Monday, June 1, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #99

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:

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]

Nick Ferrio [record release!] (José Contreras / The Lonely Parade) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-06-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Another album release party toss-up on Friday, this time with a pair of out-of-towners who are no strangers to these parts. Indeed, Word On The Street, the new one from Montréal-based Dany Laj and the Looks, was recorded right here in T.O. Dany Laj is a power-pop songwriter in the noble lineage of intelligent songsmiths with punk-inspired energy that runs through Elvis Costello and Ted Leo. The trio combines plenty hooks with the ripping live energy gained from frequent treks to the sort of small-town roadhouses that many rockers avoid.

Speaking of small towns, Peterborough's Nick Ferrio has been carefully honing his rootsy songwriting chops for several years now, the fruits of which can be heard on his brand-new Amongst the Coyotes and Birdsongs (which was also recorded here in Toronto). He's also exploring some invigourating rock dynamics in his recent stage forays with the excellent young Peterborough trio The Lonely Parade, which has already led to some crackerjack new tunes taking advantage of their energy.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Ryan Carley (Merganzer [feat. Mika Posen]) / Holy Oak Café 2015-06-01 (Monday) [FB event]

The Jazz Performance Entertainment Group [feat. Thom Gill/Spencer Cole/Bram Gielen/Alex Samaras/Dan Pencer] / The Emmett Ray 2015-06-01 (Monday) [more info]

Track Could Bend #3 (feat. Someflowers Of Hell / Brigitte Bardon't / Demerised Elf Funk) / Dundas Video [formerly Magpie Taproom] 2015-06-02 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Array Session #32 (feat. Nabil Amarshi/Meghan Cheng/Cheryl Ockrant/Rick Sacks/Bob Vespaziani) / Array Space 2015-06-02 (Tuesday) [more info]

troubleshooting~ v2 ["improvisation & electronics"] (feat. Ted Phillips / Zach Clark / Nicolas Buligan) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-06-03 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

J Mascis (Matt Valentine) / Lee's Palace 2015-06-03 (Wednesday) [more info]

Native North America (Vol. 1) Gathering (feat. Eric Landry [live performance / Cold Journey [film screening] / Double Double Land 2015-06-03 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Crosss [LO album release!] (Coarse Language / Carl Didur / Lizzy Boredom) / Double Double Land 2015-06-04 (Thursday) [FB event]

East-meets-West [Shahriyar Jamshidi & Raphael Weinroth-Browne] / Musideum 2015-06-05 (Friday) [FB event]

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

April Snow ["neo-soul supergroup... led by some of Toronto's most badass musicians"] / The Island Café 2015-06-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 49 (feat. Blonde Elvis / Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs / Germaphobes / The Moralist & The Nihilist) / Jam Factory 2015-06-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Peggy Lee/John Oswald/Aidan Closs / Imperial Pub 2015-06-05 (Friday)

Wire Circus Trio (Patrick O'Reilly) / Array Space 2015-06-05 (Friday)

The Big Sound: 4th Anniversary Concert / The Mod Club 2015-06-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Hobson's Choice (Ess and Bee) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-06-05 (Saturday) [FB event]

Dundas West Fest (feat. The Taveres Quartet / Good Enough Live Karaoke / LIPS / The Royal Crowns / Neon Wave / Mexican Slang / Blonde Elvis / Choir! Choir! Choir!) / Lakeview Stage [Beer Store parking lot, across the street from The Garrison] 2015-06-06 (Saturday – free! outdoors! afternoon show! all ages!) [FB event]

The Good Family / The Dakota Tavern 2015-06-06 (Saturday – early!) [nore info]

Wavelength 666 (feat. Fresh Snow / Corpusse / Several Futures / Century Palm / Badminton Racquet) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-06-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

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

HPR presents (feat. Quicksails / Brett Naucke / I Have Eaten The City) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-06-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Songhoy Blues (Calvin Love / Billy Moon) / The Garrison 2015-06-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Jay Holy [Scopolamine Dream release party!] (Man Made Hill / Memorex / Huren) / Smiling Buddha 2015-06-06 (Saturday)

No Angels Dancing / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-06-07 (Sunday – afternoon show! 1 to 3 p.m.!)

Sound Séance I Warm Up Show (feat. Obody [ex-Weird Weeds] / Within [members of Fresh Snow/Iderdown]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-06-07 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 22 (feat. Ghostlight / Le 4e Discours) / Handlebar 2015-06-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

Isla Craig (L CON) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-06-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

Jooklo Duo ["Italian free jazz, avant shred, sax & drums unit"] (Manticore / Fake Humans [Colin Fisher & Carl Didur]) / Double Double Land 2015-06-07 (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 #31.1 (feat. Robert Cruickshank + Heidi Chan / Neil D Retke + Dominique Banoun / Michael Kaler/Mike Daley/Arnd Jurgensen/Martin Loomer) / Array Space 2015-06-09 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-06-10 (Wednesday)

Surrender Heads (The Taste / Selina Martin) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-06-10 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Maicamia (Shahman / Big Brave / Castle If / HX KY) / Soybomb 2015-06-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Lunchtime Live! (feat. Cris Derksen) / Yonge-Dundas Square 2015-06-15 (Monday – free! lunchtime show!) [more info]

No Joy (Wider Smile / Basements / Nancy Pants / Comet Control / Elsa / NONI WO / She-Devils) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-06-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

No Joy (Stacey Diane / Vallens / Cassie Ramone / Dilly Dally / Pet Sun / Chastity) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-06-19 (Friday) [FB event]

Regina of Light Fires: Do I Have To Do Everything My Fucking Self? / Buddies in Bad Times 2015-06-19–2015-06-20 (Friday–Saturday) [more info]

No Joy (The Folk / Birds of Paradise / Beliefs / Mexican Slang / PC Worship / Dirty Frigs / Smokes) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-06-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Queer Songbook Orchestra: Blood Count: a Billy Strayhorn Centennial / Buddies in Bad Times 2015-06-21 (Sunday) [more info]

By Divine Right [25th anniversary celebration!] / Harbourfront Centre – W------ Stage 2015-07-01 (Wednesday – outside! free!) [more info]

Hassan Hakmoun / Harbourfront Centre – W------ Stage 2015-07-04 (Saturday – outside! free!) [more info]

Elinor Frey [works for five-string cello, including J.S. Bach's Sixth Suite for solo cello plus transcriptions of violin music by Telemann and Benda] / Toronto Music Garden 2015-07-05 (Sunday – 4 p.m.! free!) [more info]

Yonatan Gat [of Montonix] (Kahuna / Aus!Funkt) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Happyness (Michael Rault / Juan Wauters) / Adelaide Hall 2015-07-14 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Ton Beau String Quartet / Toronto Music Garden 2015-07-30 (Thursday – free!) [more info]

SummerWorks: Melancholiac: The Music of Scott Walker / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-11 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Habari Africa Festival / Harbourfront Centre 2015-08-14–2015-08-16 (Friday–Sunday – outside! free!) [more info]

Monsoon Trio: Ragas by the Lake / Toronto Music Garden 2015-08-16 (Sunday – 4 p.m.! free!) [more info]

Ensemble La Cigale: Un Brin de Fantaisie: Italian Instrumental Music of the Early Baroque / Toronto Music Garden 2015-08-23 (Sunday – 4 p.m.! free!) [more info]

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