Katie and Mel’s Excellent Adventure

I took the day off to celebrate my delightful friend Mel’s birthday today. Originally, our plan was to go to Value Village, grab some collaging materials, eat some burgers, and make art all day. But today ended up being even better than I ever could have imagined.

We were on our way to Value Village when we walked by the abandoned Tower Automotive Building (you can see some of my photos from today here). Mel and I are both into urban exploring so OF COURSE we looked for a way inside. It’s ten glorious floors of decrepit factory & office space – an absolute gem in an industrialized neighborhood that’s slowly being gentrified.

Recently, the Foundry’s concert (Four Tet & Purity Ring!!) had to move from Tower Automotive to 99 Sudbury on Saturday. I think that’s probably why we were able to find an easy way inside.

All 10 floors were extremely dirty (pigeon poop, spray paint cans, fallen tiles, broken glass). Even if the Foundry had been able to get permission from the city to go ahead with their permit, they wouldn’t have had time to clean all of the floors before the concert, considering they announced the venue change on Wednesday. It makes me suspect that they were anticipating a venue change, and only cleaned the main floor. There was too much asbestos, feces, and glass to be safe on other floors.

Anyways, here are three tracks that I was listening to today in anticipation of our big adventure. I’ll be sure to post a link to some of my artwork at some point! Gotta go shower off and have birthday dinner!

Always Gonna Feel Kinda Lonely – Hanna Kostamaa (Single) Soundcloud

Dojo Rising – Cloud Control (Dream Cave, Sept 16th 2013) Soundcloud | Facebook | Website

15 Favourite Indie Tracks of 2013 from Toronto-based Musicians

The bands on this list should come as a surprise to no one, since I have a tendency to wax poetic about how great they are. I’m incredibly proud to belong to the Toronto music community and couldn’t imagine falling in love with a city’s music scene more! Surprisingly, Toronto has been producing some amazing electronic tracks recently –  perhaps we just need something to dance to ensure our limbs receive enough circulation. Or maybe we just want something fun to bob along to while waiting for the streetcar that’s never going to arrive.

Ode To SubterraniaHooded Fang

Pennie Lane – The BB Guns

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Toronto punk at Art Drug’s Fest’ivus @ Monarch Tavern on Sat Dec 28th

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Toronto record label Art Drug is holding an awesome holiday bash tomorrow night at Monarch Tavern and here’s why I think you should come.

1. Four awesome punk//pop-punk//garage bands plus two DJs (see below for music samples)

2. Careless whispers floating around that the evening will turn into a “greasy dance party”

3. Monarch Tavern has solid tap offerings for all your gluten-free, organic snobby friends

4. I will be there

5. I am bringing my hot friend

Here are the bands that are playing.

KING CREEP (Toronto)

FIRST BASE (Toronto) – these guys sound so much like Mikal Cronin in a great way

PEACE BE STILL (Mississauga)

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Toronto Concert Update: October, November, December

The fall harvest of amazing concerts in Toronto continues! As usual, listings highlighted in orange are my favourites. Pro-tip: hard copy tickets can be found at Rotate This or Soundscapes for super-cheap (no annoying service fees). Don’t let a sold-out concert stop you! (right, Sasha & Erin?)


Blitzen Trapper @ Lee’s, 19+
Sat Oct 5, 2013 – $18.50

Gold Panda @ Lee’s, 19+
Tues Oct 8, 2013 – $15.00

Surfer Blood @ Lee’s, 19+
Wed Oct 9, 2013 – $17.50

Basia Bulat @ Polish Combatants, All Ages
Thurs Oct 10, 2013 – $20.00

Islands @ Garrison, 19+
Thurs Oct 10, 2013 – $12.50

Alpine @ Drake Hotel, 19+
Fri Oct 11, 2013 – $13.50

BOY @ Mod Club, 19+
Fri Oct 11, 2013 – $18.50

Basia Bulat @ Polish Combatants, All Ages
Fri Oct 11, 2013 – $20.00

Two Door Cinema Club @ Danforth Music Hall, 19+ (SOLD OUT)
Tues Oct 15, 2013 – $31.50

