Monday, May 22, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #201

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:

Keys, Wind and Strings Festival ["works by Allison Cameron, Rose Bolton, Gregory Lee Newsome, Uroš Rojko, Paul Clift, Solomiya Moroz and Marielle Groven"] (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective with Olivia Steimel and Solomiya Moroz) / Array Space 2017-05-24 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Keys, Wind and Strings Festival: Premieres VI ["world premieres by Jason Doell, Germaine Liu, Fjóla Evans, Kasia Czarski-Jachimovicz, and Tobias Eduard Schick"] (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective with Olivia Steimel and Solomiya Moroz) / Array Space 2017-05-25 (Thursday) [FB event]

Holy crow, this was a tough one — I could have gone so many ways with this week's riches, including multi-show celebrations from Fiver and The Rheostatics, a Great Hall takeover by Music in the Barns and two whole days of musical wanderings as a part of Doors Open. (dig through the listings below and find out more about all of these!)

Anyway, in that flurry of great choices, this double-header from the always-fascinating Thin Edge crew shouldn't be missed, mixing together two nights of music with plenty of new discoveries as well as several faves around these parts, including Allison Cameron on Wednesday and premieres from Germaine Liu and Jason Doell on Thursday. The recent magazine cover stars aren't afraid to bring chamber music to Long Winter or to the halfpipe at Soybomb, so if you like those sorts of zones don't be afraid to check them out on their home turf.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Henry Fraser & Sam Weinberg (Zach Bines & Lowell Whitty) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-24 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Rheostatics / The Horseshoe Tavern 2017-05-24–2017-05-27 (Wednesday–Saturday) [FB event]

21C Music Festival (feat. Cecilia String Quartet) / Mazzoleni Concert Hall 2017-05-25 (Thursday) [more info]

Fiver [Audible Songs from Rockwood release show!] (The Lonesome Ace Stringband / Kristine Schmitt) / Likely General 2017-05-25 (Thursday) [FB event]

Bellwether 4 / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-25 (Thursday – late set @ 11 p.m.!)

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-26 (Friday – early!)

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-26 (Friday)

21C Music Festival (feat. Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà) / Koerner Hall 2017-05-26 (Friday) [more info]

James Irwin (L CON / EONS) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-05-26 (Friday) [FB event]

The Big Sound / The Great Hall 2017-05-26 (Friday) [FB event]

Fiver [Audible Songs from Rockwood release show!] (The Lonesome Ace Stringband / Kristine Schmitt) / St. Andrew-By-The Lake location TBA! 2017-05-26 (Friday) [FB event]

Doors Open at 159 Manning (feat. Shape Note Singers / Pat Power / Blankets / St. Andrews / Hot Garbage / The Fuzzy Undertones / Wine Lips / Possum / Crazy Bones / Conor Gains Band / "Secret Guest") / 159 Manning 2017-05-27 (Saturday – free! family friendly! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society at Doors Open (feat. Tich Maredza and Ruben Esguerra / Professor Adam Solomon) / Toronto-Dominion Centre / Bridgepoint Health Administration Building 2017-05-27 (Saturday – afternoon event, sets @ 1 + 3 p.m.! free! all-ages and family-friendly!) [FB event]

Wavelength 729: Doors Open Toronto (feat. Fresh Snow / Contact [playing Allison Cameron's "A Gossamer Bit"] / Kurt Marble / The Holy Gasp / Protruders / The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band / SPOILS) / R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant/Evergreen Brick Works/Masonic Temple/Bike Pirates 2017-05-27 (Thursday – sets at noon, 2:15 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.; daytime sets free, evening show PWYC! Includes daytime bike tour!) [FB event]

Riverrun [cassette release!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-27 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

21C Music Festival (feat. Bang on a Can All-Stars) / Koerner Hall 2017-05-27 (Saturday) [more info]

National Drone Day Evening Drone (feat. dreamSTATE / community drone-improv session by DRONE:KLUB) / Roland Inspiration Centre 2017-05-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Music Gallery presents (feat. Pharmakon / Mamalia / Kristina Guison) / The Baby G 2017-05-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Rose McDowall [ex-Strawberry Switchblade] / Vallens) / Smiling Buddha 2017-05-27 (Saturday)cancelled!

