Thursday, January 18, 2018

Recording: Absolutely Free

Artist: Absolutely Free

Song: Geneva Freeport

Recorded at Polish Combatants' Hall SPK (Long Winter 6.2), December 9, 2017.

Absolutely Free - Geneva Freeport

I was sad to have missed this year's first Long Winter (at my home base of The Tranzac, no less!) but was pleased to see the series return to the SPK's mirrored bunker for another go-round. Using the downstairs dining room and the upper main hall, there was music back and forth all night — plus the usual mix of comedy, art and Vish Khanna's Long Night talk show. Showing off nearly a full set's worth of new material, a slight shift in approach saw the trio's keyboards mostly playing themselves, while the band were more focused on drums, bass and guitar. Compared to the days of yore that saw the group spend most of their time on stage hunched over electronics, this was definitely more rockin', in a dark disco kinda way.

Recording: YlangYlang

Artist: YlangYlang feat. Ashley Obscura / Anna Mayberry / Victoria Cheong

Songs: three unknown titles*

Recorded at Polish Combatants' Hall SPK (Long Winter 6.2), December 9, 2017.

YlangYlang feat. Ashley Obscura - unknown

YlangYlang feat. Anna Mayberry - unknown

YlangYlang feat. Victoria Cheong - unknown

I was sad to have missed this year's first Long Winter (at my home base of The Tranzac, no less!) but was pleased to see the series return to the SPK's mirrored bunker for another go-round. Using the downstairs dining room and the upper main hall, there was music back and forth all night — plus the usual mix of comedy, art and Vish Khanna's Long Night talk show. In a marked contrast with the comedy show that immediately preceded it, Catherine Debard brought some quiet introspection to the night. Since I had seen her perform in the fall, her uncertain landscapes were set askew even further when her musical gear was stolen. The generosity of friends and fans has since allowed her to get going again, but this unique set saw her forced into a different approach, telling the crowd, "I asked friends of mine to send me poetry that I cut and pasted and added to this chunk of ambient music that I prepared for Long Winter, 'cause for me winter is an emotional, sad, isolating kind of thing." As she meditated and practised some yoga to the tracks, the crowd in the room was mostly indifferent, which meant that their lack of attention costed them an opportunity to recognize the voices of some amazing artists on her tracks. (The full roster included Allie Blumas and Georgia Webber as well as the ones here.) The beauty of this set wasn't fully apparent at the time, so it's worth presenting a larger dose than usual straight from the mixer so you can ruminate on these words and sounds while you look out a window at a frozen landscape.

* Does anyone know the titles to these? Please leave a comment!

Recording: The Cosmic Range

Artist: The Cosmic Range

Song: unknown [excerpt]*

Recorded at Polish Combatants' Hall SPK (Long Winter 6.2), December 9, 2017.

The Cosmic Range - unknown [excerpt]

I was sad to have missed this year's first Long Winter (at my home base of The Tranzac, no less!) but was pleased to see the series return to the SPK's mirrored bunker for another go-round. Using the downstairs dining room and the upper main hall, there was music back and forth all night — plus the usual mix of comedy, art and Vish Khanna's Long Night talk show. Not quite the petit version and not quite the full-on prowling carnivore, this mid-sized vehicle was still a reliable groove machine, powered by Mike Smith's basslines, embroidered by comandante Doc Dunn (organ), Jonathan Adjemian (synth) and Max Turnbull (guit/keyb) and propelled by the percussive embroidery of Grasshopper, Brandon Valdivia and Kieran Adams.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: LolaBunz

Artist: LolaBunz

Song: Real Hip-Hop

Recorded at Polish Combatants' Hall SPK (Long Winter 6.2), December 9, 2017.

LolaBunz - Real Hip-Hop

I was sad to have missed this year's first Long Winter (at my home base of The Tranzac, no less!) but was pleased to see the series return to the SPK's mirrored bunker for another go-round. Using the downstairs dining room and the upper main hall, there was music back and forth all night — plus the usual mix of comedy, art and Vish Khanna's Long Night talk show. The music downstairs started with this energetic set from the West End representin' LolaBunz, whose styles upon styles ranged from old school flow to some Yoruban-flavoured remix action to shimmeringly-menacing contemporary noir beats.

Recording: Kurt Marble

Artist: Kurt Marble

Song: Friend of Mine

Recorded at Polish Combatants' Hall SPK (Long Winter 6.2), December 9, 2017.

Kurt Marble - Friend of Mine

I was sad to have missed this year's first Long Winter (at my home base of The Tranzac, no less!) but was pleased to see the series return to the SPK's mirrored bunker for another go-round. Using the downstairs dining room and the upper main hall, there was music back and forth all night — plus the usual mix of comedy, art and Vish Khanna's Long Night talk show. Slowly expanding their glam-grunge template to encompass an amped-up take on sludge-psych, Kurt Marble + co. got the night rolling with some rock and roll abandon.

[Kurt Marble will be playing at Night 2 (the "rock" night) of the Wavelength Winter Festival on Saturday, February 17th at The Garrison alongside Odonis Odonis, Freak Heat Waves, Tough Age, and Luge.]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Contest: Andréa Tyniec and Jesse Zubot

Almost Unplugged with Andréa Tyniec and Jesse Zubot

February 1, 2018, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Soundstreams is one of the local heavyweights when it comes to presenting contemporary, composed music, and their main stage concerts are big events, often at Trinity-St. Paul's but occasionally expanding all the way to the likes of Massey Hall. But they also like to get their hands dirty and tear into the music's fibre in closer quarters, such as in last year's excellent Salon 21 series event featuring Germaine Liu's ceramic percussion. The Ear Candy series is dedicated to "musical exploration and discovery" in smaller venues and less formal environments, remixing and experimenting with new ways of being creative with sound (MFS fave SlowPitchSound is a frequent series collaborator).

The next show in the series mixes chamber music with improvised sounds by pairing violinists Andréa Tyniec and Jesse Zubot. The latter probably needs no introduction to readers of this blog, known as he is for his recent work with Tanya Tagaq on stage and album — and he's also worked with Destroyer, Fond of Tigers, Gordon Grdina and Peggy Lee, as well as the likes of Steve Reich, Francois Houle, Fred Firth, Mats Gustafsson and many others. Andréa Tyniec has an equally impressive background in the contemporary classical scene, and I'm looking forward to discovering her sounds at this show, including some icy cool electronic textures from Terri Hron. This show will see solo excursions from each of the performers exploring their own idiom, and then will culminate in a duet of an original piece created specifically for this performance.

TICKETS + MORE INFO

Single tickets are now available for purchase for $20 in advance (or $25 at the door).

CONTEST

Thanks to the cool folks at Soundstreams, I have a pair of tickets to the show to give away!

