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Music

Kops Records to expand to Danforth with third location

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 27, 2015

Kops Records DanforthThe Danforth is about to get a new record shop. For Toronto crate diggers, the face will be familiar: Martin Koppel's Kops Records has been a local institution since 1976. In 2013, buoyed by vinyl's increasing popularity and an overflowing warehouse full of records, Kops' longtime Queen Street location expanded to a second spot in the Annex. Now, as son Andrew Koppel tells Danforth East, a third Kops location is set to open in at Coxwell and Danforth in late spring.

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The top weekend events in Toronto: March 27 - 29 2015

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 26, 2015

toronto weekend eventsWeekend events in Toronto will go dark - or we hope they will. Saturday, March 28th at 8:30pm is Earth Hour, and it's about time we beat the 2009 record. (Read more about Earth hour events in the city here.) If you're hungry for bright lights, 15 Toronto bars have 4AM last call this week, and of course Shad will electrify the city this weekend.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto March 27-29, 2015.

Pabst Street Jam (March 28, Church St x Shuter St)
Ring in spring with a last hurrah to winter. This block party is centred around a snowboard rail that will witness some of Ontario's best strut their stuff amidst PBR and food trucks (yes, multiple cliches are at work here). Music will be supplied by Thugli and Rich Kidd. 19+ (PBR). DF

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Massive family photo planned for Toronto music scene

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 26, 2015

Toronto music photoAs City Hall carries on being No Fun Toronto while blindly aspiring to emulate Austin or whatever, Toronto's grassroots music community carries on independently. One example is an upcoming project that emulates Art Kane's iconic photograph A Great Day in Harlem, featuring 57 jazz musicians posing on the steps of a New York brownstone.

On August 23rd at a yet to be disclosed location, each and every member of Toronto's vast music community is invited to take part in a huge family photo titled Class of 2015. No family is without dysfunction and it won't be a shock if some musicians resolutely stand a few bodies apart, but even to cynics, the community and historically driven concept should induce the warm fuzzies.

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Today in Toronto: Bjork Party, Reel Artists Film Fest, Queer Songbook, Once, Greys, Jessica Baldanzas

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 26, 2015

today in torontoToday in Toronto The Beaver will be hosting their very first (and hopefully recurring) Björk Party this month in celebration of her new album, but Buzz Huneedew will also be performing, and you can dance to the hits in your swan dress too. If you're free this afternoon, you can catch two free previews of an all-Canadian cast performing Once at 12:15pm and 1:15pm.

Canadian Art's 12th Annual Reel Artists Film Festival will open at TIFF tonight. This year's theme is risk taking artists in the vein of Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, and Chris Ofili. It's on until Saturday. Greys and Total Love are playing at a temporary bubbly-drink branded underground skateboard on Dufferin, while brand new venue Burdock Music Hall on Bloor will host Michael Feuerstack, and the Queer Songbook Orchestra will perform downtown. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Today in Toronto: Canadian Film Fest, Winona 4ever, Douglas Coupland, Dirty Bingo, Descant, New Chance

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 25, 2015

today in torontoToday in Toronto discover new and rising cinematic talents at the Canadian Film Fest - who will be the next David Cronenberg? CFF will put the spotlight on low-budget features and shorts from tonight until Saturday. At First Canadian Place, catch a free art talk on Douglas Coupland's Everywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything.

Movie night at the Garrison this week is all about Winona (who isn't?) Reality Bites will screen for free at 8pm, with the ultimate teen classic Heathers at 10pm. At the Gladstone, Allysin Chaynes will host Rarely Pure Theatre's fifth Dirty Bingo. Healing Power Records is presenting a great double bill at the Tranzac with New Chance and Mas Aya. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Skrillex's Full Flex Express train to return to Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 24, 2015

Skrillex torontoSkrillex's Full Flex Tour, an EDM journey through the great expanses of the Canadian provinces via train, will return in 2015, after 2013's tour was cancelled and the idea was abandoned altogether in 2014. Looks like they must have figured out the logistics of a very expensive concept - though we'll have to wait until summer to see if this one actually arrives. You'll be able to see Skrillex and crew chug through Toronto on July 11 (add that to your dance festival calendar).

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