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Musical super-groups to collide in Kensington Market

Posted by Staff / May 22, 2014

All Torontos PartiesAll Toronto's Parties is back with its second installment on Saturday May 24 for a multi-stage, multi-discipline arts and music festival in the heart of Kensington Market, just one day before the re-launch of Pedestrian Sundays. Put together by a braintrust that includes programmers from blogs/labels/indie promotion companies Weird Canada, Wavelength, Feast In The East, Pleasence, Healing Power, and Silent Shout, the collective aims to build on the inaugural event with a unique concept for this sprawling outdoor/indoor edition.

"It's all super-groups. We're getting bands and different artist to collaborate, to do one-offs or super limited projects," explains Weird Canada's Jesse Locke. "The idea came from one of the Wyrdfests we had in Calgary. Dirty Beaches pulled the guys from Tonstartsbandht and Hobo Cubes up on stage with him and was like 'or the set, were just going to improvise.' It was amazing - the standout set of the whole festival. So we thought 'what about a whole festival of just super-groups? That would be awesome.' That's how it came together."

With five daytime events spread across Kensington Market, All Toronto's Parties II will take curious festival-goers to some unexpected spots around the neighbourhood. "We're doing [the live sets] in weird locations. We have bands playing in the Crow's Nest barbershop, and The Castlevania set is going to be inside the Krudar Muay Thai kickboxing ring, which will be super cool," says Locke.

Crowds will undoubtedly be treated to some memorable performances from groups culled together from a veritable who's who of emerging talent. Isla Craig, Castlevania (Members of Ketamines + Castle If), Bong Water (Skull Bong + HVYWTR), Valerie Dour, and Elrichman will all play with set times staggered across the participating venues (for a full schedule, check their website).

Locke sees this event as being much bigger than just the bands, noting the benefits of All Toronto's Parties to the local community. "We introduced the idea to different vendors and every one was pretty excited," he says. "It's a community building kind of thing. They want more visitors, and having live music in the venues and shops helps everyone."

Man Made HillThe event organizers (all skadillion of them) are proud of the line-up they've put together. Locke speaks with much admiration of the programming team: "it's a five-headed Hydra. We're all making our own contributions. Everybody brought bands and ideas to the table."

Locke tells me the event came together seamlessly, even down to using a moniker inherited from Wavelength's Jonny Dovercourt. "Jonny had actually come up with the name in the 90s but had never really been able to use it for anything," Locke recalls. "It just seemed like the perfect fit. It was pulling from all different corners of Toronto's Music scene and ramming them together. I think the super-group concept takes it a step further... a true cross-pollination. All of Toronto's parties under one roof."

The line-up hits hard with a main evening event taking place at The Comfort Zone featuring performances by Darlene Shrugg (Members of: Slim Twig / US Girls / Tropics / Ice Cream), Frisch Kind (Members of: Fresh Snow + Jamie Kidd), Nature (Members of Sexy Merlin / Man Made Hill / Ketamines / Seance Centre), Abra Cadaver (Wolfcow / Bile Sister), and Wildlife Rodeo (Transcendental Rodeo / Doc Dun / Famous Wildlife Movies / Mike Smith). Check out this handy map, or learn more on their website.

Writing by Evan Sue-Ping. Photo of the Ketamines by Matt Forsythe, Man Made Hill by Bruce Emberley.

Discussion

22 Comments

v79 / May 22, 2014 at 12:46 am
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Good on em for trying something new, but these are not super-groups, they're collaborations of unknown artists. Super-groups involve big name acts coming together. Let's not confuse the two just to punch up a headline.
Rafa replying to a comment from v79 / May 22, 2014 at 08:46 am
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Audioslave
Them Crooked Vultures
Darlene Shrugg

One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn't belong.
jeff replying to a comment from v79 / May 22, 2014 at 10:01 am
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I agree. I was thinking "Am I the only one who had never heard of any of these bands that are part of this "super group"??
sss replying to a comment from v79 / May 22, 2014 at 10:38 am
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Agreed, I thought BSS when I read 'super group'. But oh well, still sounds like an interesting event.
Paul Lawton / May 22, 2014 at 10:55 am
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Yeah, these bands are not Asia.

Paul Lawton / May 22, 2014 at 10:55 am
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Why does anyone try anything anymore? Ridiculous. What's on Netflix.
Relax and complain less / May 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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People, don't get your knickers in a twist over a pedantic interpretation of a headline. For once, instead of pissing on the parade try joining it.
Rich Penniman / May 22, 2014 at 01:23 pm
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I strongly disagree. There's no truth in advertising anymore. If they're going to say super group it damn well better have that beardy feller from the tv that I like so much. You know who else I like? That Leo Sayer.
Marco / May 22, 2014 at 04:04 pm
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To those in the scene, these are super-groups. It's in the spirit of collaboration. Relax, everyone. Maybe it doesn't mean anything to you, but to the scene these bands mean a lot.
nwaog[ / May 22, 2014 at 04:49 pm
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"Audioslave"
nwaog[ / May 22, 2014 at 04:51 pm
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"Why does anyone try anything anymore?"
nwaog[ / May 22, 2014 at 04:53 pm
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"Am I the only one who had never heard of any of these bands that are part of this "super group"??

GET 2 KNOW BRO, SHIT IS HOT YO.

nwaog[ replying to a comment from nwaog[ / May 22, 2014 at 04:54 pm
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TRAVELLING WILBURYS
Dipset replying to a comment from Paul Lawton / May 22, 2014 at 05:59 pm
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"Why does anyone try anything anymore? Ridiculous. What's on Netflix."

That's mynt.
Brian replying to a comment from Marco / May 22, 2014 at 07:34 pm
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god do you deserve a beating
right in the "scene"
ourkid17 replying to a comment from Paul Lawton / May 22, 2014 at 07:54 pm
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hahahaha... "asia"
bunny / May 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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"the scene"

Jesus Murphy christ.
Alan / May 23, 2014 at 12:38 am
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Let's be careful of the words "Super Group" as well as "Rock Star Chef" on here.

Capiche??!! Everyone Capiche?
Katie / May 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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I CAME TO THIS STUPID WEBSITE EXPECTING A CONCERT WITH EMILIE HANES, FIEST, BROKEN SOCIEL SEEN, JOLE PLASKIT, ARCADE FIER, RURRUL ALBERT ADVANTEGE, BRONE RUFFIENS, TOKEYO POLICE CLUB, CITY AND COLOR

I AM DENIED THESE THINGS? I WANT MY MONEY BACK
EscherTO / May 23, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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Less 'super group' more 'hipsters we found'.
Paul Lawton / May 23, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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Less 'hipsters we found' more 'people who leave their basements'
alx / May 24, 2014 at 01:40 pm
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as always the comment section of anything online seems to be the demain of the ID and cowards..
if you dont recognize the 'supergroups' it means you have to get out more and take a break from your internet gangsta bullshit
have fun

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