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MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

With festival season just around the corner (*cue shrieks of joy here*), take advantage of this forecasted rainy week by checking out these bands at some of your favourite indoor bars and venues:
Who: Butch Walker and Jonathan Tyler
When: Tuesday, May 26
Where: Mod Club
Who: Constantines and Chad VanGaalen
When: Wednesday, May 27
Where: Massey Hall

Who: Sebadoh
When: Wednesday, May 27
Where: Lee’s Palace


Doors Open Toronto 2015


Doors Open Toronto is back this weekend! The event grants the public access to over 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. With some of the buildings only open to the public during this annual event, it’s pretty much the next best thing to snooping through strangers’ homes!

Here are our some of our favourites to check out on May 23 and 24:

Amsterdam Brewery
A 24,000 square foot facility which includes a brew house with fermenting tanks and a barrel
aging room that houses a huge collection of wine and spirit barrels. There will also be samples. Enough said.

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto
What’s this, you ask? A private club dedicated to an active appreciation of the arts? Say no more. We are there!

Artscape Gibraltar Point
A former school house that contains meeting spaces, private and shared studios, a kitchen and more. Tours this weekend will include a stop at the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, which is the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Besides, do you ever need an excuse to go hang out on the Toronto Island?

Canada Life building
You know that big weather beacon on top of that fancy building on University Avenue that tells you the current weather and, depending on the arrows, whether it’s getting colder or hotter? Turns out there’s more to it than that! At 17 stories, this was the tallest building on University in 1931 and it’s observation tower on the top floor is opened exclusively for Doors Open Toronto.

What’s not to love about a current educational institute that was once a psychiatric hospital. There’s actually even more because Humber will allow visitors to tour the tunnel system underneath the College’s Cottages.

The National Club
We’re a little bit nosy so of course we’re going to jump at the chance to check out this private members-only club which currently boasts some of the city’s most prominent residents as members. Bonus points for the club’s rooftop patio and wine cellar. Don’t mind if we do…

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
So much culture and history to explore at this beautiful 30,000 sq. ft. office building home to Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Visitors will get a chance to sit in the longhouse and hear Aboriginal Elders share stories about their experiences and knowledge of the spirits. The tour will also include the sacred fire pit and a visit to the rooftop healing lodge and traditional medicine garden.

University of Toronto – Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Make all your instagram dreams come true inside this marvel of a library that features six mezzanine floors of books surrounding an exhibition area. Visitors will not only get to see this gorgeous space but also chat with staff from the rare books and archives departments.


MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

Now that Toronto is out of the negative double digit weather, we are all up for turning off the netflix, coming out of hibernation and hitting the town for some great concerts. And what a week it is for great shows in Toronto! Here are our favourites:

Who: Sleater-Kinney
When: Monday, March 2
Why: All bow down to the rock goddesses that are Sleater-Kinney and one of the most anticipated reunions ever!
Where: Sound Academy

Who: St. Vincent
When: Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4
Why: Because it’s yet another goddess gracing Toronto this week. Although both shows appear to be sold out, check Collective Concerts’ social media, since there *might* be some tickets released day of.
Where: The Danforth Music Hall

Who: Moon Duo
When: Thursday, March 5
Why: Guaranteed psychedelic fun
Where: Silver Dollar

Field Trip Announces 2015 Lineup

You guys! With today’s Field Trip announcement, it feels like Summer is just around the corner! (fingers crossed).

The festival, taking place on June 6 and 7 at the beautiful Fort York and Garrison Commons, has unveiled the following A++ lineup:


In addition to some of the best music, the festival will continue to expand its theme of community and discovery by also exploring some of this city’s finest culinary, art, photography, technology, and fashion.

Tickets on sale February 6. See you there!

MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

You guys, Winter Is Coming!
Full steam ahead with the clocks turned back and everything!
But don’t let it get you completely down – there are a bunch of amazing shows coming up in Toronto that should give you plenty of reasons to enjoy yourselves this week:


Who: St. Paul & the Broken Bones
When: Tuesday, November 4
Why: Because this man can soul. Trust me.
Where: Horseshoe Tavern

Who: Bahamas
When: Wednesday, November 5
Why: Because all of the feels.
Where: Danforth Music Hall

Who: Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express
When: Sunday, November 9
Why: Because this guy is a legend.
Where: Horseshoe Tavern

MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill

Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill/Matador Records

We’re getting our A game on and slowly preparing for the exciting times ahead that is NXNE. And what better way to do that than by checking out the following shows this week:

Who: Kurt Vile & The Violators with Steve Gunn
When: Wednesday, May 28
Why: Because Kurt Vile is god.
Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre

Who: Jack Johnson with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
When: Wednesday, May 28
Why: Because who doesnt want to re-live their youth? Also, probably one of the first outdoor shows of the summer and if that’s not an awesome enough excuse!
Where: Molson Amphitheatre

Who: The Courtneys
When: Friday, May 30
Why: Because Vancouver rock babes represent!
Where: Silver Dollar


drake hotel

Photo credit: Drake hotel facebook

Our favourite Toronto boutique hotel is turning 10 next week! In typical Drake hotel fashion, they are marking the occassion by being awesome and giving away presents and a whole bunch of surprises to the public.

From February 14 until February 20, the Drake will be counting down to their birthday with prize giveaways that will include $10 rooms and an ultimate prize pack that consists of a Drake Sleepover, a cocktail masterclass, a pair of tickets to their birthday bash and a gift pack from the Drake General Store. Yes, please!

For more information on the events happening during Drake’s birthday week, and how you can win some awesome prizes while you’re at it, head on over to their website:






MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

Happy American Thanksgiving week, y’all! While us poor Torontonians are getting none of the extended long weekend, and just all of the gravy, here are some of the things happening in the city to make our week great, regardless!

Who: Shannon and the Clams
with Milk Lines and Chico No Face
When: Monday, November 25, 2013
Why: start your week off right with this Oakland-based trio of 60s inspired garage rockers. Trust. And thank us later.
Where: Silver Dollar

Who: Cults
with Sacco and Mood Rings
When: Monday, November 25, 2013
Why: Girl crush on lead singer Madeline Follin aside, check out this duo and their roster of angsty yet sweet indie rock.
Where: Lee’s Palace

Who: Rituals
with The Ooohh Baby Gimme Mores and Fresh Snow
When: Friday, November 29, 2013
Why: Shhhhh. Don’t tell anybody, but this Toronto-based fuzz trio may be our favourite local band… oh heck, tell everybody. And come to their show, too!
Where: Steam Whistle Brewery

Who: The Hives
When: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Why: Not gonna lie, used to get confused between The Hives vs The Vines all the time. Both bands came out around the time we started being able to get into 19+ shows (helloooooo fake id that finally worked!) and brings back so much nostalgia. The good kind. So why not relive the mid 2000s and go check them out!
Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre

MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

This lovely Autumn season just keeps on giving! We kinda have to clone ourselves this  Tuesday for two incredible shows, then figure out how to survive them to check out some other goodies the remainder of the week.
Here’s who we are losing our minds over seeing this week!

Who: The Growlers
When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Why: Because it’s The Growlers OMFG!!!! Plus a whole load of Burger Records bands to ensure you get your money’s worth!
Where: Lee’s Palace
Set times:  7pm – Doors, 8pm – Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, 8:35 – Pangea, 9:20 – Gap Dream, 10:05 – Cosmonauts, 11pm – The Growlers

Who: Action Bronson and Danny Brown
When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Why: LEGENDARY! We’re keeping our fingers crossed that our internet boyfriend Danny Brown will FINALLY be let into Canada. He appears to have all his paperwork in place, but we won’t be able to breathe until he’s 100 percent on Toronto soil. Cue his Twitter refresh now.
Where: Danforth Music Hall
Set times: 7pm – Doors, 8pm- Trash Talk, 9pm – Action Bronson, 10:30pm – Danny Brown

Who: Kid Cudi
When: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Why: Because we are still crushing on him from his role in How to Make it in America. And his music is ok, too, we guess. *wink*
Where: Air Canada Centre

Who: Hanni El Khatib with Bass Drum of Death
When: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Why: Because Hanni’s eclectic tunes that are part blues/garage rock/rock/folk/doo wop/etc will not disappoint. Come check it out. It’s some amazing stuff. We cross our hearts.
Where: Horseshoe Tavern