Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Recording: Furlong/Ng/Pencer/Zurawinski

Artist: Andrew Furlong/Karen Ng/Daniel Pencer/Mark Zurawinski

Songs: O.C. [composer: Daniel Pencer] + unknown* [composer: Andrew Furlong]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), September 26, 2019.

Andrew Furlong/Karen Ng/Daniel Pencer/Mark Zurawinski - O.C.

Andrew Furlong/Karen Ng/Daniel Pencer/Mark Zurawinski - unknown

Declaring this to "hopefully" be a new band, this evening at The Tranzac saw Karen Ng and Daniel Pencer on reeds joining rhythm section Andrew Furlong and Mark Zurawinski. The members brought some pieces to try out, giving space for dialogues between the players — Furlong's piece presented here, for example, starts with a duet between Pencer and Zurawinski and closes with the two saxes in conversation — and often ending with joyful laughter.

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

Monday, November 18, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #328

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:

Riparian Acoustics/CMC Presents (feat. Chik White / Gayle Young) / Canadian Music Centre 2019-11-21 (Thursday) [FB event]

Last year's concert series at the Canadian Music Centre, curated by Nick Storring in his Riparian Acoustics promotional alter ego, was such a success that they brought him back for more, and this new season begins with this very fascinating concert. Mixing two outside-the-box sonic thinkers and social connectors, this night brings together East Coast experimental jaw-harp virtuoso Darcy Spidle and instrument inventor/nature sounds re-imaginer Gayle Young. Do note that Spidle will also be giving a free talk about his artistic practice at the CMC on Wednesday afternoon.


This week's noteworthy shows:

LUKA (Tamara Lindeman) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-11-18 (Monday)

The Lady and the Tramp [Jim Lewis/Christine Duncan/Tom Fleming/Alex Fournier] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Brodie West Quintet [Tuesdays in November residency!] / The Rex 2019-11-19 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

PONY (Sad Baxter / Sundae / Laurie) / The Baby G 2019-11-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Novalima (Pisco / Mas Aya) / Lula Lounge 2019-11-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Music Hosted by Karen Ng (feat. Ryan Brouwer/Ben Dwyer/Karen Ng / Felicity Williams and Friends [Felicity Williams/Robin Dann/Dan Fortin/Yunjin Claire Lee/Daniel Pencer]) / / Wenona Lodge 2019-11-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Dr. Purgatory [David Riddel/Andrew Furlong/Colleen Allen/Cass Beau/Andrew Scott/Laura Swankey] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Octopus Presents (feat. Daniel Pencer/Patrick O'Reilly/Mark Zurawinski / Gabrielle Charron-Merritt/Cory Harper-Latkovich/Germaine Liu/Andrew Zukerman) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-20 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Kind Mind [Karen Ng/Michael Davidson/Josh Cole with Sandro Perri] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Corridor (Absolutely Free) / The Garrison 2019-11-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet (Nick Flanagan) / Monarch Tavern 2019-11-21 (Thursday – two sets!) [FB event]

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet (The Layrite Boys) / Monarch Tavern 2019-11-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Long Winter 8.1 (feat. R. Flex / Pretty Matty / Raf Reza / ZOE / Leucrocuta / Roach / Scorpio Rising / Quezal / Annacetaminophen / Relly / Aaron Dolman / Mingjia) / The Tranzac 2019-11-22 (Friday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Bill Gilliam/Bill McBirnie/Eugene Martynec (Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie) / Gallery 345 2019-11-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet (TV Freaks) / Monarch Tavern 2019-11-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Rapport (Bueller / Pax / Twist) / The Baby G 2019-11-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Toronto Sound Festival (feat. Hainbach / Korea Town Acid / ORO Records showcase with MAKS/Nailbiter/Good + BUTR) / Beverley Halls [a.k.a. SPK Polish Combatants Hall] 2019-11-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Silent Shout (feat. Chevalier Avant Garde / Scott Hardware / SlowPitchSound) / Handlebar 2019-11-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Silent Revue [Varieté, 1925, dir. E.A. Dupont with live accompaniment] (feat. Tania Gill) / Revue Cinema 2019-11-24 (Sunday – afternoon screening @ 4 p.m.!) [FB event]

Team Building (feat. Nick Dourado / Abigail Lapell / David Nardi / Hiroki Tanaka / Britt Elise /Louie Short) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-11-24 (Sunday – early show @ 6 p.m.!) [FB event]

Emergents I (feat. Sarah Albu & Mári Mákó / Anoush Moazzeni) / The Music Gallery 2019-11-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Toronto Improvisors Orchestra Celebrates Casey Sokol / Array Space 2019-11-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Gladys Lazer [EP release!] (Deadbeat Beat / Motorists) / Handlebar 2019-11-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Laura Swankey/David Riddel/Devin Patten/Nick Donovan / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-24 (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!

