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:
Wavelength Winter Festival 18 (feat. MI Blue / Bossie / OBUXUM / Plazas) / The Garrison 2018-02-16 (Friday) [FB event]
Wavelength Winter Festival 18 (feat. Odonis Odonis / Freak Heat Waves / Tough Age / Kurt Marble / Luge) / The Garrison 2018-02-17 (Saturday) [FB event]
Wavelength Winter Festival 18 (feat. Buke and Gase / Omhouse / Fusilier / You'll Never Get to Heaven / Joseph Shabason) / The Garrison 2018-02-18 (Sunday) [FB event]
Wavelength's annual family day weekend celebration returns to celebrate the series' 18th anniversary. The programming is a bit more focused this time 'round, with three nights at The Garrison and no scheduled daytime activities. There's some bunching together to make almost-theme nights, such as Friday's focus on electro-grooves and a proper Saturday Night rock vibe, but there's a good mix of stuff throughout the weekend — and as always, for a certain segment of T.O.'s show-going population, it'll be a bit like a class reunion, with old friends a-plenty to catch up with.
This week's noteworthy shows:
Ornate Ornette (feat. Andrew Furlong/Alexei Orechin/Germaine Liu/Nelson Moneo) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-02-13 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]
Operator Music Band (Miles Francis / Rapport / Camp Girls) / The Baby G 2018-02-13 (Tuesday) [FB event]
Wingtips (Sahara / p0st3rb0y) / Nocturne 2018-02-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]
Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XIV (feat. Dave Clark [solo] / Dave Clark/Tania Gill/Karen Ng/Tom Richards) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-02-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]
Delusions of Grandeur (Sea Beau Band) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-02-15 (Thursday) [FB event]
The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble [Kahil El'Zabar/Corey Wilkes/Alex Harding] [45th Anniversary Tour!] / Remix 2018-02-16 (Friday) [more info]
John Kameel Farah / Redwood Theatre 2018-02-16 (Friday) [FB event]
Lido Pimienta / The Drake Underground 2018-02-16–2018-02-17 (Friday–Saturday) [FB event]
Momentary: solo music for Kamanche (feat. Shahriyar Jamshidi) / Canadian Music Centre 2018-02-17 (Saturday – early show @ 5 p.m.!) [FB event]
Bile Sister (wearenotwhoweare / Mazola / Slurry / Walls Are Blonde) / Owl's Club 2018-02-17 (Saturday) [FB event]
Rat-drifting 4 (feat. Marla Hlady / Christof Migone) / Array Space 2018-02-17 (Saturday) [FB event]
Solo sets (feat. Matthew Daher / Karen Ng / Andrew Furlong / Laura Swankey) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-02-17 (Saturday) [FB event]
Somewhere There Presents (feat. Astrosurf) / The Emmet Ray 2018-02-18 (Saturday) [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!
The Jessica Stuart Few [new monthly music series!] (Delta Will's Chamber Folk Experience) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-02-22 (Thursday – extra early timeslot, 5 to 7 p.m.!) [FB event]
Audiopollination presents Spirit of the Inner Child 2 (feat. Allison Cameron / Bea Labikova / Del Stephen / Jeff Sinibaldi / Julian / Mira Martin-Gray / Simone Baron / Tomasz Krakowiak) / Array Space 2018-02-23 (Friday) [FB event]
Batuki Music Society presents: Black History Month (feat. Kaia Kater / Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble with special guest Ruth Mathiang) / Aga Khan Museum 2018-02-24 (Saturday) [FB event]
Bloodshot Bill (The Hiccups) / Monarch Tavern 2018-02-24 (Saturday) [FB event]
Not The Wind, Not The Flag with Nilan Perera / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-02-25 (Sunday) [FB event]
Man Made Hill [Fingertip Pleasence Records release show!] (Corpusse / New Chance / ZOË) / The Baby G 2018-03-03 (Saturday) [FB event]
A Celebration of the Music of Ken Aldcroft (feat. Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late [Jason Robinson & Eric Hofbauer] / Mars People [Emily Denison/Daniel Kruger/Joe Sorbara]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-03-10 (Saturday) [FB event]
Burn Down the Capital presents (feat. Nick Millevoi's Desertion / Mimico / The Litch / Colin Fisher & Victor Cirone) / The Baby G 2018-03-17 (Saturday) [FB event]
Quiet Bedrooms: QB7 (feat. Forest Management / Philippe Vandal / Brigitte Bardon't + Hexzuul / Dame Cook) / D D L 2018-03-24 (Saturday) [FB event]
Bernice (Erica Eso / Tryal) / The Baby G 2018-03-27 (Tuesday) [FB event]
Dany Laj and the Looks / The Dakota Tavern 2018-04-25 (Wednesday — early show, 7 to 9 p.m.!) [FB event]
Anagram [special reunion show!] / Owl's Club 2018-05-25 (Friday) [FB event]
Thursday night sees not one but two very compelling panel discussions on tap, both of which promise to be provocative and entertaining.
- As a prelude to the #WL18 Festival starting the next night, Wavelength is presenting "Beyond the Core" at the Gladstone Hotel's ballroom, looking at the opportunity side of the current crisis that's rendering the downtown increasingly unaffordable for culture-makers — and possibly drawing them closer to the incredibly diverse but under-the-radar culture production that's already taking place in the inner suburbs. It's at 7 p.m., free to all and features a pre-panel live performance by Just John.
- Meanwhile, the Music Gallery's History Series continues with "Creative Music on Campus Radio", looking at the entangled relationship of local community/university radio stations and the local creative music scenes. The panellists are all radio heads with the gift of the gab, so expect some compelling stories to be unspun. Free + open to all, starts at six o'olock in the Hart House map Room at U of T.