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  • 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.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10 ADV/$12 Door
    • Time: May 29, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • 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

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15.00
    • Time: May 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
  • Trust Issues, the (probably) only podcast devoted to Drake, will present its first ever live episode at The Drake Hotel on May 31st.

    For this special episode, co-hosts Rawiya Kameir and Lauren Mitchell will convene a group of Drake experts to examine the significance of location, specifically Toronto, as it relates to Drake.

    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.

    The evening's guests will be journalist and thought leader Anupa Mistry, writer and comedian Jordan Sowunmi, and rapper of the year Jazz Cartier.

    Doors are at 6:30PM.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, Talks
    • Cover: $5
    • Time: May 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
  • 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.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $12.00
    • Time: June 1, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • 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.[1] She released her debut album, Love Stuff on February 17, 2015.[1] King has also toured with acts such as Of Monsters and Men, Train, and Michael Kiwanuka.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: See ticket link
    • Time: June 3, 2015, 7 p.m.
  • 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.”

    Speakers include:
    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.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, Art, Talks
    • Cover: $10 Advance / Free with $15 purchase of LB No. 5
    • Time: June 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
  • 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'

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $13.00
    • Time: June 10, 2015, 7 p.m.
  • Kevin Garrett is a singer and songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. His poignant lyricism and musicianship have been showcased in numerous projects over the past several years. The Pittsburgh native has spent much of the last decade performing his original work, sharing the stage with James Vincent McMorrow, Emily King, Norah Jones, and Maps & Atlases among others. Kevin recently released his debut EP Mellow Drama, which includes the singles “Coloring” and “Control,” as a small part of a larger body of work that signifies a new direction and highlights his versatility as a songwriter. The EP has earned considerable attention since its premiere on The Fader, with single features on Spotify’s New Music Tuesday and Viral 50 lists. Kevin has so far had a busy 2015 including more shows with James Vincent McMorrow, a Communion Music residency, and wide acclaim for Mellow Drama.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10 ADV/$15 Door
    • Time: June 24, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • Pleasure Dome and The Drake are pleased to present a curated selection of Sabrina Ratté’s video works followed by a live performance by Le Révélateur, making their Toronto debut.

    Since 2009, Montréal artist Sabrina Ratté has been meticulously crafting and dismantling entire worlds. Wedding the boundary-pushing exploration of early computer art with the boundlessness of natural vistas, Ratté’s work approaches the digital sublime through the lens of media archaeology, building and blurring landscapes with the grace of a neon Turner or Friedrich.

    From early works of still and moving images subjected to myriad manipulations—rendering natural and built environments as malleable as computer code—the program will also highlight recent projects, with Ratté further exploring the play of light, depth, and magnetism within wholly digital images. In addition to personal video work, installations, music videos, and visual art, Ratté has closely collaborated for many years with musician Roger Tellier-Craig (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am) as Le Révélateur, who will present a special A/V performance. DJ set by Anti Hero (Jokers of the Scene).

    Image credit: Station Balnéaire, Sabrina Ratté

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ, Live, Art
    • Cover: $12 / $8 Members + Students
    • Time: July 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m.