Monday, December 10, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #280

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:

Winter Bingo (feat. Bernice / Kith & Kin) / Lula Lounge 2018-12-16 (Sunday) [FB event]

You may or may not know that I'm not that into xmas or all the seasonal "stuff", so when I do recommend something with a holiday angle, y'know it's going to be pretty good. Bernice are going to play a "once in a lifetime set", celebrating their past holiday-themed songs (an annual tradition now in its fifth year) including a new one. And Kith & Kin are taking this year off from their large-scale Wassail at the Music Gallery, so this could be your only shot to hear three of the city's most wonderful voices joining together with friends. Plus: the titular "winter bingo", hosted by Alex Samaras and also special surprise guests!


This week's noteworthy shows:

Nick Fraser/Darren Johnston Duo / The Emmet Ray 2018-12-10 (Monday) [FB event]

Ornate Presents (feat. Dan Pitt [solo guitar]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-11 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

JAOIM (feat. Unquartet / Dr. Purgatory) / Wenona Lodge 2018-12-11 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Nick Fraser/Darren Johnston/Brodie West/Josh Cole / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-11 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Brodie West Quintet -1 / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-12 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XXIII (feat. Patrick O'Reilly & Heraclitus Akimbo / Andrew Kay) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-12 (Wednesday) [FB event

Playdate [single release!] (Shabason/Gunning) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-12-12 (Wednesday – early show @ 6 p.m.!) [FB event]

MIMICO (World News / Blue Light) / The Piston 2018-12-12 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Wavelength Monthly Music Series: Holiday Music x Comedy Fundraiser for Unison Benevolent Fund plus Invocation Presents (feat. Jeen / SlowPitchSound / Blimp Rock / Thalia Zedek Band) / The Baby G 2018-12-12 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Snow Everywhere (feat. CCMC) / Art Gallery of Ontario (Walker Court) 2018-12-12 (Wednesday – free!) [FB event]

Pravik (Coarse Language / C.R Gillespie) / Faith/Void 2018-12-13 (Thursday) [FB event]

Women from Space Presents (feat. Mira Martin-Gray / Kayla Milmine [solos + duo!]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-14 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Jessica Moss / Völur / Qarafa) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-12-14 (Friday) [FB event]

Rejuvenated Frequencies [curated by Obuxum] (feat. VHVL / Yourhomienaomi / Korea Town Acid) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-12-14 (Friday) [FB event]

Twist [Distancing release party!] / Northern Contemporary 2018-12-14 (Friday) [FB event]

Carl Didur (Syzygy [Ilyse Krivel/Colin Fisher]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-14 (Friday) [FB event]

Al Tuck / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-15 (Saturday – early!)

Lake Affect [Ashley Urquhart/Alex Fournier/Stefan Hegerat] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-15 (Saturday)

Jennifer Castle (Jeremy Dutcher) / The Danforth Music Hall 2018-12-15 (Saturday) [FB event]

Bunny (The Dill) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-12-15 (Saturday) [FB event]

2nd Annual Quiet Music Concert [new compositions by: Brian Abbott, Paul Newman, Germaine Liu, Julia Memelstein, Kayla Milmine] (feat. Julia Mermelstein/Germaine Liu/Michael Davidson/Kayla Milmine/Kat Estacio/Brian Abbott/Paul Newman) / Array Space 2018-12-15 (Saturday) [FB event]

Diane Roblin Presents: A Holiday Improv Jam (feat. Diane Roblin/Phil Albert/Mark Zurawinski/Brian Abbott/Paul Newman/Germaine Liu) / 2018-12-16 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Jonathan Lindhorst's Limerence Quartet [Jonathan Lindhorst/Josh Cole/Nico Dann/Don Scott]) / The Emmet Ray 2018-12-16 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Stefan Hegerat [album release!] (Laura Swankey / Karen Ng) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-12-16 (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!

