Monday, October 23, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #222

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:

U.S. Girls (Hexagon [Oct. 27th] / Cindy Lee [Oct. 28th]) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-10-27–2017-10-28 (Friday + Saturday) [FB event]

With an ace new single out in the world, U.S. Girls (currently in band form) hits The Tranzac for a pair of hometown shows before hitting the road. Top-notch openers, both nights, too, so don't miss this in all the Hallowe'en hullabaloo.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Riparian Acoustics presents (feat. Ora Clementi [crys cole/James Rushford] / Fleshtone Aura / c_RL) / Array Space 2017-10-23 (Monday) [FB event]

Beams [October Tuesdays residency!] (L CON) / The Dakota Tavern 2017-10-24 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Canadian Electronic Ensemble / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-24 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Petra Glynt [This Trip album release!] (New Chance / Bobbypin) / The Baby G 2017-10-25 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Hush Pup (Jonny [mem. of wearenotwhoweare] / Naomi Floods) / Less Bar 2017-10-25 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Lonesome Town [Victor Vrankulj/Laura Swankey/Chris Platt/Nelson Moneo/Andrew Miller/Andrew Furlong/Madeleine Ertel – debut performance!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-25 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Sandro Perri (Nick Zubeck / Brian MacMillan) / Rivoli 2017-10-25 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Radiant Baby (L.A. FOSTER / Stefana Fratila) / The Baby G 2017-10-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Drones For The Dead: Drone Seance / Belljar Café 2017-10-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Anzola (SlowPitchSound / Josh Grant) / Handlebar 2017-10-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

DELVE [Karen Ng/Jeff LaRochelle/Brodie West/Peter Lutek/Evan Cartwright] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-27 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Wavelength 743: Goethe-Institut presents (feat. Hauschka / Debashis Sinha) / St. Anne's Anglican Church 2017-10-27 (Friday) [FB event]

Death 2 T.O #7: The End [cover sets by members of Fake Palms, HSY, The Highest Order, Greys, Beliefs, Vallens, The Seams, Twist, Sportsfan, Nyssa, Dilly Dally, ROLEMODEL, The SULKS, Zoo OWL, Komodo, Vypers, Bueller, The Leslie Spits, The Nude Dogs] / Lee's Palace + The Cave 2017-10-27 (Friday) [FB event]

intersonanzen/Brandenburg Festival of New Music: Real Virtuality, a telematic performance (feat. Electro-Acoustic Orchestra / intersonanzen ensemble) / DisPerSion Lab 2017-10-28 (Saturday – free! early show @ 5:30 p.m.!)

Spectrum Music presents Legend & Lore (feat. Heavyweights Brass Band) / Alliance Française de Toronto 2017-10-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

Cosmic Homeostasis V ["ambient interstellar electroacoustic drift vibes"] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-29 (Sunday – afternoon session, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

DON KNG [Don Scott/Karen Ng/Nick Fraser] / The Emmet Ray 2017-10-29 (Sunday – early! PWYC!) [FB event]

3rd Annual Halloween Bash (feat. catl. / Frankie & Jimmy) / The Dakota Tavern 2017-10-29 (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!

BREM [Brodie West/Reg Schwager/Evan Cartwright/Marilyn Lerner] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-30 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Ayal Senior [solo Sacred Lamp with solo electronics] (Eldan Cohen) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-05 (Sunday – early set @ 3 p.m.!) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 50 (feat. MURR / Kalte) / Handlebar 2017-11-05 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Ayal Senior [solo Sacred Lamp with solo electronics] (Kurt Newman's Nashville Minimalism Unit) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-12 (Sunday – early set @ 3 p.m.!) [FB event]

The Music Gallery presnts (feat. TAK [playing Ashkan Behzadi's Love Crystal and Stone] / Darren Creech) / 918 Bathurst 2017-11-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society presnts: Hommage à Tabu Ley Rochereau et Papa Wemba] (feat. Cour des Grands with guest vocalist Mis Blandine) / Alliance Française de Toronto 2017-11-18 (Saturday – all ages, free for those under 18) [FB event]

Audio Bleed (feat. Schema Factor) / Belljar Café 2017-11-18 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Several Futures (Not Of / Spoils) / The Baby G 2017-11-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano double release party! (feat. Lina Allemano Four / Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Burning Hell (Steven Lambke) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-11-30 (Thursday) [FB event]

Horseshoe Tavern 70th Birthday Concert Series (feat. Rheostatics / Ensign Broderick) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2017-12-07–2017-12-09 (Thursday–Saturday) [FB event]

The Sadies with Scott McCaughey / The Horseshoe Tavern 2017-12-31 (Sunday) [more info]

Monday, October 16, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #221

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:

Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie [Entangled Pathways CD release!] / Array Space 2017-10-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

There's some spectacular gigs this week (including Hans Joachim Roedelius's much-anticipated local appearance alongside some very tasty local support) but I wouldn't want this modest endeavour to get lost in the shuffle. Bringing together three highly-flexible improvisers, this trio can show hints of melodic tunefulness alongside a collective will to derail those same instincts and head for thornier ground. It's also pleasing for an ensemble like this to be documented on a proper album, so that's additional cause for celebration. (Here's a couple clips from when I caught these three playing together before at The Tranzac — I'm looking forward to hearing Bill Gilliam get inside Array's grand piano to add some preparations to the night's twists.)

