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  • Creator and Performer Meagan O'Shea along with collaborator and choir leader Christine Duncan and Vanessa Reid who works internationally in social transformation will be discussing how their practices intersect.

    Through the lens of creating optimal minimal structure to encourage innovation, discovery and emergent ideas. Each of these practitioners use this concept in their work, Meagan O'Shea in dance-based expanded social practice, Christine Duncan in composing improvisation and Vanessa Reid in Greece and other places where our systems are collapsing and regenerating.

    In association with Stand Up Dance's DanceWorks CoWorks event at The Theatre Centre, April 8 - 12, 2015 www.theatrecentre.org #notanotherhero @standupdance #DrakeHotel @DrakeHotel @TheatreCentre #theatrecentre

    Photos by Jeremy Mimnagh of Linnea Swan, Neil Sochasky and Brendan Wyatt and Meagan O'Shea

    • Venue: Sky Yard, Room 222
    • Type: Live, Art, Talks, Theatre
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: March 31, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
  • Some quick true/false facts about the band Horse Feathers and their new album, So It Is With Us:

    1. The record was partially recorded in a barn in a beautiful pastoral setting in rural Oregon
    (true, but hasn’t everybody done this now?)

    2. The band lives in Portland, OR
    (also true, and they are consciously and unconsciously living breathing stereotypes just like the ones portrayed in Portlandia)

    3. Horse Feathers last album charted on Billboard by selling fewer records than they had in the past
    (true, but maybe more a comment on the music industry as a whole?)

    4. For this album, the band was influenced by the following: Pentangle, Talk Talk, Paul Simon, The Band, Van Morrison, John Wesley Harding era Bob Dylan, Desire era Bob Dylan, and Abner Jay (not what you would have guessed, right?)

    Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band:

    “I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – "Cynic's New Year" – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn't touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record “helped them through their divorce”. I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them “have a great weekend”. If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from “divorce” band to “weekend” band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn’t say we’ve become a “party band” overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit.

    I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show – which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don't own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That's the way it was, and so it is with us.”

    So It Is With Us will be released on Kill Rock Stars on October 21, 2014.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $16.50
    • Time: March 31, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • Montreal-based alternative folk-pop band The Franklin Electric turned heads in 2012, claiming first prize in a Nashville song writing competition with the infectious song, “Old Piano”. The group then banded together to lay down their debut album "This is How I Let You Down".

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: n/a
    • Time: April 2, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • 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!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: April 2, 2015, 10 p.m.
  • Montreal-based alternative folk-pop band The Franklin Electric turned heads in 2012, claiming first prize in a Nashville song writing competition with the infectious song, “Old Piano”. The group then banded together to lay down their debut album "This is How I Let You Down".

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: n/a
    • Time: April 3, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • Public Service Broadcasting is a London-based pseudonymous musical duo consisting of J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitar, banjo, other stringed instruments, samplings and electronic instruments; and Wrigglesworth on drums, piano and electronic instruments. They take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, attempting to 'teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future'. The band have released two albums, Inform-Educate-Entertain (2013); a second one, The Race for Space, released on 23 February 2015.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $13.00
    • Time: April 4, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • Judy Virago and Igby Lizzard, the wicked queens of the west end scene, return to the Drake Underground with their eclectic cast of calamitous characters for an Easter Cabaret quite unlike your regular Sunday service!

    Featuring burlesque, drag, circus and live music performances from members of the House of Filth and stars of the Toronto creative scene:

    Allysin Chaynes - HOUSE of FILTH
    El Toro
    Fay Slift - Ladybear Extraordinairre
    Igby Lizzard - Drag terrorist
    Judy Virago - The Gender Transcender
    Laura Desiree - The Big City Kitty
    Nancy Bocock - House of Filth
    Percy Katt
    Quanah Style - Prepare for the hurriquanah
    Scarlett Bobo - The Scarlet Harlot

    WITH Sasha van Bonbon, co-creator of Toronto's Legendary troupe "The Scandelles" providing a pre-show easter egg extravaganza

    $10 - doors at 9pm, shows at 10pm

    Blasphemers and heretics welcome -let's get resurrected!

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, Art, Comedy, Theatre
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: April 5, 2015, 9 p.m.
  • 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!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: April 6, 2015, 10 p.m.
  • Joseph is native. Joseph is dreamer. Joseph is kin.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.00
    • Time: April 7, 2015, 8 p.m.