Friday, September 4, 2015

Recording: Wei Zhongle

Artist: Wei Zhongle

Song: Pledge

Recorded at The Cavern Bar, August 23, 2015.

Wei Zhongle - Pledge

I'd heard from friends who had been that The Cavern Bar had an unusual vibe for a gig, and this first visit confirmed that. Off the usual music venue grid on Church Street, the basement room is as much a watering hole for patrons of the hostel above as a destination for music seekers, leading to some random interactions and moments of bands playing to as many blissfully indifferent patrons as folks there for the show. In proper art rock fashion, there were plenty of signifiers to unpack in this Chicago group's métier — starting with their relationship to the virtuoso of traditional Chinese instruments from whom they have taken their name. There are definite Far Eastern influences to be teased out from their music, giving a grounding to what sometimes might otherwise come off as precious herky-jerky rhythms and a penchant for keening chant-singing in Rob Jacobs' vocals. John McCowen's clarinet also contributed to the music's thin'n'reedy sound. Nominally a trio, they were touring with a bassist, which alongside Sam Klickner's drum work grounded the music in rock'n'roll. Mixed together, the music mostly emerged as a sort of off-kilter (but self-aware) new wave.

Recording: Mirapolis

Artist: Mirapolis

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Cavern Bar, August 23, 2015.

Mirapolis - unknown

I'd heard from friends who had been that The Cavern Bar had an unusual vibe for a gig, and this first visit confirmed that. Off the usual music venue grid on Church Street, the basement room is as much a watering hole for patrons of the hostel above as a destination for music seekers, leading to some random interactions and moments of bands playing to as many blissfully indifferent patrons as folks there for the show. As with openers Bears & Children, I was familiar with one-third of this young unit, having seen drummer Noah Sherman in action previously. Joined by Luan Phung (guit) and Chris Rennie (tenor sax) the group was pushing in a few different directions, sounding, at a couple points, like Tortoise attempting to tackle "A Love Supreme". That questing quality (which also lead to an intriguing cover of Olivier Messiaen's "Louange à l'éternité de Jésus") was the band's best asset, compensating for a few moments of lingering jazz-school precision fustiness.

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

Recording: Bears and Children

Artist: Bears and Children

Song: Still

Recorded at The Cavern Bar, August 23, 2015.

Bears and Children - Still

I'd heard from friends who had been that The Cavern Bar had an unusual vibe for a gig, and this first visit confirmed that. Off the usual music venue grid on Church Street, the basement room is as much a watering hole for patrons of the hostel above as a destination for music seekers, leading to some random interactions and moments of bands playing to as many blissfully indifferent patrons as folks there for the show. Leading off a night of experimental music and art rock, Bears and Children fared reasonably well with their pop-laced glitchprog. The songs hyperactively skipped from one sound to another, steered by a trio employing electronics, laptop, guitar and violin. (The latter was provided by Ben Sirois, who I recognized from his work both with The Flowers of Hell and as an improviser.) Things got a little too jumpy for me at some points, but the group sound somewhat more measured on their bandcamp releases.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Recording: The Channels

Artist: The Channels

Song: Symptom Vintage

Recorded at Handlebar, August 22, 2015.

The Channels - Symptom Vintage

The Channels are a band from Boston that come prepared — with plastic forks crammed under their strings, or with clips attached to them. They also brought their wah pedals — for guit and bass — and gave them plenty of use in a set that drew equal inspiration from Sonic Youth-style shard-shredding and Primus-y speed prog. Dubbed something of a supergroup of Boston underground performers (of which I'm only familiar with Guerilla Toss) it looks like the band has already been through a couple incarnations, moving from a dual-drummer format to its current trio.

Recording: Imaginary Flesh

Artist: Imaginary Flesh

Songs: two sections from "Seven Haab Out of Xi Boötis"*

Recorded at Handlebar, August 22, 2015.

