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Thu June 21 2018
  • Dave Riedstra: Topography - New Music for Solo Bass
    8:00 pm

    Dave Riedstra

    Topography - new music for solo bass

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Concert at 8 PM

    Tickets $10-$15 at the door

    Dave Riedstra, contrabass

    New compositions by Annette Brosin, Darren Miller, Janet Sit, Liam Ross Gibson, and Kimberly Manerikar

    music composed and performed in the:
    Pacific Maritime (Nanaimo, Duncan, Victoria, Vancouver)
    Rocky Mountains (Edmonton)
    Prairies (Saskatoon, Winnipeg)
    Shield (Thunder Bay)
    and
    Great Lakes Basin (Toronto, Guelph)

    May 11 – The White Room (Nanaimo)
    8pm / $10-15 / event

    May 18 – The Ou Gallery (Duncan)
    8pm / $10-20 / event

    May 19 – The Martin Batchelor Gallery (Victoria)
    8pm / $10-15 / event

    May 23 – Gold Saucer Studio (Vancouver)
    8pm / $10-15 / event

    May 31 – Bohemia (Edmonton)
    8pm / $10-20 / event
    with Jeff Morton

    June 2 – Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Performance Space (Saskatoon)
    8pm / $10-20 / event
    with Jeff Morton

    June 21 – Silence (Guelph)
    8pm / $10-15 / event

    All ticket prices are sliding scale.

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Fri June 22 2018
  • "Show of Hands" - Opening Reception for Scott Drew
    7:00 pm

    Show of Hands
    Opening Reception for Scott Drew followed by an Improvisational Session! 

    Reception 7:00 - 7:30 PM
    Improvisational Session: 7:30-9:00 PM

    Free of charge

    Silence invites you to the opening reception and improvised sound session for Scott Drew on June 22 from 7-9pm. Beer, wine, coffee, and kombucha will be served. 

    Drew attended Morning Music on Mondays in the winter of 2017. During these improvisational sessions, he captured the sounds of Silence. These paintings, inspired by Morning Music, will be on display in his exhibition entitled, "Show of Hands".

    Guests may participate or simply watch (and listen to!) the improvised sound session, scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM. Bringing an instrument is encouraged. Some instruments will be provided.

    Exhibition runs June 22-July 21, 2018.

    Scott Drew Biography

    1958-

    "I remember my young father on canoe trip holidays, crouched on granite, watercolour sketching with lake water.  Respecting mystery. I remember his mother, my grandmother, oil-painting outside her cottage, Leaden tubes of intense colour. Concentrated attention. Scent of turpentine dispersing amongst the pines.  My maternal uncle, Ted, spent winters puttering, painting and picking banjo. Playful.

    So I've come to spend my winters painting too. Mostly oil paint. Mostly portraits. I’m grateful for friends who have sat patiently as I’ve practiced, encouraging and guiding me: Stephen and Catherine Sword, Anna MacKay-Smith, James Hopkins, Bill McMahon and my beautiful daughter, Helen.  Motus O’s Jack, James and Cynthia, for wit, good energy and kindness. Sarah Martin, for… everything.

    This winter past, was the best so far.  Finding beauty in hands. Sketching during Morning Music. Painting back home. Excited by these people, this music, and the prospect of this show. I hope it’s useful. It’s certainly been fun."

    - Scott Drew

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Sat June 23 2018
  • Song Medicine Project w/ Rita Di Ghent Host and Facilitator
    1:00 pm

    Song Medicine Project w/ Rita Di Ghent Host and Facilitator


    Event at 1:00 - 5:00 PM
    Tickets $50 at Eventbrite

    Rita Di Ghent host and facilitator.

    A mythical and musical workshop for women.
    Based on Women Who Run With the Wolves.

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  • The Summer Beat - An Solstice Celebration w/ Gary Diggins
    8:00 pm

    The Summer Beat - A Solstice Celebration

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Event at 8:00 PM

    Tickets at door $20

    Dancing. Drumming. Dreaming.

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Mon June 25 2018
  • Morning Music
    9:30 am

    Morning Music

    Please join us every Monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.

    $5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.

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Tue June 26 2018
  • Sonica w/ Gary Diggins
    7:30 pm

    Sonica

    Event at 7:30 PM
    $25

    Soundscapes for well-being.
    The Sound Sanctuary at Silence.

