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Samuel Engelking

Tau-Ming Lau launched an agency to represent and create safe spaces for women, LGBT and POC artists. It's called Blue Crane and it's putting on a showcase at Manifesto. more


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Karel Chladek

Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2018: Whether you’re looking for a hot and sweaty bashment, sunset block party or boat cruise, these queer and queer-friendly parties and events will make the first weekend of August the hottest of summer. more



Ikenna Douglas

20-year-old musician Nailah Blackman carries the legacy of soca in her blood, but she's also pushing the genre forward in a way few else have. Read this interview with the singer about her past and present in soca. more



Dylan Chew

Toronto's new screamo/emotional hardcore festival New Friends Fest has arisen to foster a sense of community, mobilization and passion that's slipping away in the local scene. more


Indie bands like the Rural Alberta Advantage, Sloan and Tokyo Police Club have found lucrative collaborations with craft breweries... even if they don't drink. more


Radiohead's first concert in Toronto in ten years should be triumphant, but instead it's bittersweet, underscored by the lingering injustice of a 2012 stage collapse tragedy at Downsview Park. more


Hillside, the Guelph music festival, has outlasted bigger ones like WayHome by sticking to its principles: community, spontaneity and good vibes. Here were the standouts: Jeremy Dutcher, Cadence Weapon, Lido Pimienta, U.S. Girls and more. more

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Leila Penteado

During a fraught time in the country's history, trans soul singer Liniker Barros and her band the Caramelows are empowering a generation of queer Brazilians. more



Adam Pulicicchio

While local Toronto radio stations are re-embracing up-and-coming musicians, some are finding it cheaper and more accessible to go around the dial. Belly, Tasha The Amazon, Simon "Stretch" Yonannes and Paul "Mastermind" Parhar weigh in. more



Pooneh Ghana

Courtney Barnett interview: With her witty first-person insight into universal themes, the Australian singer/songwriter is an accidental expert on Toronto’s vanishing venues crisis. more


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Arif Ansari

Simply Saucer are back with a new 7", and The Hamilton psych cult legends are far from nostalgic – they're a band unstuck in time. more


With big pop stars letting their queer flags fly, music is basking in the LGBTQ+ rainbow like never before. Artists like Toronto's Witch Prophet are succeeding on their own terms, but the industry needs to realize queerness is more than a trend more



Martin Fox

Jessica Cho, who DJs under the name Korea Town Acid, is having her busiest year yet. The Toronto artist has released her debut EP, Mahogani Forest, on Cosmic Resonance. more


Chvrches have just released their new album Love Is Dead, their poppiest and most political. Long before the #MeToo movement, Mayberry was calling out misogyny in the music industry, but now she's noticing small, incremental changes. 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. more


Toronto singer/songwriter Jordaan Mason's new album Earth To Ursa Major asks big questions about mental illness, gender identity and the universe and finds comfort in not knowing the answers. more


As Toronto record label Telephone Explosion celebrates its 10th anniversary, heads Jon Schouten and Steve Sidoli take us through their most notable and memorable records more



Matt Williams

On her new album Angels Of Death, Toronto singer/songwriter Jennifer Castle battles against the finality of death and sends a comforting message down the line. In this interview, she goes deep into her writing process. more