Karen Ng presents (feat. Dreamboat / Joe Organ) / Wenona Lodge 2018-12-18 (Tuesday) [FB event]

WLMRT (Hugh Man / Merc & the Montclairs / Alexandher Brandy / Archie Maples) ["a live music and drag show"] / Owl's Club (basement) 2018-12-20 (Thursday) [FB event]

CCMC / Array Space 2018-12-21 (Friday – free!) [more info]

Ronley Teper and The Lipliners / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-23 (Sunday) [FB event]

Teenanger (Lonely Parade / Vallens / Piper Maru) / The Drake Underground 2018-12-30 (Sunday) [FB event]

Tranzac New Year's Eve (feat. Luge / Moon King / Luna Li / Bizzarh / Persons / Ian Daniel Kehoe) / The Tranzac 2018-12-31 (Monday) [FB event]

The Sadies / The Horseshoe Tavern 2018-12-31 (Monday) [FB event]

Canadian Opera Company World Music Series (feat. Kamancello) / F--- S------ Centre 2019-01-08 (Tuesday – lunch hour concert! free!) [FB event]

Praises [In This Year: Ten Of Swords release party!] (Shortbloom / slash need) / The Baby G 2019-01-11 (Friday) [FB event]

Picastro [LP Release!] (Fresh Snow / Colin Fisher) / The Baby G 2019-01-12 (Saturday) [FB event]

Robert Diack Group [Brandon Davis/Patrick O'Reilly/Jacob Thompson/Robert Diack] / The Rex Hotel 2019-01-16 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Corpusse (Lightmares / Dent Tells Tales) / Duggan's Brewery 2019-01-25 (Friday) [FB event]

Bombino / Lee's Palace 2018-03-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Recording: Destroyer

Artist: Destroyer

Songs: Stay Lost + Helena + Cue Synthesizer + Streets of Fire

Recorded at The Great Hall, October 21, 2018.

Destroyer - Stay Lost

Destroyer - Helena

Destroyer - Cue Synthesizer

Destroyer - Streets of Fire

It'd been, oh, say five-and-a-half years since I'd seen Den Bejar in action and this excursion for a solo acoustic set actually came about as the result of a last-minute invitation. A nice chance to catch up on what I'd missed, with an hour-long set that offered a smattering of tunes from last year's Ken while ranging all the way back to "a song I wrote twenty years ago on an acoustic guitar". There were also a pair of brand-new songs, including "Cue Synthesizer", which both in its cadences and worldview ("the idea of the world is no good") leave it begging for a cover version by The Mountain Goats.

Meanwhile, while hammering his songs into coffehouse versions it was pleasing to see that time has mellowed Dan Bejar a bit — my memories of his stage persona included tightly-closed eyes and an unspeaking robe of vague discomfort which has now advanced all the way into the realm of engaging the audience with awkward banter ("here's a song I enjoy singing at all my concerts"). In these troubled times, that the sort of progress that seems like a glimmer of light and hope.

Recording: Sandro Perri

Artist: Sandro Perri

Songs: In Another Life + Everybody's Paris, Pt. 3 (feat. Dan Bejar)

Recorded at The Great Hall, October 21, 2018.

Sandro Perri - In Another Life

Sandro Perri feat. Dan Bejar - Everybody's Paris, Pt. 3

A few weeks before the official release party for his new album, Sandro Perri shared the whole thing in a stripped-down format with the audience at Dan Bejar's solo acoustic gig. One suspects that the show's lineup, with Perri and Andre Ethier opening, came about to give a chance for a full exploration of Perri's musical experiment in "Everybody's Paris", where the tune and refrain were handed over to Bejar and Ethier to sing their own versions — that triple-header was indeed replicated after the set's other song, the "infinite" bobble'n'drift of "In Another Life".1 Unlike the subtly-shifting soundscapes in the album versions, Perri here relied mostly just on voice and guitar, though he did have a mixer at his feet to slowly adjust the background textures (and mutual shared thread Joseph Shabason also added some understated sax licks to the Bejar collaboration).


1 As an aside, I dunno if this has been examined elsewhere, but that style of an ambling tune, drifting and noodling along at extended length has plenty of companions and antecedents in the local "school" of composers such as Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, John Mark Sherlock, and Eldritch Priest. I don't know if there's a direct line of influence here, but given Perri's proximity to some on that list it's tempting to find connections to these rubber wagons and mole meanders bouncing down bumpy sideroads.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Recording: CCMC

Artist: CCMC / CCMC with Charity Chan

Songs: [two improvisations]

Recorded at Array Space, October 20, 2018.

CCMC - [set 1, 2nd piece]

CCMC with Charity Chan - [set 2, 1st piece excerpt]

Launching a new, ongoing residency at Array Space, CCMC was playing sans pianist Michael Snow. That meant the first set was as a trio of John Kamevaar, Paul Dutton and John Oswald, and for the second set the piano was ably manipulated by special guest Charity Chan, taping, plucking and ebowing the strings. As usual, the banter game was on point and there was some ambiguity about who had actually stopped or started — and in-between those endpoints that particular flavour of CCMC free improvisation.