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Thu June 28 2018
  • Silence Presents: Audio Book with Charles Spearin & Tamara Williamson
    8:00 pm

    Silence Presents: Audio Book with Charles Spearin & Tamara Williamson

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Event at 8:00 PM

    Tickets $20 at Eventbrite

    Charles Spearin

    BIO

    Charles Spearin is a multi-instrumentalist who has been an active and influential member of Canada’s independent music community since the mid 1990’s. He is primarily known as a founding member of the instrumental post-rock ensemble Do Make Say Think and an original member of the indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene. Spearin’s most recent work – his first solo album – innocently titled “The Happiness Project” centers around recorded conversations with his downtown neighbours and plays with the cadence of their voices as though they were songs.

    The inspiration behind this new project comes partly from his love of music and fascination with sound and partly from his experience and education in Buddhism. Charles was raised with a blind, Buddhist father and, before the birth of his own two children and subsequent familial responsibilities, dedicated much of his time to studying Buddhist philosophy and practicing meditation (including annual retreats in meditation centers, monasteries and solitary cabin-retreats).

    Buddhist practice puts emphasis on analyzing the nature of one’s own awareness and experience through study, contemplation and meditation, and often includes long periods of silence and reflection. Returning home to ordinary life and ordinary conversation after extended periods of quiet is what brought Spearin’s attention to what would be the focus of this new album: The natural, unselfconscious, music of speech. By replicating the rising and falling of the recorded voices on different instruments Spearin, in true Buddhist form, attempts to illuminate some of the beauty of ordinary life.

    Spearin has performed snippets of his new project while on tour with Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think and is now preparing a live version the Happiness Project for a few select performances this spring.

    Tamara Williamson

    BIO

    Tamara Williamson has been a mainstay in the Toronto music scene since the early 90’s. She released 3 albums with her band Mrs. Torrance on the major label BMG. Mrs. Torrance toured extensively in Canada opening for such acts as Oasis, The Beautiful South, Talk Talk, and Jewel. They toured with bands such as The Crash Test Dummies, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Waltons, The Rheostatics, Hayden and King Cobb Steelie. Mrs. Torrance were pushed to radio with their single “Porn” and were on Much Music rotation. 

    In 2000 Mrs. Torrance disbanded and Tamara started a solo career. Her music is ethereal and sensitive. Using many effects and layers she was one of the first artists to start live looping and was known for her experimentation using both vocal effects and looping. Tamara was featured in The New Music Show in 2000 and her first independent single went into rotation on MUCH Music. Her first recording “Nightmare on Queen Street” was very well received and Tamara played at many folk festivals such as Hillside, The Regina Folk Festival, and NXNE. She also went down the West Coast touring with Bob Wiseman and Matt Nathensen.

    In 2003 Tamara was voted fourth best concert of the year by NOW magazine ahead of Greenday, and behind Bjork.

    Tamara is the only voice until this year to be recorded on a Do Make Say Think album. She also fronted the trip hop band Microbunny, which won the CBC new band search in 2002. 

    In 2006 Tamara signed to a French label and toured France extensively as part of “Le Femme S’en Mêlent” tour. She played alongside Feist and Shannon Wright. She was interviewed and recorded live to French National Radio. She also played shows in Spain and Italy.

    From 2007 until 2016 Tamara has released four albums and toured in Canada and France. In 2015 Tamara started focusing on playing smaller more intimate festivals and venues such as house concerts. 

    Tamara was recently featured in the Globe and Mail Broadsheet, an end of year collection of songs written about 2014. Tamara’s song “The Next One” is about women coming forward to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and violence and was recorded with the band Absolutely Free. This song was released on a compilation put out by the label Arts and Crafts. Her latest album “Sister Mother Daughter Wife” pays homage to women survivors from around the world. 

    Tamara is a member of the Canadian Alternative Cover band AVRO, and recently started a ukelele duo project, CROW, with the amazing songwriter Patty Ewaschuk.

    Tamara lives in Uxbridge with her son Angus where she has a business creating music for dressage horses. She also paints and has recently commissioned her paintings to The True North Records/Gallery.

    http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Tamara-Williamson

    https://www.facebook.com/tamarasingsloud/

    http://exclaim.ca/music/article/tamara_williamson-victoria

    Testimonials

    "In Toronto in the late 1990’s there was an intelligent, unassuming, earnest musical force that cut right to my heart. Tamara Williamson was no small influence on me and I am thrilled and relieved that she’s making music again.” 
    - Charles Spearin, Broken Social Scene. 

