Wednesday 2 September: Children of the Broken Treaty: Toronto Book Launch

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Doors 7pm.

Children of the Broken Treaty exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country’s history. The movement was inspired by Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree woman whom George Stroumboulopoulos named as one of “five teenage girls who kicked ass in history.”

Based on extensive documentation Angus establishes a dark, unbroken line that extends from the policies of John A. Macdonald to the government of today. He provides chilling insight into how Canada–through breaches of treaties, broken promises, and callous neglect–deliberately denied First Nations children their basic human rights.

Shannen’s determination for justice has inspired a new generation to stand up to these decades of systematic injustice. It is a story of outrageous neglect and of heroic resistance.

Featuring a Performance by Hidden River Singers
With guest speaker Chelsea Edwards
Hosted by Donna Ashamock

Hosted by Another Story Bookshop
Published by University of Regina Press
Co-sponsored by Multicultural and Indigenous Studies, Dept of Equity, York University

Tuesday 8 September: Foghorn Stringband

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Tuesday 8 September: FOGHORN STRINGBAND
Doors 7pm, $20
Tickets available at

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

Thursday 20 August: Astronomy On Tap


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Thursday 20 August: U of T Dunlap Institute Presents: Astronomy On Tap
Doors 6:30pm, FREE

Built up your thirst for more astronomy!?

Great! Because on Thursday, August 20th, we’ll be back at the Tranzac Club for another fun evening of pints, mind-expanding talks, games and prizes with astronomers from the University of Toronto.

Plus, following all the talks and games, there’ll be plenty of time and plenty of astronomers around to answer all your cosmic questions.

This month’s talk:
Have you figured out what message you would send to outer space? At this month’s “Tap”, we’re talking about Time Capsules to the Cosmos, so let us know what you’d ‪#‎tweet_ET‬, or what work of art or song you’d send to an extraterrestrial civilization. We’ll talk about your most intriguing suggestions on the 20th. After all, what harm could come from sending a signal into space?

Visit and sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, Event Horizon, for updates on all U of T astronomy public events.

We’ll see you there!

Tuesday 8 September: Foghorn Stringband

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Tuesday 8 September: FOGHORN STRINGBAND
Doors 7pm, $20
Advance tickets available at

Credited for igniting the Old Time Renaissance in Northwest, Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With their 8th album, Devil in the Seat in hand, thousands of shows and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise that this band, as proclaimed by Stuart Mason, The Fiddle Freak, “has blossomed into a full-blown force of nature that threatens world domination”. Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead Foghorn has been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

Today Foghorn Stringband features the intertwining harmonies of founding members, Stephen “Sammy” Lind, Caleb Klauder along with powerhouse vocalists, Reeb Willms and Nadine Landry, all of whom bring a wealth of songs, instruments and traditions making them a festival favorite from coast to coast and around the globe.

“Many are called, but few are chosen. On their new recording Devil in the Seat, Foghorn Stringband proves once again that they are still the Chosen Ones when it comes to down-home, foot-stomping, ass-kickin’ old time music…The band has blossomed into a full-blown force of nature that threatens world domination.” – Stuart Mason, Fiddle Freak

“This is old-time American string band music that comes through as fresh as tomorrow’s sunrise and with equal sparkle.” – Tom Franks, Folk Words

“Talk about a band that deserves more due. The Foghorn Stringband has quietly become one of the country’s longest-tenured underground stringbands, releasing now 7 albums, playing thousands of shows…” Saving Country Music

“[Foghorn Stringband} …is among the finest practitioners of American old-time music on the globe, a string band whose faithful renditions of songs from bygone decades are no less than living, breathing history.” –Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury

Outshine the Sun is just about as authentic as it gets in terms of old time music. However, while the group sticks to traditional arrangements, the music still sounds fresh.” – John Goad, Bluegrass Today

“…exploring America’s blue highways and coming back with songs that have and will endure, some ever-present in our collective memory, some orphaned by time but always primed for adoption by loving practitioners such as these. Outshine the Sun? Could be an understatement.” David McGee, Deep Roots


Saturday 8 August: General General

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Saturday 8 August: GENERAL GENERAL, with special guests
Doors 8pm, $7.

After more than a year since their last show in Toronto, General General is finally back in town, hitting the stage with some friends at the Tranzac. Come on out for a night of music, dancing, and fun!

General General came together in Montreal in 2011. Hailing from across Canada and bringing together diverse musical influences, the band has developed a catchy, exciting brand of indie folk rock. Since forming, they have released two EPs, and have performed regular shows around the city. The band is now based out of Toronto and Ottawa.

Saturday 18 July: Young Inspirations: Shine Your Talent

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Doors 6:30pm, $15


Young Inspirations, a grassroots organization assisting young independent artists, is hosting its fourth annual ‘Shine Your Talent’ music event on Saturday, July 18 at Tranzac.

This year’s event will feature fifteen of Toronto’s best young artists showcasing their talents to audience members, judges and music industry professionals for a chance to win one of three top prizes as well as an audience choice award.

Emceed by local comedian, Nola Cooks, the night will also include special musical guests, The Studio K All-Stars.

Audience members will have a chance to win a variety of prizes from well-known sponsors, including numerous gift cards and in-demand event tickets. The Young Inspirations team asks those attending to bring extra money for silent auctions and raffle tickets.

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Saturday 11 July: The Slocan Ramblers


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Doors 7pm, $16 advance, $20 door.

Tickets available at brownpapertickets.


The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocan Ramblers have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.



Tuesday 7 July: Chronicles Dub Trio


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7:30pm, FREE/pwyc

The Chronicles Dub Trio is a reggae dub trio from Toronto. Playing the heaviest dubwise vibes and riddims for your listening pleasure.  Don’t miss their show at Tranzac’s Southern Cross Bar!