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Huge dance party BBQ coming to Sherbourne Common

Posted by Aubrey Jax / August 28, 2014

today in TorontoDance parties and barbecues aren't exactly rare in Toronto, but here's one that's shaping up to be massive - and the food is free. You don't even have to risk mystery corn dogs this time.

San Francisco deep tech house label Dirtybird are bringing their BBQ skills to Toronto as part of their first ever food-and-bass summer tour. The September 6th Fool's Gold party may have been moved to Muzik Poolbar (yeah, weird), but luckily you can party at Sherbourne Common on September 7th instead. With free food.

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Retro Futura Tour a new wave trip down memory lane

Posted by Roger Cullman / August 28, 2014

Retro Futura Tour at Kool Haus in TorontoThe Retro Futura tour brought me back to 1984. It was the year of the synthesizer, led in part by British synthpop wiz Howard Jones, whose debut album Human's Lib was burning up the airwaves with hummable tunes like "New Song" and "What Is Love."

Retro Futura brought together HoJo, along with Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey, Ultravox's Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina Leskanich of Katrina & the Waves for a 16-date North American tour with the sole Canadian stop at the Kool Haus Tuesday night.

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Robyn + Royksopp dance the night away at Echo Beach

Posted by Dorian Barton / August 27, 2014

Robyn Royksopp TorontoRobyn and Royksopp's concert at Echo Beach was one of the most anticipated of the year for fans of off-centre, futuristic pop. The long-time friends and collaborators are touring for this year's Do It Again EP. They did not disappoint with a two hour-plus set of pounding dance beats and empowering pop featuring Royksopp, then Robyn until finally both collaborated together. Robyn reminded us again and again that she is basically the coolest.

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Inside Toronto's largest country music venue (for now)

Posted by Derek Flack / August 26, 2014

Northern Comfort SaloonFor all its kid-friendly reputation, the Ex isn't shy about trying to entertain the 19+ crowd once the sun goes down. I tend to think that organizers have mixed results in this capacity. So often the musical acts are dated or no-name bands that do little to inspire interest from local music fans who don't remember that back in the 1980s, Tom Cochrane and April Wine were a pretty big deal.

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The top 5 places to learn ukulele in Toronto

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / August 26, 2014

Ukulele torontoUkulele in Toronto is a hot pursuit for those inclined toward all things twee. From its early introduction to Hawaii from Portugal to the American Vaudeville and Jazz to today, the ukulele has made its way into modern music. Tiny Tim had the hit "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," George Harrison was an avid collector quoted as saying, "You can't play it and not laugh" and there's even, uh, Eddie Vedder's "Ukulele Songs."

Toronto has its own clear admiration for the ukulele. Last year was the flashmob of uke players singing and playing on the TTC morning commute. It also continues to be played and open jams, house concerts, and schools. And Toronto husband and wife team Tony Coleman and Margaret Meagher filmed the documentary Mighty Uke about the history of the ukulele.

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Meet the newest live karaoke band in Toronto

Posted by Wini Lo / August 23, 2014

Good Enough live karaoke TorontoLive band karaoke isn't a new idea in Toronto (a city that most definitely loves its karaoke), but if you have rock star dreams or ever wanted to front a band, chances are you're already pretty excited about the newest band on the scene. For uninitiated aspiring frontmen and frontwomen, meet your back up: Good Enough.

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