Cocorosie @ Phoenix, 19+ (SOLD OUT)
Tues Oct 15, 2013 – $25.50

Father John Misty @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre , 19+
Tues Oct 15, 2013 – $32.00

Noah and the Whale @ Phoenix, All Ages
Sat Oct 19, 2013 – $26.00

Janelle Monae @ Kool Haus, All Ages
Sat Oct 19, 2013 – $26.50

Au Revoir Simone @ Drake Hotel, 19+
Sun Oct 20, 2013 – $12.50

Sir Sly @ Horseshoe, 19+
Mon Oct 21, 2013 – $10.00

Jacco Gardner @ Garrison, 19+
Tues Oct 22, 2013 – $8.50

Franz Ferdinand @ Kool Haus, All Ages
Thurs Oct 24, 2013 – $40.00

Toro Y Moi @ Phoenix, 19+
Sun Oct 27, 2013 – $21.00

Sheezer @ Lee’s, 19+
Thurs Oct 31, 2013 – $12.50


BRAIDS @ Great Hall, 19+
Fri Nov 1, 2013 – $13.50

Hannah Georgas @ Great Hall, 19+
Sat Nov 2, 2013 – $17.50

Kate Nash @ Phoenix, 19+
Tues Nov 5, 2013 – $24.50

My Bloody Valentine @ Kool Haus, 19+
Tues Nov 5, 2013 – $46.50

Holy Ghost @ Hoxton, 19+
Wed Nov 6, 2013 – $16.00

Dr. Dog @ Opera House, 19+
Fri Nov 8, 2013 – $23.00

Destroyer @ Great Hall, 19+
Sat Nov 9, 2013 – $15.50

Sleigh Bells @ Phoenix, 19+
Wed Nov 13, 2013 – $25.00

Lady @ Horseshoe, 19+
Thurs Nov 14, 2013 – $15.00

Cut Copy @ Danforth Music Hall, 19+
Fri Nov 15, 2013 – $36.50

Mazzy Star @ Danforth Music Hall, 19+
Sat Nov 16, 2013 – $36.50

Born Ruffians @ Danforth Music Hall, All Ages
Fri Nov 22, 2013 – $21.50

Young Galaxy @ Hoxton, 19+
Fri Nov 22, 2013 – $18.00

Cults @ Lee’s, 19+
Mon Nov 25, 2013 – $20.00


Cass McCombs @ Great Hall, 19+
Wed Dec 4, 2013 – $15.50

MGMT @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Sat Dec 7, 2013 – $36.50

If it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it: Jacco Gardner

Photo by Nick Helderman

Photo by Nick Helderman

Sasha’s been digging Tame Impala recently, and I’m not surprised. There’s something irresistible about unpredictable, drug-induced rock that has clearly been penned during a state of rare lucidity between trips. Ladies love it.

I’ve been keeping an ear to the ground for anything dripping with psychedelic undertones and came across Dutch cutie Jacco Gardner while searching for new releases. He’s basically a 60’s dreamboat born in the wrong time, a quiet baroque-pop prince, lovely harpsichordist, and coquettish charmer. His music is like warm honey, sticking in all the right places. Of course, it’s his inventive chord changes that really tickle my fancy. And oh, how my fancy was tickled listening to his critically-acclaimed first album Cabinet of Curiosities (2013). I don’t think I’ve been this satisfied since the strawberry milkshake I guzzled last Sunday.

He’ll be performing at The Garrison with Slim Twig on Tuesday October 22nd, and as soon as I found out, I cycled to Rotate This as fast as my little gams could take me. Tickets are online here & I got mine for $8.50 – a bargoon for how much happiness I’ll be taking home.

I can’t overstate enough how excited I am for everyone to check out his first album. It’s one of those gems you find out about long after its release-date. If anyone wants to come see him with me, I promise I’ll keep my fangirling to a minimum if you buy me a button.

MP3: The Riddle – Jacco Gardner

Check out his brand new single The End Of August from the upcoming 7″ (Sept 24th, Trouble In Mind).