Sportsfan [EP Release!] (Ducks Unlimited / No Frills) / Handlebar 2017-05-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Mazola [Praise the Maize LP release!] (Wearenotwhoweare [EP release!] / Soap) / Euro Sports Bar 2017-05-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Fiver [Audible Songs from Rockwood release show!] (The Lonesome Ace Stringband / Kristine Schmitt) / Array Space 2017-05-27 (Saturday) [Fb event]

Doors Open at 159 Manning (feat. "In C" Performance / Allie Sunshine / The Pairs / Billy Moon / Gung Ho Catalyst / Os Tropies / The Retroaction / Goodbye Honolulu / Luna Li) / 159 Manning 2017-05-28 (Sunday – free! family friendly! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society at Doors Open (feat. Diely Mori Tounkara) / Legislative Assembly of Ontario 2017-05-28 (Sunday – afternoon event @ 2 p.m.! free! all-ages and family-friendly!) [FB event]

Music in the Barns [performing works by Philip Glass, Michael Oesterle, John Cage] (Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna / Ayelen Liberona with Allison Cameron ["multi-sensory installation"]) / The Great Hall 2017-05-28 (Sunday) [FB event]

Sacred Lamp (Fake Humans) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-05-28 (Sunday) [FB event]

Toronto Improvisors Orchestra: Celebrates Glen Hall / Array Space 2017-05-28 (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!

Tania Gill Quartet [Tania Gill/Lina Allemano/Rob Clutton/Nico Dann] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-30 (Tuesday)

Andrew Zukerman & Sandro Perri / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-31 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Black Siren presents (feat. Walrus / Seance Sisters / Mother Tongues) / CineCycle 2017-06-01 (Thursday – all ages!) [FB event]

Julie Arsenault (Evan Cartwright [rare solo set!] / Ryokan [LUKA's Luke Kuplowsky adapts the poetry of zen poet Ryokan for voice and guitar]) / Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar) 2017-06-01 (Thursday) [FB event]

Beams (Ohtis) / The Boat 2017-06-02 (Friday – early show! doors @ 7 p.m.!) [FB event]

Away Forward (Too Young To Go Steady) / Duggan's Brewery 2017-06-02 (Friday) [FB event]

Decreation (feat. Ways / Cluttertones / Blessings) / Ratio 2017-06-02 (Friday) [FB event]

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

Audio Bleed (feat. dreamSTATE / Dirty Inputs / An Ant and an Atom) / Belljar Café 2017-06-03 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

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

Nite Comfort 45 (feat. Le 4e discours / Goldbach/Sena) / Handlebar 2017-06-04 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Lunchtime Live! (feat. Nhapitapi / Classic Roots) / Yonge-Dundas Square 2017-06-05 (Monday – free! outside! all-ages + family-friendly! lunchtime show @ 12:30 p.m.!) [more info]

Life In Vacuum (Sigil / Tunic / Dead Broke) / Smiling Buddha 2017-06-07 (Wednesday) [FB event]

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

John Kameel Farah [Time Sketches release concert!] / Monarch Tavern 2017-06-11 (Sunday) [FB event]

Tone Deaf Culture Presents: Toronto Noise #8 (feat. Goth Girl x Rob Michalchuk [tape release!] / Staph) / The Dupe Shop 2017-06-17 (Saturday – PWYC! all ages!) [FB event]

A Quiet Night (feat. New Tendencies / Heraclitus Akimbo / Bachelard) / Handlebar 2017-06-18 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Babely Shades presents (feat. Cold Beaches / Lake Urmia / Baby Cages) / The Baby G 2017-06-25 (Sunday) [FB event]

Change of Heart [Smile re-issue show!] (Sianspheric / B.A. Johnston) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2017-07-22 (Saturday) [FB event]

X / The Danforth Music Hall 2017-07-30 (Sunday) [FB event]

Camp Wavelength (feat. Deerhoof / Dilly Dally / Jessy Lanza / Rich Aucoin / DATU x HATAW / Duchess Says / Emilie & Ogden / The Luyas / Un Blonde / Bedroomer: Internet Daughter + Eytan Tobin + Kare / Can You Feel It? / Exit Someone / Germaphobes / Ice Cream / Loji / M.I. Blue / Os Tropies / SlowPitchSound / Witch Prophet / Zuze) / Artscape Gibraltar Point 2017-08-18–2017-08-20 (Friday–Sunday) [FB event]

The Orb / Mod Club 2017-08-19 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wire / Lee's Palace 2017-09-20 (Wednesday) [more info]

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Recording: Partner

Artist: Partner

Song: Gross Secret

Recorded at Longboat Hall (You've Changed Records 8th Anniversary Celebration), April 22, 2017.

