Danforth Rocks returns to Stephenson Park

It was about four years ago that Peter Woodcock wanted to see more activity in Stephenson Park, which he lives across the street from. As a way to encourage neighbours to take advantage of the local green space, he started bringing local musicians there, beginning with an opera singer and harp player. “Everybody brought their […]

Leslieville Flea kicks off at Ashbridge Estate

Vintage shoppers and upcyclers take note, the Leslieville Flea is returning to Ashbridge Estate starting Sunday, June 10. This well-curated, urban market sells vintage items, antiques, collectibles and handcrafted goods, all in the spirit of supporting “local” and promoting sustainable lifestyles. This year, there are eight outdoor markets. From June to October, they’ll take place […]

Locally Developed, band on the rise from the Beach

Locally Developed, the name of a new band from the Beach, has just released its first album entitled Dime. The members include high school students, Alex Shuell on bass, Colin Lafaury on drums, Jonny Bojin on vocals and keyboard, and Max Pilchner on guitar, all 16. All four members of the band have had years of […]

Zed Head's Neil Chapman, left, and the Fogman rock it out in front of Gabby's. The 24th Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival was once again a great success, showcasing great jazz, blues, and rock artists. The streetfest, which took place July 26-28, attracted a great number of visitors as up to 50 bands lined up the sidewalks on Queen Street from Woodbine to Beach.

Beaches International Jazz Festival returns

It’s time for what some of us wait all year for – the 29th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival – and there are plenty of events planned leading up to the celebrated StreetFest at the end of July. Festivities start east this year, with the month-long music fest – the largest free jazz festival in […]

We tracked down East Danforth’s ‘Strolling Harmonica Man’

On the one hand, Michael Parker is exactly who one might picture when thinking about a strolling harmonica player – outgoing and jovial, his happy demeanor fits perfectly with the upbeat tunes he plays on his evening walks through the Danforth East neighbourhood. On the other hand, he doesn’t fit the mold at all. Sitting […]

Canada 150 sings a song of opportunity

With Canada’s sesquicentennial fast approaching, many artists, playwrights and musicians have been hard at work in preparation. That’s certainly the case for one creative Beacher. For Alex Eddington, Canada’s 150th birthday has meant the opportunity of a career – the chance to compose a piece of music for a professional orchestra. “I was actually approached […]

Jim Clayton Trio to take the stage

Award-winning pianist, Jim Clayton is set to take the stage with his band, the Jim Clayton Trio, November 5 at Beach United Church. Described as “the new Vince Guaraldi,” Clayton’s most recent album, Lenny Jumps In, has been featured in Jazziz Magazine and held a spot in the Canadian jazz radio top 10 list, as […]

Beachers sought for music-minded study

Could music help prevent Alzheimer’s? Dr. Luis Fornazzari thinks it could, and he’s looking for Beachers to help prove his theories correct. A behavioral neurologist with St. Michael’s Hospital, Fornazzari is seeking participants for a ground-breaking study about the use of music in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A former Beach […]

Entertainment Beat

Scarborough Players present Parfumerie, by Miklos Laszlo, and adapted by E.P. Dowdall. Parfumerie tells the story of George Horvath and Amalia Balash, two employees at an upscale Budapest shop. While the two hardly get along in person, little do they know that they are, in fact, secret pen pals who share their frustrations, dreams, and […]