Toronto concerts radar

Radar: Zoe Keating, Love Local, Sounds Like The Riverside, Cherry Bomb Live, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Social Talk, Veggie Pride Parade, This Movie is Broken, Simply Divas, Aloe Blacc, Global Cities Ensemble


MUSIC | Zoe Keating
Cellist Zoe Keating is originally from Guelph, and is now based in San Francisco. She has played with notable artists such as Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, and the cello-based rock band Rasputina. Her own album "One Cello x 16: Natoma" has made it to the Number One spot on the iTunes Classical chart four times! Her performances usually involve sampling and looping, allowing her live cello playing to be accompanied by many rich sonic layers. Catch her at the Great Hall tonight.
The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) 8:30PM $20

CULTURE | Love Local
Love Local is a new one-day event that uses the "old-school craft show" as a blueprint, but featuring a wide variety of locally made products, ranging from art, crafts, and fashion, to jewellery, children's toys, exotic tea, and more. Come and hang with the artisans, and mingle as you shop at this "cultural boutique."
The Holcim Gallery at the Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Avenue) 9AM - 6PM FREE

FESTIVAL | Sounds Like the Riverside, In the Raw
Festival season has begun! Of course, the best kind are those that are outdoors, and "free"! There will be plenty across the city this summer, and Sounds Like The Riverside is a great way to get your season started this afternoon. Local artists such as Kirsten Jones, Still Life, Chris Smith, and the Woodshed Orchestra will play for your enjoyment.
Riverside District (Queen / Broadview) 11AM to 11PM.

Donning the tagline "music with no boundaries," Cherry Bomb Live is a special night of music that defies 'boundaries' on several levels. This eclectic event is delivered by "queer and queer-supportive artists," such as headliner MC Jazz, soulful beat fusioneers Lal, well known DJ Denise Benson, and more. This event takes place several times a year in Toronto, and is essentially a great musical party for "queer women + all of our friends."
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 9PM $10



FILM | This Movie is Broken, Hosted by Filmmaker Bruce McDonald
The Drake Underground hosts director Bruce McDonald's presentation of his acclaimed film, "This Movie Is Broken". Billed as a "rock show romance", the film combines a romantic comedy, and a concert film into one. If you are asking "whose concert?", you had better click the link above, and definitely get yourself to this screening tonight, where you will be brought up to speed on some vital TO music history. Director Bruce McDonald, known for classics such as "Roadkill," "Highway 61," and "Hard Core Logo" will be introducing the film.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West) 7PM $15 with dinner / $5 film only

FUNDRAISER | "With Her" Fundraiser
"With Her" is a Canadian independent film that needs your help! Tonight's fundraiser will hopefully gather the funds required to shoot the short film, and will provide you with some great music. The musical guests include Simmer Down, David Borins, The Sweet Mack, and more. The cast will be in the house, and there will also be a silent art auction. Show your support for the arts, if you feel inclined, and enjoy a evening of music while you're at it.
Cherry Cola's (200 Bathurst Street) 9PM $10

FUNDRAISER | Simply Divas
This afternoon there is good music for a great cause! The 6th annual Simply Divas fundraiser will present a student showcase displaying the fabulous young talents from the Etobicoke School Of The Arts, as they pay tribute to various famous musical 'divas' from the past and present. All proceeds go to FAME - the Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere - an organization devoted to providing help, education, resources, and aid to families who are coping with mental illness on any level.
The Berkeley Church (315 Queen Street East) 1PM to 5PM $50

MUSIC | Aloe Blacc
California native Aloe Blacc hits the Wrongbar tonight. Blacc used to be the rapping force in the hip hop duo Emanon in the late 1990's, while beginning to simultaneously release solo work. Things keep getting better for this soulful artist: his track "I Need A Dollar" was used on an HBO show, a cell phone commercial, and was featured as the iTunes single of the week, plus he signed a UK/Ireland deal with Epic Records last year. His latest single, "Loving You Is Killing Me" is making some waves.
Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West) 8PM $20


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