If you'd told any of their fans back in the 90s that someday there'd be a book about local garage punk heroes the Deadly Snakes, they probably would've spit out their beer in disbelief. Nevertheless, author J.B. Staniforth launches The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock And Roll Tonight on Friday (January 25) at Double Double Land. Following the reading, DJ Chris Trowbridge plays a set to get the crowd in party mode.
Blue Rodeo's road
Toronto alt-country pioneers Blue Rodeo have entered the phase in their career where they're getting landmarks named after them. Residents of Riverdale will soon be giving people directions to Blue Rodeo Drive, which will run along the eastern side of the new Bridgepoint Hospital near Broadview and Gerrard.
It was chosen partly because of the band's relationship with the neighbourhood: Jim Cuddy lives nearby, and both their studio and agent are located in Riverdale.
This isn't the first time the band's name has been attached to a section of pavement - they've already got a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, which you'll find on Simcoe, south of King.
Coincidentally, Blue Rodeo are also gearing up for their 25th Anniversary Tour, which hits Massey Hall February 1 and 2.