Chic storefronts, designer boutiques and trendy bars are the telltale signs of gentrification, but Kensington doesn't care. The Market is where culture comes to be recycled, reimagined and repurposed - the abandoned car-turned-flower-garden that used to sit on Augusta, the lawnmower-robot-insects outside the house on Wales Ave, the endless 'sketch-comedy-and-tragedy' of Bellevue Square. Kensington is in a constant fluid state between trash and treasure; Toronto's cultural basin where the city's artistic run-off settles, stews and brews something anew.
My Kensington playlist consists of artists who frankly don't give a f*ck. They're loud, abrasive, and messy - Dilly Dally, Brutal Knights, Cellphone, S.H.I.T.; and they're relentless and eccentric - Zoo Owl, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Human Performance Lab. The title track for this mix could be Maylee Todd's "Successive Mutations" - the odd one out with its harps, and vibes and jazzy feels. But that's Kensington, where the odd one out feels at home.
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