    “Someone who can take a room and transpose it onto another plane, a voice without restrictions.”
    - Martin Tielli (Rheostatics)

    "I’ve admired Tamara for years; she cut a certain path of determination for me by having musical conviction long before I understood those stakes for myself." 
    - Feist Charles Spearin

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Sat June 30 2018
  • Pipedown Presents: RubēHill wsg Deanna Petcoff & Mount Mural
    8:00 pm

    PipeDown! Presents: RubēHill wsg Deanna Petcoff & Mount Mural

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Event at 8:00 PM

    Tickets $10 at the door

    RubēHill

    What Alex Stavropoulos-Laurie ultimately set out to attain when he embarked upon his upcoming project was to seize the freedom to write and produce music on terms dictated by no one but himself.

    He's calling this solo act of defiance RubēHill (pronounced Ru-bee-hill), a name taken from the main character of Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Stroke of Good Fortune”. There was something in the internal and contemplative nature of O'Connor's prose and the title character's continuous fixation on anxieties that resonated deeply with him.

    Explorations of human behaviour and the darker nature of the mind were concepts Alex sought to infuse into to his own songs. 

    Upon an initial listen of RubēHill's second single, titled Apartment, you get the sense that he's tapped into a special class of alternative music. By alternative I don’t mean the genre as a whole— more-so in the innovative divergence from the norm that he's taken in the song’s unconventional structure and bold changes in tempo.

    His lyrics carry a sense of entrapment with an unfulfilled need to break free:

    “If I leave this room it means I’ve made it out of a tar pit / roll me up in a carpet / please, someone get me out of this apartment..."

    Alex bellows out in the sinister and epic outro.

    There's an overtone of ambiguity in his words that leaves you longing for an album of songs just like it, or at the very least another verse of Apartment. 

    Among the luminaries for Alex’s desire to create something different are Frank Ocean’s “Blond”, A Tribe Called Quest’s “We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service” and the Gorillaz “Demon Days” , records he says are: 

    “all stunning examples of creative freedom in the world of contemporary music”. 

    The eclectic blend of genres within each of these records helped define the genesis of RubēHill, but it isn't just the sonic eccentricities that have inspired the project; he also sees great value in the collaborative approach that these artists have adhered to-the process of a range of artists from different backgrounds working towards a greater common goal.

    It's a philosophy that Alex continues to implement in his inner circle of Toronto-based friends: a group of tightly-knit and exceedingly talented musicians seeking to nourish the collective approach. 

    Alex speaks in earnest of the faith he has in the intelligence of his audience and rejects the notion that people will only be interested if the music adheres to certain set of rules and limitations.

    If the versatility of "Apartment" is any indication of what lies ahead, Rubēhill has seemingly given birth to a rare form of being: a sound that's singularly his own.

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    Deanna Petcoff

    The word that jumps to mind when hearing Deanna Petcoff's music for the first time is "yearning".

    Although yearning is a verb, not an adjective, it is the closest thing that can describe the hold her music takes on the listener.

    The warmth and texture of her sweeping vocals intertwined with the almost playful blueness of her lyrics fills the listener with a sense of intense longing, and reveals to us a worldview that is full of pain at the loss of love, and full of hope for something more beautiful. 

    Petcoff grew up worshipping the music of David Bowie, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith. These musicians, among many others, inspired her to first pick up a guitar and start to play. 

    This fire grew and was fostered by the women at Girl’s Rock Camp Toronto, which she first attended in 2011. It was there she began her musical career, being paired with many mentors and starting her first band, Pins & Needles, a four-piece based in Toronto.

    She continued to play with them for 5 years across Canada, and co-wrote two albums with the group.
    For Petcoff, this band spanned her high school years and was a chance to grow, play, and experiment, finding her voice among others in the city. 

    In January 2018, Pins & Needles disbanded, leading to the beginning of Petcoff’s solo career, and the creation of her first single. 

