Maylee Todd, for those who don’t know, is an incredibly engaging, mesmerizing, captivating song-maker and performer. No one captures the essence of this crazy adventure we call life better than Maylee and her collaborators. When I think of her I see visions of play, summer, sweetness, and bliss. Also, girl knows boogie grooves like it runs in her veins. If you’re unfamiliar check out this video for “Baby’s Got It” from last summer, directed by frequent Maylee partner, Maylee Todd.
You could also welcome Maylee back from her tour of Japan and celebrate the release of her new album, Escapology, at BLK BOX on Thursday. BonJay will be there.
The first I’d ever heard of Fifth Column was from a blog post by the Queen of the late 90’s genre riot girl, herself, Kathleen Hanna, where she acknowledges that this all-girl Toronto punk band paved the way for the likes of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. I mean, they were on K Records! Hanna posted about a soon to be released doc on the group called She Said Boom!. The film, directed by Kevin Hegge (who happens to be a gay man) is screening this Thursday at the Multi-Faith Centre on the U of T campus. This is a three-day event. GB Jones will be around for a keynotes speech one feminist zine making in 1980’s/90s Toronto. And of course there will be zine workshops and a dance party.
Also on Thursday the El Mocambo will screen a documentary of it’s own, Under the Neon Palms”, before throwing a revival party following it’s timely revitalization. Some great local bands are on the bill, so make it out because the El Mo is once more the place to be seen.
Lookin’ good, Toronto.
DIIV – w/ Ell V Gore and Starred. Punk, Brooklyn, Shoegaze. What you’ve come to expect from a how at Parts & Labour (1556 Queen St W) – 10PM – $5
Escapology – Maylee Todd is back from Tokyo and has a new LP. Boogie time, y’all. BLK BOX (1087 Queen St W) – 10PM – adv. $8/door $15
Jays Days – Full audio screenings of the Jays Vvs the Yankees. There will be cheese paring so you can try and convince you’re baseball hating friends to come. Tall Boys (838 Bloor) – 7PM – No Cover.
She Said Boom! – Oh so that’s where that store name comes from. Doc on the all-girl Toronto punk band that gave us riot grrl the genre/the lifestyle. Multi-Faith Centre U of T (569 Spadina) – Screening at 7PM Thursday – $12
Cut & Paste – New Works from D3N!@L. This Canadian graffiti and mixed-media artist can lay claim to over 500,000 tags in public spaces around the world. #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas) – 7-11:30PM – Free
Chances Are The Comets In Our Future – NO Foundation present works by Parsons-educated, Toronto-based artist and writer Romas Astrauskas. NOFO (1082 Queen St W) – 6-9PM – Free
Out of the Box – The rise of sneaker culture. No, but really. Shoes are interesting. Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor) – 9PM – adv. $10/door $15
FreeHand – An Art Auction for War Child. 99 Sudbury – 6PM – $60 (discounts with larger groups)
El Mocambo Revival Party – The dance studio are gone and with that the El Mo is back to it’s former gossipy gory. A screening of the El Mo doc “under the Neon Palms. Afterwards celebrate with Danny Marks, Michael Rault, Actual Water, The Costanzas, Modern Superstitions and After the Empire. El Mo (464 Spadina) – 8PM – No Cover
Bleached – LA all-girl soft-surf groupd Bleached return to the Silver Dollar where they preformed during last year’s NXNE to bring the True North their debut album. Supporting them is the BB Guns, Brews Willis, and Hunters. Silver Dollar Room (486 Spadina) – 8:30 – $11
Demons? – Alaska B (of Yamantaka//Sonic Titian fame) steps into the DJ booth to bring you 45 minutes of Judas Priest, 30 minutes of Cambodian, Thai, Laotian 70s pop, and spattering of Prog Rock and a 90s Bass retrospective. Fountain (1261 Dundas) – 10:30PM – No cover
Piano Ecstasy – From the solid sounds stylings of Soundstreams comes pure ecstasy. 9 pianists, 6 grand pianos doing Reich, Cage and Shostakovich, plus tossing a world premiere of a commissioned piece. Koerner Hall (273 Bloor) – 8-10PM – adv. $20-65
Uma Nota – This night is going to be a hot one. Tapping from three wells (dub reggae, Afrobeat and Brazilian pop). The Great Hall (1087) – 10PM – $15
Henri Faberge & the Adroables – w/ the Costanzas, Nicholas Doubleyou & the b Squad, and Weaves. Silver Dollar Room (486 Spadina) – 9PM – $7
Grounders/Program – Two really great area bands have put out a 7” and are throwing a party, with a rare DJ set from producer David Newfeld. OZ Studios (134 Ossington) – 9PM – $10 w/ record, $6 w/o
Live in the Stacks – Come make some noise at the Parkdale Library with Dusted and Rituals. 1303 Queen St W – 8PM – Free, AA
Crush TO – XXX Box edition. Flirty events for sex-position folks to meet new friends. This one is video-game-tastic. Club 102 (120 Church, 2nd floor) – 10PM – $10
Pulp – Paper art party in the Paper Playground. Dance and draw on the walls in support of Architeture for humanity, a non-profit that offers free design services to good causes. Metropolis (50 Edwin Ave) – 8PM – adv. $15/$20 at door, cash only no ATM.
Gold & Ginger – Artist Leanne Shea Rhem and Zac Kenny share a studio/apartment and now they want to share it, and their art, with you. Apt 201 – 1294 Bloor – 1PM-1AM – Free
Wack Slacks – One of the better 90s party in town. You’re asked to wear as much denim as possible. Take that as a challenge. The Beaver (1192 Queen St W) – 11:30PM – No Cover
Colleen Green – w/ Always, Planet Creature, and Unfinished Business. One wicked Toronto to LA stoner punk/shoegaze Sunday. All girl bands, with members ages 12 to 20-something. The Shop @ Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St W) – 9Pm – $7
Quiz Quiz, Bang Bang – Random Trivia Night at GO Lounge 1718 Queen St W – 7:30PM to get a seat, starts at 8PM – No Cover