Gilliam-Milmine-Pottie - [second piece]

Gilliam-Milmine-Pottie - [fourth piece]


This week's noteworthy shows:

Rob Clutton Trio [Rob Clutton/Karen Ng/Nick Fraser] / The Emmet Ray 2017-10-16 (Monday – early! PWYC!) [FB event]

Jim Lewis Group [Jim Lewis/Andrew Downing/Victor Vrankulj/Andrew Miller] / The Emmet Ray 2017-10-16 (Monday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Psychedelic Furs (Bash & Pop) / Danforth Music Hall 2017-10-16 (Monday) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Bill Nace/Twig Harper / Not The Wind, Not The Flag / Dandy Dusted) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-16 (Monday) [more info]

Beams [October Tuesdays residency!] (Lake Forest) / The Dakota Tavern 2017-10-17 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Riparian Acoustics and Burn Down the Capital present (feat. Hans Joachim Roedelius / Xambuca / Joseph Shabason / Kat Estacio) / Monarch Tavern 2017-10-17 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Collective Order [Volume 2 album release!] / Gladstone Hotel 2017-10-17 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Mark Hundevad/Mike Gennaro (FASTER) / Array Space 2017-10-17 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Payadora Tango Ensemble [new CD release fundraiser concert!] / Gallery 345 2017-10-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Allison Cameron/Germaine Liu/Mark Zurawinski / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-18 (Wednesday – early!)

The Pineapple [Karen Ng/Rob Grieve/Alex Fournier] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Giant Hand [Old Cosmos tape release show!] (Matt Murphy [solo]) / Smiling Buddha 2017-10-19 (Thursday) [FB event]

Paul Linklater (Hydrothermal Vents / Dan Edmonds) / The Piston 2017-10-19 (Thursday) [FB event]

Omhouse (Rapport / Coldboi [Alex Low]) / Less Bar 2017-10-19 (Thursday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #55.2 (feat. Nobi Kubota / Michael Snow & Diane Roblin) / Array Space 2017-10-20 (Friday) [FB event]

Audio Bleed (feat. Cetacea / Hexzuul / Scales of Angels) / Belljar Café 2017-10-20 (Friday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Wave of Terror (Persian Rugs / Terror Lake) / EURO Sports BAR 2017-10-20 (Friday) [FB event]

Caution Tape Sound Collective: Singles Vol. 3 [world premieres from composers Patrick Arteaga / Julia Mermelstein / August Murphy-King / Bekah Simms / Janet Sit / Tyler Versluis] (feat. Jonathan MacArthur / Evan Bowen) / Array Space 2017-10-21 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Elliott Sharp with Contact / Luge / H. de Heutz / Fraydee Cat) / Tough Guy Mountain 2017-10-21 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Droid [CD release show!] (Warsenal / Cellphone) / Coalition 2017-10-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Anamai (Platitudes / Markus Floats) / The Dupe Shop 2017-10-22 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 2 p.m.!) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Forma / Mimico / Zones) / The Baby G 2017-10-22 (Sunday) [FB event]

The Nilan Perera Quintet [Rob Clutton/Kayla Milmine/Karen Ng/Rick Sacks/Nilan Perera] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-22 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort and Voddville present Scary Words (feat. Ada Vale / Jesse Dangerously / Fresh Flesh / Snake Church [Ben Grossman/Michael Mucci]) / Handlebar 2017-10-22 (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!

Lonesome Town [Victor Vrankulj/Laura Swankey/Chris Platt/Nelson Moneo/Andrew Miller/Andrew Furlong/Madeleine Ertel – debut performance!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-25 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Drones For The Dead: Drone Seance / Belljar Café 2017-10-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Anzola (SlowPitchSound / Josh Grant) / Handlebar 2017-10-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-27 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Cosmic Homeostasis V ["ambient interstellar electroacoustic drift vibes"] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-29 (Sunday – afternoon session, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

3rd Annual Halloween Bash (feat. catl. / Frankie & Jimmy) / The Dakota Tavern 2017-10-29 (Sunday) [FB event]

Lee Ranaldo (Fake Palms) / The Great Hall 2017-11-03 (Friday) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #32 (feat. Sandy Ewen / Will Austin & Brandon Lim / Kat Estacio & Beard Closet) / Belljar Café 2017-11-07 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Philip John Lewin (Sing Leaf / Sandro Perri) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-11-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Andrew Downing Ensemble / Canadian Music Centre 2017-11-09 (Thursday – early show @ 5:30!) [more info]

Wavelength 741: Women In Music Canada presents Fundraiser Show For Mexico & Puerto Rico (feat. Rapport / KASHKA / Regina Gently [fka Light Fires] / LOLAA) / Monarch Tavern 2017-11-09 (Thursday) [FB event]

Scott Hardware (Pascale Project / Antoine93) / Bambi's 2017-11-09 (Thursday) [FB event]

Sensing [works by Anna Höstman, Adam Scime and Morton Feldman] (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective) / Canadian Music Centre 2017-11-11 (Saturday – three shows at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.) [FB event]

BA Johnston (Deathsticks / Quite Nice) / Junction City Music Hall 2017-11-11 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Magic (Joyful Joyful) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-11-13 (Monday) [FB event]

Duchess Says (Yamantaka//Sonic Titan) / The Garrison 2017-11-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

Moon King (Doomsquad / New Chance) / Smiling Buddha 2017-12-16 (Saturday) [FB event]


Bandcamp corner:

  • Recordings from Joe Sorbara's Imperative project (which takes its inspiration from Sun Ra's poem of the same name) have made their way to bandcamp, with Sorbara's percussion jousting with double tenor sax action from Jay Hay and Karen Ng.

