The Art Bar
Special Guest 8 pm.
Julz A Eclectic indie b-boy rapper/singer/squeezeboxer whose EP, Squeeze Rock, mashes up la Beck and the Beastie Boys. 9 pm.
Royal Wood Multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter has been honing his craft since his early teens and has released a full-length. 10 pm.
Ian Thomas Folk, blues, ragtime, gospel and country culled from the strangest roots of America's canon, delivered with lyricism. 11 pm.
Mike K Indie rhythms landing somewhere between melodramatic soul destruction and too-cool-for-school aloof. Midnight.
Vivek Shraya His 2005 EP, A Composite Of Straight Lines, features a bright and spacious wash of organs, acoustic guitars and tambourines. 1 am.
Ken Tizzard Singer/songwriter with six-string bass. Shows range from solo performances and small ensembles to full symphonic backing. 9 pm.
Mandy Kane Aussie soloist whose Bowie-meets-Numan melodies have claimed three Australian top-30 spots. 10 pm.
Naked Highway Sy Boccari's pan-sexual multi-stylistic stew of new wave rock and dance/electronica, jammed with catchy hooks and serrated beats. 11 pm.
Peachcake Stefan Pruett and John O'Keefe have been touring their mutant-based powers to protect the world from audio-terrorism. Midnight.
The Secret Handshake The Secret Handshake are a cult bent on world domination through nauseating atmospheric grooves and dancing uncontrollably. We are the scene and we will destroy you! 1 am.
Pat Deighan & The Orb Weavers Guitarist and singer/songwriter pays special attention to melody and great hooks. 9 pm.
Les Kilt Les Kilt fix squeaky chairs: those that squeak like rock 'n' roll and those that squeak contemplatively and quietly. 10 pm.
Sick Fits Blend of Southern soul, gospel, British glam rock, bittersweet pop and early American blues. Ferocious live. 11 pm.
The Famous Scorching blast of rocket-fuelled post-punk guitar and country twang. Their debut, Light Sweet Crude, received critical acclaim. Midnight.
Yolassi Sublime T.O. sextet weaves lucid instrumentation with hurtin' harmonies that induce tears, leers, and a thirst for beers. 1 am.
Bovine Sex Club
The Video Dead Bio not available. 9 pm.
The Adventures of Loki British trio dealing anthemic hooks, jagged riffs and barking-mad boy-girl vocals. 10 pm.
Dutch Oven Montreal power trio combine fuzzed-out rock with atmospheric, psychedelic undertones. Think Motorhead, Fugazi and Pink Floyd. 11 pm.
Murder City Sparrows Blunt-force rock produced by Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, Grady) at Willie Nelson's legendary studio, Pedernales. Midnight.
Droids Attack Blazing guitar and tight rhythmic structure from these Madison, WI, stonerrific rockers. Their debut CD was released in 2004. 1 am.
The Brad Monk Band T.O. singer/songwriter delivers classic storytelling with great hooks and punches. 8 pm.
Kelly McRae Blues, gospel, country and folk reminiscent of Patsy Cline's soulful delivery and Lucinda Williams's damn-straight common-grace insights. 9 pm.
D. Rangers Edgy punk attitude with wild reverence for the hillbilly roots of rock 'n' roll. 10 pm.
Doug Irving Band Keys- and guitar-based pop/soft rock singer/songwriter about to drop his eighth album, Northern Lights. 11 pm.
The John Henrys Outlaw rockers straddling country and 60s R&B have a distinct approach to storytelling, melody, harmony and rhythm. Midnight.
Fiftymen Rough and ready Ottawa rockers with a penchant for whiskey-soaked cautionary country tales and two acclaimed CDs. 1 am.
Tony Moore Perfect & Beautiful, his new solo album mixed by legendary Chris Kimsey, blends uplifting, memorable music and profound lyrics. 9 pm.
Ade Payne Infectious sound combining great melodies and catchy hooks. He's played some of the UK's most prestigious acoustic venues. 10 pm.
Anna Neale Her unique brand of acoustic rock garnered much acclaim at SXSW and NEMO, and her new album is forthcoming. 11 pm.
