Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Recording: Fresh Snow

Artist: Fresh Snow

Songs: Transition Drone in D (with Picastro) + King Twink Rides Again

Recorded at The Baby G, January 12, 2019.

Picastro + Fresh Snow - Transition Drone in D

Fresh Snow - King Twink Rides Again

Life's various adventures have kept Fresh Snow on the down-low for the past while, but this show indicated there's still some movement just below the surface. Though more of a "shake off the dust" greatest-hits type set, the band did lead in with an old favourite move, transitioning from Picastro's set as the members of the two bands overlapped to create a collaborative drone. Possibly a sign of further things to come, but their post show salutation online ("See you in 2021 or maybe sooner!") doesn't hint at anything on the immediate horizon.

Recording: Picastro

Artist: Picastro

Song: (She's In a) Bad Mood [Sonic Youth cover]

Recorded at The Baby G, January 12, 2019.

Picastro - (She's In a) Bad Mood

The songs from Picastro's Exit album have been growing and gestating for several years now, and this show marked the record's proper release. (Though definitely available as a vinyl platter at the show, as of yet, the album seems not to be available online.) Pushing further in a direction established in previous album You, songwriter Liz Hysen continues to endeavour to remove her voice from her own songs, providing the lead on only one of the album's cuts. That means there's a contrast with the live arrangements, where she's still doing the bulk of the singing. Meanwhile, the current version of the band, with Germaine Liu, Matthew Ramolo and Nick Storring, continues to shine, capable of both brooding tension and the occasional sprightly rock move.

Recording: Colin Fisher

Artist: Colin Fisher

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Baby G, January 12, 2019.

Colin Fisher - [excerpt]

Working in a similar exploratory mode to his V Le Pape album, Colin Fisher flipped over a few more cards from his tarot deck, ranging from pointillist blipfields to sample-and-hold sproings to damaged drones. Visuals, meanwhile, were provided by Ilyse Krivel, adding a mysterious counterpoint with images seguing from daytime plantlife to nighttime starfields.

[You still have time to catch some artworks by Ilyse Krivel, showing at Kensington's Pamenar Café until the end of the month.]

Monday, March 18, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #294

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:

Two Ted Country Blues [Allison Cameron/Kurt Newman/Mark Zurawinski] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-20 (Wednesday – early!)

Gordon Grdina/Nick Fraser/Karen Ng (Gordon Grdina [solo!]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

No spectacles here, just a relaxed double-header at The Tranzac. Another recombination of Allison Cameron's frequent collaborators in the early slot, followed by a visit from Vancouver's Gord Grdina later on.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback (Ansley Simpson) / Cadillac Lounge 2019-03-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Merabula [first gig!] (Laura Swankey/Brad Eaton/Alex Lakusta /Robin Claxton / The Emmet Ray 2019-03-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Molly Nilsson (Phèdre) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2019-03-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Music Hosted by Karen Ng (feat. Radio Silence [Pete Johnston/Rebecca Hennessy/Karen Ng/Jake Oelrichs / Edwin Sheard/Andrew Furlong/Patrick O'Reilly) / Wenona Lodge 2019-03-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Mike Barber / Fever Loop) / Handlebar 2019-03-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Forgive The Void! (feat. ZOE / Crying High) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-03-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Riparian Acoustics/CMC Presents (feat. R. Andrew Lee) / Canadian Music Centre 2019-03-21 (Thursday) [FB event]

Concrete Cabaret 2: The Chips Edition ["experimental puppetry and performing object theatre"] (feat. Kosher Dill Spears) / The Baby G 2019-03-21 (Thursday) [FB event]

Digawolf [album release!] (Hex) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-03-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Pharmakon / Death Kneel / Xuan Ye) / The Jam Factory 2019-03-22 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Jaunt (Blunt Chunks / Stacey Sexton & Maggie) / Northern Contemporary Gallery 2019-03-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Elastic Recordings presents (feat. Clock Radio [Michael Davidson/Dan Fortin] [CD release!] / Chris Pruden) / Canadian Music Centre 2019-03-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