Furniture Music: Solos Night (feat. Kayla Milmine / Tom Fleming / Alex Fournier / Ashley Urquhart) / Wenona Lodge 2019-11-26 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Holger Schoorl / house concert 2019-11-29 (Friday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 74 (feat. C.R. Gillespie / Colin Fisher) / Handlebar 2019-12-01 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #57 (feat. Daniel Pencer / No Angels Dancing / Patrick O'Reilly) / Wenona Lodge 2019-12-03 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

SynapticCircusSundays (feat. Mira Martin-Gray and Kieran Maraj / Craig Dunsmuir's Dun-Dun Band) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-12-08 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Winter Dance Party (feat. Beams / Suitcase Sam / Tequila Jay & Los Diablos) / Monarch Tavern 2019-12-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Audiopollination 78 (feat. Mira Martin-Gray/Brian Abbott/Alex Whyte / Heraclitus Akimbo/Rory Hoy/Lapis Lion / Neil Wiernik/Matt Nish-Lapidus/Heidi Chan / Coin Operated Duo) / Array Space 2019-12-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Art of the Piano: Dreams and Reveries (feat. Marilyn Lerner) / Gallery 345 2019-12-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Solstice Show (feat. Clara Engel) / Hirut Café 2019-12-22 (Sunday) [FB event]

New Year's Eve Bash (feat. catl. / All Seeing Eyes) / The Dakota Tavern 2019-12-31 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Innermost Songs [new works by Emilie LeBel, Daniel Brandes, Kotoka Suzuki, Patrick Giguère, James O'Callaghan, Monica Pearce, Anna Hostman] (feat. Cheryl Duvall) / Canadian Music Centre 2019-01-16 (Thursday) [FB event]

Matthew "Doc" Dunn (Lavender Bruisers / Mr. Joy) / The Baby G 2020-01-16 (Thursday) [FB event]

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Recording: The Search For Eternal Happiness Pt. 7

Artist: The Search For Eternal Happiness Pt. 7

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Music By Harry and Furlong Season 2 Spectacular!), September 25, 2019.

The Search For Eternal Happiness Pt. 7 - [excerpt]

This self-declared spectacle — which came complete with celebratory cupcakes — was an anniversary party for Andrew Furlong and Harry Vetro's Tranzac residency. As usual, each of them put together an ensemble to play a set. Vetro's shifting ensembles are regularly dubbed a part of his "Search For Eternal Happiness", and this large group brought together most of the players who came together at the series' first outing. This part of the search was less "composed" than some, but there was still the strong shared sense of a game plan, with the crew managing to hold onto a reasonably-layered structure and not just pile sounds on top of other sounds, raising up to a swell worthy of a birthday party.

The full ensemble was:

  • Harrison Argatoff (sax)
  • Madeleine Ertel (trumpet)
  • Ben Frost (flugelhorn)
  • Kaelin Murphy (bass trumpet)
  • Patrick Smith (sax)
  • Meghan Gilhespy (vocals)
  • Nick Donovan (drums)
  • Patrick O'Reilly (guit)
  • Harry Bartlett (guit)
  • Caleb Klager (double bass)
  • Harrison Vetro (drums)

[Music By Harry and Furlong will continue at The Tranzac on Wednesday, November 27th, with sets from Harry Vetro's Drum Trio (Harry Vetro, Nick Donovan, and Miles Fuller) as well as a duo of Andrew Furlong and Kurt Newman.]

Recording: Furlong/Milmine/Newman

Artist: Andrew Furlong/Kayla Milmine/Kurt Newman

Songs: [three excerpts from first piece]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Music By Harry and Furlong Season 2 Spectacular!), September 25, 2019.

Andrew Furlong/Kayla Milmine/Kurt Newman - [excerpt #1 from first piece]

Andrew Furlong/Kayla Milmine/Kurt Newman - [excerpt #2 from first piece]

Andrew Furlong/Kayla Milmine/Kurt Newman - [excerpt #3 from first piece]

This self-declared spectacle — which came complete with celebratory cupcakes — was an anniversary party for Andrew Furlong and Harry Vetro's Tranzac residency. As usual, each of them put together an ensemble to play a set. Leading off the evening, bassist Andrew Furlong was joined by Kayla Milmine on soprano sax and Kurt Newman on guitar. There were some quiet and considered zones here as well as some stranger sounds with sax-generated ducksquawks and guitar-generated syntax errors creeping in.

[Music By Harry and Furlong will continue at The Tranzac on Wednesday, November 27th, with sets from Harry Vetro's Drum Trio (Harry Vetro, Nick Donovan, and Miles Fuller) as well as a duo of Andrew Furlong and Kurt Newman.]

Monday, November 11, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #327

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.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Harrison Argatoff's Valley Voice [Harrison Argatoff/Michael Davidson/Dan Fortin/Ian Wright] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-11 (Monday – early! PWYC!) [FB event]

David Occhipinti Quartet [David Occhipinti/Michael Davidson/Dan Fortin/Terry Clarke] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-11 (Monday) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Ami Dang / Kat Estacio / Memory Pearl) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-11-11 (Monday) [FB event]

