Musical instrument lending library gets a signal boost from local musicians

Deliluh, Dorothea Paas, Kapali Carsi and more new bands play free shows this weekend at the Parkdale Library

With the library strike now averted, the show must go on. Two shows, in the case of SHHHHH, a two-day free concert series in support of the Parkdale Library’s new musical instrument lending program. Both take place at the library, located at 1303 Queen West.

The lineups reads like a who’s who of Toronto’s indie side projects. Friday (May 6) from 7-8 pm features unplugged sets on the main floor by Deliluh, Dorothea Paas (solo) and Stucco, featuring Dave from Soupcans. The Saturday (May 7) show is a matinee from 1-4:30 pm in the basement, with industrial jazz outfit Retired, New Positions (featuring Jude of HSY and Neil from Germaphobes), Blue Light (featuring Ostrich Tuning/Surinam’s Ami Spears) and Kapali Carsi (Kevin from Inyrdisk). 

“We’re hoping to spread the word about the new instrument lending program that launched earlier this month,” says co-organizer Kyle Knapp. “There’s a shared feeling that this program is an excellent opportunity to give people of all ages an outlet into music, in a neighbourhood that thrives on community spirit.”

The shows are free, but attendees are encouraged to donate music instruments of a reasonable size to the library. 

“This new [lending] program is a great example of how libraries provide accessible hubs for anyone and everyone to explore the diverse culture in our communities,” says Knapp. “We’re incorporating a bunch of acoustic and experimental sets, and we hope the audience will hear that you don’t have to be practicing music theory to have fun with instruments. The main thing is that you can play how you want to play, and make the noise you want to make.”

Knapp also performs in participating band Deliluh, who shot a video for their song Fester with local filmmakers Colin Medley and Ilse Kramer to promote the shows. NOW’s got the exclusive premiere below. | @carlagillis

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