The Annex Wreckroom
DJ Peko She runs the gamut from obscure experimental techno to rump-shaking booty house while displaying her unique knowledge of the set, consciousness and the dance floor. 8 pm.
ProCon ProCon were formed by Count Feedback and Countess Christsmasher, a pair of unruly rockers with a pedigree and a fondness for vintage synths. 9 pm.
No Luck Club The Toronto Star says their recent SXSW performance had 'stunning technical proficiency and mind-addling funkiness.' 10 pm.
DJ Derrick Ramirez His sets are deep and powerful, infused with funk and soul, never just techno and never predictable. 11 pm.
The Art Bar
Erik Brandt Brandt's new solo album, Green Eyed Alone, features Tim O'Reagan of the Jayhawks and hints at thoughtful songwriting akin to REM and the Waterboys. 9 pm.
Alina Simone Originally a political refugee from Kharkov, Ukraine, Simone's music is akin to Cat Power's and tells of her experiences in America. 10 pm.
Will Kevans This British singer/songwriter is full of rootsy pop songcraft that echoes that of Squeeze, and he's worked with Coldplay's producer as well. 11 pm.
Ned Collette This Aussie singer's tunes are like dark ballads, full of stories both strange and sad, and he's recently opened for Joanna Newsom. Midnight.
Lindsay Mac She's a classically trained cellist and singer/songwriter whose acoustic music is a wonderfully unique combination of folk and pop. 1 am.
Famous Framus Band Like a big, mean, drunken, country rampage, Famous Framus Band don't hold back, but instead come out swingin' with a mix of punkabilly and blues. 9 pm.
The Suede Brothers They combine the best of old blues with big-time classic riffs and booming drums. 10 pm.
Love Mound Like children of the dirty, sticky and wild South, these dudes stomp and groove with their blend of mean rock 'n' roll and Southern stoner jams. 11 pm.
The Manvils So they've opened for the Stereophonics and the Horrorpops, and they play blues-heavy and soulful 60s-era psych-rock. Midnight.
St. Phillip's Escalator This band made headway in the upstate New York garage-rock scene of the early 00s with their blazing mix of Cream, Hendrix and the Who. 1 am.
boats Combine high-pitched vocals with cheap-ass keyboards and hot electro beats and you'll have some idea. 9 pm.
The Shondes 'Hailing from musical backgrounds that range from classical to Jewish to queercore and feminist punk, the Shondes both embrace and subvert these traditions in their compositions.' 10 pm.
Sergeant Pretty much their own breed whose onstage chemistry and collective presence are worth the price of admission alone. 11 pm.
How I Won the War Song power and star power. They move you and make you move. Just like that. Midnight.
Bovine Sex Club
Black Horse This duo goes out of its way to 'pervert the blues' with lots of guitars, drum machines and lo-fi sound distortion. A clusterfuck of tension. 9 pm.
Prototype-A Sound like five young men laughing hystericaly. 10 pm.
priya thomas She's earned a reputation for her take-no-prisoners live shows full of raw and gritty punk energy that needs to be seen. 11 pm.
Modernboys Moderngirls An electric and raw male-female vocal attack powered by a thunderous, groove-heavy rhythm section makes MM sound like the Clash and the Pretenders. Midnight.
Tin Bangs This Toronto group describe their sound as audacious, and their influences run the gamut from Joy Division to the Who. 1 am.
treasa levasseur Treasa Levasseur has a really pretty-sounding name. And her music has that whole rootsy-soul thing going on. 9 pm.
jenn mierau Beat-based electro-pop with plenty of sweet and sexy vocal stylings, with nods to Imogen Heap and Lily Allen. So maybe sensitively sassy, or sassitively sensitive. 10 pm.
Romi Mayes Mayes's mix of bourbon-infused country, blues and bluegrass makes her live show nothing short of completely bad-ass -- something like the Joan Jett of country. 11 pm.