Lee Rogers Acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist has set Northern Ireland abuzz. His debut, Drawing Clocks, drops in July. Midnight.
The Deadbeats Manchester rock 'n' roll five-piece beat out 5,000 bands during the Glastonbury Fest 2005 unsigned bands competition. 1 am.
Ciao Edie Roxx
rarefactionª Angular, melancholic and spare, these soundscapes of loss and despair draw on Joy Division and early 4AD artists. 9 pm.
Sparlha Swa Her performance blends soul, folk and the streets of Brooklyn. Her music video is airing on BETJ. 10 pm.
Stanley Quartet delivers catchy hooks and novel melodies that evoke happy pop, serene daydreams and experimental noise. 11 pm.
Jeen O'Brien Emotional power, growling guitars, freak folk fragility and heart-on-sleeve lyrics in one potent package. Fronted indie buzz band Lilith. Midnight.
NLX: Natasha Alexandra Trafficking unschooled, confessional piano ballads. 1 am.
Likota Son Likota Son delivers song-driven, rock-pop-based music with heartfelt lyrics. 9 pm.
Stella Panacci Since her 1990s band Kat Rocket, she's honed her skills, received international songwriting awards and released her new album. 10 pm.
Dead End Street Toronto-based five-piece rock and roll band tht came together in October and just recorded their first demo. 11 pm.
Castle Project Three videos in rotation on MuchMusic, and cross-Canada touring experience. Midnight.
The Mohawk Lodge Abandoning the acoustic softness and subtlety of Rare Birds, the band's new material is heavy, dirty folk with huge riffs. 1 am.
Cloak & Dagger
Sirens Solid musicianship, bang-on vocals, down-home humour and eclectic well-crafted songs from multiple-award-winning duo. 9 pm.
Fig for a Kiss Lush acoustic sound from this four-piece, who deliver a fresh spin on Celtic music with upbeat fiddle tunes, masterful improvisation. 10 pm.
Emilia Dahlin Weaving mesmerizing tales of Greek mythology, robotic messiahs and tax evaders with raw, rootsy folk and dynamic jazz vocals. 11 pm.
ACCORDING TO SIMON Jarrod Haddock and Mike Maguire: two guitars and two voices offer emotionally charged messages without pretension. Midnight.
Hair of the Dog So a guy from Ireland, the States and Canada walk into a bar...and start playing music. Multi-instrumentalists have come together from a mix of musical and cultural backgrounds to create a unique celtic-inspired sound. 1 am.
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 Patients Bio not available. 10 pm.
Milky Ways Montreal meteor shower of mind-melting psychedelic punk delivered through deranged keys and drums and noisy guitar licks. 11 pm.
Patrick Watson Classical and electronic influences driven by an underlying pop sensibility. Jeff Buckley, Philip Glass and a touch of Portishead. Midnight.
King Khan & His Shrines Blazing brass, raw rhythm 'n' blues and deep-fried rock 'n' soul dosed up with punk insubordination and psychedelic power. 1 am.
PERKINS Montreal post-grunge with insane stage energy and intensity. 9 pm.
The Black Arts Powerful vocal harmonies mashed with top-of-your-lungs screaming deliver something between Dead Kennedys and the Beatles. 10 pm.
The 1900s Psychedelic pop from Chicago six-piece inspired by Fleetwood Mac and the Velvets. 11 pm.
Monopoli Rocking New York rhythm and rolling British soundscape combine to produce intelligent, fearless and magical rock music. Midnight.
A Brand Edgy glampop, art rock with high fidelity lo-fi-tronics delicately blends 70s pop, 80s beats and 90s rock. 1 am.
The Drake Hotel
Lindsey Ell Bio not available. 9 pm.
Lullaby Baxter Smoky, jazz-tinged alto whose 2000 debut, Capable Egg, generated much buzz. Back with her latest, Garden Cities Of Tomorrow. 10 pm.
Spiral Beach Toronto outfit notorious for their charismatic energy and fearless performance -- theatricality mixed with shockingly inventive music. 11 pm.
Shad Laid-back MC from London, Ontario. Witty and creative with the mic and the guitar. Midnight.