Brodie West Quintet [Tuesdays in November residency!] / The Rex 2019-11-12 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Ornate Presents (feat. Danielle Fernandes/Naomi McCarroll-Butler/Joe Sorbara/Alex Fournier) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-12 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Jazz and Otherwise Improvised Musics (feat. Coin Operated Duo [Ryan Kinney/Michael Lynn] [tape release!] / Future Proof [Bea Labikova/Raphael Roter/Yunjin Claire Lee]) / Wenona Lodge 2019-11-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Robert Forster / The Drake Hotel 2019-11-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Most Popular Mic Touching Sounds (formerly Cramzac) presents (feat. Rob & Job Scalsué [Simone Schmidt & Jeremy Costello] / Beet Tahini [Alex Lukashevsky/Evan Cartwright/Zach Bines/Edwin Sheard/Felicity Williams) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-12 (Tuesday)

Kasemets @100 (feat. New Music Concerts & Ensemble U) / Walter Hall 2019-11-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Ways + Ashley Urquhart with Evan Cartwright / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-13 (Wednesday – early)

THE AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Bonecreak Ulysses / The Body In Question + Stuart Clark) / Handlebar 2019-11-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Madeleine Ertel/Reknee Harrett/Naomi McCarroll-Butler / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Dan Pitt/Andrew Downing / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-15 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Lake Affect [Ashley Urquhart/Alex Fournier/Stefan Hegerat] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-16 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

Tomasz Krakowiak & Brian Abbott / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Jazz United Jam / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-11-17 (Sunday)

Diane Roblin/Colin Fisher/Jeff Luciani / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-17 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Shotgun Jimmie (José Contreras) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2019-11-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

Dan Pitt Trio [Dan Pitt/Alex Fournier/Stefan Hegerat] / The Rex 2019-11-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. François Houle/James Meger/Joe Sorbara) / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

History Series: Celebrating Casey Sokol ["part improvised soiree/part interview with nibbles and drinks to set the tone"] / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2019-11-17 (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!

The Lady and the Tramp [Jim Lewis/Christine Duncan/Tom Fleming/Alex Fournier] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-18 (Monday) [FB event]

PONY (Sad Baxter / Sundae / Laurie) / The Baby G 2019-11-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Riparian Acoustics/CMC Presents (feat. Chik White / Gayle Young) / Canadian Music Centre 2019-11-21 (Thursday) [FB event]

Long Winter 8.1 (feat. R. Flex / Pretty Matty / Raf Reza / ZOE / Leucrocuta / Roach / Scorpio Rising / Quezal / Annacetaminophen / Relly / Aaron Dolman / Mingjia) / The Tranzac 2019-11-22 (Friday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Team Building (feat. Nick Dourado / Abigail Lapell / David Nardi / Hiroki Tanaka / Britt Elise /Louie Short) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-11-24 (Sunday – early show @ 6 p.m.!) [FB event]

Gladys Lazer [EP release!] (Deadbeat Beat / Motorists) / Handlebar 2019-11-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Laura Swankey/David Riddel/Devin Patten/Nick Donovan / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Cares [Control Isn't Real album release!] (Escote / Tendencyitis) / 245 Lansdowne 2019-11-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nomad [Mike Bjella/Ted Crosby/Jake Wiens/Ben Dwyer/Kai Basanta] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Christine Bougie/Dafydd Hughes/Julia Hambleton/Andrew Downing [playing Pet Sounds in its entirety, instrumentally] / The Gladstone Hotel 2019-11-29 (Friday – early show! no cover charge!) [FB event]

FAWN Chamber Creative: Convergence Theory (feat. Doom Tickler / James O'Callaghan / Rose Bolton) / Victory Social Club 2019-11-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

Laura Swankey/David Riddel/Devin Patten/Nick Donovan / The Emmet Ray 2019-12-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

Memories of Time (feat. Ghostlight / Dark Bird) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-12-04 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Tang [release show!] (Steven Lambke / Holiday Pictures) / Handlebar 2019-12-05 (Thursday) [FB event]

Not the Wind, Not the Flag (Ryan A. Miller / Christine Duncan) / The Beguiling 2019-12-06 (Friday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Epic Holiday Party [Harbour solo album release featuring works of Anna Hostman] (feat. Cheryl Duvall) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2019-12-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Paul Linklater and friends / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-12-15 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Pop. 1280 (WHIMM) / Monarch Tavern 2019-12-15 (Sunday) [FB event]

Class Of 2020 (feat. Burner / WLMRT / Luge / Dish Pit / Piper Maru) / Monarch Tavern 2020-01-04 (Saturday) [FB event]

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Recording: The Side Eye

Artist: The Side Eye

Songs: [two excerpts]

Recorded at Array Space, September 20, 2019.

The Side Eye - [excerpt 1]

The Side Eye - [excerpt 2]

Celebrating a CD on the esteemed (and recently-defunct) Arachnidiscs label, this trio shared some clattering improvisations. Featuring Kayla Milmine on soprano sax and Mike Lynn on double bass, the piece of grit in the oyster here is percussionist MJ Wright, equally at home behind the kit as seated on the floor surrounded by an array of contact-mic'd percussive bricabrac, providing tinfoil rustles and little curls of feedback to frame the other instruments.

Recording: Liz Lima

Artist: Liz Lima

Song: Lyrebird Motel [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space, September 20, 2019.

