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YouTube celebrity's ode to Toronto goes viral

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 18, 2015

toronto youtubeScarborough-born YouTube celebrity IISuperwomanII (I'm 100% sure you're a celebrity once you have 5,542,692 subscribers) a.k.a. Lilly Singh released a new video on April 16th - 4.16 - that pays tribute to Toronto in a huge way, from the standard skyline shots, Yonge-Dundas Square appearances, and TTC-subway-car-party scenes to an on-court Toronto Raptors homage.

Singh and Toronto YouTube personality Humble the Poet's "#IVIVI" (416) is an ode to Toronto's diversity and includes shout-outs to Scarborough, North York and more. It amassed about 300k views in its first twelve hours online, making it one effective postcard.

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Geary Avenue music scene under threat due to red tape

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 17, 2015

geary lane torontoWhat is arguably the city's most up and coming area for live music and art in Toronto is under threat of disappearing before getting a chance to really bloom. Geary Avenue is home to a variety of music, event, and rehearsal spaces including DIY initiatives, perhaps most notably Geary Lane, a warehouse turned rehearsal space turned music venue at the west-most end of the street.

Geary Lane opened just one year ago, but quickly established itself as one of Toronto's most exciting live music venues - and helped propel some, rather misguidedly, to call Geary "the next Ossington."

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor members to bless new Toronto music fest

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 17, 2015

Sound Seance TorontoReporting on new festivals has become 99% of our music beat, but this one is pretty special to me. Local promoter Jason Pollard of Geary Lane and Invocation TO is bringing us the Sound Séance Festival's taste of Montreal this June in association with lauded MTL fest Suoni Per Il Popolo (long a focus of many a Toronto music fan's jealousy).

The new fest will present three days of genre defying live music in Toronto including sets by Suuns, Jerusalem in My Heart, Wrekmeister Harmonies (featuring members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor), and Expo 70.

Also on the lineup for June 12-14's new psychedelic, experimental, and avant garde music festival are Off World (Sandro Perri's new project), Caro Diaro (Maicamia solo), Technical Kidman, and Toronto's Mimico, Dirty Inputs, Babel, Carl Didur, and Jay Holy, with more TBA.

So where is this new fest taking place? Like many wonderful things, it's a mystery for now.

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Sonic Boom now pressing vinyl in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 15, 2015

vinyl pressing torontoYou can now have limited edition vinyl pressed at Sonic Boom's new Spadina digs. No, it's not Record Store Day* yet, but this isn't an exclusive, one-day deal: after all, real music fans are at record shops year round.

Andy March of Monotype Audio Disk Cutting (and Toronto label Craft Singles and band Crosss, one of the city's loudest musical offerings), is producing what is actually a pretty dainty craft product: full colour lathe picture discs which hold about 7 minutes of music per side.

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Record Store Day in Toronto 2015

Posted by Colin Gillespie / April 15, 2015

record store day toronto 2015Record Store Day in Toronto is, for lovers of the physical musical-medium, like Christmas - except the majority of the loot comes in 12"x12" dimensions (ok, not to exclude 7" and 10" releases), and instead of scrambling under a tree, you're lining up at an ungodly hour and crawling over other shoppers for that special green-vinyl pressing. Imagine more of a Jingle All The Way situation than Charlie Brown's Christmas.

For those of us who love the festivities, on April 18, Toronto's stores are hosting a great selection of Record Store Day releases, live music and sales.

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Toronto to host Game of Thrones rave this weekend

Posted by Derek Flack / April 14, 2015

rave of thronesToronto fans of Game of Thrones are mighty spoiled right now. Not only has the 5th season of the wildly popular HBO show just got underway, but this city of pop-up shops even has one dedicated to Westeros right now. And now for the icing on the cake, a "rave" this Friday headlined by none other than Kristian Nairn, a.k.a Hodor.

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