Imaginary Flesh - Seven Haab Out of Xi Boötis [drone section]

Imaginary Flesh - Seven Haab Out of Xi Boötis [krautrock section]

Though not playing out too much (there was only one show in the interim), Cory Latkovich's Imaginary Flesh have been making immense strides through time and space since I last saw 'em. This Tad Michalak-curated gig saw the five-piece devote their entire forty-minute set to this ambitiously-sprawling new piece that heightens (and/or implodes) all previous expectations of the group — and its trajectory away from its previous incarnation. There's certainly a composerly architecture and plenty 'nuff fiddly moments to warrant the scores the musicians were consulting, but sonically more than ever this cashes out as rock music — even if one means that in the deliberately-arranged proggy way. Playing in a bar (rather than a more sedate experimental music space) also gave the band room to crank up the volume and explore the dynamics of the piece's peaks and valleys. Losing drummer D. Alex Meeks to educational leave probably means that pace of shows isn't going to pick up any time soon, but the band recently completed some recording sessions that will see the light of day by and by. For now, here's a couple sections as heard in the rough.

[Cory Latkovich and guitarist Rob Grieve will be performing as Dreamed Meat at this Saturday's Intersection festival.]

* I understand there is a formal delineation of this piece's sections. I will update this accordingly if I can refine the titles.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Recording: Bernice

Artist: Bernice

Song: Glue

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall, August 16, 2015.

Bernice - Glue

Settling into their newer songs, the band sounded a bit more restrained in their arrangements — Thom Gill's sampler-spatter was more reined-in than the last couple times I saw 'em — but there were still plenty of sonic embellishments around Robin Dann's voice. Heading out on an East Coast tour with Devon Sproule, there were a couple new songs on a tape at the merch table, so hopefully that's a sign that the full batch is getting closer to release.

Recording: Devon Sproule

Artist: Devon Sproule

Song: Snap Shudder*

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall, August 16, 2015.

Devon Sproule - Snap Shudder

Heading out on a joint east-coast tour, it was not surprising to see that Devon Sproule's backing band was essentially a reshuffled version of Bernice. With Phil Melanson on drums, Dan Fortin on bass and Thom Gill on guitar (plus, of course, Robin Dann and Felicity Williams' lushly-sophisticated backing vox) what was more interesting to note how unlike Bernice they sounded, bringing a different sound (more West Coast pop, less ambient textures) to serve Sproule's songs. The same crew also backed Sproule in the studio for her newest batch of songs, so we can expect the collaboration to continue on from here.

* Thanks to Devon for passing along the title to this one!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Recording: Nidus

Artist: Nidus

Song: Accumulations [three excerpts]

Recorded at Ratio (Accumulations: a 6-hour symbiotonotopic experiment), August 16, 2015.

Nidus - Accumulations [excerpt 1]

Nidus - Accumulations [excerpt 2a]

Nidus - Accumulations [excerpt 2b]

Nidus - Accumulations [excerpt 3]

After a few more "standard" gigs, Marc Couroux, Jason Doell and Matthew Ramolo upped the ante with this six hour "symbiotonotopic experiment" unfolding over an afternoon and evening at Ratio. Billed as a casual, drop-in-as-you-please affair, the marathon set heightened the band's investigations of the liminal spaces between foreground and background music as it surged and oozed along. I was on hand for about two-and-a-half hours (though I will confess I ducked out in the middle of that to grab a slice at Fresca) and in the third of the whole that I was on hand for the music ranged from austere chamber synthdrones to sci-fi dubscapes to percussive crests to weird swing to get-your-chant-on — suitable to massage all of your brain's zones.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #112

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:

Intersection (Day 1) (feat. The Element Choir / Flowers Of Hell / Music In The Barns [presenting John Oswald's "Spectre"] / Tatsuya Nakatani / Not The Wind, Not The Flag / Taktus / Christof Migone / Cory Latkovich & Rob Grieve / Knurl) / Yonge-Dundas Square 2015-09-05 (Saturday – 2 to 10 p.m.! free! outside! cultural frissons!) [FB event]

The Music Gallery Departures Series/Intersection (feat. Shalabi Effect / "Doc" Dunn & The Cosmic Range / Jason Doell) / Jam Factory 2015-09-06 (Sunday) [FB event]

I've been a fan of the Labour Day Intersection Festival for several years now — partially because it's such a dislocating experience. Mixing new-school contemporary classical with other flavours of experimental music and tossing the whole thing into the ad-bath of Yonge-Dundas Square leads to all sorts of random reactions and interactions. This year the festival — long-curated by Contact Contemporary Music — gets a much-anticipated rejuvenation through a new co-curation arrangement with Tad Michalak of Burn Down The Capital/Feast In the East fame. Expect some wonderfully jarring noises — like, say, Knurl's sawblade violin feedback squalls — to echo off the surrounding buildings. It's a free, all-day event, so feel free to drop by for a taste.