Community corner:

  • In addition to Tuesday's gig at The Monarch, Hans-Joachim Roedelius will be making an intimate "in conversation" appearance on Wednesday at Invisible City Record Shop.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Recording: Anamai

Artist: Anamai

Song: Some State

Recorded at The Baby G, September 21, 2017.

Anamai - Some State

Billed as "a night dedicated to simplicity and unravelling," this was a beautifully-executed show, moving the music down from the stage and tampering with the standard set/break/set/break/set pattern to give the whole thing some continuous flow.

Typical of the night, David Psutka appeared on stage while Xuan Ye and David Jones were still filling the room with their dronefield and appeared at first to just be tuning up. The careful ear, however, would soon realize he was joining in with the pair, adding some textures while Anna Mayberry made her way on stage and got ready to play. Once the set proper had begun, the subtle interventions were returned, with David Jones using his gear to add some manipulations to the room sound, holding his vocal mic toward the stage and twisting dials on his pedals to add washes of reverb and more through his jury-rigged quadraphonic sound system. The duo on stage were literally difficult to watch as their lighting rig aimed gliding light-beams towards the crowd — which encouraged the crowd, mostly sitting peaceably on the floor, to look within instead. I was worried after the group's release show back in May that I might not get a chance to hear these songs again with such an attentive crowd, but this show proved me wrong.

[Anamai will be playing next weekend (Sunday, October 22nd) at The Dupe Shop.]

Recording: YlangYlang

Artist: YlangYlang

Song: Uncertain Landscapes

Recorded at The Baby G, September 21, 2017.

YlangYlang - Uncertain Landscapes

Billed as "a night dedicated to simplicity and unravelling," this was a beautifully-executed show, moving the music down from the stage and tampering with the standard set/break/set/break/set pattern to give the whole thing some continuous flow.

As with the last time I saw Catherine Debard perform, the preceding set flowed into hers before she unfurled her haze-pop tunes. And like Xuan Ye and David Jones before her, she was set up on the floor, gear on a table in front of the stage, lit only indirectly by Xuan Ye's spotlight. That created a darkened dreamspace for her songs to unfold, and then ease back into some between-set ambiance.

Recording: Xuan Ye + David Jones

Artist: Xuan Ye + David Jones

Song: [act 1, scene 2]

Recorded at The Baby G, September 21, 2017.

Xuan Ye + David Jones - [act 1, scene 2]

Billed as "a night dedicated to simplicity and unravelling," this was a beautifully-executed show, moving the music down from the stage and tampering with the standard set/break/set/break/set pattern to give the whole thing some continuous flow.

That flow was facilitated by this joint enterprise, a more elaborately-conceived and executed effort than I've seen from this pair of occasional collaborators. They claimed a large square of the floor in front of the stage, delineated by speakers in the corners creating a home-spun quad system. Without announcing themselves, they eased into it, letting the room's attention slowly turn their way as they built up from a quiet start, each with their own set of tools: vox, percussive implements, guit and spotlight on the one hand, pedals, manipulated vocals, trumpet (!) and sound-activated lights on the other. And it would turn out that the pair would be the connective tissue throughout the night, returning to play between the other sets, which segued from their evolving dronescapes.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Recording: Pineapple

Artist: Pineapple

Songs: Did You Ever Think You'd Miss It? [composer: Karen Ng] + [first set improvisation]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), September 20, 2017.

Pineapple - Did You Ever Think You'd Miss It?

Pineapple - [first set improvisation]

After journeying across multiple continents as a touring musician for big chunks of the past year, community hero Karen Ng is back in town a bit more steadily and taking on some new projects — including some long-deferred opportunities to present some work as a composer. This first outing (alongside Rob Grieve on guit and Alex Fournier on double bass and electronics) saw this piece as well as a graphic-score-in-progress from Ng, as well as a couple of Fournier's pieces plus a couple improvisations. Lots of texture explorations, digital delay and drones underlying the pieces, which augers well for future excursions.

[Pineapple will be filling in during Josh Cole's monthly slot next Wednesday (October 18th) at The Tranzac. And meanwhile, Karen Ng's monthly slot in the Southern Cross will see another new project on October 26th, with no fewer than four saxes (Ng, Jeff LaRochelle, Brodie West and Peter Lutek) backed by percussionist Evan Cartwright.]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Recording: Wolfcow with Anna Mayberry

Artist: Wolfcow with Anna Mayberry

Song: Enhanced Texture, Part 2

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Mixed Input Festival – Night 2), September 17, 2017.

