Tin Tin Tin, the Drake, February 18
The launch of music columnist Carl Wilson 's indie rock mash-up series Tin Tin Tin stuffed the newly renovated Drake Hotel 's Underground with Toronto's indie rock elite, including Tyler Clarke Burke , whose dreamy painted visuals created a backdrop for the night's frankenbands. Three Ring Circuits , with Jonny Dovercourt , mn-I , QuasiMojo and Jenny (Barmitzvah Brothers) cranked out droning, spaced-out melodies. Baboon Tunes , an amalgamation of Polmo Polpo , Great Bob Scott and Chris Gartener , jammed beside a movie screen showing images of baboons frolicking and then fleeing like hell from hungry hyenas.
Highlight of the night was Hidden Camera and Barcelona Pavillion member Maggie MacDonald 's 25-minute rock mini-opera Rat King, a parody of 20th-century rationalism in which a man is driven to destroy his family because it seems like the logical thing to do. Hank frontman and filmmaker Jes Singer was captivating as the patriarch, well supported by Phonemes' Magali Meagher as his daughter and Second City performer John Caffrey as the love interest. Gentleman Reg Vermue , Tara Azzopardi , Luis Jacob and Kit Malo joined the chorus.
Post-opera, Global Pop Conspiracy spun tunes.
Check out Wilson's weblog at www.zoilus.com for information on upcoming Tin Tin Tin extravaganzas.