Monday, May 4, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #95

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:

Final Blocks Concert (feat. Nifty / Austra / The Barcelona Pavilion [2002-2004 Lineup] / Bob Wiseman / The Phonemes [Full Band] / Hank / Matias / Ninja High School / Les Mouches) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2015-05-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 658 (feat. Marker Starling [Rosy Maze record release and full band performance!] / JFM) / Lula Lounge 2015-05-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Beloved Torontopian institution (and workers' co-op) Blocks is now in the last phase of its ongoing final wrap-up, taking things out with a final celebration below its longtime office space in the Tranzac's Main Hall. Blocks was home to many, many great local albums and many storied live events, plantinmg seeds that grew into internationally touring acts (Owen Pallett and Austra's Katie Stelmanis) alongside plenty of no-less-awesome obscurities. Three facts: you can expect this to be jammed, you can expect to see a nostalgia-inducing lineup of bands to play, and you can expect to overhear people asking each other what their Stillepost username was.

Meanwhile, Sundays sees the long-awaited official release of Chris Cumming's Rosy Maze, the latest from his long-running musical project but the first to bear the name Marker Starling. Some of these songs have been in his setlists for years now, but the patient process that has led to their recorded versions has paid off. This show will be a rare chance to hear him with a full band and in one of the city's best-sounding rooms. Reserve your tuxedo now for this special show.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Doom Tickler (Fleshtone Aura / Buffalo MRI) / Ratio 2015-05-04 (Monday) [FB event]

Six Organs of Admittance (Elisa Ambrogio) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-05-04 (Monday) [more info]

See Through 5 w/ special guests Don Palmer + Dave Clark / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-05 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #2 (feat. Ah! la lettre! + Kayla Milmine / Brian Abbot + William Davison / Nidus [Matthew Ramolo + Jason Doell + Marc Couroux]) / Johnny Jackson 2015-05-05 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Doctor Ew (Henri Fabergé) / Holy Oak Café 2015-05-05 (Tuesday) [FB event]

troubleshooting~ v1 ["a new monthly series for local improvisers' work with MAX/MSP and PD"] (feat. Nicolas Buligan / Cory Latkovich / Lisa Conway) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-06 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Veryan Weston & Mike Gennaro / Musideum 2015-05-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Knurl (Andrew Hock / Cetacea / Scalp Elevator) / Jam Factory 2015-05-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Swervedriver (SIANspheric) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-05-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Hush Pup (The Sulks / The Turgid / Sweaty Fish) / The Piston 2015-05-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ode to Impermanence: An evening of piano improvisation (feat. Marilyn Lerner / Casey Sokol / Avesta Nakhaei / Philip Fournier) / Gallery 345 2015-05-07 (Thursday) [more info]

Germaphobes (Jamaican Queens / Vesuvio Solo / Big Jrs) / Tall Boys 2015-05-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

An Exceptional evening with Kamancheh (feat. Shahriyar Jamshidi) / Canadian Music Centre 2015-05-08 (Friday) [FB event]

c_RL [Allison Cameron/Nicole Rampersaud/Germaine Liu — album release!] (The Ryan Driver Band) / Ratio 2015-05-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Emergents IV, curated by Ilana Waniuk (feat. Architek Percussion / Fjola Evans) / The Music Gallery 2015-05-08 (Friday) [more info]

Ryan Driver & Emilie Mover / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-03-08 (Friday)

Marie Davidson (Ice Cream / Mercury Girls) / Studio 223A 2015-05-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Les Marinellis (Fill Spectre / Les Deuxluxes / UUBBUURRUU) / 159 Manning 2015-05-09 (Saturday – afternoon show!) [FB event]

National Drone Day: afternoon dreamSTATE drone / Ratio 2015-05-09 (Saturday – afternoon show!) [FB event]

National Drone Day: All Day Drone (feat. Melissa J of Processor + Jess Forrest of Castle If) / LP's LPs 2015-05-09 (Saturday – free! 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.!) [FB event]

sLAB [National Drone Day event] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

National Drone Day Toronto: Night Drones (feat. Isles Day / Lorde Awesome / Professor Swami William Alan / James Bailey) / SPK Polish Combatants' Hall 2015-05-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 657 (feat. Memorex / Coarse Language / Schønsee) / Monarch Tavern 2015-05-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Century Palm (Dead Soft / Slow Down Molasses) / The Cavern Bar 2015-05-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Isla Craig (Charlotte Cornfield / Zaac Pick / LUKA) / June Records 2015-05-10 (Sunday – free! early!) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents: The Second Sunday of May (feat. Marian Jago's Landscape Project / Alaniaris) / Array Space 2015-05-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot [tour send-off party!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-10 (Sunday) rescheduled for 2015-05-26 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Surrender Sundays (feat. Surrender Heads / Song Rexsmith / Dr. Ew) / Cameron House 2015-05-10 (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!

Static Zine Issue 11 Release – Picnic in Christie Pits! (feat. Sasha Chapin) / Christie Pits 2015-05-17 (Sunday – PWYC! afternoon picnic vibes!) [FB event]

Buck Gooter (Connoisseurs Of Porn / Wisteria [D. Alex Meeks/Rebecca Fin]) / 8-Eleven 2015-05-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Chain & The Gang (Crosss / Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs) / The Garrison 2015-05-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Toy Piano Composers and TorQ Percussion Quartet: Impulse / Array Space 2015-05-23 + 2015-05-24 (Saturday [night] + Sunday [afternoon]) [FB event]

Crown Larks (No Sweat [Bile Sister + Fresh Flesh] / Slime) / Johnny Jackson 2015-05-26 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Treasure Fleet (Stuck Out Here / Alpha Strategy / Boat Culture) / Smiling Buddha 2015-05-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Dany Laj and the Looks [Word On The Street LP release show!] (The Almighty Rhombus / Terror Lake / Running Violet) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-06-05 (Friday) [FB event]

PPOP Presents (feat. The Marquis / Cell Memory / FLIST / Wolfcow) / Magpie Taproom 2015-06-05 (Friday) [FB event]

LOOM (Man Meets Bear / Silver Pools) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-06-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

PPOP Presents (feat. Conduct / Not Of / Nice Head / Kurt Marble) / Johnny Jackson 2015-06-10 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Buzz Records Presents (feat. HEALTH / HSY / Fake Palms / Bad Channels / Beta Frontiers / WHIMM) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-06-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

Ottawa Explosion unofficial showcase (feat. The Tranzmitors / Guantanamo Baywatch / Needles//Pins) / Johnny Jackson 2015-06-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

Mission Of Burma (Obliterations / California X / Grooms) / Lee's Palace 2015-06-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

Community corner:

  • Last week's most important read: "Imagining a Safer Space: Building Community & Ending Harassment in Punk". Although this is directly addressed to the punk scene, this applies to every type of gig and is a reminder that as long as anyone in our community feels unsafe, uncomfortable or threatened at shows there remains work to be done.
  • Track Could Bend #2 is Tuesday night at Johnny Jackson! Starts early/finishes early! Come out to listen to some cool music and hang out.
  • If the multiple listings above didn't tip you off, Saturday is National Drone Day. Unshackle yourself from the musical tyranny of harmonies and melodies — there are multiple daytime and evening options for your dronification and enjoyment.

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