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

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Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks was vague about his sexuality, but he expertly articulated queer desire and complex human connection, all in perfectly crafted pop songs. more

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Samuel Engelking

17-year-old Toronto rapper Lil Berete is finally making his hometown headlining debut, and it's on his home turf. more

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Etienne Saint Denis

The prolific Montreal techno artist discusses the cultural importance of dancing till dawn and why work is an insidious addiction more

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Toronto jazz pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo, an alumnus of Dixon Hall Music School in Regent Park, tells us about its importance in a changing – though still vulnerable – neighbourhood. more

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With her new album Caution, Mariah Carey has been taking back her rightful spotlight as the queen of popular R&B. But why now? more

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Ashlea Wessel

Alison Lang collected nearly 30 stories of overbearing condescension, heartbreak and Frank Zappa for the new zine, Music Men Ruined For Me. more

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Montreal musician Charlotte Cardin has been touring to bigger and bigger venues, all before she's released her first album – and that's changed her musical perspective. more

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Kayla Rocco

Up-and-coming Toronto-based singer/songwriter Jessica Mitchell gravitated to the genre late, but finding it was like unlocking a part of herself. more

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Emily Butler

Puddles Pity Party and Mac Sabbath brought very different musical clown acts to Toronto, suggesting the modern fear of clowns might be exaggerated more

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Here's how Dream Serenade – the annual benefit to support children with developmental and physical disabilities and their caregivers – has grown every year. more

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Mitch Brown

Toronto producer Harrison poured himself into the piano, opening up a world of songwriting freedom that's evident on his sophomore album, Apricity. more

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Samuel Engelking

Local and international musicians came together to discuss the meaning of success at the opening of the new Toronto arts incubator Hxouse. more

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Samuel Engelking

The trans singer, comic, club owner and sex work activist's résumé is way more interesting than yours – and it's all in her new memoir more

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Calvin Hudson Hwang

The Tenant Turn Up tour connects artists in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa – LAL, Lee Reed and Cheko Salaam – to call attention to the housing crisis. more

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Samuel Engelking

The DJ, radio host, promoter and champion of women in hip-hop reflects on her 25-year career more

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With his new album In Another Life, Toronto musician Sandro Perri rethinks what a song is and what it can be. more

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Ahead of her performance at Red Bull Music Festival's Collision showcase, Toronto singer Ebhoni tells us why she's no longer blonde – and how that links her to the city's exciting freshman class of artists. more

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Infamous hip-hop and pop producer Scott Storch shared some couch wisdom in an in-depth conversation with Cadence Weapon as part of Red Bull Music Festival. Here's what you missed. more

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Samuel Engelking

Halloween 2018 in Toronto: whether you're into live band karaoke, Y2K nostalgia, classic cinema or drag, there's a Haloween party for you this year. more

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