Monday, June 12, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #204

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:

TONE Festival (feat. Tatsuya Nakatani [solo] / Tatsuya Nakatani/Mika Posen/Danielle Fernandes / Brodie West & Joe Sorbara) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-06-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Music Gallery Departures Series: TONE Festival (feat. DKV [Ken Vandermark/Hamid Drake/Kent Kessler] / Icepick [Nate Wooley/Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten/Chris Corsano] / Invisible Out [Xuan Ye/Jason Doell]) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-06-15 (Thursday) [FB event]

A once-over of the local "jazz" festival might give one the impression that its programmers aren't particularly interested in new/bold/creative sounds. Fortunately, there are some folks in town with great ears and irrepressible organizational talents willing to take up the slack. Hence this new venture, bringing together eight shows over the rest of the month. This opening one-two punch, like all of the festival's shows, brings together some phenomenal visiting talent with the cream of the local scenes.

Tatsuya Nakatani is not only a master percussionist, he's also a master of the space between sounds. He'll be playing alone and in a trio, with a much-anticipated duo set from Brodie West & Joe Sorbara opening things up. Thursday sees the first of the festival's tentpole shows, presented in association with the Music Gallery's offsite Departures series, featuring two jaw-dropping trios as well as a duo between two MFS faves. Not to be missed! And this is just the beginning!

[Oh, you want to see a show at the TONE festival for free? Drift along down to the Contest Corner below!]

This week's noteworthy shows:

Aldous Harding (Jennifer Castle / LUKA / Catholic Wilt) / Velvet Underground 2017-06-12 (Monday) [FB event]

Ornate Ornette (feat. Andrew Kay / Mark Zurawinski / Phil Albert) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-06-13 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

B.A. Johnston / Tilt 2017-06-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Livestalk and the Bodies (YlangYlang / Sea Beau / Joyful Joyful) / Array Space 2017-06-14 (Wednesday – dry show! all ages!) [FB event]

Planet Creature (Jiji Lives / Bald Britney / Tange / WEARENOTWHOWEARE) / Smiling Buddha 2017-06-14 (Wednesday – all ages!) [FB event]

The AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Stuart Clark / Upper Regions) / Handlebar 2017-06-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Hooded Fang [record release!] (Yamantaka//Sonic Titan / Hex) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2017-06-15 (Thursday) [FB event]

Germaphobes (Leather Jacuzzi / Zones / Feel Alright) / Euro Sports Bar 2017-06-15 (Thursday) [FB event]

Decreation (feat. The Silt) / Ratio 2017-06-15 (Thursday) [FB event]

Mystic Horde presents: The Dark Lady – a bakkhanalian coven (feat. performances by Annie Tuma/Joey Eddy/Chanakya Mukherjee/Mira Pinkus/Zachary Murphy/Graham Conway/Justin de Luna / sounds by Craig Renaud [Bit Reduction] / Connor Cook [Chonus/o.blisss] / Vessel / SOPHIE / Donna Lewis / Holy Other / M¥rrH Ka Ba / Tanya Tagaq / SKY H1 / Ricky Eat Acid) / venues TBA 2017-06-15–2017-06-18 (Friday–Sunday) [FB event]

Luminato Festival (feat. Veda Hille) / Spiegeltent @ David Pecaut Square 2017-06-16 (Friday – free!) [more info]

Tone Deaf Culture Presents: Toronto Noise #8 (feat. Goth Girl x Rob Michalchuk [tape release!] / Staph) / The Dupe Shop 2017-06-17 (Saturday – PWYC! all ages!) [FB event]

Luminato Festival (feat. LAL) / Spiegeltent @ David Pecaut Square 2017-06-17 (Saturday) [FB event]

Buzz Records presents (feat. Tweens / Kurt Marble / Camp Girls) / Smiling Buddha 2017-06-17 (Saturday – all ages!) cancelled!