Linda McLean CBC says she's part of the holy trinity of Canadian singers that also includes Kathleen Edwards and Sarah Harmer. Midnight.
Jenn Grant She just recorded an album called Orchestra For The Moon with Ron Sexsmith, Jill Barber and Matt Mays among others. 1 am.
Shelby Lamb Reminiscent of Neko Case and 70s folk and country artists, Shelby Lamb has been making good headway since her debut dropped in 06. 9 pm.
Jan Bell This Yorkshire-born and Brooklyn-based songwriter's recent album was heralded by the Village Voice as 'dark' with 'old-timey spareness.' 10 pm.
The Jamestown Union Indie pop-rock energy collides with 70s melody and West Coast Americana sounds, weaving a landscape of beauty and unforgettable lyrics. 11 pm.
NQ Arbuckle A barroom balladeer whose emotionally eloquent songs exude strong aromas of beer and nicotine. Midnight.
Amy Speace Rock, country, folk, Americana -- Amy Speace blends genres with the impatience of her adopted home, NYC, and an unflagging sense of 21st-century hipness. 1 am.
Ruth Minnikin and Her Bandwagon As a one-time member of the Guthries, Minnikin is an accomplished singer/songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for roots rock. 9 pm.
Lily Frost Like a rare bird in Canada's musical woods, Frost makes music that is aptly cinematic, blending film noir and stark minimalism with a soul-stabbing honesty. 10 pm.
Carmen Townsend and the Shakey Deals Refreshingly unique soul-rock trio with soaring vocal talent delivers spirited live shows. 11 pm.
Dance Yourself to Death Frontwoman Jen Markowitz used to be too shy to sing and perform. Lucky she got over that, because Toronto's DYTD are a catchy garage rock fun overload. Midnight.
Five Hot Bitches FHB want to assault your senses with gut-wrenching vocals and a high-energy live show reminiscent of the Slits, Sabbath and Plasmatics. 1 am.
Foxfire Forest Known for their highly theatrical, high-energy live shows local nonet Foxfire Forest write catchy, danceable pop songs that are precisely arranged and impressive in scope. 9 pm.
The Winks Recommended if you like cellos, mandolins, confetti explosions, fairy tales, tap dancing and timeless pop music. 10 pm.
Tim's Myth Like a big casserole full of Dave Matthews and Fleetwood Mac, Tim's Myth's material is full of 'true storytelling with meaningful, passionate vocals.' 11 pm.
clara lofaro She won Indie Week Toronto in 2006, and divides her time between New York and Toronto performing her brand of rock, soul and jazz music. Midnight.
Love Kills This west-end-based Toronto band is like a mysterious riddle wrapped in an unanswerable enigma, asked in a language no one really knows, but backwards. 1 am.
Blind Boy Lucas MacAlpine-Railway Really, really, really old-sounding blues music, like from Robert Johnson, but not. 9 pm.
Hot Springs This marble-rye of indie rock is equal parts spooky, shiny, pure, poppy, dark, thrashing, slow and pounding. Just like the bread. 10 pm.
The Nymphets Inspired by early punk and old Britpop as well as their own interests and often nasty temperments, the Nymphets are full of energy and passion. 11 pm.
Handsome Furs Formed by Montreal residents Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry, the Furs are dark and minimal and noisy and earnest. Midnight.
Woodhands Woodhands are an electro-pop sex party with crucial elements of ass-shaking and nerd appeal. And they even use keytars, cuz they're just that ironic. 1 am.
The Dakota Tavern
Matt Masters Toronto alt-country player with a clear passion for Canada and a voice like Johnny Cash. 9 pm.
Brothers Chaffey Together for just over a year, these brothers mix blues, country, rock and folk together with lyrical honesty and soulful vocals. 10 pm.
The Defibulators The Defibulators aim to jumpstart new life into country music by fusing rockabilly, bluegrass and vaudeville into an eclectic sound. 11 pm.
Scott MacLeod As his songs range from laid-back folk stories to whisky-drinkin' rockers, MacLeod tells tales about life's twists and turns. Midnight.
