Saturday 17 November 2012 at 8:00pm
The Music Gallery
197 John St., Toronto, M5T 1X6, Canada
Just about every serious music lover across Canada is familiar with Exclaim! Magazine. Throughout its history, the magazine has maintained both breadth and depth of coverage in many genres. Exclaim! takes its motto of “Canada’s Music Authority” very seriously.
For its 20th anniversary, Exclaim!! has asked artists who have appeared on its cover over the years to curate shows across Canada. The Music Gallery invited longtime supporter and February 2010 cover star Owen Pallett to assemble some of his favourite bands into a celebration of the magazine’s most adventurous editorial coverage.
Doom Squad is a multi-platform art project comprised of siblings Trevor, Jaclyn and Allie Blumas. Their work is informed by an attempt to conceptualize the lore and mystique of the Canadian wilderness. Their music utilizes an eclectic mix of acoustic and electronic instruments and loops that bridge Western popular music traditions like garage rock and psychedelia with spiritually infused indigenous approaches to music like trance, repetition, breathing and chants.
T H O M A S is Toronto’s Thom Gill. Burn Down The Capital’s Tad Michalek describes T H O M A S as: “Smoothed out pop songs and raw emotion spread almost too thin over delicate guitar work. He blurs the line between pop and the avant-garde by re-inventing the clichés and turning them into something all his own without ever becoming one himself”. The last year has seen three releases from T H O M A S as well albums from his groups Bernice, OG Melody and LOOM.
The music of Alex Lukashevsky is fascinating, compelling, original, and fun. With his solo music, and with his currently dormant band Deep Dark United, Lukashevsky has developed a one-of-a-kind approach to song, utilizing his unusual sense of melody and structure, his playful fluency on the guitar and his eloquently raspy voice. His current ensemble includes singers Felicity Williams (Hobson’s Choice) and Daniela Gesundheit (Snowblink).