Monday, July 16, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #259

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:

The Titillators / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-22 (Sunday) [FB event]

Well, I don't know what to expect from the "historic first performance" by this new crew convened by Ryan Driver, but given the all-stars involved — Thom Gill, Tania Gill, Germaine Liu and Phil Melanson — I certainly want to be on hand to see what unfolds.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Allison Cameron Band [Allison Cameron/Thom Gill/Kurt Newman] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-18 (Wednesday – early!)

Isla Craig (Colin Fisher/Josh Cole/Spencer Cole) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Tough Customer (Puzzlehead / WLMRT / Hugh Man) / Faith/Void 2018-07-18 (Wednesday – all ages!) [FB event]

Ben Gunning Group (Paul, Doug & Phil) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-07-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Alex Fournier & Tom Fleming / Black Cat - Artspace 2018-07-19 (Thursday) [FB event]

Maria Bonita & The Band / Drom Taberna 2018-07-19 (Thursday – free!) [FB event]

Nifty Trio [Matt Smith/Colin Fisher/Thom Gill] / Pamenar 2018-07-19 (Thursday) [FB event]

American Devices (Prom Nite / Protruders / Robert Dayton) / Owl's Club 2018-07-20 (Friday) [FB event]

Orville Peck [backed by FRIGS] (Whitney K / Pink Acid Wash / K.A. Butala) / Monarch Tavern 2018-07-20 (Friday) [FB event]

BIG on Bloor Festival (feat. Blokoloko / Juliana Flores / Ayrah Taerb / Luna Li / doesntmatteritsokay / Mas Aya / Jeff Burke / Bonjay / TRiSH / JoniGold) / Festival Main Stage 2018-08-21 (Saturday – free! all-ages and family-friendly! outside!) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Pharmakon / Anamai / Intensive Care) / The Garrison 2018-07-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Faster Presents: Summer Sound Explorations (feat. James Bailey & Kayla Milmine / Paul Stillwell / Eugene Martynec & Brian Abbott / Faster) / Gerrard Art Space 2018-07-21 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Moul D. (Dumb / Rotten Column) / The Beguiling (basement) 2018-07-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Art of the Uncarved Block presents (feat. Fond [record release!] / Blankscreen / Tiptoes) / The Dupe Shop 2018-07-21 (Saturday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Luge (For Esmé) / The Bentway Beer Garden 2018-07-22 (Sunday – free! outside! afternoon show, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [more info]

Taktus / Toronto Music Garden 2018-07-22 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 4 p.m.! outdoors! free! all-ages and family-friendly!) [more info]

DATA (Lily & Horn Horse / Moul D / Lice II) / Faith/Void 2018-07-22 (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!

b mccb 5 [ben mccarroll-butler/Kaelin Murphy/Yunjin Claire Lee/Irene Harrett/Giuliano Di Vito] (Tiny Music [Patrick Smith/Kaelin Murphy/Max Donaldson] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-24 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Mean (Neon Bloom/Uncle Father) / The Piston 2018-07-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Subtle Blend presents (feat. Buscrates / LeXus / SlowPitchSound) / Handlebar 2018-07-26 (Thursday – PWYC!) [FB event]

96 Tears Backyard BBQ (feat. Komodo / Whimm / Deliluh) / 96 Tears Vintage 2018-07-28 (Saturday – afternoon backyard show!) [FB event]

Synaptic Circus Sundays (feat. Emily Denison/Tara Kannangara/Nicole Rampersaud / Rob Cluttton/Nick Fraser/Nilan Perera/Dani Oore) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-29 (Sunday) [FB event]

Astral Projections X (feat. Body Butter / ZONES) / Handlebar 2018-08-02 (Thursday) [FB event]

Witch Prophet (Future Peers / VERSA) / The Commons Space 2018-08-02 (Thursday) [FB event]

