Playing at the Tranzac this evening is Harry and the Potters, a band that inspired a new genre of music called Wizard Rock. While brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge started playing their Harry Potter-inspired songs just to friends, they developed a massive fan base online and began touring around North America. Pitchfork named their appearance at the New York Public Library one of the top live shows of 2005, and now there are over 100 other wizard rock bands such as Draco and the Malfoys and The Parselmouths. Check out “The Human Hosepipe” to hear Harry Potter rant emo about his disastrous date at Madam Puddifoot’s tea shop: “Cho Chang, what have I done? I don’t want to hear about where you and Cedric were snogging…”
Speaking of not stopping the rock, Genesis will be kicking off its North American reunion tour in Toronto.
Four teens have been charged with sexual assault and child pornography at Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga. The victim was unconscious when the four assaulted her and took pictures and video on a camera phone. Many of Cawthra Park’s students took to Facebook to discuss their feelings about the incident, but the school has now vetoed any talk of the case on the discussion board.
Governor General Michaelle Jean is visiting the Canadian troops in Afghanistan and is scheduled to speak during International Women’s Day.
Slipping on sidewalks a common occurrence this winter? The city has reduced the amount of salt it’s pouring on the streets by 15% in the last few years for environmental (and financial) reasons. Road salt leaches into the soil and pollutes our groundwater, so quit whining and get some better boots, son.
“Two men rappelled down the CN Tower late Tuesday night, dangling almost 500 metres above the ground, and chipped away at ice that threatened to crash onto pedestrians and motorists below,” reports the Star. It’s like severely bad-ass window cleaning, but more bad-ass.
David Miller recently met with Zark Fatah, the restaurateur and club owner behind hot spots like the Century Room and Blowfish, to discuss how Toronto could be marketed to attract “lifestyle oriented people” and the “25- to 35-year-old jetsetters…who decide what’s cool and what’s not.” Imagine Toronto 2017: ambient lighting for major streets, hybrid Porsche convertibles speeding down Yonge and government-instated pointy-toe boots.