Monday, July 6, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #104

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:

Mdou Moctar / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-07-11 (Saturday – afternoon, set @ 2 p.m.! free! outside!) [more info]

Saturday is a good day to head down to Harbourfront Centre. The weekend's festival is dubbed "Party On The Block" and there's lots of cool stuff going down, from Maurice Louca's electro-chaabi to the recently-reformulated Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. I've never really known what to feel about Harbourfront's SoundClash contest — it seems more than a little battle-of-the-bands-y — but given the quality of all the bands selected this year it's hard not to feel at least a little enthused, so it'd be worth hanging around to catch free half-hour sets on Saturday from L Con, Clairmont The Second, Ronley Teper's Lipliners, Digits and Above Top Secret.

But the most exciting event of the weekend should be a set from Mdou Moctar, from a Azawagh desert of Niger. His Tuareg guitar stylings encounter modernity in a different way than some of the more famous musicians from the region (like Tinariwen or Bombino), with a hyper-accelerated auto-tuned sound that many first encountered on the Music from Saharan Cellphones compilations. (Later in the day, you can also check out a free screening of Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, which appears to be a re-telling of Purple Rain "set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar".) P.S.: After a couple years where perpetual construction left streetscape somewhere between a maze and a war zone, the new Queen's Quay is open, so it's a lot easier to get down there.

This week's noteworthy shows:

The Hollow Square ["a kith & kin production at the Toronto Fringe" — a "choral tsunami" of old-time shape-note music] / St. George the Martyr Anglican Church 2015-07-02–2015-07-11 (Thursday–Saturday) [FB event]

Faster Presents: An Odd Evening of Sound and Movement (feat. Michael Keith Trio / Music Box Trio [Allison Elizabeth Burns/Brian Abbott/Kayla Milmine] / Claude Wittmann / Lo Bil / Claude Wittmann/Brian Abbott/Kayla Milmine) / Array Space 2015-07-06 (Monday – early show!) [FB event]

Money House / The Emmet Ray 2015-07-06 (Monday – early!) [more info]

Jacob Teichroew Quartet / The Emmet Ray 2015-07-06 (Monday) [more info]

Collapsible Landscapes: The Work of Sabrina Ratté and Le Révélateur ["Pleasure Dome presents a curated selection of Sabrina Ratté’s video works followed by a live performance by Le Révélateur, a.k.a. Roger Tellier-Craig (ex-Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am)"] / The Drake Underground 2015-07-06 (Monday) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #4 (feat. Dr. Dunn & The Cosmic Range / Castle If / Doom Tickler) / Dundas Video 2015-07-07 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Walrus (Dusted) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-07-07 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Chime [opening reception! — realtime creation of site-based sonic arrangements through elaborate sensor mapping and data visualization] / InterAccess 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Disraelis (Hollowphonic / KHB / Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [more info]

Yonatan Gat [of Montonix] (Kahuna / Aus!Funkt) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft-Jason Robinson Duo Project / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-07-08 (Wednesday)

Purpose & Tony [Thom Gill, Josh Cole And Matt Pencer] / Holy Oak Café 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Living Daylight Stringband / Holy Oak Café 2015-07-09 (Thursday – early!) [more info]

The Black Lips (Teenanger / Pow Wows) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-07-09 (Thursday) [FB event]

Operators (Most People / Wish) / The Garrison 2015-07-09 (Thursday – $3 entry w/ RSVP) [FB event]

The Black Lips (Milk Lines / The Beverleys) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-07-10 (Friday) [FB event]

Panamania (feat. Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra / Joaquin Díaz / Lula All Stars / Grand Bateria and Brass / The Heavyweights Brass Band / Radio Radio / Systema Solar) / Nathan Phillips Square 2015-07-10 (Friday – free!) [more info]

Chairs (Reuben Bullock / Steven Lambke) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-07-10 (Friday) [FB event]

Maurice Louca / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-07-10 (Friday – free! outside!) [more info]

Girls Rock Camp Summer Showcase / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2015-07-11 (Sunday – afternoon showcase! All-ages and family-friendly! PWYC!) [FB event]

Panamania (feat. La Chiva Gantiva / The Fruits / The Heavyweights Brass Band / Radio Radio) / Pan Am Park 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. L CON) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 1 p.m. performance!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. Clairmont The Second) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 2 p.m. performance!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. Ronley Teper's Lipliners) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 5 p.m. performance!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. Digits) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 6:30 p.m. performance!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. Above Top Secret) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 8 p.m. performance!) [more info]

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! outside!) [more info]

Somewhere There presents: The Second Sunday of July (feat. Nidus / Troubleshooting Trio) / Array Space 2015-07-12 (Sunday) [FB event]

Tania Gill with Lina Allemano, Rob Clutton and Nico Dann / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-07-12 (Sunday)

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 Mike Smith Company / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-07-14 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

THE AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Jacob Watters / Evan Cyber) / Ratio 2015-07-14 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Special Costello (The Everywheres / Baby Cages / Natural Thirst) / The Cavern Bar 2015-07-14 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Olenka and the Autumn Lovers (Raleigh / Shawn William Clarke) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-07-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Bonnie Doon (Plasmalab / Dinosaur City) / Burdock 2015-07-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

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