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Live in the Stacks: Jennifer Castle

October 28, 2015 | Michael | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Jennifer castleJennifer 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 experience.

Her fourth album, Pink City, was recently short listed for the Polaris Music Prize (her first two albums were released under the name Castlemusic). NOW said the album is "the best 32 minutes of music you'll hear anytime soon."

Jennifer Castle has recently been opening for Destroyer across North America and Europe. We are thrilled to have her playing a free, all ages show at the Yorkville Branch on Saturday, November 28th at 7pm.

Live in the Stacks: Jennifer Castle
Yorkville Branch (22 Yorkville Ave) 
Saturday, November 28, 7-9 pm

Photo credit: Federico Álvarez

Music Business 101

October 4, 2015 | Elaine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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 to a musical career, starting off on the right foot. Independent artists will learn how to be their own booking agent, publicist, tour manager, accountant, graphic designer, web designer, merchandiser, financial advisor, and record label, to get a head start in their career. 

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Live in the Stacks: Junia-T and Ania Soul

May 11, 2015 | Michael | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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.

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Junia T & the Juice Money Collective

Jonathon "Junia-T" Lindo has collaborated with a who’s who of Toronto talents including Rich Kidd, Tanika Charles, Slakah The Beatchild and his own groups Smash Brovaz and Chefs Plate. Whether in the UK collaborating on songs with big buzz acts like Little Simz ("Sleep Paralysis"), or charting two number #1 singles on Snoop Dogg's Underground Heat ("Too Smoove" and "Sky Is Falling"), Junia-T has exhibited the talent necessary to be a career artist on his latest album Eye See You.


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Ania Soul

Ania Soul bridges the gap between two disparate musical worlds. She merges the intimacy and introspection of a singer-songwriter with the rich aesthetic of roots, soul and R&B. Popular songs like "All in My Head" with its sparse catchy acoustic arrangement or in the driving, hook-laden "Over You," nothing of her vision is left by the wayside - a rare achievement. Ania’s vocal prowess soars on her self-titled EP and when she sings with the 17-piece Toronto super band St. Royals.

Dalton Higgins (Rap N’ Roll) - Host

Dalton Higgins is the proprietor behind the popular "Rap N’ Roll," a multi-genre live music series, and the author of six books including the first biography of Grammy-winning rapper Drake.

Live in the Stacks: Junia-T and Ania Soul
Maria A. Shchuka Branch (1745 Eglinton Avenue West)
Friday, June 5th @ 9pm

Live in the Stacks: Stella Ella Ola

April 28, 2015 | Michael | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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!

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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 Ella Ola. They will be playing songs from their debut album, I Think We Should Hang Out All The Time, after the Palmerston branch (560 Palmerston Ave, at Bloor St) closes on Friday, May 22nd.

The show is free and all-ages! No tickets required. The music will start around 8pm, so don't be late!

I Think We Should Hang Out All The Time is currently available for streaming via Hoopla. All you need is a Toronto Public Library card!

Want to practice your dance moves before the show? Check out the video for Stella Ella Ola's "Too Pretty" to get some inspiration.


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Live Band in the Stacks: Language Arts

October 14, 2014 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Toronto balladeers Language Arts are coming to Parkdale Branch for a free, all ages show in November, and you could be there! 

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

June 10, 2014 | TPL Local Music | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The City's in Flame

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 so obscenely scarce that the censors are going to be up in arms. The Dishes! The Government! Latino hardcore! Viletones! Fifth Column! GB Jones! Will Munro! And 10CC?! - all will gather to present a vision of utopia passed and future possibility.

All of the filmmakers will be in attendance to speak briefly with Pyle about the work shown. 