Handlebar turns 6! (feat. LOLAA / Akage No Anne / "secret guests") / Handlebar 2018-08-04 (Saturday) [FB event]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Jessica Moss [Aug. 6th] / KGD [Aug. 7th]) / The Phoenix 2018-08-06–2018-08-07 (Monday–Tuesday) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #41 (feat. Debashis Sinha / Luyos MC / No Seas) / Wenona Lodge 2018-08-07 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Sarah Davachi) / The Baby G 2018-08-09 (Thursday) [FB event]

Moon King (Nyssa / Mother Tongues) / Lula Lounge 2018-08-15 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Freak Heat Waves (Kristian North / Bile Sister) / The Baby G 2018-09-07 (Friday) [FB event]

Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars / The Garrison 2018-09-13 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nap Eyes / The Horseshoe Tavern 2018-09-24 (Monday) [FB event]

The Holy Gasp [The Love Songs of Oedipus Rex release celebration!] / 918 Bathurst 2018-10-27 (Saturday – rescheduled date! "please dress for a wedding") [FB event]

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Recording: Josh Cole Quartet

Artist: Josh Cole Quartet

Songs: [two pieces]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), May 16, 2018.

Josh Cole Quartet - [first set, second piece]

Josh Cole Quartet - [second set, first piece]

Scheduled as a quintet date, the numbers here ended up being reduced by last-minute illness, but there were still plenty ideas flowing from Josh Cole (double bass), Karen Ng (clarinet and sax), Ryan Driver (piano) and Brandon Valdivia (percussion). With a freshly-recorded album in the can, the players were well in sync in a series of explorations. The first selection here revs up to speed with a push from Valdivia and Driver's clumpy clusters, while the second, coming after one of those cozy let's-hang-out between-set breaks, reconvened to a quieter room and after tossing and turning a bit settled into a sort of late-night sleepwalk through empty city streets.

[In place of the quintet, Josh Cole will be presenting some different ensembles in the next couple months, including this Wednesday (July 18th) at The Tranzac, backing Isla Craig in a trio alongside Colin Fisher (who will also be playing a duo set with Spencer Cole).]

Recording: Octopus Curls

Artist: Octopus Curls

Songs: [two improvisations]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), May 16, 2018.

Octopus Curls - [first set, second piece]

Octopus Curls - [second set, fourth piece]

A slightly-different flavour of octopus this time out, with curlers Nicole Rampersaud and Allison Cameron joined by only singular quadruped percussionist Mark Zurawinski. As a crowd trailed past into the Main Hall to be mesmerized by a hypnotist, the trio cast their own enchantment of honks, theremin-ish buzzings, feedback sputters, clonk-clicking, wobbly ukulele and harmonica bleats.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Recording: Haynes/Ng/Whitty/Heraclitus Akimbo

Artist: Justin Haynes/Karen Ng/Lowell Whitty/Heraclitus Akimbo

Songs: Bluehawk + Green Chimneys [composer: Thelonious Monk]

Recorded at The Emmet Ray (Monk's Music), May 13, 2018.

Justin Haynes/Karen Ng/Lowell Whitty/Heraclitus Akimbo - Bluehawk

Justin Haynes/Karen Ng/Lowell Whitty/Heraclitus Akimbo - Green Chimneys

When Justin Haynes was given responsibility for an instalment of the Sunday afternoon Monk's Music series at The Emmet Ray, he assembled a crack team of musicians — well, a crack team and one ringer. Thus Haynes (on guitar) was joined by Karen Ng (clarinet) and Lowell Whitty (drums) as well the non-jazz-certified knob-twistings of Heraclitus Akimbo (seen squinting intently at the lead sheets, perhaps trying to put the "fake" in "fakebook"). It is possible that his presence didn't unduly spoil the fun of two sets of Monk's tunes, which seem to be flexible enough to withstand drone intros, dub keyb stabs, etc. Of course, with musicians like the others on hand, it would be tough for things to go entirely sideways.

