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...

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...