Teen Review: Melodrama

June 30, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Rifa, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group On June 16, Lorde released her much anticipated album Melodrama. After the release of her debut album, Pure Heroine, in 2013, Lorde grew out of her suburb in New Zealand and became a star touring all around the world. After...

Teen Review: The Good Is Still Alive

June 5, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Asifa, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group A "nasheed" could be translated into “an Islamic song”. However the difference between nasheeds and songs is that while songs have musical instruments playing, nasheeds are vocals only. Also, nasheeds focuses on Islamic beliefs, etiquettes character etc. The particular nasheed...

Teen Review: K-Pop Boy Band BTS

May 29, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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by Vyshnavi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group On Sunday, May 21, 2017, the popular Korean boy group, BTS, made history by becoming the first K-pop group that has been nominated for, and won a Billboard Music Award. The K-pop craze is becoming widely popular, and Korean pop music...

words and music by . . .

April 10, 2017 | Cameron

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Are you a music aficionado? A absent minded radio listener? Perhaps you're a musician/performer yourself. The library has a few resources that will most likely appeal to many music lovers and musicians. Make Some Noise: Is an after hours concert series of live bands playing in branches of the Toronto...

Teen Review - Hamilton

November 27, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Vyshnavi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, I had the privilege to see hit Broadway Musical “Hamilton”. The musical, which originally started playing in New York in the Richard Rodgers Theater, is now playing in the Private Bank Theater in Chicago. Originally...

Ask Vivek: Recap

This, sadly, is my last post as E-Writer in Residence. It’s been such a gift to connect with you in person at various libraries and events, and online through your writing. I feel fortunate to have been given this opportunity to read (and listen) to your words. I am immensely...

Ask Vivek: What is your advice for a beginning songwriter?

I recently received a question regarding songwriting (thank you!) and decided to put together a short list of tips that have worked for me over the years as a songwriter. An important part of being a good writer is reading. Similarly, an important part of being a good songwriter is...

Weekly Program Roundup August 29 - September 3

August 28, 2016 | stephen

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Time to spice up our last week of summer programming with some music and dancing! Check out what's on this week at the library: Zumba for Teens Tuesday August 30, 2016 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Malvern Funky Latin rhythms mixed with easy to follow moves create a...

Album Review: Cry Baby

August 17, 2016 | Cameron

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Reviewed by Rifa from the Cedarbrae branch Cry Baby is the debut album by Melanie Martinez, a 21 year old singer and songwriter known for her appearance on the popular TV show The Voice. This album is a concept album, it tells the story of the character Cry Baby. Cry...

A Northern Summer Playlist

August 3, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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Favourite summer songs picked by the Northern District YAG "The Sound" by The 1975 - it is upbeat and cheerful, which I associate with summer. (Julia) “Rockaway Beach” by The Ramones - it's kinda a rock song and the lyrics are related to summer. (Justin) "Don't Let Me Down" by...

What's On @ the Library : August 1 - 7

August 1, 2016 | Christine

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Happy Simcoe Day, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your August long weekend, and doing lots of fun stuff with your friends. Speaking of fun, here is a list of some more great programs happening at the Toronto Public Library this week:

Marilyn Manson and Slipknot Concert Review

By Alissa, Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group member On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, I had the pleasure to see Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and their opener, Of Mice & Men, live at the Air Canada Centre. I have never seen any of these bands live before but expected an amazing show....

Contest: Song Writing Contest (July 26 – August 8)

July 25, 2016 | stephen

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And our winner is Stairwells - Heyitsvickay! Congratulations Vicky Are you a songwriter? Let’s hear it! All styles of music are welcome—with lyrics or without lyrics. Submit your original song for a chance to win B&O Beoplay H6 headphones. The song needs to be on YouTube or SoundCloud and we...

Whats On @ the library July 25th - 31st

July 25, 2016 | Cameron

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Want to know what is going on at the Toronto Public Library for teens this week: Check out the listing of programs below that cover programs and events from July 25th to July 31st. 1. Maker Monday: Duct Tape Wallet at the Bloor Gladstone Branch Use duct tape to build...

5 Seconds of Summer Concert Review

By Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group member, Alissa On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, I saw 5 Seconds of Summer live for the third time. For this tour, Sounds Live Feels Live, they brought along Hey Violet and One Ok Rock. They performed at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Last year, 5 Seconds...

Make It Rain Confetti: Panic! at the Disco and Weezer Tour 2016

By Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group member, Alissa On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, I had the pleasure to see Panic! At The Disco, Weezer, and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness live at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. I had the opportunity to see Panic! At The Disco live last year for...

Happening This Week: July 18-24

July 17, 2016 | Alice

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Dance. Draw. Act. Beatbox. Learn. We have a lot going on this week! Two weeks of hip hop dance with Scarborough dance crew Bucc N Flvr kick off this week at Maria A. Shchuka branch July 19. Michael Brown uncaps some sharpies for an art programme at Don Mills on...

City Dove: Reviewed

July 15, 2016 | Cameron

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Reviewed by Zahra, Highland Creek Library Unbreakable Smile by Tori Kelly "City Dove" is a song written by singer/songwriter Tori Kelly; this song can be found in her album "Unbreakable Smile." I have always been a huge fan of Tori Kelly, and I have to say that this song is...

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: REVIEWED

July 10, 2016 | stephen

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Reviewed by Emelie at Richview "Go go go Joseph" You'll wanna go go go see Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. A funny feel good musical that will make people leave saying "why didn't I dream of this sooner?" It is a production in Downtown Toronto at the Lower Ossington Theatre...

Happening This Week: July 11 - 16

July 10, 2016 | stephen

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New programs and Summer Edition Tech Week! Several branches are hosting Logics Academy this week for an hour long introduction to robotics. Come in and learn how to code and program your robot to participate in our Robot Dance Battle! Steeles: July 11 2-3pm Cedarbrae: July 12 2-3pm Pape/Danforth: July...

Playlist Review by Catherine

July 9, 2016 | stephen

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Reviewed by Catherine at Pleasant View Χαλεπά τά τρόμος. Beauty is terror. A Greek idea, about how extreme beauty goes hand in hand with quivering in fear of said beauty. Quite the name for a song playlist, nine of them in fact. Tags include "hauntingly beautiful", "orchestral", "epic", and "beautiful"...

Happening This Week: July 4-10

July 3, 2016 | Alice

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We're kicking off July with some awesome programs this week! Brentwood is hosting ScratchLab for a two-hour workshop on DJ skills this Thursday afternoon. Drop by to pick up some basics on mixing, beatmatching, and scratching to get you started. And two of our biggest programs are launching for an...

BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan): REVIEWED

June 25, 2016 | stephen

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Reviewed by Grace at Agincourt BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan) is a Korean boy-band group who debuted in 2013. BTS consists of seven different members (Jin, Rapmon, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin, Jungkook), who are not only talented and dedicated to their career, but are also super unique and charismatic. One of their...

Music Video Monday, Pride Edition: Eric Himan

June 13, 2016 | Cameron

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Eric Himan is an openly gay singer/songwriting for America. He has many accolades to his name and if you visit his website you can learn more about him there: http://www.erichiman.com. He has created and produced 8 independent albums on his own record label and has dealt with many different social...

Music Video Monday, Pride Edition: Gregory Douglass

June 6, 2016 | Cameron

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Gregory Douglass is an American singer/songwriter who hails from Vermont and has been an independent musician since 1998 with his first album. Douglas is openly gay and many of his songs deal with queer themes and issues. We will start off with a cover video of the Adele song: Set...