Wolfcow with Anna Mayberry - Enhanced Texture, Part 2

This festival was convened by local experimental film collective Pleasure Dome as an attempt to deepen the collaborative experience between musical and moving image artists, which was manifested in a variety of ways over two nights.

Greydyn Wolfcow used this festival set as an opportunity to push the band into some different territory, eschewing the pop-nugget sized "hits" for one set-filling longform piece. Driven by a discordant industrial thrum (provided by current bandmembers Chris Worden, Ian Sequeira and Jon Shapiro) that loomed like a toxic emission from a chemical plant, the piece was tied together by the vocal refrain of "evidence, evidence, evidence", while a corporate product analysis slideshow (the powerpoint of the '80's!) was projected onto the stage. Meanwhile, Anna Mayberry's movement portion channelled the band's bad hoodoo, like a sullen teenager driven from lurking at the side of the room into their own moshpit as some sort of emotional exorcism.

Recording: Cares/Vallée/Coderre

Artist: Cares/Vallée/Coderre

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Mixed Input Festival – Night 2), September 17, 2017.

Cares/Vallée/Coderre - unknown

This festival was convened by local experimental film collective Pleasure Dome as an attempt to deepen the collaborative experience between musical and moving image artists, which was manifested in a variety of ways over two nights.

This set was a very even-handed collaboration that got to the heart of the festival's aspirations. Musician James Beardmore was tucked off to the side, generating droneswells with hazy hints of bent pop in the background while Montréal film artists Guillaume Vallée and Charles-André Coderre (known for his work with Jerusalem in My Heart) used overlapping 8mm loops and analogue visual feedback to project a swirling abstract montage. (This was a collaboration in the sonic sense as well — if you listen carefully to this field recording, you can hear the whirwhirwhir of the film spools in the background!)

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: James Schidlowsky

Artist: James Schidlowsky

Song: [excerpt from square part]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Mixed Input Festival – Night 2), September 17, 2017.

James Schidlowsky - [excerpt from square part]

This festival was convened by local experimental film collective Pleasure Dome as an attempt to deepen the collaborative experience between musical and moving image artists, which was manifested in a variety of ways over two nights.

Originally conceived as a collaboration, this piece from Montréal's James Schidlowsky ended up being a solo endeavour, but was still a satisfying mating of sound and visuals. Presented in a "square part" and a "circular part" corresponding to the shapes created by the visual processing, the lo-fi blipscapes (sounding like the national anthem of some faraway land where Pong is the #1 pastime) mixed nicely with the abstract visual dioramas.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Recording: Peggy Lee Octet

Artist: Peggy Lee Octet

Song: two unknown pieces*

Recorded at Array Space, September 16, 2017.

Peggy Lee Octet - unknown #1

Peggy Lee Octet - unknown #2

I have seen Vancouverite Peggy Lee's intense improvised virtuosity as a solo performer, but didn't know as much about her work as a composer and ensemble leader, something I intended to rectify in checking out this group filled with West Coast heavyweights. (I dug the the slightly-idiosyncratic instrumentation, like having an electric bass and a double bass in the same group.) The whole ensemble included Meredith Bates (violin), Kevin Elaschuk (trumpet), Chris Gestrin (piano), Ron Samworth (guitar), Torsten Müller (double bass), André Lachance (electric bass), and Dylan Van Der Schyff (drums) — I knew some of them by reputation, and just watching the others gave a quick indication of the calibre of musicianship here.

Originally conceived as a sort of "imaginary soundtrack" ensemble, the group was celebrating their recent Tell Tale album, which was first conceived a few years back as a project called "Film in Music". More than the sort of sweeping widescreen-evoking sounds that often get tagged as "cinematic", the connection here was more narrative, with each instrument acting as a character, and getting its own share of improvised monologues and pared-down conversations alongside the full-group sections.

* Does anyone know the titles to these sections? Please leave a comment!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #220

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:

X Avant XII (feat. Man Forever / Germaine Liu + Ensemble / Luyos MC/Reila) / 918 Bathurst 2017-10-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

X Avant XII: RPM Live 007 (feat. Elisa Harkins / Laura Ortman / Mourning Coup) / 918 Bathurst 2017-10-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

X Avant XII (feat. Chino Amobi / INTERRO feat. Kaie Kellough, Tanya Evanson, Jason Sharp, Kevin Lo) / 918 Bathurst 2017-10-13 (Friday) [FB event]

X Avant XII: Deep Listening Intensive (feat. Anne Bourne) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-10-14 (Saturday – afternoon participatory event! free!) [FB event]

X Avant XII: curated by LAL and Babely Shades (feat. Avrha [members of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan] / Bizzarh / Drawing With Knives) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-10-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

X Avant XII: James Tenney: Resistance / 918 Bathurst 2017-10-15 (Sunday) [FB event]

if you saw last week's preview, it's no surprise that The Music Gallery's twelfth edition of their fall festival is the week's big event. I won't rehash what I said in the preview, but all of these events are worth coming out for, even — or especially — if it's something you don't know very well. This is a pretty varied festival, united by its theme of resistance more than genre limits, so as the MG settles into 918 Bathurst, come and experience the strange and the familiar mix and remix in new ways.

[And do note, if you're reading this shortly after this preview is posted, you have a chance to enter to win a FESTIVAL PASS courtesy of the Music Gallery! Follow the link to the preview for the details; closes October 9th at 5 p.m.!]


