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What Polaris win for Tagaq means for Canadian music

Posted by Aubrey Jax / September 23, 2014

Polaris Prize 2014The winner of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize was announced as Tanya Tagaq last night in a decision that will go down in Canadian music history as a key moment of transition - no exaggeration needed. While 2013's quasi-shocker of Godspeed playing king-alts and refusing the prize was perhaps the esteemed, arts-driven, $30,000 music prize's more dramatic incarnation, Tagaq's win means so much more for Canadian art - and Canadian people.

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Live tunes draw huge crowds to Junction Music Festival

Posted by Staff / September 22, 2014

junction music festivalThe Junction Music Festival swept the neighbourhood on September 20, bringing live music, good eats and a day of all-ages fun. The music was obviously the big draw, with sets from dozens of acts (including the Sadies, Teenage Kicks and Ark Analog) staggered throughout the day and drawing huge crowds by evening. But the neighbourhood kept things interesting with an underground flea market and plenty of other surprises.

Check out all the action from the festival in our photo gallery.
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The top 10 most collectable Toronto albums of all time

Posted by Guest Contributor / September 21, 2014

Toronto collectable albumsFor avid record hunters, Toronto's abundance of used record stores and high-density turnover can be both a blessing and a curse when trying to track down a specific slab of rare wax. Luckily, we've compiled a list of some of Toronto's own highly sought after original pressings.

Although names like Rush and Fucked Up may be the only familiar artists found here, crate diggers and record store owners will surely covet some of these titles currently fetching high prices online. Categorically, older and obscure original pressings demand the most cash, but reissues have made some of these titles a little more affordable to enjoy for the non-discerning.

Here are the top 10 Toronto albums to keep an eye out for while thrifting for gold.

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Long Winter goes national, plans cinema takeover

Posted by Aubrey Jax / September 21, 2014

Long WinterApologies for filling you will dread on the first day of fall, but winter is on its way (and it's going to be brutal, according to some book a farmer wrote). I'm stressing over what size booties to order for my mini pug before the snow hits, but the coming cold weather does have one bonus for Toronto indie fans: music and art series Long Winter ("winter" being a six-month+ ordeal, here) will return for its third year in October, with some new surprises in store including an out-of-city expansion and a film screening party at the Bloor Cinema.

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The best and worst concerts in Toronto this summer

Posted by Staff / September 18, 2014

concerts TorontoIt was the summer of live music in Toronto - more specifically the summer of festivals, as is the trend across North America, though we weren't short of stellar one-night stands. Bands large and small toured through the city so constantly that it was easy to miss the apparition of a favourite artist, or a dozen ("Riot Fest? Why didn't anyone tell me?" -your cousin in the burbs, on Facebook).

If you missed some of these concerts due to lousy radar/non-tipster cousins, cottage getaways (no sympathy), or lack of funds (the big one in the city this year), try to ease your pain with the knowledge that while concert season is about to slow down, our fall schedule is growing more stacked every day. Though no new announcement will beat the fact Slowdive is coming.

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Is this the end of the line for the El Mocambo?

Posted by Derek Flack / September 17, 2014

El MocamboThe El Mocambo, one of Toronto's most iconic live music venues, looks to finished according to the venue's Facebook page and reports on social media. A Facebook post by co-owner Sam Grosso says of a November 6th show that "its [sic] all coming to end and were going to finish off with a blowout of a show all for a good cause." Oddly, however, this show is now taking place at the Hard Rock Cafe.

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