Monday, September 1, 2014

Concert Listings Roundup #60

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:

INTERsection: New Music Marathon and Musicircus (feat. Sidewalk Crusades / Spectrum / New Adventures in Sound Art / junctQín keyboard collective / Haphazard Hinges [25 saxophones!] / Evan Ziporyn & Contact) / Yonge Dundas Square 2014-09-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Some people remain conceptually dubious about taking a day's worth of avant garde/creative/"new music" and plunking it in the city's Canyon of Craven Commercialism, but there's a weird alchemy that happens when the sorts of sounds that are often cloistered in small, obscure spaces is imposed on the city — somehow, it fits right in. Some people will walk by without doing more than turning their head, some will stop in confusion or annoyance, and a few will pause as if to say, "oh yeah, this is cool". An erratic and random day, this actually turns YDS into something of a peaceful island in the middle of the bustle, and is always a memorable occasion.

[As noted below, the day outside is flanked by a couple indoor shows at the Tranzac and Music Gallery, making for a full end-of-summer/start-of-the-new-music-season festivities]


This week's noteworthy shows:

Ashkenaz Festival (feat. Lemon Bucket Orkestra / David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana) / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2014-09-01 (Monday) [more info]

Thom Gill / The Emmet Ray 2014-09-01 (Monday – PWYC!) [more info]

Zeus [Classic Zeus "Secret Back Alley Show"] / June Records 2014-09-02 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Wooden Sky / Sonic Boom (Annex) 2014-09-02 (Tuesday) [FB event]

AIMToronto Curation Series (feat. duos, trios and quartet w/ Alan Bloor/Matt Miller/Ted Phillips/Bob Vespaziani) / Musideum 2014-09-02 (Tuesday) [FB event]

CelloPhone presents Boats and Balloons [new music for cello and saxophone] / Heliconian Hall 2014-09-03 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ronley Teper's Lipliners / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-09-03 (Wednesday)

AGO First Thursdays (feat. Bry Webb / The Weather Station) / Art Gallety of Ontario 2014-09-04 (Thursday) [more info]

Man Finds Fire Presents: Sound Seance II (feat. Sir Richard Bishop / Tashi Dorji / Clara Engel) / Geary Lane 2014-09-04 (Thursday) [FB event]

ANAMAI (Black Walls) / The Press Club 2014-09-04 (Thursday) [FB event]

DJ Breezes w/ Gloctor Glock (Brigitte Bardon't) / Holy Oak Café 2014-09-04 (Thursday) [FB event]

TIFF Festival Street (feat. Elaquent / Maylee Todd / Rich Aucoin / Adrian X) / The Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage 2014-09-04 (Thursday – free!) [more info]

The Muted Note [Choreography: Susanna Hood / Music: Scott Thomson / Poet: P.K. Page] / The Citadel 2014-09-05–2014-09-07 (Friday–Sunday) [more info]

The Music Gallery's Departures series (feat. Battle Trance / Not The Wind Not The Flag / King Weather) / Array Space 2014-09-05 (Friday) [FB event]

INTERsection (feat. Toy Piano Composers Ensemble / Thin Edge New Music Collective / Kyle Brenders Quartet / junctQín keyboard collective) / The Tranzac 2014-09-05 (Friday) [FB event]

TIFF Festival Street (feat. Eon The Soul Proprietor / Reuben And The Dark / Bobby Bazini / DIANA / BADBADNOTGOOD) / The Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage 2014-09-05 (Friday – free!) [more info]

Street Reiki (feat. Nick Persons / Teen Tits Wild Wives / Bile Sister) / Mây 2014-09-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Gates (Voidfolk) / S.H.I.B.G.B.'s 2014-09-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Void Vision (Votive [feat. Cam Findlay aka Kontravoid & Kat Duma] / Sahara) / Smiling Buddha 2014-09-05 (Friday) [more info]

TIFF Festival Street: Pop-up Performance (feat. Bob Wiseman) / King Street King St. W. (north side, west of Simcoe St.) 2014-09-06 (Saturday – 2:30 p.m. free!) [more info]

Jad Fair & Norman Blake / The Cave 2014-09-06 (Saturday – early show!) [FB event]

B.A. Johnston (Strange Attractor / HotKid / Ketamines) / Smiling Buddha 2014-09-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

TIFF Festival Street: Pop-up Performance (feat. Marker Starling) / King Street King St. W. (north side, west of Simcoe St.) 2014-09-07 (Sunday – 1:00 p.m. free!) [more info]

No Angels Dancing / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-09-07 (Sunday – 1 to 3 p.m.)

