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You thought there was no hope... You thought it wasn't alive. The cold probably got too cold for you. Your toes have damn well frosted right off. But the warmth is here, the paradise you've been waiting for, a place to call home... finally, The Posterz.
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!
Bravestation celebrate the release of new singles‘HAVEN’&‘ACTORS’and will be previewing new songs from their forthcoming EP on Culvert Music. Brothers Devin and Derek Wilson formed Bravestation with childhood friend Jeremy Rossetti in the City of the 1000 Islands before relocating to Toronto in 2008. Their name is merged from the titles of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World and Robert J. Hasting’s inspirational essay The Station. With influences ranging from ‘80s new wave to modern rock, post-punk and electronic music, the band channels sounds from the past and visions of the future to create a unique version of dream-like pop. Bravestation have received acclaim from the Toronto Star, Dazed Digital and Exclaim! among others.
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
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.
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.
What We Talk About, Little Brother Magazine's quarterly lecture series, returns with its third edition of talks -- this time on the theme of “selling out.”
Naomi Skwarna, artist. On thanking the sponsors, George Saunders, and the corporate pillory.
John Semley, writer. On the entrepreneurial industrial complex known as Dragons' Den.
Julia Cooper, editor. On perverse contracts, Al Pacino, and The Devil's Advocate.
Hosted by Chris Berube, writer and radio producer.
Curated by Peter Merriman.
Doors at 7:30pm / Show starts at 8pm sharp.
Tickets are $10 in advance, or free with the special $15 purchase of Little Brother Magazine No. 5. Online tickets go on sale Tues, May 19, noon.
Following the talks, Chris Berube will lead the speakers in a group discussion, and invite audience questions.
What We Talk About was founded by Peter Merriman and Alicia Louise Merchant in 2012, and is now part of Little Brother Projects.
We acknowledge the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. Thank you, also, to the Drake Hotel.
The police call them Mispers. They are everywhere and nowhere, In the world and out of it, Each of them different, And each the same. Mispers'