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Live Band in the Stacks: Language Arts

October 14, 2014 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Toronto balladeers Language Arts are coming to Parkdale Branch for a free, all ages show in November, and you could be there! 

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The City's in Flame: Short films on the Roots of Toronto's Gay Punk Art Scene

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The City's in Flame

This exciting program of archival gems and rarely seen work explores a mix of music and queer themes, drawing some kind of through-line that began in the gay roots of art/punk rock and burst outward from there.  

Curated by musician/photographer Don Pyle, The City’s In Flame will bring together footage so obscenely scarce that the censors are going to be up in arms. The Dishes! The Government! Latino hardcore! Viletones! Fifth Column! GB Jones! Will Munro! And 10CC?! - all will gather to present a vision of utopia passed and future possibility.

All of the filmmakers will be in attendance to speak briefly with Pyle about the work shown. 

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Fort York Branch (190 Fort York Blvd)
June 25, 7 PM
Free, All-Ages

June's Recommended Recordings: Basia Bulat, Doug Tielli & Grand Analog

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Basia Bulat (2013)

Etobicoke-born autoharpist Basia Bulat's obvious talent has built her a solid fanbase here in Canada and has led her to joining the tours of internationally-recognised artists like the Arcade Fire, tUnE-yArDs and St. Vincent. On her latest album Tall Tall Shadow, Bulat's Tracy Chapmanesque vocals pair beautifully with richly instrumented accompaniments to create a memorable and incredibly listenable folk rock recording.

Tall Tall Shadow is available to stream on Hoopla!

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Grand Analog (2013)

Toronto's Grand Analog produce what is often described as hip hop. Their genre bending arrangements bely easy genre discriptions however, and in many ways, Modern Thunder is as much a rock or a reggae or a ska record as a rap one. Catchy as all get out, Modern Thunder is a great mix of upbeat party-starting jams and soulful old school rhymes. As a special treat to classic T-Dot hip hop fans, Saukrates makes an appearance on the second track Rap Sheet (This Day On).


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Doug Tielli (2013)

A prolific and respected contributor to Toronto's experimental music scene, Doug Tielli is a regular feature on the stages and in the liner notes of the country's popular music avant garde. On Keresley, Tielli seamlessly combines folk guitar, warbling vocals, African percussion, and bluesy jazz to create challenging and evocative sonic landscapes.


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Recommended Recording - IsKwé

June 3, 2014 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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Self titled (2013)

Originally from Winnipeg and now hailing from Toronto, IsKwé is a great addition to this city's music scene. Combining R&B, hip hop and dance elements, her debut recording has garnered her significant attention - she was identified as "One to Watch" in The Grid, and was a contender in in CBC Music's 2014 Searchlight competition. So check out what everyone's so excited about! Borrow IsKwé's CD from the library, and come see her perform at Spadina Branch for a free, all-ages concert this Friday!

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Spadina Road Branch
10 Spadina Road @ Bloor
June 6, 8 PM
Free, All-Ages


IsKwé Live in the Stacks

May 20, 2014 | TPL Local Music | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

IsKwe2We're super excited to announce that our next Make Some Noise live in the stacks performer is going to be the incredibly talented IsKwe!

Originally hailing from Winnipeg & now based in Toronto, IsKwé draws upon her Cree/Dene/Irish roots to characterize her Alternative RnB/TripHop music. IsKwé has worked with award-winning producers and was IsKwe1listed by the CBC as "Top 10 Canadian Musicians You Need to Know" and was twice covered by The Grid as "One to Watch." Her self-titled debut album, was released October 2013.

Come see IsKwé perform at the Spadina Road Branch on Friday June 6. This will be a free, all-ages concert, so come one, come all!



IsKwe Album-CoverIsKwé: Live in the Stacks
Spadina Road Branch
10 Spadina Road @ Bloor
June 6, 8 PM
Free, All-Ages

May's Recommended Recordings: Hollerado, Blood Ceremony & Sean Nicholas Savage

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Hollerado (2013)

Manotic ON natives Hollerado seem like they have a lot of fun. On their second full-length album White Paint, the indie rock fourpiece have put together 11 tracks of upbeat, fun quasi pop-punk - perfect for late spring jams and welcoming the sun for summer. 

