Traffic was busier than normal along Queen West Friday night, thanks to a guerrilla street party organized by Toronto Balkan-klezmer-Gypsy-folk-punk band Lemon Bucket Orkestra. The popular buskers teamed up with percussion group Samba Elegua and a 30-piece workers' union band visiting from Iceland called Ludrasveit Verkalydsins, which made for a sprawling impromptu street orchestra. In the face of fire-spinners, stilt-walkers and giant puppets, the police were pretty chill about the whole thing, and a pretty impressive number of spectators filled the underused concrete parkette at Queen and Dufferin.
Jazz returns to the Senator
From 1989 until it closed in 2005, the Top o' the Senator was one of the most respected jazz venues in town. Live music has come back to the site with its reopening as Jazz Bistro, helmed by Sybil Walker, who managed the Top o' the Senator during its entire 16-year life. As you'd expect, the focus is on jazz acts as well as blues and Latin music.
Weeknd's lazy hand
The $200 price tag for the Weeknd's six-disc vinyl Trilogy box set didn't seem that crazy, considering that only 500 copies were produced and that each set was hand-numbered and signed. Turns out that actually signing them was too much work for Abel Tesfaye. Those who shelled out the big bucks for the deluxe package were surprised this week to find that the singer's signature was scrawled by a robo signing machine (or possibly just printed with the album art) and is identical on each copy. Seems safe to assume he didn't do the numbering either.