In These Streets: Red Emma’s (Bmore)

In between planning this year’s Kent Massive and hosting Narnia Cabaret, a couple weeks ago we were able to visit radical bookstore and vegan cafe Red Emma’s in Baltimore.

That night, the grassroots space with the best coffee in Baltimore (and the best book selection anywhere) hosted a conversation with recently released political prisoner, former Black Panther, and activist/mentor Marshall “Eddie” Conway. You can stream a recording of the talk on the website of 88.9 WEAA’s Marc Steiner, who facilitated the night.

While you’re listening to that, we’ll return to our (ir)regularly scheduled programming: below are posters from the entrance of Red Emma’s for some events in the Baltimore area from now through July.

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Collective Courage: A History of African-American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Wednesday, June 4th, 7:30pm
Red Emma’s
30 W. North Avenue, Baltimore

Ryan Harvey, Caleb Stine, James Bar Bowen
Wednesday, June 4th, 8:00pm
Liam Flynn’s Ale House
22 W. North Avenue, Baltimore

The Power Inside Women’s Rap
A support group for women to share their hopes and strengths and to heal from incarceration, street life and abuse.
Every Wednesday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
The Power Inside Office
325 E. 25th Street, Baltimore

Dance Party
Snack Master, A’Phreaq, Potionz, DJ Lexx, Chris Balint
Friday, June 6th, 10:00pm
The Holy Underground
2021 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore

Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy
Baltimore Annex Theatre, based on the Opera by Guo Tai Gong
Thursday, June 5th – Sunday, June 8th, 8:00pm
Station North Chicken Box
1 W. North Avenue, Baltimore

Common Core-nival
Play games! Have fun! Learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of Public Education!
Friday, June 13th, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
In front of and around the Board of Education Building
North Avenue and Calvert Street, Baltimore

Comics & Medicine: From Private Lives to Public Health
Ellen Forney, Arthur Frank, James Sturm, Carol Tilley
Thursday, June 26th to Saturday, June 28th
John Hopkins Medical Campus
1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore

10 Reasons Co-Ops Rock
Graphic design by Molly McLeod


In These Streets: October

RVIVR, Force Quit, Anti-Vibes, DJ Mary Mack and Leila P
Saturday, October 5th, 8:00pm
The Tranzac
292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto

Birkenrock: a 90s female alternative night
Wednesday, October 9th, 11:00pm
The Beaver
1192 Queen St W, Toronto

consider submitting your music to weird canada
we are encouraged by all sounds
including yours

Swamperella: Cajun Zydeco Dance Party
Friday, October 11th, 9:00pm
Dominion on Queen
500 Queen St E, Toronto

A Tribe Called Red & Nelson Tagoona, Charlemagne Palestine, The Flux Quartet, and many more
October 11th to October 20th
The Music Gallery
197 John St, Toronto

Kings of Clarity
Shifty Eyes & Shacky, Church Chizzle, Jelly Too Fly, DJ Romeo, DJ Mike Stoan
Thursday, October 17th, 10:00pm
Tattoo Rock Parlour
567 Queen St W, Toronto

Terror, Counterparts, Power Trip, Code Orange Kids, Vehement Serenade
Saturday, October 19th, 5:00pm
1566 Queen St W, Toronto

The Rough Boys, Flying Fortress, Droid
Saturday, October 19th, 10:00pm
Izakaya Sushi House
294 College St, Toronto

The Matadors, Ripcordz, Big Brother, more TBA
Friday, October 25th, 9:00pm
Hard Luck Bar
772A Dundas St W, Toronto

November 14 to November 17
All Over Toronto

In These Streets: Kensington Market

Kensington Market is a favorite neighborhood among visitors to Toronto and locals alike. The latter seem to be fighting a never-ending war against further “development” and chain stores moving into the area, and then those actions are criticized/trolled by other “pro-business” types for trying to hold on to some kind of magic they may have never seen or understood for themselves.

Pedestrian Sundays don’t start until next month, but right now the weather’s at a point where there’s at least one or two days a week that are nice enough for a stroll through the market, and that means for an active poster scene!

Z-Day 2013 (Toxic Culture: How Materialistic Society Makes Us Sick)

Dr. Gabor Maté
Thursday, April 4th, 3:00pm
Medical Science Building, Rm 3153 (U of T)
1 Kings College Circle, Toronto

Elfin Choirs, Kyle Brenders, Adam Caine, Famous Wildlife Movies

Saturday, April 6th, 10:00pm
292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto

Aidan Baker, Insect Ark, Clara Engel

Sunday, April 7th, 8:00pm
June Records
662 College Street, Toronto

The Contested City

Radical Perspectives on Gentrification
Saturday, April 13th, 10:00am
Ryerson Student Centre
55 Gould Street, Toronto

Feast in the East #24

Nadja, Slim Twig, Young Mother, Wet Dreams, New Positions
Saturday, April 13th, 9:00pm
388 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto

In The Bush

DJ Pyramid
Saturday, April 13th, 10:00pm
419 College Street, Toronto

Turning Point

Quantic, A Man Called Warwick
Saturday, April 20th, 10:00pm
The Garrison
1197 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Static Zine #6 “the Elsewhere issue”

D.I.Y. Travel Authority
March 2013

Some other Kensington Market news:

In These Streets: Crooked Beat Records (DC)

Crooked Beat Records

Last night, Kotic Couture and I took a quick trip to the District of Columbia. Some of the business laid down out there you won’t hear about for a lil while longer, but for now you can enjoy a special DC edition of In These Streets!

