Sunday, June 24, 2018

Recording: Ng/Crosby/Taylor/Spearin/Feist

Artist: Karen Ng/Ted Crosby/Paul Taylor/Charles Spearin/Leslie Feist

Songs: [excerpt, in two parts]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), April 18, 2017.

Karen Ng/Ted Crosby/Paul Taylor/Charles Spearin/Leslie Feist - [excerpt, part 1]

Karen Ng/Ted Crosby/Paul Taylor/Charles Spearin/Leslie Feist - [excerpt, part 2]

When a musician's sudden unavailability caused a last-minute lineup change and Karen Ng would only say (with a cagey grin and no further details) that she'd found "some friends" to fill in, I knew something was up. And indeed, the old touring pals that came out to jam to a handful of people at The Tranzac were none other than Charles Spearin (armed with keyboard and nyckelharpa) and Leslie Feist. They joined visiting electroacoustic percussionist Paul Taylor as well as Ng and Ted Crosby on reeds for an ephemeral encounter, the sort of one-time-only band that winks into existence in the The Tranzac's protective environment.

After some foraging explorations, the group fell into the rustic soundscape heard here, with Crosby and Ng's clarinets dancing above the others' textures. (Feist showed herself to be a dab hand with her freeze pedal in that regard.) After that, the second set turned out to be an even more informal affair: Spearin had to split, Feist felt like playing the drums, and most of the remaining audience were invited to sit in for some casual meanderings.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Recording: Octopus Curls

Artist: Octopus Curls

Song: [1st set, 3rd piece excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), April 18, 2018.

Octopus Curls - [1st set, 3rd piece excerpt]

In full-on quintet mode, this group once again explored the accretion of small gestures, tapping and scratching away at their various implements.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Recording: Bellwether4

Artist: Bellwether4

Song: Suite [in two parts] [composer: Anthony Argatoff]*

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), April 18, 2018.

Bellwether4 - Suite, Part 1

Bellwether4 - Suite, Part 2

Having all the members of Bellwether4 in town at the same time meant it was necessary to grab a slot at The Tranzac, even if it was an unusual extra-early one. That gave Emily Denison (trumpet), Anthony Argatoff (alto saxophone), Victor Vrankulj (double bass), and Andrew Miller (percussion) a chance to take a spin through their book with pieces coming from all members (as well as one by past honoured guest Joe Sorbara). Moving from amped-up études to groovy bumblebee flights it was rewarding to get an increasingly-rare chance to see the band in action as they slide away to other cities and other scenarios.

* This was called out with just the generic title "Suite". It may have a more complete name — please leave a comment if you know it!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Recording: Special Costello, Budi & Bonka

Artist: Special Costello, Budi & Bonka

Songs: unknown*

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

Special Costello with Budi & Bonka - unknown

Bonka with Special Costello & Budi - unknown

Budi with Special Costello & Bonka - unknown

Hot on the heels of manifesting as the backbone of Beverly Glenn-Copeland's Indigo Rising, three of the group's east-cost core reconvened at the Tranzac for this late afternoon gathering. A sort of round-robin approach to collaborative soundscape pop, Jeremy Costello, Nick Dourado (a.k.a. Budi), and Bianca Palmer (a.k.a. Bonka) each took turns backing the others as they sketched out their complementary musical ideas, the mellow hang-out-in-the-den kinda vibe suiting the material most excellently.

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

Monday, June 18, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #255

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:

Fake Humans [LP release!] (Blisk / Mark Hundevad) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-06-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Isla Craig [The Becoming Pleasance Records album release!] (Eiyn Sof) / The Tranzac 2018-06-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Back-to-back release shows in the Tranzac's Main Hall by some of this blog's fave musicians? That's a little piece of heaven in my estimation. I've been waiting for both of these albums to make their ways out into the world for awhile now, and while album release shows sometimes feel more like the end of an era than the beginning of one, hopefully these platters will make it possible for more people to get caught up with some of Toronto's finest.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Marilyn Lerner/Nicole Rampersaud / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-19 (Tuesday – early!)

