When you've got Rich Aucoin headlining your birthday bash, there's no chance of the event being anything less than euphoric. To celebrate the Drake Hotel's turning nine, the Halifax indie pop musician brings his onstage staples - parachutes, confetti, video and frenetic dance moves - to the Lounge alongside local indie rockers River Tiber. Downstairs in the Underground, meanwhile, are Jane's Party (launching their new album), Sandman Viper Command, Michael Rault and DJ Fase.
Tonight (Thursday, February 21), 9 pm, at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West). $9. 416-531-5042.
Cameron House (408 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, February 21)
Indie folk rock.
Blood Ceremony, Hollow Earth, Wicked Witches
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, February 21)
Rock music for warlocks and wizards.
Massey Hall (178 Spadina), tonight and Friday (February 21 and 22)
Canadian jazz pop superstar.
Main Attrakionz, Tommy Kruise, DJs itsMattLangille, Patrick McGuire
Blk Box Theatre, Friday (February 22)
Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Friday (February 22)
Trust, Diana, Eraas
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (February 22)
Hayden, Lou Canon
Rivoli (332 Queen West), Friday (February 22)
Final of three CD release shows.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe), Friday (February 22)
Legendary South African choral group.
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Friday (February 22)
Bosnian Rainbows, Marriages
Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), Saturday (February 23)
Mars Volta offshoot band.
DJ Premier, Lord Finesse, DJ Law, DJ Switches
Sound Academy (11 Polson), Saturday (February 23)
Underground hip-hop pioneers.
The Eels, Nicole Atkins
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Monday (February 25)
Lo-fi alt rock torchbearers.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Wednesday (February 27)
Reverb-drenched indie pop.
Daedelus, Salva, Ryan Hemsworth
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Wednesday (February 27)
Left-field electronic music.