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Press Release: The Music Gallery Announces The Second Half Of Its 2017-18 Season

Published on: December 15, 2017

 

The Music Gallery Announces The Second Half Of Its 2017-18 Season

Now firmly ensconced in its new home at 918 Bathurst St. while still venturing beyond in every way, The Music Gallery is proud to present the second half of its 2017-18 season. The next six months will be a whirlwind of activity.

Highlights include:

  • A world premiere by Montreal’s Egyptian-Canadian avant-orchestra, Land of Kush, led by Sam Shalabi and featuring special guests from Cairo, Nadah El Shazly and Maurice Louca. Presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Museum, March 24.
  • A co-presentation with Native Women In The arts focusing on artists who perform in Indigenous languages featuring Grammy-winner Joanne Shenandoah. February 10.
  • Eve Egoyan releases a new CD of Maria de Alvear’s masterwork “De Puro Amor/En Amor Duro”. Our only core show at the Church of St. George The Martyr this season.
  • Our Emergents Series spotlights beatmakers’ collective Subtle Blend, featuring Pursuit Grooves + 2nd Son (a l l i e producer) + Naman Cale

As usual, expect a stimulating mix of innovative music which draws from myriad influences past, present and future which embodies the Music Gallery’s role as Toronto’s Centre For Creative Music.

Full listings 

All tickets at musicgallery.org/tickets except where indicated
The Music Gallery Presents
90s Archive Jam!
Hosted by Joe Strutt and Fahmid Nibesh
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Event: 3PM
918 Bathurst St.
Tickets: FREE

Remember the 90s? We’re having trouble because our records from the important era related to our 179 Richmond St. W. location is pretty scant. This is a call for the 90s MG heads to come down to our new home at 918 with posters, flyers, photos and whatever else so that we can scan & record them. Our archives thank you!

The Music Gallery and Native Women in the Arts Present
Mother Tongue
Part of the Kwe Performance Series
featuring Joanne Shenandoah + Salia Joseph & Kwiigay + Nelson Tagoona
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
918 Bathurst St.
$20 Regular
$10 Members
$15 Advance

Language connects us to our identity, to our past, to our future, and to each other. There is a movement within Indigenous communities across Turtle Island to learn, preserve, and practise traditional language for generations to come. Mother Tongue, the first event of its kind, features a range of works from Grammy award-winning established musicians, to emerging artists, all of whom are working to revitalize their mother tongue.

The Music Gallery and CIUT-FM present
Creative Music on Campus Radio
part of the History Series
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Doors: 6PM
CIUT 89.5 FM, Map Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir
FREE

This season our History Series continues with two linked events which explore the documentation of creative music in Toronto. The first, Creative Music on Campus Radio takes place at CIUT Radio studios featuring MG Artistic Director David Dacks moderating a panel consisting of Ron Gaskin, Sarah Peebles, Nilan Perera, Claudia McKoy and Luca Capone.

The Gardiner Museum and The Music Gallery present
Yoko Ono – The Riverbed: Voice Pieces
Featuring The Element Choir + Lillian Allen + Mamalia
Friday, February 23, 2018
Doors: 7PM | Concert: 8PM
The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park
$18 Regular
$15 Members
$18 Advance
tickets at gardinermuseum.on.ca as of January 2

For an artist well-versed in compositional techniques (music was, after all, her first creative medium), Ono plays with the strictness of musical scoring by visualizing the out-of-control female voice pushed to its supposed limits. In support of the Gardiner Museum’s exhibition Yoko Ono: THE RIVERBED, this intimate concert presents three local artists exploring the influence of Ono’s instructions.

The Music Gallery presents
Emergents II: Duo Holz + VC2
part of the Emergents Series
curated by Chelsea Shanoff
Friday, March 2, 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
918 Bathurst St.
$12 Regular
$8 Members
$12 Advance

A duo of duos, both Duo Holz and VC2 are among the busiest new music dyads working in Toronto today.

The Music Gallery and Dancemakers present
multiform(s) + Open Fortress
Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
918 Bathurst St.
$15 Regular
$10 Members
$13 Advance

Produced in collaboration with Dancemakers, “(Amanda Acorn) creates intimate, sensorial encounters presented in both traditional and non-traditional spaces. She dips into the inexhaustible energy of movements repeated ad infinitum…  multiform(s) hypnotizes.” Open Fortress, featuring David Psutka and Anna Mayberry (Anamai, Egyptrixx) leads off both nights of the presentation

New Music Concerts and the Music Galery present
The Lioness of Iran 
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Doors: 7PM | Concert: 8PM
St. George The Martyr, 197 John St
Tickets: $35 Regular
$25 Member, Senior, Arts Worker
$10 Student
Advance tickets at 416.961.9594.

Featuring six new works based on poetry by Iranian dissident Simin Behbahani (1927-2014) from the collection “A Cup of Sin.” performed by Marie-Annick Béliveau, mezzo-soprano and Tim Brady’s Instruments of Happiness (electric guitar quartet).

