Max Mertens

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Nick Wons / Roy Thomson Hall

At Roy Thomson Hall, both the legend and relative newcomer refused to be confined to a genre, coming together on an exhilarating final jazz-funk jam Read more

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Dave Hogan

At Burl's Creek in Oro-Medonte, Mick Jagger congratulated the Toronto Raptors and referenced Doug Ford as the band ripped through an ecstatic set of their biggest hits Read more

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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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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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Samuel Engelking

Toronto singer/producer Seth Nyquist's accelerated come-up has his head spinning, but he's figuring things out on the fly. Read more


From Italo disco to spiritual jazz to meditative soundscapes, hidden gem artists are finding new audiences – and sometimes returning to the stage. Read more



Carlo Torres

Despite venue closures, DIY communities are thriving – and with their genre-spanning, venue-moving series, It's OK*, Said Yassin and Alicia Bee want to show it. 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

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Chantal Anderson

The 27-year-old Chicago-born rapper's energy was irresistible, even if the crowd had some post-holiday sluggishness Read more

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It was an anxious year, and that was reflected in NOW's critics' 10 best albums from 2018, which alternated between amplifying our insecurities and soothing them. Read more

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What does Toronto sound like? This year's best local albums, as voted by NOW critics, offered many different ways to hear it Read more

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Dua Lipa, The Chainsmokers, Alessia Cara and more played iHeartRadio's third annual Jingle Ball marathon mega-concert at Scotiabank Arena. Read more

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The art-rocker said his American Utopia tour would be his most ambitious since Stop Making Sense – and he delivered Read more

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In this interview with CupcakKe, the self-described “freak hoe” rapper gets real about colourism, independence and rapping about genitals. She plays CMW this week. Read more


On their debut album, the Toronto trio channel retro influences into a modern and cohesive mix of hip-hop and electronic production Read more

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Mayor John Tory declared February 7 a day to celebrate the UK punk band, while "Music City" still faces real and present issues Read more


The former Deadly Snakes singer returns with his first album in over a decade. It was worth the wait Read more

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Samuel Engelking

After a decade in storage, the iconic spinning records are finally lit up for public view at Yonge-Dundas Square – but the saga continues Read more



Graham Macindoe

Singer Matt Berninger dedicated a song to the newly crowned MLS Cup champions Toronto FC Read more

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