Thursday, August 22, 2019

Recording: Cosmic Homeostasis XI

Artist: Cosmic Homeostasis XI

Songs: Out Among the Reeds [excerpt] + Windows and Passageways [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge, June 30, 2019.

Cosmic Homeostasis XI - Out Among the Reeds [excerpt]

Cosmic Homeostasis XI - Windows and Passageways [excerpt]

As the month's fifth Sunday rolls around once more, a robust turnout of musicians (and audience) showed up at the Tranzac to hang out and hear some pleasantly-unrushed drift-drones.

The afternoon's performers included:

  • Dame Cook - electronics, namer-of-things
  • Ron Blake - ipad apps
  • Michael Lynn (mkl32) - bass
  • Niamh Girling - push chime
  • Abigail Trotsky - guitar, ebow, pedals
  • Paul Newman - tenor saxophone
  • Chris Trotter - synth
  • Laura Swankey - voice, pedals
  • Mira Martin-Gray - electronics
  • Jordan Brown - synth, pedals
  • Matt Wells - bells
  • beard closet - guitar, noisebox
  • Del Stephen - piano, synth, drumstick
  • Heraclitus Akimbo - static, found sounds, effects

You can also check out the full sets over on bandcamp:

[Cosmic Homeostasis will be back in the Southern Cross on the afternoon of Sunday, September 29th!]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Recording: Deliluh

Artist: Deliluh

Song: Freeloader Feast

Recorded at MOCA (Not Dead Yet Presents), June 29, 2019.

Deliluh - Freeloader Feast

There was a bit of physical/emotional dislocation and relocation at this show, sorting through the realities and ironies of our gentrifying city. Recently a sort of semi-abandoned zone where off-the-grid culture flourished (and just over from where some cool DIY loft spaces used to be) and in a formerly-abandoned building (where audiences and musicians like the ones at hand used to sneak in and explore and smoke a joint, looking out over the city) this show took place in the new Museum of Contemporary Art, now refinished with a sort of austere/pricey minimalism and filled with Expensive Things. From the back of the long, rectangular space, held up by large circular concrete pillars, it looked not unlike a show taking place underneath a highway overpass — and by virtue of the space, it sounded more than a little like one too. Is this a simulacrum of independent culture, selling us back our nostalgia for a recently-departed past at a bespoke markup? Or is it just a matter of trying to find any sort of space in a city where space for the DIY spirit is getting crowded out?

Back from a tour and sharp as razorblades, this show served as the official release celebration for Deliluh's Oath Of Intent EP. It'd actually been a hot minute since I had seen the band in action, certainly not since they solidified with their current four-piece lineup with frontman Kyle Knapp and longstanding guitarist Julius Pedersen joined by Erik Jude (formerly of HSY, here on bass) and Erika Wharton-Shukster (on drums). Playing with fierceness and clarity, this was a tightly-focused set, showing off the EP's tunes, re-arranging a couple old ones and then finishing with one brand new one to leave the audience wanting more.

Recording: New Fries

Artist: New Fries

Song: unknown*

Recorded at MOCA (Not Dead Yet Presents), June 29, 2019.

New Fries - unknown

There was a bit of physical/emotional dislocation and relocation at this show, sorting through the realities and ironies of our gentrifying city. Recently a sort of semi-abandoned zone where off-the-grid culture flourished (and just over from where some cool DIY loft spaces used to be) and in a formerly-abandoned building (where audiences and musicians like the ones at hand used to sneak in and explore and smoke a joint, looking out over the city) this show took place in the new Museum of Contemporary Art, now refinished with a sort of austere/pricey minimalism and filled with Expensive Things. From the back of the long, rectangular space, held up by large circular concrete pillars, it looked not unlike a show taking place underneath a highway overpass — and by virtue of the space, it sounded more than a little like one too. Is this a simulacrum of independent culture, selling us back our nostalgia for a recently-departed past at a bespoke markup? Or is it just a matter of trying to find any sort of space in a city where space for the DIY spirit is getting crowded out?

The second time seeing this new trio re-incarnation of New Fries found the space rendering their sound a bit more harsh and apocalyptic than the previous go-round, but that takes away nothing from the menacing minimalist groove power underpinning the music.

[New Fries will be playing with Frigs and Piper Maru at the Velvet Underground on Saturday, December 14th.]

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

Recording: Eyeballs

Artist: Eyeballs

Songs: two unknown songs*

Recorded at MOCA (Not Dead Yet Presents), June 29, 2019.

Eyeballs - unknown #1

Eyeballs - unknown #2

There was a bit of physical/emotional dislocation and relocation at this show, sorting through the realities and ironies of our gentrifying city. Recently a sort of semi-abandoned zone where off-the-grid culture flourished (and just over from where some cool DIY loft spaces used to be) and in a formerly-abandoned building (where audiences and musicians like the ones at hand used to sneak in and explore and smoke a joint, looking out over the city) this show took place in the new Museum of Contemporary Art, now refinished with a sort of austere/pricey minimalism and filled with Expensive Things. From the back of the long, rectangular space, held up by large circular concrete pillars, it looked not unlike a show taking place underneath a highway overpass — and by virtue of the space, it sounded more than a little like one too. Is this a simulacrum of independent culture, selling us back our nostalgia for a recently-departed past at a bespoke markup? Or is it just a matter of trying to find any sort of space in a city where space for the DIY spirit is getting crowded out?

