Yes, it’s true. KITCH (229 Geary, Duff @ Dupont) is kind of a big deal in Toronto’s West End (Bloordale to be exact) when it comes to serving up gourmet bargoers’ grub. With a $5 menu that’s become the stuff of bar-hopping legend and of course… NACHOS! These cold hard KITCHes make no bones about spreading & stacking one of the meanest plates of ‘chos in town.Â
But it ain’t just the eats, treats pints & libations that fill this fresh to death retro loft space up every week – its also the KITCH-ass live entertainment. Yup. KITCH is down with Eats AND Beats. From DJ nights, karaoke nights, club nights, theme nights. You name it. If it’s been pressed to vinyl its spinned at KITCH. If they plays in a Rock ‘N Roll band, they’ve probably spit a lyric or two into KITCH’s mic stand.
But on Thursday nights at 9, its all about the comedy. Get yer HaHas out! Every week KITCH is home to a “booked open mic” that’s taken on a cult status on the Toronto comedy scene. Award nominated and everything! Originally started by local MC/producer Natasha HendersonÂ at owner Bryan Jackson‘s sister venue The Starving Artist (newly reopened just a couple blocks over on Lansdowne!) the comedy show moved on up to KITCH in the hot summer of ought 12.
Since then every Thursday the who’s who of Canadian comedy (and a few stateside crowd killers) have made their way across the KITCH stage. You never know who might drop by. With a booked lineup of Toronto’s top standups and touring comics from coast to coast, along with a few new comedy virgins thrown to the lions each week. KITCH comics have been seen and heard on festival stages across the continent and beyond. On the air on Sirius XM, CBC, CTV, Comedy Network, Comedy Central, Pod Almighty, MTV, Much Music… just to name a few. That’s really only the tip of the iceberg
Hosted every week by DEAN YOUNG (your comedy editor. As heard on Pod Almighty’s ‘Forever Young’, and seen on MTV Canada).Â
In fact KITCH is also home to a live recording of the Forever Young podcast once a month!Â
And best of all, there’s no cover. Just you, live comedy – and that famous $5 menu. Â Â
THIS WEEK @ KITCH
RYAN BELLEVILLEÂ (The Flying Bellevilles podcast, CTV’s Comedy Now, Canadian Comedy Award winner, Phil Hartman Award, Live @ Gotham, The Late Late Show – the list goes on!)
JOSH ELIJAH (Fox & Fiddle Uptown, MTV’s Losing It, ichannel’s No Kidding)
MEGAN MYKE (Comedy @ Stella)
CHRIS ROBINSONÂ (The Nubian Show, opened for Bill Bellamy and Eddie Griffin)
Â PATRICK STEWARTÂ (Comedy @ Placebo, Yuk Yuks Humber Showcase)
AND a special first time spot @ KITCH for our own room regular KEN FERGUSON!Â
PLUS +LOTTO SPOTS FOR COMICS OR COMEDY VIRGINS FEELIN’ LUCKY!
Tweet us on the internets for show updates every week @KITCHKomedy Â
Â Old Man Markley announce tour dates – will play Toronto’s Urban Roots Festival July 5th
Old Man Markley are not your run-of-the-mill band. They’re not a traditional bluegrass band, nor are they a typical punk band. Instead, the band meld elements of both styles into a cross-pollinated “newgrass” amalgam that has resulted in a boot stomping good time for fans around the world.
The seven piece band — rounded out by Johnny Carey (vocals, guitar), Annie DeTemple (autoharp, vocals), Joey Garibaldi (bass, vocals), Jeff Fuller (drums), Ryan Markley (washboard), John Rosen (banjo, vocals) and Katie Weed (fiddle, vocals) — roared onto the scene in 2010. Their unique blend of punk rock sensibilities, ear for pop melodies and deeply rooted love for bluegrass caught the ear of Fat Wreck Chords, who released OMM’s debut album, Guts n’ Teeth, in 2011. Word quickly spread of the their incredible live shows, and over the next few years the band found themselves scootin boots on stage with the likes of Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, The Reverend Horton Heat, NOFX, The Descendents and Against Me!.
Old Man Markley were quickly embraced by the punk rock community with their incendiary live performances, and at the same time the band were also warmly accepted by bluegrass fans, earning them a #8 debut on the Billboard Bluegrass chart.
Â Canadian Tour Dates :
06/12/14 Vancouver, BC Canada at The Biltmore Cabaret
06/13/14 Victoria, BC Canada at TBA w/ Fire Next Time *
06/14/14 Whistler, BC Canada at Garibaldi Lift Company
06/15/14 Kelowna, BC Canada at Fernando’s w/ Fire Next Time *
06/16/14 Rossland, BC Canada at The Flying Steamshovel
06/18/14 Edmonton, AB Canada at The Pawn Shop
06/19/14 Calgary, AB Canada at Ship & Anchor Sled Island Music
06/21/14 Winnipeg, MB Canada at Park Theatre
06/27/14 London, ON Canada at Blackshire Pub w/ Miracles *
06/28/14 Guelph, ON Canada at Van Gogh’s Ear w/ Miracles *
06/29/14 Hamilton, ON Canada at Absinthe w/ Miracles *
07/02/14 Kingston, ON Canada at The Mansion w/ The Stanfields *
07/03/14 Montreal, PE Canada at Divan Orange w/ Stanfields *
07/04/14 Ottawa, ON Canada at Mavericks w/ The Stanfields *
07/05/14 Toronto, ON Canada at Fort York Toronto Urban Roots Festival *
NXNE 2014 Scheduler launches today
The essential NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) Schedulizer launches today as the festival also announces the Canadian premiere screening of Richard Linklater’s newest film Boyhood for NXNE Film, plus new NXNE Music programming. The NXNE Schedulizer allows fans to create a personalized schedule at http://nxne.com/schedule, with must-see NXNE events that will take over Toronto June 13-22, 2014.
