904, 2019

Record Store Day April 13, 2019

The twelfth annual Record Store Day is April 13, 2019!

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on.

In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. For several years, 60% or more of the Record Store Day Official Release List came from independent labels and distributors. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers.

Check out these Toronto shops on Record Store Day:

Dead Dog Records
Dine Alone Records
Greek World
June Records
Kops Records (Bloor St)
Kops Records (Danforth Ave)
Kops Records (Queen St)
Loon Records
Mike’s Music
Neurotica Records
Pandemonium Books & Music
Planet of Sound
Play De Record
Pop Music
Rotate This
She Said Boom!
Shortstack Records
Sonic Boom
SRC Vinyl
Tiny Record Shop

Leslieville & Riverside Stores!

  • Dine Alone Records
  • Pop Music
  • Tiny Record Shop

The Tiny Record Shop is partnering up with Precision Record Pressing and releasing a limited, hand-numbered run of 100 copies of Toronto-based Jaunt’s new single, “On Your Mind”.

Joining in on this special occasion, Jaunt, Halifax-based Devarrow, and Toronto-based Ice Cream, will be performing live at the Tiny Record Shop’s annual party on April 13th from 12-4 pm.


Full list of releases here.

photo by: Riverside BIA

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2603, 2019

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest is an annual week-long celebration of wine and craft beer paired with local food and shopping!

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest is an annual week-long celebration of wine and craft beer paired with local food and shopping. Wine and craft beer lovers can delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces better. It’s essentially an Ontario wine and craft beer tour – right next door to Leslieville in Riverside!

2019 Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Festival Features:

  • Tues, April 2nd: Free* Craft Beer Talk & Tasting
  • Wed, April 3rd: Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Prix Fixe Flight Night
  • Thurs, April 4th: Free* Tasting Night Market
  • Tues, April 2nd- Fri, April 5th: Prix Fixe Wine & Craft Beer Pairing Dinners & Events
  • Sat, April 6th: Riverside Wine & Craft Beer EXPO – free* wine & craft beer tastings, talks and demos, pop up food vendors
*Suggested $5-10 donation, all proceeds support the Ralph Thornton Centre’s children’s programming

RSVP & Register HERE

This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, sponsored by Hullmark, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

1503, 2019

Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Leslieville 2019

With Ceili Cottage closed, you may be wondering where to head this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Leslieville. We’ve outlined a few alternative options for you below!

TTC Streetcar wrapped in a green Jameson advertisement stating: TTC Streetcars are free along King and Queen on St. Patrick's Day in Toronto

  1. The Roy Public House, 894 Queen Street East

    DeCoste & Barnes playing live 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Dan Kosub playing live 6:00 PM

  2. Prohibition Gastro Pub, 696 Queen Street East

    10:00 AM – 2:00 AM

    Join us at Prohibition Gastrohouse – Queen location (696 Queen Street East) for an incredible St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Our Chef has prepared a special St. Patrick’s Day menu from an Irish Fry for brunch to a Traditional Irish Stew and Beer Cheese Soup. We’ll be serving up O’Hara’s Irish Stout all day (11am-7pm) at HOOCH HOUR prices – $5.75!

  3. The Duke Live, 1225 Queen Street East

    Hogtown Country St Paddy’s Day Party, no cover 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

  4. Dundas and Carlaw, 1173 Dundas Street East

    Two great events this St. Patio Day Weekend. Dundas and Carlaw have partnered with their friends at Gare de l’Est Brasserie to provide Irish Stew and Oysters for the event. They’ve locked down amazing beverage partners as well Guiness, Bushmills, and Woodhouse Brewing Co. Tickets are on sale online for $20, or available in house for $25

    Saturday, March 16, 2019
    Irish Stew and Lobster on the menu
    Live Music Starts at 7pm on the Patio
    Bushmills Tasting at 4pm
    Heated and Tented Patio

    Sunday, March 17, 2019
    Irish Stew and Oysters
    Live Music starts at 3pm
    Guinness Taps on the Patio
    Giveaways all day!

  5. The Thirsty Duck, 972 Queen Street East

  6. McQueen’s Pub, 993 Queen Street East

  7. Radical Road Brewing Co, 1177 Queen Street East

  8. Queen’s Head Pub, 1214 Queen Street East

Heading out of the hood?

If you feel like venturing outside of Leslieville, the TTC will be offering FREE rides on the 501 Queen, and 504 King routes on March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day. The free of charge rides will start from 4 pm and run until 2:30 am to get you home safely.

Have a safe and fun weekend!

2602, 2019

Leslieville wants booze with their brunch

It’s been in the news recently that Leslieville restaurants are fighting for their brunch-going patrons to have a mimosa or caesar with their eggs before 11 a.m. Want to join the fight? Sign the petition here: Bring Ontario Liquor Licensing Hours into the 21st Century

Interior of Brooklyn Tavern in Leslieville, Toronto. A row of banquet seats with all tables set. A bar is in the background on the right hand side. Warm lighting and a tin ceiling.

Here’s what CTV News has to say:

The owner of a Leslieville restaurant is arguing that she should be able to serve alcohol earlier in the day, especially on the weekends.

Cindy Wilkes, the owner of Brooklyn Tavern on Queen Street East, says she is frustrated that she has to deny customers a mimosa with their Sunday brunch when they come in to the restaurant before 11 a.m.

“I’m going to say that three quarters of the people would have a drink at 10 o’clock in the morning,” she told CTV News Toronto. “I’m just trying to make a living here and give people what they want.”

A photograph posted to Instagram two days ago shows the restaurant packed with customers enjoying their weekend breakfast. In the caption, Wilkes writes “Full restaurant at 10:15! Can’t serve alcohol though! But someone can smoke a joint anytime they want! Gotta love it!”

In December, the Progressive Conservative government announced that all LCBO and Beer Stores, along with authorized grocery stores and winery retail stores, could sell alcohol between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Wilkes argues that if the province is allowing the sale of alcohol at retail outlets earlier in the morning, licensed restaurants should also be granted the same privilege.

“I should be able to serve alcohol at the same time that the government can sell it,” Wilkes said.

Paula Fletcher, the councillor for Toronto-Danforth, called Leslieville “the brunch capital” of Toronto and said she would bring the issue up at City Hall. Council would have to ask the province to alter legislation allowing for the extended hours of sales.

“When they’re having they’re big brunch date on Queen East in Leslieville, people would like to have a glass of wine much earlier in the day that they’re allowed,” Fletcher said.

She also said that until the legislation changes, council could explore the possibility of setting up more special occasion permits for brunch-areas in the city.

The city has previously approved early alcohol permits for big sporting events.


source: CTV News

photo: Interior of Brooklyn Tavern by Toronto Life

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