Even a fire alarm couldn't derail the make-our-own-fun clamour of this disco-punk duo. Loud-as-all-get-out and with the vox buried a bit, this felt like a giant basement party filled with thrumming dirges and square wave dance tracks.

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

Recording: Cares

Artist: Cares

Songs: Knowing + Resolution Body

Recorded at MOCA (Not Dead Yet Presents), June 29, 2019.

Cares - Knowing

Cares - Resolution Body

There was a bit of physical/emotional dislocation and relocation at this show, sorting through the realities and ironies of our gentrifying city. Recently a sort of semi-abandoned zone where off-the-grid culture flourished (and just over from where some cool DIY loft spaces used to be) and in a formerly-abandoned building (where audiences and musicians like the ones at hand used to sneak in and explore and smoke a joint, looking out over the city) this show took place in the new Museum of Contemporary Art, now refinished with a sort of austere/pricey minimalism and filled with Expensive Things. From the back of the long, rectangular space, held up by large circular concrete pillars, it looked not unlike a show taking place underneath a highway overpass — and by virtue of the space, it sounded more than a little like one too. Is this a simulacrum of independent culture, selling us back our nostalgia for a recently-departed past at a bespoke markup? Or is it just a matter of trying to find any sort of space in a city where space for the DIY spirit is getting crowded out?

Like a black and tan or other cocktail where ingredients with different specific gravities co-exist separately until forcefully mixed together, James Beardmore's mix of pretty ambience and unpretty weltzerstörungsgeräusch creates an uneasy listening experience. Still exploring his Regular Unconscious, there were an equal number of weird pop moments and abrasive noisebursts in this set.

[Cares will be playing a collaborative set alongside WHQB at See-Scape next week, as well as solo opening for Xiu Xiu and Jessica Moss on Wednesday, September 25th.]

Monday, August 19, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #315

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.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Avesta Nakhaei / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-19 (Monday – extra-early set @ 6 p.m.!) [FB event]

Otterville Mondays: August residency! (feat. Andrew Downing's Otterville) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-19 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Double Album Release Concert (feat. Jonathan Kay / Andrew Kay) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-08-19 (Monday) [FB event]

Tuesdays in August Residency (feat. Tania Gill Quartet [Tania Gill/Lina Allemano/Rob Clutton/Nico Dann]) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-20 (Tuesday – early! PWYC!) [FB event]

Music Hosted by Karen Ng (feat. Rob Clutton Trio [Rob Clutton/Nick Fraser/Karen Ng]) / Wenona Lodge 2019-08-20 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Wednesdays in August Residency (feat. Lina Allemano Standards Quartet [Lina Allemano/Michael Davidson/Andrew Downing/Nick Fraser]) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-21 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Ken Boothe (Jay Douglas) / CNE Bandshell 2019-08-21 (Wednesday – free with CNE admission!) [more info]

Brian Abbott/Germaine Liu/Nick Storring/Leslie Ting / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-21 (Wednesday – early!)

Lina Allemano/Karen Ng/Blake Howard/Josh Cole / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-21 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Summer Music in the Garden: Something Old, Something New (feat. VC2) / Toronto Music Garden 2019-08-22 (Thursday – free! all-ages + family-friendly!) [more info]

InBetween [Josh Cole/Ted Crosby/Karen Ng/Kai Basanta] (Kai Basanta [solo]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-22 (Thursday) [FB event]

Leather Jacuzzi (Priors / Dates / LICE6) / The Baby G 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Lee Paradise (Scarlett Rose) / The White House 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Marlaena Moore (Tange / Lavender Bruisers) / Monarch Tavern 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Toronto New Wave Multimedia Festival 2019 [ film, music and VR] (feat. Mike Barber / Olive B / R. Flex / MBG) / The Dakota Tavern 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Sound For Silence III (feat. Omhouse / The Holy Oak Family Singers) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Lozenge (Jazz Dads / Fury 161) / TBA 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Mike Gennaro & Ryan Driver (The Kurt Newman Jazz Trio) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Saturday Instrumental Bluegrass Spectacular / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-24 (Saturday – afternoon set @ 12:30 p.m.!) [FB event]

Toronto Bicycle Music Festival 10 (feat. Communism / Abigail Lapell / Dream Soda) / Trinity Bellwoods Park 2019-08-24 (Saturday – afternoon show! free, outdoors + all-ages!) [FB event]

Arts in the Park: Labyrinth Ontario (feat. Labyrinth Ensemble / Turkwaz) / Flemingdon Park 2019-08-24 (Saturday – 3 to 5 p.m.! free! outdoors + family-friendly!) [FB event]

Carl Didur (Karen Ng / Slime) / Beguiling's Basement 2019-08-24 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Elagabolus Dub [Mark Zurawinski/Mark Zurawinski/Arnd Jurgensen plus special guests Matt Miller/Andy Yue/Jamie Thompson] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-24 (Saturday) [FB event]

Jazz United Jam [live jazz + tap dancing!] / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-08-25 (Sunday)

Black Dresses (Brigitte Bardon't / Esther Splett / Body Rot) / Handlebar 2019-08-25 (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!

