Telephone Explosion is throwing a tenth birthday party: Just announced

The Toronto label celebrates with a stacked bill. Plus: new show announcements for Arcade Fire, Joyner Lucas, L7, Ralph and more.


Steve Sidoli and Jon Schouten started Telephone Explosion a decade ago, primarily as a way to put out tapes for their own band Teenanger. They started out as a cassette-focused garage rock label, but they’ve weathered a ton of change in both the music industry and in Toronto. Their identity has changed with it, but their scrappy DIY ethos remains intact. 

On June 8, the label celebrates 10 eventful years with a blowout show at Lee’s Palace. The lineup is most of the roster – Odonis Odonis, Freak Heat Waves, New Fries, Andre Ethier and the aforementioned Teenanger. Those bands run the gamut from synthy industrial to snotty punk to angular new wave and soft sophisticated songwriting, but it all somehow feels like Telephone Explosion – which means they’ve been doing their job. 

“Telephone Explosion is this amazing vehicle that lets us connect to so many special people through our mutual love of music,” says Schouten. “In a lot of ways it feels like we’re just getting started.”

June 8 at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West). Doors 8:30 pm. $10-$20. ticketfly.com.

PONY, Boat Culture, Rapport, DJ Sugarcub at the Bovine Sex Club 9 pm. $10. April 6.

CMW Discovery Series: Havelin, ColinResponse, Ben Hudson Music at the Painted Lady doors 8:30 pm. $10. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. April 11.

Trace Mountains, LUKA, Rachael Cardiello at the Burdock doors 8:30 pm. burdockto.com. April 11.

Ryan Cook at Dakota Tavern doors 6 pm. $12.50-$15. thedakotatavern.com. April 12.

FATAI, Nefe, Claire Mortifee at the Rivoli doors 9 pm. $12-$15. ticketfly.com. April 13.

The Fullblast, Shift D, Dragged In, Shared Arms at Bovine Sex Club Pre-Pouzza Party. Doors 9 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. April 14.

Lil Berete at the Rivoli doors 7 pm, all ages. $10. ticketmaster.ca. April 15.

Ocean Potion, Teen Ravine, Wax Atlantic at the Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. ticketfly.com. April 20.

Cellphone, Häxan, Maldita, Ammo at Bovine Sex Club 9 pm. $10. April 20.

Crazy Bones, Deaf, Two Suns at the Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. April 21.

Holla Jazz presents: FLOOR’D at Winchester Street Theatre 8 pm. $25-$30. hollajazz.com. April 25-28.

Joanne Pollock, Leucrocuta, Sages, Anna Modo at Handlebar 9 pm. $8-$10 or pwyc. April 26.

The Gay Cowboy Roadshow: Drake Jensen, Paisley Fields, Patrick Masse at Dakota Tavern 7 pm. $TBA. thedakotatavern.com. April 26.

Biblical, Volur at the Garrison doors 9 pm. $11.50. ticketfly.com. April 27.

Nina Nesbitt at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $13.50. ticketweb.ca. April 28.

Silent Shout: Castle If, Persons, Tigerwing, Gabe Knox at Handlebar 9 pm. $8 or pwyc. April 28.

No Age, Behavior at the Rec Room 7 pm. $13-$15. therecroom.com. April 28.

Joyner Lucas at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm, all ages. $26-$130. ticketweb.ca. May 6.

Sirius XM House: Kiefer Sutherland, Blackie Jackett Jr at Phoenix Concert Theatre Canadian Music Week. Doors 8 pm. $29.50. ticketweb.ca. May 10.

Sirius XM House: Monster Truck, Crown Lands at Phoenix Concert Theatre Canadian Music Week. Doors 8 pm. $29.50. ticketweb.ca. May 11.

iHeart Radio FanFest: DVBBS, French Montana, Ria Mae at Rebel Canadian Music Week. 7 pm. $25. ticketmaster.ca. May 11.

Anders at the Mod Club doors 8 pm, all ages. $22. ticketmaster.ca. May 22.

Leather Jacuzzi, Cellphone, Prom Nite, Hugh Man at the Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. May 24.

PostData (Paul Murphy of Wintersleep) at Drake Hotel 7:30 pm. $15. rotate.com, –ticketfly.comsoundscapesmusic.com. May 26.

070 Shake at Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $20-$25. ticketfly.com. May 26.

Rozwell Kid, Prince Daddy & The Hyena at Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm. $16.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. May 27.

Russ at Air Canada Centre $TBA. On sale March 30. livenation.com. May 29.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $33.50. On sale March 30. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. June 1.

Telephone Explosion YEAR TEN: Odonis Odonis, Freak Heat Waves, New Fries, Teenanger, Andre Ethier at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $10-$20. ticketfly.com. June 8.

Street Dogs, The New Darkbuster, Grade 2 at the Horseshoe doors 8 pm. $20. On sale March 30. ticketfly.comsoundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com. June 10.

Peach Kelli Pop at the Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. rotate.com, ticketfly.com. June 16.

Alexis Taylor at the Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $17. ticketfly.com. June 16.

Jake Paul, Sunny Malouf at Rebel Team 10 Tour. Doors 6 pm, all ages. $46-$56. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. June 20.

Matthew Barber at the Great Hall doors 7:30 pm. $25. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. June 21.

Ralph at the Great Hall doors 7 pm. $20. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. June 29.

The Holy Gasp at 918 Bathurst The Love Songs of Oedipus Rex concert. Doors 8 pm. $20. theholygasp.bandcamp.com. June 30.

Arcade Fire at Budweiser Stage doors 6 pm, all ages. $36-$100. On sale March 29. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. July 22.

Bebel Gilberto at Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $32.50. ticketmaster.ca. July 24.

L7 at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $26.50. ticketmaster.ca. July 25.

Rise Against, AFI, Anti-Flag at Echo Beach doors 6 pm, all ages. $62-$82. On sale April 6. ticketmaster.ca. July 28.

NEEDTOBREATHE at Echo Beach $TBA. On sale March 30. livenation.com. August 15.

Dean Brody, Alan Doyle at Budweiser Stage 7 pm. $40-$75. On sale March 29. ticketmaster.ca. August 17.

Camp Wavelength at Fort York Garrison Common New venue. $TBA. August 18-19.

Leon Bridges at Echo Beach doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $60. ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com. September 27.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show at Queen Elizabeth Theatre All ages. $49.50-$79.50. On sale March 29. ticketmaster.ca. October 20.

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