Ben Gibbard

The Informer



Today in Toronto: Death Cab for Cutie and Riverdance

Death Cab for Cutie Frontman Ben Gibbard may be best known to the gossip rag–reading world as Zooey Deschanel’s ex, but to the faithful he’s the wry yet vulnerable voice of Death Cab. Codes and Keys, their most recent album, marks a shift away from heart-on-sleeve guitar pop to almost goth-like atmospherics. The group is touring with an orchestra this time out and plans to rework songs from their back catalogue. Find out more »

Riverdance This perennial audience favourite, now on what it’s calling its final tour of North America, somehow manages to neutralize all highbrow criticism. The show claims to be a celebration of Irish culture, which in this case means buxom cuties and bubble-butt gentlemen in emerald green, vigorous stepping and unfettered sentimentality. It’s like St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas. Find out more »