Sunday 14 June: The Annex Family Festival

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11am to 6pm, FREE!

Now in its 19th year, the Annex Family Festival (AFF) is a fun, one-day street festival that attracts over 20,000 people, making it one of Toronto’s premier summer events. The event offers local businesses, Torontonians and sponsors an opportunity to celebrate our unique local heritage through a variety of activities suited for families of all shapes and sizes.

Festival Main Stage
at Brunswick & Bloor
Curated and hosted by The Tranzac
Broadcast by CIUT 89.5FM

11:00am Marching Bands: Kensington Horns (Richard Underhill) & The Woodshed Orchestra (Dave Clark)

12:00pm Anna, Elsa and Kristoff (Frozen Characters)

12:30pm Randolph Academy Showcase

1:10pm Tio Chorinho (Brazilian)

2:00pm Spadina Station (vocal a cappella)

2:50pm Lido Pimienta (Colombian pop)

3:40pm The Chronicles Dub Trio (Reggae)

4:30pm Jaron Freeman-Fox (High intensity indie Folk)

5:20pm Jay Danley Jazz Quintet (Swing)

Monday 8 June: Steve Vai’s Alien Guitar Secrets Master Class


Presented by Long & McQuade
7pm, $125.

Tickets available at Long & McQuade, Toronto

ALIEN GUITAR SECRETS is an unprecedented masterclass opportunity offered by Steve Vai to all music students and guitar enthusiasts.

This unique experience gives the attendee a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Steve, in person, discuss music theory, guitar technique, the music business, and most importantly, methods to discover and unlock your personal musical identity. It also includes a question and answer session and the opportunity for a few attendees to jam or personally interact with Steve during the class.

Availability is VERY limited.

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May 28, 29 & 30: Daisy Productions Presents: Four Play


May 28, 29 & 30: Daisy Productions presents: FOUR PLAY
Doors 7:30pm, $20

Daisy Productions presents a series of four one-act plays:

Much Ado About Cooties, by Maddox Campbell
We all know Shakespeare was the greatest writer of all time, ever, in the whole universe, always. That’s why it is so lucky that a local theatre troupe has discovered his first, never before read, play. The one he wrote while he was still in kindergarten.

Sure Thing, by David Ives
Bill enters a crowded cafe to find beautiful Betty reading alone. Will they find love or do they have bad timing?

Dial L for Latch-Key, by Scott Fivelson
She dialed “M” for “Murder”.  Damned auto-correct.  Instead, she got “L” for “Latch-key”, Scott Fivelson’s irreverent, surreal, self-aware mash-up of Hitchcock’s classics where everything is just as it seems. Hitch would be spinning in his grave, if he wasn’t putting on his make-up.  But where does the Inspector keep getting those keys…?

‘When I’m Gone, Will Anyone Notice? by Lisa Hagen
Two, old women, who talk like truckers, plan their escape from a retirement home. During the course of the conspiracy they explore what they’ve done with life and what there is left to do? In the end, does anyone notice?

Thursday 21 May: Astronomy On Tap

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Thursday 21 May: U OF T ASTRONOMY ON TAP
6:30pm, FREE!

Quench your thirst for astronomy at the next Astronomy on Tap T.O.!

Join us Thursday, May 21st, for another fun evening of mind-expanding talks, games, prizes and conversation with astronomers from the University of Toronto. All while you enjoy your favourite pint. Plus, there’ll be plenty of time for you to talk to the astronomers in attendance to get all your cosmic questions answered.

There’s no cover charge. Doors are at 6:30pm and everything gets started around 7. The event is 19+.

For full details and updates, visit the Facebook event page. And while you’re at it, visit to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, Event Horizon, for updates on all our public events.

