Toronto's Punk Past

May 1, 2018 | Michael

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Image from the Toronto Star Archives Toronto's punk scene of the 70s and 80s may not have the international recognition of New York City or London, but the city had a thriving punk scene that produced bands including the Viletones and Diodes. Just as it did in other cities, the...

Stream Some Noise - The Sloan Edition

April 12, 2018 | Michael

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A couple of personal mementos from my collection, including the ticket stub from my first Sloan concert. Let's get this out of the way at the beginning - I'm a big Sloan fan. Without getting bogged down by details, it is accurate to say that I've been listening to Sloan...

OBUXUM and Kiyoya Amoah will Make Some Noise at the Albion Branch

April 5, 2018 | Michael

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Local producer/beatmaker OBUXUM and R&B crooner Kiyoya Amoah will light up the Albion Branch on Saturday May 5th for a free, all ages show. Presented with Wavelength Music. OBUXUM is a Somali-Canadian producer and beatmaker who blends dance music styles. A performative artist, she has drawn raves for her live...

NUE: A Toronto Rapper on the upswing

March 16, 2018 | lfeesey

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Last May, local rapper NUE had only released two songs, but those in the know at Vice, Pigeons and Plane, and High Clouds took notice. After he dropped a mixtape in March 2018, PaperMag dubbed him “the Toronto rapper to keep your radar on." His music fuses rhymes and melody...

Stream Some Noise - March 2018

March 5, 2018 | Michael

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Buried near the bottom of this playlist is the song "Slime" by Hard to Kill, a local duo of Teddy Fantum and G Milla. Expected to release their debut album this year, the song feels like it is trying to push forward and pull back at the same time. It's...

Make Some Noise Seeks Emerging Musicians in the Albion Community

February 7, 2018 | Michael

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Make Some Noise is planning a concert at the Albion Branch on May 5th, 2018 and is seeking emerging musicians from the community. Make Some Noise is the Toronto Public Library’s performance series that highlights local musicians and promotes the Library’s Local Music Collection. Make Some Noise performances happen in...

6ix Rising Film Screenings

February 5, 2018 | Michael

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Toronto's hip-hop scene has gained notoriety recently thanks to the success of Drake and The Weeknd, but what is it like for an up-and-coming artist trying to make it in the competitive world of rap? The recent Noisey documentary 6ix Rising looks at the challenges faced by different artists, including...

Stream Some Noise - The Love Song Edition

February 2, 2018 | Michael

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Where would popular music be without the love song? Not that there is only one kind of love song - they range from chronicling first kisses, everlasting love, break-ups, cheating exes and everything in between. The love song is so incredibly versatile, which is perhaps why it endures as a...

Stream Some Noise - January 2018

January 15, 2018 | Michael

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Our January playlist continues to unearth some hidden gems from 2017, starting off on the softer side before slowly increasing the volume up to 11. Check out The Details by Mo Kenney, Kiddo by Jessie Reyez, Wide Open by Weaves and Any Other Way by Jackie Shane for free with...

DIY Sound Recording

December 22, 2017 | lfeesey

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Sound Recording Techniques Learn professional sound recording techniques for film, music or online applications. This seminar covers how to operate innovation hub recording equipment and offers an introduction to free use recording software. For ages 10 and up. Phone 416-394-5170 to register. Auditorium, Albion Branch, Thurs Jan 4, 6-8 p.m....