by carl wilson

Live '05: More January, Less Tin TiN TIN

This is the time on Zoilus when we re-post the Toronto show calendar for January, because it's getting too hard to find. (Site design tweaks should fix this soon.) Tonight I may go see members of Espers playing the Gladstone, or to the mysterious "Bonnie Prince Billy tribute" at the Tranzac, and if I weren't on deadline on Wed. I would go to Tyler's Guilty Pleasures party at the Drake. There's an embarrassment of riches on Friday in several currencies (hip-hop, avant-jazz and misc.), and Joel Plaskett on Saturday. February gig guide coming soon!

I also should take the occasion to announce, with regret but also relief, that Tin Tin Tin will not return as a series this year, as I have had to declare clockruptcy. (Which is like bankruptcy but with time instead of money.) I hope to have a couple of special events later in the year but otherwise my retirement as Show Promoter Carl is official. I also think Toronto might be up to spawning more cross-genre collaborations this year without my help. (I dare you!) And now back to that gig guide:

Corrections & additions welcome. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change; check with venues. Sources include the 20hz.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note and ye olde email.

TUE JAN 25
** BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE & friends, Asian Tsunami Relief Benefit => Lee's Palace, 9 pm, $30 [SOLD OUT]
** KENNETH REAUME & OTTO HAUSER (of The Espers) => Soundscapes, 2:30 pm, free; Gladstone, 9 pm, $5
* BONNIE PRINCE BILLY TRIBUTE => Tranzac, 10 pm
* BLUEBIRD NORTH w/ SCOTT MERRITT, KYP HARNESS, DANIELA NARDI, DICKIE KAHL, BARLOW => The Rivoli, 8 pm, $12
* GHOSTLIGHT, BATTLESHIP ETHEL, MEAN REDS => Silver Dollar
THE COMPLEMENTS => Rivoli, $10 [...]

CROONING FOR FOOD Daily Bread Food Bank Benefit w/ JOHN ALCORN, BIG RUDE JAKE, MICHAEL DANSO, LYNNE TREMBLAY, RITA DiGHENT, SOPHIE MILMAN, LEAH STATE, MELISSA STYLIANOU, BEVERLY TAFT, SAMMY G (aka 9-year-old Samantha Weinstein) & more => Mod Club, doors 7:30 pm, $20
THE BLACK MARIA => Bovine Sex Club
JON REGEN, Top o’ the Senator (Jan 25-30)
BLUEBIRD NORTH => Rivoli
THE OUTFIT, CLASSIC REX JAZZ JAM (host: Nick Fraser) => Rex Hotel
SHANNON's 100-PEOPLE PERFORMANCES: ANTICIPATION OF LOVE => Drake Underground, 7 pm
NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND v8 => Drake Underground, 8 pm, $3
ANDREW HARWOOD's "binGo" (games) => Drake Lounge, 9 pm, free
THE SWELL SESSIONS PRESENT THE POCKET w/ Naomi N'Sombi, DJ Abacus, live guests => Drake Lounge, 9 pm, free (every Tuesday)
BRAHMS: LIEDERABEND w/ Susan Platts, Andre Laplante, COC Orchestra and Chorus, RICHARD BRADSHAW conducting => Glenn Gould Studio, $35
CHRIS QUINN, JAMES THOMSON and guests, bluegrass => Tranzac, 8-10 pm (ev'ry Tuesday)

WED JAN 26
** NOTE: NO TIN TIN TIN => not at the Drake Underground
** TYLER CLARK BURKE'S GUILTY PLEASURES => Drake Lounge, 9 pm, $5
* TOMMY STINSON => Horseshoe, $12
* EXITMAN, CRUZAO LATIN JAZZ (w/ Nick Ali) => the Rex, 9 pm (also Jan 27)
* CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm
GHOST IS DANCING, ORINJ, MARKUS CHAKRA, TRIP THE LIGHT, RADIUS & HELENA => Sneaky Dee's, $5
MICHAEL JOHNSTON => Rivoli upstairs (also Jan 5, 12, 19)
JON REGEN, Top o’ the Senator (Jan 25-30)
AMBIENT PING w/ WALLY JERICHO => Tequila Lounge, pwyc
BETTY & THE BOBS => Hugh’s Room, $10
EMER DRISCOLL, KIM BINGHAM => Cameron House
JIMMY DOWLING (8 pm), MARK RUTHERFORD TRIO (10 pm) => Tranzac
VANDERPARK => Holy Joe's
SOLAR CELL, 76 AM, THE BURNE, FINDING CORE, LITTLE SUNDAY => Healey's, $5
LMT CONNECTION => Orbit Room

