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Toronto music blogs that break music to the masses

Posted by Charissa Tosio / July 1, 2012

toronto music blogsToronto music blogs, and the bloggers that run them, can be thanked for exposing music lovers to many new and ground-breaking musicians that have surfaced over the years. Although there are many blogs posting amazing concert reviews, there's a smaller, more select group that devotes themselves to tirelessly seeking out the latest tunes.

Here's my list of noteworthy Toronto-based blogs that introduce up-and-coming music.

Chart Attack
Chart Attack originally started off as an online magazine in the early '90s. In the broadest sense, the website exists to bring you independent, alternative music. Having said that, they're always posting music that pushes the limits of its genre. With a team of roughly five main contributors, each member has something different to add, creating a sense of diversity in the site's content. 

Posts have featured artists such as Daughn Gibson, The Shins and DIIV. Aside from featuring new music, they have recently introduced interviews with artists such as J. Tillman, a former Fleet Foxes member.

Earmilk
Blake Shoji, founder and editor of Earmilk started off as a computational physics student at the University of Waterloo. After realizing that there was no chemistry between him and university life, he started Earmilk, a blog that features new and upcoming music across all genres. The layout has been recently redesigned, making it easier for music lovers to navigate through specific genres, some of which I didn't know even existed (witch-house and post-dubstep, for example).

One of the unique features on the website is the integrated music player located at the top of the website. There are daily features that have single posts dedicated to a certain theme. All in all, this Toronto-based website has dozens of writers from across the United States and Canada, and an impressive range of musical diversity.

Sidewalk Hustle
Before Tristan, the editor-in-chief, was hustling music, he was hustling as a bank teller. As a break from his bank life, he started Sidewalk Hustle and was later joined by his girlfriend. Having grown up in Toronto in the '90s, he's always had a love for hip hop. However, he doesn't limit himself to the genre--expect everything from Diamond Rings to Quadron to Die Antwoord.

They recently put together the Saint Motel show at the Horseshoe and every so often they set up collaborative events with clothing brands. They'll also be officially representing Virgin at the Osheaga festival. As for what's on Tristan's iTunes? He recently added Frank Ocean's "Pyramids," and a random shuffle yielded A$AP Rocky's "Goldy."

Friends with Both Arms
Nada, the founder of Friends With Both Arms has gone from doing showcases for SXSW to hosting secret shows where artists perform for a small crowd in a living room. Despite her busy life, she's been maintaining the music blog since 2009. If you're into dad-rock, indie-folk, experimental - to name a few - this is your go-to blog. Lately she's had a preference towards female musicians such as Francoise Hardy.

Rather than doing typical artist interviews, she's had guest artists create exclusive mixtapes for the blog. This not only offers more insight into what the artists are listening to, but also creates exposure for the artists themselves. To get a feel of what music to expect from this blog, some of her postings include songs by Family BandBowerbirdsCate Le Bon and others.

Indie Music Filter
Rather than bombarding his friends with e-mails about new bands and shows, Chris Budd directed his energy towards launching Indie Music Filter. His eclectic tastes include indie-rock, electronic, folk, shoegaze, post-rock and more. If you can't dedicate yourself to making a regular habit of visiting the website, check out his monthly playlists. The posts are concise, focusing on key tracks, videos and artist, and encouraging readers to seek out more information about interesting artists. Recent posts include songs by Los EncantadosTrails and Ways, and The Echo Friendly.

Gold Soundz
Gold Soundz began as Grubtunes: a blog started in 2007 to enhance Marc's writing skills, with the bonus of keeping his friends up to date with new tunes. Recently, he's been posting mainly shoegaze music, with songs by Hellaluya, GoodWolf and Western Affairs. Rather than fluffing up the music reviews, the content is to the point and he tells it as it is. Despite having a preference for shoegaze, his most played song is "Dilly" by Band of Horses and the first song to come up on iTunes when shuffled was "Richtung Shicksal" by Broilers.

Chromewaves
This year will mark the ten-year anniversary of Chromewaves. In that ten year span, the blog has been featured in many lists - "Best Music Blogs" by Eye Magazine, "100 Greatest Websites" by FHM Australia, "English Canada's Best Arts & Entertainment Blogs" by the CBC, and more. Frank Y holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo but is currently a web developer at a major Canadian newspaper - he's also the site's primary contributor, and his musical tastes steer towards indie rock, such as Saint Etienne. The site offers not only upcoming show listings, but also the chance to preview an artist's music before attending the show.

