Steam Whistle, an independent craft brewery housed in Toronto’s historic John Street Roundhouse, has a singular focus of making just one beer of exceptional quality that Canadians can be proud of. They craft their refreshing pilsner with traditional brewing methods and only four natural ingredients. Steam Whistle Pilsner is packaged in signature green glass bottles, cans & draught, and is shipped fresh across Ontario, Alberta and more recently B.C. Steam Whistle welcomes more than 100,000 visitors to the brewery each year to the on-site retail store, for a tour or to attend one of the many on-site events, concerts and art shows. Highly awarded for its premium beer, its business success, community support and environmental practices, Steam Whistle Pilsner is now one of the top selling craft beer brands in Ontario.
The Great Hall was built in 1889 by the founder of the Moore Corporation, Samuel J. Moore, Architects Gordon & Helliwell were chosen to design this four storey building. It is approximately 30,000 sq ft. with a full basement. It housed the first west end YMCA in Toronto. The “Y” offered athletic facilities that included a gymnasium with a raised running track, and a basement swimming pool. Canadian native marathon star Tom Longboat worked out here when he won the Boston Marathon in 1907, as did chocolate magnate and accomplished amateur wrestler, Morden Neilson, it was also home to some of the earliest basketball games every played in history.
In 1912 the property was sold to the Royal Templars of Temperance, who conducted business in the building until 1940’s when there was a major shift in the buildings use. It was acquired by the Polish National Union, and soon, presses on the ground floor were rolling out of copies of The Polish Voice newspaper. On the top floor, rooms were pressed into service as temporary shelter for Polish refugees fleeing the war in Europe.
In the mid 1980’s the rumble of the presses were replaced by the sound of experimental music and avant-garde art. The Toronto School of Art eventually helped to establish 1087 Queen St. West as an important address for Toronto’s arts community.
Kazoo! is a Guelph based artist run organization interested in creating a fun and exciting space for live music and art in their community. The Kazoo! collective is a non-profit organization made up of musicians, visual artists, and community organizers with a strong interest in showcasing innovative new music and art as a way to strengthen communities and bring people together. Since 2006, the Kazoo! music series has hosted over 100 shows and become the longest running new music series in Guelph. Kazoo! began as a way for artists to challenge the status quo of presenting music by focusing on hosting new and innovative music while emphasizing accessibility by hosting all ages events and keeping cover prices affordable. Kazoo! Fest is a five day music and art festival that is happening April 11-15th, 2012. This year is the 5th annual festival, and will feature approximately 30 of Canada’s best new bands, multimedia art, a Zine & Comic Expo, visual art, workshops and more.
With Motëm, formerly known as Slow Hand Motëm, you never really know if his primary goal is to get you dancing or to fuck with you. But he excels at both. Motëm is known to constantly push himself, exploring new territory and pushing his boundaries. This is a guy that doesn’t relax, he’s made a lot of electro-funk and hip hop, and now he’s Canada’s ambassador of skweee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skweee). Imagine some kind of unholy crossover between The Avalanches, chopped and screwed, and MF DOOM and you’re scratching the surface. It’s a revelation, and some of the smartest electro you’ll find. - Ryan McLaren