The festival opener takes place on June 10th at Cinecyle with experimental singer-songwriter Kee Avil. Montreal guitarist / composer Vicky Mettler creates mutant compositions from looped guitar noise, angular melodies, creeping vocals and grumbling electronics. She lands in Toronto celebrating her newest release “Crease” on Constellation Records with support from KARLA electronic duo Yunjin Claire Lee and Yoni Newman as well as Output 1:1:1 a project featuring members of American Standard Trio.
On June 12th Halifax’s JOYFULTALK returns to Toronto as a four-piece supporting their new album also being released on Constellation. Performing at the new venue BSMT 254, they are supported by Charles Spearin—of Do Make Say Think, and Broken Social Scene—and fellow Nova Scotian saxophonist Nick Durado as Budi, who has recently relocated to Toronto.
June 16th will see Vancouver’s avant rock trio Sick Boss flushed out with veteran improvisers Peggy Lee, JP Carter and Josh Zubot playing at the intimate front room of the Tranzac. The evening will begin with two ad hoc sets featuring members of the band joined by special guests Tania Gill on piano, Cheldon Patterson (aka SlowPitchSound) on turntables and Berlin-based drummer Samuel Hall.
The next show is the first of two featuring vocalist Amirtha Kidambi from New York, beginning with a duo including drummer Matt Evans at Array Space with opener Doom Tickler and local improvising duo Mira Martin-Gray and Kieran Maraj on no input mixers on June 23rd.
June 24th features Juno award winner Gordon Grdina and his Nomad Trio consisting of New York’s Matt Mitchell and Jim Black. Opening the night will be Juno nominee Lina Allemano’s duo Bloop and the Brodie West Quintet, both staples of Toronto’s improvising community. The show will take place in the Main Hall at the Tranzac.
Our headlining show welcomes to Toronto for the very first time MacArthur Genius Mary Halverson’s songwriting project, Code Girl. This project includes many members of New York’s adjacent jazz community including singer Amirtha Kidambi, drummer Tomas Fujiwara, bassist Michael Formenak, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and saxophonist Brian Settles. Joining them will be Toronto experimental pop darlings Bernice. A co-presentations with the Music Gallery’s Departures series, this takes place on June 26th at the Tranzac Main Hall.
And finally we round out the festival with two remaining shows in July, featuring Nordic free jazz saxophonist Mats Gustafsson’s Fire! Trio. Also taking place in the Tranzac Main Hall, July 3rd, the night opens with Toronto’s anti-legend Brian Ruryk with a classic set of free jangled guitar notes spray over a live collage of junk percussion & chaos followed by folk doom trio Völur presenting a special set featuring special guest tanbur player Reza Houshvar.
Jaimie Branch’s Anteloper is a duo with drummer Jason Nazary, celebrating a new release on free jazz label International Anthems. This project represents both musician’s electronic personalities. Anteloper, along with opening acts to be announced, will perform at the Baby G on July 6th.
With the enormous impacts of the pandemic on touring musicians, TONE has and will be presenting one-offs as they help support touring schedules and routes that have been interrupted and rescheduled. The first show takes place on May 13th at the Tranzac with Brooklyn underground musicians/improvisers Chris Pitsiokos, Luke Stewart, and Jason Nazary, supported by Toronto’s Colin Fisher and his new improvising trio, as well as Luge. This show has been rescheduled from March 2020. Tickets are available in advance.
In August TONE is happy to present Ashley Paul, and in September a long awaited return of experimental singer-songwriter Eric Chenaux. More shows will be announced in the fall.