God Made Me Funky Funky Toronto ensemble ranging from trained jazz artists to street-schooled hiphop and R&B vocalists. 1 am.
Public Ottawa-based quintet with a countless number of shows to their credit. 9 pm.
Matinee Slim and the Ultralight Orchestra Masters of musicianship combine elements of hiphop, R&B, jazz and reggae into the apotheosis of 21st-century funk. 10 pm.
Dietzche V. & The Abominable Snowman Taking their blend of electro, house and Italo-disco straight to the sweaty dance floor. Normals Welcome Records' latest addition. 11 pm.
Novillero Winnipeg band thrives on dynamics. Think Hunky-Dory era Bowie, the Jam, early Motown and Stereolab in equal measure. Midnight.
The Coast Toronto-based indie band delivers upbeat shimmering pop music that can get folks dancing without a single disco hi-hat. 1 am.
Fox & Fiddle
the Endless L.A. husband-and-wife electronic dreampop duo weave lush, melodic synths, soaring guitars and ethereal female vocals. Hypnotic. 9 pm.
Trophy Singer Kirt Godwin and the prolific Derek Downham produce a rock/pop study in contrasts and celebration of subtlety. 10 pm.
Steve Reynolds Folk-influenced singer/songwriter who easily melds tradition with a rock edge on his debut offering, Exile. 11 pm.
The Analogues A distillation of folk, pop, jazz and blues harmonies and structures, these songs possess strong melodies and architecture. Midnight.
Reily Their long-play, Listen To The Rain, swirls into ghostly existence with 14 gorgeously haunted tracks. 1 am.
Free Times Cafe
Dave Carmichael Nova Scotia singer/songwriter has just released his third CD, Spirit Dance, which displays raw honesty and sincere delivery. 8 pm.
Elana Arian Raised on equal parts Mozart, Mingus and Mitchell, she's established her bright new voice on the NYC acoustic scene. 9 pm.
Ben Carroll Award-winning singer/songwriter currently recording his second album has been likened to Ben Harper and Amos Lee. 10 pm.
Michael Weston King One of the UK's finest, the former leader of alt-country pioneers the Good Sons just released The Tender Place. 11 pm.
Eric Ziegenhagen With conversational intimacy and a nylon four-string guitar, Chicago folk singer plays spare, evocative songs. Midnight.
EMBASSY feat. Ace Kinkaid Kitchener-Waterloo- and Guelph-based outfit with five mics, a drum kit, acoustic and electric guitars, a bass and a Rhodes. 9 pm.
Kobayashi Amalgamation of electronica, jazz and hiphop with orchestral undertones for hot-steppers, groove aficionados and jazz heads alike. 10 pm.
Project Move The raps are passionate, socio-political chants: anti-bling, anti-sexist and anti-violence. Making real hiphop. 11 pm.
Aloe Blacc From soul to salsa, frontman for SoCal hiphop duo Emanon drops his solo debut, Shine Through, in July. Midnight.
Nicolay One of the tightest, cleanest producers to drop a beat, he brings heat constantly by painting vivid pictures through song. 1 am.
The NODS Rock band whose influences include Nirvana, the Beatles, Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zeppelin and the Foo Fighters. 9 pm.
Bleeker Ridge Dedicated to creating heavy, complex tunes. Explosive live stage performance is just like a rock show should be. 10 pm.
The Dunes Four-piece visionaries looking to rewrite history. 11 pm.
The Jimmy Bowskill Band They're blowing audiences away worldwide, and their third CD is slated for release this fall. Midnight.
Turn Off The Stars Atmospheric rock at its finest, an impressive sonic landscape in which soaring guitars and haunting vocals collide to produce infectious melodies. 1 am.
almost free. Young Detroit quartet mixes various elements of pop, surf, psychedelia and rock with big vocals, wild guitar and tasteful keys. 9 pm.
Special Guest 10 pm.
Breaking Laces Brooklyn indie rock three-piece with a pop edge that's melodic, quirky and modern. 11 pm.
Siren Junkies Edgy, melodic and dynamic Auckland four-piece rock/pop band has garnered radio and television airplay. Midnight.