Photo by Tomitheos in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

70 Comments

Arret / July 1, 2012 at 09:12 am
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Safe to say blogs have jumped the shark, when you're blogging about blogging
Katie / July 1, 2012 at 09:55 am
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Love Earmilk!
gorf / July 1, 2012 at 11:02 am
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Basic Sounds: http://basic_sounds.blogspot.ca/
Vague Terrain: http://www.vagueterrain.net/
gman / July 1, 2012 at 11:14 am
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how basic_sounds is not on this list blows my mind.
music / July 1, 2012 at 01:35 pm
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A Toronto-based music blogger spanning all genres but focuses much on electronic music scene as it continues to expand here in Toronto.
music / July 1, 2012 at 01:36 pm
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Have a peek: moonbootsandmudholes.blogspot.ca
DR / July 2, 2012 at 01:08 am
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a lot of music/ entertainment blogs be keepin me all bogged down glued to the computer kind of goin over and double clicking bandcamps and soundcloud formations and sometimes I'm like yo, your layouts be cool with the double panels on the side or cool header makes me wanna check the font make sure its regulation size on the 12-17 pt scale if you know what i mean and like that's pretty fun i really like spinning in my chair staring at the outside world through my screen while my blinds are closed and the washing machine starts bouncing around with my dirty socks twisting inside out and then i'm like, there's a few times when i'm on the blog run twirling websites and such touring tab keys and touting tumblr feeds when I'm like dawg these blogs are too okay man like alright it's pretty solid but i'd probably like to have the majority of that time back so i can do something real productive like going on to

recordinglivefromsomewhere.com

and even though the name is long and i misspell it most of the time and probably lose the majority of life's key beauties because i'm too busy scouring the joint of blogtasmic blogtactics it's like i gotta be blogulated to cap my bloggage on that golb cuz i'm just too blogsted to wanna blog in and around the blogearth any bl**where else!

yeah so blog all that other garblog and feast your eyeblogs on

recordinglivefromsomewhere.com
Brett replying to a comment from Arret / July 3, 2012 at 11:18 am
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Arret, that's not what "jumped the shark" means.
Jacob Zunet / July 3, 2012 at 01:00 pm
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Hi, I will spend this summer in Toronto and I am looking for a good vinyl store. I have found one list of Best Record Stores, but I do not have a clue where to start. I am particularly looking for indie music. Since you seem to know the scene in the town, you may recommend me your favorite. Thanks.
Michelle / July 3, 2012 at 02:15 pm
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Great list but what about the guys and gals at BLARE? They do tracks, videos, interviews, photos and even blogged about their trips to SXSW via train!
Walmer Convenience / July 10, 2012 at 08:36 am
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walmer convenience

the most forward blog in town.

walmerfuckingconvenience.wordpress.com
weirsbowski / July 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm
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Bro, very nice blog and thanks for posting music samples here.
Jane / August 12, 2012 at 07:41 am
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A fabulous Toronto-based tunes blogger occupying all types but stresses much relating to electronic beats scene because continues to make sure you expand within Toronto. Follow us if you seek for some beautiful voice.
Trace / January 17, 2013 at 12:44 am
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New Video Vaughan City Toronto help support the movement ImFamous ent. click on the website and like the fan page follow me on twitter @TraceImFamous and on Instagram TraceVaughanCity thanks for watching http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jdFSIqkKpUI
The Voice Pro / January 24, 2013 at 03:12 am
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The Voice Pro is mainly comprised of a small group of dedicated singers, music producers and musicians who believe in sharing their industry knowledge and singing techniques with others.
Let The Music Play!
Alex / January 31, 2013 at 05:51 pm
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BestFan.com has been my go to for music releases and celeb news!
Cosmic7 / February 6, 2013 at 09:13 pm
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hey people of the world, take a listen to this rock n roll band from halifax nova scotia.
Cosmic7 / February 6, 2013 at 09:15 pm
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www.the-age.bandcamp.com ....email, the-age@live.ca
Riky / February 25, 2013 at 01:06 am
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very nice blog, a lot of music/ entertainment blogs be keepin me all bogged down.
Bruan / February 25, 2013 at 06:46 pm
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I thought I should share this because I have been enjoying this new device so much! My friend Scott just showed me this thing called “The Lung Cleaner” and it works wonders. It’s an inhaler that has eucalyptus oil and a saline solution, used to clear your lungs of all the junk we put in them on a daily basis. Cure those bong rips and late night cigs with “The Lung Cleaner”. My buddy bought his at a head shop but I can only find them on eBay at: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/The-Lung-Cleaner-/151000986445?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&;hash=item23285c334d&_uhb=1#ht_552wt_1271. If you can find them at a shop please let me know.
songs / February 27, 2013 at 01:28 am
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there is lot of music
Pawd / February 27, 2013 at 07:44 pm
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Hey Everyone!

