Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #199

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:

Mas Aya [Nikan album release!] (Baoba / Obuxum / Lido Pimienta) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-05-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Very exciting to see there's finally a new release coming from Brandon Valdivia's solo project. Known for his work with Not the Wind, Not the Flag, Lido Pimienta, Above Top Secret and piles of ad hoc improvising groups, Mas Aya fuses electronic and organic percussion sounds into future riddims. A conscious party with highly-danceable protest songs, expect a cry for change and a celebration of togetherness.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Crosswires (feat. Wordburglar / More or Les) / The Baby G 2017-05-08 (Monday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Circles' "Little Prince Suite" Album Launch (feat. Aline Homzy/Andrew Downing/Graham Campbell/Matthew Roberts/Mackenzie Longpre) / The Emmet Ray 2017-05-08 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Ornate Ornette: To Who Whom Keeps a Record (feat. Emily Denison/Anthony Argatoff/Robert Grieve/Robert Diack/Alex Fournier) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-09 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Bunny (Andre Ethier) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-05-09 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Array Session #48 (feat. Bea Labikova/Heather Saumer/Doug Tielli/Martin Arnold) / Array Space 2017-05-09 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [more info]

Brodie West Quintet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-10 (Wednesday – early!)

The AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Ramsha / Processor) / Handlebar 2017-05-10 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Art of the Piano (feat. Ali Berkok) / Gallery 345 2017-05-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Bloodshot Bill (Frankie & Jimmy / Johnny Nocash) / Stop, Drop & Roll 2017-05-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Invocation Residency Series (feat. Wrekmeister Harmonies / Northumbria / Clara Engel) / Array Space 2017-05-12 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Zoo Owl (Ghost Twin / Plazas / Loji) / Handlebar 2017-05-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Doug Tielli Trio (Sweet Session) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-05-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Tasseomancy (Mega Bog / nutrients) / Smiling Buddha 2017-05-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Luther & Lassus: A Mighty Fortress ["The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is marked in the dramatic clash and convergence of musical styles in 16th century Germany. With period brass and organ."] (feat. The Tallis Choir of Toronto) / St. Patrick’s Church 2017-05-13 (Saturday) [more info]

Sunday Residency (feat. Sacred Lamp) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-14 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 3 p.m.!) [FB event]

Anamai [What Mountain LP release show!] (Chrysanthemum White Alder / Pissbowelking) / Smiling Buddha 2017-05-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. Two Ninety Two [Rob Clutton/Diane Roblin/Mark Zurawinski] / Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet [Jay Hay/Bea Labikova/Kayla Milmine/Paul Newman) / Array Space 2017-05-14 (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!

Slight (Bodywash / Blunt Chunks) / The Baby G 2017-05-17 (Wednesday) [FB event]

CMC Presents (feat. Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche / The Mike Smith Company) / The Drake Underground 2017-05-20 (Saturday – early show!) [FB event]

Optical Sounds Records Presents (feat. The Disraelis [Life's a Beach record release!] / Prince Ness / Persian Rugs) / The Baby G 2017-05-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

Mythology in Progress ["installation by Montreal artist Baron Lanteigne, accompanied by audio-visual performances"] (feat. Johan Seaton / Itchy and the Infectious / idmx) / Electric Perfume 2017-05-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

Faster Presents (feat. Faster / Matt Miller / Four Shadows Quartet [Zach Clark/Paul Newman/Brian Abbott/Kayla Milmine]) / Gerrard Art Space 2017-05-20 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Animatist) / The Emmet Ray 2017-05-21 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Graham Kartna (Tigerwing / Fusechild / Hustle Flesh) / Handlebar 2017-05-21 (Sunday) [FB event]

