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Kiasmos is made up of Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup. Based in Reykjavík, Arnalds used to work as a sound engineer, often for Rasmussen's other projects, where the two musicians discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds.
After dropping several tracks and performing at select festivals throughout the years, Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen dedicated the year 2014 to explore the area in-between Ólafur’s more acoustic, piano-based solo work and Janus’s synth-heavy electro pop, with their collaborative electronic project Kiasmos.
By focusing solely on their self-titled debut album, Ólafur and Janus have been able to combine and further develop their unique sound aesthetics to complete an album driven by their mutual love for electronic music. Made in Ólafur’s newly build studio in Reykjavík, Iceland, a majority of the album was recorded using acoustic instruments next to a variety of synthesisers, drum machines and tape delays. It features a live drummer, string quartet and Ólafur performing on the grand piano, producing an ambient, textured sound, which makes it a perfect home listen and equally danceable record. If you listen closely, you can spot them record the thumb piano, finger snapping and even the sound of the metal grinder of a lighter slowly to replace the usual electronic hi-hat sounds, giving the album a far more intimate and unique atmosphere
Playing a combination of hip-hop, reggae, jazz, soul, funk and R+B, DJ FASE has been a full-time DJ/producer for over 8 years, having performed with acts such as Africa Bambaata, The Roots, De La Soul, Nas and countless more. With credentials like these, DJ Fase is well versed in keeping crowds moving.
Itzsoweezee hits the Underground for its monthly whirlwind of wall-to-wall music - prepare to dance, smile and holler. Local favorite Tom Wrecks of the Stylusts crew captains the night with a rotating cast of stellar guest DJs. With roots in the A-Trak, visuals lighting up the screens and a foot in the mainstream, these guys throw a wild and crazy night. Itzsoweezee will make it easy - so easy - to get you on the dance floor.
Trust Issues, the (probably) only podcast devoted to Drake, will present its first ever live episode at The Drake Hotel on May 31st.
There will be talk of Habibiz, that basement in Forest Hill, and how the Boy's adopted cities, i.e. Houston, L.A., and Miami, have snaked their way into his mythology.
Doors are at 6:30PM.
It could almost be inferred that Jesse Marchant wrote the songs for his new album over a period of months in New York City during which a lot of his world had come out from under him, in what he has described as "a general period of falling outs, absence and abuse, both of self and of what should or could have been surrounding". But in the process of finding an end to that Marchant feels to have grown. One is not left to wonder why he chose to drop the moniker of his former releases (his initials JBM) for the use of his proper full name, nor why his voice and lyrics, recorded with a mouth-to-ear intimacy, emphasizing his deepening and wearying baritone, sit loud and naked atop the widescreen backdrop of the deep synthesizer and orchestral pads and arrangements, often reminiscent of “I’m on Fire” era Springsteen. There is a sense of wanting to take responsibility and a desire to have things seen and said clearly for what they are, directly.
Get your hands dirty every 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 and sip a pint as sharp + sassy host Ivy Knight takes your taste buds on a gastronomical mystery tour. The Antarctic Book of Cooking + Cleaning is a journey through that austral summer—the story of Russian-Canadian clean-up project on a small island 120 miles off the Antarctic Peninsula. But it's also a look at the challenges of cooking in a makeshift kitchen. Come hear the tales + taste a sample of the Antarctic treats as we launch the book tonight! Sponsored by Harper Collins.
In 2012, King released her debut EP, The Elle King EP, on RCA/Fat Possum Records. The EP track “Playing for Keeps” is the theme song for VH1’s Mob Wives Chicago series. She released her debut album, Love Stuff on February 17, 2015. King has also toured with acts such as Of Monsters and Men, Train, and Michael Kiwanuka.
Who, What, Where, When, Wednesdays!
Teams of 4 or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire 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. Please click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team! Don't be dismayed if reservations are full, we save quite a few tables for our walk-in pals.
This summer, Textstyles.ca's Stefania Yarhi and the Drake will be co-presenting Fashion 2.0, a limited-run monthly talk + mixer series exploring fashion's evolution in the digital world.
The series launches on Monday, June 8 with Street Style, a 5:30PM Room 222 Talk on the ongoing global phenomenon that has not only increased peacocking outside the shows, but also spurred trends off the runway.
From 7:30PM onwards, we'll also be celebrating the 7th anniversary of Textstyles, focusing on Yarhi's most recent travels to Marrakech to help launch our Sky Yard Oasis.
Stefania Yarhi is the creative force and visionary behind street style blog, Textstyles.ca. The Toronto-based writer and photographer launched the blog in 2008, inspired by other street photographers. Over the past few years, Stefania has travelled the world and worked with brands like Net-A-Porter, Cosmopolitan and Holt Renfrew. She's been brought on for campaigns with designers and editorials thanks to her sartorial eye. Street style has been more than just a meal-ticket over the years, Stefania has always been intrigued by its phenomenon and loves discussing just that—how the internet has changed the fashion world (for which she is ever grateful).