To enter, shoot me an email to mechanicalforestsound@gmail.com, with "contest" in the title and your name in the body. I'll randomly draw a winner on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at noon.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #233

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gig of the week:

Andre Ethier [Under Grape Leaves Telephone Explosion release party!] (Blessings [Robin Dann from Bernice] / Joseph Shabason) / The Baby G 2017-01-19 (Friday) [FB event]

After a fairly-quick-fire four-album run (including the discographically-confusing back-to-back On Blue Fog and Born of Blue Fog) around and after the end of The Deadly Snakes, it's been nearly a decade without a new album from Andre Ethier. That makes the release of Under Grape Leaves from Telephone Explosion into something of an event, worthy of a celebration. Though still occasionally seen making a garage-rawkin' ruckus on stage, his albums have already had their share of mellower moments — and though I don't know where on the spectrum this release party is going to fall, the choice of a couple excellent texture purveyors to open things up suggest this show might be suitable for attentive listening more than Friday night rowdiness.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Chris Pruden/Mark Godfrey/Nick Fraser / The Emmet Ray 2018-01-15 (Monday – PWYC!) [more info]

Nelson Moneo/cheryl o/Kristian Podlacha/Harrison Vetro ["the intersection of chamber music and free improvisation"] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-16 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Josh Cole Quintet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-17 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Kamancello / Burdock Music Hall 2018-01-17 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Venus Fest (feat. Luna Li / ggpeach / Nezzy) / The Baby G 2018-01-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

Riparian Acoustics presents (feat. Sandy Ewen / Ways / Fake Humans) / D D L 2018-01-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nick Arseneau Quintet [Nick Arseneau/Marie Goudy/John Nicholson/Patrick O'Reilly/Harrison Vetro] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-19 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Crystal Hibernations Number 3 (feat. Cares / UXVAE / Brother Tiger) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2018-01-19 (Friday) [FB event]

Beatrice Keeler (Merival / Alex Leggett / ZOË) / The Cameron House 2018-01-19 (Friday) [FB event]

Jonathan Adjemian [solo piano + guests!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-20 (Saturday – early!)

Audiopollination 58 (feat. Jesse Laderoute/Ashley Urquhart/David Story / Lane Halley/Alex Whyte/Tomasz Krakowiak / Heraclitus Akimbo/Alex Fournier/Del Stephen / D. Alex Meeks + friends) / Array Space 2018-01-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

Class Of 2018 (feat. Lush Buffalo / WHOOP-szo / Hot Garbage / Iris / Tange) / Smiling Buddha 2018-01-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

Westelaken [LP release!] (Slurry / HEX) / Monarch Tavern 2018-01-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

FAWN 2017/18 Day Party! (feat. Castle If / FAWN [Acote/Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen/Adam Scime/Darren Creech/Jonathan MacArthur]) / Smiling Buddha 2018-01-21 (Sunday — PWYC! afternoon event, 2 to 6 p.m.!) [FB event]

Brian Abbott's Earthlight [Brian Abbott/Diane Roblin/Mark Zurawinski] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-21 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Continuum Contemporary Music: Time Travels Light [compositions by Fjóla Evans, Michael Oesterle and Andrew Staniland] (feat. TorQ Percussion Quartet/Rob Power/Ryan Scott/Continuum's lower string sextet) / 918 Bathurst 2018-01-21 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There Presents (feat. Pineapple [Karen Ng/Alex Fournier/Rob Grieve]) / The Emmet Ray 2018-01-21 (Sunday) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Octopus Curls [Allison Cameron/Stephen Parkinson/Nicole Rampersaud/Germaine Liu/Mark Zurawinski] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-24 (Wednesday – early!)

Pins & Needles [farewell show!] (HEX / Love Lagoon) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-01-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Colour & Noise [Ashley Urquhart/Alex Fournier/Patrick O'Reilly/Curtis Whittaker/Aidan Sibley/Tara Kannangara] (Triio [Alex Fournier/Allison Au/Aidan Sibley/Tom Fleming/Ashley Urquhart/Mark Ballyk]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-28 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Soundstreams' Ear Candy: Almost Unplugged (feat. Andréa Tyniec / Jesse Zubot) / Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret 2018-02-01 (Thursday) [more info]

Track Could Bend #35 (feat. The Bim Prongs & {AN} EeL / N A V I / Love Children of the Apocalypse) / Belljar Café 2018-02-06 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie / Burdock Music Hall 2018-02-06 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Music Gallery and Native Women in the Arts present the Kwe Performance Series: Mother Tongue (feat. Joanne Shenandoah / Salia Joseph & Kwiigay iiwaans / Nelson Tagoona) / 918 Bathurst 2018-02-10 (Saturday) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. Kieran Maraj / cheryl o & Meghan Cheng) / Array Space 2018-02-11 (Sunday) [FB event]

Wavelength Winter Festival 18 (feat. MI Blue / Bossie / OBUXUM / Plazas) / The Garrison 2018-02-16 (Friday) [FB event]

Wavelength Winter Festival 18 (feat. Odonis Odonis / Freak Heat Waves / Tough Age / Kurt Marble / Luge) / The Garrison 2018-02-17 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength Winter Festival 18 (feat. Buke and Gase / Omhouse / Fusilier / You'll Never Get to Heaven / Joseph Shabason) / The Garrison 2018-02-18 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There Presents (feat. Astrosurf) / The Emmet Ray 2018-02-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival (feat. TBA) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-02-23–2018-02-25 (Friday–Sunday – save the dates!)

Lenten Treasures ["featuring music of Tallis, Victoria, Palestrina, Sanders, Willan, and Larkin"] (feat. The Tallis Choir) / St. Patrick's Church 2018-03-18 (Sunday) [more info]

Eamon McGrath (Bart) / The Dakota Tavern 2018-03-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan / The Baby G 2018-03-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nap Eyes (She Devils) / The Baby G 2018-04-03 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Dr. John Cooper Clarke (Son of Dave) / Lee's Palace 2018-04-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

U.S. Girls / The Horseshoe Tavern 2018-04-19 (Thursday) [FB event]

Friday, January 12, 2018

Recording: The Highest Order

Artist: The Highest Order

Songs: Carry On Warm [Fiver cover, feat. Michelle McAdorey] / Something On Your Mind [Karen Dalton cover, feat. Bria Salmena] / Working Man Blues [Merle Haggard cover, feat. Dallas Good and Andre Ethier] / Stop the World and Let Me Off [Waylon Jennings cover, feat. Dallas Good] / Shake The Dope Out [The Warlocks cover, feat Dan Burke, Calvin Brown + Richard Gibson]

Recorded at Lee's Palace (Dan Burke: 60 plus 20), December 8, 2017.