Liz Lima - Lyrebird Motel [excerpt]

The superb Australian bird namechecked in this piece might not be as familiar to North Americans, but its noted skill in mimicry inspired Liz Lima to craft this electroacoustic composition with structured improvised elements for clarinet, voice, tapes and drones, here making its local debut.

Recording: Mira Martin-Gray

Artist: Mira Martin-Gray

Song: [last section]

Recorded at Array Space, September 20, 2019.

Mira Martin-Gray - [last section]

After a hard day's work enslaving humanity, the foot soldiers in the robot army need to go out and dance, and this rhythmic outing from Martin-Gray sounded like just the thing. Featuring a disciplined wrangling from her no-input mixer feedback rig, there was a steady stomp to most of the segments in this set, blurring the boundaries of "noise" and "dance" musics.

You can check out a video of this full set, with ace live-processed visuals by Kelley Mitchell:

Recording: Stargoon

Artist: Stargoon

Song: Part 4

Recorded at Array Space, September 20, 2019.

Stargoon - Part 4

With The Side Eye celebrating a new Arachnidiscs album, they reached out to some labelmates in putting together a release show. Easy enough then to get Stargoon on board, seeing saxophonist Kayla Milmine is a member of both units. This Stargoon outing had a few less squawks with feedbackist Matthew Fava taking the night off, so your dogged documenter attempted to add some wrinkly textures in processing the sax sounds and deploying a drum synth pedal. As always, it's the rhythm section of Luca Capone and Jakob Rehlinger that really keep things simmering.

You can check out/download this full set over at Stargoon's bandcamp:

Images montaged from a video shot by Fahmid Nibesh.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Recording: NAIL

Artist: NAIL

Songs: [two selections]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Josh Cole Presents), September 18, 2019.

NAIL - [excerpt from first piece]

NAIL - [fourth piece]

This project is a cross-Atlantic union between a pair of pre-exisiting pairings, with Canada's Duo Mercury (Nicolas Caloia and Lori Freedman) joining the Dutch Duo Baars Henneman (Ab Baars and Ig Henneman). Winds from Baars (shakuhachi, clarinet) and Freedman (clarinet, bass clarinet) were grounded by Caloia's double bass and Henneman's viola in a shifting series of encounters, moving from squawk-squeal yelpbursts to low-end mutters.

Recording: Kind Mind

Artist: Kind Mind

Songs: [two selections]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Josh Cole Presents), September 18, 2019.

Kind Mind - [excerpt from first piece]

Kind Mind - [second piece]

This short set from Josh Cole (double bass), Karen Ng (alto sax), and Michael Davidson (vibes) saw them opening for visiting musicians NAIL, so it was a bit of a stripped-back affair. Not working from their book of compositions this time, their pieces still had a strong sense of cohesion, especially the latter selection here, which sounds like a ballad-y standard you can't quite remember the title of, the nostalgia gleefully undermined by Davidson jabbing the stick-ends of his mallets into his instrument's spinning fans.

[Kind Mind will be back at The Tranzac on Wednesday, November 20th.]

Friday, November 8, 2019

Recording: 3M

Artist: 3M

Songs: [duo and trio excerpts]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), September 18, 2019.

Mira Martin-Gray & Mark Zurawinski - [excerpt]

Mira Martin-Gray & Michael Lynn - [excerpt]

Mark Zurawinski & Michael Lynn - [excerpt]

3M - [excerpt from first piece]

3M - [excerpt from second piece]

Although the members of this group (consisting of Michael Lynn on double bass, Mira Martin-Gray on no-input mixer and Mark Zurawinski on percussion) have all performed together before in various capacities, they formally launched their trio with a recording session of duo encounters. Their tape features explorations between Martin-Gray and Zurawinski on one side and Martin-Gray and Lynn on the flip, so this release celebration began by replicating those scenarios. From there, it moved to include the third point of duo triangulation (between Zurawinski and Lynn) before featuring the whole trio together.

The overall effect, both in twos and threes, is a sort of quiet noise, more interested in the tactility of possibly-abrasive textures than in deploying them at aggressive volumes. The three instruments also work to slip into each other's zones, with the body of the bass providing percussion, the surfaces of the drums creating scratchy, bumping hums and the no-input mixer pivoting from reconstituted bow-drones to snare-splatters.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Recording: Liu/Martin-Gray/Ng

Artist: Germaine Liu/Mira Martin-Gray/Karen Ng

Songs: [first piece, in three parts]

Recorded at Wenona Lodge (Music Hosted by Karen Ng), September 17, 2019.

Germaine Liu/Mira Martin-Gray/Karen Ng - [first piece, part 1]

Germaine Liu/Mira Martin-Gray/Karen Ng - [first piece, part 2]

Germaine Liu/Mira Martin-Gray/Karen Ng - [first piece, part 3]

An enticing mix in this set, with Karen Ng (on alto) joined by Germaine Liu (percussion) and Mira Martin-Gray (no-input mixer). The latter fit into the soundfield in several interesting ways, adding a substratum of rumbles as well as punching through the high end with occasional squeals. After wrapping things up working behind the scenes at the Guelph Jazz Festival, Ng was clearly in the mood to play and things hit the ground running at the outset here, a punkrock gallop where Liu's occasional sing-shouting fit right in — but equally intriguing is the extended coda that shifts to quieter textures. A delightful surprise, this trio absolutely needs to be called back into existence for further explorations — there were enough cool sounds that this is worth excerpting for a longer-than-usual sample.

