by carl wilson

Horsetail Feathers!
Final Fantasy meets Alex Lukashevsky
(and Nico Muhly and many others)

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At the request of longtime Zoilus favourite Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett), I'm very happy to offer you this preview of the opening track from Owen's new EP, Final Fantasy Plays to Please, which is a set of covers of songs by Alex Lukashevsky, a fellow Torontonian singer-songwriter and also of course leader of Deep Dark United, played with as many as 35 other musicians, dubbed the St. Kitts Orchestra (an expansion, then, on the St. Kitts String Quartet, who played on the last FF album He Poos Clouds), featuring members of the Hidden Cameras, Drumheller, Andrew Bird and others. The results are a jangling candybox of sound spilling from Pallett to aural palette, presenting Alex's songs in more accessible surrounds than usual, and perhaps introducing him to a host of other musicians who might begin to draw on his rich catalogue. Here then is a taste: Horsetail Feathers.

(This is the first time Zoilus has hosted an MP3 file, and it required a lot of tricky tech I've never used before, so if there's any trouble downloading the file, please drop me a note. Update: I think the problems people had should be fixed now.)

The EP is one of a pair being released at tomorrow's show at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto (the CD gods willing), the other being Spectrum, which features the members of Beirut and is the first installment of Owen's long-threatened imaginary-world conceptual suite, which will continue on the upcoming album, Heartland. (Exclaim! explains in detail.) A song from Spectrum and another from P2P were posted on Stereogum this morning.

Owen's show tomorrow is together with NYC compositional prodigy Nico Muhly, who in his mid-20s has collaborated with the likes of Bjork and Philip Glass and Bonnie Prince Billy but more importantly, as documented in this well-circulated New Yorker profile by Rebecca Mead, has a sensibility all his own, a classical version of the mashup and YouTube mind, and also a fresh-feeling kind of amodernism - neither post- nor anti-modernist, he seems unusually capable of bypassing not only the old 20th-C debates but also the conventional bypasses of said 20th-C debates. His new album Mothertongue blends the babble of digital information overload with the brouhaha of history, via his love of 16th-century English church music. (He's also a ridiculously entertaining blogger. If he weren't so charming I might want to kill him.)

Besides some evident sonic sympathies (the violin music, the use of looping figures, the unabashed embrace of prettiness, the knife-edge-thin layer of camp), Muhly shares with Owen a concern for communication and affinity and collectivity: Just as Owen has been stalwart to his compatriots in the Blocks Recording Club of Toronto, Muhly has made common cause with labelmates in a project called Bedroom Community, an Iceland-based label (not so local-aurist, then) that gathers "like-minded, yet diverse individuals from different corners of the globe who all creatively orbit around an inconspicuous building and its inhabitants on the outskirts of Reykjavik Iceland- Greenhouse Studios where the music is mostly created." (Another Bedroom Communitarian is Sam Avidon, a frequent Muhly cohort [/boyfriend?] who also appears in Toronto on Wednesday.)

I'd been planning to say more about Muhly but as the technical challenges of this post (yes, I'm a digi-wimp) have taken up too much time, I'll reserve further thoughts till after tomorrow's show. Meanwhile as a warmup, here's a video of Muhly's "It Goes Without Saying," from his previous album:

General | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, August 26 at 6:26 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (15)

 

Teenager Hamlet 2006-2008:
Something Un-Rotten in the State of Toronto

I'm giddily happy and/or terribly frightened to tell you that the long-awaited movie Teenager Hamlet 2006 - created by Zoilusian friend and occasional collaborator Margaux Williamson and including deeply humiliating cameo appearances by, um, me - will be making its premiere next week in the Toronto International Film Festival, and screening daily throughout the week at the Katherine Mullherin gallery.

Musically, the soundtrack of the film was supervised by Steve Kado (aka The Blankket, former head of the Blocks Recording Club and member of the Barcelona Pavilion, Ninja High School, etc.) and it includes music by Kado as well as Toronto artists such as Tomboyfriend, Traditionm, Nifty (Matt Smith), Permafrown, Pony Da Look and Republic of Safety, plus some Diamanda Galas, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Above is the trailer, if you're the sort who likes to get sneak peeks, or (blatant solicitation) the sort who might program movies for exhibition in other cities or countries. Zoilus-skin-flick aspect aside, the film is truly beautiful and unassumingly smart. As it says in the synopsis: "A startling hybrid of make-believe and documentary, art and politics, Teenager Hamlet 2006 is an insightful and off-beat look at what it means to live and make art in the 21st century."

Don't miss out: Put it on your calendar if you're coming to the festival.

General | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, August 26 at 5:22 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

'Do You Suffer from Post-Mortem Depression?'

The gold-medal record-release announcement of the month, reproduced below, including persistent misuse of semi-colon as colon.

"Wintage Records & Tapes proudly present; Disguises' highly anticipated debut lp, Post-Mortem Depression, launch party!!

9/11/08
??????? 9/11/08 ??????? 9/11/08 ??????? 9/11/08 ??????? 9/11/08 ?????

"Taking place @ 5 non-traditional venues all in secret locations ??? Incorporating a night of live musical performances,very unique non-traditional venues, guided walking tours, DJ set by King Greyskullz, live visuals, and interactive theatre/performance art that will culminate in attendees being "kidnapped" and driven off to the final secret location for the Disguises performance.

"Included with ticket purchase you get a map, w/times & locations (in case a ticket holder has to play catch up) & instructions. Guaranteed to be a once in a lifetime concert going experience!

"Making fans through the suggestive power of "Stockholm Syndrome" DISGUISES are proud to release their debut lp; Post-Mortem Depression featuring hit songs such as; Meathead, What Happened to Your Face, T.H.R.E.A.D.S., Dead Patterns, Flesh Bodies ... and more.

"With very special performances by; Lambsbread (Delaware, OH) Ecstatic Peace recording superstars are a three-peese mixed gender spazz/jazz punk aktion unit. There bio reads, Sabbath meets Coltrane. They have had nothing but ++ reviews, strong word of mouth, and in the words of Paris Hilton are "Hot" right now! WHERE:?????

"Bottom Feeder(Hamilton) Ex-Fossils duo consisting of minds eye
splintering Horn headwallop and Scum/Sic/Surge electrifiried pedal slomp! WHERE:?????

"R.O.M.I.N.S. Random jet blasts of confusion and wrestling
the dada bird are this duo's thrash palace. Molding mind matter into conscious thought, the tools they will be using for this night a secret..it is left up to our own psychic prowess to decipher the mysteries ... WHERE:??????

"WHERE:???????????

"Tickets available in very limited quantities (hand ##) 08/22/08 !!! @ Hits & Misses (on Bloor), Rotate This (on Queen), & Soundscapes (on College). Tix are $7 (only in advance!!!). Doors 8pm."

General | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, August 20 at 1:50 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Whoopsie!

I found out today that the ALL CAPS Dufferin Grove Park show I had listed for today is, in fact, next Saturday. I apologize if I led anyone astray. If it is any comfort, I led myself astray too. Sorry, then, also to me.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, August 02 at 5:30 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Matmos and Leprechaun Catering:
Their Minds Are Not For Rent/ To God or Government

Great set last night by Matmos at the Music Gallery, as always, though certainly less of a spectacle than their usual inanimate-(or animate)-object-sampling, cabinet-of-wonders performances, due to the "no microphones" constraint on their new synthesizer-celebrating album Supreme Balloon.

Drew Daniel & Martin ("MC") Schmidt of Matmos are aware that nobody wants to sit and watch someone play a laptop for two hours, so they had plenty of video and a few ritual physical acts and other shenanigans to keep the optic nerve sated while the ears drank in the sounds. For 'zample, I'm not all that aurally enamoured of the long mesmeric title track, with which they closed the show, but it perfectly suits the psych-out op-art film they showed along with it of expanding dots and planets and seas, and the other dancey, crunchy, noisy, spacey tunes and acts of telepathy and numerology all came off dreamily.

The encore was especially fun - I assume it was improvised, as Martin went off to the dormant piano in the back corner of the church, pounding out some classical riffs that Drew then sampled and turned into a noise symphony that toyed with our spatial perceptions of the sources of the sounds.

My only real complaint is that it was the wrong encore: How dare they play Toronto without playing the new disc's tribute to our own experimental-animation-and-direct-sound proto-homocore king Norman McLaren, Exciter Lamp & the Variable Band, which contains a round-the-bend cover of O Canada. (See video below.)

However, that was compensated by tourmates Leprechaun Catering from Baltimore (where Matmos now live, as Drew's become a professor at John Hopkins). The openers named each of the pieces in their noisy, mad-laboratory improvised set with titles that acronym to "Toronto" ("Tits on Reindeer Offer Nourishment to Offspring," for instance, but my favourite was "Therefore, Our Rap Operas Need Tighter Oratorios"; I couldn't help spending much of the set trying to come up with more - my best was, "Teach Old Rover One New Trick, Okay?").

And they topped that off by playing a Theremin-led cover of Rush's Tom Sawyer (with Drew acting as "human microphone stand" because a metal microphone stand will fuck up your Theremin's mojo) - I dearly hope someone will post it on YouTube (like maybe that guy sitting in front of me who spent the entire show watching it through the little screen on his digital camera, taking 30-second clips - why bother coming to the concert if you'd much prefer watching it on a four-inch TV?): As Gallery programmer/host Jonny Dovercourt put it, "We stand on guard for Lee."

Please read the very funny and informative Matmos interview transcript posted by Zoilusian protegé Chris Randle on his rival blog.

General | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, July 22 at 6:21 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

Two Jazz-Funk Great Happenings

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Besides the Matmos show at the Music Gallery on Monday (celebrating their recent release, Supreme Balloon), the duo's younger half, the lovely and brilliant Drew Daniel, seen above getting groped by (who knows? but we'll guess) a drunken fan, will be appearing Monday afternoon at 1 pm at This Ain't the Rosedale Library in Kensington market to read from and discuss his very fine book in the 33 1/3 series (which also published my book) on Throbbing Gristle (whose logo is also above) and their album 20 Jazz Funk Greats (not to be confused with the very fine blog of the same name). Drew is as entertaining a talker as Matmos is a band, and if you can spare some sunny summer afternoon time, I bid you to hit up both events.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, July 16 at 5:00 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Woah, oh, oh, we're counting to four

This has been everywhere, of course, but why not here, too? The thing about the Sesame Street remake of Feist's hit is that it seems like a revelation of the real nature of the song - it's always been a counting song (a form found all over the world - music and math being a natural marriage). It was just disguised as a love song. So the self-parody is an improvement, as if the original version had just been an excuse to get to this point.

Of course, you can't go too wrong when you put Sesame Street, music and counting together:


That last was the Pointer Sisters. And that's not even getting into the oeuvre of the Count. Meanwhile, since we're at it: Philip Glass does Sesame Street (from either 1977 or 1979, depending who you ask):

Seventies Sesame Street is one of the few things capable of making me feel positively overcome with nostalgia - like, chloroformed with a nostalgia-soaked rag. Congratulations to Leslie for joining that great lineage.

General | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, July 15 at 4:56 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (11)

 

You Scream, I Scream,
and Then You Scream My Scream

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I've neglected to mention up till now the action going on in the Scream festival, which culminates in Monday's Scream in High Park reading night. Partly in dishonor of the current blaze over Bill C-61, the fabulously flawed proposed copyright reform, the theme of this year's Scream is "Copyright, Collaboration, and Appropriation." So for instance tonight at the Gladstone local poet Kevin Connolly offers his poem "Plenty" up to re-inventions by playwright Conor Green, artist Olia Mischenko, filmmaker Tamara Romanchuk and musician NQ Arbuckle (followed by a set by the pleasantly gruff Mr. Arbuckle).

Then tomorrow at The Boat, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alexis Muirhead, Sonja Ahlers, M. NourbeSe Philip and Michael Maranda take part in a panel on Fair Use (chaired by York prof and sometime music writer Marcus Boon at 7 pm, followed by readings from various pirate-minded creative projects and finally a DJ set by local appropriation ace Brian Joseph-Davis. Friday night at Type Books Paul Petro Gallery (see explanation in the Comments), there's an 11 pm screening of fanfilm and machinima; Saturday there will be a theatrical performance using poet Jack Spicer's last lecture as a "script"; and Sunday night at Arraymusic there's an intriguing exploration of the space between text, voice and tune, as composer Paul Swoger-Ruston tries to "transl(oc)ate" three local poets' reading styles into music.

Finally on Monday at High Park, there's the marquee event, where I'm humbled to say I've been invited to read. (Reportedly I'm the first nonfiction writer to read in the Scream's 16-year history.) I'm planning to enact the theme, in part, by stealing material directly from readers of this blog - prepare to sue me!

PS: Before the Monday reading, there'll be a semi-surreptitious guided walk through the woods at High Park, which is actually an impressive natural conservancy beneath its guise of local dog-walking, picnic-having locale and Scream/Dream venue - a fact too many artsy attendees don't learn about. Get in touch if you want details.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, July 09 at 5:09 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

All the Young Dave Matthews Dudes
(Were Not at the Alejandro Escovedo Show)
(Plus: RIP Schroer; Polaris noms)

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When Alejandro Escovedo asked the crowd at the Mod Club last night whether any of us had seen him opening on the last Dave Matthews Band tour, he seemed surprised (and a bit amused) to find that not a single soul in the club had. Clearly it's reasonable for a performer to hope and expect that a crossover experience like that will bring new fans to their own shows, but Dave Matthews isn't as big a deal in Canada as he is south of the border, and the people who go to DMB shows aren't that likely to come to the Mod Club - despite it being a larger venue than anywhere else Alejandro's played in Toronto (I used to see him at Ted's Wrecking Yard, and he reminisced from the stage about playing the Ultrasound, which predates me), the sizable crowd last night was just the accumulated result of a slow building love affair between Alejandro and Toronto.

I wonder what he'd have done differently if he'd known. The set list and style of the performance last night was very much in summer-rock, even jam-bandish mode, with a lot of emphasis on guitar solos. Lead guitarist David Pulkingham certainly has the chops for the job, but he's more of a stylistic chameleon - while he can switch from blues bruising to flamenco-ish classical guitar, he doesn't make his own stamp on the music. Whereas when Alejandro plays even the simplest lick, it rings with his soulfulness. You could almost feel him urging Pulkingham on to reach in deeper, but I think he's too gentle a guy to play the disciplinarian. The cost, for me, was a much less emotionally moving show than I've ever gotten from Alejandro, who usually leaves me buzzing with feelings. But I couldn't really complain about the closing round of covers, exuberant versions of All the Young Dudes, Beast of Burden and I Wanna Be Your Dog that sent us out glowing into the summer heat. And it did get me excited about his new record - Real Animal, which chronicles his musical life from his days in the Nuns in San Francisco (opening for the Sex Pistols) through twang-rock bands of the 80s to days living in the Chelsea Hotel and then the Austin scene of the 1990s, people loved and lost, and so on.

I'll look forward to the next time he returns on his own, or with a string trio, or one of his other many versatile combinations, rather than the showbizzed-up version we saw last night. Although that may be awhile, since his recent very conspicuous endorsement by Bruce Springsteen might keep him in the arena-rock, er, arena for a while yet. (It's got to be a lot less painful than his last high-profile media appearance - getting the nod from George W Bush for his song "Castanets," which Alejandro said last night kept him from playing the song for a while.)

Much else to talk about - the death of Oliver Schroer. Owen (Final Fantasy) Pallett dropped me a line over the weekend to say how sad he was about his fellow violinist's death, and lamenting that Schroer's explorations weren't the kind that tend to attract Internet-music-fan attention; read the lovely final-days interview with Diane Flacks from the Toronto Star last week. And then of course there are the Polaris nominations - I'm half-tempted to rage against the outcome, but I'm afraid the leaning towards broadly appealing, smart youth rock (as opposed to non-rock genres, as well as pricklier rock sounds) is a product of the process that's involved in the Polaris, which I'm beginning to think is, well, perhaps too democratic for the award's good (imho).

The winner will depend on the makeup of the final 11-judge panel, of course, but if I were to bet now? I'd say Caribou.

General | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, July 08 at 1:31 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

My Weekend & Open-Source Cobra!

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After a busy three-legged stool of a sort-of long weekend, I'm back. Went to see Lee Scratch Perry on the waterfront on Monday night along with, it seemed, every single other citizen of Toronto between 20 and 50. Now that he's in his 70s, Perry's rantings sometimes seem a little bit less like mystic communiques and more like the distracted brain-emissions of your grandma, but he commanded the stage and the crowd (and the smoke machine that seemed to be stowed inside his hat) and his young band (he told us it was new, and seemed to imply the players were Canadian, but it was difficult to be sure) summoned up the Black Ark vibe nicely - though after about 40 minutes, I hit what I call the "reggae wall," aka the limit of how long someone who doesn't use THC (allergic) can listen to the same rhythm and relatively similar melodies, standing on pavement out in the sun, without starting to nod off.

Also hit up the latest in the clandestine Extermination Music Night series, which this time was held in a disused office tower and was intended to be part art show as well as concert. But most of the intended action was cut short by the unusually swift arrival and harsh attitude of the police, some of whom were slow to realize that what they were busting was pretty much the most geeky, mild-mannered bunch of art-nerd criminals imaginable. Hearing the newish local band Brides defiantly playing their set up in the tower while the rest of us were sitting in the grass getting ID'd by the cops will certainly be a music memory for '08. In the end nobody was in serious trouble, and you can't blame the cops for shutting down an event founded on breaking into somewhat dangerous, beautifully derelict places (the lead cop got into amusingly befuddled arguments with audience members, like, "You can't call it art - it's trespassing!" as if being illegal and being art were somehow mutually exclusive terms). It was just disappointing not to see more of the art and performances - in the final moments we were rushing from floor to floor to see the sights like tourists who realized they hadn't yet looked at the Mona Lisa, just as their bus was about to leave.

Finally, please direct your attention to this page, where you can learn about an exciting upcoming set of classes, taught by Misha Glouberman (of Trampoline Hall, Room 101 Games, and Nuit Blanche 2007's "Terrible Noises for Beautiful People" fame), in which you can learn to "play" John Zorn's crazy-quilt game/composition Cobra - an opportunity to growl, howl, spit and buzz with a bunch of other people while pointing at your nose, taking your hat on and off and forming guerrilla squads. And, along the way, drop some inhibitions, meet new people and learn something about the art of improvisation. Plus, you get to become part of an underground society, as Zorn originally intended the rules of Cobra to be kept secret. If all that intrigues you (or scares you in a good way), go read that page, or just drop a line to improvise@mglouberman.com. You won't regret it - Misha is a gifted and amusing teacher, and I know that the people who took his last Cobra class (he also teaches other classes in vocal and physical improv) were thrilled with the results. Prices and scheduling are still up in the air (probably eight classes, once a week), but they'll start soon, so act fast.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, July 02 at 5:02 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Suoni Per il Toronto:
Evan Parker Trio, Feuermusik, Neptune

I was disappointed to see so little coverage in the downtown weeklies in Toronto yesterday of the Suoni per il Toronto mini-festival at the Music Gallery this weekend, a spinoff of the Suoni per il Popolo festival in Montreal (a month-long celebration of adventurous and oppositional music). In particular, it's a shame that the rare visit from British saxophone improvising giant Evan Parker (and his likewise-eminent trio partners Barry Guy, bass, and Paul Lytton, percussion) got no coverage. For the uninitiated the video above should give you an idea (it's the same trio but with the addition of pianist Agusti Fernandez at the Mulhouse jazz festival in Alsace, 2007). I'm too short on time today to detail Parker and company's extensive history, but here are a few testimonials. The show tonight begins at 7 pm (with solo bass by Aaron Lumley), doors at 6 pm, Parker Trio at 8 pm; show up early for the Gallery's summer BBQ.

Also, tomorrow afternoon Parker & Lytton present a free workshop for local improvisers (plus us looky-loos and listeny-lees) at 2 pm. Musicians would be foolish to miss it!

"UK saxophonist Evan Parker is one of the true pioneers of European free improvisation. He is recognized as the creator of a new solo saxophone language, extending the techniques and experiments started by John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, but taking them away from the rhythmically jazz-related areas and into the realm of abstraction. In particular, his use of circular breathing techniques to create extended, complex and overlapping soundscapes is generally seen as the apex of saxophone virtuosity." - bio on Music Gallery website

"Parker: speed, dexterity, instantaneous interplay, refinement, razor sharpness, almost scientific technical achievement (especially on the soprano saxophone, which he has virtually reinvented), and a graciousness and cooperative spirit in collective settings that he has labelled the 'agree to agree' approach." - John Corbett

"Evan Parker breathes like Tiger Woods swings a driver: smooth, seamless, a complete motion that converts potential energy to kinetic with the inevitability of an apple dropped from a tree. And both artists work with the bold precision that comes with having endlessly refined their technique. Parker ... might be the most important European jazz improviser alive." - Joe Gross, Austin AmericanStatesman

Eye weekly did, fortunately, give some ink to tomorrow night's cd release show for the new No Contest by Feuermusik, the sax-and-buckets duo of Jeremy Strachan and Gus Weinkauf that's been making some of the most exciting, direct jazz-improv music in Canada in recent years. Read Helen Spitzer's fine interview with the guys.

On the bill with Feuermusik (who will be bringing their "big band" incarnation for the occasion) is intriguing Boston-area band Neptune, who build all their instruments themselves - baritone guitars, basses, "lamellophones," pipe xylophones, even synthesizers - out of "circular saw blades, gas tanks, oil drums, bike parts, VCR casings, and miscellany from the trash." The video below provides a pretty compelling depiction of the results.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, June 27 at 10:17 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

I, I, I, I Am Gonna Play Sun City ... Girls!
(Plus: Laurie Anderson, Parkdale Public, and RIP The Silt)

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Laurie Anderson in Homeland.

I was out of town much of the weekend so I missed all manner of North By Northeasterly, Luminatic and other action; however you can read my review of Friday night's Luminato show by Laurie Anderson in yesterday's Globe and Mail. ("When reality catches up to an avant-garde icon.")

Tonight I am going to try to run between the Parkdale Public School vs. Queen West's seventh round, "Parkdale Strings vs. Blocks Recording Club" (featuring child musicians of the Senior Strings class working with Kids on TV, The Phonemes and Bob Wiseman) at 7 pm at the Gladstone, and the great Alan and Sir Richard Bishop of the now-defunct Sun City Girls paying tribute to their fallen comrade Charlie Gocher, at the WhipperSnapper Gallery. Full report to follow.

And I might even try to run from there to the Tranzac to catch some of what I'm sorry to hear (rather suddenly) will be the final show by The Silt, one of the most beloved configurations (Ryan Driver, Marcus Quin and Doug Tielli) of the core personnel of the Rat-Drifting label. In tribute, I'll post the very first piece I (or, I think, anybody else) ever wrote about the Silt, from 2000. Hard to believe it's been eight damn years. Thanks for all the weird pretty and pretty weird music, boys. Read all about it on the jump.

Silting up a cacophonic comfort zone

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CARL WILSON
17 August 2000
The Globe and Mail

"We think we know almost exactly what some of our songs sound like," proclaims Ryan Driver, who plays guitar, drums, synthesizers, flute and duck calls with Toronto group the Silt. The trio also features multi-instrumentalists Doug Tielli (a trombone specialist) and Marcus Quin (clarinet).

Having attended four or five Silt shows in recent months, I think I know almost exactly what some of their songs sound like, too. But I'm not sure how to put it into words, to persuade you to go hear them in this Sunday's edition of the weekly Wavelength series at Ted's Wrecking Yard. Driver's statement, with all its double-take syntax and self-sabotaging qualifiers, is probably your best clue. Take it as a mini-manifesto.

The Silt is turning out to be one of Toronto's natural resources, alongside the likes of Hawksley Workman, with whom they share hummability, flamboyance, classicism, and a willingness to be fey and vulnerable that, at its best, makes audiences giddily nervous.

All three members of the Silt, though no strangers to song (Tielli's last band was the semi-popular People From Earth, and if his last name reminds you of the Rheostatics, so be it), are fixtures on the youthful improvised-music scene in Toronto. That means they're used to wielding their axes to clearcut across musical expectations, sever melodic lines and splinter steady beats. They are comfortable with cacophony.

Maybe too comfortable. And that's what gives this group its special frisson: Having learned to play without rules, they have reinstituted them, to render themselves neophytes all over again.

Any given Silt song sounds like it might break down and lapse into improv. But it never happens. Instead, they might pause, suspend a note or a silence in the air, as if considering the potential for chaos . . . and then sing the next verse. They're on probation for breaking the laws of music, and the Silt is their halfway house.

Combine this with the perverted-Beach-Boys falsetto harmonies, delicate repetitive riffs, slow pace, false endings, unlikely instrument pairings, and archly exaggerated poetry (A Song About a Red Whistle is a typical Silt title) and you get something at once rather haunting and beautiful, and absurdly funny.

They achieve that rich and rare thing, sincere sarcasm. "I know this is stupid, and unsophisticated, with all these heartfelt, childish lyrics and old-fashioned tonality," a Silt song tells you, "but I really mean it. I can't help it. I think life is like this."

This is a very difficult effect to get. It's what people such as Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and McSweeney's magazine), David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest), and George Saunders (Civilwarland in Bad Decline) have been trying to do in literature.

It demands not only deft manipulation of materials, but an audience willing to entertain contradictory thoughts and feelings simultaneously. It requires an agreement on both sides that it's just too easy to give in to cynicism and disdain. Sometimes those much-hyped young writers manage it; often they just seem excessively pleased with themselves.

The Silt are so low-key that they avoid that pitfall. What they risk is being misunderstood, looking as if they don't know what they're up to. But they do. It took me a couple of hearings to realize how funny they were, and another couple to decide that the awkward bits were the prettiest parts.

As with Pavement, or Palace, or poet David Berman's Silver Jews, the Silt's humour is bone-dry, the sentiments slippery. They truck in the kind of truth that wriggles out of your hand, only to sliver its way under your skin. Like a tape that plays in your sleep and suggests that when you wake you'll quit smoking, or fighting, or giving up on yourself.

That's what they sound like. Almost exactly. I think.

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, June 17 at 12:57 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (10)

 

Love Don't Change

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Tonight marks the release of Eric Chenaux's latest album, Sloppy Ground, a lovely term for its main subject matter, which Eric describes as not the beginning or the ending but the middle of love - the main part, that is, but the most overlooked, the part for which we need much more music: the "ever after" that follows the closing clinch of the courtship dance. There's a nice interview with Eric in Eye today too. Meanwhile Eric's frequent collaborator Ryan Driver (of Deep Dark United, Silt, Reveries, etc) has his first solo album, enticingly titled Feeler of Pure Joy, coming out on home-base label Rat-drifting. (Both releases are celebrated tonight with a show at Wrongbar in Toronto.)

Additional Thursday reading: David Dacks has a perspicacious survey of the new generation of Toronto soul on AOL Canada of all places.

General | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, May 29 at 2:01 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

The Sadies' Most Wanted

Toronto's pride The Sadies exercise a light-hearted version of YouTubin' vigilante justice by posting this security-cam footage of some asshole breaking into their van and grabbing their GPS unit, and the group's discovery of the theft, all given a Dukes of Hazzard-esque rollicking soundtrack. If only cameras were on the spot more often when bands' instruments and gear get ripped off, but that's usually from the back alley behind some club. The video's very funny-sad - them Sadies never met a lemon they couldn't turn into a bourbon sour. If you do recognize the perp in these pics, let their management know.

General | Posted by zoilus on Monday, May 26 at 1:56 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Concrete Tonight!

Just a reminder of the show at the Polish Combatants' Hall at 206 Beverley St. (a block south of College at Cecil St), 8 pm. Door price has been reduced to $15 (same as the advance price)! Think concretely - wear grey! (See details in sidebar.)

If you can't make it tonight, remember that it's also happening next Sunday at the Science Centre in the afternoon.

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Speaking Concretely

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Here's the email interview Sarah Liss did with me about Concrete Toronto Music, the show Jonny Dovercourt of the Music Gallery curated with me, happening tomorrow (Sunday) at the Polish Combatants' Hall downtown and the following Sunday at the Ontario Science Centre (we've got a bus chartered to take people there).

Can you guys both give me a bit of a backgrounder on the genesis of this project and your involvement in it? How much were architectural and acoustic concerns on your mind(s) before taking this on? Was the book your key source of inspiration, or were either of you already thinking about a project that would encourage musicians to interact with some of the city's not-typically-musical spaces?

The idea was born at the Coach House launch party this winter where the Concrete Toronto book was being launched - at the same time as the bpNichol anthology, which got me thinking about the concrete buildings/concrete poetry parallel in '60s and early '70s culture. And then of course the "musique concrete" connection occurred to us too.

Jonny and I were both saying how much we liked the book and then one of us - I think me but I'm not sure - said we ought to do a site-specific show in honour of it.

I think we've both been interested in site-specific shows (such as the Extermination Music Night series or a couple of the shows Jonny's old band Republic of Safety played) for a long time, and in particular Toronto-celebrating and Toronto-exploring culture. So it wasn't a huge leap.

Concrete Toronto: just a clever play on musique concrete, or a name with deep connotative meaning - discuss.

Most of the music in the show won't, I don't think, have much relationship to musique concrete, though some of it will. The name of the show is just taken directly from the book, but I like the phrase too - that what we're paying tribute to here is the "concrete" Toronto - the tangible, physical Toronto - rather than an abstract idea of the city, like the one sometimes evoked (by me and Jonny among others) the past few years by the phrase "Torontopia."

[... continued...]

I'm not familiar with the Concrete Toronto book -- would you mind setting it up for me and talking about why it's so interesting?

The main thing I love about the book is that it takes a long look at exactly the structures that a lot of people in this city might consider the ugly ones - all the 1960s university buildings, Robarts, the Science Centre, New City Hall (ok, most people like that one), the Gardiner Expressway - and considers them as our architectural heritage, with their own kind of beauty and meaning. It makes the case that at least some of that heritage should be preserved just as much as our Victorian and Edwardian buildings are.

Preservationists discuss how the real danger period for losing heritage buildings is in the 30-to-40-year period after they were built, because that's when they seem just deeply unfashionable but not yet part of official History. So Concrete Toronto comes along just at that moment of danger as a low-key kind of intervention.

And because I was a child when these buildings were new, I have a strong emotional reaction there, too - I feel like, ugly or beautiful, that's the Toronto that partly made me. I was born here but didn't live here as a kid - I was in not-so-concrete-filled Brantford, Ont. But Toronto was still the big city over the horizon, and I found it all so exciting when we would visit - there'd be big bus trips to the Science Centre every few years and it was pretty much the most fantastic place a kid could visit, for example. Especially since I wasn't a nature-loving kid, these concrete Toronto buildings lie somewhere near the core of my urban-space-loving heart. I think that must be somewhat true for a good chunk of this generation, but it's not something that has a public acknowledgment, unlike other parts of our relationship to the built and natural environment around us.

How (and why) did you choose the roster of contributing artists for this project? What concerns did you have to keep in mind that don't necessarily come up when you're programming, say, an event at the Music Gallery? Were you more interested in finding musicians who'd already proven themselves in space-navigating ways, or did you have a sense that you wanted to challenge folks like Tony (whose singer/songwriter background seems much more traditionally pop-oriented than many of the other artists on the bill) in order to see what they'd come up with?

Jonny and I just kicked names around and then saw who was available. There were people we couldn't get - our first pick was the now-defunct Barcelona Pavilion, since they sang and thought a lot about architecture, but some of the ex-members were out of town. But we thought about people whose work evoked the themes. In CCMC's case, they were a band founded in the era these structures were built, and through Paul Dutton very strongly connected with the concrete-poetry/sound-poetry nexus that bp Nichol represented. In Tony's case, I thought that he sang a lot about the body and the environment but not about its harder surfaces, so it would be neat to put him together with Sandro, whose electronic side as Polmo Polpo connected with the musique-concrete aspect. And so on.

How did you settle on the Polish Hall and the Science Centre? What's so special about them?

They're buildings that are represented in the book. The Science Centre was our first thought. Jonny did some digging on other possibilities, and then it was a question of what was available. The Polish Combatants' Hall is a great combination of old-world and new-world, and the Eastern European connection calls up for me the Soviet-era expanses of concrete architecture that were built as workers' housing. It's a very poetic, out-of-time kind of space, both quaint and muscular, as people who attend that show will see.

Carl, can you talk a bit about the text you've composed for the show? Is it a straight collabo with Darren [O'Donnell, the other librettist], or are you guys working independently? What was your process -- i.e. were you working alongside Erik [Ross, the composer] or did he provide the framework before you started writing?

Darren and I worked independently and just gave Erik some text he could work with. Jonny mediated the contact with Erik - he left the parameters very wide open. I wrote a much bigger piece that included some pop-song-style lyrics -- about Toronto concrete buildings, kind of modeled on The Modern Lovers' bursts of enthusiasm (in songs like Government Center) -- as well as a more concrete-poetry minded section that worked with anagrams to generate language about music and buildings.

Erik edited the text as he saw fit. I was just pouring in the raw materials, you could say. I'm not sure what his process with Darren was like. It was fun to write song lyrics again - I haven't done that in a long time.

Why is this festival [SoundaXis] important? What do you think it brings to/what purpose does it serve for the local music community?

There are two sides to this: First, in its connection with Greek composer Iannis Xenakis (its initial focus) but with a site-specific, out-in-the-city feel, it helps to make the more formal side of contemporary composition feel relevant to this time and place, which is always a challenge. And then there's the way that it showcases the fact that sound is something that unfolds within space - that musical ideas are generated out of our lived environment, but also that through acoustics and other aspects, the way those ideas sound when they're realized is also determined by environment. It's a nice mix of the abstract and the (watch out) concrete, a reminder that music that seems really heady is in many ways just as physical, as corporeal, as dance music is.

Has working on the Concrete Toronto project inspired new ways of looking at music-slash-buildings? (god, I keep wanting to make a pun on that tired "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" line.) Is this something that you think will spark similar undertakings in the future?

For me it's just been a chance to bring out that connection, to experiment with what I already thought and felt - I feel like it'll be when we get to hear the music (which I haven't at all yet) that the changes in perspective might happen. I can't wait to get out on the floor and start dancing about architecture.

It's hardly a paradox anyway, is it - dancing is architectural, all shifting planes and angles. And architecture is deeply concerned about how arrangements in space affect the body. Aside from sex, what's a more natural thing to dance about?

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Rocks On!
(Concrete Toronto Music)

"We wanted to encourage the musicians to explore the true meaning of musique concrete, which is to make music using non-traditional musical sounds," says Bunce. "You don't have to have studied Pierre Schaeffer at university to do that. ... That's one of the reasons why we wanted to approach minimal techno and noise artists. There is a sense of 'ugly beauty' to those styles of music, which corresponds to the way a lot of people feel about brutalist architecture. ... In terms of a real concrete experiment, [noise artist] Knurl will be [using contact mics on] actual concrete and cement! I'm really curious to see how that will go over with the family crowd at the Science Centre."

That's a quote from Sarah Liss's piece today in Eye weekly about the Concrete Toronto Music shows this Sunday and next, co-curated by Zoilus and the Music Gallery. (And tomorrow, I'll post my answers to Sarah's questions, which came too late for her to use.)

Plus: For those who missed this year's FIMAV festival in Victoriaville, John Kelman at All About Jazz catches us up. (Below, the semi-reunited Art Bears.)

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June Listings...

... are up on the gig guide, in rough form. As always, send along additions and corrections!

A few highlights include Leonard Cohen's three-night stand at the Sony Centre; Martha Wainwright at the Mod Club on June 6; the Art of Jazz fest in the Distillery District with Randy Weston, Sheila Jordan and Egberto Gismonti among others; SoundaXis's "Cage-Fest" historical-recreation performances of John Cage's "Bird Cage" and "HPSCHD" on June 11 with Eve Egoyan, Robert Wheeler of Pere Ubu, and many more; the Better Reasons youth-art program benefit series at the Tranzac June 12-14 with the likes of The Bicycles, The Phonemes, Nif-D and Forest City Lovers; The Bad Plus at Glenn Gould Studio on June 13; and Luminato shows by the likes of Laurie Anderson and Mikel Rouse.

In the second half of the month, ex-Sun City Girls(!) brother-duo Alan & Richard Bishop materialize on the local plane of existence on June 17; the same day, unfortunately, as Darren O'Donnell's "Parkdale Vs Queen West" concert with Kids on TV, Bob Wiseman and others facing the kids of the Parkdale Public School Band; there's Al Green kicking off the jazz festival on June 19, followed by other jazz-fest heavies such as Oliver Jones, Ahmad Jamal, Ken Vandermark, etc; BC's superb Frog Eyes playing the Horseshoe with the Evangelicals on June 23; another damnable double-booking with Gilberto Gil at Massey Hall the same night UK improv titan Evan Parker plays the Music Gallery (June 27); local free-jazz firebrands Feuermusik launching their fantastic second album the next night at the Music Gallery; and to round the month out, legendary reggae producer Lee "Scratch" Perry playing free at Harbourfront on June 30.

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May 25 & June 1: Zoilus presents
Concrete Toronto Music!

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The month is flying by and I've neglected to tell you that a week from Sunday (May 25) as well as the Sunday after (June 1), Zoilus and the Music Gallery are presenting two versions of a special show called Concrete Toronto, first at the Polish Combatants' Hall and then at the Ontario Science Centre (with a bus going up from downtown).

This extravaganza is part of the Soundaxis festival and performers include CCMC (Michael Snow, Paul Dutton and John Oswald) (May 25 only), Sandro (Polmo Polpo) Perri with Tony (Great Lakes Swimmers) Dekker, Greg J Smith & Neil Wiernik (aka "naw"), Knurl, and composer Erik Ross presenting a new work (with some text by yours truly) with performers Carla Huhtanen (voice) and Wallace Halladay (sax). There will be visual projections and the like too.

As the writeup sez: "Concrete Toronto Music is a concert of original new music, created by Toronto composers and musicians, in response to Toronto's Concrete Architecture, as catalogued in the 2007 book Concrete Toronto (ERA Architects/Coach House Books). Many iconic buildings, such as City Hall and the Ontario Science Centre, used concrete as their primary material during the building frenzy that gave expression to the growth of Toronto in the decades of the 1950s to the 1970s. The Music Gallery has commissioned a significant handful of Toronto-based composers and musicians to create new works that pay tribute to Toronto's concrete legacy, experiment with concrete's mutability and explore these buildings' role in the city's psychogeography."

Complete details at the Music Gallery site.

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Jive Talkin': Doing it live

We could be talking about Jody's defence of Mariah Carey or whether blogs really break bands or how it is finally really, really, really time to declare an all-out Ticketmaster boycott, at least until the governments get off they's asses and go full-on combines-investigation on them. But we're not because I have been too busy.

For two things, I've been preparing a talk that I'm giving on Saturday for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (Canada) conference - if you're in St. Catharines at Brock University around 2:15 pm, I'll be airing some not-fully-cooked proposals on the subject, "Can You Talk a Few Bars of That? Music Vs. Words in Pop Criticism."

Then there's Monday's edition of the Trampoline Hall Lecture Series in Toronto, when for the first time in (oh my god) six-and-a-half-years of working behind the scenes and at the door, I will be giving a lecture. The show is curated by the brilliant and hilarious Becky Johnson, and its theme is her family. I am going to be talking about her mom, with some digressions on radio love-doctor programs and compulsive hoarding syndrome. The other lectures will be about her dad and her brother. They all live in British Columbia. It's a family that could be your own, except that it's Becky's. The host, as ever, will be Misha Glouberman, whom I hope will be gentle with me. (Tickets are now on sale at Soundscapes.)

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Heaven Knows I'm Miscellaneous Now

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Harry Partch plays his "cloud chamber bowls" (see final item in this post).

The sight of people lined up down the block to buy copies of Grand Theft Auto IV made me wonder when the last time was that you saw such a line outside a record store. (I think it might have been for an Eminem album?) Granted, leaking means release dates don't matter anymore for music, unlike games and movies, but surely, the size of this phenomenon has to make one stop and think - video games seem a lot closer to the centre of that mythic "common conversation" in culture than music does now. And with GTA IV, it even seems that it answers that call for pop entertainment with "significance." Yet I still wonder whether gaming serves the identity-forming function that music does - is there a partisanship, are there fashions, looks, attitudes that go along with alliance to a particular kind of games? (Or does that really come only after the monoculture-making impact - is GTA IV more a kind of Beatles '65 phase?) These are random pre-framings of the questions, and your random speculations are welcome.

Speaking of identity and music, John Darnielle is blogging for Powell's about the five metal albums he might have written about for the 33 1/3 series if he hadn't chosen Black Sabbath's Master of Reality for his oughta-be-classic little young-adult novella.

In Toronto this weekend there is no shortage of diversion to be savoured, courtesy of the Over the Top music and film festival as well as the Jane's Walk sessions of collective flaneurie in honour of the late great Ms. Jacobs, with the obvious locations supplemented by strolls through the unappreciated inner suburbs and a tour of Parkdale "shortcuts and hangouts" conducted by schoolkids (the usual madness from Darren O'Donnell's Mammalian Diving Reflex).

Not to be overlooked, though, is also tomorrow night's show at the Music Gallery by the Harry Partch Ensemble from Montclair State University, the designated repository for the original instruments invented and built by the hobo-genius engineer and theorist of microtonal music - meaning this might be the one chance you get to see & hear the chromelodeon, harmonic canon, diamond marimba and other patented Partchian devices live. (They've never come to Canada before - way to go, Mr. Dovercourt et al at the MG.) For those who've never heard Partch's music - it was probably the single greatest influence (well, along with Brecht-Weill music) on Tom Waits's peak transitional music of the '80s, eg. Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs. Imagine the more chiming, rhythmic, marimba-percussion tunes on those albums with Waits' voice subtracted and you have a rough idea of the timbral zone of Partch's work, though of course there's much more to it. I assume we'll see Iner Souster there!

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Now Read This: Gimme Liberty
or Gimme Indie Lazer Bass

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Over at the ever-productive Moistworks facility, there's a terrific roundtable discussion about a subject Zoilus has revisited, oh, a few times - the surviving meaning, or lack thereof, of the word "indie". Contributors include Moistworks honcho Alex Abramovich (bringing in Franklin Bruno on an assist) and writers and musicians Jonathan Lethem, Douglas Wolk, Luc Sante, Andrew Phillips, Brian Howe, Christopher Sorrentino, Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Blake Schwarzenbach, Ben Greenman and me. And more in the comments space. (And as a bonus, tracks by Sebadoh, the recently reunited Great Plains and Big Dipper!)

More, no doubt, to come.

(Later: Coincidentally I stumbled across this April 9 post in Natalia Yanchak from The Dears' blog, titled "Death to indie rock." She links to a National Post piece after the Junos that asked record-store clerks across Canada, "Is Feist still indie?". Several obnoxious answers later - only one, Chris from Zulu Records in Vancouver, addressed it as an economic-model question, by the way - you're left thinking they should add to the question, "... And why would she possibly care?")

Also this week in The New Yorker, Sasha Frere Jones introduces Montreal "lazer bass" to the smart set, in the form of Megasoid. More on that sometime soon too, I hope, but for now just a note that Megasoid is slated to be in Toronto on May 18 at the Drake (and less officially other locations), though their planned New York appearance this weekend was cancelled due to a loss in the family, for which we send our sympathies.

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Destroyer in Toronto, April 19:
"A Nightmare," Three Witches Chant,
Confounding Nerds' Aim

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Dan Bejar and Destroyer live at the Bowery Ballroom, a couple of days after the concert discussed below;
photo swiped from music journo Ryan Dombal's Flickr page;
I'm glad we don't have any kind of professional guild to spank me for it.

I've had the title for this one sitting on my computer all week, because I've noticed a lot lately doing cryptic crosswords (a recent adoption) that the clues often feel like Destroyer-ese. Unfortunately to mention puzzles suggests decoding, encrypted meanings, blah blah blah, which gets it exactly wrong (in Destroyer songs, the encryption is the message; the funeral is the biography). But I was too tickled by my cryptic clue to abandon it, so there it is.

Mainly, I just wanted to tell you that if you are anywhere in range of the current Destroyer tour (eg., in New York tonight, Philly tomorrow, DC the day after - etc), you should not miss it, because there's been something of a rip in the continuum and, suddenly, Destroyer is not just a band you enjoy live because there's something endearingly awkward and stiff and strange about it all - suddenly, they're a band you enjoy live because they kick ass. Dan's reluctant-prophet manner has gone up five levels on the fire and brimstone scale - there was a hilarious moment on Saturday night when he tried to make a joke, which flew over everyone's heads and fell in a puddle to the floor. After a second's pause he grimaced sheepishly: "Uh, sorry, I've never tried saying things to the audience before." His performance was more physical and stagey - John Barrymore-era theatricalism flashing out between shakes of a super-shaggy head, thoroughly through-composed guitar lines being peeled out as if they were just jammed - which is a long way round to rock'n'roll but it can get you there.

It's in keeping with the tone of Trouble in Dreams, which is in many ways the least hostile and aggressive Destroyer record yet - almost in inverse proportion to its noisiness (Fisher Rose drums way loud). It's more of a band album (a more focused This Night) than Destroyer's Rubies and more of a Your Blues-esque crooner and 1950s-musical album too - contrary to all the backlashy "just more of the same" reviews, which one might expect after nine albums, except that it's silly to hear it coming from reviewers who only actually heard one of those albums. The erratic semi-random nature of the ... Rubies mania of aught-six is thus confirmed. Anyone have a better theory?

(I should note that true to his backlash-courting ways, there was only, I think, one ... Rubies song on the set list the other night, which I'm sure frustrated some who haven't gotten well-acquainted with Trouble and don't know This Night, the other well the band was drawing on.)

Michael Barclay told me the other day that he felt like Dan had worked so hard to convince him of the ridiculousness of rock'n'roll that he found it hard to listen to him with the current band just playing rock'n'roll. I share some of those feelings; after Your Blues, not just my favourite Destroyer record but one of my favourite records of the decade, I did regret the return to rock on Rubies - but Dan's changes have never been linear, so the sequel to Your Blues, the all-clarinet-and-sitar album, could be right around the corner. I think the thing is that right now he has this band that, when it locks into formation the way it did on Saturday night, shoots the songs straight into orbit. That might not be true tomorrow, with the musicians of Dan's Vancouver generation (including Dan himself) gradually settling into businesses, family life, and so on. In some ways the notes of regret and anticipation that I scent between the lines of Trouble in Dreams seem like change-of-life vibrations, a goodbye and the breath right before "hello." (Perhaps that desire to hold on accounts for my one real complaint about it, which is that it's two or three songs too long.) The absurdity that Destroyer has always imputed to rock, after all, is by no means unique - the path from politics to poetry leads through understanding that the effort is always ridiculous and doing it anyway. So hit the drums hard.

(Oh, and speaking of [collector] nerds' aims...)

(Plus, later:: See Dan spar with Emusic readers. Note the John Cale/Syd Barrett discussion at the end - this is what you have to explain to the people who confuse matters with all their pointless Bowie comparisons.) (On the other hand, I just realized I've never heard The Apartments.)

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Rattle Your Keys in Parkdale Tonight

I'll be back with some thoughts on the Pop Conference and other matters later today, but first, quickly passing on this news about a show tonight that sounds worth attention:

"Keys To The Studio invites you to a concert of music you've never heard before! On Tuesday evening, April 15, 2008, starting at 6 pm, experience ground-breaking performances by the Keyholders, the originators of the music on the program, who also happen to be people diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities (such as autism, Tourettes, etc.). The Keyholders will be joined onstage at the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Ave. at Queen West between Dufferin & Lansdowne) by their colleagues at Keys To The Studio, well-known Toronto musicians Victor Bateman, Dave Clark, Dan Goldman, Justin Haynes, John Jowett, Teppei Kamei, Joe Kelly and Sandro Perri.

"Come to hear DJ scratching, improv, electronic beats, guitar distortion, rock'n'roll and 8-bit music, and to support Keys To The Studio's innovative venture to unlock the doors that have kept musicians from this community from their audience (see feature article at Keys to the Studio.com). Pay-what-you-can admission (suggested $5 and additional donations welcome) and wheelchair accessible. Tickets are available at the door, by calling 416-532-8480 or by email at info@keystothestudio.com."

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No Ordinary Love:
"Double Bill #1"

Posting has been sparse lately, partly due to life and partly due to scrambling to get my paper done for the EMP Pop Conference, which will be the subject of upcoming posts this weekend. Before I get Seattle-bound, I want to tell you about a beautifully Toronto-bound event that opens tonight (Wednesday, Apr 9) and runs until Saturday.

"Double Bill #1" is the yield of a "mash-up"-style concept from Dancemakers artistic director Michael Trent: he wants to reach out to other artists to create works in dialogue. Having seen last year's wonderful "Dance/Songs" piece (subject of past Zoilusian praise), Trent chose to invite Ame Henderson of the Public Recordings company as his first collaborator. The parameters they agreed on were simple: They would each create pieces that used the same people, from dancers to music, which would mean each choreographer's process would be bumping and grinding up against the other's.

The results, which I previewed at a dress rehearsal on Saturday before they moved it to Harbourfront's Premiere Dance Theatre, are superlative. I have to single out Ame's "It Was a Nice Party," which, like "Dance/Songs" (which took the skeleton of a rock-club show and draped it in a dance piece, with equal measures of wit, irony and reverence) and her Nuit Blanche piece (which involved large crowds of dancers emerging in and out of the margins of a Kensington Market park, dancing to music from hand-cranked portable radios), is a playful exercise in slow-motion revelation: If you pay attention, a seemingly arbitrary and cryptic set of behaviours is slowly unveiled as a self-conscious game.

( ... continues ...)

I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to reveal that what the dancers are doing is "sampling" from the party scene of Fellini's La Dolce Vita, in a series of algorithms that's almost an Oulipian set of themes-and-variations that you slowly decode. The byproduct, as Dancemakers dramaturge-in-residence Jacob Zimmer put it to me, is that out of the film scene, the company was able to generate quickly a fresh set of gestural vocabularies that are not at all "dance" vocabularies. (They also tried using a bank-robbing scene from The Thomas Crown Affair and a bird attack from The Birds but settled on the more cheerful-strange ambience of a party - which, bonus points, allowed some of them to pretend to be Marcello Mastrionni.)

Humour and energy spring out of this strategy, all the more so because Ame's preserved the unheimlich grammar of film in the choreography - the dancers keep suddenly dashing across the stage to keep pace with the cuts and crosscuts of film editing, too, so the typical dignity and smoothness (even in choreographed awkwardness) of dance is undercut by the frantic splicing and interruption to which reality is subjected by the camera.

In addition, the ensemble keeps the mood of the piece itself party-like - casual, companionable, conversational, giddy. At intervals, in personae somewhere between themselves and themselves-as-character, the dancers come to microphones at the corners of the stage, to explain what just happened and what's about to happen next: "We're going to do that again, only this time, Kate's going to be over there and I'm going to start here... okay?"

Both pieces are scored by The Reveries, a band I've toasted in the past as one of Toronto music's uncanniest combinations of silliness and sentiment, with their poker-faced techno-peasant routine of playing instruments that are amplified through cellphone speakers lodged in each other's mouths, while they slobberingly deliver the lyrics of love-song standards. The group features local improv luminaries Eric Chenaux, Ryan Driver and Doug Tielli (plus, more recently, percussionist Jean Martin).

For "Double Bill" they presented the company with several CDs featuring dozens of songs they'd be capable of covering, ranging from jazz standards to Willie Nelson to Sade, and let the dancers choose over the course of rehearsal which songs to use. Then they provided recordings of covers of the selected songs as the final soundtrack, which gets played by the dancers from an on-stage boombox.

In both dances, but Ame's in particular, there's some aleatory space left after that, too, as the dancers can choose which Reveries selections to play during the show, which reinforces the party theme ("hey, what should I put on?" "no more Willie, I'm tired of Willie") but also severs dance from music and allows for recombinant effects - they might end up dancing frenetically to a slow ballad, or the song might end before the segment does and leave them dancing to silence. It all helps to free the dancers from what can in dance sometimes seem a slavish relationship between music and choreography - while the movies scene is dictating the motions, moments might fall anywhere on the beat, so it's a new dance every time.

The mood is also struck by the frantic effort that goes into following the movie's kinetic "score" - the dancers are constantly checking video monitors to see what action they should be imitating, so they have a split focus, which mirrors the audience's own effort to watch what's happening at the same time as puzzling out the embedded structure. Viewing it in the smaller rehearsal space, I was particularly conscious that I kept wanting to watch the movie on the monitors (even craning my head around to do it) instead of the real people in front of me - the same trouble one has, for example, carrying on a conversation in a bar while a TV is running in the corner over your friend's shoulder, or the way people you know in real life take on a kind of extra-reality in the microcelebrity of their Facebook pages and YouTube videos. In a way the dancers cannot compete with the film's aura, but their physical presence catches the viewer out in that guilty attraction, and reminds us of the satisfaction and complication the person-to-person encounter can offer. For instance, the dancers use their real names to refer to one another in dialogue, except that there are two Kates, so the second insists on being called "Magenta," after the colour of her dress, which is both an assertion ("I'm the girl in the magenta dress") and a surrender of identity.

Michael Trent's second half, "And the Rest," is a bit jarring after the revelation of the first, in that he turns the company back to a modern-dance physical vocabulary, and there's much less narrative drive. But on the other hand it's here that you get to see these dancers dance, again to the Reveries' wobbly ebbs and flows of song, and things get sexy in a much less ironic and more realistic (and thus more disturbing) way, as themes of dominance, submission and Bartleby-like abstention come into play.

My favourite section was one that went head-on at the sadomasochism of choreography itself, in which one dancer started giving instructions for moves to another and then got caught in a kind of deranged loop demonstrating the ridiculously strenuous motions that were required to fulfill her own orders, while the rest of the ensemble lazily ignored her. The orders she's barking ("put your wrists on your thighs, half-twist, sink to your knees, thrust three times, flutter your elbows twice") are of course exactly the kind that the choreographer must have used to make the whole piece - our pleasure rests on the mnemonic and physical labour of the artist-interpreters, our admiration of their seeming freedom resting on their terpsicordian bondage. The dress-rehearsal crowd laughed familiarly, but for those of us who aren't dance insiders, it was more of a moment in which the emperor stripped off his clothes to reveal that underneath, he was stitched up in a tight, rough corset. The work of the dancer, in those interludes, became its own subject, and its own reward.

In the program, Michael and (in his program notes) Jacob tell us that the piece is about tyranny and change: I wish only that they'd followed Ame's example and put more of those cards on the table in the piece itself. But that might just be that I'm a relatively inexperienced watcher of dance, and its pure physical abstraction (and perhaps its voyeurism) always make me crave more intellectual semaphore, more clues to the content within the form.

A real dance lover might find Ame's piece more frustrating because its whole mechanism stymies the flow of dance, blocking and undermining the performers' skills at each turn. I find that both funnier and more moving, seeming closer to daily life, but since I'd probably be unsympathetic to a similar argument about highly abstract music or painting, I'll offer that reaction with a grain of suspicious-tasting salt.

In any case, the pairing left me with plenty to smile over and think about and I wholeheartedly urge you to get down to Harbourfront to drink it in with your own eyes and ears. Also, check out The Reveries' new CD of Willie Nelson tunes, which was released this week.

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, April 09 at 3:24 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Survey: Hello, Turrronnto!
(Goodbye, Gig Guide?)

I have a question: How much do local readers use the Zoilus "gig guide" nowadays? I ask because, as you might have noticed, it's gotten tougher for me and my little team of helpers to keep up with the listings the past few months, as we've all been extra-busy. Would you be just as happy with just a list of upcoming highlights (perhaps an expanded version of the "top shows" list in the sidebar to your left?) or is the comprehensive list still important to you? Please advise in the comments - thanks!

(PS: The first draft of the April calendar is now up and there are tons of exciting things coming our way. Send in your additions and amendments too.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, March 25 at 2:03 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (27)

 

Conduction Junction, What's Your Funktion?


Greg Tate conducts Burnt Sugar at the Bowery Poetry Club in September. Photo by Peter Gannushkin.

Prior to next Thursday's gig by New York's Bitches' Brew-wrestles-Sun Ra-on-Funkadelic's-trampoline ensemble Burnt Sugar at the Lula Lounge, there's going to be a workshop in which leader Greg Tate (perhaps the writer most responsible for making me want to do music criticism - get this book back in print!) and members of his "mojosexual cotillion" will school Torontonians in the fine art of "conduction," the alphabet of hand and baton gestures developed by Butch Morris to turn conducting into a method of improvised composition. It's a participatory workshop (bring your instruments), starts at 6:30 pm on March 26, and entry is $20 (or $30 with a ticket to the show, which otherwise would run $20 on its own) and spaces are limited: To register, holler at synaptic_circus at yahoo dot com.

Which reminds me that I haven't gotten around to touting Dave Clark's recent book, How to Conduct ... Yourself!, a more laid-back rundown of creative conducting techniques by the drummer and leader of Toronto's own Woodchoppers' Association, the anarchic improvising orchestra. It's an entertaining intro (with bright full-colour photographs of Clark cheerfully demonstrating his moves) to conducting for the baton-shy, and does a great job illustrating what creative guidance can add to ensemble playing. It makes you want to start conducting everyone you know - do the dishes more sweetly!, bring the conversation to a crescendo now!.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, March 18 at 4:49 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Istvan Kantor's Transmission Machine:
Message (Redundantly) Received

Istvan Kantor was formerly known as Monty Cantsin, although of course he wasn't the only artist to use that Neoist multiple identity, just the only one who angrily claimed to be the "real" Monty Cantsin, which is a fine showcase of Kantor's persistent deafness to his own contradictions. I went to see his latest work, a showcase called Transmission Machine last night at the Theatre Centre in Toronto as part of the Free Fall performance-art festival, and I think my arm candy (as she likes me to call her) put it best when she said afterwards, "Why does the theatre of the oppressed always have to be so oppressive?"

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Kantor's got a reactor's worth of energy - constantly on the move except when doing a headstand on a long stainless-steel sink, burning off excess calories by trashing furniture seemingly at random. By any means necessary he'll make sure you can't ignore him, which explains why he's forever splattering his blood on valuable paintings in museums and galleries and, everywhere else, setting shit on fire. (His bio for Free Fall points out that he is probably the sole person ever simultaneously banned from the AGO and Sneaky Dee's.) As he must be in his mid-50s or so, the vigour is impressive, but all that drive is directed down the "shock art" dead end of masculinist modernism, with self-glorifying-martyr crap fully intact.

My favourite section of the show was the opening monologue, in which Kantor narrated his life story - that he came from Budapest, but before that he was a "monolith that was really a filing cabinet" (using a black cabinet on stage to illustrate this creation myth) as well as Wilhelm Reich and other historical figures - and reached the point of describing the past 60 years as an era of "mental gentrification" in which "broadcast imperialism" has forced all other elements of life to the margins in favour of the "shiny" - the remaking of reality on the model of the television screen, for example in the AGO's current renovation with a new titanium facade courtesy of Frank Gehry and Damien Hirst's $100-million diamond-encrusted skull.

And then Kantor went on a spree of very shiny fire-setting and giant-video-screen projections (okay, he does throw paint on the video screens at the end), with a crew of videographers and photographers following him around the stage documenting the performance and not inserting "broadcast imperialism" between us and him. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that this was intentional, which is generous considering what followed.

What followed was sound and fury and the fumes of burning gas, giving us three kinds of headaches, as Kantor tried to analogize broadcast imperialism and neighbourhood gentrification in Toronto, in speech and video (a hokey bunch of actors playing "developers" stalking Kantor's neighbourhood) and song (a ditty called "I love the stench"). He set himself up as a paragon of "the poor," falling into the usual but nevertheless irksome pattern of blithely equating the voluntary poverty of the artist with the unchosen poverty of poor people. And what's to be done? Well, "revolution," though by the time he's tangled his red flag (literally) around his head three or four times, you get that he knows the non-ness of this answer, but he sticks to it because it sounds exciting despite its void credibility (which you'd think someone from Budapest might have realized quicker). Along the way he elaborately, through video images, compared gentrification both to torture with electrification and, here it comes, to Nazi genocide. (Good ol' reductio ad Hitler, or Hitler ex machima if you prefer.)

The show ended with Kantor inviting members of the audience to come up on stage with him as "revolutionaries" and the others to make a "ratatat-tat" machine-gun sound, "executing" them. It was kinda fun, as goofy group-participation exercises are, even when they're a dispiriting wallow in futility.

That moment at least had some gentle conviviality to it, as opposed to the ego-on-performance-art-cliche-amphetamines of the previous hour. More than the shallow analysis, what's maddening is, given the anti-sociality of the problem he's addressing, the unexamined way in which he tries to attack it with more anti-sociality. Cute as the "stench" song was, praising the noise, pollution and violence poor people are forced to live with "because it keeps the developers away" is revolting, and it only keeps the developers away till there's a buck to be made - as is the case currently in Kantor's nabe of "dirty Bloor West," which is where the art galleries fleeing high rent on Queen West are about to relocate.

The real-estate regime - which Kantor, with 1980s-punk-zine panache, dubbed "the Rentagon" - goes unchecked because there's no public will to develop neighbourhoods any other way. Private interests are quite willing to bulldoze their way through social and architectural dysfunction, since that all makes land and buildings cheap enough to turn a tidy profit. Meanwhile government and political formations aggressively neglect those areas. The Rentagon would be undermined by efforts to bring healthy development to people and places that need it while preserving affordable housing (ideally owned by the residents) and services - efforts not sexy and politically profitable enough to be worth the bother.

By mirroring the black-and-white view that places and cultures must by nature be either unlivable shitholes or yuppie palisades in the rhetoric and symbolism of his show - it's either Hitler or revolution, it's either quiescence or red flags and fire and furniture-smashing - Kantor is just re-enacting the logic of gentrification, not to mention repeating 20th-century avant-gardism as farce.

That's always been my reaction to his stuff, but last night I at least appreciated some of his countervailing eccentric charm. It was much better when he was dancing around and singing a kooky, Cabaret-style song about the cities he lived in before "a beautiful prophetess" lured him to Toronto and the subsequent birth of his kids, or showing off his admirable upper-body strength and balancing skills doing headstands. Because when he tries out the acrobatics of thinking, Kantor just crashes jarringly onto the audience's last nerve.

Read More | General | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, March 15 at 8:44 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (14)

 

'Hoof Has Seen the Wind:
On Deerhoof and Silences

I haven't had time/energy to see many live shows so far in '08, and wasn't especially regretting it. Aside from the head-detonating Veda Hille/The Fits/Tomboyfriend concert at the Gladstone a couple of weeks ago, and that Baby Dee snowstorm-night jamboree a couple of weeks before that, there hasn't been much to motivate me to drag my sorry ass out into this sorry, ass-dragging winter when I could be having lambchops and wine and reading or whatevering in my apartment. Thus I was millimetres away from skipping tonight's Deerhoof spectacle at the Phoenix, as part of the opening-night showcase of Canadian Music Week, even though I deeply love the band and had never (shocking admission) seen them, no doubt due to similarly short-sighted past decisions. That mistake was averted thanks to Jonny Dovercourt staring at me in disbelief earlier this evening when I mentioned that I was feeling too tired to go. Ah, good old shame!

You already know this, no doubt, but Deerhoof is the kind of band that makes you wonder how you ever felt going to see live music could be a chore. It's not just the three-rock-dudes-and-one-diminutive-pixie-singer dynamic; or bassist/vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki's theatricality (her stillness which explodes into thrashing, her secret semaphore-mime coded hand signals, the deadpan affect that makes her cooing, chirping voice seem to be piped in from Erewhon); or the extraordinary musicianship of the whole ensemble (especially the Keith Moon-meets-Han Bennink drumming of Greg Saunier); or the way that somehow '80s Tokyo noise-rock, jazz-exotica, prog, post-punk, mod 60s garage, no-wave, J-pop, Bartok, Zorn, Braxton and sugar-cereal commercial jingles all seem to soul-kiss in their music. It's not the catchiness of a music that plots in so many ways against catchiness. It's not even the light show, which consisted of a large light-emitting spinning propeller and a series of garbage-can-lids-on-light-stands that all together seemed (can this be right?) to be a sound visualizer, triggered by the peaks and valleys and frequencies of the music, like a multipart mechanical oscilloscope.

No, it's those peaks and valleys themselves, and most especially the deep valleys - that is, the silences, pauses, dead stops, 180-degree turns. It's the silences, I think, that account for the accessibility and memorability of a music so complicated as Deerhoof's, with its multiple time signatures, generic shifts, surprising dynamics and modal melodic meanderings. While stubbornly refusing to "add up" to a standard rock song, Deerhoof music respects the fact that the ear is apt to be overloaded and overcrowded by what they do, and so they build in rest stops that almost magically boost the listener's capacity to take all the content in. And at the same time of course all the stops and silences act as a tease, building anticipation so that when the music comes, it seems to gush back in a rush, a sexual release (albeit an animated-cartoon sexual release in Deerhoof's case). It's not just a gimmick they use here and there - Deerhoof plays silences all the friggin' time, as much a building block of their sound as Saunier's bruising kick drum or Matsuzaki's trilling coo. It's the simplest answer (though of course there is no simple answer) to the question that hearing this group inevitably raises: Why can't more bands do this? Why can't live music always be this transporting? Because too few musicians realize that they are architects.

The live rock bands that have had a similar effect on me psycho-somatically, that feeling of out-of-body transport and transcendence, by the way, all share Deerhoof's propensity for stop-start dynamics: the Pixies way back in their first incarnation, 1980s and 1990s-era Pere Ubu (not, at least the last time I saw them, the current version), The Ex, the Dogfaced Hermans, God Is My Copilot, Fugazi and even Bruce Springsteen. (For an easy example, think about "Rosalita.") In other genres - because, for example, of syncopation - that stop-start space is effectively built into the rhythms and polyrhythms - what is funk but a stop-start beat layered over a stop-start? There's "the 1" and then there's not the 1. I'll stop speculating before my musicological limits become apparent, but I'll extend the question psychologically and philosophically: Why, in noisy music, do separations and silences become so important? There's the need I already raised for suspense and release, for contrast, for relief from outbursts of ecstasy, but in some ways loud-quiet-loud forms, way over-used since Nirvana, serve those purposes.

My guess is that the power of silence also has to do with the character of consciousness and experience. Consciousness is not a continuous process, but a chain of discrete moments forever vanishing before we can get hold of them - in a sense, of experiences slipping away before they are truly experienced. It's always now, and now and now and now, and as the bulk of Eastern thought and religion informs us, one of the basic dilemmas of life is that we seldom feel "in" that now: its elusiveness is its essence. It doesn't disappear by dwindling away, by cresting and falling, but always all of a sudden: This instant, this second, this hour, this day is "now" but in the time it takes to note that fact, the instant is now "then." As a survival mechanism, our minds create a continuity out of it, the way our optical processes narrate the discrete frames of cinema, stillness becoming an illusion of movement, but this is a constant, perhaps exhausting subconscious effort. Experience is as much made of total breaks, of gaps and aporias, as it is of content. Music, like (almost) all art, takes the chaos of experience and makes something more coherent of it because it has form - even the most abstract art has greater structure than the experience of consciousness. (Although it also might have more freedom than social experience, with its daily routines, etc. - a combination that helps account for its pleasure.) So perhaps this meta-genre of "stop-start" art feels especially elevating because it returns the fragmented experience of life to us, magnified and exaggerated, so that what feels day to day as a frustrating limitation of the mind can be transformed into a hosannah of glorious affirmation: "Praise be to the gap, to the disappearance and reappearance of the moment! What a miracle that time annihilates itself, because, behold, it also spontaneously regenerates in the very moment of its demise! What a happy universe in which a black hole becomes a big bang every instant! Let us observe it in slow-motion replay, and dance!"

And the delightful paradox is the way that the sudden stops and gaps superficially make everything feel more chaotic, but in fact are a rigid form of organization: You're hearing a song that consists of six different emotional tones, time-signatures and practically six whole different genres, and it seems like the silences are the knife-blade shredding them in an indifferent blender, but then you're flabbergasted to realize that these silences keep coming in the exact same place in the sequence, on the seventh beat of a thirteen-beat pattern, and this means that the musicians are marching in military discipline, their minds having to be synched to all these subtle patterns and kicking in formation like a can-can line, at the same time as the music is evoking the most interior experience of existential disjunct. As great music always does, they're taking privacy and making it social again.

So, er, way to go, Deerhoof.

By the time I got to the Phoenix (hey, mediocre venue, but aptly named!), I'd missed the first few bands (including intriguing locals ">Ten Kens, who've managed to elude most music writers' tracking systems till now, though they've been gaming world conquest in their lair awhile and their record, as Zoilus readers might like to know, was produced by Colin Stewart, who's helmed the board for among others Destroyer's This Night and Veda Hille). But I did see much-blogzzed-about (and, to be fair, New-Yorkerzzed about) L.A. duo No Age, who were affable kids with great energy and occasional songs. At their best, they're part of the current Jesus & Mary Chain revival but without the po'face, as if the Jesus & Mary Chain had been part of the Gilman Street punk scene in San Francisco - indeed, with youthy yelly exuberance such that I could almost imagine them as misplaced Torontopians, or more specifically drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt as Matt Collins from Ninja High School. I liked the way Spunt played riffs on his drums rather than just beats, and the way those riffs interacted with Randy Randall's tidier-than-they-seemed guitar figures, and the way they deploy electronics almost as a subversive stealth agent, and the way they sound even live like you're hearing them on a low-bandwith YouTube video, and the way occasionally that all added up, with the yelling, to an anthemic feeling. I like them best when they yell together so that what felt like bratty mischief suddenly seems like a conspiracy. But they'd go down a lot better at their home base at The Smell in L.A., or any cramped intimate room, with an audience of friends, than they did shouting "how are you feeling, Toronto?" on a slushy March night in the oversized pickup-joint that is the Phoenix with an audience of winter-weary Toronto Deerhoof fans and CMW takin'-care-of-businessers who spent their set wondering why they bother to come to see live music.

And No Age might sound a lot better if they found out that little secret about silence.

General | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, March 06 at 2:08 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (8)

 

Guitars Everywhere Weep: Jeff Healey, RIP

Very sad. Jeff Healey, who died yesterday, was, of course, a great contributor to the Canadian music scene on every level, making his name with electric-blues and soft-rock ballads but moving on later in life to a devotion to pre-war-style jazz. He was the proprieter of Healey's Roadhouse and by all accounts a total mensch; he was only 41; he fought cancer literally all of his life (it blinded him in infancy); and it really isn't fair.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, March 03 at 6:02 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Canadian Music Peek

Just so you know, complete CMW listings are now up on the Gig Guide, with Zoilusian recommendatinos. (That was a typo but I like it.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, February 28 at 11:34 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Encore un verre, une cigarette...

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Jane Birkin played Toronto for the first time ever on Monday night and I reviewed it in today's paper. The headline makes it sound like I dislike Birkin's voice, which isn't true. I actually think it's very pretty, just not very strong.

Plenty of other things to get to soon.

General | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, February 27 at 4:57 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Sympathy with Queen and Portland


Photo by JL1967 via Torontoist.

It's all been bad news the past couple of days: Zoilus wants to express sympathy and horror for all those affected by the enormous fire last night on Queen St. in Toronto, on the south side block east of Bathurst - including art-and-cult-film haven Suspect Video, music store Cosmos Records (often described as the best used vinyl shop in Toronto), stereo shop National Sound, clothing store Preloved, bike shop Duke's (which dated back to 1914!), and all the other businesses and the tenants who lived above them. Besides the losses of property, it's a blow to the character of Queen St., already pretty much erased further east on the strip by chain stores, etc. Whatever the cause (theories being thrown about range from "meth lab blew up" to "developers torched 'em" to plain old "firetraps will be firetraps"), the result seems inevitable, that the area - and thus, on some level, life in downtown Toronto - will never be the same. Best luck, neighbours.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, February 20 at 2:26 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Passages: Robbe-Grillet, Val Ross

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The music has gradually faded and here and there a word can be heard emerging from a chance phrase, such as: ... "unbelievable" ... "murder" .... "actor" .... "lying" ... "had to" ..."you're not" ... "it was a long time ago"... "tomorrow."
- L'annee derniere a Marienbad

I've been so distracted by the Castro story that I forgot until mid-afternoon about seeing a note on the CNN crawl late last night that Alain Robbe-Grillet had died. Today, Robbe-Grillet is obituarized by a Guardian obituarist who is himself already dead. (Look at the note at the end.) This seems incredibly fitting; it lends an extra layer of distance, a sense of objectivity. Le nouvel roman est mort, vive le nouvel roman. (Later: Ugh, nouveau roman, I shoulda said.)

As well, I want to note the death over the weekend of my colleague at The Globe and Mail, Val Ross, best known as the paper's reporter on literature and publishing in the '80s and '90s, and generally as a culture writer. Val had an extraordinary vitality, sharpness and humour, and a deep commitment to Canadian culture that will be missed at the paper. More personally, I will remember her as the most encouraging and enthusiastic person I met when I arrived at The Globe, someone who never failed to comment on one's latest article, who radiated warm fellow-feeling and an appreciation not only for culture and thought but for plain existence. At 57, she leaves us much too soon, but even my small acquaintance with her assures me those were 57 years fully lived, and that is a lesson to remember.

General | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, February 19 at 4:23 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

Dis-concerted: Live Notes -
Keren Ann, Dean and Britta, Baby Dee

Ever mystified by the capricious ways of the Mod Club, I took the 7 pm door time as a signal that 8 would be an opportune time to arrive to catch the beginning of the music at tonight's Keren Ann/Dean and Britta show; further, I had the impression from publicity that Keren Ann was headlining, as counterintuitive as that seemed. Wrong on both counts, and as a result, I only caught the last 20 minutes or so of Keren Ann's set. I was taken with her first album Not Going Anywhere a few years ago (especially its gossamer title single) but time has thickened the delicate-wisp-strands into more mundanely conventional folk-pop. The bigger surprise was Dean and Britta - I've long responded to Dean Wareham's venerable indie-stitution Luna with a benign neglect, since Damon and Naomi got custody of me in the Galaxie 500 split, but it seems I've been missing out on the straightforward appeal of Wareham's songwriting, an understated channelling of VU-via-Yo La Tengo that results in a lot of catchy, atmospheric, memorable tunes. They're strong on texture, which explains the partisanship of shoegaze/Britpop fans to Luna's stuff - another reason I haven't paid attention, as that's pretty much the last descriptor you could affix to me, but the texture in this case is just ornamentation on solid frames, not gauzey camouflage. It's an uncomplicated pleasure, but the music hit the emotional spot. Britta Phillips is only a passable singer, or at least her voice isn't always flattered by the range in which Wareham's talk-sung verses are pitched, but she's quite a fine bass player, and, well, on stage she has other compensatory charms. So sue me, I'm a fan of watching good-looking married couples sing love songs together. It's sexy. It's romantic. It's better than watching brothers and sisters do the same. (In the ancient iconic struggle between Sonny & Cher and Donny & Marie, I've made my alliance, even though, ok, nothing involving Sonny Bono can be described as "sexy.") In any case, fine set and it seems I have some Luna/D&B; to catch up on - anyone want to send me a mix?

On Wednesday, a much greater revelation hit Toronto, but not many showed up at the Drake Underground to receive it thanks to the avalanche of snow that was falling on the city at the time. I was sceptical of Baby Dee at first - the typical descriptors - "transgender," "performance artist," "cabaret" etc - suggested the '80s-bound "transgressive" cultural location that put me off about her friends Antony and the Johnsons (don't get me wrong, Antony's voice is miraculous, but I only like him when he's singing other people's songs) and the "Cleveland street artist" and "Coney Island freak show" and "produced by Will Oldham" and "with guest Andrew W.K." elements had me wondering if this was a case of "outsider-music" being half-consciously condescended to by its patrons. But praise from some Cleveland-area friends and a listen to the songs at her MySpace made me switch off my cynicism - she has a unique entrancing voice, and it's hard for me to resist a harp player - and by the end of her set at the Drake, I was a convert. The sound mix when she was on piano, as she was for much of the show, combined with her extremely capable band (John Contreras [Current 93] on cello, Alex Neilson on drums, guitarist Emmett Kelly [The Cairo Gang] and Palace brother Paul Oldham on bass), sometimes buried her voice, so my favourite moments were those on harp - she's completely competent but also the only harpist I've ever seen who treats it a bit like a punk rocker playing an acoustic guitar, frequently thumping the lower strings with the palm of her hand for a discordant thunder-rumble. (Which makes sense when you find out that her initial bond for the harp was based on falling in love with the harp-like guts of a smashed-up piano.) Her performance was ecstatic and generously embracing, an enormous affirmation of personality and comfortable eccentricity, middle-aged self-acceptance writ very physically and soulfully large, an utter rebuke to bitterness and reticence. Which would all be very self-helpish if the songs weren't so intelligent, tuneful and surprising, autobiographically daring ( a lot of family-unromance is present in a blunt tone that recalls Xiu Xiu's they-fuck-you-up-your-mom-and-dad gestures) - and anachronistic in a chosen, musically literate way that bespeaks unhesitatingly distinct personal curiosities and taste. And how can one not melt over a merch table where you can buy official Baby Dee bird calls (see picture), little wooden nubs with a steel screw inside that produces chirping out of adversity, and that come with a little capsule of rosin to keep them squeaking true?

General | Posted by zoilus on Sunday, February 10 at 12:33 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)

 

Publicity Season Winds Down: February Gig Guide Up Now

Check out the finally up-to-date gig guide with your February show dates now in action. (Feel free to let me know of missing information, esp in the second half of the month.) A rough March calendar should go up soon too. And who knows, perhaps some of the other fallen-fallow features round here, like the Links page, may soon spring back into rude health.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, February 01 at 8:10 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

The Comeback Kid with a Last-Minute Motion

... well, in the sense that I came back. To town. And then, slowly, to the blog. I have various things to report (Republic of Safety final show! Marc Ribot and Laurie Anderson in New York! new Mountain Goats! new Destroyer! etcetera!) but for now just wanted to give very last-minute notice to those who stumble upon it or are ace RSS flyers that I am reading tonight in the neighbourhood-positive Free Speech series at Tinto, a cafe-bar on Roncesvalles in Toronto, hosted by Johan Hultqvist, lead singer of Afro-beat band Mr. Something Something.

The other readers tonight are writer-actor Amanda Hiebert and the terrific fictioneer Catherine Bush. There'll be music by Michael Holt (ex-Mommyheads, Mushroom, etc). I believe it's doors at 7 pm, and it's pwyc.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, January 29 at 4:17 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Jazz Bloggers at the IAJE:
There's No Arguing With Darcy James


Darcy James Argue's Secret Society North at the IAJE: Photo shoplifted from WBGO.

My busy week (see below) unfortunately coincided with the big IAJE jazz educators (and musicians and labels and critics and promoters - the name's deceptive) conference in Toronto, so I wasn't able to attend much of the proceedings, which included the likes of Courtney Pine curating a UK jazz night, an appearance by Francois Houle, a big Oscar Peterson tribute show this afternoon, etc. (You can catch up on some of it at Ear of the Mind.) But I was booked for one event, a panel on jazz blogging moderated by Chicago's Neil Tesser (Listen Here) and featuring Brooklyn's (but formerly Canada's) Darcy James Argue (Secret Society), Montreal's David Ryshpan (Settled in Shipping), New York's David Adler (Lerterland) and me. (Jason Crane (The Jazz Session) had to back out as he had been transferred rather suddenly from Rochester, NY, to Saratoga Springs, NY, by the union he works for, and he was moving.)

The tone of the panel was a little bumpy because Neil didn't know much about blogs and presented himself as a sceptic - going so far as to read a scoffing article from The Onion (gosh, The Onion... remember?) - and came at it rather heavily from a "don't blogs suck and does anybody actually read them?" pov. He said that he'd often been asked to start a blog and never understood why. However, this proved somewhat useful, because it seemed a fair guess that Neil's attitude was representative of what most middle-aged jazz guys feel about blogs, and so the rest of us built our case for the usefulness of blogs (and the Internet in general) as venues for the popularization, community-building, reconsideration and renewal of jazz. Jazz blogging now strikes me as very reminiscent of music blogs in general four or five years ago - tightly knit, very well informed, not beset with next-new-thing fever, and highly discursive. That's lovely, but there's tons more knowledgeable people out there who aren't making use of the medium - part of why jazz folks get so frustrated with their lack of press (and lack of quality press especially - see Ken Vandermark's many rants on the subject, for example) is that they are still focused on press, and we all know that's a smaller part of how information and ideas are circulated today. (Though I always say that with mixed feelings, as a lover of and creature of print.)

Darcy made the point that every local jazz scene could use at least one highly active blogger to help track, critique and spread the word about a sadly overlooked sphere. He also responded inspiringly to one audience member's question about how blogs can promote the "appreciation of jazz" - we should start, he said, by getting rid of the whole concept of appreciation, of treating jazz music like a series of monuments that need to be venerated and revered at a distance: "I don't 'appreciate' Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, man, I fucking love them!" And I made the point that it's this personal tone that bloggers are able to strike, and the intimacy of their relationships (and conversations) with readers, that give them some power to make readers find things accessible that they might otherwise keep at a distance. (Of course Destination Out came up as the shining example.) We won Neil over - he said at the end that he was convinced and that he'd think seriously about starting blogging.

Zoilus is by no means a "jazz blog," of course, but jazz and especially local improvised music are a fairly frequent topic here (though a bit less often lately). I was happy to be invited and to point out to the jazz cats that when this music can be discussed in the same forums and in the same tone someone uses to talk about pop and indie music, for instance, there's an opportunity to foster new audiences. I had a great conversation later in the day with Tatsuya Koeda from Now Forward (a promotions company in NYC) about the idea that for musicians and listeners alike, genres are less and less a barrier - not only because of the Internet but because of multiculturalism and much else, everyone's ears are getting bigger (debatably, shallower too, but that's another question).

Our conversation in itself demonstrated the point: With a couple of other people, we began from talking about the shifts in jazz venues in Toronto and a little while later I was being asked whether I ranked Spoon on my Top 10 last year and about Broken Social Scene playing at a NYC swimming pool last summer. Young jazz pianists are covering Bjork and Radiohead (in large numbers) and Black Sabbath (okay, that's only The Bad Plus) and picking up rhythms from hip-hop as Jason Moran and Matthew Shipp do. I know from many personal experiences that plenty of young rock musicians are venerating not only Ornette and Coltrane, as they've long done, but Gyorgy Ligeti and Steve Reich and Tinariwen and Konono No. 1, too. That's not the future. That's the present. Genre will never disappear, as it's a social epiphenomenon and a necessity for interpreting and interrelating musics and a way of keeping shit organized in our heads, but in the 21st century it's not going to be as dominant (and oppressive) as it was in the last.

As it turned out, the concert that night at the Tranzac by Darcy's Secret Society North band (the core of his 17? 18?-piece New York ensemble along with a pack of great Canadian players stepping in as, er, pitch hitters) was one of the most galvanizing illustrations of that development I've witnessed in a long time. While I've read and traded links with Darcy for a long while, I hadn't taken the time to listen to his music. So what I (and a substantial crowd of IAJE attendees and local musicians) got at the Tranzac came as a wonderful surprise. Fluidly and expressively conducting this "steam punk" big band (horns, reeds, drums, electric guitar and bass, Rhodes piano), Darcy rolled out one after another his incredibly smart, complicated, beautiful, firey and funky compositions. (In the lineage of, but distinct from, the writing and arranging of his teacher Bob Brookmeyer - see Ben Ratliff's profile in The New York Times.)

I told people afterwards that it was like hearing Duke Ellington and minimalism and Tortoise and Funkadelic and Elliott Carter and much else besides melding into one floating, shifting, dodging music, often with political themes (one piece was dedicated to Maher Arar), sometimes with Escher-like overlaps and spirals. I didn't take notes so I can't be more specific (though there were standout moments from saxophonists Christine Jensen and Chet Doxas [whose trio opened], trumpeters Ingrid Jensen and my mistake, sorry Jason Logue [who was subbing in for Lina Allemano, who unfortunately fell ill], trombonist Barb Hamilton, guitarist Sebastian Noelle, pianist Dave Restivo Gord Webster and drummer Jon Wikan, among others). But in short, this is music for people who fuckin' love music. This skinny, scruffy young Brooklyn dude's got it and he knows just what to do with it.

You can hear a sample of the band's other IAJE appearance at WBGO.

General | Posted by zoilus on Sunday, January 13 at 12:56 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)

 

X to The Power of Love


Me with "Celine" (Laura Landauer) and, right, Final Fantasy playing "The Power of Love" last night at the very-Gladstone in Toronto. Photos by Chris Reed and If You Want to Sing Out.

I can't begin to tell you how asskickingly last night's launch for the book went. Kay arr eh zee why!

There was a zillion jillion people there (sorry to everybody who got turned away!);
Laura Landauer took everybody to Celine-imitation college;
Laura Barrett made Celine's dancehall-reggae bumper "Treat Her Like a Lady" into a wistful folkie plea and also covered Weird Al;
Steve Kado aka The Blankket covered the history of anglo-Canadian colonialism and Quebec class structure and the complexity of Celine as cultural object, told us "talking is the new music - go home and post some talking on your blogs," used host Misha Glouberman as an exquisitely baffled foil, and then turned "This Time" (the domestic-abuse number on the new Celine disc Taking Chances) into a Bauhaus-worthy goth dirge, utterly polarizing the audience between those who did and those who didn't know the meaning of "awesome";
Owen Pallett aka Final Fantasy quoted Celine to the effect that when you perform you are naked and "when you are naked you suffer" then went on to prove that "The Power of Love" is a quantum-leap more beautiful song than even Celine fans ever realized and to generate more Vegas-sized metal-on-estrogen bombast with just voice and violin than has ever been accomplished in the history of sound;
and finally Mark Kingwell expertly conducted a conversation that made me sound a lot smarter than I really am.
Misha was the definitive host and Brian Joseph Davis (who is trying to cop Misha's steez) was dapper on the digital decks.
We sold a whole lot of books. (I know 'cuz I had to sign them all.) I wore the nicest suit I've ever worn and brand new shoes. And I think aside from the overheating the crowding caused, people had fun. Thanks to the Gladstone, Pages and all who attended.
It made my life.

Could I plead that anybody who made recordings, videos and pictures last night send me copies or links? (I already know there's an MP3 out there of Owen's performance, which I'll post tomorrow.)

By the way, there's an interview with me about the book today in British Columbia's The Tyee.

And tomorrow (Friday), I am actually going to talk about something other than Celine Dion for once, in a panel in the IAJE jazz conference - about jazz and blogging, at 3 pm at the in Room 206 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, with a bunch of smart jazz-blog cookies.

PS Clearly the revolution's not yet complete.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, January 10 at 8:03 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (8)

 

Kiss My Lips & Twist My List

... Speaking of year-end, this may or may not be an actual new blog, rather than a randomly deployed blogspot page, but it's a place where you can read what a few T-dot notables were pouring into their earholes in ought-seven, among them the maker of my number-one record of the year, Sandro Perri, along with Wes Allen (Doing It To Death dj), Louis Calabro (Goin' Steady/End of the Internet), David Dacks (Abstract Index radioshow), Minesh Mandoda (Ghostlight), Andrew Zuckerman (Gastric Female Reflex), Craig Dunsmuir, Wolfgang Nessel (Blood Honey), etc.

(Since I haven't posted anything very Torontocentric for a bit...)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, January 02 at 7:20 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Christine Fellows:
'They're Just Letting in a Little Light'

Prelims: Today's me-interview on CBC's "Q" should land somewhere 'round here.

Yesterday, I had a feature profile of Christine Fellows in the Globe & Mail. (Transcript to come, Canuckistan-stylee.) Tonight, Christine plays a show at the Music Gallery, showcasing her lovely new album with a title that's one of the ear-ticklingest, bitterest-sweet words in English, Nevertheless. (Borrowed gently from a Marianne Moore poem.) Her voice, ukulele, piano and cetera will be supported by cellist Leanne Zacharias and hand-animated visual projections by the amazing Shary Boyle (who's also collaborated with Feist, Jens Lekman and others). Rather like this:


A songwriter gets intimate with solitude
12/13/07 The Globe and Mail
CARL WILSON

Intimacy is a slippery thing. When it begins it's so hard to be sure of, and when it goes -- worn out by routine, dispersed by separation, brought to a full stop by mortality -- only unreliable memory can vouch it existed, since its traces lie by definition in territory unreachable by any outsider. And the price this most precious human experience exacts is to invent a new kind of emptiness you know you'll plunge into when its tethers break. It's funny that more people don't simply opt out. The ones who do -- the reclusive eccentrics, confirmed bachelors and maiden aunts among us -- seem to be keeping another sort of secret.

The gregarious and thoughtful Winnipeg musician Christine Fellows is, by her own testimony, happily married to John K. Samson, her sounding board and sometime collaborator, as well as the lead singer of flagship 'Peg rock band the Weakerthans. On her superb 2005 album Paper Anniversary -- which led celebrated U.S. songwriter John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats to invite her on tour last year, proclaiming, "Christine Fellows is writing better songs than anybody else. Everybody else is actually quite pathetic next to her" -- partnership and family were conspicuous themes.

She is following up with a set of musical portraits of lives marked by intimacy's apparent banishment.

"At the end of the day you are alone with yourself," she said in a backstage interview when she opened for her husband's band at the Opera House in Toronto in early November. "Yourself is inescapable. Even with Paper Anniversary -- and I know this is kind of a bad way to be -- I had just gotten married but I was thinking, 'What do I do when he dies?' I read Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking," a wrenching chronicle of sudden widowhood, "and I felt like, 'Oh my god, I can't bear the thought.' So I wrote a little sketch of my family coming home after my grandmother's husband, my grandfather, had died." It became that album's gorgeous centrepiece, Vertebrae. "I had to go to that dark place even though I was totally jubilant."

The new album, Fellows' fourth, Nevertheless, began with a commission from Toronto-based dancer and choreographer Susie Burpee, who wanted music for a one-woman show about the concept of the spinster, the solitary woman. She asked not just for an instrumental score of the sort Fellows has composed for many dancers, filmmakers and other cross-disciplinary collaborators, but for a song cycle. Fellows quickly decided to base an album on the same material.

Though the spur may have been a standard feminist inquiry into a scorned stereotype, Fellows' research -- "because I have my own weird little way" -- led her to a "male spinster," American collage-box artist Joseph Cornell (1903-72): "It turned out he lived with his mother his entire life, and was really shy, and fascinated with ballerinas, these archetypes of the female. He's not a bachelor, right? He's a spinster." Next she discovered Cornell's correspondent Marianne Moore, in some ways his opposite number -- though apparently celibate, and renowned for her brainy and unsentimental nature poems, she was a flamboyant presence on the New York literary scene, often clad in a black cape, squiring Paris Review editor George Plimpton to baseball games and known to have a pet alligator in her bathtub.

"I fell in love instantly," Fellows said. "But I wanted to get inside the idea of why her life was that way. Did she ever have relationships? I spent a long time trying to figure out if she was gay, and so on. And why did I want to know? I wanted to know where her passion lay. And finally I realized that her passion was in poetry. It absolutely was her work, and her way of looking at the world. ... I started out trying to figure out why she was alone and then realized there was no need for that."

Much of Nevertheless was written in dialogue with Moore's verses of singularity and resilience (it takes its title from one). It also portrays Cornell-like figures as well as a retired boxer named Cruel Jim, an old lady keeping chickens in the country and a Winnipeg spinster named Betty (based loosely on a clipped-out obituary Fellows rediscovered in the pocket of her winter coat one day) whose pets are a mated pair of Parlour Roller pigeons, a bizarre evolutionary-dead-end breed of racing bird that cannot fly but wildly flaps its wings and turns backward somersaults along the ground. (It's worth a YouTube search for this uncanny and, as the bird-loving Fellows said, "heartbreaking" sight.)

Clearly, all this is not in the usual ambit of a confessional singer-songwriter.

"At a certain point, all your previous life seems to be very inward-focused, directed towards yourself. Then at some point the focus goes outward," said Fellows, a wide-eyed 39-year-old with dramatically white-blonde hair. "That's part of why this poet was so interesting, because her focus was always outward. ... I sneak little bits of myself in -- that's unavoidable, right? ... But it's also, 'What's the rest of the world up to?' "

The effect is far from impersonal, thanks to Fellows' intricate and sensitive writing, "pushed up against" the melodic energy of her piano lines and chamber-string settings, with a few bouncy rock refrains and the occasional choral interlude. Her singing voice skips nimbly over off-rhythms to convey complex thoughts in a disarmingly chatty tone, as if in a phone call with a close friend. Which only makes the poignant twists, when they come, more pulverizing.

Combining commissions, arts grants and the support of her small label, Toronto's Six Shooter Records, she has found a neatly Canadian niche that helps her bypass an entertainment industry "that really has nothing to do with what I do, most of it." Unlike many female singers who aren't famous by their late 30s, she's at no risk of feeling like a music-business spinster. She was so busy last year that at one point she literally broke out in hives.

"I didn't even know that I could sing until I was 24. I went to jazz school when I was younger, but I never sang, I just thought [being a musician] would be a kind of cool job -- my grandfather had played in a big band. So I feel like I'm still kind of young with it."

The scattering of the Winnipeg scene Fellows settled into with early bands Helen and Special Fancy in the 1990s (she grew up mainly in British Columbia) has given her another sort of experience of solitude. Yet while Paper Anniversary was painstakingly patched together alone in a home studio, her suite about loners was recorded very sociably, with one ensemble in a restored 1912 opera house in the small rural town of Manitou and another band assembling in Winnipeg. But to do it, she had to fly most of the players back to Manitoba. Usually Fellows has to leave home now to see musical friends, whether on tours like the one that brings her to Toronto's Music Gallery on Friday, or trips to collaborate with people such as visual artist Shary Boyle, whose magical hand-animated projections were used for the album artwork and will accompany Friday's show.

In Winnipeg, Fellows has a sense of living "a bit off the grid," as she and Samson spend their time mostly on their own, writing. "Both of us have really made an effort to stay there, because everyone leaves. For him it's family, and for me it's a place I chose. So I want to make it work even though technically it doesn't work."

For all the album's empathy for spinsterhood, the earthy Fellows, ever quick with a curious-fact digression or a joke at her own expense, seems unlikely ever to embrace such an ascetic choice. Her heart ultimately is with the pigeons -- awkward, perhaps ill-fated, but paired for life. In the final song, the bluegrass-tinged What Are Years?, she turns a famous Marianne Moore quote into a question: "Is solitude indeed the cure for loneliness?"

And she answers: "Oh, I don't think so: I'd miss you too much."

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Party!

A friend today pointed out that I've been remiss in not publicizing the launch party for that there book over there in the left margin yet.

The event takes place Wed., Jan. 9, at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, starting at 7:30 pm, as part of the This Is Not A Reading Series (TiNaRS for the cognoscenti).

It features performances of Celine Dion songs and other aesthetic curiosities by 2006 Polaris Prize winner Final Fantasy, Laura Barrett and The Blankket (with perhaps one more performer tba), and an excerpt from the one-woman show Celine Speaks by Laura Landauer aka Gypsy Miller. There will be a short onstage conversation between me and writer/Harper's contributing editor/U of T philosophy professor Mark Kingwell, and DJ'ing by Brian Joseph Davis. The price is nada.

If you're on Facebook, there's an event page here.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, December 04 at 11:12 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)

 

Sweet Sounds a-Comin' In

Also this weekend, tonight, tomorrow night and in conversation on Monday evening, we're lucky to have baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett from the St. Louis area (best known as a member of the World Saxophone Quartet) and percussionist Kahil El'Zabar from Chicago (leader of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble) to play the Trane Studio. If you missed David Dacks' article on Bluiett in Eye this week, go check it out, and as a supplement, here's a piece (halfway down the post) that I wrote several years ago about El'Zabar.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, December 01 at 2:37 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Tinariwen @ the Mod Club and Ethnic Opacity

The Mod Club was packed. As far as I could tell there wasn't a big turnout of Toronto Tuaregs or Malians (that'd probably work better in Montreal), unless they were in the rows up close to the front across the sea of music journalists, "world music" fanciers, industry types drawn by Robert Plant's recommendation (ah, friends, you think that music bizzers just don't care about music, but they care very much what Classic Rock still has to tell them) and others who had come out to see Tinariwen, the international band-du-jour, this evening. As fellow crit-type Helen Spitzer put it, "So this is the crowd you get when Matt Galloway describes you as 'the Saharan Rolling Stones.' " But I don't mean this cynically: The band in large measure deserves the hype, and while it's not the blues-rock-exotica jam-fest that such a descriptor suggests (indeed, as one drunken guy nearby me slurred to his companions, "It sounds like country music! Nashville country music!" - and he was right, in as much as a bunch of songs in 15/8 rhythm can), the way that the electric and acoustic guitar can be treated like a smack fresh idea by this group of ex-expats who came together in a Libyan refugee/guerrilla camp in the 1980s does recall a moment when rock had a credible claim to liberatory power (as Helen's partner Michael Barclay says in his fine Eye profile of the group).

