Roger Waters: The Wall
SEPT. 18, AIR CANADA CENTRE, 40 BAY
Legend has it that Roger Waters — bassist, lyricist and the creative force behind Pink Floyd during their most successful period — conceived of the The Wall after an incident that involved him spitting in a fan’s face during a Montreal tour stop in 1977. The butterfly effect would lead to the rock opera being a monster success a few years later.
SEP 17, PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE, 410 SHERBOURNE
Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou, does not fool around when it comes to music. He uses his math PhD to create undulating electronic pop that earned him the Polaris prize for his ’07 album, Andorra. Caribou writes his music alone, but performs with a band that includes Enon’s John Schmersal. And later on, he’ll DJ the Drake Underground with Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan. $15. 8pm.
Busking for CHANGE
SEP 21, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Any event whose lineup includes Gentleman Reg, Ruby Coast, Sunparlour Players and Raine Maida is sure to draw plenty of music fans, but you’ll have to move fast. The busking happens from 7am to 7pm on corners of major intersections across the city for War Child, an organization that helps children affected by war in countries from Afghanistan to Haiti.
SEP 17, LEE’S PALACE, 529 BLOOR W.
With their new single, Love Is Ending, gaining steam on radio, 20-year-old Brit-rock five-piece The Charlatans are far from irrelevant. Dubbed “a soulful voyage” by vocalist Tim Burgess, their 11th album, Who We Touch, is proof of their range as well as their insistence on the vintage aesthetic they are known for. With Sherlock’s Daughter. $35. 9pm.
Das EFX@Hip-Hop Karaoke Competition Edition WITH DJS NUMERIC, DALIA, TED DANCIN’, HOSTS ABDOMINAL, MORE OR LES.
FRI, SEP 17. REVIVAL, 783 COLLEGE. $15 BEFORE 10PM, $20 AFTER.
Not generally a competitive sport, Toronto’s Hip-Hop Karaoke hosts this special edition where 20 contestants have the chance to shine in front of judges including Canadian hip-hop pioneers Michie Mee, Master T and DJ X and legendary American duo Das EFX, who’ll also be performing. Das EFX gained fame in the early ’90s as their “iggedy” suffixes and widely influential, fast-paced flows hit the charts in songs like They Want EFX and Mic Checka. P.S. Arrive at 9 pm sharp if you’d like a shot at performing.
Dubbel Dutch WITH DJS VAUDEVILLE WAX, TERROR TONE, BALLISTIK, O-GOD, HOST DICK DIAMONDS.
THU, SEP 16. WRONGBAR, 1279 QUEEN W. $10.
Toronto music collective Plugged Not Thugged regularly blows up the spot with their Major Rager parties; here, they host Austin-based DJ/producer Dubbel Dutch. The talented, unassuming man born Marc Glasser fuses house and bass music into a sound that’s drawing support from fans of funky house and dubstep alike. His solid Throwback EP combined with remixes for artists like DJ Sneak and Edu K.
Roger Waters: The Wall