Local Producer Toyo Makes His Mark On Australian History

Column: News   |   Date Published: Monday, 20 February 17   |   Author: Andrew Nardi   |   4 months, 1 week ago

On Thursday January 26, local producer TOYO (a.k.a. Jarrod Bartlett) played at the Australian of the Year Awards. This is absolutely newsworthy, because get this: he also became the first person to ever play amplified music in the new Parliament House marble foyer. The first song he played was also one of his own, ‘Wilderness’, which is currently unreleased. Not bad for an up and coming local, huh?

TOYO’s single ‘Wonderlust’ came in at #18 on BMA Magazine’s Top 50 Canberra songs of 2016. If you ever needed a reason to check out some local electronic talent, now you’ve got it. Acquaint yourself with his productions and remixes at

Help Menslink Raise Funds And Awareness At Canberra Events:

Local young men’s support foundation Menslink have a busy couple of months coming up and could really do with your help promoting the work they do around Canberra and helping them raise valuable funds to continue providing free services supporting young men and their families.

Can you help out at one of the three events coming up? They’ll only need you for a few hours (or more if you want!).

– Menslink will be at the National Multicultural Festival again this year and would love your support! As I’m sure you’re all aware, the National Multicultural Festival is a weekend full of great food and music in the heart of Canberra. This unmissable event is also a major fundraiser for Menslink and they are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help.

They would love your help handing out wristbands, information cards and asking for donations. They will provide you with the bucket, the handouts, a very attractive t-shirt and a healthy dose of feeling good about helping Menslink. They have shifts available on Friday night, as well as Saturday day and night, February 17–18.

– Menslink is proud to again be associated with the Canberra Raiders for 2017. On Saturday March 11, Menslink will be at GIO Stadium rattling buckets to raise vital funds to continue to support the young men in Canberra. A grand final rematch, so it is sure to be a fantastic game! Volunteers will be able to watch the Raiders vs. Sharks game in full and have free access to public transport to get to and from the game. With kick off at 7:30pm, it would be great to have volunteers from 3:30pm to catch the crowds as they enter the stadium.

– Handmade Canberra are once again putting their support behind Menslink at their first market for 2017. Menslink volunteers will be the door greeters for this event, collecting a gold coin donation as people arrive. There will be four volunteer shifts over the weekend of March 18–19.

If you can help, please email

The GTM 2017 Line Up Has Just Dropped And By Golly:

We know, we get it. Canberra is the "bush capital" of Australia. That sometimes puts us at the butt of every joke ... or at least, every joke about Canberra. But there's one thing we've got going for us that those city slickers up in Sydney will never have: Groovin the Moo (or GTM, if you like). Yeah, that's right, you Sydneysiders. You're jelly; we can smell the envy from all the way down here ... also, please come and visit us.

Now in its 13th year, GTM brings the party to you for a full day of incredible music and seriously fun times. Touting itself as Australia's definitive "regional music festival", GTM is the perfect way to get to know Canberra with your mates. There's plenty to experience on the way here, and once here you can indulge in what makes GTM and Canberra special – a combination of our community, artists, local food and beverages. 

For everyone who already lives in Canberra, well, you already know why we're great. The real question is: who's comin'? Well the line up ain't too shabby at all ... actually, you could say it's very quality indeed.


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Plus triple j Unearthed, Fresh Produce artists and Community programs to be announced!

The line up for GTM 2017 welcomes a huuuuuuuge contingent of some of our country's finest – just look at the triple j Hottest 100 results! Taking to our stages will be Amy Shark (#2 'Adore'), Tash Sultana (#3 'Jungle' and #32 'Notion'), The Smith Street Band (#21 'Death To The Lads'), Montaigne (#25 'Because I Love You') and GTM alumni Violent Soho (#14 'Viceroy' plus four other tracks!) who will close the outdoor stages in true "Hell F&*k Yeah!" style.
This year, GTM will also host a bunch of incredible artists from overseas. There's a huge variety on offer; from The Darkness (UK) who will bring their relentless mix of riffarama and effortless haute couture, to 21-year-old emcee Loyle Carner (UK) who is heading down under for the first time. Milky Chance (GER) will travel with a stack of tracks from their soon to be released album, Blossom including current smash single 'Cocoon' (#12 Hottest 100). Returning to the GTM tour for the 2nd time are our good friends The Wombats (UK), who will be calling on you to help them celebrate their 10th anniversary.
Steve Halpin of Cattleyard Promotions said, "We're thrilled with our line up for 2017. It's a mixture of established, nostalgic and breaking artists and we think there's something there for everyone. And, as always, it's so great to be working alongside each of our six beloved regions to deliver a diverse range of local delights at every show."

Groovin The Moo comes to the University of Canberra Meadows on Sunday May 7.

UPDATE: Tickets are now on sale via Moshtix



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