The Hemingway Solution Post-hardcore rock trio have wowed audiences from Toronto to NYC to Los Angeles. Well-written rock songs, killer hooks. 1 am.
Superjuice Inc Rat Pack-inspired hiphop more concerned with packing dance floors than packing heat. Their album is out in July. 9 pm.
Wordburglar Known for rocking shows with his clever wordplay, crazy punchlines, patented Maritime charm and absurdist sense of humour. 10 pm.
More or Les Bio not available. 11 pm.
Doujah Raze Distinct and refreshing blend of rhymes, beats and powerful lyrics. His debut album is in stores now on Trilogy/Raptivism. Midnight.
Justis Soulful, jazzed-out hiphop -- lyrics for life, passionate beats. Has shared stages with the Roots' Scratch, K-OS and Choclair. 1 am.
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Vacuity DIY band committed to developing their sound and skill also produce their own recordings, website and artwork. 9 pm.
The Miniatures A rich call to arms championing classic, unfaltering themes: sorrow, celebration, love and war. A loving nod to the Brits. 10 pm.
C'Mon Fierce rock 'n' roll machine with sweaty dirty-denim gusto flies a freak flag in the face of the soulless masses. 11 pm.
White Cowbell Oklahoma Hellraising shit-disturbers showcase brand new material from their upcoming release, Casa Diablo. Midnight.
Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People The new CD, We Need a New F-Word, from Rich and his oddball orchestra is slated for a European release this August. 9 pm.
The Arsoncityscape Rock five-piece has been compared to Goldfinger, Jimmy Eat World and Angels & Airwaves. 10 pm.
Kola Koca Death Squad Tight instrumentation and warm, fuzzy guitars make for sincere and epic rock music with a hint of empathy. 11 pm.
Eden Ants Art-spiked indie rock fused with post-punk. Their last release got raves, and their newest drops summer 2006. Midnight.
G13 Their 2006 debut, Strangeway, features 13 compact, guitar-driven modern rock anthems that pummel the listener into a blissful stupor. 1 am.
Alun Piggins Former singer for the Morganfields, Piggins now performs with a style that moves seamlessly from roots to rock. 9 pm.
Clouds forming Crowns Formed in 2004 by Todd (half of the Circus Devils) and Tim Tobias after Tim's stint in Guided by Voices. 10 pm.
Luke Doucet There are no distortion pedals in the open country: only bottles and necks, stretchy distances and strings. 11 pm.
Mike Doughty Former frontman of world-renowned musical mish-mashers Soul Coughing is happier than he's ever been. Midnight.
Ruth's Hat 50s-influenced modern rock 'n' roll band armed with deadly melodies and harmonies. Infectious, upbeat and highly energetic. 9 pm.
SUEISFINE Melodious flow of ambient guitars meshed with a solid rhythm section, and some strange sound effects to round things out. 10 pm.
Unsensored Scarborough-based band composed of three ready-to-be-rockstar girls and a kick-ass guy drummer. 11 pm.
infotourist Factions of Lacklustre, Reno's Hitmen, Bumblepuppy and Will Gillespie Trio have consolidated to release Selected Case Studies. 9 pm.
littleSUNDAY Alternative, melodic and classic rock fusion creates a five-star euphoria of technical skill and awe-inspiring performance. 10 pm.
El Dog Scottish pop ensemble with intimate vocals and killer guitar riffs. Recording with producer Geoff Allan (Mogwai Franz Ferdinand). 11 pm.
Undersea Explosion Dirty, nihilistic NY rock 'n' roll band with undercurrents of garage, rockabilly, goth, post-punk and Delta blues. Midnight.
How I Won The War Song power and star power. They move you and make you move. Just like that. 1 am.
Elizabeth Shepherd Trio Do Right! piano-playing vocal jazz threat on the verge of a major breakout. 8 pm.
Melissa McClelland Toronto singer/songwriter leaves wistful pop in the suburbs in favour of smoky cabaret, heartbreak anthems and and guerilla roots. 9 pm.
Jason Falkner West Coast power popster who's boosted tunes by Beck and Air and played guitar alongside Sir Paul McCartney. 10 pm.