BA Johnston (Sleepless Nights / Flesh Rag) / Junction City Music Hall 2019-03-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Premieres VIII (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective) / Array Space 2019-03-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Polyphonic Ground presents: Cameroon War Victims Benefit (feat. Fojeba & Sunshine Band) / Small World Music Centre 2019-03-23 (Saturday – note new date!) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society presents (feat. Carine Au Micro) / Alliance Française de Toronto 2019-03-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

High Strangeness (feat. Ryan Kinney / Brian Abbott/Paul Newman / Kayla Milmine/Kristen Moss Theriault/Laura Swankey/Bea Labikova) / Gerrard Art Space 2019-03-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Unknown Guitar Quartet minus one [Rob Grieve/Luan Phung/Patrick O'Reilly] / The Emmet Ray 2019-03-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wire Circus [March residency!] / The Rex Hotel 2019-03-24 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Jazz United Jam [jazz + tap dancing] / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-03-24 (Sunday – PWYC!)

Baker-Hess Duo with Olivia Shortt / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-24 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Patrick Smith/Andrew Furlong/Mike Gennaro) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Eucalyptus [10th anniversary residency!] / Hirut Ethiopian Restaurant 2019-03-24 (Sunday – all ages + family friendly! good eats available but not mandatory!) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Mira Martin-Gray / Xiodjiha [Alex Fournier/Edwin Huet]) / Array Space 2019-03-24 (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!

Avant Garde Music/Avant Garde Birthday Party (feat. Rob Clutton [solo] / Brodie West [solo] / Helicopter Money) / Array Space 2019-03-25 (Monday) [FB event]

Xiodjiha [Edwin Huet/Alex Fournier] / The Emmet Ray 2019-03-25 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

See Through 4 [Pete Johnston/Nick Fraser/Marilyn Lerner/Karen Ng] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Grandma's Secret Spices: A Night Of Experimental Music (feat. Korea Town Acid / Bachelard / Sonja) / Handlebar 2019-03-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Long Winter 7.5 (feat. Woodhands [reunion!] / Mother Tongues / Respire / Laura Swankey / t,o,u,c,h,i,n,g / Jazz Money / Vaughan) / Workman Arts 2019-03-29 (Friday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Xuan Rong (hundredmillionthousand / Dillon Lorne / N A V I) / Jam Factory 2019-03-29 (Friday) [FB event]

Pianorama! A fundraiser for the Tranzac's pianos (feat. Milmine/Roblin/Zurawinski / Noah Franche-Nolan/Harrison Argatoff / Lake Affect / +1 Band / Ashley Urquhart / Noah Franche-Nolan/Kaelin Murphy / Bjorn Kriel/Max Stover / Max Donaldson / Kristian Fourier / Yunjin Claire Lee/Mingjia Jessica Chen / Chris Pruden / William Hunt) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge + Tiki Room) 2019-03-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #49: Fourth Anniversary All-Star Spectacular! (feat. Andrew Finlay Stewart/Dame Cook/Jakob Rehlinger/David Sait/Patrick O'Reilly/Georgia Webber/Victor O + more to be added!) / Array Space 2019-04-02 (Tuesday – PWYC! special off-site show!) [FB event]

You've Changed Records: 10th anniversary celebration + double album Release Show (feat. Ian Daniel Kehoe / Steven Lambke / Joyful Joyful) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-04-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Orville Peck (Vallens) / Longboat Hall 2019-04-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Corridor (Balmy) / The Baby G 2019-04-15 (Monday) [FB event]

Sonic Unyon 25th Anniversary Show (feat. Tristan Psionic / SIANspheric / Basement Revolver / Bankruptcy) / Horseshoe Tavern 2019-04-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

Audiopollination 70.3: The Fifth Wheel (feat. Heraclitus Akimbo/mkl32 / Bea Labikova/Raphael Roter/Chris Adriaanse / Riot Pousse [Elizabeth Lima/Sarah Albu]) / Wenona Lodge 2019-04-30 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Hot Garbage (ZONES / Vypers / Mr. Joy) / The Baby G 2019-05-02 (Thursday) [FB event]

Hooded Fang (Luge / Body Lens / Nikki Fierce / mise en scène / Oliver Forest) / Monarch Tavern 2019-05-09 (Thursday) [FB event]

Ugly Beauties / Gallery 345 2019-05-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Luminato: BIZIINDAN! ["a newly-commissioned tribute performance to the ‘trailblazer of truth,’ Willie Dunn, hosted by ShoShona Kish] (feat. Marie Gaudet / Digging Roots / Lido Pimienta / Pura Fe / Jeremy Dutcher) / Koerner Hall 2019-06-14 (Tuesday) [more info]

Luminato: Maada'ookii Songlines ["200 voices from 8 diverse choirs, 4 soloists and a fusion Indigenous musical ensemble in a new massive choral experience composed by Luminato veteran, Juno Award-nominated cris derksen"] (feat. Jesse Baird/Shaun Brodie/Darren Creech/cris derksen/Bruised Years Choir/Canadian Arabic Choir/City Choir/Darbazi/Element Choir/Vesnivka Choir/Yip's Children's Choir/Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie/Jennifer Kreisberg/Alanna Stuart/Maryem Tollar) / Harbourfront Centre 2019-06-23 (Sunday – free! all-ages and family-friendly!) [FB event]

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Recording: See Through 4

Artist: See Through 4

Songs: Not a Half-Stepper + Sometimes, Once is Enough [part 1]

Recorded at Array Space (Rat-drifting 4), January 11, 2019.

See Through 4 - Not a Half-Stepper

See Through 4 - Sometimes, Once is Enough [part 1]

Although this was the first gig for this particular recombination, bassist Pete Johnston's See Through Music has emerged in ensembles of variable sizes in the past. To explore some compositions that are "halfway between fully-composed and mostly-improvised" he brought a set of nimble compatriots, including Marilyn Lerner on piano, Karen Ng on alto sax and Nick Fraser on percussion. Mostly presenting some galactic premieres, these new pieces were presented with Johnston's typically-witty titles (I earnestly hope that the first one here was inspired by the Tribe Called Quest lyric that immediately popped into my head) and adventurous progressions.

[Pete Johnston will be playing some "improvised street funk" tonight (Sunday, March 16th) in a trio named Yeah You're Right alongside Jessie Levine and Jake Oelrichs. See Through 4 will be playing The Tranzac on Thursday, March 28th.]

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Recording: Joseph Shabason

Artist: Joseph Shabason

Song: Treat it Like a Wine Bar

Recorded at Array Space (Invocation Presents), January 10, 2019.

Joseph Shabason - Treat it Like a Wine Bar

Joseph Shabason's Anne can be viewed as more a development in continuity with his previous Aytche album, but there are still striking developments here. Foremost among those (and in addition to its ample technical merits) is its deeper and more personal emotional palette, weaving in fragments of interviews with his mother (the titular Anne) on the subjects of family, identity and "perfection" in the face of a degenerative illness. This special release show gained poignancy with Anne's presence, getting a chance to see her son presenting this intricate and beautiful music to a packed house.

Shabason's backing band for his hometown shows can expand and contract depending on who's available, and this night saw him being joined by Hugh Marsh (violin), Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet), Thom Gill (guitar/synth/piano), Phil Melanson (percussion), Kieran Adams (samples) and Bram Gielan (synth/bass/piano). That talented and deeply flexible group allowed a lush presentation of the material that rivalled the album's intricate arrangements. The selection here (which closed out the set as it does the album) was presented as a "placid sendoff", a gentle reminder that sometimes our difficulties can be ameliorated by looking at things in the best light.

[Joseph Shabason will be opening for Laraaji at the Toronto Spiritualist Temple on Friday, April 12th.]

Recording: Sandro Perri

Artist: Sandro Perri

Song: [excerpt from new piece]

Recorded at Array Space (Invocation Presents), January 10, 2019.

Sandro Perri - [excerpt from new piece]

Having seen Sandro Perri present the material from his latest album both solo and with band, I was curious as to whether we'd be seeing another wrinkle on the infinite songwriting of "In Another Life". Instead, playing an opening set for Joseph Shabason's woozy ambient album release, Perri zagged and presented a large-ensemble drift-work of his own. Borrowing Nicole Rampersaud from Shabason's band, he was otherwise joined by regular collaborators Blake Howard, Thomas Hammerton and Josh Cole. It's the latter who helps tie this whole piece together, with a delicious little bass-riff that keeps bubbling up to the surface.

