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The top concerts in Toronto October, 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / September 29, 2014

October Concerts TorontoThe top concerts in Toronto this October are gearing up for Halloween early, from Placebo to Trust to Father Murphy to (uh?) Satan and The Wytches on to everyone's favourite every-day barista costume, Stevie Nicks. I find that if custumers suspect you might be a witch of some sort, they tip better.

Placebo warbling on the stereo, black cloak all around me, haven't brushed my hair since last winter, lace cuffs dirty with ground espresso, judging you for adding cream. Clink clink. I know you're goth 5ever, Toronto, but I also know you need cuddles, so here are the month's Toronto music Craigslist missed connections before we press on to the top concerts.

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Chromeo funk up Kool Haus

Posted by Dorian Barton / September 29, 2014

Chromeo TorontoChromeo are a strange beast. Basing their career around the disco-funk sounds popularized by Daft Punk's Discovery, they've maintained a balance between the lustful and the tongue-in-cheek for the last twelve years. A few of the Montreal duo's more interesting extra-curricular activities include funky jams to get kids to wash their hands, an Oreo commercial and some smooth duets with Daryl Hall (of yacht-rock mainstays Hall & Oates). They also recorded the "world's smallest album", Drive Time, with 55 songs in 183 seconds.

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DFA1979 and New Pornos rock funeral at Honest Ed's

Posted by Dorian Barton / September 28, 2014

DFA Honest EdsOn Friday night lucky fans celebrated the life (and slow death) of Honest Ed's with a double bill of Canadian indie rock. The send-off for the Annex location of Sonic Boom (now re-opened on Spadina) was transformed into a Molson-branded concert venue, complete with red lighting, fencing, and portable toilets more befitting a large festival than a record store. A few elements of Sonic Boom's glory still remained, including the large chandeliers and the giant skull at the back.

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The top 5 dance parties in Toronto October 2014

Posted by Benjamin Boles / September 27, 2014

dance parties TorontoThe top dance parties in Toronto this October have a lot of competition - next to New Year's Eve, Halloween is probably the second biggest party night of the year. And like NYE, October 31 also has a tendency to turn into amateur night at the club, due to the influx of large numbers of occasional partiers trying to cram a few months worth of steam-release into one night.

Better to blow your dancing budget on some of the more music-focussed events happening over the rest of the month. Having said that, since Halloween falls on a Friday this year, there will be no shortage of costume ragers getting announced in the coming weeks.

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The top 10 concerts in Toronto for fall 2014

Posted by Shazia Khan / September 25, 2014

concerts TorontoThe top concerts in Toronto this fall feature some of the most exciting major acts across all genres - no small feat, given the already jam-packed summer festival schedule we've had this year. We'll still be sufficiently spoiled in Toronto so that there's a healthy mix of something for everyone, whether it's old or new, soft or hard, arena or dive bar - though the Danforth Music Hall seems to be snagging the season's best shows.

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An insider's guide to Toronto with Damian Abraham

Posted by Benjamin Boles / September 25, 2014

damian abrahamDamian Abraham is best known to most Torontonians as the lead screamer in the influential hardcore punk band F*cked Up. They've appeared on magazine covers all over the world, won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for their album The Chemistry Of Common Life, and Spin Magazine named their 2011 record David Comes To Life the best album of that year.

As well as his role shouting over a wall of guitars in his band, Abraham was also the host of the Wedge, until the recent round of heavy cutbacks at MuchMusic. Since then he's moved over to hosting an online documentary series for Vice called Canadian Cannabis, which looks at the issue from his perspective as a medical marijuana user.

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