    The track, Terribly True, starts softly, almost as if Petcoff is telling us about her day, through a simple hook and sunny guitar. Right when we are pulled in by the story (a woman in love, puzzled by her own mind), the unexpected happens: 

    the heavy hit of the crash bursts into the melancholy cry of Petcoff's melody

    Petcoff doesn’t shy away from the heartbreak that inspired this record. Her lyrics are about her own tumultuous relationships and those of the people closest to her. Petcoff’s lyrical prowess comes not from the stories she tells, but from the characters she creates. 

    Women who are “the manifestation of trust issues”, or are “hardwired to feel like [they’re] boring,” and men who want to be superstars, firefighters, but seem to not hold on long enough to love her. 

    While the sorrow of these people, caught in this endless yearning, can seem almost tragic, Petcoff manages to do it all with a sense of refreshing self-awareness: 

    a beachy guitar, a chugging tempo, and a sly smile. 

    Weaving these characters into the juxtaposing musical tones tells the stories of broken people frantically searching for hope again.

    This is what makes Petcoff’s music, as well as her performances, so compelling.

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    Mount Mural 

    With introspection and creative transmutation being the group's modus operandi, Mount Mural takes the time to look within themselves to better evoke each individual member's complex amalgam of idiosyncrasies- elements paramount to the manifesting of their inner workings and fantastic dreams into soundscapes. 

    Mount Mural's musical space (first started in a small, northern Ontario cottage home) is created by far cries of distant acoustic guitar reverb with embellishing delays, tastefully laced together over intricate, nonpareil drumming styles.

    The atmosphere created by Mount Mural subsumes the listener, drawing them out of physical reality for an entrancing ride through sound. 

    Within the small Ontario cottage walls, in it's final stages of production- the band's newest song, titled"There is a Better Place"  will be wrapped up and released June 2018.

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Mon July 2 2018
  • Morning Music
    9:30 am

    Morning Music

    Please join us every Monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.

    $5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.

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Tue July 3 2018
  • Quiet Time
    5:00 pm

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Wed July 4 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

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  • Silence Open Mic ft. The MacQueens
    7:00 pm

    Silence Open Mic ft. The MacQueens

    Doors and sign-up at 6:30 PM
    Event at 7:00 PM

    $5/PWYC, licensed.

    Calling beginning, intermediate and advanced artists, poets, musicians, magicians (and more!) to come out and perform on the first and third Wednesday of every month! Sign up at Silence begins at 6:30 pm, performance between 7-9 pm. Silence provides P.A., piano, drum kit, mics, bongos and atmosphere!

    On July 4, we are proud to feature The MacQueens!

    The MacQueens are a husband and wife band out of the Kitchener area. Their sound is distinguished by rich vocal harmonies supported by intricate instrumentation and thoughtful songwriting. In 2016 they released their first EP, "The Pearl" which was described by independent music blog NoMoreDivision as "a rare and beautiful find". They've played venues such as The Loft in Kitchener, The Cambridge Arts Festival, the Opera House and Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto. Their music has been featured multiple times on CBC's KW morning show with Craig Norris.

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Thu July 5 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

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  • Silence Presents: Mapstone wsg/Jsun
    8:00 pm

    Silence Presents: Mapstone wsg/Jsun

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Show at 8:00 PM

    Tickets $15 at Eventbrite

    MAPSTONE

    Mapstone have quickly emerged onto the roots music scenes in Australia, Canada and Bali. Their positive blend of conscious roots music, reggae, folk and world tones has already seen them share the stage with Nahkoand medicine for the people, Dustin Thomas, the Beautiful Girls, Murray Kyle and old friends Buckman Coe. 

    The band’s dynamic repertoire and intriguing blend of voice, didgeridoo, percussion, guitars and harmonies gives them a unique ability to elevate and inspire any crowd. Big stage Festivals, busy pubs, yoga centres, theatres, and dance floors. Wherever and whenever it is, the spirit and the energy are strong. 

    Mapstone have recently played prestigious festivals such as Woodford folk festival, Bali spirit festival, Island vibe festival, Byron Bay Spirit Festival, Island Elements Festival, Blessed Coast Festival, Cranfest, Falls Festival, and Byron Bay Surf Festival. In support of their 2 albums, EP, and singles, Mapstone have toured Australia, Canada, Bali, England and Sri Lanka, and will be on the road again in 2018.

