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Music open mic nights in Toronto by day of the week

Posted by Staff / July 26, 2014

open mic TorontoMusic open mic nights in Toronto lead us to 1967, a historic year in Toronto history. The Leafs last - ahem, that is, Fat Albert's first hosted its open stage in the Bloor St. United Church in 1967, and except for a brief lockout over rent issues, and venue change to the United Steelworks building, continues weekly.

There have been no shortages of open mics since the first Fat Albert's with new open mics starting across the GTA (and some closing). They continue to be starting places for emerging artists, a chance to hone new songs, meet new people, for audiences to listen, and for some, be part of a community.

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The top 10 Toronto metal bands of all time

Posted by Staff / July 25, 2014

Metal bands TorontoThe top Toronto metal bands of all time make for a curious collection. Toronto's metal scene has never really been big enough to capture worldwide attention the way Sweden, San Francisco or even Quebec scenes have throughout history. Often our best and brightest have toiled underground, with little chance of mainstream recognition. In spite of it all, there have still been some key figures from right here in Hogtown that managed to leave an indelible mark on the evilest of music and its diehard community.

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5 can't-miss Toronto electronic EPs from 2014 (so far)

Posted by Staff / July 24, 2014

Toronto electronic epsEvery year come December publications (including us) release their best-of lists and, as music addicts, we scavenge through them (cynically or not) in search of those gems we missed. Some tracks we're happy to recognize, while others have us kicking ourselves - how did we not know about that song back in July?? To help you conquer those end of year lists (if only for the sake for your ego), catch you up on these five stellar electronic EPs Toronto artists have dropped so far this year. Unless you're super cool and have heard all of these already - then leave us some tips in the comments.

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Otherland dance series to shake up Toronto party scene

Posted by Brendan Arnott / July 23, 2014

Otherland TorontoOTHERLAND is the newest dance party series in Toronto, but it arrives with a reputation already laid out ahead of it. This past winter, Mansion provided the next best thing to a cure for seasonal affective disorder in the form of their two month-long Foundry series, which brought everyone from balearic pioneer DJ Harvey to Swedish techno duo Skudge to our frozen turf with some of the best late-night dance parties this city has seen in recent memories.

In the wake of Foundry, OTHERLAND is Mansion's new year-long series that pulls inspiration from other worldwide rave utopias such as London's Fabric and Corsica Studios, Berlin's fabled Panorama Bar and Stattbad, Brooklyn's Output, and Rex Club in Paris. Promoter Konrad Droeske describes all these locales as "places that have managed to create and maintain a special vibe for years, and in some cases decades", citing longevity and sustainability as key ingredients to successful club nights.

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New Toronto music fest to boast flea market and arcade

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 21, 2014

Wavelength Endless SummerIf Toronto was music festival city last summer, 2014 started out packed and is now becoming somewhat of a joke - or would be if local music fans weren't so thirsty for the word "festival." Appetites for the combination of stacked outdoor music line ups with added perks of anything from food vendors to art installations to bouncy castles seem insatiable, and now Wavelength, some of Toronto's most seasoned event promoters (organizers of the annual Wavelength Festival amid other projects), are jumping on board.

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TIME Fest is reborn at Fort York Garrison Common

Posted by Staff / July 21, 2014

Time Festival 2014TIME Festival's 2014 return after a three year hiatus will be over-shadowed in tales of its one-day glory by one thing: rain. From light haze to down pour, it never stopped raining at Fort York Garrison Common. Add to that the festival losing two of its major draws - Death Grips (to the band breaking up) and Charlie XCX (to...?) and the day could've been a write-off.

Against the odds, people still showed up and partied through it all. Grimes, Flume, Action Bronson, St. Lucia, Majical Cloudz, Kaytranada and more did their part to keep everyone's minds off the weather (or their confiscated umbrellas) and focused on the music.

Check out our photo gallery for 20 of our favourite rainy memories from TIME 2014.
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