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Canadian Artist TALWST is excited to present ‘NUBIANS’ in joint efforts with TD’s Then & Now Series, to help spread knowledge of Black history and identity through visual art. This project subscribes to the apt notion that a little can go a long way.
A Trinidadian-Canadian identity ignites provoking work from Toronto-based artist, TALWST, who explores the Black identity in North America and Western Art. The collection of hand-held dioramas, housed in reclaimed ring boxes, work their way through what it has meant to be ‘Black’ throughout history. This body of work meticulously and thoughtfully seeks to revoke the notion of Black as ‘other,’ as it has been repeatedly presented and accepted as norm in Western art tradition. Through the artist’s use of a monochromatic palette, the viewer must train the eye to ascertain the Black figure within the compact work. TALWST elaborates, “Through the primary use of various tones of black in my work, I seek to demonstrate and celebrate the very depth of ‘Blackness,’ in homage of the many great artist that have come from the African diaspora.”
*This show is 19+
Over the past few years, Regina’s Andy Shauf has emerged as one of Canada’s most respected singer-songwriter voices, wooing audiences with his tender tenor and softly-strummed songs, and invoking the spirits of departed folk heroes such as Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley. His last album The Bearer of Bad News explores themes of uncertainty, curiosity and spirituality, honing his craft with a weathered piano, warm guitar and clarinet. Despite its genesis in Shauf’s basement studio, the album earned him Producer of the Year honors at 2013′s Western Canadian Music Awards.
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 7:30PM. And don't forget your sense of humour!
www.GOODKIDS.ca has brought up a massive party from Chicago for you: Y2K: The Millennial Dance Party w/ DJ PHNM (Chicago) A Party devoted to the best JAMS of the early to mid 2000s! Guilty Pleasures One Hit Wonders Chart Toppers and everything in between! Come see why Y2K was recently announced as a nominee for Time Out Chicago's Best Dance Party of 2013!
JJ and The Pillars are a 3 piece Folk-Rock outfit originating from small town Peterborough, ON and currently residing in Toronto. They kicked off their music career in 2013 by playing The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and Headlining The Opera House. They have recently just finished recording a 5 song EP at Media One Studios in Toronto with Ross Hayes Citrullo. "We are 3 best friends who want nothing more to make this our career, and to be able to give back to the local music scene and help it grow. Music to us is much more then becoming idolized and your stereotype image of a rockstar. As cliche as it is to say, we are in it for the music, the relationships, and helping grow the general music scene in Toronto and the rest of Canada. There is no gimmick to us, we are just genuine musicians that want to perform" JJ and The Pillars are on the rise, and are starting to prove success through out the Toronto music scene bringing in the likes of Sam Roberts, Matt Mayes, and more, making appearances at their shows. Most recently they have made the Top 20 out of near 1000 submissions for 102.1 The Edge's Next Big Thing. JJ and The Pillar's interview and their first single "The Wolves" aired on Adam's Show on 102.1 The Edge in July 2014. Prior to that they just finished up playing Indie Week, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto which brought a lot of exposure to the band, and have gained some incredible fans. "It's been a great first year for the band, we're excited for what's next" JJ Thompson, Lead Singer.
Never Forgive Action is a monthly dance party that began in 2004 to pay tribute to the golden age of hip-hop, spinning classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. Whether it's popular old school favourites from A Tribe Called Quest to De La Soul or obscure ditties by the Wascalz and Y'all So Stupid, NFA's resident DJs Numeric, Ted Dancin', Dalia + host More or Les are here to keep the party going, bridging together generations of hip-hop fans one Friday night at a time.
The Most Unlikely Hero. The Odd Couple. The Super Vixens. The World’s Most Filthiest Person. The Lone Wolf.
What better day than a lazy Sunday to go for dinner + a movie. For the month of March, we’ve got you covered with a $20 Drake Burger + Collective Arts beer special and a weekly screening of our midnight madness favourites, with a focus on cult classics’ misfits + outliers.
Call our host team at 416.531.5042 ex 110 to save your spot in Room 222, our perfect nook for intimate gatherings. Grab dinner any time with a date or a small group of friends before 8PM - That's when we're pressing play!
MARCH 8 / HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)
The Odd Couple. Hal Ashby’s darkly humorous romantic comedy on the friendship that emerges between a young, suicidal introvert (Bud Cort) and an eccentric septuagenarian (Ruth Gordon).
*This show is 19+
Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) is a five-piece Americana band from Connecticut that infuses a rowdy, rock-'n'-roll spirit into its bluegrass and folk influences, blowing away any preconception of what you think banjos and mandolins should sound like.
Parsonsfield—Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Goodale (bass), Erik Hischmann (drums)—has toured steadily since their debut in 2010. In 2013 they recorded their debut album Poor Old Shine (Signature Sounds Recordings), produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive). The critics were impressed, with David Vescey from the New York Times noting, "I fully expect to hear more from this band as the years go on." and the U.K.'s Maverick Magazine calling it "A blistering energetic debut." During the winter of 2013–14 the band wrote and performed an original score in the acclaimed production of The Heart of Robin Hood at Harvard's American Repertory Theater, and they will continue the production for a four-month Broadway tryout in Canada in winter 2014–15.
They weren't always called Parsonsfield (the band started out as Poor Old Shine, but changed in July 2014). The new name was born of the inspired experiences recording two albums in beautiful, rural Parsonsfield, Maine, at Great North Sound Society, Kassirer's farmhouse studio/retreat. It was there they met current drummer Hischmann, who was working as Kassirer's assistant engineer.
"We owe a lot to what happened there," said Freeman of their time at Great North. "Our sound really changed when Erik joined ... it pulled us from being a more traditional string band to something that felt much more uniquely ourselves. It made us the band we are today."
As for the name change, it was certainly unusual—and a difficult decision (they learned that, to some, their old name carried an association with an antiquated derogatory expression). But it also sparked an unexpected creative musical leap.
"It gives us more freedom to explore different genres and styles without having the burden of expectation," says Freeman of the change. "Many people thought Poor Old Shine was a reference to moonshine, and thus assumed we were an Appalachian or bluegrass band. It's an opportunity to explore our own music with greater clarity."
Orla Gartland is a 19-year-old songstress hailing from Dublin, Ireland. The first thing to note about Orla is her ability to instantly create a rapport with the listener. With an exploding personality that grabs you from the first note you can't help but be left with a head full of ideas as she quenches your own imagination. However the journey doesn't end at first impressions. Throughout each song there is an underlying sense of deeper meaning and purpose to each lyric... like a letter you wrote to yourself from a parallel universe. Orla has an ability to be completely down to earth, with wisdom beyond her years and at the same time her delivery isn't missing an ounce of spark, attitude and no-holds-barred raw energy.
With her first EP 'Roots,' released at just 18 years old, going number 1 on iTunes overall and selling out multiple shows across the UK and Ireland, the excitement continues to grow as her sizable online army await her next release: 'Lonely People.'
Never afraid of the unknown, Orla has taken a huge leap forward with the style and production of the new EP. With producer Andrew Maury (RAC, Panama Wedding) at the helm for single 'Lonely People,' the energy and individuality of Orla's passionate performance is brought to life.
With an upcoming 10-date UK/Ireland tour culminating at London's Islington Academy, followed by her very first US tour and debut at SXSW, the next chapter in Orla's journey is not one you want to miss.