Lacking a vocabulary in Tuareg musical traditions or even much of a North African fluency aside from rudimentary Ali Farka Toure, most of us who've written about Tinariwen this year (do a quick search and you'll find tons: they're having a Moment) are short on interpretive strategies. There's the amazing backstory of their role as the voice of Tuareg rebellion, and then there are the voluptuous waves of the sound, the lightness of the touch: yes, there are guitar solos with some bluesy licks, but they're almost like Philip Glass rounds of hypnotic organ trills, fluttery birdcalls nothing like a Keef or Santana or Page phallic flange. They do in a reverse-retro way recall, for a western listener, some African-influenced guitar rock such as Television or Talking Heads, especially when rhythm-chord bursts overtake the primary backbeat of drum-and-drone. But even at their most assertive they seem gentle, as if their fingers hit the guitars more reverently than their western counterparts do. And then there are the vocals, which (aside from one apparently French-hip-hop-influenced, talk-sing number) remind me of African Arabic song, beautifully skewed to the hook-repeating guitar parts, hitting on the 3 and the 9 of the pattern and always communicative, conversational, until they descend to the final, sighing burnt-down conclusion of most every song.

We were missing the female component of the band tonight, a fundamental part of the call-and-response space of the music, reportedly because the main woman in the band recently had a baby (and another member, Barclay told me, is fighting malaria), and that made the group, despite its dramatic robe-and-turban-wrapped costume, seem a bit more mundane and boundaried than they do on record. But mainly it was the opacity of the content that nagged at me: Yes, music is a "universal language" in the sense that I joyfully danced and clapped and hummed along to these hypnotic tunes, but it is not, because I knew the lyrical and structural contents of the songs had much more challenging things to say, of which I knew nothing. The band clearly couldn't tell us much (the stage banter consisted, very charmingly, after they'd just kicked large quantities of musical ass, of asking, "It's okay?" and being greeted by ever-building screams of pleasure), but I wondered about the tourism we were indulging by listening to this band whose whole identity and mystique is wrapped up in the role they've played in their people's liberation struggle and walking away saying, "What a freaky ecstatic groove that was." (The country-music guy was also very excited by the purple lightshow that played out on the backdrop for a song or two, saying, "That's so psychedelic! They're kind of psychedelic, aren't they?" When of course the whole category of "psychedelic" was partly constructed by borrowings from Indian and Arabic and African rhythms - the signified becomes the signifier becomes the signified.)

But what would I ask? That Tinariwen provide surtitles? Pamphlets on Tuareg ethnic struggles mandatorily taken at the door? Perhaps it's more than enough that the next time a story about the Tuareg issue shows up in the papers, a Tinariwen fan will be twice as likely to read it, and if she's a newspaper editor be twice as likely to give it good play? In this way, beautiful music is perhaps greater propaganda than agit-prop: "I have good vibes for that oppressed people, man." But as I clapped on the 1 and the 4 and the 7 and the 10 and the 13 (or elsewhere at my best on the 2, 5, 8, 11, syncopating some), I longed to be thinking coherently about guns and camels and millet along with math and guitars. For that I probably needed less for Tinariwen to be coming to me and more to go to the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, which I learned about in a pamphlet from the merch table. Or more realistically, to find ways to think of Timbuktu as a place and not a nursery rhyme. Maybe the uncertainty is the point.

General | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, November 21 at 1:38 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (15)

 

Passing the Secret (Society) Along

Happy news from Darcy James Argue, who's not only a shakin'-and-bakin' young composer and band leader about town in NYC, but one of the most productive contributors to the non-pop/rock music blog world: In conjunction with the International Association of Jazz Educators conference in the T-dot in January, he's going to be presenting the very first Canadian gigs of his Secret Society big band. However, since it's prohibitively expensive to tour an 18-person group, what DJA is presenting is "Secret Society North," a reconstituted version that combines core members of his NYC ensemble with Canadian musicians. (Darcy is Canadian himself, hailing from Vancouver and having done his musical undergradding at McGill.) The roster is impressive: on reeds, Erik Hove, Christine Jensen, Joel Miller, Chet Doxas and Carl Maraghi; a heavy-hitting horn section of Ingrid Jensen, Dave Smith, Lina Allemano, Kevin Turcotte and Jocelyn Couture on trumpets and Mike Fahie, Kelsley Grant, Barb Hamilton and Bob Ellis; and in the rhythm section, Sebastian Noelle, guitar, Dave Restivo, piano, Matt Clohesy, bass, and Jon Wikan, drums.

As Darcy puts it: "Our gig there is an important opportunity to present Secret Society tunes to a much wider audience, but more than that, it's a chance for us to perform fresh and forward-looking music for students and educators who too often let their focus on jazz's past obscure their view of what is happening right now." (Cf. Dave Douglas's interesting reflections on jazz education and the New.)

In Toronto, besides an official IAJE gig Jan 10, they'll be at the Tranzac on Jan 11, and before they get here they'll be making a stop off at La Sala Rossa on Jan 8.

General | Posted by zoilus on Monday, November 05 at 4:40 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

The Bodybuilder & Jim Guthrie & I

Just wanted to urge readers in Toronto to go see the local documentary The Bodybuilder & I in its opening weekend, playing at Canada Square. That's the trailer up above: A touching and funny look at a father-son relationship through the bulgy lens of late-middle-age competitive bodybuilding, it won first prize at the Hot Docs festival this year. I served as a music consultant on the film and we were lucky to get Jim Guthrie (of Royal City and Islands among other projects, though he's probably best known for that "Hands in My Pockets" TV commercial) to compose the soundtrack.

You know how the commercial runs of Canadian movies tend to go - in one week, gone the next - so don't snooze. The filmmaker and his dad will be there tonight for the 7 pm screening. The movie's also showing at the Granville in Vancouver and the Bytowne in Ottawa.

General | Posted by zoilus on Friday, November 02 at 2:45 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Bizarre Love Triangle:
Skye Sweetnam Steals Joel Gibb's Boyfriend

I've been resisting complaining about this, but I've just seen the iPhone ad that uses Skye Sweetnam's new single, "Music Is My Boyfriend," as its soundtrack and perfectly unobjectionable as the song is, I got annoyed. Can it really be a coincidence that the title is the same as Toronto's own The Hidden Cameras' song "Music Is My Boyfriend" (that's a good quality but slightly distorted live recording), which was released on the album Mississauga Goddam in 2004, and the title of which has also been the band's semi-official slogan for years?

Given the eccentricity of the phrase, and the fact that Sweetnam (who co-wrote the song with the Matrix, I believe) is from Ontario herself, it's kind of hard to swallow this as a golden stream of pure coincidence. (Though it might have been unconscious pilfering.) Since my general stance on plagiarism is "yes," it's not like I want everyone to lawyer up, but it'd be great if Skye and Capitol Records handed Joel Gibb and crew some kind of acknowledgment. Although it could be that even the tide of missed-target Google searches this will generate will bring a few new ears to the Cameras.

But Skye, honey, I'm afraid music still loves Joel best.

(Later: I was mistaken - that iPhone ad is actually using CSS's "Music Is My Hot Hot Sex," not the Skye track - I mixed them up because CSS also uses the "music is my boyfriend" line in that song! Plots thicken, pots call kettles black, etc etc.)

General | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, November 01 at 11:00 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (12)

 

Gig Guide Note

For those who've despaired of it of late - I've just spent all day getting the gig guide back up to scratch for November. It is now full of mood-lifting information. Indulge. December will go up soon as well. Tips, corrections, etc. of course continue to be forever welcome. (See links to yer left.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, October 26 at 5:35 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Prevost and Found: Interface It

I'd hoped, but haven't managed, what with all the hoohah, to write a more substantive post this week about Eddie Prevost, percussionist and longtime central figure in the British free-improvisation scene, who this week is taking part in an "Interface" series with musicians from AIMToronto, which began last night. Since I haven't had time you'll have to make do with the Wikipedia entry, which is a perfectly serviceable intro to Prevost's illustrious career, and with my wholehearted urging that you go out to Somewhere There and/or the Arraymusic studio tonight and tomorrow and catch him in action.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, October 25 at 3:40 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)

 

Guest Post: A Matador Regains Her Cape

By now you may have heard the happy news that the planned expropriation of the venerable Matador club site for a parking lot was defeated yesterday at a parking-authority meeting where community members came out pro and con. The news stories all quoted the pro-expropriation neighbour who kept repeating "it's a booze can!" but it won't be a booze can much longer, I suspect. Supporters were largely organized, it's worth noting, via multiple "Save the Matador" web and Facebook groups. Zoilus associate Erella Ganon, who worked on the Committee to Save the Matador, provides an inside view of a case when the city was forced to admit it was wrong. If only the Ontario Municipal Board were so responsive on issues like the Queen West West condo towers. - Carl W.

by Erella Ganon

As though we had planned it, my colleague Gayle Hermuses, my daughter Celeste and I arrived for the meeting at the city hall, dressed in red and black, just like Matador sign. Gayle said these were the "listen to me" colours to greet the Toronto parking authority. We shared the elevator with city councillor Adam Giambrone's new Executive Assistant, Pat Chastang. She introduced herself, saying the councillor had some good news for us. Not quite sure what that meant, we proceeded to the holding area for the meeting room. [...]

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People started to assemble, at first only arriving in small groups. Familiar Facebook friends, music buddies, artists, YMCA members, musicians, people I know from the Dufferin Grove market, and a lot of neighbours cheerfully greeted one another. I was glad to see that Vicki (who lives above the Matador) made it there on her crutches. Michael Ondaatje greeted her, as did Kitty, who’s likely been the most consistent, long-time employee at the club. The numbers were swelling and the excitement level was intensifying. My thought that it would only be my colleague and my daughter there with me were disappearing as the room got more crowded.

Simon Wookey arrived with spectacular "Save the Matador" buttons that were quickly snapped up and pinned on. Marla Good, of the Hello Josephine blog arrived with her young daughter. The age range and variety of people was remarkable. We talked about the Matador, and how it has changed since Ann bought the place in the mid-1960s. She raised her five kids there while running the place all these years. A champion for Canadian music, she also made sure women had their voices heard on stage at a time when this was unusual.

A couple arrived. She was wearing a hand painted white T-shirt with "STOP the Matador" scrawled on and her husband had the similar one with "CLOSE the Booze Can" on it. I recognized them. George and Diane, they run a store on College Street that I have used in the past. They install super-loud audio systems into cars. They oppose the Matador and want a parking lot in its place? Go figure. I understand their anger about finding used condoms and needles behind their place. I feel the same way when I find similar debris. These things are found in back alleys all over the city. Their frustration is misdirected and unrelated to the issue at hand with the Matador.

We were ushered into the meeting room when they were ready for us. Kyle Rae asked for the matter to be reopened and it was. He then asked to take into consideration a letter that everyone had before them from Adam Giambrone stating that he no longer was asking for that property be appropriated. It was that simple, since the councillor changed his mind, everything changed. The TPA agreed not to pursue the property for parking and it was all over. We were thanked for our time. This all happened so quickly. After so much work, we got the result we wanted and now it was over.

We thanked the council. As we were ready to leave, George, the lone dissenter, addressed the council with questions about finding used condoms and needles. Passionate and out of order comments escalated until he was asked to leave. He started to perform for the many news cameras. Microphones in our faces as we left the meeting room, we were asked what we wanted for the space. I replied that it wasn't my business. This is a moment for the Matador's owners to dream. I was glad they have time to decide what is appropriate for their space. This is a right that all property and business owners take for granted. I was horrified that the city was taking this away from them and now it was rescinded. There is no question in my mind that the process is wrong in a situation like this. Expropriation is an extreme action that should only be undertaken when no other option exists. Of course, I want the space to be used for musical pursuits, but that isn't up to me. I was just happy that flexibility is possible and that the expropriation process was halted.

Johnny Dovercourt was walking beside me. I introduced him to several reporters as a person that I would like to see doing programming there. So much excitement, so many options ahead. I was very pleased for my part in this process and the huge number of supporters that took time to be there in solidarity in person, and on line, in letters as well as in spirit. There was a huge group that worked together despite differing socio-political backgrounds and we assembled, making it happen. I was so grateful for every person there in any form.

For this, I thank you.

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, October 17 at 12:29 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Guest Post: Brief Exquisite Encounters

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Slow Dance with Teacher: Photo by Bytepusher.

Through my own fault, this is appearing a bit late, but please enjoy this lovely essay by friend-of-Zoilus Jane Wells, a teacher and actor (Number Eleven Theatre) and gem of a woman. Jane's reflections on her participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto open up into broader thoughts about art and intimacy and experience in general well worth reading whether you live here or not. Have a nice weekend, everyone. - Carl

by Jane Wells

Considerable grumbling has rolled around the city since Nuit Blanche, and not just in the media, or among the art crowd. Most of the teenagers and adolescents I know say "it sucked" and was "too hyped." I agreed, and was increasingly cranky as I biked around town in the few hours I had before midnight, when my own involvement in the thing was due to start. I did love the crowds, and the delight of bumping into so many people felt like Paris in the Thirties. Nonetheless much of the art work felt ill-considered, the waste of a rare and glorious 12-hour window of possibility, and waste is always galling.

My shindig was called Slow Dance with Teacher, an event conceived by Darren O'Donnell, for the Great Hall at Hart House at the University of Toronto. I had agreed to be, from midnight to 5 am, one of 12 teachers slow dancing with audience members; I thought the idea was funny, and curious, and posed a peculiar combination of stamina and intimacy that appealed to me.

We were separated from the audience by red velvet cordons, manned by security guards, and with each change of song we were to approach the audience clustered on the other side of the ropes and invite someone to dance. Darren's initial idea was for us to talk as little as possible while dancing, which I concurred with, but when our shift came on, in fact everyone in the first shift found the talking quite essential. [...]

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My first partner was a lovely young musician from Peterborough, very relaxed and pleasant. My second partner was older, had a long goofy face, and carried a bright yellow satchel over his shoulder. He had a geeky look about him, almost clown-like, and his face lit up beautifully when I asked him to dance. We began to dance to Cyndi Lauper, "Time after Time," and suddenly he cut loose and began to spin me about, expertly. He was a fantastic dancer, and I was thrilled, beaming and laughing at all the spinning and dipping and jiving. He was too. We were the happiest couple in the world. When the song ended, he kissed my hand, and said thank you, and walked off. He was the only man all night with whom I had no conversation and did not exchange names. Maybe this dance set me up for joy, because the night became exquisitely joyful.

The majority of the other dances were the basic shambling waltz, my left hand on his shoulder, his right hand at my waist, our other hands holding together to the side. Most of the men apologized for not being good dancers, but I immediately assured them I was not either. We would begin our dance, I would initiate conversation, and chatting would ensue. But I began to feel distinctly a subtle pulse, a current running between our simple get-to-know-you conversation and our hands on each other's bodies. Even dancing with the men with the lightest, shyest touch, barely holding my waist, I felt the pulse. Maybe it was the pulse of possibility, but it changed something in the way we were speaking. People talk to you differently when they are touching you.

I was also trying to project a charming but authentic presence, something on the edge of flirtation, just enough to draw the men out but not overwhelm them, a little pull to step forward into a moment of mutual revelation. Revelation not of information, but the tacit awareness of the intimate possibility that we held between us. I danced with upwards of forty men, some clumsy in their mild discomfort, but receptive to warmth and curiosity, a couple saucy and raring to go, some just happy to dance, and in all of that jumble, I felt that I glimpsed each of them, once, utterly themselves.

Throughout the night these thoughts, and the effort to describe why it was so exhilirating, kept surfacing, and I wrote a bunch of things down before I went to sleep at 6:30 am. But I didn't actually identify until late the next day the one thing of which I was most manifestly aware - smell. As the night wore on, my sense of smell became a rising current beneath the waves of these encounters, the thing to which I was purely responsive - what this man had to drink, whether or not that one had smoked a little that evening, his sweat, mixed in with subtler smells. Amazingly, thankfully, none of it was unpleasant - all the smells were singular and of this person. How often do we smell a stranger so specifically?

The work I had seen earlier in the evening was more promotional than experiential, to do with bank logos, and signs, and cables and metal barriers and the inevitable trappings of the safe city. It had missed the opportunity to transform public space, to give people a unique memory of, a rare encounter with some piece of the city, which they will think of always when they pass through it.

Many years ago, in Winnipeg, I worked on a vast winter parade for First Night, the New Year's Eve celebration. For two months, with 150 volunteers, we built puppets, gargoyles, stilts, an enormous dragon; and on New Year's, in minus-30 C, we remade a portion of downtown, pulled it out of unrelieved concrete and brick. I like to think that every now and again a Winnipegger passes the Archives' parking garage and remembers the 15-foot, furred and golden dragon that emerged from its depths at midnight.

If there is one experience I want to offer, and be given, in art, it is the act of transformation. It is the key to political change, to personal change, it is the seditious and seductive whisper in your ear that another way is possible. Men asked me what was the point of this piece as we swayed back and forth, and I had little more than a light answer to offer. But in the three or four minutes of each dance, we were transformed from strangers into intimates, an intimacy unique to that moment.

In that night of the masses, of art as accessory, of crowds roaming in search of surprise, I lucked out, and found the inversion of what I had been seeking, found instead, in each tiny encounter, the transformation of private space.

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Nuit Blech: Call It a Sophomore Slump

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Computer snafus have kept Zoilus at a lower boil than intended the past week, but tons of action is to come this week - concerts in Toronto with Pere Ubu and Veda Hille, and then off to Pop Montreal. But first, a brief word about the weekend past.

Nuit Blanche was a disappointment for me this year, mainly because of how much was overlooked in following up last year's quite successful debut: There seems to have been surprisingly little anticipation that the crowd numbers would grow from last year's already high figures, with the result that until about 2 a.m. it was frustratingly difficult to get near most of the more intriguing projects, or even just to get down the sidewalks without being crushed. The fact that streets were not closed for this event that brings hundreds of thousands of people out is ridiculous. But beyond that, there was a laxness to the curation: a lot of the art was half baked. There were very few works that dealt well with both the "public-space" and the "art" sides of the equation, and the level of ambition on display was often disappointingly low. My colleague Sarah Milroy makes a similar critique in today's Globe, making several suggestions for potential improvements (although also missing a few points I think - if Noboru Tsubaki didn't expect people to climb on his giant inflatable locust in the middle of a football field, for instance, it would have been very naive - although of course that's the art world for you, often. In any case its climbability was one of the few points in its favour).

A few highlights for me included Public Recordings' Open Field Study, which benefited by being outside the "zones" and having space to work with, in which the mysterious rites of the flocks of dancers with hand-cranked radios (beautiful score by Eric Craven of A Silver Mt Zion and other Constellation bands and Toronto sound artist Anna Friz) seemed like emergent patterns, like droplets condensing into human clouds and then dispersing again, and interacting with the denizens of the park (punk kids, drunken cyclists, etc) in amusing and curious ways. Also the Theatre of Ephemeral Music at the Music Gallery was wonderful - the benches in the church arranged in a rough circle that created an intimacy in the dimmed room, as many excellent Toronto musicians improvised in shifts along an atmospheric axis, with the sound processed into an enveloping blanket - you could even lie on the floor to listen. It was a real oasis in the madness of the night. (I wasn't particularly impressed with the visuals that were generated to accompany the music, which were like "a glorified screen saver," as one friend put it; they added to the overall effect but not as much as they could.)

Though I'm biased by friendship in this case, Misha Glouberman's 15-minute "Terrible Noises for Beautiful People" workshops were perfect, a particularly gentle, refreshing version of the sound work Misha's been doing with his "School of Learning," and it's thrilling to think that more than a thousand people got to experience that work in one night. I had a great time seeing Kids on TV in the Works & Emergency Services Building, although I always have a great time seeing Kids on TV. And I was sorry to miss Darren O'Donnell's "Night School," where teachers (real-life teachers) slow-danced with spectators to R&B; jams and the like, as well as some of the pieces Milroy mentions in her review, such as Ann Hamilton's "listening choir" and "White Line Light" by Carsten Nicolai & Olaf Bender of the German Raster-Noton art-music nexus. But the effort involved in fighting one's way through to these gems was absurd. And there was entirely too much emphasis on Scotiabank branding experiences going on as well (the space in Trinity Bellwoods Park was mostly wasted on tacky bullcrap, as was the blocked-off street space in front of the ROM).

Nuit Blanche has a lot to work out if it's going to fulfill its promise; however, it also has a lot of resources to work with. Here's hoping. But as it was, as one friend put it afterwards, "I'm left longing for the days when art was for a small private elite."

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, October 01 at 12:41 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Things Will Shortly Get Completely Out of Hand

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Mountain Goats lyrics consult at Lee's Palace on Sept. 25:
See note on "Tulsa Imperative." Photo swiped from Amber B.

There's nothing I can say about the Mountain Goats show last night that won't sound fawning and ridiculous, as became clear listening to everybody speak fawningly and ridiculously afterwards. I can only say that I kind of wish tMGs would never release another album so that all their tours could be non-album tours and we could get completely unpredictable setlists like last night's, which hit all sorts of out-of-the-way spots in 14 years worth of John Darnielle songs, including one he never recorded at all, two that have yet to be recorded, and so on. And his showmanship was in peak form as well.

(For an annotated set list, look after the jump.)

Check it out (this is not in order, I don't think):

Up the Wolves (2005) (included a false start - "I got overexcited." an audience member had to remind him of the first line)
Cheshire County (1995)
Wild Sage (2006) (terrific theatricalized performance)
In the Craters on the Moon (2007) (new song, which seems like an oblique Iraq protest song)
Store (aka Aisle) (2002) (JD gets one of the verses out of order for a moment, but catches and corrects himself)
Woke Up New (2006)
How to Embrace a Swamp Creature (2007) (another new song, with long, funny introduction explaining the scenario of going to visit your ex's apartment incredibly ill-advisably, in a state of total desperation, with the alibi that you're coming to get your Miles Davis albums)
Tollund Man (1995) (featuring apparently an entire new verse that JD sings away from the mic, just mostly to himself, including the words "this is my father's country" or possibly "this is my father's will" and "rejoice, rejoice": it's the secret happy ending)
Tulsa Imperative (1993ish?) (after a lengthy intro explaining how the song was written and then forgotten by John, doing a very funny imitation of his hyper-amped-up younger self - Peter interrupting to say the reason John forgot the song is that he couldn't get a good recording of it within a day of it being written, which by early tMG's insanely rigid rules meant the song was a discard, so Peter's then band Diskothi-Q played it - JD completely forgets lyrics halfway through, and he and Peter have an amazingly long side-conversation trying to remember them, and finally have to admit defeat)
Cobscook Bay (2000) (I was very happy to hear this tune from the Isopanisad Radio Hour 1-sided 12" EP; I might have squealed like a little girl; maybe)
Jenny (2002)
Dilaudid (2005)
Nine Black Poppies (1995) (fantastic performance of this one - burned the image of the "jet black postmark" into my brain)
Old College Try (2002)

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Snow Crush Killing Song (1995) (!!)
No Children (2002) ("please join me in singing this hateful little song")

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Tulsa Imperative (now with forgotten verses restored: "Between the time Peter and I left the stage and now ... we have to give thanks for wireless internet")
Dance Music (2005)
Houseguest (1994) ("I know you guys have seen this, but I just love singing this song" - another tour de force performance, highlighted by creepy-loser hip undulations perfectly in character for the stalkerish guy in the song, which is of course originally by Franklin Bruno)

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Twilight of the Matador?

The Toronto Star reports that the City of Toronto wants to turn Toronto's notorious country-and-western after-hours bar The Matador into parking. I wouldn't exactly call this "paving paradise," but it is a bit like the Disneyfication of Times Square, but with an infinitely duller result. Ann Dunn, the Matador's legendary madam-of-the-a.m., seems uninterested in keeping it going (which at 79 is understandable), but she won't go for the rip-off price, for both owners and taxpayers. $800,000 for a 20-spot lot? Come on. That's not an expropriation-justifying public good. As BlogTO rightly points out, "a parking lot in the city of Toronto exists for about as long as a free round of shots on the Matador's bar at 3 am. The space is destined to become a condo construction site (with inevitable underground parking), so this move ... reeks of a city desperately looking for ways of generating cash, historic businesses be damned."

I suspect that since the smoking ban, the Matador's business model (a hangout and music venue after the bars close, booze sold under the table or rather out of a trenchcoat, enough profit to pay off the local cops) has become untenable, especially with the city now regularly extending licenses to 4 a.m. for special occasions like the film festival, though of course only for special venues (read richy-rich ones). Harrison Ford doesn't need to go to the Mat anymore. Someday, perhaps, we'll have a closing time that reflects how late folks in a major cosmopolitan city go out, even when they're not Harrison Ford. But the Matador space is amazingly atmospheric, classic, and the sign is a cultural icon, and some creative entrepreneur could do something terrific with it in a booming 'hood. But no, the city wants to pave it over, because it has the foresight of a flea.

Besides a boozy afterparty following some friends' wedding years ago, my fondest Matador memory was probably seeing Neko Case in 2004 recording part of her live album, The Tigers Have Spoken. Up top is Leonard Cohen's Closing Time video, famously shot at the Matador. Big Sugar's Turn the Lights On vid was filmed there too. (Any others?)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, September 24 at 2:22 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)

 

The Continuing Adventures of Me
(Plus: Polaris Non-Forecast)

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Julie Doiron: Polaris-polarization consensual cure?

I've been meaning to mention that tomorrow (Tuesday) evening, I'm doing a discussion/workshop as part of the public library's "Toronto Tunes" series (which winds up with an Ohbijou/More or Les/Bicycles concert on Nov. 3). The event is at the North York Central Library called, "Writing & Blogging About Music," along with freelance journalist Tabassum Siddiqui and writer Hal Niedzviecki. The crowd'll mostly be in their teens and 20s, I suspect, but anyone interested in music writing, whether professionally or as an avocation, is welcome to come. It's from 6 to 8 pm, at 5120 Yonge St, which is just by the North York subway stop. To register, call 416-395-5674.

But first, tonight's the Polaris Prize. I can't for the life of me handicap the thing - I suspect I won't be raising my champagne to my faves, Junior Boys, by night's end, but who knows? The winner is decided in an hours-long discussion by the panel of 11 judges on the spot, during the actual gala, and from my experience last year, it very much depends upon the chemistry and convergences among that (what's the opposite of a baker's dozen? a shoplifter's dozen?) gang at that time. As a wild guess, strongly divided opinions might in the end default in favour of Julie Doiron, who inspires a kind of universal fondness and might be everybody's second pick. But I'm not a betting man. Others who are weigh in with their predictions.

Also on the agenda: Tomorrow night after the library workshop, it's The Mountain Goats! Peeks at recent setlists seem to indicate a lot of mixes of brand-new and very-old songs, which is exactly what I want out of a Mountain Goats show. I'm kind of hoping for The Recognition Scene and Raja Vocative and Family Happiness, just in case John D's reading, but I'm pretty happy to be surprised.

And on Sunday around 4 pm, I'm reading at Word on the Street in Queen's Park, along with other contributors to Coach House's uTOpia 2: The State of the Arts book. I might be a little bleary as I'm not planning to sleep the night before. With luck the audience will be in the same condition.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, September 24 at 12:26 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Rough October Listings Finally Up...

... in the gig guide. Apologies for the brief breakdown of the Zoilusian gig-guide update system. We'll add November soon, too. As always, corrections, announcements of shows, etc., more than welcome, by email or in the comments here.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, September 22 at 9:08 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Regular Programming Resumes

Hi, folks. I missed you. I missed a lot of things. But I got through it. And now we are reunited, and it feels so good.

Not tons to report at the mo', but a couple of exciting things quickly to mention: One, that the absolutely astounding, charming, beguiling, surprising, virtuosic, sui-generis, superlative-exhausting Czech violist and singer Iva Bittova is coming to the Music Gallery in Toronto on Tuesday, November 6. Watch the clip above and you'll see and hear what I mean. (There's quite a bit more Bittova on YouTube if you want to pass a wonderful hour or so.)

As well, two notable notes from friends in blogland: Prof. Drew LeDrew tugs our coatsleeve to say that Destination: Out, the free-est of jazz blogs, has a very special feature this week: Vijay Iyer, who's maybe the most exciting younger player in the music today, has compiled a superb "Solo Piano Mixtape" for D:O, with his own annotations, which are beautifully written and insightful. It includes tunes by Geri Allen, Randy Weston, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra and Andrew Hill as well as two by Iyer himself. It's up for one week only, so hop on over there.

Also our old friend Rob Walker is, as mentioned in the past, doing fascinating work on the song "St. James Infirmary" on his No Notes blog, and last week he did a fascinating interview with microtonal composer Ezra Sims, who (a) explains microtonality for beginners; and (b) offers some observations on the Louis Armstrong version of "St. James Infirmary," explaining how it incorporates mirotones and how he, in turn, slipped a "St. James" section into his piece "Sextet" - which you can hear because Rob has found this awesome site, The Avant-Garde Project, with which I, for one, am going to be spending a whole lot more time.

More soon.

General | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, September 20 at 1:11 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Somewhere There's Music
(How Sweet the Tune)

Exciting local news: Toronto trombonist and all-round swell fellow Scott Thomson writes to say that he is opening a new performance studio where improvising musicians and artists from other disciplines can rehearse and perform.

He's named it Somewhere There, I assume referring to Sun Ra's oft-quoted remark, "We came from nowhere here, why can't we go somewhere there?" In this case, "there" is 340 Dufferin Street, the corner building one block south of Queen or north of King (entrance from Melbourne Ave). With the recent decline in the numbers of jazz-and-related clubs in Toronto, this is particularly happy news. It may please the unintrepid who find it awkward to get to the Arraymusic space in Liberty Village (or who don't frequent the Tranzac due to ... NewZealandphobia, perhaps?). Having the Arrayspace and Some'there in shouting (or horn-blowing) distance from each other, one can envision series or festivals crisscrossing between the two spots, and fantasize about lower Parkdale developing into the Skronk District, a destination spot for musicians and lovers of outward-bound sounds. (You could think of Greenwich Village or something, but I prefer to compare it to going to Chinatown for dinner and deciding on a restaurant when you get there; or knowing that if you need cheap electronics you can stroll up Yonge and comparison shop.)

Says Thomson: "Programming will start in mid-September. I've already set up short- term residencies with CCMC and Geordie Haley, and have starting booking shows by special guests from out of town. A full September lineup will be announced very soon, and a web-calendar will be launched in short order."

Meanwhile, he's hosting two inaugural open houses to spank the baby and get it breathing, and let us all satisfy our curiosity and start dreaming up events that could happen there. Somewhere There will be open for lookyloos this Monday (Labour Day) from 7 to 10 pm, and again next Sunday, Sept. 9, again 7-10 pm. Thomson adds: "If you have folding or stacking chairs, coffee tables, floor and table lamps or useful miscellany that you are willing to loan or donate to the space, then by all means contact me." (The email is somewherethere at inorbit dot com.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, August 31 at 1:31 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (5)

 

Braxton in Session:
'Go to F as in 'fox' - but not as in Fox News'

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I was privileged along with a dozen or so others this morning to attend a partial open rehearsal conducted by Anthony Braxton at the Arraymusic Studio on Atlantic Ave. in downtown Toronto, with a large ensemble of musicians from the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto, who will be performing with him a week from Friday (Sept 7) at the Guelph Jazz Festival. Braxton, of course, is the reed player, teacher, theorist and composer best known for pioneering the fusion of 20th-century modernist composition with jazz, beginning in the late 1960s. (And, more recently, punked-out noise.)

The "AIMToronto Orchestra" has been rehearsing with Braxton for just a couple of days now (though they worked on the scores on their own before he arrived), and the level of fluency, precision and musicality with which they were playing these spidery, unpredictable pieces was remarkable. I'm always struck by how the presence of an admired visitor - in this case, of course, something of a living legend - can galvanize Toronto musicians, shaking off some of the stiffness that can be our local curse and calling forth what they're truly capable of. The ever-affable Braxton seemed impressed, too - at one point he joked that he'd "already alerted Wesleyan University" (where he's a professor) that he was "never coming back."

Unfortunately, the fact that they were doing so well meant that we only got small glimpses of Braxton in directing-and-teaching mode - most of the time, he was animatedly conducting, his shirt drenched in sweat (the Arrayspace is a rather boxy, attic-like, un-airconditioned place, despite its other charms), rather than speaking. If we'd hoped (which I confess I kind of did) to find out what Braxton would be like chewing out Scott Thomson for blowing a trombone cue - well, I suppose that's why they went back into closed session after the first 90 minutes. Otherwise he didn't cater to the fact that there were auditors, so Braxton didn't provide any context or commentary on the compositional intentions and techniques involved in the pieces, as I'm sure he'd already done in their initial rehearsals.

Nevertheless, it was revealing to watch him in action. In particular, hearing his minimal directions to the ensemble, which partook somewhat of the arcane myth-science language for which Braxton is notorious, helped make more sense of that language for me - it feels more organic in a musician-to-musician conversation than when it's removed from that context. It was a bit odd to hear him say "I'm not hearing gravity radiance there" and then, after another runthrough of the section, "Very nice, I'm hearing good gravities." But in relation to the music you could guess what he meant much more than when you hear him speak that way in the abstract. Towards the end, he told the group, "I'm hearing some body time now - it's coming in, it's coming in," which seemed of a piece with his instruction that when they re-entered after pauses, they should not speed up but play as if they were speeding up - "to keep things on the upside of the pulse." Gradually it dawned on me that without coming out and saying it, he was telling them - in this clustery, spikey music in which even to detect a rhythmic tick is a challenge - to swing. And soon enough they were pulling it off.

The other main comments from Braxton were little politics-and-current-events jokes made off-the-cuff along the way, usually when telling the group what section of the piece to go to - "F as in 'fox' - but not as in Fox News!" he'd say, or, "Now let's try section V again - but we'll keep Michael Vick out of it." Or on the subject of that almost-swing - "I will not use the language of General Petraeus and say 'surge' - but bump it up a bit." Besides injecting a bit of levity, these one-liners served an artistic purpose (consciously or not), I think - helping to keep the real world in the room, to remind the players that for Braxton, these highly abstract compositions are still hooked into the social and political dynamics of the society and era in which they were created.

We heard the orchestra playing sections of Braxton's "Composition 91 for creative orchestra" (1979), a partly-notated and partly-improvised piece (available on the 1989 Black Saint release Eugene), and seemingly more through-composed pieces "Composition 305" (recorded on Braxton's 2002 Duets (Wesleyan) record with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum; you can hear a sample here) (sorry, my notes were in error there - please see the comments) "Composition 306" and "Composition 307" (which he plays alone on the four-CD set Solo Live At Gasthof Heidelberg Loppem 2005, some of which you can hear if you scroll down to it in the Aquarius Records catalogue). Obviously the latter two pieces sounded quite different with an 18-person orchestra than on those recordings, though. I didn't get a chance to eyeball the scores to see what the notation was like, although from a few rows back it was evident that it was on a conventional musical staff rather than the completely graphic notation style that Braxton's known for (note: please see the comments, again, for a clarification of this) - but that doesn't mean that up close the staff wouldn't look like this. Comp. 306 (if I've got the title-to-piece order straight) was particularly entertaining, with the wonderful vocalist Christine Duncan (of Barnyard Drama) regularly breaking in to the music with quick melodic verbal interjections, such as, "The old gang got together last night, and we talked about you somewhat," "The IRS is killing me!" or simply, "Yes. No. Maybe. Maybe."

Chatting at the break with bassist Rob Clutton, he said of the work with Braxton, simply, "It's a gift, a real gift." I couldn't agree more, and the audience in Guelph next week will be counting its blessings too.

The AIMToronto Orchestra is: Anthony Braxton - woodwinds, direction; Ken Aldcroft- guitar; Parmela Attariwala - violin; Victor Bateman- double bass; Kyle Brenders- saxophones; Rob Clutton- double bass; Christine Duncan- voice; Colin Fisher- tenor saxophone; Nick Fraser- drums; Tania Gill- piano; Justin Haynes- guitar; Tilman Lewis- cello; Rob Piilonen- flute; Nicole Rampersaud - trumpet; Ronda Rindone- clarinets; Evan Shaw - alto sax; Joe Sorbara - drums, percussion; Scott Thomson- trombone; Brandon Valdivia - percussion.

PS: Most of the group, by the way, will be taking part in a "company"-style improv session at Arraymusic on Friday night in the Leftover Daylight series. There's been no hint that Braxton might sit in, but one might wonder....

General | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, August 29 at 12:37 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (12)

 

Knee Plays

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A couple of weeks ago I told you about Cathy Gordon's public divorce-ritual project On My Knees, in which she is crawling across Toronto on hands and knees in her wedding dress to mark the end of her eight-year marriage. Well, it's happening today, right now. You can follow her progress via her website from now till the end of the afternoon, although I am finding that the Flickr photo stream is proving the most efficient live-update source. (Though don't let the photo #'ing confuse you; it's deceptive.) If you are in Toronto and want to greet, toast and console Cathy at the end of her journey, you can rendezvous with her either at the Jameson Pedestrian Bridge (at Jameson & Lakeshore) around 6:30 pm or at the final of the eight "stations" on the journey, the small beach by the Canadian Legion Boating & Sailing Club (the "Water Heals All Wounds" station) at 1391 Lake Shore W, around 7:30 pm.

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Guest Post: Mind-Expansion in Meaford

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Thereminist Dorit Chrysler appears this weekend at the Electric Eclectics festival.

In this post, Zoilus site helper and local bonne vivante Erella Ganon offers a suggestion for musical action this weekend. If you have access to the Globe and Mail archive site, you can see my article about last year's inaugural Electric Eclectics festival here. - Carl W.

Irritainment, oh yes. My 13-year-old roommate keeps on threatening to make a video of paint drying. She's serious about it, just as I am when I tell her it has already been done.

Let's Paint TV is a Public Access TV show hosted by artist John Kilduff. Many of the shows involve him running on a treadmill, painting a portrait while accomplishing some otherwise mundane activity. Catch him frying pickles while multitasking as he interviews a poet, discussing Ivor Cutler. It would have been fun to see Kilduff on America's Got Talent in June - imagine the comments about him from David Hasselhoff.

That this version of Art (note the capital letter) exists in the YouTube universe with a huge following is not remarkable, but that he's coming to small-town Ontario to perform at the Electric Eclectics sound art and media festival is something to notice. Meaford, a sweet town in the picturesque Owen Sound area will be blown asunder for the long weekend, Aug. 3-5. There are sound poetry displays, music and other unusual happenings throughout the region. Most of it culminates at the Funny Farm, a private expanse on a hill that will be transformed for this three-day event. The original Funny Farm was in nearby Markdale, Ontario. A former inn was made into part-gallery, part-installation, part-funhouse over years of meticulous kitch collecting by artist Laura Kikauka. She's very much involved with this festival - her husband is the creative director, composer Gordon Monahan.

The curatorial decisions for this festival have been made with an equal amount of imagination, sensitivity and enviable networking acumen. Most of these performers appear in public occasionally at best, such as theremin master Dorit Chrysler; filmmaker, composer and musician Tony Conrad; London, Ont., noise pioneers the Nihilist Spasm Band; Canadian cult songbird Mary Margaret O'Hara and many lesser-known artists.

Any part of the series is worth the price of admission, but the choice of staying over makes it more appealing since it is out of town. Camping is certainly not something that I think about often, but to be in the midst of like-minded folks who appreciate similar visual and aural art is a lure too hard to resist. No worry about drinking and driving - just stay in a tent; it doesn't cost much more. And it's certainly more entertaining than watching paint dry.

See the full lineup here. - Erella Ganon

THE FUNNY FARM PRESENTS
ELECTRIC ECLECTICS
AUGUST 3-5, 2007
MEAFORD, ONTARIO

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd from 7pm:

7:00 BLUBE (Montreal)
7:45 FOSSILS (Hamilton)
8:30 HALLICRAFTERS (ALGIS KIZYS/ERIC HUBEL) (NY)
9:15 LET'S PAINT AND EXERCISE TV! - JOHN KILDUFF
supported by MICHAEL EVANS (NY) & GROUP (Los Angeles)
10:00 TONY CONRAD (Buffalo)
10:45 dd/mm/yyyy (Toronto)
11:30 BARRY SCHWARTZ (San Francisco)
12:15 JAYMZ BEE'S COSMIC VISION (Toronto)
1:00 WHIPPOORWILL (Toronto)

DJs:
DJ FAILURE (Brooklyn)
RECORD PLAYER (Meaford)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4th
(DJ @ 4pm, performers @ 5pm):

5:00 BITCHIN' (Toronto)
5:45 NILAN PERERA (Toronto)
6:30 ROZASIA (Toronto)
7:15 GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX (Toronto)
8:00 DORIT CHRYSLER (NY/Vienna)
8:45 NIHILIST SPASM BAND (London ON)
9:30 MARY MARGARET O'HARA (Toronto)
10:15 ALEXANDER HACKE + DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO (Berlin)
11:00 LARY 7 (NY)
11:45 EDWIN VAN DER HEIDE (Rotterdam)
12:30 BRAINFUDGE (Toronto)
DJs:
SHELDON DRAKE (New York)
SIR SPINNER (Toronto)
Filmic Interludes provided by The Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film (Durham)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5th from 4pm:

4:00 AS IS (Owen Sound)
4:45 CLOCKDIN (Grey County)
5:30 WOMEN IN TRAGEDY (Newmarket)
6:15 MR + MRS HYPNOTIST (Toronto)
7:00 LET'S PAINT AND EXERCISE TV! - JOHN KILDUFF
supported by MICHAEL EVANS (NY) & GROUP (Los Angeles)
7:45 DISGUISES (Toronto)
8:30 ANNE BOURNE (Toronto)
9:15 I/O MEDIA (Toronto)

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Amigos Makin' Art;
Plus, Happy 80th, John Ashbery

P(re)-S. Thanks for all the limerickal steez. Keep 'em comin'. And now...

Zoilus has frequently spoken of dear pal Misha Glouberman and the curious classes he teaches at the Misha Glouberman School of Learning, in various forms of improvisation, especially vocal, for non-musicians. Better than any account I can offer is this new short documentary about his latest class, based on John Zorn's Cobra. The film is by Rose Bianchini:

Another friend, Cathy Gordon, has long been planning a project I find compelling/horrifying/beautiful: Five years after she separated from her husband of eight years, Steve, Cathy was finding herself continually avoiding finalizing the divorce. So she created a structure she felt would enable her to do it: On August 13, from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm, she is crawling across Toronto on her hands and knees, in her wedding dress, visiting a series of significant locations from her marriage, and at the final station, signing the divorce papers. She is documenting the whole process (including her current crawling training) on a new website that is more than worth a visit.

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Finally, tomorrow, Sat. July 28, marks the 80th birthday of probably my favourite living writer, American poet John Ashbery. Mainly via Facebook, I've been organizing a "notional celebration," just to encourage people to think of Ashbery with gratitude tomorrow, but that has developed as well into an actual, modest-scale celebration: At 3:30 pm, a few people are going to gather at Clinton's bar in Toronto, pretend it's the Cedar Tavern, quaff a few cocktails and read a little Ashbery. If you're so inclined, join us. Or just raise a glass in that spirit tomorrow, wherever you are.

The segments of the trip swing open like an orange.
There is light in there and mystery and food.
Come see it.
Come not for me but it.
But if I am still there, grant that we may see each other.

- from "Just Walking Around," A Wave, 1984

General | Posted by zoilus on Friday, July 27 at 1:41 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Guest Post: Compassionate Consumption

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A message to the community from Matias Rozenberg of the Phonemes (Blocks Recording Club), Matias, and Consumption Records. Please help him out if you can! His email is matias890 at hotmail dot com - C.W.

1. WHAT IS CONSUMPTION RECORDS?
Consumption is a label that releases music on donated cassettes utilising hand-decorated, recycled packaging. The music is sold not for money, but in exchange for art challenges. No money changes hands. Consumption Records concentrates on music originally recorded for the creators and their friends, with no intention of ever finding an audience.

The art challenge for a particular cassette is dependent on the cassette in question. ( For example, the CoraMichael tape will cost you 2 pubic hairs and some toenail clippings; Great Grandma Cassie's tape cost a drawing of an eccentric relative; The Perfects tape cost a made-up-on-the-spot song which the band then re-recorded and released on their next album.) Consumption Records releases are only available in person, through unusual situations and over the mail.

Consumption Records is secretly celebrating its five-year anniversary.

2. WHAT IS THE DANGER CURRENTLY FACING CONSUMPTION RECORDS?
I am moving from my very big house to a very tiny house. There is a shelf of Consumption materials and releases that cannot fit into my new home. also, there are several boxes of tapes that need storage. The stuff must be gone from my old place by August 1.

When I started Consumption Records, I vowed to myself I would keep it going for the rest of my life, or at the very least, for a significant amount of time, like no less than 30 years. This situation puts that vow in jeopardy.

So I am hoping that there must be one, if not several, responsible people reading this who has some space and would be happy to store a few things for the label.

If you are that person (or those people) please contact Matias Rozenberg via matias890 at hotmail dot com. Thank you!

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, July 18 at 4:50 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Block Ice & Bloodlines

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This Friday, New York's Erik Friedlander, perhaps the most prominent cellist in the improv-and-new-music world today, is playing a show on Toronto Island, and by some coincidence, today in The New York Times, there's a story about Friedlander - in particular his new album, Block Ice & Propane, which draws on memories of family camping trips with his mother, sister, and father Lee Friedlander, the famous photographer. I'd forgotten that Erik F. was the lensman's son, so I was curious to read this piece. It's disillusioning as you get older to find out that half the people exhibiting in galleries have trust funds and another third have artist parents (and a few have both), the ways that class, cultural capital and nepotism determine the shape and population of arts communities - not that the kids of artists should be excluded, of course, but it's another sense in which the tribe is kind of endogamously self-reproducing rather than having full intercourse with the rest of society and evolving out of that. However, I didn't feel that way about the Friedlander connection, I think in part because it's obvious how hard Erik works, with his quite prolific output of solo albums along with guest appearances in performances and recordings by everyone from the Mountain Goats to John Zorn and Ned Rothenberg to Courtney Love; but also because there's always been something a bit mysterious in his aesthetic to me, which somehow framing him as the child of a modernist-artist family helps to bring into clearer focus.

One point that the Times's Ben Sisario passes over that seems worthy of mention is that Lee Friedlander has quite a direct link to the music world, as he was the photographer for jazz and soul albums on Atlantic in the 1950s and 1960s, shooting the classic portraits on the covers of such albums as Miles' In a Silent Way, Coltrane's Giant Steps, discs by Aretha Franklin, Roland Kirk, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson, Mingus, Ornette and many more. Friedlander remarks in the story about the liberating effect of having grown up seeing that art is a matter of "just doing" the impossible. I'm sure that he also grew up hearing that lesson illustrated sonically by the subjects of his father's photographs, some who bent the rules and some who recognized no rule but their own, and his own work, which is so much about tension and timbre and the marginal limit points of music, is illuminated when I look at it as conditioned by and responsive to the swaggering, expansive music that surrounded him in childhood.

Whoever his daddy is, Friedlander is quite an intense performer and well worth catching live. See the gig guide for details. Also, on the "jump" to this post is a column I wrote about him three years ago when he was touring behind my favourite disc of his (I haven't heard the new one yet), Maldoror. [...]

Making ugly sounds on a beautiful instrument

CARL WILSON
April 15, 2004
The Globe and Mail

When I reach Erik Friedlander, he's rollerblading through the streets of New York, and asks me to wait as he passes through a tunnel.

It's the first time I've interviewed an internationally acclaimed musician in mid-skate. But for a jazz player on the outer rim of expression, and an unlikely instrument, "cellist on rollerblades" is as good an image as any.

I ask if he's heading to a studio job, maybe an avant-jazz session like those he's done with the likes of trumpeter Dave Douglas or saxophonist John Zorn, or a pop gig like those with Alanis Morissette and Courtney Love, or one of his own scores for film.

"Actually, no," he says, "Couples therapy." The 44-year-old laughingly adds, "Don't worry, it has nothing to do with Maldoror."

Maldoror is his first solo disc, after a half-dozen as leader of cross-cultural jazz ensembles Chimera and Topaz. It's based on the book Les Chants de Maldoror by the Comte de Lautreamont, the pseudonym of Uruguayan immigrant Isidore Ducasse. He wrote it in Paris in 1868, at half Friedlander's age, and died two years later, unmourned till the surrealists rediscovered him a half-century on.

Friedlander came to it when the composer Michael Montes - after years of pushing for a solo disc - cornered him in a Berlin studio and surprised him with printed pages of Maldoror excerpts. Friedlander read them one by one and, with tape rolling, improvised musical responses, all in about an hour.

In the book, Lautreamont rhapsodizes over evil of every persuasion, from murder, pedophilia and the rape of Christ to erotic union with a shark. Its preface, which inspired Friedlander's first track, warns the reader may find "the deadly issues of this book will lap up his soul as water does sugar." No wonder he fears I'll jump to conclusions about his private life.

Yet relationship counselling is another accidentally apt metaphor. Here more than ever, Friedlander is mediating between cultural odd couples: 19th and 21st centuries, classical and jazz, beauty and brutality, spontaneity and structure. As Lautreamont's notorious line goes, it's "the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella."

The idea of jazz cello sometimes feels that incongruous to the son of 1950s jazz photographer Lee Friedlander (who shot covers for Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus), despite praise like being a voted a "rising star" in last year's Downbeat poll.

Jazz cello can be traced from Oscar Pettiford in Duke Ellington's band through Abdul Wadud in the 1970s loft scene. Today it can even be found in the hands of Peggy Lee in Vancouver, or Kye Marshall and Matt Brubeck (son of Dave) in Toronto. Yet it remains a bit like a leggy, brandy-toned Bacall striding unexpectedly into a bar full of stubbled, scotch-soaked Bogarts.

"I think it's the timbre, the texture," says Friedlander. "I used to play Broadway shows, and the most basic player with a sax or clarinet could play five notes and sound more 'jazzy' than I would after slaving over a tune for five hours. The sustain of the cello - there's nothing cool about it, I mean in the Miles Davis sense. It's too intense."

Its strengths are nearly as tricky. "It has a warmth and resonance that's fantastic. Everyone responds: 'Oh, I love the cello.' But I need not to be so restricted by that preconceived notion of what the cello sounds like. It can be raucous, ugly, aggressive - and it needs to be.

"Although I've sometimes gone too far trying to be that way."

Wittingly or not, Montes may have struck close to that dilemma in choosing Maldoror - a beginning of the modernist inversion of morality and rejection of beauty that would define 20th-century art.

"Lautreamont was clearly trying to shock people," says Friedlander. "Which I found funny at times, living now. But I had to be aggressive and find something I could respond to, without bowing down to it too much. It's hard not to be impressed by the economy of it, what he crammed into a small space."

In turn, Friedlander coaxed from his strings his own pizzicato and bowed compressions of the poet's pranks and agonies, from the skittering madwoman to the swirling starlings, the pretty boy's heart torn from his chest and the "stern" elegance of mathematics. Yet like many artists who no longer identify with the old protest against pleasure, his vocabulary harbours harmony as much as dissonance, turning Ducasse's anarchy to elegy, maybe for modernism itself.

The exercise also broke down the compositionally-oriented Friedlander's resistance to free improvisation. "Complete freedom is nowhere," he says. "As an audience member I get frustrated and angry when players just lob one idea after another that has no connection, no tension that can then be released."

Yet with Maldoror the only structure is conceptual. "Once I start, I try to deal with what I have just played, not just cast it aside. I tell a story." How will he approach it in concert? "That's the crux of the problem. To recreate the same music or process would be a little deadening mentally. So I'm touring the spirit of the record, creating something in the moment."

For this first solo tour, including stops at Montreal's La Sala Rossa tomorrow and the Rivoli in Toronto on Sunday, he's rehearsed basic frameworks for Maldoror and other pieces by Zorn, banned Iranian pop star Googoosh, and even his teenage rock hero Carlos Santana.

But he got a surprise in a trial solo run at South by Southwest in Texas last month, for an audience waiting to hear rock band Mr. Bungle (whose singer, Mike Patton, has his own side group named Maldoror): "Without exception these kids were more interested in the improvising. I couldn't play 'out' enough for them. When I did something prepared, you could feel the energy drop immediately. . . .

"Maybe people are ready for something different."

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August Gig Guide...

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... is now up in quite sketchy & preliminary form. Send along those event announcements. Even the rest of July is looking thinner than usual - although check out the roster for the Global Hip Hop: The 4 Elements festival at Harbourfront starting July 27 with a 25th anniversary tribute to Wild Style that includes Grand Wizard Theodore, The Chief Rocker Busy Bee and The Fantastic Five! And the next night has the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble from Chicago, made up of Sun Ra alum and Artistic Heritage Ensemble leader Kelan Phil Cohran's kids. Thrillz! August so far has nothing to compete, but I'm sure news will roll in.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, July 13 at 3:27 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Geeks in Love

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I linked to the Cat & Girl art-geek versus science-geek strip a couple of months back - it's good subcultural fun, but there's a lot of truth to it. I've long imagined a TV or radio show made up of those conversations that smart but scientifically subliterate arts types get into, arguing about some matter of scientific fact, often after a couple of beers, where nobody really knows the most basic terms of what they're talking about. Artists Talk About Science would be the lowest-rated program ever, but it would get big laughs at MIT. (The only function of this joke is to refer to it when these conversations happen: "Welcome to the latest episode of Artists Talk About Science.")

While I'm as guilty of scientific obtuseness as the next art geek, I'm excited whenever someone tries to bridge the two geekitudes. It's why Boing Boing is such a success, for example. It's part of why I love Matmos. Or Brian Eno. Or Blackalicious rapping about the periodic table in Chemical Calisthenics. And it's the driving impulse behind two performance events this week in Toronto: This year's Scream festival of poetry and literary performance has a scientific theme (I should have posted this in advance of last night's panel discussion on the subject, but ah well), and Small Wooden Shoe is presenting the latest installment of its "Dedicated to the Revolutions" series of theatrical explorations of scientific revolutions as part of this week's Fringe festival: I Keep Dropping Shit, a show about the Newtonian revolution. (The title's a gravity joke, obvs.) To show they're not just taking science as a cheap supplier of metaphor (though science is great for that), SWS is presenting the show at the MaRS Institute of research and innovation on the University of Toronto campus, which has showed its soft spot for art geeks in the past by serving as a venue for Nuit Blanche, not to mention somebody up there's obvious concern about architecture. The MaRS folk have an enjoyable interview with Dropping Shit director Jacob Zimmer up on their blog today. Let's increase the geek love.

I should also mention that I'm in a panel discussion at the Scream on Sunday afternoon which has nothing to do with science except in its title: "Under the Microscope: The State of Poetry Criticism." The writeup follows, but it's at 3 pm at Tinto coffeeshop at 89 Roncesvalles, and it's free. I am on the panel as the designated outsider - the organizers made the argument that they think music criticism gets right what poetry criticism gets wrong, and while I'm not sure I agree (I guess I have three days to decide!), it's fruitful ground for discussion. Come on out and get into it. I'm going to try to make sure there's plenty of time for audience contribution, in a scientific spirit of free and open inquiry.

Even with a microscope, it's (almost) too small to see: where's the discussion of poetry among non-poets? The media carries criticism of all kinds of arts, from architecture to audio installations, but no one seems to talk about poetry. We'll examine why. Panelists include David Orr, poetry critic for the The New York Times Book Review; Carl Wilson, music critic and proprietor of the website Zoilus.com; Damian Rogers, arts editor at eye weekly; and Elizabeth Bachinsky, a poet whose latest collection was nominated for a 2006 Governor General's Award. The lab director for this discussion will be Toronto writer Marianne Apostolides.

General | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, July 05 at 1:24 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (11)

 

Guest Post: Afrofest & Toumani Diabaté

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Zoilus aide-de-camp Erella Ganon writes:

Afrofest is one of the best ways Torontonians have to investigate a wide range of music from that continent. Most performances are available without an admission charge, and my advice is to wander to Queen's Park this weekend and just catch whoever is on the stage. Normally my faith in programmers is not as solid, but the line up with this incarnation of Afrofest is without low point from what I gather. Expect a huge selection of food and items recently brought over from yonder for sale. The weather is predicted to be cooperative. Don't try, however, to glean information from their website; it is one of the least useful I have seen. One might expect, a few days before the festival, that the site would give an approximation (or at least an idea) of which day a particular artist is playing. Two things I do know for sure: The popular Mahotella Queens won't be appearing at all; they've been replaced by Cape Verdian newcomer, Lura. Which day or time, is anyone's guess. And Malian kora player and griot Toumani Diabaté will play Harbourfront Centre's main concert stage Thursday night on the bill with Abdoulaye Diabaté (who also will be at Queen's Park at some point, this weekend).

The kora is a 21-stringed instrument with a gourd as a resonator. Sounding like a cross between a harp and flamenco guitar, the strings are plucked with both hands. Kora players have traditionally come from families of griots - historians, genealogists, musicians and storytellers who pass their skills on to their descendants. Toumani can trace his griot ancestry back at least 53 generations and Abdoulaye Diabaté can trace back 70 generations. Can you imagine? In my family we cannot even trace the countries of birth more than 3 generations. If you were from Mali or Guinea and felt a calling to be a musician, it likely would be discouraged unless it was in your lineage. Last time I saw Toumani Diabaté was years ago at the Phoenix club. He was touring with blues guitarist Taj Mahal. The interplay between these two very subtle musicians was a delight. This week he is appearing with his new group, the Symmetric Orchestra, incorporating his traditional song styles along with new ideas and arrangements. - Erella Ganon

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Going to the Source

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SoundProof magazine, a previously unknown-to-me Toronto venture that apparently has big ambitions to expand across the continent, keeps it proudly local in their new feature, "The Top 20 Toronto Albums Ever," based partly on a very patchy survey of critics & bloggers including myself. Aside from the Barenaked Blegghies and some picks of dubious Torontosity (throwing Neil Young in at no. 2 is only the most obvious instance), I won't nitpick their choices: Some might quibble with putting both Final Fantasy albums in the list, but predictably not me. But I was most grateful to see that Main Source's Breaking Atoms was on the roster, because I'd never known about that terrific 1991 disc's T-dot hookup - I was living in New York when it came out and thought of it as an NYC product, unaware that the two members who weren't the Large Professor were Torontonians. (Further background here.) And here I'd thought the lovable but not exactly A-list Dream Warriors were Toronto's only semi-substantial contribution to golden-era hip-hop. Breaking Atoms is a stone classic.

Here, for the record(s), (sorry Michael), is the list I sent them. I ended up choosing not to rank them but to list them off in chronological order, which affected what ended up on my list. You'll note that the '90s are a bit of a dry patch - I'm not, for example, the Rheostatics fan that many people are, and Toronto was pretty heavily grungey through much of that period. One big oversight (aside from Main Source): I'm embarrassed to say that I overlooked Fifth Column, though I'm not sure which album I'd choose - and maybe it would be the JD's Homocore compilation instead. I also lament the lack of jazz, though it would be hard to settle on one or two particular albums there. Some improvisors are represented in other guises.

What would be your picks?

Glenn Gould, Goldberg Variations (1955)
Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy, self-titled (1970, re-released 2004)
The Four Horsemen, Canadada (1971)
Gordon Lightfoot, Gord's Gold (1975)
Bruce Cockburn, Humans (1980)
Jane Siberry, The Walking (1987)
Mary Margaret O'Hara, Miss America (1988)
Handsome Ned, The Ballad of Handsome Ned (posthumous, 1989)
Bob Wiseman, Sings Wrench Tuttle: In Her Dream (semi-pseudonymous, 1989)
John Oswald, Plunderphonics (samizdat-autonomous, 1989)
Guh, self-titled (1996)
Michelle McAdorey, Whirl (1999)
Royal City, Alone at the Microphone (2001)
The Hidden Cameras, Ecce Homo (2002)
Blocks Toronto Compilation (aka Toronto is Great) (2002)
Barcelona Pavilion, It's the Barcelona Pavilion EP (2003)
Les Mouches, You're Worth More to Me than 1,000 Christians (2004)
Bad Bands Revolution compilation (2006)
Final Fantasy, He Poos Clouds (2006)
Eric Chenaux, Dull Lights (2006)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, June 28 at 7:40 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (32)

 

Feel-Good Music For Fucked-Up People

A reminder that Eugene Chadbourne is doing a solo show tonight at the Tranzac. Here's a little clip for the uninitiated, but it's only a portion of what Dr. Eugene gets up to, which include sheer noise on the electric rake and stringed skull, twisted-roots country on the banjo and shreddin' on the homebuilt electric guitar...

Oh, and here's a little '80s Schockabilly for good measure:

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Live, Local and in Lo-Res

The Toronto Sun today has a candid and compelling profile of one of the local music scene's more colourful characters, impresario Dan Burke, as well as (even better) very nicely filmed video clips of the interview. Topics: Confessions, crack, and Canada's colonial complex.

As well, YouTube has clips from Tomboyfriend's performance at Pride festivities on the weekend (and some from earlier shows) on NoMediaKings' channel.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, June 26 at 5:40 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

So Ex-cited

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The guitarist in Vampire Weekend, whoever he is, is really good and has listened very closely to African township jive. I like the violinist too. The rest, the New England Paul Simon-meets-David Byrne vocals, etc.? Not. Sorry, Ryan. But he's been championing some great stuff lately, as usual - I'm pretty taken with Kickball, and Moviola is known quality.

But random MySpace bands are not what we are here to talk about. We are here to talk about last night and The Ex - a band whose name I've never realized before this moment could denote "the ex," as in ex-boyfriend, ex-wife. I just took it as a generalized name of protest. But on the evidence of last night, no way are they my ex-band. Still my greatest love of live music in the world. Even without a bass player - an absence that makes a difference to the physical dynamics on stage but, strikingly, is not at all a problem for tonal balance, as Terrie and Andy just fill in the bottom end of their own sounds and Katrin's bass drum kicking is remarkably powerful enough to fill in the low end. As for the sound itself, I can hardly describe - at the end of the show, I said, "I wish I could do something in the world as well as they do that." Their sense of polyrhythm, of dynamics and drama, is simply nonpareil, and GW Sok remains the best white European rapper on Earth - he did a solo rally-speech/poem that sounded like a freestyle flight whose topic just happened to be international power relations. I was gratified to hear a couple of tunes from my favourite Ex-era, the Tom Cora years, with Katrin leading on Hidegen Fujnak a Szelek and Sok on the indelible State of Shock (one of the most linguistically sophisticated songs ever written, with an A-B-C-D-A-B-C-D rhyme scheme, a critique of post-Wall Berlin, and mid-section verses that condense the whole song down to an instant-replay recap by using the end-words of all the preceding verses as text: "Shock-said-blank-down/ Block-bad-tank-town..."). But even better than that was the following song that used a Fela Kuti-style groove on the verses and then broke into a chorus that was kinda straight out of the Clash playbook, then repeated the pattern again. As usual, Sok seemed like the most earnest man in the world, wringing his hands as he danced in a kind of worrywart-OCD ritual motion, and then pulling out the megaphone to shout his exhortations, and Terrie and Andy, while visibly quite a lot older than they looked when I last saw them five or six years ago, still joyfully jump around the stage and lock horns with the heads of their guitars like improvising rhinos. They really make most other bands in the world seem like they don't get the point.

Afterwards there was a rumour that the band was going to head over to one of Bloor Street's Ethiopian dance bars, and we tried to follow, but by the time we got there it was 2 a.m. and the doorman was very sternly firm about not allowing anyone else in. The music upstairs sounded like a shower of arcweld sparks. Or maybe we were just still in a heightened state.

General | Posted by zoilus on Sunday, June 24 at 1:00 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (9)

 

Just Flew in From Facebook...

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... and boy, are my proprioceptive ego-self boundaries tired. That thing is a mindfuck. As you all know. I am late to the party, which I now realize is kind of like a whole second Internet. So that's what "2.0" means. My friend Lauren says Facebook is "a TV show about a town." Which is true, except that it is a town where all surfaces are wrapped in mirrors, which makes the TV show overwhelming to watch (and watch watching itself). (Btw, Lauren's three-day art show begins tonight. See the gig guide for details.)

As a result of all the distraction, many things to catch up with:

Fastest case of a Cat & Girl comic coming true in real world ever: Metal-addiction disability claims.

Next record you need to hear: Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators. "The Soul Investigators" is the best backup-band name in neo-soul if not in soul of all time. It reminds me of Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist, as well as that Woody Allen joke about cheating on his metaphysics exam by looking into the soul of the boy next to him.

Mike Watt interviews Tony Maimone (bassist for Pere Ubu and many other bands over the years).

Devo remain the smartest.

The Diodes reunion is documented on YouTube.

Brooklyn's Dirty Projectors are doing a Pierre-Menard-writes-Don-Quixote-stylee exercise with Black Flag's Damaged, under the title Rise Above - that is, to be clear, Dave Longstreth reproduced the album from memory, song by song, without reference to the source. All on acoustic guitar I think. (See comments.) Notable for all Oulipian-inclined rock fans.

Which makes me wonder: Has there ever been a rock/pop Oulipo subsection, official or not? There should be. Along with the DPs, I nominate Pyramid Culture as founding members - their constraints include all members being female and having three names, all stage costumes being primary colours, and, most importantly, all songs being non-fiction. On their upcoming album, titled 100% True, I hear that all songs will appear in alphabetical order. The disc will be launched together with Brian Joseph Davis's book/CD The Definitive Host in Toronto at Mercer Union on Aug. 3.

This weekend in Toronto, the big musical newses (for those of us for whom Pride is not the big news) are Extermination Night tonight and The Ex tomorrow, but I didn't want to leave unmentioned the remarkable-sounding tribute to Carole King's Tapestry that's taking place at the Boat on Sunday, with a different artist/group covering each song on the 1971 album, whose sheer number of classic tracks is kind of astounding to behold. Anticipated highlights include ZZ Sharrock doing I Feel the Earth Move, Sandro Perri perforing It's Too Late, Nif-D playing (the Gilmore Girls theme song) Where You Lead and Katie Stelmanis closing up with (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (which was a Goffin-King tune, though Aretha recorded it first). A waaaay better prospect than the actual released 1995 tribute album, although that one did have Aretha herself, and the Bee Gees - it's really hard to live down the one-two punch of Richard Marx and the Blessid Union of Souls. (Yes, I swear, they spell "Blessed" with an "i". I believe there's some law on the books that makes this grounds for being tied to a stake under a full moon and being torn apart by weasels, right?)

I was going to make a list of picks for the Toronto Jazz Festival, but you can look to the sidebar and the gig guide for that, for now. Also here are my Globe and Mail colleague JD Considine's choices, and some my friends at Eye.

Otherwise, though, I am pretty out of it. Any major controversies happening I should know?

General | Posted by zoilus on Friday, June 22 at 3:46 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (11)

 

Handsome Memories

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A guest post from Team Zoilus stalwart Erella Ganon, about a vital figure in Toronto music history who will be honored with a honky-tonk hootenanny this weekend. You can hear some Handsome Ned music at his memorial MySpace page. - C.W.

Many years ago, starting in the early '80s, I had a regular radio show on Toronto campus-community station CKLN-FM. My dear friend, the musician Handsome Ned, was a frequent guest. We'd play all kinds of things and gossip on about alleged "borrowed" lyrics or melody lines, tracing them from one popular or obscure song to another. Since Ned always wore a cowboy hat and played country and western music at the Cameron House on Queen Street almost every day at the time, people assumed that is where his knowledge began and ended. But Ned was an army kid, who was born in Germany and travelled a lot, picking up excellent useless information en route.

One thing he and I shared was our love of a good story. Venturing into all kinds of unusual musical genres, we'd play Flipper, Violent Femmes, Bay City Rollers or Aka Pygmy singing songs about their love of honey and tell tales of the connections we'd imagine.

At the time, CKLN's "promise of performance" allowed us to have virtually every kind of music on the air - except country. It seems preposterous now. I cannot remember why it was, but the country station in Hamilton was powerful and unhappy about our audience. Eventually, because of some my carefully worded proposals, we managed to get our friend, David Barnard, the program director to look the other way and grant Ned his own radio show because he was so fond of the undeniably charismatic Ned. However, there was one caveat: He wasn't to play any country. This became a running joke between us. Ned played honkytonk, bluegrass, blues, rockabilly and everything in between: We weren't to call it country, so it was anything but.

The defining lines between one genre of music and another were far less flexible then than they are now, but Ned wooed us, seducing us and transforming us into ardent fans of whatever song struck his fancy. He was not someone to argue with (though I frequently tested that). His brother Jimmy, Ed Mowbray, Mark from Pages Bookstore and I had our birthdays in the same week, so we celebrated together. A few days ago, on my birthday, we raised a glass for Ned, as we've always done.

Ned was born on his older brother Jimmy's birthday. His parents said, "Son, for your birthday, you can choose a name for your new baby brother." Thrilled, Jimmy decided to name him after his hero, someone he thought about daily, someone who had a big impact on his life, motivating him to no end: The baby would be granted the name "Batman." Oops! Ned's parents hadn't considered that one. Telling him they knew too many other children named Batman, they decided to grant the next best thing: The boy would be christened Robin.

Robin "Ned" Masyk died Jan. 10, 1987. He was an important person on Queen Street. Kind of an unofficial ambassador, the peripatetic troubadour sparked an interest in country music that inspired many musicians that came after him. June 4, 2007, would have been Ned's 50th birthday. To celebrate his life and love of all things musical, his friends are gathering on Saturday night, June 16, at one of his favourite watering holes, the Horseshoe. Expect to see these fabulous former Ned collaborators: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Steve Koch, John Borra, Cleave Anderson, Teddy Fury, Lori Yates, Johnny Macleod, Jim Masyk, Steve Leckie (of the Viletones), Screamin' Sam, Tony Kenny (of the Razorbacks), Emily Weedon, Heather Morgan, Michael Brennon, Scott B, Joanne Mackell and others performing at the event. It also will feature the re-release of the The Name is Ned CD, as well as a preview of the upcoming Handsome Ned documentary film and a limited-edition line of Ned t-shirts.

Some of the money raised that night will pay for the design and installation of a memorial plaque on the side of the Cameron House. That's where I was on the night Ned died. Herb Tookey, one of the Cameron's owners, and I were the only people that knew Ned was dead at the time. A cop heard it on the police radio and came in to tell us unofficially. We had to keep it a secret until Ned's family was notified. As people asked us if we knew where Ned was, and whether he was going to play later that night or at a speakeasy, we kept our lips still, stealing moments to break into tears and resume composure until word was out at the end of the night. It was a series of impossibly difficult tasks.

- Erella Ganon

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, June 12 at 3:22 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

Indie Kids Can't Jump?

An Eye weekly article today provocatively called "Torontopia's white-guy syndrome" includes an interview with me, among others, about the downtown arts/music/miscellania scene's difficult relationship with Toronto's vaunted multiculturalism. The headline is an indication of a degree of oversimplification (the word "Torontopia," for instance, was popularized by Steve Kado, who, as his last name suggests, is not a white guy) but the points made are valuable. It's disappointing to see that so far the Stillepost reaction, for instance (not counting Doc Pickles' opening salvo, and only including the first few "yawn" responses that have been posted as I write), partakes of exactly the sort of defensiveness that Jonny Dovercourt describes in the article. Sure, it would have been better if this article had been done when the Wavelength panel was happening, but what exactly makes it "too late"? Did the problem get solved sometime recently when I wasn't looking?

I'm open to an argument the problem is too trivial to make much on (though wouldn't this be a kind of "separate but equal" defence - or else an acknowledgment that the indie/arts downtown scene is too mediocre for accessibility to be worth anyone's while, which would be a weird, or at least sad argument for the people in it to make?). However I'm not convinced that a "big collective yawn" is actually, as Doc P. argues, a sign that all is well. Blase shrugging is in fact the indie scene's favourite form of self-protective deflection.

Final point: The first quote from me in that article, on the David Miller event at Trampoline Hall, is taken somewhat out of context and it was also a response to a leading question by the reporter: She essentially said, wasn't he there because this was a privileged group of people? And I said, sure, that was part of it. But I said he was also there because Trampoline Hall invited him, and because the event is a model of a different way of people in Toronto talking to each other that he apparently liked, and because he wanted to connect to the arts community. And I added that I was sure he spent much more time in the campaign going to community centres with diverse ethnic constituencies than he did talking to downtown white arts nerds - otherwise there's no way he would have won an election in this town. I understand what the reporter was getting at, but her use of that quote was far more insulting to both David Miller and Trampoline Hall than I can let pass.

Still, there's a lot of worthwhile stuff in the piece otherwise, including about the social and practical barriers to a more diverse scene that persist despite anyone's best intentions.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, June 07 at 3:45 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (31)

 

The Nights that Say NXNEEE...

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Yo Majesty!

Like every other music hack in town, I've got yer red-hot North By Northeast festival picks right here (also on The Globe and Mail's website). Besides the ones to follow, there are a few obvious standout tickets, by the way: the 3 a.m. shows tonight and possibly tomorrow night with Blue Rodeo at Lee's Palace, each following a strong night of folk/twang/roots rock, especially Friday's sequence of Rock Plaza Central, the Sadies and John Doe (ex, of course, of Los Angeles country-punk heroes X); tonight's bill at the Boat with Mother Mother (Vancouver), Les Breastfeeders (Montreal), Pride Tiger (Vancouver), Abdominal (T-dot) and Champion (Montreal); Calgary's Woodpigeon tonight at the Drake at 11; the Pop Montreal showcase tomorrow night at the Comfort Zone featuring Montreal's Buzzcockian blasters the Nymphets, Handsome Furs (members of Wolf Parade), and local electro-magineers Woodhands; Junior Boys at the Mod Club tomorrow (although I'm not that wild about the rest of that bill); Jenn Grant at C'est What, Friday at 1 a.m.; and on Saturday, the d'Ubervilles and Germans at the Boat, as well as the funky lineup of Souljazz Orchestra (Ottawa afrobeat), Masia One (ace local MC), Tanya Morgan (New York group whose album was one of The Roots' ?uestlove's top picks last year) and Nouveau Riche (Philadelphia) at the Gladstone, the lineup of fine indie types at the Horseshoe that night (including Ohbijou and You Say Party! We Say Die!) and if you were so inclined, Urge Overkill at Lee's.

For those of you who are actually registered to the industry confab side of the event, I'm on a panel tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2 pm called "Meet the Press/What the Hell is Press?" with fellow writers in print and pixels Sarah Liss, James Keast, Chris Budd, James Booth. It's in Regency Room A. Peek in if you're not too enthralled by the Joe Boyd interview in Regency Room B at the same time. (Hmm, I wonder if I can sneak over.)

And now my top 5 NXNE picks:

Future Clouds & Radar. An alert to fans mourning high-school-noir TV show Veronica Mars: The tunes Paul Rudd performed in the role of a dissolute indie mastermind late this season were by FC&R; leader Robert Harrison's 1990s cult Austin band Cotton Mather. His new group injects his impressive Beatles/XTC pop-craft with extra paisley and pastels. Later on the same bill, early-90s nearly-beens Buffalo Tom (quick - name their cult TV connection!) and locals The Old Soul. Thursday, 9 p.m., Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W.

Jonathan Coulton. Though he was featured in The New York Times magazine as an Internet music market leader, and is a close cohort of Daily Show/"I'm a PC" personality John Hodgman, there's more to this Brooklynite than social networking - Coulton's acoustic ballads and wuss-rockers link humour and sweetness at fire-wire speed to the hearts of his "code monkey" fans. He's followed by local standouts Spiral Beach and Republic of Safety as well as Jesse Malin (ex-D Generation). Friday, 9 p.m., Reverb, 651 Queen St. W.

Yo Majesty. This Florida party-girl trio's attitude recall New York punk-funk founding mothers ESG, but the beats and lingo are pure 2007, and their anthem Club Action is a foul-mouthed contender for single of the year. They're on a banging bill with Montreal's Thunderheist and Lesbians on Ecstasy. Saturday, midnight, Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.

The Diodes. One of the first Toronto punk bands, whose classic Tired of Waking Up Tired still sounds freshly exasperated, reunites on its 30th anniversary to see if time to kill is still killing them. With half the members living in the U.K., chances to hear their lilt-and-lash, Crash & Burn Club sound live won't come again soon - if ever. Saturday, 3 p.m., Dundas Square, and midnight, Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St.

Track Dirtyaz. Rap and rock fusions have a grim record, but this Toronto band finds a new groove, with a Hendrix/Sabbath guitar brawl roiling under Wu Tang-damaged group vocals. On an action-packed card with locals No Dynamics, Nif-D, The Old Soul, The Bicycles and more. Saturday, midnight, Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, June 07 at 2:31 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

Max Poetics: Canada Gets Along With Everyone

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But primarily poetry is supposed to have a pleasure principle. It's all about sensual reading, hearing song and echoes of songs - contaminated, of course, by adulthood. - Ken Babstock

Tonight's the annual Griffin Poetry Prize here in town, that apollonian bacchanal where the old ladies flirt with the young drunks (gender unimportant) and poets look lost in their suits. We're here to send out a what-what to our poemboy Ken-B, fresh off his Trillium score and now up for the domestic cheddar of the Griff's $50K payday - there's also a $50K international award. K-Babs says some sharp things in the paper today in an interview with my colleague James Adams. Good luck, drink slowly and don't forget when you was just Kenny from the block. Or, well, the Rock. And if you do win, be aware you will thenceforth be known as "Professor Griff." On the other hand, if Don McKay gets some payback for his outrageous '05 sonning by Roo Borson, we won't be boo-hooing either. (Meanwhile from points west, this fella grouses about awards and ethics; he's not entirely right or wrong but the caveat's always worth noting.)

Elsewhere in the versiverse - still in Toronto, but outside the horserace winners' circles - writer (and Eye arts ed.) Damian Rogers, who invented the "live magazine" Pontiac Quarterly, is now launching the "Tipsy International Poetry Series," with a visit from the Wave Books' posse's two Matts, Matthew Zapruder and Matthew Rohrer (who got an international Griffin nomination, but no pot o' gold, the year before last). Zoilus likes the cut of their writerly jibs, and if you missed them when the Poetry Bus rolled through town last summer, you've got two fresh baked opportunities: Thursday at 7 pm Damian and Brooklyn's diacritic duo (okay, that doesn't even make sense) will be reading at Type Books, 883 Queen W. The next night, though, Tipsy offers a much more shimmery, feather-boa sort of lit event at Buddies in Bad Times called ONWARD HO! (Which my brain immediately Beckettizes into "Worstward Ho" but ignore my brain), a "crazy circus of a night" that starts at 7, ends at a reasonable 9:30 pm and includes not only the Matthews but the aforementioned Ken Babstock (either buying the rounds or drowning his sorrows), RM Vaughan, Zoe Whittall and Lisa Foad, Kevin Connolly, Emily Schultz, a.rawlings, and toute la gang. Coach House will have a poetic-sound "listening booth", the Test series will in some sense represent, there will be visual projections, a "raunchy musical soundtrack" and a Reading Tent, where poets will read one poem to one person in cozy confidence. Resistance is, of course, futile.

Finally I want to mention that Toronto writer Kevin Courrier is beating me handily to the 33 1/3 punch with the launch this coming Tuesday of his own entry in the series. Kevin's previously the author of a fine volume called Randy Newman's American Dreams (the basic reason my 33 1/3 book isn't about Newman's Good Old Boys) and another about Frank Zappa though I won't read books about Frank Zappa. Now he's taking on a real Sasquatch of a subject, that Rosetta Stone(d) of art-rock, Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica. Courrier seems to be carving out a niche in early-'70s California Warner-Reprise acts, with Zappa probably the linchpin - who's next? Tim Buckley? Tom Waits? The launch is at This Ain't the Rosedale Library, 8 pm Tuesday, free.

Some Matt Rohrer poems.

And a poem from Matthew Zapruder's book The Pyjamist.

CANADA

By Canada I have always been fascinated.
All that snow and acquiescing.
All that emptiness, all those butterflies
marshalled into an army of peace.
Moving north away from me
Canada has no border, away
like the state its northern border
withers into the skydome. In a world
full of mistrust and self-medication
I have always hated Canada.
It makes me feel like I'm shouting
at a child for letting a handful
of pine needles run through his fist.
Canada gets along with everyone
while I hang, a dark cloud
above the schoolyard. I know
we need war, all the skirmishes
to keep our borders where
we have placed them, all
the migration, all the difference.
Just like Canada the Dalai Lama
is now in Canada, and everyone
is fascinated. When they come
to visit me, no one ever leaves me
saying, the most touching thing
about him is he's so human.
Or, I was really glad to hear
so many positive ideas regardless
of the consequences expressed.
Or I could drink a case of you.
No one has ever pedaled
every inch of thousands of roads
through me to raise awareness
for my struggle for autonomy.
I have pity but no respect for others,
which according to certain religious leaders
is not compassion, just ordinary
love based on attitudes towards myself.
I wonder how long I can endure.
In Canada the leaves are falling.
When they do each one rustles
maybe to the white tailed deer
of sadness, and it's clear
that whole country does not exist
to make me feel crappy
like a candelabra hanging
above the prison world,
condemned to freely glow.

General | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, June 06 at 2:46 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

At Long Last

The Zoilus gig guide calendar has been updated, with fairly detailed listings for June and even a start at July. And what will you find therein? Cecil Taylor! The Rob Brown Trio! CSS! The Spanish Harlem Orchestra! Ozomatli! Keren Ann! Joe Boyd! Junior Boys! Dirty Dozen Brass Band! Rufus Wainwright! Tim Hecker! Hidden Cameras! Harborfront tropical festivals! Manu Chao! The Ex! Rickie Lee Jones! Antibalas! Vijay Iyer! The Boredoms! Toumani Dibante! Slint! Fred Eaglesmith! De La Soul!

Sounds summery, doesn't it? Well, except for that Tim Hecker.

POSTSCRIPT (Monday June 4): North by Northeast and Luminato listings now added to the schedule. Apologies for any and all typos. They probably won't be fixed. I'll have a few NXNE picks in the Globe and Mail this week too (coming out on Thurs. I believe - I'll let you know). Sorry for the current reduction of Zoilus to a listings rag. Blah blah book blah book blah book. I'd be eager to have any readers' reviews of the shows that I currently can't attend, like the Cecil Taylor show, tonight's Rob Brown show, or any of the others over in the sidebar or given double-star ratings in the gig guide. Just email.

ALSO: Having just dealt with NXNE mostly on my own, and with the Jazz Festival coming up, I realize that the post of Zoilus Listings Jazz Helper really should be filled. If you're available and interested (probably best if you're interested in improv and experimental jazz, this site's main focus, but with enough interest in more traditional and fusion jazz to watch those listings too), the job comes with a very small honorarium and the satisfaction of helping the artists find audiences. Amazingly, email works for this function too.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, May 29 at 9:12 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (5)

 

Amazing Tales: Davis's Blocks Bonanza,
Dixon's Girls Go Swing London

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A portrait of the artist, BJD, as a young bad-ass.

Zoilus's mancrush on friend, neighbour, writer and conceptual artist Brian Joseph Davis has been evident for years now, with such wonders springing from his temples as the Theodore Adorno punk-rock single, the "Greatest Hit" mashups, the "Banned Records Burned and Played" project, the "Yesterduh" beyond-karaoke experiment, The Portable Altamont and (with partner Emily Schultz) the Centre for Culture & Leisure - I'm worn out just listing them, and that's just some of BJD's creative hijinks. Now, I'm excited to announce that for the first time, all his music-related projects will be gathered together and released thanks to some of Zoilus's obviously-favourite people, the co-op-operated folks at Blocks Recording Club.

Brian's album will be called The Definitive Host, it will be formatted as (Blocks's first) book/cd package and it's coming out July 29. Besides most of the above, it will include two new pieces. As Brian says:

"Eula is a choral piece with lyrics adapted from Sony/BMG's notorious End User License Agreement. This score for four vocalists was composed in collaboration with Dawn Lewis of Sub-static recording artists Repair." (If I'm not mistaken, though I may be, it was sung by a choir of lawyers.)

Plus: "5 Box Sets Played on Fast Forward, Then Edited Into Songs: I used a consumer grade Hitachi CD player to turn hours of music into skittering sonic mulch (16 thousand automatic edits); I then assembled the samples using cheesy DJ software."

The release party is Friday Aug. 3 at Mercer Union, featuring a short live laptop set and then "a very live performance of Greatest Hit," in which copies of The Carpenters: The Singles will be loaded into 12 CD players and played by members of the audience. Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits might get the same treatment, time permitting.

Some new MP3s are already up on Brian's site. Eula will be posted July 1.

♥ ♥ ♥

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Sean Dixon plays a gas-can banjo (belonging incidentally to Michael Ondaatje)
at his "banjoree" book launch last month. Note the "HELIX" logo - roxx!

Other news that we can't let pass without a champagne toast: Zoilus's old friend Sean Dixon (possibly the only living person for whom I would sing in public) has just accepted a very generous offer from Harper Collins UK for the British rights to his new novel The Girls Who Saw Everything, just out from Coach House in Canada. I'll leave it to the literary gossip sheets to report how generous, but I'll say it's the kind of reward one always wishes but never dares hope would come to an artist who has persevered in pursuit of his distinctive voice and vision with great integrity for many years. I couldn't be happier to congratulate just about anyone for just about anything, with cheers, bravos and love.

| Posted by zoilus on Friday, May 25 at 2:25 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Guest Post: When Adult & Kid Worlds Collide

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While Carl scrambles with deadlines, friends step in to keep Zoilus fresh. Today it's Helen Spitzer, broadcaster, writer, omni-rocker and mom, discussing an event this weekend that puts the "all" in all ages. - CW

Thrills abound in the T-dot this weekend, but perhaps the thrillingest ticket is an afternoon show at the El Mocambo this Sunday. Hotter than Feist tickets! More sold-out than Amy Winehouse! It's Rock Plaza Central and a band of 10-year-olds called The Bunnies!

I'm impressed by what the Bunch ladies (Rebecca Brown and Lisa Kaplan) have kicked into action. In a little over a year they've conjured up an entire scene in Toronto around the notion of rocking out with your kids - first with their Family Dance Parties, and then with the "Indie for Kiddies" events (they kicked it off last August with the always already kidfriendly Bicycles). And while at some all-ages events people still look at you funny if you bring your 8-year-old, these shows truly are kid-centred - they keep it under 85 dB and babies get in free. Crawling babies at the El Mocambo, ladies and gents. When did this all happen?

It should be a no-brainer (and I was dying for this kinda thing 10 years ago) but I think it's the confluence of indie kids breeding and feminist mamas who aren't apologetic about wanting to have lives. I'm thrilled about this long overdue shift into parenting culture - and I'm not talking about smug hipsters still fretting about their cred.

I was chatting about this with Bunch co-founder Rebecca Brown at their Family Dance Party a few weeks back for a piece I've been working on for CBC Radio 3. Kids were breakdancing downstairs and DJ Fase was spinning, but we were upstairs comparing notes on France, where kids go out on the town with their parents and Barney never rears his insipid head. "It's a North American phenomena - this idea that there's a grownup world and a kid world," she said. It's so true - and I wonder if it has roots in darker cultural manoeuvres. Further research may prove me wrong, but I can't help thinking that a children's culture that infantilizes the parents grew out of the whole 1950s move of shooing women out of the bigger world and back into more appropriate spheres.

Theorizing aside, I'm just glad that this is happening now. Rebecca and Lisa are fab for so many reasons, but what I enjoyed about them most was the frank way they speak of bridging the chasm between kid world and adult world. Lisa: "When I had my first kid, I kind of switched into 'mommy mode' - and I was actually a bit sad. Why am I suddenly just a mom? Why does it have to be that we have to do everything just for our kids and not ourselves anymore?" Rebecca: "Toronto's such a vibrant city and sometimes when you're a parent you can get a little pushed out of that. We just wanted to elbow our way back in."

Elbow away, mamas! If you're just learning about this show for the first time here - well, it's long sold out - so I'll leave you this little taste of the Bicycles from last year, and a quick hit from a lady who never seems to have a problem navigating the two worlds, Zoilus fave Mimi Smartypants, whose cheeky smartness kind of reminds me of Carolyn Mark. - Helen Spitzer

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, May 25 at 1:53 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

T-Dot Thrillz Runneth Over

What a weekend: Three nights of Kids on TV (read Chris Randle's xlnt Eye profile)! Frog Eyes tonight - with Jewish Legend and Himalayan Bear (whom I hear are terrif)! Steve Reich Percussion Ensemble tonight (in the Cool Drummings festival)! Friday night: Chicago AACMer Ernest Dawkins at the Trane, Joel Plaskett at the Opera House, Republic of Safety at Stone's Place, Richie Hawtin at Mod Club, Kids on TV again! Saturday night, more Kids, more Cool Drummings, more Joel Plaskett, and the latest Extermination Music Night, this time taking its space-invader ethic where it's really needed, the suburbs! (Plus Feist, if that's your thing, and I must say, after listening to the new album with high hopes, I still don't think it's mine.)

Will I see any of these shows? No, I'm-a-gonna be chained to my desk. But you go and come back and tell me about them, please?

The June gig guide will go up tomorrow (Friday), by the way. Sorry for the strange delay that's left just a week's worth of guide on the pages this week, but that's the way things are right now. As a commenter in yesterday's post pointed out, if you don't yet know that Cecil Taylor is playing the St. Lawrence Centre on June 1, know it. We want that mutha sold out. T-dot-ba-doo-bwish-flarfla-bang represent. I don't think categories like "greatest living jazz musician" really compute - the great ones are kind of mutually incomparable - but if somebody jumped me in a shopping complex, dragged me into the washroom and started dunking my head in a toilet over and over until I said who's the greatest, I think Cecil's would be the name I'd spit out.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, May 24 at 12:09 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Nobody Takes Manhattan First Anymore...

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Bad news for Toronto, good news for Berlin: Stillepost chatter reveals that members of Kids on TV are moving to Berlin this summer, following in the allemanding footsteps of localz Joel Gibb (Hidden Cameras), Peaches, etc.: "these next shows were doing in may/june are going to be our last ones in Canada for a long time. We won't stop coming back but it will be a lot less frequently." The queer-dance-underwear-punx-party band has just put out its full-length debut Mixing Business with Pleasure on Blocks in Canada and Chicks On Speed Records on the rest of the planet Earth.

Read about the band here (how can you resist a profile that begins, "A pink plastic cock is pressed against Scott Kerr's cheek, blurring his black and white facepaint..."?) Zoilus Team Hunger Force action figure Chris Randle will also have a profile of the band in tomorrow's Eye. B(oot)log has a great set of tracks from KoTV's mashup set with Ohbijou on CBC Radio's Fuse (and B(oot)log's right, that show doesn't get enough credit - does it still exist?).

Below is the video for KoTV's Breakdance Hunx, but before you watch it, I must insist you go listen to Club Action by Yo Majesty from Tampa at their MySpace - I'm sure all the internetses were talking about this months ago or something but I've just heard it and it is the catchiest song released anywhere in the universe this year. Yep, more than anything under yer umber-ella-ella, and way more than Lip Gloss (which can, however, proudly claim to be the mostest so-dumb-it's-brilliant song of '07). CLUB ACTION. I officially declare summer open for gettin'-busyness.

And now back to the Hunks:

General | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, May 23 at 2:04 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Musique, Actuelley

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Koenji Hyakkei.

As the annual Victoriaville International Festival of Musique Actuelle gears up in Quebec, those of us Toronto-bound have the consolation of the double-ought-seven edition of the VTO fest, put together by the indispensible Ron Gaskin of Rough Idea and the Music Gallery. My apologies that the Zoilus gig guide mistakenly listed the opening show with the Netherlands' Corkestra for tonight rather than last night, but there are still two shows that should command your attention: On Friday at the Music Gallery, there's the local Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble along with Vancouver's Fond of Tigers (featuring violinist and Drip Audio mastermind Jesse Zubot). And most excitingly, Sunday at the Horseshoe, from Japan comes KoenjiHyakkei, led by Yoshida Tatsuya, the percussionist from the monster bass/drum duo Ruins; this band is a theatrically baroque prog-rock unit with soprano vocalist Yamamoto Kyoko, singing in an invented language that draws on the Zeuhl tradition of the almost-literally cult French band Magma, a band still reverently spoken of in Europe but oft-overlooked in North America (poker pro Steve Davis testifies). Matching Yamamoto's vocal gymnastics will be Toronto's own polyglot improvimentalist Christine Duncan in a new configuration of Barnyard Drama, her duo with drummer Jean Martin, this weekend featuring Brandon Valdivia (percussion), Nick Storring (laptop, cello, keyboard), Colin Fisher (sax and guitar) and Justin Haynes (guitar).

Not officially part of the fest, noise group Magik Markers is at the Boat on Sunday, the day after their Victo set. No reports of any other off-fest events yet - if you get wind of a surprise Anthony Braxton, Acid Mothers Gong, Kevin Blechdom/Eugene Chadbourne or John Tilbury gig in town, be sure to send word, hm?

Meanwhile, also around town, check out my colleague Robert Everett-Green's lovely profile of Dark Blue World vocalist Elizabeth Fischer from Vancouver, who I recall from my favourite Canadian feminist funk-punk band of the '80s and '90s, Animal Slaves. Robert also spills some glowing ink on the debut album by PEI's Jenn Grant, whom I've had on my mental to-check-out list for a while now.

And finally, as the Gilmore Girls comes to a close tonight (I'm just about to watch the finale), read friend-of-Zoilus Helen Spitzer's heart-tugging personal essay about the effect the show had on her own unconventional family, from the Toronto Star.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, May 15 at 10:01 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

A Little Off the Top
(Miscellany)

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In the future, every child will be given a pair of scissors and invited to shape our destinies. In the future, every child will be granted full citizenship rights; encouraged to vote, run for office and drive streetcars. In the future, children will teach and adults will learn; a playground will be built on every battlefield; and candy will be free. In the future, children will be powerful creatures able to cross the street without looking both ways, and hold their breath underwater forever and ever and ever. Darren O'Donnell

Darren O'Donnell is bringing his little masterpiece of social performance, Haircuts by Children, to Birmingham, England, next week, May 19-20. Maybe my favourite thing anyone in Toronto has created in the past couple of years.

Give or take a few Final Fantasy songs, of course. New stuff keeps popping up: Flare Gun (part of a compilation inspired by spam email), plus this terrif Polaris-finalist-teamup with Cadence Weapon for the CBC (including Owen's beautiful version of John Cale's Paris 1919), a live show in Kingston, Ont., a Montag track featuring Owen, the Stars remix... And you know of course about the ridikulonk hootenanny in NYC last weekend.

I'd heard a rumour about this but didn't quite believe it until a press release arrived today: Toronto's Andre Ethier (of the defunct Deadly Snakes) has been invited to - wait for it - sing the national anthem at a Major League Baseball game. Those who are (unlike me) knowledgeable about baseball might already have guessed that it's going to be an L.A. Dodgers game - a move inspired by the fact that Andre shares his name with Dodgers right-fielder Andre Ethier. I'm told the Dodgers got wind of the coincidence, had a cute idea, asked to hear some of our Andre's music and dug it, so they're flying him down to L.A. to sing O Canada when the Jays play the Dodgers on June 9. It seems like a bit of a psych to have a singer with the name of one of your players sing the other team's anthem - but on the other hand, A.E. brings a bit of hometown, so I guess it balances. Still, if the Dodgers had really listened to Ethier's very Dylanesque, Americana-styled solo work, it might musically have been better to get him to do the Star-Spangled Banner.

T-dotters, the gig guide continues to be updated; watch it and the sidebar for news, like the fact that Marc Ribot is returning May 18 to play with Italian singer-songwriter Vinicio Capossela. Second time this year! Second time I can't go! Is he dating somebody in Toronto all of a sudden, or is he just out to taunt me?