The Highest Order feat. Michelle McAdorey - Carry On Warm

The Highest Order feat. Bria Salmena - Something On Your Mind

The Highest Order with Dallas Good and Andre Ethier - Working Man Blues

The Highest Order with Dallas Good - Stop the World and Let Me Off

Party Wallet - Shake The Dope Out

Although things didn't feel exactly right, taking over Lee's Palace instead of packing The Silver Dollar, there were good vibes and all-star jams a-plenty at this night dedicated to Dan Burke, celebrating his 60th birthday as well as twenty years of promoting shows. Headliners The Highest Order went brought the biggest contingent of guest performers, enlisting a large roster of friends and collaborators (as well as an expanded band with Stew Crookes' pedal steel, Nick Kervin adding percussion and Vallens' Marta Cikojevic on keybs throughout the night). Michelle McAdorey added some backing vocals on a Fiver song that's been brought over to The Highest Order, as well as being backed by the band on her own "Disappearing Things". Jen Castle reprised her Gerry Rafferty jam with the group while Andre Ethier and The Sadies' Dallas Good sat in for a mini-set-within-the-set. With B-17's Calvin Brown and Richard Gibson joining in with Dan Burke for the grand finale, the band morphed into their alter-ego Party Wallet to close out the night.

Recording: Comet Control

Artist: Comet Control

Songs: The Cloud [Elevator cover, feat. Matt Mason] + The Love You Save [Joe Tex cover, feat. Andre Ethier + Yuri Didrichson]

Recorded at Lee's Palace (Dan Burke: 60 plus 20), December 8, 2017.

Comet Control feat. Matt Mason - The Cloud

Comet Control feat. Andre Ethier + Yuri Didrichson - The Love You Save

Although things didn't feel exactly right, taking over Lee's Palace instead of packing The Silver Dollar, there were good vibes and all-star jams a-plenty at this night dedicated to Dan Burke, celebrating his 60th birthday as well as twenty years of promoting shows. The special guests definitely made this set memorable, with Anagram/Surinam's Matt Mason adding a menacing edge to a driving version of Elevator's "The Cloud". And after that, things got as close to a Deadly Snakes reunion as you might be likely to see, with Comet Control's Chad Ross and Andrew Moszynski being joined by old comrades Andre Ethier and Yuri Didrichson, dedicating the Stones' "Hand of Fate" to Dan Burke as well as tackling this Joe Tex number.

Recording: Hooded Fang

Artist: Hooded Fang

Songs: Mama Pearl + You Don't Know How It Feels [Tom Petty cover, with Simone Schmidt + Scott Hardware]

Recorded at Lee's Palace (Dan Burke: 60 plus 20), December 8, 2017.

Hooded Fang - Mama Pearl

Hooded Fang with Simone Schmidt + Scott Hardware - You Don't Know How It Feels

Although things didn't feel exactly right, taking over Lee's Palace instead of packing The Silver Dollar, there were good vibes and all-star jams a-plenty at this night dedicated to Dan Burke, celebrating his 60th birthday as well as twenty years of promoting shows. Hooded Fang spent most of their set stretching out their grooves and highlighting the material from their Dynasty House EP, but in the spirit of the night, they brought out some special guests for a pass-the-mic tribute to Tom Petty.

Recording: Moscow Apartment

Artist: Moscow Apartment

Songs: Be You + She Talks To Rainbows [Ramones cover via Ronnie Spector, with Kritty Uranowski + Dan Burke]

Recorded at Lee's Palace (Dan Burke: 60 plus 20), December 8, 2017.

Moscow Apartment - Be You

Moscow Apartment with Kritty Uranowski + Dan Burke - She Talks To Rainbows

Although things didn't feel exactly right, taking over Lee's Palace instead of packing The Silver Dollar, there were good vibes and all-star jams a-plenty at this night dedicated to Dan Burke, celebrating his 60th birthday as well as twenty years of promoting shows. Another young group prospering under the mentorship of local hero Kritty Uranowski, this teenaged duo is already exhibiting strong songwriting and excellent vocal harmonies. On their own they're on the folky side, but with Uranowski on guitar (and Hooded Fang's Dan Lee on drums) they became an ace rockin' backing band for Dan Burke to take a girl-group-ish turn at his birthday celebration, covering Ronnie Spector's version of this late-era Ramones nugget.

[Moscow Apartment will be playing another Dan Burke show, performing as part of the "Class Of 2018" series at The 'Shoe on Friday, January 26th.]

Monday, January 8, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #232

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gig of the week:

Marker Starling [Anchors & Ampersands release party!] (Bunny) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-01-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

While it might seem like repeat of celebrations past (party like it's 2010!) Chris Cummings' return to the Tranzac in celebration of a new album is very much a chance to reflect on his continuous growth and transformation as an artist. Last year's superb I'm Willing covers album showed off Cummings' gifts as an arranger and interpreter — as does the new Anchors & Ampersands, but with a twist, as he is now looking back and bringing new perspectives to some of his older works. As is usually the case with a new Marker Startling album, the show is an opportunity to see him with an expended band and lusher arrangements — and for a no-doubt pop bonus, the excellent Bunny are once more opening the night.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Sarah Greene / The Dakota Tavern 2018-01-09 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Ornate Ornette (feat. Karen Ng/Lowell Whitty/Mike DeiCont/Phill Albert) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-09 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XIII (feat. Brian Abbott/Bea Labikova/Germaine Liu/Karen Ng/Patrick O'Reilly / Harley Card/Jason Kenemy/Jim Sexton/Laura Swankey) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-10 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Happy NY 2018 (feat. Allison Cameron/Kurt Newman/Stephen Parkinson) / Arraymusic 2018-01-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Soap (Cellphone / Slurry) / Owl's Club (basement) 2018-01-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Tania Gill Quartet [Tania Gill/Lina Allemano/Nico Dann/Rob Clutton] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-12 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Grounders (Lee Paradise / Beds) / The Baby G 2018-01-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Moves [Spencer Cole/Zach Bines/Joe Organ] (Side Hustle / Evan Cartwright) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-01-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Dimensions in Sound (feat. Slow Attack Ensemble / Ryan Carley's Ferra Fauna / LUCIEN) / ROUND 2018-01-12 (Friday) [FB event]

The Nilan Perera Ensemble [Nilan Perera/Kayla Milmine/Wes Neal/Rick Sacks] / Array Space 2018-01-12 (Friday)

Sahara (Nyssa / Kiwi Jr.) / Monarch Tavern 2018-01-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Germaphobes (Omhouse / Rapport / Hobby) / Smiling Buddha 2018-01-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

WLMRT (Deathsticks / Camp Girls / Tourist) / Euro Sports Bar 2018-01-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Buffalo MRI (Sandro Perri/Fleshtone Aura) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Michael Snow & Jesse Stewart [Live at the National Gallery LP launch concert!] (Brodie West/Mani Mazinani) / Array Space 2018-01-13 (Saturday)

New Chance (ZOË / Invisible Out / Hexzuul) / Smiling Buddha 2018-01-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano Four / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-14 (Sunday) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Riparian Acoustics presents (feat. Sandy Ewen / Ways / Fake Humans) / D D L 2018-01-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

Audiopollination 58 (feat. Jesse Laderoute/Ashley Urquhart/David Story / Lane Halley/Alex Whyte/Tomasz Krakowiak / Heraclitus Akimbo/Alex Fournier/Del Stephen) / Array Space 2018-01-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

