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:
Bedroom Sessions (feat. Gambletron / Castle If / Dead Neighbourhoods / Roljui) / Handlebar 2016-03-20 (Sunday) [FB event]
Billed as a night of "experimental/side projects", this instalment of Handlebar's Bedroom Sessions is topped by two fabulous acts, each of whom would be equally at home in a gallery setting as a bar show. Gambletron tends more toward "installation" type sonics rather than songs, while Jess Forrest's vision in Castle If extends from patient, austere drones to gorgeously-hypnotic pop.
Photo by Kristel Jax.
This week's noteworthy shows:
Andrew Downing/Jim Lewis/Andrew Miller/Victor Vrankulj / The Emmet Ray 2016-03-14 (Monday) [FB event]
THE AMBiENT PiNG presents (feat. Fulldeck Subhuman / sLAB) / Ratio 2016-03-15 (Tuesday) [FB event]
Josh Cole Quartet (plus Dan Pencer) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-03-16 (Wednesday) [FB event]
Dirty Fences (Marvelous Mark / B-17 / Dark Trip) / Smiling Buddha 2016-03-17 (Thursday) [FB event]
Long Winter 4.5 (feat. Marvelous Mark / Triple Gangers / Brigitte Bardon't Infinite Poolside / BABY CAGES / Zoo OWL / Prince Innocence / WHOOP-Szo / Isaac Vallentin / The Queer Songbook Orchestra / Rachael Cardiello / AVANT KOOL / LA timpa / MOLLOT / "Sitaricon" by The Holy Gasp / Ken Murphy) / The Great Hall 2016-03-18 (Friday – all ages! pay what you can!) [FB event]
Reel Cod presents (feat. Processor [tape release!] / Castle If / Jay Holy) / Smiling Buddha 2016-03-18 (Friday) [FB event]
TV Freaks (Century Palm / Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs / Bonnie Doon / The Lonely Parade / Monarch Tavern 2016-03-18 (Friday) [FB event]
Ronley Teper's Lipliners / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-03-18 (Friday)
Long Winter 4.5 (feat. Cousins / Joyfultalk / Jooj / TRIAGE / JFM / Mystic Triangle / Shi Wisdom / Witch Prophet / Long Branch music group / Dorothea Paas / Top Forte / Spoken Symphonies / CCMC / Phrase Velocity / c_RL) / The Great Hall 2016-03-19 (Saturday – all ages! pay what you can!) [FB event]
Soundstreams: Electric Counterpoint (feat. Prince Nifty / Dan Morphy / Brandon Valdivia / SlowPitchSound) / The Theatre Centre 2016-03-19 (Saturday) [more info]
New Fries (Hand Cream / Bile Sister / Plasmalab) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-03-19 (Saturday) [FB event]
Café Concret: An Experimental Puppetry Cabaret (feat. performances by Puppetmongers Theatre / Clea Minaker / Helen Yung / Hayley Lewis and Adam Cook / Erin Hill and Heather Caplap / Clare Dolan / music by special guest Lido Pimienta) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-03-19 (Saturday – "food will be served with admission!") [more info]
Brazilian Forró Party (feat. Aline Morales Trio) / Remix Lounge 2016-03-19 (Saturday) [FB event]
CoexisDance 77 (feat. Olya Glotka/Brenda Joy Lem/Michael Lynn / Alison Keery/Adrianna Monti/Rob Piilonen / The Parahumans/Saige Park/Eve Brown/Andy Yue / The Parahumans/Saige Park/Eve Brown/Rod Campbell / Dianne Montgomery/Michael Lynn/James Bailey / Alison Keery/Adrianna Monti/Rob Piilonen / The Parahumans/Saige Park/Andy Yue/Rod Campbell) / Array Space 2016-03-19 (Saturday) [FB event]
Sonoluminesence Trio [David Mott/William Parker/Jesse Stewart] / Toronto Centre for the Arts – Studio Theatre 2016-03-19 (Saturday) [more info]
Batuki Music Society presents (feat. Hassan El Hadi) / Alliance Française 2016-03-19 (Saturday) [more info]
Alaniaris / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-03-20 (Sunday – afternoon show! 3 to 5 p.m.!)
Somewhere There presents (feat. Nico Dann Quartet) / The Emmet Ray 2016-03-20 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]
Pink Moth March Residency (feat. Pink Moth / Dave MacKinnon) / Saving Gigi 2016-03-20 (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!
In the shadow of the Fatherland (feat. Raphael Weinroth-Browne/Shahriyar Jamshidi) / Small World Music Centre 2016-03-26 (Saturday) [FB event]
Friends of Markos [traditional rebetiko] (Machari [unaccompanied Georgian singing]) / The Piano Salon 2016-03-27 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]
Fantahun Shewankochew [Adera CD release concert!] / Alliance Française 2016-04-02 (Saturday) [FB event]
Tova Kardonne Quartet (Ali Berkok [solo]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-04-05 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]
Track Could Bend #13: First Anniversary All-Star Spectacular! [instant "bands from a hat" + recombinations of musicians who played TCB's first year!] (feat. Ben Sirois / A la lettre! / James Beardmore / Anna Mernieks / Mike Duffield / Ian McPhedran / Colin Fisher / Randy Gagne / Kayla Milmine / Brian Abbott / Neil Rankin / Jason Doell / Leslie Predie / Andy Yue / Matthew Ramolo / Allison Cameron / David Jones + APA / more TBA!) / Dundas Video 2016-04-05 (Tuesday) [FB event]
Tim McCready's House Party (feat. Good Enough Live Karaoke / The Pairs / Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs / HotKid / Mad Ones / Wave of Terror / Blues / Brendan Philip / Clairmont The Second) / Gladstone Hotel 2016-04-08 (Friday) [FB event]
Make Some Noise 10th Anniversary (feat. Weaves / Twist) / Toronto Reference Library 2016-04-09 (Saturday – free! all-ages! early show @ 7 p.m.!) [FB event]
Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot (Mermaids / Lemon Water [Alex Lukashevsky & co.!]) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-04-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]
Biblical (Cellphone / Not Of) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2016-04-15 (Friday) [more info]
B.A. Johnston (First Base / Casper Skulls) / Junction City Music Hall 2016-04-23 (Saturday) [FB event]
Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Circuit Des Yeux / Marisa Anderson / Michael Keith / Myk Freedman) / Ratio 2016-04-27 (Wednesday) [FB event]
Tamara Sandor [album launch!] (Bernice / Blunt Chunks) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-05-01 (Sunday) [FB event]
Stuck in the City/Not Dead yet present (feat. Hank Wood & the Hammerheads / Soupcans / The Boys / Conman) / Soybomb 2016-05-06 (Friday) [FB event]
The Waco Brothers / The Horseshoe Tavern 2016-05-13 (Friday) [FB event]
- As noted in the listings above, The Nico Dann Quartet will be playing on Sunday at The Emmet Ray — this is the first of a new series from Somewhere There, which will be presenting there on the third Sunday of every month. PWYC and there are couches to chill out on!
- Roxanne Ignatius, one of the city's best show poster designers and gig-complementing installation artists is launching an exhibition of "new drawings and textile works" at Weird Things, launching on Thursday evening.