Monday, March 2, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #86

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:

Batuki Music Society presents the Sounds of Saba (feat. Fantahun Shewankochew with guest Netsanet Mellesse) / Alliance Française de Toronto 2015-03-07 (Saturday) [FB event]

There's a lot to like here, with a chance to take in a special-event show in the comfy & cozy theatre at the Alliance Française (just north of Bloor and Bathurst). A concert from Batuki Music is always an exquisitely-curated affair, and this should be no exception, putting Ethiopian krar master (and top showman) Fantahun Shewankochew in front of an all-star band as well as alongside singer Netsanet Mellesse. Want to expand your knowledge of Ethiopian music beyond those Éthiopiques compilations? You don't get a chance to see a show like this every day, so I'd recommend making plans for this one.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Michael Rault [tour kick-off!] (Blonde Elvis / Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs / BART) / Johnny Jackson 2015-03-02 (Monday) [FB event]

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

VCR (Warehouse / Anti-Vibes) / 8-11 2015-03-03 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival: let me tell you (feat. Barbara Hannigan [soprano] / Ryan MacEvoy McCullough [piano] / pre-concert lobby performance by The Bicycle Opera Project) / Roy Thompson Hall 2015-03-04 (Wednesday) [more info]

Kyle Brenders Big Band / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-03-04 (Wednesday)

Limbo Limbo Land (feat. God and the Devil [hosts] / Prince Ness / Halcyon / Germaphobes) / Double Double Land 2015-03-05 (Thursday) [FB event]

New Civilization (Alex Lukashevsky) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-03-05 (Thursday) [FB event]

Sextet (feat. TorQ Percussion Quartet with Greg Oh and Wesley Shen) / The Music Gallery 2015-03-06 (Friday) [more info]

Nick Fraser Quartet feat. Tony Malaby / Array Space 2015-03-06 (Friday) [FB event]

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

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

Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival: Written on Skin (feat. Barbara Hannigan [soprano] / Krisztina Szabó [mezzo-soprano] / Iestyn Davies [countertenor] / Isaiah Bell [tenor] / Christopher Purves [baritone] / pre-concert lobby performance by The Toronto Consort) / Roy Thompson Hall 2015-03-07 (Saturday) [more info]

The Catalyst Series: Skookum Sound System feat. guest artists Lido Pimienta and Sarah Yankoo / The Music Gallery 2015-03-07 (Saturday) [more info]

Nhapitapi Mbira / Musideum 2015-03-07 (Saturday) [more info]

Feast In The East 46 (feat. HSY / Shrines / Retired / We Are Not Who We Are) / Jam Factory 2015-03-07 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Band (LUKA) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-03-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

TOPS (Tasseomancy) / Smiling Buddha 2015-03-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents The Second Sunday of March: LOUD! vs. quiet (feat. WoodChopper's Association / DUST) / Array Space 2015-03-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Continuum Contemporary Music: Continuum: 30 More! / The Music Gallery 2015-03-08 (Sunday) [more info]

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!

Clara Engel (Divine Circles / Gardener / Lunar Creature) / Ratio 2015-03-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Long Winter: Year Three, Volume Five (feat. Elsa / Bart / PANIC / Hank / Dreamsploitation / Not Of / ASMR Buds / Several Futures / Dirty Frigs / Fake Palms / Pins and Needles / Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People / Pretty Boys / Sweaty Fish) / The Great Hall 2015-03-13 (Friday) [FB event]

Kurt Marble [tape release!] (Germaphobes / Big Jrs) / Handlebar 2015-03-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Father Murphy (Alpha Strategy) / The Cave 2015-03-20 (Friday) [FB event]

Bizzarh (VOTIIV / Over [Ex-Ten Kens, first show!]) / The Smiling Buddha 2015-03-20 (Friday) [FB event]

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

Killer BOB (Processor / Lice) / Double Double Land 2015-03-24 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Featurette (Deciduous / Tasha & The Sweet Talkers) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-03-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

Crosswires (feat. Paul-Julien Tanti / Faiyaz & the Wasted Chances / Ugly School / The Jim Storie Juniors / Handlebar 2015-03-29 (Sunday) [FB event]

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