[Karen Ng will be at The Tranzac on Sunday night (November 10th) in a trio with Ted Crosby and Daniel Pencer. You can expect Karen Ng to be presenting more music at Wenona on Tuesday, November 19th.]

Recording: Trevor Turple

Artist: Trevor Turple

Song: [first piece, edited excerpt]

Recorded at Wenona Lodge (Music Hosted by Karen Ng), September 17, 2019.

Trevor Turple - [first piece, edited excerpt]

When I had previously seen Trevor Turple playing solo guitar, it involved bird samples and Chenaux-esque bends; this set, on the other hand, just used an acoustic guitar and an OCD pedal — "Devil guitar", in Turple's words. At first riding out small feedback swells before exploring more delicately-picked terrain, Turple headed down some dusty backroads as his unclipped string-ends quivered from their pegs like inquisitive insect antennae.

[You can expect Karen Ng to be presenting more music at Wenona on Tuesday, November 19th.]

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Recording: Zurawinski/Lynn/Gunduz/Liu

Artist: Mark Zurawinski/Michael Lynn/Esin Gunduz/Germaine Liu

Song: [second piece]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination 75), September 14, 2019.

Mark Zurawinski/Michael Lynn/Esin Gunduz/Germaine Liu - [second piece]

It is sometimes quite astounding how well Audiopollination's "self-curated" nights can work, creating beautiful sounds that cohere not just within a set, but over the course of a whole night. This closing set came together at the last minute but still managed to wrap up the evening on a satisfactory note. Mark Zurawinski and Michael Lynn were often in a similar zone, bowing, thumping and scraping their instruments in equal proportions while perhaps the most noteworthy element here is a rare public outing from Germaine Liu on piano.

You can watch video documentation of this set over at Audiopollination's youtube page:

[Audiopollination will be back at Array Space on Saturday (November 9th) for another self-curated night featuring Paul Newman & Ashley Urquhart, Twin Mask/Jeff Luciani/Rebecca Gray, Bob Vespaziani/Arnd Jurgensen/Elizabeth Lima, and MKL32 & Lidija Bozica.]

Recording: Bailey/Kinney/Fernandes

Artist: James Bailey/Ryan Kinney/Danielle Fernandes

Song: [second piece]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination 75), September 14, 2019.

James Bailey/Ryan Kinney/Danielle Fernandes - [second piece]

It is sometimes quite astounding how well Audiopollination's "self-curated" nights can work, creating beautiful sounds that cohere not just within a set, but over the course of a whole night. James Bailey's found sound percussion may be the most surprising and delighting endeavour amongst his several musical pathways. Broken cymbals and rototom frames spinning on overturned pizza trays created a backdrop for Ryan Kinney's acoustic guitar deconstructions, often percussive in their own right, and gave a context for Danielle Fernandes' sax manipulations.

You can watch video documentation of this set over at Audiopollination's youtube page:

[Audiopollination will be back at Array Space on Saturday (November 9th) for another self-curated night featuring Paul Newman & Ashley Urquhart, Twin Mask/Jeff Luciani/Rebecca Gray, Bob Vespaziani/Arnd Jurgensen/Elizabeth Lima, and MKL32 & Lidija Bozica.]

Recording: Whittaker/Gunduz/Palumbo

Artist: Curtis Whittaker/Esin Gunduz/Michael Palumbo

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination 75), September 14, 2019.

Curtis Whittaker/Esin Gunduz/Michael Palumbo - [edited excerpt]

It is sometimes quite astounding how well Audiopollination's "self-curated" nights can work, creating beautiful sounds that cohere not just within a set, but over the course of a whole night. Esin Gunduz's vocalisations danced around Curtis Whittaker's percussion in this set, while Michael Palumbo (exhibiting his prize-winning gourd) added background textures from his modular synth, some triggered by Whittaker's kickdrum.

You can watch video documentation of this set over at Audiopollination's youtube page:

[Audiopollination will be back at Array Space on Saturday (November 9th) for another self-curated night featuring Paul Newman & Ashley Urquhart, Twin Mask/Jeff Luciani/Rebecca Gray, Bob Vespaziani/Arnd Jurgensen/Elizabeth Lima, and MKL32 & Lidija Bozica.]

Recording: Campbell/Wright/Corbett

Artist: Rod Campbell/MJ Wright/Aaron Corbett

Song: [first piece]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination 75), September 14, 2019.

Rod Campbell/MJ Wright/Aaron Corbett - [first piece]

It is sometimes quite astounding how well Audiopollination's "self-curated" nights can work, creating beautiful sounds that cohere not just within a set, but over the course of a whole night. This opening combination of Rod Campbell's trumpet, MJ Wright's junkshop percussion and Aaron Corbett's modular synths were nicely simpatico right from the start, breaths and blips moving from burbling textures to excited crescendos.

