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...

Stream Some Noise - September 2017

September 21, 2017 | Michael

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When the Local Music Collection was started back in 2006, the idea of streaming music to your phone sounded more like science-fiction more than reality. (Remember what iPods looked like in 2006?) The collection is still acquiring new CDs from local and Canadian musicians, but we're also aware that more...

Music in Toronto: Plazas and Plaza

Why are these two artists so little known in Toronto? PLAZAS From Vancouver to Toronto; recent transplant PLAZAS has only played a few gigs here but she was a regular on the Vancouver music scene. Plazas is Savana Salloum-Hedgecock. She produces dark-toned electro-pop with a wall of intersecting synth rhythms...

Learn to Make Music with GarageBand: upcoming courses

Toronto Public Library has four upcoming courses for teens and adults where you learn to create music with GarageBand. Don't worry it you don't have a Mac computer or device, all our Digital Innovation Hubs have this software ready for you to use. Please sign up here

Jahkoy: From Toronto to L.A.

Toronto native Jahkoy began his creating his music here and once even collaborated with the Weeknd. Like the Weeknd, he creates soulful music with a strong hip-hop inflection. After bouncing around the southern states for the last year or so, he settled in L.A. where he signed with Def Jam...

Live in the Stacks: Tasseomancy and Castle If

March 8, 2017 | Michael

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Ethereal dream-pop sisters Tasseomancy and electronic experimenter Castle If are Live in the Stacks of the Yorkville Branch on Saturday, April 29th at 7pm. Tasseomancy, formed by twin sisters Sari and Romy Lightman, bridge the divide between electronic and folk music. Their latest album, Do Easy, was released last year...

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...