The Art Bar
Zoe Keating She's toured her haunting rhythms -- live electronic sampling layered with the cello -- with Imogen Heap. 9 pm.
tim ellis NYC singer/songwriter whose 100-song catalogue evokes Bob Dylan, Elvis and the Stones. Irving Aazoff liked what he saw. 10 pm.
Jodi Martin Singer/songwriter whose music draws on growing up in the Australian Nullarbor desert and living in Sydney's inner city. 11 pm.
JF Robitalle Brooklyn-based Montrealer whose debut EP was produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire) and Brian Paulson (Beck). Midnight.
The Winter of Our Discontent Cleveland singer/songwriter Justin Markert's acoustic project fuses Ryan Adams melodies with Pedro The Lion social commentary. 1 am.
The Buffali Acoustic indie-pop girl/guy outfit romp through heartbreak and alien abduction with quirky vocal interplay and catchy melodies. 9 pm.
My Latex Brain Dayton, Ohio, team of nice folks deliver the best in hook-laden lo-fi electro-punk. 10 pm.
Mr. Gnome Nicole Barille and Sam Meister create hard-edged trip-rock by blending passionate vocals with synchronized rhythmic shifts. 11 pm.
Metermaids Dynamic, honest, emotionally intense hiphop laced with subtle humour. Midnight.
October Guard Pleasurable dissonance. 1 am.
Elemeno Peas London, Ontario, funk/R&B nine-piece won best blues/R&B group at London's 2006 Music Awards. 8 pm.
November Allstars Alt-country bluegrass with a pinch of rock, from Brian Dunn, Paul DiSalle, Dave Jeffrey and Craig Kozair. 9 pm.
Pedestrian Blend of modern indie and post-new-wave into anthemic rock songs, vulnerable ballads and multi-faceted epics. 10 pm.
Willie Phoenix Jammin' American roots rocker fuses blues, soul and 60s psych-rock, citing the Stones, Cream and Otis Redding as influences. 11 pm.
Blue Mercury Coupe Loud, greasy six-piece ripping off the best of America's most marginalized music: 40s jump, 50s rockabilly, 60s garage, 70s punk. Midnight.
The Nordiques Toronto outfit known for playing a ragged and cheeky form of rock and roll without compromising their pop sensibilities. 1 am.
Bovine Sex Club
Romeo Liquor Store A lethal, combustible combination of cranked-up, high-energy, dirty rock 'n' roll punk inspired by Motley Crue, G'N'R and the Cult. 9 pm.
the exchanges Intelligent, primal, rip-yer-face-off power rock for the masses. 10 pm.
The Saint Alvia Cartel Superstar alleycats from Grade, Jersey, BoysNightOut and Video Dead comin' at ya like bullets outta gangland. Damn hot shit. 11 pm.
The Vox Melodic and passionate three-piece rising to the fore of the Manchester music scene perform their first show outside the UK. Midnight.
The Defectors Fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll that takes the innocence and irreverence of 60s next-door-garage-hero records into the 21st century. 1 am.
Cindy Archer & the Moving Target Bio not available. 9 pm.
Wrinkle Neck Mules Richmond, VA, Americana mishmash of electric guitars, mandolins, drums, bluegrass harmony. 10 pm.
Wink Keziah & DELUX MOTEL High-powered honky-tonk touring as proud members of the Americana Music Association. 11 pm.
Donal Hinely Steeped in Texan tradition, his 05 disc Giants got airplay on American folk radio. Midnight.
Jacques & The Shakey Boys Bluntry... the emotional chaos, conflict and fallout that occur when the sharp end of blues and the bottom end of country collide. 1 am.
Cat Jahnke Award-winning performer whose album, None Of Those Things, has been released. 9 pm.
Cass Eager Sydney-based performer whose refreshingly honest Joplinesque voice and eclectic songwriting will spellbind listeners. 10 pm.
Valery Gore Piano-pop songwriter inspired by Tori and Björk releases her European debut this summer while prepping her second Canadian release. 11 pm.