Meanwhile, the festival concludes with a ticketed event on the following night that doubles as part of the Music Gallery's offsite "Departures" series, with a new chamber group from Jason Doell and the always-excellent Doc Dunn plus out-of-town vistors Shalabi Effect.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Riverrun / The Emmet Ray 2015-08-31 (Monday – PWYC!)

Fog Lake (Molly Drag / Konig) / Smiling Buddha 2015-08-31 (Monday) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #6 (feat. Basmyn Jurke / Alaniaris / Ken Aldcroft + Mike Gennaro) / Dundas Video 2015-09-01 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Omhouse (Gala) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-09-01 (Tuesday) [FB event]

La Luz (Michael Rault / Vallens) / Adelaide Hall 2015-09-01 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Will Sprott [of The Mumlers/Shannon & The Clams] (Kiwi Jr. / Persian Rugs) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-09-01 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Live on the Patio (feat. Mar Aberto SoundSystem) / Roy Thomson Hall Patio 2015-09-02 (Wednesday – free! outside! early show @ 5 p.m.!) [more info]

troubleshooting~ v5 (feat. Jonathan Adjemian / Glen Hall and Eugene Martynec / Zach Clark) [FB event] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-09-02 (Wednesday – early!)

AGO First Thursdays: Nostalgia Canadiana [Musical tribute to The Rheostatics] (feat. Thom Gill / Laura Barrett / Terra Lightfoot / Casey Mecija / Mike O'Brien / Sandro Perri / Marker Starling / Mary Margaret O’Hara) / The Art Gallery of Ontario 2015-09-03 (Thursday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Brick Quartet + Joe Sorbara / Knurl / Clutton/Grossman/Liu/o) / Ratio 2015-09-03 (Thursday) [FB event]

Paper Beat Scissors [album release!] (L CON) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-09-03 (Thursday) [FB event]

Tania Gill, with special guests Lina Allemano, Rob Clutton, Nico Dann / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-09-04 (Friday – early!)

Crosss (Babysitter / Cellphone / HAG FACE) / Smiling Buddha 2015-09-04 (Friday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 52 (feat. DAS RAD / Stüka / Darknesses / Plasmalab) / Jam Factory 2015-09-04 (Friday) [FB event]

Above Top Secret / Harbourfront Centre – W------ Stage 2015-09-04 (Friday – free! all ages! outside!) [FB event]

Bart (Michael Stasis / Germaphobes / The Seams) / Double Double Land 2015-09-05 (Saturday) [FB event]

Laid back and lovely (feat. Fresh Flesh / Blunt Chunks / Sad Sorcerer) / Holy Oak Café 2015-09-05 (Saturday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 25 (feat. OVER̄ / Mantragora) / Handlebar 2015-09-06 (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!

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-09-08 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Definitely Not The Opening Gala! (feat. Moon King / Beta Frontiers / Army Girls) / Bovine Sex Club 2015-09-10 (Thursday – no cover!) [FB event]

The Sounds of Sleeping Giant (feat. Bruce Peninsula) / John St. TIFF Stage 2015-09-11 (Friday — free! outside! early show @ 7:45 p.m.!) [FB event]

Creep Highway (Apeshit Simians / Kurt Marble) / Smiling Buddha 2015-09-12 (Saturday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano Four [10th anniversary celebration!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-09-13 (Sunday) [FB event]

Ultimate Painting (Jaunt / Century Palm) / Adelaide Hall 2015-09-15 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Juice: split 7" release party (feat. Old & Weird / New Fries / Farang / Dorothea Paas / Partner) / Double Double Land 2015-09-16 (Wednesday) [FB event]

THE AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Stereo Hypnosis / Heiki) / Ratio 2015-09-16 (Wednesday) [FB event]