Tuesdays in August Residency (feat. Tania Gill Quartet [Tania Gill/Lina Allemano/Rob Clutton/Nico Dann]) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-27 (Tuesday – early! PWYC!) [FB event]

A Stone for David Berman [celebration of the life, words, and music of David Berman with performances of his poems and songs] (feat. Vish Khanna / Lightning Dust / Kritty Uranowski / Matthew "Doc" Dunn / Ayal Senior / Carl Wilson / Kyle Knapp / Jesse Locke / Mark Grundy / Scott Grundy / Katie Lavoie / Jose Miguel Contreras / Dave Schoonderbeek / Niko Stratis / Halina Katz / Jamez L. Burling / Jonathan Pappo / Kristina Smith / Patrick Grant / Ted Gudlat / James Lindsay / Meghan Harrison / Nick McKinlay / Akash Bansal / Melissa Vincent / Fan Wu) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2019-08-27 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Lightning Dust (Joseph Shabason / Andre Ethier / Chad Ross) / Monarch Tavern 2019-08-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Intersection Day 1: Music For Subways (feat. Sarah Hennies & Germaine Liu / Clarinet Panic / Mika Posen / Jason Doell with Contact) / Sheppard West Station/Pioneer Village Station/Highway 407 Station / Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station 2019-08-29 (Thursday – free! all ages!) [FB event]

Proxemics [Laura Swankey/Karen Ng/Mike McCormick/Mark Ballyk] / The Band Named Crow) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-08-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

NYC x Toronto [works by Stephanie Orlando, Rebecca Gray/Adrienne Scott, Yael Litwin and more] (feat. Femmelody Chamber Music Collective) / Canadian Music Centre 2019-08-30 (Friday) [FB event]

This is Awesome / The Gladstone Hotel 2019-08-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Michael Peter Olsen with Spencer Cole (Soft Thoughts [Tim Condon/Matt Nish-Lapidus/Michael Peter Olsen]) / Imperial Pub's backroom 2019-08-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Saturday Instrumental Bluegrass Spectacular / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-31 (Saturday – afternoon set @ 12:30 p.m.!) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 71 (feat. Howard Goldbach & Brandon DeGroote / Marley Rosen) / Handlebar 2019-09-01 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #54 (feat. Stephen Lyons / Brittany Craig Group / Michael Palumbo & Glen Hall) / Wenona Lodge 2019-09-03 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Max Donaldson [solo piano] / Array Space 2019-09-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Scaphe (Mononegatives / Rob Michalchuk / Oxalis) / The Imperial Pub's backroom 2019-09-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Xiu Xiu / Jessica Moss / Cares) / Jam Factory 2019-09-25 (Wednesday) [FB event]

L CON [EP release!] (Phèdre / Isla Craig) / The Baby G 2019-10-06 (Sunday) [FB event]

Ancient Shapes (Teenanger) / Lee's Palace 2019-10-10 (Thursday) [FB event]

Night Owl Festival – Day 1 (feat. No Joy / Ice Cream / Mimico / The Blank Tapes) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2019-10-11 (Friday) [FB event]

Biblical (Witchrot / Fake Humans) / Monarch Tavern 2019-10-25 (Friday) [FB event]

The Solipsists ft. Reknee Harrett / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-10-27 (Sunday) [FB event]

Mulatu Astatke / Mod Club Theatre 2019-12-11 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Recording: Cactus Truck

Artist: Cactus Truck

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (TONE Festival 3.6: Peter Gough Presents), June 27, 2019.

Cactus Truck - [excerpt]

This final night of the third edition of the TONE festival saw a quartet of Amsterdam-based musicians recombine over three sets to make sounds in several styles. Things closed out with this jazz-punk trio of John Dikeman (sax), Jasper Stadhouders (guit & bass) and Onno Govaert (percussion) skronkin' out in a way that would be familiar to fans of countrymen The Ex (or, perhaps even more appositely, Lean Left). Sending drumstands a-flying and twisting like shimmering ghosts, this was the way that the Festival ended, not with a whisper but a bang.

Recording: Draksler/Furlong/West

Artist: Kaja Draksler/Andrew Furlong/Brodie West

Song: [final section]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (TONE Festival 3.6: Peter Gough Presents), June 27, 2019.

Kaja Draksler/Andrew Furlong/Brodie West - [final section]

This final night of the third edition of the TONE festival saw a quartet of Amsterdam-based musicians recombine over three sets to make sounds in several styles. Pianist Kaja Draksler returned for a second set, this time joined by locals Andrew Furlong (double bass) and Brodie West (alto sax). Although there were no prepared piano excursions here and the overall sound was somewhat more restrained, this was an example of quiet intensity, building up a bit at the end of the set heard here to release the pent-up latent energy.

Recording: Feecho

Artist: Feecho

Song: [first section]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (TONE Festival 3.6: Peter Gough Presents), June 27, 2019.

Feecho - [first section]

This final night of the third edition of the TONE festival saw a quartet of Amsterdam-based musicians recombine over three sets to make sounds in several styles. The first set saw percussionist Onno Govaert joined by pianist Kaja Draksler (who added some preparations on the strings of the Southern Cross piano). Mysteriously-flattened plonks and scraped strings ensued, filling up the space with fractal sound-clusters.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Recording: Anunnaki

Artist: Anunnaki

Song: The Cries of Hypatia

Recorded at Monarch Tavern, June 26, 2019.

