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Live From City Hall music series returns March 3 with Jordan B. Wright and Abigail Lapell

March 2nd, 2016


Live From City Hall, presented by TD Bank, is a free public event featuring local artists performing in the first floor rotunda of one of Toronto’s most iconic buildings. On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the series returns with indie rock newcomer Jordan B. Wright at 5 PM, and folk noir singer/songwriter Abigail Lapell at 6 PM.

Last week, guitarist Donné Roberts and hip hop artist DijahSB brought their unique talents to an eager crowd of Toronto live music supporters.

Are you an Toronto artist who is interested in playing Live From City Hall?  To be considered for the series, complete the application form and email it to along with the following items attached directly to the e-mail:

  • bio (approximately 200 words)
  • 1 to 2 photos (jpeg format, hi-res preferred)
  • 1 to 3 songs (MP3 format or links to online content)

For more information this week’s show, past events and how you can play future Live From City Hall showcases, visit the City of Toronto’s website.

City Hall to showcase DijahSB & Donné Roberts this Thursday

February 24th, 2016

The Live From City Hall concert series returns to the first floor rotunda Thursday, February 25, 2016, with sets by two local artists who celebrate the original sounds of Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods.

Opening this week’s series at 5 PM is Juno award winning Madagascar-born guitarist Donné Roberts. Roberts is constantly touring across Canada and performing around Toronto, delivering his Malagasy fusion rythyms to new audiences either as a solo act or with his band. Roberts will also perform Saturday with the Okavanga Orchestra at Daniels Spectrum, a community cultural hub in Regent Park.

At 6 PM, rising west-end emcee DijahSB will bring her Toronto-inspired rhymes to the rotunda stage. Dijah has several releases under her belt as a member of rap duo Class of ’93 and as a solo act with her Screwball mixtapes.

Live From City Hall is free to attend and open to all ages. The showcase series originated as part of the City of Toronto’s continuing commitment to create  more live music opportunities for the city’s vibrant musical talent.

Performers for the next edition on March 3 are still to be announced. RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest updates on this Thursday’s performance.


Field Trip announces 2016 lineup

February 17th, 2016


Field Trip, Toronto’s downtown community music & arts festival, has revealed the lineup for its fourth annual edition happening June 4 & 5, 2016 at this historic Fort York & Garrison Common presented by Arts & Crafts and Live Nation.

The lineup features a strong mix of local and international acts headlined by Brooklyn-based band The National and Swedish pop icon Robyn. Toronto-based acts July Talk, Jazz Cartier, Holy Fuck, Basia Bulat, Jason Collett, Brave Shores, Charlotte Day Wilson and Most People round out the stacked lineup for the 2016 edition. Field Trip is all-ages and family-friendly, featuring activities like TD Day Camp, Mess Hall, and Canadian sister duo Lennon & Maisy from ABC’s hit show Nashville.

Tickets for Field Trip 2016 go on sale February 22 at 10 AM via Ticketmaster as well as through Toronto independent retailers Rotate This (801 Queen W) and Soundscapes (572 College). Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult ticket holder.

In 2014, Field Trip attracted approximately 15,000 music lovers to Fort York, and the number continued to grow for the 2015 edition which featured Grammy-award winners Alabama Shakes and the critically acclaimed My Morning Jacket.


Toronto noise by-law public consultation scheduled for February 17

February 12th, 2016

The City of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing & Standards (ML&S) Division is welcoming community members and stakeholders to a consultation at City Hall regarding noise by-law regulations.

ML&S has set up the public consultation to discuss the feedback they received on their proposed noise by-law amendments since the January 22 meeting, in which members of the Toronto Music Advisory Council (TMAC), artists, and venue owners provided oral submissions. For the upcoming consultation, live music venue owners and operators will have a platform to voice their concerns over the noise by-law amendments directly to the Licensing & Standards Committee.

The consultation will take place:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Committee Room 1
Toronto City Hall

Music Canada Live has outlined an action plan for venue owners and stakeholders looking to get involved, which involves attending the consultation on February 17, and writing a detailed letter to the Licensing & Standards Committee on behalf of your venue/company.

The Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council posted their call for action through a detailed post on their new Facebook page, as well as the new TMAC Twitter account.

Are you a live venue owner/operator dealing with noise by-law issues? Do you think Toronto music venues need more…

Posted by Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council on Tuesday, February 9, 2016


4479 encourages venue owners, artists and community members who will be affected by the noise by-law amendments to attend the public consultation and show their support for the Toronto Music City initiative.

Written submissions to the  should be address to Frances Pritchard ( and Nancy Martins (, with the subject “RE: Noise By-Law Review”.

Ryerson moves forward with Sam The Record Man sign installation

February 10th, 2016


The iconic Sam The Record Man sign is one step closer to having its neon vinyl records shine again on Yonge St.

As reported by the Toronto Star, Ryerson University has issued a request for interested qualified companies to bid on installing the sign on top of the city-owned 277 Victoria St. building facing Yonge-Dundas Square. A ‘Toronto Music City’ sign will also be constructed vertically along the building.

In 2013,  SOS: SAVE OUR SAM and 4479 spearheaded campaigns to salvage the neon landmark after news surfaced that Ryerson would no longer be putting the sign up at the original 341 Yonge St. location. Many artists and members of the music industry including Gordon Lightfoot, Feist, Gord Downie, Anne Murray, and Daniel Lanois voiced their concern through open letters to council, which were published on 4479’s website.

In 2014, Toronto City Council approved the request to have the sign reassembled at a new location, which was then decided to be the roof of the Toronto Public Health building at 277 Victoria Street. Since Ryerson’s purchase, the sign has been kept in an undisclosed storage facility awaiting its resurrection.

4479 commends Ryerson’s initiative towards the sign’s reinstallation and once again thanks the members of the community who voiced their concern with their city Councillors.