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TRP.P and Beny Esguerra will play a free, all ages show at 2 pm on June 15th at the Oakwood Village Library & Arts Centre. The show is free, for all ages with no tickets required. The concert is presented with City Hall Live , a music showcase and event... Continue reading
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Casper Skulls and Joseph Shabason will play a free, all ages show at North York Central Library on May 25th at 7 pm! No tickets are required for this all-ages event. Casper Skulls Post-punk rockers Casper Skulls will be bringing their dynamic sound for a very special Make Some Noise... Continue reading
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Witch Prophet - Photo credit: Shwntol Make Some Noise returns to library branches this fall with two exciting concerts and a beatboxing workshop! Witch Prophet will be performing at the historic Yorkville Branch on Saturday, November 17th. Witch Prophet is a queer, Ethiopian/Eritrean, singer/songwriter, the Co-Founder and Director of Toronto... Continue reading
Summer feels like it has finally arrived, but I am not one that craves the heat. The muggy, humid air makes me sluggish, and this month's playlist has the same feel going on. You will not find many warm weather bangers here, but songs that slowly drip like a bead... Continue reading
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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... Continue reading
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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... Continue reading
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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... Continue reading
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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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Year-end lists are a guilty pleasure of mine. I love reading them, debating them and, yes, I have been known to create them. Yes, they tend to have a formula - most filled with consensus picks with a couple of esoteric options to try and establish some sense of credibility... Continue reading
The Stream Some Noise playlist this month is a tour through some of Canada's hip hop finest. Starting with classic tracks from Maestro Fresh Wes and Dream Warriors and ending with Drake (of course), this is a quick overview of a history of Canadian hip-hop. The songs below can be... Continue reading
This month's Stream Some Noise playlist is for music lovers with wide and varied musical tastes. It has hip hop, dance, indie rock, R&B and more, with tracks from the early 1970s to the present. A number of recordings from the playlist are available from the Toronto Public Library, including... Continue reading
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Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) brings his ambient electronic solo music to the Bloor/Gladstone Branch on Thursday, November 2nd with support from rapper Emay. Presented with Wavelength Music. Jeremy Gara, best known as drummer and multi-instrumentalist for Arcade Fire, released his solo album Limn in 2016. Featuring ten works of ambient... Continue reading
When the Local Music Collection was started back in 2006, the idea of streaming music to your phone sounded more like science-fiction more than reality. (Remember what iPods looked like in 2006?) The collection is still acquiring new CDs from local and Canadian musicians, but we're also aware that more... Continue reading
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This week's list of ten awesome Canadian children's books focuses on two topics: comic books and chilling tales. These books offer a mix of fiction and true stories for the little reader in your life, but beware – most titles are only recommended for ages nine and up. Case Files:... Continue reading
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Ethereal dream-pop sisters Tasseomancy and electronic experimenter Castle If are Live in the Stacks of the Yorkville Branch on Saturday, April 29th at 7pm. Tasseomancy, formed by twin sisters Sari and Romy Lightman, bridge the divide between electronic and folk music. Their latest album, Do Easy, was released last year... Continue reading
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As Toronto hits peak winter doldrums, sometimes I need a jolt of energy to get me motivated to do, well, just about anything. Lately, that burst has come from local punk band Pkew Pkew Pkew. Their self-titled, quasi-sophomore release (three songs from their debut were re-recorded for this album) is... Continue reading
2016 will be remembered as a year that saw the passing of many great artists. David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Sharon Jones and Merle Haggard were some of the musical icons that passed away. A lot of the year was spent re-listening to the wonderful albums these artists made (including... Continue reading
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Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Make Some Noise with Weaves and Twist on April 9th at the Toronto Reference Library In 2006, Toronto Public Library started a local music collection to celebrate the amazing musical talent that was emerging in the city. Two concerts were planned to help highlight this... Continue reading
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Jennifer 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... Continue reading
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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. Photo credit: Angelika S Junia T & the Juice Money Collective Jonathon "Junia-T" Lindo has collaborated... Continue reading
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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! 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... Continue reading