Carla Gillis


Formerly NOW’s music editor, Carla continues to write for the music section about the health of Toronto and Canada’s music scenes, DIY communities and issues related to race and gender, in addition to providing criticism and artist profiles. She has an MFA in creative writing from UBC, and was twice nominated for music journalist of the year by the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry. Originally from Halifax, Carla has been in indie bands since her teens and currently performs with heavy rockers Overnight. She volunteers for Girls Rock Camp Toronto, is a juror for the Polaris Music Prize, PRISM Prize and the JUNO Awards, and studies at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy.

Over eight songs, the Victoria-by-way-of-Calgary singer/songwriter expresses what it’s like to live with depression, anxiety and other mental health struggles Read more

Album reviews

The urgent four-piece evokes the best of Melbourne rock right now: things might be going to shit, but it’s still possible to be a little bit laid-back about it Read more

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Samuel Engelking

While the Toronto Raptors were completing their historic championship run, our reviewers were catching festival sets by CupcakKe, Le1f, Sir Babygirl, Swamp Dogg and more Read more

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TCAF 2018

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The celebration of indie comics and graphic novels features an appearance by cult hero Junji Ito, author talks and panels on activism and screen adaptations Read more


With some new resources for Titanic Rising, her first Weyes Blood album on Sub Pop, Natalie Mering reveals herself as an arranging genius, a master of atmosphere and an even stronger singer than we’d realized. Read more

Album reviews

Album review: In This Year: Ten Of Swords by Praises. The debut full-length solo album by Toronto's Jesse Crowe (also of Beliefs) is melancholic but also meditative, lost in a haze but fully present to it. Read more

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Lera Pentelute

Concert review: boygenius at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall. The trio of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker carried serious weight when they came together. If only they did it more. Read more

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Matt Barnes

A new authorized biography writes the legendary folk musician back into history and pop culture Read more


The Toronto-based Inuk musician is uncharacteristically nervous about her literary debut, but Split Tooth will get you in the gut, heart and mind as much as her music does Read more



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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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Samuel Engelking

As #MeToo shines a spotlight on toxic masculinity, do I have to throw out my record collection? Read more


For their fifth album, the long-running Toronto indie rock band got some chill Read more

Album reviews

A look at six local noisemakers buzzing through the punk, metal and rock scenes Read more


The actor and Weinstein accuser seems perma-triggered in her angry memoir Read more


It's not surprising the anti-psychiatry critic's controversial views are all over her latest novel Read more

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Sarah Rix

From the sweaty end of the Silver Dollar to an unprecedented gathering of Indigenous folk legends, these were the bucket list shows of the year Read more

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Our top local releases of the year as voted by NOW’s music critics Read more

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Opener Jennifer Castle, meanwhile, was completely in her element, stunning with both old and new songs Read more

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Win a pair of VIP tickets to see NOW Free Flick Monday's screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World on January 11th at The Royal Cinema! Read more

Movies & TV

NOW music editor Carla Gillis to moderate panel discussion about misogyny in music Read more