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This Week in Music: Great Hall Petition, Riot Fest, Super Crawl, Weeknd Faker, Death From Above 1979, APB

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 14, 2014

This Week In MusicThis Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.

Petition to expand The Great Hall's capacity
Try to read this sentence without gasping sharply: "Due to a low capacity, The Great Hall is in danger of going the route of the Condo." The licensed capacity of the venue is currently 303 (so that explains the lines you've had to wait in - and the lack of A/C, maybe?) and the venue is hoping for an increase to 1553. Sign here. Unless you want to live in a condo at the former Great Hall, which is fair. All condos are bad except yours.

Riot Fest announces by-day line ups
Single day tickets have been released as well. The Cure and Billy Talent headline on Sept 6, because oh hell, why not - no one had any better ideas and the names were in a hat. Click the link above to decide which day will have more beard action.

Hamilton's Super Crawl line up announced
A day trip to the Hammer might be necessary if any of these names catch your eye: Bry Webb, How to Dress Well, Four Tet, Arkells, Dirty Nil, Teenage Head, Sarah Neufeld, Hamilton Leithauser, Spoon, Kevin Drew, WTCHS, The Operators, Shout Out Out Out Out, Oh Susanna, Harlan Pepper, The Beaches - and a guy named Lee Reed, which just, really. Even if that's his real name. Really. Super Crawl is Sept 11-14 and is free to attend.

Guy pretending to be the Weeknd films himself tricking fans
While it's no Drake pretending to not be Drake, and @BenBizuneh is kidding himself if he thinks he looked like Abel Tesfaye, I admire the effort put into this ultimately pointless endeavor. I mean, aren't all endeavors pointless? I'm typing this while sipping a daiquiri on at an elite poolside because front desk thinks I'm Emily Haines.

Girl missing from Warped Tour Toronto has been found
According to the Toronto Police the missing 15 year old has been located. Phew.

Death From Above 1979 are really serious about this new album
You can pre-order The Physical World here, if you can stop shaking. They're still using that elephant nose logo and yelling all breathy and stuff. There's hype, but is this time machine a good ride? Chose wisely - just kidding, it's only music. Catch them in Toronto at Riot Fest.

New Toronto songs & vids

‪Majid Jordan - A Place Like This‬
This week in Drake, Drake collaborator Majid Jordan have finally released something. Their A Place Like This EP drops July 22nd. The song is so minimal I'm grinding my teeth - but I'm always doing that. I can see myself listening to this gloomy summer creeper for fun (not work).

Tre Mission - Real Grind (Feat. Wiley And Andreena)
Tre Mission and 'King of Grime' Wiley united on this track, which doesn't go as hard as that title might imply. The song's pretty relaxed. Tre's album Stigmata is out August 12.

Lee Paradise - Farisian
Hooded Fang / Phèdre mem's new video was clearly made with computers. It's so obvious!

Rural Alberta Advantage - Terrified
Oh no the RAA were tilling the fields and they saw a bear! Everyone knows bears only wander the prairies to kill, but RAA know murderous bears are deterred by plaid. Close one, RAA.

Local hot tickets

Khôra + Dirty Inputs + Thom Huhtala / Friday, July 18 / 8-11 (233 Spadina)
Drone is cool now. Embrace it with the illusive Khora (Constellation) and Wavelength at that new place Skrillex likes (and 7-11 hates) on Spadina, 8-11's gallery.

Airplane Boys / Saturday, July 20 / Mod Club (722 College)
Catch this rising r&b/hip hop duo before they rise as high as the Weeknd and have comedians dressing up as them at shows. Expect Drake-style vocals and a Drake-style play between egoist machismo and sweetie pie vibes from this Scarborough repping group.

Recently announced concerts

  • Friendly Rich / July 24 / Horseshoe Tavern
  • Beliefs / July 25 / Double Double Land
  • Greys / Aug 8 / S.H.I.B.G.B.'S
  • Alvvays / Aug 14 / The Horseshoe
  • Gaslight Anthem + Against Me! / Sept 19 / Sound Academy
  • Whirr / Sept 20 / Sneaky Dee's
  • The Drums / Sept 25 / Danforth Music Hall
  • Fucked Up + Vag Halen / Sept 26 / The Horseshoe
  • Fucked Up + Alvvays / Sept 27 / The Horseshoe
  • London Grammar / Nov 19 / Danforth Music Hall
  • Cloud Nothings / Oct 10 / Lee's Palace
  • Charli XCX / Oct 10 / The Hoxton
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks / Oct 19 / The Phoenix
  • Constantines / Oct 3 / Danforth Music Hall - October 3 (second show added)

What we got up to this week

Photo by William Kimber in the blogTO flickr pool



MinusTwo / July 14, 2014 at 01:50 pm
That Great Hall petition is a scam. Why would the place need to close if it remains the same size as it currently is?

It is sad that the owners feel they need to scare people with their "this might be a condo" stuff just to get permission to expand their liquor license. Why would it become a condo, exactly?

The only reason it would do that is if the owners sell it to a developer, and I hear no compelling reason why that would be required.
TexasPete / July 14, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Y'all call that a Great Hall? Down here in Dallas that Lil ol closet wouldn't hold my hat. Great Hall my god damn rosey red rump steak!
Michelle / July 15, 2014 at 09:11 am
Was wondering the same thing about the Great Hall - seems manipulative to suggest that condo development is an inevitability here.

Residents are already pretty tired with the Queen West bar scene (Sunday morning poutine barf, anyone?), plus there's plans to expand the event space at 99 Sudbury when THAT turns into a condo (sigh) so adding even more rowdiness to an area over saturated with residential development.... it's a tough sell.

If the owners are really struggling, they need to share their reasons why and open up discussion to the community instead of screaming "CONDO!!" as a means to get what they want.
Sign petition or you get Condo / July 15, 2014 at 09:42 am
Yes seems like they're trying to scare people into signing the petition. I'm not signing it for that fact alone.

Like all approval process can they take the time to present a plan more about the expansion and what types of events, etc they plan on holding, how they will deal with the additional crowds of people, sound proofing of the building, a blue print. ANYTHING other than Sign petition or you get Condos
Jess replying to a comment from MinusTwo / July 15, 2014 at 09:49 am
Clearly the reaction to a bad business plan and a business that's look likes it failing. Why will it be condos if they don't expand. What's wrong with the existing size? Is there any demand for them to expand from the public's side, are they turning away huge amounts of people at the door?

Let me take a guess. They can't pay the rent so brilliant minds behind it decide, lets get bigger take on more rent and we can bring in more dollars. FAIL that's not they way it works.

If they're not failing, why use scare tactics?

Who owns this land anyway? The Great Hall?
Jamie / July 15, 2014 at 11:12 am
Is the Great Hall really that Great?
MH / July 15, 2014 at 11:25 am
How about cleaning up the building and restoring the crumbling facade if the owners care about the place so much.
Lin / July 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Guess this petition didn't really spread. Didn't get shared. Only 8 comments.
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