Six original acts not to be missed



Vermillion Lies plays The Gladstone on Aug. 8.


Set the final weeks of summer on high volume by catching some of today’s finest proven bands and tomorrow’s sound sensations live in concert. These six original moving musical acts equal a surefire hit concert night.


• Jimmy Swift Band — Aug. 3, 12 a.m., Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street W., $12.

This energetic Halifax quartet are sure to get the place pumping as they blend rock and electronica at this midnight billing. Influenced by Daft Punk, Pink Floyd and Guns N’ Roses, the Jimmy Swift Band meld aspects of these legendary sounds to create their original Rocktronica — a pulsating buzz that will pick you out of your seat and put you onto the dance floor.

• Vermillion Lies — Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street W., $10.

Check out these Californian sisters who are sure to leave tongues wagging and toes tapping as they unleash their unique sound on Toronto. The Boekbinder sisters — both guitarists — sing and make sweet music with found objects such as vintage typewriters, old gas cans and even a piece of an F-18 jet.

• Reid Jamieson — Aug. 14, 8:30 p.m., Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., $15 to $20.

Billed as a singer, songwriter and heartbreaker, Reid Jamieson honours the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death with an evening of songs from his upcoming 1950s-era tribute disc. This melodious crooner from Victoria, B.C., will also unhinge his own originals in a night of hip-shaking, smooth-sounding music.

• Blue Rodeo — Aug. 22, 7 p.m., 909 Lakeshore Boulevard W., Molson Amphitheatre, $16.25 to $65.50.

Catch this classic Canadian act in an evening of sing-along songs as they perform their line of hit folk anthems. Helmed by Toronto’s Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, Blue Rodeo boasts 20 years experience, 11 albums and dozens of chart-topping singles — all part of an unforgettable evening.

• Magic Numbers — Aug. 29, 8 p.m., Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., $16.50.

There won’t be a still body insight as The Magic Numbers’ heartwarming guitar pop pulls people to their feet in an evening of smash excitement. On tour promoting their second album, this English foursome are sure to have crowds wondering when they’ll experience this movable night of commotion again.

• Damien Rice — Sept. 10, 8 p.m., Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front St. E., $31.65 to $50.65.

This Irish songster visits Toronto on his international tour promoting his sophomore album, 9. Noted for his ability to create an intimate environment with an audience, this double-platinum selling artist’s show promises to be a captivating evening that’s spontaneous, serious and unpretentious.