Partner - Gross Secret

Geez — has it really been three years since the excellent You've Changed label celebrated it's fifth anniversary? Time flies, but friendship lingers, and this night featured many of the same musicians, either on stage or just hanging out in the now-fancier-than-ever basement of the Great Hall. Unlike most of YC's album-focused artists, Partner have been playing the modern hype game, releasing songs and videos one-by-one and letting the excitement percolate — all the way to the point that they were the natural choice to be the evening's headliners. That meant while most of the songs in their set have been around for awhile, the scope of the band's rock'n'roll vision continues to expand — now encompassing gloriously-impractical double-necked guitars and an even greater propensity to step into the spotlight to whip off a wicked solo. Lucy Niles and Josée Caron were still buzzed from checking off "meeting Melissa Etheridge" off their career bucket list and in a mood to push out as many Saturday Night party vibes as humanly possible.

Recording: Daniel Romano

Artist: Daniel Romano

Songs: I Had To Hide Your Poem in a Song + Hunger is a Dream You Die in

Recorded at Longboat Hall (You've Changed Records 8th Anniversary Celebration), April 22, 2017.

Daniel Romano - I Had To Hide Your Poem in a Song

Daniel Romano - Hunger is a Dream You Die in

Geez — has it really been three years since the excellent You've Changed label celebrated it's fifth anniversary? Time flies, but friendship lingers, and this night featured many of the same musicians, either on stage or just hanging out in the now-fancier-than-ever basement of the Great Hall. I actually hadn't seen Daniel Romano performing since that fifth anniversary show, and in the interim he's travelled many miles, ditching his cowboy hat and Nudie suit for a mod-ish ensemble. And although his band has the same "country" alignment (pedal steel and all) he had then, the sound has pushed outward in all directions into a sort of spaced-out Cosmic American Music. Romano seemed eager to amp up and revise his songs, spitting out lyrics with Dylan-ish Rolling Thunder speedfreak intensity. The label's co-founder was formerly a bit of a prodigal son exploring the fringes of The Industry, but Romano has been easing back into the YC fold with last year's Ancient Shapes side project, and the brand-new Modern Pressure once again has a YC number on its spine.

Recording: Richard Laviolette

Artist: Richard Laviolette

Song:

Recorded at Longboat Hall (You've Changed Records 8th Anniversary Celebration), April 22, 2017.

Richard Laviolette - Someone To Tell My Story When I'm Gone

Geez — has it really been three years since the excellent You've Changed label celebrated it's fifth anniversary? Time flies, but friendship lingers, and this night featured many of the same musicians, either on stage or just hanging out in the now-fancier-than-ever basement of the Great Hall. Switching over to a full-on, seven-piece country band took a bit of time, and Richard Laviolette seemed a little nervous his group was going to get the proverbial hook after just three songs. They managed to get a reasonably full set in, but it gave a leave-it-all-out-there edge to this tune. With a John Prine drawling howl (plus Lisa Bozikovic's keybs prodding things along, plus Aaron Goldstein's pedal steel, plus Jessy Bell Smith's backing vox) this showed off the joyful energy on Laviolette's recent Taking The Long Way Home album.

Recording: Shotgun Jimmie

Artist: Shotgun Jimmie

Song: King of Kreuzberg

Recorded at Longboat Hall (You've Changed Records 8th Anniversary Celebration), April 22, 2017.

Shotgun Jimmie - King of Kreuzberg

Geez — has it really been three years since the excellent You've Changed label celebrated it's fifth anniversary? Time flies, but friendship lingers, and this night featured many of the same musicians, either on stage or just hanging out in the now-fancier-than-ever basement of the Great Hall. Jim Kilpatrick's one-man-band technique grows ever more sophisticated, with his suitcase kickdrum now enhanced by a whole array of percussion tools (including a pedal-operated shaker!) and sounding rather rawkin'. Some special YC family flourishes on the night included an Attack in Black cover and a duet version of "Skype Date", crooned with Misha Bower.

Recording: Misha Bower

Artist: Misha Bower with Will Kidman

Song: Hostage Taker

Recorded at Longboat Hall (You've Changed Records 8th Anniversary Celebration), April 22, 2017.

