LYRIC DUBEE: Opening for LEE AARON Friday August 16

On Friday, I’m heading out once again to see one of my favourite Toronto indieLyric-Alive-Wallpaper-800x600 musicians, Lyric Dubee. The last time I saw Lyric was at his CD release party at Cava Lounge in Barrie. It was a great turn out at the new fancy Barrie bar and restaurant. Lyric’s good friend Virgil Scott was the MC. Jacqueline Lovely also sang with Lyric.

Later I heard that Lyric had joined a band called Revelation 17 with Jacqueline Lovely and they were booked to open for Lee Aaron at the Rockpile (Aug 16). Later I heard that they would also open for Holly Woods & Toronto (Aug 10).

So let me tell you what’s most interesting about this story. Lyric is 15. Continue reading LYRIC DUBEE: Opening for LEE AARON Friday August 16

Featured Toronto Live Music for July

July 19-28: Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival

July 20-29: Toronto Jazz Festival

July 19: Blind Race at Horseshoe Tavern (Rock/Metal)

July 19: Kristen Anzelc at The Brawley Restaurant (Pop/R&B)

July 20: Kristen Anzelc at Dundas Square for Youth Day Toronto 6:30 pm (Pop/R&B)

July 20: Hollywood Sins, Social Strife, Stealing Patience & Rancid Ronnie at The Bovine Sex Club (Rock)

July 20: SKROU at Sound Academy (Melodic Rock)

July 22: Redsteps at The Drake Hotel (Folk-tinged rock’n’roll)

July 26: Lindi Ortega at Dundas Square (Alt Country/Roots/Rock/Folk)

July 27: Stacey Y at Harlem Restaurant (R&B/Pop/Rock/Neo-Soul)

July 29: Greg Clarke & The Madvarks (hosting open mic) at Grossman’s Tavern (Rock & Roll)

July 31: Dinosaur Bones at Edgefest13 Downsview Park (Rock)

5 new live music venues in Toronto

New music venues in Toronto aren’t located in a small pocket of real estate, but spread from the Entertainment District to the Annex to Dundas West and beyond. Even in a city as sizable as ours, going out can get stagnant. Sometimes we find ourselves listlessly scrolling through shows listed on Rotate‘s site, or on Just Shows, only to find nothing new to do. The Horseshoe and Lee’s are just dandy, but to spice things up, here are five new live music venues in Toronto to have on your radar.

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Live music on the rise in Toronto

This weekend, music fans will flock to Fort York for the first Toronto Urban Roots Fest, a four-day affair that sees the appearances of Flogging Molly, Hold Steady, Lowest of the Low and more (Saturday) and Kurt Vile, Neko Case, Belle & Sebastian and more (Sunday). The festival also includes off-site club gigs at Lee’s Palace and the Horseshoe Tavern. The event is the brainchild of Jeff Cohen, the owner of those two clubs and a prominent local concert promoter. He spoke to the Globe and Mail on how it all came together and how the festival is a part of an erupting Toronto live music scene that already thrives.

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