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A brief history of The Great Hall

Posted by Benjamin Boles / July 20, 2014

Great Hall TorontoAccording to a petition being circulated by the owners of The Great Hall, the fate of the historic venue will be decided this summer by whether or not they are granted a significant capacity increase by the AGCO. As anyone who has attended an event there recently knows, the current official capacity for the main hall is so small that it feels empty even when it's legally full.

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The top 10 rehearsal studios for music in Toronto

Posted by Staff / July 19, 2014

Rehearsal studio music TorontoThe top rehearsal studios for music in Toronto perform that necessary function few non-musicians give much thought to: a pass to be as loud as you possibly can. Musicians know what I mean. You're in a band, you need to practice. Neighbours may not care for your art (your art is going to wake the baby/freak out the Pomeranian), so unless someone in your band has access to a fully-detached property with a deep basement or a sound-proof garage, you're going to need a rehearsal space.

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The rise and fall of MuchMusic, from crucial TV to bust

Posted by Ed Conroy / July 18, 2014

Much Music 1980sOne's thirties are the new twenties so they say, but for our embattled Nation's Music Station MuchMusic it's the new euthanasia. Launched with great gusto 30 years ago this August, MuchMusic (original tagline: "It's a lot!") has been slowly dispossessed of its magical powers over the last decade as the channel lunged from an embarrassing identity crisis into full blown televisual catatonia.

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Has Drake renamed Toronto?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 18, 2014

Drake TorontoDrake is attention seeking again - or that's what my parents used to call it whenever I cried out for love. Amid dissing Macklesnore and gripping a Polaris shortlist nomination (has anyone told him yet?) the hip hop star / unofficial most important person in Toronto has renamed his hometown without consulting, seemingly, anybody.

While speculating what Drake's newly revealed album title Views From The 6 might mean, pieces were slowly put together by, according to BuzzFeed, "people" - Twitter users? - who deduced that "6" is the only common number shared by "416" and "647" area codes. Well, that and the "4." So is Toronto's new name "the 6" for realsies? Are we "in the 6" right now?

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The top 5 alt-country bands to watch in Toronto

Posted by Staff / July 18, 2014

Alt country TorontoThe top alt-country bands to watch in Toronto may be under-the-radar now even to long time fans of twang, but y'all (sorry) better plan on seeing them around. Toronto continues to be home to both established and emerging alt-country (alternative country - think country for indie fans) artists. More recognizable names include Justin Rutledge, The Wooden Sky, The Strumbellas, Elliott Brood, Cuff the Duke, and now in Nashville, Lindi Ortega.

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Ought make indie exciting again at Drake Underground

Posted by Staff / July 17, 2014

Ought TorontoThe Drake Underground has stepped up their programming recently, bringing more up-and-coming bands to their subterranean cabaret room. Case in point: this week's double bill of Dub Thompson and Montreal's current band-of-curious-intrigue, art-rockers Ought.

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