Jason Bajada His latest, Up Go The Arms, zigzags through pop flavours from pedal-steel country to Beach Boy horn harmony sweetness. Midnight.
no second troy D.C.-based atmospheric indie rock with groovy beats and Alf eating a cat in the background. 1 am.
Ciao Edie Roxx
The Prince Brothers Bio not available. 9 pm.
Brazz Tree Mazz sings smooth and soul-drenched while fiddling classic to Celtic and Brad fingerpicks a party on his acoustic guitar. 10 pm.
butterfly 9 With strong echoes of pop mavens Aimee Mann and Matthew Sweet, this Sydney duo have toured Oz with Counting Crows. 11 pm.
Hexes & Ohs Infusing the aloof frigidity of IDM and the reflective lyrics of indie rock, Montreal duo creates intelligent, accessible music. Midnight.
Sara Johnston Ex-Bran Van 3000 is releasing her solo debut, Sleeper, a soulful and sweet intimacy. 1 am.
Joshua Bartholomew Captivating melodies, haunting harmonies and falsetto won the 2006 MIX 99.9 songwriting contest. He's opened for Ron Sexsmith. 9 pm.
Easily Amused Since their 2001 debut, Novice, a combination of searing harmonies and infectious songwriting, they've staged almost 600 shows. 10 pm.
The Mission District Montreal-based team currently in the studio recording their first album with producer Matt Dematteo. 11 pm.
OBSIDIAN Loud, heavy rock and roll band currently recording a follow-up to their 2002 self-titled debut. Midnight.
My Little Radio Pop-punk outfit just recorded their debut with legendary British producer/engineer Matthew Ellard. 1 am.
Cloak & Dagger
Ali Eskandarian Ambient alt-country soundscapes mixed with edgy songwriting. 9 pm.
Miwa Gemini Her vocals are like champagne bubbles and her guitar sounds feel like a kaleidoscope. 10 pm.
Kate Schutt An almost reckless synthesis of jazz and folk by one of few females playing the Novax eight-string guitar/bass hybrid. 11 pm.
Helen Money Chicago-based cellist Alison Chesley combines her classical training with the set-up of a lead guitar player. Midnight.
octoberman Marc Morrissette's music has been compared to Jack Kerouac and Neil Young sharing a bottle of whisky. 1 am.
Bend Sinister The best of 70s prog and modern independent rock combine to produce fresh pop pleasure and rhythmic/melodic puzzles. 8 pm.
Run With The Kittens Having honed their razor-sharp rock 'n' roll at Toronto's Cameron House for over two years, they're kicking off their summer tour. 9 pm.
Pride Tiger East Vancouver boogie rock with catchy riffs, feel-good rhythms and anthem-worthy melodies delivered with precision. 10 pm.
Sweet Thing Toronto six-piece boasting infectious dancey pop rock charged by duelling guitars, grooves, harmonies and handclaps. 11 pm.
the BROWN HORNETS Newcastle-based manic explosion of gospel, soul and rock 'n' roll. Their video and album drop this July. 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.
Witchbox UK/Canada band pens love and lack songs with clever wit and sarcasm. Early U2 meets the Cure and the Smiths. 9 pm.
STARE INTO THE SUN Dark rock leanings mixed with art rock explorations produce an apocalyptic post-rock noir of cityscapes and tawdry romances. 10 pm.
Maps Of The Night Sky Bio not available. 11 pm.
Norton Their impending release, produced by Greg Haver (Manics, Super Furry Animals) follows a string of sold-out UK gigs. Midnight.
Lights On Warm melodies, two mesmerizing lead vocalists and a brilliant wall of sound. 1 am.
The Drake Hotel
Hunter Valentine Driving, relentlessly hooky pop shot through with drum breaks, bass lines and melodies that stick in your brain. Heartbreaker music. 9 pm.
Deni Bonet This college radio favourite has performed her ironic, catchy alternative pop with REM, Sarah McLachlan and Cyndi Lauper. 10 pm.
Sassy Kraimspri Hot, dirty rock and roll so heavy you can feel it rumble in your belly. 11 pm.
