Jane Duncan is the organizer of the city's first Rock Lottery. The one-day event will see 25 musicians from different bands randomly chosen to create new bands, which will then compose 20-minute sets of new material to be peformed live that night.
All proceeds from the concert go to the Regent Park School of Music. $7. Sneaky Dee's (431 College). Saturday (December 1), doors open at 9:30 pm, concert at 10:30 pm sharp.
Where did the idea come from?
It originated in Denton, Texas, which has been holding rock lotteries for 10 years, and Seattle has also done it, and I was involved with three events in Victoria. It's a great community builder, especially in Toronto, where sometimes it can be hard to connect because it's so big.
Who is participating?
I pretty much was able to get everyone I wanted, except for a couple, like Owen Pallett and Laura Barrett, who are just too busy. But we've got Sook-Yin Lee, Katie Sketch of the Organ, a couple of guys from Woodhands (Dan Werb and Paul Banwatt), Ohbijou's Casey Mecija, Jonny Dovercourt of Republic of Safety, Evan Davies and Emily Powell of Dead & the Deathly Dying Death, Tomas Del Balso of DD/MM/YYYY, Michael Melgaard, Andrew Sadoway, a bunch of people.
Were you concerned about having too many different music genres represented?
I did keep in mind that we didn't want musicians with too different tastes in music, so it's basically the indie rock genre. Although if we do it next year, I'd like to see more from the hiphop community, more country.
What if a randomly created band has three drummers and no lead singer?
It is a bit of a chance. In the past, the musicians involved were so outgoing as to want to sing, whether they were the lead singer in their own band or not. And usually there's a different singer for every song.
What's the process for writing the songs?
After the bands are chosen at around 11 am, they go off to their rehearsal space and start composing. Eight hours later they have four or five new songs. It's interesting - some songs are written in 20 minutes, others take three hours. And every band must also have a name, which is usually something completely ridiculous.