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10 essential Toronto rap albums every fan should know

Posted by Staff / August 30, 2015

toronto rap albumsCompiling a list of essential Toronto rap albums is no easy task, but it helps to have a working criteria. So let's do it like this: if an alien were to touch down at Nathan Phillips Square and demand to understand the Toronto rap sound from its origins through those glorious '90s till now in 10 albums or less, we'd play him/her/it the following 10 records and wish he'd stick around to listen to another 10.

These are my picks for Toronto's most essential rap albums.

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The top concerts in Toronto for September 2015

Posted by Shazia Khan / August 29, 2015

toronto concerts septemberToronto's September concert calendar celebrates summer's end with some beachside and field-centric bashes, yet also mourns the inevitable death of fun-time weather with a good batch of dark and gloomy listening.

The overstuffed 2015 festival circuit is finally letting up; TURF and Riot Fest are the only majors in town this month, though they somehow still managed to book themselves on the same damn weekend, so sorry to music fans who still have to make a Sophie's Choice on that one.

At least TURF gives additional opportunities to see bands spread out over their Club Series, with Rich Aucoin, Desaparecidos, Will Butler and more doing their own nights between the 16th and 21st.

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The top 5 remixes by Toronto DJs from summer 2015

Posted by Markit / August 27, 2015

toronto remixesToronto DJs had a busy summer remixing original tunes into compelling new creations. In the past year, there's been an explosion in the popularity of Tropical House, which turned an act like KYGO into a household name overnight. Meanwhile, Future House bubbled up from down unda', while classic Deep House returned as a fan favourite. See what our local talent did with these trends.

Here are my picks for the top 5 remixes by Toronto DJs for summer 2015.

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Velvet Underground closing after 20 years on Queen St.

Posted by Amy Grief / August 25, 2015

velvet undergroundAfter 20 years in the Queen West neighbourhood, the Velvet Underground is shutting its doors for good. A Farewell Party, featuring DJ Shannon, is scheduled for September 5. Guests who post on the event's wall get in free and so naturally, it's already littered with obits lamenting the loss of the club.

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10 signs you were a Toronto raver in the 1990s

Posted by Guest Contributor / August 24, 2015

toronto ravesBy the mid 1990s Toronto had one of the biggest rave scenes in North America. On most weekends there were a variety of underground events taking place in warehouses, lofts and more well known venues like the Ontario Science Centre. If you were there then this is what you may remember now.

Here are 10 signs you were a Toronto raver in the 1990s.

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TIME makes a bid for hottest festival of the summer

Posted by Staff / August 17, 2015

time festivalThe TIME Festival seems to only do extremes: making up for last year's all-day soaker, this year delivered a heat alert. Amid the high temps, an eclectic lineup ranging from afternoon DJ sets, to Mac Demarco's laid back crooning and Die Antwoord's visceral, in-your-face hip-hop meant you could never really tell who the crowd was there to see.

Check out all the hot and sticky action in this photo gallery from the 2015 TIME Festival.
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