Alternative offerings for the winter music season

By Paul Baker

Though Rocktober is coming to a close, there are still some sweet shows coming up to get you through the semester. Take a break from the worsening winter weather and check out all the hottest upcoming shows.

Before going trick-or-treating this Friday, you can check out some spooky on campus music as locals Secret Broadcast and the Consonant C play That Empty Space. For those who regain enough strength after all the Halloween partying, Vancouver’s Said the Whale are coming out Nov. 2, to play another show at the Gateway, SAIT’s campus bar.

Music fans have a choice between a roots-rock singer-songwriter and an avant-garde jazz-man Nov. 6. Jason Collett of Arts & Crafts Records plays at Mount Royal’s Liberty Lounge, while Jay Crocker releases his new CD at Broken City with support from Ghostkeeper. The next day, students can stay on campus to check out Beija Flor and friends play That Empty Space before heading down to Flames Central to check out ’90s rockers 54-40 play all the old hits. Back at campus, Hey Rosetta! play at the Den with Two Hours Traffic on Nov. 8.

Remember our fallen soldiers as ex-Soundgarden and Audioslave rocker Chris Cornell does his thing at MacHall on Nov. 11. Cornell’s supporting his new album, Scream, which he worked on with super-producer Timbaland. Also on campus, the Pine Tarts and the Shagbots drop by That Empty Space for some afternoon indie-punk fun Nov. 14. Those needing to escape from the school can make an exodus downtown to see emotional Torontonians the Midway State play the Marquee Room with Thriving Irony.

With ’80s / early ’90s nostalgia taking hold over the masses, people will no doubt flock to the no-longer aptly-named New Kids on the Block at the Saddledome on Nov. 19. For the more indie inclined, Toronto’s the Bicycles play Broken City on Nov. 20 with Hot Panda and the Sleepless Nights. Back on campus, Gauntlet favourites Tetrix play That Empty Space on Nov. 21 with alt-rockers Mid Atlantic.

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