Jo Mango Glasgow-based singer/songwriter's recent debut offers intimate, eccentric and heart-wrenchingly honest songs. 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.
Clothes Make The Man Hard-edged pop rock that affects audiences like an incurable pandemic. 9 pm.
John Kastner Montreal punk rocker who started the bands Asexuals and Doughboys. 10 pm.
Down With Webster Hiphop/pop collective of young musicians getting ready to release their fall debut. 11 pm.
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. Midnight.
Burning Brides Dimitri Coats and Melanie Campbell have been ruling it since their first 1999 headline before 200 rain-soaked drunks. 1 am.
Fox & Fiddle
T. Nile Like fresh-planed cedar, her clawhammer-stark music is redolent of the West Coast. Her anticipated debut is on its way. 9 pm.
Twilight Hotel Dynamic male/female duo combine electric guitars and soaring vocal harmonies to create songs heavy with passion, fuelled by guts. 10 pm.
Aydin Their 2005 debut, Space Affects The Spectator, combines punk, prog and jazz via guitar, drums and accordion. Spacey yet tight. 11 pm.
The Racket Mike, Ted and Greg are getting ready for a massive West Coast tour to promote their debut record in August. Midnight.
matthew hebert Northampton, MA, singer/songwriter about to release his second solo effort, Poisoner, has supported Emmylou Harris and Blue Rodeo. 1 am.
Free Times Cafe
Karyn Ellis Welch, Waits, Amos, Brickell, Peyroux and the Cowboy Junkies all rolled up into one tiny body, one mournful voice. 8 pm.
Dave Mann Aussie singer/songwriter delivers with virtuoso guitar and powerful vocals in a classic, earthy roots style. 9 pm.
Rory Grubb Ireland-based perfomer sings hauntingly honest folk songs with intricate guitar work and whispered lyrics. His debut album is Joining The Dots. 10 pm.
Harmony Trowbridge Indie pop songs for those who are/were bullied, are/were bullies, didn't travel after high school, and the sad. 11 pm.
Ken Reaume Fingerpicked melodies akin to Elliott Smith's and Nick Drake's. He's toured with psych-folkies Jana Hunter and Otto Hauser. Midnight.
Andrea Henry Sweet vocals and down-to-earth soul nestled in a bed of cool urban rhythms, influenced by old-school funk and classic rock. 9 pm.
Darryl Riley Nicknamed the 'Big Ease' by Canadian Idol judge and Flow 93.5 music director Farley Flex. Very smooth, great stage presence. 10 pm.
Michie Mee Canada's first lady of hiphop was the first Canadian female urban artist to sign a deal with a major U.S. label. 11 pm.
JD Era Mississauga rapper began his craft at 14. His influences range from Jay-Z to James Brown. Midnight.
King Reign Clever risk-taker is a modern day MC who amalgamates hiphop-influenced poetry, instrumentation, film and literature. 1 am.
Paper Moon Winnipeg-based female-fronted pop band with a willingness to rock. Both their albums hit national campus radio's top 10. 9 pm.
Beautiful Unknown The only thing standing between them and stardom is time. Think the Doors, Sinatra, and Joy Division. 10 pm.
Tim Easton Now settled in Joshua Tree, CA, he's lived everywhere from Ohio to Japan. His latest album, Ammunition, is in stores. 11 pm.
La Rocca Dublin Rock 'n' rollers who cut their teeth on European tours with Jet and the Vines before relocating to the LA last June. Midnight.
Faces on film The success of Boston outfit's October 2005 indie release, Seven Sisters, has found them sharing stages with bands like Ambulan. 1 am.
The Department of Foreign Affairs Four-piece with an emphasis on four-part vocals in homage to heroes like the Band and the Dead. 9 pm.
Carmen Townsend and the Shakey Deals Refreshingly unique soul-rock trio with soaring vocal talent delivers spirited live shows. 10 pm.
Doris Day Skirting pop, rock, country, avant-garde and dance in their reckless pursuit of musical enlightenment and a good time. 11 pm.
Light City Fiction Formed last year, this four-piece Calgary band creates a meld of avant-garde art-rock indie pop. Midnight.
