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Grand Analog is a group of record collectors, musicians and self described beat junkies. You can easily find any of the crew DJing at various clubs around Toronto. The Grand Analog sound is a beautiful mess of rap'n'roll, dub and soul. Each personality in this collective brings something unique to the table. Odario and DJ Ofield blame their father, a reggae DJ from the 80s, for cursing them with the love of music, bass and trouble. Catalist was also born into a musical family, inheriting a vintage collection of analog keyboards and an uncanny resemblance to Frank Zappa. Warren Bray is the secret sauce on bass and TJ Garcia trips the light fantastic behind his drum kit. The band’s critically acclaimed albums, “Modern Thunder”, “Metropolis Is Burning” and “Calligraffiti”, boast an infectious array of soundscapes “sweetening its hip-hop cocktail with everything they can get their hands on: blazing rock guitars, dubby reggae, wah-wah funk and Bo Diddley beats.”
Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.
Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!
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!
The Wind and The Wave are Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn, best friends who employ the mantra “if it feels forced, fuck it.”
DJ NaNa believes that the art of Turntablism is a science. The same precision and dedication scientists put into research and experiments, is what NaNa is known for putting into his own artform. His influences range from the common (Wu Tang Clan, Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z). to the not so obvious (Zamfir, Portishead, Lamb, Fleetwood Mac), and everything else in between. A true music connoisseur, his knowledge of diverse genres of music is almost as impressive as his knack for combining them.
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. For the second year in a row, join the cast + crew from PEI's comedy series ‘Just Passing Through’ for their launch party + screening for their brand new season. Sponsored by Alpine Lager.
It’s treat yourself Tuesday which means you deserve a treat. We’ve got you covered with half priced bottles of wine every Tuesday after 3PM! Take your pick of red or white (or both) from a rotating list of featured wines + let us do the rest. #everydayindulgences
For one-night-only, our very own Chef Ted Corrado is joined by special guest Chef Michael Gallina, for an unforgettable five course tasting menu showcasing farm-forward flavours and the very best in local, seasonal harvest. Gallina is the real deal when it comes to farm-to-table cuisine, hailing from Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a world-renowned restaurant located on an 80-acre farm in upstate in New York. Enjoy the fusion of two great chefs for this unforgettable meal! Now how’s that for farm fresh? Call 416 531 5042 ext. 1 to book your spot. This event is presented in collaboration with Ivy Knight.
The elastic pop songs of Here We Go Magic are like a musical approximate to the kinetic, carefully balanced mobiles of sculptor Alexander Calder. There is an immediate weightlessness and elegance to the movement of the pieces that belie the delicate, toiling construction at play, the everything in it’s right place of the design, the undeniable dedication to craft, the elbow grease, just how fussed over these pieces most certainly are. And more simply, like Calder’s mobiles, the songs seem to float just above us, in a space that feels just out of our terrestrial reach. And though HWGM’s new album Be Small finds the band taking a, well, smaller approach to production and finding more intimate soundscapes — from the live, expansive sound of 2012’s A Different Ship, produced by Radiohead’s 6th man Nigel Godrich, to Be Small’s direct-to-board home-recorded album — it hosts no less acrobatics of musicianship and a singular sonic ambition.