THU JAN 27
** Small World Music presents INDIAN OCEAN DISASTER BENEFIT w/ AUTORICKSHAW, TASA, NYAI MADU SARI, NADHASWARA TAVIL => Lula Lounge, doors 7 pm, $15
* KEVIN QUAIN, CRUZAO LATIN JAZZ (w/ Nick Ali) => the Rex, 9 pm
* FROM FICTION, VERMICIOUS KNID, SILENT FILM SOUNDTRACK => Horseshoe
* THE MIGHTY GILL SHOW => Tranzac, 10 pm
* CEDAR WALTON TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Jan 27-29)
DUO IO (piano/violin) => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $15/$10/$5
J.P. RIEMENS => Mitzi's Sister
THE LOST CAUSE, THE CHARGE, THE VISIT => Poor Alex Cabaret, $5
JON REGEN, Top o’ the Senator (Jan 25-30)
PROGRAM SELECTOR w/ DEBASER, PUT THE RIFLE DOWN, THE BIG 3 => El Mocambo, $5
VIRGIN NOISE, THE ASSISTANTS, TIMPINELLA => Cameron House
GIRLS WITH GUITARS w/ LINDA M., ANGIE NUSSIE, KERRI STEELE, NINA MARTINEZ => Rivoli, free
SOUND OF THE MIND, THE BURNE, ROY & THE RIPPERS, GLENDORA => Sneaky Dee's
FATHEAD cd release => Silver Dollar, 7:30-11 pm
THE KILLAZ, NEW GRENADA => Silver Dollar, 11 pm
MIGHT AS WELL, JOY RIDE, NAVY, BLACKTOP RECESS, A WALK WITH ANASTASIA, STRIKE TO SPARE => Vatikan
DAISY DEBOLT, MARG STOWE, GEORGE KOLLER => Hugh's Room

FRI JAN 28
** DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac, 10 pm
** CCMC, MAZINANI/VORVIS => Music Room, Hart House, U of T, 8 pm, free
** BENEFIT for THE INNOCENCE PROJECT FOR THE WRONGLY CONVICTED w/ KYPRIOS, CREATOR/DESTROYER, DJ JINJA => Mod Club, $15
** MASTA ACE, PUNCHLINE, THEOLOGY 3 w/ DJs SERIOUS, BIG JACKS, LINX, TAKTIKS => Opera House
** DIRECtAID Benefit Concert AUTORICKSHAW, DENISE FUJIWARA, MARYEM HASSAN-TOLLAR, ANDREA KOZIOL, MARIMBA BAND, KIYOSHI NAGATA TAIKO ENSEMBLE, SAMBA SQUAD, TORONTO TABLA ENSEMBLE & many more => Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 7:30 pm, $25
* CEDAR WALTON jazz piano master class => McLaughlin College Performance Hall, York U, 2:30-4:30 p.m., all welcome, free!
* CEDAR WALTON TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Jan 27-29)
* DECKS IN THE CITY, horribly named night of "female DJ talent in collaboration with Toronto digital/visual artists" => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $10 ("includes door prize")
* THE ILLUMINATI => Horseshoe, $8
* JILL BARBER, JOSH RITTER => Rivoli (also Jan 29)
ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE/PEGGY BAKER DANCE/SOULPEPPER “If Music Be...” => Betty Oliphant Theatre, 8 pm. $25-$35 (also Jan 29)
PIN:KSOX CORE industrial hardcore w/RAZOR EDGE, RION, GAY, LAF-O, AMUNRA, HINDER & DJ ICE CREAM and visuals by DISSONANC => Club 56, 56 Kensington Ave., 9 pm, $5 or pwyc
TIM HARRISON => Hugh's Room, $16-$18
MELISSA STYLIANOU TRIO, ALISTAIR KAY’S TROMBONE EXTRAVAGANZA (w/ Ian McDougall from B.C.) => Rex Hotel
NJACKO BACKO (African music) => Assembly Hall (Lakeshore and Kipling), $16-$20
JON REGEN => Top o’ the Senator (Jan 25-30)
MAKESHIFT HEROES cd release => 360
DORON ZOR'S POETIC JUSTICE, JESSE LABELLE BAND => Holy Joe's, $10
KYE MARSHALL JAZZ QUARTET => Arbor Room, Hart House, U of T, 9-11 pm, free
BARLOW, SHAKER => Rivoli, 9 pm, $7
ROYAL CROWNS, TRAIN 45 (members of Big Sugar) => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $12
DOTTIE CORMIER w/ ROSES IN THE SNOW => Mitzi's Sister
THE ORACY Tsunami benefit => Reverb
SHIT LA MERDE => Sneaky Dee's