Anunnaki - The Cries of Hypatia

This duo from Nanaimo sees bassist Dave Read (of Moths & Locusts, etc) joined by drummer Arlen Thompson (of Wolf Parade). Mixing ominous drone-haze with dark metal heaviousity, the pair left the crowd wanting more, playing only a pair of longform tracks. Found in recorded form on a tour EP, the volume and crunch of the live versions put some flayed flesh on the bones of the pieces.

Recording: Harmony on Mars

Artist: Harmony on Mars

Song: Sell Your Fears

Recorded at Monarch Tavern, June 26, 2019.

Harmony on Mars - Sell Your Fears

The most song-based act in a night of psych-inspired experimenters, this Toronto-born, Montréal-based brother duo gave a contrast to the night's krautrock variations with a bracing blast of garage rock.

Recording: Stargoon

Artist: Stargoon

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Monarch Tavern, June 26, 2019.

Stargoon - [excerpt]

Re-emerging after a couple seasons away from the stage, Stargoon brought not only a new tape but also return special guest performer Kayla Milmine, adding some soprano sax (dry and processed) to the proceedings.

You can also see a visual sample from this set over on Ayal Senior's youtube channel:

[Still from Ayal Senior's video.]

Recording: Cola Wars

Artist: Cola Wars

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Monarch Tavern, June 26, 2019.

Cola Wars - [excerpt]

This solo space rock project aimed a wormhole to the planetarium within. Armed with extra lighting and fog machines, keyboardist Gregory Macdonald made his set as much a visual spectacle as a musical one — possibly some stagecraft learned in his tenure as the unofficial fifth member of Sloan.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #314

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:

Music at Tibet Kitchen (feat. Araz Salek / Karen Ng / Dusty / Dorothea Paas) / Tibet Kitchen 2019-08-18 (Sunday – music starts @ 3! good eats available!) [FB event]

A welcome return of a past favourite, Tibet Kitchen's back patio is as cosy an escape from the city as you could hope for. With Johnathan Adjemian selecting some healing vibes on the musical side, this is nourishment for the soul — and there's very tasty eats on offer as well for those seeking them.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Otterville Mondays: August residency! (feat. Andrew Downing's Otterville) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-12 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Jack Name (Andre Ethier / Isla Craig with Colin Fisher) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-08-12 (Monday) [FB event]

Samantha Riott & Sandy Ewen (Kurt Newman & Mira Martin-Gray) / Array Space 2019-08-12 (Monday) [FB event]

Ornate Presents (feat. Mike DeiCont [solo bass]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-13 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Audiopollination (feat. Glitter Queens [Olivia Shortt & Tyler J Sloane] / Love Children of the Apocalypse [Elizabeth Lima & Michael Lynn]) / Wenona Lodge 2019-08-13 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Hello Delaware (Moscow Apartment / Queen of Swords) / Horseshoe Tavern 2019-08-13 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Cramzac (feat. Karla [Yunjin Claire Lee/Yoni Newman] / Doc Dunn & Friends / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-13 (Tuesday)

Wednesdays in August Residency (feat. Lina Allemano Standards Quartet [Lina Allemano/Michael Davidson/Andrew Downing/Nick Fraser]) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-14 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Brodie West Quintet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-14 (Wednesday – early!)

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XXXII (feat. Rob Clutton [solo bass] / Josh Cole & Colin Fisher) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]

AMBiENT PiNG's 20th ANNiVERSARY (feat. Planet of the Loops [Andrew Aldridge/Wally Jericho/Steven Sauvé/Cheryl O/Kurt Swinghammer/Scott M2/Jamie Todd]) / Handlebar 2019-08-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Drab Majesty / Xeno & Oaklander / Body of Light) / Velvet Underground 2019-08-15 (Thursday) [FB event]

Creeping Jenny (Clara Engel / Concetta Abbate) / Antikka 2019-08-15 (Thursday) [FB event]

Colin Fisher/Hugh Marsh/Kieran Adams / Pamenar Café's patio 2019-08-15 (Thursday – PWYC!) [FB event]

The Leanover (Blonde Elvis / Johnny De Courcy / The Kommenden) / The Garrison 2019-08-16 (Friday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Kriegshog / Skizophrenia / S.H.I.T. / Vaaska / Game / Absolut / Cell / Tashme) / The Velvet Underground 2019-08-16 (Friday) [FB event]

Monk-a-Thon ["An all day Monk-a-Thon at the Tranzac! We will perform every one of Thelonious Monk's compositions in 3 configurations."] (feat. Lucas Dann/Tijs Klaassen/Wouter Kühne / Michael Davidson/Dan Fortin / "mystery solo act") / The Tranzac (Tiki Room + Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-17 (Saturday – 1 p.m. 'til midnight: afternoon in the Tiki Room, evening in the Southern Cross) [FB event]

Arts in the Park: Labyrinth Ontario (feat. Labyrinth Ensemble) / Flemingdon Park 2019-08-17 (Saturday – 3 to 5 p.m.! free! outdoors + family-friendly!) [FB event]

Audiopollination presents film and music (feat. Someone's Memory / Birth of Troubling Forms) / Array Space 2019-08-17 (Saturday) [FB event]

Jazz United Jam [live jazz + tap dancing!] / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-08-18 (Sunday)

JQXZ [George Koller/Diane Roblin] (Bruce Cassidy/Bill McBirnie) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-18 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Madeleine Ertel Quartet) / The Emmet Ray 2019-08-18 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Devon Welsh (Scott Hardware / Evan Cartwright) / The Baby G 2019-08-18 (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!

