Musicologist: May 19-25
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Musicologist: May 19-25

Photo of Tony Dekker by Trinh Nguyen
This week the Music Gallery, Carl Wilson, and a handful of musicians/composers want you to celebrate concrete. Paying homage to the iconic concrete architecture that sprout in Toronto between 1950 and 1970 (and to Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart’s book Concrete Toronto), such musicians as Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Sandro Perri (Polmo Polpo, Glissandro 70, ex-Great Lake Swimmer), and Knurl (noise artist Alan Bloor) will perform as part of Concrete Toronto Music.
The event surrounds the selected musicians/composers who were commissioned to create original works that both reflect upon the emotional and physical impression concrete architecture has had on Toronto and the nature of the matter itself. The event also brings together for the first time ever experimental composer Neil Wiernik (Naw) and architect/media theorist Greg Smith in an exciting multi-media collaboration of experimental audio-visual examinations of Toronto’s urban spaces.
Concrete Toronto Music will occupy two of the many staple concrete buildings in Toronto beginning on Sunday, May 25 at the Polish Combatants Hall (206 Beverley Street) and continuing on June 1 at the Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road). Both largely misunderstood, concrete architecture and experimental musicians are finally given the opportunity to support each other—leave it up to the Music Gallery to arrange such a marriage.
Continue reading for this week’s full listings.

This Week

Monday, Mat 19
Dosh @ El Mocambo, $12.50
Joey Belladonna @ Reverb, $22.50
Subtle @ Sneaky Dee’s, $10
Purrr, Atlas Eyes, People of Canada, and Dead Sexy Sheila @ The Drake, FREE
Tuesday, May 20
Blood on the Wall, Jewish Legend, and Huckleberry Friends @ Sneaky Dee’s, $10
Thrones and Ocrilim @ The Boat, $8
Burma Fundraiser feat. Jason Collett and Jesse Cook @ Lula Lounge, $22
Nudie and the Turks and Dan Kershaw @ Dakota Tavern
Brad Casey and Keith Hamilton @ Tranzac, FREE
Wednesday, May 21
Kanye West, Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco, and N.E.R.D @ Molson Amphitheatre, $39.50-$84.50
Catamenia @ Wreck Room, $23.50
Snowden, Colour Revolt, and The Diableros @ Lee’s Palace, $10.50
Revolution Love, The Dank, and Left of Zero @ Tiger Bar, $5
Pants and Tie @ Drake, $5
Thursday, May 22
The Johnstones @ Opera House, $10.50
The Long Blondes @ Lee’s Palace, $15
Nightwood, TomBoyFriend, and The Books Elusive @ Rancho Relaxo, $5
Peter Case @ Dakota Tavern
Born to Busk and Thee 9am Social @ Clinton’s, $5
Friday, May 23
Stewed Roots and $100 @ Renaissance Cafe,
Eric Chenaux and Ryan Driver and the Skins @ Soundscapes (7 p.m.), FREE
Los Campesinos @ Lee’s Palace, $13.50
Uh Huh Her @ Mod Club, SOLD OUT
Sarah Slean @ Music Hall, $27.50
Joel Elliott, Terror Lake, and Ghost Hands @ Press Club, $5
Arkana Music and Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra @ Concord Cafe, $7
The Dress Whites, Young Flux, and Red Yellow Green @ The Drake, $5
Fox Jaws, The Miles, Pink Dead Whale, Schomberg Fair and others @ Rivoli, $5
First Person Shooter, Organical, and Streetlight Light @ Rancho Relaxo, $5
Saturday, May 24
Laura Veirs and Liam Finn @ El Mocambo, $10
Nas @ Kool Haus, $48
Opeth @ Sound Academy, $33
Submarines @ Drake, $12
Pupy Y Los Que Son Son @ Opera House, $35
Suba Sankaran and Jennifer Moore @ Walter Hall, $10-$30
KT Tunstall @ Music Hall, $37.50
Sunday, May 25
The Expos @ Reverb, $13
Justin Townes Earle @ Horseshoe, $9
The Dead Science, Mt. Royal, and Women @ Sneaky Dee’s, PWYC
Concrete Toronto Music feat. Knurl, Smith and Wiernik, Sandro Perri, Tony Dekker and others @ Polish Combatants Hall, $10-$20

Just Announced

June 3: Eric’s Trip @ Mod Club, $15
June 11: The Stills @ Mod Club, $18
June 14: Pat Mahoney (of LCD Soundsystem) and Hercules & Love Affair @ Wrongbar, $15
July 16: No Age @ Horseshoe, $13.50
August 21: The Faint @ Opera House, $20.50
October 18: Madonna @ Air Canada Centre
October 29 & 30: Coldplay @ Air Canada Centre