[Justin Haynes will be melding together an even larger group of disparate musicians when the Maximum Effort Ensemble plays Terry Riley's "In C" at La Rev on Friday, June 27th. The impressive group is slated to include Josh Cole, Michael Davidson, Alisdair Jones, Tania Gill, Thom Gill, Julia Hambleton, Owen Heathcoate-Fraser, Dafydd Hughes, Jeff LaRochelle, Kayla Milmine, Phil Melanson, Indira Nanavati, Diane Roblin, Luan Phung, Jeff Burke, Heraclitus Akimbo, Blake Howard, Mary-Margaret O'Hara, Heather Saumer, Doug Tielli, Patrick O'Reilly, Tom Walsh, Nick Zubeck, Arie Verheul-van de Ven, Chris Gartner and others.]

Friday, July 13, 2018

Recording: This Tale of Ours Quartet

Artist: This Tale of Ours Quartet

Songs: Little Black Dog + Neveser 14 / Synkathistos

Recorded at Eastminster United Church (Labyrinth Musical Workshop Ontario Concert Series), May 12, 2018.

This Tale of Ours Quartet - Little Black Dog + Neveser 14

This Tale of Ours Quartet - Synkathistos

This was the first in a series of concerts that were the public-facing segment for a busy first year of the Labyrinth Musical Workshop. Labyrinth's central component was a series of workshops giving students a chance to have close-up encounters with masters of different modal traditions from around the world — and the chance to hear many of those same masters making rare local concert appearances was the icing on the cake. This opening show saw an ongoing project that mixes two amazing local musicians (Pedram Khavarzamini: tombak; Araz Salek, tar) with two of the founders (Ross Daly: lyra, tarhu, and rabab; Kelly Thoma, lyra) of the original Labyrinth Workshop on Crete.

Two sets of music from the quartet mixed traditional tunes with new compositions and saw solo turns all around become embroidered by the group's effortless collective flow. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make any of the other shows in the series, but I kept hearing amazing things about the visiting headliners as well as the emerging local musicians who opened the shows — and the skills and techniques learned will linger on in the practices of a whole host of local players. Labyrinth is truly something that our "music city" needs more of, so hopefully the conditions will be put in place for this concept to thrive in our soil.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Recording: Botanicals

Artist: Botanicals

Song: [second section]

Recorded at Handlebar (The AMBiENT PiNG), May 9, 2018.

Botanicals - [second section]

A pleasant night out at the Ping saw some new sound experiments from familiar faces, including this experimental pairing of Neil Rankin and Kirsten Nolan (who are currently and formerly of Germaphobes, now known as Goosebump). Mixing electronics, keyboards, cassette concrète, bass and vintage drum machine, the pair made some sonic explorations in the same style as their concurrent demo recordings, slowly transforming from mechanical rumbles to new age drift.

Recording: Iderdown

Artist: Iderdown

Song: ap050918 [movement II]

Recorded at Handlebar (The AMBiENT PiNG), May 9, 2018.

Iderdown - ap050918 [movement II]

A pleasant night out at the Ping saw some new sound experiments from familiar faces, leading off with Chris Trotter's electro-ambient explorations. Performing a new suite (that has also just emerged on bandcamp in a home-recorded version), there was a nice arc at play, from wall-rumbling low-frequency electro-pop excursions to trip-hop abstractions to the close brush with acid jazz heard here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Recording: Wet Tuna

Artist: Wet Tuna

Song: I'd Rather Be Hayin'

Recorded at The Baby G, May 6, 2018.

Wet Tuna - I'd Rather Be Hayin'

Tourin' with a new joint album on offer, I wasn't very familiar with Pat Gubler (of P.G. Six) but with Matt Valentine on hand, I must confess my expectations for this set were somewhere in the range of "Jerry Garcia Band demos". The set's first track, unwinding the album's "New York Street" suite, was precisely in that zone, but the pair (armed with guitars, bass and a vintage drum machine) had some other tricks up their sleeves as well. This track (allowed to unfurl further from its album version) lead with a genteel drift that brings "Coney Island Baby" to mind, though things would get a chance to get unwound — and later on, the pair would crank up the flanger and get into some Moon Duo-adjacent territory. All told, some rather pleasant excursions for a Sunday night.

