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10 Twitter accounts Toronto music fans should follow

Posted by Erin Scholz / October 14, 2012

Toronto Twitter MusicToronto music fans would do well to keep tabs on a few key Twitter accounts in order to stay apprised of the latest that's happening in this city's music scene. Want to keep up to date on shows, gear, record releases and the bowel movements of your favourite musicians? Look no further. Here's a list of 10 Twitter accounts worth following for local music fans. As always, your suggestions are warmly welcomed in the comment section below.

Just Shows: Toronto - @JustShowsTO / Tweets: 582 / Following: 25 / Followers: 1,374

Mark Pesci is a booker at Parts and Labour and the man behind Just Shows — a concert listings site which has now expanded to include Halifax, Vancouver and Montreal. Following both will keep you privy to the latest show announcements, secret shows and more.

@SoundscapesTO / Tweets: 1,799 / Following: 453 / Followers: 5,861

One of the more active Twitter accounts of Toronto record stores, they tweet about contests they're holding, special events, new releases and other news items. They're great about updating their followers on what tickets they've sold out of and how many they have left in stock.

Owen Pallett - @owenpallett / Tweets: 5,142 / Following: 699 / Followers: 71,104

A seemingly limitless talent that goes beyond music, his dark humour permeates his Twitter feed so stylishly it could be a Twitter turned Tumblr turned coffee table book. I'd buy it.

Kevin Drew - @KevinSelection / Tweets: 821 / Following: 3,873 / Followers: 6,626

The former Broken Social Scene member is a Twitter prophet-mystic. He writes vague, poetic (?), sometimes foreboding sentiments interspersed with Toronto musical happenings. Bonus: great picture.

Sebastien Grainger - @sebby_g / Tweets: 5,542 / Following: 285 / Followers: 6,628

Half of DFA1979, he's "been online since the day you were born!" Grainger gets quite personal — lots of dog pictures and talk of BMs. My kinda guy — and maybe yours, too!

Holy Fuck - @holyfuck / Tweets: 2,147 / Following: 2,232 / Followers: 11,359

The gentlemen in Holy Fuck exploit those who don't understand hashtags and mistakenly use @holyfuck rather than #holyfuck to underscore the high drama of their tweets. Hilarity ensues.

Young Lions Music Club - @YoungLionsClub / Tweets: 1,477 / Following: 679 / Followers: 1,167

Get updates on card-carrying member bonuses and other free giveaways. They really do just want you to have fun and their Twitter account just pushes that project. Tune in and get happy.

Paul's Boutique - @paulsboutiqueto / Tweets: 701 / Following: 513 / Followers: 1,036

I don't want to say "gearheads," but I what else do I call them? They use Twitter to announce recently stocked gear and they're very good about answering any questions directed at them. In the middle of Kensington Market, musicians in and out of Toronto — you know, folks like Beach House — know this is the place.

NXNE - @nxnefest / Tweets: 6,040 / Following: 3,017 / Followers: 13,536

Sure, the festival only comes once a year but they keep everyone updated year round re: submissions, NXNE-endorsed shows, Toronto-related music news, etc.

Embrace Presents - @EmbracePresents / Tweets: 4,579 / Following: 395 / Followers: 3,513

Toronto-based promotions company that is probably responsible for bringing a lot of your favourite artists to the city. They're really good with recently announced shows, set times and contests to win tickets.


@Drake / Tweets: 1198 / Following: 543 / Followers: 9,181,002

You can thank Drake later for tweeting about how much more fun he has. Sigh.


Promotion Companies / Concert Listings

Audioblood Media
Strut Entertainment
Outside Music
Collective Concerts
Wavelength Music
Show Gopher
Southern Souls

Writers / Photographers / Industry Folk

Eric Alper - eOne Music Canada
Alan Cross - The Secret History of Rock
Stuart Berman - The Grid / Pitchfork
Rob Duffy - The Grid
Sarah Liss - The Grid
Denise Benson - The Grid
Stu Henderson - Popmatters
John Terauds - Musical Toronto
Nicole Villeneuve - Aux TV
Lonely Vagabond
Ben Rayner - The Star
Melody Lau - Static Zine
Chris Dart - Torontoist
Natalie Zina Walschots - Torontoist, etc
Benjamin Boles - NOW
Richard Trapunski - NOW
Carla Gillis - NOW
Erin Scholz - blogTO
Adam Brady - blogTO
Aubrey Jax - blogTO
Adam Kamin - blogTO
Carrie Musgrave - Photographer
Frank Yang - Chromewaves
Sheena Lyonnais - Toronto Standard
Igor Bonifacic - Toronto Standard
Beth Cavanagh - Indoor Recess
Lisa Lagace - Turn the Record Over
Ama Pod - Pink Mafia
Karla Moy - Hustle Grl
Chiara DiAngelo - Buying Shots
Rebecca Webster - Webster Media Consulting
Helen Spitzer
Chandler Levack
Kate Killet