Tonight's Bitchin' improv session at the Gladstone Art Bar, including Eugene Martynec, Alan Bloor and other local improvimentalists, is going to be streamed live to the web via this site beginning at 8 pm.

Eye Daily reviewed the Arnold Dreyblatt show. (See interview below.) Just as I feared, since I couldn't go: "It was a big, joyful, almost overwhelming noise, maybe the greatest I'll hear all year."

Our pal Sean Michaels of Said the Gramophone has an interview with Will Sheff of Okkervil River in the new Believer. Hi'ly rec, natch.

Currently on TV: V.Mars has been watered down from noir to hot cocoa; Heroes and Sopranos are, in their different ways, ratcheting up the mind-fuckery; and Gilmore Girls is ending, simultaneously too soon and too late. The last half-season, from the splitup with Christopher on, has been, I think, the best sequence of episodes since... maybe, in fact, since Rory started college. But the story is ready to end. Too bad they didn't figure that out a year ago and plot it that way.

| Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, May 08 at 4:39 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (8)

 

T-Dot Thrillz: Cobra Cabana

Zoilus comrade-and-associate Misha Glouberman (best known as host of Trampoline Hall) is getting ready to do another of his sets of "classes," which are always fantastic intellectual exercise and delightful social blowouts all at the same time. In the past, I've studied group vocal-noise improv, "How to Get Really Good at Playing Charades," and the nature of happiness in Misha's series, which he teaches without ever seeming to be teaching.

The very best class I've ever done with Misha, though, was his one-night "Open Cobra" project, where somehow a huge room of mostly non-musicians learned to play John Zorn's 1980s "game piece" Cobra to a pretty decent level of competence, in a few hours. The whole thing unfolded like a little miracle. (Read an account of the night by Eye's Dave Morris.) The YouTube clip above shows Zorn and other NYC downtown '80s luminaries playing Cobra, from Derek Bailey's BBC series on improvisation.

Now, Misha is planning to do a longer (maybe six-part) version of that process. And though I can't take part (goddamn book deadlines), if you're in Toronto, I highly recommend you do. It's for performers and non-performers alike.

As Misha says, "I'm really interested in noise improv as a participatory activity that people can do for fun. You don't have to have done anything like this before, you just have to want to. The class will be entirely vocal - no instruments, just voice-noises. We'll spend some of the time working on general vocal-noise-improv, some working specifically on Cobra. I'm still finalizing the details of time (hope to start in the next few weeks), schedule (probably 6 or so consecutive Wednesdays or Tuesdays or something like that), price (some variation of PWYC), and place. If you might be interested in knowing more about the series, drop me a line. How/whether/when I can do this will depend on what I hear back from people, so if you might be interested, don't just wait to hear more news, email me and let me know."

So don't hesitate.

For another taste of Cobra's sting, you can check out Misha's "Open Cobra" collaborator Joe Sorbara's new monthly Cobra event with musician-participants from AIM Toronto, as part of the Now Lounge Sunday improv series, this Sunday, April 1 at 2 pm, pwyc.

Toronto turns out to be Grand Cobra Central. The Cobra Cabana. Who'd'a thunk?

| Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, March 28 at 12:18 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)

 

Now We Are 2
(Plus: Ornette!!!)

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The day's almost over and nobody has wished Zoilus a Happy Blogday. Oh well. No cake for you then. No, seriously, gratitude to all the readers who've made Zoilus such a pleasure to do.

Gotta say how sick with excitement I am to be seeing Ornette Coleman tomorrow night at Massey Hall. Torontonians, there are still tickets available. I know they're pricey, but it would be a gross collective error to let that surplus stand. The man is 75, and he helped revolutionize jazz music. These figures don't come along often. That's why I was a little disappointed with my colleague Mark Miller's interview with Ornette in the paper yesterday - why would an experienced jazz journalist be so thrown off by a jazzer's jive? Still, there was one significant quote that has people talking:

But his performing and recording activities have been intermittent - especially of late and evidently not as a matter of choice. "In music, you're only hired when someone activates the phone or writes you a letter," he observes .... "Only my son and my cousin have given me help to get jobs."

It's scandalous, the idea that Ornette Coleman is sitting around by the phone hoping to be invited to perform somewhere. On the local "jazztalk" discussion list, guitarist Tim Posgate related the story of asking Steve Lacy, "not long before he died, if he had any plans to come to Toronto, and he replied, 'If someone invites me I would love to come'. How many great artists, that have the ability to enhance, inspire and maybe even change our world are sitting at home because no one is calling?"

A good question that I'm afraid will go sadly begging for an answer more often than not. (Whatever became of last year's Toronto Progressive Jazz series, which was such a good step in this direction?) It's great that Massey Hall's programmers asked Ornette here, and a sold-out hall is what's needed to convince them to bring in such artists more often instead of Jack Johnson or some other asshole.

(Yeah, yeah, I'm sure he's very nice.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, October 28 at 6:14 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)

 

October, November, Novemberer
(Gig Guide!)

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Left to right, top to bottom: Oct. 28, Nov. 8, Nov. 5, Nov. 11-12, Nov. 13-15.

The Halloween(ish)-to-American-Thanksgiving(ish) live Toronto show calendar is up now! Additions and corrections always welcome.

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change - this is a casual effort, please do call the venues. Sources include the Stillepost.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, ListMe.ca, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note, Toronto Life and, as the saying goes, you - email or post in the comments with show information and disinformation.


FRI NOV. 4
* Leftover Daylight w/ COLIN FISHER, ELLEN WATERMAN, EVAN SHAW, ERIC CHENAUX, GEORDIE HALEY, RONDA RINDONE, SCOTT THOMSON, MICHAEL KEITH, ROB CLUTTON, NILAN PERERA, KEN ALDCROFT, JOE SORBARA, various groupings, three sets => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave., ste. 218, 9 pm, $6-$10
* WE ARE WOLVES, PEOPLE FOR AUDIO => Drake Hotel, $10
* That Crazy American Music w/ ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE => Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), $25-$35 (Nov 4-5)
* HABANA SAX => Lula Lounge, $25-30 (NOV. 2-6)
DEE KAYE IBOMEKA => Hugh's Room, $20
THE ROYAL CROWNS, THE RIDE THEORY => Horseshoe, $10
SHELDON ROURKE & THE LOADED TOY GUN => The Vatican, $5
THE GARDENS FAITHFUL (farewell show), FIFTH BUSINESS, guests => Rancho Relaxo
THE MARK INSIDE, ACTION MAKES, 100% WoOL => The Boat, $5
PALETTE (live turntablist improv) w/ VISION, DJ STEPTONE, NV, THE VINYL KILLER, DJ VETERAN => Trane Studio, $10
MARK EISENMAN TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St. (Nov 3-4)
Mark de Clive-Lowe's Free Soul Sessions w/ BEMB SEGU => Supermarket, $10
SUE FOLEY => Healey's, $12/$15
CANARY MINE cd release, DJ SCOOTZ, VANESSA JOHN AND THE BACHELORS => Rivoli, $10
ROB CAMPBELL QUARTET => Rex Hotel
DRAGONLORD, ECLIPSE ETERNAL, TRITON, VALKERIES CRY => Reverb, $20
AVENGED SEVENFOLD, SAOSIN, DEATH BY STEREO, OPIATE FOR THE MASSES => Kool Haus, 5 pm, $22.50
AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, LESLIE KINTON => Glenn Gould Studio, 8 pm, $10-$40
Carmina Burana w/ TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR => Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge), $35-$65
GENE DINOVI/DAVE YOUNG => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 3-5)
BELVEDERE, THE FULL BLAST, NIGHTS OF VIOLENCE => Kathedral, $12.50

SAT NOV. 5
** THE REVERIES (Rat Drifting improv trio) w/ JEAN MARTIN play the music of SADE (!) => Tranzac, 10 pm
** JENS LEKMAN, THE PHONEMES, STEVE SHIFFMAN & THE LAND OF NO, art by SHARY BOYLE => The Music Gallery, $8/$10
** QUINTRON & MISS PUSSY CAT, NO DYNAMICS => Silver Dollar, $10.50
* A Midautumn Night's Dream w/ RYAN BISHOPS, NATHAN LAWR, KATE MAKI, RUTH MINNIKIN, DALE MURRAY => Gladstone
* THE HOLMES BROTHERS => Horseshoe, $16.50
* That Crazy American Music w/ ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE => Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), $25-$35 (Nov 4-5)
* HABANA SAX => Lula Lounge, $25-30 (NOV. 2-6)
* TAAFI's BONER party w/ PEACHES, MC TEXASS, BIG PRIMPIN', SCOTT McEWAN/JOHN CAFFREY => Drake, 10 pm, $25
DARK RAVE v.69 w/ DJs B7, PHINK & LAZARUS, FRACTURED, MARA'S TORMENT => Funhaus, $5 b4 11 pm, $10 after
WOODPIGEON (w/ SANDRO PERRI, AARON BOOTH), JAMES ANDERSON (of Singing Saws), more => 78 Crawford St., potluck 6 pm, show 8 pm, free
RICHARD UNDERHILL QUARTET => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
Bright Lights Festival w/ ELBOW, THE DUKE SPIRIT, ISLANDS (ex-Unicorns), THE CALL UP (members of Dears, Stills), THE MELIGROVE BAND, STIRLING, THE COAST, more => Stone Distillery Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District, 55 Mill Street, 3 pm- 1 am, $25
BROTHER'S PAST => El Mocambo, $10
BIF NAKED => Phoenix, 6 pm, $20
BLACK DAHLIA MURDER => Reverb, $16
LINDI ORTEGA, TANISHA TAITT, KELLY GOODLAD => Victory Caf, $8
THE TREVOR FINLAY BAND => Healey's
Songs of Hope & Inspiration w/ TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS => Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen East), 3 pm, $25-$40
LINDA ORTEGA, TANISHA TAITT, KELLY GOODLAD => Victory Caf, $8
TORONTO SINFONIETTA FEAT. MATTHEW JASKIEWIZ => Calvin Presbyterian Church (26 Delisle), 7:30 pm, $30-$50
We Dance w/ DJ SNEAK's Birthday Beats, MARK FARINA, JUNIOR SANCHEZ, TEELOO'S KITCHEN, JASON HODGES, MISCHIEF AND FRANKIE, MARIO J & DOM G => 270 Spadina Ave., 10 pm-8 am, $30+
GENE DINOVI/DAVE YOUNG => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 3-5)
KUSH, NICK BROWNMAN ALI => Gypsy Co-op, $10
BIRDS OF WALES => Lee's Palace, $10
CATCH 22, SUICIDE MACHINES, FLATLINERS => Kathedral, $17
JANINE STOLL cd release w/ MR SOMETHING SOMETHING, LISA WINN, BRIAN MacMILLAN, ANGIE NUSSEY => NOW Lounge, 189 Church, $12-$20 (w/cd)
DJ Starting From Scratch's 15th Anniversary Gala w/ GLENN LEWIS, DIVINE BROWN, JACKSOUL, RAY ROBINSON, KARDINAL OFFISHALL, BLESSED => York Event Theatre (101 Eglinton East), $30
BUBBA & THE AGENTS OF GROOVE, MICHELINE CARONE => Dominion on Queen, $5
Dub & Beyond w/ UNDADOGG, NICK HOLDER, VERSION XCURSION => Andy Poolhall, free before 10 pm, $5 after
CAMERON FAMILY SINGERS => Cameron House
THE GUTTER DEMONS => Cadillac Lounge

SUN NOV. 6
* TAAFI panel on DEEJAYING URBAN INDUSTRIAL ROOTS FROM DETROIT TO DUSSELDORF => Drake, 4 pm, $6
* BROADCAST, GRAVENHURST => Lee's Palace, $15
* FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ARCANE => Opera House, 7 pm, $25
* PETULA CLARK => Hummingbird Centre, $39.50-$69.50
* HABANA SAX => Lula Lounge, $25-30 (NOV. 2-6)
* SISTERS OF SHEYNVILLE ("yiddish swing chick band"), SHAKSHUKA (Mediterranean groove fusion) => Gladstone, 7:30 pm, $10
* Wavelength 288: Ladyfest Ottawa Tour w/ COUGAR PARTY, THE MAYNARDS, LES ALUMETTES, DJ BANJORDIAN => Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
* COUNTRYPOLITANS, KEVIN QUAIN & THE MAD BASTARDS => Cameron House
ELLEN McILWAINE => Tranzac, 7:30
MODEY LEMON, THE APES => Horseshoe, $8
CONTINUUM presents "In The Asylum" => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $5-$20
Solo Piano Sundays w/ JOE SEALY => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
TORONTO ALL-STAR BIG BAND => Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront, 2-5 pm
AKADEMISKA SNGFRENINGEN => Hart House, 3 pm
BEN LEE => El Mocambo, $13.50
HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH => Phoenix, 7 pm, $30
BEVERLY TAFT QUARTET => the Rex, 3:30 pm, $5
Christos Hatzis's Sepulcher Of Life , Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace w/ ORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTO => Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen E), 3 pm. $10-$30

MON NOV. 7
* OKKERVILL RIVER, MINUS STORY => Lee's Palace, $10
* THE SHOUT OUT LOUDS, ESSEX GREEN => Mod Club, $13.50
* HILARIO DURN LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA => Mod Club, $20
* The See-Saw Sing-Songer Showcase w/ JON RAE FLETCHER, STU STOUT, GEOFF OLSON, WOODY JAMES => Supermarket, $4
OK GO! => Horseshoe, $13.50
SING THAT YELL THAT SPELL, VOLTAGE => The Bagel
ELANA McMURTRY, DAN FOURIER, ADAM WARNER => Cameron House
SERENA RYDER, JEEN O'BRIEN, JACK BREAKFAST => Mitzi's Sister
RUBEN ESGUERRA, CHIVA => Trane Studio
BIG SMOKE BAND => Dominion on Queen

TUES NOV. 8
** THE NO-NECK BLUES BAND, CCMC, THE DISGUISES => Music Gallery, $10-$12
** ROB CLUTTON => Tranzac, 8 pm
** CHIP TAYLOR & CARRIE RODRIGUEZ => Hugh's Room, $20
** SHOOTER JENNINGS (Waylon's kid), THE HIGH DIALS => Horseshoe, free
* CHRIS COOLE & ERYNN MARSHALL => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
* ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL => Tranzac, 10 pm
TOM WILSON/BOB LANOIS => Drake, 8 pm, $15
RIVER CITY TANLINES (Memphis, ex-Lost Sounds), more => Silver Dollar
RUN WITH THE KITTENS, LICKPENNY LOAFER => Cameron
SECRET ARCADE Tuesdays => The Bagel, 9 pm
The Ambient Ping w/ DREAMsTATE, LYNN HARRIGAN => Hacienda, 9 pm, pwyc
JANN ARDEN => Massey Hall, $49.50 (NOV. 8-12)
STEVE SINGH & HIS HOT SHIT BAND, guests => Cadillac Lounge, 10 pm (every Tues. in November)

WED NOV. 9
** KANYE WEST, FANTASIA, COMMON, KEYSHIA COLE => Air Canada Centre, $45.50-$69.50
** "JUST ACE OF SPADES" Red Cross Benefit w/ six hours of Motorhead's Ace of Spades marathon => The Boat, 8 pm-2 am, minimum pledge $5, downloadable pledge form @ http://www.indiepolitic.org
** THE UNDERHOLDE (Mia Sheard/Leah Salomaa/Chris Gartner/Ryan Granville-Martin/Tania Gill) presents a night of obscure covers w/ JILL BARBER, TORY CASSIS, DAVE CLARK, LORI CULLEN, LILY FROST, JOEL GIBB (The Hidden Cameras), DAN GOLDMAN, KURT SWINGHAMMER, ROYAL WOOD => The Rivoli, 8:30 pm, $10
* THE DINNER IS RUINED, guests => Tranzac, 10 pm, pwyc
* COHEED & CAMBRIA, BLOOD BROTHERS, DREDG, ME WITHOUT YOU => The Docks, $23.50
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS (bluegrass) => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* COL. TOM'S SWINGING DOORS, FRIENDLY RICH, more => Cameron
HUNTER VALENTINE, FLIPSIDE COLLECTIVE, J'S BASEMENT, WREN CITY CHURCHES, FOREVER COMES CRASHING => Reverb
KIRK MacDONALD-LORNE LOFSKY DUET => Dominion on Queen
JUNIOR MANCE/ARCHIE ALLEYNE/DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 9-12)
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALL-STARS => Lee's Palace, $17.50
JANN ARDEN => Massey Hall, $49.50 (NOV. 8-12)
EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY => Mod Club, $13.50
CHRISTINE BOUGIE TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, HELLA, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, HORSE THE BAND => Opera House, $20

THURS NOV. 10
** FINAL FANTASY/ NINJA HIGH SCHOOL/ HENRI FABERGE AND THE ADORABLES/ LAURA BARRETT => The Boat, $8
** TIGER LILIES, THE LOLLIPOP PEOPLE => Innis Town Hall U of T, $12 (all ages)
** 416 Improv Festival w/ OPEN HOUSE, QUORUM, THE EVERYTIME BAND, I HAVE EATEN THE CITY, hosted by David Dacks (CIUT/Exclaim) => Tranzac, 8 pm, $5
* KATHLEEN EDWARDS, JOEL PLASKETT => Phoenix, $18.50
* TOM VEK=> Drake Hotel, $15
* New Orleans fundraiser w/ C'MON => Bovine Sex Club
* ARRAYMUSIC cd launch, incl. pieces by JAMES TENNEY, CHRISTIAN WOLFF, JO KONDO, more => Lula Lounge, 9:30 p.m., $5-$20
* DAVID BUCHBINDER cd release, Shurum Burum Jazz Circus => Rex Hotel, 9:30 pm, $12 (Nov 10-11)
* Trumpet Is Jazz w/ LINA ALLEMANO, ADREAN FARRUGIA => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
IMMACULATE MACHINE, SPITFIRES & MAYFLOWERS, THE GUEST BEDROOM => Speakeasy
NINE INCH NAILS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 => Air Canada Centre (sold out)
Ciao Edie Roxx w/ CRACKPUPPY, DJ MARTA => Ciao Edie, 9 pm, band @ 11:45 pm, free
Open Door Music Festival w/ JILL BARBER, LADYBIRD SIDESHOW, D'BI YOUNG, KEVIN FOX, MIKE EVIN, AVRIL BENOIT => Mod Club, 7 pm, $15-$25
JUNIOR MANCE/ARCHIE ALLEYNE/DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 9-12)
HANSON => Kool Haus, $34.50
ADAM FRANKLIN of Swervedriver (solo) => The Old York,167 Niagara, $5
New Orleans Benefit w/ LES SIX, ARIEL, EDEN ANTS => El Mocambo, $5
JANN ARDEN => Massey Hall, $49.50 (NOV. 8-12)
BOHEMOTH, NECRONOMICOM, EXHUMED, WETWORK => Lee's Palace, $15
GRAND THEFT BUS => Rivoli, $10
THE CHARIOT, EVERGREEN TERRACE, STILL REMAINS, UNDERMINDED, TO CHERISH => Opera House, $12.50
THE KILLAZ, MINDBENDER => Supermarket, $5

FRI NOV. 11
** SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS => Horseshoe, $15
** 416 Improv Festival w/ WOODCHOPPERS ASSOCIATION, THE MIROBOLUS TRIO, ODRADEK, hosted by Mike Hansen (CKLN) => Tranzac, 10 pm, $5
* ANDREW BIRD => Revival, 783 College, $12.50
* DAVID BUCHBINDER cd release => Rex Hotel, 9:30 pm, $12 (Nov 10-11)
* Three-Hour Tour w/ DOC PICKLES, BEETHOVEN FRIEZE playing nautical songs => The Boat, $5
* MASTA ACE => Reverb, 9 pm
* LAILA BIALI TRIO => Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St. W., $15
* Trumpet Is Jazz w/ KEVIN TURCOTTE TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
* BELL ORCHESTRE (cd release), KEPLER => Music Gallery
AGNOSTIC FRONT, BRASS KNUCKLE THERAPY, more => Kathedral, $13.50
Pitter Patter Nights w/ IMMACULATE MACHINE, The Postage Stamps => Cameron House
CHILDREN OF BODOM, TRIVIUM, AMON AMARTH => Opera House, $25.50
SOULIVE => El Mocambo, $16.50 (also Nov. 12)
ANDREA HENRY, THE CRYSTAL SOUL BAND => Trane Studio, $10/$15
JUNIOR MANCE/ARCHIE ALLEYNE/DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 9-12)
JANN ARDEN => Massey Hall, $49.50 (Nov. 8-12)
CHRIS DE BURGH => Roy Thomson Hall, $59-$75
We Dance w/ DAVID MORALES, NEVIO, CARLO LIO & VINYL JUNKIES => 270 Spadina Ave., 1 am, $30
MATINEE SLIM & THE ULTRALIGHT ORCHESTRA, PETER KATZ => Mod Club, 8 pm, $12
Orbit Room 11th anniversary w/ALEX LIFESON, JACK SEMPLE, DAVE MURPHY BAND, THE DEXTERS => Orbit Room, $15
BEAT SOCIETY w/ MR. ATTIC, MOSS, AGILE, MARCO POLO, SUPASTITION, KING REIGN, ZAKI => Reverb, 9 pm, $15-$20
THE LIVING THINGS, THE ROPES => Drake, 11 pm

SAT NOV. 12
** 416 Improv Festival w/ CCMC + SCOTT THOMSON, NICK FRASER AND JUSTIN HAYNES ARE FAKING IT, KEN ALDCROFTS CONVERGENCE ENSEMBLE, RYAN DRIVERS FAKE NEW AGE MUSIC BAND, hosted by ZOILUS => Tranzac, 9 pm, $5
** SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS => Horseshoe, $15
* THE CRIBS, LONGWAVE, GIANT DRAG => Lee's Palace, $13.50
* Milk party w/ LADYTRON => Gypsy Co-op
* STEPHEN PARKINSON, ALLISON CAMERON compositions performed by MARTIN ARNOLD, ALLISON CAMERON, ERIC CHENAUX, EMILY PARKINSON, STEPHEN PARKINSON, MARCUS QUIN => Arraymusic, 60 Atlantic, $5
* MICHAEL FRANTI => Bloor Cinema, $24.50
* Trumpet Is Jazz w/ DAVID BUCHBINDER QUARTET => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
* RON DAVIS QUARTET w/ THE SHIMMERING RHYTHM ENSEMBLE => Isabel Bader Theatre (91 Charles West), 7:30 pm
JANN ARDEN => Massey Hall, $49.50 (NOV. 8-12)
New Music Concerts: A Scelsi Centenary w/ LOUISE BESSETTE, piano => Music Gallery (197 John), $5-$25
CHILDREN OF BODOM, TRIVIUM, AMON AMARTH => Opera House
SOULIVE => El Mocambo, $16.50 (also Nov. 11)
JUNIOR MANCE/ARCHIE ALLEYNE/DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 9-12)
Celebration of Long John Baldry w/ DANNY BROOKS, PAPA JOHN KING, MR RICK & THE BISCUITS, ROY YOUNG, GREG GODOVITZ, JOHN DICKIE & THE MISSISSIPPI HIPPIES, more => Hugh's Room, 8:30 pm, $20-$25
MATT MAYS & EL TORPEDO, THE NOVAKS => Opera House, $15
FIRE HYDRANT => Lot 16 (1136 Queen St. West), free
SIANSPHERIC, TOSHACK HIGHWAY => Drake Hotel
BUTCH WALKER, DAMONE => Mod Club, doors 7 pm, $13.50
SALSA SATURDAY w/ DIEGO MARULANDA + PACANDE => Lula Lounge, $10
Embryon Just 1 Fixx w/ ANALOG PUSSY, LOU CYPHER PROJECT, DEZTRO, EXT, DHARMA LAB => Funhaus, $10-$15

SUN NOV. 13
** JOHN CALE, PRIYA THOMAS => Lula Lounge, 6:30 pm doors, $25 (Nov. 13-15)
** Wavelength 289 w/ BRIAN BORCHERDT, MINSK MENSK, OHBIJOU, DJ SELECTIVE SERGERY => Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
* ART BRUT, THE DIABLEROS => Lee's Palace $12
AMERICAN ANALOG SET => Horseshoe, $12
HIM, FINCH, SKINDRED => Kool Haus, $23.50
OAR, MICHAEL TOLCHER => Opera House, $22.50
BACKWOOD JUSTICE, BARN OWL, RICHARD LAVIOLETTE, MEN WOMEN KIDS & BUFFALO, CHRIS YANG, FIN => Rancho Relaxo, 8:30 pm, $7
Solo Piano Sundays w/ GARY WILLIAMSON => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
KEN PERLMAN & ALAN JABBOUR => Tranzac, 7:30 pm

MON NOV. 14
** JOHN CALE, PRIYA THOMAS => Lula Lounge, doors 6:30 pm, $25 (Nov. 13-15)
* Open Mic w/ ALEX LUKASHEVSKY => Tranzac, 9:30 pm
ARCTIC MONKEYS => Lee's Palace, $10
GOGOGOAIRHEART, THE JOGGERS, DDMMYYYY => Sneaky Dee's, $8

TUES NOV. 15
** JOHN CALE, PRIYA THOMAS => Lula Lounge, doors 6:30 pm, $25 (Nov. 13-15)
* VIDEO GAMES LIVE (Orchestral Arrangements of Game Music, inc. Halo, Frogger, Everquest, Mario, Zelda, Tomb Raider, more) => Massey Hall, doors 7 pm, $39.50-$59.50
* BAD RELIGION, ANTI-FLAG, PROTEST THE HERO => Kool Haus, doors 7 pm, $34.50
* ILLUMINATI, MARK INSIDE, PRIESTESS, more => Horseshoe
GEORDIE HALEY TRIO => Tranzac, 10 pm
RICHARD UNDERHILL cd release => Montreal Bistro
The Ambient Ping w/ SOFTWARE, TOASTYBIRD VISUALS => Hacienda, 9 pm, pwyc
PHILOSOPHER KINGS => Mod Club, 8 pm, $21.50
THE CHOIRGIRLZ => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St., 8:30 pm, $10
STEVE SINGH & HIS HOT SHIT BAND, guests => Cadillac Lounge, 10 pm (every Tues. in November)

WED NOV. 16
* LOLLIPOP PEOPLE, JOHN OSWALD/SCOTT THOMSON, JOHN KAMEEL FARRAH => Cameron House, $6
* BAUHAUS => Kool Haus, $42.50
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS (bluegrass) => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* TERRY KING => Rex Hotel
* THE DINNER IS RUINED, more => Tranzac, 8:30 pm
SUNDAR VISWANATHAN/DAVID BRAID => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
THE IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS => Horseshoe, doors 9 pm, $8
Secret Arcade Tuesdays => The Bagel, 9 pm
ROSANNE AGASEE QUARTET => Montreal Bistro
Orthopedic Foundation jazz benefit w/ NORM AMADIO, TOMMY AMBROSE => Lula Lounge, 7 pm, $20
THE SILENT => The Horseshoe Tavern
The Venatio de Spero Fall Tour w/ GREELEY ESTATES, MY AMERICAN HEART, A CHANGE OF PACE, AGENT SPARKS, THE CONFESSION => El Mocambo, all ages, doors 7 pm, $15
THE MARIGOLDS w/ GWEN SWICK, CAITLIN HANFORD, SUZIE VINNICK => Hugh's Room, $14-$16

THUR NOV. 17
** LYLE LOVETT, JOHN HIATT, JOE ELY, GUY CLARK => Massey Hall, $49.50-$69.50
** PHOSOPHORESCENT, CASTANETS => Sneaky Dee's
** SOUR KEYS, VERMICIOUS KNID, BURDOCKS, GERMANS => Rancho Relaxo, 9 pm, $6
* RAINER MARIA, FIVE BLANK PAGES => Lee's Palace, $10
* Club Filth w/ DJS ARE NOT ROCKSTARS (w/PRINCESS SUPERSTAR, ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE) (NYC), MISS B-HAVE & WANNABEASTAR (NL), JOOST VAN BELLEN (NL), FRITZ HELDER & THE PHANTOMS, more => State Theatre, 69 Bathurst, 9 pm, $12.50 adv.
* NICK 'BROWNMAN' ALI TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St. (Nov 17-18)
IVAN BANFORD & COLIN ANTHONY => Tranzac, 10 pm
BORODIN QUARTET => George Westin Recital Hall (5040 Yonge), $35-$65
DAN MCVEIGH cd release => Hugh's Room, $10-$12
AMANDA MARTINEZ & EVARISTO MACHADO => Lula Lounge, 9 pm
JULIE MICHELS QUARTET => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 17-19)
JIM HILLMANS MERLIN FACTOR w/ TUKU => Rex Hotel (Nov 17-18)
EUGENE RIPPER'S FAST FOLK UNDERGROUND => Drake Hotel, 9 pm, $10

FRI NOV. 18
** DRUMHELLER => Tranzac, 10 pm
* THE FLESHTONES => Opera House, $10
* SARAH HARMER, THE WEAKERTHANS => Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front W, $30
* Rendezvous with Madness film festival presents THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON (documentary) => Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St. W., $8
* LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, THE JUAN MACLEAN, ARTHUR BAKER, SHIT ROBOT, KENNY GLASGOW, WILL MUNRO, A.D/D => Kool Haus, $25
* NICK ALI TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St. (Nov 17-18)
FRONT 242, GRAY AREA => Guvernment, doors 7 pm, $25
Mini-Shoegazer Fest 3 w/ AIDAN BAKER, OFF THE INTERNATIONAL RADAR, DIAGRAM & THE SLEEPING KINGS OF IONA => Sneaky Dee's, $5
MEMBERS OF THE PRESS , BLUESCREEN => El Mocambo $5
ANDREA HENRY, THE CRYSTAL SOUL BAND => Trane Studio, $10/$15
THE RIZDALES, ATOMIC 7 => Cadillac Lounge
JIM HILLMANS MERLIN FACTOR w/ TUKU => Rex Hotel (Nov 17-18)
APRIL WINE => Club 279, $20-$25
DROPKICK MURPHYS => Docks, doors 7:30 pm, $20.50. 416-870-7000.
AEROSMITH, LENNY KRAVITZ Air Canada Centre, doors 6:30 pm, $59.50-$119.50
ALL AMERICAN REJECTS, ROONEY, ACADEMY IS => Phoenix, doors 5 pm, $21
FOZZY, REASON DISAPPEARS => Opera House, $20
JULIE MICHELS QUARTET => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 17-19)
Cuban Fridays w/ CAFE CUBANO => Lula Lounge, $10
DARLENE, SWEETWATER WOMEN => The Kitchen (983 Victoria Park Ave)

SAT NOV. 19
* Small World Music presents THE DHOAD GYPSIES OF RAJASTHAN => Jane Mallet Theatre, 27 Front Street, 8 pm, $30
* Acoustic Harvest Folk Club w/ THE FOGGY HOGTOWN BOYS => Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd., 8 pm, $15
* RYAN DRIVER QUARTET => Tranzac, 10 pm
RIZDALES, ATOMIC 7 => Cadillac Lounge
BLACK KEYS => Opera House, $15
JENG YI (Korean drums) => Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles West), $15-$20
MASTA ACE, WORDSWORTH, DJ A VEE => Reverb, 9 pm, $22.50
KAMELOT, SEVEN WITCHES, PENETRATOR => Lee's Palace, $24.25
THE PLANET SMASHERS => Horseshoe, $10.50
Toronto Music Expo w/ JEFF HEALEY & THE JAZZ WIZARDS, KITTIE, ROSES IN THE SNOW => Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front West), 11 am-6 pm, $10 (Nov 19-20)
JULIE MICHELS QUARTET => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 17-19)
VICTOR BATEMAN QUINTET => Rex Hotel
Salsa Saturday w/ CACHE => Lula Lounge, $10
DARREN SIGESMUND QUINTET => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.

SUN NOV. 20
** COACH HOUSE BOOKS launches uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto w/ REPUBLIC OF SAFETY, FREE SCHOOL, more => Gladstone, 2-5 pm panels & activities, 8 pm-midnight music, $5
* Solo Piano Sundays w/ HILARIO DURAN => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
DR. DRAW => Hughs Room (Nov. 20-21)
Wavelength 290 w/ RAISE THEM & EAT THEM, THE VERTICAL STRUTS, DJ CHICKEN LEGS => Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
Toronto Music Expo w/ JEFF HEALEY & THE JAZZ WIZARDS, KITTIE, ROSES IN THE SNOW => Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front West), 11 am-6 pm, $10 (Nov 19-20)
BOBBY WATT => Tranzac
BARRY ROMBERG cd release => Rex Hotel
REEL BIG FISH, THE TOSSERS => Phoenix, $19.50

MON NOV. 21
* Grand Festival of Autumnal Happiness w/ "N" (Rob Clutton/Ryan Driver/Lina Allemano); A PEOPLE'S FAME (John Millard/Tania Gill/Jay Burr), SHUFFLE DEMON DUO (Rich Underhill/Stitch Wynston) => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St., 9 pm, $6-$10 (see also Nov. 27)
THE EFFECTS (Tulsa) => Silver Dollar
DR. DRAW => Hughs Room (Nov. 20-21)
NICK CUDA => Lula Lounge
Open Mic w/ BEN SURES => Tranzac, 9:30 pm

TUES NOV. 22
** In The Boneyard w/ THE HIDDEN CAMERAS & TORONTO DANCE THEATRE => Harbourfront, $17-$38 (adv. purchase recommended) (Nov 22-26)
** SHALABI EFFECT (Mtl), FEUEURMUSIC => Drake, 10:30 pm, $10
* EDGAR BREAU (ex-Simply Saucer) & TIM BUTLER (ex-Tim McB, Garble Rays) => Cameron House, $6
* BILL MAYS/TERRY CLARKE/NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 22- 26)
The Ambient Ping w/ SYLKEN, URM, ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES & GENERAL CHAOS VISUALS => Hacienda, 9 pm, pwyc
GREG HOBBS => Tranzac, 10 pm
KELLY PERRAS => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
STEVE SINGH & HIS HOT SHIT BAND, guests => Cadillac Lounge, 10 pm (every Tues. in November)

WED NOV. 23
** In The Boneyard w/ THE HIDDEN CAMERAS & TORONTO DANCE THEATRE => Harbourfront, $17-$38 (adv. purchase recommended) (Nov 22-26)
* LOLLIPOP PEOPLE, JAMIE WAYNE, SLY JUHAS DUO => Cameron House, $6
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS (bluegrass) => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* THE DINNER IS RUINED, more => Tranzac, 9 pm
* BILL MAYS/TERRY CLARKE/NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 22- 26)
* ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN => Carlu, $27.50-$30
* ERIC BOGLE => Hugh's Room, $25-$27.50 (Nov 23-24)
* MATT BRUBECK/DAVID MOTT => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
OTTMAR LIEBERT, LUNA NEGRA => Winter Garden Theatre, $49.50-$57.50
THE SMASH UP, YOUTHINASIA, WHEELS ON THE BUS => Drake, $10
JAMES BLUNT => Mod Club, 8 pm, $16.50

THUR NOV. 24
** In The Boneyard w/ THE HIDDEN CAMERAS & TORONTO DANCE THEATRE => Harbourfront, $17-$38 (adv. purchase recommended) (Nov 22-26)
* ERIC BOGLE => Hugh's Room, $25-$27.50 (Nov 23-24)
* BILL MAYS/TERRY CLARKE/NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 22-26)
* MARILYN LERNER'S MAD SATIE TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St. (Nov 24-25)
* THE MIGHTY GILL => Tranzac, 10 pm
* EAGLE & HAW, JAY BURNSTICK, NADJIWAN, WOLF PACK, TAGAQ => Silver Dollar, 9 pm
THE SHOW BIZ INDIANS, MARC NADJIWAN, host LORNE CARDINAL => Tranzac main hall, 8 pm
LES SIX => Reverb
BARENAKED LADIES, BUCK 65 => Massey Hall, doors 7:30 pm, $42.50-$69.50 (Nov 24-25)
DOXAS BROTHERS QUARTET => Rex Hotel (Nov 24-25)

FRI NOV. 25
** In The Boneyard w/ THE HIDDEN CAMERAS & TORONTO DANCE THEATRE => Harbourfront, $17-$38 (adv. purchase recommended) (Nov 22-26)
* BILL MAYS/TERRY CLARKE/NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 22-26)
* MARILYN LERNER'S MAD SATIE TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St. (Nov 24-25)
* DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac, 10 pm
DIONNE TAYLOR, PAT LaBARBRA => Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, 5040 Yonge, $40
The Bass Game w/ IDUBNEWYORK feat. RAS KUSH, DUB STYLIST, GNOSTIC ROCKET => Club Trinport, 249 Ossington, $10
FELIX DA HOUSECAT, KENNY GLASGOW => Mod Club
CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER => Spin Gallery, $10
LOWEST OF THE LOW => Horseshoe, $10.50 (Nov 25-26)
LES SIX => The Edge, free
RUSSELL WATSON => Roy Thomson Hall, 8 pm (doors 7 pm), $49.50-$69.50
TOBAGO SIGNAL HILL ALUMNI CHOIR => St Andrews Presbyterian Church (73 Simcoe), 7:30 pm, $30-$40 (Nov 25-26)
DOXAS BROTHERS QUARTET => Rex Hotel (Nov 24-25)
Salsa Friday w/ CACHE => Lula Lounge, $10
BARENAKED LADIES, BUCK 65 => Massey Hall, doors 7:30 pm, $42.50-$69.50 (Nov 24-25)

SAT NOV. 26
** In The Boneyard w/ THE HIDDEN CAMERAS & TORONTO DANCE THEATRE => Harbourfront, $17-$38 (adv. purchase recommended) (Nov 22-26)
** CONTINUOUS DICK (aka POLMO POLPO), TINKERTOY, ADAM MARSHALL => The Boat
** MARTIN ARNOLD & ERIC CHENAUX => Tranzac, 10 pm
** TORNGAT, HYLOZOISTS => The Boat
* ASHLEY MACISAAC cd release => Hugh's Room, $28-$30
* STYROFOAM, ALIAS, ESTHER DRANG => Rivoli
* BILL MAYS/TERRY CLARKE/NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro (Nov. 22-26)
Edge Electric Xmas w/ THEORY OF A DEADMAN, HURST => Opera House, $18.50
WOMENS BLUES REVUE w/ SUZIE McNEIL, LEE AARON, SALOME BEY, ROXANNE POTVIN, SHAKURA S'AIDA, DIONE TAYLOR, host SHELAGH ROGERS => Massey Hall, 8 p.m., $35$45
ECCODEK, DJ MEDICINEMAN => Drake, 9 pm, $15
HOUSE OF DOC => The Speakeasy, 120 Church St., 9 pm
TOBAGO SIGNAL HILL ALUMNI CHOIR => St Andrews Presbyterian Church (73 Simcoe), 7:30 pm, $30-$40 (Nov 25-26)
The Box Salon (readings/film/music/etc) w/ JASON CAMLOT, LINDA GRIFFITHS, KAREN HINES, IZABELLA PRUSKA, DAVID HYDE, DAVID MCGIMPSEY, MICHAEL TURNER, mystery rock band => Rivoli
Salsa Saturday w/ CAFE CUBANO => Lula Lounge, $10
THE LAWS => The Kitchen (983 Victoria Park Ave)
JAMES COTTON => Healey's, $20
MOST SERENE REPUBLIC, DEBASER => Lee's Palace, $10A Baroque Christmas w/ THE MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY =>Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton), $15-$20
JOSH RAGER SEXTET => Rex Hotel
LOWEST OF THE LOW => Horseshoe, $10.50 (Nov 25-26)
SCOTT MARSHALL TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
THE WEBER BROTHERS => Stone's Place, $10
THE DIABLEROS, UNCUT, LIPSTICK MACHINE => Sneaky Dee's, $10 (incl. CD)
ANDREW MACPHERSON, DJ MEDICINEMAN => Drake, $15
Toronto Wildlife Centre benefit w/ CARBONAS, DIABOLLOCKS, PANTYCHRIST, PSYCHOPATHOS, THE FALLOUT => Vatikan, 9 pm, $5

SUN NOV. 27
* Grand Festival of Autumnal Happiness w/ SELINA MARTIN, BOB FENTON, DON FRANCKS & THE TIM POSGATE HORNBAND => St. Andrew by-the-Lake, Toronto Island Church, 2 pm, $6-$10
* ROGUE WAVE => Lee's Palace, 9 pm, $10
* Solo Piano Sundays w/ DAVID BRAID => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
KONOVETS QUARTET (Russian male a capella ensemble) => Eglinton St. George's United Church (35 Lytton), 2:30 pm, $18
Wavelength 291 w/ LUNCHMEAT, FIVE BLANK PAGES, THE ACORN, DJ RYAN => Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
JOHN LEGEND => Massey Hall, $38.50-$57.50
LYNN MILES => Hugh's Room, $17-$19
BOB SEELEY/BOB BALDORI => Rex Hotel

MON NOV. 28
** BETTYE LAVETTE => Lees Palace, 8 pm, $15
* DAMIAN MARLEY => Guvernment, $32
RUNCIBLE SPOON cd release => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm, $10
SERAFIN w/ THE ROYAL JELLY ORCHESTRA, guests => Mod Club
Open Mic w/MIKE OVERTON => Tranzac, 9:30 pm

TUE NOV. 29
* DOUG TIELLI => Tranzac, 10 pm
The Ambient Ping w/ INSIDEAMIND, PHOLDE => Hacienda, 9 pm, pwyc
Fado Blues w/ CATARINA CARDEAL, MIKE SIRACUSA => Lula Lounge, 8:30 pm, $15
PIRATE JENNY => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.
STEVE SINGH & HIS HOT SHIT BAND, guests => Cadillac Lounge, 10 pm (every Tues. in November)

WED NOV. 30
** LOLLIPOP PEOPLE, BOB WISEMAN, HANK COLLECTIVE => Cameron House, $6
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS (bluegrass) => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* SARAH HARMER => Harbourfront, $31 (also Dec 1)
* THE DINNER IS RUINED, more => Tranzac, 10 pm
HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, SILVERSTEIN, BAYSIDE, AIDEN => Phoenix, $21.50
GARY BENSON/DUNCAN HOPKINS => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St.

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Au Revoir, Little Luca
(The Second Floor Will Never Be the Same!)

I've been decked-out with a cold virus the past couple of days - 'sbeen all I could do to meet regular deadlines, so no bloggery. But I wanted to pop in and wish a cheerio and a pip-pip to Luca aka Captain Easychord, who is about to take his grime-lovin' self off to Blighty in order (I'm guessin') to be closer to the action. But the T-dot will miss his reppin' for and spreading the seeds of the new grooves, for serious. Last chance tonight to catch his classic joint Expensive Shit, five bucks at the Boat on Augusta, with possible special guests and so forth. Me, I'll be working, so if you go, high-five the guy, buy him a drink and request some M.I.A. to bug his ass for me, wouldja? And tell him to keep in touch.

Elsewise - the Times plays catchup on the Do They Know It's Halloween story. Today's NOW puts my boys Tangiers on the cover, gets the lowdown on the Fiery Furnaces' grandma project and tells us Dunjen is pronounced Doo-yen, a fact one wishes would be mentioned in Eye's cover story on them. Eye does score, however, in getting the lowdown on the Fugees reunion and the New Pornographers-Broken Social Scene BEEF.

In other local news, a reminder of Saturday's event to help out Mike Hansen, who ran New Works Studio for quite awhile as a venue for experimental soundz in Toronto; he had to close it for personal reasons anyway, but first it got B&E;'d and burgled this summer. The event, at the Oasis from 5 pm till closing time, should be a great noisy-music night, tho it competes with the Hidden Cameras New Orleans benefit the same night - ah, too much charitas to go around. See the gig guide for further edification on all things live and local, all creatures great and small.

Now back to rockin' my pneumonia and boogie-woogyin' my flu.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, October 06 at 5:51 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (5)

 

'What I Really Need Now Is Ideas'

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The October concert schedule in this city is so insane - seriously, there's barely a night in the next month that there aren't battles for your love goin' on - that compiling the calendar has taken up all my spare time the past couple of days. Leavin' zis heah blawg bohh-rinnng, je sais je sais. Enjoy the above picture of Dan Destroyer Bejar singing in Vancouver meanwhile and jot over to Artblot for more of the same from the New Pornographers' show out there (they're due in Hogtown - does anyone still call this city that? - a week from Sunday). (Thanks to For The Records for the link.)

With the avalanche of (mostly) third albums this week from various highly hyped Toronto-based bands - Broken Social Scene, Constantines, Metric, Deadly Snakes, Tangiers - as well as the disbanding of Three Gut Records, it seems like a good moment for taking stock, and I hope to give the matter some consideration in the next couple of days. I'd be interested to hear your own theories.

Meanwhile I'm writing up an interview with the gentle and thoughtful Alejandro Escovedo for this Friday's 7 - the weekly entertainment tabloid in the Globe. I'm going to be doing mid-length show previews for them most weeks from here in, a less-stressful substitute for ye olde columnal duties. Links, comme d'habitude, will be posted here. (Sorry for the franglais introjections - i just finished that Godard biography at long last ... far from a definitive book, I'm afraid - worthwhile for fans, but not enough of either new information or new insight, just dribs and drabs of each, and certainly its treatments of the various films seem fitful.)

Last evening I attended night 2 of the fall Interface series with Achim Kauffman, Michael Moore, Dylan van der Schyff, and Wolter Wierbos at Arraymusic. (I believe my colleague Mark Miller will have a review of night 1 in Wednesday's Globe.) The Monday program featured a generous evening of five sets - three planned improvs followed by unannounced sets by the trio and the trio with Wierbos - happily, since I thought I wasn't going to get to see those combos this week. In fact I was too Monday-night bleary to give it proper attention, but Wierbos's solo trombone set certainly woke me up for awhile, a tremendously energetic and varied performance in which he often vamped a little to set up a pulse and then solo'd "over" himself - quite a trick for a single brass instrument. Not profound, but with great robust humanity. The first and third sets didn't really 'get' me. The drumming in each case was too busy/overbearing (Joe Sorbara's impulses were solid, but the dynamics evaded him) and I didn't find myself in love with Michael Moore as an improvisor - I enjoy his work in compositional form (especially his Bob Dylan cover albums) but didn't feel much spark from him on this particular Monday evening. On the other hand, Achim Kauffman was a beautifully liquid and assured pianist previously unfamiliar to me, reminding me how I am missing my piano while we are in our temporary digs. (Not that I can play remotely like that - he just spread the 88-fingered love.) Eric Chenaux was the ingenious burdock as always. I was pleased to see Matt Brubeck for the first time since witnessing his Oranj Symphonette in the nineties, though he seemed a bit out-of-water in that set. And Vancouver's Dylan van der Schiff is just a stupendous drummer, who had the volume issue totally under control and whose blows always fell gracefully (almost too gracefully?) on the ear. So there was plenty to enjoy, and no doubt I could have taken in more if my own spirit had been more willing - but the "interface" between locals and guests this particular night wasn't at its strongest. There's plenty of promise in the climax of the series tonight, so if you are in town and free, treat yourself.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:06 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Falling Into Place (Sept-Oct Gig Guide)


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Left to right, top to bottom: Oct. 29, Oct. 22, Oct 9;
Oct. 18-21, Oct. 4, Oct. 16, Oct. 27;
Oct. 10, Oct. 17.

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Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change - this is a casual effort, please do call the venues. Sources include the Stillepost.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, ListMe.ca, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note, Toronto Life and, as the saying goes, you - email or post in the comments with show information and disinformation.

FRI OCT 21
** THE SUN RA ARKESTRA => Lula Lounge, $30 (Oct 18-21)
** ENGLISH BEAT => Horseshoe. $25.50
* MIKE WEBSTER NONET (w/Kevin Turcotte, William Carn, Kelly Jefferson, Alex Dean, David Occhipinti)=> Rex Hotel (Oct 21-22)
* MISS KITTIN = > System Soundbar
* HOLY FUCK => Mod Club, $10
DJ FREDDY FRESH => Supermarket
THEE MORE SHALLOWS => Silver Dollar
BONNIE BRETT & MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Oct. 18-22)
DYNASTY, THE WORLD PROVIDER => Sneaky Dee's
FUNK SERVICE INTERNATIONAL => Gypsy Co-op
THE HEILLIG MANOEUVRE => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St
THE BLUE RAINCOATS => Rivoli
DEBASER cd release, THE EARLY MORNING, EVIL DOERS, PUT THE RIFLE DOWN => El Mocambo, $5
SONGS IN THE KEY OF TOM (A musical portrait of Tom Thomson) w/ DAVID SEREDA and friends => University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King's College Circle, 7:30 pm, $12-$15

SAT OCT 22
** FREAKWATER, CHRISTOPHER REES => El Mocambo, $12.50
* Exclaim! presents Four for Fall w/ SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT, LUKE DOUCET, THE FEMBOTS, WHITEY HOUSTON => Lee's Palace, $12-$14
* MIKE WEBSTER NONET (w/Kevin Turcotte, William Carn, Kelly Jefferson, Alex Dean, David Occhipinti)=> Rex Hotel (Oct 21-22)
Five Weeks For Coltrane 4 w/ THE DOUG RICHARDSON QUARTET, guests => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, doors 8, show 9 pm, $15-$20
NEIL SWAINSON QUARTET => Rex Hotel
BONNIE BRETT & MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Oct. 18-22)
MELISSA STYLIANOU TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St
Salsa Saturday W/ CACHE => Lula Lounge, $10
THE JIM YOSHII PILE-UP => Sneaky Dee's
I AN EYE, LO & THE MAGNETICS => Horseshoe, $6
JAKALOPE => Phoenix, 6 pm, $17.50
The Yellow Umbrella Tour w/ DUNCAN SHEIK, SARAH BETTENS, DAVID POE, CHRISTINE BAZE => Mod Club, $20
Acoustic Harvest Folk Club w/ BILL GARRETT & SUE LOTHROP => Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd., 8 pm, $15

SUN OCT 23
* Shameless Magazine launch & Halloween party w/ REPUBLIC OF SAFETY, COUGAR PARTY, horror-movie makeovers, more => Gladstone Hotel, noon-4 pm, $10 ($7 w/ costume)
* THE CLIENTELE, ANNIE HAYDEN => Lee's Palace, $10
* LIZ PHAIR, MATT POND PA => Phoenix, $20
* Wavelength 286: THE VERMICIOUS KNID, BEEF TERMINAL cd release, THOMAS & THE EVIL COMPUTER, DJ SEPARATE BILL => Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
* Pitter Patter presents THE POSTAGE STAMPS, OHBIJOU, NOW YR TAKEN => The Music Gallery, 6 pm, $10
HENRY ROLLINS => Convocation Hall, U of T
Solo Piano Sundays w/ JOHN ROBY (9 pm), BILL KING (10:15 pm) => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St
16th ANNUAL MASSED MILITARY BAND SPECTACULAR => Roy Thomson Hall, 2 p.m., $29-$63

MON OCT 24
* CSARDAS: THE TANGO OF THE EAST => Roy Thomson Hall, $35-$75
KAREN PLATO QUARTET => Montreal Bistro
RUBEN ESGUERRA & CHIVA => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, doors 8, show 9 pm, pwyc (every Monday)

TUES OCT 25
* THE COUP, LIFESAVAS => Reverb, $15
DRESDEN DOLLS, DEVOTCHKA, FAUN FABLES => Mod Club Theatre, 9 pm (doors 8 pm), $16.50
The Ambient Ping w/MARA'S TORMENT and AKUMU => Hacienda Lounge, 9 pm, pwyc
SLIPKNOT, AS I LAY DYING, UNEARTH => Air Canada Centre, $31-$49
VIENNA TENG => Drake, $15
STATUES, MALCOLM BAULD, TERROR LAKE => Sneaky Dee's
BRIAN BARLOW QUARTET w/ GUIDO BASSO => Montreal Bistro (Oct. 25-26)
Secret Arcade Tuesdays => The Bagel, 9 pm
Anything But Jazz Tuesdays w/ CEDAR AND SPRUCE => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St
Acoustic Soul Tuesdays => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, doors 8, show 9 pm, $5 (every Tues.)

WED OCT 26
* HILARIO DURAN TRIO, BETO CALETTI => Lula Lounge, $20
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS (bluegrass) => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* COLONEL TOM'S SWINGIN' DOORS => Cameron House, 7-9 pm, pwyc (every Wed)
SERENA RYDER, JUSTIN RUTLEDGE, MICHAEL JOHNSTON => Hugh's Room, $18-$20
THE HEMINGWAY SOLUTION => Lee's Palace
DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS => Opera House. $32.50 (Oct 26-27)
THRICE, THE BLED, VEDA => The Docks. $23
PETER TURNER QUARTET => Rex Hotel
BRIAN BARLOW QUARTET w/ GUIDO BASSO => Montreal Bistro (Oct. 25-26)
NATE RENNER & LAUREN FALLS => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St
NICK "BROWNMAN" ALI & THE ELECTRYC TRIO => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, doors 8, show 9 pm, pwyc (every Wed.)
KYE MARSHALL (cello), DANIEL IONESCO (guitar) => Mezzetta, 681 St Clair Ave W, 9 and 10 pm, $7

THURS OCT 27
* MATISYAHU (Hasidic reggae) => Lee's Palace, 8 pm, $20
* JASON KAHN/AKI ONDA, SANDRO PERRI/NILAN PERERA, STEVE BATES/JASON TAIT (Weakerthans/Fembots) => Tranzac, pwyc
* 2nd Annual Chet Baker Tribute w/ PAUL BAKER, DANNY DEPOE'S ALL STAR QUINTET, HAROLD DANKO => Lula Lounge, 7 pm, $20
DULCE PONTES (Portugal) => Roy Thomson Hall, 8 pm, $30-$90
MIN RAGER QUARTET => Rex Hotel (Oct 27-28)
ESPRIT ORCHESTRA (playing R. Murray Schafer, Harry Freedman, Marc-Andr Dalbavie, Jos Evangelista) => Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front East, $10-$32
Trane In Session w/ WALEED ABDULHAMID, KWANZA MZINGA, BRUCE CASSIDY & THE AFRICAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, doors 8, show 9 pm, $10 (also Oct 13)
RASPUTINA => Mod Club, 7 pm, $16.50
DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS => Opera House. $32.50 (Oct 26-27)
BRIAN BARLOW QUINTET => Montreal Bistro (Oct. 27-29)
FRED DULIGAL TRIO => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St
HOSTILE TAKEOVER => Sneaky Dee's

FRI OCT 28
** Pop Avant series w/ JON-RAE & THE RIVER (w/ 17-piece choir!), THE SILT, CASTLEMUSIC => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $8-$10
** OPETH => Opera House, $32
* Carnival of Curiosities w/ LENNI JABOUR, DIANA OBSCURA, ALLISON RICE & AIDAN ORANGE, HEEBEE GEEBEES, THE HAUNTED BURLESQUE DANCERS, guest DJ RUSSELL SMITH, DJ AKUMU => Great Hall (1087 Queen West), 8 pm to 1 am, $15
* TRICKY WOO, STARVIN HUNGRY => Horseshoe, $8
* CLUB V w/ guests tba => Lee's Palace
* Darker Rave w/ UNITUS (dtrash/dross:tik) vs. CRUSHKILL (hmcr) live, VINYL VANDAL (hmcruk) [uk], SKEETER (hmcr/smerk), C64 (dross:tik), ORBZ (32 division) => Gladstone, 9 pm, $5 (prizes for costumes)
MIN RAGER QUARTET => Rex Hotel (Oct 27-28)
BASSNECTAR, WASABI COLLECTIVE, DJ ROLLIN CASH => El Mocambo, $17
JAMIROQUAI => Kool Haus, $41.25
BRIAN BARLOW QUINTET => Montreal Bistro (Oct. 27-29)
SHANNON GUNN & BRIAN DICKINSON => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St
MARK PATTERSON ALTERNATIVE JAZZ QUARTET => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, doors 8, show 9 pm, $8
Cuban Fridays w/ CAFE CUBANO => Lula Lounge, $10

SAT OCT 29
** ORNETTE COLEMAN => Massey Hall, $89.50$39.50
* Pornoween w/ THE CHINESE STARS, MAHI MAHI, guests => Metro Adult Cinema, $10
* QUEER JEWISH WEDDINGS w/ MARILYN LERNER, ADRIENNE COOPER, FRANK LONDON, LORIN SKLAMBERG, SARA FELDER => Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave., $10
THE SILVER HEARTS => Rivoli
SUFFOCATION, CRYPTOPSY, DESPISED ICON, ABORTED => Opera House, $25
Vague Terrain presents KERO, NAW, DES CAILLOUX ET DU CARBONE => Art Bar at the Gladstone Hotel, 9 pm, $5
BLACK HALOS, ILLUMINATI => Horseshoe
JAZZ FOR HERBIE fourth annual benefit for Sick Kids' Hospital => Rex Hotel, noon-6 pm, $20 min. donation
THE FORGOTTEN REBELS => Lee's Palace, $10
SAVES THE DAY, SENSES FAIL, EARLY NOVEMBER, SAY ANYTHING => The Docks, $23.50
TESLA => Phoenix, $29.50
THE GROUP SOUNDS (NYC), UNCUT, DJ NNY + Guests => The Social, $10
Five Weeks For Coltrane 5 w/ THE DOUG RICHARDSON QUARTET, guests => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, doors 8, show 9 pm, $15-$20
CHRIS GALE QUINTET => Rex Hotel
BRIAN BARLOW QUINTET => Montreal Bistro (Oct. 27-29)
BOB BROUGH QUARTET => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St
DAVID CALZADO Y SU CHARANGA HABANERA => Lula Lounge, $35
JOHNNY RAWLS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $18
VAUX => El Mocambo, $10

SUN OCT 30
** STEVE REICH & FRIENDS => MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen's Park Crescent, $25-$40
* Wavelength 287: evil halloween costume party w/ ROBOCOPP, RIGOR MORTIS GOT ME DOWN (five-part zombie musical!), DJ WEST EYES
=> Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
* THE GO! TEAM, THE GRATES => The Phoenix, $18.50
* The Composer Now w/ JOSEPH PETRIC (accordion), PENDERECKI STRING QUARTET => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $5-$15
Solo Piano Sundays w/ TANIA GILL (9 pm), BILL WESTCOTT (10:15 pm) => The Red Guitar, 603 Markham St
AFRICAN SPIRIT DRUMMING => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, doors 8, show 9 pm, $10
CHRIS MCKHOOL cd release => Hugh's Room, 2 pm, $10-$12
Ghosts, Goblins And Things That Go Bump In The Night! w/ TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS => Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair West, 4 pm, $25-$40
GENITORTURES => Lee's Palace
STAIND, DEFAULT => Kool Haus, $33.75

MON OCT 31
* KARDINAL OFFISHAL => Mod Club, 8 pm, $15
YORK JAZZ ENSEMBLE (big band) => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, doors 8, show 9 pm, pwyc

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Sunday, September 25 at 6:36 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (7)

 

Robert Zend's Toronto



A City of Two Kinds

There are two kinds of cities:

where you can live
but you can't make a living;

where you can make a living
but you can't live;

Toronto is almost both of them.

- Robert Zend; July 16, 1972; from Beyond Labels (Hounslow Press).


Robert Zend was a Hungarian writer who moved to Canada in, of course, 1956, and died 20 years ago this week, in 1985. He was by all accounts a remarkably free spirit and contributor to Toronto's experimental literary culture in the 1960s and 1970s (the above is not a representative example), and by direct evidence a marvelous phrasemaker. Mrs. Zoilus is reading this afternoon at a memorial service (he was a family friend). This is a piece Zend wrote in 1972 as part of a sequence in which he struggled with his feelings about his adopted city; it's remarkable how, for all of the tremendous change the place has gone through, this still feels exactly right. I think of it particularly as describing Toronto's relation to its triangulated cousins, Montreal and New York.

The Writ | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, September 24 at 3:05 PM | Linking Posts

 

Tora! Tora! Toronto! ...
And Otherwheres

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So much going on. There will be a gig guide update this afternoon with the first couple of weeks of October added - a preview of the wonders of the upcoming Zoilus refurbishment which will give the guide its own standalone page. (But I use the term "upcoming" advisedly... maana, maana.) First things first though:

I'll be talking as part of a Toronto bloggers' panel at this Sunday's Word on the Street, at 4:15 in the "Beyond the Page" tent, in the southeast corner of Queen's Park, discussing how blogging helps knit a community. Besides Carl of Zoilus, the knights of this roundtable will include Sarah of Torontoist, Robert of Reading Toronto and Sam of Daily Dose of Imagery. Our king will be Matt B, the potentate of the droll M@B strip, of Spacing magazine (the print wing of the Toronto Public Space Committee) and its new Spacing Wire blog as well as Matt's own Matt B Images photoblog. Yeah, this mutha's earned his crown. The panel's only about a half-hour long, so don't dally. Come say hey.

Additions: This Pop Montreal ad does a pretty good job of supplying the persuasion I sought earlier. Due to the fire etc. I can't go, but now I think I would.

Cat & Girl does it again with Girl's new band, The Upper-Middle Class: "Well I saw her face/ Now I read The Believer." (Speaking of which, there's an interview with Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo up there today.)

In a related development, the new David Grubbs album is a collaboration with the poet Susan Howe, which strikes me as one of the most promising examples of "lit. rock" in an age: Both of them do nonlinear work, but it seems to me impossible to subject to a straight translation (why? well, here's a sample of one of the Howe works they're setting to music - see?) - which means the works will have to be wholly reinvented as musical pieces, and thus should genuinely be musical pieces.

In other news: Are the Comments broken or something? The readership stats are hitting new highs and yet you're all so quiet ... How did you like that Kate Bush single, for instance?

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, September 23 at 1:21 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)

 

Jandek Live in Torontopia?

Rumour of the day: Jandek live show in Toronto in the works???? (See Zoiluses past on Jandek - just the tail-end of that column, actually.)

And here's a bit cut for space from my Essential Tracks list coming out tomorrow in The Globe and Mail:

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The Mountain Goats, from Down in a Mirror: A Second Tribute to Jandek (http://www.summerstepsrecords.com)
This menacing Pandoras-box parable fittingly introduces the weird world of Houston recluse Jandek, who has self-released 42 harrowing albums since 1978 and recently shocked followers by making live appearances. Singer John Darnielle has reinvented his vocal style markedly for his contribution to this second anthology of indie-rockers Jandek covers, which also includes Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, September 22 at 6:56 PM | Linking Posts

 

Kicked to the Ground

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Sleater-Kinney, not coming soon to a CNE-grounds music festival near you (or at least not near me).

So for the second year in a row, a well-programmed summer-season music festival at the CNE grounds in Toronto has been deep-sixed. Yeah, I'm talkin' about Ear to the Ground, which was to have featured everyone from Sleater-Kinney to the Hidden Cameras (see crossed-out entries in the gig guide), is no more. Brief flailing attempts to schedule compensatory club shows have gone nowhere. There looks to still be an okay show Thurs at the Gladstone and I think also Friday at the Phoenix (the latter put together by Dan Burke rather than by the festival organizers, w/ Ninja High School, RJD2, Kid Koala, Zoobombs). Too bad - the festival had a good blend of acts (i.e. it was not all rock, which is a shock in this town's music-festival biz - there were good electronics and hip-hop/r&b; components) and a high quality average. Mixing with the CNE does not look to be a good bet for festival promoters. But neither does getting in over your head financially. Bads on both sides? Seems like it.

Speaking of festivals: Can anyone make a convincing argument about why anyone from Toronto would drive up for Pop Montreal this year (aside from just to hang out)? I don't see much on the schedule that persuades me I'll miss out on musical essentials if I don't go. What do you think?

Meanwhile the benefitingest of New Orleans benefits is on tonight at the Comfort Zone, again organized by the inimitable Dan Burke and featuring the aforementioned High School of the Ninjas along with Don Matsuo of the Zoobombs, Anagram, Camouflage Nights, Lenin i Shumov, Clydesdale, Passionate Man and DJ Selective Sergery. 8 pm, $10 (or more if you like). Do it! (And if that's a bit too high-volume for you - Zoilus pal Ryan Kamstra is opening for the New Kings tonight at the Cameron House at 9 pm sharp.)

Sorry for the exclusively local-functional content. Post-fire-brain needs to evolve back up to the intellectual state of humanity after the invention of the written word before I can actually write about ideas again.

News | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, September 14 at 3:57 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)

 

September Songs (Toronto Gig Guide)

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At last, at last the official September Toronto show guide is here (on the flip). It's a packed month: Action gets active as soon as 15 minutes ago (Fembots in-store at Soundscapes) and tomorrow night with K Recs indie-grrrl dreamboat The Blow (Khaela and friends, pictured above in their new video) at, fittingly, the Boat [Update: Correction! Not till Oct. 7! Geez!], followed by Xiu Xiu with Frog Eyes at the Gladstone on Thursday, the AACM-toasting Guelph Jazz Festival all weekend (with live Zoilus coverage Friday and Saturday), the Tranzac open house festival all day Saturday (with the creme de la weird of Torontopian improv'ers and others), the Fifth Column tribute show that same night, Portastatic (ex-Superchunk) with Tenement Halls (ex-Rock*a*Teens) on Monday, Blackalicious on Tuesday, 13 and God (Notwist-meets-Themselves) on Sept. 15, etc.

If it goes forward, the Ear to the Ground festival will be the month's indie highlight, featuring sets by everybody from K'Naan to the Hidden Cameras to Joel Plaskett to Polmo Polpo to Sleater-Kinney, Sept. 16-18. Unfortunately, the CNE venue is known for keeping festivals in precarious positions. I'll try to keep you updated. Sept. 17 also brings the daunting noise-vortices of Acid Mothers Temple with Wolf Eyes. On Sept. 20, blogland's equivalent of Marianne, Annie, is in town with Royksopp; blogland's equivalent of Jake the Snake Roberts (that'd be Warren Kinsella) takes the stage at Sneaky Dee's; and Numbers returns alongside the collective known as Hank. One of my most anticipated shows of the month comes Sept. 22 when Seu Jorge (see Zoiluses passim) is at the Lula Lounge, and the next night it's George Jones (tho I haven't really heard good things about his shows this millennium) and the CD release for the Fembots.

Ken Vandermark is back in town Sept. 24 with his FME ensemble, while The Gossip scandalizes X-Space. From Sept 25-27, we'll be graced with guest improvisors from Amsterdam and Vancouver in the latest Interplay series, featuring the likes of Michael Moore, Wolter Wiebos, Dylan Van Der Schyff and Achim Kaufmann matching wits with Toronto's improv community. Ted Leo is here again Sept. 29. And no doubt there's more to come. (Update: Such as the surprise late-night label showcases at the Drake during the Film Fest, including Three Guts and Arts & Crafts nights.) The calendar will be updated continually throughout the month. See you in the crowd [...]

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change - this is a casual effort, please do call the venues. Sources include the Stillepost.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, ListMe.ca, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note, Toronto Life and, as the saying goes, you - email or post in the comments with show information and disinformation.

FRI. SEPT. 23
** GEORGE JONES, Ronnie Prophet => Massey Hall, $49.50-$79.50
** THE FEMBOTS cd release, NEW BUFFALO => Supermarket, $10
* Leftover Daylight w/ PAUL DUTTON/MICHAEL KEITH/JOE SORBARA/NICK STORRING; JOHN WILSON/PAUL NEWMAN/DAVID FISH; ALLISON CAMERON/RYAN DRIVER/STEPHEN PARKINSON => Arraymusic Studio (60 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 218), 9 pm, $10
* DAVE CLARK'S WOODSHED ORCHESTRA cd release w/ Runcible Spoon, Tania Gill, Monica Fedrigo, Pam Bettger, Julia Hambleton, Lina Allemano, Mike Overton, Blake Howard, Joe Lapinski => Tranzac, 10 pm, pwyc
* DEADLY SNAKES cd release, NO DYNAMICS => Lee's Palace, $8
* PHOSPHORESCENT, DOC PICKLES, DRUMS & TUBA => Sneaky Dee's, 9 pm, $10
* T. RAUMSCHMIERE => Mod Club
* MELISSA STYLIANOU TRIO, THE REX'S ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO JOHN COLTRANE => Rex Hotel (Sept 22-24)
FOUR TET, HOT CHIP, KOUSHIK => Horseshoe, $15
NICK ALI presents FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES => Trane Studio (every Fri. in Sept.)
TRIO MUO (Glen Hall/Michael Morse/Joe Sorbara, cd launch) => The Red Guitar
MIDIVAL PUNDITZ (Small World Music Festival) => Gypsy Co-op, 10 pm, $15
MY DAD VS YOURS, THE AIRFIELDS, I AM ROBOT & PROUD => The Bagel, $6
TOWERS OF LONDON => El Mocambo, $10.50
DINI PETTY => Hugh's Room (and Sept. 24)
MISERY => Opera House, $25
Indie week w/ CANNON FODDER, BULLMOOSE, GLENDORA, LES SIX, THE LAST SHOW => Bovine
Indie week w/ AFFLATUS, GRAND:PM, CHRIS BOTTOMLEY, WORD PEOPLE => Brunswick House
Indie week w/ JP SUNGA, NOAH VACHON, AMY CRAZE, DAN GORDON, THE COMPLEMENTS => Cameron
Indie Week w/ JEN WOODHOUSE, WHITFIELD, STRADA, NATIONAL SOUND, GIRL & THE MACHINE, REFLECTION STATIC, JEEN O'BRIEN, I AN EYE, NADINE MEDAWAR => Drake
Indie Week w/ KAREN KOSOWSKI, ALICIA GLANN, ERIC AZ, SNAKES & MUSIC, PETER KATZ => Holy Joe's
Indie Week w/ EVERLEA, PLANESIDE, BREADFAN, DEADBOLT ZEN, FAITHDOWN, THE FIRST TIME => Kathedral
Indie Week w/ DELICA, PLAJIA, ILL ATTIRE, CONFUSION IN STEREO, ANNIQUE, ICTUS => Neutral
Indie Week w/ THE LUDES, THE COAST, THEME SONG FOR A CENTURY, ONSWITCH, more => Reverb
Indie Week w/ AIDAN, THE LORRIES, BLUE VENUS, THE STRAITS, LEN'S HAULAGE, THE AWESOME TEAM (not to be confused with Awesome) => Silver Dollar
Cuban Fridays w/ CAFE CUBANO => Lula Lounge, dance class 9 pm, show 10 pm, $10
LIGHTHOUSE, DAVID RUDDER, NEU JENARASHUN => Harbourfront
Pitter Patter w/ YELLOW WOOD, IN TRANSIT, ROMEO LIQUOR STORE, YOU SAY PARTY WE SAY DIE => O'Grady's, pwyc
BOB BARNARD/JOHN SHERIDAN/DON VICKERY => Montreal Bistro (Sept 21-24)THE HUMAN STORY (w/ Erin Costello) => Music Gallery, $5-$15
FREEBURN, THE DHARMA BODY, EKA TREE => Vatikan

SAT SEPT. 24
** FME (Ken Vandermark, Paul Nilssen Love, Nate McBride) => NOW Lounge, $15
** THE GOSSIP, WE ARE WOLVES, BUSH LEAGUE => X-Space, 303 Augusta, $12
* ACEYALONE, BUKUE ONE, MR. NEWZ, DJ BRYX, DJ SERIOUS => Drake Underground, 10:30 pm, $15
* DAVID "FATHEAD" NEWMAN => Isabel Bader Theatre
* RYAN DRIVER QUARTET => Tranzac, 10 pm
* BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, MARK GARDENER => Phoenix, 6 pm, $20
* ED VOKURKA SWING ENSEMBLE, JEROME GODBOO, RUNCIBLE SPOON, THE REX'S ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO JOHN COLTRANE => Rex Hotel (Sept 22-24)
Vague Terrain w/ GRANNY'ARK, NAW, AKUMU => Art Bar at The Gladstone Hotel
BOY => Horseshoe
THE HUMAN STORY (w/ Erin Costello) => Music Gallery, $5-$15
NICK ALI TRIO => The Red Guitar
THE NEW KINGS, THE WHOREMOANS, RADICAL CHEERLEADERS, PUNK KARAOKE => Adrift, 299 Augusta, $5
GOSPEL EXPOSION w/ CALYPSO ROSE, ROKISHA LEWIS, SECRET PLACE, KARL HUTCHINGSON, NIGEL SOYER, more => Bloor Collegiate High School (1141 Dufferin), 7 pm, $25
TERRY YOUNG, ROB RITCHIE (ex-Tanglefoot) cd launch => Birchcliff Bluffs United Church (33 East Rd.), 8 pm, $15
BOB BARNARD/JOHN SHERIDAN/DON VICKERY => Montreal Bistro (Sept 21-24)A MOVING SOUND (Small World Music Festival) => Jivamukti Yoga Studio (5 Shuter), 8 pm, $15-20
LURA (Cape Verde; Small World Music Festival) followed by Salsa Saturday w/ ENERGIA LATINA => Lula Lounge, 8 pm, $15-$20
THORNLEY => Lee's Palace, $20
Gaither Homecoming Concert w/ BILL GAITHER, THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND, JESSY DIXON, JEFF & SHERI EASTER, ANTHONY BURGER, LYNDA RANDLE, BOOTH BROTHERS, SIGNATURE SOUND QUARTET, IVAN PARKER, RUSS TAFF, THE ISAACS, MARK LOWRY, JEFF ALLEN, KEVIN WILLIANS, MIKE ALLEN, BEN SPEER dvd taping => Air Canada Centre, doors 4:30 pm, $29.50-$49.50
Indie Week Merch Fair, Panels, Finals Night => Reverb/Holy Joe's
RAOUL & THE BIG TIME's "HARMONICA STANDOFF" => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $10

SUN SEPT. 25
** Lecture by MARTIN ARNOLD "Improvisation & Narrative" as part of the Interplay festival => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave., no. 218, NOON, free
** Interplay w/ JOUST (John Oswald/Scott Thomson)/DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF , WOLTER WIERBOS/KEN ALDCROFT, MICHAEL MOORE/LINA ALLEMANO/NICK FRASER/ANDREW DOWNING => Arraymusic Studio, #218- 60 Atlantic Ave. Toronto, 9 pm, $15 (Sept 25-27, 3-night pass $30)
* JENNY WHITELEY & JOEY WRIGHT => Tranzac main hall, 7:30 pm
* NEW ORLEANS BENEFIT w/ KEVIN CLARK, DENIS KELDIE, JANE BUNNETT, CHRISTOPHER PLOCK, NICK ALI, LAURA HUBERT, TOM McDERMOTT, more => Fermenting Room, 55 Mill (Distillery District), $20
* LENIN I SHUMOV, GERMANS, THE GUEST BEDROOM => Polish Legion Hall,
2032 Dundas Street West, 9 pm
TRIO JOURBAN (Small World Music Festival) => Lula Lounge, 8 pm, $20-$25
HEARTLESS BASTARDS => Horseshoe, $10
Wavelength 282 w/ HENRI FABERGE AND THE ADORABLES, THE SUMMERLAD, MAHOGANY FROG, DJ LOUIS PRIMO => Sneaky Dee's
Solo piano Sundays w/ MARILYN LERNER (9 pm), BOB WISEMAN (10:15 pm) => The Red Guitar
STRATOVARIOUS, INTO ENTERNITY => Opera House, 7:30 pm, $29.50
TORONTO ALL-STAR BIG BAND => Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre, $20
U. OF T. WORKSHOP, FREEWAY DIXIELAND, SWING ROSIE => Rex Hotel
ANDY WHITE, STEPHEN FEARING, COLLEEN HODGSON, BROOKE MILLER => Hugh's Room, $17.50

MON. SEPT. 26
** MIA, SPANK ROCK => Phoenix, $20
** Interplay w/ WOLTER WIERBOS (solo trombone), ACHIM KAUFMANN/MICHAEL KEITH/MATT BRUBECK/BRANDON VALDIVIA, MICHAEL MOORE/ERIC CHENAUX/JOE SORBARA => Arraymusic Studio, #218- 60 Atlantic Ave. Toronto, 9 pm, $15 (Sept 25-27, 3-night pass $30) (Sept 26)
* THE ROLLING STONES, BECK => Rogers Centre, $60-$160 ($450 floor tickets)
NEW MODEL ARMY => Lee's Palace. $15
OCTOBERMAN => Gladstone
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT 2005 => Montreal Bistro
ANDREW BONIWELL TRIO, KRIS CHUBB QUARTET => Rex Hotel

TUES. SEPT. 27
** Interplay w/ ACHIM KAUFMANN/EVAN SHAW/DAVE CLARK/DAVID PRENTICE, DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF/ DOUG TIELLI/ROB CLUTTON,
KAMOSC TRIO (KAUFMANN/MOORE/VAN DER SCHYFF)/WOLTER WIERBOS => Arraymusic Studio, #218- 60 Atlantic Ave. Toronto, 9 pm, $15 (Sept 25-27, 3-night pass $30)
** GEORGE CLINTON FAMILY (w/ Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Darryl Dixon, Rob Bacon), JOI, CHILDREN OF PRODUCTION (Raphael Saadiq, Amp Fiddler, Stephen Perkins, Dave Watson) => The Docks. $41.50
* MARIZA (Small World Music Festival) => Massey Hall, 9 pm, $39.50-$59.50
* DEADLY SNAKES => Soundscapes in-store, probably late afternoon
* THE CRUZEROS => Hugh's Room
SELINA MARTIN, CINDERPOP => Supermarket
THE MORNING-AFTER GIRLS => Horseshoe
PIRATE JENNY => The Red Guitar
The Ambient Ping w/ SONGSPELL (Michael Moon [Vibes, electric guitar, Vocals, percussion], Thom Dean [Keys, percussion], Jenn Howie [Keys, Vocals, percussion]) => Hacienda Lounge, 9 pm, pwyc
BRET MICHAELS (ex-Poison) => Lee's Palace. $30
THE SUZANA DA CMARA QUARTET => Montreal Bistro
Exotic Journeys w/ DIANA McINTOSH, BEVERLEY JOHNSTON, PAMELA ATTARIWALA, MADAWASKA STRING QUARTET => Lula Lounge, 8 pm, $10-$15 Celebrating Twins: Toronto, Milan w/ I SOLISTI DELLA SCALLA TRIO, members of QUARTETTO GELATO => George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge), $50
HOGTOWN SYNCOPATORS, CLASSIC REX JAZZ JAM => Rex Hotel (every Tues)

WED. SEPT. 28
* METRIC, JASON COLLETT, THE LOVELY FEATHERS => Phoenix. $20
* Over the Top Fest launch party w/ PREFUSE 73, RIS PAUL RIC (ex-Q and Not U), ULTRA MAGNUS, DJ JUSTIN PEROFF (Broken Social Scene) => Mod Club, 8 pm, $14 adv.
* improv w/ JAKE OELRICHS, RYAN DRIVER, DOUG TIELLI => The Art Gallery of York University, Suite N145 Ross Building, 7 pm, free
* THE DINNER IS RUINED => Tranzac, 9:30 pm (every Wed. in Sept.)
* INTERPOL, BOOM BIP => Kool Haus, 8 pm, $31.25
* MICHAEL PENN, ROSIE THOMAS => The Rivoli, $15 (also Sept 29)
* CRAZY STRINGS (bluegrass) => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* Latin Cool Series launch w/ LUISITO ORBEGOSO's ALTA DESCARGA => Lula Lounge, 9 pm, $10
* COLONEL TOM'S SWINGING DOOR => Cameron House, 7-9 pm, pwyc (every Wed)
ASH DARGAN (Small World Music Festival - didgeridoo warning!) => Drake, 9 pm, $15-$20
LORI CULLEN, JORY NASH => Hugh's Room
SWING SHIFT BIG BAND => Montreal Bistro
"EBB", DAVID ROTUNDO PRESENTS => Rex Hotel
CORRY SOBOL QUARTET => The Red Guitar

THURS. SEPT. 29
** TED LEO/PHARMACISTS, NORTH OF AMERICA => Mod Club, 7 pm, $15
* METRIC, JASON COLLETT, THE LOVELY FEATHERS => Phoenix, $20
* UNSANE => Lee's Palace, $10.50
* HOVEN DROVEN (Sweden; Small World Music Festival) => Lula Lounge, 9 pm, $15-$20
* NICK FRASER & MICHAEL KEITH (8 pm), SANDRO PERRI (10 pm) => Tranzac, 10 pm
* KEVIN QUAIN, MIKE MURLEY SEPTET => Rex Hotel
* MICHAEL PENN, ROSIE THOMAS => The Rivoli, $15 (also Sept 28)
* Leftover Daylight Series w/ MICHAEL HERRING'S VERTIGO (w/don scott- guitar, joe sorbara- drums, quinsin nachoff- tenor sax, r.j. satchitananthan- trombone, jeremy schaal- alto sax); KEN ALDCROFT/EVAN SHAW/JOE SORBARA; KRIS DAVIS QUARTET (w/ jeff davis, tony malaby, eivind opsvik) => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave., ste. 218, 9 pm, $15
JORANE => Hugh's Room, $15-$17
THE DIRTBOMBS => Horseshoe, $10.50
RADIUS & HELENA, TWO BEARS, PINKO CRONKITE, SOME WOLF => The Boat, $5, 9 pm
No Format w/ MY PROJECT: BLUE, members of BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE => The Silver Dollar
Pitter Patter w/ THE POSTAGE STAMPS, PROJEKTOR, THE SUMMERLAD, THE LONDON APARTMENTS. THE INFLATION KILLS => O'Grady's, pwyc
WILLIAM CARN TRIO => The Red Guitar
THE HAYMAKERS, PLAN B, RESHURE => Rancho Relaxo, pwyc, 9 pm
AL HENDERSON QUINTET (w/PAT LABARBERA, ALEX DEAN, RICHARD WHITEMAN & BARRY ROMBERG) => Montreal Bistro (Sept 29-Oct 1)

FRI. SEPT. 30
** CULTURE SHOCK w/ SHAWN HEWITT & THE NATIONAL STRIKE, CUFF THE DUKE, GENTLEMAN REG, NO DYNAMICS, MAGNETA LANE, more => Harbourfront (Sep 30-Oct 2)
* JOE HALL & THE CONTINENTAL DRIFT REUNION SHOW, THE SILVER HEARTS, JAYMZ BEE, DAVID FRANKS => Tranzac Main Hall
* DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac, 10 pm
* AUTORICKSHAW, TRICHY SANKARAN, KEVIN BREIT (Small World Music Festival) => Al Green Theatre, JCC (750 Spadina), 8 pm, $15-$20 (also Oct 1)
* MELISSA STYLIANOU TRIO, MIKE MURLEY SEPTET => Rex Hotel
PAN-TIKI BATERIA (Small World Music Festival) => Gypsy Co-op, 10 pm, $10
DOVES, VHS OR BETA => Docks, $26.50
Pitter Patter w/ THE FEMINISTS, more => O'Grady's, pwyc
NICK ALI presents FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES => Trane Studio (every Fri. in Sept.)
DECEPTIVE MOVES (w/ BILL GILLIAM, COLLEEN OSTOFOROFF) => The Music Gallery, $5-$15
MARBLE INDEX => Mod Club, 7 pm, $13.50
AL HENDERSON QUINTET (w/PAT LABARBERA, ALEX DEAN, RICHARD WHITEMAN & BARRY ROMBERG) => Montreal Bistro (Sept 29-Oct 1)
JIMMY SWIFT BAND => Horseshoe. $10
JOHN NUGENT TRIO => The Red Guitar
THE FADED JEANS => Mix Community Club (50 Fairfax), $5
DAVID WILCOX => Club 279
BRIAN BLAIN'S HI-TECH BLUES REVUE cd release w/ special guests => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $10

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ZBZBXBZBBXBZBXBZ!!! (NOISE)

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Rippin' introduction to the Toronto noise (non-) scene by Kevin Hainey in this week's eye, in honour of the strange proliferation of noise gigs in town this month. (See the tail of the feature.) I'd quibble with some of his taxonomy (I wouldn't tag some of them pseudOntario surrealists who've come and gone, or mostly refused to go away, as noise artists), but I'm glad he discusses how over-segregated from one another the free-jazz, improv, avant-academic and noise people tend to be here. Unsurprisingly, "out" musicians and organizational/promotional skills are not so mixy, but it's too bad for the audiences that never get to know. Noise right now seems to be a place the experimental rock scene and Other music can meet; it's there in the fan press, and seen occasionally at Wavelength and the Music Gallery and the late lamented New Works, but it remains the unfinished project. Not that nobody's trying but p-r-o-g-r-e-s-s i-s s-l-o-w. C'mon folxx get 2gether!

Thanks to Kevin as well for the Zoilusian shoutout in there. I'm amused that the day an article on noize gesticulated my way, visitors were greeted by a post about a folksinger. And now I'm going to have to go look up Brian Ruryk.

The Writ | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, August 11 at 5:10 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Alert: David Essig

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I'm irked to discover I omitted this from the live listings earlier: David Essig is making a rare Toronto drop-in tonight at an unknown-to-me club called The Kitchen, out Danforth way. If you haven't run into Essig at any time in his 35 or so years on the Canadian music scene, but you're interested in real folk and blues, intelligent songwriting and virtuoso guitar (especially slide), you should check him out - he's somewhere in the Richard Thompson-John Fahey rank of pickers, and his 1981 experimental album In the Tradition (recorded by Daniel Lanois) was my introduction to avant-garde acoustic guitar playing in general (again, in the Fahey not the Bailey stream). He's also a great, raw wood-rust-and-smokehouse singer of CBGB (country-blues-and-bluegrass) songs, a writer of literate reflective autobiographical pieces, an accomplished player of the Korean kayagum, and a warm-but-tough presence as a live performer. (You can preview some tracks here.) Apparently he recently recorded with the Sacred Steel guitarists the Campbell Bros. - I'd love to hear that collaboration. I'm working and can't make it - if you do, report back.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, August 11 at 1:50 PM | Linking Posts

 

Auuugggghhhhh-ist! (Gig Guide)

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Zoilus' monthly Toronto live calendar is up now. Your additions and comments are welcome. Highlights abound but one stands out: Percy Sledge, Big Bop/Reverb, Aug. 24. I confess I wasn't even sure the singer of When a Man Loves a Woman, Sudden Stop, It Tears Me Up and True Love Travels on a Gravel Road - one of my favourite soul singers ever - was still breathing, much less playing Queen Street dives. Other notables include the Tigerbeat6 show with Kid 606, Knifehandchop and Eats Tapes on Wednesday (when there's also the Iron Maiden/Mastodon show and a rare sighting of the HANK Collective); the Escape Goat Records With Friends Like These series from Wed to Sun, including Friday's Final Fantasy/Bell Orchestre/Wooden Stars showcase (also that night, Caron Wheeler ex-of-Soul II Soul); the Knitters reunion show, featuring ex-members of X on Aug. 7; Smog the next night; the two-night all-star hip-hop blowout with Kanye, Nas, Ludacris, Ciara, Little Jon and much more Aug 12-13; T.O. Twang that same weekend with Billy Joe Shaver on Saturday, including an on-stage interview with yers truly; my favourite brutal noise lovebirds Dead Machines on Aug. 17; the Constantines/Oneida soundclash on Aug. 20 and Joel Plaskett at Harbourfront that night; and lots more, so go check out the list. [...]

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change - this is a casual effort, please do call the venues. Sources include the Stillepost.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, ListMe.ca, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note, Toronto Life and, as the saying goes, you - email or post in the comments with show information and disinformation.

MON. AUG. 22
** Bovine Boat Party w/ KIDS ON TV, VOLLRATH => The Bovine Sex Club, "Dress as Pirates!!!!!", $10
* HOPEFUL MONSTER (w/ members of the Hylozoists, Bodega, Feuermusik, and Lily Frost), GABE MINNIKIN => Supermarket, 9 pm, $6
* JOHN STOWELL AND DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro
* ALICE COOPER, CHEAP TRICK => The Docks, $58.50
CLEMENTINE => The Horshoe Tavern, Free

TUES. AUG. 23
* CHRIS BARBER, THE JAZZ WIZARDS => Hugh's Room, $36
The Ambient Ping w/ BENEATH THESE IDLE TIDES, BLEEP => Hacienda Lounge, 9 pm, pwyc
MELISSA STYLIANOU w/ROB & DAVID PILTCH, DAVIDE DIRENZO => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm (two sets), $10
DREDG => El Mocambo, $10
MTLEY CRE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE => Molson Amphitheatre, $22.50-$75
GET WELD (Neil Young Tribute) => Silver Dollar, 8 pm
SASS JORDAN => Drake, 9:30 pm, $5

WED. AUG. 24
** PERCY SLEDGE => Big Bop, $42.50
* The Nightmare Show w/ PONY DA LOOK, DOMAINE D'OR, NIFTY, ETERNAL => Trinport (249 Ossington), $5
* THE SILT => Tranzac, 10 pm, pwyc
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar, free
* TIM POSGATE/ROB CLUTTON => Red Guitar
* WOODHANDS (Montreal/Vancouver) => Drake, 9 pm
* JANE BUNNETT, JUMPIN' JOHNNY SANSONE, KEVIN BREIT => Hugh's Room, $25-$27.50
DAVID VIRELLES QUARTET => Trane studio
MAGNETA LANE, MUGSHOT, DEAD LETTER DEPT., GHETTO BOX => Lee's
DIONE TAYLOR => Yonge-Dundas Sq. 12:30pm
R.O.T., GEMINI DOC, RAW B SNATCH, DJ SPINSTER => FunHaus, $10.
THE I SPIES, THE WOODHANDS => The Drake
HUNTER VALENTINE, DANCE YOURSELF TO DEATH, THE GUEST BEDROOM => Drake Underground, $6


THURS. AUG. 25
** FRED EAGLESMITH => Hughs Room, $27.50
** PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES, TANGIERS, THE SOUR KEYS => Mod Club, 7 pm, $12.50
** DRUMHELLER (8 pm), ST DIRT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (10 pm) => Tranzac, pwyc
SUBA SANKARAN, ED HANLEY, ERNIE TOLLAR => Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay W., 7 pm
BRAN VAN RECORDINGS party => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $10
CALLING ALL DANDYS glam party => Drake Lounge, 10 pm, free
CORRY SOBOL TRIO => Red Guitar
ARRIETA and more Pitter Patter Nights => O'Grady's, pwyc
CLAY AIKEN => Molson Amphitheatre, $42.50-$55.50
Buskerfest w/ OKA, MARACATU NUNCA ANTES => St Lawrence Market area (Aug 25-28)
THE FALLOUT, THE SNOT ROCKETS, KING MINUS, GUTS AND GLORY => Sneaky Dee's, $3
Animal Trax w/ COWBOY JUNKIES => Waterside Theatre, Toronto Zoo, 6:30 pm, $30 (zoo admission included; three-concert series, $80)
Bruckbeat Sessions w/ DJ ASER, DJs DIALECT & MURR => Embassy Bar, 223 Augusta, free
MATT YORK => Rivoli

FRI. AUG. 26
** JON-RAE AND THE RIVER (cd release), GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS, LULLABYE ARKESTRA, AKRON/FAMILY => The Horseshoe, $8
** DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac, 10 pm
* Kick Up Your Heels w/ KARDINAL OFFISHALL (9:30 pm), BLAZE: URBAN DANCE SHOWCASE (11 pm) => Harbourfront, free
* AFRICAN BLUES (Madagasgar Slim, Donne Robert, Ndidi Onukwulu) => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $10
* VagueTerrain.net digital-arts site launch w/ TINKERTOY, NAW, AIDAN BAKER => Gladstone Art Bar, 9 pm, $5
* BLUE RODEO => Molson Amphitheatre, $22.50-$65.50
* ANDREW DOWNING QUINTET feat. PHIL DWYER, BRODIE WEST, WILLIAM CARN, NICK FRASER => Rex (Aug. 25, 26)
CHIMICHANGA & THE ORGAN OF XTABAY, PROBLEM, BLOOD CEREMONY, TRADITION => The Bagel
JOHN ALCORN TRIO => Red Guitar
Truth Explosion 'zine second anniversary w/ BOMBS OVER PROVIDENCE, CANCER BATS, RISKY BUSINESS, FOR THE MATHEMATICS => The Reverb, $10
Pitter Patter Nights w/ ARRULLO, THICKHAWK, BAG => O'Grady's, pwyc
Friday Funk w/ KOBAYASHI => Yonge-Dundas Sq., 6 pm
Buskerfest w/ OKA, MARACATU NUNCA ANTES => St Lawrence Market area (Aug 25-28)
Vazaleen w/LIMP WRIST => Lee's Palace
SHOWROOM, Henri Faberge and the Adorables, Reshure @The Cameron House, 5$, 9:30pm
TRACY BONHAM => El Mocambo, $10

SAT. AUG. 27
** Videodrome scratch-video battle w/ SHITMAT, FAMEFAME VS. V-ATAK, DJ WILL MUNRO => MOCCA (952 Queen W.), $5
* Kick Up Your Heels w/ REGGAETON & LATIN URBAN EXPLOSION, THIRD WORLD ENTERTAINMENT (11 pm) => Harbourfront, free
* CAROLYN MARK CD release => Horseshoe
TORI AMOS, THE DITTY BOPS, IMOGEN HEAP (Frou Frou) => Molson Amphitheatre, $29.75-$59.25
THE ROYAL CROWNS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $8
Buskerfest w/ OKA, MARACATU NUNCA ANTES => St Lawrence Market area (Aug 25-28)
DON PALMER QUARTET => Red Guitar
Ukranian Festival w/ METELYTSIA, SUZIE VINNICK, OLEH BUNCHA, PID OBLACHKIM, CARPATHIA => Jane and Windermere (Aug 27-28)
PAT COLLINS QUARTET => Rex
DAVE MASON => Opera House
Salsa Saturday w/ RICKY FRANCO => Lula Lounge, doors 7 pm, dance class 9 pm, show 10 pm, $10 (members free, $45 w/3 course dinner + dance class + show)
THE BAYONETTES, TERMINAL STATE< GUNNAR HANSEN => Adrift
SADOCEANSPACEBEAR, RAY WHIMSEY, more => Mitzie's Sister, pwyc
THE RIZDALES => Cadillac Lounge, 4-7 pm

SUN. AUG. 28
* Bana y'Afrique w/ MOTO ET KAPIA DU CONGO, ADAM SOLOMON, MADAGASCAR SLIM, NDIDI ONUKWULU & DONNE ROBERT, CARIBBEAN FOLK PERFORMERS, BLACK ICE, CHEMAGNE MARTIN, MOSAIC ARABIC, more => Metro Hall Sq, 55 John, noon-11pm
* WHAT IS IT? Crispin Glover movie afterparty w/ WAX MANNEQUIN, JAYMZ BEE, DJ SHANNON, DJ VIDEO DAVE => Drake, 11 pm, $10
Wavelength 278 w/ THE POSTAGE STAMPS, THE GHOST IS DANCING, DJ JEWELS OF OSSINGTON => Sneaky Dee's
Kick Up Your Heels w/ PIERRE SCHRYER BAND (3 pm), SWING SHIFT BIG BAND (4:30 pm), SWAMPERELLA (6 pm) => Harbourfront, free
TOTIMOSHI, NICE CAT => Lee's Palace, $8
WARZONE WOMYN => CIUT, 91 St George
CAMILLE WATTS, PETER PAVLOVSKY, ERIC DONOVAN => Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay W., 4 pm
Buskerfest w/ OKA, MARACATU NUNCA ANTES => St Lawrence Market area (Aug 25-28)
Ukranian Festival w/ METELYTSIA, SUZIE VINNICK, OLEH BUNCHA, PID OBLACHKIM, CARPATHIA => Jane and Windermere (Aug 27-28)
Solo Piano Sunday w/ IRV KOVEN 9 pm, STEVE KOVEN 10:30 pm => Red Guitar
YARA JAKYMIW, BENEATH THESE IDLE TIDES, PARKADE BIRDSEYEING IT => Holy Joes, $5

MON. AUG. 29
ANOTHER COUNTRY => Cameron House, 9:30 pm
SCARS OF TOMORROW, SWORN ENEMY, THE ACACIA STRAIN, ON BROKEN WINGS, IN THIS DEFIANCE => El Mocambo, $13.75
OUR LADY PEES, i mean PEACE => Mod Club, $12.50

TUES. AUG. 30
* OF MONTREAL, THE MANAGEMENT => Lees, 8 pm, $11
BLUESCREEN => Horseshoe,free
BILLY IDOL, BIF NAKED => Molson Amphitheatre, $33.25-$53.25
SASS JORDAN => Drake, 9:30 pm, $5

WED. AUG. 31
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar, free
TARA DAVIDSON/DAVID OCCHIPINTI => Red Guitar
The Ambient Ping w/ THE RIDERLESS, MICHAEL KEITH/DAVID SAIT => Hacienda Lounge, 794 Bathurst St., 9 pm, pwyc
HUNTER VALENTINE => Drake Underground, $6
BB KING, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD => Molson Amphitheatre, $32.50-$69.50
DR. HOOK => Lee's Palace, $25
DEATH BY STEREO => Kathedral

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Er-Hell-Drum!