FAWN 2017/18 Day Party! (feat. Castle If / FAWN [Acote/Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen/Adam Scime/Darren Creech/Jonathan MacArthur]) / Smiling Buddha 2018-01-21 (Sunday — PWYC! afternoon event, 2 to 6 p.m.!) [FB event]

Continuum Contemporary Music: Time Travels Light [compositions by Fjóla Evans, Michael Oesterle and Andrew Staniland] (feat. TorQ Percussion Quartet/Rob Power/Ryan Scott/Continuum's lower string sextet) / 918 Bathurst 2018-01-21 (Sunday) [FB event]

Iranian Canadian Composers of Toronto present [eight new works for solo accordion] (feat. Michael Bridge) / Canadian Music Centre 2018-01-24 (Wednesday – early show @ 5:30 p.m.!) [FB event]

Two Floor Fundraiser [fundraising for necessary roof work at Owl's Club!] (feat. Schönsee / Retired / Pearle Harbour's Battle Cry / Sigil / Hangin' Tuff / Group Hug) / Owl's Club 2018-01-26 (Friday) [FB event]

North Atlantic Drift (Clara Engel / Snake Church) / The Dupe Shop 2018-01-27 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Titanium Riot / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-30 (Sunday) [FB event]

Thinking [works by Maria de Alvear and Marci Rabe] (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective) / Array Space 2018-02-02 (Friday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 66 (feat. Bonjay / Blunt Chunks / Foonyap / Benedicte) / Matt Durant Studio 2018-02-03 (Saturday) [FB event]

Okavango African Orchestra / Alliance Française de Toronto 2018-02-03 (Saturday) [FB event]

Nick Fraser Quartet w/ Tony Malaby [Is Life Long? CD release!] / the Rex Hotel 2018-02-05–2018-02-06 (Monday–Tuesday) [FB event]

Haunted Summer (LOLAA / Akage No Anne / Ace Of Wands) / Smiling Buddha 2018-02-09 (Friday) [FB event]

Audio Bleed (feat. Hybrid Frequency / Fillspace) / Belljar Café 2018-02-10 (Saturday — PWYC!) [FB event]

The Music Gallery presents: Voice Pieces (feat. The Element Choir / Lillian Allen / AMALIA) / Gardiner Museum 2018-02-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Beams [LP release!] (catl. / L CON) / Smiling Buddha 2018-02-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Special event; MFS Listening Station

Here's a unique offering that's worthy of a post of its own here. Thanks to the folks at Long Winter, I am presenting a listening station at this month's event at the Gladstone Hotel, which is also part of an extended Myseum exhibition entitled "Toronto's Musical Undergrounds" (a "multi-room visual tour of select moments in Toronto’s alt-music history: subcultures, milieu, and happenings from 1970s to the present").

There are some other really cool bits to check out, including installations by Alicia Nauta and Roxanne Ignatius, photos by Colin Medley, a room celebrating Will Munro and Vazaleen (get ready to dance to some Hidden Cameras!) and hip-hop history from The Masterplan Show's archive.

The listening station has seventy-five tapes on hand, showing off my archives in a "rough draft" format that isn't often seen here, with unedited warts-and-all recordings from 2009 to 2016. All the music at the listening station is from venues that no longer exist, giving a chance to reflect on shifting spaces and to wonder what's going to replace them in this ever-more-unaffordable city. There's also a visual element, designed to give sense of the size of the MFS archive.

You can see all of this as part of Friday night's Long Winter event, but if you'd like to soak it in with less attendant hullabaloo the exhibition is open for the next three days:

  • Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor
  • When: Thursday, January 4th to Saturday, January 6th, noon to 5 p.m. (plus during Long Winter)
  • How much: Free! (And all-ages and open to the whole family!)

To further celebrate this special event, I'm holding a "listening station salon" on Saturday afternoon, 2 to 5 p.m. where we can hang out and chat about the archive and disappearing venues and whatever else. Plus, to complete the circle, there will be a live set from Allison Cameron, a recording of which will then become the latest part of the archive. And best of all, visitors will be invited to take one of the exhibit's tapes home with them! This is free/PWYC, all ages, family-friendly and all are invited. Facebook event is here.

Visual realization and installation facilitated by Hilary Martin. Very special thanks to The Dupe Shop.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #231

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gigs of the week:

Track Could Bend #34 (feat. Bachelard / LUKA / tendencyitis) / Belljar Café 2018-01-02 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 52 (feat. Kat Estacio / Homura) / Handlebar 2018-01-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

There's something to be said for the one-off, unique concert event, but let's not underestimate the persistent charm of a well-curated series. I'll remain as modest as possible about my own monthly (though, seriously, really excellent lineup this month with a nice mix of electronic sounds and human voices), but hats off to Aaron Dawson and the Nite Comfort gang for creating a hospitable zone month after month. These are two shows that could really get your gig-going year off to a good start in a cozy, community-based space devoted to sonic discoveries.


This week's noteworthy shows:

A Feast Of Basil (feat. Karen Ng/Mike Smith/D. Alex Meeks) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-02 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Freaky Boos Unite Tour (feat. NPNP / Hutchie [solo set by Aaron of Eschaton/Haolin Munk/HAVN Records] / Please [cello/electro improv set by Becky of SOURPUSSY/glassEYElashes] / Dohn Valley) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-03 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Long Winter 6.3 (feat. Matthew Progress / Tremayne / Max & Eyeda / Babygirl / Tashme / Luge / Kojo "Easy" Damptey) / The Gladstone Hotel 2018-01-05 (Friday – PWYC! all ages!) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Sarah Greene / The Dakota Tavern 2018-01-09 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Happy NY 2018 (feat. Allison Cameron/Kurt Newman/Stephen Parkinson) / Arraymusic 2018-01-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Dimensions in Sound (feat. Slow Attack Ensemble / Ryan Carley's Ferra Fauna / LUCIEN) / ROUND 2018-01-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Buffalo MRI (Sandro Perri/Fleshtone Aura) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-01-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Marker Starling [Anchors & Ampersands release party!] (Bunny) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-01-13 (Saturday) [FBevent]

Kamancello / Burdock Music Hall 2018-01-17 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Crystal Hibernations Number 3 (feat. Cares / UXVAE / Brother Tiger) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2018-01-19 (Friday) [FB event]

Cindy Lee (Deliluh / Anamai) / Lula Lounge 2018-02-08 (Thursday) [FB event]

Burn Down the Capital presents (feat. Efrim Manuel Menuck [solo set from founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion] / KGD [Kevin Doria of Growing and Hiss Tracks]) / D D L 2018-02-10 (Saturday) [FB event]

2017 Gig List

Track Could Bend #22 (feat. New Positions / Melk / Clara Engel & Neil Wiernik)
Dundas Video 2017-01-03 (Tuesday)

Long Winter 5.2 (feat. Han Han / Jessica Moss / LA LUNA / The Magic / M.I. Blue / Queen Of Swords / WHIMM)
The Gladstone Hotel 2017-01-06 (Friday)