[CCMC's residency continues at Arrayspace on Friday, December 21st.]

Monday, December 3, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #279

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:

Somewhere There presents (feat. Black Givre / Kee Avil / Laura Swankey / Patrick O'Reilly) / Wenona Lodge 2018-12-03 (Monday) [FB event]

A superb mix of locals and Montréal peeps playing a variety of solo styles at this show in the cozy basement at Wenona Lodge. When Vicki Mettler brought her Kee Avil project to town earlier in the year, her loop-based avant-song styles were already razor-sharp, so several more months on the road might have rendered it other-worldly — catch her close up now before her big gig opening for Marc Ribot next year. Meanwhile, on the local side, here's a rare chance to hear Patrick O'Reilly playing on his own, and another opportunity to spend time in Laura Swakney's vocal garden.


This week's noteworthy shows:

DUST: the quietest big band in the known world [new residency!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-04 (Tuesday – early!)

Track Could Bend #45 (feat. Saint Barbara [Michael Franklin + Michelangelo Iaffaldano] / Blank Nurse/No Light / Chris Worden + Karen Ng) / Wenona Lodge 2018-12-04 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Ghostlight / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-05 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Therapy: 2nd Edition (feat. Gabi Tomé / MOVES [Joseph Organ/Zach Bines/Spencer Cole] / The Jessica Stuart Few) / The Dakota Tavern 2018-12-05 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Riparian Acoustics presents (feat. Germaine Liu & Sarah Hennies) / The Canadian Music Centre 2018-12-06 (Thursday) [FB event]

Dilly Dally (Vallens / P0st3rb0y) / Lee's Palace 2018-12-06 (Thursday) [FB event]

Ava Luna (Carmen Elle / Prince Ness) / Monarch Tavern 2018-12-06 (Thursday) [FB event]

In Between Sounds #92 (feat. Lorde Awesome) / The Only Café 2018-12-06 (Thursday) [FB event]

Paul Linklater (Dinner is Ruined) / The Dakota Tavern 2018-12-07 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Persamenco [Bahram Aghakhan/Pedram Khavarzamini/Araz Salek] / Small World Music Centre 2018-12-07 (Friday) [FB event]

Rat-drifting 3 (feat. Dave Riedstra) / Array Space 2018-12-07 (Friday) [FB event]

Audiopollination 66 (feat. Paul Newman/Diane Roblin/Heraclitus Akimbo / Olivia Shortt/Amanda Lowry / Laura Swankey/Patrick O'Reilly/Autumn K / Tetsuo) / Array Space 2018-12-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

Autobahn [James Hill/Jeff LaRochelle/Ian Wright] / The Sterling Studio Lofts 2018-12-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

Offline Vaporwave (feat. JΛVΛ.EXE / Specialized Dandylions / Hex-A-Decimal) / The Dupe Shop 2018-12-08 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Riverrun / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

Long Winter 6.2 (feat. Myst Milano / Deux Trois / Rotten Column / Adria Kain / Blank Nurse/No Light / Greydini / Lee Reed / Piper Maru / Pineapple / Ensh) / SPK Polish Combatants' Hall 2018-12-08 (Friday – PWYC! all-ages!) [FB event]

Ayal Senior (Nick Flanagan [comedy] / Nashville Minimalism Unit) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-09 (Sunday – afternoon slot, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. William Davison/Patrick O'Reilly/Neal Retke / David Sait) / Array Space 2018-12-09 (Sunday) [FB event]

LUKA / Burdock Music Hall 2018-12-09 (Sunday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano Four / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-09 (Sunday) [FB event]

In Basements on Sundays: 1 on 1 songwriter sessions [hosted by Shawn Clarke] (feat. Jessica Stuart / Kenny Boothby) / Wenona Lodge 2018-12-09 (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!

