Friday, February 28, 2014

Cool Toronto Jazz doc rescued from NFB vault

Don Francks introduces the key players on Toronto's lively jazz scene in 1963. 


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Dexter Gordon

Enjoy this hour-long Dexter Gordon performance clip circa 1963. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fantastic Man – A film about William Onyeabor

At last, here's the long awaited documentary about the mysterious William Onyeabor.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Nick Waterhouse plays "Holly" at The Horseshoe

Nick Waterhouse's new album Holly is out March 4. Here's a live preview of what you can expect. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival w/ LEJQ's Eric Stach @ Tranzac tonight

London Experimental Jazz Quartet's Eric Stach lights up the Tranzac at 8 pm.

February 21-23, 2014

TRANZAC (292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto)

advance tickets available online right here

Friday February 21

in the main hall...
7pm    talk: The Age of Enthusiasm: The Roots of Toronto Musical Improvisation, 1960s-1980s
David Lee

8pm    free improvisations by...
Eric Stach (alto saxophone) Stuart Broomer (guitar) Arthur Bull (guitar) Terry Fraser (drums) David Lee (bass)

9pm    Kyle Brenders Quartet
Kyle Brenders (woodwinds) Wes Neal (bass) Heather Segger (trombone) Mark Segger (drums) [bio]
late set in southern cross lounge...
10pm    Alaniaris
Ken Aldcroft (guitar) Michael Kaler (bass) Mark Zurawinski (drums) [bio]

Saturday February 22 > matinee

in the main hall...
12:30pm    film premiere: Start Making Noises Now
by Nicholas Loess & Joe Sorbara [bios]

2pm    Girlfriends Encounter a Father Figure
Thom Gill (keyboard, effects, voice) Matthew Pencer (computer) Christopher Willes (computer) [bios]

3pm    Hat and Beard: Reflections CD RELEASE!!
Ken Aldcroft (guitar) Dave Clark (drums) [bio]

Saturday February 22 > evening

in the main hall...
7pm    talk: Experimental Music in Canada: Cuts and Continuums
Jeremy Strachan [bio]

8pm    duos
Paul Newman (tenor saxophone) & Karen Ng (alto saxophone) [bios]
Cheryl Duvall (piano) & Ilana Waniuk (violin)

9pm    Famous Wildlife Movies
Ali Berkok (clavinet) Jay Hay (bass clarinet, flute) Pete Johnston (string bass)
Mike Smith (guitar) Jeremy Strachan (bass clarinet, flute) [bio]
late set in southern cross lounge...
10pm    Eucalyptus
Ryan Driver (piano) Nick Fraser (drums) Blake Howard (percussion) Alex Lukashevsky (guitar)
Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet) Mike Smith (bass) Brodie West (alto saxophone) [bio]

Sunday February 23 > matinee

in the main hall...
1pm    workshop: The Improviser's Woodshed
Dave Clark [bio]

2pm    duos
King Weather [D. Alex Meeks (plates and cylinders) Steve Ward (collapsible metal tube)]
Simeon Abbott (piano) & Mike Gennaro (drums) [bios]

3pm    Colin Anthony's Dream Dance
Colin Anthony (piano) Jessica Houghton (movement) Tova Kardonne (voice) Chelsea Papps (movement)
Rob Piilonen (flutes) Raphael Roter (movement)

Sunday February 23 > evening

in the main hall...
7pm    Cluttertones
Lina Allemano (trumpet) Rob Clutton (bass) Ryan Driver (piano, voice) Tim Posgate (guitar, banjo) [bio]

8pm    Fleshtone Aura & Mandelbrut
Luis Hernandez (tapes, electronics) Andrew Zukerman (tapes, electronics) [bios]

9pm    Mark Segger Sextet
Rob Clutton (bass) Tania Gill (piano) Jim Lewis (trumpet) Peter Lutek (woodwinds) Heather Segger (trombone) Mark Segger (drums) [bio]

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kelly Haigh vs. Jean Shepard

Kelly charmingly updates Just Give Me Love which Tommy Collins wrote for Jean Shepard.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Watch out, The Dirty Nil is coming your way!

The Dirty Nil is launching an assault on unsuspecting hipsters with the release of the Smite EP on Feb 18.  

Pre-order a deluxe white vinyl copy of the Dirty Nil's Smite EP right here

See The Dirty Nil tear up your club:

February 18 - Philadelphia PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
February 19 - Trenton NJ @ Millhill Basement
February 20 - Brooklyn NY @ Shea Stadium
February 21 - New Haven CT @ Anna Liffey's Pub
February 22 - Cambridge MA @ Tasty Burger
February 28 - Guelph ON @ Jimmy Jazz
March 2 - Sudbury ON @ Grace Hall
March 6 - London ON @ Call The Office
March 21 - Toronto ON @ Silver Dollar
March 28 - Saint Catharines ON @ Detour Music Hall
March 29 - Hamilton ON @ The Spice Factory

Neko Case wears a skeleton from her closet

While many were puzzled by Neko's choice of stagewear on Conan, Maow fans had seen it coming. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

OFF! salute Decline Of Western Civilization

Check out Jason Farrell's hilarious clip for Void You Out from the new OFF! album Wasted Years due April 8.

Nick Waterhouse rocks The Horseshoe Feb 22

Watch the new clip for "This Is A Game" from Nick's forthcoming album Holly out March 4.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks hit Lee's Palace April 19

Avey Tare (above) and pals Angel Deradoorian & Jeremy Hyman issue Enter The Slasher House April 7.  

Happy Birthday Otis Clay!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dream Syndicate @ The Garrison, Saturday

This recent Dream Syndicate performance should give you an idea of what to expect in Toronto.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Geoff Travis!

Thanks to Rough Trade's Geoff Travis for sharing the musical marvels of the Electric Eels.