Avesta Nakhaei / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-19 (Monday – extra-early set @ 6 p.m.!) [FB event]

Double Album Release Concert (feat. Jonathan Kay / Andrew Kay) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-08-19 (Monday) [FB event]

Music Hosted by Karen Ng (feat. Rob Clutton Trio [Rob Clutton/Nick Fraser/Karen Ng]) / Wenona Lodge 2019-08-20 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Sound For Silence III (feat. Omhouse / The Holy Oak Family Singers) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Carl Didur (Karen Ng / Slime) / Beguiling's Basement 2019-08-24 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Intersection Day 2 (feat. Joan La Barbara / Eli Keszler / Germaine Liu) / Jam Factory 2019-08-30 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Shabason/Gunning [Muldrew album release!] (Slow Attack Ensemble) / Dufferin Grove Park 2019-08-31 (Saturday – afternoon show @ 3 p.m.!) [FB event]

Subtle Blend (feat. Obuxum [album release!] / AstroMega / M.I. Blue / Kozue Sato) / Handlebar 2019-08-31 (Saturday) [FB event]

Intersection Day 4: Music Gallery's Departures Series (feat. Morton Subotnick / Leucrocuta) / Jam Factory 2019-09-01 (Sunday – all-ages!) [more info]

Luge (Real World / Slurry) / The Baby G 2019-09-04 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Fournier/Urquhart Duo Plus [Ashley Urquhart/Alex Fournier/Michael Davidson] / Alchemy Food & Drink 2019-09-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Subtle Blend presents (feat. Elaquent / Pursuit Grooves / 2nd Son / CY) / Rivoli 2019-09-13 (Friday) [FB event]

Don't Speak (feat. Bonnetta/Huizinga / Carl Didur / Kat Estacio / Saturn City) / The Tranzac 2019-09-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Mega Bog (Scott Hardware) / The Boat 2019-09-15 (Sunday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Rakta / Intensive Care / Pantayo /Exes) / The Baby G 2019-10-02 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Recording: Korea Town Acid

Artist: Korea Town Acid

Song: unknown excerpt*

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall (TONE Festival 3.5), June 24, 2019.

Korea Town Acid - unknown excerpt

A night of avant-electronic sounds at the TONE Festival, with some locals interfacing with a pair of guests with fresh albums out on the Orange Milk label. The night proceeded from quiet drones to dancefloor grooves, with Jessica Cho providing the latter to close the night out. It's been a while since I'd seen her in action, but I'd been keeping an eye on her Korea Town Acid project, casrefully constructing dance grooves in realtime from a tableful of gear (and this was, it should be noted, the only set of the night that didn't use a laptop). Mostly aiming for dancefloor satisfaction, Cho's pieces found their groove and added subtle tweaks to maintain forward momentum — although this section, with everything getting filtered down to its static-y essence, shows there's an experimental urge powering the vibes.

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

Recording: CVN

Artist: CVN

Songs: two unknown tracks*

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall (TONE Festival 3.5), June 24, 2019.

CVN - [unknown #1]

CVN - [unknown #2]

A night of avant-electronic sounds at the TONE Festival, with some locals interfacing with a pair of guests with fresh albums out on the Orange Milk label. Shifting the night from sitting-down innerspace sounds to a more driven stand-up energy, Japan's Nobuyuki Sakuma offered up beatscapes riven by a flurry of stop/start percussion, industrialized donuts that stripped away the popsong coating that's more prominent on his I​.​C. album.

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

Recording: Koeosaeme

Artist: Koeosaeme

Songs: Inverse + Meat Texture*

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall (TONE Festival 3.5), June 24, 2019.

Koeosaeme - Inverse

Koeosaeme - Meat Texture

A night of avant-electronic sounds at the TONE Festival, with some locals interfacing with a pair of guests with fresh albums out on the Orange Milk label. Japanese artist Ryu Yoshizawa has just issued Obanikeshi, his second album for the label, and his set offered some advanced digital collages and ambient crunch-crackles, whispered voices and atonal string-stings adding some meat to the sonic gristle.

* Each of these overlaps mostly-but-not-completely with these cuts from the Obanikeshi album. Please leave a comment if you can suggest a better breakdown!

Recording: Kat Estacio

Artist: Kat Estacio

Song: [excerpt]*

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall (TONE Festival 3.5), June 24, 2019.

Kat Estacio - [excerpt]

A night of avant-electronic sounds at the TONE Festival, with some locals interfacing with a pair of guests with fresh albums out on the Orange Milk label. The night proceeded from quiet drones to dancefloor grooves, with Kat Estacio providing the former. Adding bells and gongs to background rumbles, with the earthy sounds of field recordings occasionally leaking through, this set made its impact by being the least busy of the night's varied soundscapes.

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

Friday, August 9, 2019

Recording: KIND MIND

Artist: KIND MIND

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), June 19, 2019.

KIND MIND - unknown

This trio of Josh Cole (double bass), Karen Ng (alto sax), and Michael Davidson not only now has a name but also a nascent book of compositions, fresh enough to sound like urgent and unpolished drafts, and still lacking titles.