    Their most recent releases "Spirit Songs" album and new singles “Change” and “Tribal Nation” have all been praised and acknowledged as heartfelt and uplifting works. Working with sought after producers OJ Newcomb, Paulie B and Murray Kyle, Mapstoneʼs music continues to grow and inspire. The early months of 2018 have seen Mapstone complete their “Honouring Our Elders” tour which travelled across Canada, Australia and Bali. The summer months of the Northern hemisphere will see the band on the road to promote their new “singles” as part of their “Protectors Of The Sacred” tour.

    “Mapstoneʼs conscious rootʼs music is infectious to the soul, uplifting andleaves you calling for more. Full of joy, depth, inspiration and spirit, this isa band on a mission with enough heart to see it through. Do yourself afavour and experience this musical medicine.”
    -Phat Magazine Byron Bay

    Listen:
    www.mapstonemusic.bandcamp.com
    www.facebook.com/mapstonemusic

    Watch:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFLm-IU6fBw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxLl2rySFGs

    JSUN

    With every shift comes the ripple, and when jSun’s Reggae-and-Folk-infused soulful vibe washes over you, you can feel a call for change in the musical tide. Now when you think of a Changemaker, you might not be expecting the gently-smiling soft-spoken J, you might be expecting a militant firebrand. However, he has found his own way of making waves.
     
    Just as every shift causes ripples, with every ripple comes the shift, and J, also known as jSun has taken time to learn the turning of the world according to these tides. When he emerged from the Toronto scene, he was more of the militant firebrand you would have expected - he still has an appreciation and a place for his ‘Songs of Past’ that shaped his early shift away from the superficial glitz and glamour of a blossoming modeling and acting career. The songs focused on “real talk and raw honesty about social and cultural injustice,” says Jsun. “…..ultimately, they were messages of unity…..”
     
    Through exploring nature within and around, like the mystics of old, realizations manifested through journeying with the shifts and ripples of nature’s rhythm. The collection of songs entitled ‘Outback’ chronicles travels through South Africa, Barbados, Indonesia, Australia, South America and Hawaii. Jsun became internationally influenced, and educated to the experiences of aboriginals the world over. The ripples of world travel causing another shift. This time towards a reconnection to nature through music and meditation “Our nature’s song is medicine for the mind” says J. “When I’m connecting with this energy, it feels like that’s what I’m here to do. It guides the flow of everything else“. The music became influenced by his encounters with the luminosity and divine beauty of the natural world.
     
    The waves eventually brought him to the South-Western Ontario where he settled into a new rhythm and began connecting with community musically, socially, and spiritually. Having had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Sam Gilly from Burning Spear and the legendary Errol Blackwood, as well being a part of Xavier Rudd’s album ‘Spirit Bird’, jSun’s sense of himself as an artist and as a messenger of reconciliation with nature grew. Thus emerged the ‘J’ album; a mixture of both solo and collaborative flows that typify his intuitive approach to the art. He then connected with other local musicians as to create the five-song EP, ‘Irie’ that was released in 2013. Lately jSun has ventured into an analogue studio to record some solo/duo mellow vibes. The result of these sessions is a 10 song CD called 'Mellow Moods' available spring 2016.
     
    The firebrand had transformed into the Changemaker - all of the ripples, all of the shifts are now a part of a natural frequency that J captures effortlessly and passionately in his music - his entire journey reflected in his rhythm and verse. We are invited to tune into nature’s channel collectively; synchronizing with the luminosity and beauty of the natural world. It is his hope that we will all rise up in harmony, as individuals and as a collective, in a way that promotes inner and outer peace, stability and balance. "As we nourish our nature, our nature nourishes us," says jSun. "May we continue to inspire each other. May we rise each day simply knowing and being our purpose; each day is a gift, live it fully and feel it lift."

    Website:
    http://www.jmusic.ca/index.html

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Fri July 6 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

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  • Pipedown! Presents Ostrich Bouquet w OddsFiche & Dru Jacey
    8:00 pm

    Pipedown! presents: Ostrich Bouquet w Oddsfische & Dru Jacey 

    Ostrich Bouquet

    Ostrich Bouquet is a psychedelic post-rock melange from Montreal. 

    Their debut EP, "On Time, as Usual", was released in November 2017. The seven-track EP is as smooth a listen as you can get, mixing elements of jazz, ambient, and experimental music.

    If you enjoy the worlds of Tame Impala, Radiohead, and The Beatles, dip into these tunes and space out for a little.