SAT JAN 29
** JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY => Horseshoe, $12 (all-ages matinee & 19+ evening)
* JOSH RITTER, JILL BARBER => Rivoli (also Jan 28)
* THE SUNDOWNERS (6 pm), RYAN DRIVER (10 pm) => Tranzac
* LES MOMENTS BRILLIANTS w/ DAVE CLARK (Woodchoppers), SAGEEV OORE, BRODIE WEST (sax), SUSIE BURPEE & SHANNON COONEY (dancers) => Dancemakers' Studios, Distillery District, Studio 314, 8 pm
* CEDAR WALTON TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Jan 27-29)
ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE/PEGGY BAKER DANCE/SOULPEPPER “If Music Be...” => Betty Oliphant Theatre, 8 pm, $25-$35 (also Jan 28)
RAOUL & THE BIG TIME => Silver Dollar
JEFF HEALEY & THE JAZZ WIZARDS => Healey's, 4-7 pm (every Sat)
ED VOKURKA SWING 3 (noon), RUNCIBLE SPOON (7 pm), PAT CAREY’S JAZZ NAVIGATORS (9:30 pm) => Rex Hotel
DALLAS GREEN (of Alexisonfire, solo), SLEEPERSETSAIL, RAISING THE FAWN => Lee’s Palace, 2:30 pm (all-ages) and 9 pm, $10
TABARRUK => “Special show tba,” 9 pm
DIRTY BIRD => 360
Intl. Day of Solidarity w/ Guatemala w/ TITO MEDINA & AMIGOS, VICTOR CAXAJ, GRUPO CULTURAL IK-GUATEMAYA, ALFREDO BARAHONA & MOCAYO BAND, COLOMBIAN KIDZ DRUMMERS ANSEMBLE, NUEVA TROVA BAND => Bloor Street University Church, 300 Bloor St West, 7 pm, free
MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY early-music concert "Contayning Divine and Morall Songs" w/ John Edwards, lute, Hallie Fishel, soprano => Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. West, $20/$15
GENE POOLBOYS (Adam David, Chris Robinson, Martin Aucoin, Henry Heillig) => Beerbistro, 18 King Street E., 9 pm, (every Saturday in Jan.)
SILENT SEYMOUR, FIGHT LIKE GENTLEMEN => Cameron House, $6
THE TYRANNY AFFAIR => Poor Alex, $5
BLACKNINES, MODELAND ROAD => Sneaky Dee's
JON REGEN, Top o’ the Senator (Jan 25-30)
IAN THOMAS => Hugh’s Room, $25
CACHE in Salsa Saturday => Lula Lounge

SUN JAN 30
** UDO KASEMETS “PROJECT SYMPHOSIUM” w/ texts by bpNichol, Millar Zukofsky, Pound => Emmanuel College Chapel, 3 pm, free
* COUNTRYPOLITANS 6-8 pm, KEVIN QUAIN 10 pm => Cameron House
* "THE GENIUS OF RAY CHARLES" tribute => Rivoli, 8:30 pm
* RANDWICHES, SAILBOATS ARE WHITE => Wavelength 248, Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
SILK ROAD (Chinese ensemble from Vancouver) => Hugh’s Room, 8:30 pm, $16
TABARRUK => Nathan Phillips Square, noon
JON REGEN, Top o’ the Senator (Jan 25-30)
U of T JAZZ WORKSHOP (noon), FREEWAY DIXIELAND (3:30 pm), SHANNON BUTCHER (7 pm), IOTA w/ STEVE ZAIRAI, bass (9: 30 pm) => Rex Hotel
OY VEY political songs w/Enoch Kent, Alex Sinclair, Peter Jellard, Evalyn Parry, Folkal Point, Dan Meany, Elizabeth Block, Lorne Brown, Kevin Swayze => Flying Cloud Folk Club @ Tranzac, $15

MON JAN 31
** FORCED UNDER COVER w/ JON RAE FLETCHER, SINGING SAW SHADOW SHOW, SANDRO PERRI (Polmo Polpo, backed by DETECTIVE KALITA), ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL => Sneaky Dee’s, 9:30 pm, pwyc
* EIGHTH BLACKBIRD contemp. chamber music => U of T Walter Hall, 7 pm, $11-$21
* BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, more in BAD GIRLS => The Hooch, $10
ELVIS MONDAY => Drake Underground, 8 pm, free
STEVE SINGH, JENNIFER FOSTER, AMER DIAB => Mitzi's Sister, 1554 Queen St. West
CLOSET MONSTER, HOSTAGE LIFE => Reverb
KURT SWINGHAMMER => Cameron House
SISTERS EUCLID => Orbit Room
JAY BOEHMER TRIO => Montreal Bistro
LURE, AMANDA RHEAUME BAND => Horseshoe
RICHARD W., CHRIS HUNT 10 => Rex Hotel
DJ JORIS => Drake Lounge, 10 pm, free

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, January 25 at 5:33 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

'Is It Atomic?' 'Yes, Sir: VERY Atomic!'

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Come on and dress me dress me dress me In my peek-a-boo blouse With the lovely inner lining made of Chesapeake mouse I want my polka-dotted dickie with the crinoline fringe For I'm going do-mi-do-ing on a do-mi-doe binge!

It's Tin Tin Tin time again - my monthly "music scene mash-up," coming up Wednesday Nov. 24 in Toronto. This month it's all about the Seuss. Did you know it would have been Dr. Seuss's 100th birthday this year? It's the Seussentennial! And so for this final T.T.T. of 2004, we have a tribute to Seuss's only live-action film project, the insane and beautiful musical starring the kid from Lassie - The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., pictured above. (Warning: That final link is so obsessively devoted it may be hazardous to your sanity.)

The players on this one have been scheming up true evil genius, and we will be screening bits of the new Dr. T DVD throughout the night. The idea was inspired by Dan Goldman's cover of Because We're Kids on his latest album, Through a Revolution. Then we found out that there was a musicians' cult around the movie in this town, with jazzman Jean Martin having recorded several Dr. T tunes. So off we went!

But there's more to see at this month's T.T.T. than on Mulberry Street. Read on.