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No column this week, so just another reminder - that's Drumheller (photomontage above by Kevin "Aperture Enzyme") & Josh Thorpe, tonight at the Tranzac, main hall, 292 Brunswick (just south of Bloor), 10 pm. I don't know the cover charge but I'm sure it ain't steep.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, July 30 at 2:47 PM | Linking Posts

 

DRUM-HELL-YA!

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Eric Chenaux (upper left corner & elsewhere) of Drumheller, and Martin Arnold, not of Drumheller. See below. Photo montage by the always wonderful Aperture Enzyme.

My only contribution to The Globe this week is this review of the just-out-of-the-oven debut by "out-of-jazz" quintet Drumheller, on Rat-drifting, whose launch concert tomorrow night at the Tranzac is the (non-Caribana) gig of the weekend. A couple of notes on the review. First, the paper version is misprinted, changing the very first sentence from "Toronto's creative-improv scene, from free jazz to abstract electronics...." to "Toronto's creative-improv electronics..." This is wrong. Second, to throw back the editing-room door, I originally didn't just call Eric Chenaux "an egregiously overlooked musician" but "perhaps the most egregiously overlooked musician in town."

[tangent]Egregiously, peoples! Why are you sleeping on Eric Chenaux, why why? Sure, his once-upon-a-time art-punk bands Phleg Camp and Life Like Weeds still get some loving memory (scroll down to the final question there), but that is so the past. He's reinvented himself as a post-Derek-Bailey-sidelong-glancing-to-John-Fahey improviser, which I know sounds like a dimestore cage but in this case just isn't, because he's got that spooky ability to make asymmetry symmetrical and dissonance sing under his spider-web fingers. Eric's now-sadly-defunct duo with Michell McAdorey (with whom he played for awhile in Crash Vegas too) yielded two of the most gorgeous recordolas in all Torontopia, last year's Love Don't Change and the way-back Whirl (note: that was a secret passageway). Meanwhile his re-funked newer duo with Martin Arnold is a marvel of mini-maximalist guitar-banjo wobble that amounts to a much more intense interpretation of the whole idea of "psych-folk" than any of the fashionable sets flying that flag, tho they were at it before then and will continue thereafter, hopefully with some overdub-drenched cerebellum-sludge albums to mark their route. And that is not to mention his hundred other projects, including Rat-drifting itself (also with Martin Arnold). Or the fact that he keeps writing these beautiful ballads that I can never believe are new songs and not some traditional classic or legendary lost Gordon Lightfoot song rewritten by Syd Barrett. [/tangent]

Not to underrate the rest of Drumheller, Rob Clutton, Nick Fraser, Doug Tielli and Brodie West, each with their strengths and endearing flaws. (Also: They all compose, and they all improvise, and the band walks the drunken late-night cop-car-pulled-them-over line between the two.) The other part cut from today's review is this final, not entirely happy line:

"Unfortunately, West is moving to Amsterdam this fall, but the band plans to carry on; with luck it will have the chance to grow into an institution you can point out proudly when youre asked what Toronto improv is all about."

To expand on that, I know the rest of the Drumhellers (formerly known, by the way, as Bourbon Leaves) plan to visit West in Holland and gig there, which is exciting, but I both selfishly and community-mindedly want the band to continue developing as a local entity too, which I think may require a new recruit. My most constructive suggestion is that the stand-in wouldn't have to be a saxophonist - maybe a violinist or cellist? - so that West could stay a member and the band could morph between five- and six-person ensemble strength. This is one of the curses of Toronto - far too often, the brightest little dynamos are too damn eager to go somewhere else. .... But seriously, all the best Zoilus wishes to Brodie as he goes double-Dutch - I'm sure you'll do well there, since you've already got Han Bennink's endorsement.

Again, that's Drumheller, Sat. night at the Tranzac, 10 pm, playing their own compositions along with those of fellow Rat-drifter Josh Thorpe. If you need further convincing, what are you, made of STONE? All right, there are also gung-ho reviews this week in eye and NOW.

McAdorey plays refreshing musical hooky

CARL WILSON
SCENE
The Globe and Mail
17 March 2000

The blueprint is there, in the safety-deposit box of Canadian dreams, ready to be rolled out on any dressing-room table and consulted. Reporters keep a copy to check against the latest news from Billboard, talk-show guest lists, Juno and Grammy rosters. It's how you build a pop career here -- whether indie-band, radio-band or dance-band -- and most artists would no more throw it away than they would discard chord charts and catchy melodies.

But Michelle McAdorey and Eric Chenaux burned the blueprints years ago. Not that they are unfamiliar with such charts of progress. McAdorey had a quiet fame with her band Crash Vegas, a major-label concern before its eight-year life span ended in 1996, while Chenaux was a buzzed-about guitar-slasher in punk bands Phleg Camp and Life Like Weeds in the early nineties.

Indeed, McAdorey, a black-haired, Irish-eyed beauty, is someone people have been trying to recruit to stardom ever since Midge Ure produced her teenage group's 1982 dance-pop single in England. She played the 1996 prototype of Lilith Fair, and if she chose, easily could be in the front ranks of today's brigade of northern pop sirens.

But both their heads were turned by sounds from outside, and they left through the hole in the fence. In fact, the aesthetic of playing hooky - as plumbed in McAdorey's "camping, riding freight trains, house-painting," and Chenaux's involvement in experimental improvisation - is integral to the sound of Whirl, the CD they're launching this weekend in Montreal and next Thursday in Toronto.

While the disc is under McAdorey's name, it is a collaboration the two have been developing for the past couple of years - while Chenaux also released More Remote than the Puma, a disc of solo guitar improvisations, and helped organize the ongoing Ulterior improv series at the Victory Cafe in Toronto.

McAdorey's contemplative songs and intense, intimate voice (often compared lately to U.S. cult artist Cat Power) are the project's core. But they're meshed and mixed with Chenaux's "fragile" bowed and plucked guitar, slippery rhythms and discords.

While it's not improvisation, says Chenaux, "There is a certain looseness, and there's a certain place the instruments sit, so they aren't gigantic, the voices don't overpronounce themselves." The style is not so much of singer and accompanist but of an ensemble sketching a song as it's played.

"It was a search while we were recording," says McAdorey. "It's a weaving of texture, so that it isn't delineated - 'here's a solo and here's a bass and a drum' - there was an idea to lose a lot of that. I mean, there's no bass at all. Things just move in and out of each other."

That quest took about a year, at various studios around Toronto. "After a lot of struggle and heartbreak," McAdorey says, "we realized we knew just where to go. And then it became so thrilling."

"I think our next record will take about a day," adds Chenaux, only half-joking. "Any longer is just too damn long."

Instead of a blueprinted solo "comeback," in fact, the project has now become a trio, with composer Martin Arnold joining on hurdy-gurdy, melodica and guitar. "We're just trying to think of a band name," McAdorey says, sounding a bit surprised. Already, the group has leapt beyond the sound of the record.

"Duo music has a certain ambience and focus," says Chenaux, "but with a trio things can get loose and wonky -- and Martin has this unbelievable ability to play the most beautiful wonky material imaginable."

What they don't know is who, beyond their many musical friends, their audience will be. Toronto is not Chicago, where avant-gardists partner with indie-rockers routinely. But Chenaux is hopeful. "There's a new emphasis on playing in this city, and widening the different types of music people are into. It doesn't all become one gloopy mess, but borders are stretching. It makes for an interesting audience, and interesting music."

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A Lot of Night Music

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This weekend a lot of you might already be out to the Hillside Festival in Guelph, with its crazy all-heavyweight-champeen lineup of bands 'n' songwriters. But here in the city you don't have to be stuck in a dank nightclub - the underzone is colonizing the landscape with its noize.

I missed yesterday's visit by the Extra Action Marching Band, who paraded through Kensington Market in the afternoon before playing the Boat at night (they're at Funhaus tonight, Friday, with Saint Dirt Elementary School, if you're not going to Loretta Lynn like me ::yes, that was boasting:: ...) but tomorrow, you can start your day at the Bagel at College and Spadina with the Stillepost.ca get-together BRUNCH at noon w/ the Adam Brown, Robocopp and other bands plus Kat Gligorijevic-Collins' short film about the scene, including a cameo by Zoilus. But that's just the warmup.

The main events, the outdoor events, begin with the Dim Sum: Sampling Chinese Culture festival at Harbourfront - such as Masia One at 2 pm and Jin (the Asian freestyle rapper who was profiled all over last year) at 8 pm. And then things get more exciting: At 10 pm, Awesome and Castlemusic present the mysteriously titled "In Awe of Sirus" in the pit at Trinity-Bellwoods park, and then at midnight, in High Park, at the wharf on Grenadier Pond, Ninja High School does a boombox-powered release party to launch its new single on Tomcat (and sell just 20 copies, at a deeply discounted 5 bucks). It will be very dark - bring a flashlight.

And finally on Sunday, it's the Music Gallery fundraiser outdoors in the St. George the Martyr Church courtyard, with Pony Da Look, Nathan Lawr, Animalmonster and Bob Wiseman, from 6 to 10 pm. (This being a fundraiser, it's a bit pricier - $20 regular/$10 student + underwaged.)

All these people are wizards and you should kiss the hems of their robes, giddy and yelping. See you there.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, July 22 at 5:55 PM | Linking Posts

 

Toronto Unsyncopated

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Branford Marsalis plays Top o' the Senator last year. Photo by Bill King.

In today's Globe and Mail, I offer an obituary for the city's former leading jazz club, Top o' the Senator, and a survey of what's next for jazz venues in the city. I often criticized the Senator for its conservatism, but it was a terrific listening room - and you will not believe the bizarre Vegas-revue kind of plans the new owners have for music there in the fall. There's other good news for Toronto jazz, though - details in the piece. [... Read it here. ...]

Out of syncopation

Top o' the Senator, that finely chilled jazz joint, is gone. The venue replacing it, writes CARL WILSON, has a very different set list in mind

The Globe & Mail
Toronto Section
Saturday, July 16, 2005


Since 1990, Top o' the Senator has been the impeccably dry martini of Toronto entertainment, a place where the finest jazz musicians would take up residency for a week at a time, and waiters would mete out a discreet shushing if you chattered too loud during a set.

Now it's gone, joining the Bermuda Onion, the Colonial, George's Spaghetti House and other ghosts of Toronto jazz past, and leaving the city's jazz aficionados to wonder where the future lies. The walk-up at 253 Victoria St., tucked behind the Pantages Theatre, closed July 4 to the sound of Sheila Jordan singing, "For all we know/ we may never meet again."

"The Senator was unique in that it opened as a dedicated music room," says guitarist Michael Occhipinti, who played there with his progressive big band NOJO. "Most clubs are just bars that at some point decided to have music."

Business had been shaky for five years. The low Canadian dollar put big-name American acts out of reach, neighbouring theatres weren't thriving, SARS cast its shadow and the whole Yonge-Dundas area was going through upheaval.

So, late last year, owner Bob Sniderman sold the club and the main-floor Torch Bistro to an investor group headed by sommelier Michael Sullivan. They're now renovating, to "open up" the room. When it reappears this fall as the Savoy, jazz will be a small part of its repertoire.

Mr. Sullivan wants the club to get younger, more accessible and eclectic to reflect Toronto. But his approach is surprising. While he initially spoke vaguely of world music, rhythm and blues, even a burlesque show, now the plan is for the Savoy to present musical revues of its own creation -- "with a theatrical element" -- from Thursday to Saturday. Each show will highlight a genre, such as funk or classic rock, and run weekly for as long as two months.

The events will be supervised by Craig Martin, the producer of Classic Albums Live, a series of renditions of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley records. Regular concerts, including jazz, are confined mainly to Sundays.

The scheme seems as fiscally dodgy as jazz was, Mr. Sullivan admits. "But we suspect it will work." He'll find out, starting Sept. 23.

In theory, jazz in Toronto should be thriving. It has music students coming through Humber College, York and U of T, a strong summer festival season and the rare resource of a 24-hour jazz FM radio station. Mr. Occhipinti says the situation compares decently with American cities of similar size.

Yet the only remaining club on the Senator model is the Montreal Bistro on Sherbourne Street, which has hosted the likes of Oliver Jones and Diana Krall since 1983. Rumours have swept through town that the Bistro too would close next year, but owner Lothar Lang assures he's simply renegotiating his lease. He has had a difficult couple of years, but he's not giving up.

Jazz everywhere is at an awkward stage. Pop-crossover singers such as Ms. Krall dominate over more boundary-pushing instrumentalists, and hip-hop and electronic music often seem more vibrant to young explorers. "I'm catering to grandparents now," Mr. Lang says.

But the scene is different at the Rex Hotel on Queen Street West, where passing foot traffic and a casual atmosphere supply musicians with full houses of bar-hoppers. If the Senator was a martini, the Rex is a keg.

"It's not a place to play ballads. But it is a fun place to get kind of raucous," Mr. Occhipinti says. "At the Bistro and the Senator, you would lose a little of that energy."

There are other optimistic notes. Last fall, 22-year-old entrepreneur Mark Finkelstein saw a gap in the school-year jazz market and put on the Toronto Progressive Jazz series, which brought heavy hitters Branford Marsalis and Dave Holland as well as the funkier Medeski Martin and Wood to venues in town.

This winter saw the formation of the Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto, a collective of experimental young players who can be found most nights playing inventive sets at the Tranzac on Brunswick Avenue. And this week an intimate new club opened in a warm old Edwardian on Markham Street in Mirvish Village.

The Red Guitar Art Caf is a labour of love for jazz singer Corry Sobol. With 43 seats, it's only a third the capacity of the Senator. Here, Ms. Sobol hopes "to represent the entire jazz tradition, from early jazz to the most avant-garde contemporary music," with a "non-elitist, friendly space that encourages people to stretch out a little."

Her emphasis is on local musicians, which seems to be the trend. It's cheaper and, where 20 years ago Torontonians disdained Canadian players, now they draw reasonable crowds. Still, a shortage of foreign visitors deprives listeners and musicians of a valuable source of stimulation.

And the passing of the Senator hasn't altered the basically homeless status of progressive contemporary jazz, in a city where 1950s and 1960s-style bebop and post-bop remain the default.

"When someone like John Scofield or Bill Frisell comes to town," Mr. Occhipinti says, "I look at the audience and wonder, 'Who are these people? I don't see them in the clubs.' But those players get crowds out, and they also win critics' polls. That's something still untapped. If I had money to burn, I'd be opening it myself."

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ZOILUS NOTES: Inevitably, dealing with a subject this broad, you can't include everything, and in this piece the editors cut my mention of smaller but satisfying clubs such as the Trane on Bathurst and Mezzetta on St. Clair, as well as the fact that the Music Gallery - although currently in a dire deficit position and not even presenting much improv and jazz of any kind due to funding problems - has grand ambitions of eventually relocating from its current shared space in a downtown church to be the leading force behind a big new cultural centre, which would not only accommodate their new-music agenda, the fresh avant-pop series, and possibly the Wavelength series too, but also creative jazz and improv. And finally I should add that former Music Gallery jazz programmer Ron Gaskin's unit Rough Idea is still bringing European and American improvisors to Toronto semi-regularly, often at the New Works Studio walk-up on Spadina.

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Indubitable Pleasures

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I'm stoked to announce that Zoilus' favourite Toronto bassist-improviser Rob Clutton is going to accompany Zoilus' favourite everything, Sheila Heti (aka Mrs. Zoilus), this Friday night in Toronto for a cover-to-cover reading of her novel, Ticknor, as part of the Scream Literary Festival. Sounds daunting? First, the book's only a little over 100 pages long. And it kicks ass - in a 19th-century Boston mopey neurotic Samuel-Beckett-plus-Henry-James-plus-Chris-Ware kinda way. It ain't your garden-variety CanLit. (The book is published in Canada by Anansi and comes out next April in the U.S. from Farrar Straus & Giroux.) Second, the reading takes place during a three-course meal (plus hors d'oeuvres) at one of the city's finer restaurants, Grano. Third, Rob Clutton is one of the city's overlooked marvels, a subtle, prolific and versatile improviser with a deadpan sense of humour that perfectly suits Ticknor, a sadly comical figure who can't get past his corrosive envy of the man he loves and admires most, not even enough to bring himself to attend a simple dinner party. Rob's recent solo bass CD (on Rat-drifting) is titled Dubious Pleasures, which would be an apt subtitle for Ticknor. Fourth, Sheila's a damn entertaining reader, I say as objectively as I can. And finally, there may be other surprises. And what better setting than a dinner party to hear a novel about a reluctance to go to dinner parties? This is actually something the Scream has been doing for a few years now - in past years Christian Bok read the whole of Eunoia and Dionne Brand read one of her books. It'll be a unique experience.

Under the title "In the Rain with a Pie... Sheila Heti Reads Ticknor," the event takes place Friday (July 8) at 7:30 at Grano, 2035 Yonge Street. Tickets with the full meal are $60 (the menu's on the Scream website), but if you want to grab cheaper eats beforehand, and come only for the words and music, it's just $10, and I really encourage people to do so. Tickets are available online here and, unless it sells out, at the door.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, July 04 at 12:40 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

A Hawt July in Toronto Unlimited

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Loretta Lynn, July 22; Out Hud, July 9

Loretta Lynn is just the high mountain peak of a month that kicks off with Ari-Up of the Slits in a two-night stand at Sneaky Dee's (reportedly premiering new material from the upcoming Slits semi-reunion album - is there no old punk or post-punk band that can't be reunited? Ah yes, the Clash... ), overlapping with this Saturday's visit from Vancouver's seven-piece circus-punk-gospel band They Shoot Horses Don't They?, whom I hear from my west-coast correspondents are remarkable (and joined by the surefire Creeping Nobodies), and Neko Case on Thursday, the Pixies, the Pernices, Common, Afrofest 2005 w/ Oliver Mtukudzi, Teenage Fanclub, the Laconnor Interface series at Arraymusic, the last few days of the jazz festival, T-dot-improv supergroup Drumheller on the 30th, and most of all the non-stop skull-top-exploding action at Harbourfront, whose weekend free festivals provide every reason to be glad you're not one of those cottage-bound highway monkeys but have your bike wheels spinning on the burning asphalt of T-topia. It's all in this month's Zoilus Toronto gig guide, updated weekly throughout the month. Please send additions, corrections and kvetches this-a-way. [...]

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change - this is a casual effort, please do call the venues. Sources include the Stillepost.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, ListMe.ca, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note, Toronto Life and ye olde email.

MON., JULY 25
** TEENAGE FANCLUB => Mod Club, $22.50
** Matt Ninja High School presents TRS-80, FASHION FLESH (Chicago "techno freaks"), ANIMALMONSTER => Silver Dollar, $6
* THE COUNTRYPOLITANS => Cameron House, 6-8 pm, free (every Sun.)
* DANCE DISASTER MOVEMENT, KILL ME TOMORROW, KIDS ON TV => Sneaky Dee's, $9
PEPPER => Opera House, 7 pm, $16.50
Elvis Monday w/ EVIL DOERS, THE HOA HOAS, AXE MONKEY, SPIRAL BEACH, THE MACHINES, WINTERBLOOM & THE STARVING ARTIST BUFFET => El Mocambo
LAURA HUBERT => Grossmans
KICKASS KARAOKE => Ciao Edie
KEVIN QUAIN => Graffitis

TUE., JULY 26
* Curiopilot Vol. 3 w/ WAX MANNEQUIN, STOOPY, PRINCE BROTHERS => Drake, 9 pm, $6 (after 11 pm, $8)
* COMMON, DL INCOGNITO => Kool Haus, $34.50
* COMPOSERS WORKSHOP => Gladstone ballroom, $5
Ambient Ping w/ PLANET OF THE LOOPS => Hacienda Lounge, 9 pm, pwyc
FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES, CURL UP & DIE, BEAR VS SHARK, FIRE WHEN READY => Reverb
CUFF THE DUKE => In-store at Soundscapes, 6:30 pm, free
FRUIT (Australia) => Lula Lounge, $18
HUBERT SUMLIN => Silver Dollar, 8 pm, $18
SYREETA NEAL, DANIEL STONE => Trane Studio
WHITESNAKE, DAVID COVERDALE (DEEP PURPLE), SUPAGROUP => The Docks, $46.80

WED., JULY 27
** Sugar Water Festival w/ ERYKAH BADU, JILL SCOTT, QUEEN LATIFAH => Air Canada Centre, $49.50-$89.50
** A SILVER MT. ZION, THE PHONEMES => Tranzac, 10 pm, $10
* BARNYARD DRAMA => The Red Guitar (603 Markham), 9 pm, $10
* BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE => Phoenix, $10.50
* High Lonesome Wednesday w/ CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar (every Wed.)
* NO LUCK CLUB, STOP DIE RESUSCITATE => El Mocambo
* GHOSTLIGHT (adam rosen; brodie west; dave rodger; james anderson; greg chambers; marco landini; minesh mandoda; scott cameron), DOGFUCKER => Neutral, @ sw corner of College & Augusta
BLUE MARTINI => Yonge-Dundas Sq.,12:30 pm
THE DAN BAND => Opera House, $20
HEATHER DALE => Hugh's Room, $14
VANDERPARK => Holy Joes
DAVID VIRELLES QUARTET => Trane Studio
THE D RANGERS, ROMI MAYES, WASHBOARD HANK => Tranzac, 8 pm
JEWEL, JOE FIRSTMAN => Roy Thomson Hall, $49.50-$69.50
DAVE YOUNG SEXTET => Rex Hotel

THURS., JULY 28
** A SILVER MT. ZION, DRUMHELLER (Eric Chenaux, Nick Fraser, Doug Tielli, Rob Clutton, Brodie West) => Tranzac Main Hall, 10 pm, $10
** SINGING SAW SHADOW SHOW => time & location tba (outdoors, Thursdays all summer at diff. locations)
* SS CARDIACS, THE BURDOCKS => Sneaky Dee's
* SAINT DIRT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL => Tranzac front room, 10 pm
STEVE KOVEN TRIO W/ROB CLUTTON, ANTHONY MICHELLI => The Red Guitar (603 Markham), 9 pm, $10
RAT TRAPS, JEFFREY NOVAK ONE-MAN BAND, NO-NO ZERO (ex-Exploders/Starkweather), UGLY STICK (members of Bush League and Boyfriend Material) => Rancho Relaxo, 10 pm, $5
COMPOSERS WORKSHOP => Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Distillery District, 55 Mill, $15
Summer Music in the Garden w/ DAVID MOTT => Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay W., 7 pm
JUSTIN RUTLEDGE, D. RANGERS, ROMI MAYES => Rivoli, 9:30 p.m., $10
RAY LAMONTAGNE => Soundscapes, 6 pm
RAY LAMONTAGNE => Mod Club, $16.50
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 => Horseshoe, $15
Bruckbeat Sessions w/ DJ VISION, DJs DIALECT & MURR => Embassy Bar, 223 Augusta Ave., free
BURY YOUR DEAD => El Mocambo
Pitter Patter w/ KEY CONCEPTS, FOR THE MATHEMATICS, TWO BEARS => The Poor Alex, $5
THE RAT TRAPS, NO NO ZERO, JEFFREY NOVAK, UGLY STICK => Rancho Relaxo, $5

FRI., JULY 29
** A SILVER MT. ZION, SANDRO PERRI (aka POLMO POLPO, singing backed by members of The Silt, GUH and Eric Chenaux) => Tranzac, 10 pm, $10
** DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac front room, 10 pm, pwyc
** AIMEE MANN => Phoenix, $30
Irie Music Festival w/ THE SATTALITES, THIRD WORLD, MORGAN HERITAGE, BRINSLEY FORDE, DAVID RUDDER, NEU JENARASHUN, more => Ontario Place, $20-$60 (July 29-Aug 1)
Friday Funk w/ SOULAR => Yonge-Dundas Square, 6 pm, free
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 => Horseshoe, $15
GRAVY TRAIN at Club V => Lee's Palace
THE McBRIDES, TRIPMINER => Drake, 9 pm, $5
RITA DI GHENT TRIO => The Red Guitar (603 Markham), 9 pm, $10
DATAFREQ, SLAVE TO THE SQUAREWAVE, GIRL AND THE MACHINE => El Mocambo
Euphonasia w/ WINVOYAGER, IN SUPPORT OF LIVING, FRAGILO, GERRY ALVAREZ, DJ GAY => El Mocambo. $10
POLIDICKS, CRIPPLE CREW, THE MURDERSQUAD TO, EVERYONE I KNOW MUST DIE, DEATH PACT => Vatikan
THE RIZDALES, THE MAGPIES => Cadillac Lounge
JACQUELINE RENDELL BAND, JAMES SECORD BAND, EMMA LEE BAND, AMY FERGUSON => Healey's

SAT., JULY 30
** JOSH THORPE, DRUMHELLER => Tranzac Main Hall, 10 pm
* Irie Music Festival w/ THE SATTALITES, THIRD WORLD, MORGAN HERITAGE, BRINSLEY FORDE, DAVID RUDDER, NEU JENARASHUN, more => Ontario Place, $20-$60 (July 29-Aug 1)
* Acoustic Potluck 3 w/ JON-RAE FLETCHER, HENRI FABERGE, ANNE & ELISHA, surprise guests => Music Garden (on Queens Quay btw Bathurst & Spadina), 3 pm-?, free but bring potlucky things
* DARREN SIGESMUND w/ QUINSIN NACHOFF, REG SCHWAGER, JIM VIVIAN, ANTHONY MICHELLI => Rex Hotel
NINJA BEATS Dance party w/ karate battle, anime visuals and DJs DJs CHRISTIAN SKJODT, DJ:TK & BABY JOEL SMYE => Footwork, 25 Adelaide St. W., 10 pm, $10
ANOTHER BLUE DOOR => Rivoli
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 (all ages, 3 pm, and 19+, 10 pm) => Horseshoe, $15
LADY SHELLY => Hugh's Room
KIRK MACDONALD QUARTET => The Red Guitar (603 Markham), 9 pm, $10
Irie Music Festival w/ SATTALITES, THIRD WORLD, MORGAN HERITAGE => Nathan Phillips Square and Ontario Place, $38-$68 (July 29-Aug 1)
THE RIZDALES => Cadillac Lounge, 3-6 pm
Toronto Island Summer Jazz Series w/ HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (3 pm), NICK "BROWNMAN" ALI QUARTET (7 pm) => Island Paradise Club, Olympic Island, $5-$10
Hot & Spicy Food Festival w/CANEFIRE => Harbourfront, 8 pm, free
THE TONY FURTADO BAND => Silver Dollar, $15
Vans Warped Tour w/THE TRANSPLANTS, OFFSPRING, MATCHBOOK ROMANCE, STRUNG OUT, MCR, FALL OUT BOY, MOST, DROPKICK MURPHYS, RELIANT K, ATREYU, MXPX, SENSES FAIL, MILLENCOLIN, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, THE STARTING LINE, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, REGGIE & THE FULL EFFECT, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, THE BLED, OVER IT, SAOSIN, ACADEMY IS, GO BETTY GO => Molson Park, Barrie, doors 11 am, $32.75-$41.25
REMAINAMELESS, 68 PORNO MAGS, PINKO CRONKITE, FIRE HYDRANT => The Poor Alex
SKA-FACE, THE LIQUIDAIRES, THE MAKESHIFT HEROES => Healey's

SUN., JULY 31
* GUS GUS => Mod Club, 9 pm, $16.50
* Wavelength 274 w/ VULCAN DUB SQUAD, KAT BURNS, DJ TV School => Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
* Irie Music Festival w/ THE SATTALITES, THIRD WORLD, MORGAN HERITAGE, BRINSLEY FORDE, DAVID RUDDER, NEU JENARASHUN, more => Ontario Place, $20-$60 (July 29-Aug 1)
* THE COUNTRYPOLITANS => Cameron House, 6-8 pm, free (every Sun.)
"Solo Piano Sunday" w/ BOB FENTON 9 pm, DAVID BRAID 10:30 pm => The Red Guitar (603 Markham), $10
DAVID GRAY => The Carlu, $35-$40
The Strange Days Festival w/ DOORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, VANILLA FUDGE, PAT TRAVERS => The Docks, $57.91
Hot & Spicy Food Festival w/ CHARANGA CAKEWALK => Harbourfront, 9:30 pm, free

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Hearts Are Broken, Heads Are Turned

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Owen Pallett at the Music Gallery in Toronto on June 25, in a photography by Sonia K., gently plucked from the Final Fantasy chat site.

There's been far less interwebbage than I expected about Saturday night's concert here by Final Fantasy (aka Owen Pallett) and the St. Kitts String Quartet at the Music Gallery, and so it falls to me to tell you that if you were not there, you were not anywhere. It's always been remarkable, in the past year, to witness this skinny flop-haired stiff-as-a-board shy person shuffle onto the stage, begin drawing his bow and fingers over the violin and dance his socked feet around his looper pedals and unleash all the angels and demons of the deep, his grade-school-christmas-concert voice unspooling a parallel tattered ribbon of furious demands, cryptic jokes and mournful questions. But to witness this uncanny transformation while four accomplished grownups of concert music behind him generate a whole other well of emotion with sheets of intricate and assured scores penned by the very same person... Well, and that's not even the point. The point is that Owen also sang a dozen-plus new songs intended for his second album, later this year, and that most of them are so beautiful and emotional - if much less pop-assimilable than Has a Good Home - that my jaw kept dropping so hard I'm sure it unhinged, and I kept swiveling to goggle my eyes at my friends in the pews of the lovely (and packed-out) church and make giddy-distressed gasps the way you do when you do not realize you have been holding your breath. How this is possible with songs that are literally based on the arts of divination in Dungeons & Dragons and have titles like Honour the Dead, or Else! and Many Lives --> 49 MP and Song, Song, Song, is the kind of mystery art always threatens to spring on you but too often reneges on, in which a human being just applies extreme imaginative pressure to the mundane and it turns diamond; not to mention how the songs can involve so much humour, discordance, and hoarse yelling and yet still be so full of hurt and death-haunted tenderness.

In short, despite its inbuilt rough patches, and despite my own full awareness that I've already skated outside the lines of hyperbole, this show has lodged itself stubbornly into that slate board on which the memory chalks its list of the best concerts we've ever seen. And of all the marvels that have come out of this central-Canada bloom in DIY creative song-and-sound-making activity in the past half-decade, I think Owen Pallett may be the most singular, the ace in the goddam hole. This album, if he can slow himself down and linger over the recording (as he didn't, really, quite, for the first), is going to be a special thing. (It's also going to be called He Poos Clouds, just in case you thought things were getting a little too highfalutin'.)

I was not keeping notes and so I cannot provide you with the play-by-play the event deserved (though I can mention that openers Torngat from Montreal, a trio of keys & drums & French horn, were also terrific even if their Stereolab-meets-free-improv groove occasionally cruises a little much into tuneful-minimalist-French-movie-soundtrack territory for my tastes), but it was recorded for future broadcast by the CBC's Brave New Waves, so I'll try to let you know when your chance to redeem your sorry lot comes up.

Meanwhile, two 7"s (The George Cedric Metcalf Foundation and Young Canadian Mothers) are coming out from It's A Disaster and Escape Goat records, and chances to catch Owen solo abound for the next few weeks, after which they will, he warns, become scarce for awhile. Many but not all these shows are with the charming Barmitzvah Brothers. I may see you at one or two.

JULY 7th, KINGSTON, ELIXIR
JULY 8th, MONTREAL, LA SALA ROSSA
JULY 9th, OTTAWA, BLUESFEST
JULY 14th, GUELPH, E-BAR
JULY 15th, WINDSOR, PHOG
JULY 16th, PETERBOROUGH, THE BLUE ROOM
JULY 21st, LONDON, THE LAST DROP
JULY 22nd, HAMILTON, THE CASBAH

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Chant'ses Are

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More to come this afternoon but wanted to let you know that the final days of June have been honoured with an update in the Zoilus Toronto live guide (and July's guide is imminent), including jazz-festival picks.

Of special note is tonight's show at the New Works Studio featuring several local improvisors (Joe Sorbara, Eric Chenaux, Colin Fisher and Ken Aldcroft) with Tom Chant, a UK soprano saxophonist who is part of the Eddie Prevost Trio, the Cinematic Orchestra, the Marseille Figs and the London Improvisers Orchestra, among others, as well as collaborating with Ninja Tune types like Coldcut and DJ Vadim. My impression is that he began - like many sopranoists - as a Steve Lacy acolyte, but has moved away from such melodic (and harmolodic) walkabouts in favour of more abstract pools of sound - but as Bagatellen says, he's reputed to be the "real deal." Check out Joe Sorbara's web page for more. That's at 319 Spadina, 9 pm, $10.

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Tip

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Just got back from a panel discussion on music and contemporary art down at the Drake related to the drum-art show at the MOCCA. (Which includes things like Han Bennink's drum kit made out of rounds of gouda cheese.) A little meandering - and too big and disparate a panel - but interesting, and maybe I'll share some notes on it later, but panelist Paul D Miller aka DJ Spooky dropped word that his performance from 8 till late tonight in the Drake's lounge and roof patio would include a guest appearance by K-Os, and I thought you might like to know. I believe tix are $10.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, June 18 at 3:29 PM | Linking Posts

 

A Blow To The Three Gut

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Word comes this morning that Three Gut Records, one of the primary sources of the Toronto indie rock explosion, will cease operations after the Oct. 11 release of the new Constantines record, Tournament of Hearts. Three Gut has been the home of such bands as the Cons, Royal City (the likely-defunct band that has included Aaron Riches, Jim Guthrie, Leslie Feist, Nathan Lawr and more), Jim Guthrie, Gentleman Reg, Sea Snakes, Cuff the Duke and lately Oneida. It has its origins in the unexpected genius spirit of Guelph, Ontario, and it was founded by Guthrie and the sparkly-fantastical Tyler Clark Burke, soon joined by the intrepid Lisa Moran, around and about the year 2000. The two women, who quickly assumed supervisory roles, harvested gorgeously produced and packaged sheafs of surprising and infectious music which sprouted between the orderly rows of expectation, not to mention bushels of art-rock parties and other compost mulch of community motivation. They served as inspiration and model for Arts & Crafts, Paper Bag and Blocks and all the other family-project-meets-feisty-entrepreneur labels that have bloomed here in recent years. Tyler left about a year-and-a-half ago to concentrate on her own artwork (which continues to grace 3G releases) and Lisa has carried on but understandably wants to explore other options. There will be commemorative parties and champagne toasts and tears. I just want to express my gratitude and admiration for what Three Gut's accomplished. This town (and country) would not be the same without them.

News | Posted by zoilus on Monday, June 13 at 1:01 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)

 

Sunburned Saturday Night

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Bulletin: A "secret" appearance by a Massachusetts collective will take place late night in Toronto on Saturday, after their show elsewhere in town. The evening begins at 10:30 pm with a set by Toronto improv titans CCMC (Paul Dutton, John Oswald and Michael Snow), continues with a set by the awesome Awesome at midnight, and then the anonymous freak-folk-psych-noise collective hits the stage sometime around 1:30 a.m. (Sample the sound at the bottom of this Krudmart page or in Chuck Eddy's picks.) The tariff to enter this alternate dimension is $8, less than half the cost for their legally sanctioned appearance elsewhere, although the heaviosity of that other bill should be humbly acknowledged. Location: The Boat, 158 Augusta, Kensington Market.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, June 09 at 7:21 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Knee-Deep In June (Toronto Live Guide)

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SS Cardiacs, whose great new album Fear the Love I haven't had a chance to mention, join the Gris Gris on June 9 at the Comfort Zone, one of the first shows I'm really looking forward to from Zoilus's June Toronto gig guide - which you can find on the jump. [...]

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change - this is a casual effort, please do call the venues. Sources include the Stillepost.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, ListMe.ca, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note, Toronto Life and ye olde email.

WED. JUNE 29
** Leftover Daylight presents TOM CHANT (reeds), ERIC CHENAUX/COLIN FISHER (guitar duo), ALDCROFT/CHANT/SORBARA (guitar/reeds/drums trio) => New Works Studio, 319 Spadina, 9 pm, $10
** Stones Throw w/ J ROCC, PEANUT BUTTER WOLF, MADLIB => Opera House, $22.50
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, free (every Wed.)

DOWNTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL (June 24-July 3)
* AMP FIDDLER, BUGGE WESSELTOFT => Phoenix, 8 pm, $30
* ASKEW & AVIS => NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St., 8 pm, $20
* DICK HYMAN/PETER APPLEYARD/RYAN SANDKE => Montreal Bistro
* HOWARD JOHNSON tuba workshop => Nathan Phillips Square, 2:30 pm
TRIO w/STANLEY CLARKE, BELA FLECK, JEAN-LUC PONTY; ROBI BOTOS TRIO => Nathan Phillips Square, $40
ELIANA CUEVAS TRIO => Bow & Arrow Pub, 1954 Yonge, 8 pm
RUSSELL MALONE/BENNY GREEN => Senator (June 27-30)
ROB McCONNELL TENTET => Rex (June 29-30)
EVERYTHING IRIE JAZZ ENSEMBLE => Nathan Phillips Sq., 4:30 pm
REX JAZZ JAM => Rex Hote, 12:30-4 am, $10

EVARISTA MACHADO & FRIENDS => Lula Lounge
H2-OS w/SINCERE TRADE, BELLADONNAKILLZ, DJs HAZMAT & CYPHX => Waterfall Lounge, 326 Adelaide St. W., 10 pm, $2 ("free vegetarian Indian food until midnight")
DAVID VIRELLES QUARTET "Blue Trane Sessions" w/ guest SPARLHA SWA (nyc) => Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst (n of bloor), two sets, 9 pm, $5
Summer Serenades w/ ANDREA ENGLAND => Dundas Square, 12:30 pm, free
Sketch Arts Studio for Street Youth w/ LISA PATTERSON, YOUTH SONGWRITERS, YOUTH PLAYBACK THEATRE => Hugh's Room, $10-$12
TSO Star Wars Concert => Roy Thomson Hall, $25-$90 (also June 28)
PANIC & THE REBEL EMERGENCY => Mod Club
PRIYA THOMAS & BLAST OF 7, NATIONAL ANTHEM, CALCU-LATOR & THE ORAL PRESENTATION => Rivoli, doors 8:30 pm, $5
COMBICHRIST, GLIS, MANUFACTURA => Funhaus, $10

THUR. JUNE 30
** AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, JELO, DJ FASE, THE DUKES, more => Roxy Blu, 12 Brant St., $20 adv.
** House Party w/ NINJA HIGH SCHOOL, TRADITION, LAVA WITCH, VERY VENUTO, DJ Selective Sergery => the Riot House, 285.5 College St., 9 pm, pwyc
** G2: Canada Day Celebration w/ DAVE CLARKE, MAURO PICOTTO , MISSTRESS BARBARA, MARCO BAILEY, GREG GOW, IAN GUTHRIE, JURASSIC 5, CUT CHEMIST, A-TRAK, GROUCH, many more => Guvernment/Kool Haus, 10 pm doors, $35 adv.
* SAINT DIRT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL => Tranzac, 10 pm

DOWNTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL (June 24-July 3)
** KENNY GARRETT QUARTET, JOSHUA REDMAN'S ELASTIC BAND => Nathan Phillips Square, mainstage, 8 pm, $35
* TIM POSGATE HORN BAND w/ HOWARD JOHNSON => Nathan Phillips Sq., noon, free
* SOPHIE MILMAN QUARTET=> Montreal Bistro
* THE HERBALIZER, BONOBO => Opera House, $25
* RAY BENSON & JEFF HEALEY => Healey's, $15
* BUGGE WESSELTOFT => Revival, 783 College, $20
RUSSELL MALONE/BENNY GREEN => Senator (June 27-30)
DON THOMPSON/REG SCHWAGER => Mezzetta, 681 St. Clair W., 9 pm
ROB McCONNELL TENTET => Rex (June 29-30)
DOUG RICHARDSON TRIO => Trane Studio (every Thursday), two sets, 9 pm, $7
REX JAZZ JAM w/ ROB MOSHER TRIO => Rex, 12:30-4 am, $10

* SON OF DAVE ("The One-Man-Blues-Beat-Box Machine," ex-Crash Test Dummies), Z-RAYS, LOLLIPOP PEOPLE => Drake Hotel, 11 pm, $10
HUNTER VALENTINE, JEEN O'BRIEN, DELTA => Rivoli, doors 9:30, $6
THE ILLUMINATI => Horseshoe, 11 pm, free
ADAM SOLOMON & TIKISA (afropop) => Lula Lounge, doors 7 pm, show 8:30 pm, $35 (or $50/couple)
"Cangrind Fest-evil" W/FUCK THE FACTS, MURDERSQUAD TO, SLIT, WRITHING ELIZABETH, DISGUST, VAGINAL DISCHARGE, ORCHIDECTOMY => Kathedral, all ages, $8
RACHAEL SAGE => Cameron, 11 pm
WIDOW, GOAT HORN, BURN TO BLACK => El Mocambo, doors 9 pm, $8
JAMES T. COTTON (a.k.a Tadd Mullinix a.k.a. Dabrye, Detroit), CARLOS SOUFFRONT of ECTOMORPH (Detroit), ADAM MARSHALL, TASK, OCHITWA => Footwork, 425 Adelaide St West, $10
"I am Canadian" w/ DJs NANA, MAYSR, CELL DIVISION CREW, SICK SOUND SYNDROME => Stone Lounge (below Revival), 783 College St., $5 b4 midnight, $10 after, doors 10 pm
milk. & Quadrasonic present Long Weekend Jam Session w/ DJs FELIX, GANI, KID KONGA, ALVARO C., plus live performance by BARRIO LAB => Revival, 783 College St., $8 adv., "more" at door, doors 10 pm
Bruckbeat Sessions w/ ROBERT STRAUSS & ROLAND DESCHAMPS, DJs DIALECT, MURR = Embassy Bar, 223 Augusta Ave., free
YELLOW WOOD => Poor Alex, $5
ON SWITCH => Club 279
GOOD RIDDANCE => Funhaus, $13.50

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The Chosen (Bobby) Few

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The June gig guide will be up shortly, but here's one preview note: As my colleague Mark Miller pointed out to me, the Rex has jazz pianist Bobby Few here in Toronto on Friday (June 3), playing at 6:30 pm. As Mark said, they don't seem to know what they've got: Few is one of the expat American jazz musicians who left the States for France in the late 60s, so he's generally more obscure in North America than he ought to be. But he's worked with (especially) Steve Lacy, Booker Ervin, Albert Ayler (with whom he grew up in Cleveland), Archie Shepp, Frank Wright and others. He'll be here with a frequent partner, ex-Parisian, now New York-based sax player Avram Fefer (an Ornette and world-music disciple who's worked for David Murray and Butch Morris), for what will no doubt be an underattended gig. Grab an early dinner and rush on down.

Live Notes | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, June 01 at 12:11 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

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Please note the many new additions to the May gig guide, including Grandmaster Flash at Roxy Blue on the 27th and Animalmonster's much-anticipated 8-Hour Drone show at Mercer Union on the 29th. (What note will it be!? Zoilus votes for E-flat.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, May 17 at 3:46 PM | Linking Posts

 

They Win!

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Centre: The Gligorijevic-Collins sacramental moment, as captured by Amber.

Zoilus extends effusive congratulations on a knot successfully tied! to Katarina Gligorijevic (of Barcelona Pavilion, who by-the-way have a new bitchin' micro-EP, and Toronto-band-of-the-year Republic of Safety) and Matt Collins (of Ninja High School, Manhunt and Jennifer Lopez Knife records and formerly of Currently in These United States). We weren't able to attend the nuptials themselves in bucolic Milton, Ont., as pictured above, but we did go to the most indie-rock wedding reception ever, last night at Sneaky Dee's, featuring a welcoming barrage of silly string for the newlyweds, then Steve Kado and Greg Collins (of Ninja High School, Blocks Recording Club and dozens of other local bands between them) as MANSHIT playing Elvis and Bruce Springsteen covers for slow-dance shoutalongs to start the night, and then the electro-make-out music of Kids on TV and a whole helluva lot of fog-machine, climaxing with a mass half-naked half-drunk audience-on-stage dance frenzy (followed by more dancing courtesy of DJ Jonny Dovercourt). Plus indoors smoking, and cake. Zoilus is so very happy for the new Prince and Princess of Dee's. As Misha said, "Just when I think this whole 'Torontopia' thing is overstated, something like tonight comes along that makes me think Toronto really is the greatest place in the world." Mazel tov, mes amis.

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The "Matterina" getaway car, bearing, though you can't quite see it in this pic, one of the few marital tributes to Captain Beefheart ever made - it says "This is the Best Batch Yet!" Thanks again, Amber.

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Aforementioned fake-fogged dance frenzy. Arm of Zoilus, with striped cuff, seen at right.
Pic by Merckeda on the Stillepost wed-thread.

Also today, Pitchfork's campaign to distance Pitchfork from Pitchfork goes into hyperdrive. (At first I accidentally typed hyperdrivel, which is a pretty great phrase to apply to Pitchfork, tho not to David Cross usually.) A subtributary to the campaign can also be found in their Robbie Fulks review, which goes out of its way to praise mainstream country at the expense of alt-country, although it somewhat gives the game away by characterizing the likes of Roger Miller and Don Williams as having voices with "coarse grain" - Williams being an ol' smoothie and Miller's voice being pretty much as "nasal" as Fulks'. I haven't heard the Fulks disc yet but word is that it's much stronger as a country disc than P'fork would have you believe.

And: Let's think good thoughts, not even the usual dirty ones, for Kylie Minogue, who has breast cancer.

News | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, May 17 at 1:50 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (10)

 

Come What MAY (gig guide)

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More-or-less compleat Toronto show calendar is jitterbuggin' on the flip. Notice Joe Pernice tonight, Veda Hille tomorrow at Lula Lounge (as well as Roots Manuva and The Books and Mice Parade/Chad Van Gaalen/Boom Bip - all separate shows!), the Interface series with Jean Derome this weekend, the over-the-top Over the Top Fest, Mike Doughty (ex-Soul Coughing) on Tuesday, Mountain Goatses!!! (Zoilus' most-anticipated show-of-the-month/year) next Wed., Gang of 4 on May 14 (or else Dat Politics), Stereo Total the following day, that big wedding you don't know about shhh, Deerhoof on May 18 (because Bright Eyes is at the friggin' Docks), the VTO5 new-music festival, (((MIA))) and LCD Soundsystem double-bill, Wolf Eyes, Gang Gang Dance and the Deep Wireless festival. Oh, and Rebecca Gates (ex-Spinanes) on May 21, while I am away in Victoriaville, goddammmmmit. (Thanks Chromewaves, for letting me know my chance to see one of my Top All-Time Crushed-Upon Indie Femme Fatales is, in its turn, crushed.) Whew. [...]

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change - this is a casual effort, please do call the venues. Sources include the Stillepost.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, ListMe.ca, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note, Toronto Life and ye olde email.

TUES., MAY 17
** HANK JONES => Top o the Senator (May 17-22)
* VTO5 presents XU FENGIA (guzheng) and a film feat. the late PETER KOWALD (bass) => Goethe Institut, 8 pm, $20
* BRITISH SEA POWER, THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC => Lee's Palace, $15
* THE GOOD LIFE =>The 360, $10
* THE BLUE VAN => Mod Club
SARAH McLACHLAN => Air Canada Centre, $49.50-$69.50
BLACK CROWES =>Kool Haus, $46.25
Rex Jazz Jam w/ BRANDI DISTERHEFT, SLY JUHAS, LAILA BIALI => Rex (every Tues in May)
EXPERIMENTAL OPEN JAM (all gear provided) => The Bagel, 285 College St., 9 pm, free (every Tues.)
KIDD RASTA & THE PEACEMAKERS cd launch, ROCKY SINGH, NATTY POSSE BAND, DJ CHOCOLATE => Reverb, doors 8:30 pm, show 9:30 pm, $10 (w/free CD)
BREAK THE SILENCE, CRANE, FUTURES PAST, MIGHT AS WELL, RUMSFIELD => Kathedral, $10

WED., MAY 18
** BRIGHT EYES, THE FAINT => The Docks, $26
** DEERHOOF, NEDELLE => Lee's Palace, $10
** GORDON LIGHTFOOT => Massey Hall, $30-$55 (May 18-21)
** HANK JONES => Top o the Senator (May 17-22)
* JOHN SOUTHWORTH, THE BICYCLES => El Mocambo, $8
* Ambient Ping & Deep Wireless present RADiO iN AMBiENCE 2 w/ ANNA FRIZ *(Montreal), ALLISON CAMERON and STEPHEN PARKINSON (T'o) => Hacienda (794 Bathurst St. @ Bloor), 9 pm, pwyc
* Peace Jam and Fundraiser for Livvette Moores orphaned children w/ TASHA T., HARPOON MISSILE, CODE BLUE, DON SKILACHI, MOTION, RISHAARD, MASIA ONE, ANDRE RANXX, SHARON RILEY (Faith Chorale), more => Opera House, 8 pm (doors 7 pm), $10 minimum donation
* AGYU experimental music series w/ QUASiMODAL => Art Gallery of York University, N145 Ross Building, 7 pm, free
* VTO5 presents Sandhills Reunion by JERRY GRANELLI'S SEPTET (w/ FRANCOIS HOULE, JEFF REILLY, DAVID MOTT, CHRISTOPH BOTH, CHRISTIAN KOGEL, J. ANTHONY GRANELLI) w/PAUL KENNEDY reading Rinde Eckert => Gladstone, 10 pm, $20
* THE BLOOD BROTHERS, PLOT TO BLOW UP THE EIFFEL TOWER, BIG BUSINESS =>Mod Club, $13.50
* Songs Of Anatolia w/ MAZA MEZ, BRENNA MACCRIMMON, ISMAIL HAKKI => Harbourfront, $20
* LYNN MILES, JENNY WHITELEY, MELWOOD CUTLERY (cd release) => Hugh's Room, $18
* THIEVERY CORPORATION => the Carlu (444 Yonge), $35-$40
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, free (every Wed.)
SNOW PATROL, ATHLETE =>Kool Haus, $26.25
NOW YR TAKEN, LAVA WITCH, PROELIIS FERE, GOING NOWHERE => Clinton's, 9 pm, $5
ELIANA CUEVAS => Lula Lounge
KIVA'S TRIO (Wyrd Sisters, harmonic overtone singer), HEATHER DALE => Holy Joe's, 9 pm, $8
DAVID FRENCH, LUIS SIMAO LATIN JAZZ QUINTET => Rex
THE SHANKS cd release, THE POSITIONS => Cameron, 10 pm, $5
THE SECRET HANDSHAKE, THE BEAUTYS => Neutral Lounge, 10 pm, pwyc
THE EXCHANGES => Fez Batik, 10 pm, Free
VICTOR BATEMAN (6 pm) Bartender Daughter Productions Presents MARCO DiFELICE, MICHAEL LADAROUTE, SCOTT MAYNARD, CASSANDRA RUTHERFORD, MARK RUTHERFORD TRIO, guests (8 pm) => Tranzac
THE PERISHERS => Rivoli
DAVID VIERELLES QUARTET => Trane Studio

THUR., MAY 19
** GORDON LIGHTFOOT => Massey Hall, $30-$55 (May 18-21)
** HANK JONES => Top o the Senator (May 17-22)
** RILO KILEY, NADA SURF => Opera House, $15
* VTO5 presents STEFANO SCODANIBBIO (contrabass, Italy) w/ JOZEF VAN WISSEM (lute, Amsterdam) => Edward Day Gallery, 952 Queen West, 8 pm, $20
* JOHNNY DOWD => Horseshoe, $8, also Soundscapes @ 5 pm (free)
* AUTORICKSHAW, GEORGE KOLLER, LOTUS => Lula Lounge, $15
* JENNY WHITELEY "Juno Celebration Concert" =>Hugh's Room, 8:30 pm, $17
* ITZHAK PERLMAN => Roy Thomson Hall
* THE BACKSTABBERS COUNTRY STRINGBAND, THE CAMERON FAMILY SINGERS, ROSES IN THE SNOW => Gladstone, 8 pm, $10
RAISED BY SWANS => Rivoli, $6
THE PRIDS, ACTION MAKES, THOMAS & HIS EVIL COMPUTER, LoLo PROJECT => El Mocambo, $5
THE VULCAN DUB SQUAD, DIABLEROS, INFLATION KILLS, FLORIDA EVANS => Rancho Relaxo, $6
HUNTER VALENTINE, RAGS TO BITCHES, KELLY & THE KELLYGIRLS, RANDOM ORDER, more => El Mocambo, $7
DAVE YOUNG w/ SPENCER BAREFIELD QUARTET => Rex (May 19-20)
THE FATALS, BRUTAL KNIGHTS, BAYONETTES => Oasis, $7
AND THE VINYL, THE NETHANIALS, KAT BURNS => Poor Alex, $5
NURAL, AMITY => Vatikan, $5
SAX IN THE CITY w/ Heather Bambrick, Amilie-Claire Barlow, Eliana Cuevas => Design Exchange, 234 Bay, $35
KATE ROGERS BAND (8 pm), BILL NORMAN & TIM HAMMEL (10 pm) => Tranzac

FRI., MAY 20
** GORDON LIGHTFOOT => Massey Hall, $30-$55 (May 18-21)
** VTO5 presents THE NELS CLINE SINGERS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $20
** HANK JONES => Top o the Senator (May 17-22)
** KANAK, LOLLIPOP PEOPLE, FRIENDLY RICH, BOB WISEMAN w/ films by Guy Maddin, Martha Colburn, Ryan Larkin and more => Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex), $5
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com, (May 20-29)
* DJ SERIOUS cd release, w/ D-SISIVE THEOLOGY 3, NOTES TO SELF, MUSIKLEE INSANE, DJ GROUCH => Supermarket, $10
* GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS, WAYNE PETTI, CHET =>Rancho Relaxo
* "Use Your Pocky" w/ TOCA LOCA (contemp. compos.) => Music Gallery, $10-$20
* The Abstract Index live w/ DJs DAVID DACKS, JEREMIAH (SUPERHEAVYREGGAE), MURR (LAL) => Thymeless (College @ Augusta)
Petsounds w/ I AM ROBOT AND PROUD, DJs Bronson Lee, Cab Williamson, Pammm => Stone's Place, $5
PAN/TONE, ADAM MARSHALL, ERIC DOWNER => Footwork, 425 Adelaide St W, 10 pm-?, $5 b4 12, $15 after
KASABIAN, MAD ACTION =>Kool Haus, $20
THE SLACKERS => Lee's Palace, $10.50
DAVE YOUNG w/ SPENCER BAREFIELD QUARTET => Rex (May 19-20)
WINTER EQUINOX, ROBOT => Holy Joe's, free
GORDON LIGHTFOOT @ Massey Hall, $30-$55
CHAMELEON PROJECT, THE VOID, DJ ROLLIN CASH, JAMIE KIDD => Gypsy Co-op
FINE MOTOR CONTROL, PINKO CRONKITE, JEN HALL => Oasis, $5
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TRASH AND READY cd launch => Gladstone, 9 pm, $5
BEYOND OUR ROOTS latin festival => Drake (May 20-22)
FINCH, Vendetta Red, Walking Concert => Opera House, $20
Pitter Patter w/ TERROR LAKE, THE GREAT AWAKE, THICK HAWK => Poor Alex, $5
SOWATT, Morning After, Shot of Clarity, Junior Vice Presidents => Vatikan, $5
THE FOOLISH THINGS (5 pm), JIMMY DOWLING (10 pm) => Tranzac
RADIO NOMAD => Trane Studio, 9 pm

SAT., MAY 21
** VTO5 presents PETER BROTZMANN TENTET => Rivoli, 6 pm, $20
** M.I.A., LCD SOUNDSYSTEM => Opera House, 8 pm, $20 plus OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY w/ DIPLO, NICK CATCHDUBS, RORY THEMFINEST, WENDY MORGAN, DMT => The Social, 1100 Queen West, $10 b4 midnight
** GORDON LIGHTFOOT => Massey Hall, $30-$55 (May 18-21)
** HANK JONES => Top o the Senator (May 17-22)
* THE DECEMBERISTS, REBECCA GATES (ex-Spinanes) =>Phoenix, $15 (two stars for Gates, negative-one for the Decembrists, whom I so far cannot stand)
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com, (May 20-29)
* Tangofest w/ SWEATSHOP TANGO ENSEMBLE, FERNANDO OTERO. =>Trinity St Paul's Centre, $20, 6:30 pm (May 21-22)
MICHAEL OCCHIPINTI's SICILIAN JAZZ PROJECT => Rex
SWAMPERELLA => Gladstone, 8 pm, $8
SUNDOWNERS (6 pm), RYAN DRIVER QUINTET (10 pm) => Tranzac
LIVINGSTON TAYLOR =>Hugh's Room, $27.50
CAROLE POPE =>Sneaky Dee's, $12
MICHAUX MACHINE, SHED, NEFARIOUS INFLUENCE, LIFESTORY MONOLOGUE => El Mocambo
DJ RAP => System Soundbar
Pitter Patter w/ LUNCHMEAT, SAILBOATS ARE WHITE, THE PINEY WOLVES => Poor Alex, $5
BEYOND OUR ROOTS latin festival => Drake (May 20-22)
STIRLING => Horseshoe, $7
ANNE LINDSAY & HER WONDERFUL BAND => Victory Cafe, 9 pm, $10

SUN., MAY 22
** WOLF EYES, GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX, AWESOME =>Horseshoe, $10
** HANK JONES => Top o the Senator (May 17-22)
* Wavelength 264 w/ WOOLLEY LEAVES, EVERYBODY GET SICK, DJ JD =>Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
* Tangofest w/ SWEATSHOP TANGO ENSEMBLE, FERNANDO OTERO. =>Trinity St Paul's Centre, $20, 6:30 pm (May 21-22)
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com, (May 20-29)
ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET => Cameron House, 6-8 pm, pwyc, may 22
CLAIRE LOVE AND THE SWEETHEARTS => Gladstone, 9 pm, pwyc
BEYOND OUR ROOTS latin festival => Drake (May 20-22)
RYAN LUCHUCK => Drake, 8 pm

MON., MAY 23
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com, (May 20-29)
ELVIS MONDAY w/ Tala, Doublenew, Steve Lewin, The Makers, Spiral Beach => Drake

TUES., MAY 24
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com, (May 20-29)
* VTO5 presents HUBBUB, QUEEN MAB TRIO => Goethe Institut, 8 pm, $20
* Pages presents NATHANIEL G. MOORE & THE WORST PUPPETEERS IN CANADIAN LITERATURE (Reading/Puppet Show) => Rivoli, doors 7 pm, free
MEWITHOUTYOU =>The 360, $10
PORCUPINE TREE =>Mod Club, $24.50
MICHAEL BUBL =>Hummingbird Centre, $42.50-$74.50 (May 24-26)
Rex Jazz Jam w/ BRANDI DISTERHEFT, SLY JUHAS, LAILA BIALI => Rex (every Tues in May)
EXPERIMENTAL OPEN JAM (all gear provided) => The Bagel, 285 College St., 9 pm, free (every Tues.)
MR. POINTY (8 pm), GLEN HALL (10 pm) => Tranzac

WED., MAY 25
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com, (May 20-29)
* High Lonesome Wednesdays w/CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, free (every Wed.)
* GRASSHOPPER SOUNDCLASH cd release => Bovine Sex Club, 11 pm
* Curiopilot series launch w/ JEFF ELLIOT (comedy), WHIPPOORWILL, AEM-50CC, BLUE DEMONS, MICROBUNNY => Drake
MOOD RUFF cd release w/ LISA BELL, DJs GENERAL ECLECTIC, PUPPYHERTZ, NANA => Revival, $5 before 11 pm
Ambient Ping presents MAHOGANY FROG => Hacienda, 794 Bathurst, pwyc
THE BREAKFAST =>Lee's Palace, $8.50
MICHAEL BUBL =>Hummingbird Centre, $42.50-$74.50 (May 24-26)

THUR., MAY 26
** SS CARDIACS cd release, REPUBLIC OF SAFETY, THE VERMICIOUS KNID => Sneaky Dee's
* SAINT DIRT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL => Tranzac, 10 pm
TIBET FUNDRAISER "Living Songs, Sacred Spaces" w/DAVID MOTT, JESSE STEWART, more => Music Gallery, $20/$25
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com, (May 20-29)
* "Underworlds" and "Euridice Variations" presented by RED SKY, TORONTO CONSORT => Glenn Gould Studio, 8 pm, $24-$30 (May 26-27)
* GALITCHA, TANTRA => Lula Lounge, $15
I CAN PUT MY ARM BACK ON YOU CAN'T (7" Release), BEAUMONT HAMIL, PANSERBJORNE, tba => Adrift Skateshop
BILL McBIRNIE w/ MARK EISENMAN TRIO (STEVE WALLACE, JOHN SUMNER) => Montreal Bistro (May 26-28)
BRENDA EARLE => Rex
MICHAEL BUBL =>Hummingbird Centre, $42.50-$74.50 (May 24-26)
THE SUBURBAN POP PROJECT, FIREHYDRANT, BRONCHO CHARLIE => Poor Alex, $5
MILLIONS OF CATS THAT TURNED ON THEIR MASTERS => Silver Dollar
Ketchup Music: Asian Songwriter Showcase w/ JP SUNGA, MOULANN, NELSON TOM, NOELLA CHOI, TINA CHU => Urban Coyote Bar & Grill (8763 Bayview), free
GREATESCAPE, MR GNOME, KEY OF ME, SONGMUZE => Degrassi House, 780 Queen St. East

FRI., MAY 27
** GRANDMASTER FLASH => Roxy Blu (12 Brant St.), 10 pm, $20 adv.
** WANDA JACKSON & THE RIZDALES, ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET => Cadillac Lounge (May 27-28; sold out)
** KHONNOR => Gladstone Art Bar, 9 pm, $8 (come early! tiny room!)
** KID KOALA => Horseshoe, $15
** Hyperactive w/ KID 606 (California), KENNY GLASGOW, LEE OSBORNE => Mod Club, 11 pm-3:30 am, $15
* MYK FREEDMAN QUARTET, DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac, 8 and 10 pm
* GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS, WAYNE PETTI, CHET => Rancho Relaxo
* Leftover Daylight Series presents PAUL DUTTON (vox, Toronto)/THOMAS CHARMETANT (cello, from Paris); KYLE BRENDERS TRIO; HALEY/CLUTTON/SHAW/SORBARA => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave., Ste. 218, $10/$6
* Deep Wireless Weekend radio-sound art fest w/ERIC LEONARDSON, CHRIS BROOKES, ANNA FRIZ, EVALYN PARRY, YVES DAOUST, MILENA DROUMEVA, GEOFF SISKIND, DRAGAN TODOROVIC, GREGORY WHITEHEAD, CHANTAL DUMAS & CHRISTIAN CALON, EMMANUEL MADAN, more => Drake Hotel, see http://deepwireless.ca (May 27-29)
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com (May 20-29)
* STEVE FORBERT => Hugh's Room, $22
* NEW MUSIC CONCERTS: WILD, WIRED WEST w/ Keith Hamel, Joseph Petric, Max Christie, Robert Aitken and the New Music Concerts Ensemble => Music Gallery, $5-$25
* "Underworlds" and "Euridice Variations" presented by RED SKY, TORONTO CONSORT => Glenn Gould Studio, 8 pm, $24-$30 (May 26-27)
Fat Albert's benefit concert & cd release w/ BOB SNIDER, BOB WISEMAN, NORM HACKING, ROGER ELLIS, more => Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil, $10
THE PARIAHS, PLASTIC BAG => Bovine Sex Club
BILL McBIRNIE w/ MARK EISENMAN TRIO (STEVE WALLACE, JOHN SUMNER) => Montreal Bistro (May 26-28)
AL KAY TROMBONE OCTET => Rex
AGAINST ME =>Kathedral, $13.50
JEREMY FISHER, NATHAN WILEY => Mod Club, $12
KARRIN ALLYSON => Top O' the Senator, $18 (May 27-29)
THERESA'S SOUND-WORLD => Artists Play Studio Theatre
JEREMY FISHER, NATHAN WILEY => Mod Club, $12
KOBAYASHI, DJ Goldfinger => Gypsy Co-op
LUNCHMEAT, BOYBALLZ => The Boat
IN SUPPORT OF LIVING, AS THE POETS AFFIRM, OFF THE INT'L RADAR => El Mocambo
MICHAEL JOHNSTON, DAVE CLARK, DAVID CELIA => NOW Lounge, 189 Church, $6
SHOWROOM cd release, DAN GORMAN, SAY AH => Rivoli, $7
THE FOOLISH THINGS => Tranzac, 5 pm
MATTHEW BARBER, YAEL WAND, LINDSAY FERGUSON, ROZALIND MACPHAIL => Rectory Cafe, Toronto Island, $5-$10
RAW CITY GRINDER, SOHO KITCHEN, LINK DE BAREFLY, AMANDA KAYE => Neutral Lounge, 349A College

SAT., MAY 28
** ROBYN HITCHCOCK & HIS SADIES => Lee's Palace, $17.50 POSTPONED!
** WANDA JACKSON & THE RIZDALES, ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET => Cadillac Lounge (May 27-28; sold out)
** Deep Wireless Weekend radio-sound art fest w/KHONNOR, ERIC LEONARDSON, CHRIS BROOKES, ANNA FRIZ, EVALYN PARRY, YVES DAOUST, MILENA DROUMEVA, GEOFF SISKIND, DRAGAN TODOROVIC, GREGORY WHITEHEAD, CHANTAL DUMAS & CHRISTIAN CALON, EMMANUEL MADAN, more => Drake Hotel, see http://deepwireless.ca (May 27-29)
* Hangama! South Asian Street Celebration w/ TRICHY'S TRIO w/ DR. TRICHY SANKARAN, BLACKMAHAL w/ LAL, SINGH BHATTI, MOHAMMED ZAHEERUDDIN, SHAHID ALI KHAN, FRIENDS OF RAAGAS, ANWAR KHURSHID w/ RAVI NAIMPALLY, THE WEBER BROTHERS, JOSH, STATE OF BENGAL w/ RENU HUSSAIN, SHANGRILA, DK W/ DAVE SHARMA, SHIVA SOUND SYSTEM w/ VINEET VYAS, SUHANA SOUND SPEKTRUM w/ RICK LAZAR & SAMBA SQUAD, GADJET and more => Dundas Square, 11 am-11 pm, free
* THE DINNER IS RUINED => Tranzac, 10 pm
* SAM PREKOP, JAMES YORKSTON => Horseshoe, $12
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com, (May 20-29)
* CHRIS SMITHER => Hugh's Room, $22
HOLY SHIT!, THE KIND OF JAZZ MUSIC THAT KILLS, WEDNESDAY NIGHT HEROES, SAIGON DISTRESS SIGNAL => Ania's, $9
KARRIN ALLYSON => Top O' the Senator, $18 (May 27-29)
BILL McBIRNIE w/ MARK EISENMAN TRIO (STEVE WALLACE, JOHN SUMNER) => Montreal Bistro (May 26-28)
GIPSY KINGS => Molson Amphitheatre, $39.50-$59.50
South Asian Heritage Festival w/ HANGAMA => Dundas Square
KEANE, BRENDAN BENSON => Massey Hall, $29.50-$39.50
SOPHIE MILMAN => Glenn Gould Studio, $32.25
KIKI MISUMI QUARTET => Rex
PASO MINO, BEN GUNNING => Rivoli, $7
HUNTER EVES, JASON CHESWORTH, JORDAN VENN & THE SLIZNEYS, LEN'S HAULAGE => Cameron House, 9 pm, $6
WAKE, CUE HTE CROWD, CELLAR DOOR, SIMPL => The Boat, 158 Augusta, $10

SUN., MAY 29
** EIGHT-HOUR DRONE event organized by Steve Kado and Alex Snukal, benefit for BLOCKS Recording Club, w/ drone performances by JONATHAN ADJEMIAN, AIDAN BAKER, COLIN BERGH, MICHELLE BRESLIN, GREG COLLINS, NICO DANN, HANS FINKELDEY, BREDAN FLANAGAN, MISHA GLOUBERMAN, PAIGE GRATLAND, SCOTT HARRISON, KEVIN HEGGE, JACOB HORWOOD, STEVEN KADO, ELISHA LIM, MARCO LANDINI, SCOTT M2, RYAN MAGUIRE, PAUL MORTIMER, LIZ PETERSON, MATIAS ROZENBERG, EUGENE SLOMIMEROV, MIKE SPEARS, MATT SMITH, MIKE STAFFORD, JAKOB THIESEN, BOB WISEMAN,ALEX WOLFSON => Mercer Union, 12-8 pm, $8 full day, $3 hourly passes, chef on site making "obelisk-shaped" vegan food
** GANG GANG DANCE => Lee's Palace, $10
** Deep Wireless Weekend radio-sound art fest w/ERIC LEONARDSON, CHRIS BROOKES, ANNA FRIZ, EVALYN PARRY, YVES DAOUST, MILENA DROUMEVA, GEOFF SISKIND, DRAGAN TODOROVIC, GREGORY WHITEHEAD, CHANTAL DUMAS & CHRISTIAN CALON, EMMANUEL MADAN, more => Drake Hotel, see http://deepwireless.ca (May 27-29)
* Wavelength 265 w/ PRESSE, ACTION MAKES, THE ROBOT ATE ME, Selector GREG COLLINS => Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
* THE COUNTRYPOLITANS => Cameron House, 6-8 pm, pwyc (most Sundays)
* DISTILLERY JAZZ FESTIVAL => Various artists, venues. See http://www.distilleryjazz.com, (May 20-29)
* FISHBONE, MISHKA, SLIGHTLY STOOPID => Opera House, $20.50
Trade: Queer Things zine presents EROTIC NIGHTS => Gladstone, 7 pm, $10
ARRAYMUSIC: FUTURE LAB => Music Gallery
KAISER CHIEFS, OK GO => Mod Club, $17
KARRIN ALLYSON => Top O' the Senator, $18 (May 27-29)
AGNOSTIC FRONT => Fun Haus, $16.50
SUPERNOVA'S MUSICK SUMMER SERIES w/Breaking Benjamin, Silvertide, The Exies => Docks, $20
ON SWITCH => El Mocambo
Flying Cloud Folk Club presents SEAN TYRELL => Tranzac, 7:30 pm

MON., MAY 30
ELIZABETH SHEPHERD TRIO => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm, $10
MATTHEW BARBER => Hugh's Room
ISUMAH, MODELAND ROAD, LIPSTICK MACHINE => Silver Dollar
A NEFARIOUS INFLUENCE => Horseshoe
LIFEHOUSE, ROCCO DELUCA => Guvernment, $24.50

TUES., MAY 31
* THE KILLERS, TEGAN AND SARA, LOUIS XIV => Molson Amphitheatre, $20-$48.75
* ORPHANS FAN THE FLAMES ("polyvocal multimedia performance by Margaret
Christakos with music by Steph Copeland and Eric Arner, Rachel Zolf (sax) Lindsay McNiff, Jessica Raffoul, Jenny Sampirisi (voice), video by Margaret Christakos, Jessica Sarrazin and a live runner"), PORTIA live music set, plus readings, films => Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 7 pm, $5
PHIL NIMMONS QUARTET => Montreal Bistro (May 31-June 4)
Rex Jazz Jam w/ BRANDI DISTERHEFT, SLY JUHAS, LAILA BIALI => Rex (every Tues in May)
Bluebird North w/ BOB WISEMAN, DON MacLEAN, DAVID LEASK, ERIKA WERRY, ANDREA WASSE, TYLER KYTE, CHRISTOPHER WARD => Rivoli, 8 pm, $10-$12
EXPERIMENTAL OPEN JAM (all gear provided) => The Bagel, 285 College St., 9 pm, free (every Tues.)
BLUESCREEN => Horseshoe
ON SWITCH => 360
LITTLE JIMMY'S CHICKEN PICKERS => Tranzac, 10 pm

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April Show(er)s

nobodies.jpg You're welcome. It's the Zoilus April Toronto music calendar, on the jump, including shows by the Gris-Gris! Regina Spektor! Lee Konitz (the worst publicized show of the year! it's on Thursday! I just heard!)! The Weakerthans/Constantines/other cool kids! Phoenix! The Creeping Nobodies (pretty poster above)! The Lenin i Shumov CD release (jittery excitement!)! Out Hud/Hella! Anita O'Day! Ike freakin' Turner! Handsome Boy Modeling School! Andy Bey! Stars/The Organ/Wooden Stars/Montag at Exclaim!'s party! Angels of Light with Picastro! The Shins! Martha Wainwright! Grandmaster Melle Mel in a Beat Street tribute! Semiconductor! Joel Plaskett! Laurie oh-my-gosh Anderson! Negativland and Diamanda Galas and more in Waterloo! The Wedding Present! The Undertones! The Arcade Fire/Wolf Parade/Final Fantasy times 3 nights! Dizzee Rascal! Toronto jazzer Quinsin Nachoff with Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger (and two local violinists)! And just announced today: Snoop Dogg!

I think that it is finally spring. [...]

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. Listings will be updated weekly. All info subject to change - this is a casual effort, please do call the venues. Sources include the 20hz.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, ListMe.ca, Canoe.ca, Soundlist, The Whole Note, Toronto Life and ye olde email.

THUR., APRIL 28
** SNOOP DOGG - The Docks
** DIZEE RASCAL, DJ WONDER => Opera House
** THE ARCADE FIRE, WOLF PARADE, FINAL FANTASY => Danforth Music Hall, $20 Afterparty w/Wolf Parade at the Silver Dollar.
** OPEN EARS festival w/ NEGATIVLAND (also at the Drake on May 1), DIAMANDA GALAS, ZEENA PARKINS/IKUE MORI, HILDEGARD WESTERKAMP/ANNE BOURNE, BOB OSTERTAG/PIERRE HEBERT => Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. www.openears.ca (through May 1)
** CARIBOU (formerly Manitoba), SINGING SAW SYMPHONY => Horseshoe, $12
* GREG MACPHERSON cd Release, FEMBOTS => 360, $8
* SNFU, CHIXDIGGIT!, BELVEDERE, MAXIMUM RNR => Reverb, 8 pm, $12.50
* Small World Music presents ALESSANDRA BELLONI (Italy) => Lula Lounge, 9 pm, $15
* KISS-KISS, BANG BANG (Copenhagen) => Rex Hotel (April 27, 28)
* ALESSANDRA BELLONI => Lula Lounge, 9 pm, $15
* DEREK MILLER, GEORGE LEACH => Club 279, 8 pm, $10
* THE KEY CONCEPTS, WAX MANNEQUIN, PINKO CRONKITE, THE HALF GRAM CHALLENGE => Poor Alex, $5
TRASH CAN SINATRAS => Lee's Palace, $15
Montreal-Toronto "indie band exchange" w/ ? => Drake
CEPHALIC CARNAGE, DEAD TO FALL => El Mocambo, $10
GENE DINOVI W/DAVE YOUNG => Montreal Bistro (April 28-30)
KIKI MISUMI => Top o the Senator (Apr 28-May 1)
TERROR, COMEBACK KID => Reverb, $12.50
MISSISSIPPI HIPPIES cd release => Hughs Room, $17
FERN LINDZON JAZZ QUARTET => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm
TERROR, COMEBACK KID => Reverb, all ages, $12.50
VANDERPARK, THE VOID => Clintons
Esprit Orchestra fundraiser w/ HOGTOWN RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE, DANNY MARKS => Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. West, $25-$100

FRI., APRIL 29
** PATTY GRIFFIN => Mod Club, 6:30 pm, $25
** JOEL PLASKETT, PETER ELKAS => Hugh's Room
** OPEN EARS festival w/ NEGATIVLAND (also at the Drake on May 1), DIAMANDA GALAS, ZEENA PARKINS/IKUE MORI, HILDEGARD WESTERKAMP/ANNE BOURNE, BOB OSTERTAG/PIERRE HEBERT => Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. www.openears.ca (through May 1)
** DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac, 10 pm
* CHRIS CAWTHRAY (percussion), METHUSELAH (Chris Banks, Dafydd Hughes, Don Scott), VICTOR BATEMAN'S PORKBONE (Bateman - bass, Eric Chenaux - Guitar, Jean Martin - Drums) => Arraymusic Studio, 610 Atlantic Ave., 9 pm, $10
* CLUB V w/ DJ Will Munro => Lee's Palace, $7
KIKI MISUMI => Top o the Senator (Apr 28-May 1)
THE PORCELAIN GODS, THE GHOST IS DANCING, GHOST STORIES, BARF PIGEONS => Cinecycle, $7
MANDO DIAO, THE COMAS, THE AMBER ROOM => Horseshoe, $10
Marvin Gaye/Luther Vandross Tribute w/ TBA => 360, $12
BLUE ROOM cd release => Silver Dollar, 9 pm, $7
DAVID GOGO => Healeys
MIKE LAWLESS => Rivoli
Salsa Friday w/ CACHE => Lula Lounge, doors 7 pm, dance class 9 pm, show 10 pm, $10 ($45 w/dinner & dance class)
GENE DINOVI W/DAVE YOUNG => Montreal Bistro (April 28-30)
GODDO 30th anniversary show => Club 279, 9 pm, $10
MATT YORK, PETER KATZ, JARET KOOP, TOMI SWICK cd release => El Mocambo, $15

SAT., APRIL 30
** JOEL PLASKETT, PETER ELKAS => Hugh's Room
** ARRAYMUSIC presents GIROGIO MAGANENSI CONDUCTS (conducting-meets-improvisation new music with ensemble, toys, electronics) => Glenn Gould Studio, talk 7:15 pm, concert 8 pm, $7-$20
** QUINSIN NACHOFF (Toronto, sax) w/ ERNST REIJSEGER (Holland, cello), JOHN TAYLOR (UK, piano), NATHALIE BONIN & PARMELA ATTARIWALA (Toronto, violins) => Royal Conservatory of Music (90 Croatia), $15
** OPEN EARS festival w/ NEGATIVLAND (also at the Drake on May 1), DIAMANDA GALAS, ZEENA PARKINS/IKUE MORI, HILDEGARD WESTERKAMP/ANNE BOURNE, BOB OSTERTAG/PIERRE HEBERT => Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. www.openears.ca (through May 1)
* Masquerade Ball w/ LULLABYE ARKESTRA, THE BAYONETTES, DEAR JANE, PROELIIS FERE => Sneaky Dee's, $5
* "Rave of Doom!" breakcore/noise w/NWODTLEM, CRUSHKILL, DIR:Z, SKEETER & $NOOTY => Ear Raid HQ (address announced 24 hours before on heresmycardrecords.com), no cover, 9:30 pm, byob
* "Rec Room" w/ DJ's JARED C., mROBOTO, MIKEY APPLES => Clinton's, $6
JIMMY CHAMBERLIN COMPLEX => Lee's Palace, $15
CARLOS DEL JUNCO => Silver Dollar, $12
KIKI MISUMI => Top o the Senator (Apr 28-May 1)
Salsa Saturday w/ EVARISTO MACHADO => Lula Lounge, doors 7 pm, dance class 9 pm, show 10 pm, $10 ($45 w/dinner & dance class)
THE OPPRESSED, THE PROWLERS, THE CLASS ASSASSINS, THE FALLOUT => 360, $15
INTRADA BRASS fundraiser for St. Stephen's Community House => Grace Church On-the-Hill (300 lonsdale), $25
JOHN ACQUAVIVA => Film Lounge
HUGH DILLON REDEMPTION CHOIR => Mod Club
GENE DINOVI W/DAVE YOUNG => Montreal Bistro (April 28-30)
SAM NOTO QUINTET w/ KIRK MACDONALD => Rex Hotel
THE UGLY BUG BAND => Tranzac, 10 pm
HUGH DILLON REDEMPTION CHOIR => Mod Club, 8 pm
RYAN LUCHUCK BAND, DRIFTER, DELTA, ANNEX RIVALS => Cameron House
"RE.GENERATE" w/, DJs THE DUKES, PAT DAVIS & THE GENTLE PEOPLE => Salem's Lift, 136 Geary Ave. (entrance off Salem), 10 pm, $15

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Hot-Clutton Issue

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Rob Clutton. Photo by Joe Sorbara

Tonight at 10 pm at the Tranzac Club, bassist-composer Rob Clutton launches his first solo-bass CD, coming out on the Rat-drifting label with the typically self-effacing title Dubious Pleasures. I'm quoted in the press materials calling Rob one of Toronto's most gifted pure musicians, and it's a very pleasant surprise to find this modest player stepping out of the group context (he plays in a good dozen ensembles, including his own Rob Clutton Band) to put himself in the spotlight. The disc shows off Clutton's comfortably wide range, whether he's plucking or playing arco or using extended techniques such as the long hisses and frictions that make How Big Are the Dots sound like a journey in a slow-leaking balloon, or the wavering, grumbling drones that rise to scraping screeches in Mr. Taciturn. But there are also nearly devotional-sounding melodies, as on the concise Air. It's easy for something like a solo bass CD to become monotonous, to feel like a recital without personality, and it's a credit to Rob's developing compositional chops that Dubious Pleasures never recedes into background music but keeps up its intensity and physicality. He's a difficult musician to place in a school - this is not a "free jazz" album or a new-music composition disc or a micro-sonics improv album, though it contains elements of each. The eclecticism is welcome, although I sometimes wish I had more of a compass for where this music wants to go, perhaps more of a sense of an argument or challenge posited. This is an issue I have with a lot of Canadian creative improv these days. I'm not sure if it's a reasonable one. On my side is the dialectical tradition of jazz and improv, which have thrived on their forward-questing energies, but perhaps it is too much of an extramusical, or nonmusical, concern - and maybe the quiet refusal to be burdened with it in the current scene is a healthy abstention, forcing the focus back on to the music's unfolding from moment to moment. This sense of duration, almost of a suppressed narrative, is common to a lot of the Rat-drifting releases (featuring players such as Eric Chenaux, Martin Arnold, Doug Tielli, Ryan Driver, etc.), and perhaps it's where Rob's less abstract, more robust style meets theirs.

After his solo set tonight he will join Tim Posgate's Jazzstory for a set with Posgate on guitar, Lina Allemano on trumpet and Jean Martin on drums. The Tranzac is at 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, just south of Bloor.

On Record | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, March 22 at 3:50 PM | Linking Posts

 

The Maggie Tapes

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Left and middle: Maggie MacDonald in 1999 when she ran for provincial parliament in Cornwall, Ont. Right: Maggie now with the Republic of Safety (Kate McGee, Evan Davies, Maggie MacDonald, Jonny "Dovercourt" Bunce and Kat Gligorijevic-Collins).

For those interested, here's a lengthy run of other excerpts from my interview with Republic of Safety's Maggie MacDonald, also of the Hidden Cameras, the Dating Service, and ex-Barcelona Pavilion. I left out the sections used in yesterday's article, but Maggie's a great talker, and anyone with an interest in where music, sex and politics meet will enjoy what she has to say, which reflects how extensively (tho informally) she's thought those issues through, both philosophically and tactically. (I should add that the rest of the band has similarly complex and delightful notions of what rock'n'roll is all about - I just happened to be talking to Maggie.) Enjoy.

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We began by talking about her growing up in Cornwall, where she organized punk-rock shows, put out a punk zine called Saucy [she and Jonny Dovercourt, now of Republic of Safety, met as pen pals when he wrote a letter to Saucy], and did creative writing.

Its very easy to become interested in politics in a place like that because politics affect life there so visibly. When NAFTA happened, and free trade and all of that, the effect on our city was immediately so obvious. Factories left, my classmates often were leaving because their parents had to move jobs, and the downtown, we used to have this beautiful promenade, a pedestrian area, a garden and a farmers market, and they ripped it up and turned it into a street because business was so bad in that area.

Your sense of politics seems very connected to that experience. [...]

Also environmental issues. Courtaulds was one of the main factories in Cornwall, and I think they moved to Alabama, and they left behind this big brownfield. The first apartment I remember living in, Courtaulds had been in the yard and when it was torn down they discovered all these PCBs and pollution and stuff there. But when I was a child, kids would go play back there, because it was a big field, with butterflies and bunnies. And it was a toxic waste dump, you know? Thinking back on that you think, wow, all these people in my town were put at risk for the sake of a little bit of money that just went south of the border anyway. A lot of people there have cancer, and you cant - I go to so many cancer funerals. I know at least two or three people a year who die of cancer from my town, and Im only 26. I find that unusual. Two guys at my high school had brain cancer. Its not right. So you get a sense of how the decisions made far and above affect the people around you.

Being a border town makes things more immediately obvious. What was it like culturally?

It's an hour from Montreal and an hour from Ottawa, so it's not really isolated. But theres not tons going on so you have to make your own fun and make your own culture there, and it really cultivates that DIY thing. One of the girls working on Wavelength now is also from Cornwall, the guys from Brutal Knights - theres lots of people who do more grassroots stuff because you get the sense that you have to do it. Wed put on shows and community centres, lots of fanzines from there. When something happened you and your friends would make it for yourselves. ... It came in waves. The first punk show I ever went to I was 14 - Shitfit and Union of Uranus - in the basement of those guys house, their mother coming down the stairs and giving this little wiggle to show she was with it. ... But as they were getting older and leaving, the next generation of grade 9, 10, 11 students had to pick it up. But I was just there at a good time. We had a collective called the No More Lies collective. [laughs] Of course! I was kind of straight-edge at the time. Dedicating myself only to the punk rock and the studies, not anything on the side....

Maggie moved away in 1997 but was back the summer of 1999 when she ran for office with the NDP.

Looking back Im kind of surprised I did it. I had been politically active in activist groups but not in any kind of political party kind of way. I heard the NDP had no candidate yet, and I was out one night with Paul Kendal, who was kind of the main NDP student activist around, and asked about it... They called the next day. It sounds like something out of a movie - I was just putting on a Talking Heads record, the first notes of Dont Worry About the Government started, and the phone rang and they said they wanted to interview me to run for office.

I was shocked and surprised because I thought political parties are these anonymous institutions that facilitate this show. Some of them are better than others. But I didnt realize how supportive and generous the NDP would be with me as a young woman wanting to run for office."

What was it like?

It was great, but almost hallucinatory, this sense that everybodys talking about me - but it was really happening. So it was a strange thing to go to at the age of 20 to be public in that way, for not anything silly or fun but serious issues people want to discuss with you. It was a good experience to be on the hot seat, too.

Maggie doubled the NDP vote in the area, despite (because of a redistricting) running against two MPPs including a cabinet minister.

Did you come away with a positive view of the process?

I think its important that we have that. I used to be against electoral politics. Before I could vote I thought electoral politics werent relevant to young people, didnt represent what we say, how could one person rep a hundred thousand people. ... and it isnt a perfect system. I dont think its the best idea anyone ever had. But I think its important to protect whats good about it, especially in Canada, having three parties, a variety in what parties we can vote for. ... I really think, not to just cheer on moderation all the time, but I think social democracy is actually pretty good and were losing it. I dont think people are nervous enough about that.

So often when were talking about radicalism all the time were thinking of high, lofty goals that are so far off. You can hold that in your heart and you can walk towards them in your own life, but I think its also important to look at attainable things and get them.

The connection between politics and everyday life in cornwall informs that.

Yeah and its not a kind of suburban radicalism. Im not against that, Im not against people preaching for the bigger things, because i think its important for people to have big hopes and big dreams. but where Im from the most urgent thing is having more welfare and a higher minimum wage. And thats urgent. I want that with the same urgency that some people want to have a utopian govt. A perfect system would be nice but I want the minimum wage higher right now and i want more cancer treatment right now and I want less pollution right now. And these are things that we can have if we fight for them. So i want to excite people of those kinds of things.

... How much more carbon dioxide will be in the atmosphere and how many more people will have cancer from environmental pollutants and how many more concrete things that are really tangible - how many more people will you know that are sick with diseases they shouldnt really have in this day and age? I think that kind of brings about a kind of moderation, because focusing on all those things really takes up a lot of work.

And what's the benefit of using rock to do that work?

It's only really recently I had the courage to hold a microphone and sing a song. When I joined the Barcelona Pavilion a couple of years ago i would sing into a megaphone, initially. In the Hidden Cameras i would stand really far from the microphone so as to not ruin the song. I really felt a deep sense of shame about what my voice sounded like. But before I did those things I felt totally comfortable debating a cabinet minister in a political debate. I feel fine about defending my ideas that way. But I love rocknroll. Its more fun than having a political debate with somebody for a month. Rocknroll is really the stuff of life. Its a force that gives. Politics is a force that can give, but it also takes a lot. rocknroll gives. i think its something people really need. [laughs].... Youre saying get excited, have a good time and use that energy and do something positive with it. I try to take the dialogue, the way of talking to people and confronting ideas directly that I developed in politics in going door to door and having those debates or on the radio and try to do it with having music happening at the same time. Its taken a little while to develop that and make it work but I think with the Republic I have a feeling that thats happening.

Part of that is taking the bigger ideas and making them as concise as possible. Training to talk on television and radio for politics really helped me do that. I was a student of politics at a university and of course theres lots of big ideas and youre taking a long time writing your essays. But when youre a candidate for office somebody says, What do you think of the pollution in the St. Lawrence River, you have 10 seconds. And thats more what rocknroll is like. What do you want people to know about free trade? You have two minutes and three chords. Go! Its very similar. So I took what I learned from the political stage and applied it to what I really love, which is rock and roll, and tried to make those concepts concise, and fun. And rhyming.

What did you gain from playing in other people's bands, where you didn't write the songs?

When youre performing someone elses music its not as risky - it gives you a chance to really push it and go for it without feeling youre putting your own ideas at risk. Which helped me develop the confidence to express my own ideas.

You also were the one who created a lot of the interactive, participatory energy in those bands, which you also have in RoS.

The participatory aspect is so important to me and I think it came from thinking, I dont have any musical talent, but these people want me in their band. I want to be in this band, but what can I do thats special? And I thought - I might be shy in my personal life, but Im not shy on a stage, Im not shy in public. And some of the people I was making music with were. Joel [Gibb, of the Hidden Cameras] used to be. Hes more able to talk now, but... And I thought, 'What I can give in this project is my lack of inhibition, this uninhibited sort of presence. I can interact with people and pull them out that way.' I developed that there. People really do respond to that because it makes them feel invited into the music.

[This is where the tape messed up and a lot of our discussion about the concept of the Republic of Safety as an imagined place/parody of nationalism, about safety and terror, got lost.]

And then along with the political side, there's the stream of material the band does about sex and desire.

I think if were going to turn our eyes to the material world, and be less focused on our ideas and more focused on matter and whats happening and making better things happen, we have to like the material world. we have to enjoy the physical world. and sex is part of that. Sex and pleasure. We dont want a better world where everyone is bored but has a better paycheque. We want a better world where people are happy and satisfied. Its about everyone getting fed, which is a physical thing. Its not about the money in the bank, its about the end results of that money, having your physical needs met. So food, yes, but love and sex are also physical needs. And my utopia is a physical utopia. Where physical needs are elevated and respected and met.

Its a way to try and balance it out. I always talk about Dr. Zhivago when I think about love. I think of Yuri Zhivago as a Doctor of Love, because he knows a lot about it, and we can learn from the book of his life - which is fiction, but we can still think about him. theres a character in that story , Stralnikov, who starts out as the young Pasha. And when Pasha is young, hes in love with Lara, the female lead as played by Julie Christie. Everytime when theyre children that Lara talks to Pasha he blushes and freaks out because hes desperately, desperately in love with her. And then he grows up and marries her, but he always feels insecure, that hes not good enough for her, that he cant satisfy her. She feels insecure too. And one night he sits in his yard watching a train going to the front and he thinks, Im just going to run away and join the army and do my family a favour by running away, because he feels like crap, like hes not doing a good job. And he tries to get away from his emotions. He tries to get away from that intsense, profound desire and love he feels for Lara, and cut himself off in the name of the Revolution. So he becomes this terrifying general who just shells villages to instill a fear of the Whites in people. He isnt just fighting the war but fighting peoples sense of security so theyll get behind the Red Army. And if you dont feel love and youre not in touch with your emotions thats who you become, you become Stralnikov, bombing people just to make them afraid. So I think that promoting love and sex is a way of getting away from fascism to something nicer.

Its also the currency of the rock show.

Yeah, people come to rock shows for the same reason they went out to Quebec City to go to demonstrations. Those people were at the riot not just because they want to throw a rock, but because they knew there would be cute young people. Activism has so much in it of, 'Oh, I saw that hot guy pass out a flier.' Im not trying to do something sneaky or play games with people by talking about these things. Im really trying to present them as part and parcel.

You cant just say 'hey, everybody, get vegan' - not that I say that. (I'm not vegan anyway.) You have to pull out those desires, you have to invite people to be there with their desires. People are repressing their feelings and are afraid of their desires, so afraid that they dont know what they are, but when theyre invited to feel sexual, theyre invited to feel desire and express desire... Our song Baby Im It, this is sung from the perspective of a dirty old man, whos saying to a young girl, Hey, you might like your boyfriend, but Im the one, Im it.' And it's not because I think dirty old men should do that, but because everyone ought to have that kind of confidence. You might say hes insecure, he watches too many porno movies. Whatever. If you say to someone, Im the one, Im it, it takes a lot of guts to do that. And I think everyone deserves to have that kind of confidence to approach what they want politically and sexually. Life is too short to be afraid of feeling.

People who arent creepy should come together and feel - they ought to be confident. You have these indie rock people, and thats kind of a culture of 'Oh, my feelings!!! ahhh! I want to say it feels good to touch yourself and to want someone else and touch someone else. I like to fuck - thats one of our lyrics. 'I like to work and I like to fuck,' and thats fine. So we bring those desires up to the surface and when youre feeling that way you can say, well, what else do you desire, you also desire for everyone, something better.

Karl Polyani in The Great Transformation argues that captialism naturalizes itself when its in a culture. People think, oh, people have always been this way, people have always been greedy, our drive to accumulate. That if man was in the wild hed try to take all the trees for himself. But how could we know that? When I think about that... you cant be naturally greedy to the point where you have everything if youre also naturally horny. Horniness is greater than greed. Horniness is the first drive towards socialism, because if youre desiring other people, and you want to give love and make love with other people, you want to be social. You cant horde everything to yourself because everyone else will starve to death and hate you. You have to share in order to have your sexual needs met too.

But the dark side of sexuality is power, having power over others. And when you combine sex and politics that way those questions come up.

But people dont just want to fuck. Of course I use that word in my song. But people want to get together. People want to get cute. People want to write letters. People want to hold hands. And you cant do those romantic things just by having power over someone. That really comes from you both being nervous, and both wanting it. Its a more delicate subtle relational thing.

Using a sexually provocative thing to open that up in a crowd is more ambiguous.

It doesnt say everything. Its dangerous. Its an experiment, you know, its trying something that isnt being tried a lot, its risky.

I think one of the nice effects the band has, and part of why people like to get you involved in things, is that youre pretty good at confusing people - in an exciting, productive way.

People have to make decisions for themselves at that point, if you open them up and you leave them there. Thats kind of part of my communicative style on stage. Im not saying it in a simple way. I like to work, I like to fuck, My mind is my body and my body is a truck. Theres a contradiction right there - my mind is a body, not two separate things with one operating the other as a vehicle. But at the same time I live as though my body is a truck. So Im talking about the contradiction. I like to work I like to fuck means, 'I like to work, but I like to play.' I like to fuck but Im not promiscuous, in fact Im usually celibate and a lot of people know that .... Anyways.