You can watch video documentation of this set over at Audiopollination's youtube page:

[Audiopollination will be back at Array Space on Saturday (November 9th) for another self-curated night featuring Paul Newman & Ashley Urquhart, Twin Mask/Jeff Luciani/Rebecca Gray, Bob Vespaziani/Arnd Jurgensen/Elizabeth Lima, and MKL32 & Lidija Bozica.]

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Recording: Dany Laj And The Looks

Artist: Dany Laj And The Looks

Songs: Annie + Small Town Miner

Recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern, September 6, 2019.

Dany Laj And The Looks - Annie

Dany Laj And The Looks - Small Town Miner

Celebrating their ace new platter Everything New is New Again, Dany Laj and Jeanette Dowling enlisted some local friends to present a special expanded lineup of their group. With Mike Duffield filling the rotating drummer's seat for a couple legs of this tour, it made sense to pull in his Beams partner Anna Mernieks to add some extra guitar, as well as her Ace of Wands bandmate Lee Rose on violin and keybs. That served to beef up the Rockpile/Rumour vibes in this set, giving Laj a fuller, more soulful palette for his articulate working class anthems (Laj's Kirkland Lake upbringing is directly referenced in the set-closing "Small Town Miner"). Filled with amiable swagger, the band blasted through a series of older tunes before presenting the new tracks with power-pop precision. Joyful and self-affirming, the whole thing was delivered with the sly grin of a road-warrior crew revelling in their craft.

Recording: catl.

Artist: catl.

Songs: Baby, You All Wrong + Thunderbird ESQ [The Gories cover]

Recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern, September 6, 2019.

catl. - Baby, You All Wrong

catl. - Thunderbird ESQ

Not getting to as many rock shows as I used to, it'd been far too long since I had caught a set from the almighty catl., so it was a joy to see Jamie Fleming and Sarah Kirkpatrick digging their gold teeth into some scuzzy blues rave-ups. In the Horseshoe's PA there was plenty low-end thump adding to the get-dancing imperative, and in a shorter non-headliner set the pair have an embarrassment of riches to sift through. That meant that there were some selections from last year's Bide My Time Until I Die but also plenty of digging further back.

[catl. will be opening things up for The Schizophonics with at the Baby G on Thursday night (November 7th).]

Recording: First Base

Artist: First Base

Song: Sandra + I Hate You [Edge of Etiquette cover]

Recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern, September 6, 2019.

First Base - Sandra + I Hate You

No surprise to see headliner Dany Laj right up in front of the stage for this opening set — he'd later call 'em "Toronto's best power pop band". At their best, the quartet leavened Buddy Holly-ish songcraft with punk momentum, and there were some tasty nuggets scattered throughout the set. They closed with a rousing ramble through "I Hate You", a tune familiar to anyone who's seen Star Trek IV and probably up there with the Queen Haters in the annals of fake punk songs.

Recording: Secret Wars

Artist: Secret Wars

Song: Four Humours

Recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern, September 6, 2019.

Secret Wars - Four Humours

Plenty veteran savvy and discipline in this quartet — no surprise given that three-quarters of this band were playing together in Parts Unknown back in the '90's. With wired-up tension ready to snap and Derek Westerholm's boy-with-the-perpetual-nervousness frontman tics you could pick your postpunk signifiers (I get a bit of Mission of Burma buzz from this one, for example) and know that the band has come by 'em honestly. There's heaps of local underground rock history represented in this group, and they wear it extremely well.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #326

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:

SynapticCircusSundays (feat. Bea Labikova/Wes Neal/Nilan Perera/Rick Sacks / Dame Cook/William Davison) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-10 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Ted Crosby/Karen Ng/Daniel Pencer / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. Allison Cameron/Dan Friedman/Germaine Liu / D. Alex Meeks/Nichol S. Robertson) / Array Space 2019-11-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Second Sundays of the month have been crowded lately for creative music, with two excellent series in overlapping timeslots. Somewhere There's monthly at Array is pretty stacked this time 'round, as is the Nilan Perera-curated SynapticCircus. There's no wrong decisions here – though there's also a tasty bonus in the Tranzac's late slot with a tasty Ted Crosby/Karen Ng/Daniel Pencer trio.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Merabula [Laura Swankey/Brad Eaton/Alex Lakusta/Robin Claxton] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-04 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Composer's Club (feat. Brian Abbott/Paul Newman/Mandi Kujawa) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-05 (Tuesday – extra-early set @ 5 p.m.!)

Brodie West Quintet [Tuesdays in November residency!] / The Rex 2019-11-05 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #56 (feat. Sonja / Naomi McCarroll-Butler / Andrew Furlong/Bea Labikova/Chris Pruden/Joe Sorbara) / Wenona Lodge 2019-11-05 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Diane Roblin [Life Force CD launch!]) / Hugh's Room 2019-11-05 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Picastro (Jason Anderson) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-11-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Grandma's Secret Spices 4 (feat. Aaron Corbett / 3N3RGY / Sonja) / Handlebar 2019-11-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Del Stephen & The Concrete Canvas Group (Small Orbit / P) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-11-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Cosmic Country for Communists (feat. Nashville Minimalism Unit / Nick Flanagan [comedy] / Cassie Cao [comedy]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Triples [Big Time album release show!] (James Wyatt Crosby) / Owl's Club 2019-11-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Mimico [LP release!] (Vallens / Bart) / Monarch Tavern 2019-11-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

