Canadian Music Week 2005 at various venues, Thursday through Saturday (March 3-5). See club listings for complete showcase information. Individual shows free-$26.50, wristbands $30, available through Ticketmaster (416-870-8000, www.ticketmaster.ca). Note: some shows have limited wristband access. Check www.cmw.net for further conference event information, details and updates. Rating: NNN
Percussionist Morgan Doctor has mastered the tabla, the Swiss-made hang and the good old standard drum kit, and Is This Home is her debut album. Not that she's new to this. It's just that, after playing for a number of years with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and being involved in musical production for dance with Gabrielle Roth, and even with Blue Rodeo's Bob Wiseman, she hasn't had the time until now. She's also a yoga instructor, and this album fuses her two loves. Most of the tracks are musical accompaniments to yoga movements, so it's easy to get a sense of the pace of the songs, but Doctor's impact is something else altogether. Ambient percussion, sample loops, violins, field recordings and programmed drums come together in a mesmerizing experience.
Doctor hits the Social Saturday (March 4) as part of CMW.