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Fort York Branch (190 Fort York Blvd)
June 25, 7 PM
Free, All-Ages

June's Recommended Recordings: Basia Bulat, Doug Tielli & Grand Analog

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

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Basia Bulat (2013)

Etobicoke-born autoharpist Basia Bulat's obvious talent has built her a solid fanbase here in Canada and has led her to joining the tours of internationally-recognised artists like the Arcade Fire, tUnE-yArDs and St. Vincent. On her latest album Tall Tall Shadow, Bulat's Tracy Chapmanesque vocals pair beautifully with richly instrumented accompaniments to create a memorable and incredibly listenable folk rock recording.

Tall Tall Shadow is available to stream on Hoopla!

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Grand Analog (2013)

Toronto's Grand Analog produce what is often described as hip hop. Their genre bending arrangements bely easy genre discriptions however, and in many ways, Modern Thunder is as much a rock or a reggae or a ska record as a rap one. Catchy as all get out, Modern Thunder is a great mix of upbeat party-starting jams and soulful old school rhymes. As a special treat to classic T-Dot hip hop fans, Saukrates makes an appearance on the second track Rap Sheet (This Day On).


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Doug Tielli (2013)

A prolific and respected contributor to Toronto's experimental music scene, Doug Tielli is a regular feature on the stages and in the liner notes of the country's popular music avant garde. On Keresley, Tielli seamlessly combines folk guitar, warbling vocals, African percussion, and bluesy jazz to create challenging and evocative sonic landscapes.


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Recommended Recording - IsKwé

June 3, 2014 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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Self titled (2013)

Originally from Winnipeg and now hailing from Toronto, IsKwé is a great addition to this city's music scene. Combining R&B, hip hop and dance elements, her debut recording has garnered her significant attention - she was identified as "One to Watch" in The Grid, and was a contender in in CBC Music's 2014 Searchlight competition. So check out what everyone's so excited about! Borrow IsKwé's CD from the library, and come see her perform at Spadina Branch for a free, all-ages concert this Friday!

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Spadina Road Branch
10 Spadina Road @ Bloor
June 6, 8 PM
Free, All-Ages


IsKwé Live in the Stacks

May 20, 2014 | TPL Local Music | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

IsKwe2We're super excited to announce that our next Make Some Noise live in the stacks performer is going to be the incredibly talented IsKwe!

Originally hailing from Winnipeg & now based in Toronto, IsKwé draws upon her Cree/Dene/Irish roots to characterize her Alternative RnB/TripHop music. IsKwé has worked with award-winning producers and was IsKwe1listed by the CBC as "Top 10 Canadian Musicians You Need to Know" and was twice covered by The Grid as "One to Watch." Her self-titled debut album, was released October 2013.

Come see IsKwé perform at the Spadina Road Branch on Friday June 6. This will be a free, all-ages concert, so come one, come all!



IsKwe Album-CoverIsKwé: Live in the Stacks
Spadina Road Branch
10 Spadina Road @ Bloor
June 6, 8 PM
Free, All-Ages

May's Recommended Recordings: Hollerado, Blood Ceremony & Sean Nicholas Savage

May 5, 2014 | TPL Local Music | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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Hollerado (2013)

Manotic ON natives Hollerado seem like they have a lot of fun. On their second full-length album White Paint, the indie rock fourpiece have put together 11 tracks of upbeat, fun quasi pop-punk - perfect for late spring jams and welcoming the sun for summer. 

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Blood Ceremony (2013)

Like your occult doom metal mixed with some Jethro Tull style flute'? Well then, we've got the album for you. Toronto's Blood Ceremony's classic metal songs are augmented by the distinctive flute playing of ethnomusicoligist Alia O'Brien to create one of the most original sounds in the city's hard rock scene.

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Sean Nicholas Savage (2013)

Montreal's Sean Nicholas Savage's prolific songwriting output is nothing short of breathtaking. Since 2008, Savage has released ten studio albums and shows no signs of slowing down. Savage's breathy sensuous synth pop is easily comparable to fellow Montreal rising stars Mac DeMarco and Airick Woodhead (aka Doldrums).

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