The Schizophonics (catl.) / The Baby G 2019-11-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Scorpio Season (feat. Thom Gill + band [singing the songs of Townes Van Zandt] / Quartz Ibex [Mira Martin-Gray/Kurt Newman] / Kurt Newman Jazz Trio [Kurt Newman/Andrew Furlong/Blake Howard]) / Array Space 2019-11-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

In Between Sounds #103 (feat. Lorde Awesome) / The Only Café 2019-11-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Clara Engel (Piers Oolvai) / Antikka 2019-11-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Lisa Prank (The Effens / Feels Fine / Dumb Stupid Liars) / The Rec Room 2019-11-08 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival (feat. Jellastica / Light Industry + Jon Brooks) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Bloodshot Bill (The Surfrajettes / Human Magic / Jack The Lads) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2019-11-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society presents (feat. Okavango African Orchestra) / Aga Khan Museum 2019-11-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Owen Pallett (Carmen Elle) / Longboat Hall 2019-11-09 (Saturday) [more info]

Venus Fest presents (feat. Hanorah / LAL / Mackenta) / The Baby G 2019-11-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Audiopollination 77 (feat. Paul Newman/Ashley Urquhart / Twin Mask/Jeff Luciani/Rebecca Gray / Bob Vespaziani/Arnd Jurgensen/Elizabeth Lima / MKL32/Lidija Bozica) / Array Space 2019-11-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Hank the Kid (Safe) / The White House 2019-11-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival (feat. HA!Man / Diane Roblin/Bruce Cassidy/Bill McBirnie / The Side Eye / Brian Abbott Project [Aki Takahashi/Kristen Moss Theriault/Rick Sacks/Bea Labikova]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Ayal Senior (Kurt Newman / Nick Flanagan [comedy]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-10 (Sunday – afternoon set @ 3 p.m.!) [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!

Harrison Argatoff's Valley Voice [Harrison Argatoff/Michael Davidson/Dan Fortin/Ian Wright] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-11 (Monday – early! PWYC!) [FB event]

Ornate Presents (feat. Danielle Fernandes/Naomi McCarroll-Butler/Joe Sorbara/Alex Fournier) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-12 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Kasemets @100 (feat. New Music Concerts & Ensemble U) / Walter Hall 2019-11-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Dan Pitt Trio [Dan Pitt/Alex Fournier/Stefan Hegerat ] / The Rex 2019-11-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

Silent Revue [Varieté, 1925, dir. E.A. Dupont with live accompaniment] (feat. Tania Gill) / Revue Cinema 2019-11-24 (Sunday – afternoon screening @ 4 p.m.!) [FB event]

Toronto Improvisors Orchestra Celebrates Casey Sokol / Array Space 2019-11-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Electric Duets* (feat. Penumbra -1+1 [Yunjin Claire Lee/Hayden Farrar with special guests Mingjia Jessica Chen + Bea Labikova] / Tara Kannangara & Chris Pruden) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-11-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony Malaby [Zoning Astral Spirits album release!] / The Rex 2019-12-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony Malaby [Zoning Astral Spirits album release!] (Rob Clutton/Tony Malaby [Offering Astral Spirits album release!]) / The Rex 2019-12-02 (Monday) [FB event]

The Sadies (The Minus 5) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2019-12-31 (Tuesday) [more info]

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Recording: Ghostlight

Artist: Ghostlight with Colin Fisher

Songs: Melodies of the Fall #3 [two excerpts]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), September 4, 2019.

Ghostlight - Melodies of the Fall #3 [excerpt 1]

Ghostlight - Melodies of the Fall #3 [excerpt 2]

After his entrancing solo set to start this night, Colin Fisher stayed on the crowded stage area to sit in with Ghostlight as they brought out a new set of four loosely-structured jams.

[Ghostlight will be playing tonight (November 3rd) at Handlebar for Nite Comfort. (Khôra will be performing as well.)]

Recording: Colin Fisher

Artist: Colin Fisher - [excerpt]

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), September 4, 2019.

Colin Fisher - [excerpt]

Ghostlight's seasonal Tranzac residency continues, and recently they've been adding some extra zing by bringing in like-minded friends to serve as openers and guest performers. So before adding some extra dimensions to Ghostlight's jams, Colin Fisher started with this night with a solo set that moved from guitar to sax and back to guitar, adding plenty textures from his pedals.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Recording: Brittany Craig Group

Artist: Brittany Craig Group

Song: Piece 2 [composer: Brittany Craig]

Recorded at Wenona Lodge (Track Could Bend #54), September 3, 2019.

Brittany Craig Group - Piece 2

I first properly encountered saxophonist Brittany Craig at TCB a couple months back in a set organized by pianist Ashley Urquhart and realized I wanted to hear some more, so I asked her to put together a combo of her own. She brought back Urquhart as well as guitarist Dan Pitt, each bringing some of their own compositions to play. This one of Craig's might not have a final title yet, but it manages to evoke a melancholy mood that swirls outward into something like hopefulness.

