On Friday night, the Toronto Public Library kicked off its 2010 season of Make Some Noise, the live music and workshop series designed to emphasize and celebrate the ongoing development of its local-music borrowing library. There might have been no better way to start the season than with a free live performance on the ground-floor atrium of the big and regal Reference Library; hundreds of excited fans, library-loving families, and curious passers-by lined up to see musical opposites $100 and Torontoistfavourites Fucked Up play a small stage smack in the middle of spiralling floors containing millions of books. Both bands were particularly excited about the venue, evident not only in their on-stage banter but in blog entries made before the fact—Fucked Up admit to getting most of their album artwork from the Reference library and give props to its “solid microfiche collection,” while $100 call it the “last of the dignified places in the city.”
After $100 finished their opening set of soulful alt-country, a palpable buzz took over the room as the crowd prepared to see Fucked Up, and more specifically, just what would happen at a Fucked Up show in a library. Frontman Damian Abraham held the room like he always does, using between-song time to tell anecdotes about the library and introduce his earmuffed baby son, Holden, to the crowd. At times the freestanding speakers and lights came close to toppling, but if anyone was concerned, it didn’t show. Turns out carpet is pretty okay for a pit and stage dives.
The next event will be a decidedly quieter affair, when CBC3’s Vish Khanna provides insight into the industry side of indie music when he hosts a free workshop called “Music Media and Me, Vish!…and You Too, Fine” on Wednesday, June 2, also at the Reference Library. Photos by Remi Carreiro/Torontoist.