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Bestival lineup revealed for Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 2, 2015

bestival torontoThe lineup for Bestival, a new UK export to Toronto and the biggest music festival to land on the Toronto Islands since Virgin Fest, has been leaked via a rather official looking email - and if the rumours are to be believed, its about as okay as all the other recent announcements (are we spoiled yet?). Florence and the Machine, Nas, Flume, Caribou, Owen Pallett, and Jamie XX are on the roster, which should be enough to get some budget-minded music lovers to pick the Island fest over its competitors.

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The top concerts in Toronto for March 2015

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 1, 2015

concerts march torontoThe top concerts in Toronto this March begin with Sleater-Kinney (this is not a dream) playing the pre-reno Sound Academy (this is not a nightmare) and cap off with Shad - not too shabby for a month that will undoubtedly be going through a slushy and gross identity crisis. In between are ample top shelf yet rent-saving local shows plus Italian noise, crowdfunded Kpop, and punk labels celebrating birth and death.

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The unsung story of Toronto's reggae bootlegger

Posted by Guest Contributor / February 28, 2015

Reggae Toronto"Some people are best observed from a distance. That's me: DB Hawkes."

Most often, when we think about a music scene we describe it in terms of artists, promoters, venues and labels. Certain inputs into the economics of local music can't be described so easily, like well-directed community institutions, supportive journalists, or a record store employee with persuasive taste. They're often unexpected, but they amplify everyone else's efforts and create greater vitality in the process.

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Are Toronto's indie record labels in trouble?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 27, 2015

mammoth cave torontoAs Chart Attack reported yesterday, Toronto punk label Mammoth Cave is going under after seven years in the vinyl business - and not going underground into the basement from which they came. Going way under, for the big forever sleep. The label has been pronounced dead as of this week, via an email newsletter and Facebook post, which in part blames rising costs from Canada Post, the failing Canadian dollar, and a 120% increase in the time it takes to press a record.

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Demolition of Guvernment complex gets underway

Posted by Derek Flack / February 26, 2015

guvernment demolitionThe Guverment is coming down. Just a few weeks after its three-night closing party, the venue is already being demolished to make way for the coming condo development from Daniels Corp. This doesn't come as a surprise, of course, but even as we knew about the planned demo, seeing the Kool Haus cut virtually in half is just strange. The timeline in this development boomtown is very fast.

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The top 5 dance parties in Toronto March 2015

Posted by Benjamin Boles / February 26, 2015

toronto dance partiesYou can feel Toronto's collective winter cabin fever in the air, but March means it's warming up any minute now, so soon enough all the party people are going to be worrying about getting sunburned at festivals, instead of standing in line for coat check.

March can be a bit of a quiet month for music in town, as the combination of SXSW in Austin and the WMC in Miami pulls a lot of tours south of the border before they swing back up north. Nevertheless, there are so many great parties on March 14 alone that this whole list could have been just for events that day, and Bassweek is bringing in more drum'n'bass talent than many cities see all year.

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