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The top 10 no cover music nights in Toronto

Posted by PO Karim / March 29, 2015

No cover music nights TorontoNo cover nights - the sweetest words in Toronto's nightlife vocabulary. Receive a free show invite and you feel like you've beat the system: won against the city, won against The Man.

I usually feel like I pay a $60 fee just to leave my house, so I'd often rather stay under cover than pay cover. If you're against the concept of a door charge or just saving up for sheets with a higher thread-count, this should help you out.

Here are my picks for the top no cover music nights in Toronto.

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The top 5 dance parties in Toronto April 2015

Posted by Benjamin Boles / March 28, 2015

dance parties toronto aprilThe top dance parties in Toronto this April grasp onto the best part of Toronto winters - how nuts everyone goes each spring. That energy usually translates to dance floors full of people overjoyed to no longer be wearing parkas. It's not quite warm enough for outdoor festivals yet, but people are starting to dress as if it were.

The closures of both the Guvernment and Sound Academy (the latter just for renovations) seem to have led to a surge of new partiers at smaller events lately, so you might want to start planning ahead and buying tickets in advance for the artists that really matter to you.

Here are my suggestions for the top dance parties to hit in Toronto this April.

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Kops Records to expand to Danforth with third location

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 27, 2015

Kops Records DanforthThe Danforth is about to get a new record shop. For Toronto crate diggers, the face will be familiar: Martin Koppel's Kops Records has been a local institution since 1976. In 2013, buoyed by vinyl's increasing popularity and an overflowing warehouse full of records, Kops' longtime Queen Street location expanded to a second spot in the Annex. Now, as son Andrew Koppel tells Danforth East, a third Kops location is set to open in at Coxwell and Danforth in late spring.

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The top 10 Toronto jingles of all time

Posted by Ed Conroy / March 27, 2015

toronto jinglesThe hooks and melodies used in jingles for companies like Alarm Force, Fabricland, or Pizza Nova may seem simple and innocuous but that is their sly genius. Jinglism is the art of laying sonic eggs that will hopefully hatch some time later, and attach themselves to our brain regardless of pedigree. Over the years, Toronto has seen no shortage of auric aural jingles energetically engineered for maximum memorability.

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Massive family photo planned for Toronto music scene

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 26, 2015

Toronto music photoAs City Hall carries on being No Fun Toronto while blindly aspiring to emulate Austin or whatever, Toronto's grassroots music community carries on independently. One example is an upcoming project that emulates Art Kane's iconic photograph A Great Day in Harlem, featuring 57 jazz musicians posing on the steps of a New York brownstone.

On August 23rd at a yet to be disclosed location, each and every member of Toronto's vast music community is invited to take part in a huge family photo titled Class of 2015. No family is without dysfunction and it won't be a shock if some musicians resolutely stand a few bodies apart, but even to cynics, the community and historically driven concept should induce the warm fuzzies.

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The top 10 concerts in Toronto for spring 2015

Posted by Shazia Khan / March 26, 2015

toronto concerts spring 2015The top spring concerts in Toronto will bring together a healthy mix of regularly recurring faves and long awaited returns. The impending festival season deluge gives us a ton right off the bat with Canadian Music Week, Field Trip and NXNE to name a few (see our full list of spring festivals here), but even without them, the city's set to bustle with must-see headliners.

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