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Broken Social Scene present "Skyline"


 Check out some of our rock and roll heroes in their seriously cool new video for "Skyline" featuring the likes of Foreigner, Andy Kim, The City of Toronto and so much more! Broken Social Scene has a sound and style that has gripped us tight for well over a decade and never let go.

We love them. We love them as a group, we love all the solo shit. They make us proud all the time. Long live BSS! Enjoy!



This week in Toronto: SUMMERWORKS 

It's back again and we couldn't be more excited!  The Summerworks performing arts festival is upon us, and that means there is a TON of great theatre, performance art and music in store for us.  From the 7th to the 17th of August in a variety of locations downtown, there are literally dozens of events each day for you to enjoy.  The entire schedule can be found here.  Passes can be purchased here.  Here's five events we can't wait to see:

5. Gash! - Thurs. August 7, 7-8:30pm, Venue C: Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave

One crumbling estate. Two embattled Sisters. A devoted maid. A handsome stable boy. An enigmatic doctor. A meddlesome neighbour. A terrifying thunderstorm. An escaped psychopath. One survivor.

GASH! is a faithful, outrageous celebration of the Hag Horror films (see: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?) of the sixties and early seventies.

4. One Night, Two Brendans - Fri. Aug. 8, 9-11pm, Venue A, The Theatre Centre Mainspace, 1115 Queen West

Hurtle down the rabbit hole and enter the collective minds of two of Toronto’s most innovative and experimental Brendans: Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene) and Brendan Healy (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre).  Grab hold as they transport you into a haunting, psychedelic dreamscape of music and video, mashing up Canning’s trademark layered sounds with spectacular live video art. This is a night you won’t want to miss, and one you won’t know how to forget.

3. The Water Thief - Sat. Aug. 9, 3-4:20pm, Venue K, St. John's Polish National Catholic Cathedral, 186 Cowan St.

A seaside town on the edge of time. A dream that never ends. A giant clock. An old man. A whale.

This audience-immersive spectacle employs film, performance, live music, shadow puppetry and dance to take you on an enchanted journey through the depths of the ocean into the vivid and wild world of the afterlife.

2. Army Girls / Cara Spooner "Failure Fest" - Sat. Aug. 9, 9pm, Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 6 Noble St.

Army Girls (Carmen Elle of DIANA and Andy Smith) once made an album that they abandoned, considering it a failure. Now, to face their demons, they are going to play the songs from that album while Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Cara Spooner creates performative disruptions with/on/for them. Army Girls will be joined by a number of special guests throughout the night, each presenting their own version of FAILURE.

1. Tragedy: A Tragedy - Tues. Aug. 12, 7pm, Venue E Lower Ossington Theatre Mainspace, 100A Ossington Ave

The sun has set and may never rise again.  The dark hangs over the cities and suburbs and countryside of a nation, and the government is ill-equipped to save the day. Three reporters in the field and an anchorman are doing their best to shed some light on the situation, but as the mystery deepens with the darkness, they begin to lose their grip, and the nakedly personal breaks through their practiced personas. There is a witness: can he tell us what happened?


Our favorites from the CMW Second Wave!

The second wave announcement from CMW has just been announced, and there are a ton of great acts, but here is our favorite ten (as always, in no particular order).

10. Wolf Saga

09. Born Ruffians

08. Mounties

07. Shaqisdope

06. Wildlife

05. The Balconies

04. The Hidden Cameras

03. Little Dragon

02. Brendan Canning


Check out the whole list and get everything you need here!

New Brendan Canning video for 'Plugged In'

Earlier this week on the Tall Tales podcast we learned a bit about Brendan Canning's upcoming album 'You Gots 2 Chill'.  It includes the single 'Plugged In' and we've just seen the video that accompanies the track.  The video follows a deaf man as he walks through the city of Toronto attempting to support himself.  The clip stars Kenny Hotz, and features a cameo from Brendan Canning playing guitar on a street corner.  'You Gots 2 Chill' is due out October 1st.  Watch the video below, and get the single free by joining Canning's mailing list!  Listen to the Tall Tales episode here!