Wednesday, January 21, 2009

drawing party

The Recordists (namely S.Higgins and myself) will be hosting another evening of collective drawing at The Ossington this coming Monday. Details follow:

Monday, January 26, 2009 at 10:00pm
The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave., Toronto

INTERVENTION MONDAY is an open-ended gathering of writers, critics, musicians, filmmakers and degenerate artists from the seedy underbelly of Toronto's underground. Gathering initially as part of an impetus to create a viable counterculture this post-post-modernday "Vicious Circle" engage in wisecracks, brainstorms and witticisms which, through the abuse of alcohol inevitably dissolve into folly and and spiral into void.

The colloquium includes music and visuals provided by a rotating lineup of selectors

This week:
Lorenz plays Space Music

+ in the back room:
Recordist Collective Drawing Party with real famous artists and live nude girls.
guests are invited to draw!

$2 scotch special, (lowest price allowable by AGCO)

Bring paper and your favorite pens, brushes, crayons, etc. Should be a blast! Hope to see you there!

- William

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Patrick McGoohan R.I.P.

The Prisoner = best TV show ever!

Creator and star of the series Patrick McGoohan died Tue., Jan. 13, 2009 at the age of 80. Here's an obit:

Farewell Number Six. You will be missed.

- William

Monday, January 12, 2009

Orchestre Royal Odradek

I will be appearing as part of Orchestre Royal Odradek this Wednesday evening at Somewhere There. As per usual we will be making exclusive use of the homemade instruments of Michelangelo Iaffaldano. Details follow:

Wednesday, January 14th, 8:00 pm, $8

8:00 P.M.: Orchestre Royal Odradek (Andy Yue, Colin Fisher, James Bailey,
Michelangelo Iaffaldano and William Davison) is a band that plays exclusively
homemade instruments built out of found materials. Tonight they celebrate the
launch of "Musiques rituelles de l'Ontario su sud" (Ocora/Radio France)

9:00 P.M.: Disguises
Parkdale noise freaks Disguises will present selections from their as yet
unrecorded sophomore full length. There may even be some projections!!

Somewhere There
Live Creative Music in Toronto
340 Dufferin Street
one block south of Queen Street
** entrance from Melbourne Ave. **

- William

Isle Of Misfits

Thrilled to announce that our drawing collective North Mutator has some works in the "Isle of Misfits" group exhibition happening at Canteen Gallery in Ottawa! The exhibition starts this week and runs until Feb. 10. If you're in the Ottawa area you should definitely check it out! Here are the details (lifted from Canteen's blog):

For the january group show, Canteen invited each artist to offer his or her interpretation of a fantasy sanctuary - or sanatorium - populated by people, animals, objects, and toys that are somehow not quite right.

Canteen Gallery is proud to present “Isle of Misfits”
A group exhibition featuring original artwork and prints by:

Santos Shelton
Tim Hooper
Brian Butler
Clint Eagleson
Nik Dudukovic
Hugo Gaudet-Dion
North Mutator
Patrick Gildersleeves
Ali Aschman
Eunice Luk
Drew Mosley
Vero Guitard
Nick Deakin
Megan Frau

Opening Reception January 15th | 7pm to 10pm
The show will run through February 10th

- William

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Most Horrible Night In Your Life!

I will be performing this Monday evening in Tomasz Krakowiak's ongoing series of events, aptly titled "The Most Horrible Night In Your Life". On this particular night, Tomasz has gathered together a number of Toronto's best improvising percussionists (and me, go figure!) to play a set of improvised music. The one restriction Tomasz has placed on the group however, is that the only instrumentation that will be allowed is one cymbal and one drumstick for each player...oh the horribleness!

Some other fine Toronto folks will also perform that evening to make things a little less horrible. Or perhaps more's anybody's guess, really. Here are the details:

the most horrible night in your life vol.8
january 12 2009 9pm
dave clark cymbal rick sacks cymbal joe sorbara cymbal william davison
cymbal robin buckley cymbal blake howard cymbal
jean martin laptop neil wiernik guitar
joda clement korg ms-20 harmonium field recordings
smiling buddha
961 college st., toronto

- William

TOGG Transition!

After many years of running "The Organ Grinder's Gazette" as a webpage on, I've decided to finally make it a "real" blog and set it up here on Blogger. Wish me luck, it's the beginning of a new era!

To view past T.O.G.G. posts (and peruse the many other Recordist-related websites), visit

- William