Monday, December 22, 2014Mostly Cloudy 2°C
Music

The top 10 dance parties in Toronto during 2014

Posted by Benjamin Boles / December 18, 2014

dance parties Toronto2014 was an unpredictable year in Toronto when it came to finding dependably good dance parties. The outdoor events that made the summer of 2013 so great were often rained out. Reliably consistent venues like Footwork closed down before the year even started, while the Guvernment announced that it too wouldn't be around for much longer.

The Sunnyside Pavilion was closed for renovations all year, and Fort York hosted far fewer dance music events than in previous years. The Electronic Nation partnership between concert promoter giant Live Nation and pioneering rave promoters Destiny also came to an end. But as with all endings, these changes also meant new beginnings, as well as opportunities for party veterans to demonstrate why they've lasted so long.

Read More »

Music

The top 10 bands named after Toronto

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / December 17, 2014

Toronto name bandsBands get their names through a combination of crafty word association, meaningful moments, and serendipity. Toronto bands are no different, and we often take our own unique streets, sites, landmarks, and neighbourhoods as name inspirations. From Yorkville to the Junction to the TTC, there remain no shortage of possibilities for municipal band names.

Here are my picks for the top bands named after Toronto neighbourhoods and landmarks.

Read More »

Music

The top 10 Toronto music videos of 2014

Posted by Shazia Khan / December 15, 2014

music videos 2014 torontoOur favourite Toronto music videos of 2014 are proof that our city's strongest acts aren't content to limit their creativity to audio - they have a ton to say visually as well. With concepts ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to intensely moving to complete WTF insanity, these clips selected by our staff run a wide gamut and have tons of replay value for very different reasons. With 2014 forever marked as the year MuchMusic sounded its own death knell, it seems more important than ever to give tribute to this increasingly precious artistic medium.

Read More »

Music

New Toronto concert series pairs chefs with live shows

Posted by Liora Ipsum / December 13, 2014

Eat and Greet TorontoNot sure what to look forward to after the rush of holiday concerts and eatathons? Toronto could stand for more dinner and a show affairs, so there's good news on the snowy horizon: Collective Concerts and Rose & Sons are teaming up in 2015 for a six part dinner series that'll let music fans feast together and mingle with the band before the show.

Read More »

Music

Ryerson University gets a new radio station license

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / December 12, 2014

scope at ryerson torontoRyerson University has a radio station once again. Three years after the CRTC pulled the plug on their previous station, the broadcasting regulator approved The Scope, an online radio station based on the campus, for an AM radio license Thursday morning.

The decision opens the door for the station to begin broadcasting (on the 1280 channel) in January 2016. The station is set to produce 126 weekly hours of programming, focusing on both music and spoken word.

Read More »

Music

BYO boombox to a noisy downtown holiday procession

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 12, 2014

Unsilent NightWant to blast a boombox in the streets of Toronto? What if you could call it in as a holiday party? Toronto venue The Music Gallery near Queen and John is organizing an informal procession (don't call it a flash mob) that will spin Christmas carols so fast on their head they'll sound like Chipmunk songs (which you can bring). We asked TMG's David Dacks to explain this Philip Kline composition, which is meant to be sung outdoors and has been performed across the world in 98 countries, is all about.

Read More »

Other Cities: Montreal