Monday, August 10, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #109

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:

Habari Africa (feat. Ethio Zema + Fantahun Shewankochew) / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-08-15 (Saturday – free! early! 7:30 p.m.!) [more info]

It's another absolutely madcap week in the city. Besides the regular allotment of gigs, the SummerWorks Music Series continues throughout the week with its cavalcade of special events, leading up to the what-is-this-thing-that's-happening? finale featuring Still Boys on Friday.

But just so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle, I should point out that Harbourfront Centre is filled with African music this weekend as the Habari Festival explores the diversity of the continent's cultures. There's lots to explore over the weekend (including some impressive film offerings) but I'd like to highlight this set on the big stage. I was knocked out when I saw Fantahun Shewankochew (a top-tier talent as a singer, krar player and bandleader) debuting this band back in springtime. Expect a few classic ballads and a whole bunch of grooves — local Ethio music fans should not miss this.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Panamania (feat. Leela Gilday / Speed Control / New North Collective / Alejandro Escovedo / Explosions in the Sky) / Nathan Phillips Square 2015-08-10 (Monday – free!) [more info]

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

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-11 (Tuesday – early!)

bedroom / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-11 (Tuesday)

Audiopollination #33.1: Self-Curation Project Part 2 (feat. Diane Roblin/Francesco Saguto/Heather Segger / Conrad Gayle/David Shelly / Elliott Fienberg/Ken Aldcroft/Mike Daley / Olivia Shortt/max mceachern) / Array Space 2015-08-11 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Julian Lynch (Steven Foster / Mara Nesrallah) / Holy Oak Café 2015-08-11 (Tuesday) [FB event]

LUKA (Isla Craig/Marine Dreams) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-08-11 (Tuesday) [FB event]

SummerWorks Music Series: all you can hold (feat. LAL) / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-12 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Paul Dutton/John Kamevaar/Bob Vespaziani (Ken Aldroft/Mike Gennaro) / Musideum 2015-08-12 (Wednesday) [more info]

Ken Aldcroft/Emily Denison/Germaine Liu/John Oswald / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-12 (Wednesday)

The Burning Hell (L CON / Baa) / Junction City Music Hall 2015-08-12 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Mauno (Bart / Dr. Ew / Beau) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-08-12 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Lido Pimienta / St. James Park 2015-08-13 (Thursday – outside! free! early!) [FB event]

SummerWorks Music Series: Heat Shuts Off Overnight (feat. Germaphobes) / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-13 (Thursday) [FB event]

Patti Cake [EP release party!] (Planet Creature / Pins And Needles / Come Back Barbara / Hex) / The Velvet Underground 2015-08-13 (Thursday – all ages!) [FB event]

SummerWorks Music Series: 2016 Spring Collection (feat. Still Boys) / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-14 (Friday) [FB event]

Jerry Paper (Lee Paradise / Sexy Merlin) / Smiling Buddha 2015-08-14 (Friday) [FB event]

Yinka Best [Nigerian juju] / De Place Restaurant and Bar 2015-08-14 (Friday – free!) [FB event]

Stüka (Iris / Halcyon / Mimisiku / Reverse) / Smiling Buddha Basement 2015-08-14 (Friday) — CANCELLED [FB event]

SummerWorks 25: FREE Anniversary Party (feat. Lemon Bucket Orkestra / Buck 65 / Maylee Todd) / Queen and Dovercourt 2015-08-15 (Saturday – free! street party!) [FB event]

Tough Age (Brat Kings / Christian Punk Band / Flesh Rag) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-08-15 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Sulks (Dories / Foam / Eyeballs) / Handlebar 2015-08-15 (Saturday) [FB event]

Alaniaris / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-11 (Sunday – afternoon set! 3 to 5 p.m.!)

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

Accumulations: a 6-hour symbiotonotopic experiment (feat. Nidus) / Ratio 2015-08-16 (Sunday) [FB event]

Bernice (Devon Sproule) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-08-16 (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!

Riverrun / Evergreen Brick Works 2015-08-20 (Thursday – early! free!) [FB event]

Vomitface (Connoisseurs of Porn / Toblerone Boys / Alpha Strategy) / Smiling Buddha 2015-08-25 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Picastro (Loom / Laughing Eye Weeping Eye) / Ratio 2015-08-27 (Thursday) [FB event]

La Luz (Michael Rault / Vallens) / Adelaide Hall 2015-09-01 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 52 (feat. DAS RAD / Stüka / Darknesses / Plasmalab) / Jam Factory 2015-09-04 (Friday) [FB event]

Bart (Michael Stasis / Germaphobes / The Seams) / Double Double Land 2015-09-05 (Saturday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #34.2 (feat. Ellwood Epps /Karen Ng/Paul Newman/Germaine Liu/Rob Clutton / Yves Charuest/Nicole Rampersuad/Joe Sorbara/Ken Aldcroft / Ellwood Epps/Yves Charuest) / Array Space 2015-09-27 (Sunday) [FB event]

X Avant X (feat. Lori Freedman / CCMC) / The Music Gallery 2015-10-15 (Thursday) [more info]

X Avant X: MG Encore (feat. compositions by Ann Southam, Allison Cameron, Martin Arnold, Linda Catlin-Smith, Erik Ross and Nic Gotham performed by Wesley Shen, Mara Plotkin, Sharon Lee, Bryan Holt, Wallace Halladay, Xin Wang, Dan Morphy) / The Music Gallery 2015-10-16 (Friday) [more info]

X Avant X (feat. Tyondai Braxton / New Chance / Pantayo) / The Music Gallery 2015-10-17 (Saturday) [more info]

X Avant X (feat. Absolutely Free / Keita Juma) / The Music Gallery 2015-10-18 (Sunday) [more info]

Viet Cong (Greys / Mexican Slang) / Lee's Palace 2015-12-04 (Friday) [more info]

Viet Cong (Weaves / Mimico) / Lee's Palace 2015-12-05 (Saturday) [more info]

Community corner:

Not a gig, but y'all should also take care not to miss Zine Dream 8, which is taking place Sunday (from noon to 7 p.m.) at The Great Hall. There'll be self-published art of many varieties on offer, but local music fans should especially note that several of the city's best local labels will have tables as well. (Keep an eye out for Pleasence, Arachnidiscs, Healing Power and more!)

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