Tin Tin Tin, Wed. Nov. 24 @ the Drake Underground Presents:

* Toronto's freshest female MC, MASIA ONE, with Alex Lukashevsky's weirdly wonderful DEEP DARK UNITED

* A tribute to DR SEUSS's forgotten-classic 1953 live-action musical THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T. with singers JOHN SOUTHWORTH, DAN GOLDMAN and CHRISTINE DUNCAN and THE 5,000 FINGERS BAND (JEAN MARTIN, DON SCOTT and friends)

* When strangers duet: MATT COLLINS (Ninja High School) and NICK "BROWNMAN" ALI (Cruzao, Gruvasylum, Marrón Matizado, Nick Ali Quartet) get their Estonian horn drone on with ARVO PART's "Concerto for Trumpet"

Also featuring the irresistible makeout mixes of the GLOBAL POP CONSPIRACY and the psyche-soiling set design of MARGAUX WILLIAMSON.

Again, that's Wednesday at the Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St West (corner of Beaconsfield). Doors 9 PM, Show 10 PM sharp. PWYC, $5 to $10 suggested, all profits go to the artists.

*Please, show up.*

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Friday, November 19 at 5:13 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

This Week Can't-Miss ToRAWKto Action!

This week, as you enjoy the last gasp of the Bush era (and shudder over the coming Million Lawsuit March), Zoilus zealously encourages you to head out to two superfantastical unconventional musical entertainments:

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1. Tin Tin Tin. This WEDNESDAY! The return of my monthly music-scene mash-up series, with:

10 pm - ROB CLUTTON CONDUCTS, large group improv conducted by bassist-composer Rob Clutton (of NOJO, Rob Clutton Group, Shurum Burum Jazz Circus and much more) guiding this hott hott hott band: Ken Aldcroft (guitar), Parmela Attariwala (violin), Tania Gill (keyboards), Mike Hansen (turntables), Vannessa Hanson (voice/keyboard), Tomasz Krakowiak (electronics), John Millard (voice), Paul Newman (saxes), Jayme Stone (banjo), Melissa Stylianou (voice).

11 pm - BLOCKS INSTANT BANDS. The best of the Blocks Recording Club instant-band experiment from Canzine earlier this month, including Iceflow (drone by Colin Bergh, Greg Collins, James Anderson, Matt Smith and Steve Kado), Organ Summit (keyboard madness by Alex (Animalmonster) Snukal, Matt Smith, Peter Venuto, Vanessa Fischer, Mike e.b., Ben Stimpson, Paige Gratland) and JCCR Revival (instant songs by Jon Rae Fletcher, Eugene Slonimerov, Jessie Stein, Alex Snukal). Lineups here subject to change.

11:45 pm. BUSH PARTY: NATHAN LAWR + rYAN kAMSTRA play cracked political songs with electronics by TBA.

Hosted by Carl Wilson. Set design by Margaux Williamson. Between-set dancin' tunes by the Global Pop Conspiracy. Doors 9 pm, Show 10 pm, PWYC ($5/$10 suggested). Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. West.

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Playing Cobra at the last Tin Tin Tin in July (with Cobra-Tron)!

which leads us to ...

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Misha Glouberman & Joe Sorbara present Open Cobra.

2. Open Cobra! On Monday it's the second edition of the very popular and massively enjoyable workshop we attended back in June. Zoilus pal and Trampoline Hall host Misha Glouberman, his Room 101 Games series and local drummer-composer-improvisor-organizer Joe Sorbara once again present a participatory peek behind the veil of John Zorn's seminal composition-cum-sporting-event, Cobra. (Here's how it works, here's how it was conceived, here's a review and here's Cibo Matto going crazy with it.)

Cobra is a brain-teasing group musical grope & the workshop is most remarkable for making your mind somehow expand to grasp its maddeningly complex set of rules until they fall simply, neatly and surprisingly into place. Musicians and non-musicians alike will have a grand time. Full info here and even fuller info here. It was also named "Best Bet" in a nice piece in Eye this week (scroll down). It's on Monday, Oct. 25, 7 pm SHARP (doors 6:30) at The Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen W. $12/$6 students door; $5 adv. With Joe Sorbara's Pickle Juice Orchestra and special guests Steve Kado (Barcelona Pavilion/Blocks Recording Club), Dave Clark (Woodchoppers), Eugene Slonimerov (Lenin i Shumov) and the mighty Cobra-Tron!

PLUS: Here are a few more pics from the last Tin Tin Tin (all shot by Lee Towndrow, as are the two TTT photos above):

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At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Sunday, October 24 at 2:47 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Global Column-Positioning System, Booyah (Plus: The Low-Down on October's Tin Tin Tin)

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Sorry about blog lameness this week. Anybody who was confused (like Rough Idea in the Comments) about where my column was in today's Globe - for the near future it's going to be in the Saturday paper, which is nice because it gives it a bigger readership, etc. So check it out this weekend.

Subject matter: The new-millennial boom in concept albums/rock operas, considered as a political epiphenomenon, and the death of Jacques Derrida (pictured).

(Advance warning: Due to other commitments, no column the following week, Oct. 23. But reg'lar as prune juice after that!)