Recording: Tony Price & Friends

Artist: Tony Price & Friends

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Baby G, May 6, 2018.

Tony Price & Friends - unknown

While fronting Actual Water a few years back, Tony Price was in the habit of shifting sonic contexts and subverting expectations. This new project shows those same ambitions have been applied at a larger scale, shifting past hooky pop nuggets for longer groove explorations. The "friends" on hand here were Colin Fisher (sax) and Matt "Doc" Dunn (electronics/keyb) helping to mash in some kosmische whispers, as well as offering this piece which sounded like something seeping out from under the door of some vintage Lagos backroom.

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

Recording: Bardo

Artist: Bardo

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Baby G, May 6, 2018.

Bardo - unknown

Ami Spears — who until recently had been pursuing her solo sonic investigations as Blue Light — takes a new turn here. Joined on stage by Patrick Flegel (who has recently been performing as Cindy Lee), the pair brought some brooding atmospheric heaviness, though (as with this piece) occasionally breaking the surface of the drone oceans for some (slightly nostalgic?) poppier moments.

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Recording: Patrick O'Reilly, Nilan Perera and friends

Artists: Patrick O'Reilly and Nilan Perera with John Oswald and Kayla Milmine

Songs: [various improvisations]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), May 6, 2018.

Patrick O'Reilly, Nilan Perera and John Oswald - [trio improvisation]

Patrick O'Reilly and Nilan Perera - [excerpt from an improvisation]

Patrick O'Reilly, Nilan Perera and Kayla Milmine - [excerpt from first piece]

Patrick O'Reilly, Nilan Perera and Kayla Milmine - [excerpt from second piece]

Uncanny things can happen in the Southern Cross Lounge on a Sunday afternoon, including scheduling mishaps and unplanned encounters. Both of those were in play at this session, as originally-slated saxophonist John Oswald could only stick around for a short trio piece before bustling off to another engagement — and then, after completing the first set as a duo, Nilan Perera and Patrick O'Reilly managed to convince Kayla Milmine, who had merely dropped in to check things out on her way by, to join them for the second set. So here's a generous helping of various flavours of atmospheric loops, reverse-delay soundscapes, extended techniques and various saxophone stylings — as well an unsecured snare drum rattling away, and occasional guitarbursts from a main hall soundcheck seeping in like secret radio transmissions.

[All of these players can be found around and about, especially at the Tranzac. Nilan Perera's Synaptic Circus will be back in the Southern Cross on Sunday, July 29th, while Kayla Milmine will be presenting and playing at Faster's Summer Sound Explorations at Gerrard Art Space on July 21st.]

Monday, July 9, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #258

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:

H.W.G. Showcase (feat. Tata Chris/Jim Benbow/{AN} EeL / Sandy Ewen/Kurt Newman/Paul Newman / Sound of the Mountain & Bim Prongs) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-14 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

This town's been a little less strange since Neal D. Retke (who howls/drones/records/collaborates as {AN} EeL) has left for greener pastures. This showcase — absurdly packed with awesomeness for an early show at The Tranzac — is the spawn of last year's Eclec~Tic~Toc Fest that was pulled together when mounting a full-scale follow-up proved unfeasable in the current tough environment for DIY culture. So instead, come and celebrate {AN} EeL's birthday with this night of strange sounds and unique collaborations.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Evan Shay Group [Evan Shay/Jeff LaRochelle/Luan Phung/Nick Fraser] / The Emmet Ray 2018-07-09 (Monday) [FB event]

Team Building [Works in progress, thoughts in sound. Hosted by Luke Kuplowsky, featuring a rotating cast of songwriters] (feat. Ian Daniel Kehoe / Matt Bailey / James Irwin / Astrid + Steven Foster / Drew Smith / Brighid Fry / Pascale Padilla / more TBA) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-07-09 (Monday – PWYC, proceeds go to Youth Without Shelter) [FB event]

Ornate Presents (feat. The Manabu Kitada Quintet) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-10 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Painting Silence V (feat. Michael Davidson/Lina Allemano/Josh Cole) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-10 (Tuesday)

