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The top 10 dance party promoters in Toronto

Posted by Benjamin Boles / November 22, 2014

dance party promoters torontoDance party promoters in Toronto are the unsung heroes of the electronic scene. The DJs and producers get the glory, but they need people to organize events, find venues, create that elusive vibe, book talent, and fill the dance floors with sweaty bodies. There may have been a time in the distant past when you could count on finding a great party any weekend at certain select clubs, but a better strategy is to familiarize yourself with the people throwing the events, and trust that the crooked alley they've directed you to will have a dark room full of bass.

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The 5 most cliched music video locations in Toronto

Posted by Shazia Khan / November 17, 2014

music videos torontoToronto is a popular locale to shoot a music video, and it's no wonder why. Our picturesque skyline, mishmash of neighbourhoods, and leagues of photogenic venues can work as the perfect backdrop for just about any artist's concept. Locals like Drake, Kardinal Offishall, and Cancer Bats are known for their hometown pride, but it's not just our own who give love to the T-Dot on celluloid - tons of international musicians flock to our fair city to make videos, drawn in part by our booming film industry and lower production costs than those in the States.

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The top 10 Toronto country & alt country bands

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / November 16, 2014

Country bands TorontoCountry's heyday (hay day?) in Toronto goes back a long way. A good part of the live scene can be traced back to 1947, when Jack Starr purchased the space he would name The Horseshoe Tavern on Queen St. West. He first intended it to be a live music venue and restaurant. It was after he removed the kitchen that his take on booking country and rockabilly music took off. Through to the 60's and 70's the Horseshoe would host Willie Nelson, the Carter Family, Waylon Jennings, and Stompin' Tom Conners.

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The top 5 bands to sacrifice your hearing to at NDY 2014

Posted by Shazia Khan / November 11, 2014

Not Dead Yet Fest TorontoNot Dead Yet's annual music festival for Toronto's DIY hardcore community is growing up. This year the heavy fest is set to descend from November 19-23, when nearly 90 punk and alternative bands including Code Orange, Perfect Pussy, The Marked Men, WarCry and more are gearing up to play at 11 venues across the city in by far its biggest and most exciting incarnation yet.

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What's up with Kensington Market's oldest DIY venue?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / November 10, 2014

Double Double Land TorontoDouble Double Land is synonymous with those mysterious/practical directions "down the alley, up the stairs," which sounds simple enough until you try to get a friend to meet you there at 1am. Kensington Market's longest running DIY venue is about to hit its five year anniversary, but even if you've been along for the ride the whole time it's okay if you still walk past the downstairs bakery at unassuming 209 Augusta sometimes.

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The top 10 Toronto folk and roots bands of all time

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / November 6, 2014

folk music torontoThe top Toronto folk and roots bands of all time emerge from a rich history. At the height of Toronto's folk scene in the 1960's there were over 40 coffeehouses and clubs featuring folk music. The Riverboat Cafe (now the location of the Hazelton Hotel), open from 1964-1978, was the most famous: Canadian greats including Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, and Neil Young were gracing Toronto stages regularly.

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