This Week in Sound: Jason Collett, Malajube, Julie Doiron, Rheostatics, Elliott BROOD


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Jason Collett's Basement Revue series kicks off this week

Every Monday, we round up the most exciting music news happening in Toronto. In this edition: Jason Collett kicks off his basement revue series at The Dakota Tavern, Julie Doiron announces more tour dates and more.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: local singer-songwriter Jason Collett’s sixth annual basement revue series kicks off this week (Buck 65 is hosting the first one while Collett is on his European tour), and it will see waves of Toronto musical heavyweights for one wicked lineup. Every year, Collett remains very secretive about the list of performers, traditionally keeping it a surprise until show time. But if past performers — such as Feist, Dave Bidini, Bahamas, Zeus, members of BSS, The Weakerthans and Metric — are any indication, then the gig at The Great Hall on Dec. 20 will be an impressive mishmash of artists.

For those of you who missed Malajube at the Horseshoe Tavern on Nov. 24: too bad, so sad. It might have been your last chance to see the Montreal indie rockers. The band recently announced that they were embarking on an indefinite hiatus. Throughout their almost-10 years of playing together, they have flirted with their own projects, but now they’ll be devoting the time off to really delve deep into their solo work — that includes keyboardist Thomas Augustin, who is finishing up his second album with his side band, Jacquemort. Malajube has been touring for their album, La Caverne, for almost a year now, but we’re not sure if it will be enough to sate fans.


These winter blues calls for, well, winter blues. So we were thrilled to hear that Sackville-Montreal-Toronto-based songstress Julie Doiron has announced more tour dates in support of her newly-released ninth solo record, So Many Days. Dripping with hollow vocals and stirring lyrics, Doiron’s music delves deep into lo-fi and raw territory, perfect for this wintry weather. She’ll be playing a couple of shows early next year in Ontario and Quebec, including a stop in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern on Jan. 25. 


Iconic alt-rock band Rheostatics announced last week that they were cancelling their reunion tour, which included three Toronto gigs this week starting Dec. 5. The band chalked it up to singer and guitarist Martin Tielli’s inability to perform — stage fright has been something he has struggled with in the past. The guys, Dave Bidini included, broke up in 2007, but were reportedly slated to start dropping new material at their Horseshoe Tavern shows this week.


It’s Monday. So if you, like us, are still coming back to the real world after the weekend, this combination of banjo and Emily Haines might help. Check out local death country stars Elliott BROOD cover Metric’s “Gimme Sympathy.”

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