If you're looking for other things to read meanwhile: You quite probably missed my mixed review of the Shurum Burum Jazz Circus in the Globe earlier in the week.

As well, there's plenty of grey matter at The Regular.org, a new web newsreader from Downhill Battle, the music activists who brought you the blogosphere-wide Grey Tuesday Danger Mouse protest action earlier this year.

And finally, if you're wondering what's happening at Tin Tin Tin this month [...]

... Oct. 27 at the Drake Underground, I'm presenting Rob Clutton, jazz bassist and composer, doing a conducted improvised set with John Millard (voice/banjo; Happy Day/ex-Polka Dogs), Paul Newman (sax; of Rakestar, etc), Ken Aldcroft (guitar), Jayme Stone (banjo; Tricycle), Parmela Attariwala (violin), Mike Hanson (turntables) and Vanessa Hansen (voice/keyboard). This will be a conduction in the Butch Morris sense of the word, using prearranged hand signals to shape instant compositions.

As well, we'll have somewhere between one and four bands representing the best results of the BLOCKS experiment at Canzine this weekend, where musicians who've never played together before are recording instant albums in one hour each. That sounded so Tin Tin Tin that I couldn't resist, so we'll give some of those instant bands encore performances.

And finally, there should be some kind of surprise set suitable to the American political season - a funeral march for George W. Bush's administration, in inimitable T.T.T. style, details TBA.

Once again that's Wed. Oct. 27, doors at 9 pm, show at 10 pm, pwyc ($5-$10 suggested, all $ to performers), eye candy by Margaux Williamson, between-set ear candy by the selectors of Global Pop Conspiracy, wild crowd sugar-high elation by you.

Read More | The Writ | Posted by zoilus on Friday, October 15 at 12:04 AM | Linking Posts

 

Tin Tin Tin Cancellation Shocka

One announcement I shouldn't've buried down below: Tin Tin Tin, my usually monthly series @ the Drake Hotel, is still on hiatus this month, contrary to original plans. It returns on the final Wed. in October as usual (the 27th) with a conducted improvisation by Rob Clutton and other high-concept, style-mashing entertain-o-ment tba, including the Tin Tin Tin theme song contest and more.

Tin Tin Tin is the home of collaborations between musicians from different genres and backgrounds, and high-concept one-off performances and special projects of every sort, at the whim of the curator. If you've got a foggy notion, I'm still on the hunt for the next few months' shows, so just holler.

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Friday, September 17 at 2:16 AM | Linking Posts

 

The Mad Hatter & Me

Ears be burnin'. Last night's Tin TiN TIN is the talk of 20hz.ca. Find out why...

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, July 29 at 5:23 PM | Linking Posts

 

Fuschia Alert! 8 Hours to Tin

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A quick reminder that this week's All! Summer! Fun! edition of TIN TIN TIN
is TONIGHT at the Drake.

Here are the set times:

DOORS 9 PM
* McFALCON-L: 10:00 (electro-improv-pop!)
* VIGILANTE JUSTICE - 10:40 (a capella techno music!)
* DO DEEP DUB SPIDERMEN - 11:20 (indie-rock meets dub-reggae meets ambient horns!)

and then
* GLOBAL POP CONSPIRACY DANCEATHON - MIDNIGHT (starring you!)

Tin Tin Tin is the monthly (except August) music-community mash-up, mash-on, mash-out!
The Drake is at 1150 Queen West at Beaconsfield. The show is in the basement.
Price is Pay What You Can but between $10 and $5 is suggested.
Artastickness by Margaux Williamson.
Drinks are there for the drinking. Dances are there for the dancing.

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, July 28 at 12:07 PM | Linking Posts

 

Wednesday! Drake! Uh-Huh! Summer Lovin'!

Here's the lineup for Tin Tin Tin this month. More details to follow.

WED JULY 28 - TIN TIN TIN

live music community mash-out
with

McFALCON-L - mn-l (guitar) + David McCallum (electronics) + members of Calgary's Falconhawk (synthpop)

VIGILANTE JUSTICE - Ninja High School + friends doing 90s house-techno classix a capella!!

DUB/ROCK - guitars, horns, drums, bass bass bass, by members of Mean Red Spiders + Resinators + Do Make Say Think + Deep Dark United + Lullabye Orchestra Speedway.


WED JULY 28
DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND
1150 QUEEN WEST
DOORS 9 pm SHOW 10 pm
PWYC ($5-$10 sugg.)

Dancing music by Global Pop Conspiracy
Interior design by Margaux Williamson
Presented by Carl Wilson
Info: Zoilus

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Friday, July 23 at 3:50 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

"Once you're up there, and they're sawing you in half ..."

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Yesterday's Toronto Star featured a lovely Murray Whyte profile of Toronto's own Edie Sedgwick figure (without the doom), the Three Guts Records founder, artist, Santa Cruz director and, until recently, Tin Tin Tin visual creator Tyler Clark Burke.

I'll post some pics later today of the last Tin Tin Tin, where you'll see tcb's genii in action... This also seems a good time to mention that I'm looking for a new visual director for the series, to do posters, set design and whatever might rattle your Tin Tin Tin chains. It's a volunteer position (with expenses paid) but decent exposure for a young artist, especially one with any passion for the music world. Hit the "contact" button up top and get in touch.