Check out Pawd's Playlist, my new music Blog @ http://www.pawdsplaylist.com/ Stay tuned for new entries shortly!

You can also follow me on Twitter @PawdsPlaylist. Show me some love ;)

--Pawd
Christopher Hunter / March 11, 2013 at 11:57 am
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http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/shock-therapy-unplugged/id557070046
gary / April 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm
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Thanks for the track by Saint Etienne I love this.
Regards Gary
Browserbaby / April 9, 2013 at 05:47 pm
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What about ar-report.com?
Gideon / April 13, 2013 at 01:18 pm
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Check out www.indieroundtable.com ... we have an awesome music stream and album review section
blake / April 16, 2013 at 08:34 am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slKjiA63-uI
Check it out
Mike / April 25, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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Hey guys, check out Vita Chambers controversial interview here! from her fix you tour!youtube.com/watch?v=aatRCacA_ts
Mike / April 25, 2013 at 01:55 pm
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=aatRCacA_ts
Mike / April 25, 2013 at 01:56 pm
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http://digitallyunited.ca/?p=86
peter chadwick / April 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm
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new single from my band with an interesting lyrical video

check it out!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLS0jaj4ms8
Andy / June 19, 2013 at 04:31 pm
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Free LP record to the winner of the contest!

aoldmusic.com
sarah shafey / July 17, 2013 at 01:29 am
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Hey there:

Sarah Shafey here, hope you are all well and life is great for you. I just released my new Alternative/Grunge/90's rock album. There are links below to the few of the albums songs have a fun listen.

xoxo,

Sarah Shafey

Song Links:
1) Suzy Q - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47438445/Sarah%20Shafey%20-%20Maverick/02%20Suzy%20Q.mp3
2) A Leisurely Pace - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47438445/Sarah%20Shafey%20-%20Maverick/07%20A%20Leisurely%20Pace.mp3
Vicky / July 17, 2013 at 08:26 pm
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I bet you guys wont believe this but I just got a free iTunes Card Code and it was valid! I got it from freeitunesforever♥ com
Bob / July 19, 2013 at 06:08 pm
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this made my day I just got a free iTunes Card Code and it worked! You can get one too from freeitunesforever► com




ijy replying to a comment from Arret / July 21, 2013 at 05:28 am
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This is cool! I just received a free iTunes Card Code and it redeemed just fine! Check this site out freeitunesforever● com
g-force / July 26, 2013 at 01:47 pm
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check out my vid @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5lqSAA4mEM holdin it down for the city
xxxdav / July 27, 2013 at 03:51 am
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check out this new hip hop video shot in toronto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfjmi8epanY
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 / July 31, 2013 at 05:40 am
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Love Earmilk!
Talha / August 1, 2013 at 01:43 am
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I'm a local artist! Just came out with my brand new single, love to get feedback..thanks!!!

http://www.wesmalik.com/2013/07/talha-syed-ft-aamir-zaki-jasusi/
Adjmal / August 5, 2013 at 01:59 am
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This is cool! I just got a free iTunes Card Code and it was valid! If you want one go to freeitunesforever|d●t| com
Recording Studio / August 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm
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This are the best blogs i ever came across and thanks for listing them out.And toronto music blog are spanning with boost.
Javier Arau / August 21, 2013 at 05:54 am
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I thought I should share this because I have been enjoying this new device so much! My friend Scott just showed me this thing called “The Lung Cleaner” and it works wonders
Hi / August 24, 2013 at 08:35 am
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sweet! I got a iTunes Card Code and it redeemed just fine! If you want one go to freeitunesforever↔ com
Antonio / September 2, 2013 at 03:27 pm
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I am an artist from Hamilton, Ontario I put together a mixtape entitled Dashiki http://www.datpiff.com/Jive-Buzangu-Dashiki-mixtape.521741.html it'd be really great if ya'll took a listen
Lola / September 11, 2013 at 12:08 am
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http://www.musicbetweenfriends.com

