This Week in Music: Azari & III split, Brrrrr Music Fest returns, Wu Tang Clan, Punchclock Showcase
This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
Azari & III (probably) call it quits
Long long ago on last Monday, Alixander III of Azari & III, one of Toronto's biggest names in electronic music, announced via Facebook that group is splitting (the post is now gone). "The art project known as AZARI & III has done its work, run its course and is, for all intents and purposes, a momentary blip in time, now forever imprinted on the Universe... our recent EP entitled Extinction Event was just that, an extinguishing of the flame... It was heaven, it was hell, and I wouldn't take it back if I could." Is this real? Is anything? No official statement has been issued and Pitchfork hasn't dropped the bomb, so who knows. The group plan to complete their December European tour.
Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival date announced
Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival will be back for a second year, heating up outdoor venue Echo Beach on February 1st, 2014. Brrrrr! promises "a diverse lineup, stunning visual displays and an incendiary vibe." They released some presale tickets last week though nothing but the date has been unveiled yet. You can cop tickets now for between $52 - $97 (the VIP tickets likely get you access to heated areas and bottle service, going by last year's plan), or play it safe and wait for the line up. 2013's Brrrrr featured Moby, Dubfire, and Jokers of the Scene. This year's event takes place over one Saturday, instead of a full weekend. Did anyone go last year? Was this awful, or fun?
Wu Tang Clan's 20th Anniversary Tour / Kool Haus / Thursday, Nov 28
On a tour celebrating 20 years since the release of their classic album Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers), the promoters swear the whole group will reunite on stage at Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay E) - all 8 members of Wu Tang from Rza and Gza to Ghostface Killah will be there, plus special guests Peter Jackson & G5ive. One can only assume that they will perform 36 Chambers in its entirety, plus an endless arsenal of rugged bangers beyond that. Some might be annoyed with tickets starting at almost a bill, but this is no ordinary show and who knows when you'll have a chance to see this legendary ensemble come together again.
More concerts this week:
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Punchclock Showcase & Print Sale / Double Double Land & Punchclock / Saturday, November 3, 9pm-late & Sunday, November 4, 1pm-8pm / $5/$10
Okay listen up - this one is a two parter. On Saturday night at Double Double Land (209 Augusta) you can catch Petra Glynt, Carl Didur, New Fries, and LLVK (a collab between Sook-Yin Lee, Adam Litovitz, Brandon Valdivia (Not the Wind Not the Flag, Mas Aya), and Benjamin Kamino). There will be stage decor, DJs, and neon. Then on Sunday from 1pm - 8pm you can go to Punchclock (251 Sorauren Avenue) for a studio sale of screenprinted and risographed art prints, t-shirts, sweaters, tote bags, stickers and more. Check the Facebook event for more info.
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Photo of Petra Glynt via Facebook
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