Sunday 17 May: Jenny Whiteley


Doors 7pm, $20

Jenny Whiteley’s Family Tradition:

A Vernissage.  That’s what Toronto/cum Lanark County/cum Toronto song writer Jenny Whiteley is calling the event.  “It is a preview of the art I am creating and about to release to the world.  It takes the form of a concert, but it will quite interactive, and very friendly.  A chance to talk to friends and fans about what is new and what is inspiring me, during and after the show.”

The art Whiteley is referring to is her upcoming record which will feature music that she grew up with as a kid and has played all her life.  Jenny’s dad and uncle were two thirds of the renowned Original Sloth Band throughout Jenny’s childhood and she grew up at folk festivals and concert halls.  The Junior Jug Band was her family band as a child, featuring her dad, Chris, uncle, Ken and brother Dan.  Jenny then formed bluegrass band Heartbreak Hill with her brother in the 1990’s.  Since then she has released four solo recordings, two of which won her Junos for Roots Traditional Recording of the year.

Whiteley’s concept is inspired by the reaction of fans over the years to her live performances of many of the selections on this new recording.  “I play a lot of these songs live, and often get requests for the recording after the show.  Well now I can finally say, here it is!”

Appearing at the Vernissage will be Jenny’s husband crack guitar and mandolin player Joey Wright, the project’s producer, Sam Allison, and other special guests.

Wednesday 13 May: Raconteurs Five Year Anniversary

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Doors 6:30pm, $7 advance / $10 door.

In 2010 Raconteurs Storytelling put on an event in the back room of a local bar and has never looked back. Please join us to celebrate 5 YEARS of our live events, and harken in many more!

Started in partnership with The Moth (and called MothUP Toronto), Raconteurs was reborn under its current moniker in January 2012 and has been operating and growing ever since, bringing the best in true, personal, live stories to the city! Credited with galvanizing the storytelling community in Toronto — Raconteurs’ storytellers have gone one to create their own events, they have won grants and auditions with videos taken from our stage — Raconteurs is Toronto’s oldest and most popular on-stage storytelling event series!

Our theme this event is BEST STORIES — we want your wildest, most crazy tales! Madcap antics, twists and turns, lots of action! Big laughs, big feelings! Send detailed pitches to

Raconteurs stories must be true, have happened to you personally, and be 7-10 minutes in length.
Past stories can be viewed online at

If you have a story to share, please send a brief 3-4 sentence pitch to Story coaching is available if desired!

Saturday 9 May: Blocks Recording Club Farewell Concert

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Doors 6pm, PWYC
Blocks Recording Club, an artist-owned music co-op with offices located in the Tranzac, is winding down operations.

Let’s bid them a fond farewell with a final concert on Saturday 9 May!

Performers will include Austra, Bob Wiseman, Barcelona Pavilion (a reunion of the 2002-2004 lineup), Nifty, Les Mouches, the Phonemes, Hank, Matias, Ninja High School and some special guests. DJ duties will be handled by Maya Postepski (of Austra) and John Caffrey.

At the event, almost all of Blocks’ catalogue will be available to purchase, and an announcement promises that there will be “some kind of memorial object/tombstone/publication produced.”

Blocks, sometimes known as □□□□□□, was founded by Steve Kado and Mark McLean as a label for mini-CDs in 2003. When McLean left, Kado ran it with Liisa K. Graham, and the organization incorporated as a cooperative in 2005. It has since been run by an elected board and has released music from Fucked Up, Final Fantasy (a.k.a. Owen Pallett), Bob Wiseman, Katie Stelmanis (of Austra), Nadja, One Hundred Dollars, Picastro and more. The first-ever Polaris Music Prize-winning album — Final Fantasy’s He Poos Clouds — came out on Blocks.

Wednesday 29 April: Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band

Wednesday 29 April: Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band CD Release and Birthday Party
Doors 7:15pm, $20 / Students & Under-Employed $10.

