Faced with paltry royalties and environmental concerns, musicians are speaking up against big streaming – a few even pulling their music from the services Read more



Samuel Engelking

The Niagara Stage, presented by Polaris Music Prize in Niagara Falls, will host shows by Weaves, Basia Bulat, The Darcys and others. Plus: just announced Toronto concerts from Yaeji, Kali Uchis, Cadence Weapon, USS, Andy Shauf and others. Read more



Photos by Samuel Engelking

There's suddenly a lot of attention on U.S. Girls. Toronto’s Meg Remy is ­untangling ­America’s misogynist mess with lush disco grooves. The time is right for her subversive brand of political pop. Read our cover story interview here. Read more


The Toronto-based singer/songwriter has created mobilized many of the city's most underrated musicians to create a stunning, detail-rich album about violence Read more

Album reviews


Colin Medley

Every Friday, we'll be rounding up a batch of 20 new songs by Toronto artists. This week: U.S. Girls, Charlotte Day Wilson, LA timpa and more 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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Neil Van

Our picks for most notable local singles and deep cuts Read more

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Samuel Engelking

The Toronto singer/songwriter on the carceral system, the Appropriation Prize and booze-free shows Read more


Another eclectic roundup of new tunes by local musicians who deserve your attention Read more




Who doesn’t like the idea of making Toronto a place where musicians and music-related businesses can thrive? But so far, Music City seems more like a nice idea supported by city council than a reality. Read more

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"...their music evokes feelings of nostalgia, capturing a melancholy mood and vibration of timelessness in each bar." Read more


We waited decades for the offbeat cult folk music hero to come to town, and it was worth it Read more

Concert reviews

"The coolest part about this label is that it doesn't try to be anything other than a way to put out music," says the Highest Order's Simone Schmidt Read more