Some would argue that in this city, there are too many open jams with too many hack musicians showing up from every corner of the earth to make god-awful noise until no one can take it anymore. With this Torontoist disagrees, and wishes for more.
By chance, Torontoist ended up at Plug and Play on Tuesday night – a new open jam that has made its way from Sneaky Dee’s to The Bagel (285 College St). The venue is a classic Toronto diner by day, currently trying to experiment with a liquor license and loud music at night. Could be this be a new Toronto hotspot? What with $2.50 beers and no cover, who wouldn’t want to hang out with crazy musicians on a Tuesday night in a diner full of autographed celebrity photos and Wizard of Oz posters?
Just as the thought arose, however, the bar owner called for the music to be played quieter…quieter? Most of it wasn’t even coming through a PA! Not only that, but the neighbours are known to host some ear-ringing parties upstairs (remember the No Dynamics house party from the Wavelength anniversary weekend?) Again, twenty minutes later, the band was told to bring it down. No knock to the bar owner, who’s protecting his license, but musicians HATE to be told to turn it down, so doubts arise as to whether or not The Bagel can continue to host events like this.
If you can get passed all that, the jam is quite satisfying. Last night saw a cast of characters from some of Toronto’s best underground groups deliver a punchy, twisting session that incorporated beat machines and turntables with untuned guitars and impromptu, unamplified nonsense vocals.
So bring your congas, djembes and guitars next Tuesday to The Bagel for Plug and Play…if it’s still there.