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Robyn + Royksopp dance the night away at Echo Beach

Posted by Dorian Barton / August 27, 2014

Robyn Royksopp TorontoRobyn and Royksopp's concert at Echo Beach was one of the most anticipated of the year for fans of off-centre, futuristic pop. The long-time friends and collaborators are touring for this year's Do It Again EP. They did not disappoint with a two hour-plus set of pounding dance beats and empowering pop featuring Royksopp, then Robyn until finally both collaborated together. Robyn reminded us again and again that she is basically the coolest.

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Inside Toronto's largest country music venue (for now)

Posted by Derek Flack / August 26, 2014

Northern Comfort SaloonFor all its kid-friendly reputation, the Ex isn't shy about trying to entertain the 19+ crowd once the sun goes down. I tend to think that organizers have mixed results in this capacity. So often the musical acts are dated or no-name bands that do little to inspire interest from local music fans who don't remember that back in the 1980s, Tom Cochrane and April Wine were a pretty big deal.

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The top 5 places to learn ukulele in Toronto

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / August 26, 2014

Ukulele torontoUkulele in Toronto is a hot pursuit for those inclined toward all things twee. From its early introduction to Hawaii from Portugal to the American Vaudeville and Jazz to today, the ukulele has made its way into modern music. Tiny Tim had the hit "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," George Harrison was an avid collector quoted as saying, "You can't play it and not laugh" and there's even, uh, Eddie Vedder's "Ukulele Songs."

Toronto has its own clear admiration for the ukulele. Last year was the flashmob of uke players singing and playing on the TTC morning commute. It also continues to be played and open jams, house concerts, and schools. And Toronto husband and wife team Tony Coleman and Margaret Meagher filmed the documentary Mighty Uke about the history of the ukulele.

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Meet the newest live karaoke band in Toronto

Posted by Wini Lo / August 23, 2014

Good Enough live karaoke TorontoLive band karaoke isn't a new idea in Toronto (a city that most definitely loves its karaoke), but if you have rock star dreams or ever wanted to front a band, chances are you're already pretty excited about the newest band on the scene. For uninitiated aspiring frontmen and frontwomen, meet your back up: Good Enough.

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The top 15 lost music venues in Toronto

Posted by Shazia Khan / August 22, 2014

lost music venues torontoLost music venues in Toronto serve as a reminder that when it comes nightlife in this city, the only constant is change. Just as a cool new concert venue opens up somewhere in the city, there's another venerable music institution shuttering its doors across town.

With the Guvernment Entertainment Complex - the longest-running club currently in Toronto - announcing its impending end for early next year, it's clearer than ever that no amount of seniority or success in the scene can keep any of our beloved establishments safe. [Insert snide comment about condos here.]

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5 up and coming jazz artists in Toronto

Posted by Jacob Thompson / August 21, 2014

Jazz TorontoWhile many fans lament the end of the golden age of jazz in Toronto, there has undoubtedly been an influx of young local talent within the last decade. Some come from respected post-secondary music programs, while some seem to come out of nowhere with their own DIY projects.

The result is a diversity in sound; classical, fusion, lounge, and free form are all well represented here in the city with a plethora of bars and festivals to support it. Peak your interest? Here are five Toronto jazz artists to keep an eye on.

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