This week's noteworthy shows:

The Phill Albert Calamity [Allison Au/Harley Card/Derek Gray/Phil Albert] / The Emmet Ray 2017-10-09 (Monday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Ornate Ornette (feat. Karen Ng/Jeff LaRochelle/Phil Albert/Harry Vetro) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-10 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Crocodiles (Saint Pé / Twist) / The Baby G [new venue!] 2017-10-10 (Tuesday – free!) [FB event]

Beams [October Tuesdays residency!] (Soften / Lee Rose and The Ace of Wands) / The Dakota Tavern 2017-10-10 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Thin Edge New Music Collective presents: Speaking [season opener!] (feat. Thin Edge Ensemble and Shi-An Costello) / Array Space 2017-10-10 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Brodie West Quintet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-11 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft X (feat. Chris Cawthray [solo] / Andrew Furlong/Andrew Kay/Tom Richards/Joe Sorbara) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Nude Party (Thrifty Kids / The Try Umphs / B17) / Smiling Buddha 2017-10-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Botanicals (Mujahedeen / Experts [mems. of Germaphobes + MIMICO]) / Smiling Buddha – basement 2017-10-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Erik Laar / quasiMODAL w Eugene Martynec) / Handlebar 2017-10-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Forward Music Group: 10 Year Anniversary (feat. Michael Feuerstack / Gianna Lauren / Paper Beat Scissors / Dan Misha Goldman) / The Baby G 2017-10-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Pet Sounds / Instrumental (feat. Christine Bougie/Dafydd Hughes/Julia Hambleton/Andrew Downing) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-10-12 (Thursday – early and late shows!) [FB event]

Dinner (Most People / Prince Ness) / Monarch Tavern 2017-10-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Bunny (Sedge / Zorton and The Cannibals) / Handlebar 2017-10-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Polyphonic Ground (feat. Beny Esguerra & New Tradition / Matatu Express [Donne Roberts/Madagascar Slim/Adam Solomon/Pa Joe/Kofi Ackah/Ebenezer Agyekum/Mabinty Sylla] / The Future Primitive) / Revival 2017-10-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Os Tropies feat. Aline Morales (The Sulks) / The Rec Room 2017-10-13 (Friday) [FB event]

The Canadian Electronic Ensemble / Canadian Music Centre 2017-10-13 (Friday) [FB event]

Xuan Ye/Colin Fisher / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-13 (Friday) [FB event]

Quiet Concerts (feat. Debashis Sinha) / Toronto Public Library - Scarborough Civic Centre Branch 2017-10-14 (Saturday – free! all ages! family friendly! afternoon event @ 2 p.m.!) [FB event]

Pleasence Records Presents: Cassette Store Day 2017 & The Dupe Shop Anniversary (feat. Moon Eyed / Eyeballs / Father Christmas) / The Dupe Shop 2017-10-14 (Saturday – afternoon show @ 2 p.m.! all ages!) [FB event]

Fake Palms [Pure Mind album release!] (Cindy Lee / Lee Paradise) / Smiling Buddha 2017-10-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Germaphobes (Dentist / Persons) / Handlebar 2017-10-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Kazuki Koga (YlangYlang / Joni Void / Sages) / Tough Guy Mountain 2017-10-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Burton Greene/Isaiah Ceccarelli/Éric Normand / Gallery 345 2017-10-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Audiopollination 55.1 (feat. Kayla Milmine/MJ Wright/Diane Roblin / David Story/Jackie Leung/Adam Scime / Darlene Cuevas/Tom Richards / Mkl32/Elizabeth Lima) / Array Space 2017-10-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society Presents (feat. Trio da Kali ["Malian griot supergroup"]) / Aga Khan Museum 2017-10-14 (Saturday – free!) [FB event]

Six Bach Motets (feat. Tallis Choir of Toronto) / St. Patrick’s Church 2017-10-14 (Saturday) [more info]

TRIO 92 [Mark Zurawinski/Rob Clutton/Diane Roblin] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-10-15 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Kamancello [album release!] / Burdock Music Hall 2017-10-15 (Sunday) [FB event]

Deliluh (Deeper / Lavender Bruisers) / The Baby G 2017-10-15 (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!

Rob Clutton/Karen Ng/Nick Fraser / The Emmet Ray 2017-10-16 (Monday – early! PWYC!) [more info]

Jim Lewis Group [Jim Lewis/Andrew Downing/Victor Vrankulj/Andrew Miller] / The Emmet Ray 2017-10-16 (Monday – PWYC!) [more info]

Payadora Tango Ensemble [new CD release fundraiser concert!] / Gallery 345 2017-10-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Audio Bleed (feat. Cetacea / Hexzuul / Scales of Angels) / Belljar Café 2017-10-20 (Friday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Droid [CD release show!] (Warsenal / Cellphone) / Coalition 2017-10-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Hush Pup (Jonny [mem. of wearenotwhoweare] / Naomi Floods) / Less Bar 2017-10-25 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Radiant Baby (L.A. FOSTER / Stefana Fratila) / The Baby G 2017-10-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Quiet Bedrooms presents QB4 (feat. C.J. Boyd / Picastro [solo] / Jordaan Mason / Manticore) / D-Beatstro 2017-11-02 (Thursday) [FB event]

