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The Low­est of the Low Few bands are quite as quintessen­tially Toronto as the Low­est of the Low. When the band re­leased

it was un­like any­thing else of that era. Songs are full of cheeky and in­tro­spec­tive lyrics that swirl around the story of a failed ro­mance played out while the ro­man­tic hero traipses around the streets of Toronto from the Only Café to Chi­na­town, a tin of Gui­ness in one hand, a Bukowski novel in the other. So in­flu­en­tial was the al­bum that singer and song­writer Ron Hawkins is still quite able to pack any sized Toronto room with croon­ers ea­gerly will­ing to sing along to ev­ery cher­ished word. But the story doesn’t end there. In­deed, the band has had some se­ri­ous re­cent suc­cess, and the new al­bum could be Hawkins’ best work yet, cul­mi­nat­ing in a mas­sive sev­e­nal­bum col­lec­tion called Shake­speare My Box re­leased last Big Sugar Not many bands could mas­ter the sheer sonic as­sault of Big Sugar and its singer and gui­tarist Gordie John­son. With a 1991 self-ti­tled de­but, the band fused in­cred­i­ble bluesy rock with a wisp of reg­gae style to cre­ate some­thing unique and fresh and ut­terly Cana­dian. Sadly, the band lost one of its cher­ished mem­bers re­cently, Garry Lowe, and is in­tent on send­ing him off to that great sound stu­dio in the sky in style with a big show at the Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall on Dec. 28. Joel Plas­kett Emer­gency In the ’90s, bands from the East Coast of Canada were some of the best. First to lead the way was Sloan, who es­tab­lished Mur­dere­cords and ini­ti­ated a steady stream of killer acts like Eric’s Trip and the Hard­ship Post. One of the best on the la­bel was Thrush Her­mit. This ex­plo­sive, in­die rock band in­tro­duced the coun­try to a fella by the name of Joel Plas­kett, and we kinda lost it on this guy when he went solo and re­leased his de­but

He plays with his band the Emer­gency at the Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall on Dec. 21. The Tea Party Sure, we thought he might have been push­ing the Jim Mor­ri­son thing a bit too far, but when he got out the vi­o­lin bow and started play­ing gui­tar, there was no deny­ing the spe­cial tal­ent of Jeff Martin. This trio was formed in Toronto at the Cherry Beach re­hearsal stu­dios and went on to in­ter­na­tional ac­claim on the heels of mem­o­rable Mid­dle Eastern–in­flu­enced tunes such as “The River.” The Tea Party plays the Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall on Dec. 27 and 29.

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