Megan Hamilton and the Volunteer Canola Hamilton captivates audiences with her style of folk rock led by her rough-and-ready voice. 1 am.
The Drake Hotel
Jim Protector Like a big, boozy indie-rocktail, if you will, they fuck shit up with disco and electro beats full of catchy melodies. 9 pm.
Peter Elkas Having unapologetically embraced his love for that soft and warm 70s sound on his latest, Elkas has been called 'soulful and smooth but with a rough edge.' 10 pm.
Melissa McClelland Not short on dramatic flair, Toronto's McClelland is at once a coolly expresive singer, a gorgeously gritty lyricist and a vivid painter of pop noir. 11 pm.
Ladyfingers He channels Tom Waits, the Cramps and Cab Calloway in his punked-up take on Sun Studio rock 'n' roll and 'old weird America.' Midnight.
Birds of Wales Morgan Ross leads this project that couples the storytelling and honesty of folk with rock's raw energy and emotional impact. 1 am.
Noah's Arkweld Formed on the moon in 2045. Members (up to 10, as few as 0) perform over televideo via the ARPA-NET system. 9 pm.
The Pinker Tones The New York Times called them 'jaw-dropping,' and they mix shit up with an impressive variety of beats, funk, lounge and electronica. Sweet as hell. 10 pm.
The Leatherettes Loud, brash and intense, this Scottish band play take-no-prisoners punk 'n' roll like the Cramps, New York Dolls and the Clash. 11 pm.
Therapy? The UK's Therapy? are basically legends in their own time. They've released some hugely influential music and played with everyone under the sun. Midnight.
The Scenario Hot with chemistry, the Scenario has developed a reputation for high-energy performances and memorable songs. 1 am.
Acute Acute's debut album boasts lavish orchestration -- strings, horns, backing vocals, pedal steel and Wurlitzer -- that gives the record a cinematic quality. 2 am.
Free Times Cafe
Kate Schutt An audacious, almost reckless synthesis of jazz and folk by one of the few females playing the eight-string guitar/bass hybrid. 8 pm.
Ann Walton Her talented piano playing and songwriting are reminiscent of old, crackly jazz records as well as contemporaries like Rufus Wainwright. 9 pm.
Anita George With her unique fusion of acoustic folk roots, independent Australian singer-songwriter Anita George has been captivating audiences with her rich voice, percussive guitar playing and poetic sensibilities. 10 pm.
Carmen Elle Carmen made the transition to open mics and public stages and now plays regularly at venues around Toronto as well as at festivals like Mariposa and NXNE. 11 pm.
Sarah Burton This provocative songstress writes playful, raw, honest songs. With a sound that ranges from soft and sweet to lurid and rough. Midnight.
The Gibson Showroom
high deafinition In 2006 they were voted the best up-and-coming band in northern Ontario by CBC Bandwidth for their potent punk/rock hybrid. Very energetic! 6:30 pm.
Dame They're a bone-crushing rock trio with big choruses, hard-hitting guitar riffs and powerful vocals. They're between 14 and 16 years old, but their playing and songwriting are more than mature. 7:15 pm.
Hunter Valentine Driving, relentlessly hooky pop shot through with drum breaks, bass lines and melodies that stick in your brain. Heartbreaker music. 8 pm.
Smash Brovaz Straight-kickin' it from'da Saug (aka Mississauga, sucka), Smash Brovaz are some of the most energetic performers of their time, dawg. 9 pm.
Motion Motion's vocal prowess digs to hiphop's otherworldly roots. Backed by a live tour de force, Motion mixes soul-filled flows w/ infectious bounce. 10 pm.
Think Twice Montreal hip-hop producer Think Twice lays down some fucking rad beats to get heads nodding. 11 pm.
Ghettosocks Ghettosocks is apparently one of the best lyricists out of Halifax...like, ever! And he sounds like Biz Markie. Midnight.
