Just John

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Samuel Engelking

Just hours after the NBA championship celebration spilled into Yonge-Dundas Square, NXNE turned it into Festival Village Read more

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Blank Canvas Toronto Arts

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The art collective's CEO John Samuels (aka Just John) says the $20,000 prize will help fund more ways to engage youth in arts Read more

Art & Design

EP review: Just John x Dom Dias, Don III – The rapper/producer duo cover a ton of ground in the third of their EP trilogy, all with a thrilling unpredictability. Read more

Album reviews

As part of NXNE's 25th anniversary, the free downtown Festival Village will expand to four stages, while the Club Land wristband will sell for the 1995 price of $29. Read more


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Samuel Engelking

From punk-infused hip-hop to dance music creating its own space – who’s setting the tone for the city’s music scenes? Read more

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Samuel Engelking

Concert review: Chicago rapper Valee lacked the energy of Just John x Dom Dias and Sydanie, but new concert series It's OK*'s first event at Sully's Boxing Gym was still a success. Read more

Concert reviews

Canadian rapper Shad unpacks the key themes and figures that populate his ambitious new concept album, A Short Story About A War. Read more


Our favourite Toronto music of the week includes: Just John x Dom Dias, Tre Mission, WLMRT, Falana, EverythingOShauN and more. Plus: hear a full playlist of great new stuff. 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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NXNE 2018 preview: With a return to club-hopping and free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square, the opportunity for discovery is back too for the Toronto music festival. Here's how to get the most out of your wristband. Read more


Listen to 20 songs from local artists including Faiza, Jonas Bonnetta, Art Department, Hex, Jaunt and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan on our weekly Spotify playlist #NOWplaying Read more

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  • Blank Canvas Toronto Arts

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    Blank Canvas Toronto Arts

    Blank Canvas CEO John Samuels accepts the Arts for Youth Award.

  • Just John Sully's Boxing Gym

    Samuel Engelking

    Just John Sully's Boxing Gym