Toronto: Smith & Mighty tonight + Manitoba + Glide + more

From: Denise Benson (
Date: Fri May 04 2001 - 23:15:05 CEST

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    hi everyone,

    This is gonna be a (gasp! can it be?) relatively short one as there is
    much to tell you about, but so little time. Tip: check the 'Club Gigs'
    section below for ticket giveaways to tonight's Smith & Mighty gig at
    Fez Batik, and tomorrow's 'Transcendance' event at B-Side.

    As always, thanks to all who take the time to read through these
    info-filled notes and to everyone who responds, replies, supports, sends
    me their music and thoughts, and so on. Much appreciated. 'tis a source
    of energy and light.

    This is what's been goin' on....


    Mental Chatter airs Mondays from 11am-2pm on Toronto's oldest community
    station, CKLN 88.1fm. Tune in live via your radios or 'puters for
    super-fresh releases (including advance goodies), local and
    international guests, community/gig info galore, and loads more.

    Recent Picks of the Week have included:
    - Herbert's gorgeous 'Bodily Functions' album, out later this month on
    - V/A: 'Phuturistic Dancing,' a wicked, groovalicious new comp. out on

    Playlists: Now updated:
    or ask me to send to you directly if I don't already. Ditto your friends
    'n fellow music lovers.

    Archives: Yes, it's true! At long last, Mental Chatter is now archived
    online so you can listen at your own leisure...not to mention spread the
    word and sounds to friends in other cities/countries. Welcome aboard to
    all new listeners who've been checking the show thissa way! If you'd
    like to listen to the shows originally broadcast on CKLN on April 2, 9,
    or 23rd, head on over to the audio archives section of The April 30th show should be online any minute
    now as well, with new shows added weekly.



    Last week's edition of Extended Play in Eye weekly featured Montreal DJ,
    producer and founder of Turbo Records, Tiga (April 26), while this
    week's ish
    highlights the folks behind Mass Production, a techno-themed event that
    happened last night as part of the Mayworks Festival. If you're
    interested in checking these pieces (or my Beats Per Week listings
    section), surf on over to and head to The Beat
    section in the issue you're looking for (all issues of Eye are archived
    by date on the site). Those of you in the Toronto area should pick up
    the physical paper to check the super-sweet new redesign!

    Also, check the current (May) issue of Exclaim magazine
    ( for reviews of albums by Shantel ('Great Delay'
    on K7), Antibalas ('Liberation Afro Beat Vol. 1' on Ninja Tune), and
    loads more from all my fellow music geeks who contribute to the mag.



    Glide Wednesdays continue weekly at the oh-so-comfy Gypsy Co-op (817
    Queen St. W., Toronto), with Andrew Allsgood and I throwing down nu
    jazz, dub, downtempo, deep house, d&b, beats, and soulful abstract
    grooves. Props and thank-you's to everyone who came out last Wednesday,
    May 2, for a special live PA performance by Montreal's Freeworm. His
    sounds were beautiful and the vibe and crowd were truly lovely. This was
    exactly the kind of night that keeps us promoter/DJ types doing what we least in my book.

    Here's a list of who else will be joining Andrew and I over the next
    little while. No cover for any of these and, yeah, the air conditioning
    is now working! Who would have predicted this sudden summer ? (I'm not
    complaining :-)

    May 09: MANITOBA (the Leaf Label, U.K.): Toronto's own internationally
    respected melodic electronic experimentalist Dan Snaith cuts loose 'n
    lets his funky side shine through.

    May 16: PAUL E. LOPES (Whatnaut on, 3 Piece Chicken
    Orchestra, 52 Inc.'): 'Good music for good people' is how he describes
    his flavour. Youknowit!

    May 30: TRIPLET & MARTINO (both Gemma Records): Two thirds of the Gemma
    crew come correct with the deep house and broken beats. Yum.

    June 13: WATERSHELL & LEX of LEGION OF GREEN MEN (Interchill,
    Post-Contemporary, Echo-Beach): Two legendary T.O. producers dig deep to

    bring some seriously dubbed-out, trippy bizness.

    Other gig activities:

    Friday May 4 ~ Smith & Mighty return!!
    Smith & Mighty + Denise Benson + Sassa'le + Jelly
    Fez Batik, 129 Peter Street ~ $10 tickets at Vice, Rotate This & the
    Bristol's original soundbwoy massive return to Fez for the third time in
    two years! This just in: vocalist Rudy Lee will be the boys' MC for the
    evening!! Rudy, for those who are wondering, sang on the wicked "No
    Justice" track on 'Big World, Small World' and has done loads of solo
    work as well as collaborations with Bristol's Purple Penguin, and
    dub/reggae artists galore. His voice is sweet and his words conscious.
    Now I'm extra excited about tonight! Jelly will open t'ings with dub and
    roots reggae at 9pm, Sassa'le and I follow around 10:30pm with dub,
    roots, and a little bit of jungle and UKG, and Smith & Mighty take over
    the decks around 12:30am. Don't sleep!!

    I have three pairs of tickets to offer to the first three people to e me
    back requesting them! Apologies, but I can't write everyone back
    tonight, so I'll e you back only if you're one of the first three people
    through. See you tonight!

    Saturday May 5 ~ Transcendance
    DJ's JD + Switch + Denise Benson + performance by Mirha-Soleil Ross
    at B-Side, 129 Peter St. (above Fez Batik) ~ $7 before 10:30pm, $10
    Savour, Aslan Leather, CKLN, JD, myself and a whole host of organizers
    come together to throw this fundraiser for the upcoming Sexin' Change
    trans conference. We'll all be throwing it down from 9:30pm-3am in this
    warm, funky room. The fabulous Mirha-Soleil Ross performs at 11pm. All
    trans people, women, partners and friends are welcome.

    I also have two pairs of tickets to offer to the first two people to e
    me back requesting them for this event. See you out 'n about :-) Just
    wait 'til you hear about the TWO Savour gigs JD and I have on the go for
    Pride this year! More on that soon.

    I think that about does it for this round. Thanks for reading and take
    good care. Peace out.

    If you would prefer not to be on this mailing list, just lemme know and
    off your name shall go! Thanks!


    -denise benson-

    Radio & Club DJ: 'Mental Chatter' Mondays 11am-2pm, CKLN 88.1FM (Toronto) (playlists & live RealAudio: Archives: 'Glide' Wednesdays @ Gypsy Co-op, 817 Queen St. W.

    Writer: Eye Weekly 'Extended Play' and 'Beats Per Week' Exclaim Magazine features & reviews

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