Upcoming: public space is the place
Most of us frown on ads eating up communal space, but the Toronto Public Space Committee is actually doing something about it with campaigns that raise public awareness about and challenge City Hall's decisions on who fills our public space. On Friday, musicians like Sarah Harmer , Bob Wiseman , Jason Collett , Andre Ethier , the Phonemes ' Gentleman Reg , Andrew Whiteman and Magali Meagher play a benefit for the TPSC at the Bloor Cinema .
"It's fucked that City Hall prevents access to public space for people who don't have money," says Meagher, on the eve of the final decision on the anti-postering bylaw. "This is how indie artists have traditionally gotten the word out, and the bylaw is inequitable."
Help support the TPSC. Tickets are $14, and you can get details and learn more about the committee at www.publicspace.ca.
Club Rockit is on shaky ground. According to former house booker Inertia Entertainment 's Noel Peters , staff were locked out of the club last Friday and later learned they'd lost their jobs. Many upcoming shows have been cancelled. "Since the club opened in May 2003, I've been losing money," says Rockit manager Elliott Hurst , who claims he was set to lose everything until an investor agreed to bail him out. In exchange, the new investor got control of the club.
Hurst says Club Rockit will undergo renovations and a total overhaul in late March, before reopening under new management as a "higher-class jazz fusion, multi-purpose" club. Details on upcoming Inertia shows can be found at www.inertia-entertainment.com.