The presence of Cole and Rampersaud also links this to the more abstract work he'd been doing in an un-named quartet with that pair plus Alison Cameron. This was apparently the first time this piece was shared with an audience, so hopefully there will be more chances to delve into its mysterious drift.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Recording: Laura Swankey & Friends

Artist: Laura Swankey & Friends - [first section, part 1]

Songs: [first section, in two parts]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XXV), January 9, 2018.

Laura Swankey & Friends - [first section, part 1]

Laura Swankey & Friends - [first section, part 2]

What's in a name? The subsequent time I saw this trio, who have been playing together for a while now, they were called Plastic Babies. In any case, excellent work all around from Laura Swankey (vocals and pedals), Christine Duncan (voice and theremin) and Patrick O'Reilly (guitar and pedals). By mid-set, things would work up into the joyfully-frenzied sort of coffee break banter as personal opera that Duncan excels at, but here we find a more restrained soundfield calling itself into being, with some really tasty blips from Duncan's theremin chirping away in the mix.

Recording: Irene Harrett

Artist: Irene Harrett

Song: Tennessee Waltz [composer: Pee Wee King]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XXV), January 9, 2018.

Irene Harrett - Tennessee Waltz

A rather satisfying musical introduction to double bassist Irene Harett, here taking a familiar country refrain into abstract zones via some skilful pedal manipulations. As we have seen several times recently in this series, Harrett described another path taken towards discovering the work of Kan Aldcroft, in being inspired indirectly through some of the younger musicians who were playing with him.

Recording: Brodie West Quintet

Artist: Brodie West Quintet

Songs: Coda + Tumbling In

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), January 9, 2018.

Brodie West Quintet - Coda + Tumbling In

Despite some blizzard-y weather to slog through, there was a full complement of musicians on hand and a full Southern Cross out to hear some tunes (and also dig through the stack of used records for sale in a new twist on the band's "merch table"). As always, there were some amazing in-and-out-of-phase sounds from dual druimmers Evan Cartwright and Nick Fraser — you can hear some of that on "Coda" here where the tension built up on those just-out-of-sync cymbal taps is resolved with explosive joy as the group flips over into "Tumbling In" to close out the set.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Recording: Titanium Riot

Artist: Titanium Riot

Song: [second piece]

Recorded at Wenona Lodge (JAOIM x Track Could Bend #46), January 8, 2019.

Titanium Riot - [second piece]

Track Could Bend's first Tuesday of the month fell on New Year's Day, so it was kind of Andrew Furlong's Jazz and Otherwise Improvised Musics series to share a night when things were open for business. Selecting one set apiece, Lina Allemano returned to Track Could Bend with one of her main working groups. Removed form their usual environs at The Tranzac, Titanium Riot settled into some heavier funk zones here — Ryan Driver's synth squiggles were a special delight.

[Track Could Bend will be making a special anniversary excursion to Array Space on Tuesday, April 2nd, to celebrate with an all-star assortment of the past year's players. JAOIM will be at Wenona the week following, on Tuesday, April 9th.]

Recording: McEachern/West/Zurawinski

Artist: Max McEachern/Brodie West/Mark Zurawinski

Song: [second piece]

Recorded at Wenona Lodge (JAOIM x Track Could Bend #46), January 8, 2019.

Max McEachern/Brodie West/Mark Zurawinski - [second piece]

Track Could Bend's first Tuesday of the month fell on New Year's Day, so it was kind of Andrew Furlong's Jazz and Otherwise Improvised Musics series to share a night when things were open for business. Selecting one set apiece, JAOIM presented this trio which offered some atmospheric explorations, with guitarist Max McEachern providing the connective thread between Brodie West's sax abstractions and Mark Zurawinski's grounded percussion.

[Track Could Bend will be making a special anniversary excursion to Array Space on Tuesday, April 2nd, to celebrate with an all-star assortment of the past year's players. JAOIM will be at Wenona the week following, on Tuesday, April 9th.]

