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spencer-chalkboardI used to spend a lot of time down at the local market when I was a teen. I would do all the things a teen my age (the age of a teen) would do. I would sit with my friends, spend my hard earned pennies on apple fritters and of course, like most boys my age, I would ride skateboards.

I never had a skateboard to write home about. It was nothing special is what I mean, at least not to anyone aside from myself. I remember all the other kids talking brands and hardware. How much money everything was, and how it became obsolete in the blink of an eye. I was simple and I came from a simple home. My skateboard was home made. A thick, heavy piece of wood with a sand paper top and second hand wheels. I felt at times, like it was a barrier between my friends and I, however, I loved that damn thing. It got me from point A to point B and it never had a problem doing so.

One hot day in the middle of august I pushed my way down to the market and CONTINUE READING >

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Toronto loves The Who

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When I was in high school, Who’s Next blasted out of every car stereo. I had it on 8 track.

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“RV Song” by Darrelle London

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This week in the Listening Booth we share Darrelle London‘s single “RV Song” from her latest album Eat a Peach. Massey Hall is proud to present Darrelle London as part of our Canadian Songbook series at The Rivoli this Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Darrelle was discovered and trumpeted online by Perez Hilton in 2010 vaulting the piano-pop singer-songwriter into the international spotlight. Her music has been featured on the hit TV show 90210 and she has written with Chantal Kreviazuk, who also performs and produced a song on the album.

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November of 1976 is a time I will never forget. My family and I were living in Vancouver and my phone rang one morning. It was Levon Helm of The Band calling; from Santa Monica. “John, I’m just calling to let you know that The Band is calling it quits. We’re doing a farewell concert on Thanksgiving night, Thursday November 25th in San Francisco at Winterland and I want you there as my guest.” I couldn’t believe it. A lot to take in. It was hard to believe but with an invitation like that, from an old friend, I was not going to turn it down.

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Toronto songwriter Hayden Desser and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl, have announced a new annual benefit concert in support of services for children with developmental disabilities. Dream Serenade will feature intimate performances from Feist, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National, Sarah Harmer, Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies, Jason Collett, Grey Lands (Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke), Lou Canon, and of course Hayden himself.

Each year, proceeds from Dream Serenade will be directed to much needed schools, pre-schools, hospitals and parent respite services that support children with special needs and their families in the Toronto area. “We hope to see Dream Serenade continue and grow each year,” says Christie Greyerbiehl. “Beyond being just an opportunity to raise money for the much deserving recipients, our hope is that this event not only inspires the spirit of generosity but is also a fun night out for the families and school staff, the artists who are generously sharing their time and talents with us, and all those who attend.” CONTINUE READING >

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