Brit-pop has officially become a legitimate cultural subset in Toronto. The Anglo-affectionate crowd already has several successful music nights (Dance Cave, Labyrinth Lounge, or anything involving DJ Mark Holmes), clothing stores (FCUK, Vespa, anywhere that sells Ben Sherman), and now a publication.
UKULA, the brains behind the monthly DJ night at Andy Poolhall and a weekly set next door at Ciao Eddie, have compiled a nice looking website and matching glossy magazine. In it’s first issue, the free magazine features fashion, travel, literature, events, and of course Brit-rock in the form of Kasbian. The defining moment of the launch issue comes during an interview with Arcade Fire (“the best band you’ve not heard this year”), when the topic of UK-poppers Franz Ferdinand is forced into the interview. And, as a mouthpeice to the UKULA empire, the magazine naturally does a self-serving feature on Andy Poolhall (“the city’s best pool hall”).
Check Torontoist favourites controller.controller at the UKULA New Years Eve Party at the ElMo. Tickets are $30 at Soundscapes, Rotate This, CD Replay or the aforementioned nice site.