INVOCATION TO presents: "Teenage Love Stories" (feat. Jib Kidder / Moon McMullen / Joanne Pollock / Brigitte Bardon't) / Dundas Video 2015-09-17 (Thursday) [FB event]

Bile Sister Presents (feat. Mary Ocher / JOOJ / Baby Cages) / Double Double Land 2015-09-18 (Friday) [FB event]

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan (Tonkapuma) / The Garrison 2015-09-18 (Friday) [FB event]

Mild High Club (Wish / Germaphobes) / Smiling Buddha 2015-09-22 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Last Lizard [aka Alex Zhang Hungtai, ex-Dirty Beaches] (LA Timpa [debut show!]) / Double Double Land 2015-09-24 (Thursday) [FB event]

Peers [tape release!] (Country / Taste [single release!] / Nyssa) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-09-25 (Friday) [FB event]

New Fries / Videofag 2015-10-11 (Sunday) [FB event]

Slim Twig (Crosss) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-10-21 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Gnosis (feat. David Virelles w/ Román Díaz) [world premiere!] / The Music Gallery 2015-11-27–2015-11-28 (Friday & Saturday) [FB event]

Dilly Dally / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-11-27 (Friday) [FB event]

Tanya Tagaq (Owen Pallett) / Massey Hall 2015-12-01 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Friday, August 28, 2015

Recording: Still Boys

Artist: Still Boys

Song: [a song about juice]*

Recorded at Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement (SummerWorks Music Series: 2016 Spring Collection), August 14, 2015.

Still Boys - [a song about juice]

The SummerWorks Music series, evolving since its inception in 2008, feels to have really and truly settled into its identity both as another way for SummerWorks to celebrate its growing foregrounding of interdisciplinary art and as a unique feature of the city's live music scene. After a couple years of just stuffing some bands down in the basement to provide an après-play gathering space, 2010's Hidden Cameras spectacular (featuring a "dramatic retelling" their Origin: Orphan album) pointed the way forward — but it wasn't really until 2012 that the festival started to ramp up the practice of pairing musicians with artists from other disciplines to create unique, one-off events.

It was finally in 2013 that the "mature" music series fully emerged, with stand-out events from Maylee Todd and Snowblink. Since then, collaboration has moved to the centre. Last year saw the series' first visit to the Pia Bouman School at the edge of Parkdale, which became their home this year, giving the Series its own space (and a cool pop-up venue). Adam Bradley and the returning Andrew Pulsifer have played to the series' strengths with their musical curation, and all of the works this year felt like good additions to a series whose legacy includes the future memories of these one-of-a-kind shows.

The Music Series was capped off with a special appearance this this giant face (?) / alien boy band (?!) whose very manifestation still leaves more questions than answers. I have seen Still Boys a few times now, and as of yet, nothing about this polymorphously perverse experience feels normal. Sometime after the giant ear went around with a pillow asking to be blocked ("they call themselves musicians?" was its lament) and shotglasses of juice were handed out to the audience I mostly gave up trying to keep track of what was going on — "eye licking... invagination" were the last clear entries in my notes before being fully consumed. For the uninitiated, imagining what Funkadelic might have sounded like with ecstasy and sequencers instead of angel dust and guitars gives a vague hint of the musical vibe — but the whole experience of it is otherwise hard to relate. Keep an eye out for this to land again and plan to experience it for your own self.

* I will update this descriptive placeholder title if I hear anything more formal.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Recording: Listening Choir

Artist: SummerWorks Listening Choir #1

Songs: [five scenes from a Listening Choir walk]

Recorded in and around The Theatre Centre (SummerWorks Festival: Listening Songs: Listening Choir), August 13, 2015.