    The first track and title track is a creative preface to the EP. Containing a speech given by former Mayor of Montreal Jean Drapeau in which he mentions the title of the album, it makes for a cool title-drop moment. From there, the grooves begin with the second song “Empty Streets.” With this song you get your first taste of vocals in the style of Kevin Parker (Tame Impala). With some warm tones and smooth jazz grooves, the track is a super comfortable and relaxing listen. It ends by melting away seamlessly into the next song.

    These seamless transitions really help the album flow and carry you through.

    If you are a fan of the prolific King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, a must-listen for any psychedelic trippers and a band that has really mastered this type of smooth transition (see their album I’m In Your Mind Fuzz as a wicked example), then Ostrich Bouquet will most likely be something you will like as well.

    The Ostrich Bouquet trip continues ever so delicately throughout the entire EP with songs like “November 3” and “Could Never Do.”

    The quality of this recording is crisp and well mixed, leaving you with an end product that has an effect similar to ASMR. These polished sounds are the work of Davide Ventulieri on bass and vocals, Jeremy Bozzo on guitars, Kyle Podwalski on synths and guitars, and Michael Tomizzi on drums.

    The quartet delivers an impressive debut effort with this EP. With some ideas heavily rooted in their musical influences, it will be interesting to see the group branch out and develop their sound over time. If it is approached and executed with the finesse and vision of this first release, their next release is sure to be tasty and tight...

    -Ben Cornel 

    bucketlistmusicreviews.com

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    OddsFische

    In the summer of 2016, the inception of OddsFiche commenced with the release of “Ninth Eyelid Atelier”, followed by “Soundtracks for Cemeteries”-conceptual albums full of: Space Rock, Kosmische, Krautrock and Progressive elements.

    The real beginning was back in 2007 with the release of “Chateau d’Hiver” under a different name, "Wulfila", with an album that stretched musical composition and imagination to great lengths and influences from the German rock scene of the late sixties, early seventies.

    The sound went silent for several years until the summer of 2016. In late 2016, OddsFiche released “Cut Myself Shaving" and two EPs of outtakes and remixes from previous records.

    A series of ten shows in 2016 on the “Subtle Grenade Spiral Tour” saw OddsFiche as a solo artist debuting the offbeat stylings and sounds that have not been absorbed by an audience before and resulting in a mixed review of people liking it and people not sure of it because it went outside the box, against the grain and delved deep into unconventional use of recognizable instruments.

    A short mini tour in 2017, “The Toaster Cabbage Tour” saw OddsFiche venture in to the heart of Toronto to play to a more strict audience of listeners who again had not heard the style of OddsFiche before.

    With the release of, “Cone of Shame”, “Seafood Bubblegum” and “Clothes Pins for Rich People” saw the sound grow more improvisational and conceptual along with some heavier pieces in the realm of progressive sound. Seems the psychedelic sounds of the London and Berlin underground of the late 60’s had been somewhat forgotten as the bands that revolutionized that sound had moved on to more commercial successes and people clung to those more popular records leaving behind what OddsFiche was bringing back to the foreground, those deep rooted sounds of psychedelia.

    2017 also saw the growth of the band in to a trio and the furtherexpansion of sound with a drummer and bassist completing the lineup. A brief interlude with the attempt to acquire a keyboardist, the band abandoned the idea in favour for the trio of sound they had created 
    together.

    Working on developing the new sound and style the band focused on developing a strong design for the conceptual piece whilst remaining true to the psychedelic sound of the late 60’s. Sound expansion and theatre of the mind are two key components to the OddsFiche 
    signature. By late summer, new songs were emerging and older pieces were getting a new lease on life with a revamping of their sound and design- while maintaining identity. 

    Early March 2018 saw the release of “Can’t Autograph a Snowball”, the first full length album as the new OddsFiche band. The album contained only one song from the old guard that had been revamped and was more powerful than ever along with four 
    new compositions.

    April saw the start of the “Points on a Circle Tour”with their debut live performance at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club in Toronto, Ontario. Currently, the band is working on new material again as well as improving some older pieces.

    All of OddsFiche’s music can be found on their BandCamp site:

    www.oddsfiche.bandcamp.com
    Twitter: @OddsFiche
    YouTube Channel: Progbeawr831

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Sat July 7 2018
  • Ilios Steryannis Bethany Project
    8:00 pm
    An Evening with Ilios Steryannis Bethany Project


    Doors at 7:30 PM

    Concert at 8:00 PM

    Click here for tickets - $15

    Featuring Juno nominee Sundar Viswanathan, playing alto and soprano saxophones, Scott Neary on guitar, Henry Heilig on upright and electric bass, and Ilios Steryannis on drums. 