We hit up Crooked Beat Records in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The store specializes in new and used vinyl, and for good reason – its outsold their CDs since 2007, now making up 99% of their total sales!


In addition to all the great records, the walls are covered in classic punk flyers and photographs. These posts are for current promotions though, and there are some great local posters in the doorway, so let’s get into it!

A Benefit for Positive Force
Mobius Strip, Anwar Sadat, Drugs of Faith, Jail Solidarity
Saturday, March 16th, 7:00pm
St Stephens Church Basement
1525 Newton Street NW DC

The Tender Thrill, Passing Phases, Opposable Thumbs, Vibe Ruiner
Friday, March 22nd, 8:00pm
CD Cellar
2607 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA

Human Shield, Neutral Fixation, Blessed State, Gouge Away
Saturday, March 23rd, 3:00pm
The Pinch
3548 14th Street NW DC

Iron Lung, Dream Decay, D.O.C, Anti-Zen
Wednesday, March 27th, 7:00pm
Casa Fiesta
4910 Wisconsin Avenue NW DC

Party Lights
60’s girl groups, soul, & garage!
Friday, March 29th, 6:30pm
Cafe Saint-Ex (downstairs)
1847 14th Street NW DC

LTW, Feral Babies, Life Mess, Mobius Strip
Thursday, April 4th, 7:00pm
Casa Fiesta
4910 Wisconsin Avenue NW DC

And if you really like posters (which you might, since you’re reading this) they’ve got a box of expired material for sale as well!

Crooked Beat Records is located at 2116 18th Street NW DC and is open 1:30pm-8pm on Mondays, 12pm-9pm Thursdays through Saturdays, and 12pm-7pm on Sundays.

In These Streets: Queen West

In These Streets - Queen West

Not too long ago, the poles on Toronto’s Queen Street West would bulge at their centers with inches upon inches of posters. The street promotion scene was incredibly competitive, with different crews covering and re-covering the district multiple times a day.

In the past couple years there’s been a crackdown on posting on polls downtown, with designated poster boards being erected, vigilant anti-poster clean-up crews and fines for everyone from the venues being promoted to the kids putting the stuff up for $10 an hour or 10¢ a piece.

The heat has lifted slightly recently, but the Queen West strip is still significantly quieter visually (and otherwise, I guess) than it once was. Some of the bigger companies have started posting again during peak hours, but the material gets taken down just as quickly. Here’s a sampling of what was still up after the weekend, and the usual club district poster binge-and-purge.

OCADU Material Art & Design
OCADU Material Art & Design Thesis Fundraiser
The Lifts, Chris Collins, Serb Superb, The Dying Arts
Friday, March 8th, 9:00pm
Bovine Sex Club
542 Queen Street West

DJ Akalepse
Stop The World
DJ Akalepse (NYC, Truth & Soul)
Friday, March 8th, 10:00pm
268 Augusta Avenue

The Eden Wells
The Eden Wells
Wednesday, March 13th, 8:40pm
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West

Pressure Busspipe
Pressue Busspipe, Black Reaction, Xixgon Intl and Roots Redemption
Saturday, March 16th, 10:00pm
783 College Street

Triple 7 Presents: Ovation
Marcus Visionary, Spiritually Minded, Groovemixer
Saturday, March 16th, 10:00pm
Bassline Music Bar
865 Bloor Street West

The Frisky Kids
I also ran into this buncha dudes who often get mistaken for One Direction or the Jonas Brothers. Their actual band name is The Frisky Kids. They’re from Montreal, and are seen here pretending to have won an MMVA.

DJ & Collectors Vintage Record Sale
Sunday, April 28th, 10:00am
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West

Snoopy Mpeso
Snoopy Mpeso – Just Smile
This dude really just printed out his press release and posted it around town.

it is what it is

In These Streets × Of A Kind Vintage and Vinyl

“In These Streets” is going to be a regular column showing tribute to independent, street-level marketing (posters, flyers, etc) and linking those physical products to their respective online properties.

This edition focuses on promotional material found at the record store Of A Kind.

Of A Kind Vintage and Vinyl

Of A Kind opened in my old neighborhood of College & Dufferin just over a year ago. They have a great selection of vinyl (new and old) and some cool clothes too (mostly old) and there are usually some rad flyers and business cards stacked on a table in there, so here are a few of those…

The Junction Trio on February 27 at St Anne's Anglican Church
Post-Industrial Dvorak
The Junction Trio with special guests Jesse Stewart on Crystal Bowls
Wednesday, February 27, 7:30pm
St. Anne’s Anglican Church
270 Gladstone Avenue

Sean Lewis on February 28 at Of A Kind
Paintings by Sean Lewis
Thursday, February 28, 7:00pm
Of A Kind
1037 College Street

Say Word on February 28 at May
Say Word, Again?!
all vinyl, open-mic, live performances
Thursday, February 28
876 Dundas Street West

Delta Will on March 7 at The Piston
Transcendental Visits EP release party
Delta Will
Thursday, March 7, 9:00pm
The Piston
937 Bloor Street West

Cellar Door
These stairs, while providing wall space for old posters, lead to a basement with thousands of $2 records!

Apply to play at Pop Montreal
Are you in a band? Apply to play at Pop Montreal!

Miss Fix-It
In addition to concerts and shows, you can always find info on various local business and artists.

Free music from Audio Blood!

Locals Only
Local artists and musicians are encouraged to sell their wares at Of A Kind, and they have a great space for it!

Of A Kind Vintage and Vinyl is located at 1037 College Street, Toronto and is open 11am-9pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 11am-7pm on Sundays.