Femme Generation Their latest release, Brothers And Sisters, Alone We Explode, evokes singalong glee and sweaty debauchery. 11 pm.
Amy Millan Note-perfect mezzo-soprano Stars songstress delivers lush pop tales about boozy benders and sober requiems of love lost. Midnight.
DO RIGHT SOUNDSYSTEM Anonymous Twist (Live) Abs & Fase (Live) Circle Research (DJ set) John Kong (DJ set). www.dorightmusic.com. 1 am.
The Red Menace w/ CounterClock & L-Murda While Red Menace raps about communism, destroying capitalism, falling in love and Parkdale, CounterClock plays funky-ass music. 9 pm.
Groove Bros. Incredible beats and the musical strength of Outkast with a live show that's reminiscent of the Beastie Boys circa 1995. 10 pm.
Belladonna & the Awakening Fusing folk, funk, jazz and rock, they layer soulful rhyme with bass, bassoon, trumpet and a regiment of rhythm. 11 pm.
Bobby Dreadfull Toronto-based high-energy funk fusion band featuring 11 highly skilled professional musicians/singers/dancers/superheroes. Midnight.
Bless 23-year-old Montreal-based MC was breakdancing by age 8 and demoing songs in the studio by 12. 1 am.
Justin Nozuka Currently working on a CD, this 17-year-old Queens, NY-based songwriter has been making music since 13. 8 pm.
Madviolet Award-winning T.O. singer/songwriters ready to release their second album, Caravan. Solid storytelling set against tumbleweed pop. 9 pm.
Nine Mile Melding rock, funk, Caribbean and folk influences into a high-energy groove-oriented blend best described as urban acoustic pop. 10 pm.
The Midway State It starts with simple acoustic guitar, a pen, a pad and passion. 11 pm.
The Mark Inside Seamlessly integrate driving blues-based jams and fierce, primal punk, complete with thundering distortion levels. Midnight.
Steven Dall Solo effort from member of Ottawa indie rockers Department of Foreign Affairs. Think Nick Cave, Bob Dylan and Waylon Jennings. 1 am.
Claire Jenkins Avec Band Four-piece boasting three-part harmonies amid the landscape of double bass, keys, strings and accordion. 9 pm.
Dan Mangan Ass-kicking rock-folk with refreshing lyrics, powerful songwriting and undeniable presence. 10 pm.
Annachristie and the sisters thryce The sisters sing raw, real, heart-pounding harmonies. Their first album is being played all over the U.S. 11 pm.
Reuben Butchart Unique blend of soul-tinged chamber pop from original pianist for Antony & the Johnsons. His voice soars like Rufus Wainwright's. Midnight.
Gil Kafka Group Top-shelf songwriting and well-seasoned musicians deliver a blend country, jazz, pop, folk and rock. 1 am.
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Special Guest 8 pm.
From Fiction Toronto four-piece hard rock band released their debut EP in 2004 and recorded their full-length in 2005. 9 pm.
Hot Springs This marble-rye of indie rock is equal parts spooky, shiny, pure, poppy, dark, thrashing, slow and pounding. 10 pm.
The Besnard Lakes Who cares if they have vintage amps and wear leather jackets? Olga, Jace and co. take you on a soaring ride to a majestic palace of psychedelic bliss. 11 pm.
HILOTRONS Bio not available. Midnight.
Anagram Bio not available. 1 am.
ANTI-HERO Whip-sharp vocals and fevered lyrics are pierced through a hybrid of pop, punk and alternative elements. 8 pm.
A-struct Ajax-based band with tremendous momentum and stomp-metal riffs. 9 pm.
Proxy Set Familiar yet provocative, smooth yet stimulating, there's nothing cookie-cutter about this music for the soul. 10 pm.
Murder Your Darlings Dayton, Ohio-based outfit deliver abrasive punk rock 'n' roll with precise aim. 11 pm.
Mydols Somewhere between Romper Room and psychosis, at the intersection of motherhood and madness, comes rockin' soccer moms the Mydols! Midnight.
The Snot Rockets Too well dressed for punk rock but too explosive to succeed. 1 am.