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Tapestry is a hidden live music venue in Kensington Market. From jazz, electronic to Middle Eastern techno sounds, this spot is bringing a much need cultural shift to the area.

The space is run by Armenian-Canadian brothers Shaunti Raffi and Raz Tchakmak who started Antikka and The Oud & the Fuzz.

I was able to check out the venue on Wednesday night when the Nomad Project took over the space. 

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The live music space opened its doors in October 2022 and has since hosted an array of artists such as DJ Delish and Sina Bathaie.

Located in between garages on Augusta Avenue, where Poetry Jazz Cafe used to be, the hidden spot brings out all the original DIY vibes that Kensington Market is known for.

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Nomad Project took over the space the night I was there showcasing local talent.

Once you walk in, you're greeted with an outdoor seating space which then leads you to the venue entrance. The space is a neon paisley explosion, decorated with dimmed lights and carpets draped on the interior walls. 

"We've always tried to create a space for artists we believe in that are willing to take risks and cultivate culture rather than just regurgitate existing vibrations," said Shaunti. 

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Paisley and hung carpets line the walls of the venue, giving a DIY and underground vibe.

"We want the stages of Toronto to reflect the streets of Toronto, and you don't necessarily see the diversity of the city reflected on stages."

And the brothers have brought those sounds to the table. The music you'll hear is hard to come by in Toronto, with experimental sounds from local artists. 

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The space is curated and made for people to express themselves and be able to dance to some great new sounds.

With the stage set up at the very back of the venue, it allows people to have more space to dance and be their full selves.

"Spaces to express yourself are always at the forefront for us," said Raz. " This energy is not coming from a manufactured agenda, it's from an authentic place."

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Tapestry is open and hosts live music from Tuesday to Sunday between 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

Photos by

Rhea Singh

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