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The top 10 bars for up and coming DJs in Toronto

Posted by PO Karim / October 18, 2014

DJ TorontoThe top bars for up and coming DJs in Toronto are the places to be if you think you got what it takes to become a choice selector, or if you're a fan who likes to seek out (and dance to) talent on-the-rise. It helps that cover charges are usually cheap or non existent, too.

There's almost no question that the heart of any party is the DJ. Dropping the right tune at the right time can make or break a night. Seamlessly mixing sets requires skill with the equipment, an encyclopedic knowledge of genres, beats and styles, and a sixth-sense for the crowd. These days it can seem like everybody's a DJ, but not everybody's a good DJ - at least not without some practice.

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Massive zombie Thriller dance coming to City Hall

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 18, 2014

Thriller dance TorontoThose sleepovers where you danced the zombie dance while your friends' parents begged you to go to sleep and stop making noise up there are about to pay off. Next weekend a spooky cast of dancers are calling on Toronto to rattle its gross, brain eating (costumed) bodies in an attempt to set a new world record for the most people sashaying the zombie dance from Michael Jackson's Thriller video. Toronto held claim to the first such record in 2006, in case you dance best under pressure.

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Merging promoters aim to change Toronto festival scene

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / October 16, 2014

TWiMFeST"No fees, no radius clause, paid gigs." TWiMFeST, October 23-26, bears a manifesto one can't help but compare to other festival's fiascos earlier this year - though collaborating promoters Two Way Monologues and The Indie Machine stress they want to keep the focus on the positive, promising bands they love, venues they think are awesome, and forward thinking for all.

The fledgling festival grows out of the success of TWMFEST, presented twice before by TWM and Dan Wolovick, and the Indie Machine (Dave Marskell). Acknowledging this year's NXNE radius clause mess (and possibly next years' Sonicbids mess), there's no fee paid for those who applied, no radius clause, and performers are paid.

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Toronto label puts NYC punk icon back in the spotlight

Posted by Evan Sue-Ping / October 15, 2014

ChandraNight clubs are not the most ideal setting for an after school program. Try telling that to Chandra Oppenheim, who in 1980 made a splash as a 12-year old fronting a band made up of adults. Hanging with the best of the best of New York's Lower East Side music scene, she was able to garner the respect of peers twice her age based on the strength of her EP, TRANSPORTATION.

This obscure release has been given new life thanks to TO-based label Cantor Records along with Chandra's own Rain Boots Records imprint, and on Friday October 17, Chandra will make a rare live appearance for the Toronto release show at Double Double Land.

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The top 5 gyms with live DJs in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 15, 2014

djs gym torontoGyms with live DJs in Toronto have been growing steadily in number over the past few years, as downtown fitness studios attempt to pump up the workout experience for a young, party-ready client base. (It's just like going to the club, except a lot less alcohol and a lot more stationary bikes. The room temperature and clothing tightness, however, remain exactly the same.)

For years, spin gyms were on top when it came to live DJ fitness (which is fitting, if you love puns). More recent additions to the city's fitness scene will let you do yoga, full-body workouts, and even muay thai to live-mixed beats; now, you've got plenty options for pumping up the volume / your heart rate.

Here are my picks for the top 5 gyms with live DJs in Toronto.

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The top 10 bars for up and coming bands in Toronto

Posted by Shazia Khan / October 8, 2014

bars bands TorontoIf you want to discover the next big band in Toronto, there's no better time to do it than in the fall. Lots of fresh-faced, idealistic undergrads are back in town and looking to achieve dreams of stardom (i.e. getting their newly formed band on a stage... any stage) in between rigorous school schedules. But with so many clubs touting live music every night of the week, where does one go find these diamond-in-the-rough, musical icons of tomorrow?

The following bars are the best at helping inexperienced bands get their foot in the door. While the venues (and spotlights) aren't huge, they're usually popular, wallet-friendly hangouts that draw audiences regardless of who's on the bill. It's a good setup for artists that haven't built a fanbase yet, and patrons who love new music but don't want to risk spending a lot to see someone who, uh, might need a few more guitar lessons before hitting the big time.

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