I was up in Toronto this past Saturday where, sometime around midnight, I found myself in an upstairs African restaurant near Kensington Market called Teranga (no website), which in the past two years has quietly become one of T.O.'s leading experimental/indie venues. Bryan Bray's Gardenia opened with a set that combined guitar and electronics with Nick Storring's processed cello.
I was then surprised to see Noveller in the house, having last seen Sarah during the Feast of Music Presents show on July 20. After rocking the house with her deep, dark drones, she handed the stage over to Unfact - otherwise known as David Wm. Sims of The Jesus Lizard - who processed his propulsive bass guitar through loops and effects pedals. The crowd was relatively sparse given the stateside reps these two have cultivated over the past few years, but what do you want for a second floor restaurant on a relatively dark stretch of road 500 miles from home? No matter: those lucky Canadians who were there got to see a helluva show.