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Kpop convention on the way to Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 30, 2015

toronto kpop conFans of Korean pop music in Toronto have a big reason to celebrate -- the city's first-ever K-pop con is coming this spring. The fan-organized Toronto Kpop Con 2015, set to take over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for one hectic day on May 2, has already picked up tons of early buzz thanks to a performance by boy band NU'EST.

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CMW 2015 hosts Jesus and Mary Chain anniversary

Posted by Aubrey Jax / January 29, 2015

cmw 2015 torontoCanadian Music Week is exciting to someone, somewhere, so here are your newest line up details. Billy Talent, Magic, Faith No More, Lights, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Kiesza, John Mellencamp, Alvvays and more have been added to the bill for the extended May 1-10 festival.

Most notably, Scottish rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain will celebrate the 30th anniversary of gorgeous LP Psychocandy in Toronto. And then Detroit. And then Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Denver, Vancouver, Seattle, and San Fransisco. But it will be um, very special.

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The top 5 dance parties in Toronto February 2015

Posted by Benjamin Boles / January 29, 2015

dance parties toronto februaryThe Guvernment has finally finished its year of closing parties, but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of other places to dance this February. Sure, it's cold and depressing outside, but it will be spring sooner than you think, so help the time pass by getting hot and sweaty on the dance floor.

While it didn't make it on to the list this month, the ongoing winter monthly Sunday Afternoon Social parties is always a good bet for chilled out day time dancing, and a good winter replacement for the summer Promise Cherry Beach events. Last year's run proved that there are indeed a lot of people looking to get down on a Sunday afternoon at a downtown loft party.

Here are my picks for the best places to dance in Toronto this February.

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New series puts music fans, chefs, and bands backstage

Posted by Naomi Grosman / January 28, 2015

Eat and Greet band TorontoIn an unassuming and badly lit back room of the Phoenix last Saturday night Elliott Brood and their fans got to meet and greet, while munching on some rather tasty eats, courtesy of Toronto restaurant Rose and Sons, at the first installment of Toronto's newest food and music series Eat and Greet with the Band.

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The top 5 rap battles in Toronto of all time

Posted by Markit / January 28, 2015

rap battles torontoIf you didn't know, battle rap has taken the world by storm. Most battles used to be done in a freestyle format, meaning that participants would improvise all of their content. Today it's safe to assume that most of what you are hearing has been pre-written.

With that comes better performance, but less spontaneity - although the best battlers can do both. Leagues have popped up all over the world: Smack/URL and GrindTime (RIP) in the USA, Don't Flop in the UK and Got Beef? in Australia, but arguably the biggest one of all is Toronto's own King of the Dot (KOTD). On February 7/8 they'll be hosting their biggest event to date: Blackout 5.

In this spirit, here are my picks for top rap battles in Toronto of al time.

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Drake themed drag party coming to Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / January 27, 2015

Drake drag night torontoToronto's rap darling surely gets a lot of invitations to parties, but none, I suspect, that sound quite so entertaining as this upcoming event hosted by the Crush Project. Coming to the Gladstone on February 1st, Drake Expectations is a night of comedy, burlesque, drag, and live music all devoted to our biggest star, clothier, weatherman and onomastician.

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