Archive for the 'Music' category

To Richard Ford: I Named a Campsite ‘Montana’

I’ve known about Richard Ford’s soft spot for Canada for a long time. Years ago, when I heard him read at the International Festival of Authors, he followed two Canadian writers (Joseph Boyden and another whose name I can’t remember). As the only non-Canuck in the bunch, Ford had the host mention in the introduction [...]

An Array Music Concert on Oscar Night

I have my own Oscar bet going tonight. Even though I’ll miss the start of the ceremonies, I think I’ll still be home in time to catch Anne Hathaway’s penultimate wardrobe change. I’ll be at an ensemble concert that the Music Gallery put on by Array Music. It will feature five works from Array Music’s [...]

LoK8Tr Left Me, But Is About to Return

Yes, I have been known to drop projects and if you look at this past November’s posts, it does seem like I just dropped the article on the Canadian Music Centre’s LoK8Tr project. In fact, I was dropped. My contact with LoK8Tr sent me a message saying he was “shutting down communication [with me] effective [...]

Double Blind (Love), an Online Collaboration

Right now, two blindfolded people are singing “love, love, love” a fragment from U2’s “Until the End of the World.” The woman, Annie Abrahams, is in Montpellier, France. The man, Curt Cloninger, is in Asheville, NC, USA and also playing a suitcase-model Rhodes piano. They’ve been at it for four hours, and will probably be [...]

An Afternoon with Mannlicher Caracno

My article on the LoK8Tr project took me to Guelph, Ont., last Saturday and live on the radio.
I met Porter Hall, the host of the Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour, at the University of Guleph campus radio station. He arrived just after 3 p.m., a few minutes after the scheduled start time for his weekly show [...]

The Word on LoK8Tr from CMC

Here’s what Jason van Eyk, Ontario regional director at the Canadian Music Centre, told me about LoK8Tr:
What I can tell you about LoK8Tr is that it’s a one-off project; it’s not an existing collective other than the fact that it is being formed as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s New Music in New Places [...]

Why Blog an Article?

Really, I’m not totally comfortable about blogging a print article as I work on it. Magazine articles are always released as seemingly fully formed beings, the stitches removed, the gaps tightened and any false starts tucked away.  Only the writer and editor really see the pieces and connections; for the rest, the article is a [...]

Searching for LoK8Tr

I’m after a composer or maybe a bunch of composers who don’t want to be found. They don’t want to be LoK8-ed, if you will.
The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) runs a program called New Music in New Spaces, which promotes the work of CMC’s associate composers by staging musical events in novel places, such as [...]

Matmos with Leprechaun Catering, Music Gallery, Toronto

A Music Gallery show in the summer means a lot of sweat. Last night, the four fans on the vaulted ceiling of St. George the Martyr Church couldn’t do much against the humidity, the heat of roughly 130 people and myriad electronic gear of two Baltimore-based groups.
Leprechaun Catering played a three-song set of their transistor [...]

So 10 years ago

What’s this? Stereolab with a new album on the way. Sloan, too. And the nerds are into Robyn. (OK, me too, a bit.) I guess this means I should be tree planting.