Local Music

Toronto electronic music producer Cameron Findlay, better known as Kontravoid, follows his 2012 self-titled debut with Undone, a five-song EP with an ominous, all-encompassing dark take on house and tecnno. more

Album reviews

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Asad Aman

Cancer Bats, the Toronto metalcore band, celebrated their breakthrough album Hail Destroyer, while still looking forward at the first of two nights at Lee's Palace. It helps that they dropped a surprise new one, The Spark That Moves, the same day. more

Concert reviews

With precise and assured vocal delivery, = Montreal-via-Toronto singer Tess Roby explores how the past resonates with the present. Here debut album Beacons is out on Italians Do It Better. more

Album reviews

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Amanda Fotes

Chastity played a show at a barn in Whitby with Metz on Friday, April 13 – a benefit for Frontenac Youth Services. With so many of their peers going to Toronto, the rafter-rocking punk band are passionate about keeping their own DIY scene alive. more


Kardinal Offishall debuted a new version of the 1998 Canadian hip-hop classic Northern Touch for the Toronto Raptors. The full new version dropped before the team's first playoff game against the Washington Wizards. more


This week's #NOWplaying features a ton of great rising artists, including Jaunt, iaamSaam, Hard To Kill and Roam. And, sure, also Drake and the Weeknd. Listen to the full 20 song Spotify playlist of Toronto music here. more



Samira Hafezi

Amai Kuda et Les Bois' new album AfroSoul Volume III: Re’ has just dropped, and the local artist/activist and her collaborators bartered, cooked and taught to fund it. Read how, in her words. 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. more


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Samuel Engelking

The Sorority – Keysha Freshh, Haviah Mighty, pHoenix Pagliacci and Lex Leosis – have joined forces as the all-female Toronto rap group The Sorority. We interviewed the group about lyrical hip-hop, female empowerment and their debut album, Pledge. more


A massive exhibition devoted to Toronto's hip-hop scene is underway at McMichael Canadian Art Collection more

Art & Design

Listen to 20 brand-new Toronto songs we're digging in this week's #NOWplaying, which includes McCallaman, Moon King, Lonely Wholesome, Ice Cream, Charlotte Day Wilson and much, much more. more


Kianna "Rookz" Eastmond at the Beat Academy's producer meet-up.

Abraham Thodakee

Toronto has some of the world’s best hip-hop and R&B producers, but they're struggling for resources. Why the industry should support the people behind the scenes. more



Chelsee Ivan

Toronto band Frigs took their time to find their power, and it paid off. We interviewed them ahead of their release show for their debut album Basic Behaviour, which takes place April 7 at the Garrison. more


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Matt Barnes

Born Ruffians are following in the footsteps of Alvvays and Daniel Caesar and are choosing multiple nights at Lee's Palace over one at a bigger venue like Danforth Music Hall or Massey Hall. Here's why. more


Tory Lanez is coming to Toronto's Rebel as part of his Memories Don't Die tour. Plus more just announced concerts: the Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson, the return of Venus Fest and a CMW show at Lower Bay Station more


Toronto R&B superstar The Weeknd (mostly) trades misanthropy for vulnerability on the six-track EP My Dear Melancholy, more

Album reviews

The Weeknd just released his new project My Dear Melancholy, and Wasted Times leads this week's #NOWplaying roundup of new Toronto music. Also: a shot-for-shot remake of Carly Rae Jepsen's I Really Like You by Little Junior, Blimp Rock and more. more

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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 more

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Richmond Lam

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan just released their heavy and ambitious new third album Dirt on Paper Bag. In this interview, the Toronto band say they're "here to rock, not wax philosophical about culture and race all day." more