Posts Tagged ‘Independent’

Julie Doiron at the Horshoe Tavern – TONIGHT

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Julie Doiron‘s latest album, I CAN WONDER WHAT YOU DID WITH YOUR DAY, came out this past Tuesday. I’m quite impressed. Caught a sneak peak in Hamilton last night but tonight’s show will be just as great based on the lineup. $100 will also be playing. It will be a real treat to hear great vocalists like Simone of $100 and Julie play at the Horseshoe.

Julie Doiron singing at Pepperjacks in Hamilton last night.  Julie stops in Toronto tonight and plays with $100 and Rick White at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Julie Doiron singing at Pepperjacks in Hamilton last night. Julie stops in Toronto tonight and plays with $100 and Rick White at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Pages Gets Some Relief

Walking down Queen Street West one can sense the loss. Many iconic shops like Songbird or venues like the 360 have long disappeared. Rents have exploded threatening to close out many others even rendering some extinct. Great to hear that Pages will be able to have a rent freeze until the summer.

After spending anxious months dealing with an uncertain future, Pages Books & Magazines has just been given a six-month extension on its historic Queen Street location. “We’re thrilled to be staying until at least the end of August,” says Marc Glassman, proprietor of Pages, one of Toronto’s longest running independent bookstores. (from Pages homepage)

Note to landlords. Once again you threaten the vibrancy and value of your location by pushing out the very people that built the heart of the neighbourhood. Queen West needs less surf wear and Bloor West type stores. Hopefully amazing 29 year running businesses like Pages Books & Magazines can continue to remind us how special Toronto and Queen West are.

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