The holiday season is almost upon us, which means you should be in the process of filling out your calendar with a number of parties. If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, one engagement you should have on your radar is Buzz Records A Very Special Krampus Party, presented with Indie88.
New York City-based buzz band Charly Bliss and a trio of Ontario’s finest, Casper Skulls, Twist, and Lonely Parade, hit the stage at The Rec Room – Roundhouse on December 9. Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t miss this event.
New York-based power pop quartet Charly Bliss made some noise in 2017, dropping their fantastic Guppy LP and supporting Wolf Parade on an extensive tour. They wear their punk and grunge inspiration on their collective sleeves, drawing comparisons to the likes of Hole and Cherry Glazzerr.
A pair of local favourites are also on the bill.
Toronto-based indie rockers Casper Skulls released their debut full-length Mercy Works in November and spent some time on the road with Land of Talk, Weaves, and Julie & The Wrong Guys.
Twist is an artist we’ve featured here on Indie88. The Toronto-based outfit released their Benefits EP this past September. The EP was produced by Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck) and showcases Twist’s ability to channel a lo-fi aesthetic in front of a harmony-driven wall of sound.
Peterborough’s The Lonely Parade are also featured on the bill. The band, which features Girls Rock Camp alumni, have been active since members were just 12 years old. The Lonely Parade self-released their 2016 debut LP No Shade and spent a year touring it. If you’re a fan of Deerhoof and Sleater-Kinney you won’t want to miss this rising band.
The price tag
If you have your mind made up then jump on the $10 advance tickets to Buzz Records A Very Special Krampus Party. If you haven’t yet committed to an evening of top-shelf punk and pop rock, then perhaps the still extremely reasonable $15-at-the-door tickets will help you make a sound last-minute decision.
The charity element
Seeing as it’s the season of giving, don’t show up empty-handed.
Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Fort York Food Bank. Preferred food items are canned meat/fish, dry pasta, canned fruit/vegetables, pasta/tomato sauce, peanut butter, soup, rice, cold or hot cereal.
Check out one of Toronto’s newest venues
It’s been a tough couple years for the local music scene, with several long-time venues shuttering operations. So if you haven’t had a chance to check out The Rec Room, consider this your invitation.
The Rec Room is one of the city’s best destinations for arcade games and traditional pub fare. It’s housed in The Roundhouse, located at 255 Bremner Boulevard across from the Rogers Centre. With 40,000 square-feet, there’s enough room for everybody.
Image via Charly Bliss/Shervin Lainez