Ear Candy: Pkew Pkew Pkew

February 13, 2017 | Michael

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As Toronto hits peak winter doldrums, sometimes I need a jolt of energy to get me motivated to do, well, just about anything. Lately, that burst has come from local punk band Pkew Pkew Pkew. Their self-titled, quasi-sophomore release (three songs from their debut were re-recorded for this album) is...

My Year in Music

January 10, 2017 | Michael

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2016 will be remembered as a year that saw the passing of many great artists. David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Sharon Jones and Merle Haggard were some of the musical icons that passed away. A lot of the year was spent re-listening to the wonderful albums these artists made (including...

Live in the Stacks: Doomsquad

October 3, 2016 | Michael

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Doomsquad brings their electro-psych dance music to the stacks of the Parkdale Branch on Saturday October 29. The Toronto-based band are a sibling trio that released their second album, Total Time, earlier this year. The album was recorded in New Mexico, inspired by the desert landscape. The band just finished...

Make Some Noise 10th Anniversary with Weaves and Twist

March 8, 2016 | Michael

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Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Make Some Noise with Weaves and Twist on April 9th at the Toronto Reference Library In 2006, Toronto Public Library started a local music collection to celebrate the amazing musical talent that was emerging in the city. Two concerts were planned to help highlight this...

Live in the Stacks: Jennifer Castle

October 28, 2015 | Michael

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Jennifer Castle brings her Polaris short listed Pink City to the stacks of the Yorkville Branch on Saturday, November 28. Jennifer Castle writes enchanting songs. The Toronto singer-songwriter crafts subtle, evocative melodies that linger long after the music has stopped. They are not songs you listen to, but ones you...

Music Business 101

October 4, 2015 | Elaine

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Are you a musician interested in expanding your music industry business know-how? Then join us for the Music Business 101 workshop at the Parkdale Branch on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. MusicOntario (with partners) has designed a succinct workshop to navigate these paths on your way...

Live in the Stacks: Junia-T and Ania Soul

May 11, 2015 | Michael

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Celebrate Black Music Month with special performances by Junia-T and Ania Soul! They will be "Live in the Stacks" on Friday, June 5th at the Maria A. Shchuka branch for a free, all-ages show. Photo credit: Angelika S Junia T & the Juice Money Collective Jonathon "Junia-T" Lindo has collaborated...

Live in the Stacks: Stella Ella Ola

April 28, 2015 | Michael

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Toronto pop-rockers Stella Ella Ola will be "Live in the Stacks" at the Palmerston Branch for a free, all ages show on May 22nd! The long winter seems to (finally!) be over, so it's time to put on your dancing shoes and check out the fun, energetic music of Stella...

Live Band in the Stacks: Language Arts

October 14, 2014 | Thomas

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Toronto balladeers Language Arts are coming to Parkdale Branch for a free, all ages show in November, and you could be there! Led by singer Kristen Cudmore, Language Arts combines a whole range of genres to create smart, endearing and toe tappingly-addictive rock. The band's been touring their new album...

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

June 10, 2014 | TPL Local Music

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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...