New Zealander Ruban Nielson briefly had the music blogger community obsessed with uncovering his identity when he anonymously released Ffunny Ffriends, which became the first single for Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Now a full band with two Americans (Jake Portrait and Riley Geare), the band is signed to JagJaguwar and returning to Toronto in the midst of a long tour supporting their sophomore release, II. Their show will also feature guests Foxygen and Wampire.
Veteran comedy troupe The Illustrated Men—Bruce Hunter, Adrian Truss, and David Huband—have been performing live sketch and improv together since 1987. They’re playing a three-week residency on Mondays this March at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. March 4 their guests are Linda Kash, and Aurora Browne; March 18 they’re joined by Tony Rosato, Carolyn Scott, Bob Wiseman and a mystery musical guest. (The March 11 instalment is already sold out, however—unsurprising, since that’s when they welcome Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath.) Reservations can be made over the phone at (416) 845-9411.
Curated this month by Amy Langstaff, the long-running Trampoline Hall lecture series features Christina Bagatavicius on “Hoarding the Best: Life as a Maximizer”; David Jamieson on “Meta-Cognitive Mismatch and Relationship Strife”; and Sheila Murray on “Brown’s Town, my Dad’s Town” this month. Hosted as always by Misha Gluberman, and this instalment also features a set by the Misanthrope Specialty Company.
The vocal coach on Global’s Canada Sings! and an international cabaret superstar, Sharron Matthews plays a two-night stand at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, where she’s an artist in residence. Full Dark will showcase new songs and stories by the wisecracking diva, backed by a three-piece band.