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NXNE drops first 2015 lineup announcement

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 24, 2015

NXNE 2015NXNE has been quietly waiting to destroy the increasing summer festival competition with their lineup, which is kind of curious given that they've booked Action Bronson, Real Estate, the 2015 New Pornographers, and 2015 Best Coast. A Place to Bury Strangers playing in Toronto, imagine that.

Also playing are Tink, Ty Dolla $ign, Om, Zola Jesus, Betty Who, and Vince Staples. Predictable with a few intrigues - this is NXNE doing what NXNE does: bringing the Pitchfork blog roll to a wide (but decreased in 2015) range of Toronto stages from Yonge-Dundas Square to the Rivoli.

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Toronto wins crowdfunded Kpop concert

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 23, 2015

Kpop TorontoToronto's Kpop fans will be having a good year. While the Toronto Kpop Convention won't get started until May, fans here have won the year's first KrowdPop event, which isn't a tweenie bopper krautrock program but rather an international site that allows fans to vote for the Kpop bands they want to bring to their city.

Enough initial votes on KrowdPop led the site to create a crowdfunding page where fans can purchase tickets to the democratically requested concert, and if enough tickets sell to support the band's performance, the show is officially booked and tickets go on sale to the general public. (If interest is too low, all donations are refunded.)

TLDR: Toronto's getting Ailee, Jay Park, and San E at Massey Hall March 20. Tickets run from $65 - $270.

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The top 5 home audio stores in Toronto

Posted by PO Karim / February 23, 2015

audio stores torontoThe top home audio stores in Toronto cater to discerning clientele with top brands, knowledgeable staff, and excellent customer service. They know you have golden ears that require the lowest noise-floors and best signal-to-noise ratios money can buy. But, hey, if you'd rather jam a Q-tip into your cochlea, then listen to music from an iPod dock.

Here are my picks for the top home audio stores in Toronto.

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Ghostface & BadBadNotGood a killer team in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / February 20, 2015

Ghostface Opera House"Michael Jackson, besides Jesus, was the most popular person to walk the earth," Ghostface Killah proclaims to an Opera House rammed to fish gills on Thursday night.

The most consistent Wu Tang Clan hero is in the ethereal throes of the best kind of musical journey. Earlier he lewdly professed his admiration for R. Kelly and bellowed, "I feel like Lionel Ritchie in here!" Later he'll cut a rug to the Isley Brothers' "Footsteps in the Dark," the slice of soul Ice Cube rejuvenated with "It Was a Good Day."

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Local residents want to kill WayHome Festival

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / February 19, 2015

Wayhome OroFollowing news of the inaugural WayHome Festival at the Burl's Creek Event Grounds, some of the new festival's neighbours, local residents of Oro-Medonte, started the website SaveOro and began circulating flyers in an attempt to preserve their rural lifestyle and agricultural land.

The SaveOro website states that a temporary by-law exists allowing for the expansion of Burl's Creek Grounds to accommodate large scale events. Section 7.30.1 states under temporary events "a rock music or heavy metal show is not a permitted special event." SaveOro members intend to stop the bylaw, thus preventing WayHome and others (like Boots and Hearts) from holding such events.

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UK music fest Bestival coming to Toronto Islands

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 16, 2015

BestivalBestival, a UK music festival with a "summer of love" meets renaissance fair vibe, has announced its moving over the Atlantic and embracing Toronto's already bulging music festival market June 12-13, one weekend after Field Trip returns to Fork York, one week before NXNE, and just over a month before Bonnaroo's offspring WayHome Festival launches its first year near Barrie. This is just getting ridiculous.

The line up for the Isle of Wight Festival's Toronto version is TBA, but the UK installation's September line up includes some interesting stuff amid the regular fare, from The Chemical Brothers to Dean Blunt. The festival told the New York Times they'll be building a temporary space on the island to hold up to 20,000 people daily.

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