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:
Music Gallery Departures Series (feat. Endangered Blood / The Mike Smith Company / Body Help) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-06-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]
Somewhere There Presents (feat. Tatsuya Nakatani [solo percussion] / Ken Aldcroft/Rob Clutton/Tatsuya Nakatani / Horseman, Pass By) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-06-29 (Wednesday) [FB event]
While a local corporate "jazz" festival mostly elicits yawns and eyerolls, there's a lot of cool creative music at hand this week. Two fab local presenters are bringing some guests to town on Tuesday and Wednesday — both in the cozy, good-listenin' environs of Burdock. Endangered Blood (headlining a Music Gallery off-site Departures night) brings together four noteworthy players who are linked to a huge range of projects from Mr. Bungle to Tim Berne's Snakeoil Quartet. Tatsuya Nakatani (headlining Somewhere There's night on Wednesday) dazzled with his presence and his sense of the space between sounds in an appearance at Yonge-Dundas Square for Intersection last September, so his percussive works should be all the more intense in close quarters. Both shows also include top-notch local openers, from the ad hoc improvising crew that'll be joining Nakatani to a new iteration of The Mike Smith Company.
This week's noteworthy shows:
Jerry Paper & Easy Feelings Unlimited (Jaunt / Dougie Poole / Ducks Unlimited [first show! members of Germaphobes/Blonde Elvis!]) / Smiling Buddha 2016-06-27 (Monday) [FB event]
Graeme Stephen Trio / The Emmet Ray 2016-06-27 (Monday) [FB event]
Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche (Several Futures) / Monarch Tavern 2016-06-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]
Nick Fraser Presents (feat. Nick Fraser/Emily Denison/Anthony Argotoff/Victor Vrankujl) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-06-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]
Wolf's Nacho Wednesdays (feat. Fahmid Nibesh/Matt Smith/Jonathan Adjemian [early] / Nidus [late]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-06-29 (Wednesday) [FB event]
Jaggery (Clara Engel) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-06-30 (Thursday) [FB event]
Burn Down The Capital/Somewhere There/Rough Idea present (feat. Flat Earth Society / Pugs & Crows with Tony Wilson / Lemon Water) / Monarch Tavern 2016-06-30 (Thursday) [FB event]
Silent Shout presents: No Borders Kitchen Benefit Show (feat. Sean Nicholas Savage / Cadence Weapon / Calvin Love [solo acoustic] / Petra Glynt) / The Garrison 2016-07-01 (Friday) [FB event]
Crosss (Foam / Jons / Wido) / Smiling Buddha 2016-07-01 (Friday) [FB event]
Burn Down the Capital presents (feat. SEF III [members of Drainolith + Horse Lords] / Prince Nifty / Fake Humans / Fresh Flesh) / 8-Eleven 2016-07-01 (Friday) [FB event]
Pride Toronto: Alternaqueer (feat. Vag Halen / JD Samson) / South Stage 2016-07-01 (Friday – free! all-ages! outside! fabulous!) [FB event]
Cowboy Junkies / Harbourfront Centre – Concert Stage 2016-07-02 (Saturday – free!) [more info]
Blunt Object: More music of Carla Bley / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-07-02 (Saturday) [FB event]
FASTER Presents: Summer Sounds (feat. Bob Vespaziani/Ambrose Pottie/Brian Abbott/Kayla Milmine / Aki Takahashi + guests / Naman Cale [solo vibraphone + effects] / Brian Abbott) / Gerrard Art Space 2016-07-02 (Saturday) [FB event]
Okavango African Orchestra / Harbourfront Centre – Concert Stage 2016-07-03 (Sunday – free! afternoon show @ 2:30 p.m.!) [more info]
Avesta Nakhaei's Collective Improvisation / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-07-03 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 2:30 p.m.!)
Nite Comfort 35 (feat. JFM / Let There Be Light) / Handlebar 2016-07-03 (Sunday) [FB event]
Manticore (Within / Cares) / 8-Eleven 2016-07-03 (Sunday) [FB event]
Night Owl Festival (feat. Moonwalks / Wine Lips / Crazy Bones) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-07-03 (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!
Track Could Bend #16: unc_RLed (feat. Germaine Liu with Jonathan Adjemian and Matt Smith / Nicole Rampersaud with Colin Fisher / Allison Cameron with Jason Doell and Stephen Parkinson) / Dundas Video 2016-07-05 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]
HAVN Records split VHS release [music + live visuals!] (feat. DF / Versa) / The White House 2016-07-08 (Friday) [FB event]
Vallens [Consent LP release party!] (Casper Skulls / Yi [Jessica Upton Crowe's new project feat. members of Rolemodel]) / Smiling Buddha 2016-07-09 (Saturday) [FB event]
Music at Tibet Kitchen (feat. Simone Schmidt / Valueblast [Josh Cole/Matt Pencer/Thom Gill] / Blunt Chunks / Karen Ng) / Tibet Kitchen & Garden 2016-07-10 (Sunday – excellent patio vibes! afternoon show @ 2 p.m.!) [FB event]
Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Rakta / The Noids / Triage / The Brain / Inactivist) / Faith/Void 2016-07-11 (Monday) [FB event]
Prince Ness [cassette release! (The Holiday Crowd / Persian Rugs) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-07-14 (Thursday) [FB event]
Melkbelly (Planet Creature / Trim Hogs) / Smiling Buddha 2016-07-17 (Sunday) [FB event]
Vector Festival Wrap Party (feat. Castle If) / Reposado 2016-07-17 (Sunday – free!) [FB event]
Così e Così (Bears & Children / The Databats / L-Spex) / Smiling Buddha 2016-07-18 (Monday) [FB event]
Cloud Becomes Your Hand (Bile Sister / Fake Humans / Mr. Joy) / Double Double Land 2016-07-19 (Tuesday – all ages!) [FB event]
The Radiation Flowers (B-17 / Vypers / Denim Skeletons) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-07-22 (Friday) [FB event]
UNITY Concert (feat. Dam Funk / Zaki Ibrahim / The Soul Motivators / Above Top Secret / Sacha Williamson / Dynesti Williams / Rise Ashen / Lex Leosis / Testment & Nilla w/ Ghettosocks) / Yonge-Dundas Square 2016-07-23 (Saturday – free! outside! all ages! all day long!) [FB event]
LUKA [Summon Up a Monkey King release show!] (Eucalyptus [early show] / Stephen Prickett [late show]) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-07-26 (Tuesday – early + late shows!) [FB event]
VATS (HSY / Retired / Rambo Tonka / The Ghoul) / Faith/Void 2016-07-28 (Thursday) [FB event]
Heaven For Real [album release show!] (Ice Cream / Eggs [new project from Tim Fagan!] / Carl Didur) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-07-30 (Saturday) [FB event]
Eric Chenaux (Ryan Driver) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-08-13 (Saturday) [FB event]
Weaves [record release show!] / The Horseshoe Tavern 2016-08-27 (Saturday) [FB event]
Eucalyptus / Island Café 2016-09-02 (Friday – early show! island vibes!) [FB event]
Two essential reads from this past week. This is what leadership looks like.
- This feature catches us up on some recent efforts to fight sexual harassment and assault at music venues, starting with a show at Double Double Land on July 10th (the same night that Swans play T.O.) and including an alliance of local DIY spaces publicly supporting a zero tolerance policy against harassment. Hopefully local venues and promoters will get behind this initiative and add their voices.
- Meanwhile, Mandi Hardy (probably best known to readers here as a member of Moonwood) has penned this excellent primer on privilege with a teacher's eye on how to move conversations from blame and defensiveness to understanding and constructive action.