The Music Gallery and Aga Khan Museum present
Land of Kush: Sand Enigma WORLD PREMIERE
part of the Departures series
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Doors: 7PM | Concert: 8PM
Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr, North York
$40 Regular/Advance
$34 Members
$30 Students

tickets available at https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/tickets

Montreal guitar/oud player Sam Shalabi premieres a new work with his large Land of Kush orchestra (featuring members of Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames and many others) for the first time in five years. Two special guests join the band from Egypt: Nadah El Shazly (whose debut album is on Bancamp’s top 100 albums of the year) and Maurice Louca. This is Land Of Kush’s first show outside Quebec and it takes place in the spectcular auditorium of the Aga Khan Museum.

The Music Gallery presents
Emergents III: The Music of Ken Aldcroft
Part of the Emergents series
Friday, April 6, 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
918 Bathurst St.
$12 Regular
$8 Members
$12 Advance

Guitarist, composer and community organizer Ken Aldcroft has been fondly remembered by improvisers in Toronto old and young since his untimely death in 2016. This edition of Emergetnsaxophonist and member of Ken’s Convergence Ensemble Karen Ng has been sorting through his music in the hopes of cataloging it all. Ken’s “pan-idiomatic” compositional style was all his own and both bands and students expanded their personal vocabularies upon coming into contact with it.

The Music Gallery and Musicworks Magazine present
History Series: Creative Music Journalism
Friday, April 6, 2018
Event: 6PM
918 Bathurst St.
FREE

In this session, Artistic Director David Dacks will talk to journalists past and present about the challenges and joys of trying to describe abstract music. Panelists for this event are Mark Miller (Globe and Mail), Carl Wilson (Slate, The Guardian, Globe and Mail), Katie Jensen (Polaris Music Prize podcast, IMPSTR), Jennie Punter (Musicworks, Toronto Star) and Jerry Pratt (Exclaim)

The Music Gallery and Goethe Institut present
Eve Egoyan: De Puro Amor/En Amor Duro CD release
+ Interview with Jim Montgomery
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
Interview: 6PM
197 John St., Church of St. George The Martyr
$30 Regular
$20 Members
$25 Advance

The amazing Eve Egoyan releases a new CD of Maria de Alvear’s masterwork “De Puro Amor/En Amor Duro”, which had its premiere at the Music Gallery more than 20 years ago. This is our only core show at the Church of St. George The Martyr this season. Prior to the show, journalist Mary Dickie interviews former Artistic Director Jim Montgomery about his life and time as MG AD for nearly two decades.

The Music Gallery presents
Not The Music feat. John Butcher + Mercury Duo
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
918 Bathurst St.
$20 Regular
$10 Members
$15 Advance

John Butcher is a hero of modern improvisation – if you’re a Colin Stetson fan, you’ll find much to admire in Butcher’s playing. He joins us as guest of Quebec duo Not The Music. Opening are Lori Freedman (clarinets) and Nic Caloia (bass) as the Mercury Duo performing newly commissioned works.

The Music Gallery and Subtle Blend present:
Emergents IV: Pursuit Grooves + 2nd Son + Naman Cale
Curated by Mario Anzola
Part of the Emergents Series
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
918 Bathurst St.
$12 Regular
$8 Members
$12 Advance

Our final Emergents of the season is a journey through the cosmic rhythm tapestries of the Subtle Blend producer showcase/label. The showcase began in 2013 when founder Mario Anzola started a night to book local artists performing original material using electronic instruments in a live environment.  This is the fifth anniversary celebration of Subtle Blend and they offer a blend of three musical artists and a visualist whose talents overlap throughout the concert. Anzola’s programming has multigenerational significance: Pursuit Grooves provides a veteran presence in whose footsteps younger artists may follow.

The Music Gallery presents
Deep Listening Intensive, featuring Anne Bourne
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Event: 3PM
918 Bathurst St., The Sun Room
FREE

Our second edition presenting a workshop of  Pauline Oliveros’ sounding and listening exercises led by certified Deep Listening instructor, Anne Bourne.

The Music Gallery presents
Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
918 Bathurst St.
$20 Regular
$10 Members
$15 Advance

As per Nakatani’s instructions, the Music Gallery curates an ensemble of local players to play his handmade gongs, bows and other instrumentation that travel with him from town to town. On the day of the concert, Nakatani conducts a specialized training workshop to these players in preparation for the performance. Players experience Nakatani’s unique point of view regarding gong techniques, and learn to work with the immersive vibrations of these special instruments. With as many as 14 gongs in play at any one time, the walls and ceiling of 918 Bathurst will shimmer with beautiful resonances and community feeling.

Thin Edge New Music Collective and The Music Gallery present
Fusing: Premieres VII 
Friday, June 22, 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
918 Bathurst St.
Tickets: $15-25: $25 Regular; $22 Advance; $20 Member, Senior, Arts Worker; $15 Student

Travel outside the new musical box with Thin Edge New Music Collective in Fusing: Premieres VII. A twist on our annual premieres series, Fusing: Premieres VII will include 6 new interdisciplinary premieres fusing new music with dance, circus, literary, visual, theatrical and media arts by emerging artists from near and far, including: Kaie Kellough and Jason Sharp, Rebecca Leonard, Juro Kim Feliz, Amy Hull, Dan Tapper, Viola Yip, Patrick McGraw, Sonja Rainey.

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