The Sadies (Punching Nuns)
The Garrison 2017-01-06 (Friday)

Pickles Aid (feat. Laura Barrett / Entire Cities / Young Doctors in Love / More or Les)
Junction City Music Hall 2017-01-12 (Thursday)

My Misshapen Ear
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-01-13 (Friday)

Marker Starling (Bunny)
Burdock Music Hall 2017-01-14 (Saturday)

Bellwether 4
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-01-18 (Wednesday)

The Cosmic Range (Off World)
The Great Hall 2017-01-19 (Thursday)

Tone Deaf Culture Presents: Toronto Noise #4 (feat. Bit Reduction / Bachelard / Goth Girl x Lumi Kryzstal / Ero Guro / Post Natal Drip)
Belljar Café 2017-01-20 (Friday)

The New Flesh (feat. Sherri Hay/Nohista/Jeremy Bailey/Jenn Norton & Steph Yates/Robin Kobrynski/Tasman Richardson/Katie Switzer & Paul Moleiro)
The Music Gallery 2017-01-21 (Saturday)

Piano Party 8 (feat. Randy Gagne / Charlie Murray)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-01-25 (Wednesday)

Hooded Fang (Anamai / Deliluh)
The Silver Dollar Room 2017-01-27 (Friday)

Abductive Transduction: A Distributed Sound Performance (feat. Nidus)
Ratio 2017-01-28 (Saturday)

Ruins of Utopia (Fog Spirits / Error 144 / Inchoate)
Belljar Café 2017-01-28 (Saturday)

Cosmic Homeostasis II
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-01-29 (Sunday)

Lina Allemano Four (Titanium Riot)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-01-31 (Tuesday)

Long Winter 5.3 (feat. Ivy Mairi / FIN / Young Clancy / Devon Welsh / Off World / L CON / Germaphobes / Saidah Conrad)
The Theatre Centre 2017-02-04 (Saturday)

Nite Comfort 41 (feat. Tenderness / David Sharpe)
Handlebar 2017-02-05 (Sunday)

Track Could Bend #23 (feat. Joe Byer / Upanishads / organballoon)
Dundas Video 2017-02-07 (Tuesday)

Brodie West/Nick Fraser
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-02-08 (Wednesday)

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft, III (feat. Heraclitus Akimbo / Dave Clark/Josh Cole/Colin Fisher/Jason Kenemy)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-02-08 (Wednesday)

A Night With Pleasence (feat. Alexander Moskos / ZONES / Doom Tickler)
The Music Gallery 2017-02-11 (Saturday)

SEVENTEEN: Wavelength Music Festival 17 (feat. TOPS / DIANA / Vallens / Chandra)
The Garrison 2017-02-17 (Friday)

SEVENTEEN: Wavelength Music Festival 17 – Exclaim! & Girls Rock Camp Toronto all ages matinee (feat. Peeling / WLMRT / Strands / Denim Roses)
Monarch Tavern 2017-02-18 (Saturday)

SEVENTEEN: Wavelength Music Festival 17 (feat. Julie Doiron & The Wrong Guys / Fake Palms / FET.NAT / WHOOP-Szo / Helena Deland)
The Garrison 2017-02-18 (Saturday)

SEVENTEEN: Wavelength Music Festival 17 – Drone Brunch (feat. North Atlantic Drift / Kat Estacio)
Gladstone Hotel – Melody Bar 2017-02-19 (Sunday)

SEVENTEEN: Wavelength Music Festival 17 (feat. Phèdre / Han Han with HATAW / Emay / Fin / Hush Pup)
The Garrison 2017-02-19 (Sunday)

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival (feat. David Dacks [lecture] / Nick Fraser New Quartet / Craig Dunsmuir & Dun-Dun Band / Body Double)
The Tranzac 2017-02-24 (Friday)

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival (feat. Amelia Ehrhardt / Lîla Ensemble / roundtable on movement & improvised music)
The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-02-25 (Saturday)

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival (feat. The Thing Is / Manticore with James Beardmore + Xuan Ye / Future Machines / Prince Nifty)
The Tranzac 2017-02-25 (Saturday)

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival (feat. Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-02-26 (Sunday)

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival (feat. Heidi Chan/Sarah Peebles / Rob Clutton/Michael Lynn / Diane Roblin/Michael Snow / James Bailey/Allison Cameron / The Mike Smith Company / Bristles Trio)
The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-02-26 (Sunday)

Century Palm (Vallens / MOON EYED)
Monarch Tavern 2017-03-02 (Thursday)

Soley Ensemble
Aga Khan Museum 2017-03-04 (Saturday)

Protruders (Eroders / Tranz Defonze)
The Dupe Shop 2017-03-05 (Sunday)

Wavelength 725: Music as Disruption (feat. LAL / panel discussion)
Gladstone Hotel (ballroom) 2017-03-05 (Sunday)

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Baby Dee / IC/JC/VC / Transcombobulation)
Burdock Music Hall 2017-03-05 (Sunday)

Track Could Bend #24 (feat. Christine Bougie / Someone's Memory / act tbh)
The Steady Café 2017-03-07 (Tuesday)

Not The Wind Not The Flag with Rob Clutton (Matias Rozenberg / Magali Meagher)
Burdock Music Hall 2017-03-09 (Thursday)

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. Adolescence / Russell Matthews/Patrick O'Reilly/Andrew Downing/Harrison Vetro)
Array Space 2017-03-12 (Sunday)

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Retired / Processor / Cutout Lover/ Luge)
The Baby G 2017-03-15 (Wednesday)

Composer's Toolbox (feat. Allison Cameron / Jonathan Adjemian/Nicholas Buligan/Matthew Fava)
Canadian Music Centre 2017-03-16 (Thursday)

The Toronto Improvisers Orchestra feat. Christine Duncan and The Element Choir
Array Space 2017-03-19 (Sunday)

Crosswires (feat. Baa / Good Conduct / Dave from Ghostlight)
The Baby G 2017-03-20 (Monday)

Long Winter 5.4 (feat. Deliluh / Leanne Simpson / Protruders / Doom Tickler / Bonnie Trash / Bunny / HEX / Midge)
Gladstone Hotel 2017-03-24 (Friday)

Faster Presents: Spring Sounds (feat. Heraclitus Akimbo / Brian Abbott & Lorne Shapiro / Deenzi)
Gerrard Art Space 2017-03-25 (Saturday)

Track Could Bend #25: Second Anniversary All-Star Spectacular! (feat. Neil Wiernik/Patrick O'Reilly/Jesse Levine/Mike Smith / Allison Cameron/Aaron Corbett/Brian Abbott/Christine Bougie / Fae Sirois/Michael Lynn/Del Stephen/someone's memory / Laura Swankey/Andrew Furlong/Kayla Milmine / Chris Adriaanse/Bryan W. Bray/Alexei Orechin/Karen Ng)
The Steady Café 2017-04-04 (Tuesday)

