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This Toronto concert venue is also an epic house party

Posted by Staff / June 16, 2014

159 manning159 Manning's parties started like most do - as friendly gatherings with a reputation for a good time. Toss in a stage, some bands, a barbecue, and understanding neighbours, and years later, these parties are officially on the NXNE map. If you missed the first of this year's two Manning concerts/BBQs on Friday, featuring Biblical, Choir!Choir!Choir!, and Buck 65, don't miss the second one, coming up on Friday, June 20 with KC Accidental, Xiu Xiu, Beliefs, and more. Remember: it's BYOB, and don't touch the books.

Check out our photo gallery from Friday's show at 159 Manning



Timmy / June 16, 2014 at 10:25 am
Commercial ventures in a residential neighborhood. Just as classy as the guy next door flooding his lawn.
Chester / June 16, 2014 at 10:31 am
Okay sounds like a lot of fun but a couple questions. With so many people in such an eclosed space how hasn't the fire department come in and shut them down for a fire hazard? Also maybe the next door neighbors are cool but how does the rest of the neighbourhood feel about people getting drunk then wondering around their hood after. They've essentially setup a bar in a house in a residential neighbourhood. Which considering how hard it is to get a liquor license in this city, they've found a massive loophole or breaking the law.
Mihai / June 16, 2014 at 10:53 am
I bet you guys are loads of fun. There's nothing wrong with hosting a house party and all of this is entirely legal, so long as no alcohol is being bought or sold. Under Ontario law, the principal owner/occupant of the house is partially liable to whatever accidents the "guests" may get into after drinking on the premises, provided the host is the one serving the drinks. Since its BYOB, it may not even be that.
Dave / June 16, 2014 at 10:56 am
Funny how reading one small paragraph of an online blog suddenly equips you with enough information to judge and make statements about what a horrible thing this is, and how terrible the host must be.

If there was an issue with disrupting the neighborhood, do you really think this would be an ongoing event. Surely it would have been stopped by now, but it hasn't which says something.

Smarten up before you comment on things you have little knowledge of.
Nobu / June 16, 2014 at 10:59 am
Folks, it's called a BYOB house party. You've probably seen many before, possibly gone to a few. This one gets louder than the average but it's shut down by 11pm. The guests are good people, like yourselves, who don't go all Bonnie and Clyde after a few drinks. Tim's been throwing this party for five years and it's always impeccably organized and respectful of the neighbourhood.

Did you complain/encourage others to complain/or call the organizers shitty names when the streets were closed down along Dundas West last weekend, College St. for Taste of Italy, Roncesvalles etc etc (the list for exceptionally loud city-approved street parties goes on and on)? I'm sure all of these are a bit of an inconvenience for huge swaths of residents but it's city living.

Timothy A. McCready, an "effin selfish bum?" Hardly. He's one of many local cultural curators/participants who make this city an exciting place to live in. Get off your goats and live a little.
Jesse / June 16, 2014 at 11:02 am
I've been to a party at that house, it's such a cool unique experience. The quaint charm of a house party but very well organized and lots of great entertainment.

I'll definitely check this one out!

PS: whats with all the buzzkill debbie downers in the comments?
Piper replying to a comment from Nobu / June 16, 2014 at 11:02 am
Nobu4U replying to a comment from Nobu / June 16, 2014 at 11:17 am
Nobu stop trying to be an "artiste" and go back to your shitty food jammers show
Simone / June 16, 2014 at 11:36 am
The BBQ at 159 Manning is a beautifully organised event. Guests are very considerate of the neighbours, (encouraged to be so by Tim) it's over at 11pm, it's BYOB, it supports local talent - it's one of those annual events that makes Toronto a better place to live. C'mon - live a little!
Sarah / June 16, 2014 at 11:46 am
The Manning BBQ is a really well-organized blast. There's no sidewalk spillover, and Tim puts signs up all along the block asking people to be respectful (and to not lock their bikes to neighbours' fences). I've never seen a fight or any kind of ugly behaviour at all. There's such a fun vibe, and all the neighbours I've talked to (even the older ones) think it's great. Glad it's now a full-fledged NXNE event! Congratulations to Tim and all his helper bees.
Gman / June 16, 2014 at 11:51 am
Music comes off so pretentiously in hipstertized venues and art rock impromptu gatherings like this. Trying to organize these into legit events while retaining a certain sense of underground edge is a fucking farce. Ewwwww. Gross.
Gman replying to a comment from Nobu4U / June 16, 2014 at 11:51 am
I loved food jammers. Fuck that guy Nobu.
Potrzebie / June 16, 2014 at 01:21 pm
If this was happening on my street, I'd be pretty worried about how I'd get my kids to sleep at a reasonable hour.

And then I'd want to grab a few beers, go over, and enjoy myself.
come to think of ti / June 16, 2014 at 01:23 pm
If it means the unwashed, bearded masses stay out of public spaces, we should really support more ideas like this.
Bry / June 16, 2014 at 04:23 pm
This event was great and respectful to neighbours and whoever says otherwise is a big dummy (and also clearly didn't go, so don't know anything).

There was awesome music, a geodesic dome and I got to hold baby bunnies, so take that you boring BlogTO trolls.
BM / June 17, 2014 at 11:22 am
Oh come on, a party once or twice a year that ends by 11 pm sharp can't be that much of an inconvenience to your life. If you're a neighbour and his party bothers you so much, go talk to Tim. He's a sweetheart and he is respectful of his neighbours. He's also bringing something kind of special to the community -- whether you agree with it or not.

It's NXNE, and if you didn't notice, there's music happening all over the city, which is why Tim hosts this party in June every year. It's the start of summer, the city is alive with the sound of music. Maybe the haters should calm down and try to have some fun once a year. It's not hurting anyone.

BM / June 17, 2014 at 11:24 am
Also, don't mess with Nobu. He'll challenge you to a dance-off and you will lose.
Audio Blood / June 17, 2014 at 01:45 pm
On June 20th: Old Man Canyon plays inside at 9:15. That's where its at!
Camby / June 18, 2014 at 01:28 pm
This party is fun, I've been going almost every year. The crowd is always nice and there's usually some kids there earlier in the day as well. The music is hit and miss though. I always try to avoid the Buck 65 set because he's absolutely brutal. The whole vibe gets really awkward when he's on stage.
ONEWEIRDWORD replying to a comment from Nobu4U / June 18, 2014 at 11:07 pm
Ah, come on, don't be mean. It's a really fun party, totally under control, an awesome summertime night of music, food and friends.
M replying to a comment from Nobu4U / June 21, 2014 at 06:37 pm
I liked FoodJammers...
this bug eats memories lyrics / January 31, 2015 at 11:42 am
More commercials that seemed to populate those dreary afternoons spent watching local L.A. television
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