Buck Gooter (Reaches / Doom Tickler / Shelly) / Faith/Void 2018-07-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Video Age (Omhouse) / The Baby G 2018-07-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Mikrosleep / Geek Weekend) / Handlebar 2018-07-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XIX (feat. Harley Card & Friends [Chris Adriaanse/Harley Card/Dave Clark/Jason Kenemy/Jeff Luciani/Laura Swankey]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Staycation [album release!] (POM [Robin Dann/Ben Gunning]) / The Piston 2018-07-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Astral Swans (Cindy Lee) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-07-12 (Thursday – early show, 6 to 8 p.m.!) [FB event]

Toronto Fringe and Wavelength present PS: Music Fest (feat. TiKA / Praises / Moon King) / Scadding Court Community Centre 2018-07-12 (Thursday – free! outdoors!) [more info]

Pamenar Patio Series (feat. Victor Cirone/Colin Fisher) / Pamenar 2018-07-12 (Thursday – rescheduled!) [FB event]

Girls Rock Camp Toronto: GRCT showcase concert! / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-07-13 (Friday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Kieran Adams/Colin Fisher / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-13 (Friday) [FB event]

Justin Haynes/Harley Card/Jeff LaRochelle/Rob Clutton/Phil Melanson / La Rev 2018-07-13 (Friday) [more info]

Toronto Fringe and Venus Fest present PS: Music Fest (feat. Lake Urmia / Charise Aragoza / Saye Skye / The Sorority) / Scadding Court Community Centre 2018-07-14 (Saturday – free! outdoors!) [more info]

Ace of Wands (Gosh! / Animal Parts) / The Cameron House 2018-07-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Reviews (Eyeballs / Mazola) / Owl's Club 2018-07-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Toronto Fringe and Futuro Libre present PS: Music Fest (feat. Aline Morales & Baque de Bamba / Dr. Nativo / Kirk Diamond / Obuxum / Bonjay) / Scadding Court Community Centre 2018-07-15 (Sunday – free! outdoors!) [more info]

Manabu Kitada Trio [Manabu Kitada/Andrew Downing/Alex Fournier] / The Emmet Ray 2018-07-15 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Diane Roblin/Cheryl O/Glen Hall / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge – early!) 2018-07-15 (Sunday)

Wavelength 763 (feat. faUSt / Castle If) / Jam Factory 2018-07-15 (Sunday – all ages!) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. The Alexei Orechin Group [Julian Anderson-Bowes/Matthew Chalmers/Tara Kannangara/Alexei Orechin/Bryan Qu]) / The Emmet Ray 2018-07-15 (Sunday – PWYC!) [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!

Isla Craig (Colin Fisher/Josh Cole/Spencer Cole) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Faster Presents: Summer Sound Explorations (feat. James Bailey & Kayla Milmine / Paul Stillwell / Eugene Martynec & Brian Abbott / Faster) / Gerrard Art Space 2018-07-21 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Moul D. (Dumb / Rotten Column) / The Beguiling (basement) 2018-07-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Art of the Uncarved Block presents (feat. Fond [record release!] / Blankscreen / Tiptoes) / The Dupe Shop 2018-07-21 (Saturday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Luge (For Esmé) / The Bentway Beer Garden 2018-07-22 (Sunday – free! outside! afternoon show, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [more info]

DATA (Lily & Horn Horse / Moul D / Lice II) / Faith/Void 2018-07-22 (Sunday) [FB event]

Material Girls (Alpha Strategy) / The Baby G 2018-07-27 (Friday) [FB event]

Mingjia (Thom Gill / Raf Wilcot / Margret) / Monarch Tavern 2018-07-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