[This trio will be back in the Southern Cross on Wednesday, August 21st.]

* As of posting, this piece is untitled — this may someday get updated if/when new information comes to light.

Recording: Yves Charuest

Artist: Yves Charuest

Song: [first piece excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), June 19, 2019.

Yves Charuest - [first piece excerpt]

Josh Cole & co. shared their late slot with visiting Montréal saxophonist Yves Charuest, who offered some solo concepts, building up steam like a conversation growing in intensity from sputtery outburts to extended explanations.

Recording: Fourier-Moneo-Zurawinski

Artist: Kristian Fourier/Nelson Moneo/Mark Zurawinski

Songs: [first set excerpt, in two parts] + [second set, second piece excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), June 19, 2019.

Kristian Fourier/Nelson Moneo/Mark Zurawinski - [first set excerpt, part 1]

Kristian Fourier/Nelson Moneo/Mark Zurawinski - [first set excerpt, part 2]

Kristian Fourier/Nelson Moneo/Mark Zurawinski - [second set, second piece excerpt]

More improvisations from Kristian Fourier (piano, pedals) and Nelson Moneo (viola), this time alongside percussionist Mark Zurawinski, each of whom were using effects to broaden their personal vocabularies. Fourier's echoes, nudged into staticbursts, drove the trio's animated buzzing sputters — and there were some sweetly melodic moments as well, such as the resolution of the final selection here.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Recording: Lubomyr Melnyk

Artist: Lubomyr Melnyk

Songs: Butterfly [excerpt] + Windmills [excerpt]

Recorded at St. Anne's Anglican Church (Invocation Presents), June 18, 2019.

Lubomyr Melnyk - Butterfly [excerpt]

Lubomyr Melnyk - Windmills [excerpt]

A night out to church with mystic and braggart Lubomyr Melnyk, who in his seventies is still claiming the crown as the world's fastest durational piano player. Dismissing such prosaic notions as the concept of sound as waves, Melnyk has moved beyond science in seeking out the magical origins of sound, telling the crowd that magic is the slave of sound and the universe is a slave of magic. (Melnyk is not adverse however to deploying technology, such as in a number of "dual piano" pieces that involve one part prerecorded during soundcheck that is then played along with during the concert.)

Melnyk dabbled a bit in "normal" piano styles (such as the beginning of "Butterfly" heard here), but most of the concert was played with his "continuous" technique — rapid flurries of notes that flow like a river into a sort of drone, and creating astonishing overtones that aren't fully captured in recordings. (For a local connection, his continuous playing was first documented in his KMH album, recorded and released by Music Gallery Editions during his late-70's time in the city.) The night ended with the nearly hour-long "Windmills", a musical version of a meticulously-detailed pointillist painting telling the story of a windmill: first functioning in high efficiency, then struggling against storm-winds, then adrift as an untethered soul after collapsing.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Recording: Lotte Anker

Artist: Lotte Anker

Songs: [excerpts from two pieces]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (TONE Festival 3.3/Cramzac Presents), June 11, 2019.

Lotte Anker - [first piece excerpt]

Lotte Anker - [second piece excerpt]

Andrew Zukerman's low-key Cramzac series (on the second Tuesday of the month) usually offers up some enticing sounds; this night was shared with the TONE Festival, offering the stage to some European guests to interface with local soundmakers. This Copenhagen-based Danish saxophonist brought three horns to the stage for her solo sax explorations. Starting with soprano, she moved into some extended techniques, bowing the bell of her tenor while playing.

[Cramzac is back in the Southern Cross next Tuesday (August 14th) with sets from Karla (Yunjin Claire Lee & Yoni Newman) plus Doc Dunn & Friends.]

Recording: Tarozzi/Pencer/Melanson/Liu

Artist: Silvia Tarozzi/Dan Pencer/Phil Melanson/Germaine Liu

Song: [two excerpts]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (TONE Festival 3.3/Cramzac Presents), June 11, 2019.

Silvia Tarozzi/Dan Pencer/Phil Melanson/Germaine Liu - [first piece, edited excerpt 1]

Silvia Tarozzi/Dan Pencer/Phil Melanson/Germaine Liu - [first piece, excerpt 2]

Andrew Zukerman's low-key Cramzac series (on the second Tuesday of the month) usually offers up some enticing sounds; this night was shared with the TONE Festival, offering the stage to some European guests to interface with local soundmakers. This night definitely put the "cram" in Cramzac, the Festival Effect whipping up a full house, but one that stayed admirably focused for a first set of quiet sounds.

Given the quiet but playful zones that Silvia Tarozzi seemed at home in, she was provided with a superbly-selected like-minded group of accompanists in Germaine Liu, Phil Melanson and Dan Pencer. Creaks, squeaks and bird cheeps were the sorts of rustles mostly on offer, although the tension built up in those explorations was thoroughly released in a playful second piece that unfolded more like a game initiated by Tarozzi, tossing pebbles from Melanson's stockpile against drumheads and other implements.

[Cramzac is back in the Southern Cross next Tuesday (August 14th) with sets from Karla (Yunjin Claire Lee & Yoni Newman) plus Doc Dunn & Friends.]

