Moving into the digital age, what would you do if you were an organization that has spent the last 30 year commissioning new pieces of music? Soundstreams has done an incredible thing by creating a site and iPad app that let’s you explore their body of work. It’s called Soundmakers and beyond being an app it’s a community that continues to encourage the creation of music. The app actually allows you to create your own piece and upload it. You can even listen to other users’ music. The samples with which a user can create their piece are taken from existing Soundstreams Commissions.
The site has some interesting features including an interactive mood slide to determine what you’d be interested in listening to at any given moment. I told the site I was feeling “exciting” and it cued up a piece called “Breathe” by James Rolfe. Listen to it below.
I know you’re thinking, “that’s cool, but when’s the party?” It’s on Friday, okay? There’s a Meet & Greet and, after the performances, there’s ‘Mingling’ (the event page actually says that). So head to the Gardiner Musem (111 Queen’s Park) for 7pm this Friday.
#JunkFood & #SilverLingins – #Hashtag Gallery owners plan to hang two separate shows of their own personal work. #hashtag Gallery (801 dundas) – 7-11:30PM – Free
Toronto Botanical Garden Farmer’s Market – Opening day for this market, which is now in its 3rd year! Every Thursday from 3-7PM until October 10th. TBG (777 Lawrence Ave) – 3-7PM – Free
DIRTY – New installation from Kim Stanford, an exploration of the mundane and repetitious. Gallery 1313 (1313A Queen St) – 7-10PM – Free
Amalgamations – A short by local filmmaker Elaine Poon as part of an evening of shorts by Toronto talent. Also screening is Jacob Stein’s 482-LOVE, and Galaxy Donuts and Innocent Things. Tickets and more info here. Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond) – 6-9PM – $10 adv. or box office.
Do The Right Thing Screening – At the Bata Show Museum (327 Bloor) – 6PM – Part of PWYC Thursdays
Pop Art Pop Up – Works by Montreal based artist Antoine Tavaglione. Cereal & Cartoons, people. 431 Roncesvalles – 7Pm-12AM – Free
Laissez les Femmes Peindre – Let The Women Paint – 26 local lady artists each received a letter from the alphabet from Jimmy Chiale, to function as their MUSE sharing the theme of WOMEN as their inspiration – Brockton Collective (442a Dufferin) – 7-11pm Free Reception, $5 for after party until 2am.
METZ – w/ Odonis Odonis, and the Soupcans. Noise rock, post-punk, all Toronto. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor) – 9PM – $15
Peer Pressure – Unfortunately named All-Ages Queer dance party. DJs, Drag, Dancing, Delights. Mojo (1305 Dundas West) – 9:30PM – First 100 people $10, after $15
Michael Rault – w/ Alvvys, Church, Tess Parks. East Coast meets West Coast, solo male meets all-girl. Silver Dollar Room (486 Spdain) – 9PM – $7
Nothing Escapes the Alternative Tentacle – For the 8th year 9 Alternative High Schools hold an exhibition of student works. XPACE Cultural Centre (2-303 Lansdowne) – 7PM – Free
8th House Collaboration – 8th House Publisher invites you to an evening of Toronto authors interpreted though jazz, ambient loops, instillation, theatre and visuals. Cinecycle (coach house of 401 Richmond) – 9PM – Free
Static Zine’s Spring Yard Sale – Money rasied from these yard sales are what fund the zine which is published three times a year. All the cool cats involved have impeccable tastes so logic follows their yard sale will rule. (55 Brunswick Ave) – Noon-5PM – Free to look.
Drink N Draw II – LightFighter Studio hosts their second drink and draw. Bring your own beverage of choice and art supplies and get ready to create. LightFighter Studio (#3 – Mackay Ave) – 7PM – Free
The Dreamer Examines His Pillow – Column 13 Actor’s Company present’s the classic Shanley play about love and life, and moments in between the two. Runs until May 25th but Saturday has two showings: 2Pm and 10:30PM. Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin) – $15 at door
Lily Frost – w/ Stolenowners, BlueVenus, Elissa Mielke at the Silver Dollar Room (486 Spadina) – 9Pm – $7
Clothing Repairathon – Can’t sew or don’t own a serger and need some clothing mended? Bring it to the Repairathon and have a skilled stranger do it. Withrow Park (725 Logan Ave) – 9AM-1PM – Free!
HotBox Turns 10 – Happy Birthday to your fave token bug café. 204 Augusta – 1PM-12AM – $5, 18+
D’Angelo – I know you were just asking yourself what ever happened to D’Angelo. Sound Academy (11 Polson St) – 8PM – $72.50-$92.50 (you read that right, you can laugh now)
No Looking After The Internet – A monthly group where participants regard a photograph they are unfamiliar with. Discussion ensues. Gallery TPW (1256 Dundas) – 7PM – Free
Town Moto Spring Opener – The best and baddest motorbike shop in town celebrates one year in business. BBQ & Bevs. Town Moto (132 Ossington) – 7-9PM
We Should Know Each Other – Based on a series of community-building events that took place in Calgary in 2008, WSKEO invites you to get to know someone you don’t know now but probably should. Expand your social circle, broaden your collaborative network. #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas) – 7-11PM – Free
Doored 5 – Life of a Craphead hosts a night of comedy and performance featuring the likes of Fake Injury Party, CN Tower Liquidation, and Lisa Smolkin. Double Double Land (209 Augusta) 7PM – $5
Colin Stetson – Shortlisted for 2011’s Polaris Prize saxophonist Colin Stentson is like jazz’s answer to drone metal.