TONE Festival/The Music Gallery's Departures Series (feat. Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie / Jazz Bras Dot Com / Retired) / Jam Factory 2018-06-19 (Tuesday – all ages!) [FB event]

Living Fossil feat. Vivienne Wilder (Ronley Teper / Allin) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-06-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Play the Parks (feat. Dilan Ensemble) / Mackenzie House 2018-06-20 (Wednesday – free! lunchtime show!) [more info]

Bearrah Fawcett [Chris Pruden/Robert Grieve/Alex Fournier/Stefan Hegerat] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-20 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

LUKA's Ryokan and Rumi band [Luke Kuplowsky/Felicity Williams/Alex Lukashevsky/Phil Melanson/Josh Cole] (Allison Cameron/Josh Cole/Sandro Perri/Nicole Rampersaud) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Mary Ocher (Lief Hall / Bile Sister / The Canadian Romantic) / D D L 2018-06-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Luminato Festival: Ally and Kinship (feat. Cris Derksen/Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie/Ansley Simpson/Simone Schmidt) / The Great Hall 2018-06-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Jessica Stuart presents! Ep. 5 (feat. Nick Teehan / Jessica Stuart Few) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-21 (Thursday – extra-early show, 5 to 7 p.m.!) [FB event]

Simply Saucer [7" release!] (Blonde Elvis) / The Baby G 2018-06-21 (Thursday) [FB event]

Wavelength presents: Music in Trillium Park (feat. VC2 / Long Branch / Beams) / Ontario Place (Trillium Park) 2018-06-21 (Thursday – free! outside! all-ages!) [FB event]

AlternaQueer (feat. Above Top Secret / Säye Skye / Hua Li / Bliptor / MDL CHLD / R. Flex / hey! dw / The House of Filth) / Toronto Pride South Stage 2018-06-22 (Friday) [more info]

In Transit (Orechin/Pruden/MQ) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-22 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Fusing: Premieres VII ["six new interdisciplinary premieres fusing new music with dance, circus, literary, visual, theatrical and media arts by emerging and established artists from near and far" (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-06-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey / De Runa Banquet Hall 2018-06-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Gentle Leader XIV (Rapport / In Drift / Seance Sisters) / Monarch Tavern 2018-06-22 (Friday) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Charles Gayle / WAYS) / Array Space 2018-06-22 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Tonstartssbandht / The Garrison 2018-06-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Iceage / Mary Lattimore / Cares) / Lee's Palace 2018-06-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Polyphonic Ground presents: Good Kind Productions + Batuki Music Society (feat. HAIBA + Maryem Tollar / Kamancello) / 918 Bathurst 2018-06-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Baby Labour [Full Legal Stop release party!] (Luge / Bare Claws / Sea Beau) / Handlebar 2018-06-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Invisible Out (New Tendencies / Mitchell Akiyama) / Handlebar 2018-06-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Gentle Reminder No. 3 (feat. Aviary / Bachelard / Baanya [Stefan Banjevic]) / June Records 2018-06-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Stuck In The City & Not Dead Yet present (feat. Criminal Code / Tough Age / Prom Nite / LS & the Drips) / Faith/Void 2018-06-24 (Sunday – all ages!) [FB event]

Synaptic Circus presents (feat. Encounters With Monk In A Revolving Door [Tania Gill/Ryan Driver] / The Cluttertones) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-24 (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!

