Welcome to our weekly column: The Skinny, where we share what is happening in the world of Music, Art & Culture. Here, we report on the beats we follow of many bands (Canada, U.S., U.K., Europe) as well as track what is happening locally (for us, Toronto) over the summer. We’ll also be following the world of Indie & offbeat cinema, music-related literature (such as recommended rock biographies) the art world from the street to the gallery to the album cover and other original, authentic, essential news from the world of noise.

PROPHETS of RAGE just took their blistering show to Download Festival U.K. Right place, right time, eh? U.K. has some feelings to work out this week.

TOOTS and the MAYTALS In the Dark has a brand new 2017 reissue that we recently scooped up at Toronto’s JUNE RECORDS. Essential!

City United Fundraiser for Manchester bombing victims last week featured Peter Hook and the Light and a line up of Manchester’s finest & influential bands.

PETER HOOK and the LIGHT also play Italy, Greece and the UK throughout July.

NOTHING has been relentlessly touring off TIRED of TOMORROW for the past year, and their summer U.S. tour is almost sold out. Some festivals, some club shows. Get to see them.

MIMICO Plays the Danforth Music Hall today, June 10th. We’ll be featuring a photo gallery and review in the coming days.

WINACHI TRIBE just wrapped a series of dates with THE SUGARHILL GANG & GRANDMASTER MELE MEL and SCORPIO at Preston Guild Hall. WINACHI TRIBE play the WILLOWMAN FESTIVAL 2017, June 17, Yorkshire, U.K.

NXNE, the annual 10-day music and conference happening, hits Toronto June 16-25. The ever-morphing event features a midway/pop up festival setting at the Port Lands (23-35th June, all ages.) This year’s offering includes visiting big names and local talent in music as well as a comedy festival and films.

The limited edition HORACE PANTER designed record box for HMV in the U.K. should be on the way to the lucky and the quick fingered. We just love it and it will have pride of place as our first-ever Panter Pop Art piece.

LIVING ON VIDEO brings a carefully curated guaranteed to please dance party featuring music & videos from The Cure, New Order and Joy Division to Toronto’s Nocturne Saturday July 15th (featuring DJ Lazarus and DJ Griz).

KINGI CARPENTER of PEACH BERSERK fame is hosting silk screening workshops this summer (complete with a pint!). For anyone who’s ever wanted to learn silk screening, you can now do so with a master in a gallery/social setting. Details here:


ARTmeow: The Cool Cats of Cleveland, June 16, ARTneo;

Mayberry Fine Art: Laura Harris’ latest abstract works will be at the Winnipeg  Gallery for the month of June.

We find many many more stories than we can possibly cover in depth, but have a wealth of original stories we’d like to point out to our readers & friends, as well as throw some additional support behind the many bands & artists we love around the world. So it’s compiled here, giving you the skinny. 

If you’d like to take a stab at writing for The Skinny, feel free to send us a pitch. We also welcome reader suggestions and notices for possible inclusion.