Museum Pieces Orchestral and mathy drum/guitar duo with huge guitars perfectly meshed with intelligent beats and British-balladeer-style vocals. 1 am.
Beehive Rocktronic driving, bumping, hook-laden songs make for serious musical polygamy. 9 pm.
Artist of the Year Twisted fun(k) brown disco grunge chopped by a glam blender. 10 pm.
Robertson Creative force behind Montreal's critically acclaimed Bullfrog blends blues, funk and jazz. Debut solo CD coming in September. 11 pm.
SB Named one of Chicago's 10 hottest rising acts, he's shared billing with Common, Talib Kweli, Kanye West and Erykah Badu. Midnight.
Jesse Dangerously Brainy, bratty, fast-talking, sing-songing, self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating Halifax hiphop artist with three solo recordings. 1 am.
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Sylvie Their ability to layer sounds in a single song has been capturing audiences wherever they play. 9 pm.
Kinnie Starr An MC first and foremost, she blends hiphop, rock, folk, R&B and electronica. Her latest album is Anything. 10 pm.
Jully Black Four-time Juno and MuchMusic Video Award nominee, she's one of Canada's R&B pioneers. 11 pm.
The Old Soul If the Old Soul were food... they would definitely be fennel. Why, you ask? Because they are delicious! Midnight.
The Golden Dogs Manic pop rock with energetic, over-the-top live performances. Debut album's out, and the follow-up is on its way. 1 am.
Toolshed London, Ontario, rap group has been inspiring madness and promoting mischief and good times for nearly a decade. 8 pm.
Bowman and the Broke Ass Rockstars Bowman and the Broke Ass Rockstars, eh? Okay, let's face it, most bands suck nowadays, right? 9 pm.
Tacoma Redd Power pop/rock band about to release debut EP, A Momentary Misfortune, produced by Moe Berg. Opened for Billy Idol. 10 pm.
Wheatmonkeys Released their debut, Danger, in 2002. Their latest is skedded to drop late-spring 06. 11 pm.
Crush Luther Well-written songs with killer hooks and great vibes. Midnight.
Cauterize Oshawa, Ontario, band producing power pop songs with great hooks and killer melodies. 1 am.
Army Of Me Committed to writing good songs that are as catchy as they are smart. 8 pm.
Tupelo Honey Rock machine that's jammed covers with the Trews in front of 10,000 screaming fans and headlined clubs across western Canada. 9 pm.
Rocketface Menacingly powerful Windsor-based trio of Motor City-style rock and soul. 10 pm.
Reason Disappears Intricate, eclectic, heavy, funky and always melodic, this six-piece is about to drop a new CD, Toss The Match. 11 pm.
Jimmy Swift Bio not available. Midnight.
Aberdeen City Boston-based atmospheric rock quartet with kinetic sound and vision are prepping to release their debut album. 1 am.
Remote Wonder Brendan McGuire (Sloan, Sam Roberts) produced their debut album. 9 pm.
Idiots! Strong songwriting and crafted melodies from this mesh of vocals, electric bass, guitar, synthesizers and drum loops. 10 pm.
Two Knives Formed in 2001 by Ben Webb, they've had three DIY releases and shared billing with Unearth, Darkest Hour and Cursed. 11 pm.
The Outfit Frenzied poly-rhythmic rock and roll inspired by an eclectic mix of new and old musical influences. 9 pm.
Buck Brothers Predatory power punk pop receiving heavy spins on college radio has had a slew of best artist nominations. 10 pm.
the shapes Four guys and a girl play an infectious breed of NYC garage pop with fierce hooks and razor-blade guitars. 11 pm.
The Golden Age Two guys and two girls bringing back early 90s lo-fi slacker rock grooves with punk overtones. Midnight.
The Midways Cranked-up, organ-charged garage Toronto foursome with 60s punk, surf, trash and R&B influences branded on their sleeves. 1 am.
Mentake Quebec-based outfit with strong guitars, solid rhythms and vocal warmth. Their debut album has already sold 20,000 copies. 9 pm.