    The Ilios Steryannis Bethany Project will be presenting a wide variety of styles, moods and textures, ranging from Coltranesque post bop to charging West African grooves, with some Mediterranean and Afro-Cuban flavours mixed in. All compositions by Ilios Steryannis.  


    For more information, please check out www.iliosjazz.ca

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Sun July 8 2018
  • Silence Presents: Sandro Manzon w/ Nick Zubeck & Friends
    8:00 pm

    Silence Presents: Sandro Manzon w/ Nick Zubek & Friends 

    Doors at 7:30 PM

    Show at 8:00 PM 

    Tickets are $15 at the door 

    Sandro Manzon

    Sandro Manzon is a Canadian musician/composer (formerly The Tender Threads) founded in 2013. This lounge-rock four piece originated in Ontario, Canada and has since spent time living and working on developing his music and performance throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

    Sandro Manzon engages with a variety of disparate musical genres such as lounge-rock, experimental, contemporary classical, traditional folk, country, among others.

    Sandro is also an active composer of concert and film music, and has worked on a multitude of short films, animated shorts, documentaries etc. His concert music has been played throughout Canada, and at festivals in Europe and Asia. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG-2ZYCzvzI

    Nick Zubek 

    Nick Zubeck is a songwriter, guitarist, singer, teacher and recording artist from Toronto, and is currently living and working in Guelph, Ontario. He has recorded and released five full length albums under his own name, and has been involved with many other artists and projects over the last 15+ years.

    As a guitarist and sideman, Nick has contributed to many projects including Polmo Polpo, Barzin, Great Lake Swimmers, Old Maps, and Western Terrestrial. Nick was hired to play with Sun Kil Moon in 2014, and has since toured Europe, Asia and the U.S. multiple times, playing Pitchfork Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, La Route De Rock, and many other festivals and concert halls.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J1tueFitUE

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Mon July 9 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

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  • Morning Music
    9:30 am

    Morning Music

    Please join us every Monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.

    $5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.

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Tue July 10 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

    [46 essex]

  • Quiet Time
    5:00 pm

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Wed July 11 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

    [46 essex]

Thu July 12 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

    [46 essex]

  • Red Tent
    7:00 pm

    Red Tent


    Doors at 6:30 PM
    Event at 7:00 PM

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Fri July 13 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

    [46 essex]

Mon July 16 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

    [46 essex]

  • Morning Music
    9:30 am

    Morning Music

    Please join us every Monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.

    $5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.

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  • drama queen martyr with Olivia Borkosky
    8:00 pm

    drama queen martyr with Olivia Borkosky

    Doors at 7:30 PM
    Show at 8:00 PM

    drama queen martyr BIO

    new album—leave the bikini atoll nightlight plugged in—June, 2018

    drama queen martyr (aka Shawn Mackenzie) is an acoustic artist from Saskatoon, SK. God snapped his fingers 13.8 billion years ago, ushering the chemistry of life into existence, and now we're surrounded by the echo of a teething universe: atomic nuclei sallying forth from the void, gravity establishing its ramparts, galaxies taking their first steps. We're all bit players scampering around onstage as this cosmic scaffolding proliferates towards oblivion, but don't worry, cause drama queen martyr has picked up his trusty guitar and he's pretty close to figuring out the meaning of life with the tunes he's been writing.
     
    His new album, leave the bikini atoll nightlight plugged in, is a collection of 19 songs exploring all the gushy feelings that explode inside the human heart when two people share a coupe de foudre experience. The universe may have a soup to nuts expiration date, but that sensation in your soul as you hold hands with your favourite person in the world — that lasts forever.

    Since 2010, Drama Queen Martyr (aka Shawn Mackenzie) has been brandishing his heart with poetic and fragile songs that transcend the common definitions of confessional songwriting. The Saskatoon-based artist has recorded a 19-song collection entitled Leave The Bikini Atoll Nightlight Plugged In— a lyrical exploration of the emotional lightning storm we all have crackling in our soul. Its most powerful feature is indeed Mackenzie’s evocative use of language; the listening experience is much like stepping into his shoes and seeing the world through his eyes. Expanding on that metaphor, Mackenzie says, “We all have those situations in life where Zeus shatters our insides with a lightning bolt. The creation of art is the human race collectively rubbing our socks against the carpet, holding our index fingers out and sharing that jolt of energy we carry around in our hearts. This is the spark that cajoles your soul towards catharsis, reminding us that we're not alone as we experience the emotional narrative rattling around inside another human being.”