INTERsection: Terry Riley's "Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band" re-imagined (feat. Evan Ziporyn and Contact) / The Music Gallery 2014-09-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

See Through Trio [Tania Gill / Pete Johnston / Karen Ng] (The Imperative [Jay Hay / Karen Ng / Joe Sorbara]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-09-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

Hat & Beard / The Rex 2014-09-07 (Sunday – 7 to 9 p.m.) [FB event]

TIFF Festival Street (feat. Absolutely Free + Special Guests ["Re-Sounding The Films Of Norman McLaren"] / Jason Collett) / The Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage 2014-09-07 (Sunday – free!) [more info]

Wavelength 614: WL Island Show (feat. Weaves / Fresh Snow / Most People / MATROX / "secret guests") / Artscape Gibraltar Point 2014-09-07 (Sunday – free! all ages!) [FB event]

Pregnancy Scares (TV Freaks / Pelvic Floor / The Soupcans) / S.H.I.B.G.B.'s 2014-09-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 12 (feat. Bong Water / Shamanta / Hardon Collider) / Handlebar 2014-09-07 (Sunday) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

The October Trio [Evan Arntzen/Josh Cole/Daniel Gaucher] — 10th Anniversary/Toronto Residency / Emmet Ray 2014-09-08 (Monday) [FB event]

Aurochs (w/ special guest Daniel Oore) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-09-09 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Rich Aucoin [Ephemeral Toronto Release Party] / The Drake Underground 2014-09-09 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The October Trio [Evan Arntzen/Josh Cole/Daniel Gaucher] — 10th Anniversary/Toronto Residency / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-09-10 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Array Sessions Season Kickoff (feat. Robert Appleton/Edwin Huizinga/Ted Phillips/Rick Sacks) / Array Space 2014-09-10 (Wednesday) [more info]

The October Trio [Evan Arntzen/Josh Cole/Daniel Gaucher] — 10th Anniversary/Toronto Residency / The Rex 2014-09-11 (Thursday – early!) [FB event]

The Living Daylight Stringband / Holy Oak Café 2014-09-11 (Thursday – early!) [more info]

Monomyth (Nap Eyes / New Fries / Deliluh) / Smiling Buddha 2014-09-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

5th PROJEKT (Moonwood / Norway) / The Painted Lady 2014-09-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Wavelength 615 / Construction Vol. 8 (feat. WTCHS / Hollowphonic / Pink/Brown / Sasha Chapin) / Smiling Buddha 2014-09-12 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Hat & Beard / The Rex 2014-09-14 (Sunday – 7 to 9 p.m.) [FB event]

Persian Rugs [This is OK for Now release party!] (Wanderbirds) / The Boat 2014-09-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

The Junction Music Festival (feat. The Sadies / The Beauties / Teenage Kicks / Chameleon Project / Bard From The Club / Sun K / Beams / Ginger Grey / Whiskey Jack / Rambunctious / Ark Analog / Paradise Animals / Omhouse / Tails / KASHKA / Two Koreas / Hands & Teeth / Alright Alright / many more) / various locations in The Junction 2014-09-20 (Saturday) [more info]

Hat & Beard / The Rex 2014-09-21 (Sunday – 7 to 9 p.m.) [FB event]

Small World Festival Launch Party (feat. Os Tropies) / Small World Music Centre 2014-09-25 (Thursday – free!) [more info]

Cosi e Cosi [Jeunesse Cosmique Montréal] (Echo Beach / Manticore / Organdrum) / Double Double Land 2014-09-25 (Thursday) [FB event]

Samesex [Beard Closet + Ken Park] (Mystic Triangle / St. Clair Kids [Ian M., ex-Ostrich Tuning – first show!]) / Holy Oak Café 2014-09-26 (Friday) [FB event]

Fat As Fuck (Freepop / Bare Claws) / Soybomb HQ 2014-09-27 (Saturday – PWYC! Pre-Show Skate Party!) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft/Mike Overton/Jake Oelrichs / The Rex 2014-09-28 (Sunday – 7 to 9 p.m.) [FB event]

The Reigning Sound (catl. / Pow Wows) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-10-25 (Saturday) [more info]

