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April 17, 2011

Snow in Toronto! And a photo to warm you up

Downtown skyline as seen from Toronto Island

The downtown skyline as seen from Toronto Island earlier this week - when it was warm.

T.S. Eliot said “April is the cruelest month” but snow in the middle of it? On a weekend, no less? That’s downright nasty. Toronto got a dusting this morning and with temperatures dropping to minus-1C we might get more tonight. Good news: It’s supposed to hit 16C on Wednesday. Bad news: It’s supposed to rain. Ugh. Seems like we can’t win.

Leafs don’t make the playoffs, Raptors stink too, TTC trains break down more than Charlie Sheen, Rob Ford’s the mayor, summer will never get here, the Habs might win the Cup and if they don’t the Canucks probably will … you gotta wonder if the city’s living in a wasteland of good vibes.

Hopefully this beautiful photograph will remind you it’s still a great city. Julia took it on Tuesday during a walk on Ward Island. That’s when it seemed like we were headed to brighter, warmer days.

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April 17, 2011

On Record Store Day, Sonic Boom hollers

Fans jam into Sonic Boom on Record Store Day

Fans jam into Sonic Boom on Record Store Day as Zeus gets ready to take the stage.

Saturday marked the fourth annual Record Store Day and, fittingly, Toronto band Zeus was in town to celebrate. All these guys do is turn out vinyl — oh, and put on a really great show.

They were among the musicians who treated fans to songs in the lower level of Sonic Boom Records, one of the more than 700 independent record stores in North America celebrating the “art of music.” Not only was the music free, so was the pizza. A great touch by Sonic Boom, a Bloor West shop that’s a real treasure for our city and a draw for young music fans.

For Zeus fans, the show featured a few new songs, including the bluesy, Double Fantasy-esque “Hello, Tender Love” sung by Neil Quin. The band heads to Europe for some shows before opening a few gigs for the Sam Roberts Band, including at Massey Hall on June 3 and 4.

Among the other eight acts who performed were the Wooden Sky and Bidini Band.

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