Monday, February 22, 2016

Concert Listings Roundup #137

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:

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival 2016 (feat. Joe Strutt [talk] / The Nick Storring Band / SlowPitchSound / Ronley Teper & The Lipliners) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2016-02-26 (Friday) [FB event]

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival 2016 (feat. Solo Improvisation Roundtable plus solo sets from Peter Lutek / Germaine Liu / Paul Newman / Kyle Brenders / Ken Aldcroft / Nicole Rampersaud) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2016-02-27 (Saturday – matinee!) [FB event]

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival 2016 (feat. Interstellar Tentet / Ugly Beauties / Kyle Brenders Ensemble / The Polka Dogs) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2016-02-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival 2016 (feat. The Humber Composer's Collective / Swankey, Duncan, and Oore) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2016-02-28 (Sunday – matinee!) [FB event]

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival 2016 (feat. FOG / Ways / THREADS (Quintet)) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2016-02-28 (Sunday) [FB event]

For the fourth year, Somewhere There is taking over The Tranzac for a full weekend that pulls together various strands of Toronto's creative/experimental/improvised music scenes. There's a pleasing dose pleasing dose of familiar names in new and evolving recombinations, including the new Nick Storring Band (with Zoë Alexis-Abrams, Germaine Liu, John Mark Sherlock, and Ilana Waniuk) and the Kyle Brenders Ensemble (with Ben Grossman, Germaine Liu, Peter Lutek, Karen Ng, Cheldon Paterson, Nicole Rampersaud, Nick Storring, Brandon Valdivia, and Doug Van Nort); familiar combos like Jay Hay's Interstellar Tentet and Ken Aldcroft's THREADS; post-show romps in the Southern Cross with Ronley Teper's Lipliners and avant-folkists The Polka Dogs; and two afternoon matinées, including a solo improvisation roundtable and showcase on Saturday. (I've also been asked to speak on Friday night to start things off, but don't let that dissuade you from seeing all the great music.)

[Radio bonus! On Wednesday night (February 24th), Karen Ng and I will be guests on Luca Capone's The Night Shift, taking and previewing some music from artists playing the festival. Tune in online to CJRU – The Scope at Ryerson in the 9 to 11 p.m. timeslot!]

This week's noteworthy shows:

Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-02-24 (Wednesday – early!)

Whimm (Blanka / Jaunt) / Smiling Buddha 2016-02-24 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Nennen (Dorothea Paas / Manticore) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-02-24 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Doug Tielli and Katherine Hill ["vocal recital featuring Debussy, 14th Century European music, DT originals, Old-time country songs and Swedish folk music."] / Array Space 2016-02-24 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Rhubarb Festival: The Feast of JAAD (feat. Still Boys) / Buddies In Bad Times 2016-02-24–2016-02-27 (Wednesday–Saturday) [FB event]

Inyrdisk Death Match [farewell party for the esteemed local label with performances, installations, and a panel discussion on DIY labels] (feat. Not The Wind, Not The Flag / Fleshtone Aura / Doom Tickler / Brothers In Milk) / 1161 Dundas St. West 2016-02-25 (Thursday) [FB event]

Off Centre Music Salon: Tea for Two (feat. Chris Donnely vs. Ryan MacEvoy McCullough / Christine Duncan vs. Alex Lukashevsky vs. Lucy Fitz Gibbon) / The Music Gallery 2016-02-25 (Thursday) [more info]

Idée Fixe Records 5th Anniversary (feat. Jennifer Castle / Fiver / Alex Lukashevsky / Bry Webb ["all performing round-robin with the Idée Fixe house band"]) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2016-02-25 (Thursday) [FB event]

Idée Fixe Records 5th Anniversary (feat. The Highest Order / Bart / Doc Dunn & Co. / Mauno) / The Garrison 2016-02-26 (Friday) [FB event]

Wave of Terror (Terror Lake / Gold Pony / Hex) / The Old Laurel 2016-02-26 (Friday) [FB event]

Okavango African Orchestra [album release concert!] / Daniels Spectrum – Ada Slaight Hall 2016-02-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Pop. 1280 (HSY / Crosss) / Smiling Buddha 2016-02-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Dirty Nil [Higher Power LP release!] (Solids / Century Palm / Casper Skulls) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2016-02-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Bloor Ossington Folk Festival Presents (feat. The Idaho Stop [EP release!] / Beams) / Monarch Tavern 2016-02-27 (Saturday) [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!

Older Altar: Music by Colin Labadie and Jeffrey Roberts (feat. Jeffrey Roberts / CelloPhone / Wesley Shen) / Canadian Music Centre 2016-03-04 (Friday – early show! 5 p.m. start!) [FB event]

Heathers (Plasmalab / Whimm / Sportsfan) / FAITH/VOID 2016-03-05 (Saturday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort: Two Year Anniversary (feat. Jessica Kaera Cho with Fresh Flesh / Ambsace / Fusechild) / Handlebar 2016-03-06 (Sunday) [FB event]

Pink Moth March Residency (feat. Pink Moth / L CON) / Saving Gigi 2016-03-06 (Sunday) [FB event]

Better Person (Dylan III / Triple Gangers) / Smiling Buddha 2016-03-09 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #40 (feat. David Shelly/Dimitar Pentchev/ Liam Gallagher / Diane Roblin/Maxwell McEachern/Craig Aguilera / David Jones/Andy Yue/ Chris Trotter / Neil Wiernik/Michael Lynn) / Array Space 2016-03-12 (Saturday) [FB event]

Pink Moth March Residency (feat. Pink Moth / The Two-Minute Miracles) / Saving Gigi 2016-03-13 (Sunday) [FB event]

Pink Moth March Residency (feat. Pink Moth / Dave MacKinnon) / Saving Gigi 2016-03-20 (Sunday) [FB event]

Os Tropies / Burdock Music Hall 2016-03-24 (Thursday) [FB event]

Made To Break / Burdock 2016-03-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

Mangchi (Maylee Todd's Sweatshop Hop) / The Shop under Parts & Labour 2016-03-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

Teen (The Magic / Scott Hardware) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-04-05 (Tuesday) [FB event]

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