Doc Pickles Presents (feat. Walk North / Good Conduct / Bron Halpin) / Handlebar 2014-11-30 (Sunday) [FB event]


Bandcamp corner:

I was a fan of Wish from the first time I saw 'em, merging familiar sounds from the Candle Studio-affiliated bands its members can otherwise be found in with guitarist/vocalist Kyle Connolly's own sensibility. Rockin' chrunch meets psychedelic jangle, this is recommended to anyone who loves Davis Kilgour's solo work (or, natch, his work with The Clean) — or anyone who's into those aforementioned component parts such as Beliefs, Breeze, or Milk Lines.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Recording: Army Girls

Artist: Army Girls

Songs: Twice + White Towel

Recorded at SummerWorks Festival – S--------- Studio Theatre ("Failure Fest"), August 9, 2014.

Army Girls - Twice

Army Girls - White Towel

Full review to follow. A slight resolution to a what might have been question, local duo Army Girls made what might have become their debut full-length album — but weren't entirely satisfied with the recording. Sometimes when you work so hard on something that doesn't work out you just have to let it go, and the album was shelved and the songs dropped from the band's repertoire.

As a final (and public) peace-making with/burial of these songs, the Andy Smith and Carmen Elle resolved to play them one last time — but to symbolize the fraught nature of their relationship with this music, they were joined by Cara Spooner, who provided "performative disruptions" that kept the musicians from easily accomplishing their tasks. This was achieved by employing the whole of the dance performance space for the show, with Spooner wheeling the guitar amp around (forcing Carmen Elle to follow behind) and, at one point, moving the entire drumkit piece by piece across the room. These feats were meticulously choreographed (while managing to feel entirely spontaneous) and created a unique — and wholly entertaining — night. There's several of these songs that I'll miss, but I'll remember this show well. One of the year's best, in fact.

Bonus! By sheer chance, one of those creative disruptions unfolded right in front of where I was standing, so here's some visual evidence:

Recording: Omhouse

Artist: Omhouse

Song: unknown*

Recorded at SummerWorks Festival – S--------- Studio Theatre ("Failure Fest"), August 9, 2014.

Omhouse - unknown

Full review to follow. Omhouse frontman Steven Foster used to play alongside Carmen Elle in Donlands + Mortimer, so it was no surprise to see him get the call to get the night started at this show. While this set wouldn't include any of the theatrics that would be incorporated into Army Girls' tour de force, it was a chance to highlight Foster's quickly-growing songbook and slightly-off-kilter pop sensibility, with sneaky hooks jabbing at you from unexpected angles — as learned from his professed influences Fred Penner and Bruce Cockburn.

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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Recording: Brendan Canning

Artist: Brendan Canning

Songs: [improvisation with harmonica feat. Greg Calderone] + [improvisation with violin feat. Edwin Huizinga]

Recorded at SummerWorks Festival, The Theatre Centre Mainspace ("One Night, Two Brendans"), August 8, 2014.

Brendan Canning - [improvisation with harmonica feat. Greg Calderone]

Brendan Canning - [improvisation with violin feat. Edwin Huizinga]

Full review to follow. The opening show in this year's SummerWorks Music Series didn't go as far as the others in breaking down the traditional concert format, but Brendan Canning took advantage of a patient, attentive crowd to perform a full set of entirely brand-new material. (Although there was less of a sense of artistic intervention with the music, Peter Rahul's live-engineered analog static-scapes were an excellent addition to the proceedings.)

There was a pleasingly fresh rawness as the band (a half-dozen deep behind Canning) tackled a few rockers and some lovely slower ones, but my favourite moments came when Canning went "off-script" for a couple moments of improvisation — occasions that he clearly relishes as well. After one song, he caught something that guitarist/keyboardist Greg Calderone had tossed in on harmonica, and asking him to replay it led to a quick jam. Then, the night ended with Canning calling for Edwin Huizinga (also of The Wooden Sky) to join him for a longer pastoral ramble. We'll have more chances to hear the songs, but these might have been one-of-a-kind moments.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Recording: EONS

Artist: EONS

Songs: Runaway [Del Shannon cover] + White Feather Roses

Recorded at Dufferin Grove Park, August 6, 2014.