I want to invite people to think together and experience together but I dont want to tell people what the answer is. But I also dont want to say, 'Oh, there is no answer, its so confusing.' I hate music that makes people think, 'Oh Im so confused, Im just going to lie in my bed and be confused. And then when Im 20 Ill get a job.' I want to make music that says, yes, its complicated, but lets do something, think about it - touch yourself. Touch me. Touch yourself. Touch the voting ballot. Touch your taxes!

Part of what alienates people about political communication is that they want something more penetrating, they want something more direct. More about - for instance, in the last NDP campaign there was this pamphlet, This election is about ideas, and that doesnt sound controversial. But I would rather have said, it's not about ideas. Every election is about things. People dont want to know how you feel, they want to know what youre going to do. Sure, you have a crush on me, but are you going to touch me if I invite you over, or are you just going to sit there, afraid? Sure, you want a better world, but what are you going to do when I vote for you? Those questions are parallel.

Ive come to the point where I think people never say what they want because theyre afraid. This comes back to me only ever thinking about politics and sex. Politics and love. Politics and boys. I care more about love more than about sex. I know its not very rocknroll but Im old fashioned. And I think those same fears are there. You dont want to say exactly what youll do if youre elected because you think people wont vote for you. And you dont want to say exactly what youll do to someones body if theyll take you home because youre afraid they might not take you home. I think its going to hurt less if we get it over with sooner. Lets say exactly what we want to do now, and get to the yes or no after we put that forward. And then the people who say yes are really there with you. Theyre not half-and-half. Hes not going to flip-flop and waffle on the issue.

What about Dating Service?

"Dating Service is pure collaboration while in Republic of Safety we each have much more defined roles. Dating Service is also going for something more performative, and it's about social relations. Its political in ways, but its more about relationship with audience, the relationships between people, the physical space theyre in. It came together in the last year or so but hasnt played that many shows. And I knew that my band with Jonny was going to be punk rock, whereas this is 'Garage Casio' - I wanted to try something with more pop elements.

And what's in the future?

I really want to put a lot of energy into my writing lately, not just my band writing, my story writing. I want to do something with my play, The Rat King, and this story Im writing for young adults - for girls, really - I think it could be socially useful. I want to focus on that. ....

Its such a surprise. Ive always been a person who dabbles in a lot of things. Science, politics, writing - things I care about - Im always trying to express and approximate some kind of idea and the consistent thing is theres a social concern Im trying to communicate with people. Of all the things I tried to develop a skill for doing, its the last in line, the thing I least expected and had the least faith in myself for doing but its also the thing thats become a self-sustaining project the fastest. I never thought a couple of years ago I would be making money by being a touring keyboard player in a pop band I actually really like. Thats a real shock. I never really dared to dream about that before. Ive realized now that more things are possible than I would have thought would be the case.

I dont say no to the possibility of politics. I think right now Im taking a hiatus to enjoy this time of music and art. And learn from that and maybe do some more academic work, Im not sure. But I think later in life I might return to politics, to that stage. Its definitely something I think about often. And Im not going to say yes for sure, no for sure right now.

Do you think about whether this part of your life would be helpful or potentially damaging.

Yes, I do... But I really do stand by everything. I think Im trying to express something that I urgently feel and Im just trying to be honest and stand by what I think to be the case. And if that hinders my success as a politician if I ever try to be a politician, then I feel really sorry for politics.

Do your political friends and colleagues express concerns?

Not really... But my father does. Hell look at articles on the Internet and say, You know, people remember these things. So I do try to be cautious. I try to really let go on stage and go crazy and give a crazy performance, but I try not to say something that isnt appropriate or that I dont believe. I have tried to keep a habit of keeping my political and my rock life separate, but its becoming harder. There was an article in the Toronto Star when I was working on the fall provincial elections, that said, The vocalist from the Barcelona Pavilion kicking and screaming on the floor... And I was working at central office and everyone started teasing me, sticking their heads in where my desk was and saying, Kicking and screaming, are you? And there was no serious concern, You shouldnt do that. But what starts with teasing can later on become reservations."

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Vote the Rock

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In the comments, Adam makes the good point that Maggie's not the first rocker to dabble in electoral politics, in Canada and beyond. I'm not convinced that Charlie Angus would ever seek national office beyond his current level - for good reason, as he is a localist in his interests and values - but who knows? It could happen. There's also Joe Keithley (aka Joey Shithead of DOA) who has run (unsuccessfully) for office as a Green Party candidate in British Columbia, and Chris Novoselic's political activity in the U.S. A quick look around also tells me that Lindy, the former drummer of the Go Betweens, has run for parliament in Australia. And of course there was Jello Biafra's run for mayor of San Francisco (he was also a candidate for the Green Party nomination for president at one point before the 2000 election, I think). And the Hummer Sisters in Toronto in the eighties... And, of course, Sonny Bono. Anybody have other examples? Is there a rapper on city council somewhere? Did any of the MC5 ever run for office? Is Mo Tucker some town's public defender?

I do think that Maggie's political prospects are interestingly different than any of the above, although they're also far off in the future, since right now she's got three bands to play in, a musical to bring to the stage (The Rat King, which had its first demo run before the public at the first Tin Tin Tin, is now complete and looking for a theatre), and is working on stories and books and such too.

If I'd realized they were going to put the 'prime minister' thing in the headline - which I probably should have - I might have mentioned some of the precedents such as Angus and Keithley, but a survey of the intersection of rock and electoral politics would have been a different piece. (Although it still wouldn't have counted Warren Kinsella!) As it was I wasn't able to include a lot of the fascinating things Maggie had to say, and I'll put some outtakes from the interview up on th' blog tonight or tomorrow. Meanwhile remember that Republic of Safety plays Hey Ladeez! at Stones' Place tonight, releasing their Passport EP. I might not be able to make it myself, sadly, so please do some dancing and out-of-control screaming on my behalf.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, March 19 at 6:48 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (11)

 

The Family That Links Together, Stays Together

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I am delighted to announce that you now can order Mrs. Zoilus's new novel Ticknor from her publisher Anansi, and other fine Canadian booksellers. No pressure, but honestly you won't regret it. And note her snappy brand-new-as-of-today webzone!

Sheila's launch party, for those of you in the T-dot, is March 24 at 7 pm at Stones' Place on Queen W. in Parkdale. Everybody's invited. Reading, signing, drinking and music by our friends at the Global Pop Conspiracy.

Speaking of literature, JD Considine has had good stuff on his newish blog, Resonance, the past week, about music in the work of Haruki Murakami. (At least I know the first post is good - I've averted my eyes from the second because I haven't yet read Kafka on the Shore.) I'd take issue with Considine's introductory point that "novels tend not to have soundtracks. Not only does background music not play as we read, but theres often little or no mention of music in the prose." A fair enough assertion, perhaps, in the past, but popular music is playing a bigger and bigger role in contemporary fiction, especially but not exclusively in American fiction. Rock- and post-rock-generation writers such as Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem, Nick Hornby of course, Dennis Cooper, Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, Thomas McGuane and some others I can't think of right now - they're all music geeks who compulsively drop pop references in their work, with varying degrees of finesse. (I touched on this development last summer in my feature on "lit-rock.") I'd say Murakami is more akin to than unlike the rest here, but he does display one of the finer ears. He pays generally closer attention to the aural dimension in general than many writers, not just music - witness the sound-image of the Wind-up Bird itself, and plot points that turn on hearing, the use of oral history in his Aum Shinrikyo and earthquake writings etc. All objections aside, I'd love to read more by Considine on the subject - indeed, on Japanese literary-musical connections in general, as he clearly has some special science to drop there.

Finally: The Toronto live guide for March has been super-updated. With two-star shows (in a two-star system) happening every two or three days, I think I can stop complaining that it's too quiet: Tonight alone, there's Santa Cruz w/ the Inbreds and Fox the Boombox, Dynamite Soul with Jens Lekman and Republic of Safety, the Radio Kabul Afghani music concert, Guh at the Tranzac, etc. etc. Get out of bed, there'll be no more napping, 'cause you've landed in a place where anything can happen...!!!

The Writ | Posted by zoilus on Friday, March 11 at 2:20 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)

 

Taking Dundas Street By Strategy

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Tom Phillips, Brian Eno, 1984-85

Brian Eno is speaking at the Art Gallery of Ontario April 21 on "Third Culture: Where Art meets Science." So no questions about the breast bondage photo collection, then.

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David Pritchard, R.I.P. (Radio in Perpetua)

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An elegy, a history, worth noting by anyone who cares about musical culture in Toronto and beyond, received from Scott "M2" McGregor Moore of dreamSTATE/The Ambient Ping this afternoon. My condolences to David Pritchard's friends and family. The memorial Ambient Ping show that Scott refers to is tonight at Hacienda (formerly Tequila Lounge), 794 Bathurst St., 9 pm, pwyc.

Scott M2: "David Pritchard passed away last weekend after a long fight with cancer. I know that many of you on the PiNG list may only know David as a performer [...] but also I know that some of you had your musical worlds opened wide by David when he was the ultimate all-night radio DJ on CHUM-FM (Toronto) in the late 60s and and early 70s - in the day when there was no format except what the DJ created. Frank Zappa described his show as an 'utter freak out.'

"David left CHUM, after the evolving rules began to constrict him, to become program director for CFNY (in the beginning years), guiding it as a cutting edge station. He was a man of principles who never compromised and also left CFNY when enforced changes appeared, refusing to, as he put it, turn the station into a conduit for 'shallow hit-oriented Pabulum - a carbon copy of CHUM-FM or Q-107.'

"I thought I'd celebrate some aspects of David's art and life in general and hope you'll take a few moments to read on. [...]

"Best known as a radio DJ, David had a well respected 'voice.' Those who knew him off the air could enjoy the change from his deep, modulated tone into a faster higher-pitched glee as he talked about favourite stories from his many encounters with artists and musicians and about art, music, food and drink - his passions. Here's some other snapshots from a rich life...

"David related his background as a painter and collage artist to his ability to artfully create an eclectic music mix. He continued to paint and show his work throughout his life. Last March his Enigma Series of mixed media paintings was presented at the Juten Gallery in Toronto's Beaches area.

"For over 30 years David's studio, Sonic Workshop produced cutting edge audio projects and has won numerous awards and citations including the prestigious Gabriel prize for excellence in radio documentaries. David also won additional acclaim for his innovative radio commercials. Many still fondly remember his Under the Neon Palms bits for the El Mocombo back in its day.

"David and Alan Lysaght created two truly massive radio documentaries covering the complete histories of The Beatles (30 hours long and the most widely syndicated radio series in history) and Rolling Stones which included every recorded song from the artists with related commentaries from the groups and key players in their stories. A book, The Beatles: An Oral History, was later published. David became know world-wide as an authority on The Beatles.

"DJ Deadly Hedley Jones stated: 'In 1977 David Pritchard from CHUM went to Jamaica and discovered reggae... He came back and asked me if I wanted to do a show with him, so we did the first and only reggae show ever on CHUM.'

"Here's the description of David's first album release, titled Nocturnal Earthworm Stew, from the STAALPLAAT catalog: 'An incredible pioneering electronic album recorded in the early 1970's, from the first Canadian artist signed to Island Records. Serious headphone music made under the influence of Stockhausen, John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Stravinsky, Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Charles Ives and others - and with a sound that's often compared to that of early Eno and the first two Kraftwerk albums.'

"I first met David when I travelled from Ottawa and bought my second synthesizer from him - a lovely EMS Synthi AKS. We kept in touch and after I moved to Toronto in the 80's I began to work closely with him on his second album Unexplored Ether. This was a very mind-expanding part of my artistic growth as I learned beside him the delicate craft of complex tape editing and the application of radio production techniques to new music creation. The essence of these techniques have been the foundation of my productions as they grew into the digital age and computer editing.

"You can be sure that when I introduce field recordings into our mix at the dreamSTATE show tonight at the PiNG, that David will be on my mind and in my heart. David and his wife Libby attended our first CD release event some years back and I like to think his spirit may take a moment to drop by tonight for our second release. His influence is within it.

"It was my great pleasure and honour to play with David (and Byron Wong, another artist who states he learned everything about the art of radio production working with David) in 2003 and 2004 at THE AMBiENT PiNG in what I believe were his first live performances. We attempted to schedule the dates around his chemo treatments but last year David told me, 'You know,
people always assumed I was on drugs, but tonight is the first time I've ever really performed on drugs!' We improvised with synthesizers and radio airwaves to create soundscapes for the Deep Wireless series. Clicking on the following links will play a HiFi (128) or LoFi (64) mp3 excerpt from our first performance.

"David's son Christian states that he went peacefully with his family in attendance and emphasized that this should be a time of celebration of his life rather than a mourning.

"In that spirit, Jamie (who spent spent formative years with a radio under the covers listening to David's show) and I will be dedicating our dreamSTATE show tonight to David's spirit and inspiration. We'll be playing Noctural Earthworm Stew before the first set and I've burned a special version of the never-released album Unexplored Ether to play between sets. Hope you can join us and raise a glass in his honour!"

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When March Comes Marching In

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Damon & Naomi, in Toronto in March for Canadian Music Week.

Update: The for-real March gig guide is on the flip. Canadian Music Week highlights are included, but I am not typing out that whole freakin' schedule. I'm not nuts. Otherwise, looking a little snoozy, but that will probably change: Already beyond CMW there's the Keren Ann/Girl Called Eddie show on Sunday, the big grime show Mar. 12, the Jens Lekman love-in at Wavelength on Mar. 13, De La Soul on St. Patrick's Day, a little boom the last two days of the month - McGarrigles, Psychedelic Furs, Canadian Electronic Ensemble, Crooked Fingers - and no doubt more to come. Also, we learn via Wavelength listings that the all-star improv ensemble Bourbon Leaves is now Drumheller - much better! [...]

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. 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.

MON. MAR 28
* Radio Mondays w/ JASON COLLETT, KEVIN DREW, HOWIE BECK, ANDREW CASH, BILL PRIDDLE, HOLLY THROSBY, MARTY KINACK, "special guest"! => Supermarket, 9 pm, $8
* Forced Under Cover 3 w/ ANDY MAGOFFIN, THE PHONEMES, DETECTIVE KALITA, JAYDAWG playing Leonard Cohen and other Canadian hits => Sneaky Dee's, 9:30 pm
GRINDER (w/Darren Maccarty, Detroit Red Wings) => Drake, 6 pm, $10

TUES. MAR 29
* JOHN LEGEND, MATISSE & THE PLAYGROUND => Docks, doors 8 pm/show 9 pm, $30.75
* MIKE MURLEY SEPTET => Senator (Mar 29-Apr 2)
* GREG KEELOR (Blue Rodeo) => Lee's Palace, $20
Acoustic Soul Tuesdays w/ SYREETA NEAL => Trane Studio, 9:30 pm, $5 (every Tuesday)
Bluebird North w/ TARIQ, MOE BERG, LIAM TITCOMB, ALISTER BRADLEY, EDDIE G., BOB SNIDER, ARLENE BISHOP => Rivoli, 8 pm, $12
DON THOMPSON QUARTET => Montreal Bistro (Mar 29-30)
CLAIRE JENKINS => Tranzac, 8 pm
EAGLES => Air Canada Centre
PLUG N' PLAY Open Jam => Sneaky Dee's
New Music Concerts AN EVENING WITH HEINZ HOLLINGER, w/ ROBERT AITKEN, PATRICIA GREEN, DAVID HETHERINGTON, DAVID SWAN, NMC Ensemble => Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. E., intro 7:15, show 8 pm, $25-$5

WED. MAR 30
** KATE & ANNA McGARRIGLE => Hugh's Room, $40 (also Mar 31)
** The Ambient Ping w/ CANADIAN ELECTRONIC ENSEMBLE => Hacienda (ex-Tequila Lounge, 794 Bathurst), 9 pm
** McENROE, BIRDAPRES, DJ HUNNICUTT, DJ SERIOUS, DJ FATHOM => Gypsy Co-op
* DEAD MEADOW, JENNIFER GENTLE => Horseshoe, $12 (adv)
* QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL => Kool Haus, $31.25
* MIKE MURLEY SEPTET => Senator (Mar 29-Apr 2)
I CAN PUT MY ARM BACK ON YOU CAN'T, TRADITION, DD/MM/YY => Poor Alex, $5
KINGSLEY ETTIENNE TRIO => Trane Studio, 9 pm, $5 (every Wed.)
NOVEMBER ALL-STARS => Rivoli
DON THOMPSON QUARTET => Montreal Bistro (Mar 29-30)
TORONTO SYMPHONY "Fireworks & Flourish" works by Oliver Knussen, Hans Werner Henze, Gary Kulesha => Roy Thomson Hall, 8 pm, $10-$105 (also Mar 31)
LITTLE JIMMY'S CHICKEN PICKERS => Tranzac

THURS. MAR 31
** KING SUNNY ADE => Guvernment, $26.50 (adv)
** CROOKED FINGERS => Horseshoe, $10
** KATE & ANNA McGARRIGLE => Hugh's Room, $40 (also Mar 30)
** NQ ARBUCKLE cd release w/ "mini-sets" by FORD PIER, JUSTIN RUTLEDGE, VALERY GORE, ELLIOTT BROOD => The 360
** THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS => Lee's Palace, $28.50 (adv.) (also April 1)
** Global Divas Benefit Gala w/ JANE BUNNETT & THE SPIRITS OF HAVANA, JORANE, DIONE TAYLOR, LAURA OCAMPO, NDIDI ONUKWULU, NIDIA MOYA => Kool Haus, $30 ($125 for gala trimmings)
** PICASTRO cd release w/ EVERYBODY GET SICK, DJ PAMM => Rivoli, $5
* MIKE MURLEY SEPTET => Senator (Mar 29-Apr 2)
* Out of the Cold/Homelessness Action Group benefit w/ NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE, MARY LOU FALLIS, RH THOMSON, MARGO & MICHAEL TIMMINS (Cowboy Junkies) => Trinity-St. Pauls Centre, 427 Bloor West, $25
* MARYEM TOLLAR/JAYNE BROWN and ensemble, Arabic & Greek Music old & new => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $15
KEN ALDCROFT => Tranzac, 10 pm
LOW FREQUENCY PILOT and more t.b.a. => Vatikan, 10 pm, $5
DOUG RICHARDSON QUARTET => Trane Studio, 9 pm, $7 (every Thurs.)
THE DIABLEROS, DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, FOXES => Sneaky Dee's, $5
WINDVOYAGER, 9 AM SOCIAL => Poor Alex, $5
SOUL DECISION, BILLY KLIPPERT => Revival, 8 pm, $20 (adv)
TORONTO SYMPHONY "Fireworks & Flourish" works by Oliver Knussen, Hans Werner Henze, Gary Kulesha => Roy Thomson Hall, 8 pm, $10-$105 (also Mar 31)
UTOPIA COMPLEX w/ CHRISTINA MITER (artist) => Oasis, 780 Queen E., 9 pm
GEOFFREY KEEZER => Montreal Bistro (Mar 31 to Apr 2)
KALAN PORTER => Massey Hall, $32.50

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He Gets You on His Wavelength (But He Never Lets the River Answer!)

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Jonny Dovercourt with Kim Temple: Swiped from Aperture Enzyme with love.

Over the last five years, the Wavelength Sunday music series has been the throbbing dirty heart of "our thing," this Torontopia, this scudding, skidding creative cavalcade. This weekend, it celebrates its anniversary in its usual tear-open-the-circus-tent style in venues around downtown. Check da club guide and read all about it today in eye: "Before Wavelength, indie Toronto simply lived; after Wavelength, we loved." See also the recent interview in Torontoist with semi-retiring W'length honcho and mensch Jonny Dovercourt (also of the Music Gallery and Republic of Safety), and in features on a couple of this weekend's stars, like Owen "Final Fantasy" Pallett (the number-one name people come searching for on Zoilus, by the way - album review coming soonest) and The Creeping Nobodies (another quality Blocks band Zoilus has said way too little about, and recomm'd to fans of the Ex, the Fall, and fun).

While surfing the waves of Wavelength love, I also discovered that you should read about Somalia-born Torontonian K'Naan, who has become a protege of Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, and that reminded me to recommend this travel piece about mbalax nightlife in Dakar by my colleague Philippe Devos, which is one of the nicest reads I've had all week. Over & out.

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Feral Feb.: Live in Toronto

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With a name like Ambrosia Parsley, she's gotta be good: Shivaree, at Lula Lounge Feb. 15, 17.

If you lived here, you'd be home now... choosing your outfits. Zoilus' monthly Toronto show guide for February is on the flip. It evolves as the month does. Let me know what got left out - it probably wasn't on purpose. [...]

Corrections & additions welcome. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. 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.

WED FEB 23
** BUDDY MILLER, JUSTIN RUTLEDGE => Horseshoe, $15
** THE NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE w/ KWASI DUNYO, KEKELI DRUM & DANCE ENSEMBLES Voices of the Diaspora: Songs of Ghana => George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge, 8 pm, $26.50-$38.50
* CRAZY STRINGS bluegrass => Silver Dollar
* MTLEY CRE => Air Canada Centre, $59.50-$84.50
KOLLAGE (w/ Archie Alleyne, Doug Richardson, Ron Johnston, Robert Botos, Alex Baro, Mei Kelly) => Top o' the Senator, $12 (Feb 22-27)
SUFFOCATION, BEHEMOTH, MISERY INDEX, DEVILINSIDE => Opera House, $26.50
CHERYL WHEELER, KENNY WHITE => Hugh's Room
FORD PIER, SCRIBBLED OUT MAN => El Mocambo
The Box w/ GENTLEMAN REG, PICASTRO, EMILY POHL-WEARY, MARIKO TAMAKI, THE PRIZE BUDGET FOR BOYS, JUBAL BROWN => Rivoli, pwyc ($5 sugg)
SIDEWAYS HAND => Music Gallery, Free Lunch series, 12:30-1:30 pm
NICK ALI TRIO => Honey Supper Lounge, 115 John St. (@ Adelaide)
STEVE KOVEN TRIO (w/Rob Clutton & Anthony Michelli) => Montreal Bistro (Feb 22-26)
MAPLE LOUNGE w/ TIM VESELY (The Rheostatics) => Rivoli upstairs, free(weekly to Feb 23)
EXITMAN, TRICYCLE => Rex
KINGSLEY ETIENNE TRIO => Trane Studio
CIVIL RIOT, BACK AGAINST THE WALL, OSIS, RACKET => Sneaky Dee's
LAUNDROMAT w/ KAT BURNS, BASIA, DJ DUCK HUNT, bake sale! => Cadillac Lounge, pwyc
JIMMY DOWLING (8 pm), MARK RUTHERFORD TRIO (10 pm) => Tranzac
THE SWALLOWS, EUDORA, DOUBLESAD => Cameron House
WHEELS ON THE BUS, BLUE LIGHT ON, J'S BASEMENT => 360, free
KEVIN BARRETO, LUIS GUERRA, MARK CUSHIN, ETHAN ARDELLY, JAY DANLEY, ZULEMA CLAS => Cervejaria

THURS FEB 24
* DAVID KRISTIAN, QUEBEC CONNECTION, LE MONOCHROME => NASA Dance Pub, 609 Queen St. W., $5
* ANNE SULIKOWSKI w/ JEFF SINIBALDI (Art Gallery of York U experimental-music series) => Mercer Union, 37 Lisgar
* LINA ALLEMANO (trumpet) & FRIENDS (Brodie West, alto, Andrew Downing, bass, Nick Fraser, drums) => Tranzac, 10 pm, pwyc
* TOM WAITS TRIBUTE => Horseshoe
* SERIPOP (Montreal poster-art stars) art show opening => Artlab, 457 Richmond St. West, 1st fl., 7-11 pm (show continues to March 3)
* TAFELMUSIK => Trinity St Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor W, $15-$62 (Feb 24-27)
KOLLAGE (w/ Archie Alleyne, Doug Richardson, Ron Johnston, Robert Botos, Alex Baro, Mei Kelly) => Top o' the Senator, $12 (Feb 22-27)
STEVE KOVEN TRIO (w/Rob Clutton & Anthony Michelli) => Montreal Bistro (Feb 22-26)
OHBIJOU, ALIGHT, PEOPLE FOR AUDIO => Cameron House, $5
DANZIG, KATAKLYSM, TRIVIUM, EYES OF FIRE => Guvernment, $30
THE WAILIN' JENNYS => Hugh's Room, 8:30 pm, $17
FAST FOLK UNDERGROUND w/ EUGENE RIPPER, DELTA, CHRIS CHURCH, FRIDAY MORNING REGRET => Drake Underground, $10
KEVIN QUAIN, ANGELA SCAPPATURA SEXTET => Rex
WADE O. BROWN => The Richmond, 342 Richmond West
REMAINNAMELESS, GRADUATION DAY, THE ATTIC => Poor Alex Cabaret, $5
AMBER ROOM, CITIES NAMED US, THE SPRAWL, SONIC ARIA => Sneaky Dee's
CONSTANTS => 360, $7
DOUG RICHARDSON QUARTET => Trane Studio (every Thurs)
JOHN BUTLER TRIO => Lee's Palace, $14.50
ONLYFORWARD (cd release), CRACKPUPPY, PLOG => Lee's Palace, $3
Aids Fundraiser w/ SOUL-R, UNBLIND, BLAK CHILD, HILLTOP PRODUCTIONS feat. TESTAMENT, THE SPLIT => B-Sweet Lounge, 1279 Queen West, $5-$10
CATHERINE MAJOR => Revival, $15-$20, w/ dinner $30-$35
CHRIS MOORE => Planet Kensington, 197 Baldwin, $5
ROBERT OWENS (uk), DJ FRANCO FABI (Mtl) => Metro, 296 Richmond, $10 before midnight ("more" thereafter), Owens at 1 a.m.
GOLDFINGER, THE START, BOTTOM LINE, SUMMER HERO => Kool Haus, $18.50, 7 pm
THE DISRAELIS, THE MOVING TARGETS, MAD RIVER, MORAL SEWAGE => Silver Dollar

FRI FEB 25
** DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac, 10 pm
** Canada Africa Partnership for AIDS annual fundraiser w/ MARTHA & THE MUFFINS, TOKYO GIANTS => Bamboo Cabana, 245 Queens Quay, $25 ($15 students)
** MAGNETA LANE, FEMME GENERATION => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $10
** EARSHOT! fundraiser w/ SELINA MARTIN, WAYNE OMAHA, MARTIN TIELLI, FORD PIER, UGLY BUG BAND, KARL MOHR, COMPOSERS WORKSHOP => Polish Second Corps Veterans Hall, 2032 Dundas W., $10
* PERU NEGRO => Roy Thompson Hall
* ALTERED BEATS w/ END (NYC), ADJUST (Detroit), SASKROTCH (Chicago), BLAERG (Detroit) & THE MOURNINGSIDE EXCURSION (Detroit) => Tequila Lounge, 9 pm, $10
* Suck My Disc! final show w/ DAVE SCOONDERBEEK (of Another Blue Door), DIABLEROS, ACTION MAKES, ANAGRAM, THE MARK INSIDE => Sneaky Dee's, 9 pm, $5
* PIN:KSOX" w/ THEBLAMESHIFTER, C64, SKEETER, FUROR, PARUL, THE THUG OF LOVE, TALIXZEN => Club 56, 56 Kensington, $5
* TAFELMUSIK => Trinity St Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor W, $15-$62 (Feb 24-27)
FROM NUBIA TO FUNK w/ NEIL BRAITHWAITE, sax => Trane Studio
ANAGRAM, ACTION MAKES, DIABLEROS, THE MARK INSIDE => Sneaky Dee's, $5
CLUB V w/ GLASS CANDY => Lee's, 10 pm
KOLLAGE (w/ Archie Alleyne, Doug Richardson, Ron Johnston, Robert Botos, Alex Baro, Mei Kelly) => Top o' the Senator, $15 (Feb 22-27)
THE PYLONS, PROXY SET => Horseshoe
GALAXY ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA => Old Mill Inn
Home Sweet Home 3 Tsunami Benefit w/ JAMES BRYAN, NELLY FURTADO, HAYDAIN (JACKSOUL) => Revival, $20
STEVE KOVEN TRIO (w/Rob Clutton & Anthony Michelli) => Montreal Bistro (Feb 22-26)
LAILA BIALI TRIO, ADREAN FARRUGIA QUARTET => Rex
THE MAHONES, TELEJET => El Mocambo
DAVID WILCOX => Club 279, 279 Yonge, $25
milk presents LIL' LOUIS => Roxy Blu
DJ COLETTE, KASKADE => Boa Redux
MARIO => Guvernment, $10-$15 (tix at Broadway Fashion stores)
SLOWCOASTER, FLATTSTREET => El Mocambo Upstairs
KARL MOHR => Polish Legion Hall, 2032 Dundas W., $14
Medieval Roots & Branches w/ SINE NOMINE ENSEMBLE => Saint Thomas's Church, 383 Huron, $10-$15
A THOUSAND CURES, FRANTIC CITY, THE PROVIDERS, RED LETTER DAY => Rivoli
RETURN TO NEW YORK => Mod Club
THERESA'S SOUNDWORLD => Silver Dollar
MARC JORDAN, AMY SKY => Hugh's Room

SAT FEB 26
** HIDDEN CAMERAS 10" launch party w/JOEL GIBB solo => Art Metropole, 788 King St. West, 2-5 pm
** LES AMIGOS INVISIBLES, BARRIO LAB => Opera House, $20
** THE DINNER IS RUINED, SELENA MARTIN => Tranzac, 10 pm, $8 ($15 w/cd)
** NO DYNAMICS, FOX THE BOOMBOX, ICPM ARM BACK ON YC, WINDVOYAGEUR & NAVIGATORS OF HOLLAND, DJ MIKEY APPLES => Dufferin Hotel (2A Milky Way, first alley S. of Queen St., west side of Dufferin, East of Gwynne), $5
* TAFELMUSIK => Trinity St Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor W, $15-$62 (Feb 24-27)
TOCA VOCA w/Heidi Klann, Vilma Vitols, Gregory Oh => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $20-$5
ZEESY POWERS, MINSK MENSK (of Lenin I Shumov), CHRONIC D fundraising for production of Genet's THE MAIDS => Oasis, 9 pm, $5
PUNCH IN THE FACE, VIOLENT MINDS, REPOS, FUCKED UP, CAREER SUICIDE DIRTY BLACK SUMMER => Ania's, 8 pm, $10
KOLLAGE (w/ Archie Alleyne, Doug Richardson, Ron Johnston, Robert Botos, Alex Baro, Mei Kelly) => Top o' the Senator, $15 (Feb 22-27)
THE PARKAS, LEVIRIDE => El Mocambo
RILEY REINHOLD (aka DJ TRIPLE R) w/ ADAM MARSHALL, ERIC DOWNER & ELIOT LAZOR => No Regrets, 42 Mowat Ave. (south of King, east of Dufferin), $10
KASABIAN => Lee's Palace, $12 (sold out)
ORCHID ENSEMBLE => Royal Conservatory (90 Croatia), $10-$15
VANDERPARK, MR SOMETHING SOMETHING => Clinton's
SONS OF OTIS CD release w/ FIFTYWATTHEAD, ELECTRIC MAGMA => Sneaky Dee's
BLACK UNDERGROUND JAZZ tribute to Bob Marley => Trane Studio, $10
STEVE KOVEN TRIO (w/Rob Clutton & Anthony Michelli) => Montreal Bistro (Feb 22-26)
EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY => Mod Club, $17.50
SAVOUR ("monthly night for women, trans folks, queers & music-loving friends") w/ DJs TnT, DENISE BENSON => Andy Poolhall, 489 College St., 10 pm, $5
CHERRYBOMB, SNAK, DELTA, FROG PILOT => Rivoli, $6
THE BLACK MARIA cd rel. => 360
BELVEDERE, BURN THE 8 TRACK => Kathedral
ED VOKURKA SWING TRIO, SWING SHIFT BIG BAND, JESSE CAPON GUITAR TRIO, MANUEL VALLERA & MARK McLEAN WITH ROBERTO OCCHIPINTI TRIO => Rex
MILK. VS. THE DRAKE HOTEL: ROUND 1 w/ DJs FELIX & GANI => Drake Hotel, $5-$10
SHOWROOM, THE AIRFIELDS => Cameron House, $5
THE GEARS => Bovine Sex Club,
THE LIQUIDAIRES => Cervejaria Downtown, 842 College W., $10
FATHEAD => Silver Dollar
PANIC & REBEL EMERGENCY, IAN EYE => Horseshoe
SAT FEB. 26
VANESSA JOHN & THE BACHELORS, UNCLE SETH, THE FRIENDLESS YOUNGSTERS => Healey's, $6

SUN FEB 27
** FAMILYPALOOZA benefit for Kinder Garden childcare co-op, w/ COL. TOM PARKER (Backstabbers), ALEX LUKASHEVSKY (Deep Dark United), DOTTIE CORMIER (ex-Heartbreak Hill), MAGGIE MacDONALD & JOEL GIBB (Hidden Cameras), MR RICK & THE BISCUITS, MARY HARMER & GORD TOUGH, LAYAH JANE, "emerging artists aged 2-5," crafts, snacks, more => Gladstone Hotel, doors 12:30 pm, show 1:30 pm-4:30 pm, adults $12 (sliding scale), children free!
** MICHAEL MAYER, JAKE FAIRLEY => Mod Club
** M WARD => El Mocambo, $10
* THE FUTUREHEADS, SHOUT OUT LOUDS, HIGH SPEED SCENE => Lee's Palace, $12
* TAFELMUSIK => Trinity St Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor W, $15-$62 (Feb 24-27)
* KOLLAGE (w/ Archie Alleyne, Doug Richardson, Ron Johnston, Robert Botos, Alex Baro, Mei Kelly) => Top o' the Senator, $12 (Feb 22-27)
ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL, THE BURNETTES, DJ Pony Carpet => Wavelength 252, Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
SONGS OF SOCIAL DISCORD w/REBECCA BARCLAY (vocals, fiddle, guitar, harmonicas), DAN MEANEY (vocals), JOEL SHORE (fiddle) and others => Flying Cloud Folk Club, Tranzac, 7:30, $12
THE STRAWBS, TEADA, CHUCK BRODSKY, JUAN MARTIN => Hugh's Room
U of T JAZZ WORKSHOP, FREEWAY DIXIELAND SEPTET, SWING ROSIE, AVI GRANITE 5 => Rex
DESTROY ALL DREAMERS, BELOW THE SEA, WINTARY, MNEMOSYNE => Tequila Lounge, $5 or pwyc
Toronto Blues Society HARMONICA WORKSHOP w/ MIKE STEVENS, Roly Platt, Kelly Hoppe, Robbie Antone, Little Bobby, with house band Pete Schmidt, James Rasmussen, Bob Vespaziani => Club 279, 279 Yonge St., 2 pm-6 pm, $12 ($10 TBS members)

MON FEB 28
** FORCED UNDER COVER w/ FINAL FANTASY, GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS, DAVE CLARK, SCOTT MAYNARD => Sneaky Dee's
** TRACY AND THE PLASTICS => Horseshoe Tavern, 9 pm, $10
* SUBTLE (with DOSE 1) HRVATSKI => Lee's Palace, $10
RISE AGAINST, CLOSET MONSTER => Docks, 7 pm, $17
KIM ADDISON QUINTET (w/ Norm Amadio, Alex Dean, Duncan Hopkins and Daniel Barnes) => Montreal Bistro
PETER HILL TRIO, JOHN MacLEOD's REX HOTEL ORCHESTRA => Rex
IAN BROWN (ex-Stone Poses) => Mod Club, $32
MILESTONES => Glenn Gould Studio, $5-$25
LILY FROST, SEAN MacDONALD => Cameron House, 9 pm, $6

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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 => Hughs 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 KAYS 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 CAREYS JAZZ NAVIGATORS (9:30 pm) => Rex Hotel
DALLAS GREEN (of Alexisonfire, solo), SLEEPERSETSAIL, RAISING THE FAWN => Lees 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 => Hughs 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) => Hughs 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 Dees, 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

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Echoes from Echo Beach

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News from Martha Johnson and Mark Gane, a.k.a. one of my favourite first-generation 1980s Queen West bands, Martha and the Muffins: On Feb. 19, M+M "perform 'reinterpretations' of the MatM songbook as a duo in The Underground at Toronto's Drake Hotel. ... This will mark the first time in 17 years they have performed a full set of MatM songs since the band played its last show in Toronto in 1987 at The Diamond Club.

" 'We'll be doing a mix of songs from various periods, many of which we haven't done in more than twenty years,' says Martha. 'The idea is to eventually record the best versions of the selected old songs as a duo with some new material as well and release that on CD. Doing this show is a great starting point.'

M+M's "third and most sought-after album," This is the Ice Age, produced by Daniel Lanois, is being reissued by EMI this spring.

In other live notes, non-musical dept., Toronto's being visited by the Critical Art Ensemble's Prof. Steven Kurtz, the bio-tech artist whose FBI-persecution nightmare Zoilus reported in June (with the t-shirt slogan: "It's morning in America, your wife is dead and you're under arrest") and has been much discussed. He's here tomorrow (Sat.) to give a talk, 7:30 pm at the Ryerson Centre for Computing and Engineering, 243 Church Street, pwyc (proceeds to his defence fund). Musically, of course, the AIMT series continues; Loveecstasycrime recommends 0=0 and C-64 at tonight's Altered Beats, to supplement everybody's interest in Duran Duran Duran; and there's no excuse tomorrow night to miss Republic of Safety with Jon-Rae and The Silt (read more) at Rancho Relaxo - except not living in Toronto of course, for which you are reluctantly forgiven.

Finally, revisiting Feist: Reading over the comments, I have to wonder, was my post that opaque? The point seems to have been missed, or even reversed: I was saying that on Let It Die there's rather too much Parisian affectation, what my colleague Guy Dixon calls "French by approximation" (though that's certainly Canadian-sounding!) and not enough of a specific Feist. There's instead a carefully placed singer-songwriter "revealing" that operates to conceal. (As opposed to, as I'd say about Smith, concealment that reveals. Or in Martha Wainwright's case, just raw rash revelation.) Feist's stylization of place is I suppose her resistance to nowhere, to homelessness; I'd rather hear that absence amplified. Tab quotes her as saying the record couldn't have been made in Toronto - "too many ghosts". Well, I hope her next album is called Ghosts of Toronto, no matter where it's made. Because right now the avoidance she speaks of is audible to me, and as an avoidance rather than a wholescale escape. Of course she's under no obligation to cater to me. Aaron and Tab hear it differently. (And Michael, with refreshing honesty, says he just likes it because it's a twist on his indie-rock expectations.) But I was asked, and that's what I say.

Here's an old piece featuring The Silt, for the heck of it. It's nearly five years old, so don't assume I still agree with any of it! The literary references feel especially dated...

Silting up a cacophonic comfort zone

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CARL WILSON
17 August 2000
The Globe and Mail

"We think we know almost exactly what some of our songs sound like," proclaims Ryan Driver, who plays guitar, drums, synthesizers, flute and duck calls with Toronto group the Silt. The trio also features multi-instrumentalists Doug Tielli (a trombone specialist) and Marcus Quin (clarinet).

Having attended four or five Silt shows in recent months, I think I know almost exactly what some of their songs sound like, too. But I'm not sure how to put it into words, to persuade you to go hear them in this Sunday's edition of the weekly Wavelength series at Ted's Wrecking Yard. Driver's statement, with all its double-take syntax and self-sabotaging qualifiers, is probably your best clue. Take it as a mini-manifesto.

The Silt is turning out to be one of Toronto's natural resources, alongside the likes of Hawksley Workman, with whom they share hummability, flamboyance, classicism, and a willingness to be fey and vulnerable that, at its best, makes audiences giddily nervous.

All three members of the Silt, though no strangers to song (Tielli's last band was the semi-popular People From Earth, and if his last name reminds you of the Rheostatics, so be it), are fixtures on the youthful improvised-music scene in Toronto. That means they're used to wielding their axes to clearcut across musical expectations, sever melodic lines and splinter steady beats. They are comfortable with cacophony.

Maybe too comfortable. And that's what gives this group its special frisson: Having learned to play without rules, they have reinstituted them, to render themselves neophytes all over again.

Any given Silt song sounds like it might break down and lapse into improv. But it never happens. Instead, they might pause, suspend a note or a silence in the air, as if considering the potential for chaos . . . and then sing the next verse. They're on probation for breaking the laws of music, and the Silt is their halfway house.

Combine this with the perverted-Beach-Boys falsetto harmonies, delicate repetitive riffs, slow pace, false endings, unlikely instrument pairings, and archly exaggerated poetry (A Song About a Red Whistle is a typical Silt title) and you get something at once rather haunting and beautiful, and absurdly funny.

They achieve that rich and rare thing, sincere sarcasm. "I know this is stupid, and unsophisticated, with all these heartfelt, childish lyrics and old-fashioned tonality," a Silt song tells you, "but I really mean it. I can't help it. I think life is like this."

This is a very difficult effect to get. It's what people such as Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and McSweeney's magazine), David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest), and George Saunders (Civilwarland in Bad Decline) have been trying to do in literature.

It demands not only deft manipulation of materials, but an audience willing to entertain contradictory thoughts and feelings simultaneously. It requires an agreement on both sides that it's just too easy to give in to cynicism and disdain. Sometimes those much-hyped young writers manage it; often they just seem excessively pleased with themselves.

The Silt are so low-key that they avoid that pitfall. What they risk is being misunderstood, looking as if they don't know what they're up to. But they do. It took me a couple of hearings to realize how funny they were, and another couple to decide that the awkward bits were the prettiest parts.

As with Pavement, or Palace, or poet David Berman's Silver Jews, the Silt's humour is bone-dry, the sentiments slippery. They truck in the kind of truth that wriggles out of your hand, only to sliver its way under your skin. Like a tape that plays in your sleep and suggests that when you wake you'll quit smoking, or fighting, or giving up on yourself.

That's what they sound like. Almost exactly. I think.

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London Calling & Speak the Slang Now!

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Woo! You can't find her records here for love'r'money, but M.I.A. - Maya Arulpragasam - will be at the Drake in Toronto on Feb. 2. The Sri Lanka-born, London-based, electro-grime-raggamuffin singer who set the internets on stun in 2004 and who went on to put a Tamil tiger in the tank of The New Yorker (and whose desi-ish-ness I posited last week just as a suggestive leap, not as literal cataloguing) will be backed by "avant-gully human jawn machine" Diplo (with whom she made Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1 last year [link via Douglas, who's written, "She's picked up her ideas about flow from dancehall, her ideas about tunes from cell phones and mash-ups... and her ideas about bass from being hit with snowballs."]) Twenty bones at Ticketmaster.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes. Nirali magazine's feature on MIA is also worth reading. Pullquote: "Nobody wants to be dancing to political songs. ... Every bit of music out there that's making it into the mainstream is really about nothing. I wanted to see if I could write songs about something important and make it sound like nothing."

Speaking of Soundscapes, totally disconnected but I heard most of The Fiery Furnaces' new EP, EP, in there last night and it's by far the best thing they've done - like a can't-put-it-down page-turner compared with the exhaustingly digressive Blueberry Boat. Later in the year they're coming out with two more albums, Garfield El (a collaboration with their grandmother) and Speaking Chinese (grandma-free). Meanwhile, yer gotta watch the FFs doing a song and being interviewed by a puppet on a kids' show called Pancake Mountain. (Via Nick Barat.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, January 11 at 2:08 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

Wil-MAA! Have You Seen My Sonic Youth Shirt!?

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William New, the scenius behind the now-revived Elvis Mondays (a 24-year weekly tradition, not counting blackouts, in Toronto), describes the place of rock in contemporary life to Eye's Howard Druckman:

"Twenty years ago, people formed punk-rock bands because they wanted to create art. Now, often a rock'n'roll band is our generation's version of a bowling team: four like-minded individuals get together once a week to rehearse - that is, to bowl - and every six weeks or so they'll do a gig - like a tournament - and once a year they'll do merch, like making bowling shirts. It's a way for those four guys to get together and have a few beers, almost like a social thing. They're not willing to give up their day jobs, get in a van and go tour the country."

Bowling night number one is at the Drake on Monday, and the relaunch of Elvis Monday offers a nostalgic lineup: Jose Contreras (ex-By Divine Right), Mousekiss (William New's new band), The Mercurymen, Neil Arbic (ex-A Neon Rome, reading poetry and playing sitar), John Borra (ex-A Neon Rome, ex-Change of Heart) and a Los Cholos reunion. (To learn more about all these bands, read this.) I trust future installments will feature more of those "kid bands," but for one night, the old-school groove is well-deserved.

Other live events in Toronto, including some just-announced tsunami-relief action, are in the freshly updated (all together now) gig guide.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, January 07 at 4:45 PM | Linking Posts

 

Great Hoser Music, Ancient to the Future!

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Scott Thomson.

In today's Globe, I've got a piece about members of the Toronto improv-music scene's new initiative, the Association of Improvising Musicians [of] Toronto, or AIMT, an outgrowth of the Leftover Daylight series (which is on tonight) and its Interface project. The organization is launched with a series of concerts next week.

Will we look back upon this as a turning point, when the city's own AACM or LMT - or at least its NOW/Coastal Jazz - got its start? Might it have the long-lasting effects of CCMC and the Music Gallery, and eventually lead to Toronto gaining its own version of the Casa del Popolo and Sala Rossa in Montreal? Just mebbe. I'm also interested in the educational role of the organization, in schools and in public - the AACM's outreach to urban youth could be a model; in the long run the improv scene in turn would gain, with a (needed) increase in cultural diversity.

What I like best about AIMT is its intention to be outward-looking in a city that is too often self-enclosed, which can sap the urgency and demandingness out of the art made here (improv music included). It's better when the stakes are high. AIMT member Rob Clutton has some interesting reflections on this syndrome within Canadian culture. What matters is to keep kicking at that can, eh? Get the inside story. [...]

Mavericks unite

By Carl Wilson
The Globe & Mail
Friday, January 7, 2005

It's enough to summon up the bad old political joke: "Uh-oh, the anarchists are getting organized."

Improvisers are the libertine faction of the musical world, demolishing the familiar buttresses of time signatures, chords and melodies and daring to reinvent music itself on the spot. At first an outgrowth of the free-form jazz solo la John Coltrane, in the past half-century improv has become its own global genre, boasting as many styles as there are musicians to play them, from screaming chaos to near-silence and from politicized earnestness to zany slapstick. It's difficult listening but, at its best, unrivalled in suspense and surprise.

Toronto improv has blossomed particularly in the past half-decade, with creators in their 20s and 30s running shows in bar backspaces and art galleries, and events such as the annual 416 Festival. Now, these mavericks are taking a different kind of risk: They're amalgamating in the Association of Improvising Musicians, Toronto (AIMT), a non-profit organization complete with a mission statement and board of directors.

AIMT is being launched with a series of fundraising concerts this coming week, showcasing more than two dozen musicians in the new generation of Toronto spontaneous-music makers the association is mandated to promote.

"There didn't seem to be many organizations doing what we've set out to do," says guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a founding board member of AIMT. "There are new-music organizations and a good infrastructure for straight-ahead jazz. The opera and the symphony have people who get money for them. We're trying to get a little piece of that pie to stimulate our scene."

Mostly excluded from mainstream clubs and festivals, the phases of improv in Toronto tend to be governed by series such as the defunct Ulterior and Rat-drifting nights, the sessions at the Idler Pub in the mid-1990s, and currently the Leftover Daylight series run by Aldcroft and fellow board member Joe Sorbara at Arraymusic in Liberty Village on alternate Fridays, tonight included. (The other room of choice these days is the Tranzac Club on Brunswick Avenue below Bloor Street, where, for example, drummer Jean Martin and vocalist Christine Duncan present the debut of their seven-piece Barnyard Drama Orchestra this evening.)

AIMT will create continuity between these series, whose survival often hangs on the tolerance and goodwill of landlords and bar managers.

It's far from unprecedented. The milestone in Toronto free-improv history was the founding of the radical performance group CCMC (slogan: "No Tunes Allowed"), which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2004 with a current membership of composer John Oswald, poet Paul Dutton and artists Michael Snow and Nobuo Kubota. In 1976, CCMC members took a pragmatic leap of their own and founded the Music Gallery, still (despite difficulty holding on to venues) the city's chief presenter of undomesticated sounds.

Yet changing fashions and fickle funders have pushed the Music Gallery away from jazz and improv, toward formal composition and, lately, experimental indie-pop. The younger crowd has a healthy relationship with its elders -- Joust, with Oswald on sax and AIMT board member Scott Thomson on trombone, plays the York University Art Gallery on Wednesday -- but past structures have sagged.

Internationally, too, collective organizations have played a vital role. Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (usually called the AACM) was founded amid the 1960s Black Power movement, incubated the Art Ensemble of Chicago and is still an important provider of youth education and artist development. The London Musicians' Collective (LMC) began in 1975 and currently sustains an annual festival, a magazine, year-round concerts and "the world's best radio station," ResonanceFM.

Canada's most successful take on that model directly inspired AIMT. Founded in 1977, the artist-run NOW Orchestra has set the course of Vancouver jazz so strongly that the city's biggest festival is packed with homegrown improvisers, who get to match wits with the best foreign talent. When NOW guitarist Ron Samworth visited Toronto as part of Leftover Daylight's Interface series in April, he encouraged players here to follow suit.

"I think the main goal is to interact with the world," says bassist Rob Clutton, the AIMT board member best established in the jazz, improv and even folk music communities of Toronto. (Percussionist Nick Fraser rounds out the board.) "This scene can seem kind of isolated. We want to raise awareness of what's going on outside here, and of what's going on here for the outside."

The first priority is to expand the Interface program, which brings high-profile improvisers from elsewhere to play with Torontonians, to spur artistic development and connections. AIMT also plans outreach programs in Toronto schools, as well as public workshops. Other goals (a new venue?) can wait. "Anybody who wants to be a member, is a member," says Clutton, but there are no general meetings -- which could cause tensions over representation, but does bar the sort of factional warfare that once hobbled the Marxist-leaning LMC.

On a deeper level, AIMT could help to dispel "the notion (or reality) that to exist as an improvising musician in Toronto is to be a dabbler, a hobbyist," Clutton says.

He cites E.K. Brown's classic 1943 essay "The Problem of a Canadian Literature," which said "a colony lacks the spiritual energy to rise above routine . . . because it does not adequately believe in itself. . . . A great art is fostered by artists and audience possessing in common a passionate and peculiar interest in the kind of life that exists in the [place] where they live."

Toronto still fails too often to muster that "passionate and peculiar interest." What to do? AIMT suggests we improvise.

The AIMT concerts are Jan. 13 at 319 Spadina Ave., and Jan. 14 and 15 at the Arraymusic studio, 60 Atlantic Ave. $15. For more details: AIMT.

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This One's For All the Broken People

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This just in: Broken Social Scene to hold Asia Earthquake & Tsunami Relief benefit concert. Arts&Crafts; recording artists Broken Social Scene along with fellow label family members will perform later this month in support of the Asian earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. One hundred per cent of proceeds from the show will be donated to the relief effort. The show is at Lee's Palace, Tuesday Jan 25, 9 pm. Tickets are $30 and go on sale this Thursday (Jan 6) at Rotate This, Soundscapes and Ticketmaster at 10 a.m.

Readers are reminded that other Toronto tsunami relief shows are already underway, starting tomorrow (Wed) at the Andy Pool Hall at 7 pm with a phalanx of DJs, as well as Saturday at Studio 99 with another platoon of DJs, and on Jan. 13 with another army of selectors at Supermarket. BSS seems to be the first "live"-music-band-type entity to step up locally. Zoilus would be happy to hear and spread word of more such events. Please see the January Live 2005 guide for details. Torontoist also has details of local vintage/designer-duds doing their part with an emergency jumble sale. (But beware their promotion of a non-existent Tegan and Sara show this week - it's not till February.)

Elsewhere, Willie Nelson is leading the way in Austin (backed by Patty Griffin, Spoon, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis), a Dutch experimental-music charity springing into (slightly hard to decipher) action, and even the Osbornes spearheading what might become a "Live-Aid-style" effort in the pantheon of the uberstarz. Most impressive of all so far is Linkin Park, who have donated $100,000 U.S. and created Music For Relief to help raise more. I decline every opportunity for sarcasm in this case. (And even in the case of the Boy George-Cliff Richard-and-friends benefit single, with its rather unfortunate title for a bunch of aging pop stars.) The Chicago Sun Times has a roundup.

Canadian readers should know that the federal gov't has now pledged to match individuals' contributions at least till Jan. 11 to the following NGOs, so give up some beer money: Canadian Red Cross, CARE Canada, OXFAM, World Vision, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children.

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

 

Unwrap It! Zoilus' January Live 2005

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Neko Case

To be updated as news strikes. Zoilus-approved shows are marked with a *star. Special picks are **double-starred. If it's not starred, it may mean I don't find it especially thrilling, or just that I don't know or am not sure enough to recommend it. See you out in the cold. [...]

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.

MON JAN 17
* SCISSOR SISTERS, THE FUZZ => Guvernment, $22.50 (sold out)
* FORD PIER, MIA SHEARD, DAN GOLDMAN => Mitzi's Sister, free
* ELVIS MONDAY w/ BOB SNIDER, Z'HOWNDZ, SCOTT B SYMPATHY, DOUBLESAD, RELEASE THE BATS, SMASH HITLEY, BLUE MAN GROUP => Drake Underground, 8 pm, free
* MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY CELEBRATION w/ IN ESSENCE, DWAYNE MORGAN, ANDREA LEWIS => Roy Thomson Hall, 7 pm, $15
EMM GRYNER => Top o' the Senator, 8 pm & 10:30 pm
KURT SWINGHAMMER => Cameron House
SISTERS EUCLID => Orbit Room
PAT COLLINS QUARTET => Montreal Bistro
GRADY, OF THE FIRST BORN SUN, ARGYLE => Horseshoe, free
RICHARD WHITEMAN, BRUCE CASSIDYS HOTFOOT ORCHESTRA => Rex Hotel
DJ JORIS => Drake Lounge, free
2 SPACESHIPS: BBQ, KING KHAN => Silver Dollar, 9 pm
THE BAYONETTES, THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW (ex-Spaceshits/Sexareenos), BOYFRIEND MATERIAL => Silver Dollar

TUE JAN 18
* LINA ALLEMANO & FRIENDS (Brodie West, Andrew Downing, Nick Fraser) => Tranzac, 8-10 pm
* GRAVITY & GRACE: Two New Hours presents ALLAN GORDON BELL, ERKKI-SVEN TUUR => Glenn Gould Studio, $5-$25
MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Jan 18-22)
U of T NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, grad student composers => Music Gallery, 8 pm (continues through the week)
THE OUTFIT, CLASSIC REX JAZZ JAM => Rex Hotel
THE SWELL SESSIONS PRESENT THE POCKET w/ Naomi N'Sombi, DJ Abacus, live guests => Drake Lounge, 9 pm, free (every Tuesday)
HEATHER SCHMIDT, composer/pianist => Jane Mallett Theatre, 8 pm, $43-$39
CHRIS QUINN, JAMES THOMSON and guests, bluegrass => Tranzac, 8-10 pm (ev'ry Tuesday)

WED JAN 19
** LAL, STOP DIE RESUSCITATE, MR. ROAM => Drake Underground
** BOURBON LEAVES (Rat-Drifting types) => Tranzac, 10 pm
* CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm
* CHRISTINE FELLOWS provides music for TRIP Dance Company's Diving Girl => Dancemakers, Distillery District, Cannery Bldg., Studio 313, 55 Mill St., 8 pm, $12-$15 (Jan 19-22)
NICK ALI TRIO => Honey Supper Lounge (115 John St.), two sets: 9:30 pm and 11 pm, $5
U of T NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, music of Kelly-Marie Murphy => Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park, 8 pm, free (continues through the week)
GUEST BEDROOM, COUGAR PARTY, GOOD IDEALS, 9 AM SOCIAL => Sneaky Dee's
MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Jan 18-22)
MICHAEL JOHNSTON => Rivoli upstairs (also Jan 5, 12 and 26)
AMBIENT PING w/ FACELESS FORCES OF BIGNESS => Tequila Lounge, pwyc
RYAN STANLEY, ROYAL WOOD, OHBIJOU => Rivoli, 8:30 pm, $6
WHITE VAN SPEAKER SCAM, TOWNSHIP EXPANSION => El Mocambo
THE GUEST BEDROOM => Sneaky Dee's
EXITMAN, ROSS MacINTYRE TRIO (w/Eric Boucher, Stich Wynston) => Rex Hotel
MINISTRY OF ROCK heavy-metal lounge w/ food & drink specials => Drake Underground, free, 5 pm
SONS OF MAXWELL => Hugh's Room $17
GROUNDED OUTLET => Reverb

THU JAN 20
** SEA SNAKES, WOODEN STARS => Horseshoe
** PONTIAC QUARTERLY hosted by Damian Rogers => Drake Underground, 8 pm, pwyc
** ST DIRT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL => Tranzac, 10 pm
* A LOVE SUPREME Tsunami Relief Benefit w/ ESTHERO, IVANA SANTILLI, SAUKRATES, BRASSMUNK, more => Opera House, 8 pm, $20
* CHRISTINE FELLOWS provides music for TRIP Dance Company's Diving Girl => Dancemakers, Distillery District, Cannery Bldg., Studio 313, 55 Mill St., 8 pm, $12-$15 (Jan 19-22)
* TSUNAMI benefit w/ DJ FASE, DJ FATHOM, DJ ABDOMINAL SPIN => Fez Batik, 9 pm, $5
* KEVIN QUAIN, DAVE YOUNG QUARTET Mostly Miles (w/ Kevin Turcotte, Reg Schwager, Terry Clarke) => Rex Hotel
MELISSA REBRONJA => Trane Studio, 9 pm, $10
U of T NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, contemporary opera showcase => Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park, noon, free (continues through the week)
TAFELMUSIK w/ Mozarts Gran Partita => Trinity Saint Pauls, 8 pm, $23-$62 (Jan 20-23)
HAINES & LEIGHTON => Hugh's Room, $12-$14
MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Jan 18-22)
IMPROVISORS POOL => Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East, 7-9 pm
BOCEPHUS KING => 360
EL'S ROCK PILE w/ BRONCO CHARLIE, WINDVOYAGEUR & THE NAVIGATORS OF HOLLAND, WISER, WREN CITY CHURCHES, THE GHOST IS DANCING => El Mocambo Upstairs, pwyc ($5 sugg)
Tribute to PERRY COMA of OKLAHOMA BOMB SQUAD => Sneaky Dee's
DEEKAYE IBOMEKA => Senator, $15 (Jan 20-23)
HILARY DUFF @ Air Canada Centre, $49.50
MARIA +ONE performance art party w/DJ Ulysses => Drake Lounge, 7 pm, free
GENE POOLBOYS (Adam David, Chris Robinson, Martin Aucoin, Henry Heillig), guests => Degrassi House (formerly OASIS), 780 Queen St. East., 9:30 pm

FRI JAN 21
** TSUNAMI BENEFIT w/ NINJA HIGH SCHOOL, TRADITION, JON-RAE FLETCHER, FRANK FB_A, MINSK MENSK (Eugene of Lenin i Shumov solo), GALAXY, LOITERING HEROS, THE LOWER ENZ, DJ AMY GEE => Rancho Relaxo, $5
** BRIGHT EYES, COCO ROSIE, TILLY & THE WALL => Phoenix, doors 5 pm(!), $22.50 (sold out)
** U of T NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, Steve Reich's Music For 18 Musicians! => MacfMillan Theatre, 80 Queen's Park, 8 pm, free (continues through the week)
** LEFTOVER DAYLIGHT w/ NICK FRASER QUARTET (w/ ROB CLUTTON, BOB FENTON, BILL GROVE), PETE JOHNSTON's SEE THROUGH TRIO (w/ TANIA GILL, MARK LAVER), ERIC CHENAUX (solo gtr) => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave., Ste. 218, 9 pm, $10/$6
* THE BARMITZVAH BROTHERS, SPIRAL BEACH => Edward Day Gallery, 952 Queen W., $5
* TSUNAMI benefit w/ SHAHID ALI KHAN, RAVI NAIMPALLY => Gladstone Hotel, 7 pm, $10-$15
* METRIC => Mod Club, 9 pm, $17.50
* TORONTO RAPE CRISIS CENTRE benefit w/ TARA CHASE, MASIA ONE, ETERNIA, SHANKHINI, LATTE D KYD, BELLADONNA, NYCEONE, SUNNY D, DALIA, JENNIFER HOLLETT => Rivoli, $10-$15
* A LOVE SUPREME Tsunami Relief Dance w/DJs FASE, AKI, JASON PALMA, JOHN KONG, NAV, CIRCLE RESEARCH, NANA, STARTING FROM SCRATCH, PAUL E LOPES, MIKE TULL, DAVE CAMPBELL, more => Roxy Blue, 10 pm, $10
* TRASH THE TURNTABLES Ear to the Ground fundraiser w/ PINE MUSIC, ADAM COTTON, BARMITZVAH BROS., GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS => 360, $7
ECCODECK => Drake Underground, 10 pm, $10
TAFELMUSIK w/ Mozarts Gran Partita => Trinity Saint Pauls, 8 pm, $23-$62 (Jan 20-23)
OXFAM TSUNAMI BENEFIT w/ MARC STAPLEFORD, HEATHER DALE, REID JAMIESON, ROYAL WOOD, CALCULATOR, GARDENS FAITHFUL, PARKAS, TRUTHORSE, MYSTERION, SKETCHERSONS more => El Mocambo, 6 pm, pwyc ($10 sugg)
CHRISTINE FELLOWS provides music for TRIP Dance Company's Diving Girl => Dancemakers, Distillery District, Cannery Bldg., Studio 313, 55 Mill St., 8 pm, $12-$15 (Jan 19-22)
MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Jan 18-22)
CACHE in Salsa Friday => Lula Lounge
MELISSA STYLIANOU TRIO, DAVE YOUNG QUARTET Mostly Miles (w/ Kevin Turcotte, Reg Schwager, Terry Clarke) => Rex Hotel
GENDERFUCT! Dragking/Burlesque show => Sneaky Dee's
THE LOST CAUSE => Horseshoe
EXPENSIVE SHIT dance party => 56 Kensington, $5
DAVE ORRETT BAND CD release => Hugh's Room, $14-$16
AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, "Vocal Expression" => Glenn Gould Studio, 8 pm, $40/$35/$10
DEEKAYE IBOMEKA => Senator, $15 (Jan 20-23)
KENNY KIRKWOOD => Arbor Room, Hart House, U of T
PRECIOUS LITTLE, NQ ARBUCKLE, LIL ANDY & THE KARAOKE COWBOY => Cameron House
ON SWITCH (ex-Shasta Jade) => Reverb

SAT JAN 22
** JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY => Lee's Palace, $12
** PERMAFROWN, THE PAULS, BEEP, THE EXACT OPPOSITE play music at the launch of indie film ZOLTAN: THE WINTER PLANET (with Wax Mannequin, Vanessa Fischer [Barcelona Pavilion/Heart Murmur], Amy Bowles [Pony Da Look/Permafrown]) => Poor Alex, 9 pm, $5 or pwyc
* METRIC => Mod Club, 7 pm (all ages)
* GHOSTLIGHT (w/ members of Broken Social Scene, Mean Red Spiders, Deep Dark United, Lullabye Arkestra, Christiana and 122 Greige, veterans of "the Jeff Martin incident"), SADOCEANSPACEBEAR (old drummer for Peaches and Squirrel + Michelle Breslin from Its Patrick), BASEMENT 11 => Drake Underground, 9 pm, pwyc
* ENSEMBLE NOIR plays Stockhausen and more => Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St., $17-$25
* Flying Cloud Folk Club presents THE BANJO SPECIAL => Tranzac, 8 pm
* ROCK'n'ROLL SLUMBER PARTY w/ FEMME GENERATION, THE ADAM BROWN, BOYFRIEND MATERIAL => Rancho Relaxo, 10 pm
* TSUNAMI RELIEF CONCERT in GUELPH w/ SARAH HARMER, MOLLY JOHNSON, SCOTT MERRITT, THE KRAMDENS, TANNIS SLIMMON, TASA, THE CRYIN' OUT LOUD CHOIR => River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph, 7:30 pm, $25
* CHRISTINE FELLOWS provides music for TRIP Dance Company's Diving Girl => Dancemakers, Distillery District, Cannery Bldg., Studio 313, 55 Mill St., 8 pm, $12-$15 (Jan 19-22)
TIM BRADYS THREE CITIES IN THE LIFE OF NORMAN BETHUNE (chamber opera) => Music Gallery, 7:15 pm, $5-$25 (also Jan 23)
EDDIE SHAW => Silver Dollar
U of T NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, student composers => Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park, 2 pm and 8 pm, free
KIYOSHI NAGATA ENSEMBLE (taiko drumming) => Royal Conservatory, 90 Croatia, 8 pm, $10-$15
TAFELMUSIK w/ Mozarts Gran Partita => Trinity Saint Pauls, 8 pm, $23-$62 (Jan 20-23)
SHAKILA (Iranian singer) => Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge, 8 pm
JEFF HEALEY & THE JAZZ WIZARDS => Healey's, 4-7 pm (every Sat)
ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, MAXIMUM RNR, ELECTRIC MAGMA => Vatikan, 10 pm, $10
BILL GARRETT & SUE LOTHROP => Acoustic Harvest Folk Club, Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, Scarborough, $15
GREGG LAWLESS => Hugh's Room, $15-$20
DEEKAYE IBOMEKA => Senator, $15 (Jan 20-23)
J-ZONE, LOUIS LOGIC => Reverb, $15
MATISYAHU => Revival, $13.50
MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro (Jan 18-22)
MONTE FORTE (w/ MOE BERG) => Horseshoe, $6
EVARISTA MACHADO in Salsa Saturday => Lula Lounge
WINTER GREEZEFEST w/ BLUE MERCURY COUPE, ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET, SAM LAWRENCE 5, THE ALLEY DUKES => 360
THE JIMMY SWIFT BAND cd release, KING SUNSHINE => El Mocambo
BROADBAND @ Holy Joe's
ANOTHER BLUE DOOR, CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN, DEPT. OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS => Sneaky Dee's, $5
ED VOKURKA SWING 3 (noon), RAOUL & THE BIG TIME (3:30 pm), RUNCIBLE SPOON (7 pm), ROB CAMPBELL QUARTET (9:30 pm) => Rex Hotel
GENE POOLBOYS (Adam David, Chris Robinson, Martin Aucoin, Henry Heillig) => Beerbistro, 18 King Street E., 9 pm, (every Saturday in Jan.)

SUN JAN 23
* METRIC (third show added) => Mod Club, 8 pm, $17.50
* DARE THE DEVIL fiddle frenzy w/ ANNE LEDERMAN, ROSE BOLTON, ERYN MARSHALL, TOM LEIGHTON, IAN BELL => Hughs Room, 1 pm, $12
* COUNTRYPOLITANS 6-8 pm, KEVIN QUAIN 10 pm => Cameron House
* ELLIOTT BROOD, THE ACORN => Wavelength 247, Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
* FRED SPEK & HIS CAMP COMBO (Brodie West, drums; Blitz, bass; Ryan Driver, organ; Fred Spek, sax/vox) "goofy standards & novelty jazz" => Mitzi's Sister (1554 Queen West), 9:30 pm, free
* A/V CLUB's I LOVE YOU JOHNNY DEPP w/ Maury Pomerance (lecture), DJ Drake AIR => Drake Underground, 7 pm, $5 or PWYC
* Flying Cloud Folk Club presents THE BANJO SPECIAL => Tranzac, 8 pm
THE ALI BROS => Lula Lounge, 9 pm, $10
CADILLAC LOUNGE TSUNAMI BENEFIT w/ the ronley teper jazz trio, the rizdales, john borra band, handsome dewey & the swag, the sin city boys and host James Fulton => Cadillac Lounge, pwyc-$10
TIM BRADYS THREE CITIES IN THE LIFE OF NORMAN BETHUNE (chamber opera) => Music Gallery, 7:15 pm, $5-$25 (also Jan 23)
DEEKAYE IBOMEKA => Senator, $15 (Jan 20-23)
TAFELMUSIK w/ Mozarts Gran Partita => Trinity Saint Pauls, 3:30 pm, $23-$62 (Jan 20-23)
U of T JAZZ WORKSHOP (noon), BEVERLY TAFT (3:30 pm), SHANNON BUTCHER (7 pm), EDUARDO LIS LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE (9:30 pm) => Rex Hotel
Off-Centre Music Salon: SCHUBERTIAD => Glenn Gould Studio, 2 pm, $40/$30/$25
JAZZ VESPERS: JOHN JOHNSON QUARTET => Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge, 4:30 pm
Les Amis Concerts presents "GYPSY FAVOURITES" (by those gypsies Liszt, Sarasate, Ravel, etc) => Haliconian Hall

MON JAN 24
** BOBBY BARE JR => Lees Palace, $7
* Jazzfm presents DAVID BRAID => Ont. Science Centre, 8 pm, $25
* METRIC, fourth show (Metric sure wants to make sure everybody can see them!) => Mod Club, 8 pm, $17.50
ELVIS MONDAY (various artists, indie-rock) "and starving-artist buffet" => Drake Underground, 8 pm, free
KURT SWINGHAMMER => Cameron House
SISTERS EUCLID => Orbit Room
DEBBIE FLEMING QUINTET => Montreal Bistro
RICHARD W., NICK FRASER => Rex Hotel
DJ B.COM & DIRTY LITTLE BITCH, GREEK SALAD => Drake Lounge, 10 pm, free

TUE JAN 25
** BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE & friends, Asian Tsunami Relief Benefit => Lee's Palace, 9 pm, $30
* BONNIE PRINCE BILLY TRIBUTE => Tranzac, 10 pm
* KENNETH REAUME & OTTO HAUSER (of The Espers) => Soundscapes, 2:30 pm, free; Gladstone, 9 pm, $5
* 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 => Hughs 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 KAYS 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 CAREYS JAZZ NAVIGATORS (9:30 pm) => Rex Hotel
DALLAS GREEN (of Alexisonfire, solo), SLEEPERSETSAIL, RAISING THE FAWN => Lees 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 => Hughs 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) => Hughs 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/ SINGING SAWS, SANDRO PERRI (Polmo Polpo), ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL => Sneaky Dees
* EIGHTH BLACKBIRD contemp. chamber music => U of T Walter Hall, 7 pm, $11-$21
ELVIS MONDAY => Drake Underground, 8 pm, free
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

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Oops. Yikes.

One big apology: Somehow I got the date of this month's Trampoline Hall - a show I help run - SO WRONG in the gig guide. It's tonight, not next Monday. Dammit. A few spare tickets may be available, from me, at the door, if you arrive v. early, ie., 6:30 pm.

It's corrected in the list now and new events added, including a late-announced jazz show at the New Work Studio on Wednesday featuring visiting Nova Scotia clarinetist Paul Cram and local luminaries such as Rob Clutton, Lina Allemano, Christine Duncan and more.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, December 13 at 3:05 PM | Linking Posts

 

I Found That ES-sence Rare

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Tonight I'm going to hear ES, aka Experimental Songcycles, aka Sami Snpkkil from Finland and Fonal records at the New Works Studio in Toronto. He's playing with members of Black Forest/Black Sea from Rhode Island; Toronto's Flynns and Gastric Female Reflex open.

Organizers say: "If you're a fan of the new Finnish underground (Kemialliset Ystavat, Avarus, etc.) or if you've read the feature article in the Dec. issue of The Wire and are intrigued, then you do not want to miss this rare and exciting appearance by Sami Snpkkil's (Fonal Records) project ES including members of black forest/black sea! Toronto is the last stop on their Northeast US/Canada tour which, from what we've heard, has gone really well with some spectacular performances from ES and a number of related/like-minded projects along the way. For this tour, the music of ES has been/will be accompanied by amazing live art projections by Toronto's own Shary Boyle using several projectors, sand, ink + colored gels."

More on ES and Fonal here and more here on the marvelous Shary Boyle (whom music fans may know for her projection work on Feist shows).

That's tonight, Sunday December 12, 8 pm, New Works Studio - 319 Spadina, Toronto (upstairs). Just $5. If you can't make it - I'll report back.

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Whatever Happened to...

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... Morris Palter, the original drummer of Toronto alt-rock-era favourites Treble Charger, who was kicked out just as they peaked in popularity? As I report in the Globe today, he's doing some pretty amazing shit. (As he'll show at the Music Gallery on Sat. night.) And what happened to Treble Charger? They're doing shit, but not the amazing kind. One for the "blessings in disguise" file - chicken soup for the punk-rock soul. [...]

Hitting, scratching, rubbing

By CARL WILSON
The Globe & Mail Review
Friday, December 10, 2004

Morris Palter's career is a musical demonstration of Newton's Third Law of Physics. In the early nineties, he was the founding drummer in one of Ontario's most acclaimed alt-rock bands, Treble Charger, opening for the likes of Radiohead. But when he was unceremoniously booted out, the kick seemed to send Treble Charger hurtling toward the blandest horizon of forgettable Canadian pop-punk -- and Palter in an opposite, more fantastical direction.

He ended up in the Netherlands and then California, studying experimental contemporary percussion music and performance. He went from rock clubs and arenas to international festivals and even Carnegie Hall. This weekend at the Music Gallery, he'll bring the results back to a Toronto stage for the first time since Treble Charger's heyday.

Tomorrow's solo recital will find him "hitting, scratching and rubbing" an array of instruments, from drum kit to found objects such as circular-saw blades or a car's brake drum. These spacious, exploratory pieces, including two that Palter commissioned from Canadian composers, may not be suitable for a mosh pit. But audiences still have a visceral reaction.

"When I see a flute player, I see how technical it is, with the fingers moving in a blur, the player blowing at an angle over the hole," a chatty Palter says by phone from San Diego, Calif., where he will complete his doctorate of musical arts this spring. "But when I stand in front of an audience and pick up a stick and hit something, people can relate: 'I could do that!'

"They can see the drum skin vibrating, or I come down with a hammer on an anvil and they hear this explosive sound. There's no great mystery, although the sound itself may be mysterious."

Unlike after a cello recital, he says, audience members after a percussion show find themselves drawn up to touch the instruments. "Kids especially love it. They freak out."

It's not the stretch it might seem for the performer, either. Growing up in Mississauga, Palter's father would bring the family out to Sunday symphony matinees and art galleries. When Treble Charger started (originally as NC-17), he was doing his undergraduate music degree at the University of Toronto, where he encountered the avant-garde percussion pieces of John Cage or minimalist Steven Reich.

Rock celebrity, then, was a kind of detour -- and not even the most intriguing side road Palter has followed.

Ruled too uncommercial a drummer for Treble Charger in 1996, a "devastated" Palter began "noodling around" with the only other instrument in his basement apartment, a xylophone, playing the charts of some old-fashioned ragtime he'd learned at school. Soon he rang up Bob Becker of the veteran Nexus percussion ensemble for lessons. Becker happens to be the foremost xylophonist in the world, a bragging right Toronto generally neglects to exercise.

Together, they explored the lost universe of ragtime xylophone improvisation. That early 20th-century genre is normally associated with piano, but Palter says that in the early 1920s, delirious "novelty xylophone" music became a craze, partly because it registered so well on early wax-cylinder recordings. "At the penny slot machines on the boardwalk, the music was xylophone."

As technology improved, ragtime piano again triumphed, though you can hear novelty xylophone's influence in the scores of early Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny cartoons. Today, Palter is one of the few prominent performers of the genre, serving as "musical sorbet" at American ragtime festivals among countless pianists. He's released a ragtime CD and teaches a popular course in it at UC San Diego.

"We start with African slave music, plantation songs, field hollers and work songs, all the way up to rich white Europeans using ragtime elements in classical music," he says. "It lets you examine the ugly dark side of American music, coon songs and minstrelsy and the burnt-cork era. So [ragtime] is a hobby that really took off."

Palter has also toured with percussion group Red Fish Blue Fish, founded a San Diego chamber ensemble called Noise, made a solo percussion disc (Remedy) and started composing for a California dance troupe, while applying for postdoctoral academic positions. With his expansive interests, he's lucky to be in percussion -- at once the oldest instrumental music and as a formal concert specialty among the newest, with repertory tracing only to the 1950s, its possibilities still greatly undefined.

Palter is particularly keen to develop material for his first love, the drum set, "using the elements of jazz and rock, but in a non-traditional way." He is even eager to play rock again -- but not to repeat the Treble Charger experience.

"Early on we had total control, as these indie darlings of Toronto. But as soon as you sign to a major label you lose that. There are all these hierarchies of power. . . . If I did go back to the rock thing I'd like to go back as a hired gun: Just show up for the gig, play and leave."

Meanwhile, Palter delights in using his mallets and sticks to play with other laws of physics -- all, it seems, except the conservation of energy.

Morris Palter's solo recital is at the Music Gallery, 197 John St., tomorrow at 8 p.m. $15 (students $5). 416-204-1080.

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Zoilus's Jolly Dec. Gig Guide

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And now, dear Torontopians, Zoilus scrapes out the barrel to find you something other than Christmas-carol recitals and performances of the Messiah to attend in the coming month. Comme d'habitude, it will expand as shows are announced. Zoilus picks are marked with a *, including this week's Guilty Pleasures dance party, Keren Ann (pictured above), Ted Leo, The Gossip, Nas, Rufus Wainwright, Death From Above, Final Fantasy, Shawn Hewitt, Stars, etc. etc. Catch it on the flip. [...]

Corrections & additions welcome.
Sources include the 20hz.ca Toronto board, Eye, Now, Greg Clow, Canoe.ca, Soundlist and ye olde email.

WED DEC 1
* NINJA HIGH SCHOOL, WORLD PROVIDER, DAIQUIRI, THE STATUTORY APES => Sneaky Dees, 10 pm, $5
* GUILTY PLEASURES dance party => The Beaconsfield (Queen & Beaconsfield),10:30 pm, free
* ELLIOTT SMITH TRIBUTE w/ CHRIS WARREN, THE BICYCLES, DAN GOLDMAN, JESSIE STEIN, GRAHAM POWELL, LUKE JACKSON => Holy Joes (above Reverb), 9 pm, pwyc
SUNDAR SUBRAMANIAN compositions => Music Gallery, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
JOHN ABERCROMBIE, DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 30-Dec. 4)
CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar
LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS, PONTANI SISTERS BURLESQUE, KAISER GEORGE, THE HIGHRISERS => Horseshoe, $12.50
THE KILLERS (leukemia/lymphoma benefit) => Kool Haus, $22.50
DAMAGEPLAN, SHADOWS FALL, THE HAUNTED => Phoenix, 7 pm, $21
WORLD AIDS DAY benefit w/ THE DUNES, HONEY CONCEPT, WREN CITY CHURCHES => Rivoli, 8:30 pm, $10
DAVE CELIA, MENEW => Drake, $5
CHRONIC FUTURE, REASON DISAPPEARS => El Mocambo
STARFEST (World AIDS day fundraiser) w/ THE DUNES, HONEY CONCEPT, WREN CITY CHURCHES => Rivoli, $10
PAPA ROACH => Opera House
EXITMAN, TYLER SUMMERS QUARTET => Rex
DON GLASER TRIO => Senator
IMPROVISORS POOL => Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. E., 7-9 pm
ANDY CREEGAN => Cameron
DEF COM SOUND SYSTEM, RANDOM KILLING => Horseshoe

THURS DEC 2
* KEREN ANN => Drake Underground, $10
* FISHBONE => Lee's Palace, $18.50
* FEIST, HOWIE BECK => Phoenix, $15
KATE MAKI cd release w/ NATHAN LAWR, RUTH MINNIKIN, RYAN BISHOPS, DALE MURRAY => 360, $7
LOUISE BESSETTE (Piano) => Music Gallery, 8 pm $20
BOLLY WOULD: Smashing Pumpkins Appreciation Night w/ WINTER EQUINOX, FREEDOM CA, DJ SHAUNNA LEIGH = Vatikan, 9 pm, $5 (some proceeds to Street Outreach Services)
OH SUSANNA, ELLIOT BROOD => Hughs Room, $16
AARON BOOTH, ANOTHER BLUE DOOR, PETER ELKAS => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30, $7
JOHN ABERCROMBIE, DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 30-Dec. 4)
COLLECTIVE SOUL => Opera House, $27.50
MINGUE, REMAINNAMELESS, DEBASER => Reverb, $5
THE RUSSO/BENEVENTO => El Mocambo (downstairs)
THE RIDERLESS, GRASSY KNOLL, WINTERSLEEP, GERMANS, OH BIJOU => Sneaky Dees
THE MASTER PLAN (ex-Dictators, Fleshtones), PURPLE TOADS, THE PARIAHS => Horseshoe, $9
JULY 26th MOVEMENT, SHOWROOM => Cameron House, $5
KEVIN QUAIN, SHARRON McLEOD QUARTET => Rex
TORU DADO => Senator
ANTI-HERO, THE FLAIRS, SCARLET SINS, PRINCESS RIOT => Dungeon (Oshawa)

FRI DEC 3
* GENTLEMAN REG => El Mocambo
* MATTHEW DEAR, SWAYZAK => Mod Club, 9 pm, $20
* EARSHOT presents MICHAEL HYNES => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $20 (students $5)
* AFRICAN BLUES with ADAM SOLOMON, NDIDI ONUKWULU, SLIM ET DONNE => Silver Dollar
* LEFTOVER DAYLIGHT series presents ALDCROFT/FRASER/MOTT, LERNER/FREEDMAN/BATEMAN, PICKLE JUICE ORCHESTRAS COBRA => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave., 9 pm, $10
CITY FIELD (w/ Matt Murphy) => Bovine Sex Club, 9 pm, free
JOHN ABERCROMBIE, DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 30-Dec. 4)
LARS FREDERIKSEN & THE BASTARDS, ROGER MIRET & THE DISASTERS => Opera House. $14
SIMA BINA, DASTAN ENSEMBLE => Toronto Centre for the Arts, 8 p.m., $45
THORNLEY, DOCTOR => Lees Palace, $15
FRONTIER INDEX, DRIVEWAY, 68 PORNO MAGS => Horseshoe
SPITFIRES & MAYFLOWERS, THE BICYCLES, GUEST BEDROOM, HONEY DEAR => 360, $7
1000 CURES, LADYBUG THRUSTS => Sneaky Dees
SHUYLER JANSEN => Mitzis Sister
MELISSA STYLIANOU TRIO, DAVID VIRELLES/JASON PALMER/WARREN WOLF => Rex
DAIKI YASUKAGAWA => Senator
TOM COCHRANE => First Canadian Place
STEPHEN FEARING, FRIDGE MAGNETS => Hughs Room
THE TOM WAITS STORY w/ members of NEW KINGS, CAUTION JAM, ELIZABETH BROMSTEIN, DAVID JAGER of the Scandelles => Rancho Relaxo,
ALEXIS BARO "Blows Be-Bop for Dizzy" => Trane Studio, 9:30 pm

SAT DEC 4
*PEDAL TO THE METAL 2 craft fair with THE SILT, VITAMINS FOR YOU, THE PAULS, AIDAN BAKER, THE GUEST BEDROOM => The Rivoli, 12-5 pm, pwyc or food-bank donation
* THE COMPOSER/IMPROVISER: ARRAYMUSIC w/ Lori Freedman => Music Gallery, 8 pm Dec 4 $20
* BROKENBERLIN feat THE SOCIETY SUCKERS, AARON SPECTRE, SINCERE TRADE, c64 => IV Lounge, 10 pm, $8 (or Oasis?)
* TORONTO JAZZ ORCHESTRA w/ JANE BUNNETT, MARCIA WHITEHEAD benefit for African AIDS relief => Ursula Franklin Concert Hall, 90 Croatia St., $75 (students $20)
* MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD => kool haus, 8 pm, $30
* RIZDALES, BACKSTABBERS => Canadian Corps Hall (201 Niagara), $10
*SAL PRINCIPATO of LIQUID LIQUID (DJ set) => Supermarket (268 Augusta), 10 pm, $10
BIG PRIMPIN dance party => Stones Place
THE.WPP (Witness Protection Program), VIKING CLUB, CANCER BATS => Adrift Indoor Skate Park, 299 Augusta Ave., 8 pm, $6
MARRON MATIZADO => Lula Lounge
CUFF THE DUKE => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $8
EXPENSIVE SHIT, w. DJs CAPT EASYCHORD and NUNK => 56 Kensington
WINDVOYAGER & THE NAVIGATORS OF HOLLAND, BRONCO CHARLIE => Dufferin Hotel (Dufferin south of Queen), free
CLUTCH, FU MANCHU, NIGHTWISH, HIGH ON FIRE => Opera House, $24.75
JOHN ABERCROMBIE, DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 30-Dec. 4)
A JOYFUL NOEL w/ JAYMZ BEE, TRENT ARMAND KENDALL, SHAWN SKIER, NATALIE DOUGLAS => Toronto Centre for the Arts, 2 pm and 8 pm, $60
BENEVUTO-ROSSO DUO (organ-drums) => El Mocambo
STAGGERED CROSSING, SHAKER, SHANNON WEIR, EVEN STRANGERS => Horseshoe, $8+ food donation
ROBIN BLACK AND THE INTERGALACTIC ROCK STARS, THE FLAIRS => Lees, $7
CRUSTY X, SECTOR 7 => 360
THE BASEMENT PROJECT => El Mocambo Upstairs
ASHES OF SOMA => Mod Club
SHUYLER JANSEN => Cadillac Lounge, 4-7 p.m.
ED VOKURKA SWING TRIO, PAT CAREYS JAZZ NAVIGATORS, AMANDA MARTINEZ LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE, DUNCAN HOPKINS QUARTET => Rex
SOPHIE MILMAN/BILL KING QUARTET => Senator
DEBBIE DAVIES => Silver Dollar
EVALYN PARRY, RAYMOND MACLAIN => Acoustic Harvest Folk Club
TECHNICITY, more => Looking Glass (582 Church), 5-9 pm, free
SHARRON McLEOD QUARTET => Trane Studios, $5

SUN. DEC. 5
* Rough Idea presents: MELISSA STYLIANOU, JAMIE REYNOLDS, MATT WIGTON => St. Andrew-by-the-Lake Church, Centre Island, 3-5 pm, pwyc. Also at The Tranzac, 11:30 pm, pwyc.
* THE GOSSIP, STARLIGHT DESPERATION => Lee's Palace, $10
* TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS, MATT POND PA, THE JUNCTION, THE MELIGROVE BAND => Mod Club, 7:30 pm, $12
* KEITH JARRETT, GARY PEACOCK, JACK DEJOHNETTE => Roy Thomson Hall, 8 pm, $49.50-$124.50
* EARSHOT presents MICHAEL HYNES => Montreal Bistro, 7 pm, $15 ($5 students)
* PATRICIA O'CALLAGHAN => Hugh's Room, $20
* ROOM 101 (Games You Play Sitting Down) => Drake Underground, 7:30
FORBIDDEN MUSIC OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC w/ JORDAN KLAPMAN => Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina), 11 am, $5-$8 (Note MORNING time)
NASSAU, THE BURDOCKS, LET LOWNS, DJ Positive Spin => Wavelength 242 @ Sneaky Dees, pwyc
PORKCHOPS w/ VICTOR BATEMAN (bass), BRODIE WEST (sax), JAKE OELRICHS (drums) => Rex, 9:30 pm
DOPE, MOTORGRATER, TWISTED METHOD, HELLS KITCHEN => Opera House, $15.50
ELECTROCHOC w/ DAVID B => Tequila Lounge, 8 pm, $5
FRAMEWORK, BLUESKY BORDERLINE, FIASCO, THE COMB => 360, matinee, $7
SUNDAY NIGHT FEVER feat. DJ MARKY HOLLYWOOD => 360, $5
NICOLE STOFFMAN, CLUB DJANGO, SABRINA TROPPER, PORK CHOPS FOR DINNER => Rex
ALAN GLICKSMAN presents GLADTOES improv matinee => Gladstone Hotel, 2 pm-5 pm
JACKIE RICHARDSON, GEORGE KOLLER, KEN WHITELEY => Hughs Room

MON DEC 6
* STRANGE FOLK w/ MARCEL AUCOIN, SUSIE BURPEE (dance), GEORDIE HALEYS
* ROBERTO OCCHIPINTI QUINTET w/ HILARIO DURAN => Ontario Science Centre
KURT SWINGHAMMER, LARGO NORTH, JUSTIN RUTLEDGE => Cameron House, 8:30 pm, $7
EVERYTIME BAND => Holy Joes (above Reverb)
TORONTO JAZZ ORCHESTRA Stan Kenton tribute => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm, $10
CAREY WEST TRIO, U of T STUDENT JAZZ => Rex
THE PICKUPS => Sneaky Dee's
DEAD LETTER DEPT. => 360
HARKNESS, EYE OF MOURNING => Horseshoe
RIKOSHAY "Stomp" CD release => Revival, 9 pm

TUES DEC 7
* CONTINUUM presents CONVERSELY => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $20/$10
* HALL & OATES => Massey Hall. $45-$55
* ESPRIT ORCHESTRA members SIGHTREAD chamber works by ALEXINA LOUIE, MICHELINE ROI w/ discussion => Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave., 7-9 pm, free
THE AMBIENT PING presents ARMS FULL OF SOUND => Gladstone, 9 pm, pwyc
JANE SIBERRY, JEREMY FISHER, ADRIENNE PIERCE => Hughs Room (also Dec 8)
TONY QUARRINGTON, CLASSIC REX JAZZ JAM w/NICK BROWNMAN ALI => Rex
LE FREAK, CEST CHIC performance art => Drake, 8 pm
THE LAST SURVIVOR, REIGN OF TERROR, FEIZEK => Fun Haus, $10
MIRACLE ON SPADINA food-bank benefit w/ JACK DE KEYZER, SHAKURA SAIDA, STEVEN AMBROSE, DANNY B, ROBBIE ROX, CARLOS DEL JUNCO, JEANNIE MACKIE, GARY KENDALL, JAKE LANGLEY => Silver Dollar, $15
SOPHIE MILMAN/BILL KING QUARTET => Senator (Dec. 7, 8, 9, 11)

WED DEC 8
* RUFUS WAINWRIGHT => Mod Club, $29.50
* TORPOR VIGIL DREAM BAZAAR => Cameron House, 8 pm
* SUCCESS BY SIX: K-OS, SAM ROBERTS, SARAH HARMER, JIM CUDDY, KATHLEEN EDWARDS, TOM WILSON, DANNY MICHEL, MATT MAYS, MICHAEL ONDAATJE, RON McLEAN, CATHY JONES => United Way fundraiser, Phoenix. $27.50
JANE SIBERRY, JEREMY FISHER, ADRIENNE PIERCE => Hughs Room (also Dec 7)
MARCEL AUCOIN, MICHAEL J'S DIMESTORE ORCHESTRA => Tranzac, 10 pm
HOLIDAY GOSPEL w/ KINGSLEY ETIENNE, BETTY RICHARDSON, GAYLE BERRY, MUTHADI => Trane Studio
NQ ARBUCKLE => Maple Lounge, Rivoli (upstairs), 8 pm, free
TERRY SYLVESTER (The Hollies) => Westin Harbour Castle
CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar
SWITCHFOOT, TURN OFF THE STARS => Kool Haus, $22.50
NOVEMBER ALLSTARS => 360
THE CLIKS, SONIC ARIA, HUNTER VALENTINE => Sneaky Dee's
MICHAEL DUNSTON QUARTET => Montreal Bistro
EXITMAN, ROB McCONNELL TENTET => Rex
SOPHIE MILMAN/BILL KING QUARTET => Senator (Dec. 7, 8, 9, 11)
IMPROVISORS POOL => Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. E., 7-9 pm
BEN GUNNING (Local Rabbits) => El Mocambo
IRQ BREAKCORE w/ CRUSHKILL, SKEETER, GHETTOCYB.ORG, FLOPPY RELEASE 004 => Funhaus, 9 p.m., free

THURS DEC 9
*HU TSA TSA presents WELL-TEMPERED KLEZMORIM "chamber klezmer" => Robert Gill Theatre (U of T), 214 College St., 8 p.m., $15
* DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979, PANTHERS, VIETNAM => Lee's Palace, $8.50
* FINAL FANTASY, LOLLIPOP PEOPLE, ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL => Sneaky Dees
* REID JAMESON, AUDIBLE, DYLAN STUDEBAKER at the SPACING ISSUE #3 LAUNCH => El Mocambo, $5-10
THE VORCZA TRIO, WORD PEOPLE => El Mocambo Upstairs
GARNET ROGERS => Hughs Room
MAN MADE LINE, INSTRUMENT, ARIETTA => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30 pm
CATCH 22, BLUE SKIES AT WAR, THE REASON => Opera House. $17.50
U OF T PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE => Music Gallery, free
TOMMY AMBROSE QUINTET => Montreal Bistro
KEVIN QUAIN, ROB McCONNELL TENTET => Rex
SOPHIE MILMAN/BILL KING QUARTET => Senator (Dec. 7, 8, 9, 11)
MELISSA McLELLAND => Phoenix
AUTOMAN => 360

FRI DEC 10
* SANTA CRUZ w/ILLUMINATI, SHAWN HEWITT, WOLF PARADE => Lees Palace
* CHAKRA WAGON with BROWNMAN & THE ELECTRIC TRIO, LAL, STOP DIE RESUSCITATE, DYNAMO, BADNUTBEATS => 360, $15
* DOUG TIELLI => Tranzac
ALEXIS BARO "Blows Be-Bop for Dizzy" => Trane Studios, $10
"SENSOR" w/ ELLIOT LAZOR, THE DUKES, ERIC DOWNER => Project, 126 Sherbourne, $10 (canned goods collected for Daily Bread)
THE PAULS, TRADITION, NIK NAK => 403 Adelaide St. West (House Show!), 3$
SUPERGARAGE => Horseshoe, $6
MAXIMUM RNR, DOWNBELOWS, CLASS ASSASSINS, G-MEN => Sneaky Dee's
THE LOST CAUSE => Clinton's, $6
THE NEW DEAL, MADRID => Opera House, $20
JOHN NEUDORF QUINTET => Montreal Bistro
MELISSA STYLIANOU, ARTIE ROTH QUINTET => Rex
MIKE TULL, DENISE BENSON, ANDREW ALLSGOOD => Andy Poolhall (489 College), free
ATHERETIC, BLOODSHOTEYE, SHATTERPOINT, EVIRUS, WETWORK, BLEAK DESTINY, 19 DAYS, BEYOND DEATH Memorial Benefit to Chuck Schuldiner => Rockit, 7 pm, $12
KELLEY HUNT (Kansas City), REUBEN CHERRY => Healeys
JASON McCOY => Club 279
SIMON WILCOX, TOMI SWICK => Rivoli
SPOILED ROTTEN, PANTYCHRIST, G-MEN, RANDOM KILLING, SNOT ROCKETS => Horseshoe
TANGLEFOOT => Hughs Room
SLEEPING NINE, LOST CAUSE, SUGARKILL => Clinton's, $6
JOHN & JENNY'S ROCK'N'ROLL PARTY w/ REAL GONE, TWISTIN' TARANTULAS => Silver Dollar, 9 pm, $5