Misha Bower with Will Kidman - Hostage Taker

Geez — has it really been three years since the excellent You've Changed label celebrated it's fifth anniversary? Time flies, but friendship lingers, and this night featured many of the same musicians, either on stage or just hanging out in the now-fancier-than-ever basement of the Great Hall. Leading with the quietest set while crowd filled in, this set featured just Misha Bower's voice backed by Will Kidman's guitar. They've been working on these songs for a while now (and are now getting ready to record an album of Bower's tunes together), so there was no shortage of easy interplay between the pair.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Recording: Krakowiak/Sorbara/Zurawinski

Artist: Tomasz Krakowiak/Joe Sorbara/Mark Zurawinski

Songs: Shapes + The Cymbal Speaks [composer: Germaine Liu]

Recorded at The Gardiner Museum (Salon 21: CeramiX), April 21, 2017.

Tomasz Krakowiak/Joe Sorbara/Mark Zurawinski - Shapes

Joe Sorbara - The Cymbal Speaks

This night, presented as part of Soundstreams' Salon 21 program involved collaboration and site-specific space usage in wonderfully-intriguing ways. Not only a collaboration between Germaine Liu (as composer) and three noteworthy local percussionists exploring her pieces, but the night was also a collaboration between Liu and ceramicist Chiho Tokita, whose purpose-built pottery served as instruments and a key part of Liu's creative process. The performance flowed between the three floors of the Gardiner Museum, beginning in the lobby with the cup-scraping "Shapes", and moving into the gallery for a solo performance (by Krakowiak) of the beautiful rings-traced-on-cymbal of "The Tree". The musicians led the crowd to the second floor with "Take Flight", an exercise in keeping a piece of tissue paper aloft by hand-generated breeze alone. (This would be reprised at night's end in a participatory segment after the Q & A).

On the second floor the pair explored "Handle Music", with Tokita's abstracted vases (sometimes containing their own ceramic flower stems) tapped and scratched by ceramic picks. A clapping game again led the crowd up the stairway where Joe Sorbara showed the variety of sounds to be found in a single cymbal (a very Liu-esque gesture of microscopic investigation) before the trio closed with the beautiful "Supper Time Us #2", appearing almost as marionettists, small ceramic picks dangling by wires from their fingers and striking a table full of vases — the symphony of plinking slowing down as Liu slowly moved the pieces away one by one.

[Thin Edge New Music Collective will be debuting more new music by Germaine Liu as part of their "Keys, Wind and Strings Festival", next Thursday (May 25th) at Array Space.]

Friday, May 19, 2017

Recording: Eiyn Sof

Artist: Eiyn Sof

Songs: Desert Bird + On Beyond

Recorded at The Baby G (Crosswires), April 17, 2017.

Eiyn Sof - Desert Bird

Eiyn Sof - On Beyond

This night included three songwriters with distinctive visions presenting their songs in unadorned solo sets. Recently spending more time out on her cosmic back porch and issuing a string of tasty releases, it's a joy to see Melissa Boraski coming back into the city more frequently on the heels of the altogether excellent Meadow Thrum. Presented on album with warped and folksy homespun psychedelia, the songs stand up in a solo live performance on the strength of Boraski's superb songcraft.

[Word is that after these couple months of Monday night shows, Crosswires is taking a pause, so keep an eye out for further developments from the irrepressible Doc Pickles.]

Recording: Fanshaw

Artist: Fanshaw

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Baby G (Crosswires), April 17, 2017.

Fanshaw - unknown

This night included three songwriters with distinctive visions presenting their songs in unadorned solo sets. It'd been no small amount of time since I last saw Olivia Fetherstonhaugh playing. West-coast based back when her Dark Eyes album was new, she's now local, and working on new material both for herself and her "seasonal" group project Midge (alongside her former Choir Practice bandmate Shane Turner).

[Word is that after these couple months of Monday night shows, Crosswires is taking a pause, so keep an eye out for further developments from the irrepressible Doc Pickles.]

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

Recording: Liz Hysen

Artist: Liz Hysen

Song: Endlessly

Recorded at The Baby G (Crosswires), April 17, 2017.

Liz Hysen - Endlessly

This night included three songwriters with distinctive visions presenting their songs in unadorned solo sets. For Liz Hysen, that meant offering a revision of some Picastro tunes pared back to bare bones of voice and detuned guitar.

[Word is that after these couple months of Monday night shows, Crosswires is taking a pause, so keep an eye out for further developments from the irrepressible Doc Pickles.]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Recording: Peter Evans Ensemble

Artist: Peter Evans Ensemble

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Array Space (Music Gallery's Departures Series), April 16, 2017.

