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Toronto Art and Culture

CURRENTLY ON REPEAT| The Growlers ‘Humdrum Blues’


Photo credit: Taylor Bonin

Photo credit: Taylor Bonin


Yeah yeah yeah, we’re a little bit obsessed with The Growlers around here. But how can you not be? They make the most epic music around and their live shows leave you feeling seriously euphoric.
The band is releasing their new EP Guilded Pleasures this November, but have already made the album available for purchase to those seeing them on their current tour. They play Toronto October 1. Rest of the tour dates are here.

Check out their latest single Humdrum Blues here.
See you at the show!

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

Happy first week of fall! Won’t be long now before we’re hibernating in our homes praying to get through the winter, so why not enjoy sweater weather and + degree celcius by checking out some awesome shows this week.
Here are our recommendations:

Who: The Dodos
When: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Why: With a name like that, how can you not go check them out? C’mon.
Where: Lee’s Palace

Who: Okkervil River
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Why: Because even dealing with all the bros that will inevitably show up is totally and completely worth it. Extra bonus? Torres is opening  and she alone is worth the admission of the show. We heart!
Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre

Who: Daughter
When: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Why: Live show preview? Goosebumps. Is all.
Where:  Phoenix Concert Theatre


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


With the summer in wind-down mode, you’d  think the list of things to do in the city would also be on the decline. But you would be so wrong to think that.  From cd release parties to movies in the park, there is plenty to see and do. And if all else fails, there’s always the CNE.

Who: Paper Lions’ cd release party with The Elwins, Tyler Kyte & Triple Arcade
When: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Why: Probably our favourite PEI import since Anne of Green Gables and potatoes, these east coast rockers are celebrating the release of their brand new album, My Friends.
Where: The Rivoli

What: TIFF in the Park: Roman Holiday
When: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Why: One of your last chances to experience one of the best things about summer in the city: free outdoor movies!
Where: David Pecaut Square

Who: Hey Rosetta!
When: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Why: If Paper Lions are our favourite PEI imports, Hey Rosetta! is definitely our favourite Newfoundland and Labrador import. No contest. If you haven’t seen these guys live before, then where the heck have you been the past few years?!
Where: Adelaide Music Hall

Who: Riot Fest
When: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Why: OH GOD because The Replacements REUNION! Need we emphasize this awesomeness with more caps and exclamations or WHAT?! !!!
Where:  Fort York



Hello Toronto!
It’s NXNE time again, and we’re counting down to the festival with a list of all the bands we’re excited to see – from A all the way down to Z.


Beach Day

Bear Mountain

The Blank Tapes

Blue Hawaii


Chad Valley

Dan Deacon

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes

Eagle Lake Owls

Ell V Gore

Federal Lights

Fucked Up



Imaginary Cities

July Talk

Kalle Mattson


Majical Cloudz

Mikal Cronin

The National

Old Man Markley

The Penelopes

Quiet Company

Reuben and the Dark

The Soft Moon

South of France

St. Lucia

Star and Micey

Stella Ella Ola

Tyburn Saints

US Girls


Wild Hearses





Must See In The City: This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

So much concert goodness happening in Toronto this week. Here are our top picks:

Who: Hollerado
When: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Why: Because a show to celebrate the band’s new album, White Paint, at the Rivoli, right before they’re about to open a Canadian stadium tour for Billy Talent? Something tells me you’ll never be able to see these guys playing such an amazingly intimate show ever again…
Where: Rivoli

Who: Beach Fossils
When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Why: Because the songs are just so full of dreamy love.
Where: The Garrison
Who: Major Lazer
When: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Why: Because it takes a lot for us to go check out a show at Sound Academy. And ‘Get Free’ will be on our list of songs we will never ever get sick of.
Where: Sound Academy
Who: Delta Rae and ZZ Ward
When: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Why: Because try to listen to a Delta Rae song without getting goosebumps. Just try.
Where: Mod Club



Must See In The City: This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

This week is one of those weeks we wish we had a clone/could teleport ourselves from concert to concert. So many good shows! Here’s all the ones not to miss out on.
Who: Willis Earl Beal
When: Monday, October 1, 2012
Why: I’m currently staring at a postcard I wrote to him a year ago because apparently if you mail Willis Earl Beal a postcard, he’ll send you back a picture he drew! So can I just bring it to the show or what? Also, his last Toronto show was something else. Something you need to see.
Where: Drake Underground
Who: Moon Duo with Rituals and Beliefs
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Why: Because their music is probably like being on acid. But cheaper. So good.
Where: Silver Dollar
Who: The Raveonettes
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Why: Because it’s fun and fuzzy and dreamy and stuff!
Where: The Phoenix
Who: Stella Ella Ola
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Why: Because you can’t beat a free show at the Horseshoe, especially when it’s such a fun band like Stella Ella Ola. Trust me on this.
Where: Horseshoe Tavern.