The Robert Diack Ensemble / The Rex Hotel 2018-06-25 (Monday – early set, 5 to 7 p.m.!) [FB event]

Joseph Shabason / Joseph Shabason 2018-06-25 (Monday – free!) [more info]

P0st3rb0y (Leucrocuta / Bad Passion / The Databats) / Handlebar 2018-06-29 (Saturday) [FB event]

Otterville / Heliconian Hall 2018-06-30 (Saturday – early show @ 7 p.m.! free!) [http://torontojazz.com/concert/otterville]

Clara Engel (Joyful Joyful) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-30 (Saturday – 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]

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

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

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]

Goosebump [LP Release!] (Chandra / Persons) / Lula Lounge 2018-07-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Vallens [EP Release] (James Baley / Ellis) / The Garrison 2018-07-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

Buzz Records Presents: (feat. Lonely Parade / T-Rextasy / Mother Tongues) / The Baby G 2018-07-31 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Invocation presents (feat. Michael Hurley / Darren Hanlon) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-09-13 (Thursday) [FB event]

Palm (New Fries) / The Baby G 2018-09-25 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Weather Station / Mod Club Theatre 2018-09-29 (Saturday) [FB event]

Timber Timbre / The Horseshoe Tavern 2018-10-11–2018-10-12 (Thursday–Friday) [FB event]

Monday, June 11, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #254

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:

TONE Festival/Wavelength present (feat. Efrim Manuel Menuck / FET.NAT / Fresh Snow / Scattered Clouds) / Jam Factory 2018-06-15 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. The Revival Ensemble / Sick Boss Löve) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-06-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

It's hard not to single out TONE again, with each week offering more variety and surprises. Besides being damn good music, there might not be much a throughline connecting Friday's Wavelength co-curated weird/rock extravaganza and Sunday's jazzier excursion, but both are highly recommended — especially if you've never seen FET.NAT performing in a sweaty room. Sunday's Revival Ensemble show, with Ted Crosby's site-specific big-band re-interpreting Duke Ellington's Far East Suite might not have an eye-catching international touring headliner like some of the other shows, but it's one of the festival's most ambitious offerings and is definitely not to be missed.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Ornate Presents (feat Triio w/ Manabu Kitada) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-12 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Stop Time [Dan Fortin/Harley Card/Michael Davidson/Dan Gaucher] [first show in two years!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Phèdre (Ice Cream / Sydanie / Millenial) / The Baby G 2018-06-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

No Mean City Collective presents (feat. Stones / Bookchop / Tange / Craig Currie / HEX) / The Hideout 2018-06-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Maybe Not [Brodie West/Nicole Rampersaud/Allison Cameron/Blake Howard/Alex Lukashevsky/Mani Mazanini] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-13 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XVIII (feat. Max McEachern & Friends [Chris Adriaanse/Max McEachern/Andrew Miller] / Andrew Furlong & Friends [Andrew Furlong/Colin Hinton/Ashley Urquhart]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

J Blissette (Several Futures / Don't Bother / Vanity Phase [first show from solo electronic project of Century Palm/Zebrassieres frontman Andrew Payne]) / Monarch Tavern 2018-06-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The AMBiENT PiNG (feat. dreamSTATE / byte.observer / at dhé ju) / Handlebar 2018-06-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Colin Fisher's Patio Summer Series (feat. Conception Vessel [Harley Card/Jeff Luciani/Daniel Fortin/Colin Fisher]) / Pamenar 2018-06-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Feel Alright [Pleasence album release!] (Goosebump [f.k.a. Germaphobes] / Wares / Nutrients) / Owl's Club 2018-06-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

ContaQt: Many Faces - We Are All Marilyns [music by Eve Beglarian, Amnon Wolman and John Oswald, and choreography by Laurence Lemieux] (feat. Contact Contemporary Music) / Buddies In Bad Times 2018-06-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

Charbonneau/Amato (Simon Trottier) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-06-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

Hannah Epperson (Omhouse) / The Baby G 2018-06-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

June Records Block Party (feat. Eamon McGrath / Ocean Potion / The Future Primitive) / June Records 2018-06-15 (Friday – free! all ages!) [FB event]