     The first phase of the album was laid down in Kingston, Ontario in collaboration with local artist Nadia Pacey (aka Konig), whom Mackenzie befriended during a previous tour. Pacey’s contributions of backing vocals and ukulele became crucial to the album’s overall feel, and their interactions led to some of the songs being recorded within hours of their inception. One in particular, “Gibberish,” was written the night of The Tragically Hip’s final concert in Kingston. Mackenzie explains, “That was recorded in Nadia’s living room as her roommate was throwing a get-together with his friends. So the random background noises on the recording—people dishing up hamburgers in the adjacent kitchen, inaudible conversations, a television blaring the Hip’s performance from the basement— are huddled around the microphone with me and Nadia, garnishing the performance with atmospheric clutter. Imagine In My Room reorganized to feature Brian and Dennis singing their parts while substituting the rest of the Beach Boys' ethereal harmonies with the sound of dudes eating hamburgers and you'll begin to appreciate the vibe of Gibberish.”
     
    Upon returning to Saskatoon, Mackenzie wrote string arrangements for nine additional songs then hired viola player James Legge and cellist Scott McKnight from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. These tracks were recorded by longtime Saskatoon musician and engineer Duncan Picard at Workhorse Recording Company, a cozy studio tucked away in the Saskatoon farmers' market. “With previous albums, I just recorded guitar and piano parts along with vocals, and hearing those older tunes now, they feel like untied shoelaces tucked into a loose fitting sneaker. With this record I took my time conjuring up string quartet arrangements in my room as if I were Mr. Rogers, diligently tying my laces. A lot of care went into finding the perfect notes for the cellos and violas to play.”
     
    It is precisely that eloquent self-awareness that makes drama queen martyr one of the most distinctive voices on the Canadian indie music scene right now, and poised for discovery. Leave The Bikini Atoll Nightlight Plugged In is a major creative step forward for Shawn Mackenzie, but more importantly it is an album one cannot help forming a personal connection with. As he says, music may be a salient path toward that goal.
     
    “There’s another song on the album called ‘Meep, Meep’ which I wrote while preparing tunes to record with Nadia in Kingston. It’s about her and all the other friends I made while touring Canada. It's my ‘What's it all mean?’ anthem. While we’re here it’s the people who become a part of our lives that offer us hope and purpose. I want to believe that after I die, the warm river that trickles through your heart as you spend time with the people you care about will continue to flow in the afterlife.”

    BIO - Olivia Borkosky

    Whimsical, soulful and sweet are just a few of the words that can be used to describe singer-songwriter Olivia Borkosky. She hails from the artistic hub of Guelph, Ontario, and performs everything from 50′s and 60′s classics, to current folk gems, to her own original material. Olivia’s soaring vocal melodies, twinkling ukulele and introspective lyrics leave even the most discerning listener captivated. She can also be seen fronting her up-and-coming indie/folk band, Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies.

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Tue July 17 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

    [46 essex]

  • Quiet Time
    5:00 pm

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Wed July 18 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

    [46 essex]

  • Silence Open Mic ft. Laura Lush
    7:00 pm

    Silence Open Mic

    Doors and sign-up at 6:30 PM
    Event at 7:00 PM

    $5/PWYC, licensed.

    Calling beginning, intermediate and advanced artists, poets, musicians, magicians (and more!) to come out and perform on the first and third Wednesday of every month! Sign up at Silence begins at 6:30 pm, performance between 7-9 pm. Silence provides P.A., piano, drum kit, mics, bongos and atmosphere!

    On July 18, our featured guest is Laura Lush!


    Laura Lush is a an award-winning poet and fiction writer, who has been teaching creative writing at the University of Toronto (School of Continuing Studies) for ten years. She is the author of four poetry collections, one short story collection and one creative non-fiction book.
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Thu July 19 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

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Fri July 20 2018
  • The Art and Science of Music Experience
    8:30 am

    [46 essex]

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