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Issue 158

June 2015

Beer Of the Month | Festival Results | Music In The Park | Bard In Bercy
 

Beer Of The Month

Into The Shade Saison

29 IBU, 5.2%, Cameron's Brewery

Pale orange and hazy in colour. The tastes of stone fruit, lemon and yeast driven flavours blend together to give off a refreshingly tart taste with spicy aromas. An Ontario Craft Brewing Award Silver Medalist.

 

100 Minute Beer Diet

Festival Results

You may have thought that the beer loving public had moved on to sours or saisons in their search for new flavours but it seems that there is nothing as deliciously comfortable as a well made west-coast style IPA. Although the highest rated brews were both IPAs they were from opposite ends of local beer history with newcomer Rainhard Brewery's Lazy Bones IPA and Thrust An IPA from Toronto's oldest craft brewer Great Lakes finishing at the top of the taste heap with median scores of 8 out of 10.

About 330 of our guests participated is assessing the state of the local beer scene. The offerings that were most sought out were Black Oak's Marmalade Saison, Royal City's Smoked Honey, and Durham's Dancing Duck Summer Ale. All in all it is safe to say that we had enough fun to do it all over again to kick off Toronto Beer Week September 18 and 19.

The Festival Honour Roll is posted here.

 

 

Music In The Park

The Treasures

Thursday July 9, 7 to 9 PM

C'est What is sponsoring a free concert in St. James Park by Toronto roots rockers the Treasures on thursday July 9 from 7 to 9 PM.. 

They have honed their back-to-basics sound the old-fashioned way: through the boot camp of constant gigging. Specifically, the kinds of bar residencies where you're expected to play multiple sets a night for an audience who are often there more for the beer than the band. If you can succeed in that kind of challenging setting, you know you can take your act anywhere.

Formed in 2009, they've built up a dedicated following over the past few years, winning over audiences with their sweet harmonies, nostalgic melodies, and warm classic twang. Instead of a single frontman, they share vocal duties and all help out with writing the tunes. After all, some music is more about the song than the video, and for the Treasures, the song is always supreme (even if that means that the guy who wrote it might not be the one singing the lead in the end).

A shared appreciation of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, the Byrds and the Band initially inspired them, but they've since found a niche all their own, within which all of their influences could coexist. This isn't retro music, but it sure isn't the trend of the week either. It's simply the honest expression of the love these five musicians have for the larger tradition of rootsy rock 'n' roll.

For a full schedule of free concerts in St. James Park please go to oldtowntoronto.ca

 

Bard In Berczy

Love's Labour Lost

Berczy Park July 24 to August 16

C'est What is sponsoring free performances of Shakespeare's Love’s Labours Lost in Berczy Park this summer. Shows start July 24 and continue Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 PM until August 16.

Love’s Labours Lost is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies. The King of Navarre and his three closest friends have sworn to devote themselves to academic study for a few years, in aid of which they’ve banished all women from their court as potential distractions. When a visiting princess and her three beautiful handmaids show up, everyone falls in love at first sight and all of the King’s plans disintegrate hilariously as the boys and girls play cat-and-mouse.

Dauntless City Theatre will present a fast-paced and accessible Love’s Labours Lost with an emphasis on big fun physical performance and innovative use of the performance space. Berczy Park will be transformed into the Court at Navarre, and the audience will be led around by a cast of fourteen in a colourful and romantic adventure that is unique to Berczy Park and Old Town Toronto.

 

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