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Hillside, the Guelph music festival, has outlasted bigger ones like WayHome by sticking to its principles: community, spontaneity and good vibes. Here were the standouts: Jeremy Dutcher, Cadence Weapon, Lido Pimienta, U.S. Girls and more. more

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Renaud Philippe / FEQ

A review of the first three days of Festival D'ete de Quebec, featuring The Weeknd, Neil Young, Future, Lil Yachty, Killy, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. The sprawling, eclectic Quebec City festival should be on the radar of music fans across the country. more

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Country-pop superstar Shania Twain's return to Toronto gets illustrated in all its glitzy, folksy glory in this comic concert review of her show at Scotiabank Arena. more

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As the concert hall prepares to close for extensive renovations, the Canadian folk icon's wit and timeless songs cut through the air of finality more

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Tanja-Tiziana

The charismatic New York City-based R&B musician mixed melisma with witty repartee in a cabaret-like performance more

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Arnulfo Maldonado

The Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir came to life at Luminato. Over two nights at the Elgin Theatre, Stephin Merritt sang a song for every year of his life and dramatized it with costumes, video and countless instruments and props. more

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Poptone – the new band from Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets and Tones on Tail – played a set packed with 80s goth classics, but there's a good chance a lot of people who loved those songs missed out. more

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Samuel Engelking

Kehlani headlined Toronto Pride at Yonge-Dundas Square, and the Oakland-based R&B/pop singer/songwriter's set mixed relatability and pop-star proficiency more

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Josiah Vandien

Shawn Mendes played an iHeartRadio Secret Session at the Mod Club, and we were there to review it. Corporate synergies and cat-eared headbands abounded at the Pickering pop prince's Mod Club concert. more

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Samuel Engelking

NXNE 2018 review: Tinashe, Azealia Banks, Chvrches, Big Freedia and others played the Yonge-Dundas Square Festival Village stage, alongside acts like Jazz Cartier, U.S. Girls, Lights and more. more

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Kate Killet

NXNE 2018 reviews: Our critics spent the week in venues throughout Toronto, catching shows by Ryan Hemsworth, RYAN Playground, Tokyo Police Club's Dave Monks, LA Timpa and more. more

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Massey Hall turned 124 and threw a CanCon celebration featuring Jim Cuddy, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Joel Plaskett, Whitehorse, Sam Roberts and others. That got us thinking about the venue's past, present and future before it closes for renovation. more

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MIchael Lavine

Concert review: Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan is from Maryland, not Toronto, but she's been growing her fuzzy and sincere indie rock on the city's stages over the last year or so. At Velvet Underground, she headlined as if she was a hometown hero. more

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Matt Williams

Concert review: Kendrick Lamar's TDE Championship tour at Budweiser Stage in Toronto. Though it was billed as a label showcase with Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and more, SZA's absence made it feel more like a typical opener-opener-headliner show. more

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Vag Halen's Heavy Leather Parking Lot: a comic concert review. The 80s cock rock cover band kicked off Pride with Heavy Leather Parking Lot, a tribute to queer/dyke leather bars and tailgate parties, and we illustrated it and turned it into a comic. more

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Steve Louie

A review of Halifax music festival Obey Convention: after four days at the fearless, inclusive Obey, we picked up some lessons that Toronto festivals could learn. more

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Samuel Engelking

Doors Open Toronto 2018 featured music all over the city. Ziibiwan played at Native Child and Family Services, Chelsea McBride Group accompanied jazz history, and shows emanated from backyards and museums. more

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A report from the Toronto Kpop Conference: with the South Korean genre exploding in North America, the fan-meet for rising solo star Amber provided a window into a growing and shifting fan culture. more

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Lisa Genet

One of the defining bands from New York's no wave heyday, the four-piece easily filled the Rivoli with jittery punk energy more

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