Monday, August 5, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #313

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:

Laura Barrett [Who Is The Baker? album release!] (Rainos 'Moyo' Mutamba / Robin Hatch) / The Monarch Tavern 2019-08-08 (Thursday) [FB event]

Laura Barrett was a key player is this city's indie scene of a decade or so ago, growing from the is-it-a-novelty-act? questions surrounding her early kalimba pop into a bona fide songwriter. Transitioning into work for film, she has been less conspicuously present on local stages (especially since Sheezer, the Weezer cover project she was a part of, called it a day), which makes the decade-in-the-making release of Who Is The Baker? a true special occasion.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Otterville Mondays: August residency! (feat. Andrew Downing's Otterville) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-05 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Jeff LaRochelle 5 [Chris Pruden/Michael Davidson/Dan Fortin/Eric West/Jeff LaRochelle] / The Emmet Ray 2019-08-05 (Monday – PWYC!) [FB event]

The Composer's Club (feat. Brian Abbott / Diane Roblin / Paul Newman) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-06 (Tuesday – extra-early event @ 5 p.m.!)

Track Could Bend #53 (feat. Hiroki Tanaka / Del Stephen's Today Versions / Liz Lima) / Wenona Lodge 2019-08-06 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Truth Cult / Best Wishes / Hesitate) / See-Scape 2019-08-06 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Wednesdays in August Residency (feat. Lina Allemano Standards Quartet [Lina Allemano/Michael Davidson/Andrew Downing]) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-07 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Dean Drouillard/Joshua Van Tassel / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-07 (Wednesday – early!)

Cosmic Country for Communists (feat. Nashville Minimalism Unit / Nick Flanagan [comedy] / Sima Sepehri [comedy]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-07 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Peanut Gallery Inaugural Ball (feat. Future Machines / Animatist / Yumster / DustBin) / Junction City Music Hall 2019-08-08 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nhapitapi / Island Cafe 2019-08-09 (Friday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Habari Africa Festival (feat. Kaabi Kouyate / Maghreb Project / Arabesque Canada / Zahara) / Harbourfront Centre – Concert Stage 2019-08-09 (Friday – free, outdoors, all-ages + family-friendly!) [more info]

Clustered Keys ["works by Anna Thorvaldsdöttir, Monica Pearce, Elainie Lillios, Nicole Lizée, Keith Kirchoff, Phyllis Chen and a sneak peak of Cory Harper-Latkovich's collaborative project with both Megan and Justin"] (feat. Megan Thibeault and Justin Ortez) / Canadian Music Centre 2019-08-09 (Friday) [FB event]

Mauno (Fleece / For Jane / Bodywash) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2019-08-09 (Friday) [FB event]

Colin Fisher & Victor Cirone / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-09 (Friday) [FB event]

Arts in the Park: Labyrinth Ontario (feat. Tanjer Alam) / Flemingdon Park 2019-08-10 (Saturday – 3 to 5 p.m.! free! outdoors + family-friendly!) [FB event]

Habari Africa Festival (feat. Mohamed Diaby / Brian Litvin & Jabulani / Balafon Village with Adama Daou / Elvis Bokosha / Adam Solomon / Rama Club / Olivier Tshimanga) / Harbourfront Centre – Concert Stage 2019-08-10 (Saturday – free, outdoors, all-ages + family-friendly!) [more info]

Kathy Zimmer (Sarah Greene / Kat Goldman) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-10 (Saturday – extra-early show @ 6:30) [FB event]

Habari Africa Festival (feat. Ruth Mathiang / Balafon Village with Adama Daou / Benkadi / Sadakah) / Harbourfront Centre – Concert Stage 2019-08-11 (Sunday – free, outdoors, all-ages + family-friendly!) [more info]

Summer Music in the Garden: Raags of Love and Devotion (feat. Ramneek Singh/Ravi Naimpally/Hardeep Chana) ["mesmerizing improvisations on afternoon raags from the Hindustani classical tradition"] / Toronto Music Garden 2019-08-11 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 4 p.m.! free! all-ages + family-friendly!) [more info]

Ayal Senior Presents (feat. Stargoon) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-11 (Sunday – family-friendly afternoon show, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Sunday Social (feat. Phèdre / DOOMSQUAD) / The Bentway 2019-08-11 (Sunday – free! afternoon performance @ 4 p.m.) [FB event]

Jazz United Jam [live jazz + tap dancing!] / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-08-11 (Sunday)

Colour and Noise / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-11 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. Dame Cook/Victor Ostrovsky / Bill Gilliam/Bill McBirnie/Eugene Martynec/Ambrose Pottie) / Array Space 2019-08-11 (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!

