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Neil Young to headline WayHome Festival

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 20, 2015

Neil YoungWe haven't dropped a festival announcement in almost three days, but you can now unclench your impatient jaw. WayHome, the huge new almost-in-Toronto Bonnaroo offshoot festival featuring Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Alt-J, Modest Mouse, Hozier, and St. Vincent, has announced that Neil Young will also headline the festival on Burl's Creek Event Grounds.

They announced it on 420, because this festival is all about marketing savvy.

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The top 10 wedding DJ and music options in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 19, 2015

wedding music torontoLooking for a DJ or live music for your wedding in Toronto? As with any party, music can make or break a reception; you don't want to spend your own celebration manning iTunes, but you also don't want a DJ leaning on the Britney hits of yesteryear (at least, not until after everyone's had a few glasses of wine). Whether you're into pop, soul, oldies, jazz, or all of the above, you won't go wrong with these options.

Here are my picks for the top wedding DJ and live music options in Toronto.

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YouTube celebrity's ode to Toronto goes viral

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 18, 2015

toronto youtubeScarborough-born YouTube celebrity IISuperwomanII (I'm 100% sure you're a celebrity once you have 5,542,692 subscribers) a.k.a. Lilly Singh released a new video on April 16th - 4.16 - that pays tribute to Toronto in a huge way, from the standard skyline shots, Yonge-Dundas Square appearances, and TTC-subway-car-party scenes to an on-court Toronto Raptors homage.

Singh and Toronto YouTube personality Humble the Poet's "#IVIVI" (416) is an ode to Toronto's diversity and includes shout-outs to Scarborough, North York and more. It amassed about 300k views in its first twelve hours online, making it one effective postcard.

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Geary Avenue music scene under threat due to red tape

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 17, 2015

geary lane torontoWhat is arguably the city's most up and coming area for live music and art in Toronto is under threat of disappearing before getting a chance to really bloom. Geary Avenue is home to a variety of music, event, and rehearsal spaces including DIY initiatives, perhaps most notably Geary Lane, a warehouse turned rehearsal space turned music venue at the west-most end of the street.

Geary Lane opened just one year ago, but quickly established itself as one of Toronto's most exciting live music venues - and helped propel some, rather misguidedly, to call Geary "the next Ossington."

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor members to bless new Toronto music fest

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 17, 2015

Sound Seance TorontoReporting on new festivals has become 99% of our music beat, but this one is pretty special to me. Local promoter Jason Pollard of Geary Lane and Invocation TO is bringing us the Sound Séance Festival's taste of Montreal this June in association with lauded MTL fest Suoni Per Il Popolo (long a focus of many a Toronto music fan's jealousy).

The new fest will present three days of genre defying live music in Toronto including sets by Suuns, Jerusalem in My Heart, Wrekmeister Harmonies (featuring members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor), and Expo 70.

Also on the lineup for June 12-14's new psychedelic, experimental, and avant garde music festival are Off World (Sandro Perri's new project), Caro Diaro (Maicamia solo), Technical Kidman, and Toronto's Mimico, Dirty Inputs, Babel, Carl Didur, and Jay Holy, with more TBA.

So where is this new fest taking place? Like many wonderful things, it's a mystery for now.

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Sonic Boom now pressing vinyl in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 15, 2015

vinyl pressing torontoYou can now have limited edition vinyl pressed at Sonic Boom's new Spadina digs. No, it's not Record Store Day* yet, but this isn't an exclusive, one-day deal: after all, real music fans are at record shops year round.

Andy March of Monotype Audio Disk Cutting (and Toronto label Craft Singles and band Crosss, one of the city's loudest musical offerings), is producing what is actually a pretty dainty craft product: full colour lathe picture discs which hold about 7 minutes of music per side.

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