Julie Fader
Juile Doiron
Hands & Teeth
Damien Abraham
Graham Wright
Brendan Canning
Kathleen Edwards
Cold Specks
Maylee Todd
DJ MelBoogie
Lissa Monet
Army Girls Music
DJ Misty

Gear Shops

Capsule Music
Steve's Music
Long & McQuade

Record Labels

Paper Bag Records
Hand Drawn Dracula
Parkdale Records
Maple Music
Dine Alone
Arts and Crafts

Record Stores

She Said Boom!
Kops Records
Rotate This
Sonic Boom
June Records
Grasshopper Records
Play De Record


The Garrison
The Dakota
The Horseshoe
The Danforth Music Hall
Lee's Palace
Parts and Labour

EDITOR'S NOTE (Wednesday, October 17th)

Following the publication of this post, we received much feedback about additions we should make to our original list. Most notably, it was brought to our attention that barely any women were represented, an oversight which, while unintentional, remains distressing. As such, we've decided to do a significant update, adding many of the accounts suggested to us via our various social media channels to the second half of this post. Not all of the suggestions made the cut, however, as the intention of this post was and is to draw attention to accounts that are primarily music-related (hence the reticence to include a large number of personal accounts the first time over).

While the post has more information in its second iteration, we know there are still people who've been missed. The musicians section in particular is something that we hope to continue to update as we receive suggestions and make new discoveries. So please continue to offer suggestions and we'll continue to make updates.



Graham / October 14, 2012 at 10:50 am
@ITSOB is also another good person to follow. up-and-coming Hamilton rapper and buddies with Drake
Andy / October 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Also the Pigott Brothers. Their albums are both pretty awesome. @sebastianpigott & @oliverpigott
Shostakovich / October 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm
@JohnTerauds for the classical music scene in Toronto
Zig / October 14, 2012 at 05:32 pm
@MusicVice 5000 followers and 20,000 angry Van Halen fans can't be wrong!
Mitch Rice / October 14, 2012 at 06:31 pm
@ThatEricAlper - more fab tweets than anyone in Canada, and always great for a laugh or two a day.
Jessa Parks / October 14, 2012 at 06:56 pm
You guys forgot @AUDIOBLOODMEDIA!!!
Hannah / October 14, 2012 at 09:17 pm
Audio Blood Media for sure but no @blaremag!? Those kids put out some seriously good content that's even better than Chart Attack's.
Brian Cauley / October 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm
hey Erin, i know people are criticizing the list for it's disjointedness and lack of female representation (i am one of the critics). i do want to say i really like your style of writing and did enjoy reading the descriptions. i would love a list of the top 10 Twitter accounts to stay informed about music news. i think following musicians (Kevin, Owen, Drake) isn't a must and is more about personal preference. Just Shows, Exclaim, are good but i think you forgot the Jazz and Classical scene in the city.
EveryonesOpinion / October 15, 2012 at 10:41 am
I second @ThatEricAlper -- I don't even follow him but his tweets always end up in my feed. Lots of good info.
Matt / October 15, 2012 at 10:43 am
Austin / October 15, 2012 at 01:03 pm
Mike / October 15, 2012 at 04:47 pm
You've linked Chart Attack's twitter to Exclaim's by accident. It should be -
john / October 16, 2012 at 05:38 pm
no @nataliezed ? this list is painfully incomplete. worthless
Liam / October 16, 2012 at 09:28 pm
Some great suggestions in the post/comments and I follow most of them already. My 2 cents:

@ThatEricAlper - Lots of great quirky facts
@Metric - they like hiding concert tickets, and Instagram pics of Emily Haines are never bad
@PeteHatesMusic - sarcastic/hilarious, mainly indie music blog
@jianghomeshi - Personal and professional tweets, great insights to his show
Imaan / October 17, 2012 at 05:18 pm
@wayofacting is a great account to follow for news, videos and whatever else is of interest to the electronic music scene in Toronto.
Toronto Music Fan / October 18, 2012 at 02:23 am
Thanks for the update Blogto. You guys are alright in my books for doing putting the effort in.
Lee / October 19, 2012 at 01:08 pm
@truenorthrecord is a great label to follow. They give tons of updates and contests!
Toronto Dave / October 19, 2012 at 02:40 pm
@tmakworld for rock
Reel / October 19, 2012 at 04:01 pm
@ReelMusicMedia, up and coming music development team out of Ryerson
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