Wavelength Music Series and Make Some Noise present: Live in the Stacks (feat. Jeremy Gara [mem. Arcade Fire, ambient electronic solo music] / Emay) / Toronto Public Library – Bloor/Gladstone Branch 2017-11-02 (Thursday – free! all-ages!) [FB event]

Venus Fest Sessions (feat. Tasseomancy / Dorothea Paas) / Gladstone Hotel – Melody Bar 2017-11-02 (Thursday) [FB event]

Drone:Klub:13 ["community drone immersion experience"] / Roland Inspiration Centre 2017-11-02 (Thursday – free to observe or participate!) [FB event]

Moon Eyed [Haleiwa Pleasence Records release!] (The Seams / WLMRT) / DDL 2017-11-04 (Saturday) [FB event]

Musicworks Magazine presents O P E N : an evening of sound interactions [curated by Riparian Acoustics] (feat. Very Special Guest / Cheryl Duvall [solo piano] / Pursuit Grooves with Mas Aya) / 918 Bathurst 2017-11-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Polyphonic Ground (feat. Sina Salimi / D'Bi & The 333) / Revival 2017-11-09 (Thursday) [FB event]

Quiet Bedrooms presents QB5 (feat. Carl Didur / Laura Swankey / Deenzi) / LP's LPs 2017-11-11 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 742 (feat. PONY / Luge / Bonnie Trash) / Bike Pirates 2017-11-25 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Jessica Moss (Ben Shemie) / The Baby G 2017-12-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Buzz Records Presents: A Very Special Krampus Party (feat. Charly Bliss / Casper Skulls / Twist / Lonely Parade) / The Rec Room 2017-12-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Batuki Music presents (feat. Fatoumata Diawara / Okavango) / Koerner Hall 2018-04-12 (Thursday) [FB event]


Community corner:

  • Long Winter's season of music + art will be starting soon, and they're looking for volunteers to help at their fantastic, all-ages events. Whether there are live event skills you want to learn more about or you just want to pitch in with some cool folks, this is an excellent opportunity. All are invited, just visit the form here.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Recording: Bassam Bishara with Pedram Khavarzamini

Artist: Bassam Bishara with Pedram Khavarzamini

Song: two unknown songs*

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (Labyrinth Ontario Launch / Fundraiser), September 15, 2017.

Bassam Bishara with Pedram Khavarzamini - unknown #1

Bassam Bishara with Pedram Khavarzamini - unknown #2

This night was the formal public launch of Labyrinth Ontario, a new initiative founded by local musicians Araz Salek and Jonathan Adjemian to promote "the study and enjoyment of global traditions of modal music". Bringing together some diverse ensembles, this night featured music of the highest calibre — an auspicious sign of things to come as the group begins to organize a number of teaching workshops and concerts next year.

It was a genuine treat to close out the night to see this duo of two local masters of their instruments. I had seen tombak player Pedram Khavarzamini a few times before (including earlier in the evening) but witnessing Bassam Bishara on oud was a joyful revelation. With no setlist, the pair would simply suggest songs to one another and then go, usually leading off with Bishara establishing the tune on his own before Khavarzamini would join in to buoy him along. With a slight smile and playful twinkle in his eye, Bishara looked like any musician engaged in a casual back porch jam session, but that would belie the sheer staggeringly advanced level these two were operating at. A real reminder of the musical richness that exists in this city around us.

* Does anyone know the titles to these? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Labyrinth Finale Ensemble

Artist: Labyrinth Finale Ensemble

Song: Dar Hejiroke

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (Labyrinth Ontario Launch / Fundraiser), September 15, 2017.

Labyrinth Finale Ensemble - Dar Hejiroke

This night was the formal public launch of Labyrinth Ontario, a new initiative founded by local musicians Araz Salek and Jonathan Adjemian to promote "the study and enjoyment of global traditions of modal music". Bringing together some diverse ensembles, this night featured music of the highest calibre — an auspicious sign of things to come as the group begins to organize a number of teaching workshops and concerts next year.

Conceived as a finale to the evening, this brought together nearly all of the night's musicians into one mega-ensemble to raise their voices and instruments together on this Kurdish wedding song. When Bassam Bishara's plane was a little late coming in, it got shuffled before his set, but the quick flip allowed the night to keep moving.

Recording: Meden Glas

Artist: Meden Glas

Song: Trugnala E Malka Mome

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (Labyrinth Ontario Launch / Fundraiser), September 15, 2017.

Meden Glas - Trugnala E Malka Mome

This night was the formal public launch of Labyrinth Ontario, a new initiative founded by local musicians Araz Salek and Jonathan Adjemian to promote "the study and enjoyment of global traditions of modal music". Bringing together some diverse ensembles, this night featured music of the highest calibre — an auspicious sign of things to come as the group begins to organize a number of teaching workshops and concerts next year.

Exploring overlapping streams of Balkan folk music (mostly in the vocal tradition), this group brought songs from Dalmatia, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Greece, all united by modal polyphony. Richly emotionally resonant, a non-speaker of the language hardly needs a programme to sense the yearning spirit in this Bulgarian tune about a young girl being courted while heading to the well.