Who: Alabama Shakes
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Why: Because man, those are some chops on Brittany Howard!
Where: The Kool Haus

Who: A$AP Rocky
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Why:  Because even if Danny Brown can’t cross the border (TEAR), A$AP ROCKY is still worth the trek to the Sound Academy.
Where: Sound Academy

Who: Afghan Whigs with Crocodiles
When: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Why: Because yeah The Afghan Whigs Reunion Tour! But also, Crocodiles are THE.BEST. with hearts and exclamation points and swoons, etc!
Where: The Phoenix

Who: The Growlers with Denney and The Jets & Brews Willis
When: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Why: Because this is so obvious. One of my favourite bands of quite possibly ever (The Growlers. duh) PLUS the ridiculously amazing Nashville band (Denney and the Jets) whose past members include all of my other favourite Nashville rockers (Jeff the Brotherhood, Pujol, Natural Child). It’s a no brainer, you guys.
Where: Parts and Labour ($10.50Adv/$12 Door)


WIN: Tickets To White Arrows & Breeze – September 29 At The Garrison

You heard right. Our new favourites White Arrows play Toronto, September 29 and we’re giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets!
Added bonus? Toronto band Breeze, who should be on your radar if they aren’t already, is opening!
Leave us a comment below, send us a tweet at @karolinaYYZ or email us at for your chance to win.
Good luck!



Star Watch 2012: 10 Celebrities We’re Excited To Run Into At This Year’s TIFF

Boy, seems just like yesterday we were making our list of the hottest celebrities to casually bump into at the Starbucks in Yorkville for TIFF 2011. And then TIFF came and went and we probably ran into someone but who really knows underneath all that haze that is the free-booze parties? Oh and the movies. So many movies!

Moving right along, here’s list of people we’re determined to run into this year. Some returning favourites, plus a slew of others;








Ezra Miller
Why: See last year.
What he’s in town for: The Perks of Being  A Wallflower. – an adaptation of a novel that probably defined your high school life if you were born in the mid-80s. so yeah.










Marion Cotillard
Why: Because I used to think she was a talented chick, and then I went to Paris and stayed at the most amazing hotel in the world and one night, after devouring all the dessert from the nearby patisserie to the point where I could no longer physically move, I put on La Vie En Rose and watched it with mind fully blown; not only was I watching the movie about a five minute walk from where Edith Piaf was buried, but Marion Cotillard WAS Edith Piaf reincarnated. Mind blown. Mind FREAKING Blown.
What she’s in town for: Rust and Bone








Zac Efron
Why: Because I’ve lost count of how many times I have seen 17 Again – one of the best movies of our time. Stop your snickering, it’s true! And then I watched Charlie St. Cloud and winced in horror of how truly awful that movie was. So now I wait for the moment Zac Efron proves himself again.
What he’s in town for: At Any Price and The Paperboy










Colin Farrell
Why: Because everytime Colin Farrell is in Toronto, he does something ridiculously incredible like saves homeless people! What a dreamboat!
What he’s in town for: Seven Psychopaths








James Franco
Why: Because they don’t come hotter than James Franco these days. And while everyone’s trying to figure out if he’s legitimately insane for all the things that he does, I’m just trying o figure out the best place to stalk him. But in like a friendly Canadian stalking way that won’t get further than me seeing him and manically giggling away to myself, unable to even look at such hotness. SIGH.
What he’s in town for:  The Iceman, Spring Breakers










Garrett Hedlund
Why: Because Country Strong is seriously one of the best movies ever made, especially at the end where (SPOILER ALERT) Gwyneth Paltrow’s character dies. Beau Hutton crooning in a country bar basically solidified my interest in travelling to Nashville, meeting a cowboy and falling in love. For reals.
What he’s in town for: A movie that I can’t believe they let Kristen Stewart ‘act’ in! There should be laws against these types of things, Hollywood!










Kristen Wiig
Why: Because she’s like the funniest lady in America these days, and I want to be her BFF.
What she’s in town for: Imogene







Patrick Schwarzenegger
Why: Because what?! The Schwarzenegger children all grown up? It would be interesting to see if this kid takes after his father in the acting department…
What he’s in town for: Writers










Jude Law
Why: Because we share the same birthday, so I’m convinced we’re kindred spirits. I once saw him buying men’s socks at Holt Renfrew, so there’s also that.
What he’s in town for: Anna Karenina







Bill Murray

Why: Because Bill and I go way back to 2010 when we ended up at the same house party where he laughed at all my jokes and served us vegan pasta and all kinds of other things that made it one of those moments that will flashback before me as I die.
What he’s in town for:  To hang out with me. duh. But also Hyde Park on Hudson


White Arrows Announce Fall Tour: Play Toronto September 29

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Because let’s be honest: if Justin Timberlake told me to jump off a bridge, I would totally do that, too but the fact that he’s into one of the swooniest bands out there currently is making me all kinds of giddy!

White Arrow plays Toronto September 29. For more info, click here.
For the band’s other North American dates, click here.