Two great Toronto bands are playing a free show at the Toronto Reference Library this month, on Friday 28 May. Hardcore troubadours Fucked Up, winners of the 2009 Polaris Music Prize, will be joined by alt-country group $100, a band we featured in this month’s Shows To Go To.
Having a gig at a library is a pretty unusual but wonderful thing and there is a purpose to these rock n’ roll shenanigans, because, aside from the fact that everybody loves a free show, the gig is also serving to spotlight music at the library. Toronto Public Library has a campaign called Make Some Noise with the aim of promoting music at the library, and this free concert is part of that. Toronto has 99 public libraries across the city and they offer up a vast array of resources to anyone with a passion for music – there’s something for everyone; from music biz guide books to help aspiring bands and anyone else with their industry ambitions, to a huge selection of CD’s and books from artists past and present.
Music Vice has been in touch with Toronto Public Library and we will be running some regular stories over the coming months tied in with the Make Some Noise campaign, and in more general terms, promoting libraries everywhere as a resource for music fans.
Doors for the Fucked Up with $100 show are at 7.30pm on 28 May at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto. It’s a free show with no tickets required – just turn up and enjoy the music! We’ll see you there.