SAT DEC 11
* NAS, ROYCE DA 59 => Kool Haus, $40
* MORRIS PALTER => Music Gallery $15, 8 pm
* SOCIAL ARTS FUN RAISER w/ LENIN I SHUMOV, SILENT FILM SOUNDTRACK, STABLES CLUB BAND, FALL OF THE VIKING GIRLS (multi-media puppet show) => Sneaky Dee's
* WOODCHOPPERS ASSOCATION (with Lina Allemano-trumpet, Brodie West-alto sax, Blake Howard-drums, Scott Cameron-sax, flute, viola & vocals, Richard Gregory-bass guitar, Dr. Pee-piano, Lewis Melville-guitar & Dave Clark-drums), MOUNTAINSIDE BAND, MAGNA CUM LOUD, JOE LAPINSKI => Tranzac, 10 pm, pwyc
JOE STRUMMER/CLASH TRIBUTE w/ G-MEN, DOWNBELOWS, SPEED KINGS => Horseshoe
CARLOS BASTIDAS & MAPALE => Orale Bar & Lounge (111 Yorkville)
BACK TO THE UNDERGROUND 6th Anniversary: Battle To The Finish w/ MATHEMATIX, RUBEX CUBE, KUROCK, TRX, MATISSE, JASON PALMA, NAV, DJ MONDO, DJ SMOOTHIE, HEIST => 360, $15
SOUR KEYS, BEEP, DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, GRADUATION DAY => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30 pm, $5
LEVIRIDE, ROMEO LIQUOR STORE, RED LIGHT RIPPERS => Oasis, 9 pm, $5 or free w/food-bank donation
CINDY CHURCH, MURRAY MCLAUCHLAN, IAN THOMAS etc => Oakville Centre
JAZZ MATINEE w/ JEFF HEALEY & THE JAZZ WIZARDS => Healeys, 4-7 pm, free
SIBLINGNORTWIN, ALIVE AND LIVING, OFF THE INTERNATIONAL RADAR, WINTARY, SIMEON ROSS, OFF THE INTERNATIONAL RADAR, ALIVE & LIVING, SIBLINGTOWN => El Mocambo, pwyc
BUMP N HUSTLE w/ DJs PAUL E LOPES, MIKE TULL => Rivoli
BROWN HORNETS => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $5
POP NOIR w/ JULY 26th MOVEMENT => Lot 16, 1136 Queen W., free
SMEAR CAMPAIGN => Mod Club
ALANNAH MYLES => Hugh's Room, $27.50
ED VOKURKA SWING TRIO, LAURA HUBERT BAND, AMANDA MARTINEZ LATIN ENSEMBLE, SATURDAY NITE FISH FRY => Rex
SOPHIE MILMAN/BILL KING QUARTET => Senator (Dec. 7, 8, 9, 11)
INNER CITY SURFERS, THE HANGDOWNS => El Mocambo
TIESTO, DJ SEAN MILLER, DJ MIKEL CURCIO => The Docks, $40
JACK DeKEYZER => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $12
SHARRON McLEOD QUARTET => Trane Studios, $5
DEAD CELEBRITY STATUS, OUT OF YOUR MOUTH => Lee's, 10 pm

SUN DEC 12
* POMEGRANATE femme-klezmer Hannukah party => Tranzac Club, $14. 7:30pm.
* THE NEIN, FRANK FB_A, YARA, DJ Ryan McLaren => Wavelength 243 @ Sneaky Dees, pwyc
* ES, BLACK FOREST/BLACK SEA, FLYNNS, GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX => New Works Studio (319 Spadina), $5
BRADYWORKS (Tim Brady et al) => Music Gallery, $15, 8 pm
KOLLAGE CHRISTMAS JAZZ w/ ARCHIE ALLEYNE, DOUGLAS RICHARDSON, ALEXIS BARO, ROBERT BOTOS, RON JOHNSTON, KAMIL DEWHURST => Trane Studios, $10
CHRONIC D w/ RONDA RINDONE (clarinets), JEAN MARTIN, EVAN SHAW, JASON HAMMER, COLIN FISHER => fuse room (418 College), pwyc
AWESOME (featuring ANIMALMONSTER) w/ DJs RORY THEM FINEST, STUBERMAN @ Opening for "The Scourge" video/art installation by WENDY MORGAN and CHRIS MILLS w/ music by FANTOMAS => Drake, 7 pm, $3
KUSH => Mod Club, 10 pm, free
CRADLE OF FILTH, ARCH ENEMY, BLEEDING THROUGH, HIMSA => Kool Haus
KEVIN QUAIN & THE MAD BASTARDS => Cameron
KELLY & THE KELLY GIRLS => Mod Club
NICOLE STOFFMAN, LES SINGES BLEUS, SABRINA TROPPER ,THE 5 SPOT => Rex
LINDY => Rivoli
NANCY WHITE, LINDA GRIFFITHS, ERIKA RITTER, DR. DRAW => Hughs Room
MOVIE NIGHT w/ FESTIVAL EXPRESS => Club 279, 7 pm
BAJAGA I INSTRUKTORI => Opera House, $30

MON DEC 13
* TRAMPOLINE HALL => Sneaky Dees
KUSH => Mod Club
JIM GALLOWAYS ECHOES OF SWING JAZZ BAND => Montreal Bistro, 8 pm to 11 pm
CAREY WEST TRIO, BRUCE CASSIDYS HOTFOOT ORCHESTRA => Rex
RISE AGAINST => 360
KURT SWINGHAMMER => Cameron House, 8:30 pm, $7
THE LUMINOLS, POOR PELLY, LITTLE PILGRIMS, VANADIUM, MANIC - Silver Dollar, 8 pm, $5

TUES DEC 14
* THE NEIN => Horseshoe, free
* FADO! PORTUGESE BLUES w/ JANE BUNNETT/SPIRIT OF HAVANA, MIKE SIRACUSA => Glenn Gould Studio, 8 pm, $25
* DEEP DARK UNITED => Tranzac
JAYMZ BEE's ROYAL JELLY ORCHESTRA w/ PATRICIA O'CALLAHAN, BIG RUDE JAKE, CHISTOPHER PLOCK, JOHNNY FAVOURITE, MELISSA STYLIANOU, ALEX PANGMAN, more => Mod Club, $20
SATYRICON, INFERNAL MAJESTY, THREE INCHES OF BLOOD => Opera House. $18.50
DJ EVIL DEE, DJ BAZARRO, DJ LAW, DJ FASE, DJ FATHOM => Fez Batik, $10
THE MUSIC => Kool Haus. $20
BRIAN BYRNE, KIM BINGHAM, DOCTOR => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $5
THE MUSIC, PROJET ORANGE => Kool Haus, $20
D.E.W. EAST (Alex Dean, Barry Elmes & Steve Wallace)/REG SCHWAGER => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm (Dec 14-18)
TONY QUARRINGTON, CLASSIC REX JAZZ JAM => Rex
HEATHER BAMBRICK/RICHARD WHITEMAN TRIO (Dec. 14-19) => Senator

WED DEC 15
* CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar
* KEVIN HAINEYS THOUGHT PRESERVE LAUNCH w/ FEMME GENERATION, BAYONETTES, GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX, DJ DAVID DACKS, films, etc. => Cameron House, $7 ($20 w/novel)
* GNN, VIDIOTS => Drake Underground, 7 pm
* NQ ARBUCKLE => Maple Lounge, Rivoli (upstairs), 8 pm, free
* NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE Caribbean Christmas choir, SIGNAL HILL ALUMNI CHOIR (from Tobago) => George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge, 8 pm, $26.50-$38.50 (also Dec. 17)
*THE UNSUNG (Vanessa Hansen, Jayme Stone, Rob Clutton); PAUL CRAM (clarinet) w/ KEN ALDCROFT, ROB CLUTTON, NICK FRASER; LINA ALLEMANO/PAUL CRAM/CHRISTINE DUNCAN/ JOE SORBARA => New Work Studio (319 Spadina upstairs), 8 pm
FEMME GENERATION => Cameron House
THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE HOLY II w/ HANNAH, LOOMER, ANDREW VINCENT, JAY CLARK => Horseshoe. $8 (also Dec. 16, $12 for both nights)
MIKE MURLEY/DAVID OCCHIPINTI => Mezzetta Cafe, 681 St. Clair W.
FREE TIMES 24th ANNIVERSARY w/ NOAH ZACHARIN, LAURA FERNANDEZ, AARON WRIXON, GIRL NAMED SUE, D'ARCY WICKHAM, RUSSELL LEON => Free Times, 320 College
PILATE, BOY, MEMORY BANK => Mod Club, $18.50
THE POSTAGE STAMPS, DEBASER, GRADUATION DAY, DIVINE BROWN => Holy Joe's, $5
D.E.W. EAST (Alex Dean, Barry Elmes & Steve Wallace)/REG SCHWAGER => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm (Dec 14-18)
EXITMAN, JOE SHABASON QUARTET => Rex
HEATHER BAMBRICK/RICHARD WHITEMAN TRIO (Dec. 14-19) => Senator
MAFATA LEMPHENE QUARTET => Trane Studios, $5

THURS DEC 16
* NATHAN LAWR & MINOTAUR ORCHESTRA, WIL KIDMAN (Constantines), SAMIR KHAN (Kepler/Weights & Measures) => El Mocambo
* FOX THE BOOMBOX, AIDS WOLF, DEATH PARADE, HENRI & THE ADORABLES => Sneaky Dee's, 9 pm
* THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE HOLY II w/ JOHN BORRA, CHRIS HART, FIFTYMEN, THE SHOVELS => Horseshoe. $8 (also Dec. 15, $12 for both nights)
READ YELLOW, THE TWO KOREAS, GUESTS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $7
GREG HOBBS, THE GOLDEN DOGS, ANGIE NUSSEY, LINDA M., SARA KAMIN => Rivoli
GASOLINE MAGAZINE XMAS HOLIDAY BLOWOUT w/ CMON, CRASH KELLY, TRICKY WOO, TIJUANA BIBLES, STARVIN' HUNGRY => Fun Haus, $10
A MAN CALLED PABLO cd release => San Lorenzo Church (2981 Dufferin)
JANE WAYNES "Last Waltz" => Clintons, free
QUARTETTE => Hughs Room, $22
THE MARK INSIDE, THE HOOKS => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30 pm, $5
PILATE, BOY, PETER ELKAS => Mod Club, $18.50
DEAD LETTER DEPT, LEFT BEHIND, FULLY DOWN, DRAWING A DAY => 360
EL'S ROCKPILE => El Mocambo Upstairs, $5
D.E.W. EAST (Alex Dean, Barry Elmes & Steve Wallace)/REG SCHWAGER => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm (Dec 14-18)
KEVIN QUAIN, ROGER CLOWN & STOOPY => Rex
HEATHER BAMBRICK/RICHARD WHITEMAN TRIO (Dec. 14-19) => Senator
WHITNEY SMITH BIG STEAM BAND => Lees Palace, 9:30 pm
OLIVER BLACK, ROCKETFACE, THE MARBLE INDEX, THE TREWS => Opera House
ANONYMOUS => Rockit

FRI DEC 17
* HAWKSLEY WORKMAN, MR LONELY => Eastminster United Church (Danforth east of Broadview), doors 7 pm, $25
* EMILY HAINES w/ GUY MADDIN FILMS => Church of the Redeemer, $17.50
* LEFTOVER DAYLIGHT series presents LOLLIPOP PEOPLE (w/Friendly Rich, Scott Good, Mike Olsen, more), MICHAEL BATES OUTSIDE SOURCES (w/Quinsin Nachoff, Kevin Turcotte, Mark Timmermans) and MIKE HANSEN/TOMASZ KRAKOWIAK/MICHAEL SNOW => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave., 9 pm, $10
*THE HIGH DIALS, FRONTIER INDEX, SHOWROOM => 360, $7
NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE Caribbean Christmas choir, SIGNAL HILL ALUMNI CHOIR (from Tobago) => George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge, 8 pm, $26.50-$38.50 (also Dec. 15)
FOGGY HOGTOWN BOYS HOLIDAY HOOTENANNY w/ CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET => El Mocambo
ALEXIS BARO "Blows Be-Bop for Dizzy" => Trane Studios, $10
ALEXISONFIRE, PLANET SMASHERS, SLEEPER SET SAIL => Kool Haus. (sold out, second show Mon. Dec. 20)
ARMAND VAN HELDEN => The Docks, $25
GOLDEN DOGS, THE SPADES => Rivoli
SUCK MY DISC XMAS PARTY => Sneaky Dee's
"THE RED BALL" w/ RHYTHMICRU, MORE OR LES, DJ FASE => Reverb, $10
MARC JORDAN => Hughs Room
KAZZER => Tonic
MATT DUSK => Winter Garden, $39.50
LOWEST OF THE LOW, CHEAP SUITS, THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION, PILATE => Mod Club, $18
THE SKYDIGGERS, CASH BROTHERS => Horseshoe, $15 (also Dec 18)
FIVE BLANK PAGES => the Edge, 228 Yonge, free, all-ages, 9 pm sharp
MATT DUSK, CORAL EGAN BAND => Winter Garden Theatre, $39.50
HILARY DUFF, whose name sounds dirty => Air Canada Centre, sold out
D.E.W. EAST (Alex Dean, Barry Elmes & Steve Wallace)/REG SCHWAGER => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm (Dec 14-18)
MELISSA STYLIANOU, CANADIAN JAZZ QUARTET => Rex
HEATHER BAMBRICK/RICHARD WHITEMAN TRIO (Dec. 14-19) => Senator
REZ BLUES w/ PAPPY JOHNS BAND & MURRAY PORTER => Silver Dollar, 9 pm, $10

SAT DEC 18
*M1 ACADEMY "All B-Girls School" edition w/ LADYBUG MECCA (Digable Planets), MASIA ONE, TARA CHASE, ZAKI IBRAHIM, more => El Mocambo, $14
* STARS, THE STRING SECTION => Mod Club, $15
* HOWIE BECK, JOHN SOUTHWORTH => Rivoli
* ALTERED BEATS w/ ENDUSER (Cincinatti), ATOMLY (Chicago), DJ FISHEAD (Montreal), BLACK MARKET (Montreal), C64 => I.V. Lounge, 9 pm-3 am, $10
* MICHAEL BATES' OUTSIDE SOURCES => Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland), 3 pm
* FRED SPEK & HIS CAMP COMBO (w/ BRODIE WEST, BLITZ, RYAN DRIVER, FRED SPEK) "goofy standards & novelty jazz" => Up Bar (233 Roncesvalles Ave), 10 pm, free
"CUBAN CHRISTMAS" w/ HILIARIO DURAN, ALBERTO ALBERTO, ROBERTO OCCHIPINTI => Lula Lounge, $15 ($45 w/dinner, salsa lesson)
ROBOT, 9 AM SOCIAL, 665 "Together We're Christmas" => Poor Alex, free
DEMONS CLAWS, LEATHER UPPERS, BRUTAL KNIGHTS, BOYFRIEND MATERIAL => Cinecycle, $7
THE SILVER HEARTS Christmas Show => Silver Dollar
MARYEM TOLLAR => Glenn Gould Studio
GEN SUB presents I AN EYE, SILENT SEYMOUR, SATELLITE OF JUNE, A THOUSAND CURES => Drake, 9 pm, $8
NIGHTWISH => Opera House, $27.50
THE SKYDIGGERS, CASH BROTHERS => Horseshoe, $15 (also Dec 17)
WHITE COWBELL OKLAHOMA => Lee's Palace. $13
SUCK MY DISC presents POSTAGE STAMPS, GRADUATION DAY, DIVINE BROWN => Sneaky Dees, 9 pm, $5
THE MIDWAYS, THE GLADS => 360
SINKIN' SHIPS, CLASS ASSASSINS, CRIMSON MIRE => Sneaky Dees
MS BENEFIT => Drake Underground, $10
D.E.W. EAST (Alex Dean, Barry Elmes & Steve Wallace)/REG SCHWAGER => Montreal Bistro, 9 pm (Dec 14-18)
ED VOKURKA SWING TRIO, JEROME GODBOO/DAVID ROTUNDO, AMANDA MARTINEX LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE, NOJO CHRISTMAS BENEFIT => Rex
HEATHER BAMBRICK/RICHARD WHITEMAN TRIO (Dec. 14-19) => Senator
JEREMY P. CAULFIELD, ADAM MARSHALL, TASK => Project Nightclub (126 Sherbourne), 11 pm-7 a.m., $10-$15
CALIBAN ARTS THEATRE HOLIDAY PARTY w/ DOUG RICHARDSON (sax), WALEED ABDULHAMID (guitar, perc.) => Trane Studios, $10
BETTY & THE BOBS => Hugh's Room
3TARDS, MATADORS, TIT FUCK ME JESUS etc. => Kathedral, 7 pm, $8
RANDWICHES, TIN STAR BAND, CHARIOTS OF SHAME => Cameron, $7

SUN DEC 19
* MICHAEL BATES "OUTSIDE SOURCES" => Rex, 9 pm
* DEEP DARK UNITED, WINTER EQUINOX, DJ ShBuggy => Wavelength 244 @ Sneaky Dees, pwyc
*STARS, CHAD VANGAALEN => Mod Club, doors 5 pm, $15
ROOM 101 => Drake Underground
HEATHER BAMBRICK/RICHARD WHITEMAN TRIO (Dec. 14-19) => Senator
COUNTRYPOLITANS => Cameron House

MON DEC 20
PRE-HOLIDAY BLAST OFF w/ FROGGY => Drake Underground, $5 + food item
ALEXISONFIRE, MONEEN, RAISING THE FAWN => Kool Haus, $20
GEORGIA AMBROS SEPTET Christmas Special => Montreal Bistro
CAROLIN MARTIN-ROWE QUINTET => Rex
BARENAKED LADIES => Massey Hall, $39.50-$69.50, Roy Thomson Hall (also Dec 21)
KURT SWINGHAMMER => Cameron House, 8:30 pm, $7
Holy shit, it's more HILARY DUFF => Air Canada Centre, doors 6 pm, $49.50

TUES DEC 21
DON CASH and friends => Sneaky Dee's
HOLLY COLE => Roy Thomson Hall, $49.50-$69.50
BRIAN BYRNE, KIM BINGHAM => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $5
BARENAKED LADIES => Massey Hall. $39.50-$69.50 (also Dec 20)

WED DEC 22
* CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar
* MIA SHEARD (usually Tamara Williamson) annual holiday benefit for Daily Bread Food Bank & Amnesty Int'l, w/ RON SEXSMITH, BOB SNIDER, HAYDAIN NEALE (Jacksoul), KURT SWINGHAMMER, BOY CHOIR OF LESBOS, DAN GOLDMAN, ARLENE BISHOP=> Rivoli, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, $10
* MIKE O'NEILL, KELELE BROS., SCRIBBLED-OUT MAN, MOUNTAINSIDE BAND => Horseshoe
ED VOKURKA JAZZ VIOLIN ENSEMBLE => Montreal Bistro (also Dec 23)
MIKE WEBSTER SEPTET => Rex
JOHN McDERMOTT => Roy Thompson Hall
MAFATA LEMPHENE QUARTET => Trane Studios, $5

THURS DEC 23 (my birthday!)
* BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA CHRISTMAS SHOW, MAVIS STAPLES Tribute to Mahalia Jackson => Massey Hall, 8 pm, $49.50-$69.50
*BROWNMAN & The ELECTRYC TRIO => Trane Studio, 9 pm
*WAX MANNEQUIN, WINTARY, THE FIVE MILE ROAD => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30 pm, $5
1000 CURES => Sneaky Dees
ED VOKURKA JAZZ VIOLIN ENSEMBLE => Montreal Bistro (also Dec 22)
ANDREW BONIWELL QUARTET => Rex
CANADIAN BRASS => Roy Thomson Hall
GWYNETH BAILLIE, BOYCHOIR OF LESBOS, ZAYLA WEEDZ => Mitzi's Sister

FRI DEC 24
no known shows yet

SAT DEC 25
CHRISTMAS SHOW => Mod Club
"XMAS ABSINTHE" w/ DJ DEMENTIA & STEVEN => Vatikan

SUN DEC 26
* KICKASS KARAOKE => Drake, 9 pm, pwyc
BOXING DAY MOVEMENT w/ DJs Aki, Jason Palma, Nav, John Kong => Supermarket, 268 Augusta, $5 (all proceeds to Daily Bread food bank)
QUARTETTE => Hughs Room
SHIT LA MERDE => Sneaky Dee's
ERNESTO CERVINI => Rex
THREE DAYS' GRACE, THORNLEY, GRADY (w/ Gordie Johnson) => Docks, 8 pm, $25

MON DEC 27
THE GARDENS FAITHFUL, KICK ME KENNETH, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, CANARY MINE => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $5
STARFIELD => U of T, Dec 27-30
THE 4 MIKES => Rex
KURT SWINGHAMMER => Cameron House, 8:30 pm, $7

TUE DEC 28
* KINKS TRIBUTE w/ MORE PLASTIC, 3 GUITAROS, more => Clinton's, $5 or free w/ two non-perishable food donations
* CHRIS QUINN, JAMES THOMPSON followed by JESUS TRIBUTE NIGHT => Tranzac, 8 pm
STARFIELD => U of T, Dec 27-30
BRIAN BYRNE, KIM BINGHAM => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $5
JIM GALLOWAY TRIO (w/ROSEMARY GALLOWAY) => Montreal Bistro (Dec. 28-Jan. 1)
EDUARDO ALIS QUARTET => Trane Studios, $5
KIM MITCHELL => Club 279, 8 pm, $20

WED DEC 29
* WOODCHOPPERS ASSOCIATION => Drake Underground, 9 pm, $5
* CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar
* GUILTY PLEASURES 01 hosted by Tyler Clark Burke => The Beaconsfield, 1154 Queen W., 10:30 pm
DON ROSS => Hughs Room
PAVLOV'S DOGS, VANDERPARK, KELLY BURROWS => Holy Joe's, $5
RIDE THEORY => Horseshoe
JIM GALLOWAY TRIO (w/ROSEMARY GALLOWAY) => Montreal Bistro (Dec. 28-Jan. 1)
STARFIELD => U of T, Dec 27-30
MAFATA LEMPHENE QUARTET => Trane Studios, $5

THURS DEC 30
* DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979, CONTROLLER CONTROLLER, AIDS WOLF => Kathedral, $10
BROWNMAN & The ELECTRYC TRIO => Trane Studio, 9 pm
SEA SNAKES, PROELIIS FERE, LORD AND PEASANT, TANZEN =>Sneaky Dee's , 9 pm, $5
LEVIRIDE, HUNDRED MILE HOUSE, TENTH PLANET => Horseshoe
THE 9 AM SOCIAL, MATH, LOBSTER ROCK TOKYO => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30 pm, $5
FIRST NIGHT TORONTO w/ ANDY STOCHANSKY, CHOCLAIR, MADVIOLET JIM CUDDY => Distillery District, 55 Mill, 7:30 pm, $15
FIRST BORN UNICORN => Horseshoe
THE CLIKS, SEEING THINGS =>Cameron, $7
SMOKEY CAMPBELL'S "Life's Too Short" Indie Showcase => Drake Underground, pwyc
FRYGIRL, AUXETIC PULSE => Holy Joe's, $5
JIM GALLOWAY TRIO (w/ROSEMARY GALLOWAY) => Montreal Bistro (Dec. 28-Jan. 1)
STARFIELD => U of T, Dec 27-30

FRI DEC 31
* MERCER UNION DIRTIER NEW YEAR'S EVE w/ DJ AYRES, COSMO BAKER, SUPERPEAKNICK, THE DUKES, DIDI 7 => Studio 99, 99 Sudbury, 10 pm to daybreak, $25-$40
* NEW YEARS VAZALEEN w/ LESBIANS ON ECSTASY => Lee's Palace
*THE SADIES => Horseshoe, $17.50
* BARRIO LAB ORCHESTRA, DJ KID CONGA, ALVARO C => Drake Underground, $30 adv., $40 door (incl. party favours, chompers at midnight, bar snacks)
* "AY CARUMBA!" w/ TIJUANA BIBLES, SKIN TIGHT OUTTA SIGHT REBEL BURLESQUE => Gladstone, $30 (incl. hors d'oeuvres, champagne/tequila shots at midnight)
* DO RIGHT NYE w/ DJs JOHN KONG, FASE, CIRCLE RESEARCH, SON OF SOUL, ABDOMINAL => Supermarket, 25 Augusta, $25 (incl. champagne toast, party favours, etc.)
* DOING IT TO DEATH NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY w/ NO DYNAMICS, IV (w/ members of Creeping Nobodies), BBQ, NICK FLANAGAN, WES ALLEN, DANIEL VILA => Thymeless, 355 College, $5
*REPUBLIC OF SAFETY w/ DJ OMRI KATZ (direct from The Manhuntagon) => 868 Dovercourt Rd. (N of Bloor), 2 am, PWYC donations for RoS recording
CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER, UKULA => El Mocambo, $30
"URBAN BAZAAR" w/ MAGNETA LANE, DJ JEDI, STICKY RICE => Rivoli, $40
NEW YORK DOLLS TRIBUTE w/ members of FORGOTTEN REBELS, TEENAGE HEAD, more => Rancho Relaxo, $12
CHRIS WHITELEY, VICTOR BATEMAN, BUCKY BURGER, JOHN SHEARD, DAN WHITELEY, etc. => Hughs Room, $85 incl. dinner
ILLUMINATI, OLIVER BLACK, NO WARNING & THREAT SIGNAL, JAGERETTES => Bovine, $10
TRANE NEW YEAR'S PARTY w/ RADIO NOMAD, ALANA BRIDGEWATER => Trane Studios, $15
GROOVEYARD, LESTER McLEAN, MICHAEL OCCHIPINTI, PAUL NEUFELD => The Rex, $39.95
FUcT XMAS w/ LUNCHMEAT, The 9AM Social, more => The Dufferin Hotel, free
BLOWUP NYE w/NASSAU, THE MELIGROVE BAND, various DJs => The Swallow Lounge, $35 (incl. buffet etc)
DETSORGSEKALF, MACABRE, THRONE APART => Rockit, $20
FIRST NIGHT TORONTO w/ GREGG LAWLESS, THE SATALLITES => Distillery District, 55 Mill, $15
MURDER SQUAD TO, THE G-MEN, HANDS OF DEATH, RANDOM KILLING => Sneaky Dees
NEW YEARS EVE BASH => Mod Club
THE MIDDLE EIGHT => Free Times Cafe
JIM GALLOWAY TRIO (w/ROSEMARY GALLOWAY) => Montreal Bistro (Dec. 28-Jan. 1)
MILK w/ DJs FELIX & GANI, JASON PALMA, MIKE SITCHON => Una Mas, $25
JIMMY BOWSKILL BAND => Healeys, $30
DOWNCHILD, DOC MACLEAN => Silver Dollar Room, $35 ($55 advance w/dinner), 8 pm-3 am
SVOOK w/ CONTACT, KING SUNSHINE, INTERGALACTIC FAERIE FUNK, TELEFUNK SOUNDSYSTEM more => El Mocambo
CHEERLEADER, GOAT HORN, CJ SLEEZE, THE HALLOW, PERDITION, more => The Vatikan, 1032 Queen West, $20
PLUS a lot of other dance club action too, of course (see here

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A Toast! Cocktails That Wag For Everybody

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First of all: The November gigs list has been updated, with some highlights (including Tin Tin Tin of course) bolded for the rest of the month.

Second, I wouldn't normally quote PR except in spoof (and the line below about "looking forward to executing within our new team" is a good example why) but this is a passage of note in the Toronto scene. Everything the Arrayfolk say about Allison's leadership below is true and then some. She's done fine work that's widened the interplay between the warped-pop-folk-jazz-improv world Zoilus moves in and the tux-wearing, degree-toting types associated with Arraymusic, she brought Christian Wolff to town etc etc - don't be a stranger, Allison.

ARRAYMUSIC ANNOUNCES PERSONNEL CHANGE
Arraymusic, a champion of experimental and contemporary chamber music in Canada, announces the departure of its artistic director, Allison Cameron, who has resigned from her position effective December 31, 2004. [...]

A prominent composer whose work is often performed in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands, Allison indicated she is leaving Arraymusic after four-and-a-half years to devote herself to her personal artistic pursuits.

While Allison's departure was unexpected, the Arraymusic Ensemble, board and management understand her desire to return to full-time composing. Allison confers a strong artistic legacy for a new artistic director to build on. She also leaves Arraymusic with stable finances, after lending her support to operations throughout the organizations 2003/04 season.

Were sad to see Allison go, but we appreciate her need as an artist to reaffirm her commitment to composing, says Arraymusics board chair, Maggie Keith.

Allisons work has been exemplary since she joined Arraymusic in 2000. She introduced groundbreaking events like SCRATCH! and supported such innovative productions as Rat-drifting through the Arraymusic Studio. The Studio is livelier than ever, bringing in substantial revenue and a fantastic mix of artists from Torontos experimental, new music, alternative and jazz communities. Allison also oversaw the production of two Arraymusic CD recordings featuring members of the Arraymusic Ensemble in performance and supported the development of a new website and first-ever webcast of the ensemble in concert. Her work has ensured the vibrant continuation of Arraymusics Young Composers Workshop.

Blair Mackay, a percussionist with the Arraymusic Ensemble and musicians liaison to the board, says, Allison had a good run as artistic director. She brought a lot of new and successful commissions to the ensemble and moved the group into fresh musical territory.

Allison has really helped raise the profile for an important fringe element of Torontos music scene by including artists from the improvisational community in Arraymusics programming, said outreach co-ordinator Jerry Pergolesi.

I was looking forward to executing within our new team, says general manager Sandra Bell, but I think Allisons departure will be great for her and represents a new opportunity for Arraymusic to move towards our goal of artistic renewal. Besides, well continue to realize Allisons legacy at Arraymusic, we keep a tribute torch burning.

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'Some Men They Take Your Heart Away/ Some Men They Take Your Eyes'

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Cecilia
get your mind out of your pants.
generally, I'd try to creep past fashionly boys -
you're like "hey pumpkin, wanna dance?"
even the boys, girl,
where the ladies are tight,
you fuck like a gayboy, hon,
you ride, ride, ride!

If those lyrics aren't enough to persuade you Torontoistas to come out to rYAN kAMSTRA's CD launch tonight, dammit, I don't know what is.

Maybe the thought that it's a queer-straight semi-drag Can Can at the Vatikan, Toronto's tiniest twee-est goth bar?

Maybe some mp3's, also available on Ryan's page? Maybe the promise of a stage show by painter-videomaker Margaux Williamson? She promises: "There will be paper bull's skulls. There will be people in love. There will be a bit (a very small bit) of glitter. There will definitely be tight pants."

Maybe an all-star dancer cast of Tyler Clark Burke, Sherwin Tija, Matt Crookshank, Lisa Pereira, Ben Phelan, Marlena Zuber, Dan Goldman, Leslie Taylor, Jill Binder, Alex Winfield, Eric Hart, Randy Ray, David Best, Erin O'Hara, Laurie Petrou, Marc Piccinato, Elana McMurty and more?

The fact that Ryan's a poet, novelist and award-winning pornographer? Or even that I sing back-up on the album, in a choir of non-singers that Ryan put together, kinda the way some film directors cast non-actors?

Don't argue, just hustle:

i want an army: The November Show
Wednesday November 17, 9 PM
The Vatikan. 1032 Queen Street West. $5

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, November 17 at 2:21 PM | Linking Posts

 

Torontopus' Tentacles

(Note: This entry has been rebuilt after being hacked by some asshole.

The comments (here and elsewhere) on my last post call out for clarification: No objection to folks making a living, and I don't think the gov't should convene a royal commission on blog concentration. By "corporatization" I didn't mean CanWest: that Torontoist has recruited some (talented) Posties was just a sidenote, not a conspiracy theory. But Gothamist going Starbucks may presage the future of blogging, at least in part, just as many alt-weeklies are now parts of chains rather than independent publications. That doesn't make them sellouts - except literally. (A lot of them have turned into squishy lifestyleist advertising rags, but not all.) Economy of scale makes the shift kind of inevitable.


But since blogging has been idealized as a DIY media form, the Gothamist chain is shaped like a question mark. If the blogosphere circa 2008 will look very different than now, that seems worthy of conversation.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, November 16 at 1:38 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (11)

 

The Empire Strikes Blog

Pardon the tuneless interruption, but:

A new era of blogging arrives in town today as Torontoist goes live in beta - an operation of NYC's mammoth Gothamist, which has also franchised its suffix out to Chicago, London, San Francisco, D.C. and Los Angeles, to be followed by Philly, Seattle, Boston, Paris and Tokyo. (Watch this space for the announcement of Zoilurope, Zoilufrica and Zoiluntarctica!)

Unfortunately, in Canada, "Torontoist" sounds like an epithet, the geographical equivalent of "rockist." They should have followed the mama-blog's model and gone with a pet name, like Hogtownist or T-Dottist.

Seems like somewhat tough news for Marc Weisblott, who was attempting a Torontoist-type operation with his Better Living Centre, but maybe the competition will be good for both parties, Post-Globe style. (Except of course that said competition is not entirely good.)

And who is Torontoist? They seem to be aiming young, and to lean slightly National Post-wards. Editors are Joshua Errett, a fledgling music scribe, reviews editor at Umbrella Music and fairly fresh from the Queen's Journal ; and Sarah Lazarovic, a freelance writer-artist-animator who's dabbled in all sorts of things writing for Eye, the Post, the Globe and elsewhere. She was briefly Culture Editor of the McGill Daily , which makes her some kind of spectral student-journalism descendent of mine. (I held that job in... well, never mind.) Also on the masthead: Mediaworld bloggers such as J. Kelly Nestruck (a Post contributor) and Valerie Belair-Gagnon; Post columnist Jason Chow; another former Dailyite, Jason Rehel; S.A. (Sean) Carrie (all I know is that he guest-blogged for Nestruck in the summer); and one Benjamin Errett. We're guessing he is Joshua's brother, but he also turns out to be the Kevin Bacon of the bunch, as several contributors were formerly caught under the covers together at Ben's site, Plastic Benjamin.

Okay, enough investigative journalism. Contents so far include sarcastic remarks on Shelagh Rogers and Jonathan Franzen's smarm-faceoff to see who can fawn over Alice Munro most, an analysis of the goy-to-Jew aesthetic ratio in Mamma Mia!, news of George Strombolopoulis moving from MuchMusic to CBC, mockery of the Globe's "7" entertainment tabloid, an announcement of tonight's Trampoline Hall (hey, thanks), and a smoochy for Devendramamine Banhartburn (see below).

They could stand to take a minute or two more to edit each item - contrary to the first-thought-best-thought school of blogging, they'll find the first quick-hit that comes to mind is fine, the third or fourth might be funnier and smarter. Or maybe I'm just projecting. Their subjects seem well-chosen for the presumptive target audience - local blogheads and print junkies - but I'd love to see a little better balance of medialand and real street-level life, as in getting up from the computer and going outside. Still it's in the must-read category for Toronto denizens, but on a broader level, this new stage in the professionalization (and longterm corporatization) of blogs and the interowebatron in general bears wary, squinty-eyed watching.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, November 15 at 4:21 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

Burnin' November

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Ellen Allien, at the Mod Club on Nov. 26.

Check the flip for Zoilus's monthly Toronto shows calendar - rock, jazz, hip-hop and electronics are all in the house. Hope to see you, for instance, Toronto readers, at the 416 Festival of improvised music, the Blow show Nov. 6 or Del/Aceyalone/etc. at the Phoenix that afternoon or Venetian Snares late that night, the Laibach show, the Animal Collective show, the Fred Eaglesmith residency later in the month at Hugh's Room, the David Essig show there this week, the Morr Music/Lali Puna show at Lee's mid-month, Ryan Kamstra's theatrical-extravaganza CD launch Nov. 17 at the Vatikan, Psychic TV on the 18th, the Cyrus Chestnut/Wycliffe Gordon gigs at the Senator towards the end of the month, Greg Clow's cool Sunday electronics nights at the Tequila Lounge, and of course at Tin Tin Tin on Nov. 24.

Additions and corrections more than welcome. The calendar will be updated throughout the month.

MON NOV 1
MUSE => Kool Haus. $23.50
SARAH BRIGHTMAN => Air Canada Centre, $49.50-$89.50
SOLEDAD BROS., BRUTAL KNIGHTS => Horseshoe, $10
INCUBUS, THE MUSIC => Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, $47.50-$25.50
Nine Mondays: VOICES JOINED => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $12
AUGIE MARCH => 360, $8
THE FUTUREHEADS => Lees Palace, $12
TERESA TOVA w/RICHARD WHITEMAN, DANIEL BARNES, ARTIE ROTH, JOHN ALCORN, GEORGE EVANS, DAVID DUNBAR, SUSAN HENLY => Rex, $15

TUE NOV 2 (ELECTION DAY!)
RON KORB => Hughs Room
NU MUSIC NIGHT 11th Anniversary w/ UNCUT, NATHAN WILEY, FRONTIER INDEX, MOBILE => Horseshoe, free
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, DR JOHN, SHEMEKIA COPELAND => Hummingbird Centre
STARTING LINE, YELLOWCARD, THE MATCHES, CRAIGS BROTHER => Kool Haus, $20
THE BLOKK SEXTET => Trane Studio, $5
GREEN DAY, NEW FOUND GLORY, SUGARCULT => Air Canada Centre. $35.50-$44.50
BONNIE BRETT & MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20, Nov. 2-6
RON DAVIS => Top o the Senator, Nov. 2-7
ST. ANTHONYS FIRE, THIRD VERSE, STRANGERS BY DESIGN, MY SOFT FREQUENCY, AIDAN => Drake, $5
THE SHOBU SHOW CHAMPIONSHIP => the 360, $12

WED NOV 3
DRESDEN DOLLS, COUNT ZERO, DITTY BOPS => Mod Club, $12
CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND => Massey Hall, $24.50-$84.50
SOUNDS OF THE SUPREMES, ANDY KIM, RICHARD STREET (Temptations) => Sheraton Centre
BAD RELIGION, RISE AGAINST, FROM FIRST TO LAST => Kool Haus, $25.50 (to celebrate or drown your electoral sorrows)
WARLOCKS, DEAD MEADOW => El Mocambo, $13.50
CHICK COREA => Massey Hall
GREEN DAY => Arrow Hall (Mississauga)
GUEST BEDROOM, THE MARAUDER, GALAXY, BOYFRIEND MATERIAL => Rancho Relaxo, 9 pm, $5
LILY FROST => Maple Lounge (upstairs @ Rivoli), 10 pm, free
BONNIE BRETT & MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20, Nov. 2-6
BOB BROUGH/STAN FOMIN QUINTET => Rex
RON DAVIS => Top o the Senator, Nov. 2-7
HANK & LILY, GALAXY, GUEST BEDROOM, THE MARAUDER, BOYFRIEND MATERIAL => Rancho Relaxo
FLINT => Sneaky Dees
MARKUS CHAKRA, SINGLE THREAT, SPRAL, FENCEPOST BRUNO => Horseshoe, $4
CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar
DAVID AARONS SHORT MEMORY => Tranzac, 9 pm

THU NOV 4
DAVID ESSIG => Hughs Room
RAPHAEL SAADIQ (As Ray Ray) => The Guvernment
EDGAR BREAU, J.P. Riemens => Mitzis Sister
BUNNY BROWN => Free Times Cafe, 8:30
THE MIGHTY GILL SHOW => Tranzac
JENNY WHITELEY, LUTHER WRIGHT & THE WRONGS, THE RANT => Rivoli
SOUNDPLAY (New Adventures in Sound Art) => Latvian House, 491 College (Nov 4-7)
AVRIL LAVIGNE => Air Canada Centre. $35.50-$42.50
ANDREW BIRD => Revival, 9 pm, $10
GWAR, DYING FETUS, ALL THAT REMAINS => Opera House, $24.50
urbanCONTACT w/ John Farah & Contact ensemble playing Arvo Part, John Cage, Aphex Twin => Church of the Holy Trinity
FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF THE FLAMES => Rockit
RAZORLIGHT => Lee's Palace. $12.50
CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN, KEY CONCEPTS, WINTER EQUINOX, THE AIRFIELDS => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex Cabaret, 9:30 pm, $5
BROWNMAN & THE ELECTRYC TRIO => Trane Studio, $5
BONNIE BRETT & MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20, Nov. 2-6
BOB BROUGH/STAN FOMIN QUINTET => Rex
RON DAVIS => Top o the Senator (Nov. 2-7)
BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH => Lula Lounge, $11
MINORITY, ROCKET FACE,UNDONE, THE HITCH => Horseshoe, $5
CHLORINE DREAM => Silver Dollar, pwyc
GRASSY KNOLL, THE MAGIC BULLET => El Mocambo (up)
THE LOST CAUSE, ANOTHER BLUE DOOR => EL Mocambo (down), $6
ART & SOUL SHOW w/ ROYAL WOOD, others => Havana Lounge, 236 Adelaide W., 9 pm, $10

FRI NOV 5
DAVY ROTHBART of FOUND MAGAZINE => Drake
SINGING SAW SHADOW SHOW, LENIN I SHUMOV, GALAXY => Xspace, 303 Augusta, 8 pm (show 10 pm), free
CLINIC, MIDNIGHT MOVIES, SONS & DAUGHTERS => Lee's Palace. $15
SOUNDPLAY (New Adventures in Sound Art) => Latvian House, 491 College (Nov 4-7)
ERGO PROJECTS (Lithuanian-Canadian exchange) => Music Gallery, 8 pm (Nov 5-6)
BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS, LIAM TITCOMB => Horseshoe
TOM PAXTON, CHRISTINE LAVIN => Hughs Room (Nov 5-6), $32
FEEDBACK MONITOR CIUT FUNDRAISER w/ SOLVENT/BLACK TURTLENECK, VITAMINSFORYOU, ORPHX, BLEEP, NYBBL => Feedback monitor fundaraiser, Gladstone, 9 pm, $10
BONNIE BRETT & MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20, Nov. 2-6
JANE FAIR, ROSEMARY GALLOWAY, LINA ALLEMANO, NANCY WALKER, TERRY CLARKE => The Rex
DARRYL SILVER FUNDRAISER w/ PAMPLEMOUSSE => Drake, $5
RON DAVIS => Top o the Senator (Nov. 2-7)
THE MAHONES => 360, $12
RAJASI, BENT HEFNER, YUGOFISH => Sneaky Dees
BOYS NIGHT OUT => Opera House, $13.50

SAT NOV 6
THE BLOW, Y.A.C.H.T., BARCELONA PAVILION => Cinecycle
VENETIAN SNARES, C64, BELLADONNAKILLZ, SKEETER, UNITUS, LAF-O => El Mocambo, 9 pm, $10
YOURE WORTH MORE TO ME THAN A THOUSAND WORDS w/ BURN ROME IN A DREAM, THREE-RING CIRCUITS, OFF THE INTERNATIONAL RADAR => Poor Alex, 9 pm, $6
SOUNDPLAY (New Adventures in Sound Art) => Latvian House, 491 College (Nov 4-7)
ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HARTS MUSCLE THEORY => Healeys
TOM PAXTON, CHRISTINE LAVIN => Hughs Room (Nov 5-6), $32
DEL THA FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN, ACEYALONE, ABSTRACT RUDE, MIKAH 9, BUKUE ONE, ZION I => Phoenix, doors at 5 p.m.(!), $26.50
SAVOY BROWN WITH KIM SIMMONDS => Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $18
HOT WATER MUSIC => Opera House
GaPa (GANESH ANANDAN/PATRICK GRAHAM) => Royal Conservatory (90 Croatia), $15
NUBA TRIO => Trane Studio, $5
BONNIE BRETT & MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20, Nov. 2-6
PAT LaBARBERA QUARTET w/PHIL WILSON (Boston trombonist) => The Rex
RON DAVIS => Top o the Senator (Nov. 2-7)
GOB => Docks, $20
EXCHANGES, POPULARS, MINGUE, DAVE MATTHEW (no relation) => Lees Palace
ROBIN BLACK, THE DOWNBELOWS => Horseshoe, $7
AUTUMN PASSING (Lithuanian-Canadian Exchange) => Music Gallery, $20
THE NEW BLACK => Rivoli
RIZDALES => Cameron House, $7

SUN NOV 7
LUNA (farewell show), WAYNE OMAHA => Lees Palace, $15
KING COBB STEELIE, NIFTY (Matt Smith of Les Mouches) => Sneaky Dees, Wavelength, 238 pwyc
MONTH OF SUNDAYS TWO: Night 1 w/ MNEMOSYNE, WINTER EQUINOX, PRHIZZM => Tequila Lounge, 8 pm, $5
SOUNDPLAY (New Adventures in Sound Art) => Latvian House, 491 College (Nov 4-7)
KOBENA AQUAA-HARRISON, guests => Trane Studio, 7 pm, $7
ZION I => Phoenix
BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS => Hughs Room
COWBOY JUNKIES => Trinity-St Paul's, $27.50
JIM MALCOLM (Scotland) => Tranzac, 8 pm, $14
RON DAVIS => Top o the Senator (Nov. 2-7)

MON NOV 8
BEASTIE BOYS => Air Canada Centre, doors 6 pm, $36-$56
ANIMENTALS, ORIENTAL, MISTER NOBU + IAN McGETTIGAN, CEPHALOPOD => Rancho Relaxo, 9:30 pm, $3
HOT SNAKES, CPC GANGBANG => Lees, $14
LITTLE FEAT => Phoenix
JONATHAN RICHMAN, JESSE DE NATALE => Lula Lounge, $15, Nov 8-10.
MATTHEW SWEET, VELVET CRUSH => Mod Club, $25
RICHARD UNDERHILL (Shuffle Demons) => Montreal Bistro
NIGHT BREED, THEY THAT TRUST, SIMPLE => Horseshoe, free

TUE NOV 9
VENETIAN SNARES, C64, BELLADONNAKILLZ, SKEETER, URANUS, LAF-0 => El Mocambo, $10
DRUMS WITH MEN w/ FRITZ HAUSER (Switz.), BOB BECKER, RUSS HARTENBERGER => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $20
REM, JOSEPH ARTHUR => Hummingbird Centre $79.50-$49.50 (also Nov 10)
VELVET CRUSH => Mod Club
THE BLOKK SEXTET => Trane Studio, $5
THE BLUES EXPLOSION => Mod Club, $20
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-20), New Album 2067
EL VEZ For Prez, MARY McBRIDE => Horseshoe. $15 (also Nov 10)
JONATHAN RICHMAN, JESSE DE NATALE => Lula Lounge, $15, Nov 8-10.
AMBIENT PING w/SYLKEN => Gladstone, 9 pm, pwyc
WOMEN MASTERDRUMMERS OF GUINEA =>Hummingbird Centre. $49.50-$59.50 (>>?)
THE TWILIGHT SHOW w/BENEATH AUGUSTA, A NEW DECADE, short films, bingo =>Drake, 7 pm, $10
GENE DiNOVI TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 9-13)
LEW TABACKIN w/MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Top o the Senator (Nov. 9-13)
BROCK GEL w/ DOC PICKLES, JAMES SULLIVAN, PICNIC BOY, MARNIE LEE McCOURTY => Sneaky Dees, $5
ZEKE, BLACK HALOS, RAMMER => Lees, $12.50
BENEATH AUGUSTA => Drake, $10
MOE => Opera House, $20
BACK AGAINST THE WALL, ELECTRASHINE, SPANKDRIVEN => 360, $5

WED NOV 10
LAIBACH => Lees, $25
MADELINE PEYROUX => Phoenix, $20
416 FESTIVAL: OPEN HOUSE (Paul Newman, Dave Fish, Michael Herring) w. poet Ronna Bloom; ALDCROFT/NEWMAN DUO; KYLE BRENDERS TRIO (Brenders, reeds; Ilana Waniuk violin; Brandon Valdivia, percussion) => Tranzac, 9:30 pm, $5
R.E.M, JOSEPH ARTHUR => Hummingbird Centre, $79.50-$49.50
FATBOY SLIM => >b>venue change, The Docks, 9 pm, $37.50
EL VEZ For Prez => Horseshoe. $15 (also Nov 9)
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-20), New Album 2067
STRAWBS => Hughs Room
AGENT ORANGE, MISFITS, 3TARDS, REHAB FOR QUITTERS => Reverb
JONATHAN RICHMAN, JESSE DE NATALE => Lula Lounge, $15, Nov 8-10
HELMET, INSTRUCTION => Mod Club, $17.50
SKINNY PUPPY => Kool Haus. $27.50
VAN HALEN => Copps Coliseum, Hamilton. $69.50-$95
LILY FROST => Maple Lounge (upstairs @ Rivoli), 10 pm, free
KINGSLEY ETTIENNE TRIO => Trane Studio, $5
GENE DiNOVI TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 9-13)
LEW TABACKIN w/MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Top o the Senator (Nov. 9-13)
MICROBUNNY, LAL, THE EMPIRES => 360, $8
CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar

THU NOV 11
BLACK DICE, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE => Lees Palace. 9 pm, $14
416 FESTIVAL: JOUST (Scott Thomson trombone; John Oswald saxophone); JOE SORBARA TRIO (Joe Sorbara drums; Brodie West saxophone; Ken Aldcroft guitar); TRIO MUO (Glen Hall saxophones, flutes; Michael Morse bass; Joe Sorbara drums, percussion) => Tranzac, 9:30, $5
SAUL WILLIAMS => El Mocambo, $20
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals w/ BY DIVINE RIGHT => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-20), $16
GREAT BIG SEA, JIMMY RANKIN, LIAM TITCOMB => Kool Haus, $37
CHET BAKER TRIBUTE w/ LORNE LOFKSY, KEVIN TURCOTTE, ARTT FRANK, KIRK MACDONALD, NORM AMADIO, DANNY DEPOE, more, rare footage => Lula Lounge, 7 pm doors
THE RASMUS => Mod Club Theatre. $16.50
FULL WHITE DRAG, FOR THE MATHEMATICS, more => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30, $5
BOB KEMMIS => Holy Joes
CHET BAKER TRIBUTE, Lula Lounge, doors 7 pm, show 9 pm, $25
BROWNMAN & THE ELECTRYC TRIO => Trane Studio, $5
GENE DiNOVI TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 9-13)
ARCHIE ALLEYNES KOLLAGE => Rex
LEW TABACKIN w/MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Top o the Senator (Nov. 9-13)
CHLORINE DREAM => Silver Dollar, pwyc
MOTHERLOAD, FUCK YALL => Sneaky Dees
100% WOOL, LUNCHMEAT => El Mocambo, pwyc

FRI NOV 12
DEVENDRA BANHART, SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE. => Music Gallery $15. 8 pm (sold out)
LEFTOVER DAYLIGHT w/ SORBARA-FRASER; BRODIE BAND (with Brodie West, Alex Luchachevsky, Tania Gill, Ryan Driver, David French, Doug Tielli); JOHN KAMEEL FARAH => Arraymusic (60 Atlantic Ave., Suite 218), $10/$6
416 FESTIVAL: OBRADEK (Jim Bailey spring metal plate, heat sink, wood scraps; Michelangelo Iaffaldano clarinet, zither, cookie tin, shelf guitar; Andy Yue- analog synthesizer, piano); HANSEN/KRAKOWIAK (Mike Hansen turntables, processing; Tomasz Krakowiak electronic circuitry, effects, minidiscs); 3XR (Geordie Haley guitar; Nick Fraser drums; Scott Thomson trombone) => Tranzac, 9:30, $5
GERI ALLEN => Glenn Gould Studio, $32.50
GREAT BIG SEA w/ Jimmy Rankin. => Massey Hall
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-20)
BARNEY BENTALL => Hughs Room
LAMB OF GOD, FEAR FACTORY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THROW DOWN => Kool Haus, $25
BIT-ROCK ALUMNAE SHOWCASE 3 w/ KUMA VS. YOOKLID, MINISYSTEM, SETZER, NYBBL, DJ OZAWA => Tequila Lounge, pwyc
GENE DiNOVI TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 9-13)
ARCHIE ALLEYNES KOLLAGE => Rex
LEW TABACKIN w/MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Top o the Senator (Nov. 9-13)
FORGOTTEN REBELS, BOBNOXIOUS => Lees Palace, $10
ILLUMINATI, SHIKASTA, WHITE VAN SPEAKER SCAM => Silver Dollar
THE BACKTHEFUCKUPS (with Elvis Presley), LULLABYE ARKESTRA, PRISCILLAS => Sneaky Dees
GARDENS FAITHFUL, TRUTHHORSE => Rivoli, $5
SHIKASTA => Silver Dollar, $6
CIRCO LOCO, MATADORS, THE GREAT ORBAX => Reverb, $10

SAT NOV 13
MORR MUSIC: LALI PUNA, DUO 505, STYROFOAM, THE GO FIND => Lees, $15
416 FESTIVAL: POETIKS (Nancy Bullis poetry; David Story keyboards; Michael Morse bass); MSG (Denis McNeil synthesizer, percussion; Steve Spears sythesizer, guitar, percussion; Alan Glicksman drums, percussion); CHRONIC D (Jason Hammer bass; Jean Martin drums; Colin Fisher- saxophone, guitar; Evan Shaw saxophone); POWERBUCH (Gordon Michael Allen trumpet; Dave Clark drums, percussion; John Kameel Farah piano, laptop, synthesizer; Glen Hall saxophones, flutes, bass clarinet, percussion) => Tranzac, 8:30 pm, $5
DEADLY SNAKES, HORSEY CRAZE => Comfort Zone (below the Silver Dollar), $9
ALTERED BEATS w/ SINCERE TRADE, RAZOR EDGE, B7, BELLADONNAKILLZ, 0=0, THE DEACON BOOMBASTARDIZER, THE RECKLESS YOUTH QUAKE FROM BINARY CODE, 9 pm-3 a.m., $5
MICHAEL KAESHAMMER, solo piano => Hugh's Room, $34
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals (Nov. 9-20) w/ HEBREW SCHOOL DROPOUTS => Horseshoe, 2:30 pm, $16
TAKING BACK SUNDAY, ATREYU, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, => Kool Haus (also Nov 14)
BURIED INSIDE => The 360
CARL DIXON => Hughs Room
SPITFIRES & MAYFLOWERS, DIABLEROS, FIVE BLANK PAGES => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30 pm, $5
GENE DiNOVI TRIO => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 9-13)
DENNY CHRISTIANSON QUINTET => Rex
LEW TABACKIN w/MARK EISENMAN TRIO => Top o the Senator (Nov. 9-13)
BALLS DEEP w/ THE CHINESE STARS, RORY THEM FINEST, DJ MIKEY APPLES, guests => Xspace, 303 Augusta, $8
MY SOFT FREQUENCY, THE THREAT, DOF => Sneaky Dees
SPITFIRES & MAYFLOWERS, DIABLEROS, FIVE BLANK PAGES => Poor Alex, 9 pm, $5

SUN NOV 14
MICHIEL BRAAM (Netherlands) piano, FRANK GRATKOWSKI (Germany) reeds, plus screening of SYNTHWHEN dvd from VTO 2004 => Goethe Institut, 8 pm, $15
EROSONIC (DAVID MOTT, JOSEPH PETRIC) => Music Gallery, 3 pm, $5
GLAD TOES w/ TRIO_MUO, FEESY-DAVISON-HINZ-IAFFALDANO-MOSHER, M.S.G. (with guests RAE JOHNSON, CARL BRAUND, GARY SIMKINS) => Gladstone, 2 pm-6 pm, free!
AFRICAN RHYTHMS w/ NJACKO BACKO (Cameroon/Montreal) => Harbourfront, 1 pm, $8
UNCUT, THE SECRET (Hiroshima), DJ Polmo Polpo => Sneaky Dees, Wavelength 239, pwyc
TAKING BACK SUNDAY, ATREYU, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, => Kool Haus (also Nov 13)
MIDTOWN, MATCHBOOK ROMANCE (emo) => El Mocambo, 7 pm, $12.50
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-20)
RUSSELL SIMMONS DEF POETRY JAM w/Black Ice, Georgia Me, Lemon, DJ Reborn => U of T Convocation Hall, $39.50-$49.50
MONTH OF SUNDAYS TWO: Night 2 w/ LENA, XINGU HILL, DISPLACER => Tequila Lounge, 8 pm, $5
WILLIE AUGUST PROJECT => Rex
DIANE ALCORN QUINTET => Top o the Senator
LENA, XINGU HILL, DISPLACER => Tequila Lounge, $5

MON NOV 15
TRAMPOLINE HALL => Sneaky Dees, $6
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-20), $12
CARPARK "New Pop Ideas" electronic night w/ ARIEL PINK, SIGNER, GREG DAVIS, I AM ROBOT & PROUD, CRAIG FRAID DUNSMUIR => Drake, $6
VADER, ARCHAEON => Rockit, $16.75
MARILYN MANSON => Massey Hall. $39.50-$59.50
MASON JENNINGS => 360, $10

TUE NOV 16
SUFJAN STEVENS, NICOLAI DUNGER, AWRY => Lees Palace, $14
EYEDEA & ABILITIES, ILLOGIC, DJ PRZM, LOS NATIVOS => Mod Club, $15
EVERGREEN CLUB CONTEMPORARY GAMELAN => Music Gallery, St. George the Martyr Church, $10
THE BLOKK SEXTET => Trane Studio, $5
HOT WATER MUSIC, SILVERSTEIN, PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS, MOMENTS IN GRACE => Opera House, $15
MEGADEATH, EARSHOT, 12 STONES => Kool Haus, $29.50
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-20), $12
AMBIENT PING w/ ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES (MATTHEW POULAKAKIS/AIDAN BAKER) -=> Gladstone, 9 pm, pwyc
INDIE MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL => Reverb, 9 pm (part 1) and 11 pm (part 2)
MIKE MURLEY/REG SCHWAGER/ GUIDO BASSO/ STEVE WALLACE => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 16-20)
GENE SMITH w/PAT and JOE LaBARBERA => Top o the Senator, (Nov. 16-21)
LENNI JABOUR cd release => Drake

WED NOV 17
RYAN KAMSTRA cd launch i wANT aN aRMY: THE NOVEMBER SHOW w/ dancers Margaux Williamson, Dan Goldman, Tyler Clark Burke and many more => Vatikan
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-20), $12
EYEDEA & ABILITIES => Funhouse/haus
GOLD CHAINS => El Mocambo, $10
FINAL FANTASY, SOURKEYS, VERMICIOUS KNID, RIDE THEORY => Rivoli, 8:30 pm, $6
KYP HARNESS, DAVID CELIA => Gladstone, 9:30 pm
KINGSLEY ETTIENNE TRIO => Trane Studio, $5
LILY FROST => Maple Lounge (upstairs @ Rivoli), 10 pm, free
GENE SMITH w/PAT and JOE LaBARBERA => Top o the Senator (Nov. 16-21)
ADAM LEGALLEE, THE STARS HERE, THE WELLS => Drake, $3
THE MADCAPS => 360, $7
CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar
MIKE MURLEY/REG SCHWAGER/ GUIDO BASSO/ STEVE WALLACE => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 16-20)
CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar
DOWNCHILD, JEFF HEALEY => Mod Club, $17.50

THU NOV 18
PSYCHIC TV => Fun Haus. $17.50
JOHN FOGERTY => Massey Hall, $67.50
HAYDEN, ELK LAKE SERENADERS, CUFF THE DUKE => Lees, $20
THE MIGHTY GILL SHOW => Tranzac
ARCANUM NONNOCK dance dept. grad studies show w/ ERIC CHENAUX & AIMEE DAWN ROBINSON => Burton Auditorium, York University, 7:30 pm, $8
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals => Horseshoe (Nov 9-21), $12
VALDY => Hughs Room
MIDTOWN, MATCHBOOK ROMANCE => El Mocambo, $12.50
THE JAZZ ROOM cd launch w/ ALEXIS BARO, WADE O. BROWN, DELIHLA, BRANDY CALLAHAN, DAVE AND MIKE SERENY => Drake, 7 pm, $15
THE TWO KOREAS, FEMME GENERATION, AIDS WOLF => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30, $5
BROWNMAN & THE ELECTRYC TRIO => Trane Studio, $5
DAVE YOUNG QUINTET => Rex
GENE SMITH/PAT and JOE LaBARBERA => Top o the Senator (Nov. 16-21)
MAYA AZUCENA => 360
CHLORINE DREAM => Silver Dollar
THE AIRFIELDS => Sneaky Dees
STINKING LIZAVETA, NICE CAT => Rockit
MIKE MURLEY/REG SCHWAGER/ GUIDO BASSO/ STEVE WALLACE => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 16-20)
LIKEWATER CD release => Rivoli, $12
SOFTKORE 5 => TODD'S LUNCH, REKTAL INSANITY, CRUSHKILL, SKEETER => Oasis, 9 pm, $2

FRI NOV 19
DIPLO => Mod Club
WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK w/ J. IVY, WILL DA REAL ONE, JIVE POETIC, NAZARETH, EDDY THE ORIGINAL ONE, DWAYNE MORGAN => St. Lawrence Centre, $30
ARCANUM NONNOCK dance dept. grad studies show w/ ERIC CHENAUX & AIMEE DAWN ROBINSON => Burton Auditorium, York University, 7:30 pm, $8
DUKE ROBILLARD => Silver Dollar Room, 10 pm, $18
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals with THE BUTTLESS CHAPS => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-21), $12
HAYDEN, ELK LAKE SERENADERS, CUFF THE DUKE => Lees, $20
FROM FICTION, UNCUT, THE FEVER => El Mocambo, $7
RYAN DRIVER Jokes of Toronto book launch w/ WET DREAMS sound-and-light show and "fake new age music" by RYAN DRIVER, JUSTIN HAYNES, SANDRO (Polmo Polpo) PERRI => Tranzac, 8 pm reception, 10 pm music, pwyc
ERIC ANDERSEN => Hughs Room
JIMMY EAT WORLD => Kool Haus, $22
DAVE YOUNG QUINTET => Rex
GENE SMITH/PAT and JOE LaBARBERA => Top o the Senator, (Nov. 16-21)
GRAND THEFT BUS, T. LECHE (of JeT pRoJeCt LaBs) => Rivoli, 9 pm
MORE PLASTIC cd release => Bovine Sex Club
DOROTHY SAID fundraiser w/ DANNY MICHEL, REID JAMESON, KYP HARNESS, CHRIS MURPHY (Sloan), KIM TEMPLE, TODD CLARKE (Pilate), MIKE PLUME => Drake, $10+
EXCHANGES, PATIENTS, SAN FRANCISCO TREAT => Rancho Relaxo
NAW cd release => Andy Poolhall
CMON cd release, THE HEELWALKERS, BLACKNINES => Sneaky Dees
JEM, BLUE MERLE => Revival, 8:30 pm, $12
MIKE MURLEY/REG SCHWAGER/ GUIDO BASSO/ STEVE WALLACE => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 16-20)
THE LOLLIPOP PEOPLE, BOB WISEMAN, AIDAN BAKER => Cameron House
THE HELLZ KITCHEN SHOW => Reverb, 11 pm
JOSE FELICIANO => Centre for the Performing Arts

SAT NOV 20
THE SILVER HEARTS => Silver Dollar Room, 10 pm, $10
THE RHEOSTATICS Fourth Annual Fall Nationals w/THE BUTTLESS CHAPS => Horseshoe (Nov. 9-20), $12
SPIRIT OF THE WEST, TURN OFF THE STARS => Lees, $12
DAS MACHT SHOW => Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, Scarborough, $15
THE MUSICAL BOX => Massey Hall
SPARTA, COPELAND, FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER, SUNSHINE => Opera House, $17.50
BRIAN OKANE QUINTET => Rex
GENE SMITH/PAT and JOE LaBARBERA => Top o the Senator (Nov. 16-21)
NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE benefit w/ SKYDIGGERS, MOUNTAINSIDE BAND, ASTRID YOUNG, DAVE CLARK, PRISCILLAS, KURT SWINGHAMMER => Drake, $10/pwyc
THE ATTIC, SLIT WRITING ELIZABETH => Sneaky Dees, $5
MIKE MURLEY/REG SCHWAGER/ GUIDO BASSO/ STEVE WALLACE => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 16-20)

SUN NOV 21
REPUBLIC OF SAFETY, SCANDALNAVIA, MN-L => Wavelength 240, Sneaky Dees
LENSEMBLE CONTEMPORAIN DE MONTREAL => Music Gallery, 8 pm
WILLIE & LOBO (Toronto Progressive Jazz) => Hugh's Room, $25. www.tojazzseries.com.
MONTH OF SUNDAYS TWO: Night 3 w/ NAW, ANDREW DUKE, AKUMU => Tequila Lounge, 8 pm, $5
GENE SMITH/PAT and JOE LaBARBERA => Top o the Senator (Nov. 16-21)

MON NOV 22
SPITFIRES N MAYFLOWERS, BICYCLES, THE SECRET => Rancho Relaxo
VELVET REVOLVER => Air Canada Centre, $39.50-$55.50
TU (ex-King Crimson) w/Encore PROG JAM => Lees Palace, $15
CLASS ASSASSINS, FALLOUT => 360, admission by donation of non-perishable food

TUE NOV 23
CYRUS CHESTNUT, WYCLIFFE GORDON => Top o the Senator (Nov. 23-27)
LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC band, DOUG TIELLI => Silver Dollar, 10:30, pwyc
AMBIENT PING w/ PLANET OF THE LOOPS => Gladstone, 9 pm, pwyc
THE BLOKK SEXTET => Trane Studio, $5
BILL MAYS w/TERRY CLARK, NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 23-27)
GULF PORT ISLAND TRIO => Tranzac, pwyc

WED NOV 24
TIN TIN TIN w/ Masia One, 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. (Dr. Seuss) tribute, more => Drake Underground, pwyc
PIXIES, DATSUNS, MARBLE INDEX => Arrow Hall. $35 (Sold Out, see Thurs)
FRED EAGLESMITH => Hughs Room (Nov 24-Nov 27)
FIRST BORN UNICORN, more => Horseshoe
KINGSLEY ETTIENNE TRIO => Trane Studio, $5
LILY FROST => Maple Lounge (upstairs @ Rivoli), 10 pm, free
BILL MAYS w/TERRY CLARK, NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 23-27)
DAVID BRAID SEXTET => Rex
CYRUS CHESTNUT, WYCLIFFE GORDON => Top o the Senator (Nov. 23-27)
PO GIRL, TJ & THE CLOUDS => 360, $10
CRAZY STRINGS => Silver Dollar
ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE w/ PEGGY BAKER, MARTIN TIELLI, AMANDA FORSYTH, ERIKA RAUM, SHALOM BARD, JONATHAN GOLDSMITH, ANDREW BURASHKO => Glenn Gould Studio, 8 pm, $35/$25
GRAND FESTIVAL OF AUTUMNAL HAPPINESS w/ ERIC CHENAUX, RUNCIBLE SPOON => New Work Studio, 319 Spadina, 9pm (thru Nov 27)

THU NOV 25
NICK DRAKE TRIBUTE w/ Oh Susanna, Kurt Swinghammer, Royal Wood, Dan Bryk, Jonathan Seet, Mia Sheard, Ray Montford, Jeremy Robinson, Red Suede Red, Chris Warren, Luke Jackson, more => Rivoli, $10, film @ 8 pm, show @ 9 pm
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA => Oakville Centre
RON SEXSMITH, SARAH SLEAN => Danforth Music Hall, doors 7 pm, $25
PIXIES, DATSUNS, MARBLE INDEX => Arrow Hall. $35
GRAND FESTIVAL OF AUTUMNAL HAPPINESS w/ TIM POSGATE/BEN GROSSMAN, ATM+GUY => New Work Studio, 319 Spadina, 9pm (thru Nov 27)
ARTS & REC w/ LAL, ANIMALMONSTER, more (Gallery TPW event) => Drake, 6:30 pm till late, free

CYRUS CHESTNUT, WYCLIFFE GORDON => Top o the Senator (Nov. 23-27)
JANICE JACKSON, SIMON DOCKING => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $20
FRED EAGLESMITH => Hughs Room (Nov 24-Nov 27)THE KILLS, BLANCHE => Lees Palace, $12
THE FEARLESS FREEP, ACTION MAKES, RIDE THEORY => Pitter Patter @ the Poor Alex, 9:30 pm, $5
BROWNMAN & THE ELECTRYC TRIO => Trane Studio, $5
BILL MAYS w/TERRY CLARK, NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 23-27)
PETER VAN HUFFEL QUARTET (New York) => Rex
SLOWCOASTER = El Mocambo (up)
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION => Phoenix, $15
CKLN BENEFIT => Sneaky Dees
THE LUDES => Horseshoe, $6
NEW LOVE ARMY, SUGARKILL at Zaiden Photography exhibit => Gladstone Hotel, 8 pm, $14 door
TIN STAR BAND, THE GARDENS FAITHFUL, AUDIBLE => El Mocambo, 10 pm, pwyc

FRI NOV 26
METRO DESI Diwali Xmas Shakedown w/ LAL, selector Double AA => Gladstone, $10
REZ BLUEZ feat Jasmine & John, David West, The C-Weed Band, The Pappy Johns Band w/ Murray Porter (downstairs); Texas Meltdown, The Wolf Pack (upstairs) => El Mocambo. $15. 9 pm.
LEFTOVER DAYLIGHT SERIES feat Freedman, Haynes, Fraser; Nilan Perera's "kidnextdoor"; Aldcroft/Driver/Oelrichs/West => Arraymusic Studio, 60 Atlantic, ste 218. $10
CANADIAN ABORIGINAL MUSIC AWARDS => John Bassett Theatre, Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front W. $35 adv at TM/$40 doors. 7:30pm.
WAVELENGTH ZINE FUNDRAISER w/ FEMME GENERATION, JON-RAE FLETCHER & THE RIVER, FOX THE BOOMBOX, I CAN PUT MY ARM BACK ON YOU CANT => Sneaky Dees, $10

ELLEN ALLIEN => Mod Club, $15
GRAND FESTIVAL OF AUTUMNAL HAPPINESS w/ TIM POSGATE/BEN GROSSMAN, ATM+GUY => New Work Studio, 319 Spadina, 9pm (thru Nov 27)
FRED EAGLESMITH => Hughs Room (Nov 24-Nov 27)
BADLY DRAWN BOY, ADEM => Palais Royale, $25
CYRUS CHESTNUT, WYCLIFFE GORDON => Top o the Senator (Nov. 23-27)
THE TRAGICALLY HIP, JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY => Air Canada Centre, $35.50-$49.50
BLEEP, MADRID, WINTARY => Drake, $5
WAX MANNEQUIN, HENRI FABERGE & THE ADORABLES, THE SUBURBAN POP PROJECT => Pitter Patter @ The Poor Alex, 9:30 pm, $5
CLOSET MONSTER, PROTEST THE HERO => Opera House, $7
THE WEBER BOTHERS => Club 279, Hard Rock Cafe
BILL MAYS w/TERRY CLARK, NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 23-27)
CANCER BATS, MARE, MAN MADE LINE, SMEAR CAMPAIGN (Conquistador Records Launch) => Rancho Relaxo, 8:30 pm, $6
MAGNETA LANE CD release, THE TWO KOREAS => Cinecycle
OLD SOUL, CRABGRASS, DINO BAFFITTI => Rivoli
THE WAKING EYES, MINIATURES, BROTHER JAMES, HONEYMOON MACHINE => Horseshoe, $6
THE RIZDALES, LOOMER => Cadillac Lounge
THE WEBER BROTHERS => Club 279, $10
LATEFALLEN, SPOKANE JUPITER, REASON DISAPPEARS, BREADFAN => Reverb
VONDELLS, ONE & ONLY WHAMMIES @ John & Jenny's Rock & Roll Party => Silver Dollar

SAT NOV 27
CANADIAN ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL AND POW WOW => SkyDome. $10/day adults, $5/day children, to Nov 28
FRED EAGLESMITH => Hughs Room (Nov 24-Nov 27)
CYRUS CHESTNUT, WYCLIFFE GORDON => Top o the Senator (Nov. 23-27)
CONSTANTINES, TWO KOREAS, WINTERSLEEP => Lees Palace, matinee, $12
CONSTANTINES, TWO KOREAS, PRISCILLAS => Lees Palace, evening, $12

THE CONSTANTLY RECORDING WINTERIZING BENEFIT w/ DIRTY HEARTS, LENIN I SHUMOV, PLASTIC SOUL REVIEW, CITY FOLK => Sneaky Dees
GRAND FESTIVAL OF AUTUMNAL HAPPINESS w/ BOB WISEMAN, JAZZSTORY => New Work Studio, 319 Spadina, 9pm (thru Nov 27)
AFTER THE DOME DANCE w/ THE BREEZE (Benefit for the Native Canadian Centre => Horseshoe, $15
LES GEORGES LENINGRAD, MADE IN MEXICO, DJ MIKEY APPLES in BALLS DEEP 2 => Queenshead Pub, 659 Queen West, 9 pm, $7
RITA CHIARELLI, SERENA RYDER, GARNET ROGERS, SUE FOLEY, DAWN TYLER in the Women's Blues Revue => Massey Hall
FUNCTION magazine benefit, DJ NANA, CAPTAIN EASYCHORD, CHRISTOPHER THINN, VIOLCA, FUNKY DIABETIC, BFD, FRITZ HELDER & THE PHANTOMS => Roxy Blue (12 Brant St.) 10 pm, $5
HERMANS HERMITS => Hershey Centre (Mississauga)
SHAYE => Nathan Phillips Square
AUTORICKSHAW => RCM Community School, $15
BILL MAYS w/TERRY CLARK, NEIL SWAINSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 23-27)
NANCY WALKER QUARTET (w/ Kirk MacDonald, Kieran Overs, Barry Romberg) CD launch => Rex
QUARTERTONES, MORE OR LES, FLORIDA EVANS => Rancho Relaxo, $5
DEREK MILLER, GEORGE LEACH => 360, $15
CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN, ANNEX RIVALS => Cameron House
18th ANNUAL WOMEN'S BLUES REVUE feat Jackie Richardson, Sue Foley, Rita Chiarelli, Dawn Tyler Watson, Serena Ryder. See This Week. Massey Hall. $35-$45 at 416-872-4255.
MAXIMO PARK => Mod Club
BYTHER SMITH => Silver Dollar. $18. 9:30pm.
COMFORTABLY NUMB ("Canada's Pink Floyd Show: the Complete Retrospective") => Opera House. $25
MIRACLES IN MUSIC stem-cell surgery benefit for 16-year-old Shawn Farrugia, Ricky Day & The Daredevils of Soul, Terry Logan, Joanne Mackell, Lisa Particelli & Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Magpies, Bill Colgate & The Urban Gureillas, Cool Trout Basement, Max Metrault, Ancient Chinese Secret => Cabbage Patch, 488 Parliament. $10. 4pm-2am.

SUN NOV 28
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY => Horseshoe, $10.50
THE GUEST BEDROOM, DIABLEROS => Wavelength 241 @ Sneaky Dees, pwyc
LEDERHOSEN LUCIL, RATSICULE => Gladstone, $7
MONTH OF SUNDAYS TWO: Night 4 w/ JOHN CHANTLER, BEEF TERMINAL, MN-L => Tequila Lounge, 8 pm, $5
ISIS, THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES, MARE => Lees Palace, $12
ESPRIT ORCHESTRA (Thomas Ades, Tristan Keuris, R Murray Schafer) => St. Lawrence, talk 7:15 pm, concert 8 pm
CHRONIC D (Jean Martin, Evan Shaw, Jason Hammer, Colin Fisher) => Fuse Room (418 College), 8 pm, free
KAREN SAVOCA and PETER HEITZMAN w/ Justin Rutledge => Hugh's Room. $20
FREEWORM w/ Manervous Beat, DJ Rollin' Cash, DJs DMS, Gabor, Violet, Katikata => Lexy Lounge, 325 King W. $15

MON NOV 29
JAMES BROWN => Massey Hall, $59.50-$79.50
URBANAIDS (First Annual Benefit Concert) w/ ALICIA KEYS, K-OS, KESHIA CHANTE, SWOLLEN MEMBERS => Ricoh Coliseum, $60-$150

TUE NOV 30
JONI MITCHELL TRIBUTE => Tranzac, pwyc
AMBIENT PING w/ NILAN PERERA, KIDNEXTDOOR => Gladstone, 9 pm, pwyc
AMY SKY => Capitol
TRANSSIBERIAN ORCHESTRA => Air Canada Centre, $49.50
THE BLOKK SEXTET => Trane Studio, $5
JOHN ABERCROMBIE, DON THOMPSON => Montreal Bistro, $10-$20 (Nov. 30-Dec. 4)
THE SHOBU SHOW w/ FROG PILOT => 360
NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND => Drake

Sources: Thanks to 20hz, eye, NOW, Greg Clow, Toronto Life et al.

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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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Gig Alert: Steel Strings, Sinew and Saliva

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It's grumping me out that I probably can't make it, so I urge Toronto-area readers to hustle downtown tonight to see Jack Rose (Virginia - pictured above), Harris Newman (Montreal) and The Reveries (Toronto) tonight at the Tranzac (on Brunswick just south of Bloor) starting at 9:30, $7.

Jack Rose is described as a "folk-blues dervish," which catches the various clouds floating around his guitar style, a country-and-eastern kind of deal. He's well-matched tonight with Harris Newman, who is on a shimmery-shivery John Fahey tip but with real sinew and conviction. And the Reveries' "sweet jazz" is filtered through a strange orally-fixated electronic system that must be seen and heard to be believed, old-world pop standards drooled out as if from the schizo-divine exiled prophet moaning from the cuckoo's nest, Miss Ratchet on hand with her syringe full of bad dreams.

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Torocktober (Smile!)

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The Toronto concert calendar here to Halloween - sorry it comes a bit late. It is pretty thorough, but will continue to grow as info alights. Additions and corrections Superwelcome! A partial-on-the-upper list of high points:

TONIGHT (OCT 2): Deep Dark United (Soundscapes, 7 pm)
Afro-Cuban All Stars (Massey Hall)
Magnolia Electric Co. (Horseshoe)
OCT 3: Rilo Kiley (Horseshoe)
Rokia Traore (Bamboo Cabana)
OCT 4: Dragons 1976 from Chicago (319 Spadina)
OCT 6: Brian Wilson (Massey Hall)
Andrew Hill (Glenn Gould Studio)
OCT 8: Japanther, The Reputation, more (Poor Alex)
Beatnuts, more (Opera House)
OCT 9: Danko Jones, C'mon (Lee's Palace)
OCT 10: Mike Watt (Horseshoe)
The Faint, TV on the Radio (Lee's)
Kanye West, Usher (Air Canada Centre)
OCT 12: Morrissey, the Dears (Hummingbird Centre)
Solex (Lee's)
OCT 13: McLusky (Lee's)
Reveries, Jack Rose, Harris Newman (Tranzac Club)
OCT 15: Libertines (Opera House)
PJ Harvey, Moris Tepper (Phoenix)
Trio X w/ Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval, Jay Rosen; Lotte Anker/Craig Taborn/Gerald Cleaver (Goethe Institut)
OCT 17: Sam Phillips (Lula Lounge)
Juana Molina (Drake)
OCT 20: Napalm Death (Rockit)
OCT 21: The Stranglers (Mod Club)
Camper Van Beethoven (Lee's)
OCT 22: Mission of Burma (Lee's Palace)
OCT 23: Delgados, Crooked Fingers (Lee's Palace)
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (Phoenix)
The Organ, Pony da Look (Horseshoe)
OCT 24: Lhasa de Sela (Winter Garden)
Lenin I Shumov, The Doers at Wavelength (Sneaky Dees)
OCT 27: Zoilus presents Tin Tin Tin! (Drake)
OCT 31: Halloween Wavelength w/ Corpusse & more (Sneaky Dee's)

Thanks to A Splendid Butterfly for her "October shows" post on www.20hz.ca, also to Greg Gow's at Stained Productions, Now, Eye, etc. Full calendar on the flip.

FRI OCT 1
FRANZ FERDINAND, FUTUREHEADS => Docks, 8 pm, $25
AUTORICKSHAW => Sage Yoga Studio, 5 Shuter St., $20, Small World Festival
ARCADE FIRE => Lees, $8
LEFTOVER DAYLIGHT w/ GORDON MICHAEL ALLEN, GEORDIE HALEY TRIO, CHERYL O/ROB PIILONEN/JOE SORBARA => Arraymusic, 9 pm, $10
TEITUR, TINA DICO => Mod Club, $14.50
LADYFEST presents CAROLYN MARK, THE PRISCILLAS, RATSICULE, CLASSIC BROWN, HADASSAH HILL, COUGAR PARTY, BAYONETTES, Liisa Ladouceur, Stolen Wine Social (DJs) => Gladstone, $10
BULLFROG w/ Kid Koala => Revival $10
MANDOLINI & POULIN => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $20
Q AND NOT U, TIM HECKER, The Holy Shroud (ex-North of America), Sour Keys => Rockit, 8 pm, $12
DANNY MICHEL, LUKE DOUCET => Horseshoe. $12
DAVE HOLLAND QUINTET, (JASON MORAN CANCELLED) Progressive Jazz series => Toronto Centre for the Arts, $46.75
QUEEN TRIBUTE => Massey Hall, $49.50
ROBBIE ROX => Silver Dollar Room, 9:45 pm, $10
LUKE DOUCET, DANNY MICHEL => Horseshoe, $15
DAVID GOGO, TOM WILSON => Healeys
KIDS THESE DAYS, THE MOHAWK LODGE, THE DOERS => 360
NANCY WHITE => Free Times, $12
IN-FLIGHT SAFETY, JULY 26 MOVEMENT, NATASHA ALEXANDRA, MAPS OF THE NIGHT SKY => Rivoli
BRANNIGAN'S LAW, TEETER, BBC, KILLING ZOE, INHOPESOFANEXIT, SHITKICKERS, MYSTIC TRUTH (etc etc) => Kathedral, $10-$15
ANDREW DEVILLERS, CAM DELAAT, ERICA WERRY, JIMMY DOWLING => Holy Joe's
SALTEENS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, RUN CHICO RUN => El Mocambo
NEW SIGNALS, FRIDAY MORNINGS REGRET, PERSONAL CIRCUS @ Poor Alex, $6 ($3 with Arcade Fire ticket stub)
MK ULTRA => Drake
LEA LONGO => Holy Joe's
JERRY GARCIA TRIBUTE w/CAUTION JAM => Rancho Relaxo, free, 9:30 pm (also Oct 2)
MELISSA STYLIANOU, STEVE KOVEN => Rex
PITH, DISKARD, SQUARES, CLASS RIOT => Cheap Stunts skate park, Richmond Hill, 4 pm, $5

SAT OCT 2
DEEP DARK UNITED => Soundscapes, free, 7 pm
AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS Hurricane Relief Fundraiser => Massey Hall. $39.50-$79.50
MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO / SONGS:OHIA, SEA SNAKES, JON-RAE FLETCHER => Horseshoe. $10.50
CAROLYN MARK, SUNDAY GOSPEL BOYZ, BACKSTABBERS => Grand Old Uproar! Canadaian Corps Hall, 201 Niagara, $10
LADYFEST DANCE PARTY w/ DUCHESS SAYS, GALAXY, DJs KP Regina & Hannah Sung => Vatican, $10/ladyfest pass
HAMMERHEAD CONSORT percussion duo/piano => The Music Gallery, $25 ($5 student)
FATHEAD => Silver Dollar Room 10 pm $10
SYLVIA TYSON => Hughs Room, 8:30, $30
DAVID BRAID/MIKE MURLEY QUARTET => Rex, 9:30 pm, $10,
CLUB BLUE NOTE benefit for St. Christopher House w/ George Olliver, Liberty Silver, Aubrey Mann, Eddie Staxx and Wayde OBrown, BJ Reed, George St. Kitts, Billy Newton-Davis => Reunion, 7 pm, $45 ($75 w/ dinner)
CHICKENS, STEEL PIER SINNERS, THE FRANKS => Lees, $7
JOHN BUTLER TRIO => El Mocambo
WC CLARK => Healeys
THE STILLS, JASON COLLETT => Opera House, 8 pm, $15
TRIP THE PING FANTASTIC: dreamSTATE, MARAS TORMENT, CHERYL O/QUASIMODAL => Cabbage Patch, 488-490 Parliament St., 8 pm-midnight, pwyc as part of Toronto Arts Week. (See also Oct 3)
FIFTH DIMENSION => Sheraton Centre
BRENDA LEE => Toronto Centre for the Arts
SUPAGROUP=> Silver Dollar
THE JEREMIAHS, JEFFY FOSTER => Cadillac Lounge, $10, 10 pm
GOLDEN DOGS, BETTABLOKKA, SHOWROOM => El Mocambo
SHOW ME YOUR ROCK, Hive Mag/Art Fair w/ GEORGANNE DEEN, INA UNT INA, RATSICULE, DJ WILL MUNRO => Gladstone, 10 pm
ZOMBI, DD/MM/YYYY, HERD THINNER => Disaster House, $5, 6 pm
WITCH HUNT, I SPOKE, CONCRETE TANK, DISCUNT => Ania's, $6
DEBASER, PUT THE RIFLE DOWN, DJ NINNY PILOT BOY => Poor Alex Theatre, 9 pm, $5
THE WORD presents ILL SCARLETT, MASIA ONE /ULTRA MAGNUS, MELIGROVE BAND, THE JUNCTION, JENNIE LAWS, DJ KURTIS LEWIS, HIP-HOP PANEL DISCUSSION @ Mississauga Valley Community Centre (Grand Opening), 12 pm, 12 am, $10
ROOTS & CULTURE w/ JUAN CARLOS VALENCIA, BENNY ESGUERRA, SHAWNA DIXON, => 360, $10
|8|234|<0|23!!1 SEZ BREAKCORE w ADJUST (Detroit), SKEETER, PANDA, LAF-O, C64 => Thymeless, 10 pm, $5
CUPIDKISS w/ STONE RIVER, FLATLINED, UNDERCURRENT, 10TH PLANET, PROXY SET => Drake, 9 pm, $6
MIKE MURLEY/DAVID BRAID QUARTET => Rex

SUN OCT 3
LATIN COLOURS => Harbourfront, 1 pm , $8
RILO KILEY, NOW ITS OVERHEAD, TILLY & THE WALL => Horseshoe. $10
ROKIA TRAORE (Mali) => Bamboo Cabana, 9 pm, $30 (Small World Fest)
TRIP THE PING FANTASTIC: PSYCHOSOMATIC CLIMAX MACHINE, SUBDUCTION CURRENT, ARC => Cabbage Patch, 488-490 Parliament St., 8 pm-midnight, pwyc (also Oct 2)
LADYFEST Acoustic w/ ABIGAIL LAPELL, OHBIJOU, SARAH GREENE AND THE PICKUPS, LAURA RICKER, KAT BURNS => Mitzis Sister, $5/ladyfest pass, 4:30 pm
WARMING THE CITY benefit for Native Mens Residence, Streethelp, Outreach w/ PHAT BASTARD, SEAN WARD, DJ SKIP, KING KONG GIRIO, NEW KINGS, WOMEN AH RUN TINGS, DARRYL WEBSTER, GOLDEN DOGS => Reverb 2-9 pm, $10
KEN WHITELEYS SUNDAY GOSPEL LUNCH w/ Jane Siberry, George Koller, Amoy & Ciceal Levy => Hughs Room, 1 pm, $15
JORY NASH => Hughs Room, evening
LADYFEST HO-DOWN w/JANE WAYNES, SUNDAY SINNERS, RAE SPOON => Wavelength 233, Sneaky Dees
GLADTOES w/ MICHAEL KEITH+ALAN GLICKSMAN/ THE SLIDE SHOW/ NO NO NONET, VICTOR BATEMAN => Gladstone Hotel, 2-6 pm
ZOMBI, RAPEWHISTLE, IT LIVES WITHIN => Kathedral, $5
JORY NASH => Hugh's Room, $14
CUBAN HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT w/ BELLITA Y SU GROPO DE JAZZ TUMBATA => Lula Lounge, 6-10 pm, suggested donation $20
PROSPERO, DJ HAZ:MAT, RAZORGRRL => Savage Garden, 9 pm, $3

MON OCT 4
DRAGONS 1976 (Aram Shelton, Tim Daisy, Jason Ajemian) => New Work Studio, 319 Spadina, 8 pm
HOPE OF THE STATES, INOUK => Lee's Palace, $15 (Also HMV, 5 pm, free)
FLOGGING MOLLY, STREET DOGS, BRIGGS => Phoenix, $18
ALTER BRIDGE w/ Crossfade, Submersed.=> Guvernment, $23.75
MUSIC BY THREES feat. GEORGE CRUMBs VOX BALAENAE FOR THREE MASKED PLAYERS, GALLOWAY PLUS TWO => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $12
FU MANCHU, COUGARS, ROLLING BLACKOUTS => Mod Club, $18.50
BRIAN OKANE QUINTET => Montreal Bistro
MATT NATHANSON w/ Charlotte Martin => El Mocambo, $10
THE SECRET: MUSIC OF JONATHAN MUNRO => Gladstone
RICHARD WHITEHOUSE 4TET => Rex, 9:30 pm
MATT NATHANSON, Charlotte Martin => El Mocambo, $10
THE WAKING EYES => Club 279
JOHN OSWALD/SCOTT THOMSON/JAKE OELRICHS, JUSTIN HAYNES/NICK FRASER, GEORDIE HALEY/MARCEL AUCOIN => Holy Joes
STILL COILED, 11T1 => Tequila Lounge, $4

TUES OCT 5
DEEP DARK UNITED, THE MAJESTIES => Hooch above Gypsy Coop, pwyc
JOHN BUTLER TRIO => El Mocambo. $12.50
THE EDDIE BALTIMORE MUSICAL MEMORIAL W/ BRUCE LONGMAN, MITCH WALLACE, STEVE GRISBROOK, LANCE ANDERSON, DENIS KELDIE, JOHN MEYDAM, JIM BECK, MAIKE SATOR, ANDY GAVITIS, NORM HACKING, MICHELE JOSEF, CARLOS DEL JUNCO, JEROME GODBOO AND ZOE CHILCO => Silver Dollar, $12
JOHN BUTLER TRIO => El Mocambo, $12.50
CORONA GUITAR KVARTET (Denmark) w/ tim brady => Music Gallery, $20, 8 pm
BRANFORD MARSALIS => Senator, $40
RICHARD WHITEMAN 3RIO (DON THOMPSON/BARRY ELMES) => Montreal Bistro (thru Sat Oct 9)
STEEL PULSE, BEDOUIN SOUNDTRACK => Lees (moved from Guvernment), $30
THE PAPERBACKS, TELEPATHIC BUTTERFLIES => Club 360
MOTION SOUNDTRACK => Horseshoe
THE PREMIUMS => Drake
TELEPATHIC BUTTERFLIES, The Paperbacks, The Scribbled Out Man => 360
MIKE EVIN, Katie Sevigny => Graffiti's
MYSTERION, GOODSHIRT, PREMIUMS => Drake, 8 pm, $10
AMBIENT PING w/ JOHN KAMEEL FARAH, NIK BEESON => Gladstone, 9 pm, pwyc

WED OCT 6
METALLICA, GODSMACK=> Air Canada Centre, $49.50-$95
BRIAN WILSON: Smile => Massey Hall, $45.50-$65.50
ANDREW HILL, Toronto Progressive Jazz => Glenn Gould Studio, $32.50
KEVIN HOUSE => Graffitis
AUF DER MAUR, VON BONDIES => Mod Club, $17.50, 9 pm
CHRISTINE JENSEN QUARTET => Top o the Senator (thru Sun Oct 10)
THE BLACK LIPS, PANZRAMS GHOSTS (Anagram/Deadly Snakes), TIT FUCK ME JESUS => Horseshoe, $8
GLADSTONE FAMILY AFFAIR w/ INA UNT INA, HOT FO GANDHI, CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN, comedians, more => Gladstone, 8 pm, $10
REPAIR => Music Gallery, 12:30-1:30 pm, free
KAT BURNS, BAG, SHANNON WEIR & THE EVEN STRANGERS => Sneaky Dee's, pwyc
STATIC FILMS (Chicago), AIDAN BAKER, THE CITY SLEEPS => Drake, $5 or pwyc
MAPLE LOUNGE w/ REID JAMESON => Rivoli, Pool Hall, 8 pm
EXITMAN, TREVOR HOGG QUARTET => Rex Hotel
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7 to Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32

THURS OCT 7
JON-RAE AND THE RIVER => Planet Kensington, free
ERICA WERRY, RUN WITH THE KITTENS, DOC PICKLES => Clinton's, 10 pm, $5-ish
CEPHALIC CARNAGE, THE END, BLOODSHOTEYE. => Rockit, $12.75
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7 to Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
GOLD OF HOURS by Charlie Ringas => Earshot, Music Gallery, 8 pm, $10-$30
TIFT MERRITT => Lees, $7
CHRIS ALEXANDER, PERDITION, A RANDOM EXIT, DJ MORGANA => Savage Garden
FREQUENCY (Trans Am member) => Silver Dollar
DIABLEROS, IN SUPPORT OF LIVING, THOUSAND-DOLLAR WEDDING => El Mocambo, 9 pm, pwyc
RAGING ASIAN WOMEN TAIKO DRUMMERS, LAL, MAEWON, POMEGRANATE KLEZMER SQUAD, THE CLIKS => Tequila Lounge, $10
MOTION SOUNDTRACK => the Drake
THE SILVER HEARTS, Train 45, Matt Crooker => 360
CEPHALIC CARNAGE, The End, Bloodshoteye => Rockit, $12.75
MOTION SOUNDTRACK => Drake, midnight, $5
BIG FIVES favourite rap spun by DJ FASE, ISLAMABAD, DJ GROUCH, MEL BOOGIE & DJ SERIOUS => Andy Poolhall, $5
PERDITION, A RANDOM EXIT => Savage Garden, 9 pm, $5
KEVIN QUAIN, TARA DAVIDSON QUARTET => Rex
HAUGAARD & HORUP (Superdanish!) => Harbourfront, 9 pm, free!

