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The top 5 remixes by Toronto producers, summer 2014

Posted by Markit / September 10, 2014

Remixes TorontoWe're back for round two of our local remix roundup, this time focusing on releases that had a spotlight on them during the summer months. If you missed the first round for winter/spring 2014, you can check it here. Summer gives us two repeat offenders, who continue to make a name for themselves by reworking tunes and giving them a new feel.

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Riot Fest unleashes 2 days of chaos on Downsview Park

Posted by Staff / September 9, 2014

Riot FestGrowing closer to the three-day status of their American counterparts, Riot Fest's third visit to Toronto was spread over two days, requiring a move from Fort York to Downsview Park. Take some huge local and international names (The Cure, Flaming Lips, The National, Metric, City and Colour, Death Cab For Cutie, etc.), add a lineup of punk mainstays (Billy Talent, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Taking Back Sunday, etc.), mix over both days, and we're finally edging closer to the mega festival lineups of the US stops.

The promised carnival rides didn't show up, but the vast number of food vendors and a few carnival games still brought the spirit of the CNE. Few would argue that you could've asked for a better send off to summer.

Here are 35 of our favourite mud-splattered moments from Riot Fest 2014.

A brief history of the Opera House in Toronto

Posted by Benjamin Boles / September 9, 2014

201499-opera-house-history-toronto.jpgThere are a number of Toronto music venues had previous incarnations as movie theatres, but unlike the Danforth Music Hall and Lee's Palace, the Opera House began its life with live music being an integral element. Built in 1909, it was originally known as the Vaudeville Theatre, it offered (as you might expect), vaudeville-style variety shows. Featuring music, comedy, burlesque and other types of performances, vaudeville was extremely popular in that era, and it was just one of 50 other theatres operating in Toronto.

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House music & burgers a match at first Dirtybird BBQ

Posted by Staff / September 8, 2014

Dirtybird BBQ TorontoAs the temperatures kept rising on Sunday, Toronto welcomed San Fran's deep-house label Dirtybird Records who brought their freshest beats and free BBQ to Sherbourne Common. What started in '00s as recurring parties at Golden Gate Park has launched its first North American tour featuring label head Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Ardalan, and more. Their third stop brought out over 150 Torontonians hungry for burgers by tour chef Grillson and deep house tunes, which lasted until about 10pm.

Doors opened at 1:30pm to what looked like a huge fenced paddock with no trees and barely any shade, but plenty of beer for sale, and a long line for the promised free BBQ. A strict no re-entry policy complemented by a very tight security check at the entrance examining every inch of attendees (who's afraid of Torontonians?) left a rather unpleasant aftertaste, but thankfully new and exciting tracks by the lineup made the sun-burnt sleepy crowd show their best on a giant dance floor.

Check out our memories of burgers, sun, and dancing in this photo gallery.

The top 5 restaurants for live music in Toronto

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / September 8, 2014

restaurants toronto live musicThe top restaurants for live music in Toronto offer something special for hungry concert-goers - while there's no shortage of live music venues that serve food, there are a smaller number who focus on the dining experience (and fewer venues that still cater towards the classic dinner-theatre concept).

An enjoyable night on the town can often include some of the great shows the city's live music scene has to offer. For many, a couple of drinks (or more) can elevate the experience - and for some, especially 9-5ers, going from work to sit, relax, and have a meal before or with the show can be a life-saver.

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5 under-the-radar opera companies in Toronto

Posted by Naomi Grosman / September 7, 2014

opera TorontoIndie opera companies in Toronto might surprise you with their mere existence - Toronto has an opera scene? Actually, it's more vibrant than you might think. Whether you dream of singing in a classical stage production or simply want to enjoy an afternoon matinee (or, maybe just finally understand what's going on), here are some alternatives to Toronto's major opera companies.

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