Published Jun 20, 2008Exclaim! has never been too open about the location of its headquarters. It's not that we don't want visitors, we just didn't have that much space when we were located in an office building above a karate school. Well, the Exclaim! staff moved into new digs at 849-A Bloor St. West (between Ossington and Christie) in Toronto at the beginning of '08 and there's more space to meet and great friendly faces now. Our coming out party of sorts is taking place this Saturday, June 21 as part of the Big On Bloor Street Festival. Bloor Street will be shut down from Landsdowne to Christie Pits with all the various restaurants and shops selling their wares on the street. Since Exclaim! doesn't actually sell anything, we figured we'd assemble some of the talented musicians who live in the neighbourhood to entertain the citizens of Bloor.
All of the performances will be taking place during the afternoon on Saturday between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and will be almost completely un-amplified and acoustic. There will be a donation case set out busker-style for public contributions to the performers. Here's a run down of who and what's happening in front of Exclaim! at 849-A Bloor Street West this Saturday, June 21.
1:00 p.m. - Moe Berg
You may know him from his time as front-man of the Pursuit of Happiness or his current Saturday night DJ gig at The Tap on Bloor. Recently, Berg produced a successful album for the Cliks who just came off a tour with the Cult.
2:00 p.m. - Colin Fisher
An active saxophonist/guitarist in Toronto's avant-garde and improvisational communities, Colin regularly performs in the groups Sing That Yell That Spell and I Have Eaten the City and has been involved with special musical presentations for events like the X Avant Festival at the Music Gallery.
2:45 p.m. - Tripping Hazard
A self-described "crunk funge" trio accustomed to rocking stages with bands ranging from instrumental Super Bowl fiasco benefiters My Dad VS Yours to Sublime disciples illScarlett at the 2006 Global Marijuana March.
3:30 p.m. - Proof of Ghosts
Recently signed to Weewerk records, Proof of Ghosts took part in the Pearson Airport gigs as part of NXNE. When front-man Stephen Heyerdahl isn't gigging around Ontario with his Sufjan-meets-Neil Young melodic strumming, you might find him running the sound board at Sneaky Dee's or touring around as Do Make Say Think's live sound man.
4:15 p.m. - Chris Levoir
As lead singer/songwriter for former Maple Music act the Mark Inside, Chris Levoir has an album in the can recorded with Arctic Monkeys producer Jim Abbiss, which looks like it may be dropping via Abbiss' newly launched Metalbox label.