Emergents III (feat. Castle If / Laura Swankey & Patrick O'Reilly)
The Music Gallery 2017-04-07 (Friday)

Audiopollination #53.1 (feat. Abigail Trotsky/Chris Trotter/Owen Lyons / UsK/Dominique Banoun/Alan Bloor / William Davison/Mark Gane/Ambrose Pottie/Eugene Martynec / Alaniaris)
Array Space 2017-04-08 (Saturday)

Channel no.3.2 (feat. HEXZUUL / Roarke Menzies / Xuan Ye / Inchoate)
The Steady Café 2017-04-09 (Sunday)

Michael Keith
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-12 (Wednesday)

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft, V (feat. Heather Saumer & Doug Tielli / Jonathan Adjemian/Andrew Furlong/Jay Hay/Joe Sorbara)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-12 (Wednesday)

Colin Fisher & Victor Cirone (CARES/Babel / Ollis Oien)
Saving Gigi 2017-04-13 (Thursday)

Jonathan Adjemian (IC/JC/VC)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-14 (Friday)

The Music Gallery's Departures Series (feat. Peter Evans Ensemble / Sam Weinberg/Chris Welcome/Ben Bennett / Not The Wind, Not The Flag)
Array Space 2017-04-16 (Sunday)

Crosswires (feat. Eiyn Sof / Fanshaw / Liz Hysen)
The Baby G 2017-04-17 (Monday)

Soundstreams' Salon 21: CeramiX (feat. Tomasz Krakowiak/Joe Sorbara/Mark Zurawinski)
Gardiner Museum 2017-04-21 (Friday)

You've Changed Records 8th Anniversary Celebration (feat. Partner / Daniel Romano / Richard Laviolette / Shotgun Jimmie / Misha Bower)
Longboat Hall 2017-04-22 (Saturday)

Nailbiter (Cares / New Tendencies / Johan Seaton)
The Steady Café 2017-04-23 (Sunday)

Audiopollination #53.2 (feat. Allison Cameron/Kristel Jax/Heraclitus Akimbo / Brian Abbott/Heidi Chan/Laura Swankey/Heraclitus Akimbo / Ambrose Pottie/Andrew Furlong/Karen Ng/Heraclitus Akimbo / Ryan Kinney/Paul Newman/Heraclitus Akimbo)
Array Space 2017-04-25 (Tuesday)

Piano Party! (feat. Bob Wiseman / Marcel Aucoin)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-26 (Wednesday)

Smellwether4
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-26 (Wednesday)

Live in the Stacks (feat. Tasseomancy / Castle If)
Toronto Public Library – Yorkville Branch 2017-04-29 (Saturday)

Cosmic Homeostasis III
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-30 (Sunday)

Track Could Bend #26 (feat. Sandro Perri/Allison Cameron/Josh Cole / Allison Cameron & William Davison / Moth Ash)
The Steady Café 2017-05-02 (Tuesday)

The Music Gallery presents: Emergents IV (feat. Stereoscope Duo / Harp Society)
Burdock Music Hall 2017-05-05 (Friday)

SHHHH, Vol. 2 (feat. Carl Didur / Bodies That Matter / Deenzi / Manticore)
Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch (Basement Auditorium) 2017-05-06 (Saturday)

Feast In The East: 6 Year Anniversary (feat. Phèdre / ZONES / Fly or Die / Tenderness / Fake Humans)
Jam Factory 2017-05-06 (Saturday)

Mas Aya (Baque De Bamba / Obuxum)
Burdock Music Hall 2017-05-12 (Friday)

Sacred Lamp
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-14 (Sunday)

Anamai (Chrysanthemum White Alder / Pissbowelking)
Smiling Buddha 2017-05-14 (Sunday)

CMC Presents (feat. Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche / The Mike Smith Company)
The Drake Underground 2017-05-20 (Saturday)

Optical Sounds Records Presents (feat. The Disraelis / Prince Ness)
The Baby G 2017-05-20 (Saturday)

Keys, Wind and Strings Festival: Premieres VI (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective with Olivia Steimel and Solomiya Moroz)
Array Space 2017-05-25 (Thursday)

Rheostatics (Ford Pier)
The Horseshoe Tavern 2017-05-26 (Friday)

Music in the Barns (Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna)
The Great Hall 2017-06-28 (Sunday)

Decreation (feat. ¼ Tonne / Processor / Craig Dunsmuir)
Ratio 2017-06-03 (Saturday)

Decreation (feat. Alan Licht & Michael Snow / Not The Wind, Not The Flag / Zoë / Heraclitus Akimbo with Paul Newman)
Ratio 2017-06-04 (Sunday)

Track Could Bend #27 (feat. Diane Roblin & Katie Jensen / Processor / Steve Sladkowski & Joe Sorbara)
The Steady Café 2017-06-06 (Tuesday)

Decreation (feat. Chik White / Slow Attack Ensemble / Fleshtone Aura / APA)
Ratio 2017-06-10 (Saturday)

TONE Festival (feat. Tatsuya Nakatani [solo] / Tatsuya Nakatani/Mika Posen/Danielle Fernandes / Brodie West & Joe Sorbara)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-06-14 (Wednesday)

The Music Gallery Departures Series: TONE Festival (feat. DKV / Icepick / Invisible Out)
Burdock Music Hall 2017-06-15 (Thursday)

A Quiet Night (feat. Bachelard / New Tendencies / Heraclitus Akimbo)
Handlebar 2017-06-18 (Sunday)

TONE Festival (feat. Perch Hen Brock & Rain / Marilyn Lerner & Nicole Rampersaud)
Array Space 2017-06-20 (Tuesday)

TONE Festival (feat. Hailu Mergia / Fake Humans)
Jam Factory 2017-06-21 (Wednesday)

TONE Festival (feat. Arrington De Dionyso & Pierre-Luc Simon / FET.NAT / Sook-Yin Lee & Adam Litovitz / Brian Ruryk / Arrington De Dionyso & John Oswald)
Ratio 2017-06-24 (Saturday)

Monday Penance (feat. Corpusse / Skin)
Smiling Buddha 2017-06-26 (Monday)

TONE Festival (feat. Ted Reichman / Anne Bourne & Matt Rogalsky)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-06-29 (Thursday)

Nite Comfort 46 (feat. N A V I / ~peace : will austin)
Handlebar 2017-07-02 (Sunday)

Track Could Bend #28 (feat. Blue Light / Sound of the Mountain / Body of Waste)
The Steady Café 2017-07-04 (Tuesday)

Feast In The East 63 (feat. The Cosmic Range / LAL / Saxsyndrum)
Prairie Drive Park 2017-07-08 (Saturday)

Rooted, Somewhere There, and Mechanical Forest Sound present (feat. Harrison Argatoff / The Imaginary Percussion Ensemble / Kat Estacio)
Array Space 2017-07-09 (Sunday)