SLAVE to the SQUAREwave Driven by a funky bass line and hard-hitting drums, they create an infectious 80s-inspired dance beat. 10 pm.
Evil Doers Celebrating the release of their latest record, Welcome To The Show, produced by Ian Blurton. Think whiskey, sex and fire. 11 pm.
CRASH KELLY Their new album offers guitar-infested boogie glam on the Sunset Strip. Hot off their Canadian tour with Alice Cooper. Midnight.
Galore Toronto-based outfit features members from now-defunct Cool Blue Halo and John Ford. Currently touring their latest CD, Amplifier. 1 am.
Eternia For a decade, hiphop artist Eternia has been a formidable presence in the Canadian and international urban music industry. Best Rap Recording nom at the 2006 Junos. 9 pm.
MJ Combining soulful hiphop, R&B and elements of rock, blues and jazz with classic emcee lyrical style. 10 pm.
Belle Jazzy MC has captivated audiences all over Canada and the UK. D-Shade and M.O. will join her. 11 pm.
E.O.S. Hiphop crew consisting of 3 emcees who spit complex verses with intricate flow and deep concepts that bring the listener back to the days when lyrics mattered most. Midnight.
the 5th pocket Ambient Afro-breakbeat dance fuses rhythms and beats inspired by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with tranced-out melodies, vibrations and soundscapes. 1 am.
Meesh This quartet's sound resides in a ruthless rhythmic rigor in the tradition of the Ramones; a rock bomb that threatens to convert a number of auditory systems. 8 pm.
Everlea Masterfully crafted pop rock songs, high-octane live performances and a passionately obsessive work ethic. 9 pm.
Rides Again Young Oshawa-based rock band combine elements of the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and 80s arena rock. 10 pm.
My Darkest Days Originally from Norwood,Ontario, My Darkest Days writes about life, lost loves, hard times, and the way these things affect us as individuals. 11 pm.
Fairfield Bio not available. Midnight.
The Free Press Currently working with producer Rick Hutt, who says they have 'the mesmerizing charm of a new U2.' 1 am.
Christopher Rees Winner of best male solo artist at the Welsh Music Awards offers compelling vocal theatrics and spectral blues communion. 9 pm.
The Lascivious Biddies All-female pop quartet offer tight shows full of expert musicianship, four-part harmonies, laughter and sentimentality. 10 pm.
Beekeepers Society Suburbia's newest group debuted their alternative sound in winter 2003. 11 pm.
Ben Segev His mix of contemporary and classic sensibilities garnered rock category kudos in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Midnight.
David Celia Toronto roots rock with hints of folk wrapped up in a pop package, he's toured the UK, U.S. and Canada. 1 am.
The Bluesers Just returned from performing at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, they were the youngest performers in their categories. 9 pm.
Josh Kalmus Unique blues blend of Delta and country is influenced by pre-1940s artists Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Lemon Jefferson. 10 pm.
Stone Deaf Tokyo-based Japanese three-piece rock band released their first album in November 2005. 11 pm.
Tokyo Tramps Boston-based three-piece Japanese band influenced by blues, roots rock and country. Boston Blues Challenge 2004 semifinalists. Midnight.
The Urban Street Scandal Originally formed in Winter 2002, USS dove headlong into the Toronto music scene and quickly became a revered live band. 1 am.
Bukkake Katholik Four-piece delivers the best in punk/metal sleazery. Their album, Youth Fitness Challenge, has done well in North America. 9 pm.
The Baghdaddios Hailing from the depths of NYC's underground punk and alternative circuit, this outfit rocks, plain and simple. 10 pm.
Temptress Rocky Horroresque outfit has toured the U.S. and Canada since the 90s, staging shows your parents would forbid you to attend. 11 pm.
Throbbing Purple Montreal masterwork of sleazy garage rock with ex-members of Subhumans, the 222s, 39 Steps, SCUM and Pillbox NYC. Midnight.
Dormitory Effect Powerful, skilled all-female hard rock/ metal quartet have performed at Jim Breuer Unleashed, Rockrgl Conference and more. 1 am.