SB Named one of Chicago's 10 hottest rising acts, he's shared billing with Common, Talib Kweli, Kanye West and Erykah Badu. 1 am.
Miwagemini Her vocals are like champagne bubbles. The sounds of her guitar feel like a kaleidoscope. Her melody lives somewhere between a daydream and a nightmare. 9 pm.
Levi Weaver His music is a dramatic mix of roots seasoned with looping pedals, vocal effects and violin bows. Weaver's show promises intelligence and sincerity. 10 pm.
Jacob and Lily Take one part powerhouse vocals, one part fusion percussion, two parts pure, innovative energy and whaddaya get??? One hell of an intense duo! 11 pm.
Dan Mangan Ass-kicking rock-folk with refreshing lyrics, powerful songwriting and undeniable presence. Midnight.
Emma Cook Cook's songs are witty, vibrant and energetic, and she plays to give the audience a show to remember. Fans of Ani, Alanis or the Indigo Girls will dig. 1 am.
Said the Whale Their unique blend of eclectic indie rock is kinda like the Shins, but it also captures all the ups and downs of being young and free. 9 pm.
ok city ok Irreverent and full of beans, Japan's ok city ok claim to tackle 'the pressing issues facing contemporary Japanese society.' Serious or not, they still fucking rock. 10 pm.
The Vulcan Dub Squad Melody-based music with the perfect alchemy of garage-psych/soul and fairytale with comparisons to My Bloody Valentine. 11 pm.
The Hemingway Solution Post-hardcore rock trio have wowed audiences with their well-written rock songs and killer hooks. Midnight.
Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys Part performance art, part goth, these guys create a musical alchemy that results in something like death-folk or industrial-organic. 1 am.
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Elana McMurtry She plays around Toronto all the time with her brand of sleepytime indie-folk complimented by her emotive and unique voice. 9 pm.
Memphis As a side project for the mighty and peircingly beautiful Stars, Memphis continue down a similar path with music that weds heart achingly lush music full of swooning guitar and lush brass arrangements that beg to be heard. 10 pm.
Geronimo After the unfortunate demise of post-punk champs Despistado, some of the members trudged on and pursued Geronimo, a project that definitely echoes their past achievements, but shows off plenty of new tricks as well. 11 pm.
Die Mannequin Gritty and thrashy punk-rock goodness from Toronto that picks up where the Distillers left off. See them before they hit the big time! Midnight.
White Cowbell Oklahoma Hellraising shit-disturbers showcase brand new material from their upcoming release, Casa Diablo. 1 am.
Arise and Ruin Forged deep within Mount Doom in Mordor, they shot toward the heavens like a heavy-duty Twin Hemi engine from hell to save the souls and ears of the fallen. 8 pm.
Cauterize Oshawa, Ontario, band producing power pop songs with great hooks and killer melodies. 9 pm.
Sydney Fans of Moneen and Taking Back Sunday should take notice, cuz this Burlington emo-punk outfit has more hooks than a tackle box. 10 pm.
Shad He hails from London and is witty and creative with both mic and guitar. 11 pm.
Crash Parallel The brainchild of a Mix 99.9 songwriting competition runner-up, this band infuses adult rock with piano. Midnight.
Del Asher They do whatever they can to stay true to to their rock robots and make music that stands the test of time. 1 am.
Sun Parlour Players This multi-instrumental band like to sing about creeks rising, dying, national parks and magical things they believe to be real. 9 pm.
Jim Lauderdale This Grammy winner is one of Nashville's brightest stars. His talents extend from songwriting for country legends to leading his own bands. 10 pm.
Rock Plaza Central Rolling Stone called them 'stars in waiting,' and they sound like Neutral Milk Hotel, so what's not to love? A great live show with room for improvisation. 11 pm.
The Sadies Led by Dallas and Travis Good, the Sadies have one hell of a sound, influenced by traditional country, surf, and garage rock. Basically legends in their own time. Midnight.
