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Behind the scenes at Candle Recording Studio

Posted by Erin Scholz / January 29, 2013

Candle Recording StudioSterling Road isn't exactly a picturesque section of Toronto, but tucked away in this former industrial hotbed are hubs of creativity like art galleries, circus training centres, off-beat furniture shops and recording studios. Amongst them is Candle Recording, an intimate studio run by Leon Taheny and Josh Korody. Walking into the space last week, I felt like I had entered someone's cozy living room.

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DIANA & Moon King add some heat to Big Smoke Fest

Posted by Erin Scholz / January 28, 2013

DIANA BandThe 2nd annual Big Smoke Festival was held this past weekend, outside, at Tallboys, a newish spot at Bloor and Ossington that seemed peculiar for a weekend music festival. That theory proved right when night one (which featured Paula Perri, Graydon James and the Young Novelists and Harlan Pepper prompted noise complaints, subsequent Facebook tantrums and altered set times so the music would end by 10pm on Friday night. By Saturday, Tallboys had decided to stop fighting and move Omhouse, Sorry-OK-Yes and Delta Will inside, hopefully mending bridges with their neighbours.

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5 winter music festivals in Toronto for 2013

Posted by Erin Scholz / January 8, 2013

Winter Music Festivals TorontoWinter music festivals worth checking out in Toronto this year

Summer music festivals are so 2012 (as are heat waves, beachwear, and, thankfully, sweat stains). Rather than bemoan our seasonal state, it's high time to embrace winter. Those Fucked Up folks have already caught on, and a few others are helping out with programming to round out the underrated winter music festival experience in this city. So here are 5 upcoming festivals to help us survive the winter of our discontent.

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Toronto Concerts, January 2013

Posted by Erin Scholz / January 1, 2013

January Concerts TorontoToronto concerts worth knowing about in January, 2013.

Happy New Year's Day, you guys! Does your head hurt? Is your "resolution" to "never drink again?" Classic everybody. As usual this month sees old favourites come through town as well as some potential new faves! But to be honest, this month is slim pickins! So let's hope February is better for both concert selection and decisions. Don't tell me what your resolutions are in the comments, but instead feel free to spout off about any shows that you think are worth adding.

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10 Christmas songs by Toronto bands

Posted by Erin Scholz / December 25, 2012

Christmas Song TorontoGet into the spirit with these holiday songs from Toronto bands

My personal favourite holiday listening is Hanson's Snowed In. I've been listening to it every Christmas since 1997 — so that is disturbing (let's attribute it to egg nog, ok?).

Below you'll find 10 Christmas songs by Toronto artists/bands — guaranteed to be just as infectious as Hanson and a lot less horrible. Happy holidays to all!

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The top 10 Toronto albums of 2012

Posted by Erin Scholz / December 21, 2012

Toronto Albums 2012The top 10 albums from Toronto bands in 2012

At the risk of making a grand statement about "the state of the Toronto music scene," it's safe to say that the material being produced by local bands is as strong as it's ever been. And while there's some familiar names on this year-end list, it'd be pretty easy to argue that the bands who released their first LPs this year deserve the highest praise (I'm thinking of METZ and Dusted in particular). On the other side of the spectrum, I'm disappointed to report that Rush's Clockwork Angels — their 19th LP — didn't make the final cut. Sorry Dad!

Below are our picks for the top Toronto albums of the year, but as always, please share your suggestions in the comments section.

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