FRI OCT 8
BOB WISEMAN in-store => Soundscapes, 5 pm, free
SANTA CRUZ R&R; w/ DEADLY SNAKES, DIRTY HEARTS, GOOD PEOPLE => Lees, 10 pm $8
JAPANTHER, THE REPUTATION, SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, VIKING CLUB, COURTESY BLUSH => Poor Alex, 7:30 pm
BILLY TALENT, METRIC, DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 => The Docks, 8 pm, $25
BEATNUTS, DJ SERIOUS, WRECK SQUAD, HUMAN KEBAB, DRILL SQUAD, DOUG DEEP => Opera House, $20
ELIZA GILKYSON => Hugh's Room, $20
NICK FLANAGAN'S L'AFTERPARTY, w/ ANIMALMONSTER, MIDWAYS, comedy, more => Rancho Relaxo
CHROMEO, DJs DAVE 1, PEE THUG, DMT, BUTROS BUTROS GALI => Gladstone, $10
DOA, BUNCHOFUCKINGOOFS, CLASS ASSASSINS => Rockit
CRACKPUPPY => Horseshoe, $4, 11 pm
MINDBENDER => Reverb
FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES (Davis) w/ NICK "BROWNMAN" ALI & guests Trane Studio => Trane Studio (964 Bathurst) (every Oct. friday), $12
THE FORD PREFECTS (Fake Prom Band), WASTED GARBAGEMEN, DJ DESTRO => Stones Place, Kerry Potts Birfday Parteh, pwyc
RAMONES TRIBUTE, bands tba => Silver Dollar
MINDBENDER => Reverb
KNACKER => Club 279
CURSED => Kathedral
BLUE VENUS => Drake, 9 pm, $5
MELISSA STYLIANOU, ARTIE ROTH QUINTET => Rex Hotel
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7 to Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32

SAT OCT 9
DANKO JONES, CMON, FOUR SQUARE => Lees Palace, $13.50
WILCO, THE REAL PRISCILLAS => Massey Hall. $35-$59
FLY JIMMY SWIFT, GRAND THEFT BAND => Horseshoe, $10
ALTERED BEATS w/ MEDIKONZ (Toronto), HIJEX (Japan), XANOPTICON (Pittsburgh), PROMETHEUS BURNING (Pittsburgh), 8CYLINDER (Pittsburgh), CUTUPS (Pittsburgh), DJ Dominik => IV Lounge, $5, 9 pm-3 am
BENEFIT FOR KINO 05 (www.kino05.com) with FEUERMUSIK (ex-Rockets Red Glare), I AM ROBOT AND PROUD, BURN ROME IN A DREAM => Rivoli, 8 pm $5
SKIN TIGHT OUTTA SIGHT BURLESQUE => Gladstone, $20
BAYONETTES, RIOT 99, ACTION, TIT FUCK ME JESUS => Kathedral
ANTIHERO w/ DON CASH => Queenshead Pub
ZEROSCAPE => Opera House, $15, 5:30 pm
RHONDA STAKICH, ANA MIURA, SAUCY TARTS => Drake, 9 pm
WABI 1009, Detroit Underground w/ QUANTAZELLE, KERO & DEREK MICHAEL, NITSUJI, OTAKU, OZAWA, TASK => Labyrinth Lounge
RAOUL & THE BIG TIME, KLUVERS BIG BAND, VICTOR BATEMAN TRIO => Rex
THE CLIKS, HUNTER VALENTINE => Clintons, $5
RANDOM ORDER, DRAG KINGS, SHAMCOCKS, KITTY GALORE => Sneaky Dees, $12
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7 to Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
ROBERT CRUICKSHANK/SARAH PEEBLES "Music for Incandescent Events" => DeLeon White Gallery (1069 Queen W.), sunset (6:30ish pm)-7:15 pm, Oct. 9-17, free (part of "Scanning Nature" in the McLuhan Festival of the Future)
PETER VERITY, ANA MIURA, RHONDA STAKICH, Harvest Festival Food-Raiser for Daily Bread Food Bank => Drake, 9 pm, $10 ($8 w/non-perishable food item)

SUN OCT 10
MIKE WATT & THE SECOND MEN => Horseshoe, $10.50.
THE FAINT, TV ON THE RADIO, BEEP BEEP => Lees, $15
KANYE WEST, USHER => Air Canada Centre
CHRIS BARTOS (Ennis Sisters) and friends => Cameron House, 6-8 pm, pwyc
NEUROTIC SWINGERS, BOYFRIEND MATERIAL => Rancho Relaxo
LAL, HOLY FUCK (Brian Borcherdt & friends) => Wavelength 234, Sneaky Dees
JOHN LEGEND => Mod Club Theatre, $16
PHONIX (Superdanish!) => Harbourfront, 3 pm, free
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7 to Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
ROBERT CRUICKSHANK/SARAH PEEBLES "Music for Incandescent Events" => DeLeon White Gallery (1069 Queen W.), sunset (6:30ish pm)-7:15 pm, Oct. 9-17, free (part of "Scanning Nature" in the McLuhan Festival of the Future)

MON OCT 11
THE CONCRETES => Lees, $15
ADEM, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY => Horseshoe
THE KILLERS, AMBULANCE LTD., SUFEROSA => Opera House $20
BOXCAR SATAN => Silver Dollar with Bible burning!
JUNIOR SANCHEZ => Liberty Grand
SATELLITE OF JUNE => 360
BEATZ MASSIVE, JASON KENEMYS DIRECTIONS => Drake, 9 pm, $5
PRHIZZM => Tequila Lounge, pwyc
RUNCIBLE SPOON, CHRIS HUNT TENTET + 3 => Rex
KULVERS BIG BAND (Superdanish!) => Harbourfront, 3 pm, free
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7 to Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
ROBERT CRUICKSHANK/SARAH PEEBLES "Music for Incandescent Events" => DeLeon White Gallery (1069 Queen W.), sunset (6:30ish pm)-7:15 pm, Oct. 9-17, free (part of "Scanning Nature" in the McLuhan Festival of the Future)

TUES OCT 12
MORRISSEY, THE DEARS => Hummingbird Centre, $41.75-$69.75
SOPHIE MILMAN cd release => Senator
SOLEX, ON!AIR!LIBRARY, WORM IS GREEN => Lees, $8.50
DOUG RILEY B3 QUARTET => Montreal Bistro thru Sat.
THE SIGHTS => Silver Dollar, $7
THE SKYDIGGERS, CASH BROS., ROCK FOUR => Horseshoe
ACEFACE, THE CANDIDATES => Mod Club, $12
SHASTA JADE => Horseshoe, free
AMBIENT PING w/ SOFTWARE => Gladstone, 9 pm, pwyc
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7 to Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
ROBERT CRUICKSHANK/SARAH PEEBLES "Music for Incandescent Events" => DeLeon White Gallery (1069 Queen W.), sunset (6:30ish pm)-7:15 pm, Oct. 9-17, free (part of "Scanning Nature" in the McLuhan Festival of the Future)
THE THURSTONS, ONYA => The Hooch (above Gypsy Co-op), 10 pm, pwyc

WED OCT 13
REVERIES, JACK ROSE (Virginia), HARRIS NEWMAN (Montreal) => Tranzac, 9:30 pm, $7
HANK, ANIMALMONSTER => Cameron House, 10 pm, pwyc
McLUSKY => Lees Palace, $10
MATT SHARP (Weezer, Rentals) => Horseshoe, $10
KING'S X, Unplugged => Rockit
DEE KAYE => Senator
COHEED & CAMBRIA, Underoath3 => KoolHaus, $22
INTERPOL, SECRET MACHINES => The Docks, $20
DANU => Hughs Room
JORANE => Revival, 8 pm, $15
OKAY PLAYER'S CONNECTED TOUR w/ Foreign Exchange, Little Brother, Yahzarah, Legacy Away Team => Opera House, $22.50
MODEL M => Drake, 10 pm, $5
MAPLE LOUNGE w/ REID JAMESON => Rivoli Pool Hall, 8 pm, free
MELISSA McCLELLAND, ROSE POLENZANI, SHARON LEWIS => El Mocambo, $8
KARL MOHR, DJ MATT BLAIR => IV Lounge, 9 pm, pwyc
EXITMAN, CAREY WEST + THE MILLIONAIRES => Rex
THE BILLS, MIKE STEVENS, RAYMOND McLAIN => Trinity St Pauls, 8 pm, $17
SULEIMAN WARWAR & BASSAM BISHARA => Art Gallery of York University, 8 pm, free
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7. To Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
ROBERT CRUICKSHANK/SARAH PEEBLES "Music for Incandescent Events" => DeLeon White Gallery (1069 Queen W.), sunset (6:30ish pm)-7:15 pm, Oct. 9-17, free (part of "Scanning Nature" in the McLuhan Festival of the Future)

THURS OCT 14
TONY BENNETT => Roy Thomson Hall, $59-$125
FLY PAN AM, MONO => Horseshoe, $10
SCHIPOL 2 w/ Arraymusic => Glenn Gould Studio, 8 pm, $20
MINISTRY, MY LIFE W/THE THRILL KILL KULT, HANZEL UND GRETYL => Kool Haus, $32.50
ALLISON CROWE, TANISHA TAITT => Music Gallery, St George the Martyr, $10
KELLY JOE PHELPS, NATHAN => Hughs Room, 8 pm, $22.50
NEIL HAMBURGER => El Mocambo, $10
RICH ROBINSON => Lee's, $13.50
THE SILVER HEARTS, Elliott Brood, Nancy Dutra => 360
THE SLIP, NOISES FROM THE TOOLSHED, STEPHEN FRANKE => El Mocambo
INDIE ROCK SCHMOOZE FEST for CHILD FIND ONTARIO w/ BILLY KLIPPERT, SARAH MCGLYNN/ ASH TRIO, THE HITCH, TOMORROWS EXCUSE, FIRST TIME FALLEN, WHITE ELEPHANT @ Schmooze, 15 Mercer, $25
CHRIS GRAHAM, RAYANNE, CHISAI JACKSON => Drake, 9:30 pm
KEVIN QUAIN, UNKL (Germany) => Rex
AIDA NADEEM (Superdanish!) => Harbourfront, 9 pm, free!
J-LIVE, BROTHER ALI, SKRATCH BASTID, FATHOM & FASE => Fez Batik, $15
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7. To Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
ROBERT CRUICKSHANK/SARAH PEEBLES "Music for Incandescent Events" => DeLeon White Gallery (1069 Queen W.), sunset (6:30ish pm)-7:15 pm, Oct. 9-17, free (part of "Scanning Nature" in the McLuhan Festival of the Future)
THE LAST PENTACLE OF THE SUN launch w/ DIABLO RED, MISTER BONES => Rockit, 7 pm, $5 (benefits the Damien Echols Defense Fund)
DIABLEROS, SHORT STORY, CLASSIC BROWN & Vintage Clothing Sale! => Sneaky Dee's, 9 pm, $5

FRI OCT 15
THE LIBERTINES => Opera House, $16.50
TRIO X (Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval, Jay Rosen), LOTTE ANKER TRIO (w/ Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver) => Goethe Institute
PJ HARVEY, MORIS TEPPER => Phoenix, $28.50
FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES (Davis) w/ NICK "BROWNMAN" ALI & guests Trane Studio => Trane Studio (964 Bathurst) (every Oct. friday), $12
JOHN & JENNYs ROCK n RoLL PARTY w/ TWISTED TARANTULAS, MATADORS => Silver Dollar Room, 10 pm
DJ KRUSH, PEOPLES REPUBLIC => Mod Club, Oct 15, $20
ST. WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL TALENT CONTEST w/ THE JAYNE WAYNES, SONJA MILLS, BOY CHOIR OF LESBOS, etc etc => Tranzac, $12 ($10 in school-themed costume)
THE SLIP => El Mocambo
COLIN HAY (Men at Work) => Hughs Room
TONY BENNETT => Roy Thompson Hall
NO T.O. (Will Munros No Wave/Mutant Disco/Punk Funk dance party!) => Thymeless, 10 pm, $5
LARRY BLACKMONS CAMEO, BLUES UNDERDOG => Atlantis, 9 pm, $10
SING THAT YELL THAT SPELL, WINTER EQUINOX, THE RIDERLESS => Rancho Relaxo, $5
THE KINDLY ONES, TIMOTHY CAMERON, FRIENDLESS YOUNGSTERS => Blue Moon, $5
STIRLING, BETABLOKKA, LOBBY => Horseshoe, doors 9 pm (Stirling not on till 12:30), $5
FLUX 3.0 w/ BRIAN MOORE, CRAIG SWANN, GREG HERMANOVIC => Drake, 9 pm, $5
PITTER PATTER launch w/ ANAGRAM, FLORIDA EVANS, THE PINEY WOLVES => Poor Alex, 9 pm, $8
MELISSA STYLIANOU, ROBERTO OCCHIPINTI 9-PIECE BAND => Rex
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7. To Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
ROBERT CRUICKSHANK/SARAH PEEBLES "Music for Incandescent Events" => DeLeon White Gallery (1069 Queen W.), sunset (6:30ish pm)-7:15 pm, Oct. 9-17, free (part of "Scanning Nature" in the McLuhan Festival of the Future)
OH MY GOD I'M GOING TO DANCE ALL NIGHT AND DRINK CHEAP BEER w/ RADIUS AND HELENA, DJ 101, DJ EVIL GENIUS, WORDBURGLAR => Cinecycle
PORKCHOPS (freebop by Victor Bateman/Brodie West/Jake Oelrichs) => Tranzac, 10 pm
CAMEO => Atlantis
LEFTOVER DAYLIGHT SERIES w/ DEEP DARK UNITED, KEN ALDCROFT, JOHN OSWALD, JOE SORBARA, SCOTT HOMSON => Arraymusic, 9 pm, $10
ESPRIT ORCHESTRA presents the world premiere of R Murray Shafers' Thunder: Perfect Mind; also Arvo Part's Tabula Rasa, Harry Somers' Those Silent Awe Filled Spaces, Colin McPhee's Tabuh-Tabuhan. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front E. 7pm
AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE => Glenn Gould Studio, 8 pm, $40/$35 seniors/$10 students

SAT OCT 16
MOUNTAINSIDE BAND DUO, JAKE CHISOLM, NATHAN COLES BAND, LENIN SAW SHUMOV SHADOW SHOW (Lenin I Shumov meets Singing Saws) => Tranzac, pwyc
JOLIE HOLLAND => Drake, 10 pm $15
MEL BROWN & THE HOMEWRECKERS AND MISS ANGEL Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $14
SKYDIGGERS, CASH BROTHERS => Horseshoe
CANDIRIA, BUCKET TRUCK, A TASTE FOR BLOOD => Rockit
THE SIGHTS => Silver Dollar, $7
PAVLO => Hughs Room
THE WARM-UP THRILLA w/Harpoon Missile, Moment of Creation, Crooks of da Round Table, DJ Tab, Rufftundra, Young Grasshopper, Kizzo => Funhaus, $20
STOP DIE RESUSCITATE, VULCAN DUB SQUAD, SILENT FILM SOUNDTRACK, SMEAR CAMPAIGN, PARADOXX => Rancho Relaxo, 9 pm, $6
DAYNA MANNING => Rivoli
PITTER PATTER presents FIVE BLANK PAGES, THE GRADUATION DAY, SHORT STORY => Poor Alex, 9 pm, $5
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7. To Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
ROBERT CRUICKSHANK/SARAH PEEBLES "Music for Incandescent Events" => DeLeon White Gallery (1069 Queen W.), sunset (6:30ish pm)-7:15 pm, Oct. 9-17, free (part of "Scanning Nature" in the McLuhan Festival of the Future)KIYOSHI NAGATA ENSEMBLE => Hart House Theatre, 8 pm, $25

SUN OCT 17
CAROLYN MARK => Mitzis Sister (thru Oct 19)
PETER ELKAS => In-store, 7 pm, Soundscapes, free
SWEATSHOP TANGO ENSEMBLE (Montreal) => Senator
MOTION ENSEMBLE (New Brunswick) Cage, Tenney => Music Gallery, $15, 8 pm
SAM PHILLIPS w/ THE STRING SECTION => Lula Lounge
JUANA MOLINA => Drake, 9 pm, $15
STING, ANNIE LENNOX, Dominic Miller => Air Canada Centre
CANZINE including BLOCKS RECORD-RELEASE FRENZY (every hour on the hour!) => Gladstone, 1 pm7 pm
COUNTRYPOLITANS => Cameron House, 6-8 pm
OFF CENTRE MUSIC SALON => Glenn Gould Studio
MELIGROVE BAND, BEETHOVEN FRIEZE, LEAGUE CHAMPS => Wavelength 235, Sneaky Dees, pwyc
KEPLER, DECIBULLY, BURN ROME IN A DREAM => Horseshoe
KMFDM => Phoenix, $18.50
PAVLO => Hugh's Room
LELO NIKA (Superdanish!) => Harbourfront, 3 pm, free
STEVEN FRANKE => The Rex, 3:30 pm
David Buchbinder's SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus => Stone Distillery, Distillery District, previewing Oct 6, opening Oct 7. To Oct 17. Wed-Sun 8pm; Sun Oct 10 & 17 at 2:30pm. $32
ROBERT CRUICKSHANK/SARAH PEEBLES "Music for Incandescent Events" => DeLeon White Gallery (1069 Queen W.), sunset (6:30ish pm)-7:15 pm, Oct. 9-17, free (part of "Scanning Nature" in the McLuhan Festival of the Future)

MON OCT 18
TRAMPOLINE HALL => Sneaky Dees, $6 advance at Soundscapes highly recommended
THE GOOD LIFE (Tim Kasher of Cursive), NEVA DINOVA => Horseshoe, $9
CRADLE OF FILTH => Kool Haus, $30
SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME, DONT BE SHYS, PICASTRO => Silver Dollar
THE TRAVELLERS (do the Weavers) => Leah Posluns Theatre, $35
KURT SWINGHAMMER => Cameron House
SINGAPORE SLING, Les Six, The Disraelis => Comfort Zone
AMORPHIS => Rockit, $16.75
SINCERE TRADE, AIDAN BAKER => Tequila Lounge, pwyc
CAROLYN MARK => Mitzis Sister (thru Oct 19)
SOCAN on Song Panel => Drake, 7 pm, free
SINCERE TRADE, AIDAN BAKER => Tequila Lounge, pwyc
SINGAPORE SLING w/ Les Six, Nassau. See On Disc. Lee's Palace. $8.
YWCA GIRLJAM2 w/Jully Black, Articulo Veinte, Lilac Cana, meewon, Pomegranate Squad, Syreeta Neal, Simon Wilcox => Revival
THE BICYCLES => Hooch above Gypsy Coop

TUES OCT 19
LAURA VEIRS => Horseshoe
PINBACK, SEA SNAKES => Lee's Palace. $13
FEDERICO AUBELE => Revival
CAKE, NORTHERN STATE => Massey Hall, $35.50-$39.50
SARAH JANE MORRIS => Lula Lounge to oct 21, $20
DOUG HAMILTONS BRASS CONNECTION 11 => Senator (thru Sun Oct 24)
STORY OF THE YEAR w/ LOSTPROPHETS, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, ANBERLIN => Kool Haus, $20.25
JUNE GARBER QUARTET => Montreal Bistro
VALIS (ex-Screaming Trees), SINDEALER => Rockit
JAMIE CULLUM => Phoenix, 9 pm, $22.50 (Sold Out)
GRASS ROOTS ROAD TRIP w/ DRE ALLEN PROJECT, SLUMKIDTRE (THE PHARCYDE), CHITA => El Mocambo
THE BICYCLES, FLAMINGO-GOs => THE HOOCH above Gypsy Coop, pwyc
BILLY CORGAN signs books => Chapters, 142 John St., 7 pm, free; reads poems => Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor St. W.), 10 pm, $24.25
HORSEY CRAZE (Neil Young tribute feat. members of Constantines) => Silver Dollar, $6
CAROLYN MARK => Mitzis Sister (also Oct 17, 18)
CHRIS BROWN, KATE FENNER => Horseshoe
AMBIENT PING w/ MARAS TORMENT, AKUMU => Gladstone, 9 pm, pwyc

WED OCT 20
NAPALM DEATH, MISERY INDEX, FLESHCRAFT => Rockit
SARAH JANE MORRIS => Lula Lounge (thru Oct 21), $20
RECLINE REVUE w/ JUSTIS, MANJAH, LOUWOP backed by the KINKAID JAZZ QUARTET => Down One Lounge (49 Front St. E.), 9 pm, $3
BRUTAL KNIGHTS, SICK FITS (ottawa), CAREER SUICIDE => Venue TBA
LENNY SOLOMON => Rex
DOUG HAMILTONS BRASS CONNECTION 11 => Senator (thru Sun Oct 24)
UMBRELLA MUSIC w/THE REMAINS OF BRIAN BORCHERDT, BENEATH AUGUSTA, MALAKAI, ANIMALMONSTER => Rivioli, 9 pm doors
EUDORA, PROELIIS FERE, FIVE BLANK PAGES => Sneaky Dee's, 9 pm, $3

THURS OCT 21
THE STRANGLERS => Mod Club, $32.50
MICHAEL BURGESS => Toronto Convention Centre
SARAH JANE MORRIS => Lula Lounge oct 19-21 $20
CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN, ESZTER BALINT => Lees
MOVING UNITS, CHINESE STARS, KILL ME TOMORROW => El Mocambo, 8 pm, $13.50
DAN GOLDMAN, TWILIGHT HOTEL, MIKE PETKAU, OLD SEED, PATRICK KEENAN (all from Winnipeg except Goldman) => Cameron House, 9 pm, $5
LLOYD BANKS => Docks, $29.50
WHYSP (Santa Cruz), JON-RAE FLETCHER & THE RIVER, MELVIN => Rancho Relaxo, $5
THE SILVER HEARTS, OX, ROYAL WOOD => 360
LLOYD BANKS, DL INCOGNITO => Docks, $29.50
UMBRELLA MUSIC w/ BENEATH AUGUSTA => Rivoli, 9 pm, $6
PONTIAC QUARTERLY live literary magazine => Drake, 8 pm, pwyc
INSTINKT (Superdanish!) => Harbourfront, 9 pm, free
DOUG HAMILTONS BRASS CONNECTION 11 => Senator (thru Sun Oct 24)
SUE FOLEY => Hugh's Room, $18

FRI OCT 22
MISSION OF BURMA => Lees, $20
LENIN I SHUMOV/JAMES ANDERSON, PAVLOV'S DOGS, poet ANDREY TSYBINE (all in Russian) => Russian Canadian Federation, 6 Denison Street (off Queen), $6
THE SILT => Tranzac, 10 pm, pwyc
FEMME GENERATION, SMEAR CAMPAIGN, KICK ME KENNETH, PRIESTESS => Sneaky Dee's, $5
BLONDE REDHEAD => Opera House, $20
FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES (Davis) w/ NICK "BROWNMAN" ALI & guests Trane Studio => Trane Studio (964 Bathurst) (every Oct. friday), $12
HOT CARL => Rivoli
STRAYLIGHT RUN, HOT ROD CIRCUIT, NORTH STAR, SAY ANYTHING => Rockit, 7 pm, $14
CRAZY STRINGS SIXTH ANNIVERSARY w/ Foggy Hogtown Boys, The Creaking Tree String Quartet, Jenny Whiteley, Crazy Strings => Silver Dollar $10 10 p.m.
A NORTHERN CHORUS, THE JUNCTION => Poor Alex, 9 pm, $7
US ELECTION BENEFIT => Cinecycle, performers TBA
SOUNDS OF THE GHANGES RIVER (North American Buddhist Music Festival feat the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastic Choir) => Roy Thomson Hall, $20-$50
COTTARS => Hughs Room
TRICYCLE => Drake, 9 pm, $5
CKLN FUNDFEST LAUNCH w/ DJs DENISE BENSON, ANDREW ALLSGOOD, PREET, CHOCOLATE, CIRCLE RESEARCH => Andy Poolhall, $5
BEN LEE, PONY UP, LINDY => Mod Club, $12.50
DOUG HAMILTONS BRASS CONNECTION 11 => Senator (thru Sun Oct 24)Friday October 22nd @ CLINTON's
YTB, 3 GUITAROS, THE KILLAZ => Clinton's, 10 pm
KEVIN HEARN & THINBUCKLE, THE COUSINS=> Rivoli, $10
ESTHERO w/DJs in QUADRASONIC => Mod Club, $15

SAT OCT 23
LUCIE IDLOUT, GEORGE LEACH, SLANGBLOSSOM in The Beat presented by imagineNATIVE festival => El Mocambo, 9 pm
CARLOS DEL JUNCO => Silver Dollar
...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD w/ IQU, Forget Cassettes. => Phoenix. $15
JOHN PRINE => U of T Convocation Hall, $42.50-$49.50 (also Oct 24)
THE DELGADOS, CROOKED FINGERS, SLACKERS => Lees, $15
(After Show Party => Cobalt (426 College St), free, Resident Easy Tiger DJs w/ Super Secret Guest DJs)
THE ORGAN, PONY DA LOOK => Horseshoe, $8.50
MATTHEW GOOD, LIMBLIFTER => Kool Haus, $32.50
SEA SNAKES, POLMO POLPO => Dovercourt House
SUCK MY DISC! w/ MARK INSIDE, THE VISIT, FEMME GENERATION, ACTION MAKES, NEW SIGNALS => Sneaky Dees
THE POOLS, JAMIE JUNGER => El Mocambo Downstairs
GREENFIELD MAIN, FIFTYMEN, TWO-MINUTE MIRACLES => 360
ROBOTS BALL => Drake, 9 pm
DEPECHE MODE FEST 2004 => Reverb, $10 wearing DM paraphernalia, $12 without, 10 pm- 4 am, dear god
TANISHA TAITT => Rivoli, 6 pm
DOUG HAMILTONS BRASS CONNECTION 11 => Senator (thru Sun Oct 24)
THE OLD SOUL, THE EXCHANGES, ELEVATOR => El Mocambo

SUN OCT 24
LHASA DE SELA => Winter Garden Theatre, $40
ALPHA BLONDY & THE SOLAR SYSTEM => Kool Haus
GOV'T MULE => Palais Royale
RASPUTINA, DAYNA MANNING => Lees Palace, $13.50
ZAPPACOSTA => Hughs Room
JOHN PRINE => U of T Convocation Hall, $42.50-$49.50 (also Oct 23)
LENIN I SHUMOV, THE DOERS (Vancouver), GREENFIELD MAIN (Ottawa) => Wavelength 236, Sneaky Dees
RICHARD UNDERHILL (Shuffle Demons) => Mezzrows
CANADIAN ELECTRONIC ENSEMBLE (Rock Music: Sound Symposium Redux) => Music Gallery, 8 pm, $15
DOUG HAMILTONS BRASS CONNECTION 11 => Senator (last day)

MON OCT 25
Room 101 presents OPEN COBRA w/Cobratron! => Drake
SOCIAL DISTORTION, TIGER ARMY, EXPLOSION => Kool Haus, $35
LE TIGRE, GRAVY TRAIN, CANNONBALL JANE => The Guvernment, 8 pm, $18,
JAKE LANGLEY, JOEY FRANCESCO, BYRON LANDHAM => Ont. Science Centre, $25
GREYBOY => Una Mas

TUES OCT 26
DO MAKE SAY THINK => Phoenix, $8
TONY FURTADO, OLLABELLE => Horseshoe
DIONNE WARWICK => Hummingbird Centre
VANESSA CARLTON => Mod Club, $18.50
NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND => Drake, 8 pm, $3
ADRIAN FARUGA QUARTET => Senator (thru Sun Oct 31)
MAGNETA LANE => Horseshoe

WED OCT 27
TIN TIN TIN with ROB CLUTTON CONDUCTION, BLOCKS INSTANT BANDS, NATHAN LAWR, RYAN KAMSTRA, more => Drake, 9 pm, pwyc ($5-$10 sugg.)
AKERCOCKE, VEHEMENCE, DIMENTIANON => Rockit, $15.25
MOUSE ON MARS, RATATAT, JUNIOR BOYS => Lee's Palace, $15
BRAD MEHLDAU => Toronto Progressive Jazz series, Glenn Gould Studio $30
BETTY & THE BOBS => Hugh's Room
ADRIAN FARUGA QUARTET => Senator (thru Sun Oct 31)
PROTOTYPES, Call Me Poupe => Bovine Sex Club, free
UNICORNS, NOAH 23, BESNARD LAKES => Vatikan, 7:30 pm, $8

THURS OCT 28
TANGIERS => Horseshoe, $8
K-OS => Opera House, $22.50
ITS A MOBSCENE jazz in the round w/ KEVIN BREIT, FOLKALARM, PAT LABARBERA QUARTET, TARA DAVIDSON QUARTET => Gladstone, $15
THERESA'S SOUND-WORLD, ROBOT, WINTER EQUINOX => Holy Joe's, free
THE SILVER HEARTS, NQ ARBUCKLE, Nathan Coles => 360
AARON BOOTH, TREEBALL, THE PARKAS, THE MELIGROVE BAND (Endearing Recs.) => Rivoli
MADAWASKA STRING QUARTET residency fundraiser => Music Gallery, $25
THE TEA PARTY => Kool Haus, $32.50
PACIFICA (Vancouver) => Drake, 9 pm, $10
KASPER SOEBERG (Superdanish!) => Harbourfront, 9 pm, free
OPEN DOOR FESTIVAL BENEFIT w/ LIBERTY SILVER, LINDY, Erin McKeown, Melissa McClelland, Chris Pureka => Mod Club, $10-$20, 7 pm
ADRIAN FARUGA QUARTET => Senator (thru Sun Oct 31)

FRI OCT 29
MEMPHIS cd release => Rivoli
ANTIBALAS => Horseshoe $15, two sets (also Oct 30)
DENISE JAMES, GEOFF BERNER, RAE SPOON => 360
FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES (Davis) w/ NICK "BROWNMAN" ALI & guests Trane Studio => Trane Studio (964 Bathurst) (every Oct. friday), $12
ANGIE STONE => Guvernment. 6 p.m., $33.75
WHITE COWBELL OKLAHOMA => Mod Club
2nd ANNUAL AUTUMNAL CABINET OF WONDERS w/ GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS, AKUMU, JOHNNY HOLLOW, SAHRA FEATHERSTONE, DIANA OBSCURA, plus dance, magic circus, photos, videos, palm reading, 90s goth-zine retrospective, by the ROYAL SARCOPHAGUS SOCIETY => The Great Hall, 8 pm, $13
VAZALEEN => Lee's Palace
NOKIMONO Fundraiser => Drake, 9 pm
ADRIAN FARUGA QUARTET => Senator (thru Sun Oct 31)
THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN, THE ASSISTANTS, THE GUEST BEDROOM => Poor Alex, 9 pm, $5

SAT OCT 30
GROUNDTRUTHER (CHARLIE HUNTER/BOBBY PREVITE/DJ LOGIC), BROWNMAN AND THE ELECTRIC TRIO => Opera House, $25
U.N.K.L.E.=> Guvernment
SCRAPPY BITCH TOUR (Veda Hille, Oh Susanna, Kinnie Starr) => Mod Club, 7:30 pm, $15
DL INCOGNITO => Sound Emporium
SONDRE LERCHE, GOLDEN REPUBLIC => Lees Palace, 6 pm, $15
ANTIBALAS AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA => Horseshoe, $15 (also Oct 29)
TURING MACHINE, THE VIKING CLUB => Mississauga Masonic Lodge
THE BLUEHORSE => Hugh's Room
UNDADOGGS DEVILS NIGHT PARTY w/ AUDIOSLEEP, JK47 (come dressed in anti-halloween gear) => Drake, 9 pm, $5
JAZZ FOR HERBIE => Rex, 1-5 pm, $20
MOST SERENE REPUBLIC, ROMEO LIQUOR STORE, ARIETTA => Poor Alex, 9 pm, $5
ADRIAN FARUGA QUARTET => Senator (thru Sun Oct 31)
VLADIMIR SPIVAKOV, MOSCOW VIRTUOSI w/ the Canadian Children's Chorus => Toronto Centre for the Arts, 8 pm, $55-$95

SUN OCT 31
BEVERLY TAFT/TANIA GILL/ROB McBRIDE/JESSE BAIRD => Rex, 3:30-6:30 pm
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, NASSAU => Lees Palace $9
THE TEN TENORS => Roy Thomson Hall, $42.50-$74.50
THE USED, THE BRONX, HEAD AUTOMATICA, THE BLED => Kool Haus, 7 pm, $21.50
TRICK OR FREAKOUT w/ CORPUSSE, FUCKED UP, BRUTAL NIGHTS, AWESOME => Wavelength 237, Sneaky Dees
ANDREW DOWNING live score for the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA => Drake, 8 pm
ADRIAN FARUGA QUARTET => Senator (last day)
STINKMITT => Bovine Sex Club

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Holy Thursday!

Tonight - contrary to the misstatement in my column today - is the James Blood Ulmer show at the Lula Lounge, 10 pm, $30 door.

Also the Toronto Art Fair International gala at the Drake, with Tangiers, Kids on TV, Burlesque by Coco Le Creme, Dj's Didi 7 & DMT, doors at 9 and show at 10, $20.

And at the Tranzac Club, it's the A-team lineup of John Oswald (sax), Doug Tielli (trombone), Rob Clutton (bass) and Jean Martin (drums), 10 pm.

(And that's not to mention the already announced Paper Bag anniversary show w/ Uncut, Jake Fairley, Fembots, etc.; the Kool Keith show at Funhaus; the showposter-art showdown between Seripop and the Complaint Dept. with the Creeping Nobodies at 44 Dovercourt; the pre-Ladyfest King Cobra/Lesbians on Ecstasy show at the Gladstone; or African Blues at the Silver Dollar... whew.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, September 30 at 1:58 PM | Linking Posts

 

Open Loose (and Finish Tight)

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Great sounds tonight with New York's Mark Helias's Open Loose trio at the Arrayspace in Toronto's rapidly gentrifying Liberty Village. (Shown above in an online photo, not from tonight's show - the Arrayspace itself isn't that prettied-up yet!)

The first set, as so often in jazz, was on the tepid side, with Helias's compositions feeling technical, analytical, a touch conservative; when the group returned, they blew that impression sky-high. This is composed post-bop with avant-garde, international and classical accents, but in the second set nothing could have seemed more free. Turns out it is nice for there to be a melody - often voiced with Tony Malaby's sax doubled down by Helias's bass in lockstep precision - but tune mostly mattered far less than tone, and tone less than volume and velocity.

Most of all you listened to dynamics and articulation, with languid lyrical lines broken by more staccato sections and continual variations in noise level that signalled not so much which instrument was dominant as what set of social relationships we were to infer among them. Sometimes they were lovers, sometimes siblings squabbling over an inheritance; often they were cousins coming to blows and then laughing about it over a beer, or two foreigners struggling with a language gap and then suddenly finding out via hand signals and facial mugging that they're both in the same secret guerrilla army.

Helias plays like a Wimbledon tennis champ, switching grip and technique seamlessly, catching you unawares yet never missing a mark; Malaby was the emotional Mediterranean colourist, fearless in expressive range if not necessarily the most compelling of musical imaginations or tonal sculptors; and drummer Tom Rainey was a revelation, playing like a carpenter at work on a sturdy country church who, possessed of a private madness, was carving hidden gargoyles in every corner. His sheer physical power was fantastic - it kills when jazz drummers bash the brains out of their skins, and Rainey could hit everything, high-hat to kick drum to snare, with exact shades and calibrations of deafening force then switch to a laid-back shuffle that filled the room with a mist of cool.

I can't believe Rainey's not famous. (Jazz famous, that is, not famous famous.) This piece expresses the same sentiment and notes that he's never worked as a leader - not surprising given his radically unassuming personality (when Helias started to talk politics he immediately muttered, "Count it off, Mark!") but I don't doubt he's ready for the role.

In any case, we're lucky to have seen such players in such a scruffy little setting, with a large appreciative audience. Helias said it was a lucky break in a tour that "seemed a little thin." He talked soberingly about how musicians are now expected to play the entrepreneur and book themselves everywhere - whether they have that skill or not. He described getting up in the a.m. to do the organizing, sitting down at the piano to collect his thoughts, "and three days later you still haven't made that phone call." Still, he said, this show demonstrated how shit can come together if "you put the energy out there and don't give in to incipient depression," which drew a sympathetic round from all the players in the crowd.

(A lighter moment: One of the organizers brings the band beer, saying she made a special run between sets before the beer store would close. Helias: "Back home we call that enabling." Her, with long-suffering irony: "It's not like I live with a jazz musician or anything.")

Speaking of the crowd, what a good thing for all the Toronto improvisors to witness people who can play their instruments so damn well, but who also aren't sawdust-stuffed samples of jazz taxidermy. This city's got a surfeit of good intentions, powerful imaginations and open minds, but sometimes it seems like the younger generation here suffers a shortage of self-punishingly rigorous rehearsal and skill. They used to call it "chops," and sometimes you've gotta stop being so punk-rock and admit chops rule.

Question: Why is it that all jazz musicians, intro'ing or extro'ing a piece, say that it is "entitled" whatever it's titled rather than "titled" or just "called"? What's the genealogy of that charmingly stilted little tic?

Live Notes | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, September 25 at 2:42 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (8)

 

"The Most Horrible Night of Your Fucking Life"

Best gig name ever! Sept 29th, 319 Spadina.

Four noise solo sets:
MIKE HANSEN - needles on records
WILLIAM DAVISON - found objects on guitars etc
HINZ - "something hellish"
COLIN FISHER - thrashcore guitar and ultra frequency horns

Also of note, coming up Sat. Sept 25:

GIFT OF GAB (Blackalicious) @ Kathedral, $15
UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY BENEFIT in support of WTO protesters arrested in Montreal in 2003, w/ BARCELONA PAVILION, RICK TEMPORAO, THE LOWS @ Steel Hall, 25 Cecil Street.

For the rest of the week, see Zoilus's Sept. calendar.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, September 23 at 10:42 PM | Linking Posts

 

Blocks: Mental!

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Front to back: Vanessa & Kat of Barcelona Pavilion; Magali of the Phonemes; all of BLOCKS RC. Pic pilfered from Aperture Enzyme.

"Mental" is such a good insult-compliment cluster. "Mental" is the new "retard" -which was always kinda a dubious reappropriation, akin to white suburban kids calling each other "nigger." No such trubble with "Mental"! It's just a category. Live it, love it, use it.

Now, news from Blocks Recording Club, home of the Barcelona Pavilion, Creeping Nobodies, Bob Wiseman, the great Toronto Is Great! compilation, the terrific new Deep Dark United cd (review forthcoming in der Globe), Ninja High School, Hank, Les Mouches, Phonemes, Animalmonster and The Blankket (phew!). Totally swiped from their website, following news that they are currently studio-less and mention that half their roster will play Pop Montreal next week:

"Oct. 17: Canzine! Blocks has taken out an entire room at this years Canzine. Our intention is to move the entire Cold Floors Apparatus into the room and record one new (entirely new, no advanced practicing, no nothing) band every hour for the entire duration of Canzine. A strict NO JAMMING rule will be in effect, spontaneous comfort and confidence as well as complete and utter participation are the only pre-existing criteria for prospective musicians. We are also enforcing a strict NO JERKS rule. These recordings will then be almost instantaneously made available for purchase in limited editions. This project is also being helped along by Consumption Records who we really can't say enough good things about. Expect surprise musical groupings, and if you turn out also expect to be invited to join. Spectatorship is not actually some fun kind of passive participation, nor is it the same thing as glaring or invasively looking.

"TBC: 8 HOUR DRONE SHOW! Yet another spontaneous recording project but unlike the Canzine project this one is curated by Alex Snukal of Animal Monster and has a single goal and dominant theme. This one will be physically incredible! Still looking to nail down some dates and people but count on it to RULE!"

That's why Blocks is a club and not a label: You can't stick this shit on a shirt.

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Show Business: Get Your Scoop On!

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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.

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- 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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Lastminutegigalert

Just announced:
The WoodChopper's Association @ The Tranzac Club
Thursday September 16 2004, Doors 9:30pm

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The lowdown:
"Starting at 10pm there is going to be four knockdown sets played by four different WoodChopper bands. Oh Ya! Come and celebrate Lewis Melville's 50th Birthday along with such fine friends as: Jesse Baird, Blake Howard, Jake Ulrichs, Chris Banks, Rob Clutton, Victor Bateman, Andrew Downing, Uncle Lew Melville, Tim Posgate, Terence Dick, Eugene Slonimerov, Brian Cram, Lena Allemano, Scott Good, Scott Thomson, Doug Tielli, Jenny Mitchell, Scott Cameron, Brodie West, Paul Newman, Kenny Kirkwood, Glen Hall, John Oswald, Jay Baird, Dave French, Julia Hambleton, Daphydd Hughes, Tania Gill, Misha Glouberman, Mike Hansen, James Anderson and more special guests to be announced!"

The hype:
"You don't get this much awesome mojo stuffed into one room on just any old day. N'est pas?"

The endorsement: True nuff. Don't miss the phun.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, September 14 at 12:47 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Holding Hands After Swimming in a Lake (Plus: Ambitious Arto)

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Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System, K Recs) is in Toronto @ Lee's Palace, Sept. 28. I've never seen him. Will it be super-mutant charm or repulsive twee? (The above pic, to me: charming. To you? Caveat emptor.)

In other news: Franz Ferdinand wins the Merrrrrrrrrrrrr............ sorry, dozed off there. At least Belle & Sebastien's waste of Trevor Horn's time was not rewarded. (Grump!)

ALSO: In Franklin Bruno's otherwise excellent Boston Phoenix piece on Arto Lindsay and the reissued DNA recordings, he poses "an obvious question: how did he travel from there to here?" (In which "there" is abrasive "arch-negationist no wave" and "here" is samba-spined "slick, accessible ... electro-acoustic grooves".)

While Franklin limns the result of that journey with his customary eloquence, there's actually a straight answer to the question he leaves hanging.

In brief: After DNA, Lindsay worked with the likes of Anton Fier, John Lurie, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, John Zorn and Ryuichi Sakamoto, all of which likely helped sand some of the spike off his style. But the big missing link is the oft-neglected Ambitious Lovers, Lindsay's band with Peter Scherer on keyboard, which stands at a near-exact midground 'tween DNA and O Corpo Subtil. Their Lust, Envy and especially Greed are sharp mashes of Prince, no wave and Braziliana.

Around the same time, Lindsay met Caetano Veloso in NYC, and because of his Brazilian background he got to produce Veloso's album Estrangeiro, which positioned him to be heavily involved in the next decade's worth of Brazilian avant-pop with Marisa Monte, Gal Costa and Carlinhos Brown, bridging to the likes of Juana Molina now, as well as Lindsay's stunning series of seductive 1990s solo works.

And through it all, he's still never really learned to play guitar: Read David Krasnow's neat Bomb interview with Arto.

Edited to add: Franklin also points out a crack Arto story by Douglas Wolk that includes the best description of DNA's sound I've ever read: "poems constructed entirely of punctuation."

News | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, September 08 at 1:30 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

September Songs

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It's that time already. I got obsessive-compulsive about this list in the past week, with the result that I think it might be the most comprehensive list of live music in the month of September 2004 in Toronto you can read anywhere. I don't promise ever to do that again, but I'll try to update this list this month to maintain its glowering superiority. (Corrections also welcome.)

Highlights known for the month so far include:
- Sonore (Peter Brotzmann/ Ken Vandermark/ Mats Gustaffson), Goethe Institut, Sept 3
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- Jake Fairley (Berlin/Toronto, Uncut), Revival, Sept 3
- Talib Kweli at CNE bandshell, Sept 4
- Fred Eaglesmith, Roots festival, Distillery District Sept 4
- Black Ox Orkestar (Montreal, inc. members of Silver Mt. Zion, ex-Sackville), Wavelength, Sneaky Dee's, Sept 5
- Ashkenaz, Harbourfront all next week
- The Microphones (backed by Sea Snakes), Guitarkestra, the Music Gallery Sept 6
- Guelph Jazz Festival, Sept 8-12 (day by day details below)
- Leftover Daylight w/guests Ron Samworth and Kate Hammett-Vaughn, Arraymusic, Sept 10
- Drive-By Truckers and Alison Moorer [pictured up top], Horseshoe, Sept 11
- Fiery Furnaces, Mod Club, Sept 12
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- Old 97s, Chuck Prophet, Lee's Palace, Sept 12 (strange this isn't at the Horseshoe)
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- Nick Lowe, Lee's, Sept. 15
- Kensington Rocks! and Good Grooming for Girls launch and Sadies two-night stand, all the weekend of Sept 17-18
- Junior Boys cd launch (at last!) with Solvent, Horseshoe, Sept. 22
- NOJO with Sam Rivers at the Rex Hotel, Sept. 22
- John Coltrane birthday tribute, the Rex Hotel, Sept 23-25
- Creeping Nobodies cd release with Les Mouches, Cinecycle, Sept 25
- Frog Eyes, Horseshoe, Sept 27
- Tin Tin Tin, Drake, Sept 29
- Kool Keith, Funhaus, Sept 30
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FULL CALENDAR


WED SEPT 1
MATT WOLFE, JAKE CHISOLM @ Drake PWYC 9pm
DAVID OCCHIPINTI QUARTET @ Top o the Senator thru Sun. Sept 5
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE @ CNE (The White Album)

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THURS SEPT 2
KYP HARNESS w/DAVID CELIA and JOHN BORRA @ Silver Dollar
TRIAGE (Chicago) @ New Works Studio (319 Spadina) w/ Dave Rempis (sax), Jason Ajemian (bass), Tim Daisy (drums), presented by Rough Idea. 8 pm
CRASH CONTINENTAL @ Drake 9pm
THE 1000 FACES OF LOOPS featuring: PRINCE N!FTY, FINAL FANTASY, GUITARKESTRA, ANIMAL ANIMAL, THE BOSS RC20 LOOP STATION @ Sneeky Dee's. $4
KEVIN QUAIN, KIERAN OVERS QUARTET @ Rex
X MAKEENA (France), CRYOGENICS, MINDBENDER @ Holy Joes, $5
THE SPADES @ 360 Club, 10 pm $5
JIM GUTHRIE @ Silver Dollar Room, 9 pm

FRI SEPT 3
HARRY CONNICK JR Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front E. $49.50-$85.50 at TM. Sep 3.
SONORE (Peter Brotzmann/ Ken Vandermark/ Mats Gustaffson) @ Goethe Institute. Set 1, 7:30; Set 2, 10 PM. $20
JAKE FAIRLEY, (Paper Bag, Dumb-Unit, Kompakt, Sender), Derek Plaslaiko (Ghostly, Plus8), Adam Marshall (New Kanada, Killer), Uncut (Paper Bag, Dumb-Unit), 1/2 Inch-No Dick @ Revival $12
SUICIDE MACHINES w/ River City Rebels, Flat Liners.@ Opera House. 8:30 $13.50
LOS PRISIONEROS @ Kool Haus. $35
VAN MORRISON @ Molson Amphitheatre. $35.50-$115
TORONTO CITY ROOTS SONG CELEBRATION: Dan Kershaw, Justin Rutledge & Junction Forty, Kiran Ahluwalia, Sylvia Tyson. 7 pm. SIDE STAGE, 6:30 Michelle Rumball, Greg Hobbs, Suzie Vinnick @ The Distillery District, 55 Mill. $25-$60.
CARSON FOSTER'S KICKASS KARAOKE @ Drake bsmt, 9 pm, pwyc
DARK ELECTRONIC MUSIC w/ PREDATOR-X(trance/E.B.M.), PULSE PLANT(psy-trance), MY SECRET FIRE (ambient noise), REVOLVER_1010(Germany) - (Dark Wave) @ Lees Palace FREE before 11pm, $5 after.
RAOUL BHANEJA DUO, KIERAN OVERS QUARTET @ Rex
CJ SLEEZE, VIRGINOISE @ Silver Dollar Room
BARMITZVAH BROS., THE MOUNTAINSIDE BAND, STEVEN DALL, DAVE CELIA @ Rivoli, September 3
THE QUARTERTONES, KOBAYASHI @ El Mocambo (down), $8

SAT SEPT 4
TORONTO URBAN MUSIC FESTIVAL @ CNE Bandshell, 5-10 pm: J-Staxx, Pangea Project, Chilae, Toya Alexis, Gary Beales, Ray Robinson, Saukrates, Talib Kweli (9-10 pm)
THE SILVER HEARTS@ The Drake 9 pm $10
TORONTO CITY ROOTS SONG CELEBRATION: Scott B. Sympathy, Oh Susanna, Lynn Miles, Fred Eaglesmith. 7 pm.. SIDE STAGE, 6:30 Lynn Harrison, Rob Lamothe, Michelle Rasky, Blair Packham @ The Distillery District, 55 Mill. $25-$60.
ELECTRELANE, CREEPING NOBODIES, THE TWO KOREAS @ Horseshoe. $10
THE MUSIC OF ANCIENT GODS feat Thoth@ Opera House. $25
OT AZOJ (Holland) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 8 p.m. CIBC Stage
HAVDALLAH ("Soul stirring Jewish ritual") @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 9 p.m. Toronto Star Stage
THE KLEZMATICS (New York City) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 9:30 p.m. CIBC Stage)
FEAST OF THE EAST (middle eastern rhythms by more than a dozen musicians ) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 11 p.m. Brigantine Room
BACKSTABBERS GRAND OLD UPROAR W/ ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET @ Canadian Corps Hall (201 Niagara), $10
WINTER EQUINOX, Form One, No Orchestra, Prologic @ Rancho Relaxo, PWYC
Abbey Sholzberg Swing Trio, Laura Hubert Band, Shurum Burum, Bernie Senensky Quintet @ Rex
GUH, LENIN I SHUMOV, TENDERIZERS (Owen of Les Mouches), GUITARKESTRA, THE BANK (Members of Frank FB_A), THE MARAUDER @ 403 Adelaide West $6. 9 pm.

SUN SEPT 5
TORONTO CITY ROOTS SONG CELEBRATION: Bob Wiseman, Priya Thomas, Serena Ryder, Ashley MacIsaac, 7 pm. SIDE STAGE, 6:30 Ian North, Nancy White, Wendell Ferguson, Adam Mitchell @ The Distillery District, 55 Mill. $25-$60
MICHAEL ST GEORGE CD release. Bamboo Cabana.$25.
ASHKENAZ PAGEANT (A musical/theatrical event involving dozens of artists) @ ASHKENAZ 12 p.m. Anne Tindal Park
ROQUY AND THE CAVEMEN (New York) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 2:00 p.m. CIBC Stage
EAST AND WEST accompanied by Marilyn Lerner (Toronto) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 2:00 p.m. Studio Theatre
KIDS AND YIDDISH (Folksbiene Theatre) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 2 p.m, Brigantine Room
LACHAN JEWISH CHAMBER CHOIR (Toronto) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 2:30 p.m. Lakeside Terrace
BEYOND THE PALE (Toronto) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 3:30 p.m. CIBC Stage
YIDDISH RADIO HOUR (A musical reenactment from the 1930s) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 4:30 p.m. Brigantine Room
SRULI AND LISA (Klezmer for Kids) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 4:30 p.m. Toronto Star Stage
MANOUCHE (Quebec) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 5:30 p.m. Toronto Star Stage
KLEZMER EN BUENOS AIRES (Argentina) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 7 p.m. Brigantine Room
MIKVEH (New York City) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 8 p.m. CIBC Stage
DECADENT BERLIN (Rediscovered music from the 30s) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront 9 p.m. Brigantine Room $12
KHUPE (Berlin) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront (9:30 p.m. CIBC Stage)
FLYING BULGAR KLEZMER BAND (Toronto) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront (10 p.m. CIBC Stage)
JESZCE RAS (Montreal) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront (11 p.m. Brigantine Room)
THERESA TOVA CANADIAN CABARET (A musical revue) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront (11 p.m. Lakeside Terrace)
BLACK OX ORKESTAR, ERIC CHENAUX/MARTIN ARNOLD @ WAVELENGTH, Sneaky Dees
G-MEN CD release, The Sinking Ships, Bruiser Brody @ Rivoli
INFUSION (Australia), DAVE CLARKE, MARK OLIVER, RYAN RUCKUS, DJ MUTE, EVIL P etc etc @ LABOUR OF LOVE FESTIVAL III, Guvernment/Kool Haus, 10 pm-?, $45

MON SEPT 6 (LABOUR DAY)
STRANGE FOLK w/ Geordie Haley/Jean Martin (9:30 pm), Marcel Aucoin/Eric Chenaux (10 pm), Dan Goldman (10:30), Marvinn's Love Mechaniques w/ Daffyd Hughes, Tim Shia, Leo Shia, Chris Banks (11) @ Holy Joe's, pwyc
THE MICROPHONES (Phil Elvum backed by SEA SNAKES), GUITARKESTRA , New! Pop Avant series @ The Music Gallery, 8PM $10/$12 door
TERRORFACT @ Fun Haus
MIX96 Beachfest w. KATE MAKI, FEFE DOBSON, HAWKSLEY WORKMAN, SHAYE, etc. @ Sunnyside Park
KIDS & YIDDISH @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, Noon, Brigantine Room
POMEGRANATE SQUAD (Feminist klezmer, Toronto) @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront Noon., Toronto Star Stage
NORTH END KLEZMER PROJECT, Winnipeg/Vancouver @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 1 p.m., CIBC Stage
HU TSA TSA, Toronto @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront , 1:30 a.m., Lakeside Terrace
KHUPE, Berlin @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 2:15 p.m., CIBC Stage
YIDDISH RADIO HOUR, A musical reenactment from the 30s @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 2:30 p.m., Brigantine Room
ZETS, A musical by Holland's OT AZOJ @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 3:00 p.m., Studio Theatre
SRULI AND LISA @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 3:00 p.m., Toronto Star Stage
SHTREIML, Montreal @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 4 p.m., Toronto Star Stage
TORONTO JEWISH FOLK CHOIR @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 4 p.m., Lakeside Terrace
STEMPENYUS DREAM, U.S.A. @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 5 p.m., Brigantine Room
EAST AND WEST accompanied by KLEZMER EN BUENOS AIRES @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 5 p.m., Studio Theatre
THREE YIDDISH DIVAS with ADRIENNE COOPER, THERESA TOVA, JOANNE BORTZ @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 6:30 p.m., CIBC Stage
LES YEUX NOIRS, France @ ASHKENAZ Harbourfront, 7:45 p.m., CIBC Stage

TUES SEPT 7
THE GRIS-GRIS w/BBQ, ORE @ Silver Dollar
LILY FROST, ROYAL WOOD@ Drake Hotel, $tba. www.lilyfrost.com.
ADI BRAUN AND THE MARK EISENMAN TRIO Top o' the Senator , 253 Victoria , 8:30 pm, to Sept 12
DAVE YOUNG QUINTET (KIRK MacDONALD/TERRY CLARKE/ KEVIN TURCOTTE/ GARRY WILLIAMSON) play Cannonball Adderley @ Montreal Bistro
TODD KERNS (ex-Age of Electric) @ Horseshoe (free)

WED SEPT 8
THE LONG KNIVES @ Rivoli
ANDY MAGOFFIN @ Rivoli Pool Hall EVERY WED. IN SEPT
INNER CITY/OUTER SPACE w/ Aidan Baker, mn-l, Seven Ton Earth @ IV Lounge 9 pm pwyc
THEMIDWAYSTATE w/ Woke Up in Vegas, more @ El Mocambo
BOB LOG III, Mayor McCa, Action Makes @ Horseshoe, $8.50
ANTIMUSIC MISSILE, Lobster Rock Tokyo, Powered By Air @ Sneaky Dee's, $3
TRANSATLANTIC party feat. DJS Stuart & Grainne Braithwaite (Mogwai), Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3) @ Swallow Lounge, $5 or PWYC
YOONI CHOI 4TET (NYC) @ Rex
DAVE YOUNG QUINTET (KIRK MacDONALD/TERRY CLARKE/ KEVIN TURCOTTE/ GARRY WILLIAMSON) play Cannonball Adderley @ Montreal Bistro
ANGELNOVUS.NET LABEL LAUNCH electronic sound art by TIM CORLIS, STEPHANIE MOORE, DAVID OGBORN and more@ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom $8 at the door 7:30 PM
IMPROVISORS' POOL @ Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen E., 6:30-9:00
AMIRI BARAKA keynote @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST 4:15 pm, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre (MSAC), free
MICHAEL WATERMANS SOUND CIRCUIT, launch of Critical Studies in Improvisation @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 5:30, MSAC, free
ANNE BOURNE, JUSTIN HAYNES, RAVI NAIMPALLY @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 8 pm, MSAC $18

THURS SEPT 9
PAU TORRES (Spain, laptop)/ROB CLUTTON (Canada, bass) and UTE VOLKER (Germany, accordion)/CHEFA ALONSO (Spain, sax) @ New Works Studio, 319 Spadina, Upstairs, 8pm.
TOMMY STINSON , ex-Replacements w/ ALIEN CRIME SYNDICATE @ Horseshoe. Sep 9.
PERFECT @ Horseshoe
BLUESCREEN, MADRID, ANOTHER BLUE DOOR, DJs STUBERMAN and CHLOE @ Drake pwyc 10pm until 4am
AIDAN, Eden Ants, Paperkillsrock @ Sneaky Dee's
HIGH WATER MARK, Madrid, Bluescreen, Another Blue Door, DJs Phoebe & Stuberman @ Drake Hotel
GASH @ 360
WELCOME KARMA @ El Mo $6
GENTLEMANFEST!, a benefit for Ladyfest Toronto, feat. Femme Generation, Sour Keys, The Pauls, DJ Mikey Apples and others TBA @ Gladstone Hotel, $5
KEVIN QUAIN, BEN JANSON QUINTET @ Rex
DAVE YOUNG QUARTET plays Miles Davis @ Montreal Bistro to Sat.
IMPROVISING WOMEN SINGING workshop, w Kate Hammett-Vaughan (host), Christine Duncan, Sainkho Namtchylak, Yoon Choi, Joane Htu @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST , MSAC, 10:30
4INOBJECTS (w/Yoon Sun Choi), free, @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 1:30 pm MSAC
KATE HAMMETT-VAUGHN, RON SAMWORTH @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 3 pm, MSAC, free
BARNYARD DRAMA w/Justin Haynes, Bernard Falaise, @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, MSAC, 5 pm, free
MICHEL LAMBERT, w/ Barre Phillips, and Lionel Garcin; OLIVER LAKE QUARTET w/Mary Redhouse @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, St Georges Anglican Church, 8 pm, $23
NOMA @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, St. Georges Mitchell Hall, $18 11:30 pm

FRI SEPT 10
SANTA CRUZ with the BACKTHEFUCKUPS, SMASH HITLEY @ Lee's Palace, dancing, glee
PETSOUNDS "EAT YOUR FRIENDS" magazine launch feat. More or Les, The Bicycles, DJs Bronson Lee, Cab Williamson, Pammm @ Stones Place, $5
RED LIGHT RIPPERS & guests @ Sneaky Dee's
MEATLOCKER SEVEN and BURN TO BLACK @Rockit. $7
JACK JOHNSON w/ G Love & Special Sauce, Donavon Frankenreiter. @Molson Amphitheatre. $35.50
SALVADOR ALLENDE ARTS FESTIVAL @ Toronto Women's Bookstore (73 Harbord), pwyc.
LEFTOVER DAYLIGHT. John Oswald- alto sax, Scott Thomson- trombone ; Ron Samworth- guitar, Scott Thomson- trombone, Joe Sorbara- drums; Ron Samworth- guitar, Kate Hammett-Vaughan- voice; Kate Hammett-Vaughan- voice, John Oswald- alto sax, Ken Aldcroft- guitar, Tania Gill- piano @ Arraymusic $15. 9 pm.
THE SIN-TONES AND BLACK BOOT TRIO @ Cadillac Lounge
OLIVER BLACK, SPOKANE JUPITER, LIFTED AND HUNDRED MILE HOUSE @ Horseshoe, $6.
CAROL POPE, SOOK-YIN LEE, GLOBAL POP CONSPIRACY @ Drake $15
MELISSA STYLIANOU TRIO, THOM GOSSAGE QUINTET (Montreal) @ Rex
DAVE YOUNG QUARTET plays Miles Davis @ Montreal Bistro
Wren City Churches, Fever Sheds, Isherwood, Ill Scarlett, Sian Evans @ Club 279, $5
YARA with THE PIN, CRY: ROBOT CRY, MONSTER MONSTER & ROB HYDE @ Clintons, 9 pm, free
GUTTERDEMONS, MEATHOOKERS @ John & Jennys Rock n Roll party, Silver Dollar $10
RON NIGRINI @ Hugh's Room, $10-$12
VOICING OFF: Jazz and Social Justice panel w/ William Parker, Hamid Drake, Ursel Schlicht (and Ex Tempore), Jesse Stewart (host), Maroon @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 9 am MSAC, free
INSTRUMENTS, VOICES, NARRATIVES workshop w/Susie Ibarra, Jolle Landre, Jean Derome, Anne Bourne, and Ellen Waterman (host) @GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 10:30 am, MSAC, free
THEO BLECKMANN, JOHN HOLLENBECK @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, MSAC 1 pm, free
JEAN DEROME, JOANNE HETU @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 3 pm, MSAC, free
ARCHIE SHEPP keynote talk @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, MSAC, 5 pm, free
SAINKHO NAMTCHYLAK/WILLIAM PARKER/HAMID DRAKE, ANDREW CYRILLEs PIECES OF TIME @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, Chalmers United Church, 8 pm, $28
BOB OSTERTAG, PIERRE HEBERT, THEO BLECKMANN @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, St. Georges, Mitchell Hall, 11:30, $18

SAT SEPT 11
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, ALISON MOORER @ Horseshoe $13.50
JENNIFER LOPEZ KNIFE label launch w/Tha Judge Dreadz ("a vocal duo propelled by confounding drum machine patterns"), Rapewhistle ("Think Brian Eno's Music for Paralytic Anxiety"), Materials ("vancouver spazz-rock amazings, who aren't on our label, but we like them") and MORE @ Sneaky Dee's
DEEP DARK UNITED Cd release, THE TRISTANOS @ Tranzac
THE VERMICIOUS KNID, Sleeper Set Sail, Florida Evans, The Smear Campaign, DJ Hopscotch @ Rancho Relaxo, $6
RAAG-MALA MUSIC SOCIETY concert w/Atul Desai (vox), Raqmesh Bapodra (tabla) @ U of T, Med Sciences Auditorium, $10-$28
KID ROCK, WHITESTARR, TWISTED BROWN TRUCKER @ Molson Amphitheatre. $55
SALVADOR ALLENDE ARTS FESTIVAL closing concert w/Nano Valverde and Marcelo Puente, Grupo Chile, Grupo Taller @ The Great Hall, 8 pm, $15
THE PLANET SMASHERS w/ The Toasters, The Pietasters. @ Lee's Palace, matinee 2:30, $10; evening, 10 pm, $15
ZEROSCAPE, The Hellz Kitchen Show, Breadfan, Plight, Endeavour @ Rockit, $8
ADDISON GROOVE PROJECT AND DIESEL DOG as part of the Toronto Progressive Jazz series @ 360, $10
THE SOLES, I.AN.EYE, PATRICK MCGORAN, BRIAN CHAMP and more, as part of Stand In The Flames, an Artists for Awareness benefit,@ Reverb, 9 pm-1 am, $10
CACHE @ Lula Lounge
TWO-MINUTE MIRACLES, THE NEW BLACK @ Drake, pwyc 9 pm
SHURUM BURUM @ Rex, 7-9 pm
BANE, WITH HONOR @ Kathedral, $10.50
DAVE YOUNG QUARTET plays Miles Davis @ Montreal Bistro
MOSE SCARLETT, JACKIE WASHINGTON, KEN WHITELEY @ Hugh's Room, 8:30 pm, $20
SKA BRAWL TOUR 2004 w/ Los Furios, New Blood Revival, The Toasters @ Lee's Palace
JOELLE LEANDRE, INDIA COOKE @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 10:30 am, Youth Music Centre, $18
CARDEN ST. JAZZ TENT @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 11:30 am, 7 pm, w/11:30 am- Autorickshaw, 1:00 pm Maroon. 2:30 pm - Kevin Breit & Sisters Euclid, 4:00 pm - Les Projectionnistes, 5:30 pm - Shuffle Demons, free
SUSIE IBARRA TRIO with Angelica Sanchez, Jennifer Choi, THOM GOSSAGES OTHER VOICES @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 2:30 pm, Guelph Youth Music Centre, $22
URSEL SCHLICHTs EX TEMPORE note: webcast at www.guelphjazzfestival.com/live, 8 pm, ARCHIE SHEPP/ROSWELL RUDD/REGGIE WORKMAN/ANDREW CYRILLE @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, Chalmers United Church, 8 pm, $30
DO MAKE SAY THINK @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, Old Quebec Street, $18

SUN SEPT 12
MICHEL LAMBERTS OUT TWICE TRIO w/Barre Phillips, Lionel Garcin; URSEL SCHLICHT/GABRIELLE HASLER @ St. Andrews by-the-Lake, Toronto Island, 3 pm
JAZZ VESPERS w/Rick Wilkins, Frank Falco @ Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge, 4:30, free
FIERY FURNACES, White Magic @ Mod Club, $12.50
OLD 97s, Chuck Prophet. @ Lees Palace
JOHN BORRA and friends @ Cameron, 6-8 pm, free
KYPRIOS, Sweatshop Union, DL Incognito, Skitz @ Kathedral, $15
EX TEMPORE feat. Ursel Schlicht & Ravish Momim @ The Music Gallery, $5-$15
DEEP DARK UNITED (cd release), FINAL FANTASY, WET DREAMS (members of Frank FB_A) @ Tranzac, afternoon.
SKITCH series w/SCOTT STEVENSON, MIKE GENNARO, KURT SWINGHAMMER @ Rivoli, $5
WIND AND WATER with DEBAJIT CHAKRABORTY sitar, & SUBHAJYOTI GUHA tabla, JULIE MICHELS voice, & GEORGE KOLLER bass, HAJILE KALAIKE , AKA LOTUS & GEORGE KOLLER dilruba @ Glenn Gould Studio 8 pm $20-$25
LAIKA AND THE COSMONAUTS @ El Mocambo
WAVELENGTH: BUILDING CASTLES OUT OF MATCHSTICKS, METRO STARMAN, MATT BOUGHNER , DJ Greg Clow @ Sneaky Dees
COLLABORATIONS w/Rex Harrington, Peter Blanchet, Susan Hoeppner, Beverley Johnston, David Matheson @ Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina, $50
MONATOMIC (New York) @ Rex, 9:30 pm
FRIENDS OF FIDDLERS' GREEN @ Tranzac, $12
OUTBREAK (Maine), THE BONDS (Montreal), KEEP IT UP, URBAN BLIGHT @ Ania's Cafe 7 pm $8
IN PLACE OF WISHES by Robert Pennee w/Peggy Lee et al @ GUELPH JAZZ FEST, 10:30 am and 7 pm, GYMC, $18

MON SEPT 13
KAREN MANION, guest @ Montreal Bistro
TOWNES VAN ZANDT DOCUMENTARY @ Toronto International Film Festival, Cumberland 3, 9:30 pm

TUE SEPT 14
HARSH REALITY TOUR w/ Sybreed, Lyzanxia, Freakhouse @ Rockit
DISCO BLACKOUT w/DJ'ing by CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta
KELLY JOE PHELPS @ Hughs Room
ZHOWNDZ, Resinators, Sometimes Why & TBA @ Drake Hotel, $7
DIABLEROS @ Horseshoe, FREE
DOROTHEE BERRYMAN (Louise from Decline of American Empire, Barbarian Invasions), Toronto jazz debut @ Top o the Senator, Sept. 14-16.
AL HENDERSON QUINTET (Pat LaBarbera, Alex Dean, Richard Whiteman, Barry Romberg) @ Montreal bistro through Sat. Sept 18
GREG QUILL, STEVE PAYNE, MICHAEL PICKETT @ Rivoli, 9:30pm, $8
VINYL VANDAL, WENDY ATKINSON in the Ambient Ping @ The Gladstone Hotel, pwyc 9 pm

WED SEPT 15
TOWNES VAN ZANDT DOCUMENTARY @ Toronto International Film Festival, Cumberland 3, 9:15 AM
NICK LOWE, Geraint Watkins @ Lees Palace.. $23.50.
JULIA FORDHAM @ Mod Club $25, doors 7 pm
DIVINE COMEDY, Paula Palusma, David Celia @ Horseshoe, $13
CARRIER, PROELIIS FERE (CD Release), BLUE SKY BORDERLINE, FRAMEWORK @ Kathedral $7, 7 pm
ALEXISONFIRE, Hopesfall, Moneen @ Opera House, $20, AA
UMBRELLA MUSIC w. THE JUNCTION, ROMEO LIQUOR STORE, MARK BRAGG, PACIFICA @ Rivoli, 9 pm, $6
THE ASSISTANTS & guests @ Sneaky Dee's
live jazz & improvised music
JOHN OSWALD/SCOTT THOMSON/JAKE OELRICHS, KEN ALDCROFT TRIO+1 @ Tranzac, 10 pm

THURS SEPT 16
BASQUIAT TRIBUTE feat Les Six, Natasha Cotreone & Marco of Supergarage, DJ Dopey and more. @ Revival. 7pm. $10.
CORPUSSE, PERMAFROWN, JOHNNY SIZZLE, THE PAULS, FRANK FB_A, POST-CONSPIRACY BOREDOM @ Blue Moon. $6
INDIE WEEK (because what Toronto really needs is another band-showcase festival...) @ Rivoli, B-Side, Bovine, Cameron, 360.
WAYNE OMAHA, The Freckles, NQ Arbuckle.@ Horseshoe. $8
RED DOOR SHELTER fundraiser w/Quarter Tones, DJs Fade One, Nana @ Drake $5, 8 pm
MARTYN JOSEPH @ Hughs Room
ALEXISONFIRE, Hopesfall, Moneen @ Opera House, $20
SENSES FAIL w/ Under Oath & The Bled. @ El Mocambo. $13
ANGERKAIN, Uneven Ground & Special Guests @ Kathedral
OPEN SOURCE bring-your-own-music party @ Lounge 88, FREE
AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE feat. Amy Adams, Camile Velasco, Diana Degarmo, Fantasia Barrino & more @ Air Canada Centre, $35-$49.50
KATEYEZ w/Dwight Anderson , DJ Epic , DJ Human Beatbox Jugular, DJ Snax @ Bamboo Cabana, $10
GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX, ANDREA DRAGHICI @ Le Gourmand, 152 Spadina, Free
IN DIVINE STYLE Hiphop open mic @ Hooch (above Gypsy Co-op)
WOODCHOPPERS' ASSOCIATION/ LEWIS MELVILLE'S 50th BIRTHDAY w/ Jesse Baird, Blake Howard, Jake Ulrichs, Chris Banks, Rob Clutton, Victor Bateman, Andrew Downing, Uncle Lew Melville, Tim Posgate, Terence Dick, Eugene Slonimerov, Brian Cram, Lena Allemano, Scott Good, Scott Thomson, Doug Tielli, Jenny Mitchell, Scott Cameron, Brodie West, Paul Newman, Kenny Kirkwood, Glen Hall, John Oswald, Jay Baird, Dave French, Julia Hambleton, Daphydd Hughes, Tania Gill, Misha Glouberman, Mike Hansen, James Anderson... @ Tranzac, 9:30 pm

FRI SEPT 17
MASIA ONE/ M1 ACADEMY new hip-hop monthly w/ Ultra Magnus, Cesar Comanche and Supastition @ El Mocambo.
THE SILT @ Tranzac
MURNAU'S FAUST with live piano by URSEL SCHLICHT @ Kinowelt Hall/Goethe Institut, 8 pm
postponed to sept 26, new venue: WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIF
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS, PINE MUSIC, ELLIOTT BROOD, THE BARMITZVAH BROTHERS, THE TWO-MINUTE MIRACLES Weewerk showcase as part of the Kensington Rocks Festival. @ Sneaky Dee's.
ART & NOISE, w/Highway Chronicles, DJ Separate Bill, art installations @ Stones Place, $5
SARAH HARMER, Josh Ritter @Massey Hall. $29.50-$35.50
THE SADIES, RICK WHITE @ Horseshoe, $10
GOOD GROOMING FOR GIRLS CD release feat Jill Barber, Heidi Hazelton, Jon Rae Fletcher & The River, Cougar Party @ Rancho Relaxo. $5.
THE GEARS present Fidel: A Rock'n'Roll Revolution film @ Drake, 9 pm
WE ARE SAMBA featuring ESCOLA DE SAMBA DE TORONTO, BRAZIL NATIVA DANCERS, AX CAPOEIRA, 7 pm @ 90 Croatia St. www.sambatoronto.ca
SNOW PATROL @ Opera House, $17.50
HANK WILLIAMS TRIBUTE feat Oh Susannah, Roy Payne, Russel DeCarle, Joan Besen, Dan Kershaw, Wendell Ferguson, Steve Briggs' Drifting Cowboys. @ Hugh's Room, $25
THE ASHGROVE @ B-Side
VALENTIN Y LOS DEL CARIBE @ Lula Lounge, $15
SIMMER @ Club 279 with guests, $7
KAREN PLATO AND THE MARK EISENMAN TRIO Top o' the Senator
TAXI CHAIN @ Silver Dollar $10
RECLAIM THE STREETS w/Maracatu Nunca Antes, The NOW Project, dj TASK etc @ Bellvue Park, Kensington Market, 6 pm, free
KATIE SEVIGNY @ Cameron House
JULLY BLACK and guests "The Ladies' Show" @ Revival
THE DOWNBELOWS, THE THREAT @ Lee's
SOUNDS OF YOUNG NEW YORK release party w/Dominique Keegan, Steve Yanko, Andrew Allsgood, Denise Benson @ Andy Poolhall, $7
TRIP PHOENIX, ACTION MAKES, STARS HERE, SEPTEMBER IS FALLING, APHASIA, RED LIGHT RIPPERS @ Bovine, $8

SAT SEPT 18
MRS. ZOILUS & FRIENDS present AUDIO IN THE DARK for the Queen St. Art Crawl, with works by Emily Schultz, Matt MacFadzean, Lee Henderson, Dave Poolman, Bill Bissett, etc., CD/art swap by Consumption Records @ Drake, 8 pm, PWYC ($5/$10 preferred)
416 FESTIVAL w/TARA CHASE, FATHOM, SCAM, WYSPER (Oddities), SHEBANG, CITIZEN KANE, much more @ Queen West & Portland parking lot, noon-6 pm, Also Sun Sep 19 FREE
NASSAU, THE TWO KOREAS, PERMAFROWN @ Rivoli, $8
THE SADIES, RICK WHITE @ Horseshoe $10
GOOD GROOMING FOR GIRLS CD release feat Republic of Safety, Magneta Lane, Scandalnavia, The Diskettes @ Rancho Relaxo. $5.
RYAN DRIVER QUARTET @ Tranzac
JOHN RENBOURN, JAQUI McSHEE @ Hugh's Room, $20-$22
WILD T & THE SPIRIT @ Healey's.
BLACK DONNELLYS w/ The 3Tards, Random Killing, Dirty Bird, Riot 99, Guts & Glory, Underage Mouthfuls.@ The Kathedral. $8.
GARY US BONDS @ Lees $22.50
VALENTIN Y LOS DEL CARIBE@ Red Violin, $15
SALSA SATURDAY W/ PROYECTO CHARANGUERO @ Lula Lounge, $10
RATSICULE, PACIFICA @ Queen West Art Crawl @ Drake 8 pm
ODIORNE (ex-Mercury Rev!), Blue Screen, Mean Red Spiders & guests @ Sneaky Dee's
SEA SNAKES, Heidi Hazelton, Jill Barber, Lord and Peasant, & TBA @ Port Credit Masonic Lodge, $7
DEAR JANE I..., Tit Fuck Me Jesus, Proeliis Fere, dd/mm/yy @ Poor Alex Theatre, $5
Shurum Burum, Michael Occhipinti's Sicilian Jazz Project @ Rex
KAREN PLATO AND THE MARK EISENMAN TRIO Top o' the Senator
KENSINGTON ROCKS presents G-MEN, PANTY CHRIST, BRUISER BRODY, POISON AEROS @ Silver Dollar Room
BILLY KLIPPERT @ Mod Club, $15
JIMMY GNECCO (of OURS) @ Cobalt, 9 pm, $10
THE CASUALTIES, RIPCORDZ, MAXIMUM RNR, ACTION @ Kathedral, all-ages matinee, doors 2 pm, $15
LADYFEST YARD/BAKE SALE @ 774 crawford st., 9am - 5pm, www.ladyfest.ca RONCESVALLES HARVEST FESTIVAL, many performers @ High Park/Roncesvalles (south stage), Howard Park/Roncesvalles (north stage)
FOGGY HOGTOWN BOYS @ Dominion on Queen, 3:30 pm

SUN SEPT 19
WAVELENGTH: DON CASH, CITYFOLK, DJ Alexandra @ Sneaky Dees
ALAN GLICKSMANS GLAD TOES improv w/ PAUL DUTTON/CHRIS TONELLI (vocal duo), WENDY ATKINSON (bass) and more @ Art Bar, Gladstone Hotel 2pm-6pm free
APRIL VERCH (fiddler) @ Harbourfront, 1 pm, $8
416 FESTIVAL w/TARA CHASE, FATHOM, SCAM, WYSPER (Oddities), SHEBANG, CITIZEN KANE, much more @ Queen West & Portland parking lot, noon-6 pm, FREE
RUNCIBLE SPOON @ St. Andrew by-the Lake Toronto Island Church, Offshore Jazz Matinee 3 PM, followed by Trinity College Choir Evensong, $15
JOHN RENBOURN, JAQUI McSHEE @ Tranzac
BOTTLENECK @ Cadillac Lounge
HOGTOWN FEST w/ Death Threat, Merauder, Ringworm, Agent of Man, The Vice, The Kill Decibel, A Day and a Deathwish, If Tomorrow Comes, Hit & Run @ Reverb, $20. 6pm
BACKSTABBERS COUNTRY STRINGBAND @ Cameron front room, free, 6-8 pm
LANGUAGE LOUNGE w/ Stuart Ross & John Farah, Terence Go and DJ Verlia, Maewon, Ahdri Zhinia Mndieli, Jemeni, more @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc
KENSINGTON ROCKS outdoor show with More Plastic, Elliott Brood, the Resinators, the Kensington Hillbillies, the Whammies, Psychoactivist, Bunchofuckingoofs, ZHowndz, Contact, Battlestar, John Grove, Poppy Seed & the Love Explosion, the Fitzroy Terrors, Lesbian Hi-Fidelity and Swamp Baby @ 77 Nassau St., noon-6pm
RONCESVALLES HARVEST FESTIVAL, many performers @ High Park/Roncesvalles (south stage), Howard Park/Roncesvalles (north stage)

MON SEPT 20
TRAMPOLINE HALL @ Sneaky Dees, tix at Soundscapes the weekend before, $6, limited rush seats $5 at 6:30 pm, show 8 sharp
MACHA and MAHJONGG @ Lees $10
PHIL COLLINS Air Canada Centre. $79.50-$125
JOEY BELLADONNA (ex-ANTHRAX) w/ Goat Horn.@ Rockit. $16.50
Chris Hunt Tentet + 3 @ Rex, 9:30-12:30
TRIBUTE TO DUKE ELLINGTON with DAVID WARRACK and friends @ Montreal Bistro
MATT MEYES @ Lee's Palace, $8
MALHAVOC, ICON OF COIL, CRUXSHADOWS @ Funhaus, $20, 9 pm
LISA LOEB @ El Mocambo. 8pm. $12

TUE SEPT 21
THE REPEATOS in Ambient Ping @ Gladstone, pwyc
KEANE w/ French Kicks.@ Guvernment. $23.25
LEFTOVER CRACK w/ Stockyard Stoicks, Heatskores. @ 360. $15.
JUNIOR BOYS in-store @ Soundscapes 7 pm, free
ANN HAMPTON CALLOWAY @ Top o the Senator thru Sun. Sept 26
DON THOMPSON/PHIL DWYER 4TET (w/Terry Clarke, Mike Downes) @ Montreal Bistro thru Sat Sept. 25 (not Wed.)
AMBIENT PING w/THE REPEATOS @ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, pwyc 9 pm
MARK BRAGG, BOTTLENECK @ Horseshoe
LEONARD COHEN 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (I'm Your Man interpreted by Silver Hearts w/ Bonnie Brett, Heather Bambrick, Lily Frost, Patricia O'Callaghan, Reid Jamieson, Robbie Roth, Theresa Tova, more) @ Reservoir Lounge, 7:30 pm, $10
ROBERT RANDOLPH, CITIZEN COPE @ Phoenix, 8:30 pm, $25
SIMON & THE EVIL COMPUTER, SILENT FILM SOUNDTRACK @ The Hooch (above Gypsy Co-op), 10 pm, pwyc
NEKTAR, CARAVAN @ Opera House
THE BLOKK (Afro-Cuban jazz fusion) @ Trane Studio
JAMES THOMSON/CHRIS QUINN, THE WHEELHANDS (bluegrass) @ Tranzac

WED SEPT 22
JEAN BAUDET TRIO (Montreal) @ Humber College, noon-2 pm, Lakeshore Campus Auditorium (3199 Lakeshore Blvd W. 2 blocks west of Kipling)
JUNIOR BOYS CD release, with SOLVENT @ Horseshoe $7
SAM RIVERS w/NOJO 9 @ Rex, 9:30 pm-12:30 am (2 sets)
MARTIN SEXTON @ Lees $22
BEN LEE, PONY UP!, LINDY @ Mod Club, $12.50
LADYFEST BENEFIT: NO DYNAMICS, VIGILANTE JUSTICE, THE GUEST BEDROOM @ Sneaky Dee's, $5, 9 pm, www.ladyfest.ca
NUNO CRISTO @ Lula Lounge cd launch $5
SOUNDS OF IPANEMA: A TRIBUTE TO TOM JOBIM w/ Barbara Queiroz, Cristiano de Oliveira, Rosangeal Cabral, more @ Healey's $10
STRANGE FOLK w/ MARCEL AUCOIN, GEORDIE HALEY, MICHAEL KIETH, ERIC CHENAUX, MARTIN ARNOLD @ Tranzac, 10 pm, pwyc
ANTHONY HAMILTON, RAY ROBINSON @ Guvernment, $25
MARCEL AUCOIN (jazz) @ Tranzac
CRAZY STRINGS High Lonesome Wednesdays @ Silver Dollar

THURS SEPT 23
LAL w/ The Resinators, David Dacks. CIUT FM fundraiser. El Mocambo. $TBA.
JULIE DOIRON w/ Herman Dune @ 360
APOSTLE OF HUSTLE @ Clinton's, 693 Bloor W. 7:30pm and 10:30pm. $10
WARSAW VILLAGE BAND @ Assembly Hall (Lakeshore & Kipling), 7 pm, $25 (family $75)
TRASH CAN SINATRAS @ Lees $13.50
ABDELLI @ Lula Lounge, $20, Small World Music Festival
SOULIVE as part of the Toronto Progressive Jazz series, @ Opera House, $20
THE FLYING BUTTRESSES CD release @ Sneaky Dee's
KEVIN QUAIN, JOHN COLTRANE BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE by Pat LaBarbera & Kirk MacDonald Quintet @ Rex
CHRIS WHITLEY @ Hugh's Room
HAPPY FINGERS piano fundraising concert for Jazzfm91.1 with @ Mod Club, $100, 7 pm Norman Amadio Joe Sealy, Ian Bargh, Bernie Senensky Laila Biali, David Virelles, Ron Davis, Nancy Walker, Hilario Duran, Richard Whiteman, Kieran Overs (bass) and Archie Alleyne (drums)
DAYGLO ABORTIONS w/ Ssipyeknom, Mr. Plow, more. @ Kathedral
ELLIOTT BROOD, BURT NEILSON BAND @ Rivoli

FRI SEPT 24
MARK HELIAS OPEN LOOSE, Ken Aldcroft Trio @ Leftover Daylight Series, ARRAYMUSIC Studio, 60 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 218, $20
HANK, The Bicycles, Immaculate Machine @ Rancho Relaxo, $5
MELISA STYLIANOU, JOHN COLTRANE BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE by Pat LaBarbera & Kirk MacDonald Quintet @ Rex
TROPICO FRIDAY w/ CIMARRON @ Lula Lounge, $10
REZ BLUES w/ ROBBIE ANTONEs BLUES MACHINE, SHOW BIZ INDIANS @ Silver Dollar, 10 pm
KELLY & THE KELLYGIRLS Swing Swing launch party, @ El Mocambo, $7.
GREEN DAY @ Phoenix
KEVIN BREIT's FOLK ALARM, iOta @ Hugh's Room, 7 pm, $12
THE PARIAHS, MAXIMUM RNR, RED LIGHT RIPPERS, LORRINAS @ Drake 9 pm
JONATHAN SEET BAND, ROYAL WOOD, KEVIN FOX @ Tequila Lounge, 9 pm
MATTHEW BARBER @ Rivoli
SHIT LA MERDE @ Sneaky Dee's
STAGGERED CROSSING @ Horseshoe
POCKET DWELLERS @ Mod Club
ELIANA CUEVAS @ Glenn Gould Studio, $20, Small World Music Festival
BILL GROVE and the Fabulous Embers (rock band, not jazz) 9 pm and 11:30 pm @ Cameron House, $15
KITTIE, WETWORK, THINE EYES BLEED, THRONE APART @ Opera House 7 pm
METRO DESI @ Gladstone, 10 pm-3 am, $7/$10 after 11 pm
MENAGE A TROIS w/SCANDALNAVIA, THE CLIKS, GALAXY @ El Mocambo, $7
R. KELLY & THE KELLY GIRLS cd release @ El Mocambo, 9 pm, $7

SAT SEPT 25
THE CREEPING NOBODIES CD Release for Stop Movement Stop Loss, Les Mouches, DJs Salinger and Dumbfuck @ Cinecycle, 9:30 pm, $7
DZIHAN & KAMIEN @ Bamboo Cabana, $15, Small World fest
BLOCKHEAD, SIXTOO, DJ SIGNIFY @ El Mocambo
MAGNETA LANE @ Hive Launch, Club OVs (1302 Queen West), $7
SHURUM BURUM, JOHN COLTRANE BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE by Pat LaBarbera & Kirk MacDonald Quintet @ Rex
CACHE @ Lula Lounge, $10
THE HIGH DIALS @ Blow Up!, Swallow Lounge (292 College St. West)
OF MONTREAL, THE LATE BP HELIUM (members of Elf Power & Of Montreal), THE BICYCLES @ Poor Alex Theatre
KEVIN WELCH, KIERAN KANE @ Hugh's Room
BILL GAITHER@ Air Canada Centre, 6 pm, $28.25-$48.25
THE FORMULA & guests @ Sneaky Dee's
EVALYN PERRY @ Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, Scarborough $7.50/$15
DJ GREYBOY @ Una Mas, $13.50
JOHN & THE SISTERS (Kevin Breit, John Dickie, Sisters Euclid) @ Silver Dollar, 10 pm, $10
NERO @ 360, $10
CHEVELLE @ Mod Club, 8 pm, $12
TRICKY WOO @ Horseshoe
BILL GROVE and the Fabulous Embers (rock band, not jazz) 9 pm and 11:30 pm @ Cameron House, $15
STIRLING @ Mod Club, $10
JENG YI KOREAN DRUM & DANCE ENSEMBLE @ Isabel Bader Theatre
RACHEL PAGE/THOMAS HANDY @ Renaissance Cafe, $5

SUN SEPT 26
WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIF @ St. Andrew by-the-Lake Church, 3 pm, $20
TRICYCLE & guests @ Lula Lounge $10, Small World Music Fest
HER SPACE HOLIDAY with NEOTROPIC, DAEDELUS & OCTAVIUS @ Horseshoe $9
JAZZ VESPERS w/ Marilyn Lerner @ Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge, 4:30
ROOM 101 games @ Drake, 7:30 pm
WAVELENGTH: THE FIREBIRD BAND, VIKING CLUB, MIA VERKO (ex-Sadie Hawkins) + DJ Christopher Thinn @ Sneaky Dees, pwyc
KEVIN WELCH, KIERAN KANE @ Hugh's Room
YAT-KHA @ Lula Lounge, Small World fest
JESSE SYKES & THE SWEET HEREAFTER (about whom I've heard good things) @ Rivoli
SONNY VINCENT @ Reverb
SKATALITES, MAKESHIFT HEROES, CHEAP SUITS @ Reverb, 6:30 pm, $25
THE HARLETTES @ Revival, $10

MON SEPT 27
FROG EYES w/ The Lost Cause. @ Horseshoe. $7. (In Hamilton the next night.)
BLOC PARTY@ Revival $10
TEGAN AND SARA @ Mod Club Theatre, $16
Joel Miller & 'Mandala (Montreal, w/Tom Gossage, drums) @ Rex
FAIRPORT CONVENTION @ Hugh's Room
U of T jazz studies faculty concert @ Montreal Bistro, $50
SOUNDSTREAMS works by Harry Freedman and Poul Ruders, Glenn Gould Studio, $25
STEEPLEFUL OF SWALLOWS Tom Waits Tribute @ El Mocambo

TUE SEPT 28
CALVIN JOHNSON @ Kathedral - ? (unconfirmed)
NOXAGT, PANSERBIORNE, CREEPING NOBODIES, IN ABSENCE OF @ Disaster House (7 florence st. north of queen, off of dufferin), 6 pm $5. (house show!)
BLACK KEYS, The Cuts @ Lees, $15, 9 pm
SCHOOLBOOKS FOR HONDURAS benefit w/ Eliana Cuevas, Julie Michels, lisa patterson and mark battenberg@ Hugh's Room, $25
HIGH WATER MARKS, TELEPATHIC BUTTERFLIES @ Horseshoe
THE OLD SOUL @ Horseshoe, FREE
RENEE ROSNES QUINTET @ Top o the Senator thru Sun Oct 3
STEVE KOVEN TRIO (with Rob Clutton, Anthony Michelli) @ Montreal Bistro (also Wed.)
AMBIENT PING presents CHERYL O @ Gladstone Hotel, 9 pm, pwyc
RYE COALITION, DIVISION OF LAURA LEE, Your Enemies Friends, The Kinison @ Mod Club, 7pm. $17
ABK (Insane Clown Posse) @ Silver Dollar

WED SEPT 29
XAVIER RUDD, NINE MILE @ Horseshoe. $10
MELISSA ETHERIDGE @ Massey Hall, $59.50-$79.50
WINTER EQUINOX, No Orchestra, K-Pet, DJ Shaniqua @ Sneaky Dee's
CANCELLED - TIN TIN TIN @ Drake. Returns Oct. 27.
ROB McCONNELL TENTET @ Rex
ALESSANDRA BELLONI (Southern Italian singer-percussionist) @ Lula Lounge $20
STEVE KOVEN TRIO (with Rob Clutton, Anthony Michelli) @ Montreal Bistro
BRUCE GUTHRO @ Hugh's Room
SUPERDANISH: Denmark Vs. Canada DJ Showdown w/ DJ Static and MC Nat Ill vs. Abs & Fase with MC More or Les @ Revival
CRAZY STRINGS High Lonesome Weds @ Silver Dollar

THURS SEPT 30
JAMES BLOOD ULMER/MY ID PROJECT @ Lula Lounge, $25/$30
KOOL KEITH @ Funhaus, $24.50 adv.
JAKE FAIRLEY, CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER, UNCUT, FEMBOTS, MAGNETA LANE @ Lees Palace $10
LESBIANS ON ECSTASY, KING COBRA, SCANDALNAVIA, KINGSIZE, MISS KITTY GALORE @ Gladstone, $10
JIM BRYSON, NATHAN LAWR @ Rivoli, $8
THE EVAPORATORS w/ Nardwaur the Human Serviette.@ Horseshoe. $8
THE DOERS @ The 360.
ETERNAL FOES SIMMERING IN HATRED: Art of Seripop vs. The Complaint Dept. w/ music by The Creeping Nobodies, No Dynamics @ 44 Dovercourt Basement
CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER @ Lee's Palace, $10
OPEN SOURCE bring-your-own-music party @ Lounge 88, free
DAYGLO ABORTIONS w/ Ssipyeknom, Mr. Plow, more. @ Kathedral (?)
BOOSTER SQUAD & guests @ Sneaky Dee's
LOWEST OF THE LOW, MARBLE INDEX @ Phoenix, $18
ROB McCONNELL TENTET @ Rex
JANE FAIR/ROSEMARY GALLOWAY 5TET (with Lina Allemano, Terry Clarke, Nancy Walker) @ Montreal Bistro thru Sat. Oct 2
AFRICAN BLUES w/ MADAGASCAR SLIM & DONNE ROBERT, ADAM SOLOMON, NDIDI ONUKWULU @ Silver Dollar Room, $10, 8 pm, Small World fest
BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, FLASHLIGHT BROWN, MAD CADDIES @ Opera House
JP CORMIER @ Hugh's Room, $20-$22 (also Oct 1)

Thanks to: Now, Eye, 20hz., Greg Clow.

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This Weekend Is Insane!

What remains to be done, T.O.-live-show-wise, for the balance of August. More notes on words vs. music later tonight in all probability. But first: Live! music! weekend! of! the! summer! How, how do you choose? I do not know. Let us proceed. All of this action is at least a little recommended.

Note Mrs. Zoilus's appearance with One Ring Zero on Friday night, 11 pm at Harbourfront. I swear I did not remotely know this was up until after the lit-rock-article fact. In deference to the blog-borg, she promises not to attempt singing or lyrics or anything that apparently is the domain of specialists who are of the volk, but just read to woozy accordion accompaniment. Oh wait, was I getting back into it there? Ahem. Also note that Margaret Atwood herself is apparently guesting with ORZ on theremin the following night. Okay, so that one makes even me a little queasy. [...]

WED. AUG 25
L'AFTERPARTY feat. Nick Flanagan, Brutal Knights, a Starkweather cover band and more @ Drake Hotel, PWYC
THE MAJESTIES, The Phonemes, Ohbijou, Alight @ Rivoli, $6
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES @ Lee's Palace. $30.
BRAND NUBIAN @ Tonic Nightclub, 117 Peter. $15

THURS AUG 26
BLUE RODEO, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON (!), Blackie & The Rodeo Kings @ Molson Amphitheatre, $17.25-$65.50
IVANA SANTILLI @ The Mod Club Theatre $19.50 8 pm
OFF THE INTERNATIONAL RADAR, Pattern is Movement, DJ Polmo Polpo, DJ Smokey Blaze @ Drake Hotel
TAMARA WILLIAMSON @ Rivoli
LEON RUSSELL BAND, Corb Lund Band @ Reverb
KIRK McDONALD QUARTET @ the Rex thru Aug 27
SQUIGFEST feat Daiquiri, Midnight Mission, Transient Workers Union. 340 Yonge. PWYC before 10pm, $5 after. Aug 26.
5th ANNUAL BUSKERFEST St Lawrence Market, free, www.torontobuskerfest.com. Aug 26-29.
MIDTOWN @ El Mocambo $10
FORM ONE, The Handsome Devils, Sixtyseven, TBA @ Rancho Relaxo, PWYC
HILL (16-year-old pop hopeful) @ Drake Underground, 6-8 pm, $6
REED REBELS w/ Lori Freedman (clarinet); Tiina Kiik (accordion); David Mott (sax) @ Toronto Music Garden, Free, 475 Queen's Quay West
TRASH & READY Wordwhore Tour Fundraiser feat Dating Service, Mariko Tamaki, DJs Electric Melissa, Jordanthreat, Skank, w/ word performance by Lisa Foad, Hadassah Hill, Zoe Whitall, Tara-Michelle Ziniuk. @ Buddies in Bad Times, PWYC.
BRIAN WILSON TRIBUTE @ Horseshoe. $5.

FRI AUG 27
SHAWN HEWITT & THE NATIONAL STRIKE w/ DJ A Man Called Warwick, Natasha Alexandra @ El Mocambo
PICASTRO, Black Forest/Black Sea, Great Lake Swimmers @ Cinecycle, $6
CAROLYN MARK CD release party @ Horseshoe, $8
PETE ELKAS, Royal Wood @ Rivoli
NORAH JONES and the Handsome Band. @ Molson Amphitheatre, $29.50-$69.50
JIM GUTHRIE @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 8 pm, Free
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 9 pm, Free
ANEC-NOTAL, A musical lit-riff soiree with ONE RING ZERO, ANDREW KAUFMAN (author of All My Friends Are Superheroes), SHEILA HETI (Mrs. Zoilus, author of The Middle Stories), BRIAN FRANCIS @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 11 pm, free
THE BOSTON LETTER @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 11 pm, free
FOG @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, midnight, free

SAT AUG 28
FAKE PROM @ Sneaky Dee's, 10 pm, $5
FEMBOTS @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 2 pm free
THE BARMITZVAH BROTHERS @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 3:30 pm, free
ONE RING ZERO @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 8 pm, Free WITH MARGARET ATWOOD ON THEREMIN!?!
THE HIDDEN CAMERAS @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 9:30 pm, Free
STOP DIE RESUSCITATE @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 11 pm, Free
MALHAVOC CD release @ Reverb.
POWERED BY AIR w/ The Motherlode @ Planet Kensington, 197 1/2 Baldwin.
RAMMER w/ Skeletonwitch, Detsorgsekalf@ Rockit.
MACH TIVER Final show w/ I Spoke, Beaumont Hamel, Panserbjorne @ Anias (627 Queen W) $6. 8pm.
LIZ PHAIR, The Cardigans, Katy Rose, Charlotte Martin @ Kool Haus, $20.50
BLOW UP feat. a super secret surprise guest @ Lee's Palace, $6
MACH TIVER, Beaumont Hamel, I Spoke & TBA @ Ania's, AA
REC ROOM @ Clinton's Tavern, $5
IMMACULATE MACHINE & guests @ El Mocambo
JOSH BENKO QUINTET (New York) @ Rex
FIVE MILE ROAD (Toronto, members of Postage Stamps), RADARFAME (Halifax, members of the Burdocks), SPECIAL NOISE (Halifax), ROUGH MUSIC (Winnipeg, ex-Giant Sons/Still Life) @ The Poor Alex, 9 pm, Free
VICTOR BATEMAN, JUSTIN HAYNES, DAVID BAXTER, JEAN MARTIN @ Tranzac, 10 pm-1 am
THE BLACK UNDERGROUND PROJECT: Tribute to Duke Ellington Part 2 @ Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst. $15.

SUN AUG 29
BLOCKS RC AUTUMN OF AWESOME with The Creeping Nobodies, Final Fantasy, The Phonemes, Ninja High School, Bob Wiseman, The Barcelona Pavilion, The Hank Collective, Frank FB_A, The Guitarmiztvah Brothers, Sandy Plotnikoff, @ CINECYCLE 10 AM till 5 PM, $7
KICKASS KARAOKE @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, all afternoon from 2 pm, free
(SUB)CULTURES IN THE GLOBAL MAINSTREAM panel discussion @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 3 pm, free
TRICYCLE @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 3 pm
KING COBB STEELIE @ Gobsmacked! Harbourfront, 4:30 pm, Free
WAVELENGTH 228 feat COUGAR PARTY, Fake Cops, Bokker Buckle Band @ Sneaky Dee's, PWYC
LAMB OF GOD, Atreyu, Every Time I Die, Unearth @ Opera House, $15
KIDS COMPOSE, new music created by young audience with Peter Pavlovsky, double bass;
Camille Watts, flute; and Erin Donovan, percussionist@ Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay West.
PAPA WEMBA, NOUVEL EXPOS, YOSHI LUMANDA, SIBONGELE NENE, YANNICK BOKELO, HUSSEINE SAID, SENSATION BAND, IYASA TRADITIONAL, CHASAYA SICHILIMA AND SICLE 21, Bana y'Afrique festival @ Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen West), noon-11 pm. Free. 416-365-0917.
ATOMIC 7, JOHN BORRA BAND, CAMERON FAMILY SINGERS, DOTTIE CORMIER, HAVE MERCY, TERRA HAZELTON, LAURA HUBERT, CAROLYN MARK, FRANK NEVADA, THE PUFFINS, LAURA REPO, SWAMPERELLA, THE JANE WAYNES AND JOANNE MACKELL & THE PARADISE RANGERS @ Jamboree on Ward's Island, $12-$15.
APOSTLE OF HUSTLE 8 pm @ Soundscapes.

