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.