Toronto Public Library Brings Local Music to the Library

October 22, 2009 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library Brings Local Music to the Library
Toronto’s hottest artists will give free performances and workshops

Toronto (Thursday, October 22, 2009) - Toronto Public Library's local music initiative, Make Some Noise, brings local music to the library with free live performances featuring Grand Analog, Bruce Peninsula, Timber Timbre and Katie Stelmanis, as well as workshops on DJing, documenting the music scene, and an inside look at the history of the Polaris Music Prize from its founder, Steve Jordan.

"We're excited to bring the library's local music CDs to life," said Youth Collections Librarian Lisa Heggum. "Any hip-hop band that features the venerable kazoo in their music has got to be worth checking out. And Bruce Peninsula and Timber Timbre were both nominated for the Polaris Prize this year, so you know that's going to be a great show."

The artists are booked for the following dates and locations:

Thursday, November 5, 8 p.m.
Make Some Noise concert in the stacks with Grand Analog
College/Shaw Branch, 766 College St. (east of Ossington)

Saturday, November 7, 8 p.m.
Make Some Noise concert with Bruce Peninsula and Timber Timbre
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street (North York Centre subway)

Tuesday, November 10, 7 p.m.
The Art of DJing – a Make Some Noise workshop with Grand Analog
College/Shaw Branch, 766 College St. (east of Ossington)

Friday, November 20, 8 p.m.
Make Some Noise concert in the stacks with Katie Stelmanis
Bloor/Gladstone Branch, 1101 Bloor St. W. (east of Dufferin)

Tuesday, November 24, 7 p.m.
Documenting the Local Music Scene – a Make Some Noise Workshop with Colin Medley
Explore the importance of documenting music scenes and lesser know bands; get advice on the how to do it. Local music documenter Colin Medley uses examples from the past (fanzines) and present (blogs), as well as photography and video.
Kennedy/Eglinton Branch, 2380 Eglinton Ave. E. (Liberty Square Shopping Plaza)

Tuesday, December 1, 7 p.m.
Getting Into the Scene – a Make Some Noise Workshop with Polaris Music Prize founder Steve Jordan
Get a brief history the Polaris Prize, along with practical music industry advice to help up-and-coming artists and other music industry hopefuls.
Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (north of Eglinton, just off Yonge)
As always, library customers are invited to Take Some Noise home, in the form of local music CDs available for borrowing from Toronto Public Library. The local music CD collection features music by indie artists and other Toronto area and Canadian bands –like Metropolis is Burning, Grand Analog's latest. As with most library material, local music CDs can be reserved from any computer with internet access for pick up at any of the library's 99 branches.

“Over the past four years we’ve been building a strong collection of CDs by indie artists from around the GTA and across Canada," said Heggum. "We’ve worked closely with Soundscapes on College Street to identify up-and-coming Toronto area musicians, as well as new arrivals on the music scene. The collection demonstrates the library’s commitment to the local music scene in much the same way our collection of local and Canadian fiction demonstrates our commitment to the local literary scene.”

Also available for loan at the library: books about music, like Carl Wilson's Let's Talk About Love, along with hundreds of other titles.

“Our commitment to local music in Toronto is being noticed,” said Heggum. “Canada’s premier music magazine, Exclaim!, approached the library after our first two concerts, held three years ago, and has since played an important role in helping to sponsor and promote Make Some Noise.

"And this year, for the first time, we're partnering with the Polaris Music Prize," added Heggum, "to help bring the best in local music to our library branches, along with a great workshop featuring the founder of the Polaris Music Prize, Steve Jordan."

Details about free concerts and workshops in the library, along with info on local music CDs and books at the library, are available on the library's website in the newly-launched Make Some Noise section
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