Knowing River - Body Notes ["This intertwined practice will bring together music, painting, text, body gesture and projection to create new possibilities of mark-making through improvisation, randomness, and elements in time and space."] (feat. Ronley Teper/lo bil/Nava Waxman/David Jager/Tim Posgate) / Sheldon Rose Gallery 2018-06-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Peach Kelli Pop (Tallies / Tange) / The Baby G 2018-06-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Toronto Creative Music Lab & the Music Gallery present: TCML 2018 Showcase ["10 new works that have been developed... in the week leading up to the concert"] / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-06-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Nailbiter (Blue Light / Natural Violence / Esther Splett / Beard Closet) / The White House 2018-06-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

June Records Block Party (feat. Sam Nease / Isla Craig / Blind Matty Band / MIMICO) / June Records 2018-06-17 (Sunday – free! all ages! afternoon/evening event!) [FB event]

Glen Hall/Diane Roblin/Harry Vetro/Bruce Cassidy / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-17 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Najva Ensemble / Small World Music Centre 2018-06-17 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Chino Amobi (myst milano) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst St. 2018-06-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

Anthems & Icons (feat. The Queer Songbook Orchestra) / Buddies In Bad Times 2018-06-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. Linsey Wellman/Phill Albert/Mark Zurawinski) / The Emmet Ray 2018-06-17 (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!

Living Fossil feat. Vivienne Wilder (Ronley Teper / Allin) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-06-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Bearrah Fawcett [Chris Pruden/Robert Grieve/Alex Fournier/Stefan Hegerat] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-07-20 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Jessica Stuart presents! Ep. 5 (feat. Nick Teehan / Jessica Stuart Few) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-21 (Thursday – extra-early show, 5 to 7 p.m.!) [FB event]

Polyphonic Ground presents: Good Kind Productions + Batuki Music Society (feat. HAIBA + Maryem Tollar / Kamancello) / 918 Bathurst 2018-06-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Baby Labour [Full Legal Stop release party!] (Luge / Bare Claws / Sea Beau) / Handlebar 2018-06-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Stuck In The City & Not Dead Yet present (feat. Criminal Code / Tough Age / Prom Nite / LS & the Drips) / Faith/Void 2018-06-24 (Sunday – all ages!) [FB event]

Synaptic Circus presents (feat. Encounters With Monk In A Revolving Door [Tania Gill/Ryan Driver] / The Cluttertones) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Ian Daniel Kehoe (Quaker Parents) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-06-29 (Friday – early show, 6 to 8 p.m.!) [FB event]

Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie / Heliconian Hall 2018-06-29 (Friday – free! early show @ 7 p.m.!) [FB event]

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

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]

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

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

Nhapitapi / Island Café 2018-08-24 (Friday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Ivy Mairi + Max Heineman / Island Café 2018-09-14 (Friday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Recording: Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Indigo Rising

Artist: Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Indigo Rising

Songs: Ever New + Sunset Village

Recorded at the Jam Factory, April 15, 2018.

Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Indigo Rising - Ever New

Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Indigo Rising - Sunset Village

On the heels of some recent re-issues, there has been a re-appraisal of sorts for Beverly Glenn-Copeland, who is perhaps as well remembered by a couple generations of Canadians as an occasional performer on Mr. Dressup as a Yorkville folkie-turned-synth-explorer. For his part, in an emotion-filled performance, Copeland confessed that while originally making his music he could sense that his true audience (and musical peers) were not yet born.

Fortunately, this crew, dominated by east coast soft-rockers Jeremy Costello, Nick Dourado, Bianca Palmer and Kurt Inder (plus local Thom Gill) has the tenderness and tenacity to bring Copeland's intricately-layered sounds to life and a love for the same sort of goopy showtune softness and electronic new-age textures that were resolutely unfashionable for so long, returning Glenn-Copeland to the cannon as an icon and influence. Filled with heatfelt spoken passages that stirred the audience as much as the songs, this felt like a special (and cathartic) night for audience and performer alike, and served as a reminder that new chapters, new partners and new songs could be just around the corner for any of us.