SummerWorks Listening Choir #1 - Part 1 [sound poetry]

SummerWorks Listening Choir #1 - Part 2 [development proposal]

SummerWorks Listening Choir #1 - Part 3 [wandering balladeer]

SummerWorks Listening Choir #1 - Part 4 [keys, fences, arches, birds]

SummerWorks Listening Choir #1 - Part 5 [patio pop]

For a half-dozen sessions over three days during the SummerWorks Festival, Christopher Willes and Adam Kinner led small groups in the West Queen West neighbourhood around The Theatre Centre calling on participants to interact with their sonic environment — and above all, to listen. Armed with DIY recorder/speaker boxes, the walkers both added to the neighbourhood's sonic diversity and sampled it to play back in a floating zone of slightly-distorted loops. This walking tour was a bit of a spectacle to passers-by, but more stirringly a call to the participants to remember that in their own daily strolls that there are so many sounds to attend to and secret places to playfully unlock: from air-conditioning ducts to the echo-chamber possibilities of a condo window; from the ringing echo of a set of keys on a metal fence to the secret codes of a hidden speaker on a restaurant patio. And meanwhile in the background is the city's own sonic weave and weft: trains rumble by, a siren's tocsin pushes past, birds chirp on sidewalk trees. We're in it all the time, but so rarely consciously of it.

Later in the day after participating in the Choir, I was making my way back along Queen on the streetcar, reflecting on the new details I'd learned about the neighbourhood I was rolling through. And just then, with perfect timing, a later Choir group emerged from the arch between the condo buildings across from Northcote, setting down their speaker boxes to create a temporary clanging symphony. The sounds surround us all the time, just waiting to be listened to.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Recording: Germaphobes

Artist: Germaphobes

Songs: Door in the Floor + She's in the Heat of Her Life*

Recorded at Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement (SummerWorks Music Series: Heat Shuts Off Overnight), August 13, 2015.

Germaphobes - Door in the Floor

Germaphobes - She's in the Heat of Her Life

The SummerWorks Music series, evolving since its inception in 2008, feels to have really and truly settled into its identity both as another way for SummerWorks to celebrate its growing foregrounding of interdisciplinary art and as a unique feature of the city's live music scene. After a couple years of just stuffing some bands down in the basement to provide an après-play gathering space, 2010's Hidden Cameras spectacular (featuring a "dramatic retelling" their Origin: Orphan album) pointed the way forward — but it wasn't really until 2012 that the festival started to ramp up the practice of pairing musicians with artists from other disciplines to create unique, one-off events.

It was finally in 2013 that the "mature" music series fully emerged, with stand-out events from Maylee Todd and Snowblink. Since then, collaboration has moved to the centre. Last year saw the series' first visit to the Pia Bouman School at the edge of Parkdale, which became their home this year, giving the Series its own space (and a cool pop-up venue). Adam Bradley and the returning Andrew Pulsifer have played to the series' strengths with their musical curation, and all of the works this year felt like good additions to a series whose legacy includes the future memories of these one-of-a-kind shows.

In the tradition of The Bicycles' Young Drones, a band with songwriting energy to burn showed up at SummerWorks with a full set of new material, and a multimedia stage show to match. More of a loosely-defined concept album than a full-on rock opera, Heat Shuts Off Overnight nevertheless gained a reasonable amount of narrative heft thanks to the projection/puppetry work of Sarah Fairlie and Erin Fleck as well as Joanne Sarazen's acting as the band's on-stage avatar, an ennui-laden near-future urbanite looking for entertainment (or salvation) in her virtual-reality goggles. The storyline was left non-didactically loose, but the visual interplay of memory and desire was quite expressive enough — as well as the message that in the end, maybe what you need most is someone to dance with. (Not even some technical difficulties could derail the live presentation — in fact, in context of the show's themes, a couple ghosts in the system felt totally appropriate.)

Musically, Neil Rankin and Paul Erlichman have added keyboards to their core group since I last saw 'em, and added some additional musical heft with special guests Sean Dunal (a.k.a. Sexy Merlin, percussion) and Karen Ng (alto sax, flute) joining them for the whole set. But besides pushing their sound away from the garage and towards New Wave glory (there was no shortage of Talking Heads in this set), the biggest conceptual leap forward was in the songwriting, with the band moving from snark to sympathy. Still, most of these songs could easily slip right into their regular setlists — though hopefully someone will take the initiative to mount a restaging of this ambitious enterprise. (And in the meantime, let's hope that the band strikes while the iron is hot and records these tunes, preserving this creative outburst as a concept album, just as The Bicycles did.)

* Thanks to Paul for passing along the titles to these ones.

Recording: ANAMAI

Artist: ANAMAI

Song: Abris

Recorded at Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement (SummerWorks Music Series: Heat Shuts Off Overnight), August 13, 2015.