EONS - Runaway

EONS - White Feather Roses

Full review to follow. Ending a short tour that took them to Sackville's SappyFest and back, this vanload of pals celebrated their homecoming with a casual evening in Dufferin Grove Park. There were shades of Matt Cully's Poor Pilgrim island shows here, with the modest, portable PA lifting the voices above the sounds of the city creeping in at the edges and curious passers-by occasionally pausing to listen in.

Matt Cully also had several new songs to share with the crowd. Their continued mix of classic folk forms and contemporary concerns felt perfect in this environment — lying back on the grass, looking at a star winking through the shifting branches of a tree, with mumurations of cars and bikes and pedestrians in the background.

Recording: Nick Ferrio

Artist: Nick Ferrio with Misha Bower

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Dufferin Grove Park, August 6, 2014.

Nick Ferrio - unknown

Full review to follow. Ending a short tour that took them to Sackville's SappyFest and back, this vanload of pals celebrated their homecoming with a casual evening in Dufferin Grove Park. There were shades of Matt Cully's Poor Pilgrim island shows here, with the modest, portable PA lifting the voices above the sounds of the city creeping in at the edges and curious passers-by occasionally pausing to listen in.

A trip to Whitehorse this spring was apparently a creative tonic for Peterborough balladeer Ferrio, who (between Olympic jokes and pitches for his homemade beard oil) showed off several new songs, including this one featuring backing vocals from Misha Bower, who would do a quick reading after this set before headlining the night as half of EONS.

Recording: Spencer Burton

Artist: Spencer Burton

Song: Death Of Gold

Recorded at Dufferin Grove Park, August 6, 2014.

Spencer Burton - Death Of Gold

Full review to follow. Ending a short tour that took them to Sackville's SappyFest and back, this vanload of pals celebrated their homecoming with a casual evening in Dufferin Grove Park. There were shades of Matt Cully's Poor Pilgrim island shows here, with the modest, portable PA lifting the voices above the sounds of the city creeping in at the edges and curious passers-by occasionally pausing to listen in.

For his forthcoming album, Burton has moved himself out front, eschewing the Grey Kingdom moniker that has so far been the vehicle for his post Attack In Black solo releases. He played only an abbreviated three-song set here, but gave some glimpses into the direct songwriting that's presumably going to be in evidence on that new one.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Recording: Simcoe is Lord

Artist: Simcoe is Lord

Song: Second

Recorded at The Tranzac – Southern Cross Lounge ("Mike Smith August Residency, Week 1"), August 4, 2014.

Simcoe is Lord - Second

Full review to follow. It's forever a struggle to get crowds out for an early show, but I'm a big fan of the night's first timeslot down at The Tranzac. Start 'round 7:30, wrap up before ten, get home and in bed at a reasonable hour. So I was well-pleased to see that Mike Smith was taking over the early slot for four Mondays in August, each with different musical collaborators.

This first week found him playing guitar and overseeing some background loops while being joined by Karen Ng (sax) and D. Alex Meeks (percussion). With a Civic Holiday-inspired band name, the trio tackled a few of Smith's new compositions along the brooding/funky continuum. Very tasty stuff, even if it seemed to cause some mild concern in the early-arrivers for the following open mic jam. This is week one — more to follow! (Plus you can check out another taste from this night over at Smith's soundcloud.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Recording: Monk's Music

Artist: Monk's Music

Song: Pannonica [composer: Thelonious Monk]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), August 3, 2014.

Monk's Music - Pannonica

Full review to follow. Another of the many fluid, intriguing residencies at The Tranzac, Monk's Music was founded by Dan Gaucher and Michael Davidson to explore the compositions of Thelonious Monk. There's no fixed membership, but with a variety of players joining in for any given set, expect to see some of the city's best pass through. (You can keep up to date on their facebook group.) This particular afternoon's set saw a quartet consisting of Ryan Driver (piano), Brodie West (alto sax), Pete Johnston (double bass) and Dave Clark (drums) explore several of Monk's moods. There were plenty of chances for joyful noises, but with West's gorgeous sax tone on hand, it was the ballads that really stood out.

Bonus! Speaking of those wonderful ballads, here's the full performance of "Ruby, My Dear":

Recording: No Angels Dancing

Artist: No Angels Dancing

Song: [Second Set, First Piece]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), August 3, 2014.

