Monday, February 23, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #85

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:

Music Africa: Black History Month 2015 (feat. Afrafranto) / Gladstone Hotel 2015-02-28 (Saturday – free!) [more info]

People who ask me things like "who are the best bands in Toronto?" often seem confused when my list includes this under-appreciated group. Ghanian expats who play a mix of palmwine and highlife, there's an incredible level of musicianship here (some of these musicians also played in the famous African Guitar Summit project) and it's dance-y fun throughout. This is also your last chance to check out this Black History Month series from Music Africa, the folks who put on Afrofest.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Un Blonde (Yàocavé / Century Palm / Sexy Merlin) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-02-24 (Tuesday)CANCELLED [FB event]

Salvation Fundraising Campaign Wrap Party [feat screening + live sets by Jahmal Padmore / Bodies That Matter / Slime) / Handlebar 2015-02-24 (Tuesday) [FB event]

SUUNS (Disappears) / The Garrison 2015-02-25 (Wednesday) [more info]

Healing Power Records presents (feat. Zone Support [album release!] / Tax Haven) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-02-25 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Pneuma Ensemble / St. Michael's College 2015-02-26 (Thursday – free! early!) [FB event]

Girls Rock Camp Toronto After School Party Showcase Concert / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2015-02-26 (Thursday – PWYC! all ages!) [FB event]

Kaki King (Loom) / Geary Lane 2015-02-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Queer Songbook Workshop – Billy Strayhorn (feat. Dan Fortin/David French/Thom Gill/Alex Samaras/Shaun Brodie) / Holy Oak Café 2015-02-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Mimico "Incantations" album release show (feat. ZONES / Bodies That Matter / Ken Park) / Smiling Buddha 2015-02-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

John Kameel Farah [solo harpsichord] (Araz Salek [solo tar]) / Ratio 2015-02-27 (Friday) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-02-27 (Friday) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble / The Imperial Pub 2015-02-27 (Friday) [more info]

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

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble [Kahil El'Zabar/Ernest Khabeer Dawkins/Cory Wilkes] / blakbird 2015-02-27 (Friday) [more info]

Lesionread (Zoo Owl / Mystic Triangle / Poster Boy) / Smiling Buddha [basement] 2015-02-27 (Friday) [FB event]

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

Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival: A Mind of Winter (feat. Barbara Hannigan [soprano] / Jonathan Crow [violin] / pre-concert lobby performace of Claude Vivier's Cinq Chansons by percussionists David Kent, Mark Duggan and David Burns) / Roy Thompson Hall 2015-02-28 (Saturday) [more info]

Old Haunt (Babel / Beard Closet) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2015-02-28 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

Overnight [ex-Plumtree] / Catriona Sturton [ex-Plumtree] [double album launch!] / Holy Oak Café 2015-02-28 (Saturday – early! plus afterparty/late Overnight set at Duffy's! ) [FB event]

Marker Starling Band / Holy Oak Café 2015-02-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

Hurricanes Of Love (Holiday Rambler / Elrichman / Little Howlin Wolf) / Ratio 2015-02-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

PPOP Presents (feat. Greys / Teenanger / Beliefs / Fake Palms) / Johnny Jackson 2015-02-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

Skydome Hotel (The Island Years / Modern Collins) / Array Space 2015-02-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

No Angels Dancing / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-03-01 (Sunday – matinee! 1 to 3 p.m.!)

ANAMAI (plus "huge Buzz Records Merch Sale") / June Records 2015-03-01 (Sunday – free! early!) [FB event]

Audiopollination 28.1 (feat. Bill Gilliam/Glen Hall / Michael Snow/Diane Roblin/Nobua Kubota / Michael Snow/Diane Roblin) / Array Space 2015-03-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

Show Me Your Boogie Blobs (feat. Mike Smith/Kieran Adams/Josh Cole/Shaw-Han Liem) / Holy Oak Café 2015-03-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 19 (feat. Gabe Knox / Club Vandal Renegade) / Handlebar 2015-03-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

PPOP Presents (feat. The Dories / WHIMM / Wolfcow) / Johnny Jackson 2015-03-01 (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!

Look Vibrant (HUSH PUP / Omhouse / PEERS) / Smiling Buddha 2015-03-02 (Monday) [more info]

Buzz Records Presents (feat. Bad Channels / Pissbowelking / AC) / Smiling Buddha [basement] 2015-03-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Radik Tyulyush and Tanya Tagaq / Aga Khan Museum 2015-03-06 & 2013-03-07 (Friday & Saturday) [more info]

Audiopollination 28.3 (feat. Aalborggroup / John Gregg/Tiina Kiik / Faster / William Davison and Maxwell Boecker) / Array Space 2015-03-16 (Monday) [FB event]

TWM/iM (feat. Fort York / Beams / KUMONgA / Last of the Bandits) / Gladstone Hotel 2015-03-20 (Friday) [FB event]

The Holy Gasp [album release!] (Ronley Teper & The Lipliners / Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-03-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Mexican Slang [single release show!] (The Ukiah Drag / Moss Lime) / S.H.I.B.G.B.'s 2015-03-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

Jared Brown (TV Sets) / Handlebar 2015-04-15 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Biblical (PANIC / Overnight) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-04-17 (Friday) [FB event]

Meandering Streams of Consciousness / Array Space 2015-04-27 (Monday) [FB event]

METZ / Lee's Palace 2015-05-01 & 2015-05-02 (Friday & Saturday) [FB event]

The Weather Station (Myriam Gendron) / The Great Hall 2015-05-14 (Thursday) [more info]

Community corner:

There will be more information about these upcoming events coming soon, but I thought I should mention that you should make a note in your calendars for these upcoming special events:

  • Thelonious Monk Marathon at The Tranzac, Saturday, March 21, 2015 – 1.p.m. to 1 a.m. feat. Evidence [from Montréal], Michael Davidson, Hat & Beard
  • Riverrun Marathon 2.0 at Beit Zatoun, Saturday, April 25 – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • National Drone Day Saturday, May 9, 2015 at TBA. few details as of yet, but save the day!

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