Crate Diggers Record Fair After Party (feat. Nap Eyes / Dave Monks / Fake Palms) / Adelaide Hall 2017-06-17 (Saturday – free!) [FB event]

Ah Mer Ah Su (Ice Cream / November) / Tough Guy Mountain 2017-06-17 (Saturday) [FB event]

Omhouse (Merival) / somewhere near Roncesvalles 2017-06-17 (Saturday – backyard show!) [FB event]

Ballads and Old Songs by the Water (feat. Martha / Kith & Kin and friends) / Church of St. Andrew by-the-lake 2017-06-18 (Sunday – afternoon show!) [FB event]

Two Ninety Two [Diane Roblin/Rob Clutton/Mark Zurawinski] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-06-18 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. The Starfires) / The Emmet Ray 2017-06-18 (Sunday – PWYC!)

A Quiet Night (feat. New Tendencies / Heraclitus Akimbo / Bachelard) / Handlebar 2017-06-18 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Nick Fraser/Tony Malaby/Kris Davis / The Rex Hotel 2017-06-18–2017-06-19 (Sunday & Monday) [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!

TCML Presents: The Sounds of Silence ["the composers and singers are students at the University of Toronto, the poets are all members of underrepresented and often repressed communities in the Greater Toronto Area."] (feat. music + texts by Kevin Mulligan/Gwen Benaway / Evan Hammell/Heather Clear Wind Blows Over the Moon) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-06-21 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Toronto Pride: Transformation (feat. Revolutions Per Minute / Sevdaliza / Lido Pimienta / Phèdre x HATAW / Shawnee / Ziibiwan) / Yonge-Dundas Square 2017-06-22 (Thursday – free! all-ages + inclusive! outdoor event!) [more info]

Faster / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-06-23 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Toronto Pride: Alternaqueer (feat. Persons / Partner / LAL / Unbuttoned) / Village Stage 2017-06-23 (Friday – free! all-ages + inclusive! outdoor event!) [more info]

Toronto Creative Music Lab [new works by TCML participants] / 918 Bathurst 2017-06-24 (Saturday) [FB event]

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-06-30 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Cindy Lee (Crack Cloud / Plasmalab / Blue Odeur) / Smiling Buddha 2017-06-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Vallens (Bad Channels [EP Release!] / Trails) / The Baby G 2017-07-01 (Saturday) [FB event]

Hataw x Han Han x DATU / Harbourfront Centre – Concert Stage 2017-07-01 (Saturday – free! all ages! outdoors!) [more info]

Nite Comfort 46 (feat. N A V I / ~peace : will austin) / Handlebar 2017-07-02 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Absolutely Free (Castle If) / The Brandscape 2017-07-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 63 (feat. The Cosmic Range / LAL / Saxsyndrum) / Prairie Drive Park 2017-07-08 (Saturday – free! all ages + family friendly! free meal! outside + wonderful!) [FB event]

TUNS / Harbourfront Centre – Concert Stage 2017-07-15 (Saturday – free! all ages! outdoors!) [more info]

Re-TROS (Mimico) / The Baby G 2017-07-18 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Tirgan Festival: Inner Journey – Sufi Music and Dance (feat. Regards Persan) / Harbourfront Centre – Concert Stage 2017-07-27 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nhapitapi / Island Cafe 2017-08-25 (Friday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Jerusalem In My Heart (Scattered Clouds) / The Baby G 2017-09-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Contest corner:

Thanks to the folks at the TONE Festival, I have a pair of tickets to give away to any TONE show at The Tranzac. That means one of these:

  • Wednesday, June 14th with Tatsuya Nakatani [solo] / Tatsuya Nakatani with Mika Posen & Danielle Fernandes / Brodie West & Joe Sorbara
  • Thursday, June 22nd with Joe Morris/Daniel Pencer/Nicole Rampersaud
  • Thursday, June 29th with Ted Reichman [solo] / Anne Bourne & Matt Rogalsky

To enter, shoot me an email to, with "contest" in the title and your name in the body as well as which show you want to go to. I'll randomly draw a winner on Wednesday, June 14th at noon.

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