Ornate Presents (feat. Dan Pitt [solo guitar]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-11 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

JAOIM (feat. Unquartet / Dr. Purgatory) / Wenona Lodge 2018-12-11 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XXIII (feat. Patrick O’Reilly & Heraclitus Akimbo / Andrew Kay) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-12 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Women from Space Presents (feat. Mira Martin-Gray / Kayla Milmine [solos + duo!]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-14 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Bunny (The Dill) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-12-15 (Saturday) [FB event]

2nd Annual Quiet Music Concert [new compositions by: Brian Abbott, Paul Newman, Germaine Liu, Julia Memelstein, Kayla Milmine] (feat. Julia Mermelstein/Germaine Liu/Michael Davidson/Kayla Milmine/Kat Estacio/Brian Abbott/Paul Newman) / Array Space 2018-12-15 (Saturday) [FB event]

Diane Roblin Presents: A Holiday Improv Jam (feat. Diane Roblin/Phil Albert/Mark Zurawinski/Brian Abbott/Paul Newman/Germaine Liu) / 2018-12-16 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Jonathan Lindhorst's Limerence Quartet [Jonathan Lindhorst/Josh Cole/Nico Dann/Don Scott]) / The Emmet Ray 2018-12-16 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Stefan Hegerat [album release!] (Laura Swankey / Karen Ng) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-12-16 (Sunday) [FB event]

Un Blonde (Mr. Joy) / The Baby G 2018-12-18 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Between The Lines [Michael Davidson/Dan McCarthy] ["debut duet performance featuring original music for vibraphone and marimba"] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-18 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Matthew "Doc" Dunn & Friends [Lightbourn release show!] (James Matthew VII / Dorothea Paas) / The Baby G 2018-12-20 (Thursday) [FB event]

All Seeing Eyes (catl. / Pat McCormack) / Monarch Tavern 2018-12-21 (Friday) [FB event]

SynapticCircusSundays (feat. Kurt Newman's Nashville Minimalism Unit / mkl32 and Mira Martin-Gray) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-30 (Sunday) [FB event]

catl. (Duende) / The Dakota Tavern 2018-12-31 (Monday) [FB event]

Invocation presents (feat. Joseph Shabason [Anne album release!] (Sandro Perri) / Array Space 2019-01-10 (Thursday) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society presents (feat. Les Frères Cissoko Bannaya Family) / Alliance Française de Toronto 2018-12-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Recording: Pineapple

Artist: Pineapple

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Tiki Room), October 18, 2018.

Pineapple - [excerpt]

Fun times to see this trio (with Karen Ng's reeds, Alex Fournier's double bass and Rob Grieve's guitar) back in action. There were no compositions this time out, just a beautifully-flowing series of improvisations as some random snapshots (icy harbours, vacuum cleaners, Hallowe'en costumes) were projected behind them as part of the night's slideshow entertainment.

[Pineapple will be at Polish Combatants Hall next Saturday (December 8th) as part of Long Winter's all-ages/PWYC art & music fiesta.]

Recording: Heart Structure Quartet

Artist: Heart Structure Quartet

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac (Tiki Room), October 18, 2018.

Heart Structure Quartet - unknown

This "improvising audio visual quartet" (featuring Del Stephen, Bree Rappaport, David Parker and Jeff Sinibaldi), who were out on a mini-tour, seemed designed as much as an extended hangout for pals from different cities as a musical endeavour. The casual yet exploratory sound-world flowed from that, with tunes and pieces bumping into each other around like at a casual living room session. That made the show perfectly situated in the Tranzac's Tiki Room, packed full, but still feeling more like a house party with a gig, with some old slides and handcrafted overhead projections enhancing the music. Though the songs touched on topics like ghosts and knocking on death's door, the vibe was punctuated with joyful outbursts of laughter — the true sounds of a heart's structure.

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Recording: A Tribe Called Red

Artist: A Tribe Called Red

Songs: unknown* + Woken and Unbroken (feat. Lillian Allen with Ariel Gold)

Recorded at The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst (X Avant XIII – Night 4), October 14, 2018.

A Tribe Called Red - unknown

A Tribe Called Red (feat. Lillian Allen with Ariel Gold) - Woken and Unbroken

The full four nights of this year's X Avant Festival were curated by A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness, expanding on the concept of "The Halluci Nation". No surprise, then, that the festival's closing night (with sets from collaborators new and old) ended with all of the performers taking part in a (not so) secret headlining set from ATCR's Halluci Nation Band, mapping journeys taken as well as brand new extensions.

Closing out the night, ATCR took the stage, taking what is probably a rare opportunity to have so many of their extended musical family gathered in one place. Jennifer Kreisberg and Narcy (who had already performed their own sets earlier) were joined by Lido Pimienta to revisit their Halluci Nation collabs. Meanwhile, a glimpse of things to come came from the first track here (sampling MP Romeo Saganash's recent comments to the Prime Minister) as well as a new reggae-flavoured jam from dub poet laureate Lillian Allen.

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

Recording: Narcy

Artist: Narcy

Songs: unknown* + Free

Recorded at The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst (X Avant XIII – Night 4), October 14, 2018.

