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

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Lily FrostDo What You Love
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.

AnciientsHeart of Oak
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.

A Tribe Called RedNation II Nation
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

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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

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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.

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

Free, All-Ages

PUP Live in the Stacks

March 4, 2014 | TPL Local Music | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


PUP CDWe're excited to announce the first of our 2014 concerts in the stacks! On March 29, come to the Yorkville library to hear Toronto punk upstarts PUP perform between the bookshelves.

This will be a free, all-ages event & you don't need a ticket. There's only room for 200 people though, so get there on time to make sure you get in.


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

Free, All-Ages



March's Recommended Recordings: Kate McGarrigle, The Treasures & Leeroy Stagger

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Kate McGarrigle Sing me the SongsSing me the Songs: Celebrating the works of Kate McGarrigle
Various (2013)

The McGarrigle family hold an important place in the Canadian (and international) music pantheon. So when Kate McGarrigle tragically passed away in 2010, her loss was felt by many in the music world. Sing me the Songs are recordings of tribute concerts for Kate in London, New York and Toronto, and feature performances by her children Rufus and Martha Wainwright, her sister Anna, and a wide range of admirers ranging from Emmylou Harris to Jimmy Fallon.

The TreasuresBring the Night Home
The Treasures (2013)

The Toronto roots rock community welcomed The Treasures into its fold in 2009. After several years of heavy gigging, the band has released its debut album, Bring the Night Home. The Treasures' penchant for sharing the microphone is featured heavily on the record, making the warm vocal harmonies a standout features of the recording.

Leeroy StaggerTruth be Sold
Leeroy Stagger (2013)

On his eighth studio album, West coast punker-turned roots balladeer Leeroy Stagger takes an unflinching look at his career to date, including his struggles with substance abuse and the relentless grind of touring in order to pay the bills. Stagger's powerful vocals layered on fast drums and wailing guitars helpsTruth Be Sold stand up as one of the better straight up rock out albums of the last little while.


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February's Recommended Recordings: Emilie Mover, Born Ruffians & Saltland

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Emilie moverMighty Time
Emilie Mover (2013)

Pint sized fans of Stella and Sam already know how awesome Emilie Mover is. What they may not know is that this talented singer-songwriter has released four albums for grown ups 2008. A talented blues and jazz singer, Emilie's Mighty Time demonstrates her showstopping voice to its best advantage.

Born RuffiansBirthmarks
Born Ruffians (2013)

Canuck rock staples Born Ruffians' started their musical career in Midland Ontario, before moving to Toronto almost a decade ago. Their infectiously sing alongable rock has carried them through four albums, and earned them a solid fan following both at home and abroad. Their latest album, Birthmarks, is packed with the kind of crooning upbeat ballads summon the giddy excitement of summer rock festivals and shows the band to its best advantage - not particularly profound, but a lot of fun to listen to. 

SaltlandI Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us
Saltland (2013)

Montreal cellist Rebecca Foon cut her teeth in Thee Silver Mt. Zion and Esmerine before launching a solo career as Saltland. On her full length debut, Foon creates layered tracks of moody cello and understated vocals, accompanied by a range of musicians from her hometown, most obviously the iconic baritone saxiphone of Colin Stetson


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January's Recommended Recordings: Kobo Town, Michael Feurstack & The Jarvis Street Revue

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Kobo townJumbie in the Jukebox (2013)
Kobo Town

Blending calypso, reggae and roots music, Toronto's Kobo Town has produced an album of smart, toe-tappingly catchy tunes. Led by Trinidadian-Canadian bandleader Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town's sophomore recording Jumbie at the Jukebox earned it a Polaris longlist nomination and a score of excited fans last year.

Michael FeuerstackTambourine Death Bed (2013)
Michael Feurstack

Michael Feurstruck's first self-titled album features the type of contemplative instrumental folk that made him a fan favourite whilst performing under his previous stage name Snailhouse. Tambourine Death Bed features Feurstack's langourous vocals layered over guest performances by a who's who of Montreal's music community, including Colin Stetson, Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire, and Little Scream crooner Laurel Sprengelmeyer.

The Jarvis Street RevueMr. Oil Man (2012)
The Jarvis Street Revue

If you've noticed a lack of 60's Thundar-Bay based psych rock, the library is the place for you, my friend! Borrow a copy of the recently reissued Mr. Oil Man, the only recording by T-Bay longhairsThe Jarvis Street Revue, and revel in 16 tracks of slinky guitar weirdness.  


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December's Recommended Recordings: Grey Kingdom, Rachel Zeffira & K-OS

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Grey KingdomGrey Kingdom
Light, I'll Call Your Name Out "Darkness" (2012)

Welland Ontario resident Spencer Burton first came to many concertgoers attention as the guitarist in Attack in Black. Since that band's dissolution, he's taken to performing and recording under the moniker Grey Kingdom. On his latest record, Light, I'll Call your Name Out "Darkness" Burton is joined by former Attack In Black members Ian and Daniel Romano to deliver a series of lonely, echoing country songs.

Rachel ZeffiraRachel Zeffira
The Deserters (2013)

Half of neo-psychedelia band Cats Eyes, Canadian soprano Rachel Zeffira has been gaining critical accolades around the world for her recent solo album The Deserters. On it, Zeffira's haunting vocals are layerd on top of rich lush piano accompaniments and instrumental harmonies; a nod to her classical training and experience.

K-os black on blondeK-OS
Black on Blonde (2013)

 Often recognized as a key figure in the city's hip hop scene, Toronto musician K-OS has occasionally found himself at odds with this genre-based definition of his performance. In fact, straight up guitar n' drums rawk are often as much of an influence on his music as turntablism and rhymes. On his recently released double recording Black on Blonde, K-OS makes these complementary influences on his music explicit; the first album "Black" is composed of Hip Hop tracks, while the second, "Blonde" is largely funky rock n' roll, featuring such guests as Sam Roberts and Sebastan Grainger (DFA 1979).


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Vivek Shraya Joins Sarah Liss at the Library

November 18, 2013 | TPL Local Music | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


Exciting news, Noise fans!

Toronto artist, author and musician Vivek Shraya will be joining Sarah Liss for a discussion at the Yorkville Library on November 28.

Vivek and Sarah plan on talking about the act of writing a book as a community experience and the significance of self-documentation within the queer community in the context of their two books Army of Lovers and What I Love about being Queer. And of course, as previously advertised, they'll be discussing the late great Will Munro and his pivotal role in Toronto's LGBTQ Music community.

So join us for a night not to be missed!

YorkvilleSarah Liss on Will Munro
Yorkville Branch
22 Yorkville Avenue
Thursday November 28, 7 PM


Photo by Karen Campos

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