ANAMAI - Abris

The SummerWorks Music series, evolving since its inception in 2008, feels to have really and truly settled into its identity both as another way for SummerWorks to celebrate its growing foregrounding of interdisciplinary art and as a unique feature of the city's live music scene. After a couple years of just stuffing some bands down in the basement to provide an après-play gathering space, 2010's Hidden Cameras spectacular (featuring a "dramatic retelling" their Origin: Orphan album) pointed the way forward — but it wasn't really until 2012 that the festival started to ramp up the practice of pairing musicians with artists from other disciplines to create unique, one-off events.

It was finally in 2013 that the "mature" music series fully emerged, with stand-out events from Maylee Todd, Snowblink, and The Bicycles. Since then, collaboration has moved to the centre. Last year saw the series' first visit to the Pia Bouman School at the edge of Parkdale, which became their home this year, giving the Series its own space (and a cool pop-up venue). Adam Bradley and the returning Andrew Pulsifer have played to the series' strengths with their musical curation, and all of the works this year felt like good additions to a series whose legacy includes the future memories of these one-of-a-kind shows.

Leading off the night, Anna Mayberry and David Psutka got the crowd ready for the immersive theatricality of Germaphobes' Heat Shuts Off Overnight by pulling them in close to listen to Mayberry's folk-tinged tunes.

[ANAMAI play Camp Wavelength this Sunday (August 30th) at 4 p.m.]

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Recording: LAL

Artist: LAL

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement (SummerWorks Music Series: all you can hold), August 12, 2015.

LAL - unknown

The SummerWorks Music series, evolving since its inception in 2008, feels to have really and truly settled into its identity both as another way for SummerWorks to celebrate its growing foregrounding of interdisciplinary art and as a unique feature of the city's live music scene. After a couple years of just stuffing some bands down in the basement to provide an après-play gathering space, 2010's Hidden Cameras spectacular (featuring a "dramatic retelling" their Origin: Orphan album) pointed the way forward — but it wasn't really until 2012 that the festival started to ramp up the practice of pairing musicians with artists from other disciplines to create unique, one-off events.

It was finally in 2013 that the "mature" music series fully emerged, with stand-out events from Maylee Todd, Snowblink, and The Bicycles. Since then, collaboration has moved to the centre. Last year saw the series' first visit to the Pia Bouman School at the edge of Parkdale, which became their home this year, giving the Series its own space (and a cool pop-up venue). Adam Bradley and the returning Andrew Pulsifer have played to the series' strengths with their musical curation, and all of the works this year felt like good additions to a series whose legacy includes the future memories of these one-of-a-kind shows.

Like some of the other Music Series shows, longstanding electronic duo LAL incorporated hints of ritual and a sense of celebration into their spectacular presentation, creating a joyful conscious dance party. Working with director Ange Loft (who is also known in music circles for her work with Yamantaka//Sonic Titan), the group moved beyond traditional staging, instead putting a catwalk down the length of the floor and sound technician Nicholas Murray at a table in the audience. Vocalist Rosina Kazi moved freely between those as models danced and strutted on the catwalk, reflecting and amplifying the music's themes of self-discovery, resilience and political action. The duo performed a whole new set of songs which I understand basically corresponds to their new album due at the start of next year. Bands that have been around for a while sometimes get short shrift for lacking the tang of the new, but this show weighty with ideas, energy and upliftment — a reminder that this city needs to celebrate groups like this who are working to push things forward.

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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #111

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:

Camp Wavelength (feat. Holy Fuck / Doldrums / Dirty Frigs / Kurt Marble / Zoo Owl / Above Top Secret / Allegories / RAVETAPES) / Artscape Gibraltar Point 2015-08-28 (Friday) [FB event]

Camp Wavelength (feat. The Wooden Sky / Moon King / Prince Rama / Doomsquad / LIDS / Blonde Elvis / Slow Down Molasses / Etiquette / Most People / Digits / Kidstreet / Mar Aberto SoundSystem) / Artscape Gibraltar Point 2015-08-29 (Saturday) [FB event]

Camp Wavelength (feat. Do Make Say Think / The Weather Station / Loscil / Pierre Kwenders / Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche / Anamai / Scattered Clouds / JOYFULTALK) / Artscape Gibraltar Point 2015-08-30 (Sunday) [FB event]

Picking up the mantle of the beloved ALL CAPS! island excursions, Wavelength returns in force to the Gibraltar Point for a fairly packed weekend. The offerings range from big-name headliners to aspiring up-and-comers (and even a few bands like Moon King, making their return as the former after making a nascent appearance as the latter).