Cosmic Homeostasis VII (feat. Del Stephen/Mira Martin-Gray/Patrick O'Reilly/Jakob Rehlinger/Heraclitus Akimbo) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-29 (Sunday – afternoon show, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Emily Denison Septet [Emily Denison/Laura Swankey/Nelson Moneo/Beth Silver/Patrick O'Reilly/Victor Vrankulj/Mark Ballyk] / The Emmet Ray 2018-07-29 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 58 (feat. Mikrosleep [cassette release!] / Roberto Herruzo / Senior Beatbox) / Handlebar 2018-08-05 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Manifesto Discovery Series: RPM 2-Year Anniversary & Mixtape (feat. Drezus / Ziibiwan / Obuxum / DATU / Wolf Saga) / The Root Down Studio 2018-08-11 (Saturday) [FB event]

Dancing in the Park (feat. HanHan w/ Datu and Hataw) / Aga Khan Park 2018-08-18 (Saturday – free! outside! all-ages + family-friendly!) [more info]

Are We Not Devo? We Are Not! [Andrew Payne/Sarah Ford/Alex Hamlyn/Mike Simpson/Jesse Locke] [covering perform Devo's first album on the 40th anniversary of its release!] / The Baby G 2018-08-22 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Friendly Rich with Nihilist Spasm Band (Dinner is Ruined Band) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-08-24 (Friday) [FB event]

Monday, July 2, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #257

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:

Feast in the East 69 (feat. The Highest Order / Eric Landry / Faun Fables) / Prairie Drive Park 2018-07-07 (Saturday – free, with free meal! all ages + family friendly! outdoors in a beautiful park setting!) [FB event]

A no-doubt slam-dunk for the week's coolest gig — for the past two years, the pleasant park excursions assembled by Feast in the East have seen summertime highlights, and there's no reason to think this one will be any different. A gorgeous setting unfamiliar to many downtown-centric concert-goers, Prairie Drive Park is just a short stroll over from Vic Park station. The backdrop of rumbling subway tracks, big sky and high-rises should work just perfectly with The Highest Order's city-fried country-rock — and what a perfect place to hear the songcraft of Eric Landry, an under-recorded and under-appreciated gem sharing a lifetime of visions and experiences. Absolutely not to be missed.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Paul Newman/Brian Abbott/Kayla Milmine Trio / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-02 (Monday – extra early set, 6 to 8 p.m.!) [FB event]

Grhmbvrl (Xiao Xuan / AM Aeroplane) / Glad Day Bookshop 2018-07-02 (Monday) [FB event]

The Mike Smith Company / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-03 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #40 (feat. Fleshtone Aura / American Standard Trio / Jessica Stuart) / Wenona Lodge 2018-07-03 (Tuesday – new venue! PWYC!) [FB event]

Bombino / Lee's Palace 2018-07-03 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Gordon Grdina's Haram / Hugh's Room 2018-07-04 (Wednesday) [more info]

Toronto Improvisors Orchestra ["Celebrates American Mavericks"] / Array Space 2018-07-04 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Selina Martin with band (Tom Holliston) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-04 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Mimico [EP release show!]) (WHIMM / ZONES) / The Drake Underground 2018-07-05 (Thursday) [FB event]

Pamenar Patio Series (feat. Victor Cirone/Colin Fisher) / Pamenar 2018-07-05 (Thursday) [FB event]

In Between Sounds #87 (feat. Lorde Awesome) / The Only Café 2018-07-05 (Thursday) [FB event]

R.E Thomas (Beams / Chloe's World) / Monarch Tavern 2018-07-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Bells Atlas (Witch Prophet / Ice Cream) / Lee's Palace 2018-07-07 (Saturday) [FB event]

Casting Shadows: An Analogue Moving Picture Show (feat. moving images by Kristine White / music by Tony Allen/Scott Prouty/Kathleen McDonnell/Danny Simmons/Kathleen Law/Michelangelo Iaffaldano/Catherine Crowe/Sean Donald) / Array Space 2018-07-07 (Saturday) [more info]

Meandering Streams of Consciousness [open rehearsal] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-08 (Sunday – afternoon slot, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Devon Welsh (Foxes in Fiction / Joseph Shabason) / The Baby G 2018-07-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. No Seas / Manabu Kitada/Alexei Orechin/Alex Fournier) / Array Space 2018-07-08 (Sunday)

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-08 (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!

