Toronto Public Library Launches Fall Music Workshop Series

Toronto Public Library Launches Fall Music Workshop Series
This fall, the Toronto Public Library is looking for avid readers and music fans to "make some noise" as well as "take some noise" with a series of local music workshops free to the public.

Beginning September 22 with "Introduction to Steelpan," the TPL will then follow the next month with such colourful workshops as "And It Don't Stop: Hip-hop and Power," "Infiltrating the Music Business," "DIY Rock Show" and "The Amazing Technicolor Rock Show: How to Use Multimedia & Storytelling in Performance." (See below for dates, times, locations and descriptions.)

In addition, the TPL will also throw its annual concert featuring Toronto-based indie acts Slim Twig, Winter Gloves, Gentleman Reg and Masia One. The concert will take place on Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the North York Central Library. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets will be available starting October 13 at North York Central, Toronto Reference, Albion, Northern District, Parkdale and Malvern library branches and at Soundscapes (572 College Street). Limit two tickets per person.

And if it's more free music you're looking for don't forget to check out the library’s collection of CDs by Toronto-area musicians at select library branches.

The workshops:

Introduction to Steelpan
An interactive opportunity for creative self-expression and accomplishment, this introduction to Steelpan and its origins outlines design, setup, care, use and techniques.
Register: 416-394-5170
Monday, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m.
Albion Branch, 1515 Albion Rd.

And It Don’t Stop: Hip-hop and Power
Join local hip-hop artists for an interactive workshop tracing rap from its beginnings to the present, and learn how you can rhyme and rap.
Register: 416-396-8969
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Malvern Branch, 30 Sewells Rd.

Infiltrating the Music Business
Whether you’re a musician or someone interested in the music business, this workshop will answer questions about music management, agents, promoters and grassroots promotion. With speakers from various parts of the scene, the workshop will show you how to infiltrate the industry.
Register: 416-393-7686
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:00 p.m.
Parkdale Branch, 1303 Queen St. W.

DIY Rock Show
Join Blocks Recording Club artist Iris Fraser for an intro to putting on your own rock show. Learn how to independently book, run and promote unique and exciting music events.
Register: 416-395-5674
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m.
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St.

The Amazing Technicolor Rock Show: How to Use Multimedia & Storytelling in Performance
Join Blocks Recording Club artists Kids on TV for an introduction to using multimedia and storytelling in performance. Check out the band at
Register: 416-393-7610
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7:00 p.m.
Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd.