Make Some Noise Seeks Emerging Musicians in the Albion Community

February 7, 2018 | Michael

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Make Some Noise is planning a concert at the Albion Branch on May 5th, 2018 and is seeking emerging musicians from the community. Make Some Noise is the Toronto Public Library’s performance series that highlights local musicians and promotes the Library’s Local Music Collection. Make Some Noise performances happen in...

6ix Rising Film Screenings

February 5, 2018 | Michael

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Toronto's hip-hop scene has gained notoriety recently thanks to the success of Drake and The Weeknd, but what is it like for an up-and-coming artist trying to make it in the competitive world of rap? The recent Noisey documentary 6ix Rising looks at the challenges faced by different artists, including...

Stream Some Noise - The Love Song Edition

February 2, 2018 | Michael

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Where would popular music be without the love song? Not that there is only one kind of love song - they range from chronicling first kisses, everlasting love, break-ups, cheating exes and everything in between. The love song is so incredibly versatile, which is perhaps why it endures as a...

Stream Some Noise - January 2018

January 15, 2018 | Michael

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Our January playlist continues to unearth some hidden gems from 2017, starting off on the softer side before slowly increasing the volume up to 11. Check out The Details by Mo Kenney, Kiddo by Jessie Reyez, Wide Open by Weaves and Any Other Way by Jackie Shane for free with...

DIY Sound Recording

December 22, 2017 | lf - make some noise

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Sound Recording Techniques Learn professional sound recording techniques for film, music or online applications. This seminar covers how to operate innovation hub recording equipment and offers an introduction to free use recording software. For ages 10 and up. Phone 416-394-5170 to register. Auditorium, Albion Branch, Thurs Jan 4, 6-8 p.m....

Before the 6ix - a discussion about Toronto's early hip-hop and rap

December 22, 2017 | lf - make some noise

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Before the 6ix Conversations on Toronto's historical hip-hop scene and classic rap albums. Moderated by Polaris Music Prize juror Del Cowie. Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Toronto Reference Library Hinton Learning Theatre 3rd floor 6ix refers to the six municipalities - Toronto, Scarborough, North York, York,...

Stream Some Noise: Songs I Almost Missed in 2017

December 13, 2017 | Michael

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Year-end lists are a guilty pleasure of mine. I love reading them, debating them and, yes, I have been known to create them. Yes, they tend to have a formula - most filled with consensus picks with a couple of esoteric options to try and establish some sense of credibility...

Stream Some Noise - November 2017

November 8, 2017 | Michael

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The Stream Some Noise playlist this month is a tour through some of Canada's hip hop finest. Starting with classic tracks from Maestro Fresh Wes and Dream Warriors and ending with Drake (of course), this is a quick overview of a history of Canadian hip-hop. The songs below can be...

Stream Some Noise - October 2017

October 31, 2017 | Michael

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This month's Stream Some Noise playlist is for music lovers with wide and varied musical tastes. It has hip hop, dance, indie rock, R&B and more, with tracks from the early 1970s to the present. A number of recordings from the playlist are available from the Toronto Public Library, including...

Live in the Stacks: Jeremy Gara and Emay

September 27, 2017 | Michael

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Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) brings his ambient electronic solo music to the Bloor/Gladstone Branch on Thursday, November 2nd with support from rapper Emay. Presented with Wavelength Music. Jeremy Gara, best known as drummer and multi-instrumentalist for Arcade Fire, released his solo album Limn in 2016. Featuring ten works of ambient...