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Any Kind consists of four good friends who have been playing music together for a long time. Their second album, Other, is out now on Brendan Benson's Readymade Records. Vocalist/guitarist Dan Duszynski recorded both albums in his studio, Dandy Sounds (www.dandysounds.com). The band hails from Chicago, though Dan has recently moved, relocating the recording studio to a beautiful ranch in the Texas Hill Country just west of Austin.
Between melody and discord, Cross Record’s first full-length LP Be Good forges a quiet path through a myriad of sounds. The record follows a string of self-released recordings by this enterprising 25-year-old. Strings, clarinet, flute, steel drum, bells, tape distortion, and other instrumentation, support Emily Cross’ enchanting vocals while allowing for silences to build like black holes. Cross’ lyrics conjure a dark beauty that leaves an effect long after the album has completed. Cross Record has supported Angel Olsen, Dirty Projectors and Surfer Blood to name a few. Be Good has received critical acclaim by publications such as Chicago Tribune, Tiny Mix Tapes and Brooklyn Vegan.
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.
Every Sunday morning to afternoon, our very talented staff host the Timberlost + friends mini market. There are beautiful flowers from Timberlost, with rotating wares ranging from stationary to street art.
Join us for Sky Yard Sundays complete with brunch, booze + a ton of fun in the Sun(day).
Make your weekend last longer with Drake's Sky Yard party and fuel up with a late brunch or refreshing Coronas; to ensure that you can dance all day to the sounds of our weekly live DJs from 4PM-8PM.
Cozy up on our café patio + get cracking on a hearty one-pound lobster feast with all the fixings for just $36.95. While enjoying your lobster feast, wet your whistle with a cold bottle of Corona. Each lobster is paired with favourites from Chef Darren Glew including Mexican corn, smoked potato salad, coleslaw, jalapeño cheddar biscuit, hot butter and finish off with a 'fool in a jar' (chocolate-cream, custard + cake). Bibs + lobster crackers included. All reservations are pre-paid. Book your spot by giving us a shout at 416. 531. 5042 ext. 1 or drop us a line.
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.
Join the 86D crew tonight to discover the wildest Jello creations, from the city's most creative chefs.
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.
The St. Royals are the new kings of the motown/funk/soul scene. Recently featured on Slice TV, they're an army of Toronto's most talented young players who always pack the dance floor. The St. Royals ooze style and swagger, while bringing authenticity and excitement to the soul era. Most of all, they bring the funk!
PHOX is a bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet, Baraboo, WI, a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. They make music that straddles Feist and Monty Python. It was in Baraboo that the six unlikely musicians attended high school together, some playing on the soccer field, others on video production sets. But in a town with a drive-your-tractor-to-school day, they didn't last. They did the thing that most people do when they are 18: they fled the coop, each going their separate ways (to film school, cosmetology school, a job with Homeland Security…). But promises were made that couldn't be kept, and as they fell in unrequited love and lost their respective jobs, in spite of themselves, each simultaneously pulled the ripcord and came home. The sextet promptly (-ish) got a house together in the Portland of the heartland, Madison, WI. As prolifically documented in their online video series, PHOX rekindled their onetime A/V production house while discovering how to live as a family (i.e. how not to berate each other about the hair in the sink). After two years of cohabiting, PHOX beheld a demo reel of bedroom-recorded music (and home movies) that made Bon Iver and The Fray recording engineer Brian Joseph blush. Donning his producer's cape (and occasional lab coat), Joseph cheer-led the band through its debut album at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, WI. Joseph's enthusiasm propelled the band through the production of more than a dozen songs that have been swimming in the think tank for two years. Mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady in NYC, their debut album is a school of simple folk-pop songs swimming amidst a chaotic eddy of rock, psychedelia, and soul. If the goal here is friendship, PHOX is doing quite well. If the chosen path is blue collar pixel-pushing and church camp trust falls, they're on the way. And if their only coping mechanism is to lay down their arms and, for 30 or 45 minutes a day, shut up and listen to each other, you can't be too upset.