No Angels Dancing - [Second Set, First Piece, Part I]

No Angels Dancing - [Second Set, First Piece, Part II]

No Angels Dancing - [Second Set, First Piece, Part III]

Full review to follow. The "No Angels Dancing" residency was founded by Allison Cameron as a laboratory to explore her musical ideas. Drummer D. Alex Meeks was on board right from the start, and soon guitarist Stephen Parkinson was joining in regularly as well. With Cameron out of town for the long weekend, her co-conspirators held down the fort for an afternoon of highly pleasing creations. Parkinson is an economical and crafty improviser on the guitar, while Meeks plays with a watchmaker's precision — albeit in a manner suggesting that springs might start bursting forth at any instant, kicking things into a new time signature. Together, they were captivating throughout, whether partaking of polite shredfests, neck-squeezing lockgrooves or finger-rolling folkjams. What a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. [N.B.: The next instalment of the series, with Cameron back in attendance, will be on Sunday, September 7th, from 1 to 3 p.m.]

Bonus! Here's a quick video of the proceedings:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Concert Listings Roundup #59

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:

Totenbaum Träger [tape release!] (Moonwood / Colin Fisher + Mike Gennaro / The Knot) / Ratio 2014-08-29 (Friday) [more info]

Man Finds Fire Presents (feat. Fresh Snow / Doomsquad / Petra Glynt / North America) / Geary Lane 2014-08-29 (Friday) [FB event]

Except for the fact that they're tempo-spatially mutually exclusive, there's not much to dislike about this pair of gigs at two wonderful new spaces. Perhaps you can let your decision depend on if you want weird-noise burrowing internally into your psyche at Ratio or some avant grooves to get your existential booty moving at Geary Lane.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Mike Smith August Residency: Battleship! (with guest Shaw-Han Liem) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-08-25 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Castle If (Dark Tips / Jesse Laderoute) / 8-11 2014-08-26 (Tuesday — also feat. "free astrological chart readings") [FB event]

Vera Brim [formerly Buffalo MRI] (Tarpit / Father Dust / Fleshtone Aura) / Ratio 2014-08-27 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-08-29 (Friday)

"Secret Headliner" (Secret Broadcast / Last Bullet / The Lord Almighties [feat. Myles of Cauldron & Carla Gillis of Plumtree] / Secretary City) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-08-29 (Friday) [FB event]

No Visible Means Labour Day Weekend BBQ (feat. Blonde Elvis / Elrichman [tape release!] / Sheer Agony / Milk Lines) / 8-11 2014-08-30 (Saturday – 5:30 p.m. - 10:30p.m.) [FB event]

Ramonathon [20 bands playing 3 Ramones songs each! All Proceeds to Girls Rock Camp Toronto!] (feat. The Electric Shoes / Two Koreas / Uboat / Several Futures / HotKid / Janitors / Olboytoronto / School Damage / Teknicolor Raincoats / many more!) / The Garrison 2014-08-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

Reel Cod Records presents One Little Lick... Is All You'll Ever Get (feat. The Pinecones / Village / Deciduous) / Handlebar 2014-08-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

KEN mode (Greys / Child Bite / Animal Faces / Life In Vacuum) / Soybomb HQ 2014-08-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

AGGRESSIVΛ (feat. Human Performance Lab / SΛRIN / Mystic Triangle) / The Central 2014-08-31 (Sunday) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Thom Gill / The Emmet Ray 2014-09-01 (Monday – PWYC!) [more info]

The Wooden Sky / Sonic Boom (Annex) 2014-09-02 (Tuesday) [FB event]

CelloPhone presents Boats and Balloons [new music for cello and saxophone] / Heliconian Hall 2014-09-03 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ronley Teper's Lipliners / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-09-03 (Wednesday)

DJ Breezes w/ Gloctor Glock (Brigitte Bardon't) / Holy Oak Café 2014-09-04 (Thursday) [FB event]

INTERsection (feat. Toy Piano Composers Ensemble / Thin Edge New Music Collective / Kyle Brenders Quartet / junctQín keyboard collective) / The Tranzac 2014-09-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Void Vision (Votive [feat. Cam Findlay aka Kontravoid & Kat Duma] / Sahara) / Smiling Buddha 2014-09-05 (Friday) [more info]

INTERsection: New Music Marathon and Musicircus / Yonge Dundas Square 2014-09-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

See Through Trio [Tania Gill / Pete Johnston / Karen Ng] (The Imperative [Jay Hay / Karen Ng / Joe Sorbara]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-09-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

