnight.
The Password Well-crafted, heavy and pretty songs with moody guitar riffs, pounding rhythms and lots of melody. 1 am. Rivoli Peter Katz Ethereal vocals, honest lyrics and fluent guitar playing are his prime assets. 9 pm.
Tomi Swick Gifted singer/songwriter formerly of Nimbus and Red Echo. 10 pm.
TBA 11 pm.
State of Shock An explosive blend of punk, metal, rock and some country elements. They've toured nationally four times. Midnight.
Minx An impossible hybrid of Slayer and the Go-Go's with pop melodies and crushing guitars. Recently signed publishing deal with Sony ATV. 1 am. Silver Dollar the BROWN HORNETS You can detect elements of the Who, Sex Pistols and Chuck Berry in their exhilarating fusion of rock, blues and soul. 9 pm.
Starfighter A lo-fi bedroom project turned into full band with a European tour and supporting Ash. 10 pm.
SummerHero The bastard love child from an orgy of heavy rock guitars, giant drums, bowel-busting low-end and stellar hooks. 11 pm.
The Exchanges Two self-described "smash rock darlings" with the stripped-down sound of guitar and drums. Midnight.
The Convulsions 60s British R&B infused with punk rock energy and incendiary inventiveness. 1 am. Sneaky Dee's The Fallout Punk rock based out of Toronto with a style reminiscent of the Ramones, the Clash and the Jam. 9 pm.
If Man Is Five Female-dominated experimental punk metal combining aggressive riffs with beautiful melodies. 10 pm.
THE SPUNKS Fast and solid kamikaze rock 'n' rollers from Tokyo who only sing about sex, booze and motor rides. 11 pm.
JerryCan Bio not available. Midnight.
Dirty Bird Punk legends in their own time, they have all the infectious energy and heavy loud tunes to fuel their own DIY cottage industry. 1 am. Vatikan HafLife Fed up with boring bands who ignore their audience, Haflife fuse old styles in a new way and strive for maximum audience participation. 9 pm.
Leiana Underground vocalist who has worked with Chuck Treece (Bad Brains, the Roots) and has songs featured on extreme sport films. 10 pm.
Temptress Provocative and theatrical rock 'n' roll. Think Rocky Horror meets La Cage Aux Folles. 11 pm.
Sex Slaves Known for a live show where anything goes, be it girls dancing, stages collapsing or whiskey flowing. They've done three U.S. tours. Midnight.
Braintoy They call themselves the heaviest band since Rush, and their intensely aggressive playing is in the heavy and progressive vein. 1 am.