Around this time of year, I start to crave something. Besides the usual cravings like ice cream, cold beer and not witnessing gross old men or even egotistical jocks shirtless (sup, dorks?), I yearn for some really good summer music. You know, the kind that you can blast at BBQs? The kind of music that make your steps a little more energetic while you walk to work and anthems you can sing along to. I think we all experience a form of this craving, so here are my local ideas for how to keep satisfied this July.
PIXELDANCE – Saturday July 2nd 8:00pm Duffy’s Tavern 1238 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON Duffy’s Tavern and Bitmasters Netlabel are bringing you Toronto’s very first and ONLY monthly 8-bit music event on Saturday July 2nd, 2011! This 19+ event will feature videogame-inspired tunes, crazy pixelated visuals provided by none other than CHIP RAMBO, and classic […]
It is time to dust off your old consoles, its time to regain your muscle memory. We here at the Underground are opening our doors and plugging in some classic systems!
Apologies; long time, no music advice, Dork Shelf-ers. But I have returned to these parts for the mighty occasion that is the North by Northeast festival! I’ve got a handful of acts – here, take a few – you should check out if you’re planning on perusing the festival market for the rest of the week. Here goes.
This is going to be the best party in the galaxy - or at the very least the city of Toronto - on Wednesday May 4th. Harth presents Intergalactic Star Wars Day!
2011 is finally working up to something stronger this month; are we all in agreement that these first few months have been kind of slow in terms of music? Or maybe we’re just impatient. Anyways, while we’ve surely had some musical finds each month, April has definitely kicked it up a notch. In just the first week, Toronto will be visited by acclaimed international acts such as The Joy Formidable, The Raveonettes, Foster the People, The Mountain Goats, Nat Baldwin (of the Dirty Projectors), Cut Copy and Toro Y Moi.
Every year, Canadian Music Week takes over Toronto, letting 800 bands take over 55 different venues over five nights. It’s really fun chaos. This year’s fest starts on Wednesday, March 9th. So as you’re unlikely to go buy a $75 wristband at this point, it’s in Dork Shelf’s best and wonderfully cheap interests to tell you about the great, free portions of the festival.
9:00PM! Saturday Feb 26, 2011! At the Toronto Underground Cinema! From the director of RAPPIN’ and LAMBADA! From the producers of BLOODSPORT and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2! Get ready to pop, lock, flare & freeze! After over 25 years, BREAKIN’ returns to Toronto! Come out, breakdance and behold a MEGA-RARE screening of a 35mm print […]
This Week in Dork is a new feature that will attempt to encapsulate all of the dorky events happening in and around Toronto every week. This week's highlights include a free Tim Burton Day at the Lightbox, a metalhead documentary, a classic monster movie and more!
This Week in Dork is a new feature that will attempt to encapsulate all of the dorky events happening in and around Toronto every week. Sure, "This Week in Geek" sounds better, but there's a little thing called copyright which prevents us from calling it that. Here are some of the highlights:
We all love a good scare. Now every Wednesday night come get a fright! That's right, every Wednesday we're going to be showing horror films. Horror flicks we love, ones that have scared the crap out of us, and ones we want to share with you. See you Underground...
The Eighth Wonder of the World returns to Toronto for One Nite Only! Plus shorts, cartoons and prizes from Rue Morgue Magazine! KING KONG (1933) Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack Starring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot and KONG Written by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace 100 mins | 16mm […]
Modra filmmakers in attendance for intro and Q&A's for each screening. Director Ingrid Veninger, starring Hallie Switzer and Alexander Gammal, Canada, 2010.
TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA, DION CONFLICT AND EYESORE CINEMA PRESENT: SCREW VALENTINES! Single and don’t know what to do while your happily couple friends gulp down papaya and copulate on red satin sheets? Disgruntled jilted ex lovers unite finally with “SCREW VALENTINES!” an event for those of us not getting boxes of chocolate and getting that “soul mate” drunk off cheap champagne. SCREW VALENTINES! Is not just a film screening, but an event where before the film you can win prizes with games including: “Worst Heartbreak”, “Those crazy STD’s!” and “Pump and Dump”.
As this year starts to get steady on its legs, we'll all need to find some new strength as well. This month’s picks will do just that for you – all of these acts radiate confidence and are really starting to come into their own. Let’s take a note from their songbook and get going!