Narcy - unknown

Narcy - Free

The full four nights of this year's X Avant Festival were curated by A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness, expanding on the concept of "The Halluci Nation". No surprise, then, that the festival's closing night (with sets from collaborators new and old) ended with all of the performers taking part in a (not so) secret headlining set from ATCR's Halluci Nation Band, mapping journeys taken as well as brand new extensions.

Yassin "Narcy" Alsalman (who took the Halluci Nation to Cape Town in directing the group's "R.E.D." video) seemed gleefully eager to move through a quick set, as if filled with anticipation with what was about to follow. "Coming from the future to the now to the past to the now to the future," he started with the sci-fi spoken word piece here before moving onto some bangers, making an attempt to find something to celebrate amongst the world's madness.

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

Recording: Jennifer Kreisberg

Artist: Jennifer Kreisberg

Songs: The Good-Hearted + Relocation Blues [Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman cover, from an arrangement by Buffy Sainte-Marie]

Recorded at The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst (X Avant XIII – Night 4), October 14, 2018.

Jennifer Kreisberg - The Good-Hearted

Jennifer Kreisberg - Relocation Blues

The full four nights of this year's X Avant Festival were curated by A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness, expanding on the concept of "The Halluci Nation". No surprise, then, that the festival's closing night (with sets from collaborators new and old) ended with all of the performers taking part in a (not so) secret headlining set from ATCR's Halluci Nation Band, mapping journeys taken as well as brand new extensions.

Kreisberg, who voiced "The Muse" on the Halluci Nation album made her presence known on stage both through her powerful voice and her ebullient personality. Unfiltered and engaging, she presented dream-songs and lullabies, embodying the festival's maxim that "we need to learn what it is to be human again and how to treat others as human."

Recording: Lillian Allen

Artist: Lillian Allen with Ariel Gold

Songs: We Want All Women to be Safe + Blood Orange

Recorded at The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst (X Avant XIII – Night 4), October 14, 2018.

Lillian Allen with Ariel Gold - We Want All Women to be Safe + Blood Orange

The full four nights of this year's X Avant Festival were curated by A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness, expanding on the concept of "The Halluci Nation". No surprise, then, that the festival's closing night (with sets from collaborators new and old) ended with all of the performers taking part in a (not so) secret headlining set from ATCR's Halluci Nation Band, mapping journeys taken as well as brand new extensions.

The night began with a set from local legend Lillian Allen, who was herself in collaboration mode, sharing the stage with her student Ariel Gold. Dub poetics with human echoes gave way to some more intriguing technology with Gold performing here on her Blood Orange Piano, with cut oranges on a circuit board triggering synth sounds.

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

Monday, November 26, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #278

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:

Emergents I (feat. Grace Scheele / Xuan Ye) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-12-02 (Sunday – all ages!) [FB event]

The first of this season's Emergents Series shows — always an excellent destination to discover new sonic approaches — features the first offering from new series curator Sara Constant. This night includes Grace Scheele's electroacoustic re-imagining of the harp, as well as the interdisciplinary force of Xuan Ye — who should be well known to this blog's readers as a badass rock'n'roller, social-media sonifier, piano deconstructionist and more – "manipulating electronics to turn the Great Hall of 918 Bathurst, as well as its adjacent Sun Room, into changing, interactive sound installations."


This week's noteworthy shows:

Tunesmith presents (feat. Marker Starling / Rogerio Boaventura) / The Imperial Pub – Backroom 2018-11-26 (Monday) [FB event]

Brodie West Quintet [November residency!] / The Rex Hotel 2018-11-27 (Tuesday – early show at 6:30 p.m.!) [FB event]

Double Release Celebration (feat. Dr. Purgatory [David Riddel/Alex Lakusta/Colleen Allen/Laura Swankey/Cass Beauvais/Andrew Scott] / The Band Named Crow [Mara Nesrallah/Lieke van der Voort/James Bayford/B McCarroll-Butler/Nick Marshall/Kohen Hammond/Corey St. Pierre/Julian Di Vito]) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-11-27 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Nick Fraser/Dan Pencer/Rob Clutton / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-11-27 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Allison Cameron presents (feat. Kurt Newman/Brodie West/Mark Zurawinski / Allison Cameron [solo]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-11-28 (Wednesday – early!)