Recording: TRYAL

Artist: TRYAL

Song: Companion

Recorded at the Jam Factory, April 15, 2018.

TRYAL - Companion

Continuing to hone the sophisticated, layered pop found on the project's album, from the opening strains of "He Needs Me" (from the Popeye soundtrack), there was whimsy and meta-commentary layered into vocalist Alex Samaras' lamentations. The band this time included Johnny Spence (keyb), Josh Cole (bass), Christine Bougie (guitar) and Phil Melanson (percussion/electronics) and the crew was now incorporating the background vocals of Robin Dann and Felicity Williams and turning over the setlist with some brand-new tracks.

[TRYAL will be part of TONE's Saturday night show (June 9th at Burdock) alongside Jessica Moss and the recently-reactivated Manticore.]

Recording: Loom

Artist: Loom

Song: unknown*

Recorded at the Jam Factory, April 15, 2018.

Loom - unknown

Amongst this night's many joys (including an emotional headlining set from Beverly Glenn-Copeland) the return of Brooke Manning's Loom to active status is not to be overlooked. Laying low for a couple years in the face of other life pursuits and community initiatives, Loom was (as it ever was) same-but-different, re-manifesting with Manning backed by a vocal trio, adding only some bare-bones snare work to her guitar. A cozy, candle-lit room in the midst of a fierce (yet strangely-beautiful) ice storm is about as perfect a situation as you could ask for to listen to these songs, filled with emotional doubt, longing and vulnerability.

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

Monday, June 4, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #253

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:

Bernice [album release!] / The Drake Underground 2018-06-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Consider the slow unfolding of a flower blooming in a stop-motion capture, and reflect on the ongoing emergence/steady transformation of Bernice en route to Puff, their long-awaited second album. Promising "extremely fun surprises", expect some quiet astonishment and moments of joy to radiate throught the room.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Paul Newman/Brian Abbott / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-04 (Monday – extra early set, 6 to 8 p.m.!) [FB event]

Nate Renner & Alex Samaras / The Emmet Ray 2018-06-04 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

The Mike Smith Company [D. Alex Meeks/Karen Ng/Mike Smith] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-05 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #39 (feat. Barry Prophet / Nicole Rampersaud / Sal Grosso) / The Baby G 2018-06-05 (Tuesday – PWYC! extra-early show @ 7 p.m.!) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Waclaw Zimpel & Kuba Ziolek / Joseph Shabason / Nick Storring) / The Baby G 2018-06-05 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Wooden Shjips (Holy Wave / ZONES) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2018-06-05 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Ghostlight / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Robert Würz Berlin/Toronto Quartet [Robert Würz/Heather Saumer/Rob Clutton/Nick Fraser] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-07 (Thursday – early!) [FB event]

In Between Sounds #86 (feat. Lorde Awesome) / The Only Café 2018-06-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Telephone Explosion: Year Ten (feat. Odonis Odonis / Freak Heat Waves / New Fries / Teenanger / Andre Ethier) / Lee's Palace 2018-06-08 (Friday) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Anthony Coleman / c_RL) / Arraymusic 2018-06-08 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Colin Fisher/Andrew Furlong/Mark Hundevad / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Overleaf [Heidi Chan/Mira Martin-Gray/Kayla Milmine] (Bea Labikova/Kayla Milmine/Kristen Moss Theriault/Laura Swankey/Brian Abbott) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-09 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

WLMRT (No Men / Smooches / Slutcode) / Handlebar 2018-06-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Heavy Leather Parking Lot (feat. Vag Halen with guests NYSSA, Dainty Smith, Roxanne Luchak, Axel Blows, and Shane McKinnon) / Buddies In Bad Times Theatre 2018-06-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Jessica Moss / Tryal / Manticore) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-06-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Tich Maredza Band [10th anniversary concert!] / Small World Music Centre 2018-06-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Persamenco [Bahram Aghakhan/Pedram Khavarzamini/Araz Salek] / Pamenar 2018-06-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