Speaking of which, if I had time I would love to write about the current Judas Priest-themed "Electric Eye" art show at Sis Boom Bah. (Note: Their site's not quite up to date so for show info go to the "upcoming" menu and select "Electric Eye.") But since I don't have time, I'll direct you to gentleman Mike Doherty's piece about it in today's Globe.

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Monday, July 12 at 12:11 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

"Oh, it's tin, tin, tin, hunk o' tin. I've abused you and I've flayed you, but by Henry Ford who made you, you're a better man than I am, hunk o' tin"

ttt-july.jpg So much thanks to everybody who came (a good number, sixty or seventy) and everyone who helped at Tin TiN TIN on Wed. night. It went divinely, probably the smoothest yet (the new later start time proves a stress-easer) and one of the most fun. I will post photos very soon.

I have to quote a testimonial from someone I don't think I know on 20hz.ca: "Oh my god....Cobra was the most amazing thing. I told about 10 people today (tried to) and they all looked at me like I was insane. but I don't care. I loved it. The whole night was great actually. But FUCK, cobra-tron!!!!"

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Friday, July 02 at 1:04 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Tin TiN TIN-fo?

Since I've just emailed 400 people inviting them to check this site for Tin TiN TIN information, and the heading on the sidebar is broken, I should politely say: Thank you for coming. The show info is to your left, at the top of the stairs. Click on the long-windedest title, and it'll get you there.

(Edited to add: The heading on the sidebar is no longer broken. Thank you, Bill.)

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Sunday, June 27 at 5:25 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?

Here's the program for the next Tin TiN TIN, my monthly "live mash-up" music series at the Drake. (Where, incidentally, I had a smashingly smashed time at Damian Rogers' "live magazine" series Pontiac Quarterly last night.)

What is Tin TiN TIN? A lark, a bagatelle, a canapé; a man, a plan, a canal: I take musicians from different backgrounds who don't normally play together and make them play together. Genres are smashed. Avant-fun is promulgated. Death takes a holiday.

This month:

The Barmitzvah Barcelona All-Bass All-Boss Band
(Featuring Jenny from the Barmitzvah Brothers, Steve of the Barcelona Pavilion, Kat of the BP and Republic of Safety, Jonny of Republic of Safety and Wavelength, and others TBA - all playing bass, all playing spazzed-out Springsteen covers)

Aidan Baker, QuasiMojo, 11t1 and Don Cash
(three laptops and a hip-hop-new-wave freestyle singer, baby)

COBRA-TRON! the improvised music video game
(Joe Sorbara and Misha Glouberman and friends take the mystery out of John Zorn's Cobra by playing it with a wall-sized interactive visual display - genius plus love equals Cobra-Tron!)

Wed June 30 (Canada Eve)
$5-$10 or PWYC
Drake Underground
1150 Queen W.
Doors 9 pm Show 10 pm SHARP


presented by carl wilson
visuals by tyler clark burke
between-set selectors: the global pop conspiracy

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, June 24 at 4:16 PM | Linking Posts

 

The Conspiracy Widens

Hi. This is me, finally back. We won't dwell on Mr. In-Between, at least for the moment. First order of business: In case you've never been to my Tin Tin Tin series, you've probably been going mad with curiosity about what the between-sets music by the Global Pop Conspiracy is like. Jules, who filled in for her comrade Kevin for the first time at this week's T.T.T., contributes a rough set list:

Blessed State - Wire
Good Side - This Heat
Alo Mi Alo - Orlando Julius & the Afro Sounders
Ether - Gang of Four
Ceremony - Xiu Xiu
Cold Bear - The Gaturs
Horns of a Rabbit - Do Make Say Think
Get Down - Curtis Mayfield
Beats Prepare for Torture - Pixeltan
Dancing Time - Funkees
So Then - Headman
Sunny Nights - Ui
Pardon My Freedom - !!!
Pablo Picasso - The Modern Lovers
Everyday I Die - Gary Numan
Dot/Eyes - Tortoise
Dance - Suicide
Flex Your... - The They Thems
Without Your Homeboys - Tupac
Faking the Books - Lali Puna
Is That Alright FYUZ - Add N to X
Don't Stop - Tussle
Ca Viewing - Erase Errata
Dad, There's A Little Phrase... - Outhud
Yeah (stupid mix) - LCD Soundsystem

Good, nu?

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Friday, May 28 at 10:30 AM | Linking Posts

 

It's Tonight


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At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, May 26 at 3:54 PM | Linking Posts

 

Tin Tin Tin Preview

The next Tin Tin Tin, our half-and-half Fela Kuti tribute and Other Stuff, is shaping up. More details later in the month but here are the prospective happenings. Nothing is 100 per cent yet (Aaron Riches in particular is yet to confirm). But just so you know:

TIN TIN TIN
Live mix-and-match music monthly
by carl wilson
This month: "IN THE SPIRIT OF FELA KUTI"
WED MAY 26 2004, doors 8:30
The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. West

WITH: SHAWN HEWITT and MEMBERS OF GUITARKESTRA AND ULTRA MAGNUS; a project by JOSH from TANGIERS; [possibly AARON RICHES (ROYAL CITY) WITH ARAB AND KLEZMER MUSICIANS]; and MYK (SAINT DIRT) FREEDMAN'S SHITTY KEYBOARD COLLECTIVE with Eric Chenoux, Ryan Driver, Josh Thorpe, Kai Koschmider, Tania Gill, Victor Bateman, Doug Tielli, Michael Morse, Evan Shaw, Joe Sorbara, Rob Clutton, Martin Arnold and from the USA, Becca Stevens, Tony Greberwich, Ben Greenberg, Liam Robinson.

