Music – NOW Magazine Mon, 25 Jan 2021 21:45:25 +0000 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 21:45:25 +0000 en-US Richard Trapunski Everbloom is Toronto’s new hip-hop and R&B festival The new virtual fest has a fully local lineup of emerging artists including Aphrose, Joyia, Kei-Li & HMLT and more

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Richard Trapunski Livestreams cancelled as music venues forced to close – even virtually Live venues found new life with online concerts until Ontario imposed a stay-at-home order. So why can film shoots continue?

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Richard Trapunski Toronto’s Shortstack Records held a record sale in a Walmart parking lot With most local businesses locked down, they pointedly went where the customers are: a big-box store

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Richard Trapunski That time MF DOOM brought an imposter to Toronto A decade after the late rapper’s infamous concert, it remains full of intrigue – behind-the-scenes and onstage

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Richard Trapunski Toronto music predictions for 2021: when will concerts return? Livestream concerts aren’t going away, but they will get better. Plus: more Spotify backlash, musician solidarity and more

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Richard Trapunski Toronto launches new concert series live from empty music venues The free City Hall Spotlight series kicks off on January 14 with Lido Pimienta at the Phoenix Concert Theatre and continues weekly until May

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Richard Trapunski and Kelsey Adams Best new Toronto music: Start 2021 on a high note with these six songs Our favourite songs of December come courtesy of Roam, Alex Porat and Puffy L’z. Plus: a Drake Underground live series

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Richard Trapunski Toronto rock venue Cherry Cola’s launches GoFundMe to avoid closing The Queen and Bathurst bar and music venue is trying to raise $80,000 by Christmas Eve

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NOW Staff Toronto music venue Hard Luck Bar is fundraising to cover rent The club has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $35,000 to make ends meet during the pandemic

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Richard Trapunski, Kevin Ritchie and Kelsey Adams The best music of 2020 according to NOW critics All our music listening habits changed this year, but a few trends still emerged: comfort food, realness and the return of disco

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Richard Trapunski The best Toronto albums of 2020 We weren’t able to see many of them live, but local artists still gave us a lot to listen to this year

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Richard Trapunski Canadian indie music won’t recover from COVID until 2023: study A new music sector report recommends government create a CERB-like financial aid program specifically for cultural workers

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Richard Trapunski Massey Hall will reopen as part of bigger multi-stage music complex The historic Toronto concert hall isn’t being renamed, but will form part of the new four-venue Allied Music Centre

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Richard Trapunski Daniel Caesar, Dwayne Gretzky announce New Year’s livestreams A pair of virtual concert options from Toronto artists

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Glenn Sumi and Richard Trapunski The best virtual holiday events in Toronto Even though live concerts, plays and musicals are cancelled, there are plenty of festive livestreams this season

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Richard Trapunski and Kelsey Adams Toronto music of the month: U.S. Girls, DijahSB and more Some of our favourite singles and EPs of the month, plus our picks for Bandcamp Friday

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Richard Trapunski Nearly 400 Canadian musicians sign letter opposing Toronto encampment evictions Members of Broken Social Scene, PUP and Barenaked Ladies are voicing support for unhoused people

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Richard Trapunski Gordon Lightfoot to play first-ever virtual concert at the El Mocambo The legendary Canadian singer/songwriter makes the pandemic pivot on December 18

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Richard Trapunski Kensington Market music venue The Boat says goodbye A Portuguese restaurant since 1976, the bar has thrived since the mid-2000s as a kitschy party spot and live music venue

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Richard Trapunski Here’s how Toronto is getting ready for the return of live shows Masks, social distancing, no-frills productions, timed entry and exits – it’s all outlined in the new #Lights-On reopening guide

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Richard Trapunski Two free Toronto music livestreams for your weekend Looking for something to do this weekend? There’s a fantastic double bill of local artists and an innovative collaboration of improvisers

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NOW Staff You say you love holiday music, but how big is your playlist? Sponsored feature: SiriusXM

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Richard Trapunski These groups want Canadian music gatekeepers to listen to queer and racialized artists Lil Sis and the Trans Producers and Songwriters in the Studio Program are asking arts organizations to listen to their communities

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Richard Trapunski The Weeknd is playing the Super Bowl halftime show The Scarborough-bred star will cap off a huge year with a performance on pop’s biggest stage

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Richard Trapunski The Mod Club is closing The Little Italy club and music venue has closed its doors after 18 years

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Richard Trapunski and Kelsey Adams Toronto music of the month: Maylee Todd, Babygirl, Cybertronic Spree and more Listen to our favourite music of the month and check out a few upcoming concerts

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Richard Trapunski Halloween 2020: The best online and in-person Toronto events You can’t go door to door asking for candy, but there are still plenty of Halloween options this year

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Richard Trapunski Polaris Music Prize 2020: Backxwash’s victory is for the unapologetic The Montreal horrorcore rapper won for her album God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It, a perfect choice in a strange year

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Richard Trapunski Elton John, k.d. lang, Kim Cattrall to appear at The 519’s virtual gala The Toronto queer charity and community centre has put together a star-studded lineup for its online event this year

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Kevin Ritchie Toronto’s FLOW 93-5 says goodbye to The Breakfast Club Blake Carter and Peter Kash’s local morning show is returning to the hip-hop radio station

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