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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some picture books we are really excited about that will be hitting the shelves soon. The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee, 2018 Ages 4-8 It's a good thing there's... Continue reading
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2016 was a great year for music as reflected in this year's Grammy Awards nominees. These are some of the artists that I'll be rooting for during the upcoming ceremony: Best Album A Sailor's Guide to the Earth, Sturgill Simpson I've never had an ear for country music; perhaps Simpson's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Arts & Culture
David, thanks for your comment! Enjoy!
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2016 on Best Albums of 2016 at Arts & Culture
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2016 was a great year for music. With more and more means of expressing themselves, musicians have never had so many different ways and platforms to release their work. That being said the art of the album is still a valued form, which is especially evident in all the great... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Arts & Culture
Note to self: don't listen to "The Drugs Don't Work" at work. I'd never heard the Leona Lewis cover, its gorgeous! I also must be getting some Fall allergies...
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2016 on Songs for a Good Cry at Arts & Culture
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D, thanks for the listening suggestions! I can only imagine how powerful Tanya Tagaq would be live.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2016 on Songs for a Good Cry at Arts & Culture
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Thanks for the great listening suggestions! Is someone cutting onions here?
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2016 on Songs for a Good Cry at Arts & Culture
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Norgri, thanks for your comment! "New Favorite" is gorgeous! I agree it could be good or bad to listen to after a break-up, depending on if you're crying over your ex's photos or burning their effigy. I definitely listened to "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" on repeat; 2005 was an emotional/angsty year for me. It is a beautiful song!
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2016 on Songs for a Good Cry at Arts & Culture
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Nina, thanks for your comment! Some tear-inducing suggestions for sure. Not sure what you mean be "stripped down", do you mean the production value or actual instrumentation? I've never heard of Karkwa, but definitely want to check out more of their stuff!
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2016 on Songs for a Good Cry at Arts & Culture
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Why do we cry? As infants we cry to communicate with our mothers and caregivers; we cry as a protective reflex; we cry in response to strong emotions. There's a slew of things that make me cry, including but not limited to music. We've all been there, a song starts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Arts & Culture
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With summer well underway, this also means the start of this year's music festival season! With some major festivals already behind us, there is still lots of great music to look forward to in the coming months. Toronto Public Library can be your one stop shop for preparing for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Arts & Culture
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Photo courtesy of Terry Smith/The Life Images Collection/Getty It’s hard to believe that Beverly Cleary turns 100 today given the continuing popularity of her books, of which millions of copies have been sold. Although the world was a different place when some of her most famous characters were brought to... Continue reading
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2016 began with some devastating news for music fans worldwide – the death of David Bowie. The legendary artist passed away on January 10 at the age of 69, after a long battle with cancer. With a musical career that spanned nearly five decades, Bowie was an innovative visionary. With... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Arts & Culture
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With 2015 quickly coming to an end, it's that time of year when we make semi-meaningless commitments of self-improvement and good intentions. Personally, I embarked on what is now a decade-long pledge to become a gym rat (maybe 2016 will be the year!). While aspiring to your personal best is... Continue reading
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On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration was founded on the values of freedom, justice, and peace for all. Human Rights Day (December 10) annually commemorates this significant document and is a reminder of the injustices around the world... Continue reading
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This past October 5th marked the 21st annual World Teacher’s Day. This significant day commemorates teachers and the essential roles they play in empowering youth and creating sustainable, equitable societies. While teachers deserve all the recognition in the world, this is also a good opportunity to celebrate a child’s first... Continue reading
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As August quickly passes us by, I still find myself in disbelief that summer is nearly at its end. The encroachment of September means a few things; for some, it's a scramble to get ready for school; for me it's an onslaught of nostalgia. One remedy during this sentimental time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Arts & Culture
Hi Ashley, thanks for your comment! There's so much going on during the Games! I'll probably see you at some events :)
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2015 on PANAMANIA at Arts & Culture
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July 10 will mark the start of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. As thousands of athletes descend upon Toronto, so will thousands of artists. Bringing their A-game in music, dance, theatre, comedy, fashion, and the visual arts, this kaleidoscope of creativity is aptly called PANAMANIA. Presented by CIBC,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Arts & Culture
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Polaris Music Prize recently released its Long List - a list of 40 albums contending for the title of best Canadian full-length album. The Long List is compiled by a panel of jurors, and after some promotion and further scrutinizing, is reduced to ten titles before the winner is announced.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Cedarbrae Blog
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Toronto Public Library's music collection is always growing, including what you can find at a branch near you. Below are albums that were recently added to our collection by artists that are taking part in this summer's music festival circuit. By the time you read this our CD collection will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Cedarbrae Blog
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May 1-10 marks the 33rd annual Canadian Music Week (CMW). With ten nights of performances, conferences, film and comedy festivals, and over one thousand participating bands, it is one of the largest music conventions worldwide. Although CMW focuses on the business of music and innovations in music making, it's a... Continue reading
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April 18 marked the 9th annual Record Store Day. Record Store Day is recognized world wide and celebrates independent record stores and their significance in their communities. The day also sees special vinyl and CD releases, and other special promotions. To commemorate the day, I looked back on albums that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Cedarbrae Blog
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March 31st marked the release of the long-awaited Sufjan Stevens album, Carrie & Lowell. This is his seventh studio album, his previous being released five years ago. In a word (or a few), this album is near perfect, maybe even his best? This may seem like a ludicrous statement, given... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Cedarbrae Blog
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Beginning in April, the Cedarbrae branch will be hosting its first ever Puppetry Club! During this six-week program series, participants will learn about the different types and styles of puppetry, how to write a puppet show, and about puppetry around the world! They will also get to make different kinds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Cedarbrae Blog