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, May 04 at 3:38 PM | Linking Posts

 

Bang the Tin Tin Tin Drum!

TinDrum.jpg Hear ye, hear ye. Here's the just-about-final lineup for this month's Tin Tin Tin. About which I myself, begging your pardon for lack of modesty, can only say, holy shit. Thanks so much to all the brilliant folks who have agreed to participate. The sets will be of roughly this nature, but not in this order. You are encouraged to cut-and-paste and distribute this info. Poster coming soon.

Carl Wilson presents...
Tin TiN TIN
Wed. April 28, 2004
The Drake Underground
1150 Queen St. West, Toronto
Doors 8:30, show 9:15
PWYC ($5/$10 suggested)

With:
1. Michael Snow (synthesizer), Mike Hansen (turntables), Christopher Cauley (saxophone)
2. Wax Mannequin (from Hamilton, Ont., guitar, vocals), Pau Torres (from Barcelona, Spain, on laptop), Jaime of the Unicorns (from Montreal, Que., drums/percussion)
3. Veda Hille (from Vancouver, BC, keyboard, vocals) with Eric Chenaux (guitar), Martin Arnold (instruments) and guests (other instruments)
4. Glass organ & typewriter & absurdist theatre spectacle by members of Singing Saws/Lenin i Shumov (words, music, magic)

Music for dancing to, by the selectors of the Global Pop Conspiracy.
Stage design for looking at, by Tyler Clark Burke.

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Friday, April 16 at 4:48 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Tin Tin Teaser

The full roster's still in development but you should be told that participants in the next Tin Tin Tin (my "live mash-up" series at the Drake) on Wed. April 28 will include Michael Snow, members of The Unicorns, Wax Mannequin, Mike Hansen, Christopher Cauley, and members of both Lenin I Shumov and the Singing Saw Shadow Show creating some kind of prodigal spectaculo-absurdum theatrics, along with a few other people to be announced. That's Tin TiN TIN, Wed. April 28, 1150 Queen St. West, Toronto, doors 8:30, PWYC ($10/$5).

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, April 15 at 1:33 PM | Linking Posts

 

Smells Like Tin Tin Tin

Here's the flyer for the March 31 edition of that there show at the Drake.

Torontopians! Print it, post it, make it a part of you.

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, March 27 at 8:57 PM | Linking Posts

 

TTT update

The Tin Tin Tin flyer should be coming soon, but meanwhile, a big grin for the announcement that the Quartertones' collaborators next Wed. will include Doug Tielli (the Silt and countless other ensembles) on trombone, Colin Fisher (Sing That Yell That Spell and much more) on tenor sax and Christine Duncan (jazz singer who's performed with Hugh Fraser, Miles Black, Paul Plimley, Paul Dutton, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Young, P.J. Perry, Barnyard Drama, and countless others, even Ray Charles). A couple more instrumentalists will probably be added.

That's March 31, Drake Hotel, 1150 West Queen West @ Beaconsfield, Toronto. Doors 8:30, show 9:15.

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, March 25 at 4:09 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Tin TiN TIN-quisitive?

I've put out a couple of calls for Tin TiN TIN proposals giving Zoilus's address, and I realize that not much info is immediately visible. I'll work on a fix for this. Meanwhile, some info on the first show, which happened in February, can be found here and here.

Tin TiN TIN takes place the last Wednesday of each month at the Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. West downstairs. Next show: March 31. After that: April 28, May 26, June 30. Upcoming themes: Fela Kuti tribute, playing-with-the-audience.

On March 31, so far: Sean Dixon and Gurpreet Chana play AppalAsian folk fusion on banjo and tabla; LAL vs. Christian Bok's EUNOIA; and The Quartertones with free-improv players TBA (funk-soul-free-jazz).

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, March 18 at 12:55 PM | Linking Posts

 

T.T.T. #1 was #1

How did the first Tin TiN TIN at the Drake go on Wednesday? The fact that it's taken me till Friday to calm down enough to blog it should be some indication.

For a first outing, it couldn't have been better. [...]

Lots to build on and think about, but overall it was (a) a shockingly strong evening of music, thanks to the wonderful folks who participated; and (b) an even more surprisingly good party, especially thanks to Kevin of Global Pop Conspiracy and the hyperactive indie-disco party people he inspired to kick it till the wee hours after the performances were over. (Legend has it that it was the INXS that got the dance floor moving - who knew?) And that's not even to mention the three-way orgy makeout session...

