Weekend Happenings: Beats, Breaks and Culture and Silver Starling

This weekend is Beats, Breaks and Culture at Harbourfront Centre. Always my favorite of the summer programming, this year features Winter Gloves, DD/MM/YYYY and Holy Fuck tomorrow, with Broken Social Scene and Keys and Krates on sat. Tons of other stuff going on as well. Check the schedule for more details.

and its free.

as well,

Last Gang just signed the Montreal band Silver Starling, who have held a spot in my ‘to write about’ notebook since who can remember when. Its the project of Montreal’s gentle giant Marcus Paquin, who after years of collaborating on, recording, producing, and mastering innumerable music projects (Stars, Torngat, Arcade Fire) decided to write some songs of his own. The addition of drummer Liam ONeill (Zeroes) birthed the name while the addtion of Marika Anthony-Shaw (Arcade Fire), Peter X (Parkside Jones, Sevens Project) and Gab Lambert (Marathon) rounded out the group. The debut was mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) and Marcus himself, to be released in the fall. All of their tour dates, including tomorrow night at the Drake, are below. Try Closer at myspace.

July 10 The Drake Hotel Toronto, ON (w/ John & Roy) On stage at 8.30pm!
July 25 Hillside Festival, Workshop, Guelph Lake Island Guelph, ON
July 26 Hillside Festival, Performance, Guelph Lake Island Guelph, ON
August 1 Osheaga Festival, Parc Jean Drapeau Montreal, QC