Monday, January 28, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #287

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:

Night Of The Living Night Shift (feat. R. Flex / Becca Howe / Determinist?) / Wenona Lodge 2019-01-29 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Full disclosure: I had a bit of a hand in behind the scenes, getting the elements in place for the show. But the stylistically-mixed lineup (and the hearty joy I expect to be present in the room) all spring from the Earl of Ebullience himself, Luca Capone. Taking a step back from the airwaves (most recently on CJRU's The Night Shift) this is a chance to say thanks to someone who left no stone unturned in sharing an appreciation of the city's many flavours.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Piano Fest (feat. Johnny Spence / Ryland Dinneen) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-01-28 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Money House / The Emmet Ray 2019-01-28 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

The Heck Messengers [Mike DeiCont/Lowell Whitty/Ted Crosby/Jacob Gorzhaltsan] / The Emmet Ray 2019-01-28 (Monday) [FB event]

Loom (Queen of Swords / Catholic Wilt) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-01-29 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-01-29 (Tuesday) [FB event]

New Tendencies [Batch 0008 release celebration!] (naw / Invisible Out) / Handlebar 2019-01-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

Video Age (Jackson Macintosh [mem. of TOPS / Crying High) / Monarch Tavern 2019-01-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

Don Kng [Nick Fraser/Don Scott/Karen Ng wsg Jake Henry] / The Emmet Ray 2019-01-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

Insensitive Granola [Aline Homzy/Michael Davidson/Ashley Urquhart/Alex Fournier] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-01-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

Jennifer Foster (Paul Linklater [solo acoustic!]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-02-01 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Tallies (Sahara / Carmen Elle) / The Drake Underground 2019-02-01 (Friday) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society presents (feat. Les Frères Cissoko Bannaya Family) / Alliance Française de Toronto 2019-02-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Defend the 11 Fundraiser (feat. Hooded Fang / Brigitte Bardon't / Moul D) / The Beguiling 2019-02-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Concert For Yemen (feat. Mad Ones / HotKid / catl. / Beams / Jerry Leger / Regina Gently / Noah Mintz) / Hard Luck Bar 2019-02-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Sea Beau [EP Release!] (Vixu) / The Root Down Studio 2019-02-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Audiopollination 68 (feat. Del Stephen/Michael Ramey/David Story / Alex Fournier/Mira Martin-Gray/Alexander Whyte / Ryan Kinney/mkl32 / Lîla Ensemble) / Array Space 2019-02-03 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 64 (feat. Dark Tapes, Blank Nurse/No Light) / Handlebar 2019-02-03 (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!

Red Arm Band [Mingjia Chen/Chris Pruden/Julian Anderson Bowes/Mark Ballyk] / The Emmet Ray 2019-02-04 (Monday – early! PWYC) [FB event]

Hainbach (Menial Rips / Munition Passion Altar / Mykhaylo) / Unit 2 2019-02-05 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Pugs & Crows (Sam Tudor) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-02-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents: After-concert Jam with Locals (feat. Pugs & Crows / Ted Crosby / Colin Fisher / Bea Labikova) / Array Space 2019-02-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

BLOOP! [Lina Allemano/Mike Smith/Germaine Liu/Nick Fraser] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-02-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

MAW 4: A Community Celebration of the Vocal Arts (feat. Richard Marsella / Clamaglamza / Isla Craig / Anny Fyreagle / Laura Swankey / Tidal Mouth / Blunt Chunks / Melanie Leishman) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-02-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Canadian Arabic Quartet / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2019-02-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

TIO Celebrates Bruce Cassidy (feat. Toronto Improvisors Orchestra with special guest Bruce Cassidy) / Array Space 2019-02-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Mechanical Forest Sound's 10th Anniversary Celebration: A Night of Rock Music! (feat. Hooded Fang / Man Made Hill / Matthew "Doc" Dunn + Friends) / The Baby G 2019-03-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Tough Age (Vanity Phase / Hugh Man) / Handlebar 2019-03-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Omhouse (Luge / Slurry) / Monarch Tavern 2019-03-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

L CON (Synne Sanden) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-03-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Venus Fest presents (feat. Ivy Mairi [EP release!] / Perfect Health [new solo project from Carmen Elle!]) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-03-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Digawolf [album release!] (Hex) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-03-22 (Friday) [FB event]

The Scientists (B-17) / Lee's Palace 2019-04-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Jon Langford / The Horseshoe Tavern 2019-05-23 (Thursday) [more info]

Community corner:

  • Noise Bylaw Review: Amplified Sound The City of Toronto is reviewing the Noise Bylaw, and wants to hear from you. The current bylaw provides standards for noise, and applies to all properties in Toronto. There are several public consultations, but this one of of particular interest to music-lovers. NIMBY's and self-appointed no-fun police can suck up a lot of air at meetings like this, so it's vital that musicians, venues, promoters and audiences are on hand to make it clear that the presence of "amplified sound" is one of the things that makes the city a better place to live. April Alimero (Phèdre/Hooded Fang) is once more rallying the musical community to make their voices heard to City Hall, so come and join some friendly faces Wendesday evening at Scadding Court Community Centre.
  • The relatively recent past of of music scene is sometimes the most obscure: out of the range of immediate memory, and also not quite new enough to always be accessible online. (The latter is a sad fact for anyone trying to find out more about a band whose albums list a Myspace address as their web presence!) Thankfully, some bits of this gap are being filled with a new initiative from Grasshopper, who has begun to upload videos from his extensive archive of concert recordings to a new youtube channel. So far there's a bunch of No Dynamics, as well as a couple Ninja High School sets, but keep an eye out for more to come!

Bandcamp corner:

  • Melissa Boraski has done us all a huge favour by pulling together all of her released music — mostly under her Eiyn Sof moniker — available in one spot. Lots of excellent stuff here, including the stone classic Bloodstreams album.

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