The show sold out and enabled me to pay the artists much more closely to decently than I'd expected. Thanks to everyone who attended for digging a little deeper into your pay-what-you-can pocket and helping support the risk-taking musicians (and dancers and actors and projectionists and unclassifiables, though sadly no Mary Margaret O'Hara) who brought their work together this week.

In a future entry here, I'll discuss the complications of being a music critic who's also a music presenter. Meanwhile, at the next T.T.T., in late March (either the 24th or the 31st, to be confirmed), I hope to have more of the same and yet more of the different too - definitely more singing, and a push for rhythmic beats as well as (not instead of) the abstract kind brought by our electronic contingent this time around. More of the eye-candy (slides/movie/theatre/props) that was an unplanned but piano-keys-grin-inducing part of the evening. And less nervous fumbling at the mic by the MC. (The gig's still new to me.)

All those with suggestions and proposals, click that "Contact" button up above and drop me a line. Same thing if you'd just like to be on the mailing list.

For evocative description, here's what one T.T.T. attendee had to say:

Tin Tin Tin was like BEATNIK SUMMER CAMP. The first performance [Burdocks] was like music from a MUPPET OPERA. (Someone should write the libretto. Ideally, Sondheim.) The second act [Three Ring Circuits + Jenny and her Omnichord] was like Ester Drang. (Well, I kept saying "This sounds like a CD I have" and that CD is Goldenwest by Ester Drang.) The third act [Polmo Polpo, Great Bob Scott + Chris Gartner] wasn't really like anything else I can think of. It was rather mesmerizing the way the baboons kept melting and exploding. (It seems likely that no-one has ever typed that sentence before.) The fourth act [The Rat King Mini Rock Opera] was like the theatre-performance art project at the end of Beatnik Summer Camp, where all the kids get to use the costumes and set pieces they've made in Beatnik Crafts to put on an art happening influenced by French existentialism. The Drake Hotel itself is like having a dream about a really swanky hotel, where you're standing there going, "Don't ALL swanky hotels have chalkboards in the lobby covered in diagrams explaining different four-dimensional topological models of the universe? I can't seem to remember now." (Perhaps they were only furniture sketches or something, I was a little drunk at that point.)

And here's some of set designer Tyler Clark Burke's photos - hope she doesn't mind me posting them here. If anyone else took pics, please let me know.

drake-05-hunter.jpg LADIES AND GENTLEMEN... : The stage is set...

drake-06-band01.jpg TWIPT TARRRA TOOT: The Burdocks group plays what seems like a celestial fanfare for Tin Tin Tin, piped in from another, more beautiful Christian Wolff dimension...

drake-02.jpg EYES BLAZING: Dazzled Tin Tin Tin-goers mill around Tyler's side-wall banners...

drake-play02.jpg RAT KING FEVER: Maggie MacDonald's indescribably wonderful Brecht-meets-Dr.-Seuss Rat King Mini-Rock Opera in progress...

drake-04-sheila.jpg NO ROOM AT THE INN: Sean K. Robb and Sheila Heti play the heavies at the door.

More thanks than I can express to the Drake (Jeff, Barnaby and especially Duncan Macdonell), Sheila, Sean K., Misha and Jonny Dovercourt for their aid and comfort, to all the musicians, to Tyler for the decor, and to everyone who came (especially those who lined up out in the cold after we were full - please do come next time). Toronto is the best.

Read More | At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Friday, February 20 at 5:53 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Tin Tin Tin Today!

The wonderful-scary day is here. The Drake, doors at 8, show 9 sharp-ish. Here's that pesky flyer again. The update on the Mary Margaret O'Hara front? Maybe yes, maybe no, only Miss America herself knows for sure. Which is a kind of nice element of surprise. Hope to see you there.

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, February 18 at 12:26 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Tin Tin Tin-formation

Here's the flyer for Tin Tin Tin. If you're in the area, please feel free to print and distribute, hang or frame!

(If not, just feast your eyes on the Tambourine Guy. [Any resemblance to actual persons, living, dead or in old songs is purely unintentional.] Thanks to Sheila for the quick-fix grafix.)

At Tin Tin Tin | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, February 12 at 6:58 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

Tin Tin Tin-itus

My Drake Hotel series begins in a couple of short weeks. Here are the "deets," as my "peeps" have of late been prone to quoth. There will be many of these annoucements. Many.

TIN TIN TIN
curated by Carl Wilson
Wed. Feb 18 2004
@ the Drake Underground
With:
- Joe Sorbara's Pickle Juice Orchestra & Deep Dark United do Christian Wolff's "Burdocks" or possibly John Zorn's "Cobra"
- The Three Ring Circuits: Jonny Dovercourt (guitar), mn-l (electronics), QuasiMojo (more electronics), possibly plus Jenny from the Bar Mitzvah Brothers
- Polmo Polpo, Great Bob Scott, Chris Gartner and maybe Mary Margaret O'Hara improvise to movies about baboons
- the PREMIERE of Maggie MacDonald's Rat King Mini-Rock-Opera featuring members of the Hidden Cameras, Phonemes, Kids on TV, Hank, Gentleman Reg
- Visuals by Tyler Clark Burke
- Dancing courtesy of the Global Pop Conspiracy selectors

News | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, February 04 at 5:33 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson