Monday, March 28, 2016

Concert Listings Roundup #142

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:

FASTER Presents (feat. FASTER [album release!] / Darlene Cuevas/Michael Lynn/Yusuke Furutate) / Gerrard Art Space 2016-04-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Fantahun Shewankochew [Adera CD release concert!] / Alliance Française 2016-04-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

There's a wonderful spring bounty of new albums this week, and this gig of the week selection could as easily have been ZONES' release show at the Buddha on Friday. But instead I'll go with these two shows, where my only regret is that their simultaneity means I'll have to make a hard choice on Saturday. FASTER's Kayla Milmine and Brian Abbott joyfully throw jazz, punk, and bent showtunes into their absurdist cabaret — the night even includes a "special guest dancer/choreographer", so expect a multi-media blowout. Fantahun Shewankochew, meanwhile, is a world-class talent that shouldn't be relegated to being a hidden gem in his adopted hometown. He's shown himself to be an excellent bandleader in the James Brown mold, expecting nothing less than precision excellence from his backing players while delivering traditional and popular Ethiopian music with an Ethio-jazz twist.

This week's noteworthy shows:

The Shivas (Germaphobes / Spells of Vertigo / B-17) / Adelaide Hall 2016-03-28 (Monday) [FB event]

Lawful Citizen (Shay/Fraser Duo) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-03-29 (Tuesday)

Somewhere There presents (feat. Jonah Parzen-Johnson / Dave Miller / Craig Dunsmuir and Dun-Dun Man) / Ratio 2016-03-30 (Wednesday) [FB event]

This Ryan Driver Band (Fiver [solo]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-03-30 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Paul Collins Beat (Dany Laj and the Looks / Zro4) / Cadillac Lounge 2016-03-30 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Made To Break (Nicole Rampersaud [solo]) / Burdock 2016-03-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

LUKA (Isla Craig) / Holy Oak Café 2016-03-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

Mangchi (Maylee Todd's Sweatshop Hop) / The Shop under Parts & Labour 2016-03-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

R-- B--- Sound Select Presents (feat. Lower Dens / Frigs [f.k.a. Dirty Frigs] / Blunt Chunks) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-03-31 (Thursday – $3 with RSVP!) [FB event]

Surinam (The Mean / Secret Wars / Edgar Breau) / The Garrison 2016-03-31 (Thursday) [FB event]

ZONES [After Image album release!] (Ylang Ylang / Mystic Triangle / Fake Humans) / Smiling Buddha 2016-04-01 (Friday) [FB event]

Hobson's Choice [with choir and Christine Duncan!] / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2016-04-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Doc Dunn/Colin Fisher (Andrew Zukerman/Kyle Brenders) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-04-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Eucalyptus [April Saturdays residency!] / Hirut Restaurant 2016-04-02 (Saturday – Good eats available but not obligatory! early show 7 to 10 p.m.!) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet/Stuck in the City present (feat. Sheer Mag / Laffing Gas / VCR / Peeling) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-04-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Lazy Spring ["intimate solo and duo performances"] [feat. Dorothea Paas [solo] / Dad Art [duo] / Craig Currie [solo] / Baby Cages [duo]) / Holy Oak Café 2016-04-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

c_RL / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-04-03 (Sunday – afternoon show! 2:30 to 4:40 p.m.!)

Richard Laviolette / Holy Oak Café 2016-04-03 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 32 (feat. Databats / Erin Peck) / Handlebar 2016-04-03 (Sunday) [FB event]

The Veldt (Mimico / Scary Movie Noah/Enoch Loves You) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-04-03 (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!

Preanderthals (Tobelerone Boys / Chay & the Hostages) / 8-Eleven 2016-04-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Bart [Holomew album release] (New Fries) / Monarch Tavern 2016-04-07 (Thursday)

Eucalyptus [April Saturdays residency!] / Hirut Restaurant 2016-04-09 (Saturday – Good eats available but not obligatory! early show 7 to 10 p.m.!) [FB event]

Nyssa (Bert Sugar) / Handlebar 2016-04-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Fog Lake (Marine Dreams / The Seams / Home Alone) / Smiling Buddha 2016-04-10 (Saturday) [FB event]

UR Audio-Visual Showcase (feat. Eiyn Sof / New National Film Board Of Canada / Man Meets Bear / Silver Pools) / Holy Oak Café 2016-04-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

ZUZE ["popular & folk melodies of Iran and Azerbaijan set to afrobeat rhythms"] / The Cameron House 2016-04-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

Eucalyptus [April Saturdays residency!] / Hirut Restaurant 2016-04-16 (Saturday – Good eats available but not obligatory! early show 7 to 10 p.m.!) [FB event]

Sahara [EP release!] (Whimm / Pavilion) / CineCycle 2016-04-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Eucalyptus [April Saturdays residency!] / Hirut Restaurant 2016-04-23 (Saturday – Good eats available but not obligatory! early show 7 to 10 p.m.!) [FB event]

Michael Hurley [second show added!] (Sandro Perri and friends) / Array Space 2016-04-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 698 (feat. Tough Age / Century Palm / Germaphobes / Long Branch) / Monarch Tavern 2016-04-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

St. Dirt Elementary School [15th Anniversary!] (DUST: The Quietest Big Band in the Known World) / The Music Gallery 2016-04-29 (Friday) [FB event]

LAL [Find Safety album release concert!] (Too Attached / Marshia Celina) / Lee's Palace 2016-04-29 (Friday) [FB event]

Eucalyptus [April Saturdays residency!] / Hirut Restaurant 2016-04-30 (Saturday – Good eats available but not obligatory! early show 7 to 10 p.m.!) [FB event]

Ride the Tempo presents (feat. Partner / Pony / Eyeballs / Pale Lips / Pins & Needles) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-05-04 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 5 Year Anniversary Day 1 (feat. New Fries / Horse Lords / Carl Didur / JFM) / Anchored Social Club 2016-05-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 5 Year Anniversary Day 2 (feat. MATROX / Blonde Elvis / Germaphobes / Castle If) / Anchored Social Club 2016-05-07 (Saturday) [FB event]

Bandcamp corner:

  • Besides those new albums being celebrated above, perhaps this week's most vital release is #BLACKLIVESMATTER - TORONTO BLACK CITY MIXTAPE : A Love Letter In Song To Black Community, a fundraising compilation which has emerged to help support the essential work BLM-TO are doing — now camped out in front of police headquarters for more than a week, demanding justice for Andrew Loku and other community members killed without explanation or sanction by the police. The music on this collection brings together many stands of the coalition's sorrow, resilience, joy and activism. Listen and support.

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