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Richard Trapunski

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Richard has been covering Toronto’s music scene for over a decade – first at NOW as a young, relatively unjaded freelancer, then as the editor-in-chief of Chart Attack, and now back home at NOW. He’s served on the jury for both the Polaris Music Prize and the JUNOs and has been nominated twice for best music journalist at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards. (He lost both times to Alan Cross.) Richard was born in Toronto and came of age in the beer-soaked rock clubs that are now sadly endangered. He’s an over-thinker when it comes to music, but generally likes any genre you can throw the word “weird” in front of. He was once called a “mush-brained millennial blogger” by a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and “actually a pretty good guy” by a Juno-nominated director.

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Renaud Philippe

Gucci Mane's first performance in Canada, Blink-182's full-album performance of Enema Of The State, Mariah Carey makes it through the rain and more Read more

Concert reviews

The annual DIY punk and hardcore fest is off this year, but they'll be throwing a one-day mini-fest in August at Velvet Underground Read more

Music

From Raptors anthems to a reggaeton time machine to the city's own Yeehaw king, these are the songs to fuel your next patio day Read more

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Telia Nevile's solo show is an honest antidote to fairytale endings and simplistic life lessons Read more

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Family-friendly show is a touching and crowd-pleasing trip through Philippine mythology Read more

Theatre

Modern whodunnit is full of awkwardness and thinly drawn characters Read more

Theatre

Velvet Wells's musical self-help seminar is vulnerable, empathetic and surprisingly earnest Read more

Theatre

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Tanja-Tiziana

Back at the Harbourfront Centre after a decade, your hometown band brought July Talk, Charlotte Cornfield, an Arcade Fire cover and Anthems with an actual 15-year-old girl Read more

Concert reviews

The soulful Toronto singer/songwriter stretches out in new directions on his surprise-release sophomore album, with mixed results Read more

Album reviews

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Colin Medley

Plus: a new #NOWplaying playlist featuring new Daniel Caesar, Puffy L'z, Shawnee and more Read more

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Neil Krug

Outdoor concerts from PUP and Tame Impala, a classic hip-hop lineup at a beer fest and more shows to catch this month Read more

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Thom York Anima

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The Radiohead frontman's new solo album and Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Netflix short film are an evocative and fragmentary exploration of the dreaming unconscious Read more

Album reviews

The College Street record shop's building has been sold, prompting another real-estate related music closure in Toronto Read more

Music

Including Diana Ross, Tower of Power, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Shad and many more free and ticketed shows at the 10-day festival Read more

Features

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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

Plus: more early NXNE reviews of Haviah Mighty, Dizzy and others Read more

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In NOW's new live video Toronto punk band PUP come back to the Magpie – now Dundas Video – for a fiery performance of Free At Last from their new album Morbid Stuff Read more

Music

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Snotty Nose Rez Kids by Samuel Engelking, Haviah Mighty by Yung Yemi, Dizzy by Bree Hart

From underrated local rappers to a band from Taiwan, here are the acts you can discover at the nine-day event Read more

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We caught up with the Toronto rapper to talk about the city's energy during the NBA Finals, working with his cousin Steph Curry and his upcoming EP Sun Of Dawn. Read more

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