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Sound Academy announces new name and opening date

Posted by Amy Grief / August 25, 2016

sound academy torontoNo one really liked the Sound Academy. It was hard to get to and had bad acoustics considering its size and the calibre of artists it attracted. But Toronto's oft-derided Port Lands-area music venue is no more. On October 1, 2016, it'll be reborn as Rebel (well, REBEL).

Ink Entertainment has been revamping the Sound Academy for nearly a year. Frequent Ink collaborator Studio Munge designed the 45,000 square foot nightclub, which will include four different and distinct spaces. The main room will feature a 65-foot stage and a terrace overlooking the lake.

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Is Toronto's dance music scene totally sexist?

Posted by Phil Villeneuve / August 21, 2016

dance musicWhen's the last time you were out at a party and there was a female DJ spinning dance music? Not hip hop or club anthems but a mind melting set of house and techno?

You're resisting, aren't you... I hear crickets... The reason your answer is probably "not in a long time" or "uh... never?" is because there's a serious lack of dance music DJs who are women on this planet, let alone Toronto, which is feeding into super sexist dance music landscape.

Cindy Li is the woman who is changing this.

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Pharrell Williams to perform free concert in Toronto

Posted by Amy Grief / August 19, 2016

pharrell williams torontoYou'll be happy to note that Pharrell Williams will be performing a free concert next month in Toronto. The Grammy Award-winning artist will be in town for a sneak preview of Theodore Melfi's upcoming film Hidden Figures, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.

Hidden Figures tells the story of three African-American women working at NASA who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into space. Select TIFF members will get to see a preview of the movie on September 10 during the festival.

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Kanye West is opening a pop-up shop in Toronto

Posted by Amy Grief / August 18, 2016

kanye popupIf you love lining up for hours to get your hands on celebrity-branded merch, get ready for tomorrow when Kanye West opens a pop-up shop in Toronto.

Yesterday, Yeezy tweeted that he'd be opening stores in 21 locations around the world, including in Cape Town, New York, Melbourne, Singapore, and of course, Toronto.

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Union Station screening final Tragically Hip concert

Posted by Amy Grief / August 17, 2016

tragically hip union stationThe Tragically Hip's final show on their Man Machine Poem tour is this Saturday, August 20. And thankfully, plenty of bars, breweries and venues - including the CNE - will be live streaming it. But if you can't make it to one of those places, you can always venture down to Union Station.

That's because Union Summer will be broadcasting the concert from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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Kensington Market is getting a jazz festival

Posted by Amy Grief / August 16, 2016

kensington market jazz festivalKensington Market is going to get jazzy at the tail end of this summer. That's right, the neighbourhood is about to get its very first jazz festival.

The Kensington Market Jazz Festival is slated to run from September 16 to 18 at eight different venues, including The Boat, Supermarket, Handlebar, The Round, Handlebar, Poetry Jazz Café and Trinity Common.

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