Monday, March 11, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #293

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:

Cold Early Spring (feat. Dame Cook / Hexzuul / Mandelbrut / Beard Closet) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-03-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

David Jones hasn't been putting on many shows plately, which makes this cold scorcher of a noisy night a welcome return. His own Hexzuul project will be making an appearance here along with Mandelbrut's intricate clamour — but the biggest celebration vibes might be coming from party animals Dame Cook and Beard Closet, each of whom have new releases on offer from Arachnidiscs. Bring earplugs.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Women From Space Festival (feat. Happy Apple [Heraclitus Akimbo/Allison Cameron] / Laura Swankey / Prices Easy [Aisha Sasha John] & New Chance / Plastic Babies [Christine Duncan/Laura Swankey/Patrick O'Reilly]) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-03-11 (Monday) [FB event]

Ted Crosby Trio [Dan Fortin/Phil Melanson/Ted Crosby] / The Emmet Ray 2019-03-11 (Monday – early!) [more info]

Rasmus Sørensen/Patrick Smith/David Huber/Carl Hagvall / The Emmet Ray 2019-03-11 (Monday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Robin Hatch [album release celebration!] (Bram Gielen / Simeon Abbott / Dan Werb) / Array Space 2019-03-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Jazz and Otherwise Improvised Musics: Peter Brotzmann's Machine Gun (And Others) (feat. Nerve Gas [Patrick Smith/Alex Manoukas/Karen Ng/Mark Hundevad/Mike Gennaro/Max Donaldson/Andrew Furlong/Mike DeiCont]) / Wenona Lodge 2019-03-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Yale Russian Chorus (Darbazi) / St. David's Anglican Church 2019-03-12 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Michael Davidson/Mike Smith (Phil Melanson/Matthew Pencer) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Brodie West Quintet [Tania Gill/Josh Cole/Nick Fraser/Evan Cartwright/Brodie West] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-13 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Riparian Acoustics/CMC Presents (feat. Lindsay Dobbin / Kat Estacio) / Canadian Music Centre 2019-03-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

Blue Light [digital download release party!] (Hot Garbage) / The White House 2019-03-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

Venus Fest presents: an evening with Alok Vaid-Menon (feat. Ziibiwan / Kiley May / Manghoe Lassi) / The Garrison 2019-03-15 (Friday) [FB event]

Selina Martin Trio (Paul Linklater) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Fist Of Facts (Phèdre / New Chance) / The Baby G 2019-03-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wire Circus [March residency!] / The Rex Hotel 2019-03-17 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Diane Roblin Presents (feat. Quartet Kali [Bea Labikova/Kayla Milmine/Diane Roblin/Cheryl O]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-17 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Jazz United Jam [jazz + tap dancing] / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-03-17 (Sunday – PWYC!)

Eucalyptus [10th anniversary residency!] / Hirut Ethiopian Restaurant 2019-03-17 (Sunday – all ages + family friendly! good eats available but not mandatory!) [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!

Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback (Ansley Simpson) / Cadillac Lounge 2019-03-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Merabula [first gig!] (Laura Swankey/Brad Eaton/Alex Lakusta /Robin Claxton / The Emmet Ray 2019-03-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Music Hosted by Karen Ng (feat. Radio Silence [Pete Johnston/Rebecca Hennessy/Karen Ng/Jake Oelrichs / Edwin Sheard/Andrew Furlong/Patrick O'Reilly) / Wenona Lodge 2019-03-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Gordon Grdina/Nick Fraser/Karen Ng (Gordon Grdina [solo!]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Mike Barber / Fever Loop) / Handlebar 2019-03-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Mira Martin-Gray / Xiodjiha [Alex Fournier/Edwin Huet]) / Array Space 2019-03-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Cosmic Homeostasis X (feat. Rob Cruickshank/Mike Lynn/Dame Cook/Phil Hamilton/Mira Martin-Grey/Patrick O'Reilly/Heraclitus Akimbo + more TBA) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-31 (Sunday – afternoon set @ 3 p.m.! PWYC!) [FB event]

Audiopollination 70.1 (feat. Michael Snow/Diane Roblin / Nobi Kubota) / Array Space 2019-04-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Audiopollination 70.2 (feat. Dan Pitt/Brittany Craig / Kieran Maraj/UsK/Harry Vetro / Arie Verheul van de ven/Martin van de Ven/Brian Katz / Watson Jenison/Mark/mkl32) / Array Space 2019-04-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 61 (feat. Syngja / Spectral Tambours) / Handlebar 2019-04-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