After several summers on the island, Wavelength has figured out how to run a festival with professional flow and slickness but without most of the alienating corporate cattle-pen mentality. This year also sees more bands jammed in than previously attempted, with "late night" sets (and a corresponding late-night ferry service, which tends to involve some end-of-night hurry-up-and-wait panic). There's also the whole camping element, if you're into that sort of thing, and all sorts of art and activities beyond the music. A highly-anticipated end-of-summer celebration of Toronto culture.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot (Mark Segger/Jane Bunnett/George Koller) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-25 (Tuesday)

Vomitface (Connoisseurs of Porn / Toblerone Boys / Alpha Strategy) / Smiling Buddha 2015-08-25 (Tuesday) [FB event]

DUST: The Quietest Big Band in the Known World / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-26 (Wednesday – early!)

Picastro (Loom / Laughing Eye Weeping Eye) / Ratio 2015-08-27 (Thursday) [FB event]

Colleen Green (The Beverleys / So Young / Pony) / Smiling Buddha 2015-08-27 (Thursday) [FB event]

Clara Engel (Victor Cirone and Marc Couroux) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-28 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-28 (Friday)

Black & White & Grey [new paintings by Lorenz Peter and basement installation room opening] (feat. No Colour Blue [Melissa J/Jess Forrest]) / LP's LPs 2015-08-28 (Friday) [FB event]

Falcon Jane [CD release party!] (The Auras) / The Cameron House – backroom 2015-08-28 (Friday) [FB event]

No Angels Dancing ["finale (for now)"] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-29 (Saturday – early!)

See Through 4 (Segger/Lewis) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-08-30 (Sunday – early!)

Audiopollination #33.2 (feat. Geraldine Eguiluz/Zoe Alexis-Abrams/David Jones / Stephane Diamantakiou/Ken Aldcroft / Geraldine Eguiluz/Stephane Diamantakiou) / Array Space 2015-08-30 (Sunday) [FB event]

Crosswires (feat. The Dragonflys / FASTER / Father Zinger) / Handlebar 2015-08-30 (Sunday – PWYC!) [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!

Riverrun / The Emmet Ray 2015-08-31 (Monday – PWYC!)

Track Could Bend #6 (feat. Basmyn Jurke / Alaniaris / Ken Aldcroft + Mike Gennaro) / Dundas Video 2015-09-01 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Omhouse (Gala) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-09-01 (Tuesday) [FB event]

troubleshooting~ v5 (feat. Jonathan Adjemian / Glen Hall and Eugene Martynec / Zach Clark) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-09-02 (Wednesday – early!)

Somewhere There presents (feat. Brick Quartet + Joe Sorbara / Knurl / Clutton/Grossman/Liu/o) / Ratio 2015-09-03 (Thursday) [FB event]

Paper Beat Scissors [album release!] (L CON) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-09-03 (Thursday) [FB event]

Babysitter (Hag Face / Moon Hag / Kappa Chow) / 8-Eleven 2015-09-03 (Thursday) [FB event]

Fresh Snow [EP release!] (Carl Didur / Zones / Nailbiter) / Smiling Buddha 2015-09-09 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Daniel Fortin [album release!] (Bliss Gloss) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-09-09 (Wednesday) [FB event]

I Am Robot and Proud [band set!] (6955) / Handlebar 2015-09-10 (Thursday) [FB event]

Carl Didur (Fet.Nat) / 8-Eleven 2015-09-18 (Friday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot (Tradition / Hoover Party) / Ratio 2015-09-20 (Thursday) [FB event]

Ido Govrin (Bespoken feat. Germaine Liu / Diatribes) / Ratio 2015-09-23 (Wednesday) [FB event]

L CON (Joanne Pollock) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-10-04 (Sunday) [FB event]