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Local wordsmiths and performers shine at Toronto Poetry Slam, providing an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery and friendly competition before an always packed house. $80 goes to the best performance of the night, so if you think your literary creations have what it takes to win, be sure to sign up at 730PM. And don't forget your sense of humour!
INTERACTION is a monthly event for creative thinker/makers. It’s comprised of you. People in the community. From Artists, Musicians, Creative Technologists, Producers, Directors and more this is a time to get together, have a drink and chat about what we’re up to, where things are going, and how together we can continue to push innovation locally. Collaboration is a good thing. We like it.
This month, we bring to Toronto, Oddities' Ryan Matthew Cohn. Best known for his educated opinions and consultation on the Science Channel show "Oddities", Ryan's ability to prepare, create, craft, and provide unparalleled attention to detail in art and antiquities make him a true artisan. It's his stunning preparations which have helped him in beginning to solidify a place in the fine art world.
His unique approach to the exploded skull has become known over the past five years beginning at first as an exploration and most recently turning into detailed and unique fine art commissions.
Get your hands dirty every 86D Monday night with some artful food fun:
Be a guest judge in one of our competitive cook-offs, get creative with some do-it-yourself food art or sit back + sip a pint as sharp + sassy host Ivy Knight takes your taste buds on a gastronomical mystery tour.
We’re sipping Absolut Elyx cocktails from an ice luge on Drake’s Sky Yard tonight + sampling tasty oysters to boot! Come on up to sip and slurp with us!
Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 30th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Lights, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Austra, Peaches, Diana, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith, Doldrums, Moon King, and BECK!
Acting as a launching pad for many Toronto bands, Elvis Monday continues to champion emerging talent and play an important part of Toronto's music scene.
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KANDLE is the solo project of Victoria BC native Kandle Osborne, a songstress whose elegiac and moody brand of singing and songwriting reflect a maturity well beyond her years. Having grown up in a richly musical family, Kandle’s artistic nature became evident early on in her study of photography and her love of music.
Kandle met her musical partner and co-producer Sam Goldberg Jr, (Broken Social Scene, Yardlets) in 2010, after he approached her to take press shots for one of his musical projects; she agreed, on the condition that he play on some songs she had recorded. Goldberg found himself locked in a basement studio for days working with Kandle, recording guitar and bass, the two of them naturally complementing each other in weaving together a somber, haunting world of longing vocals and dark, eerie guitar lines. Produced by her father, 54-40’s Neil Osborne, Kandle’s debut EP was released to critical acclaim in 2012.
Following the EP’s release, Kandle and the band embarked on tours throughout Europe and Canada including shows at CMJ, Osheaga, Pop Montreal and M for Montreal. Kandle spent much of 2013 recording her debut full-length album, which was co-produced by Neil Osborne and Sam Goldberg Jr. The album, In Flames, will be released on March 4 2014 via Dare To Care Records.
Advance tickets are available online now.
THE UNSEEN STRANGERS have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a relentlessly curious sense of humour. The Strangers draw from the beeps and buzzes of the modern world to create an imaginative, energetic brand of acoustic music that is unmistakably their own. The band has toured Eastern Canada three times, performing showcases at NXNE and OCFF to name a few, and is a favorite at festivals featuring genres spanning Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and Electronic.
Don't miss The Unseen Strangers as they host Memphis Tuesdays in the Drake Lounge.
TEITUR (Tie-tor), left his homeland, the remote, beautiful, wild and weather beaten Faroe Islands in the far North Atlantic as a teenager. He was convinced that if he wanted to follow his dream of making his own music he had to go somewhere with the access to the technology and musical professionalism that he felt wasn’t available at home.
Ten years after the release of his first album, Poetry & Aeroplanes he has come full circle returning both to home and his musical roots to record his sixth album, Story Music. Those ten years and his experiences gave him the conviction that he had to make his next record on The Faroes, so April 2013 saw Teitur recording in the brand new Studio Bloch in Torshavn, recently built by his long time sound engineer Jonas Bloch Danielsen in a 130 year old former ice factory. He had a collection of songs and compositions, with which he says he set out to challenge the conventions of pop songwriting. Story Music was released in October 2013, and Teitur is currently touring North America in support of it.
Advance tickets available at Rotate This & Soundscapes, and online at Ticketweb.
Who, What, Where, When, Wednesdays!
Teams of 4 or less put their random knowledge to the test as host Terrance Balazo fires off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo.
It’s only $2 to participate and the winning table gets an $80 Drake Gift Card, not to mention bragging rights! So grab a brew, enjoy a whole lot of laughs and get ready to play.
D-SISIVE is the stage name of Derek Christoff, a prolific Canadian rapper, best known for his Juno Award-nominated EP The Book, his hit single Nobody with a Notepad (for which he won SOCAN's fourth annual ECHO Songwriting Prize) and his 2009 Polaris Music Prize-nominated album Let the Children Die.
Derek just announced The Desolate Collective, loosely describing it as a production company for his artistic projects, and he wants to celebrate with you at this live show. He'll be joined by special guest ADAM BOMB, and music will be supplied by TECHTWELVE.