Photo by Siue Moffat.
If you’re into DIY culture, hate prickly thieves, and can appreciate a well-intentioned fundraiser, then this is the post for you. The Toronto Zine Library—known best for providing you with good times and thousands of genre- and decade-spanning zines for your perusal out of the Tranzac—were recently broken into and burgled clean of all the money they’d raised (primarily used to maintain the space and acquire new materials).
In the interest of not letting the jerkstores responsible trip up a good thing, a new-ish Toronto collective called Cognate has stepped up. From the mind grapes of David Zinman and Anna Tan, these good folks focus on three things: public education, community action, and DIY/punk culture. They heard about the TZL’s bummer deal and have since taken it upon themselves to remedy it. How? By throwing a fundraiser concert. In a thrift clothing store (69 Buy the Pound!). After hours. Nice.
“Once we found out about the theft, Anna and I decided that in addition to recouping the funds, a fundraiser show would be a great way to begin bridging the gap between the library and the city’s DIY/punk band scene,” Zinman told Torontoist. “We’re hoping that over the summer the Zine Library can start working more with people who identify with the culture and maybe eventually even act as something of a community centre.”
Hurrah. So tomorrow eve at Buy the Pound (1234 Bloor Street West), you can catch performances by André Thériault (fresh from hiatus), Tonnn, and We Were Former (who will also be using this show as their EP release jamboree), as well as enjoy door prizes (including a generous gift from This Ain’t the Rosedale Library), vegan baked goods, art, and booze. All for a good li’l cause.
All Ages! 8 p.m.! $5! You seem nice, you should go.