Richard Trapunski

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. 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 more

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NOW critics watched a lot of TV this year and not all of it was good. These titles have been permanently removed from our queues. more

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Before the year's over, there's still big hometown shows from Jessie Reyez, Shad and Lil Berete, plus variety shows, mosh-friendly holiday benefits and much more more

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Samuel Engelking

When it comes to the El Mocambo, there's been lots of talk about the Stones and the sign, but now there are finally some details about the kind of music that will be played at the soon-to-return venue. more


Popular Parkdale restaurant and music venue Parts & Labour will go out with one final New Year's Eve bash. more




In our Chill Winter Guide, find 50 of the best cultural, arts, music, food and outdoor events happening in Toronto from November 2018 to March 2019. 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


Our favourite Toronto music of the week includes: Just John x Dom Dias, Tre Mission, WLMRT, Falana, EverythingOShauN and more. Plus: hear a full playlist of great new stuff. more



Samuel Engelking


The star-studded launch of a new arts incubator, a free pop hero Christmas show and some superstar hip-hop beef – these are our favourite Toronto concerts happening in November. more

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The sleek and soulful new soul-searching R&B video for Lincoln's song Closure is a strong foot forward for the Made In Sauga label, which aims to support and highlight musicians from Mississauga. more



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Historic Toronto venue El Mocambo is still under renovation, but the neon palms will be re-lit on November 15. more


Marker Starling's Fly Away, first written in 1998 for a stage musical, has new resonance after the death of its co-writer, Dennis Frey. Watch the premiere of its new video here. more


Album review: Arkells' Rally Cry: the Hamilton, Ontario band aim for stadium rock status without sacrificing the underdog spirit that makes you root for them. But is that still possible? 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



Samuel Engelking

As they ride a serious hot streak, Haisla Nation hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids make music for brotherhood, sisterhood, unity and Indigenous resurgence. more



John Londono

From local hardcore heroes to Halloween concerts to a lo-fi legend, these are the 20 Toronto concerts we can't wait to see in October. more

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David D. Goldberg

While long-running Toronto music venues vanish, legendary blues bar Grossman's Tavern on Spadina is still operating more or less the same as it always has more


A roundup of our favourite local songs and videos of the week, including the Toronto electronic artist Joel Eel's LP Performing A Crime, Devontée's Head Gone, plus new ones from Sean Leon and Catl. more

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