by carl wilson

Show Business: Get Your Scoop On!

The Zoilus September shows calendar has been updated regularly so Toronto-area types, go check there to fill your daytimers with nighttime noise. But here are some of the most exciting, some of them very exciting indeed. (Sorry to out-of-towners, but here's a solution: Move to Toronto! What's so good about New York anyway?!)

- Friday night (Sept 17) the Willem Breuker Kollektif won't be accompanying Murnau's Faust at the Goethe Institut, but they will return on Sept. 26 to play St. Andrew's church on the Island, 3 pm. See Rough Idea, and big ups to Ron Gaskin.

- Instead, Murnau's Faust at the Goethe Institut (restored! version!) will be accompanied by Ursel Schlicht, Sept. 17, 8 pm (116 minutes). She's a German-born, Brooklyn-resident pianist who made waves in Toronto and Guelph last week with her Sept. 11 commemorative free-jazz-international-folk ensemble piece Ex Tempore. Highly recommended. 163 King Street West at University.

- Also on Friday, The Silt brings its cracked improv'i'billy to the Tranzac, 10 pm pwyc, and Masia One headlines the debut of the M1 ACADEMY monthly hip-hop culture series (pic overhead), featuring Ultra Magnus, Cesar Comanche and Supastition, downstairs at the El Mocambo.

- On Saturday, there's a Ladyfest fundraiser bake sale/yard sale at 774 Crawford St. from 9 to 5. There's also a Ladyfest fundraising concert at Sneaky Dee's on Wednesday.

- That night Mrs. Zoilus and friends host an evening of soundworks-in-the-dark, featuring childhood cassette tapes and answering-machine messages and other audio detritus by Emily Schultz, Matt MacFadzean, Lee Henderson, Dave Poolman, Bill Bissett and others, as part of the Queen Street West Art Crawl, with CD/art swap by Consumption Records, at the Drake. 8 pm, PWYC ($5-$10 suggested).

- Contrary to what the Sneaky Dee's ad says in NOW, Trampoline Hall doors open at 7:40, not 7 o'clock on Monday (Sept 20). You can arrive earlier to pick up tickets while they last, but you're much better off picking them up over the weekend at Soundscapes instead.


- In a month heavy with tribute shows, you can celebrate Leonard Cohen's 70th birthday (!) at the Reservoir Lounge on Tues., Sept. 21, in which members of the Silver Hearts will cover the whole I'm Your Man album with help from Lily Frost, Bonnie Brett, Reid Jameson and other T-dot crooners. (And yes, I do mean "T-dot" ironically in this context....)

- Another tribute takes place Mon. Sept 27 - the annual, always enjoyable Tom Waits tribute, Steepleful of Swallows at the El Mocambo. Wonder if anybody will have gotten it together to cover something frome the new album, Real Gone? (Remember, though, that's the same night as Frog Eyes at the Horseshoe - sonics over sentiment!)

- The Calvin Johnson show on Sept. 28 is now listed on the K Records site as being at Kathedral instead of Lee's Palace. But it remains unconfirmed. (If you're busy that night, he's also listed as appearing in Hamilton, Toronto and Buffalo that week, as well as my hometown, Brantford, at the wonderful Ford Plant.)

- Also Sept. 28, the Norwegian Lightning Bolt, Noxagt is playing a house! show! at 7 Florence St., 6 pm, $5, with the Creeping Nobodies and others.

- On Sept 29 there is no Tin Tin Tin. My series returns on Wed. Oct. 27, a casualty of fall-season insanity. The wait will be worth it.

- On Sept. 29, the (slightly bizarre) SUPERDANISH culture festival brings you a Denmark Vs. Canada DJ showdown at Revival: DJ Static and MC Nat Ill vs. Abs & Fase with MC More or Les.

- Lesbians on Ecstasy plays an off-Ladyfest show at the Gladstone on Sept. 30 with King Cobra, Scandalnavia, Kingsize and Miss Kitty Galore. The actual Ladyfest begins the next day, schedule still TBA but apparently to include: carolyn mark, cougar party, hot springs, the sunday sinners, the bayonettes,hadassah hill (trash + ready), fox the boombox, rae spoon, the classic brown, glaxay, more!

- Further in the future, Pollstar lists a Kanye West date at the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 10, but no confirmation yet.

- Morris Tepper of Capt. Beefheart's Magic Band opens for PJ Harvey at the Phoenix on Oct. 15! With Eric Drew Feldman a frequent collaborator, the Peej is turning out to have the beefiest heart in rock these days. Well, next to U.S. Maple. Apparently Tepper's new album (on its way to me as I write) includes a new song written with Beefheart, which first foray into music in decades.

- On Oct. 17, the annual Canzine small-press festival hosted by Broken Pencil includes a special project by Blocks Recording Club: A new CD released every hour on the hour from 1 pm to 7 pm! Artists TBA. That's in the Gladstone Ballroom.

- Haven't seen much hype yet for the fact that the Stranglers are playing the Mod Club on Oct. 21. Veda Hille joins fellow west-coast songstresses Oh Susannah and Kinnie Starr in the same place for the revived Scrappy Bitch Tour on Oct. 30.

- Again unconfirmed, but looks like Del tha Funky Homosapien, Aceyalone, Abstract Rude and other MCs are at the Phoenix on Nov. 6.

- Billie Holiday meets cajun stylee in Madeline Peyroux, finally releasing the followup to her lovely Dreamland cd, 8 years later. She comes to the Phoenix on Nov. 10.

- Lali Puna is at Lee's on Nov. 13, Psychic TV at Funhaus Nov. 18, Diplo @ Mod Club on Nov. 19, and - excellent news - Canada's greatest country songwriter Fred Eaglesmith hits Hugh's Room for a four-night marathon from Nov. 24-Nov. 27.

That's enough playing Clark Kent for me. Back with more Guelphology and other things later tonight.

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