Monday, December 9, 2013

Concert Listings Roundup #22

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:

Bespoken [tape release show!] (Christopher Willes + ensemble / Allison Cameron) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2013-12-10 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Emergents I: Strange Strings / The Music Gallery 2013-12-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Spectrum: The World Through Frames Without Lenses / The Annex Theatre 2013-12-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

I honestly could have picked a gig of the week for every night this week, so I'll narrow it down a bit to these three. If you've had any interest in exploring the realm of New Music/contemporary classical music, this is your week. Showing that our hidebound genre conventions are getting blurred in new and inneresting ways, all of these shows have strong ties to the "indie rock" world in personnel, attitude, and price point. To wit: the Bespoken gig is a tape release show, the Emergents show is programmed by Mika Posen (known for her work in and alongside The Meek, Timber Timbre, Forest City Lovers and many more), and the Spectrum's show — conceived to "turn a dusty mirror on Millennials" — is topically of-the-moment, including new works like Shannon Graham's "Shit Girls Say". [Aside to New Music presenters: I'm bummed these latter two shows are on the same night! Get cracking on that conflict calendar!]

This week's noteworthy shows:

Silent Shout (feat. Sean Nicholas Savage / Sing Leaf / Ice Cream) / Double Double Land 2013-12-09 (Monday) [FB event]

Army Girls (Omhouse [solo] / LUKA) / Holy Oak Café 2013-12-10 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Black Walls (ANAMAI) / June Records 2013-12-11 (Wednesday – free!) [FB event]

Segger vs Segger (Craig Pedersen) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2013-12-11 (Wednesday)

Moon King (TOPS / HSY) / The Drake Underground 2013-12-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Jason Collett presents The Basement Revue / The Dakota Tavern 2013-12-12 (Thursday)

This Mess (Fires of Cheektowaga / Culture Reject) / Clinton's 2013-12-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Telephone Explosion: 6-year celebration (feat. Teenanger / Soupcans) / Sonic Boom Kensington Market 2013-12-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

King Cobb Steelie [Goodbye Arcadia digital EP release show!] (Laura Barrett / Bile Sister) / The Piston 2013-12-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Wired City Music Festival (feat. Bruce Peninsula / Union Duke) / Adelaide Hall 2013-12-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

No Warning 7" Release Party & Pop Up Shop (feat. "special surprise live act") / Crawford 2013-12-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Long Winter: Year 2 Volume 2 (feat. Doldrums / Hooded Fang / I am Robot and Proud / Beliefs / Fresh Snow / Nick Ferrio & His Feelings / Demolition / Milk Lines / Omhouse / LLVK) / The Great Hall 2013-12-13 (Friday) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft, Joe Sorbara, Paul Dutton, John Kamevaar and Glen Hall / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2013-12-13 (Friday – early!)

The 2nd annual Christmas show (feat. Dog Day) / CineCycle 2013-12-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Sunshowers (feat. Glit Clit / Prince Nifty / Lido Pimienta / HVYWTR) / Comfort Zone 2013-12-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Blonde Elvis (Hollow Earth / Sissy Boy / New Canadian) / 961A College 2013-12-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Kith & Kin's Holiday Wassail / The Music Gallery 2013-12-15 (Sunday) [FB event]

Body Help / Holy Oak Café 2013-12-15 (Sunday) [FB event]

Add these to your calendar:

Feint of Hart presents Cock-up On St. Creskin's / Comedy Bar 2013-12-16 (Monday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #13 [first anniversary! – "Joe Sorbara (percussion) is playing six sets with artists hand picked by Casey Sokol, including: Andrew Lauzon, Sean Traczyle, Darlene Cuevas, Ruth Levin, James Atin-Godden, Aniqa Qadir, Victor Xu] / Array Space 2013-12-17 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Weather Station / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2013-12-20 (Friday – early!)

Saving Gigi X-Mas Bash (feat. Prosimii / Trog / Nick Flanagan) / Saving Gigi 2013-12-20 (Friday) [FB event]

Riverrun / The The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2013-12-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Long Winter: KIDS (feat. Ali J Eisner / The Woodshed Orchestra / Hooded Fang / Space Chums / Clara Venice / Lido Pimienta / Unfinished Business) / The Great Hall 2013-12-28 (Saturday – afternoon show! PWYC! All-ages + kid-friendly environment!) [FB event]

Dying With Dignity #1 (feat. Surinam) / The Press Club 2013-12-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

AGO First Thursdays: Long Winter Takeover (feat. Snowblink / Doomsquad / Isla Craig / Henri Fabergé) / The Art Gallery of Ontario 2014-01-02 (Thursday) [FB event]

Wavelength 584: The Class of 2014 (feat. Fresh Snow / MASS / Del Bel / Anamai) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-01-11 (Saturday) [FB event]

Silent Shout: The Class Of 2014 (feat. Jef Barbara / Bizzarh / Nyssa / Lido Pimienta) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-01-17 (Friday) [FB event]

Mark Pesci presents: The Class Of 2014 (feat. Cellphone / Dirty Frigs / Dilly Dally / Crhymes / Red Mass) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-01-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Jim Jones Revue (The Millwinders / Dany Laj and The Looks) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-01-17 (Friday) [FB event]

JD Samson & MEN (Light Fires) / The Garrison 2014-01-26 (Sunday) [FB event]

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (Disappears) / Lee's Palace 2014-02-22 (Saturday)

Consumer notes:

  • The awesome folks over at Girls Rick Camp Toronto have just issued a compilation of music by the bands that were formed at this year's camps. You should grab yourself a CD or a download, and not only check out the city's next wave of talent, but help support their plans for next summer.
  • The folks at Guelph's Pinball sessions keep posting great mini-sets by some really cool bands. A boss session from Marine Dreams dropped this week, and there are also recent efforts from Omhouse and Teenanger — plus way more. These are free to download, so start grabbing 'em now!

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