[Track Could Bend is back at Wenona on Tuesday (November 5th) with sets from Naomi McCarroll-Butler & Patrick Smith, Sonja and Joe Sorbara's birthday combo featuring Andrew Furlong, Bea Labikova and Chris Pruden.]

Recording: Stephen Lyons

Artist: Stephen Lyons

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Wenona Lodge (Track Could Bend #54), September 3, 2019.

Stephen Lyons - unknown

A rare opportunity for Track Could Bend to play host to a visiting musician — Vancouverite Stephen Lyons, probably best known for his work with Drip Audio all-stars Fond of Tigers, happened to be in town after the long weekend and in true TCB style had a chance to try something a bit off to the side from his usual practice. In this case, that meant a set of solo song-styles, something that has been on the backburner for Lyons lately. Still employing a lot of deft textures (such as the scrunchy prepared guitar loop that pops up from time to time in this one) the three pieces each stretched out and built their own soundworlds to contain the songs — Sandro Perri's longform pop-pieces like "Wolfman" come to mind as a peer following a parallel path. This song in particular tells the story of "an old haunted venue and the traces of the various ghosts that inhabit it" – an atmosphere that was enhanced when, as if on cue, some mysterious scrapes and rumbles started up overhead just as the song was getting started.

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

[Track Could Bend is back at Wenona on Tuesday (November 5th) with sets from Naomi McCarroll-Butler & Patrick Smith, Sonja and Joe Sorbara's birthday combo featuring Andrew Furlong, Bea Labikova and Chris Pruden.]

Recording: Michael Palumbo & Glen Hall

Artist: Michael Palumbo & Glen Hall

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at Wenona Lodge (Track Could Bend #54), September 3, 2019.

Michael Palumbo & Glen Hall - [edited excerpt]

A doubly-exciting offering here, not only for a chance at a first encounter with Michael Palumbo, a local sound artist who is interested in using his modular setup to explore space rather than fill it, but also to welcome back saxophonist and sound-shaper Glen Hall. The latter was doing some laptop sound manipulations of his own as well as feeling signal to Palumbo as they created a hazy zone that suggested half-remembered sounds.

[Track Could Bend is back at Wenona on Tuesday (November 5th) with sets from Naomi McCarroll-Butler & Patrick Smith, Sonja and Joe Sorbara's birthday combo featuring Andrew Furlong, Bea Labikova and Chris Pruden.]

Monday, October 28, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #325

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.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Stephen Parkinson and Friends [Stephen Parkinson/Allison Cameron/Joe Strutt/D. Alex Meeks] / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-10-28 (Monday – late set!)

Paul Newman and Brian Abbott [CD release!] (Coin Operated Duo) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-10-29 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Bernice (Booty EP) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-10-29 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Robert Grieve/Patrick O'Reilly/Cassie Norton/Brandon Davis (Laura Swankey/Bea Labikova/Germaine Liu/Ashley Urquhart) / Wenona Lodge 2019-10-29 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Money House / The Emmet Ray 2019-10-30 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society presents (feat. The Maghreb Project) / Aga Khan Museum 2019-11-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Guitar Night (feat. Brian Abbott / Patrick O'Reilly / Darlene Cuevas) / Gerrard Art Space 2019-11-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

WHOOP-Szo (Fet.Nat) / The Rec Room 2019-11-02 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Jazz United Jam / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-11-03 (Sunday)

35 Alive! [35th Anniversary celebration concert! Works by Jason Doell, Emilie LeBel, Christopher Goddard, Cassandra Miller, Michael Oesterle] (feat. Continuum Contemporary Music) / 918 Bathurst 2019-11-03 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 73 (feat. Ghostlight / Khôra) / Handlebar 2019-11-03 (Sunday – PWYC!) [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!

Brodie West Quintet [Tuesdays in November residency!] / The Rex 2019-11-05 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Lisa Prank (The Effens / Feels Fine / Dumb Stupid Liars) / The Rec Room 2019-11-08 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival (feat. Jellastica / Light Industry + Jon Brooks) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-08 (Friday) [FB event]

416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival (feat. HA!Man / Diane Roblin/Bruce Cassidy/Bill McBirnie / The Side Eye / Brian Abbott Project [Aki Takahashi/Kristen Moss Theriault/Rick Sacks/Bea Labikova]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Hank the Kid (Safe) / The White House 2019-11-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Brodie West Quintet [Tuesdays in November residency!] / The Rex 2019-11-12 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Most Popular Mic Touching Sounds (formerly Cramzac) presents (feat. Rob & Job Scalsué [Simone Schmidt & Jeremy Costello] / Beet Tahini [Alex Lukashevsky/Evan Cartwright/Zach Bines/Edwin Sheard/Felicity Williams) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-12 (Tuesday)

Brodie West Quintet [Tuesdays in November residency!] / The Rex 2019-11-19 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Brodie West Quintet [Tuesdays in November residency!] / The Rex 2019-11-26 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan [performing a live score to the classic anime "Akira"] / Handlebar 2019-11-29 (Friday) [FB event]

Ducks Unlimited (Quaker Parents / PAX) / The Baby G 2019-12-05 (Thursday) [FB event]