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New Playa Cabana outpost even better than the first

Posted by Erin Scholz / February 5, 2013

toronto new mexican restaurantAfter establishing itself on Dupont as one of the better Mexican restaurants in the city, Playa Cabana has done itself one better with its new location in the Junction. While the food menu at this two month old spot doesn't stray too far from the original, there's no denying the decor, ambiance and the cocktails have received a much welcome boot.

Find out more in my review of Playa Cabana Cantina in the restaurants section.

Toronto Concerts, February 2013

Posted by Erin Scholz / February 1, 2013

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

I know these things about February: 1) it's the month of purification (that's why Purity Ring are coming through town), 2) SAD reaches its peak, 3) Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday and thus a complete waste of time, and 4) "leaplings" are the luckiest people around as they age far more slowly than the rest of us. Man, who wouldn't want to be a leapling? Doesn't it just sound so cool?

Anyway, here's what else I know. February is not the greatest month for live music in Toronto. While not as sparse as January, we're not totally out of the rut yet. That'll have to wait until CMW arrives in March. Can somebody wake me up when it's spring? Thanks!

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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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