Yves Jarvis [f.k.a. Un Blonde] / The Baby G 2019-04-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Wavelength Monthly Music Series (feat. I Am Robot and Proud / Thanya Iyer / World News) / Brothers Dressler 2019-04-13 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Glands of External Secretion / Brian Ruryk / Agar Agar [Allison Cameron/Germaine Liu/Andrew Zukerman] / 6 Heads [James Bailey/William Davison/Linda Feesey/Sherri Lyn Higgins/Colin Hinz/Pete Mosher]) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-04-23 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Teen Daze (Prince Innocence) / The Baby G 2019-05-30 (Thursday) [FB event]

Urkimsher [album release!] (Bunny / Dorothea Paas) / Monarch Tavern 2018-04-26 (Friday) [FB event]

The Cosmic Range / The Garrison 2019-05-03 (Friday) [FB event]

Monday, March 4, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #292

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:

Women From Space Festival (feat. Kayla Milmine/Bea Labikova / Cheryl O/Meghan Cheng/Irene Harrett / Brian Abbott/Tomasz Krakowiak / Mingjia Jessica Chen/Claire Yunjin Lee) / Wenona Lodge 2019-03-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Women From Space Festival (feat. Tova Kardonne / Diane Roblin/Heather Saumer / Zoë Alexis-Abrams/Neal Retke/William Davison / Ashley Urquhart's Colour and Noise) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents: Women From Space Festival (feat. Overleaf [Mira Martin-Gray/Heidi Chan/Kayla Milmine] / Bea Labikova/Germaine Liu / Dawne Carleton/Rob Clutton / Tania Gill/Rebecca Hennessy) / Array Space 2019-03-09 (Sunday) [FB event]

An easy pick this week, with a whole bunch of my favourite musicians gathered together through the organizational acumen of Bea Labikova and Kayla Milmine. Four nights, four venues, many styles, and many voices combine to celebrate boundaries being pushed in all directions. Celebrate International Women's Day all weekend long in spaces that centre and amplify a wide range of womens' voices. (And bonus! The festival extends into Monday of next week as well!)


This week's noteworthy shows:

DUST (the quietest big band in the known world) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-05 (Tuesday – early!)

Track Could Bend #48 (feat. DoVira3 / Rob Clutton / Joyful Joyful) / Wenona Lodge 2019-03-05 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate / Toronto Centre for the Arts 2019-03-05 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Somewhere There and Mechanical Forest Sound present (feat. Horseman, Pass By [LP release celebration!] / Mira Martin-Gray/Mark Zurawinski) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-03-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ghostlight / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

L CON (Synne Sanden) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-03-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Tony Malaby/Jim Lewis/Alex Fournier/Nick Fraser / The Rex Hotel 2019-03-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Celebrating 35 Years (feat. Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2019-03-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

In Between Sounds #95 (feat. Lorde Awesome) / The Only Café 2019-03-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Venus Fest presents (feat. Ivy Mairi [EP release!] / Perfect Health [new solo project from Carmen Elle!]) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-03-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Din of Shadows III ["adventurous new creations... that extend music theatre into the worlds of rock, metal, and hip-hop. Raunchy guitar feedback, imaginary percussion, sci-fi turntablism."] (feat. Émilie Fortin/Quinn Jacobs/Lybido/Andrew Noseworthy/Cheldon Paterson/Olivia Shortt/Jonny Smith) / Array Space 2019-03-08 (Friday – early and late shows!) [FB event]

Riverrun / The Emmet Ray 2019-03-09 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

Bombino / Lee's Palace 2018-03-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Body/Head (PLEASE / Mark Morgan) / The Great Hall 2019-03-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Royal Stompbox presents: Zardoz (feat. Castle If [live score!]) / The Royal Cinema 2019-03-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Ayal Senior (Kurt Newman / Nick Flanagan & Jonny Friedman [comedy]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-10 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 3 p.m.!) [FB event]

Wire Circus [March residency!] / The Rex Hotel 2019-03-10 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

SynapticCircusSundays (feat. William Davison/Ambrose Pottie/Mark Gane / Paul Newman/Heather Saumer) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-10 (Sunday – early! series moves to 2nd Sunday's early slot!) [FB event]

Jazz United Jam [jazz + tap dancing] / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-03-10 (Sunday – PWYC!)