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Blood Ceremony (2013)

Like your occult doom metal mixed with some Jethro Tull style flute'? Well then, we've got the album for you. Toronto's Blood Ceremony's classic metal songs are augmented by the distinctive flute playing of ethnomusicoligist Alia O'Brien to create one of the most original sounds in the city's hard rock scene.

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Sean Nicholas Savage (2013)

Montreal's Sean Nicholas Savage's prolific songwriting output is nothing short of breathtaking. Since 2008, Savage has released ten studio albums and shows no signs of slowing down. Savage's breathy sensuous synth pop is easily comparable to fellow Montreal rising stars Mac DeMarco and Airick Woodhead (aka Doldrums).

April's Recommended Recordings: Lily Frost, Anciients & A Tribe Called Red

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Lily Frost (2012)

Jazz trained singer songwriter Lily Frost has lived all over Canada, and has held down a central place in Toronto's music scene for over a decade now. Written as a letter to her young daughter, Lily's seventh studio album features clean, upbeat vocals, catchy chorouses and melodies that'll delight fans both young and old.

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Anciients (2013)

Fans of progressive metal should definitely check out BC's Anciients; an exciting addition to the West Coast's already thriving heavy music scene. The band's debut album, Heart of Oak has been recieving great reviews as well as comparisons to renowned metal heavyweights Baroness and Mastodon. Longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Prize, Anciients is shaping up to be an exciting metal act to watch.

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A Tribe Called Red (2013)

One of the hyped bands in the Canadian dance music scene, Ottawa-based DJ trio A Tribe Called Red blend EDM and Dubstep music with traditional first nations music to create pulsing dancefloor tunes that are as original as they are catchy. Their second album, Nation II Nation was a shortlist nominee for the 2013 Polaris Prize here in Canada, and around the world A Tribe has been busy, collaborating with artists like Angel Haze and Das Racist, and performing with a who's who of the global EDM scene including heavy hitters like Major Lazer and Poirer.


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Hip Hop Films: Mars Project at Annette

March 25, 2014 | TPL Local Music | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


Come to the Annette Branch to watch Jonathan Balazs' documentary Mars Project, which examines Toronto rapper Khari's experience with Ontario's mental health system after being diagnosed with a mental health problem.


THE MARS PROJECT - The Life of Khari and Canada's Mental Health System
Annette Street Branch
145 Annette Street 416-393-7692
Tuesday April 8, 6 pm 


Recommended Recording: PUP

March 20, 2014 | TPL Local Music | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

PUP (2013)

Toronto's PUP is making big waves in the city's hard music scene. Formerly known as Topanga, the band regrouped a few years ago and put out a self titled debut record in 2013. Featuring tightly written, high energy + super catchy melodic punk rock, it's no suprise that PUP quickly got signed up with US label OneSideDummy to release their album south of the border later this year.

Fans of punk/aggressive/hardcore music should definitely consider checking out a copy of PUP's debut from the library. Then check the band out too, as they'll be playing a free, all-ages gig at our Yorkville branch at the end of the month.


PUP + Alvvays Live in the Stacks
Yorkville Branch, 22 Yorkville Ave.
Saturday March 29, 2014, 8 PM

Free, All-Ages

Alvvays to join PUP Live in the Stacks

March 11, 2014 | TPL Local Music | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


We're excited to announce that indie-pop quintet Alvvays will be stopping by the Yorkville branch to join PUP for a free, all-ages concert in the stacks!

Check out the video for their single Adult Diversion (directed by the amazing + talented Colin Medley) to to see why we're so thrilled to have them added to the bill.

You can also read up a bit more on the band in this great article by Hannah Ghorashi over at Interview.

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Yorkville Branch, 22 Yorkville Ave.
Saturday March 29, 2014, 8 PM

Free, All-Ages

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