No Flat City: Brendan George Ko

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Meet Brendan George Ko, a visual storyteller who works in photography, video, installation, text and sound. Born in Toronto and raised in New Mexico and Texas, Ko’s work has been included in The Magenta Foundation’s Flash ForwardHey! Hot Shot by Jen Bekman in New York City, as well as numerous exhibitions in Canada and United States. He is currently represented by LE Gallery in Toronto.

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SoundClash Music Award Finalist: Maneli Jamal

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Acoustic guitarist and composer Maneli Jamal has toured all over the world including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Europe. His rhythmic concepts can be alternately short and dense, or explored carefully through several movements and real life stories. This becomes evident with wins at countless music competitions around the world including placing in the top three at Guitar Idol, a worldwide guitar competition held in London, UK.

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SoundClash Music Award Finalist: Pale Eyes

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Duo Lisa J. Smith (Pony Up, the Dears) and Ben McCarthy (Archivist) have shed the indie rock of their former projects to eke out a new sound forged from analogue synths and digital samplers. With the 2013 release of debut album/mixtape 
sweatshop, which spent a month in the Top 10 of Earshot’s Canadian Electronic Music Charts, the band revealed an eclectic group of recordings that critics compared to Radiohead, Trent Reznor, the XX and the Knife.

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How to Throw the Perfect Canada Day Party

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Canada is turning 147 and to celebrate, Harbourfront Centre is throwing a five-day birthday bash of extravagant proportions. In order to create Toronto’s premiere celebration of Canada, Harbourfront Centre has made sure to include all of the essential elements required to throw the perfect party.

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Vendors to look out for during NXNE

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While you’re listening to the diverse sounds at the NXNE festival, be sure to visit the World Cafe for some delectable foods and shop the world at the Lake View Market. Lake View Market vendors Art Brasilis, Cocoteeni, Courtney Lush Glass, and Designs by Nature are a must visit, and whenever you get hungry, visit The Saucy Pierogi and White Gold Sweets in the World Café.

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The 20th annual NXNE festival infiltrates our site

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This year NXNE, an annual festival dedicated to new and upcoming music, celebrates it’s 20th anniversary, and once again they will be infiltrating our site with innovative programming celebrating the next generation of buzz worthy artists. With live music, crafts, films, games and workshops in conjunction with Girls Rock Camp Toronto, which offers girls/young women (aged 8-16) of all musical abilities and economic backgrounds a safe space to learn an instrument of their choice, we have the perfect place to enjoy the festival with the whole family.

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Summer Music in the Garden is here!

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From Bach to Mendelssohn, string quartet to fiddle, Canada to Italy to Japan, explore a world of indigenous and classical music, instruments and arrangements as our free Summer Music in the Garden series returns for another summer. We’ve invited musicians from across Canada, the U.S. and around the world to perform in the beautiful Toronto Music Garden, every Thursday and Sunday, from July 3 to September 14.

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The SoundClash Music Award 2014 shortlist

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Over the past few weeks, our jury of music industry professionals have been carefully reviewing our SoundClash Music Award submissions. We are very excited to announce the shortlist, who will compete live at Harbourfront Centre’s Canada Day Extravaganza, June 27–July 1  — Pale Eyes, DATU, Canvas, Keita Juma and Maneli. Winners will be selected by a combination of jury and public voting and will be awarded a …

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No Flat City: Darren Rigo

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No Flat City, the new large-scale photography exhibition, opening June 20th at Harbourfront Centre, brings a deliberate focus to the city’s surprising topography and land formations and dispels this illusion of flatness with extensive examinations of ravines and valleys, escarpments and moraines. As mentioned in our introductory post, we’ll be chatting with the six artists responsible for producing the exhibition as we …

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No Flat City: Brett Gundlock

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Meet Toronto-based photojournalist Brett Gundlock, founder of The Boreal Collective — a dedicated group of photojournalists who are committed to the documentation of injustice and inequities that exist environmentally, socially, culturally and politically in Canada and abroad. With regular clients that include names like The Wall Street Journal, Vice, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Brett constantly aims to explore the intersections of journalism and conceptual art within his photography.

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