two girls blogging about music & friendship & keepin it real
Melissa / September 21, 2013 at 08:19 pm
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Im from Newfoundland! BUT myself and my band are in TORONTO : )

have a listen to my free EP:

https://melissamurphy.bandcamp.com/

and visit my website to see when we're playing next:

www.melissamurphymusic.com
lydia / September 24, 2013 at 01:39 am
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You guys wont believe this but I got a iTunes Card Code and it worked! I got it at freeitunesforever. com
Zac / September 25, 2013 at 10:50 am
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check this track out! https://soundcloud.com/zacdarmon/penguins
Cashus / October 3, 2013 at 06:24 pm
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http://soundcloud.com/cashusdeflow
strahinja / October 23, 2013 at 04:44 pm
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Hey Everyone!


check this track out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ui2DCfRsec
Number9 / October 26, 2013 at 02:10 am
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Its a really nice blog
Music / October 30, 2013 at 09:43 am
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This is just I want. I am searching from few months such this kind of website. Blogto.com is well decorated and informative music site. Thanks for listing out.
Rob Taylor / November 1, 2013 at 10:13 am
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Musicians and those connected to the music industry now have the facility to live stream through NuMuBu = Nu Music Business.

Are you interested in doing a live streaming broadcast at some point? this could be a show from home, studio or stage, a product review or even a tutorial.

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We also have a Tip Jar so that when you perform members looking can tip you for your performance with the added bonus of having the show archived.

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Mursal / November 9, 2013 at 04:45 pm
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CHECK HIM OUT ! >>>>>>> New artist toronto !! https://soundcloud.com/juvontaylor/gone-juvon-taylor
Danielle / January 7, 2014 at 10:57 am
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I found this really great band from Toronto called Eye Steal please check them out!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7m3jUUgPzM

www.soundcloud.com/eyesteal
Chris M / January 20, 2014 at 08:28 pm
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You should check out Tupper Ware Remix Party or TWRP for short.
They have a show coming up on Jan 25th at the Horseshoe Tavern.
a show not meant to be missed.
Check the following links to get a feel for their vibe.


www.TWRPlive.com

http://twrp.bandcamp.com/

http://www.thesixtyone.com/#/artist/TupperWareRemixParty/songs/

TWRP - Evolve
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU1H7-0vrQU


P.S. Notable mentions for Billie Dre & The Poor Boys
who happen to have a show on Jan 24th at The Cameron House

http://billiedre.bandcamp.com/

Billie Dre & The Poor Boys - Ghost Caravan - Evolve 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX_WrmGI3WU
David Rodriguez / January 25, 2014 at 01:41 pm
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You should do a section on "DearKarma" great musician and artist.

https://soundcloud.com/dearkarma
Mike Broman replying to a comment from David Rodriguez / January 25, 2014 at 01:43 pm
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YES! i just sent them an email about DearKarma, it would be so great to see his name out there!

DearKarma everyone!

here him https://soundcloud.com/dearkarma
Kelly Mulligan replying to a comment from David Rodriguez / January 25, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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I recently saw his posters on queen street, and looked him up.
really cool stuff!
He deserves publicity
basic_sounds replying to a comment from gorf / March 3, 2014 at 11:39 am
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Thank you for the mention, however please DO NOT e-mail me your press releases. basic_sounds just posts art and electronic music.
Comatose X GregScott / March 5, 2014 at 06:58 pm
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Check us out ! 2 HipHop Artist From NB looking to expand our fan base in hopes of traveling to play shows! :D Thanks for any love and support !
Comatose X GregScott replying to a comment from Chris M / March 5, 2014 at 06:59 pm
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They were amazing at Evolve 2013!!
Yyyddd / March 21, 2014 at 09:06 pm
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holy moly! I have a iTunes Card Code and it worked! Check this site out http://freeitunesforever.com
Patrick / March 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm
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Check out castondés! Local music blogger; it's a great playlist!
castondes.tumblr.com
anamul haque replying to a comment from Adjmal / April 16, 2014 at 04:45 am
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Yasi is the Excellent singer. see her video here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzdqR6zXIrc
jazzamboka / April 18, 2014 at 08:52 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iq6GgJJyHs

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