Music By Harry and Furlong S1E3 (feat. Nelson Moneo/Andrew Furlong / The Search For Eternal Happiness Pt. 2 [Dan Pitt/Harry Bartlett/Jill McKenna/Caleb Klager/Harry Vetro) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-11-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Moon McMullen [Made by a Boy rescheduled album release party!] / The Drake Underground 2018-11-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Xenakis' Pleiades (feat. TorQ Percussion with Aiyun Huang and Ryan Scott) / 918 Bathurst 2018-11-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-11-30 (Friday – early!)

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-11-30 (Friday)

Look Vibrant (Omhouse / Slurry) / The Baby G 2018-11-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Daniel Romano (FRIGS) / Lee's Palace 2018-11-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Context, NA [Jonathan Pappo/Zoë Alexis-Abrams/Daniel Busheikin/Lane Halley] [album + book launch!] (April Aliermo/Kat Estacio) / The Dark Side Studio 2018-12-01 (Saturday – early show! PWYC!) [FB event]

Make Some Noise (feat. Vallens) / Toronto Public Library – Bloor/Gladstone Branch 2018-12-01 (Saturday – all ages! free with RSVP!) [FB event]

Casper Skulls (The Spirit of the Beehive / Horse Jumper of Love) / The Baby G 2018-12-02 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 62 (feat. Northumbria [LP release!] / Subterranea) / Handlebar 2018-12-02 (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!

Offline Vaporwave (feat. JΛVΛ.EXE / Specialized Dandylions / Hex-A-Decimal) / The Dupe Shop 2018-12-08 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Riverrun / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano Four / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-09 (Sunday) [FB event]

MIMICO (World News / Blue Light) / The Piston 2018-12-12 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Wavelength Monthly Music Series: Holiday Music x Comedy Fundraiser for Unison Benevolent Fund plus Invocation Presents (feat. Jeen / SlowPitchSound / Blimp Rock / Thalia Zedek Band) / The Baby G 2018-12-12 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Pravik (Coarse Language / C.R Gillespie) / Faith/Void 2018-12-13 (Thursday) [FB event]

Uxvae (Syzygy [Ilyse Krivel/Colin Fisher]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-12-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nyssa (John Orpheus / Ice Cream / Rapport) / Lula Lounge 2018-12-20 (Thursday) [FB event]

Invocation presents (feat. Joseph Shabason [Anne album release!]) / Array Space 2019-01-10 (Thursday) [FB event]

Biblical (WHOOP-Szo / Ian Blurton's Future Now) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2019-01-19 (Saturday) [FB event]

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Recording: Los Poetas

Artist: Los Poetas

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst (X Avant XIII – Night 3), October 11, 2018.

Los Poetas - unknown

Originally slated as a release party for this local crew's new Ajpu album, the night ended up being a "pre-release" celebration (with copies of a new mixtape previewing the album given to all) but that took away none of the power of this set anchoring a night of beats and hip-hop at the X Avant Festival. The three MC's plus one DJ were backed by a four-piece band bringing a variety of groovy Latin American styles to life behind the group's bilingual boom-bap delivery. Really fabulous stuff, and an excellent introduction to a crowd that might be seeking their boundary-pushing music in other places.

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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Recording: Charalambides

Artist: Charalambides

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Array Space (Invocation Presents), October 12, 2018.

Charalambides - unknown

Houston's Tom & Christina Carter (touring behind a new double album) brought some avant-folk explorations to close out this night, melding bluesy, often wordless vocalisations to spindly guitar structures that would, on occasion, push out into monumental solos.

[Invocation's presentation of the Thalia Zedek Band has now been merged with Wavelength's Holiday Music/Comedy Fundraiser at The Baby G on Wednesday, December 12th.]

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

Recording: Kapali Carsi

Artist: Kapali Carsi

Song: [excerpt from first piece]

Recorded at Array Space (Invocation Presents), October 12, 2018.

Kapali Carsi - [excerpt from first piece]

A welcome return for Kevin Hainey's Kapali Carsi (now with a cool tape out on Raw Materials) saw him journey into the N-Zone, creating weird synchronicities with the collaged images. Subtle gestures (rocking his bass back and forth, tapping the strings) created plenty of variations in the sonic texture — and with a new level of subtle performativity, this time out there were some Zukermanesque awkward pauses and bursts of Rurykian chaos to process. Is his cable shorting out, or was that sound deliberate? Therein lies the art of the thing.

[Invocation's presentation of the Thalia Zedek Band has now been merged with Wavelength's Holiday Music/Comedy Fundraiser at The Baby G on Wednesday, December 12th.]