Evan Shay Group [Evan Shay/Jeff LaRochelle/Luan Phung/Nick Fraser] / The Emmet Ray 2018-07-09 (Monday) [FB event]

Video Age (Omhouse) / The Baby G 2018-07-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Astral Swans (Cindy Lee) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-07-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Media Jeweler (The Brain / Rogue Tenant / Slurry) / Owl's Club (basement) 2018-07-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Toronto Fringe and Wavelength present PS: Music Fest (feat. TiKA / Praises / Moon King) / Scadding Court Community Centre 2018-07-12 (Friday – free! outdoors!) [more info]

Toronto Fringe and Venus Fest present PS: Music Fest (feat. Lake Urmia / Charise Aragoza / Saye Skye / The Sorority) / Scadding Court Community Centre 2018-07-13 (Friday – free! outdoors!) [more info]

Toronto Fringe and Futuro Libre present PS: Music Fest (feat. Aline Morales & Baque de Bamba / Dr. Nativo / Kirk Diamond / Obuxum / Bonjay) / Scadding Court Community Centre 2018-07-15 (Sunday – free! outdoors!) [more info]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Pharmakon / Anamai / Intensive Care) / The Garrison 2018-07-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Taktus / Toronto Music Garden 2018-07-22 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 4 p.m.! outdoors! free! all-ages and family-friendly!) [more info]

Venus Fest presents: Music in Trillium Park (feat. Ansley Simpson / OBUXUM / Bernice) / Trillium Park @ Ontario Place 2018-07-26 (Thursday – free! outdoors! all-ages + family-friendly) [FB event]

Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited (Daby Touré) / Harbourfront Centre (Concert Stage) 2018-07-29 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 4 p.m.! free! outdoors! all-ages + family-friendly!) [more info]

HIDE (Kontravoid) / The Garrison 2018-08-10 (Friday) [FB event]

Habari Africa Festival (feat. TBA) / Harbourfront Centre 2018-08-10–2018-08-12 (Friday–Sunday – free! all-ages + family-friendly!) [FB event]

Guerilla Toss (Luge / WLMRT) / The Baby G 2018-09-19 (Wednesday) [FB event]

21C Music Festival: Terry Riley: Live at 85! (feat. Tracy Silverman/Gyan Riley) / Koerner Hall 2019-01-18 (Friday) [more info]

Friday, June 29, 2018

Recording: Hank Powell

Artist: Hank Powell

Song: [first piece]

Recorded at Celestina ("Track Could Bend #38"), May 1, 2018.

Hank Powell - [first piece]

Between venues, Track Could Bend was lucky enough to offer this intimate "studio" show, with some couches and a chance for close listening to some delicate sounds. This mysterious stranger, slated to close out the night, turned out to be a joint effort of Karen Ng and D. Alex Meeks, mixing the latter's deliberate rat-a-tat-tats with the former's snaky sax explorations.

[On Tuesday (July 3rd), come celebrate Track Could Bend's first show in its new home, down in the cozy basement space at Wenona Lodge (1069 Bloor Street W., just over from Dufferin Station). There will be sets from Fleshtone Aura, American Standard Trio and Jessica Stuart x Michael Davidson.]

Recording: David Sait

Artist: David Sait

Songs: two pieces

Recorded at Celestina ("Track Could Bend #38"), May 1, 2018.

David Sait - [track 1]

David Sait - [track 3]

Between venues, Track Could Bend was lucky enough to offer this intimate "studio" show, with some couches and a chance for close listening to some delicate sounds and a perfect environment to hear some solo guzheng from David Sait. He sometimes presents his instrument with additional electronic manipulations, but the unadorned acoustic interplay of the strings was more than enough to dazzle in this attentive space.

[On Tuesday (July 3rd), come celebrate Track Could Bend's first show in its new home, down in the cozy basement space at Wenona Lodge (1069 Bloor Street W., just over from Dufferin Station). There will be sets from Fleshtone Aura, American Standard Trio and Jessica Stuart x Michael Davidson.]