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Toronto Halloween Party Guide 2014

Posted by Julia Stead / October 20, 2014

Halloween party TorontoHalloween parties in Toronto give you plenty of places to show off your costume (or costumes - you can't be every Bob's Burgers family member at once), and while the fun starts this upcoming weekend, Halloween falls on a Friday this year so the best scares will be happening on the jolly old 31st, as you party hop yelling "trick or treat" at the top of your lungs because your parents always made you say "Halloween apples" instead when you went door to door - no? Anybody?

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Are these the catchiest jingles of the Toronto election?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 20, 2014

Tonetta ChowWhile the mayoral election hasn't lacked drama, it has lacked hummable tunes. Chow's anti-Tory unicorn signs are quirky Instagram fodder and Ford's "you can be racist against little red apples" quote kinda gets stuck in your head like it's been pre-autotuned by its own obliviousness, but you'd think Music City could give us something to snap our fingers to beyond a regrettable slew of Rob Ford parody raps (links not included).

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The top 10 costumed Toronto bands of all time

Posted by Dorian Barton / October 19, 2014

Costumed bands TorontoThe top costumed Toronto bands might see October as a little basic - after all, they've committed to dressing up 365 days a year (or at least, for x amount of gigs per year). Halloween will soon be upon us and many of us are already choosing costumes ourselves, but first we need to pay tribute to those bands who have rocked a variety of get ups year-round. From pylons to robot suits to 80s exercise wear, these Toronto acts' DIY styles take them to the next level. Who knows, they might hold the inspiration you need this year.

With all respect to the goths (they know we love them), here are the top ten costumed Toronto bands of all time.

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The top 10 bars for up and coming DJs in Toronto

Posted by PO Karim / October 18, 2014

DJ TorontoThe top bars for up and coming DJs in Toronto are the places to be if you think you got what it takes to become a choice selector, or if you're a fan who likes to seek out (and dance to) talent on-the-rise. It helps that cover charges are usually cheap or non existent, too.

There's almost no question that the heart of any party is the DJ. Dropping the right tune at the right time can make or break a night. Seamlessly mixing sets requires skill with the equipment, an encyclopedic knowledge of genres, beats and styles, and a sixth-sense for the crowd. These days it can seem like everybody's a DJ, but not everybody's a good DJ - at least not without some practice.

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Massive zombie Thriller dance coming to City Hall

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 18, 2014

Thriller dance TorontoThose sleepovers where you danced the zombie dance while your friends' parents begged you to go to sleep and stop making noise up there are about to pay off. Next weekend a spooky cast of dancers are calling on Toronto to rattle its gross, brain eating (costumed) bodies in an attempt to set a new world record for the most people sashaying the zombie dance from Michael Jackson's Thriller video. Toronto held claim to the first such record in 2006, in case you dance best under pressure.

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Merging promoters aim to change Toronto festival scene

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / October 16, 2014

TWiMFeST"No fees, no radius clause, paid gigs." TWiMFeST, October 23-26, bears a manifesto one can't help but compare to other festival's fiascos earlier this year - though collaborating promoters Two Way Monologues and The Indie Machine stress they want to keep the focus on the positive, promising bands they love, venues they think are awesome, and forward thinking for all.

The fledgling festival grows out of the success of TWMFEST, presented twice before by TWM and Dan Wolovick, and the Indie Machine (Dave Marskell). Acknowledging this year's NXNE radius clause mess (and possibly next years' Sonicbids mess), there's no fee paid for those who applied, no radius clause, and performers are paid.

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