Eclec~Tic~Toc Fest, Vol. 1 – Night 1 (feat. James Bailey / Money House / Lorne Shapiro/Brian Abbott / Body of Waste / Darling Cora/Lorne Shapiro / Bit Reduction / Mkl32 / The Bim Prongs / Ben Grossman/Cheryl O/Barry Prophet / Faster)
Gerrard Art Space 2017-07-14 (Friday)

Eclec~Tic~Toc Fest, Vol. 1 – Night 2 (feat. No One Receiving Duo / Irrevery / Fake Flesh / Members of Retired / Hidden Hierarchies / Valarie Kuhene / Moth Ash / Knurl / Damon Loren Baker / {AN} EeL)
Gerrard Art Space 2017-07-15 (Saturday)

Seven Sonorous Scintillators (feat. Xuan Ye / Brigitte Bardon't / Zoë Alexis-Abrams & Johnny Spence / Heraclitus Akimbo & Jason Doell)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-07-16 (Sunday)

Rebecca Hennessy's FOG Brass Band
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-07-16 (Sunday)

Batuki Music Society, Wavelength Music Series and Music Africa present (feat. Mbongwana Star)
The Great Hall 2017-07-19 (Wednesday)

Northern Passages Festival (feat. Cris Derksen/Jesse Baird/Nimkii Osawamick)
Harbourfront Centre – Concert Stage 2017-07-21 (Friday)

Over The Edge (feat. Allison Cameron/Nicole Rampersaud/Joe Sorbara / Glen Hall/Allison Cameron/ Bill Gilliam/Nicole Rampersaud / Bill Gilliam/Glen Hall/Joe Sorbara)
Array Space 2017-07-23 (Sunday)

Somewhere There + MFS present (feat. Kenton Smith / Nows / Dux)
The Steady Café 2017-07-24 (Monday)

Paper Laced with Gold: the musical in concert (feat. Stevie Jackson/Drew Smith/Lisa Bozikovic/Paul Mathew/Maggie MacDonald/Jo Snyder/Bojana Stancic/John Power)
Imperial Pub 2017-07-26 (Wednesday)

FAREWellwether4 feat. Nick Fraser (Andrew Furlong [solo])
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-07-26 (Wednesday)

Deliluh (HUT / Praises)
Home Baking Co. 2017-07-27 (Thursday)

Cosmic Homeostasis IV (feat. Ronnie Blake/Rob Cruickshank/Kayla Milmine/Paul Newman/Nilan Perera/Ted Phillips/Abigail Trotsky/Chris Trotter/Del Stephen/Joe Strutt/Laura Swankey)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-07-30 (Sunday)

Track Could Bend #29 (feat. Invisible Out / Tom Richards / BABEL)
The Steady Café 2017-08-01 (Tuesday)

Nite Comfort 47 (feat. Hybrid Frequency / Stargoon)
Handlebar 2017-08-06 (Sunday)

Native North America Gathering (feat. Duke Redbird / John Angaiak / Ernest Monias / Lawrence Martin/Vern Cheechoo/Lloyd Cheechoo / Eric Landry / Leland Bell / Willy Mitchell / Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback)
Trinity-St. Paul's 2017-08-08 (Tuesday)

Brodie West/Reg Schwager/Marilyn Lerner/Evan Cartwright
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-08-09 (Wednesday)

Music by & for Ken Aldcroft VIII (feat. Allison Cameron & Glen Hall / Andrew Furlong/Andrew Kay/Joe Sorbara)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-08-09 (Wednesday)

The Allison Cameron Band
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-08-16 (Wednesday)

Nick Fraser/Bryan Qu/Alex Fournier
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-08-16 (Wednesday)

Feminist Art Museum presents: Pauline Oliveros' "To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation" (feat. Christopher Willes / Anne Bourne / Allison Cameron / Ame Henderson / Anni Spadafora / Ellen Furey / Evan Webber / Germaine Liu / Ishan Dave)
Gardiner Museum 2017-08-17 (Thursday)

Camp Wavelength (feat. Jessy Lanza / DATU / Os Tropies / Loji)
The Garrison 2017-08-18 (Friday)

Camp Wavelength (feat. Un Blonde / Haviah Mighty / Witch Prophet / Germaphobes / Exit Someone / Tomi Swick)
Sherbourne Common 2017-08-19 (Saturday)

Camp Wavelength (feat. Dilly Dally / Rich Aucoin / Duchess Says / Ice Cream)
Longboat Hall 2017-08-19 (Saturday)

Camp Wavelength (feat. She-Devils / Zuze / SlowPitchSound / Dan Misha Goldman / Best Fern / L CON)
Sherbourne Common 2017-08-20 (Sunday)

Camp Wavelength (feat. Deerhoof / The Luyas / Emilie & Ogden)
Longboat Hall 2017-08-20 (Sunday)

Audiopollination #54 (feat. Minibeast / Insect Factory / Sandy Ewen)
Array Space 2017-08-21 (Monday)

Colin Fisher & Jonathan Adjemian (Khôra)
Pamenar Café 2017-08-24 (Thursday)

Quiet Bedrooms presents: Launch Show (feat. Heraclitus Akimbo / YlangYlang)
940 Variety 2017-08-27 (Sunday)

A Quiet Little Village [Paul Newman/Kayla Milmine/Tomasz Krakowiak] (Heraclitus Akimbo & Matthew Fava)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-08-27 (Sunday)

Intersection Day 1: Music Gallery Departures Series (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective / Mick Barr / Droid)
Jam Factory 2017-08-31 (Thursday)

Intersection Day 2 (feat. Evyind Kang/Jessika Kenney/Andrew Timar/Pedram Khavarzamini/Araz Salek / Völur)
Jam Factory 2017-09-01 (Friday)

Intersection Day 3 (feat. Dialectica Sax Quartet / The Visit / Jason Doell & Xuan Ye / Northumbria / Kristina Guison / Carl Didur / Meridian / Contact Contemporary Music / Conventional Weapons / Wolf Eyes + MV Carbon)
Yonge-Dundas Square 2017-09-02 (Saturday)

Intersection Day 4: Plant Music (feat. Castle If / Nick Storring / JFM / Laura Swankey)
Allan Gardens 2017-09-04 (Monday)

Track Could Bend #30 (MAMALIA / Lash Pandiculations / jiggy jiggy jiggy)
The Steady Café 2017-09-05 (Tuesday)

Julie & The Wrong Guys (Casper Skulls / Dead Broke / Brenda)
The Horseshoe Tavern 2017-09-07 (Thursday)

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Chris Corsano / Friends & Neighbors / Retired)
Double Double Land 2017-09-08 (Friday)

Labyrinth Ontario Launch / Fundraiser (feat. Bassam Bishara with Pedram Khavarzamini / Meden Glas / The Iranian Modal Music Ensemble of Toronto)
918 Bathurst 2017-09-15 (Friday)

Peggy Lee Octet
Array Space 2017-09-16 (Saturday)

Mixed Input Festival – Night 2 (feat. James Schidlowsky / Cares/Vallée/Coderre / Wolfcow/Anna Mayberry)
The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-09-17 (Sunday)

Quatuor Bozzini
Canadian Music Centre 2017-09-20 (Wednesday)

The Pineapple
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-09-20 (Wednesday)

ANAMAI (YlangYlang / Xuan Ye + David Jones)
The Baby G 2017-09-21 (Thursday)

Opus:Testing presents Tower & Helm (feat. Roy Lee)
parkette in front of Metropolitan United Church 2017-09-22 (Friday)

Feast In The East 64 (feat. Petra Glynt / Zacht Automaat / Fet.Nat / Joanne Pollock)
Matt Durant Studio 2017-09-23 (Saturday)

Experimental Music! (feat. Brian Ruryk / Justin Haynes/Blake Howard/Sara Torrrie/Dan Fortin / Justin Orok & Heraclitus Akimbo)
Belljar Café 2017-09-29 (Friday)

Venus Fest (feat. Emel Mathlouthi / Grouper / Madame Gandhi / Weaves / DIANA / Lido Pimienta / Phèdre / Ice Cream / Witch Prophet / Queen Of Swords / The Highest Order / HEX)
Artscape Daniels Spectrum 2017-09-30 (Saturday)

Quiet Bedrooms presents: QB3 (feat. Allison Cameron / Sea Beau / Happy Baby)
The Dupe Shop 2017-10-01 (Sunday)

Track Could Bend #31 (feat. Nur Michael Keith / New Tendencies & Priya Thomas / iderdown + abigail trotsky)
The Steady Café 2017-10-03 (Tuesday)

Jock Tears (Protruders / Tough Age)
The Dupe Shop 2017-10-07 (Saturday)

X Avant XII (feat. Man Forever / Germaine Liu + Ensemble / Luyos MC)
918 Bathurst 2017-10-11 (Wednesday)

X Avant XII: RPM Live 007 (feat. Elisa Harkins / Laura Ortman / Mourning Coup)
918 Bathurst 2017-10-12 (Thursday)

X Avant XII (feat. INTÉRRO feat. Kaie Kellough, Tanya Evanson, Jason Sharp, Kevin Lo / E-Saggila)
918 Bathurst 2017-10-13 (Friday)

Pleasence Records Presents: Cassette Store Day 2017 & The Dupe Shop Anniversary (feat. Moon Eyed / Father Christmas / Owen Nolan)
The Dupe Shop 2017-10-14 (Saturday)

X Avant XII: curated by LAL and Babely Shades (feat. Avrha / Bizzarh / Drawing With Knives)
The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-10-14 (Saturday)

X Avant XII: James Tenney: Resistance
918 Bathurst 2017-10-15 (Sunday)

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Bill Nace/Twig Harper / Not The Wind, Not The Flag / Dandy Dusted)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-16 (Monday)

Riparian Acoustics and Burn Down the Capital present (feat. Hans Joachim Roedelius / Xambuca / Joseph Shabason / Kat Estacio)
Monarch Tavern 2017-10-17 (Tuesday)

Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie
Array Space 2017-10-18 (Wednesday)

Context, NA (Stargoon)
Somewhere Else 2017-10-20 (Friday)

Petra Glynt (New Chance / Bobbypin)
The Baby G 2017-10-25 (Wednesday)

Aurochs
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-27 (Friday)

U.S. Girls (Hexagon)
The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-10-27 (Friday)

Cosmic Homeostasis V
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-29 (Sunday)

Audiopollination Halloween Special (feat. The Cereal Killers/Lilly and The Jellybean Machine / The Birth of Troubling Forms / Bea Labikova/Raphael Roter)
Array Space 2017-10-31 (Tuesday)

Odonis Odonis (Beliefs)
The Garrison 2017-11-03 (Friday)

Nite Comfort 50 (feat. MURR / Kalte)
Handlebar 2017-11-05 (Sunday – PWYC!)

Track Could Bend #32 (feat. Kat Estacio & Beard Closet / Sandy Ewen / Will Austin & Brandon Lim)
Belljar Café 2017-11-07 (Tuesday)

Musicworks Magazine presents O P E N : an evening of sound interactions (feat. Sandy Ewen with Brandon Valdivia / Pursuit Grooves with Mas Aya / Cheryl Duvall)
918 Bathurst 2017-11-08 (Wednesday)

The Andrew Downing Ensemble
Canadian Music Centre 2017-11-09 (Thursday)

Women In Music Canada presents Fundraiser Show For Mexico & Puerto Rico (feat. KASHKA / Rapport / Regina Gently / LOLAA)
Monarch Tavern 2017-11-09 (Thursday)

416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival (feat. Unknown Guitar Quartet / Kayla Milmine / Sisa Suchankova/Lenka Novosedlikova/Bea Labikova/Raphael Roter/Rick Sacks)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-11 (Saturday)

Ayal Senior (Kurt Newman's Nashville Minimalism Unit)
The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-12 (Sunday)

TRYAL (Monsters Inc. / anna)
Burdock Music Hall 2017-11-12 (Sunday)

Eric Landry
Burdock Music Hall 2017-11-15 (Wednesday)

EMA (The Blow / Petra Glynt)
The Garrison 2017-11-15 (Wednesday)

Moonwood (Stargoon / Eiyn Sof)
The Dupe Shop 2017-11-19 (Sunday)

Spirit Of The Inner Child: Spontaneous Group Explorations (feat. David Parker/Del Stephen/Erik Kinsella/Heraclitus Akimbo/Paul Newman/Mkl32/Jeff Sinibaldi)
Array Space 2017-11-22 (Wednesday)

Track Could Bend #33 (feat. Justin Haynes/John Oswald/Mani Mazinani / Bea Labikova / Brian Abbott)
Belljar Café 2017-12-05 (Tuesday)

60 plus 20: Celebrating Dan Burke (feat. The Highest Order / Comet Control / Hooded Fang / Moscow Apartment)
Lee's Palace 2017-12-08 (Friday)

Long Winter 6.2 (feat. Tess Roby / Absolutely Free / Witch Prophet / Petra Glynt / The Cosmic Range / Kurt Marble / YlangYlang / LolaBunz / Moneyphone)
Polish Combatants' Hall SPK 2017-12-09 (Saturday)

Bitchin Bajas (ZONES / SlowPitchSound)
Smiling Buddha 2017-12-12 (Tuesday)

The Cluttertones (John Millard / Germaine Liu)
Burdock Music Hall 2017-12-13 (Wednesday)

If:Iff - works for chamber orchestra and electronics (feat. The GGS New Music Ensemble)
Temerty Theatre 2017-12-14 (Thursday)

Wavelength Holiday Party (feat. Rapport / Most People)
The Garrison (front room) 2017-12-14 (Thursday)

Venus Fest Winter Solstice Celebration (feat. Jennifer Castle / Aisha Sasha John / Ora Cogan)
The Garrison 2017-12-21 (Thursday)

Longform reviews of these shows are not currently likely. Recordings from many of these can be found if you dig through the tag cloud.