INTERsection: Terry Riley's "Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band" re-imagined (feat. Evan Ziporyn and Contact) / The Music Gallery 2014-09-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 12 (feat. Bong Water / Shamanta / Hardon Collider) / Handlebar 2014-09-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

Ami Dang (Petra Glynt / Slag Ralden / Fresh Flesh) / Double Double Land 2014-09-10 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Diane Cluck (Jordaan Mason) / The Music Gallery 2014-09-16 (Tuesday) [more info]

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkeybirds (Henri Faberge & The Adorables / The Holy Gasp) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-09-16 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Beta Frontiers (BART [members of The Elwins/Hooded Fang/Ruby Coast] / Gregory Pepper & His Problems / Uncut) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-09-19 (Friday) [FB event]

Toy Piano Composers: Pandora's Box / The Music Gallery 2014-09-20 (Saturday) [more info]

The Queer Songbook Orchestra: Play Songs from In and Around the Closet / The Music Gallery 2014-09-21 (Sunday) [more info]

Brandee Younger (Dr. Matthew Dunn and Co.) / The Music Gallery 2014-09-26 (Friday) [FB event]

John Southworth [Niagara Record Release!] / The Music Gallery 2014-10-12 (Sunday) [more info]

Heavy Trash / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-10-17 (Friday) [more info]

Doug Paisley / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-11-07 (Friday) [more info]

New Music Concerts presents: Generation 2014 [with L'Ensemble contemporain de Montréal] / The Music Gallery 2014-11-16 (Sunday) [more info]

Pop Avant (feat. Still Boys / Zoo Owl / Bataille Solaire) / The Music Gallery 2014-11-22 (Saturday) [more info]

Emergents I (feat. Clarinet Panic Deluxx / Cris Derksen) / The Music Gallery 2014-12-04 (Thursday) [more info]

New Music Concerts presents: An Evening with Marco Stroppa and Benny Slucin / The Music Gallery 2014-12-11 (Thursday) [more info]

Kith & Kin's Holiday Wassail / The Music Gallery 2014-12-14 (Sunday) [more info]

Unsilent Night [an ambulatory, participatory ambient sound sculpture] / The Music Gallery (and beyond!) 2014-12-04 (Thursday — PWYC!) [more info]

Emergents II (deat. Dan Fortin / Robin Dann + Claire Harvie / The Music Gallery 2015-01-30 (Friday) [more info]

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Recording: The Saffron Sect

Artist: The Saffron Sect

Song: Pinch of Chalk

Recorded at The Silver Dollar Room, August 2, 2014.

The Saffron Sect - Pinch of Chalk

Full review to follow. Post-hiatus activities for this local psych all-star unit continue, even if at a languid pace. This long weekend show (complete with tasty technicolor lightshow) gave the songs a change to stretch out with some tasty extended passages; there'll be a more succinct sensibility at hand — and hopefully a release show — when the band's "long awaited long lost 2nd single", slated for an October release, makes it out into the world.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Recording: Prince Nifty

Artist: Prince Nifty with Colin Fisher

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Tibet Kitchen ("Backyard Afternoon"), July 27, 2014.

Prince Nifty with Colin Fisher - [excerpt]

Full review to follow. Although it hadn't been too long since I'd seen Matt Smith performing, this melow afternoon had a pretty different feel than the full-on dance party that time out. In fact, this had three distinct vibes, with Smith starting an ethereal solo piece for voice and laptop before the atmospheric guitar duo with Colin Fisher excerpted here. He finished with an experimental piece, asking many of the day's previous performers (Isla Smith, HVYWTR's Vic Cheong, Heather Segger, Fisher plus host Jonathan Adjemian) to put in earplugs and sing, following his conducting and without reference to the performers around them. A lovely ending to a wonderful day in a pretty amazing spot.

Bonus! Here's a brief video clip of that floating solo vocal piece that opened the set:

Recording: HVYWTR

Artist: HVYWTR

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Tibet Kitchen ("Backyard Afternoon"), July 27, 2014.

