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Band Named Crow / Mike McCormick's Proxemics

  • The Burdock 1184 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M6H 1N2 Canada (map)

Doors at 9 p.m., Show at 9:30 p.m.

$10 in advance, $15 at the door



In the summer of 2016, Mike McCormick decided to address his performative limitations by composing a set of personalized technical studies for the electric guitar. Exploring the physical and practical distance between him and his instrument encouraged him to examine other “distances” in various aspects of his life. This lead him to compose songs using texts from a collection of saved letters, emails, and electronic messages sent to him from partners with whom he had been previously intimately involved in order to examine the emotional “spaces” he had created in his life. This resulting collection of compositions, his Proxemic Studies, are an intensely personal examination of human intimacy that depict the unabashed beauty of unconditional love, the bitterness of heartbreak, and the volatility of passionate lust.

Laura Swankey - voice, electronics
Karen Ng - alto saxophone
Mike McCormick - electric guitar
Mark Ballyk - drum kit


The Band Named Crow

Unexplained disappearances. Mysterious cross-dimensional travellers. A man who can talk to cats. Soul-searching, love and loss; The Band Named Crow is a group performing compositions inspired by the surreal worlds of Haruki Murakami.