Recording: The Iranian Modal Music Ensemble of Toronto

Artist: The Iranian Modal Music Ensemble of Toronto

Song: Chahamezrab

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (Labyrinth Ontario Launch / Fundraiser), September 15, 2017.

The Iranian Modal Music Ensemble of Toronto - Chahamezrab

This night was the formal public launch of Labyrinth Ontario, a new initiative founded by local musicians Araz Salek and Jonathan Adjemian to promote "the study and enjoyment of global traditions of modal music". Bringing together some diverse ensembles, this night featured music of the highest calibre — an auspicious sign of things to come as the group begins to organize a number of teaching workshops and concerts next year.

I recognized some of the players here from other shows — most notably Araz Salek (tar) and Pedram Khavarzamini (tombak), who I saw recently exploring some Javanese/Persian crosscurrents with Evyind Kang and Jessika Kenney. The ensemble was completed by Mahan Nohroudi (santour), Padideh Aharnejad (tar), Kianoush Khalilian (ney), and Ava Ayoubi (bass tar). The set consisted of a few longer songs linked by solos and improvisations — all of it really beautiful stuff.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Recording: Chris Corsano

Artist: Chris Corsano

Song: [second piece]

Recorded at Double Double Land, September 8, 2017.

Chris Corsano - [second piece]

I had seen this American Underground percussion legend a couple times in this same space, but this solo performance was a whole other trip. His extended techniques (including some Rahsaan Roland Kirk-esque double reed drones) put this far beyond mere "percussion". When he addressed his kit, there was a constant kineticism and wonderful sense of barely-controlled chaos, such as when he'd keep adding bells and bowls on top his his drumhead, even as previously-added ones started tumbling to the floor. Also: strings, bows, gongs and who-knows what else, with all the implements feeling like a part of a greater whole. A really masterful and idea-dense half-hour.

Recording: Friends & Neighbors

Artist: Friends & Neighbors

Song: Upwards

Recorded at Double Double Land, September 8, 2017.

Friends & Neighbors - Upwards

Excellent work from this Norwegian quartet (Thomas Johansson on trumpet), André Roligheten on tenor sax, Jon Rune Strøm on double bass, and Tollef Østvang on drums) evoking the spirit of Ornette's classic quartet with a questing, energy-filled set. Over four extended pieces they covered a lot of ground, sounding at every turn like they were full of joyful surprise at the terrain they were crossing.

Recording: Retired

Artist: Retired

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Double Double Land, September 8, 2017.

Retired - unknown

Perhaps inspired by their drone version of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" (which closed out their set on this night), this piece (complete with plenty cool warbles) makes more of an effort to stretch out and hold its position than Retired have done in the past, when quieter bits like this were more often lacunae before the pummelling noise-bursts. Score one for the menacing power of atmospherics.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Recording: Julie & The Wrong Guys

Artist: Julie & The Wrong Guys

Songs: Love & Leaving / Hope Floats

Recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern, September 7, 2017.

Julie & The Wrong Guys - Love & Leaving

Julie & The Wrong Guys - Hope Floats

With the release of their debut album, this project has really come full circle — staking claim to its own new material instead of just adding rocket-boosters to old songs and cohering into a band, not just a trio of backing musicians for Julie Doiron. That the set consisted of the new album being played front to back made sense, as that album itself is very much designed like a rip-roaring setlist. When this unit started coming together, it was obvious that there was a chemistry between the players, but it was never a sure thing — especially once it consisted of musicians living in different cities — that this would get this sort of chance to truly become its own thing.

Recording: Casper Skulls

Artist: Casper Skulls

Song: Love Brain

Recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern, September 7, 2017.

Casper Skulls - Love Brain

As they hurtle towards the release of their first full length, Casper Skulls seemed fannishly enthused to be playing a few dates opening up for Julie & The Wrong Guys. Still mixing new songs into the setlist, the band is playing with relaxed confidence, mixing short jabs like this with their glistening extended jams.

[Mercy Works is out November 3rd. They'll be playing alongside Charly Bliss, Twist and Lonely Parade at Buzz Records' Very Special Krampus Party Saturday, December 9th at The Rec Room.]

Recording: Brenda

Artist: Brenda

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern, September 7, 2017.

Brenda - unknown

Despite playing with a fill-in guitarist, this local psych-garage quartet was noteworthy for the tasty separation they achieved between the guitars on stage, giving them lots of room to play off each other. Occasionally a little flange-y/yelpy, this was regardless leavened with a pleasing heaviness. There's a few tracks up on their bandcamp; keep an eye out for an EP soon.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Contest/Preview: X Avant XII

X AVANT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL XII: RESISTANCE

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

Marking the unofficial start of autumn as well as the official start of the Music Gallery's season, the X Avant Festival is a good way to take the temperature (so to speak) of goings-on at the MG. Most notable, of course, is the continuing "departure" from their home base at St. George the Martyr, with the festival marking the start of a temporary stay at 918 Bathurst, a former church with a similar sort of vibe and woody roomfeel.

