Monday, February 2, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #82

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.

Gig of the week:

The Music Gallery's Departures Series (feat. Peter Evans / Brian Ruryk / Germaine Liu) / Ratio 2015-02-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Creative music fans are overwhelmed with choice on Friday, with the return of Andrew Wedman's Bass Piano at the Tranzac and Scandinavian free-jazzers Atomic visiting The Rex [listings below], but I'll be upstairs at Ratio for this off-site presentation of the Music Gallery. With three solo sets on tap, this will surely be "intimate", but given the performers involved, it won't necessarily be genteel.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Love Stories From a Twelfth Century Persian Romance: Oral Storytelling (in English) with Classical Persian Music (feat. Ariel Balevi [storyteller] / Shahriyar Jamshidi- Kamancheh [spiked fiddle]) / Textile Museum of Canada 2015-02-04 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ghislain Aucoin & Alex Samaras / Holy Oak Café 2015-02-04 (Wednesday) [more info]

#WL15/Pop-Up Show Series – INVOCATION TO presents Musique Fragile: a soirée of solo performances by Constellation artists (feat. Saltland / Nick Kuepfer / Khôra) / Wavelength Pop Up Gallery @ Huntclub 2015-02-05 (Thursday) [more info]

Platform (feat. Miracle Fortress / Ken Park) / Mercer Union 2015-02-05 (Thursday) [more info]

The New Pornographers (Operators) / The Danforth Music Hall 2015-02-05 (Thursday) [more info]

Rough Idea presents: Atomic / The Rex 2015-02-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Bass Piano III (feat. Tania Gill/John Oswald/Victor Bateman / Ryan Driver / Andrew Wedman/BC3000) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2015-02-06 (Friday)

#WL15/Pop-Up Show Series – Steam Whistle Unsigned Presents: Shawn Clarke (Anamai) / Wavelength Pop Up Gallery @ Huntclub 2015-02-06 (Friday) [more info]

Monomyth (Whimm / Chastity / Pube Floral) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-02-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Hollowphonic ([MP.G] / The Disraelis / Ida Diana) / The Garrison 2015-02-06 (Friday)

Spectrum Music: Starry Night [with kick-ass ensemble feat. Lina Allemano/Jim Lewis/Heather Segger/Tom Richards/Aline Homzy/Matthew Roberts] / Alliance Française de Toronto 2015-02-07 (Friday) [FB event]

Feast in the East 45 (feat. EONS / Matthew "Doc" Dunn / Jooj / Alex Lukashevsky) / Jam Factory 2015-02-07 (Saturday) [FB event]

#WL15/Pop-Up Show Series: The Holy Gasp (Hellenica / The Sulks [Chris Bezant plus members of Grounders, Fresh Snow & Neon Windbreaker – first show!]) / Wavelength Pop Up Gallery @ Huntclub 2015-02-07 (Saturday) [FB event]

Girls Rock Camp Toronto [second annual covers show and CD release party!] / Smiling Buddha 2015-02-07 (Saturday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Music Africa: Black History Month 2015 (feat. Young Stars de Montréal) / Gladstone Hotel 2015-02-07 (Saturday – free!) [more info]

Sailboats Are White (Poster Boy / Tyburn Fields) / Johnny Jackson 2015-02-07 (Saturday) [FB event]

#WL15/Wavelength Talk Series: "Panel: Grants for the Grassroots?" / Wavelength Pop Up Gallery @ Huntclub 2015-02-08 (Sunday – 3 p.m., free!) [more info]

Eucalyptus Sundays (feat. Eucalyptus) / Hirut Restaurant 2015-02-08 (Sunday – 7 to 9 p.m. Tasty Ethiopian cuisine available, but you're not obliged) [FB event]

#WL15/Pop-Up Show Series: Exquisite Beat Theatre: A Night of Futuristic Tribal Rhythms, Projections & Artwork (feat. Slowpitch / Pursuit Grooves / Libydo) / Wavelength Pop Up Gallery @ Huntclub 2015-02-08 (Sunday) [more info]

The Only Movie Night: Man With A Movie Camera [screening of Vertov's 1929 classic silent film with live soundtrack by Lorde Awesome] / The Only Café 2015-02-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Mystic Triangle [video release party!] (Nyssa / Sexy Merlin) / Handlebar 2015-02-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents The Second Sunday of February (feat. Nicolas Buligan [solo trumpet and computer] / Body Help) / Array Space 2015-02-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

"N" trio [Lina Allemano/Ryan Driver/Rob Clutton] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-02-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Audiopollination #27.1 (feat. Element Choir plus Max McEachern / Suzanne Farkas / Jeff Burke / Rod Campbell) / Array Space 2015-02-10 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Big Sound / The Mod Club 2015-02-13 (Friday) [FB event]

Blonde Elvis (Noni Wo / Blunt Chunks) / Smiling Buddha 2015-02-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Diane Roblin/Raphael Weinroth-Browne/Heather Segger / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-02-15 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Audiopollination #27.2 (feat. Tim Crofts with Ted Phillips/Nilan Perera / Nicole Rampersaud/Pete Johnson) / Array Space 2015-02-17 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Sasha Chapin [album release!] (Wyrd Visions / Kira May) / Double Double Land 2015-02-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Terror Lake (Persian Rugs / Hurricane & Able / Planet Creature) / Magpie Taproom 2015-02-27 (Friday) [FB event]

Secret Broadcast (Green Rays / UKAE / The Cool Hands) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-02-27 (Friday) [FB event]

Ultimate Painting (Army Girls / Bamboo / Deliluh) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-03-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Peach Kelli Pop (The Lord Almightys / Total Love) / Smiling Buddha 2015-04-15 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Bandcamp corner:

Some strong work just out from Montréal way, with exciting releases from the Jeunesse Cosmique and Fixture imprints. I first encountered Jérémie Jones' Noordwiijk project at an underattended local gig a few weeks ago in less-than-ideal circumstances — you could hear the Guy From Marketing giving his opinions on Uber throughout the set while he ate his chicken wings — but I was still taken by Jones' electroacoustic laptop pieces. Mixing in live-recorded instrumental fragments, there were some affinities with the chamber music collages that local Nick Storring has been working on lately. When he makes it back to town, this project deserves more of a crowd and a better venue — can we book something at Ratio now? In the meantime, his new tape has just dropped and is recommended:

Meanwhile, the precisionists at Fixture have released this archival oddity, a series of tunes improvised live by algorithmic bots in an Atari ST computer. Programmed to play within human physical limitations but unfettered by any conventional chops or harmonic habits, these bristle with all sorts of uncanny frissons, a woozy feeling that something's not-quite-right.

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