OUR MUSIC EDITOR TELLS US WHERE TO GO
Photo by Kate Kilgour
One of my favorite things on the planet is catching a live band that I’ve never heard before. Though I do keep track of the local happenings via NOW Magazine, I enjoy visiting a few bars on off-days (like Mondays and Tuesdays), with the hopes of finding some new artists. Recently I’ve enjoyed Holy Oak for a ‘hot-toddy’ kind of vibe, and The Piston for a quality bar in my friends’ neighborhood. When the winter hits, I tend to stay close to my neighbourhood in Parts & Labour’s basement. One of my favorite shows in the city is the phenom cover band, Dwayne Gretzky, so also, wherever their residency is at the time! Canadian Music Week is only a few months away, so I’m looking forward to hopping around the city to some more places I’ve never been to, making a point of checking out opening acts of the more established groups I dig!
The Kozlik’s mustard stand at St. Lawrence Market. I have a serious addition to their Sweet & Smokey flavor!
I definitely have to choose Roncesvalles as my haunt-of-choice. It’s my hood. It has a small town vibe while being close enough to the Queen/Dufferin jumble of bars, offering a growing selection of draws. On Monday evenings there is the Sorauren Farmers’ Market for the most sinfully delicious cinnamon buns I’ve ever tasted. Film Buff offers a ton of movies you can’t find everywhere else, plus some dynamite ice cream. There is comfortable eating (trendy and traditional), second-hand shopping, High Park strolling and ogling of the cutest young families with hip toddlers and pretty puppies. Come here for authentic Polish cuisine and a bottle of Tyskie, a cup of Cherry Bomb coffee and a scone, or a slab of Barque ribs and a pint of St. Ambroise.
I leave my lusting to the pages of magazines, because my heart just breaks too much when I see $600 wedges IRL. When it comes to shopping, I get the most pleasure out of treasure hunting – racks and racks at Value Village, preferably outside of the GTA, is ideal! Thrifting is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon, and with inspiration from current collections on my mind, there’s always a way to make a great look without breaking the bank at Holt’s.
My friend lives in and operates Studio 407, a downtown loft that invites local young artists to display their work. Not really a gallery to stroll into, but they host a bunch of parties and launches, usually coupled with bottles of Steamwhistle and some good music.
The River Trading Company in Parkdale is a used book store and they’ve got a cat in the window that has it’s own Twitter account. I’m more of a magazine-reader than novel-reader, so the big appeal of this place is their glossy selection! They offer un-owned magazines that are a couple of months old, but when it comes to buying image-heavy, coffee-table worthy issues, it’s nice to get a few for the price of one!