New music with old soul! Full of funky, folk fun, instrumental virtuosity & fabulous 3 part singing.
Ken Whiteley, “a musician’s musician”, will be premiering his brand new ensemble and their self titled debut album, Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band. The celebration will also mark Ken’s 64th birthday so there will be cake for all.  The Beulah Band consists of banjoist and singer Frank Evans (Slocan Ramblers), fiddler and singer Rosalyn Dennett (Oh My Darling) and string bassist Ben Whiteley (Basia Bulat, the Good Lovelies) along with Ken on several guitars, mandolin and vocals.  The album was co-produced by Ken and his son Ben and features the whole band throughout the twelve tracks.  The music is full of funky, folk fun, instrumental virtuosity and fabulous  three part singing. Most of the songs are Ken Whiteley originals composed for this recording, spiced up with rearrangements of 3 traditional songs and a Pete Seeger, double banjo performance to close it out. This is Ken’s 29th album.  Other of his recordings have garnered 7 Juno nominations, 14 Maple Blues Award nominations and a Canadian Folk Music Award.
Helping mark the special day will be several special guests.  Ken’s niece Jenny Whiteley is a two time Juno award wining songwriter. Her first stage appearances were with Uncle Ken and Dad Chris in The Junior Jug Band many years ago.  Mose Scarlett first saw Ken at his Toronto performing debut with a jug band that eventually became The Original Sloth Band.  That was an incredible 50 years ago and since then Mose and Ken toured and recorded together extensively with their old friend Jackie Washington.
As one critic said of Ken’s performances, “good times are guaranteed” and this concert promises to be musical and celebratory highlight.
Special Note: We invite you to bring a fork and plate to enjoy a piece of birthday cake with Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band.
Tickets: General $20.00, Students & Under-Employed $10.

Sunday 3 May: Tranzac Spring Feast

6pm, $25 ($20 for Tranzac members)
Admission includes concert, dinner plus a drink

Seating is limited.  Tickets at:

Tranzac Spring Feast is a celebration of food, music and community.

Featuring entertainment by members of the Tranzac community:
Kyp Harness, with Shelley Coopersmith
Sandro Perri, with Blake Howard & Mike Smith
Abigail Lapell
Laura Repo
Chris Coole

And for your dining pleasure: a beautiful vegan dinner and dessert, created lovingly and artfully by in-house heralded chef Emily Zimmerman.

Doors 6pm; dinner and music starts at 6:30pm.

Friday 10 April: Spur Fest presents: Long Nigth with Vish Khanna

8pm, $15
Vish Khanna suits up late-night talk show style for an evening of seriously silly interviews with fellow Spur authors and artists. Join Khanna and his guests, journalist Rachel Giese, debut novelist Sabrina Ramnanan and senior editor at Mother Jones Daniel Schulman, for a night of good cheer and just a bit of beer.

Vish Khanna is a journalist, broadcaster and music curator currently based in Guelph, ON. He produces/hosts a topical interview podcast called Kreative Kontrol, as well as Long Winter’s talk show, Long Night with Vish Khanna.

Rachel Giese is a Toronto journalist with 20 years of experience in broadcast media, online and in print. Most recently, she was Deputy Editor of The Grid. Prior to that, she was a senior editor at The Walrus, an editor and producer for CBC Arts Online and a senior editor at Chatelaine. She is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and has guest hosted Q and Day 6. Giese is currently at work on a book about masculinity and modern boyhood.

Sabrina Ramnanan is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education in Creative Writing Program and the recipient of the 2012 Marina Nemat award. Her work has appeared in TOK, Cerulean Rain, Writing in the Margins, The Caribbean Writer and Joyland. Her debut novel, Nothing Like Love, draws inspiration from her Trinidad roots and will be published in April by Knopf.

Daniel Schulman is The New York Times bestselling author of Sons of Wichita, a biography of the Koch brothers, and a senior editor in the Washington, DC bureau of Mother Jones. A founding member of the magazine’s investigative journalism team, he has reported on topics ranging from bioterrorism to campaign finance in publications including The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Politico Magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, The Village Voice and Psychology Today.