MON AUG 30
CHRIS HUNT TENTET @ Rex Hotel

TUE AUG 31
ROB CLUTTON BAND w/ Brodie West, Tim Posgate, Anthony Michelli @ Tranzac, 10 pm, pwyc

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Thursday Papers (Ask No Questions! Tell No Lies!)

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Worth reading in other Toronto print sources today: Errol Nazareth with Martha Redbone and Liz Bromstein with the underrated Lucie Idlout (pictured above), both at Planet IndigenUs at Harbourfront this weekend; my colleagues Guy Dixon, on 'classical' music being underserved in the download market, and Robert Everett-Green on the new Mark Lanegan disc; Ben Rayner on the Illuminati; Stuberman on K-Os' new disc; the mighty Sakamoto's Anti-Hit List previews Elliott Smith, Delgados, Deep Dark United, Devendra Banhart; and Keven Hainey in Eye and Nick Flanagan in Now interview Oneida (see below).

The Writ | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, August 19 at 5:19 PM | Linking Posts

 

An Autumn So Awesome It Comes In August

From the desk of Mr. Steve Kado (Barcelona Pavilion, Germans, Blankket, etc.)
[Edited to add venue info!]

THE MOST AMAZING SHOW WILL HAPPEN IN TORONTO ON AUGUST 29th
TO CELEBRATE THE COMING OF
a- THE AUTUMN OF AWESOME 2004
b- THE SIX MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAST BIG BLOCKS R.C. CONCERT

BLOCKS R.C. will be throwing another all-day 10am - 5pm concert.

playing at this concert will be: [...]

EARLY MORNING PRE-SHOW SPORTSERCIZE with BEN STIMPSON and his fancy
shorts! (to help shake off the fake-prom hang-over)

BBQ (no meat)!

BETTER COFFEE!!!(!)

FINAL FANTASY (owen from les mouches plays his solo magic music)
AWESOME (drone cult lead by Alex from Animal Monster)
THE BARCELONA PAVILION (about to release their newest ep, even shorter and screamier than the last one)
NINJA HIGH SCHOOL (dance rap, postitive hardcore)
THE CREEPING NOBODIES (Toronto's best and most art, art-rock band)
THE GUITARMITZVAH BROTHERS ("Belgian" tribute to guelph's The Barmitzvah Brothers)
THE HANK COLLECTIVE (The Best Pop Group In Toronto)
BOB WISEMAN (ex-Slutarded, "Folk Music"/Movies/Puppetshows)
FRANK FB_A (12-year old lead singer backed by 18-19 year old band...the shaggs of tomorrow!)
THE PHONEMES
SANDY PLOTNIKOFF

as well as countless others.

The event will be all-ages,
it will cost $7 to come in.
there will be vegan food.

AUGUST 29, 2004
10 AM till 5 PM
CINECYCLE
ALL AGES
$7

Also:
please keep in mind these exciting new things coming out in september:
Deep Dark United: Ancient out sept. 10th.
The Creeping Nobodies: Stop Movement Stop Loss out sept 25
The Barcelona Pavilion: Untitled 3rd EP out soon!
The Diskettes: Forthcoming album: out in November!
Jenny Omnichord: Happiness Will Live Forever: out in November!
Animal Monster: Full-Length CD out soon!

"wait! what is the blocks r.c.?"

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21st Century Schizoid Mullet

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Me and Mrs Zoilus at Tyler Clark Burke's sadly underattended Midnight Masquerade party last month at the Drake.

And here's a pic of our friends Misha Glouberman and Margaux Williamson at the party too.

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All masks made by Tyler and selected with the help of charming assistants at the front door. Hope Tyler holds another of these "Receptions of Deception" - it's dizzyingly silly, erotic and disorienting to dance your way towards last call with a bunch of formally dressed animal-robot-monsters. All the better if we could do it in a town without last call - what say we hold the next one in Berlin?


Speaking of pretty pictures, The National Post is running pieces by Leslie Feist all week as part of their summer artists' diaries series. Here's the first one, sadly sans photo. (I suspect this link will break quickly.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, August 16 at 2:30 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Gossip Brings You Pleasure

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Heard on the grapevine, or rather the beervine, at the Communist's Daughter last night: Tangiers (scroll down) are signing to French Kiss Records, home of Les Savy Fav, The Hold Steady, Enon, etc. A fine bit of matchmaking - boho rock aesthetes meeting up a dark NYC alley - that will see the stylish and brainy Toronto rawkers (at least core members James Sayce and Josh Reichmann [pictured], given the band's lineup chaos the past 12 months) heading into a New York studio late this fall to get physical on a followup to this year's hotwired Never Bring You Pleasure. The boys are hopeful their new label friends can introduce them to similarly suave European aid. Future daydreams include a Canadian major deal, though they're certainly open to their friendly neighbourhood indies as well. But before all that happens, they should go on a nice romantic holiday, don't you think? Me too.

And with that newsbite, I'm off for the weekend to Weakerpeg (renamed in honour of the Weakerthans) for a wedding and other family matters. Expect no posts till Tuesday. Meanwhile you can amuse yourself with ILM's Rough Guides to Everything from "the seasons" to "Memphisian hip-hop" to "Queen Street West":

Rough Guide To Toronto's Queen Street West
1. Handsome Ned - Put The Blame On Me
2. Rough Trade - High School Confidential
3. Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach
4. Jane Siberry - Waitress
5. Parachute Club - Rise Up
6. Blue Rodeo - Try
7. Mary Margaret O'Hara - Year In Song
8. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Who Painted Whistler's Mother
9. Bruce McCulloch - These Are The Daves I Know
10. Dinner Is Ruined - Carnival of Sole
11. Change of Heart - Smile
12. Neon Rome - Windowsill
13. Ron Sexsmith - Gonna Get What's Mine
14. Crash Vegas - Pocahontas
15. Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane
16. Rheostatics - Dope Fiends & Boozehounds

I think I can bear all of that except No. 5 and No. 15. The very very early Sexsmith track's a nice touch. But while not much can equal Miss No. 7, Toronto music sure has gotten more intriguing and diverse overall. Of course if you were to update it to the same stretch of Queen Street West now (University to Spadina), it would consist mainly of Nelly, Avril, Norah and whatever else they currently play on the sound systems at chain shoe boutiques. Anyone have suggestions for a Rough Guide to West Queen West? I nominate Tangiers' I Wanna Go Out....

And nobody say Tea Party, wise guys.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, August 13 at 12:33 AM | Linking Posts

 

Conversants Rather than Inductees

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I haven't had time yet to catch up on what seems like a vital discussion (based at but not limited to ArtsJournal) on the present and future of music that's been going on among the web's 'classical' bloggers.

But I was so struck by this excerpt from Alex Ross's part of the debate that I had to post it. What he says (or quotes? the context's a bit unclear) about music as a social activity strikes me as perfectly reflective of what happens in a healthy music scene of any kind, such as the Torontopia scene right now. At the same time, the final remark in it seems to indicate the downside of that art-as-sociality model:

I think the most beautiful thing about composing now, as opposed to then, is that there is the option to hang out in the crazy network of music that is available. Writing music feels like I'm having a conversation or writing an e-mail or making a phone call rather than writing an essay. It has to do with the way people talk with their friends a little language begins to develop, little nuances and half-truths and leitmotifs. Wise young composers are eating everything up in their path, devouring all the available musics and building a family made up of Conversants, rather than Inductees....The Future, which I'll define here as representing a movement from Bad Attitude to Good Attitude, operates, like evolution, on the level of the individual, not on the level of the institution. If you see writing as a form of social engagement, you soon realize that it doesn't make any sense to be undiplomatic, ever....

Surely we want art to be "undiplomatic" - straight shooting, what-the-fuck, not caring about our feelings - a lot of the time. Is Beethoven diplomatic? (A brief pause while I try to figure if I can wedge the tag "Beet-hova" into this post. No, I decide.) Is Coetzee, for instance, diplomatic? No and no and for so many other greats, no again.

I've noticed a lot of rumblings locally about the pressure to play too nice. It's one thing to be supportive, another to slacken all standards and accept whatever yourself and your friends do as great because it's been done by yourself and your friends. Sometimes this objection codes as "I want to act like an asshole because it makes me free [ie. secretly powerful]," but on other occasions the conversation leads toward, "What can we do to challenge ourselves further, and how can the existence of this network become a resource for better art?" There are some specific ideas floating around about that, and I'll report on them when they develop.

Nevertheless I think that jazz-like notion of art as contribution to a conversation is busting out all over - the blogosphere, sampling, etc. - and constitutes a massive step forward from modernist anomie, which still traps and mires so many artists here... in... jun... gle... land.

The Writ | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, August 05 at 5:27 PM | Linking Posts

 

The Light In August

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(Above & below: Ratsicule, t.o.'s creamiest faux-french brie, will be out on a cracker at Bad Luck Night at Cinecycle on Aug. 13.)

Collected & selected live music in Toronto this month. Starred shows I'm particularly hip to, others I might not know much about, but all worth keeping in mind. Sorry for the Civic Holiday delay + erratic formatting here. Gratitude to eye, 20hz and other local listings for the raw material. Photos swiped from Hive. Corrections gratefully accepted.

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Aug. 2004

AUG 3
THE TWILIGHT SHOW feat. Jonathan Seet, Miss Mitzy Cream & Sistinas, short films and live visuals by littleCatalyst @ Drake Hotel, $10

AUG 4
* MODEST MOUSE w/ Wolf Parade @ Kool Haus. $18.50
MASALA MEHNDI MASTI ROCKS @ Harbourfront Centre: Brigantine Room, 10:30 p.m. with controller.controller, Kazak, Anjulie $5.

AUG 5
* Masala! Mehndi! Masti! @ Harbourfront Centre: LAL (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage); RISHI RICH PROJECT (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage); HIP HOP SHOWCASE (10:30 PM, Brigantine Room - $5)
* SONIC YOUTH w/ Sunburned Hand of the Man, Hair Police @ Kool Haus. $27.50
THE WALKMEN @ Lee's Palace. $13.50
* NEIL HAVERTY, Isla Craig, The Sheeet (members of Guitarkestra et al) @ Sneaky Dee's, $5 or PWYC
A NORTHERN CHORUS, Slide Show, The Vulcan Dub Squad, Louise Simpson @ Drake Hotel, $7
SOUND TRAVELS composition workshop by Kevin Austin for electro-acoustic composers & sound artists @ 65 Bellwoods Ave., 7pm, $35

AUG 6
* KING COBB STEELIE , The Barmitzvah Brothers @ Lee's Palace. $TBA.
GOMEZ @ Opera House. $25
* ASHLEY MacISAAC @ Hugh's Room. $25, 8:30pm
DEATH FROM ABOVE, The Meligrove Band, From Fiction @ Mississauga Kinsmen Hall
SOUND TRAVELS guided SOUNDwalk & performance by the Ghettoblaster Ensemble @ Centre Island Ferry Docks, 7pm, free
SOUND TRAVELS artist talk & concert by Kevin Austin @ St. Andrew-by-the-Lake Church, Toronto Island, 8pm, PWYC
* WE WANT THE FUNK with Masia One, Deep, Son of Soul, Leeroy Brown/Buttafingaz @ El Mocambo
[...]

AUG 7
* MASALA! MEHNDI! MASTI! Harbourfront Centre: Devis and Divas - Priya Nayyar (12:30 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage); AGNI (2:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage); Dya Singh (4 p.m. - CIBC Stage); Bageshree Vaze (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage); SW Storm (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage); Moushami Roy (10 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace); Masala Mixx with DJ Amita (10:30 p.m., Brigantine Room - $5)
* SLOAN, SAM ROBERTS w/ BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, BUCK 65, CONSTANTINES, The Stills, Death From Above, Pilate. @ Olympic Island. $35.50, 1 p.m.
3RD ANNUAL THIN LIZZY TRIBUTE feat Tacoma Redd, National Anthem, Galore, more @ Healey's. $15
LAZY LESTER @ Silver Dollar. $16. 10pm
APO HIKIN SOCIETY Part of the Mabuhay Philippines! Summer Festival@ Ricoh Coliseum, $38-$88
* 20HZ @ THE DRAKE feat A Vertical Mosaic, mn-1, Kat Burns, Teh New Sneaks (sic), MC Nick Flanagan. @ Drake Underground, $5. 9 pm.
* ISLAND SHOW AFTER PARTY feat. DEATH FROM ABOVE, From Fiction, guest DJs @ Horseshoe-- $7
ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL w/ DETECTIVE KALITA and COCO'S KISS @ Sneaky Dee's. 10pm. $5

AUG 8
* AC NEWMAN w/ Rogue Wave, The Neins@ Lee's Palace. $12
* MASALA! MEHNDI! MASTI! @ Harbourfront Centre: Yoshi (12:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage); Devis and Divas (2:30 p.m. Toronto Star Stage); Shahid Ali Khan and The Mast Mast Qawwal Party (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage); Mirchi Festival after party (8 p.m., The Bamboo Cabana - $20 at door)
WAVELENGTH 225 feat THE BACKTHEFUCKUPS (two sets) @ Sneaky Dee's, PWYC
* SOUND TRAVELS feat. Barry Prophet & Janice Pomer @ Centre Island, 12:30 pm, free
SOUND TRAVELS guided SOUNDwalk & performance by the Ghettoblaster Ensemble @ Centre Island Ferry Docks, 1:15pm, free
* SOUND TRAVELS octaphonic (8-channel) electro-acoustic concert feat. premieres by John Oswald & Elainie Lillios @ St. Andrew-by-the-Lake Church, Toronto Island, 3pm, $10

AUG 9
* CURIOSA FESTIVAL 2004 feat The Cure w/ Interpol, The Rapture, Mogwai, Muse, Auf Der Maur, The Cooper Temple Clause, Head Automatica @ Molson Amphitheatre. $25.50-$85.50

AUG 10
* JILL SCOTT w/ Matisse & The Playground @ Guvernment. $40.75
AUF DER MAUR, The Uncut, Social Register, Revolver @ Horseshoe, free
IMMACULATE MACHINE perform Ziggy Stardust with Vanderpark, Rising Action @ Rivoli, $5

Aug. 11
SNACKS, Hank, Vzzt and DJ Mikey Apples @ Drake Hotel, $5

AUG 12
THE RIGHTEOUS & THE HOLY feat Chris Hart, Jay Clark & The Jones, Elliott Brood, The Shovels @ Horseshoe
THE DRESDEN DOLLS @ El Mocambo. $10
* HOMETOWN COUNTRY JUBILEE #3 feat The Bebop Cowboys, The Jenny Whiteley Band, The Weber Brothers, Matt Masters @ Lula Lounge. $10 door. 7pm.

AUG 13
* BAD LUCK NIGHT WITH SAUCY LADIES OF ROCK (AND A FEW WORTHY GENTLEMEN) feat. The Phonemes, Cougar Party, Republic of Safety, Ratsicule & DJ'd by the Ladyfest Synchronized Swimming Team @ Cinecycle, $6
LILA DOWNS (CIBC Stage, 9:30 pm) as part of Planet IndigenUs @ Harbourfront Centre
* KIDS ON TV w/ DJ Will Munro @ The Toolbox, 508 Eastern. PWYC.
SUPERGARAGE @ Horseshoe, $6

AUG 14
VANS WARPED TOUR 2004 feat Good Charlotte, Bad Religion, Rufio, New Found Glory, Billy Talent, Alexisonfire, International Noise Conspiracy, Anti Flag, Rise Against, many more. The Flats @ Molson Park, Barrie, Ont. $39.25
JERU THE DAMAJA @ Hip Hop Peace, Dundas Square, Aug 14.
ZUTONS @ Mod Club. Aug 14, $10 at the door only.
* PLANET INDIGENUS @ Harbourfront Centre. With: (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Tamara Podemski (Toronto); (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Andrea Menard (Saskatchewan); (4:30 p.m.. - Toronto Star Stage) - Stomp Dance & Song with Old Mush Singers and Six Nations Women Singers (Six Nations); (7 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Sandy Scofield (Vancouver); (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - George Leach (British Columbia); (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Star Nayea (U.S.A.).
* WEIGHTS & MEASURES final Toronto show, From Fiction, Icanputmyarmbackonyoucan't @ Sneaky Dee's
* PETER ELKAS w/ Matthew Barber @ C'est What.

AUG 15
KITTIE w/ Candiria, 36 Crazyfists, Twelve Tribes@Opera House. $17.50
* HONEY JAM #12 @ Phoenix. $15 at TM. 7pm. Aug 15. with Jocelyn Mercer, Andrea Desiree Lewis, Joy Lapps, Masia One, Blaze Dancers, Kellylee Evans, DJs MelBoogie and Gunz & Rozez.
* PLANET INDIGENUS @ Harbourfront Centre. 1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage - Metis Duel with Brent Poskins, Andre Giroux and Jacinthe Trudeau (Alberta/Ontario); 3 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Wolfpack (Six Nations); 4 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace - Metis Kitchen Party with Annette Chretien, Andre Giroux and Jacinthe Trudeau (Ontario); 4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage - Tama Wiapara (New Zealand); 4 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Susan Aglukark (Canada).
WAVELENGTH 226 feat THE PAULS, At Dusk, Martyrs @ Sneaky Dee's, PWYC

AUG 16
BIG BLACK LINCOLN@ Tonic. 9 pm. $10

AUG 17
LOS LONELY BOYS @ Mod Club $16
BURNING BRIDES, The Explosion @ Lee's Palace, $12.50
PLANET INDIGENUS @ Harbourfront Centre. Noon - CIBC Stage - Remedy and Weaselhead

AUG 18
* JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER @ Molson Amphitheatre. $29.50-$52.50
* BOB LOG III @ Toronto Bluesfest - Roots Stage @ 1:45 pm
PLANET INDIGENUS August 18 (Noon - CIBC Stage) - Wayne Lavallee
* UMBRELLA MUSIC @ The Rivoli, 8:30 PM, $6, Stop Die Resuscitate, Femme Generation, more.

AUG 19
* SEA SNAKES, Final Fantasy, Purple Hill @ Sneaky Dee's
HANSON, Michael Tolcher @ The Docks
THE ILLUMINATI @ Horseshoe, $7

AUG 20
* BEBEL GILBERTO @ Carlu Theatre,. $29.50
* STOMPIN' TOM CONNORS @ Massey Hall. $45-$49.50
* ONEIDA, LULLABYE ARKESTRA. Horseshoe. $8. Aug 20.
* BLIP! BLOP! HOORAY! feat. MN-L, Quasimojo, The Boston Letter, LEWIS, Wintary & More @ Nathan Phillips Square, 12 noon
PLANET INDIGENUS @ Harbourfront Centre. 7:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Burnt (Winnipeg); 9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Christine Anu (Australia); 11 p.m. - Brigantine Room - Slangblossom (Winnipeg); Midnight - Brigantine Room - King Kapisi (New Zealand);

AUG 21
THE VERMICIOUS KNID, The Cardiacs, The Bicycles @ Sneaky Dee's
* ULTRAMAGNUS, DJS Nick Holder, Kurtis Lewis, Soul Source @ Rancho Relaxo, $6
COUGAR PARTY, Trembling, The Bayonettes @ Oasis
BLOW UP feat. THE CELLS @ Lee's Palace, $6
* PLANET INDIGENUS @ Harbourfront Centre. 2 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Leela Gilday (Yellowknife); 3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage - The Foggy Hogtown Boys (Six Nations); 3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Jienat (Norway); 7:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Martha Redbone (New York); 9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Wai (New Zealand); 11 p.m. - Brigantine room - Kinnie Starr (Vancouver); 11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace - Lucie Idlout (Nunavut)

AUG 22
* STIFF LITTLE FINGERS@ Lee's Palace. $20
WAVELENGTH 227 feat. NEIL HAVERTY BAND, Ryan Stanley Band @ Sneaky Dee's, PWYC
* PLANET INDIGENUS @ Harbourfront Centre: 1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage - Willie Dunn (Ontario); 3 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Don Ross (Toronto); 4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Redbone (U.S.A.); 5:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage - Lawrence Martin (Ontario).

AUG 23
BB KING BLUES FESTIVAL feat BB King, Dr John, Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, The Muddy Waters Blues Band. @ Molson Amphitheatre. $19.50-$65.50
THE MUSIC @ Mod Club Theatre $16.00
* BRAND NUBIAN @ Tonic Nightclub, $15

AUG 24
FACE TO FACE w/ My Chemical Romance, Moneen, Seconds to Go.@ Kool Haus. $19
ICANPUTMYARMBACKONYOUCAN'T, Fake Cops , Tora! Tora! Torrence! @ Rivoli
THE LOST SOUNDS @ The Silver Dollar, $8

AUG 25
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES @ Lee's Palace. $30
* L'AFTERPARTY feat. Nick Flanagan, Brutal Knights, a Starkweather cover band and more. Cover TBA, @ Drake

AUG 26
* BLUE RODEO w/ Kris Kristofferson, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings @ Molson Amphitheatre, $17.25-$65.50, doors 6 pm, show 7:30
LEON RUSSELL BAND w/ Corb Lund Band@ Reverb. $TBA.
IVANA SANTILLI @ Mod Club $19.50 Doors 8:00pm
OFF THE INTERNATIONAL RADAR, Pattern is Movement, DJ Polmo Polpo, DJ Smokey Blaze @ Drake Hotel
* TAMARA WILLIAMSON @ Rivoli

AUG 27
NORAH JONES and the Handsome Band @ Molson Amphitheatre. $29.50-$69.50
PICASTRO, Black Forest/Black Sea, Great Lake Swimmers @ Cinecycle, $6
* CAROLYN MARK CD release party @ Horseshoe, $8
PETE ELKAS, Royal Wood @ Rivoli
* CINDI LAUPER Casino Rama, Orillia. AUg 27-28
* GOBSMACKED! @ Harbourfront - 8 p.m. - CIBC Stage - JIM GUTHRIE; 9 p.m. - CIBC Stage - BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE (free!)

AUG 28
* FAKE PROM @ Sneaky Dee's
* LIZ PHAIR, The Cardigans, Katy Rose, Charlotte Martin @ Kool Haus, $20.50
BLOW UP feat. a super secret surprise guest @ Lee's Palace, $6
* GOBSMACKED! @ Harbourfront - 8 p.m., CIBC Stage, ONE RING ZERO;
9:30 p.m., CIBC Stage, HIDDEN CAMERAS (free!)

AUG 29
* CAROLYN MARK @ Toronto Island Jamboree
LAMB OF GOD w/ Atreyu, Every Time I Die, Unearth. Opera House. $15 at TM. Aug 29.
WAVELENGTH 228: COUGAR PARTY, Fake Cops, Bokker Buckle Band @ Sneaky Dee's, PWYC
* GOBSMACKED! @ Harbourfront, 4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage - KING COBB STEELIE (Toronto)

AUG 31
DEEP PURPLE, Joe Satriani, Thin Lizzy @ Molson Amphitheatre, $29.50-$49.50

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By a Virtual Thread You Hang in My Hood

If you are wondering just where in the hell bands like the Hidden Cameras, Broken Social Scene, les Mouches, Madrid, Royal City, K-Os, etc etc are coming from, take a photographic tour of Toronto's neighbourhoods here. A nice resource for T-dot-dwellers and would-be visitors side by each.

Today in the Globe & Mail, somebody else interviews Carl (aka "A.C.") Newman, currently moonlighting from his New Pornographers dayjob... thereby leaving me without a column topic this week, dammit. (I would link you to the story but it doesn't seem to appear on our site.) See you again later in the week, when I have cracked certain cryptic concept-generation codes along the way to refreshing that pesky "In Print" content (above).

Meanwhile: Lagging a bit (predictably) behind the sensitive mainstreamers (REM, Springsteen), the politicized indies (Billy Bragg, Spearhead et al) the hip-hop world gets busy against Bush. And not a second too soon. (Cf. bogus post-Democratic-convention crisis manufacture this morning. Jesus, is nothing too transparent for these guys? Wait, forget I asked that. I'm sure this is nothing compared to what we'll see in the next three months.)

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Zoilus Picks: July, Live in Toronto

Not quite as crazed a concert month as the last couple, but damn close. Here's what I would do, if I could be everywhere at once. (Thanks to Eye and 20hz for listings resources.) Biggest highlights? Today's a pretty damn good day. Aside from that, there are a lot of good festivals - Afrofest; next weekend's Breaks, Beats and Culture electronic music festival at Harbourfront including the Junior Boys; the Latin Alternative Music Conference with Los Amigos Invisibles and Los Lobos; and the Bluesfest, including Big Boi and Earl Scruggs (!) on July 25.

A few individual gigs to keep in mind: Youssou N'Dour on Tuesday at Harbourfront. Chicago underground jazz group Sticks and Stones at the Music Gallery on July 16, and the Toronto-indie-fun blowout at Cinecycle the same night with Kids on TV, Final Fantasy, Ninja High School etc. Reinvigorated soul legend Nathaniel Mayer at the Horseshoe on July 17. The Hidden Cameras' CD release on July 23. The July 25 all-Albertan edition of Wavelength (and every Wavelength, really). The Prince, Xiu Xiu and David Grubbs shows at the end of the month. And of course, Tin Tin Tin. (Which, though I love it so, will keep me away from the Prince events - as the Cameras would say, goddamn.)

This list will be updated throughout the month.

Sat. Jul 3 (today)
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS, Andrew Bird @ Trinity-St. Paul's United Church
VANDERMARK 5 @ National Film Board
DAVID MURRAY & THE GWO-KA MASTERS (8 pm), and RIZWAN-MUAZZAM QAWWALI (9:30 pm) part of Stella Artois World's Fare: a Global Feast @ Harbourfront Centre (free)
WAX MANNEQUIN, World Provider, BA Johnson, Nia @ Cest What

Sun. Jul 4
WARSAW VILLAGE BAND as part of Stella Artois World's Fare @ Harbourfront

[...]

Tue. Jul 6
BLOOD BROTHERS, Kill Me Tomorrow, Chromatics @ Rockit
YOUSSOU N'DOUR w/ Super toile de Dakar @ Harbourfront Centre
FRED EAGLESMITH @ Hugh's Room
ELENI MANDELL CD release @ Drake Hotel

Wed. Jul 7
Global Cafe presents LOS DE ABAJO (Mexico) @ Stone Distillery, Distillery District

Thur. Jul 8
DEAD MOON, Poisoned Aeros @ Horseshoe
PATRICIA O'CALLAGHAN Cabaret Night @ Drake Hotel
TORNGAT (members of Bell Orchestre), PICASTRO, GLISSANDRO 70 (Polmo Polpo + Craig Dunsmuir), JOHN WAYNER (Matt Schitt from Les Mouches, solo) @ THE RIVOLI
Global Cafe presents BEMBEYA JAZZ @ Stone Distillery

Fri. Jul 9
PEROXIDE featuring WILL MUNRO AND LES GEORGES LENINGRAD as part of the Beats, Breaks and Culture electronic music festival @ Harbourfront, 11 pm, free
PATRICIA O'CALLAGHAN Cabaret Night @ Drake Hotel
SCREAM LITERARY FESTIVAL GALA feat. THE SILVER HEARTS @ Hugh's Room
TORTURED SOUL (3 pm), JAGA JAZZIST (8 pm), MANITOBA (9:30 pm), MOONSTARR (11 pm) @ Harbourfront
ALTERED BEATS presents Asstek, Dominik, Animal Monster, Knifehandchop & c64 @Thymeless bar & grill
LEFTOVER DAYLIGHT presents aldcroft/ oelrichs/ thomson/ chenaux, quasiMODAL with special guest Roger Turner (UK), and Rob Piilonen's breaking sounds @ Arraymusic Studio (60 Atlantic Ave. #218)

Sat. Jul 10
SING THAT YELL THAT SPELL, Lee Van Cleef @ Sneaky Dee's
BIT ROCK ALUMNAE SHOWCASE #2 feat. MINISYSTEM, Steve Castellano, Kuma vs. Yool-Kid, Nybbl, Prhizzm, Lltl & live visuals by Project3media @ Clinton's
BEDOUIN SOUND CLASH, In Flight Safety @ Horseshoe
BUENOS HERMANOS TOUR feat Ibrahim Ferrer @ Roy Thomson Hall.
BOX MAGAZINE LAUNCH feat From Fiction, Cuff the Duke, The Two Koreas, Drunkula, DJs Moonstarr, Mike Tull, Eric & Cody @ The Great Hall.
AFROFEST 2004 with the SAKALA BROTHERS , H'SAO, LORRAINE KLAASEN & THANDIE KLAASEN, LIZZY MAHASHE WITH MAFATA LEMPHANE & MALOTI ENSEMBLE, MANSA SISOKO, NEWAY DEBEBE @ Queen's Park (free).

Sun. Jul 11
OSUNLADE, as part of the Beats, Breaks and Culture @ Harbourfront 4: 30 pm, free.
JUNIOR BOYS @ Harbourfront Centre (free, 2pm)
ROOM 101 Misha Glouberman's Games Night @ Drake Hotel
LATIN ALTERNATIVE MUSIC CONFERENCE feat Los Lobos, Los Amigos Invisibles. In association w/ Harbourfront's Ritmo y Color. Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. July 11-18.

Mon. Jul 12
PETULA CLARK @ Hummingbird Centre
HORACE X @ Drake Hotel

Tue. Jul 13
HORACE X @ Drake Hotel
THE PONYS, THE TWO KOREAS @ Sneaky Dee's

Wed. Jul 14
CORPUSSE'S BIRTHDAY BASH, Knurl, Gesundheit @ Drake Hotel
GESUNDHEIT @ Drake (double booked? or diff. spaces?)

Thurs. Jul 15
LONG JOHN BALDRY @ Healy's

Fri. Jul 16
STICKS AND STONES, Martin Arnold, Eric Chenaux & Rob Clutton @ Music Gallery
KIDS ON TV, Ninja High School, Final Fantasy(!), The Vulcan Dub Squad, Eugene Slonimerov, Frank FB_A, Matias, slowlydrowningme, Post-Conspiracy Boredom @ Cinecycle
TORONTO STAR BLUESFEST feat Lyle Lovett, Jimmie Vaughan, Chris Isaak, Wilson Pickett, Cake, The Tea Party, Earl Scruggs, Wyclef Jean, The Holmes Brothers, Gillian Welch, Martha Wainwright, Matt Minglewood, Greg Keelor, Gram Parsons tribute feat Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Bernie Leadon. July 16-25.
YOUSY BARBARA (8 pm) and LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES (9:30 pm), Ritmo y Color Latin American arts festival @ Harbourfront

Sat. Jul 17
RIP THE MIC freestyle battle@ Phoenix, 5 pm
NATHANIEL MAYER & THE SHANKS w/ More Plastic, Jack Oblivion & The Cool Jerks, Track Dirtyaz. Horseshoe. $10
CHRIS ISAAK, Kathleen Edwards, The Holmes Brothers, Gram Parsons Tribute & more @ Bluesfest, Exhibition Place
PLENA LIBRE (8 pm) and LOS LOBOS (9:30 pm), Ritmo y Color @ Harbourfront

Sun. Jul 18
WAVELENGTH 222 feat. Fox the Boombox, The Wolfnote, Immaculate Machine @ Sneaky Dee's
WYCLEF JEAN, Gillian Welch, Keb' Mo', The Black Keys & more @ Bluesfest, Exhibition Place

Mon. Jul 19
N*E*R*D, High Speed Scene @ Kool Haus
TIMBRE FORM FILM & MUSIC EVENT feat. EUGENE SLONIMEROV of Lenin i Shumov, Wintary, Quasimojo, DJ Separate Bill & short films by Peter Denes, Brad Abrahams, & Leanna DiGiacinto @ Drake Hotel

Tue. Jul 20
VIDIOTS present the Best of Tom Snyder @ Drake Hote
SCISSOR SISTERS @ Lee's Palace

Thur. Jul 22
ALICE COOPER, Foghat, Edgar Winter @ Molson Amphitheatre
WINTARY, The Phonemes, Deep Dark United, Wintary, The Blankket, mn-l @ Sneaky Dee's

Fri. Jul 23
CAKE, Raising the Fawn, The Weakerthans @ Bluesfest, Exhibition Place
THE HIDDEN CAMERAS @ Trinity-St. Paul's (CD release for Mississauga Goddamn!)

Sat. Jul 24
WILSON PICKETT, The Dears, Sarah Slean, Martina Sorbara @ Bluesfest, exhibition place
THE HIVES, Sahara Hotnights, Reigning Sound @ Phoenix
C'MON @ Horseshoe
TYLER CLARK BURKE'S MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE BALLROOM DANCE EVENT @ Drake Hotel
MELANIE DURRANT (3:30 pm), EMELINE MICHEL (8 pm) and TERRY CALLIER (9:30 pm), Omiala festival of New Black Culture @ Harbourfront

Sun. Jul 25
WAVELENGTH 223 feat. Magneta Lane, Falconhawk, Chad Van Gaalen @ Sneaky Dee's
EARL SCRUGGS, BIG BOI (9 pm), Luther Wright, The Sadies, etc. @ Bluesfest, Exhibition Place
LEE BOYS AND CALVIN COOKE, Omiala festival @ Harbourfront, 3:30 pm

Tue. Jul 27
PRINCE @ Air Canada Centre (sold out!)
DAVID GRUBBS @ Horseshoe (free!)
THE NEVILLE BROTHERS @ Harbourfront, 7 pm

Wed. Jul 28
TIN TIN TIN @ Drake Hotel
(and that's all. well, okay, there might be another Prince concert. but you didn't hear it from me.)

Fri. Jul 30
VAZALEEN feat. THE GOSSIP @ Lee's Palace-
SALOME BEY @ Hugh's Room
CIBELLE (8 pm) and BREAKESTRA (9:30 pm), Hot and Spicy festival @ Harbourfront
XIU XIU, Lenin I Shumov, Final Fantasy(!) @ Gladstone Hotel
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS, Irie Music Festival @ Nathan Phillips Square

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What came out of the horn were not balloons but a bouquet of milkweed, sourgrass, dandelions and such

I've been putting it off, but before the Toronto Downtown Jazz fest is over (a week from today - it began a few days ago) I thought I'd post some picks. Click "Read More" below to see 'em.

In other festival news: There's a useful rundown of upcoming local events - the Distillery District Globe Cafe fest, Afrofest, the Bluesfest, and the Youssou N'Dour show at Harbourfront - by new World Music writer John Goddard in today's Toronto Star.

And in yesterday's Globe & Mail, a fine piece by Greg Buium about the Vancouver Jazz Festival which, like the upcoming Montreal fest (without even mentioning the Victoriaville, Popolo, Guelph and the new local Distillery Jazz [formerly Fringe] festivals) always makes Toronto's annual event look like an exhausted workhorse. Even this year's near-death and sponsorship switch didn't kick much more life into the old dray. What will it take, O lord?

(And Question 2: Must they really all take place at exactly the same time? I realize we're creating a circuit, but surely it would be improved if they were sequential rather than concurrent or overlapping?)

Carping aside, here's the good news: [...]

Jazz Fest Picks (**= the hottest)

Today (June 27)
** Chris Potter Quartet, Top O' the Senator, 9:30 pm (with Potter on sax and Wayne Krantz, guitar, Craig Taborn on Rhodes and Nate Smith, drums)
Thom Gossage & Other Voices, National Film Board, 8 pm
Habana Sax, Lula Lounge, 8:30 pm
Mike Murley/David Braid Quartet, Montreal Bistro, 9 pm

ELECTION DAY: Mon, June 28
(But first, vote...)
Heillig Manoeuvre, Commerce Court, 12 pm
**Blind Boys Of Alabama + Ken Whiteley Band , Nathan Phillips Square, 8 pm
Fred Hersch and Don Thompson, Montreal Bistro, 9 pm
Shuffle Demons, Hummingbird Centre Lower Lounge, 9 pm
**Outside Sources, NFB, 8 pm

Tues, June 29
Afrodizz, Revival, 8 pm
Fred Hersch and Don Thompson, Montreal Bistro, 9 pm
Burning w/ Ultra Magnus, Silver Dollar, 10 pm

Wed, June 30
**Henneman String Quartet, NFB, 8 pm
Joanne Brackeen and George Cables, Montreal Bistro, 9 pm
DJ Cruz, Sage, 9 pm
Music of Metalwood (Metalwood with missing members), Rex Jazz Bar, 9:30 pm
** But you of course will be at Tin Tin Tin, Drake Hotel, 9 pm

CANADA DAY: Thurs, July 1
**Joanne Brackeen and George Cables, Montreal Bistro, 9 pm
Mike Murley Quartet, Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, 9:30pm

Fri, July 2
Jay McShann & Junior Mance, Montreal Bistro & Jazz Club, 9pm
Kevin Mahogany's Johnny Hartman Project, The Top O' The Senator, 9:30pm (thru Sun.)
** Nick Ali & Cruzao/Jason Wilson & Tabarruk, Lula Lounge, 10 pm
Mattias Stahl Quartet, NFB next wave, 8 pm (buzz-making Swedish vibes player and combo)

Sat, July 3
** Great Uncles of the Revolution, Rex, 12:30 pm (with Andrew Downing and Kevin Turcotte and guests Lina Allemano (trumpet) and David Occhipinti (guitar)
** Carlos Actis Dato, Youth Stage, 5 pm
Gary Burton Generations Quintet (including Makoto Ozone, piano) with the somewhat overrated Bad Plus, Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm
The legendary Funk Brothers, Kool Haus, 8 pm
** Vandermark 5 (Ken Vandermark, sax, ), NFB, 8 pm
Jay McShann & Junior Mance, Montreal Bistro, 9pm
Kevin Mahogany's Johnny Hartman Project, The Top O' The Senator, 9:30pm (thru Sun.)

Sun, July 4
Rhythm & Truth, Alexander the Great Parkette, 12 pm
Organ Summit featuring Joey DeFrancesco, Doug Riley, Jimmy McGriff, Paul Bollenback and Byron Landham, Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm
** Andy Milne & Dapp Theory, CTV Lunchtime Series, 2 pm
Nick Ali & Cruzao, Esplanade Bier Market, 8 pm
Dave Young & the Music of Charles Mingus, Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, 9:30pm

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A Walk on the Wild Side

While I'm quickly posting from work, last-minute notice to Torontopians about tonight's launch party for the new issue of Spacing, the magazine by the Toronto Public Space Committee, the most beautiful activist group in town. The theme of the issue is "Everyone Is A Pedestrian," a great slogan, although perhaps a bit contentious to the disabled - the subtitle is even better: "It took us millions of years to learn how to walk, and only 100 to forget."

But rather than just a series of anti-car rants, the issue is a series of smart explorations of the true pleasures and perils of walking in Toronto, in the spirit of flaneurie (and its new incarnation, parkour, one of the few things that's ever made me wish I were a teenager again). Mrs. Zoilus also has an excellent piece inside, about the emotional dynamics of eye contact on the urban street.

But enough of that, what about the party? It features the fine local bands Elliott Brood (mope-twang) and The Bicycles (naive-pop), DJ Heavy Early, and (cleverly indeed) visuals by Toronto photobloggers Sam Javanrouth, Adam Krawesky, Davin Risk and Gayla Sanders. It's at the El Mocambo, 464 Spadina, just south of College St., doors at 9 pm, and it costs $10, but that includes a copy of the mag.

Really, really worth your time. Really. I wanna make the Public Space Committee the goddamn government.

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Get a Record Deal and/or Stop the War (or Both)

North by Northeast fest recommendations and reflections in today's column. It's part of an onslaught of festival coverage in the Globe today, an unusual phenom - see also our summer intern Chris Lackner's fine piece on young bands' dreams of making it big at the showcases and my colleague Guy Dixon's report on the fate of the Factor grant program, pegged to events during NXNE. It's an important story, but I do have mixed feelings - Factor does promote a lot of mediocre MOR crap, and I see so many younger artists now doing great things without having to descend into that maw. But there will probably come a point in their development when they'll need that extra infusion of funds, and if the program helps even a fraction of them, it has a place. (Plus, there really ought to be Canadian music videos, occasionally, and I don't see how else that will ever happen.)

Meanwhile for those (me included) who like the picture but can't stand the scene, there's a good alternative for tomorrow night: A show more recently announced for tomorrow (Friday, June 11) at Cinecycle, the sweetest venue in the city. (129 Spadina Ave., enter off the alley south of Richmond St., 416.971.4273.)

The show is a benefit for the June 30th Coalition, a group that is organizing events to protest not just the war in Iraq but corporate profiteering from the war, on the date when the Bush administration will pass nominal control of the country over to various bought-and-paid-for cronies. All in all, an unusually well-thought-through cause.

Doors are at 8, show at 9, and as organizers put it: "The night will begin with goddamn! ANIMAL MONSTER! then before you've had a chance to cool down you will sweat in your socks to the alarming beauty that is FINAL FANTASY. (9:45?). If you haven't heard this" [solo violin stuff by Owen Pallett, the boy genius from the Hidden Cameras and Les Mouches] "then do yourself a big favour. You'll walk around thanking yourself and Owen for days. then THE PAULS will go on" [I don't know anything about them] "... (10:30?) Then you get THE BARCELONA PAVILION and you know you'll love it. (11:15?) And then if you got anything left you will witness JON-RAE AND THE RIVER and the freakout sing along that you should have more of in your life. Everybody sing! (midnight?)"

Good enough for ya, punk? Damn right it is.

But as if it weren't, they promise CCR covers. Be there.

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Royal City Rumble

In today's column, I vent spleen about summer festivals and provide a trip-tych to some alternatives: [...]

Today's crazed Parade of Noises in Brampton, Ont., (700 nine-year-olds play "whoopie cushion organs" and "styrofoam cellos" and a fire truck! with Kid Koala and the Singing Saws! I'll try to post pictures later!); this weekend's 28-band orgy of wholesomeness and camp, Track and Field near Guelph, Ont.; and throughout June, the kickass Suoni Per Il Popolo festival in Montreal, which can only make an ex-Montrealer Torontonian seethe with jealousy and regret.

(Okay, deep breath: The bill includes Dominic Duval, John Heward, Sun City Girls tomorrow, Sam Shalabi, Leroy Jenkins & Malcolm Goldstein, Jean Derome, Joane Ht, The Microphones, Sixtoo, Tony Conrad, Hanged Up, Martin Ttreault & Michel F. Cot, Arashi Daiko, Mitchell Akiyama, Amute, Henry Grimes, Hamid Drake, Sabir Mateen & Daniel Carter, Fred Anderson & Kidd Jordan, Nilan Perera & Susanna Hood, Amiri Baraka, Black Ox Orkestar, Rufus Harley, Kevin Drumm, Tim Hecker, Roy Campbell Jr. and the William Parker Quartet.)

Also in today's Globe and Mail, my review of the new Royal City album, Little Heart's Ease, royalcity.jpg and I'm a bit nervous about this growly purple bear attacking me for it. Even though it's not negative overall, everything feels more eggshell-treading when someone's religious faith is involved. Of course, art always involves deeply held beliefs and ideologies, but generally we can pretend to ignore the fact; religion drags it out into the light, which is one good thing you can say about religion. (Any others? ... Chirrup, chirrup...) In any case, my general verdict is that the album is good, but it's no Alone at the Microphone. Does that reflect only my own unthinking fidelity to anguish over bliss, a kneejerk assumption that dirt is truer than cleanliness, etc? No doubt.

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June Shows in Toronto, more-or-less Zoilus-approved

Here's my biased local music guide to June. Shows/links will be added as they emerge. Check all info. Caveat emptor.

Tue. Jun 1 - Von Bondies, Death from Above: Opera House-- $13.50
Wed. Jun 2 - Sexmachine feat. Glass Candy & the Shattered Theatre, controller.controller, Duchess Says, DJ Mikey Apples & more: Gladstone Hotel, $10
- Sixtoo Instore: Soundscapes, free
Thurs. Jun 3 - Sixtoo w/ P-Love: Lee's Palace, $10, June 3.
Parade of Noises feat. 700 schoolchildren, The Singing Saw Symphony, Kid Koala, The Kyoshi Nagata Ensemble & more: Chinguacousy Bandshell (Brampton), 7pm
Kevin Fox CD release: Music Gallery, 197 John St, $15
Twill Benefit feat. Claudia Dey, Final Fantasy, Harmony Trowbridge, John Southworth, Kill Unit, Lee Sheppard, Lindsey Zier-Vogel, ohbijou: C'est What, $10 (www.harmonytrowbridge.com )
Fri-Sun, Jun 4-Jun 6 Do Make Say Think with, variously, Singing Saw Shadow Show, Les Mouches, Slow Loris, surprise guests: The Music Gallery, $10/$12 each night
Fri Jun 4 Tangiers, Uncut: Horseshoe, $8
Sat-Sun, Jun 5-6 Track & Field, with the bits, 8 bit, kids on t.v., ninja high school, the hank collective, fox the boom box, the creeping nobodies, barmitzvah brothers, we're marching on, lenin i shumov, the barcelona pavilion, jonathan inc., the singing saw shadow show, great lake swimmers, rick & the stables, jason & the imaginaries, the hamilton electronic music and dodgeball team, the chestnuts and the trees, 3 ring circuits feat. jenny omnichord, bahai cassette, matias rozenberg, the phonemes, these are my beating heart, alight, tamara williamson, two minute miracles, les mouches, animal monster: Eden Mills, near Guelph, $10 (for both days)
Sat Jun 5 The Two Koreas (Toronto rock-crits rock), The Patients: The Silver Dollar
The Fire Theft, The Secret Machines, Mellowdrome: Mod Club, $17
James Brown with (ugh) Jacksoul, Molson Amphitheatre, $10-$75
The Zutons, El Mocambo, $10
The Wrens, Horseshoe, $10.50
Sun Jun 6 Wavelength 216 feat. Stop Die Resuscitate, Ghislain Poirier, vitasminsforyou + Montag, DJ cerebral itch: Sneaky Dees, PWYC
Tues Jun 8 Hella, Need New Body: Rivoli, $10
Wed Jun 9 We Regazzi, Detachment Kit: Rivoli, $8
north by northeast presents DKT/MC5 (Wayne Kramer and Dennis Thompson w/ guest vocalists Mark Lanegan, Evan Dando, Mark Arm.) Phoenix, $22.50
Thurs Jun 10 NXNE feat. Sarah Harmer, Fembots, Ox: Lee's Palace
NXNE feat. Laika & the Cosmonauts, The Remains of Brian Bordherdt, Ford Pier & TBA: Horseshoe
NXNE feat. Station Twang, Elliott Brood, Welcome Karma, Tele, Spitfires & Mayflowers: Cameron House
NXNE feat. Shawn Hewitt, Ozfrankie, Anjulie, Stiffed: 360
Fri Jun 11 NXNE feat. I Can Put My Arm Back On You Can't, Kate Maki, Nathan Lawr & the Minotaurs, Despistado: Reverb
NXNE feat. The Waxwings, Volebeats, Denise James, Myracle Brah: Healeys
Sat Jun 12 The Microphones, with Pipi "Woelv" Migou, Ninja High School: The Music Gallery, $8/$10
Hayden: Winter Garden Theatre, $32.50
Feist, The Organ: Mod Club Theatre, 720 College, $12.
Tangiers, Death From Above, controller.controller, Uncut: 99 Sudbury
The Silver Hearts perform Tom Waits' Rain Dogs: Annex Theatre, 730 Bathurst, $15/$20
NXNE feat. CMon, The Organ, Brass Munk, Waking Eyes: Horseshoe
NXNE feat. A Northern Chorus, Tangiers, Raising the Fawn: Healey's (are Tangiers really playing two shows this night?)
Maza Meze: Cecil Community Centre, 58 Cecil $10; $20 w/ CD, Blow Up feat. The Sights: Lee's Palace, $6
Sun Jun 13 Room 101 presents Open Cobra Vol. 1: An explanatory/participatory music event based on John Zorn's Cobra: Drake Hotel, 7 pm sharp, $tba
Wavelength 217, feat. "Special Surprise Guest Headliner", Absent Sound, Points to Victim, DJ Matt Blair: Sneaky Dees, PWYC
Mon Jun 14 Sam Phillips w/ Priya Thomas: Lula Lounge, $15
Tues Jun 15 Matt Pond, PA: Mod Club
Wed Jun 16 The Republic of Safety (members of Barcelona Pavilion, Three Ring Circuits, Magnetars, etc.): Drake Hotel Wed. Jun 16
Wed Jun 16-Sat Jun 19 Hot Club of Cowtown: Top O' The Senator, $20-25
Thurs Jun 17-Sat Jun 19 Current 93, Six Organs of Admittance, Simon Finn: Music Gallery, June 18-19 sold out. Tickets available for June 17 only: $45 from malogan@rogers.com
Thurs Jun 17 Julie Doiron, Aaron Booth: Rancho Relaxo
McLusky, Oceansize: Horseshoe, $9
kd lang: Roy Thomson Hall
Jay Farrar: Lee's Palace, $13.50
Sat Jun 19 Fiery Furnaces, Spitfire & Mayflowers: Mod Club, $10
Angelique Kidjo, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., $20 adv/$25 door. 7pm.
Wavelength Zine Fundraiser II feat. Cuff the Duke, Ultra Magnus, Lullabye Arkestra, Ninja High School, DJ Denise Benson: Dovercourt House
Primus: Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front E., $39.50-$45.50.
Sun Jun 20 Wavelength 218 feat. Mach Tiver, People for Audio, Picnicboy, DJ Limoscene: Sneaky Dees, PWYC
PJ Harvey Tribute feat. Gentleman Reg, Aidan Baker, Jonathan Seet, Brilliant Fish, A Deadly Waltz, Trucks Leaving, The Guest Bedroom, Lee Walker & more: Holy Joe's, $3
Mon Jun 21 Ted Leo & the Pharmacists: Horseshoe, $10
Christina Aguilera w/ Chingy: Molson Amphitheatre, $25-$69.50
Mon Jun 21-Wed Jun 23 Jonathan Richman, Jesse DeNatale: Lula Lounge, $15/night
Wed Jun 23 The Arcade Fire: Lee's Palace, $8
Wax Mannequin, Lake Holiday, Dan Gorman : The Rivoli
Oscar Peterson w/ The Oliver Jones Trio, $30-$150
Thurs Jun 24 John Vanderslice, Pedro the Lion: Horseshoe, $11
Suicide Girls Burlesque: Lee's Palace, $10
The Bicycles, Fox The Boombox, a performance of "London Calling" on ukuleles & tba: Rancho Relaxo
Thurs Jun 24-Sun Jun 27 Habana Sax: Lula Lounge, $25/$30 per night
Fri Jun 25-July 4: Downtown Jazz Festival (picks to come)
Fri Jun 25 Mum: Horseshoe, $15
Starvin Hungry: Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St West
The Streets: Mod Club
Shame Vazaleen (with Nena Hagen, rumour has it!): Lee's Palace
Sat Jun 26 Cahoots Summer Youth Theatre Projects Benefit with Sea Snakes, Phonemes, Final Fantasy (Owen of Hidden Cameras/Les Mouches on solo violin): The Theatre Centre, $8
Sun Jun 27 Wavelength 219 feat. Pony da Look, Masia One, TV Mike, DJ d-rex: Sneaky Dees, pwyc
Ray Condo Memorial event: Horseshoe
Mon Jun 28 Death from Above, The Fever: Horseshoe, $8
Tue Jun 29 Iron & Wine: Horseshoe, $10
Wed Jun 30 TIN TIN TIN (lineup TBA): Drake Underground, 9 pm doors, pwyc
Nellie McKay, Lee's Palace, $15.50

Not in June but important to know:
Fri July 2 The Magnetic Fields, Trinity-St Paul's, 427 Bloor St. West, $25

(Thanks to Eye and 20hz for compiling raw info.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, May 31 at 5:10 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Over the Top

As if there weren't enough damn music in this city, overachieving indie kid Eric Warner has overextended himself again with this year's Over the Top festival in Toronto. While his tastes aren't my tastes, the lineup is consistently interesting - I'm sure looking forward to seeing the Nihilist Spasm Band again, and I love the name The Planet The, whoever they are.

Two concerts lead up to it, doubling as anniversary parties for .whacked out., Warner's production company: this Saturday at Sneaky Dees (431 College St.): I Am The World Trade Center; The Paper Lions; The Junction; Friday Morning's Regret. 9:30PM. $8. And Sunday at Rockit (120 Church St.) Need New Body (emphasis mine), Les Angles Morts, Letlowns. 8:00PM. $8. 19+

The festival itself is Apr. 29-May 2. The formatting on the website is too annoying to allow copying, but relatively easy for the visitor, so check out the exact schedule there. But I've highlighted a few of the list of bands:
The Abandoned Hearts Club; Arkata; Better Than Everyone; The Burdocks; Don Caballero; Chromeo; The Creeping Nobodies; Cursed; Date/Month/Year; Decibully; The Diskettes; Dr. Calypso & His Sensational Marching Band of Fiersome Friends; Drums & Tuba; The End; Fever Sheds; Grand Buffet; Japanther; Van Johnson; K; Kepler; Besnard Lakes; Look What You Did; Mare; Masters & Moderns; Mayor McCa; Notes; Nihilist Spasm Band; Party of Helicopters; The Planet The; Amanda Rogers; Sing That Yell That Spell; Sleeper Set Sail; Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players; Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start; The Unicorns; VolcanoIm Still Excited and (see Dan Burke entry below) the Vulcan Dub Squad.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, April 16 at 4:33 PM | Linking Posts

 

The Amazing Adventures of Dan Burke

Dan Burke currently books bands at Toronto's Silver Dollar Room, formerly at the El Mocambo and myriad spots in between. He is nothing if not one of the most colourful & controversial figures in Toronto music: How many show promoters are actually the subject of entire songs that agonize over whether they're truly good at heart?

In any case, there's a thread up on 20hz right now called "Dan Burke Beaten Up," gossiping about an altercation between Dan and a band called The Hospitals at the Silver Dollar on Apr. 13. After a couple of days of that, Dan suddenly spoke up this morning, and his version is too good not to share. (I should say that none of the following is endorsed or suggested by Zoilus to be the truth):

danb.jpg Beat-up? Fuck, took two guys and a guitar to battle me and the only thing broken at the end of it was the guitar. Yeah, I did throw the snare -- though at what point in the commotion, I don't know -- and I hope that wasn't what broke the guitar because it certainly wasn't the intention. (Was I then hit by a broken guitar in the head?) Even by my standards, that night was one fucking hell of a commotion (I don't call my promotional vehicle El Fiasco Commotions for nothing). All I know is that I was getting on fine with The Hospitals, even though they'd arrived really late (around 10 p.m.) for the show when load-in/soundcheck was scheduled for 7 p.m. Nor did they phone (common courtesy) to say they'd be late. That upset things because people were showing up to see them and I didn't know what to charge as a cover because maybe they weren't gonna show. However, the night before they'd checked in at Smalls in Detroit at 11 p.m., with out phoning beforehand, so I figured they'd probably make it. The late arrival screwed up the whole soundcheck/starttime process and the show was running late. And that was my fault, too. I shoulda pushed the openers harder. The problem started when I'm standing at the bar with Sean from The Sadies and all of a sudden The Hospitals start playing from a spot on the bar floor near the washrooms. Shit, I thought they were just getting their gear organized there for a quick move to the stage. Can't figure out why they didn't tell me they wanted to play there 'cuz I woulda said OK. They also started playing from that makeshift second stage while the Vulcan Dub Squad were in the midst of their last song. I thought that was impolite and, The Vulcans having been four swell and talented gentlemen (very fucking talented!), I thought it was necessary to impose a little order in the court. So I went over and grabbed The Hospitals mike (musta been hooked up to one of their own cabinets) and said, "You gonna fuckin' play here, or on the stage!?!?!?!" And the drummer just launched himself at me. Now, I don't know who threw the first punch, all I can say is that when he charged at me I thought, "Uh, oh, violence." So we start throwing punches. The kid was an okay scrapper but I was nailing him fairly easily. Some people got between us and that's when the guitar came down on my head. Or did I throw the snare first? I dropped to one knee (just for a sec) but that hit from the guitar set off a super nova in my brain. Like, I'm fuckin' out of it. Can't see. All I can feel is these rapid punches from behind and I'm thinking, "Who the fuck's hitting me now, because this dude can swing." Every shot creates a new super nova and as hard as I try to recover stance and start countering, there's no fuckin' way. Anyway, the security man finally gets between and gets me to the washroom. Sean from The Sadies comes in and says, "Dude, what's with those guys? That was fucked up." I tidy up and Danielle from Soundscapes comes in to visit and is really cool and I tell her thanks a lot. Anyway, I decided to go to Oasis for a quiet drink with Sean. Let The Hospitals play, y'know. Later when I cam back, had they said, "Sorry, Dan I dunno what happened..." I woulda said exactly the same thing,"Yeah, I didn't mean for all that to happen." But they started screaming at me. "You owe us money, fucker." Very uncool. They wanna be abusive? "I owe you money? Then fuckin' take it off me!" So I took off my jacket and stood back. Alone, as always. Let's do it boys! They didn't. So, yeah, they didn't get fully paid. (I've since phoned their booking agent and we're gonna work it out). The moral to the story: yeah, I've done a lot wrong, made mistakes, but I still don't fear no fists or slander (what's with the "nazi" shit? man, I don't belong to a fuckin group of any kind, nor do I endorse any dogma). And, the show went on that night. Yes it did. Yes it did. So, stay tuned for more -- The Horseshoe on Thursday, April 22, a full fuckin brigade of bands I fully back, a show that is one serious fuckin' statement of talent. Oh, yeah, my next Band of The Month is The Suicidalists (start Tues.Apr.20 @ Silver Dollar). Gotta love a band who names themselves after me, eh?

If I had the time - and the nerve to keep up with him - Dan Burke could make a whole book. Maybe someday he'll write it himself.

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Kelly Hogan Underappreciation Night

If this post seems a little sluggish, it's for noble reasons - after being out till 5:30 in the a.m. seeing Neko Case and the Sadies's second night of afterhours performance at the Matador, on Dovercourt just north of College.

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If you're not from Toronto, you probably don't know the Matador, but it's a deservedly legendary landmark of night life here, a little bit of saloon culture that dates back four decades, to the era when Toronto couldn't even have bars that didn't serve food. With the Horseshoe, it's practically the only longstanding sanctuary of hard country music in this northern town (Marty Robbins, Charlie Pride, Stompin' Tom, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn - whose Rate It X Neko covered divinely - and later Blue Rodeo, etc. have all performed there) - you might have glimpsed it as the setting of the video for Leonard Cohen's Closing Time.

Though it was apparently raided by the police in March - and the paranoia level among the regularly rigid security staff was even grimmer than usual last night - generally the Matador operates on a margin of the law nobody else in this town can ever seem to find, where obeyance in letter but not spirit (as well as who knows what other unofficial arrangements between owner Ann Dunn, now in her 70s, and the authorities) is good enough, most of the time, for the gendarmes. (Tho it did seem like the raid's had some effect, as none of the usual under-the-table liquid barter action seemed to be in effect.)

So no wonder Neko wanted to do some of the recording for her live-album-in-progress there. Unfortunately, the recording aspect made the show a bit stiff, but the Sadies are never anything less than the hottest live band you could hope to hear, and Neko was in superb voice, just not quite as loose and wild as a great Neko performance will be.

The new songs being recorded for the album seem back up at the old vitality levels, after her last rather muted EP, so the live disc & DVD are something to look forward to.

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But I have to admit I chafed at being in the backup-singing presence of Kelly Hogan - one of the best singers in indie music bar none - all night without getting to hear her take a lead, but I'm sure that too was because tape was rolling, time was money, etc. I yelled out her name a couple of times, and she seemed to appreciate that, immediately perking up to crack tasteless Jesus jokes in honour of Easter. [...]

All well worth staying up till dawn for, even if the slight stiffness felt like a funny contrast to the famously loose-hipped setting. (There was one not-so-funny interlude where a regular who'd ponied up the extra cover charge to come to her bar for the night loudly groused that this weren't no kind of country music as far as she was concerned, referring to Neko "B-word" derogatorily along the way; Ms. Case's retort from the stage reminded you that she ain't nobody you ever want to cross, in full femme fatale effect, and heavy on the fatality.)

Earlier last night, a fine time at Art Metropole's "Art Metronone" fundraiser at Harbourfront, with fine first-set performances by Martha Hlady and the Tristanos (with local free improvisors playing a Celtic folk tune and Moon River while accompanied by artist Hlady's light-and-sample-emitting computerized steel orbs) and an extraordinary set by the Hidden Cameras in their string-quartet (!) incarnation, with Winnipeg artist Daniel Barrow doing what you might call "still animation" on overhead projector - very dirty, clever and often poignant. I heard rumours that HCs leader Joel Gibb's troubles at the U.S. border, which date to SXSW, are continuing - I'll check up on that and get back to you. It's potentially a very troublesome situation with their new album coming up soon...

About the second half, with Montreal's Daniel Olson on amplified toy, and a set by Antony and (one of) the Johnstons from New York, I have less gushy things to say. Olson so gratingly overstayed his welcome that the audience began to spontaneously applaud partway through his set to get him offstage. (I kinda half-admired that he kept going after that though.)

As for Antony, he has a great voice, part Boy George and part Nina Simone, but for the most part I wished he were singing anything other than his own songs, which descended near constantly into mawkish 1970s-80s camp cliches that rendered banal the whole befouled-choirboy effect of his vocals.

There were a couple of better-realized exceptions, but actually the high point was when he was about to dish some backstage dirt about the Drake Hotel and suddenly realized that since they were sponsors of the event - putting him up for free, in fact - maybe he'd better clam up. No amount of hooting and hollering from the art-world gossips in the crowd could pry out the second half of what his cleaning lady told him that morning. How very subversive. Ish. Or ishn't.

(Note: The Matador pic is stolen from the Accordion Guy blog in Toronto. Remerciments.)

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Images in Vogue

In the gig guide down south a bit, I forgot to mention the musical component of the Images video festival also coming up this month, and they're notable dates:

Fri, Apr 16, 9:15 pm, Innis Town Hall: Tom Verlaine (ex-and-future-Television) and Jimmy Ripp play live dual guitar soundtracks to The Fall of the House of Usher (USA 1928), The Life and Death of 9413 A Hollywood Extra (USA 1927), Man Ray's Emak Bakia (France, 1926) and Etoile de mer (France, 1928), Brumes dautomne (France, 1928), Fernand Lger's Ballet Mcanique (France, 1924)
They Caught the Ferry () and Carl T. Dreyer's rare De Naede Faergen (Denmark, 1943).

Sun, Apr 18, 9:15 pm, Innis Town Hall: Composer John Oswald presents the premiere of the Toronto version of his chronophotics video project, his "moving" stills - like frozen music.

Thurs, Apr 22, 9:15 pm, Innis Town Hall: Shalabi Effect from Montreal accompanies Argentina's 1968 The Hour of the Furnaces - "a collectively produced experimental documentary about US intervention in Argentina [that] launched an era of Third Cinema when it debuted in 1968," as a part of psychedelic oud player Sam Shalabi's continuing musical-rhetorical response to the "semantic break" of 9/11/01 (see last year's Osama). With Alexandre St. Onge, Anthony Seck and Will Eizlini, this is Shalabi Effect's official Toronto debut after eight years and three albums.

And Sat, Apr 24, 9:15 pm, Innis Town Hall, the closing gala: Winnipeg multimedia artist Daniel Barrow with post-Nurse With Wound audio-video collagist Vicki Bennett, aka People Like Us (UK/NYC).

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Blind Item

Since making the list below, I've heard tell that a certain Toronto indie collective that, er, broke internationally last year will be playing two surprise gigs in the second half of April at that new spot on West Queen West. Dates tba, but they won't pre-empt their own side project.... Don't forget it, people.

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April Shower of Shows

I'm sick and can't go. So you go for me. A last-minute recommendation to Torontopia types to go see Olympia, Washington's Old Time Relijun, Toronto's The Creeping Nobodies and Montreal's Wolf Parade tonight at Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt (just north of Bloor), $8, 9:30 pm.

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Respectively, you'll get post-Captain Beefheart ethnomusicological free-blues led by Arrington de Dionyso, one of the most compelling performers around, not despite but because he's so flaky and self-indulgent; Fall/Ubu-inspired dark boogie from the Nobodies; and from the Montrealers, a sort of undergrad double-major in Ian Curtis and James Brown. Beyond that, the show's got a theme: "On a Day of Lost Light - The Greenest World," in tribute to Old Time Relijun's new album titled Lost Light and to the end of Daylight Savings Time.

That is, of course, if you're not busy seeing Neko Case with the Sadies at Lee's Palace, or Method Man at Kool Haus, or Antibalas at the Horseshoe or, hell, even Britney and Kelis at the Air Canada Centre. Tonight's a pretty typical night in a month for music in Toronto so good it's sick. Let me give you a little day-by-day rundown, for those who are always asking me about what's coming up that's good in town. [...]

As my friend Ben Portis remarked the other night, this city is really becoming an amazing one for music. I'll put a star beside the ones I'll try to attend.

Sun. Apr 4: * Wavelength 207 features The Two Koreas (Toronto music critics in a competent Fall-style rock band) and Temple Threat (Kim Temple of Me Mom and Morgentaler and many other projects) - Sneaky Dee's- PWYC.
Or more Neko Case/Sadies at Lee's, $15.

Mon. Apr 5: Weird War (ex-MakeUp) at the Horseshoe. $8.50
* Fred Eaglesmith with Ian Tamblyn and Corb Lund Band, Club 279. $18

Tues, Apr. 6: Blond Redhead and the Unicorns at (unfortunately) the Opera House, $18.50.

Wed. Apr 7: *The Reputation (ex-Sarge) at the Horseshoe, $4.
Mad Villain (MF Doom/Madlib) at the Opera House, $22.50.

Thurs. Apr 8: The Stills at Lee's Palace, sold out.
* Richard Buckner at the Horseshoe, $10.

Fri, Apr 9: *Kelly Hogan with Carolyn Mark and John Rauhaus at the Horseshoe, $8 (probably to be joined by Neko Case, who's rumoured to be doing a gig at the afterhours cowboy cave the Matador that night, too, which would absolutely be worth catching).
No Beat Radio Fundraiser feat. Lullabye Arkestra, Guitarkestra, Sailboats are White, Lenin I Shumov at The Drake Hotel.
And Hot Times dance party upstairs at the El Mocambo.

Sat. Apr 10: Stereolab and Clearlake at the Phonenix, $20.
* ART METRONOME feat Anthony & The Johnsons, The Hidden Cameras, Daniel Barrow, Daniel Olson, Marla Hlady, The Tristanos, DJs Luis Jacob, Andrew Zealley. Harbourfront Centre,$25-$50.
And once again, it's said, Neko Case & the Sadies at the Matador.

Sun Apr 11: A slow night so far, but you could always hit Wavelength 208 at Sneaky Dee's. The bill (Lee Van Cleef, The Slats) isn't familiar to me, but at W-l that's often a good thing.

Mon Apr 12: *Quannum's amazing world tour package with DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Latyrx, The Gift of Gab, DJ D Sharp, Lateef and the Chief Joyo Velarde, Lifesavas, Lyrics Born at (sadly) the Kool Haus, $32.50.

Tues. Apr. 13: *Baba Maal at the Phoenix. $25.

Wed. Apr. 14: *TV on the Radio (contenders for album of the year so far) at the Horseshoe, $10.

Thurs. Apr. 15: * The annual Exclaim! mag anniversary party with Tortoise, Four Tet, and Beans. Phoenix, $16.

Fri. Apr 16: A killer night, with Rufus Wainwright at the Phoenix ($27.50),
* Joel Plaskett Emergency at Lee's Palace ($12),
* Les Mouches' CD release with Scott Good and Colin Madeiros on horns LP (for You're Worth More To Me Than 1,000 Christians) with Montreal's intriguing Bell Orchestre, the Woolly Leaves, Vanessa Fischer, films by Luis Jacob and a DJ at The Music Gallery for $8. (I simply plan to be in two places at once!)
Also sounding good that night, from the previous Toronto indie wave, is Keven Hearn and Thinbuckle's CD release with Kurt Swinghammer, Martin Tielli, Wayne Omaha, John Southworth, Faceless Forces of Bigness. Church at Berkeley, $10.

Sat. Apr 17: The madness continues. Rufus is at the Phoenix again, then Valley of the Giants (members of Shalabi Effect, Godspeed, Broken Social Scene, Silver Mt. Zion etc) at the Drake Hotel ($10), Air at Kool Haus ($30.50), the *Hive Magazine launch (I wrote the cover story on artist and friend Margaux Williamson) with The Deadly Snakes, DJ Zahra, Denise Benson, Andrew Allsgood, Stuberman and Rondal Crump, Visuals by Roxanne @ Studio 99, 99 Sudbury. $10, Raising the Fawn CD launch with the Parkas at the Horseshoe ($8) and, as if that weren't enough, Herbie Hancock Trio at Massey Hall, which is really the place to be if you don't happen to have written the cover story of any magazines launching that night ($65.50).

Sun Apr 18: Valley of the Giants does a second night at the Drake.
* NYC cello improvisor Erik Friedlander is solo at the Rivoli ($15) supporting his new disc based on de Lautreamont's Maldoror.

Mon Apr 19: Easy one: Tobin Sprout at the Horseshoe, $10.50.

Tues Apr. 20: * Savath & Savalas and Juana Molina at Lee's Palace ($15)
But also Joss Stone at the Opera House ($22)
and Orchestra Baobab at Massey Hall ($35)

Wed. Apr. 21: You can stay home tonight.

Thur. Apr 22: Either go to Hamilton to see Cheap Trick open for Aerosmith (Copps Coliseum, $49-$90) or see pianist-electroacoustician John Kameel Farah in Toronto at the music gallery ($5).

Fri Apr 23: *It's mandatory to see Kraftwerk at the CNE (Ricoh Coliseum, $49) but it would not be unreasonable to, instead, see Damien Rice at Convocation Hall ($30), the Sebadoh comeback tour at the Horseshoe ($13.50), or even Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Lee's Palace ($15). It would be fairly unreasonable to choose instead to see Edie Brickell at the El Mocambo ($25), unless you were Paul Simon. (Are they still together, or not?)

Sat. Apr. 24: The Suck My Disc collective's shows always seem intriguing. This time it's Spitfires & Mayflowers, Action Makes, Beneath Augusta and more at Sneaky Dee's.
But I bet something else for this night is going to come up.

Sun. Apr. 25: As usual, Wavelength, tonight featuring Mind of a Squid, The Besnard Lakes, DJ Upikit at Sneaky Dee's.

Mon. Apr. 26: It'd be nice to see Sarah Harmer at the Winter Garden ($32), but I'd rather go see Lars Von Trier's Dogville, or Iced Earth with Children of Bodom at the Guvernment maybe ($24.50). Maybe. It's still early for these end-of-month dates.

Tues. Apr. 27: I've never been to the * Ambient Ping series at C'est What, and it's free, and tonight they have ARC, Knurl, and Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks, so until something better comes along, here we are.

Wed. Apr. 28: I will of course be at *TIN TIN TIN at the Drake. Because I run it.
Here's the competition:
1. Neko Case, Carolyn Mark & Kelly Hogan at the Horseshoe.
2. Lloyd Cole at Lee's Palace
3. The Definitive Jux tour at the Funhaus with C Rayz, Mr. Lif, Murs, Sa Smash, Hangar 18, 4th Pyramid, and The Perceptionists
4. I Can Put My Arm Back On You Can't CD release, Sneaky Dee's
5. Brian Auger's Oblivion Express at the Orbit Room (though this runs through May 1)
6. Einsturzende Neubauten at the Opera House.
We'll have to go all out with this one. We'll make it worth your while.

Thurs. Apr. 29: * The Over the Top festival begins in various locations. More on this to come.

Fri, Apr. 30: More Over the Top, plus:
- an interesting sounding show at the Gladstone called "Kurt Vonnegut Inspires..." with Music and Video Inspired by Slaughterhouse Five feat. Elliott Brood, Wax Mannequin, League Champs, Mnesomyne, Fever Sheds, Quasimojo, Crushkill, Fyathyrio/Instant Klazzix Video Artists Paul, Lindsay Key, Graham Leslie, Mark Sasso, Faderuss, Crushkill, DJ Penguin ($6)
- and, goddamn, Aretha at Roy Thomson Hall ($50-$150). Just in case you were afraid the month was going to end without a bang.

See you around. And around.

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, April 03 at 7:00 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Nice Weekend

Besides Wavelength tonight, I went to the opening of Margaux Williamson's gorgeous new show of paintings and video (go now! 1080 on Queen) and danced my ass off at Tyler Clark Burke's Santa Cruz party, which is as steamy fun as (more steamy fun than?) reputed. I've never gone dancing enough; it takes you to school everytime: You don't realize how much better Toxic is than anything else Britney has done until you get out and shake your moneymaker to it, f'rinstance.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, March 15 at 3:45 AM | Linking Posts

 

Hot Band-on-Band Action

Lots of exciting shows this spring in Toronto. Not even mentioning the week that both Kraftwerk and Einsturzende Neubauten are here, or this weekend's No Means No/Xiu Xiu marathon, I just got word of some coming attractions from Amy of RootMeanSquare: April 18th, Erik Friedlander (Tzadik cello paladin of the NYC downtown improv scene, including John Zorn's Masada) playing solo at the Rivoli; May 6th, Califone at the Horseshoe (Amy says, "Red Red Meat was the first show I ever promoted. I have been addicted to Mr. [Tim] Rutilis songwriting ever since"); May 17th, Rjd2 at the Phoenix; and then, May 20, The Ex at Lee's Palace (where I saw them play one of the best concerts I have ever seen by anyone about a decade ago, with the late cellist Tom Cora ... if only Friedlander & the Ex were going to be here together).

It's depressing that I am going to be out of town for the Ex concert, as I will be for the Frog Eyes/Destroyer show earlier in May. But given that it will be only my second trip to Europe ever, I shouldn't gripe.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, March 12 at 5:43 PM | Linking Posts

 

Show Emoter Dan

I'm stealing this one from the 20hz Toronto boards: At the Weewerk showcase in the CMW showcase this weekend, the Barmitzvah Brothers put a hilarious extra twist on their musical attack-on/tribute-to controversial music-scene figure Dan Burke, Show Promoter Dan - probably the best local candidate for a full expose/tell-all biography - with the key line: "People can tell at first sight/ They're going to have to fight." So, 20hz poster "Reverend_Matt" writes: [...]

"Jenny gave the mystery guest singer a heads up just before they went into Show Promoter Dan.

"After the verse about the dog and how Dan is probably a good guy inside the band went into a kind of musical loop (I'm sure there's a proper term for it, but I haven't got a clue) and DAN himself came onto the stage and grabbed the microphone. He was wearing a white undershirt and was looking like Iggy Pop with short hair and a little more flesh between his skin and bones.

" 'I am the subject of this song. And I had prepared a rap to go along,' and so on. I couldn't make out most of what he said, but the delivery was great, and it almost ryhmed some of the time. He was reading off of several pieces of 8.5X11 sheets of paper taped together, with typed somethings on one side and his hand written notes on the other. He'd read part of it, and then thrust his hand behind his back to recite it. Then strain in the dim light to read the next part. [...]

"When he was done they went back into the chorus, 'People can tell from first sight..." and Dan called out, 'But not tonight!' It was great!

"Overall the show was fantastic. A nice full line up featuring the lethargians and Gillian on Accordian, a tamborine and an older fellow on guitar who's name I didn't catch. Jenny's vocals were a little low, but the set was mostly the louder songs, which worked great given the audience.

"And for the last song, something I'd never heard before, they called as many people onto the stage as would come and handed out paper airplanes made of newspaper. Everyone helf on until the last line (repeated) "FLY!!!!" and the airplanes flew out into the crowd. The crowd picked them up and flew them back on stage, and then they came back again and back and forth again and again and it was great! Lots of fun. A might fine show from the Barmitzvah Brothers once again."

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Monday, March 08 at 3:47 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

Canadian Music Weak

Today's column hasn't exactly drawn a roar of response, which makes sense since it was written from about 3 to 10 in the morning as I fell asleep in the middle of sentences - I promise this is not the usual routine, but it happens. The sleepless haze tended to obscure the point of the discussion of Cyndi Lauper and Joan Jett, so it was a bit too much lecture-hall disquisition and too little lively barroom argument (a feel I think even the most lyrical music writing should retain, since that is how people sound when they are talking passionately about music - the same goes for political writing, by the way).

But all mea culpas aside, I think maybe the silence has to do with the fight I mostly chose not to pick, and indeed tried experimentally to embrace, which is why the hell the speakers at Canadian Music Week this year are two rock stars from the early 1980s. [...]

The drably predictable answers (Joan Jett loves rock'n'roll! Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun!) reflect the pointlessness that haunts that Toronto festival this week. I'm sure there are artists I don't know about that I should really go discover at CMW this weekend, but there are artists I should really go discover in Toronto clubs every week, and the festival has done nothing to convince me that this set is any more special. I suspect that's because it's not. I don't really comprehend the selection process, but aside from a few obvious showcases - tonight's Hewitt/Nobel/Tangiers/Metric blowout, which is obviously creditable to the tasteful music staff at Eye, not to CMW itself; and Saturday night's Weewerk showcase, which shows us what CMW organizer Phil Klygo actually likes instead of what he is being paid to like - CMW seems utterly unreflective of all the thrilling stuff going on in Canadian music right now. This year's should have been the best CMW ever, and it's quite the opposite.

By the way, kudos to Eye's Joshua Ostroff for pointing out a very cool CMW hip-hop showcase that I totally slept on in my picks in the paper. If only CMW itself had thought to call my attention to it, but for some reason that seems to be against the event's religion. I know it ain't the organizers, who do good things for music in town when they're not working for the fest. It's the System, man.

And on that note, elsewhere in Eye today I'm struck by something Emily Haines of Metric said:

Your experience with the Canadian music industry: To be honest, for the most part it was really negative. All the bands that I know in Toronto encountered this huge gap between what was really happening in the smaller clubs and people's home studios and what the labels in Canada seem to acknowledge and get behind. I learned from first-hand experience that a lot of it has to do with people being too comfortable, too tenured in their positions at the major labels and answering to their US counterparts, like not really having the power to get behind anything except what has already been proven to sell in America.

The evidence of label blinkeredness gets more severe the healthier the Canadian scene gets. (With a half-exemption to MapleMusic, which has backed a lot of winners lately, though decidedly the tamer kind of winners for the most part.) Without getting into a high-school civics lesson on balances of payments, etc., this country's music biz still needs to throw off the branch-plant mentality (rock it Canadian Auto Workers style, boyo!) but the pressures, sadly, tend the other way around. As I've written before, it all makes me root for the guerrilla fighters of the downloading hordes. "Home taping is killing music," but not fast enough. This industry, like most corrupt modern combines, should be displaced by some pomo frankenstein of commerce that can at least let a little air into the sweatshop.... Free the CMW three hundred and fifty!

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Friday, March 05 at 2:12 AM | Linking Posts

 

Blocks around the Rock

While the rest of humanity had to soothe itself with the dull psuedo-conversation of post-Oscars day (in which the only point that matters is: Bill Murray was robbed), a few dozen Torontonians got to jump up and down holding hands and screaming THAT WAS THE BEST DAY EVER at the memory of the Blocks' Recording Club's Toronto is Great!!! compilation launch party. Has ever a windy civic boast ever been so satisfyingly proved totally and utterly true? [...]

Arriving in the enchanted secret clubhouse of Cinecycle (which has skylights! who knew?!) squinty-eyed and dry-mouthed at 10:15 on a sunny Sunday Leap Day, we soon found ourselves drinking horrible coffee, eating transcendent vegan sandwiches and listening to: a spinoff version of the Singing Saw Shadow Show; the Barcelona Pavilion; the unbelievably smart soulf-trembles and expletive noise of Les Mouches (three extraordinary musicians of whom you non-Torontonians will soon know); the velvet touch of the Phonemes (of whom ditto); Craig Fraid Dunsmuir's one-man, one-guitar, one-loops-box Afrobeat-ambience project Guitarkestra (highlight: an arrangement of two Arthur Russell pieces, "Lucky Cloud"/"Kiss Me Again", which really must be recorded); the Depeche Mode-to-go suitcasetronic dance magik of Animalmonster; the fine avant-garage of the Creeping Nobodies, music to jump rope on your nerve endings by; the Most Improved award going to the creative hip-hop group-chant cheer-alongs of Ninja High School (It's.... gonna be us-us-us-us-us! is I think my favourite non-exclusionary tautalogically-triumphalist political slogan of the 2000's thus far, and from the same song, I can't stop sing-songing, Mornings, evenings, afternoons and weekends/Freakin' is our business & stock options are peakin'!); the Grand Ole 1977-Punk Glee Club (meets, somehow, Fleetwood Mac) Opry of the Hank Collective, including an incredibly sincere ovation from the entire room for the lead singer's dad, who laughed and laughed; and finally the Moscow-via-Amsterdam jazz punk of Lenin I Shumov, of which you will also hear more (slogan to remember: "Lenin I Shumov is Russian for Awesome!").

Wish I could describe all this in detail or wax philosophic, but it is late and I am still beat 24+ hours later from all the jumping and singing and smiling, but let it be said again that rockin' at 10 a.m. beats rockin' at 3 a.m. all to hell (and I'm no fan of morning); that music is a communal rite as much as it is anything and it's rare to be able to experience that so directly as we did this weekend; and that by the time next leap year rolls around I hope to have convinced the nations of the world of my plan that Leap Day should be an international holiday of solidarity and funk, during which the week is extended as well to 8 days so that it's not a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday but a universal liberated zone, perhaps one day in every 1,461 when the calendar would go on the fritz and people could live in primordial unmeasurable bodily time...

Yeah, that's how much fun the Blocks matinee party was. CN Tower-high props and hosannahs to Blocks (Steve Kado and Liisa Graham). The kind of occasion that makes you cry out, as the saying goes: "I Love World!"

Read More | Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, March 02 at 12:57 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

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)

 

Wavelength 200: Wavier, Lengthier, Uncut

"It's our fourth anniversary - four years, four birthday parties, and so far this one's been by far the best," said a hoarse Jonny Dovercourt from the stage of Rockit on Church Street on Saturday night, and the half of the festival I saw certainly backed that up. As I'm quoted saying in the program-zine, Wavelength is the heart of the Toronto music scene - or at the very least the indie-rock-and-miscellaneous scene. The fact that it's lasted four years on volunteer labour and goodwill, as well as its creators' deep capacity to renew their own excitement, provides more to celebrate than one weekend can fulfill. [...]

On the two nights I made the scene, the social occasion was as memorable as the music, as usual at Wavelength, which can make it a challenging gig for anyone whose music is on the softer side, such as the Barmitzvah Brothers on Friday night at Dovercourt House (definitely the find of the weekend's four venues, voted Best Place to Hold a Dirty Cotillion): The high-school-aged Guelph ensemble couldn't fit themselves and all their instruments and toys on to the small riser in the hall, so like many of the evening's performers they couldn't really be seen once you were a few rows back into the packed crowd. (Sacrificing myself for critical duty, I shoved my way to the front row.)

But the sound system wasn't able to pick up a lot of their gentle, charmingly clumsy approach to their instruments - most notably when Jenny brought out her banjo, which even with two mics sounded like a mouse chittering away in its hole. That moment brought out the best in Wavelength spirit, though: Someone in the crowd realized that shushing wasn't working, so he raised one hand for silence as in a kindergarten classroom; as hand after hand went up the noise level fell and Jenny was able to play the song. What was remarkable was how much fun the little gesture itself was, a spontaneous silent chorus of crowd-community, the sound of one hand clapping along.

It was my first time hearing unlikely white Afrobeat band Ultra Magnus. They might not have gotten their Fela Kuti grooves fully locked down, but they were diving in with gusto, and the horn section particularly sounded superbad, like the JB Horns gone to Ornette Coleman school. We decided this would be a superb band to hire for your wedding, for the final hours when everyone is popping around on a champagne cloud, the parents' generation has retired to the side tables and it's the last chance for those sloppy wedding hookups: UM would bring the marriage rites back home to their secret erotic meaning.

I Can Put My Arm Back On You Can't scorched the rafters with a hardcore-Sonic-Youth-something-else barrage, but they overwhelmed Dovercourt House's acoustics with their volume so severely that I can't tell you what the something else might be. And the Fembots simply put on a hypnotizing set that showed how gorgeous and full a sound has grown out of this band's mopey minimalist origins - they've burst into bloom like Songs:Ohia did on Magnolia Electric Co. Jason Tait (also of the Weakerthans) demands to be singled out as the most kickass of a kickass crew: On percussion - though that includes musical saw and banjo as well as vibraphone and a half-dozen other implements - he was off to one side and likely invisible to much of the audience. But his split-second interventions were always precise and inspired, layering extra invisible universes into the Fembots' cracked country songs.

In Saturday's lineup, Montreal's Aids Wolf made for a raucous, sexy start, with the kind of herky-jerky noise rock that I can never resist, and choreography to match, though at times I thought I'd like to subtract about half the rock to make more room for the noise. I was especially thrilled to be seeing Lenin I Shumov for the first time - they went straight to my pleasure centres with their Georgia-via-Amsterdam Russian punk-jazz; there was so much going on that it is difficult to recall isolated elements, which only means that (a) I have to see them much more; and (b) they should hasten to a recording studio. Controller.Controller remains not my cup of tea.

The Barcelona Pavilion's first post-Maggie MacDonald performance, with new co-vocalist Vanessa, was a mixed success: The first few songs were played behind a white sheet, so the band loomed like ghosts, or giants, in silhouette. It was striking and memorable - but we were all thankful when the sheet came down, because a physical Brechtian barrier between performer and spectator doesn't exactly suit a band whose fight song is How Are You People Going to Have Fun If None of You People Ever Participate?

It was difficult not to compare this set to the last Wavelength BP appearance, Maggie's penultimate performance and one of the most riotous, exhilirating shows I've attended in a long long time, but it's also not fair -- that was an experienced foursome kicked up to new highs by tension and anger and sadness and an adamant refusal to capitulate to those emotions. This was a new unit working out what it is now and can be. Vanessa seemed rather tentative until the last couple of songs, and shyness simply isn't part of the Barcelona Pavilion playbook (quizzical remoteness and robotic self-discipline in the process of wild collapse, yes; shyness, no). But she got over the hump in those last numbers. Her voice is a much more musical organ than anything else in the band, quite a bit more melodic than Maggie's, so the potential for interplay between her mellifluous flow and Steve Kado's hoarse hortatory orations seems endless. The question is only how the band can keep up its conceptual integrity while evolving into new forms.

One thought there: Bassist Kat seemed to be edging into a less anonymous and more leading role at points during this set, as if she had wanted to join in on choruses and help direct the theatrics; and laptop-beat-builder Ben stole the show for a minute when he started looking around and scratching his head in open bewilderment (or maybe itchiness). I think a more fully engaged four-way dynamic could open up a lot of ground, at a time when the previous central drama of the Barcelona Pavilion (a kind of psychic cage match between the two lead vocalists that dared the audience to take a side or break it up or do whatever else we were driven to do) can't be replicated and hasn't yet been replaced.

Having said far more than you probably wanted to know, I'll just congratulate the Wavelength team on a brilliant birthday party. Can't wait till next year - and next Sunday.

Read More | Live Notes | Posted by zoilus on Monday, February 16 at 3:46 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (5)

 

What's Shakin' at the Music Gallery

I've got a bunch of notes on new CDs and other reflections (on current reading, other blogs, etc.) burbling around in my head and hope to get them up here in the next day or two, but a little news meanwhile.

In my interview with Toronto Music Gallery artistic director Jim Montgomery for this week's column (link coming tomorrow), he told me quite a lot that couldn't make it into the piece. Among the MG's efforts to build audience back up, they're working on their web site, which for now is still pretty perfunctory. Apparently the MG has recorded every show; I'm not sure how far back he meant -- probably not to 1976, but still a shitload of hot new-music shows. And they're trying to make the whole archive available on-line, which would be an astounding resource for anybody into out jazz, contemporary composition, improv, electroacoustic music etc.

He also had some personal reflections on the state of new music that I couldn't fit into the article:

"I'm not sure whether I'm just getting old, but it seems to me that when organizations like New Music Concerts started, it was not unusual to have five or six hundred people come to a show, and the attitude was, 'Wow, I wonder what this is?' I don't see that now. Not that there's nobody like that, but people seem much more - maybe it's that they're bombarded by so much stuff that they're leery. That's one reason we've always talked about the respect of the music... we have soft-pedalled the hype, and we try to keep the press releases as unpurple as possible. But I don't think the general cultural climate is as receptive as it maybe was."

Is he right or is it that the MG is more associated today (unlike a decade ago) with the more academic side of the spectrum, which doesn't arouse the same kind of curiosity? I am always such an optimist about the indie-experimental crossover phenomenon, and the players that come out of it, but I get sobering reality checks from jazz vets and the likes of Montgomery now and then, and the audience numbers (except if you're Godspeed You Black Emperor or Sigur Ros or other Radiohead-endorsed acts) don't seem to support the fantasy that listeners are following where the musicians lead.

Have I been thinking that things were getting better where they were actually getting worse?

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, February 11 at 5:48 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

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)

 

2. The Barcelona Pavilion - It's the Barcelona Pavilion

The story of my musical year, with rare exceptions, was most intensely one of in-person experience, the direct and the local. Nothing summed that up more than the penultimate concert by the current configuration of Toronto's electro-laptop, two-singers, two-bass quartet The Barcelona Pavilion at Wavelength in December - singer Maggie Macdonald's last with the band, for the usual, damnable kinds of internal reasons.

They got about half the audience, me included, up on the stage, not just at the end of the show but from the very beginning, highlighting the enjoyably absurd tension that makes the BP what it is: a band absolutely maniacally devoted to breaking down the performer-audience barrier, but also determined to confront you with aggressive (but humorous) demands once you reach the other side. The word "exhort" comes to mind.

They're also the rare case of a band that began from ideas and concepts rather than from music, a fact that's drawn slagging from other Toronto musicians on occasion, all of which just makes it more interesting, though rather silly when you consider just how much their songs - "New Materiology," and the two German-language tunes here, and last year's march-tempo manifesto "How Are You People Going To Have Fun If None of You People Ever Participate?" - just plain rock. The official marching band of the Torontopia movement.

Full disclosure: They're also friends. Because if you had people like this in your town, you'd make friends with them too.

Also check out Toronto's download-of-the-year, BP singer-bassist Steve Kado's cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya" in his solo guise, The Blankket (Scroll down to mp3).

On Record | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, January 10 at 1:48 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

8. The Constantines - Shine a Light

I think I was nearly the last person in Toronto to come around to this band, but their earlier work didn't cry out to me the way this second album does. For people in this city, 2003 was a tough (thanks to SARS, the blackout, economic uncertainty and other factors) but fascinating year - and one of its happiest moments was when longtime mayor Mel Lastman finally got the hell out of office. And as if that weren't good enough, thanks to the efforts of a lot of committed civic-minded people, our new mayor turned out to be David Miller, a man who inspires more faith than pretty much any politician that I've ever seen.

(You should have seen him at the special election-campaign Trampoline Hall that I helped organize in early November: dealing gamely with odd questions from the young crowd of artists and others, speaking on "Beauty and the Aesthetic City" and in every other way adapting himself as much as you could ask to the eccentric particularities of the event rather than sticking to any spin game of his own. It was remarkable.)

And what does all that have to do with the Constantines? Well, from an opening line quite directly about the scandal-ridden Lastman - "Your mayor is raising fences to keep bodies off the Don Valley Parkway/ Send your praises to the mechanics of the state" - through the only song I know to portray the Biblical level of violence that has been taking place in this area's suburban discos, to a final line that evokes the tireless work against the gloomiest odds that people do to keep this city living - "Reconstructive scavengers, termite sympathizers/ All sick and sleepless, caught up in the wires" - this album captured the darkest parts of the city's mood and proclaimed them fuel for fury and change - which is exactly what they turned out to be.

I've written in a column about some of my problems with the exact place of politics in these songs, but those are relatively minor complaints: If all the artists and the citizens were this engaged, and as engaging as the Constantines' geometry-problem guitars layered over with soulful horns and hushed voices, not just this city but the whole world would be quite a different place. I'm happy enough, though, that this city is such a different place than it was twelve months ago.

On Record | Posted by zoilus on Friday, January 09 at 11:45 PM | Linking Posts

 

9. John Oswald - Aparanthesi

Count on Toronto-based Plunderphonics creator Oswald to toss a conceptual grenade through the picture window, with two time-stopping compositions (each one note for a half-hour's duration) that have John Cage grinning in his grave. As Chris Cutler puts it in his superb review, "a meditation on hearing" - much the way that a lot of the best abstract art has been a meditation on seeing.

On Record | Posted by zoilus on Friday, January 09 at 11:07 PM | Linking Posts

 

10. The Hidden Cameras - The Smell of Our Own

It was unlikely enough that this band existed in the first place - a posse of visual artists and intellectuals and a few actual musicians congregating around the cheeky songs of Joel Gibb, whose description "gay church folk-choir music" really does communicate quite effectively what this dozen-strong party band sounds like -- except that it leaves out the element of the whole audience dancing and singing along to the words on the overhead projector, the go-go crowd-stimulation leaders kicking it in their underwear, and the generally ecstatic experience that the Cameras have taken everywhere they go for the past two years. Unlikely enough. For the rest look here.

But then, last spring, when Rough Trade decided to sign them and propagate the word around the world, it wasn't just the quintessential pop experience - I felt a bit as though I'd been hanging out at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 -- but a huge stroke of redemption for Toronto. Along with gay marriage in Canada (to which idea the Cameras sing "Ban Marriage!") and the brief, fruitless promise of legalized pot, the Hidden Cameras put the planet on notice that little Toronto isn't exactly the sexless bore it used to be. It's kind of a miracle.

On Record | Posted by zoilus on Friday, January 09 at 9:28 PM | Linking Posts

 

ATM + Guy, Electric Orchestra

(Self-Released, 2003)

ATM is Toronto's Arnd Jorgensen (guitar, bass, electronics), Tomasz Krakowiak (percussion, electronics) and Mike Hansen (record players, electronics), and Guy is Guy Leblanc (trombone, percussion). Track 1, "Portage," is fairly standard skitter-scratch improv quiet noise for about seven minutes, then becomes fairly standard drone plus quiet noise music for another three. "Bog" is much more enjoyably tactile, especially thanks to (I think) Hansen's play with his record needle. As with many works in the genre it would be more interesting to see this in process than to listen to the document later -- are DVDs the future of the improv album? -- but the choice to keep it down to 20 minutes does allow the home listener to offer sustained attention, and hopefully not just to lapse into soundtrack-think and hear it all as tension-building backdrop for a locked-room horror flick. B-

On Record | Posted by zoilus on Sunday, November 16 at 10:58 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

Urbanism + (other) Hubbub

Just in case you're reading this before Tues. Nov. 4, a set of small announcements: First, I will be working the door Monday night at the Gladstone at 8 p.m. at TRAMPOLINE HALL VS. DAVID MILLER, a special city-election edition featuring the eponymous mayoral candidate along with Jane Jacobs (!), Nino Ricci, Daniel MacIvor, Deanne Taylor and Luis Jacob, with DJ Denise Benson, and a special set by David Buchbinder and other members of the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band.

Then, on Tuesday, I'll be talking about "Looking With Your Ears" -- basically, how listening to some music can be more like looking at a painting than hearing a song -- at HUBBUB!, which is the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery's monthly themed variety show. I'll be doing this in conversation with Terence Dick, the Hubbub! programmer and a very lovely man. Actual entertainment that night will be provided by Hannah Sung from MuchMusic and filmmaker Peter Lynch, plus rapping by artist David Armstrong-Six backed by the super Toronto improvisors Eric Chenaux and Doug Tielli. It would be more fun if you were there.

Don't forget to vote Nov. 10.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Sunday, November 02 at 11:51 PM | Linking Posts

 

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