John Doe This founding member of the seminal L.A. punk-rock outfit X is 'an unusually handsome American pop culture figure with an unusually hardy career,' says the New Yorker. 1 am.
The NOW Lounge
ivy mairi As a songwriter from the Toronto Islands, Mairi has a great affinity towards and a revenance for Appalachian song and American blues. 9 pm.
Jonathan Cooke Cooke creates vintage analogue sounds with the Mellotron and Wurlitzer, and tosses in dreamy falsetto vocals. 9:30 pm.
Michael Brennan Country-roots singer and former frontman for the Wayward Angels. Smooth voice brings comparisons to classic country stars. 10 pm.
Ann Vriend Poetic lyrics are set to tenacious melodies, with a thrilling effect. A favourite on the festival circuit. 10:30 pm.
Ian North North is inspired by the theories people live out every day and the strange tales that result. Alt-folk with brains and heart. 11 pm.
Grainne Ryan With her voice and her fingertips she captures the beauty of life, as well as its sorrows. 11:30 pm.
Ben Spencer's Funeral 'A sharp poet and an engaging performer, Ben Spencer has established himself as one of Canada's very best songwriters.' Midnight.
Jim Armstrong & the Sonic Deli Band 'The Sonic Deli is not a band. No, they are rather a unique collective of Toronto musicians, banded together in pursuit of better living through art.' 12:30 am.
Dave McFarlane A songwriter, musician and artist who describes the influences and inspiration behind his music as a 'later-day Beatles-informed debate between Neil Young and Daniel Lanois.' 1 am.
Liam Griffin Liam Griffin is on his way to becoming one of Australia's celebrated singer/songwriters. He's been compared to Coldplay, Silverchair and Pink Floyd. 9 pm.
84 Australia's 84 certainly know how to play a cross-section of electrifying jams that embody everything from garage rock to Delta blues and soul music. 10 pm.
Lindsay Phillips Playing what's best described as dark folk, Phillips has toured extensively, and his latest album, Aileen, continues to provide the score for your unfolding tragedies. 11 pm.
Konqistador Expect an unsettling, uncompromising, avant-garde, evil electro-rock vibe steeped in French carnivale, German industrialism and Prussian spoken word. Midnight.
The Kill Devil Hills This multi-award-winning Aussie band dances between rockabilly and heart-wrenching ballads of loss and vengeance. Deliciously dark and intense music. 1 am.
Jonathan Coulton Famous for his cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's ass-tastic hit â 'Baby Got Back,' Jonathan Coulton seems to be like a wee bit of an acoustic court jester. 9 pm.
Spiral Beach Toronto outfit notorious for their charismatic energy and fearless performance -- theatricality mixed with shockingly inventive music. 11 pm.
Jesse Malin After stints in the hardcore band Heart Attack and glam-punkers D Generation, Malin's new singer/songwriter musical style is like Tom Waits and Steve Earle. Sensitive punks? Swoooon! Midnight.
Republic of Safety Infectiously catchy dance post-punk with outspoken political lyrics, big melodies and the most fashioinable bassist in town. 1 am.
Empire ISIS Empire Isis is an international star in the making who has taken hold of the urban scenes in Europe and North America. 9 pm.
UltraMagnus Toronto's Ultra Magnus are pretty much a travelling party machine. They're also a 10-member band celebrating the glory days of Afrobeat. 10 pm.
Dee The Montreal Jazz Festival program described Dee's live show as something like 'Beck meets Prince on a dance floor.' 11 pm.
KC Roberts Imagine if Jamiroquai, the Roots and the Neptunes all decided to put on a show with Jimi Hendrix. We're talkin' funk, jungle, rock, jazz and hiphop. Midnight.
God Made Me Funky They're a funky live ensemble out of Toronto composed of musicians ranging from trained jazz artists to street-schooled hiphop and R&B vocalists. 1 am.
Theset Theset talk a big game about not being your typical emo band, but they sure still dress like they are. 8 pm.
The Blood Lines Made up of two sets of siblings who came together via strange coincidences, Saskatoon's Blood Lines sound like the Arcade Fire. 9 pm.
The Surplus Sons T.O.'s Surplus Sons tried to describe their music using terrible, poorly thought out analogies that didn't illustrate anything. And they play indie rock. 10 pm.
Sweet Thing They're a local six-piece boasting infectious, dancey pop rock charged by duelling guitars, grooves, harmonies and handclaps. Wheeeee! 11 pm.
Creature Montreal's Creature want to smack you up and down with their explosive stage presence and unholy mix of pop, hiphop, new wave and dance punk. Midnight.
These Electric Lives Big hearts. Big sound. Handsome, chiselled faces. Nice, clean-cut boys with a song in their hearts and a spring in their step who play highly energetic live shows. 1 am.
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Adam Bailie These two guys, with their urban folk twist, sound like an army of musicians. Great songs that the world should hear. 9 pm.
Metermaids Dynamic, honest, unforgiving, emotionally intense hiphop laced with subtle humour. 10 pm.
Scotty Hard Picture turntables, drum machines, samplers, John Cage, Ellington, Ornette Coleman, Stravinsky, New York City and a bunch of other crazy crap. 11 pm.
Surgeon It's all about big, squeeling guitar sounds and powerful vocals for this Philadelphia band. Midnight.
Hezekiah Jones Jones has been compared to Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon and M.Ward and lauded by many in the music establishment as a brilliant songwriter. 1 am.
Rockwood - Wood
Secret Agent The musical equivalent of a Cold War conspiracy. 10 pm.
Dirty Boots They take their influences from other projects like Stinky Shoes and Muddy Flip Flops. Midnight.
The Pantones Playing earnest and determined Americana/indie-pop, the Pantones wrap themselves in the experimental possibilities of folk's threadbare simplicity. 9 pm.
Rob Reynolds Lauded by The Mirror as 'one to watch out for,' Reynolds has scored wide airplay in the U.K. with his first single. 10 pm.
The City Streets They call themselves the 'hardest-working band ever' and could very well be the feisty, frenetic bastard love child of the Replacements and the Clash. 11 pm.
Bronwen Exter The New Yorker called her 'a 21st-century hybrid of Peggy Lee and Astrud Gilberto,' who takes you 'into a David Lynch-inspired den of grit and testosterone.' Midnight.
Big Strides England's Big Strides have opened up for the likes of Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, and are rumoured to be big in Japan. 1 am.
Still Life Still This East York band's influences work like so: drinks, Motown, churches, friends of friends, subway, family, people on streets and so on. 8 pm.
Key Witness Influenced by Bob Dylan and the Buzzcocks, they combine guitar rock, eclectic violin, stomping alt-country and pounding garage rock. 9 pm.
The Vestaloynes Raised in the wild by she-wolves, The Vestaloynes learned to howl before they could speak. 10 pm.
The Superfantastics They're like the Alex P. Keaton of the indie scene: small in size, big in heart and adorable in a sweater-vest. 11 pm.
Action Makes Huge double-guitar garage riffs and sonic blasts of 60s psych-rock. Midnight.
Soundtrack of Our Lives Sweden's Soundtrack of Our Lives have released some truly remarkable music over the last 12 years, ranging from cinematic and theatrical to neo-psychedelic. 1 am.
Marie Read She's neither here nor there - a musical shadow dancer if you will. 8 pm.
Percy Farm Percy Farm sound like moonshine, lack of sleep, anti-depressants and pot. 9 pm.
Nathan Wiley Wiley's unique blend of rock, pop, blues and folk has won awards and accolades across Canada. 10 pm.
Lori Nuic 'A roller coaster ride through the highs and lows of love and life, all delivered over a rich combination of pop, soul, funk and rock.' 11 pm.
Pat RobitaillePat has been able to open doors that record companies scratch their heads at. Midnight.
Ko Kapches Think Bob Dylan with a hip-hop cadence. 1 am.