Doors Open to Music
Building on last year’s success, Doors Open Toronto features an eclectic program of live music for all ages. Hear emerging artists from the city’s dynamic alternative music scene indoors at the iconic Horseshoe Tavern and outdoors at the DIY backyard venue 159 Manning. Sophisticated Afro-Cuban sounds grace the Bata Shoe Museum, traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists animate the great hall of Native Child and Family Services Toronto, and exhilarating jazz complements the Market Gallery’s exhibit “Notes in the Night: The History of Toronto Jazz Clubs since 1946.”
Location: The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W.
Date & Time: Sunday, May 27, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Doors Open Toronto partners with The Horseshoe Tavern and Wavelength Music to present a free, all-ages concert of five eclectic local artists. Wavelength Music is a curated concert series designed to champion creativity, co-operation and collaboration in the independent music and arts scenes. The Wavelength Music series is an incubator for emerging music, with an unparalleled track record for championing new Canadian talent that has since gone on to international success. The Doors Open/Wavelength concert event features an inspired mix of art pop, fuzzy garage rock, singer/songwriter, dream pop and experimental electronics by dynamic young Toronto artists Twist, Kira May, SlowPitchSound, Merival and Away Forward
Location: Market Gallery, 95 Front St. E.
Date & Time: Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Top notch Toronto jazz ensembles perform live, bringing to life the tremendous energy, history and spirit of the Market Gallery’s current exhibit, “Notes in the Night: Jazz Clubs in Toronto since 1946.” Catch the Victor Bateman Trio, with Reg Schwager and Nick Fraser on May 26, and the Chelsea McBride Group on May 27.
Location: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. W.
Date & Time: Saturday, May 26, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The meaning of OKAN is soul in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria. Led by Elizabeth Rodriquez (vocals and violin) and Magdelys Savigne (percussion and vocals), OKAN blends pure Cuban traditional music, jazz, and Afro-Cuban style mixed with world rhythms, into music of great sophistication. OKAN brings a fresh, modern touch to the roots of Cuban music. Moving forward in representing Cuban music outside Cuba, OKAN embraces every culture and welcomes it as its own.
Location: Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, 30 College St.
Dates & Times: May 26 & May 27, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Hear traditional and contemporary Indigenous music within the visual and cultural splendour of the remarkable Native Child and Family Services Toronto building. On May 26, Anishinaabe Kwe singer, songwriter, hand drummer, storyteller Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone shares traditional, contemporary, and original hand drum songs in a magical experience weaving together stories and teachings. On May 27, Anishinaabe experimental-electronic producer Ziibiwan explores a sonic, cosmic flow of ethereal, ambient landscapes and beat-based hypnotic spaces. The FADER describes Ziibiwan’s music as “bright, curious, meditative electronic music… reminiscent of Bonobo.”
Location: 159 Manning Street
Dates & Times: Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Presented in Partnership with City Hall Live.
Tim McCready hosts some of Toronto’s most eclectic DIY events in the comfort of his own home and backyard, turning his personal space into a venue and creating some unforgettable experiences in the process. For over 12 years, 159 Manning has been an important centre of cultural activity in Toronto. Catch an eclectic blend of sonic bliss by up-and-coming and established artists on the backyard stage, including Les Nananas, Gen-X, The Ramolas, Just John, The Pairs, So Young, Sleepless Nights, Lenny Bull and the Main Offenders. You can also unleash your inner rockstar and perform onstage with Good Enough Live Karaoke! Videos & films presented by Eyesore Cinema will be showcased in the living room.
Mature content. Parental guidance advised.