OutInCanberra caught up with Black Summer, aka Canberra 14-year-old music producer Rhys Toms, to ask him his top five things for teenagers to do in the capital.

Hit the Shops

Well, I’m a a bit of a ‘mall rat’ haha. I love going to my local mall with my friends, hanging out, grabbing a burger, looking at the video game shops and I love buying clothes.

Music, music, music!

I love going out to my huge local music store! I love checking out new synths and pianos. I get on the drums and see what’s new in DJ gear and digital production equipment!

Doggo paradise

I have two awesome dogs, Pickle the pug and Tink the foxie-cross. I love playing with them either down at Lake Burley Griffin or at my local sporting ovals. Even better – with me being a burger freak – to grab a burger by the Kingston foreshore at the same time haha!

Cooling off in summer

Being a northsider I love going to Dickson Pool with my friends and family. Sometimes I spend all day there and end up having a BBQ and ice cream by the pool to finish off.


There are a few local trampoline parks in Canberra, and I love going!! Chasing your mates around on those in-ground tramps and backflipping in to the foam pits is awesome fun…and so is making fun of each other if we stuff it up!!

Check out Black Summer’s new single featuring Chloe Campbell here.