HVYWTR - [excerpt]

Full review to follow. Holding the rain at bay, this was a lovely afternoon in a hidden Parkdale gem, underneath the lovely trees in Tibet Kitchen's backyard patio. The music was mostly in a soothing vein, and HVYWTR brought some suitably mellow vibes. Quite a fabulous day out.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Concert Listings Roundup #58

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:

Optical Sounds Presents: U.S. INVASION! (feat. The Veldt / Magic Shoppe / The Highest Order / B-17) / CineCycle 2014-08-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

An Optical Sounds party is always a special occasion, but this one even more with the long-awaited visit from a couple psych-allies from south of the border. The home side is represented by two fab units as well. This is very much the sort of thing you should willingly head down a darkened alley to investigate.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Mike Smith August Residency: Mellow Motel (with guests Michael Davidson + Matt Newton) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-08-18 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Burning Love (Coliseum / Nice Head) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-08-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Harley Card Trio feat. Alex Samaras / Holy Oak Café 2014-08-21 (Thursday) [more info]

Julie Doiron & The Wooden Stars / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-08-21 (Thursday) [more info]

Zvi + Isa Christ + Cetacea + Glass Towers + Painted Faces / Ratio 2014-08-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Hellshovel (Dirty Frigs / Wicked Witches / No Aloha) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-08-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Construction Vol. 7 (feat. Moon King / Whimm / Paradise Animals) / Double Double Land 2014-08-22 (Friday) [more info]

Vague (Flowers Of Hell / The Two Koreas) / Junction City Music Hall 2014-08-22 (Friday) [FB event]

CoexisDance 65 [dance + improvised music] / Majlis Art Garden 2014-08-23 (Saturday – outside show!) [FB event]

Sacred Lamp [Ayal Senior + Doc Dunn: "duo aktion with special guests"] (Doc Dunn solo set, "celebrating '3' new interweaving tape releases on Medusa Editions") / Grasshopper Records 2014-08-24 (Sunday – afternoon in-store!) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Vera Brim [formerly Buffalo MRI] (Tarpit / Father Dust / Fleshtone Aura) / Ratio 2014-08-27 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ramonathon [20 bands playing 3 Ramones songs each! All Proceeds to Girls Rock Camp Toronto!] / The Garrison 2014-08-30 (Sunday) [FB event]

The Muted Note [Choreography: Susanna Hood / Music: Scott Thomson / Poet: P.K. Page] / The Citadel 2014-09-05–2014-09-07 (Friday–Sunday) [more info]

Wavelength 614: WL Island Show (feat. Weaves / Fresh Snow / Most People / MATROX / "secret guests") / Artscape Gibraltar Point 2014-09-07 (Sunday – free! all ages!) [FB event]

Audiopollination #22.1 (feat. Paul Newman/Aldwyn Hogg Jr./Peter Lutek / Elliott Fienberg/Aisha Sasha John / Shahriyar Jamshidi Kamanche/Raphael Weinroth-Browne / Phookie Nijjit/Nodoubt Fersure) / Array Space 2014-09-09 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #22.2: Montreal meets Toronto (feat. Raphael Foisy-Coulture / Evan Tighe/Nicole Rampasaud/Michael Kaler / Aaron Leaney / Raphael Foisy-Coulture/Evan Tighe/ Aaron Leaney) / Array Space 2014-09-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

5th Annual Toronto Bicycle Music Festival (feat. Willow Rutherford / Rambunctious / Charlotte Cornfield / Communism / Maylee Todd + more) / Allen Gardens/Nathan Phillips Square/Christie Pits Park + bike-bourne points between! 2014-09-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents: The Second Sunday of September (feat. Ryan Brouwer's Improv Wind Ensemble, conducted by Christine Duncan / Margarita Night [Spencer Cole/Colin Fisher/Thom Gill]) / Array Space 2014-09-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

Wavelength 619 (feat. Wrong Hole / Lee Paradise / Several Futures [tape release!] / Shrines) / Handlebar 2014-09-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

X Avant IX (feat. Laraaji with Scott Peterson, Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia / Diely Mori Tounkara) / The Music Gallery 2014-10-16 (Thursday) [FB event]

X Avant IX (feat. Drums and Drones / Phrase Velocity) / The Music Gallery 2014-10-17 (Friday) [FB event]

X Avant IX: Jace Clayton's Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner / The Music Gallery 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

X Avant IX (feat. DJ Ushka / Poirier) / Mojo Lounge 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Shivas (Meanwood / B-17) / Smiling Buddha 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

X Avant IX (feat. Lido Pimienta / Ramzi) / The Music Gallery 2014-10-19 (Sunday) [FB event]