No Mean City Collective and and Girls Rock Camp Toronto present: Music in Trillium Park (feat. Kingdom of Birds / Deep Waters / Kat Nap / HEX) / Ontario Place (Trillium Park) 2018-06-10 (Sunday – free! outside! Afternoon show, 1 to 6 p.m.! all-ages + kid-friendly!) [FB event]

Eugene Chadbourne ["in-store reading/signing"] / Soundscapes 2018-06-10 (Sunday – afternoon event, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Ayal Senior (Jonny Friedman) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-10 (Sunday – afternoon show, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot with Special Guest Brodie West / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Jordaan Mason [Earth to Ursa Major album release!] (RUUNE) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-06-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. Victoria Gibson [Sound Seed: Tribute to Pauline Oliveros DVD release!] / Laura Swankey / Play The Moment Collective [Victoria Gibson/Heather Saumer/Bob Vespaziani]) / Array Space 2018-06-10 (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!

The AMBiENT PiNG (feat. dreamSTATE / byte.observer / at dhé ju) / Handlebar 2018-06-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Charbonneau/Amato (Simon Trottier) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-06-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

Hannah Epperson (Omhouse) / The Baby G 2018-06-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

June Records Block Party (feat. Eamon McGrath / Ocean Potion / The Future Primitive) / June Records 2018-06-15 (Friday – free! all ages!) [FB event]

Toronto Creative Music Lab & the Music Gallery present: TCML 2018 Showcase ["10 new works that have been developed... in the week leading up to the concert"] / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-06-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

June Records Block Party (feat. Sam Nease / Isla Craig / Blind Matty Band / MIMICO) / June Records 2018-06-17 (Sunday – free! all ages! afternoon/evening event!) [FB event]

Glen Hall/Diane Roblin/Harry Vetro/Bruce Cassidy / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-17 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. Linsey Wellman/Phill Albert/Mark Zurawinski) / The Emmet Ray 2018-06-17 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Luminato Festival: Ally and Kinship (feat. Cris Derksen/Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie/Ansley Simpson/Simone Schmidt) / The Great Hall 2018-06-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

LUKA's Ryokan and Rumi band [Luke Kuplowsky/Felicity Williams/Alex Lukashevsky/Phil Melanson/Josh Cole] (Allison Cameron/Josh Cole/Sandro Perri/Nicole Rampersaud) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Wavelength presents: Music in Trillium Park (feat. VC2 / Long Branch / Beams) / Ontario Place (Trillium Park) 2018-06-21 (Thursday – free! outside! all-ages!) [FB event]

Isla Craig [The Becoming Pleasance Records album release!] (Eiyn Sof) / The Tranzac 2018-06-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Several Futures (Deathsticks / Stargoon) / The Garrison (front room) 2018-06-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Buzz Presents (feat. Hit Bargain / Moul D / Damagers / MARY) / Handlebar 2018-06-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

ACT! [f.k.a. Egyptrixx] (Così e Così / Anna Modo / Cares) / The Baby G 2018-07-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

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

Music in the Park (feat. Kamancello / Castle If / Absolutely Free) / Ontario Place (Trillium Park) 2018-08-09 (Thursday – free! outside! all-ages!) [more info]

The Curse [with original vocalist Mickey Skin] (The Discarded / Chris Haight's Ad-ventures / The Screwed) / Rivoli 2018-10-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Preview/contest: TONE Festival

TONE 2018

June 3rd–22nd, 2018

This Ain't No Jazz Festival.