Rabbits [Maxwell Stover/Bjorn Kriel] with Nick Fraser / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-03-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Eucalyptus [10th anniversary residency!] / Hirut Ethiopian Restaurant 2019-03-10 (Sunday – all ages + family friendly! good eats available but not mandatory!) [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!

Ted Crosby Trio [Dan Fortin/Phil Melanson/Ted Crosby] / The Emmet Ray 2019-03-11 (Monday – early!) [more info]

Fist Of Facts (Phèdre / New Chance) / The Baby G 2019-03-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wire Circus [March residency!] / The Rex Hotel 2019-03-17 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Eucalyptus [10th anniversary residency!] / Hirut Ethiopian Restaurant 2019-03-17 (Sunday – all ages + family friendly! good eats available but not mandatory!) [FB event]

Concrete Cabaret 2: The Chips Edition ["experimental puppetry and performing object theatre"] (feat. Kosher Dill Spears) / The Baby G 2019-03-21 (Thursday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Pharmakon / Death Kneel) / The Jam Factory 2019-03-22 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Heaven For Real (Budi / Wetface) / The White House 2019-03-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Labyrinth Ontario Fundraiser (feat. Labyrinth Ensemble [debut performance!]) / Eastminster United Church 2019-03-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wire Circus [March residency!] / The Rex Hotel 2019-03-24 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Eucalyptus [10th anniversary residency!] / Hirut Ethiopian Restaurant 2019-03-24 (Sunday – all ages + family friendly! good eats available but not mandatory!) [FB event]

Kiwi jr. [Football Money record release show!] (Twist) / The Baby G 2019-03-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Wire Circus [March residency!] / The Rex Hotel 2019-03-31 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Eucalyptus [10th anniversary residency!] / Hirut Ethiopian Restaurant 2019-03-31 (Sunday – all ages + family friendly! good eats available but not mandatory!) [FB event]

5 Year Anniversary (feat. Queer Songbook Orchestra) / Longboat Hall 2019-03-31 (Sunday – all ages!) [FB event]

Hush Pup [double cassette release party!] (ZONES / Kristian North / Ed Munstay) / Handlebar 2019-03-31 (Sunday) [FB event]

Valeda (Così e Così / Dame Cook / Cares) / Owl's Club 2019-04-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Bart (Mother Tongues / Carinae) / Monarch Tavern 2019-04-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

Raven Chacon mini-fest, Night 1 (feat. Array Ensemble) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2019-04-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Raven Chacon mini-fest, Night 2 (feat. Laura Ortman/Cheryl l'Hirondelle/Carmina Escobar/Suzanne Kite / c_RL) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2019-04-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Raven Chacon mini-fest, Night 3 (feat. Raven Chacon / Olivia Shortt) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2019-04-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

The Music Gallery's Departures Series (feat. Nadah El Shazly/ ZOË / Qarafa) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-04-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

Fiver [new lineup w/ Bianca Palmer, Nick Dourado, Jeremy Costello!] / Workman Arts 2019-04-20 (Saturday – all ages! dry event!) [FB event]

Emily Reo (Foxes in Fiction / Hush Pup) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-05-02 (Thursday) [FB event]

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Recording: John Orpheus

Artist: John Orpheus

Song: Lady Boss

Recorded at The Gladstone Hotel's Ballroom (Long Winter, Vol. 7.3), January 4, 2019.

John Orpheus - Lady Boss

Easing into the late-night dance zone, John Orpheus' "Pan-African, intersectional feminist dance party" managed to get the crowd moving, whether they already knew how to palance or not. Requiring nothing more than drummer Sarah Jane Riegler's beats to get things going, Orpheus and singer/dancer Chaenel Mattise brought dancehall vibes and a bottomless well of energy to keep things moving.

[Long Winter Vol. 7.5 will be at Workman Arts on Friday, March 29th. Lineup Announcement Coming Soon!]