Supported by TD Bank Group
In partnership with four key programming partners, Doors Open Toronto now offers music in unique, unexplored spaces. Experience the combination of music and architecture in a new way!
159 Manning St.
Saturday May 27 & Sunday, May 28, 10 am - 5 pm
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 unforgettable experiences in the process. For over 12 years, 159 Manning has been an important centre of cultural activity in Toronto.
From the a capella choral singing of Shape Note Singing and the spacey psychedelic rock of Possum to the blues of the Conor Gaines Band, the music will be an eclectic blend of sounds.
The music program will be presented in partnership with the City of Toronto's City Hall Live series.
Batuki Music Society
This non-profit community-based organization promotes African music and art through performances at music venues year-round, as well as at the annual Habari Africa festival. They encourage and help integrate local African musicians into Toronto's diverse music scene.
Batuki Music Society will showcase African music at unique spaces to augment the cultural significance of these venues through performances.
Sounds of Zimbabwe: Marimba and Mbira Music
TD Bank Tower
66 Wellington St. W.
Saturday, May 27, 1 pm
Tich Maredza is a Zimbabwean singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer who incorporates a contemporary flair into his traditional style of Zimbabwean music. He will play marimba and nyunga nyunga mbira - traditional instruments that are an integral part of Zimbabwean music. He is the leader of The Tich Maredza Band, a five-piece band which he formed in 2009 and also a member of the Juno Award winning Okavango African Orchestra. He will be accompanied by Ruben Esguerra, an accomplished Toronto-based percussionist originally from Colombia.
African Blues featuring "The Professor” Adam Solomon
Bridgepoint Active Healthcare (Administration Building, formerly the Don Jail)
550 Gerrard St. E.
Saturday, May 27, 3 pm
This Juno Award winner is a master guitarist and composer. He sings in English, Swahili and Mijikenda (the nine tribes from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast). "The Professor", as he is known in musical circles, is highly respected as a lead guitarist and vocalist. He creates a unique sound that combines traditional acoustic African blues and jazz, spiced with traditional coastal East African rhythms. Adam’s guitar method mirrors the sound of the ancient goatskin stringed instruments of the Mijikenda, such as the Bunguu.
Griot Traditions of West Africa
Legislative Assembly of Ontario
111 Wellesley St. W.
Sunday, May 28, 2 pm
Born into a family of Malian griots, Diely Mori Tounkara followed in the footsteps of his father by becoming an undisputed master of the kora. He studied guitar, following the teachings of his brother, Djeli Mady Tounkara, the acclaimed guitarist for the Super Rail-Band of Bamako. He learned how to play this instrument and a wide repertoire of traditional Mandingo pieces. Diely Mori composes his own music and combined with the classical pieces of Mandingo culture, has created a rich and original fusion - a beautiful mixture of the deepest traditions with a more contemporary personal repertoire.
Sofar Sounds Toronto is part of a global movement bringing the magic back to live music through intimate, secret concerts in alternative spaces. Audiences apply to attend events without knowing who is performing or exactly where the concert will take place. Invitees agree to arrive on time, stay the whole show and listen quietly. They receive the exact location 48 hours in advance and performers are unveiled on arrival.
Showcasing traditional and contemporary music representing the diversity of our city, six Sofar shows will take place in secret corners of the three locations listed below.
Pre-registration is required. A limited number of tickets are available through Doors Open and Sofar.
Cooper Koo Family YMCA
461 Cherry St.
Saturday, May 27
2 pm Register
4 pm Register
234 Bay St.
Sunday, May 28
11 am Register
1 pm Register
MaRS Discovery District
101 College St.
Sunday, May 28
2 pm Register
4 pm Register
Toronto’s non-profit independent music community hub Wavelength will offer free concerts by established artists in historic buildings. The three concerts and buildings will be connected by a bicycle tour led by DIY collective The Bike Pirates. Admission is free - just bring your wheels and open ears!
R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant
2701 Queen St. E., Scarborough
Saturday, May 27, 12 pm
Fresh Snow is an acclaimed instrumental, psychedelic noise-rock quartet from Toronto. Signed to local label Hand Drawn Dracula Records, the band has been seen on the cover of NOW Magazine and nominated for the esteemed Polaris Music Prize. The Toronto Star’s Ben Rayner called their music "transcendental" and "overwhelming in the best sense possible." Fresh Snow will perform their tidally charged drone rock right next to the fresh water at the "Palace of Purification", 1941 Art Deco masterpiece the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant.
Contact plays Allison Cameron: A Gossamer Bit
Evergreen Brick Works
300-550 Bayview Ave.
Saturday, May 27, 2:15 pm
Toronto-based ensemble Contact combines 21st century classical/experimental music with the sensibilities of rock and jazz to form a hybrid chamber ensemble that defies genres. Praised by the New York Times as "mesmerizing," Contact has premiered countless works by Canadian and international composers. For this concert, they will perform pieces by longtime collaborator and Toronto composer Allison Cameron, as heard on their 2015 album A Gossamer Bit. Performing on the bucolic terrace of community environmental centre the Evergreen Brick Works, Contact and Allison Cameron’s music will facilitate a meditative communion with the natural world.
The Masonic Temple
888 Yonge St.
Saturday, May 27, 4 pm
From the charming Northern Ontario outpost of Espanola, comes Kurt Marble. Though cleverly disguised beneath layers of fuzz, his music is at its core sweet and good-natured pop, reminiscent of early 60’s doo-wop and rock-and-roll. Starting out as a solo project, Kurt Marble has since ballooned into a full-blown live spectacle. This show at the century-old Masonic Temple - formerly the site of iconic rock music venues the Concert Hall and the Rock Pile (where Led Zeppelin played in 1969) - will follow the release of the band’s new EP Friend of Mine.