Monday, July 14, 2014

Concert Listings Roundup #53

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:

Habari Africa Festival (Friday feat. Wake Up Madagascar / Amadou Kienou / Black Bazar; Saturday feat. Toumkak Drummers / Donné Roberts / Tich Maredza Band / Mawa J and Rasselas / Henok Abebe and Fanieal Abraha / Songs of My Mother; Sunday feat. Afrafranto / Adam Solomon's African Jazz & Blues Trio / Nhapitapi Mbira) / Harbourfront Centre 2014-07-20 (Friday–Sunday — free!) [more info]

Poor Pilgrim Island Show 7 (feat. DOOMSQUAD / Spencer Burton / IC/JC/VC / Ark Analog / John Southworth / Carl Didur / Ivy Mairi & Sean Donald / Darbazi) / various locations, Toronto Island 2014-07-20 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

The action will be taking place by the water this weekend. It's a bit of a battle to get to Harbourfront right now, but it should be an oasis of wonderful music with the first-ever Habari festival, which pulls together nearly all of the best local African bands with a few special guest headliners. African music returns to the heart of the city! Not to be missed!

Meanwhile, Sunday sees one of the best days of the year out on the Island at the always-amazing Poor Pilgrim travelling festival, which finds intimate sets scattered around little nooks and crannies and makes sure you get home on the last ferry back to the mainland. The stuff that memories are made of.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Ken McDonald Quartet (The Imperative [Joe Sorbara/Jay Hay/Karen Ng]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-07-15 (Tuesday)

Sheer Agony (Carl Didur / Sean Paul [Sexy Merlin + Elrichman] / Mega Bog) / Milk Glass Co. 2014-07-15 (Tuesday) [FB event]

KNOWER (Bliss Gloss) / Holy Oak Café 2014-07-15 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents: An Evening with Rob Clutton, Germaine Liu & Chris Pruden / Array Space 2014-07-16 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Body Help (Bliss Gloss) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-07-16 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Silent Shout: Heat And The Pulse, Day 1 (feat. Zoo Owl [album release!] / Sexy Merlin) / Canton Chili 2014-07-17 (Thursday – Early Restaurant Show! Buffet dinner available!) [FB event]

DUST / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-07-18 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Wavelength 606 (feat. Khôra / Dirty Inputs / Thom Huhtala) / 8-11 2014-07-18 (Friday) [FB event]

Silent Shout: Heat And The Pulse, Day 2 (feat. Ken Park [album release!] / Castle If / Mekele) / Milk Glass Co. 2014-07-18 (Friday) [FB event]

Simply Saucer [record release!] (PANIC / Key Witness) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-07-18 (Friday) [FB event]

Wrong Hole [record release!] (Surinam / New Fries) / Smiling Buddha 2014-07-18 (Friday) [FB event]

BIG on Bloor Festival (feat. Andrew Cash, MP / Nhapitapi / Mas Aya + many more) / N----- Main Stage, 1141 Bloor Street West 2014-07-19 (Saturday – free! all ages! outside! street festival!) [more info]

Girls Rock Camp Toronto: Showcase Concert #1 / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2014-07-20 (Sunday – All ages! Matinée!) [FB event]

Alaniaris / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-07-20 (Sunday – Matinée!)

Build to Suit / Musideum 2014-07-20 (Sunday)

Add these to your calendar:

Ken Aldcroft & Scott Thomson / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-07-22 (Tuesday)

Field Trip Discovery Series III (feat. Grounders / Fresh Snow / Programm / Dirty Frigs) / The Garrison 2014-07-24 (Thursday – free with RSVP!) [FB event]

I Have Eaten The City [tape release! First official show at Ratio!] (Khôra / Fake Humans [Carl Didur/ Colin Fisher]) / Ratio 2014-07-25 (Friday) [FB event]

Advance Base [formerly Casiotone For The Painfully Alone] (Omhouse / Our Founders) / Rancho Relaxo 2014-07-25 (Friday) [FB event]

Construction Vol 6 (feat. Beliefs / Elsa / You'll Never Get To Heaven) / Double Double Land 2014-07-25 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Man Finds Fire Presents: Summer Sesh @ Geary Lane (feat. Bile Sister / Mimico / A K U A + art installations + "surprise pop up performances") / Geary Lane 2014-07-26 (Saturday – afternoon event!) [FB event]

B-17 (Twist / Seraphic Lights) / Junction City Music Hall 2014-07-26 (Saturday) [FB event]

DAS RAD (Cellphone / BattleWülf) / Imperial Pub 2014-08-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Ketamines (Jay Arner / Jay Holy / Village) / The Cavern Bar 2014-08-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Alvvays / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-08-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

Ashkenaz Festival (feat. Lemon Bucket Orkestra / David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana) / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2014-09-01 (Monday) [more info]

Fucked Up (Vag Halen / New Fries) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-09-26 (Friday) [FB event]

Fucked Up (Alvvays / S.H.I.T.) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-09-27 (Saturday – matinée! all ages!) [FB event]

Community action corner:

Sign the petition to support the Great Hall's efforts to have its capacity increased The Great Hall is both a heritage landmark and a cultural landmark — a rare venue that has several distinct spaces that can be combined to make non-cookie cutter events like Long Winter work. As anyone who has been to busy events there over the past months knows, they've been having troubles with a reduced capacity, leading to lineups inside and out. In a just world, this sort of space would get capital grant money due to its historical and cultural importance, but in the real world, they need to fill the room sell some booze to keep the space viable — let the Alcohol Commission know that they have the community's support to get more people in their doors. This petition closes today, so get your name on it ASAP!

Bandcamp corner:

Calgary's Valiska has issued another mini-collection of gorgeous ambient soundscapes. The only thing to complain about here is the music's tantalizing brevity — I'd love to hear these tracks taking all afternoon to unfold. But if you like what you here, there's a whole lot more to explore.

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