Peter Evans Ensemble - unknown

When Peter Evans was last at the Departures Series a couple years back, it was in an intense solo set with plenty flight-of-the-bumblebee speedshredding. This return saw him at the head of a quintet, spreading out the musical labour somewhat, and adding a variety of textures, easing from drum-burst explosions (courtesy of Jim Black) to mellower mantras. There were also some pleasing electroacoustic elements, courtesy of Levy Lorenzo's electronics and percussion as well as Ron Stabinsky's synth work. Playing a continuous suite segueing between scored pieces, this ebbed and flowed in a rather satisfactory way.

[The Music Gallery's Departures Series closes out its season on Thursday, June 15th at Burdock, with a night featuring DKV (Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler and Ken Vandermark), Icepick (a new trio of Nate Wooley, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten and Chris Corsano), plus locals Invisible Out (Xuan Ye and Jason Doell). This show is also part of the TONE series' excellent ain't-a-jazz-festival programming.]

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

Recording: Weinberg/Welcome/Bennett

Artist: Sam Weinberg/Chris Welcome/Ben Bennett

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space (Music Gallery's Departures Series), April 16, 2017.

Sam Weinberg/Chris Welcome/Ben Bennett - [excerpt]

There was plenty home-spun inventiveness in this Brooklyn-meets-Philly collaborative set between Ben Bennett (percussion), Chris Welcome (synth) and Sam Weinberg (sax). Welcome's littleBits-style science-fair synth modules mixed with Bennett's percussive bricabrac (trowel, cutting board, breath jackhammer, membranes, cut-out drumhead for bowing), which was inventive enough that locals Germaine Liu and Brandon Valdivia were right up watching him work. The sax sputters doubled up with the electronic sputters as the membrane drone doubled up with the sax drone. Very tasty sounds (that you can check out on a tape the the trio put out for this tour).

[The Music Gallery's Departures Series closes out its season on Thursday, June 15th at Burdock, with a night featuring DKV (Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler and Ken Vandermark), Icepick (a new trio of Nate Wooley, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten and Chris Corsano), plus locals Invisible Out (Xuan Ye and Jason Doell). This show is also part of the TONE series' excellent ain't-a-jazz-festival programming.]

Recording: Not The Wind, Not The Flag

Artist: Not The Wind, Not The Flag - [first piece, part 1]

Song: [first piece, in two parts]

Recorded at Array Space (Music Gallery's Departures Series), April 16, 2017.

Not The Wind, Not The Flag - [first piece, part 1]

Not The Wind, Not The Flag - [first piece, part 2]

Brandon Valdivia and Colin Fisher pulled off their usually-phenomenal back-and-forth for percussion and sax, but they also started off their set with this electronic jam, mostly using their pedals. Fisher would occasionally rub or flick at his guitar strings but they were mostly just the sound source for his moogerfooger sonar bloops. Meanwhile, Valdivia added bass undercurrents and scissor-slice percussion with his rig. This made for a nice counterpart to the lo-fi electronics and analog blasting in the Sam Weinberg/Chris Welcome/Ben Bennett set that followed.

[The Music Gallery's Departures Series closes out its season on Thursday, June 15th at Burdock, with a night featuring DKV (Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler and Ken Vandermark), Icepick (a new trio of Nate Wooley, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten and Chris Corsano), plus locals Invisible Out (Xuan Ye and Jason Doell). This show is also part of the TONE series' excellent ain't-a-jazz-festival programming.]

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Recording: Jonathan Adjemian

Artist: Jonathan Adjemian

Songs: Turnberry/Redberry + For the Ducks at Smythe

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), April 14, 2017.

Jonathan Adjemian - Turnberry/Redberry

Jonathan Adjemian - For the Ducks at Smythe

In a change of pace from the electronic works of his Hoover Party project, Jonathan Adjemian was celebrating the release of a new album of piano compositions. Modestly titled Adequacies, the pieces feel like small slices of life observed, veering from dense and moody to spare and reflective to walk-in-the-park jaunty.

Recording: IC/JC/VC

Artist: IC/JC/VC

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), April 14, 2017.

IC/JC/VC - [edited excerpt]

A Good Friday party to celebrate the release of Jonathan Adjemian's new piano album was a worthy cause to reconvene this vocal trio. Drawing the curtains and casting the room into darkness, Vic Cheong, Jennifer Castle and Isla Craig let their voices intertwine alongside the rustle of breath-sounds and quietly-hazy pedal-derived static-bursts.