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Afrofest is back at Woodbine Park, bringing the sounds, sights, and smells of African music, food and culture to the Beach. From noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5, the 27th annual festival will highlight international and local African artists with no admission cost. Vendors will offer clothing, food, and […]

Beaches International Jazz Festival preview

The 27th Beaches International Jazz Festival has expanded to include an extra weekend of music in honour of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Running from July 10 to 26, the festival will now cover three weekends at Woodbine Park, as well as the popular Streetfest that shuts down Queen Street East for three nights […]

Alex Gillespie remembered with music scholarships

For two young music lovers, a scholarship from Set Sail: the Alex Gillespie Music Fund is a welcome contribution toward each of their training for future careers. For Kathryn Wright, it’s a chance to turn the tragedy of Gillespie’s death at age 17 into a legacy of helping other young musicians hoping to find a […]

Musician makes fresh mark as Young Guv

Upper Beach native Ben Cook is a bit hard to pin down, in more ways than one. Cook earns his keep as a musician, but is something of a study in contradictions. Unconcerned and a bit cynical about a positive review of his new album on the taste-making Pitchfork.com, he seems genuinely excited to be […]

Pondering a proper plant soundtrack

These days it’s a generally accepted scientific fact that plant to plant communication actually does exist. They have the amazing ability to ‘talk’ to each other using hormones released into the air. They also use interconnected root systems and minute electrical signals and sounds to warn their neighbours of impending insect attacks, drought and other […]

Guitar teacher plays concert to fund first album

Davidson Yeager will likely be known to many current and would-have-been musicians. The singer, songwriter and guitarist has been teaching six-string magic in the Beach since the 1990s, and has taught more than 10,000 lessons to date. Between all the teaching, Yeager has managed to find the time to write and record his own music, […]

The Beaches, the band, from the Beach

When it came time for a name, local indie rockers The Beaches wanted one that hints where they’re from. They tried “Skeleton Beach,” says lead singer Jordan Miller, but it was taken by a synth-pop guy from L.A. “The Beaches” did the trick. For an all-girl band, it even has a double entendre – one […]

Songwriter staying in tune

On Dec. 1, 1987, Robert Armes had just released his album, Part of The Family, which was available at Toy Circus on Queen Street near Lee. At 34, his career was in high gear as a singer, songwriter, musician and partner at Sounds Interchange, the largest and fastest-growing award-winning music production house in Canada. He […]

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Acoustic Harvest presents Kongero, an a capella quartet from Sweden, March 23, at 8 p.m., at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. I had never heard of this group so I went to the website kongero.se, found the page where I could listen to some recordings…and was magically transported into another, ethereal world of […]

Beacher’s band shines on live recording

The good thing about live recordings is that they often give the musicians in the band a chance to shine. In the case of Jeanine Mackie’s latest CD, Live at the Drake, this is more than evident, and it’s what will have you listening to this recording over and over. Mackie has assembled (assembled might […]