Anagram are reuniting for one night at Owls Club: Just announced Toronto shows

The Ontario punks called it quits in 2012, but they'll be back on May 25. Plus: upcoming shows concerts Roy Woods, Alt-J, and more Justin Timberlake dates


For some people, the 00s era of Toronto music is best represented by the ramshackle utopianism of sprawling group-hug indie rock collectives. But for a smaller group of us, the time is better (barely) remembered for a scuzzier, stickier band: Anagram. 

After forming in the late 90s and spending more than a decade slugging it out in basement house parties, stock-ale-drenched legions and community halls, the apocalyptic post-punk group went out in a haze of hypnotic, scraping riffs and slurred vocals at a blowout final set at the Silver Dollar in 2012. 

Anagram are returning for one night only, on May 25 at Owls Club. But unlike the breakup/grand-pronouncement/makeup schedule of some other bands of the era, they’re not making a big deal out of it. 

“We wanted to do it after five years,” says singer Matt Mason, “but then we realized it had been six, so….” 

He’s back with his brother, guitarist Willy Mason (who also plays with him in the now-on-hiatus post-Anagram band Surinam), plus fellow Anagrammers Clayton Churcher and Jeff Peers. 

If you’ve never experienced the mesmerizing yet terrifying slow-motion chaos of an Anagram show, the veterans’ hall setting of Owls Club is the perfect place for it. Or you could just wait another five or six years. 

May 25 at Owls Club (847 Dovercourt), doors 9 pm. $12 at the door, $10 advance. On sale Saturday (February 10). Tickets available at Ransack the Universe (1207 Bloor West). Facebook event.

More Just Announced Toronto Shows

Winterfolk XVI: Mose Scarlett, Anne Lederman, Ken Whiteley, Kim Doolittle, The Achromatics and others Various venues Full lineup announced. $25 festival wristband. winterfolk.com. February 16-18.

Wing Night Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $12. horseshoetavern.comticketfly.com. February 17.

Genderfucked Release Party: I.m. Brown/Carolina Brown, Camp Girls, Harper Bizarre, Mountapo, Kitsunegari, Rachel Romu The Garrison doors 7:30 pm. $10 or pwyc. February 22.

New Tendencies, Uxvae, Johan Seaton, Bachalard The Baby G doors 9 pm. $TBA. February 22.

Emergents II: Duo Holz, VC2, curated by Chelsea Shanoff Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst doors 7:30 pm. $12. musicgallery.org. March 2.

Stephen Jay & Jim West The Garrison doors 9 pm. $17.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 9.

Evan Redsky, Chelsea Reed, The Weatherman Rivoli doors 9 pm. $12-$15. ticketfly.com. March 10.

Ty Dolla $ign, Marc E Bassy Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm, all ages. $32. ticketmaster.ca. March 14.

Bjork Party IV: DJ Phillippe The Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. March 16.

Idles Smiling Buddha doors 8 pm. $12.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 20.

Yung Pinch Velvet Underground doors 7 pm. $20-$22.50. ticketweb.ca. March 24.

Lucy Rose, Charlie Cunningham Drake Hote8 pm. $22.75. ticketweb.ca. March 24.

Curtis Harding Velvet Underground doors 7 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. March 25.

Sam Amidon, Charlotte Cornfield Rivoli doors 7:30 pm. $18.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 1.

Albert Hammond Jr. Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $22.50. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. April 3.

Patsy’s Rats, First Base, Tough Age Smiling Buddha doors 9 pm. $8.50. ticketfly.com. April 4.

Olde, The White Swan, Close the Hatch, Green Meteor Bovine Sex Club doors 9 pm. $10. April 7.

Austin Basham, Hollow Coves Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $17.50. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. April 9.

Russian Circles, King Woman Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $22. horseshoetavern.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. April 11.

Yellow Days The Garrison 8 pm. $13. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. April 11.

Spanish Love Songs, Wayfarer The Baby G doors 7 pm. $12. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. April 18.

Mall Grab, Jasper James, Gera CODA doors 10 pm. $25. codatoronto.electrostub.com. April 20.

Kate Nash Mod Club 8 pm. $TBA. themodclub.com. April 23.

Kelley Stoltz Smiling Buddha doors 9 pm. $12.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 27.

The Dream Syndicate The Garrison doors 8 pm. $25. rotate.com, ticketfly.com. May 4.

Roy Woods Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $34-$102. ticketmaster.ca. May 7.

Lindi Ortega, Jeremie Albino Mod Club $22.50. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. May 9.

MIKNNA Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $15. -ticketmaster.ca. May 17.

Mos Generator, Low Orbit, Ol Time Moonshine The Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. May 18.

Charly Bliss, Skating Polly Horseshoe 9 pm. $15. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. May 19.

Cowboy Junkies, Skydiggers, Lee Harvey Osmond Massey Hall 8 pm. $TBA. masseyhall.com. May 24.

Anagram Owls Club 9 pm. $12 at the door, $10 adv. On sale February 10 at Ransack the Universe (1207 Bloor West). May 25.

Bruno Major The Great Hall doors 8 pm. $16.50. ticketfly.com. June 3.

Paul Simon Air Canada Centre doors 6:30 pm. $55-$185. On sale February 9. ticketmaster.ca. June 12.

Alt-J Echo Beach doors 7 pm, all ages. $60-$80. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. June 20.

Chromeo, Pomo Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $20-$31.50.  ticketmaster.ca. July 3 & 4.

Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, Ann Wilson of Heart Budweiser Stage $TBA. livenation.com. August 1.

Chicago, REO Speedwagon Budweiser Stage 7:30 pm. $33.75-$133.75. On sale February 9. ticketmaster.ca. August 8.

The Gaslight Anthem Rebel August 9 show added. Doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $39.50-$55. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. August 9 & 10. 

Coeur de pirate Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $30-$45. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. September 20.

Justin Timberlake Air Canada Centre 7:30 pm. $103-$585. On sale February 12. ticketmaster.ca. October 9 in addition to March 13 and 15. 

richardt@nowtoronto.com | @trapunski

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