If you've been looking around the big warehouse complex on Sterling for the quirky DIY venue Somewhere There, it's not there any more. The non-profit experimental and improv concert space closed in December after three years, due to increasing noise complaints. Talent was already booked for the festival they had planned this weekend, so they've moved the whole thing to the Tranzac.
"Originally it was supposed to be a showcase for the venue itself," explains co-founder Pete Johnson. "It's a bit different now, of course, but it's still about raising awareness about the space, as the collective hasn't found a new home yet."
The Somewhere There Festival takes over the Tranzac Friday to Sunday (February 22-24), with performances by CCMC (pictured), Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble, The Rent and many more. Check somewherethere.org for more info.
Can Califone play your house?
Are you a fan of the Chicago experimental rock band Califone? Have you ever wished they were playing in your living room rather than some bar across town? You're in luck: the band is currently looking for suitable homes to use as venues, and still need a space for their May 13 Toronto gig.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind that you need a space big enough to host 40 to 60 people. And you'll have to make sure your neighbours aren't the types to call the cops about loud music.
If you want to submit your home as a potential venue, you'll find details at undertowmusic.com.
Prince loves Donna Grantis
We'd been hearing rumblings for a while, but it's now official that Toronto guitarist Donna Grantis is Prince's new six-string slinger. The Purple One recently posted a live video of a new song called Screwdriver featuring Grantis to his prince2013.com website. Of course, Prince being Prince, you have to buy the video clip to hear it, but whatever.