The loose theme of this year's festival is "Resistance", which includes considering the multiplicities of pathways for musicians and musical communities to inoculate themselves against the poisonous discourse in the public realm, trying to make a truthful reckoning of past malfeasances, and trying to build more resilient and inclusive communities. Mapping those threads through the five nights of programming might reveal more interesting patterns than trying to break things down by genre, a concept that the Music Gallery is increasingly shying away from.

Taking a capsulized look at what's going down at the festival:

  • The opening night is a part of the MG's Departures Series, curated by Burn Down The Capital's Tad Michalak. The night is headlined by Man Forever (a.k.a. Oneida drummer Kid Millions), previously best known for his trance/percussion work, though word is that now includes "more prominent use of vocals, harp, violin, and piano." The local percussion response comes from Germaine Liu, creator of thoughtful exercises, this time consisting of "water-based music with fellow percussionists Mark Zurawinski and Joe Sorbara." The night opens with Luyos MC & Reila's "Kill-Sex-Abuse-Culture" kulintang/chant/synth mashup.
  • Thursday sees the MG collaborate with Revolutions Per Minute for an evening of Indigenous futurism with Elisa Harkins, Laura Ortman, and Vancouver’s Mourning Coup — exploring interfaces of new technology and ancient wisdom.
  • Friday combines Chino Amobi's diasporic bass culture grooves with Intérro's cross-disciplinary performance meditating on the meaning of borders in today's world. (The latter also features Constellation Records-affiliated saxophonist Jason Sharp.)
  • Saturday shifts the action over to the Tranzac's Main Hall for a night curated by LAL and Babely Shades — which is really enough information on its own to make this worth seeing. The night includes sets from YT//ST side project Avrha as well as the harmony flow of bizZarh plus Drawing With Knives' decolonizing shadow puppet show.
  • Sunday sees the festival conclude by asking what musical activism means and has meant, with an exploration of some of composer James Tenney's didactic works performed by a range of ensembles. Can politicized "classical music" save the world? Or does it get stale-dated rather too quickly to become any sort of classic at all?

Both the Tenney event and the LAL/Babely Shades showcase will be preceded by panels, giving additional chances to contextualize the music and consider what musical resistance means in 2017, while Saturday includes a remount of last year's Deep Listening Intensive, giving participants a chance to slow down, feel the presence of the world around them and consider their own heartbeats — essential preconditions to any world-changing activities.

TICKETS + MORE INFO

Tickets start at $10 for students and Music Gallery members (making this, the start of the season, an excellent time to take out or renew your membership!) and you can grab a festival pass for $50, giving you guaranteed entry to all the shows. Find out more at the MG's website or over on facebook.

CONTEST

Thanks to the Music Gallery, I have one Festival Pass to give away, giving the winner entry to all of the festival's ticketed events.

To enter, shoot me an email to mechanicalforestsound@gmail.com, with "contest" in the title and your name in the body. I'll randomly draw a winner on Monday, October 9th at 5 p.m.

[Full disclosure: I am now a member of the Music Gallery's Artistic Advisory Committee, though that has had no bearing on the content of this preview.]

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Recording: jiggy jiggy jiggy

Artist: jiggy jiggy jiggy - [two excerpts]

Songs:

Recorded at The Steady (Track Could Bend #30), September 5, 2017.

jiggy jiggy jiggy - [excerpt 1]

jiggy jiggy jiggy - [excerpt 2]

In between co-ordinating a re-mount of Pauline Oliveros' "To Valerie Solanas..." and becoming artist-in-residence at the beautiful new Scarborough Centre public library, Chris Willes was kind enough to drop in to make some sounds at TCB. One could easily imagine a group composed of him, Thom Gill and Phil Melanson creating some slinky dancefloor grooves that would be fall right into the sensibility their chosen moniker might suggest. For this night, however, they instead got jiggy with some field recordings and gentle synth/guitar/percussion rubbings. Actually, one could quite easily also imagine these three doing precisely that.

[Willes' Quiet Concert series continues at Scarborough Centre Library with performances by Anne Bourne (this Saturday!) and Debashis Sinha (October 14th). Track Could Bend continues tonight (Tuesday, October 3rd) at The Steady, with sets from Nur Michael Keith, New Tendencies & Priya Thomas and iderdown & abigail trotsky.]

Recording: Lash Pandiculations

Artist: Lash Pandiculations

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at The Steady (Track Could Bend #30), September 5, 2017.

Lash Pandiculations - [edited excerpt]

This set took me by surprise — and not only by sending me to the dictionary when I saw the group's name. Having asked vocalist Tova Kardonne to bring something to TCB, I was delighted when she said she was bringing Heather Saumer and Ali Berkok along. But I was not expecting the music and movement she promised would hew so much to the latter, as indeed the first half of the trio's set involved a series of choreographed shifts through the space, with the three meeting in the centre of the room before pulling back into separate corners.

Eventually, those movements would send Saumer to her trombone and Berkok to his accordion, and Kardonne would add vocalisations where, once more, the three would now musically brush against each other and draw back. As such, this audio document only gives you half of what's going on, but it has a stately stretching, yawning drift to it that catches the gist of the whole affair.

[Track Could Bend continues tonight (Tuesday, October 3rd) at The Steady, with sets from Nur Michael Keith, New Tendencies & Priya Thomas and iderdown & abigail trotsky.]