at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West), 10:10 pm.
Who: With a huge voice and tiny hands, the classically trained Katie Stelmanis shreds her keyboard into terrifyingly beautiful post-grunge cacophonies.
Why: Filtered through MIDI and keyboards, Stelmanis’s songs are rife with repetitive lyrical hooks and vocal harmonies. But don’t confuse her melodies with pop pleasantries; her songs are loud, distorted symphonies of longing and angst so overwhelming, they make it difficult to breathe. Backed by Maya Postepski, her live show is a hypnotizing drama of sound and emotion.
Buzz factor: If there’s a lot of hype about Join Us, the LP 23-year-old Stelmanis just released with Blocks Recording Club, it’s because she’s something of a phenomenon. With four years of rock ’n’ roll behind her in Galaxy, she’s staked out ground as a performer, songwriter and composer and masterminded the album’s complex arrangements. All eyes on this one. Watch out for an upcoming music video and summer tour.