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5 Toronto businesses that double as live music venues

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / May 24, 2015

live music venues torontoLive music lives everywhere in Toronto. It's found in the usual concert halls, clubs, bars, and cafes. There's buskers on street corners and concerts in public spaces like Yonge-Dundas Square and Harbourfront. And there's aslo live music in less expected nooks and corners of hair salons and hot dog shops.

Perhaps this proves Toronto is one step closer to being a true music city.

Here are my picks for the top spots in Toronto living a double-life as a live music venue.

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The top 10 music festivals in Ontario for 2015

Posted by Staff / May 22, 2015

ontario musical festivals 2015The top music festivals in Ontario for 2015 all give compelling reasons to get out of the city. Maybe you've had the annual rite-of-passage of seeing a band in a small club where the A/C is out...during a heatwave. Maybe you're looking for an escape from Pan Am-mania. Maybe you're "over" all the giant festivals in the city. Whatever your reason for leaving, and whichever direction you choose, there's a music festival waiting for you.

Our list of Toronto music festivals is coming soon, so until then, start planning your road trip.

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Prince dazzles Toronto with back to back shows

Posted by Evan Sue-Ping / May 20, 2015

prince toronto concertPrince really threw Toronto for a loop back in November 2014 when hundreds lined up around Massey Hall, waiting for a show that never happened -- and in the rain, no less. An explanation from the elusive superstar was never offered, though his backing band, 3rdeyegirl, did release a statement attempting to smooth things over.

"We love and thank our fans in Toronto. To all those who lined up and traveled in to the city for tickets, we hope to see you soon and are looking forward to bringing our show to Toronto in the future."

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Tickets for surprise Toronto Prince concert on sale today

Posted by Derek Flack / May 18, 2015

Prince concert torontoTickets for a surprise Prince concert in Toronto will go on sale at noon today. And, yes, this time it's really happening. Some six months after the elusive musician appeared to be playing a last minute show at Massey Hall, his return to Toronto is imminent. This time it will be the Sony Centre where he's playing as part of his Hit & Run tour on Tuesday, May 19 (yes, as in tomorrow).

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The top 15 shows from Canadian Music Week 2015

Posted by Evan Sue-Ping / May 12, 2015

Canadian Music Week 2015Canadian Music Week 2015 is a wrap. And not a minute too soon. We subjected our overactive ears to more than a week of abuse, and that constant ringing I hear is my internal alarm system letting me know I could definitely use a break.

Personal fatigue aside, the 2015 edition of CMW was not without its own small problems. Overzealous doormen and ridiculous lineups were a frustration that only stellar performances could overcome. Key sets by festival-vets Metz and legends Jesus and the Mary Chain were accompanied by discoveries like Fat White Family, Twin Peaks, and together PANGEA.

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There's a free Metric concert today at Sugar Beach

Posted by Alice Prendergast / May 12, 2015

metric free concertGot plans for noon today? Cancel them. Metric will be hitting the stage at noon next to Sugar Beach at Corus Quay for a free mini concert. Toronto's local indie legends are gearing up to release a new single and are celebrating in advance.

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