In partnership with Hot Docs, NXNE Film adds eight more exciting films to its already stacked line-up, screening June 13 – 15 at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. New programming includes the Canadian film premiere of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette; the Canadian premiere of Vann ‘Piano Man’ Walls: The Spirit of R&B, a feature about a musical pioneer; the world premiere of Born to Ruin, a candid look at the Toronto-based band, Wildlife, as they record their sophomore album; the world premiere of Panama, in which two back-up dancers from the Van Halen video for Panama reunite and learn how their lives led down two different paths; the Canadian premiere of C.T.R.L., a short about a hacked love story; Sad Monster, a short in which a young girl deals with a monster in her closet; At the Corner of Queen and Bathurst, a much anticipated short about Toronto’s legendary venue The Big Bop; and music videos making theatrical debuts, including Fear and Delight by The Correspondents, and Organs by The Uncluded.
NXNE Music will feature performances by: Pissed Jeans, who were featured on The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP for Record Store day 2014; Veronica Vasicka, called “Electronic Music’s Own Archaeologist” by The New York Times; Sylvan Esso, that NME called “heartfelt, human electronica that pulses with a folksy emotion.”; Made in Heights, a pop duo featuring vocalist Kelsey Bulkin and DJ Sabzi of Blue Scholars; Har Mar Superstar, the stunning showman signed to Julian Casablancas’s Cult Records; retro rock trio Shannon and the Clams from Hardly Art Records; Bloodshot Bill, described by CBC Music as “a howling blues-rockabilly-and honky-tonk-flecked maelstrom of pomade, sweat and wild-eyed determination”; Frankie Cosmos, who Pitchfork calls a “prolific young NYC songwriter”; Joywave, who recently released their debut EP How Do You Feel; and The Shoe, an indie-pop duo featuring Lem Jay Ignacio and Jena Malone of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Canadian Music Week Announces Australia as Spotlight Country for 2015
It’s been less than 10 days since Canadian Music Week wrapped up with 2014 installment yet an announcement for 2015 has already been made.
“Australia has a unique musical ecosystem which does not have to rely upon global sales, global distribution or artist success abroad in order to be successful,” said CMW President Neill Dixon. “Their labels are successful. Their distribution foundation is strong. The amount of profitable festivals and music venues remains the highest in the world. The continent is an excellent outlet for Canadian bands to remain active in otherwise down seasons. The economy is motivated, the Australian dollar is climbing and somewhat stable so people can part with discretionary spending. There is a lot that we can learn from Australia and we plan to explore and uncover as much of it as we can at CMW 2015.”
“After establishing and building a significant footprint for Australian artists and industry at Canadian Music Week over the last 5 years, the time is ripe for us to proudly wear the ‘Spotlight Country’ mantle in 2015,” said Millie Millgate, Executive Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA. “We look forward to consolidating the partnerships and networks already developed with our kindred music nation, whilst forging new opportunities and greater access for more of the incredible talent that’s exploding out of Australia.”
Australia has long been considered a natural trading partner for Canada’s music industry. Its population, along with its Top 10 ranking in the world music market, its position as one of the top 5 major download markets in the world and its booming live music industry, makes it an ideal territory for Canadians to yield results and maximize on success stories.
Delegations from Australia have long been part of Canadian Music Week and have resulted in a number of business prospects and transactions for Canadian labels, managers and artists. The 2014 edition even saw the highest representation of Australian artists in the festival.Â With the support of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, BIGSOUND, CAAMA, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, next year’s spotlight will see opportunities rise as the foundation for building relationships, showcasing talent, exploring solutions, meeting the key players and accessing entry strategies is laid at CMW 2015.
Canadian Music Week 2015 will take place May 5th-9th.
Who: The Trews
When:Â Friday, May 23rd @9pm
Where: The Marquee Ballrom, 2037 Gottingen Street
Hard rockers The Trews throw down this weekend to celebrate their anniversary with a shin dig at the Marquee. The Antigonish 4-piece is the quintessential Canadian rock band, pumping out the catchy crowd pleasers on the reg for over a decade with no stoppage in sight. Their hard guitars and driving lyrics have made them one of Nova Scotia’s greatest exports and hometown shows are always rocking. With their just-released self titled album, you can expect lots of new tunes as well as the classics.[youtube id=”mDkwOHkdHfQ” width=”620″ height=”360″]