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Music

The top 5 new live music venues in Toronto from 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 21, 2014

Toronto music venuesNew music venues in Toronto this year blew my expectations. A ton of spaces opened their doors to the city's thriving music scene, from new bars with solid setups to an impressive number of artist-run DIY spaces. We saw shows at 811, Coalition, the HMV Underground, the newly opened Smiling Buddha basement (adding to big changes in the main venue upstairs), and the revamped Tattoo. Sonic Boom re-opened on Spadina, and even the art-focused Aga Khan Museum is hosting concerts (including an upcoming Tanya Tagaq show in March).

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The top 5 free events in Toronto: December 22-28 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 21, 2014

free events torontoFree events in Toronto this week come in handy since you spent all your money on gifts, and you're about to spend money you don't have on things you would never otherwise buy thanks to Boxing Day blow-out sales. Oh, the lives of the down and more-than-out. As always, free tastes of culture offer some comfort, this week in the form of film screenings, live music, and art.

Here's how to prep yourself for a no frills budget New Year's resolution in Toronto this week.

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Arts

Art Spiegelman brings comic book history to the AGO

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 20, 2014

Art Spiegelman ago torontoArt Spiegelman flew into Toronto late on Wednesday, where he was spontaneously collected at Pearson by random fans before his AGO appearance. The enthusiastic strangers (and maybe Spiegelman's willingness to go along with them) are emblematic of the cult appeal the Pulitzer Prize winning comic artist has earned. Officially opening today at the AGO, Art Spiegelman's CO-MIX: A Retrospective traces the comic artist's career from the raunchy to the devastating.

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Music

Toronto New Year's Eve Party Guide 2015

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 18, 2014

New Years party TorontoNew Year's Eve parties in Toronto let the city's most talented DJs, musicians, and bartenders cash in while the rest of us suckers bleed money and a year's worth of emotional residue all over our friends and the lost the out-of-towners who can't figure out where Coda is even though it's right across from the subway station that dumped their inebriated neon bodies onto the street.

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The top weekend events in Toronto: Dec 19-21 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 18, 2014

weekend events in TorontoWeekend events in Toronto could seem tame if viewed by Solstice celebrating Pagans from the distant past, but then again I think they'd find a noise march of electronic music players and bystanders recording cellphone vids of fire twirling rather overwhelming. As darkness falls, don't forget to buy your brothers and sisters' kids little knitted animal caps.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto from December 19-21, 2014.

25th Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice (December 21, Augusta Ave)
It's the darkest night of the year, and while fire in Kensington Market is a touchy subject right now, nothing can hold this celebration back. The Kensington Market Winter Solstice will fill Augusta with night-defying antics, complete with puppets on stilts and a healthy dose of pyrotechnics and fire jugglers.

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Today in Toronto: Basement Revue, Cut Cut Paste, Birthday Massacre, Silent Shout, Jhene Aiko, Contact

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 18, 2014

today in torontoToday in Toronto the Jason Collett's Basement Revue is changing their game - this edition's line up hasn't been kept under wraps. The stacked line up including Joseph Boyden, A Tribe Called Red, Jennifer Castle, Lee Maracle, Naomi Klein, Leanne Simpson, Tara Williamson, Shary Boyle, Emily Vey Duke, Cris Derkson, and more will raise funds for It Starts With Us, a group dedicated to missing and murdered indigenous women.

On the other hand, Toronto's cuddliest bunch o' goths are back from tour and ready to make your holidays full Nightmare Before Christmas at Mod Club, TO's Silent Shout blog is counting down their favourite tracks of the year, and you can grab craft brickabrack and a drink at the Beaver. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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