Yoink (Future Machines / Art the Band) / Duffy's Tavern 2019-08-12 (Monday) [FB event]

Ornate Presents (feat. Mike DeiCont [solo bass]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-13 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Wednesdays in August Residency (feat. Lina Allemano Standards Quartet [Lina Allemano/Michael Davidson/Andrew Downing/Nick Fraser]) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-14 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Audiopollination presents film and music (feat. Someone's Memory / Birth of Troubling Forms) / Array Space 2019-08-17 (Saturday) [FB event]

Music at Tibet Kitchen (feat. Araz Salek / Karen Ng / Dusty / Dorothea Paas) / Tibet Kitchen 2019-08-18 (Sunday – music starts @ 3! good eats available!) [FB event]

JQXZ [George Koller/Diane Roblin] (Bruce Cassidy/Bill McBirnie) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-18 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Devon Welsh (Scott Hardware / Evan Cartwright) / The Baby G 2019-08-18 (Sunday) [FB event]

Wednesdays in August Residency (feat. Lina Allemano Standards Quartet [Lina Allemano/Michael Davidson/Andrew Downing/Nick Fraser]) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-21 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Marlaena Moore (Tange / Lavender Bruisers) / Monarch Tavern 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Toronto New Wave Multimedia Festival 2019 [film, music and VR] (feat. Mike Barber / Olive B / R. Flex / MBG) / The Dakota Tavern 2019-08-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Elagabolus Dub [Mark Zurawinski/Mark Zurawinski/Arnd Jurgensen plus special guests Matt Miller/Andy Yue/Jamie Thompson] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-08-24 (Saturday) [FB event]

Black Dresses (Brigitte Bardon't / Esther Splett / Body Rot) / Handlebar 2019-08-25 (Sunday) [FB event]

Wednesdays in August Residency (feat. Lina Allemano Standards Quartet [Lina Allemano/Michael Davidson/Andrew Downing/Nick Fraser]) / The Rex Hotel 2019-08-28 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Grandma’s Secret Spices 3: A Night Of Experimental Music (feat. Xuan Ye + Brigitte Bardon’t / The Databats / Mike Barber / Sonja) / Handlebar 2019-08-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Sheer Mag / Tweens / Protruders) / Lee's Palace 2019-09-03 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital Presents (feat. Sarah Pagé / Joni Void / Joyful Joyful) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-10-11 (Friday) [FB event]

Corridor (Absolutely Free) / The Garrison 2019-11-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]


Community corner:

  • Constellations presents: Resonant Bodies will be having an exhibition opening on Sunday (August 11th) at the Toronto Media Arts Centre. Featuring MFS fave Cheldon Paterson (a.k.a. ShowPitchSound) plus Aliya Pabani, Chandra Melting Tallow, Jon Tjhia, Kaija Siirala and Phoebe Wang, artists have created new sound-based works "about the sonic reflections between bodies and their environments". Aspects of these works will be performed live by the artists at the exhibition opening, and admission is free with an RSVP. (The exhibition will run from August 11th-17th.)
  • As previously mentioned in this space, Simone Schmidt's "theatrical" revision of her Audible Songs from Rockwood album begins a string of performances at the SummerWorks festival this weekend. Ticket info for all five shows and everything else you need can be found here.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Recording: Bearrah Fawcett

Artist: Bearrah Fawcett

Songs: Improvisation [excerpt] + Intro to The Dog Walk + The Dog Walk

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Ornate Presents), June 11, 2019.

Bearrah Fawcett - Improvisation [excerpt]

Bearrah Fawcett - Intro to The Dog Walk

Bearrah Fawcett - The Dog Walk

One cool thing about living in this town is that there are more cool gigs to go to than you could ever have time for. The corresponding downside is that you're going to miss some stuff — and due to those Tuesday night conflicts, it had been a while since I had checked in with the Ornate Presents series at The Tranzac. This night featured a couple sets from the wryly-named Bearrah Fawcett, a casual sort of jazzish group consisting of (at least for this show) Alex Fournier (double bass), Stefan Hegerat (percussion), Rob Grieve (guit) plus Madeline Ertel and Kaelin Murphy up front on trumpets. There was a game plan here, with the group tackling a half-dozen compositions, but there was also room left for some off-script moments as well.

[The next edition of Ornate Presents (on Tuesday, August 13th) features Mike DeiCont offering some solo bass sounds.]

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Recording: The Dwarfs of East Agouza

Artist: The Dwarfs of East Agouza

Songs: two unknown pieces*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (The Music Gallery's Departures Series: TONE Festival), June 6, 2019.

The Dwarfs of East Agouza - unknown #1

The Dwarfs of East Agouza - unknown #2

Continuing a recent tradition, Tad Michalak brought together two of his curatorial undertakings — the TONE Festival and the Music Gallery's Departures Series — to put on a scaled-up show to launch the former's third iteration. This trio of transcultural deep-groovers saw Sam Shalabi (guitarist, known for his work in Shalabi Effect and Land of Kush) and Alan Bishop (of the Sun City Girls and co-founder of the Sublime Frequencies label) joined by Maurice Louca (on synth and beats) to mutate Egyptian pop and other styles into a seamless pastiche of shortwave transmissions, postpunk shred, no wave skronk and further unclassifiable ingredients, similar to the mix heard on their Bes album.

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

Recording: Omar Bongo

Artist: Omar Bongo

Song: Ruux aad Bari istarateen

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (The Music Gallery's Departures Series: TONE Festival), June 6, 2019.

Omar Bongo - Ruux aad Bari istarateen

Continuing a recent tradition, Tad Michalak brought together two of his curatorial undertakings — the TONE Festival and the Music Gallery's Departures Series — to put on a scaled-up show to launch the former's third iteration. This night of cross-genre grooves saw crate-digging fusionists The Dwarfs of East Agouza making their local debut, but local content was provided by kaban (Somali oud/lute) master Omar Bongo, playing in the Qaraami style.

[Omar Bongo has a recent tape (also out on bandcamp) put out by Wait and See, who are tracking under-documented musical strains in the Toronto area.]