A round up of the best/weirdest things to do this weekend in Toronto…
Friday March 30th
Named one of blogTO’s Five Breakout Bands, Odonis Odonis are holding a release party for their debut album, Hollandaze, which was put out in November of last year (the band’s sophomore effort, Handle Bars/Fixed Things, was released digitally back in February, but will see a physical release later this year). Odonis Odonis is Dean Tzenos (vocals/guitar), Denholm Whale (bass/vocals) and Jarod Gibson (drums/vocals). A prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in addition to being a filmmaker, Tzenos started Odonis Odonis as a solo ambition, but the band picked up steam after NXNE and is now a full-time three-piece, playing a rather catchy mix of fuzed-out-surf-shoegaze industrial.
Now, having just returned home from Austin and SXSW, the band is ready to play with some more local talents. Also playing are Silver Dapple, a Montreal noise-pop group via Alberta and Chicoutimi, plus Daps Record’s Hut, Hellaluya and Rituals. Party starts at 9PM at Toronto’s own underground cinema and bicycle repair shop, Cinecycle (behind 129 Spadina Ave).
Also happening Friday…
Saturday March 31th
Te Aro Coffee (983 Queen St E) is having a Espresso Throwdown this Saturday. You’ll be able to taste beans from roasters such as Denmark’s Coffee Collective, Norway’s Tim Wendelboe, and the UK roasters Has Bean, Square Mile, Origin, Monmouth, and St Ali. If you’re not an espresso drinking Bellwoods Brewery who are just about set up to open on Ossington have made a special beer for the event using Te Aro’s cold brew. What’s more Field Gastro is going to set up a pop-up featuring Cuban sandwiches, with $1 from every sandwich going to Coffee Kids, an NGO that works with coffee farming families. There’s a $10 at the door which includes a donation to Coffee Kids as well. If you’re observing Earth Hour Te Aro suggests you come early. The event is from 7-10:30PM.
Also happening Saturday…
Sunday April 1st
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