For the second year, some of the city's most adventurous bookers are combining forces to find local shows for some equally adventurous musical acts. Eight shows spread out through June, all with some of the best local creative music forces complementing the visitors. All of these are worth checking out:

Bonus! Karen Ng + I will be talkin' TONE (and playing some music from these artists) on The Night Shift, Wednesday night 9 to 11 p.m. on CJRU 1280AM. Tune in for the grooves, shout-outs and food jokes!

TICKETS + MORE INFO

Artist info and everything else you need is all on TONE's website. TONE shows are $10-$15 in advance, $12-$18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Circus Books and Music. Four-show and full festival passes are available as well!

CONTEST

I'm proud to be co-presenting the festival opener with MANAS + more at The Baby G on Sunday so I'm going to share the joy by giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

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 Friday, June 1st at noon.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #252

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:

TONE Festival and Mechanical Forest Sound present (feat. Manas [Tashi Dorji/Thom Nguyen/Wes McCoy] / Clarinet Panic Redux / Kurt Newman's Nashville Minimalism Unit) / The Baby G 2018-06-03 (Sunday) [FB event]

This could have as easily gone to Friday's amazing Venus fest show (launching L CON's new album) or to Saturday's quiet vs. loud Feast in the East, but seeing as I'm rather proud of this show (which I had a hand in helping to pull together) I'll single it out here. Asheville N.C. avant skronk/shred master Tashi Dorji has brought a few different projects to town, but this is the first time for MANAS. Formerly a duo with drummer Thom Nguyen, this tour is coming in trio mode with addition percussion from Wes McCoy. (Hopefully there will be some copies of this new tape at the merch table!) Meanwhile, as with all shows in the TONE Festival, travelling headliners will be greeted by top-notch local openers, with this show featuring the return of chamber-prog unit Clarinet Panic as well as a trio manifestation of Kurt Newman's Nashville Minimalism Unit — regarding which reliable sources whisper you might expect a funhouse-mirror version of a Dukes of Hazzard chase scene score.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Bonjay (Too Attached) / The Drake Underground 2018-05-28 (Monday) [FB event]

Lung (Dog Drives Mantis / Experts [Ben Oginz/Mike Duffield]) / Nocturne 2018-05-29 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-05-29 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Tania Gill Quartet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-05-30 (Wednesday – early!)

The Mean (Aus!Funkt / Stargoon) / The Piston 2018-05-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

Burn Down the Capital presents (feat. Colin Fisher [LP Release!] / ACT! / Xuan Ye / Rev. Marco D'Andrea) / D D L 2018-05-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

Venus Fest presents (feat. L CON [album release!] / LAL / Pantayo) / Jam Factory 2018-06-01 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Jennifer Castle / The Drake Underground 2018-06-01 (Friday – early show!) [more info]

The Sadies (Blind Matty Band) / The Great Hall 2018-06-01 (Friday) [FB event]

Dundas West Fest (feat. The Teeny Tiny Music Show / Hot Garbage / Vypers / Possum / Absolutely Free) / The Garrison Stage [Beer Store parking lot] 2018-06-01 (Friday – free! all ages! outside!) [FB event]

Labyrinth Musical Workshop Ontario (feat. Tzvetanka Varimezova / Bassam Bishara) / Eastminster United Church 2018-06-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Archives of Eternity [Jay Hay/Mark Hundevad/Andrew Furlong/Mike Gennaro] / Burdock Music Hall 2018-06-02 (Saturday – early show, 6 to 8 p.m.!) [FB event]

Polka Dogs [The Bee album release] / Burdock Music Hall 2018-06-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 68 (feat. Eugene Chadbourne / Protruders / Holiday Rambler / Mermaids) / Matt Durant Studio 2018-06-02 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Spectrum Music presents: No Place Like Home [new Canadian repertoire for traditional Chinese instruments] (feat. Patty Chan / Di Zhang / Ziwen Qin) / Alliance Française 2018-06-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Nilan Perera Quintet [Nilan Perera/Kayla Milmine/Bea Labikova/Wes Neal/Rick Sacks] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Special Interest / Que Lastima / Sigil / Piper Maru) / Faith/Void 2018-06-03 (Sunday – all ages!) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 57 (feat. Tendencyitis / Bachelard) / Handlebar 2018-06-03 (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!

