Richard Trapunski


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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The Queen West gallery will celebrate with its annual Sound Image competition for emerging music photographers. Check out some of those photos here. Read more


His son Adam Cohen finished the album with help from guests like Beck and Feist, but it sounds like classic Leonard – sex and death, the sacred and the profane Read more

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On Thursday, November 21, over 600 of the late radio DJ and independent music supporter's vinyl records will go on sale to support MusiCounts. Here are some of the highlights. Read more


The Toronto R&B singer will play for the students and teachers of Etobicoke's York Memorial Collegiate Institute, who have been moved to Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy Read more


Daniel Tate and Rob Bowman, authors of new book The Flyer Vault: 150 Years Of Toronto Concert History, pick four historical hot spots Read more


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FKA Twigs, Sleater-Kinney, Danny Brown, the brand new Eisbaer Festival and more live shows we can't wait to see this month Read more

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Mr. Koa

The Toronto hip-hop trio will play their final show as a group on November 24 at the Opera House alongside Snotty Nose Rez Kids Read more


Promise, Dudebox, TIFF, Dan Burke, Hotnuts, CATL, Do Right! Music, Silver Snail and Extinction Rebellion are getting spooky this year Read more

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Plus: a pair of lo-fi premieres from PAX and Fond and a full playlist of new local tunes Read more

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The city’s underground electronic scene often exists in siloed subgenres, but Red Bull Music Festival's Encounters party brings them together at the Symes. ISO Radio will live-stream it. Read more

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The Polaris Prize-winner says Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have to come together because the world is on fire Read more


Charlotte Day Wilson, Sean Leon, Fiver and Daniel Lanois are among the musicians performing or contributing to works at this year's free all-night art festival Read more

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After eight years, Toronto's hippest cover band has released their debut album, reinterpreting songs rather than playing them straight – but the new versions often feel like gimmicks Read more

Album reviews

From masked country crooners to gigantic raves, psych-rock to brass band poetry, here's what we're most looking forward to this season Read more

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The Toronto edition of Just For Laughs keeps getting bigger, with daytime ComedyCon panels, interviews and events adding to the fun. NOW writers helped pick some buzzy acts. Read more

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Robotic funk, lo-fi bedroom pop, an experimental electronic ode to the first Black female pilot – let these fill your ears this season Read more


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Canadian-produced doc series tells a very American story – the 90s east coast/west coast rap rivalry – but adds an impressive level of insight Read more


Sports documentary about Aussie rules football-star-turned-activist Adam Goodes is unrelenting in its interrogation of racism and national identity Read more

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Some big concerts coming up this month, including Lizzo, the B-52's, Thom Yorke, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Mendes and more Read more

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Setti Kidane

The queer East Asian rock band will use the money and mentorship from the grant for young, marginalized musicians to record their debut EP Read more