Keys, Wind and Strings Festival ["works by Allison Cameron, Gregory Lee Newsome, Uroš Rojko, Paul Clift, Solomiya Moroz and Marielle Groven"] (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective with Olivia Steimel and Solomiya Moroz) / Array Space 2017-05-24 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Keys, Wind and Strings Festival: Premieres VI ["world premieres by Jason Doell, Germaine Liu, Fjóla Evans , Kasia Czarski-Jachimovicz, and Tobias Eduard Schick"] (feat. Thin Edge New Music Collective with Olivia Steimel and Solomiya Moroz) / Array Space 2017-05-25 (Thursday) [FB event]

The Big Sound / The Great Hall 2017-05-26 (Friday) [FB event]

Riverrun [cassette release!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-27 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

Sportsfan [EP Release!] (Ducks Unlimited / No Frills) / Handlebar 2017-05-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Mazola [Praise the Maize LP release!] (Wearenotwhoweare [EP release!] / Soap) / Euro Sports Bar 2017-05-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Sacred Lamp (Fake Humans) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-05-28 (Sunday) [FB event]

Omhouse ["Nursery" single release!] (Kira May / Hairbrain) / The Baby G 2017-05-30 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Planet Creature [split EP release!] (Switches / B-17 / clamaglamza) / Handlebar 2017-06-01 (Thursday) [FB event]

Dan Misha Goldman (LUKA) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-06-02 (Friday) [FB event]

Spectrum Music presents: Tales from Turtle Island ["playwright Yolanda Bonnell has written a collection of five new pieces to be paired with new compositions by the Spectrum composers."] (feat. Rachel Cantin / Metis Fiddler Quartet / Classic Roots) / Alliance Française de Toronto 2017-06-03 (Saturday) [FB event]

Quaker Parents (Inland Island / Thomas / Blunt Chunks) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-06-09 (Friday) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Tatsuya Nakatani [solo] / Tatsuya Nakatani/Mika Posen/Danielle Fernandes / Brodie West & Joe Sorbara) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-06-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Music Gallery Departures Series: TONE Festival (feat. DKV [Ken Vandermark/Hamid Drake/Kent Kessler] / Icepick [Nate Wooley/Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten/Chris Corsano] / Invisible Out [Xuan Ye/Jason Doell]) / Burdock Hall 2017-06-15 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nick Fraser/Tony Malaby/Kris Davis / The Rex Hotel 2017-06-18–2017-06-19 (Sunday & Monday) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Grünen / The Cluttertones) / Array Space 2017-06-19 (Monday – all ages!) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Perch Hen Brock & Rain [Ab Baars/Ig Henneman/Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey] / Marilyn Lerner & Nicole Rampersaud) / Array Space 2017-06-20 (Tuesday – all ages!) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Hailu Mergia / Fake Humans) / Jam Factory 2017-06-21 (Wednesday – all ages!) [FB event]

Special Costello (New Chance / Isla Craig) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-06-21 (Wednesday) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Joe Morris/Daniel Pencer/Nicole Rampersaud) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-06-22 (Thursday) [more info]

TONE Festival (feat. Arrington De Dionyso & Pierre-Luc Simon / FET.NAT / Sook-Yin Lee & Adam Litovitz / Brian Ruryk) / Ratio 2017-06-24 (Saturday) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Ted Reichman / Anne Bourne & Matt Rogalsky) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-06-29 (Thursday) [more info]

Thin Skin (Luge / Flesh Narc / Toucan Slam) / Smiling Buddha 2017-08-02 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Bandcamp corner:

  • Leading up to the release celebration for What Mountain (this Sunday at Smiling Buddha!) Anna Mayberry and David Psutka have also just dropped this little companion-piece. Composed of two beautifully-shimmering instrumentals, this is a Name Your Price download, but do note that "100% of proceeds will go to OCHA (United Nations Foundations) famine relief efforts in Somalia".
  • More gorgeous, spiritual explorations from Michael Keith, who notes that "I am trying to raise funds for a trip to Istanbul in September. I have an opportunity to meet with a master musician and spend some time with him. It's also a gift to myself and celebration of turning 50."

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