The Mike Smith Company [D. Alex Meeks/Karen Ng/Mike Smith] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-05 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Overleaf [Heidi Chan/Mira Martin-Gray/Kayla Milmine] (Bea Labikova/Kayla Milmine/Kristen Moss Theriault/Laura Swankey/ Brian Abbott) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-09 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. Victoria Gibson [Sound Seed: Tribute to Pauline Oliveros DVD release!] / Laura Swankey / Play The Moment Collective [Victoria Gibson/Heather Saumer/Bob Vespaziani]) / Array Space 2018-06-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Ornate Presents (feat Triio w/ Manabu Kitada) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-06-12 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

No Mean City Collective presents (feat. Stones / Bookchop / Tange / Craig Currie / HEX) / The Hideout 2018-06-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Gentle Reminder No. 3 (feat. Aviary / Bachelard / Baanya [Stefan Banjevic]) / June Records 2018-06-24 (Thursday) [FB event]

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

Venus Fest (feat. Moor Mother / OSHUN / Elle Barbara's Black Space / LOOM) / Mod Club 2018-09-20 (Thursday – all ages!) [FB event]

Venus Fest (feat. Zola Jesus / Allie / TIKA) / The Opera House 2018-09-21 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Venus Fest (feat. Bully / Vallens / Isla Craig) / The Opera House 2018-09-22 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Shannon & The Clams / Lee's Palace 2018-11-02 (Friday) [more info]

Friday, May 25, 2018

Recording: Eve Egoyan

Artist: Eve Egoyan

Song: De Puro Amor [excerpt] [composer: Maria de Alvear]

Recorded at St. George the Martyr Church (The Music Gallery Presents), April 14, 2018.

Eve Egoyan - De Puro Amor [excerpt]

Celebrating a new double disc recording of Maria de Alvear's large-scale works for solo piano, Eve Egoyan brought the Music Gallery back to its old home at St. George the Martyr for one last farewell. The music created a suitable environment for considered reflection, as it stretched out and seeped into the highest corners beyond the rafters. Not so much a path you follow as a pool you float in, these two pieces are composed with certain choices left open to the performer, making it as much of a journey of discovery for them as for the audience.

[Eve Egoyan will be bringing a multi-media programme of "works for augmented piano and images" to the Luminato Festival on June 19th and 20th.]

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Recording: Collateral

Artist: Collateral

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space, April 12, 2018.

Collateral - [excerpt]

Given the geographical realities of our country and the economics of making creative music, it can be a too-rare occasion to see far-flung peers playing locally. This group, bringing together Halifax mainstays Tim Crofts and Norman Adams with Montréal's Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect, Land of Kush, etc.) has geographical separation hardwired into its makeup, so it was a noteworthy to see them making their way across Canada, celebrating the release of a recording (which was, itself, a document of the trio's first on-stage encounter).

Melding elements from each of their practices (including prepared piano plucks, contemporary classical cello chewing and post-punk guitar/Egyptian oud shredding) there was a tasty arc here, torquing parallel conversations into perpendicular pushing apart before falling back into a shared space.

Recording: Nicole Rampersaud

Artist: Nicole Rampersaud

Song: [excerpt from first piece]

Recorded at Array Space, April 12, 2018.

Nicole Rampersaud - [excerpt from first piece]

In solo mode, trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud continued the deconstruction of her instrument's physicality, whether sing-grunting into the mouthpiece or clattering away with a tin mute.

[Nicole Rampersaud will be performing a solo set at Track Could Bend #39 (Tuesday, June 5th at The Baby G), providing an acoustic counterpoint to electronic explorations from Barry Prophet and Lisbon's Sal Grosso.]