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Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Max:

Review: The Rolling Stones' Canada Day concert succeeds despite logistical problems

At Burl's Creek in Oro-Medonte, Mick Jagger congratulated the Toronto Raptors and referenced Doug Ford as the band ripped through an ecstatic set of their biggest hits → Read More

NXNE 2019: Raptors energy lifts Killy, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and more

Just hours after the NBA championship celebration spilled into Yonge-Dundas Square, NXNE turned it into Festival Village → Read More

NXNE 2019: Club Land reviews

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

Interview: MorMor's next chapter

Toronto singer/producer Seth Nyquist's accelerated come-up has his head spinning, but he's figuring things out on the fly. → Read More

Canadian record labels on the art of the reissue

From Italo disco to spiritual jazz to meditative soundscapes, hidden gem artists are finding new audiences – and sometimes returning to the stage. → Read More

It's Ok* wants to unite Toronto's thriving grassroots music scenes

Despite venue closures, DIY communities are thriving – and with their genre-spanning, venue-moving series, It's OK*, Said Yassin and Alicia Bee want to show it. → Read More

Valee was overshadowed by his local openers at Toronto's oldest boxing gym

Concert review: Chicago rapper Valee lacked the energy of Just John x Dom Dias and Sydanie, but new concert series It's OK*'s first event at Sully's Boxing Gym was still a success. → Read More

Review: Noname showed she's ready for big things at Danforth Music Hall

The 27-year-old Chicago-born rapper's energy was irresistible, even if the crowd had some post-holiday sluggishness → Read More

The 10 best albums of 2018

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. → Read More

The 10 best Toronto albums of 2018

What does Toronto sound like? This year's best local albums, as voted by NOW critics, offered many different ways to hear it → Read More

What does pop music look like in 2018? Jingle Ball presented one interpretation

Dua Lipa, The Chainsmokers, Alessia Cara and more played iHeartRadio's third annual Jingle Ball marathon mega-concert at Scotiabank Arena. → Read More

Review: David Byrne searches for utopia at joyous Sony Centre show

The art-rocker said his American Utopia tour would be his most ambitious since Stop Making Sense – and he delivered → Read More

CupcakKe talks colourism, independence and sex-positive hip-hop

In this interview with CupcakKe, the self-described “freak hoe” rapper gets real about colourism, independence and rapping about genitals. She plays CMW this week. → Read More

Keys N Krates are warmer and more soulful than their contemporaries on Cura

On their debut album, the Toronto trio channel retro influences into a modern and cohesive mix of hip-hop and electronic production → Read More

Why does Toronto have an International Clash Day?

Mayor John Tory declared February 7 a day to celebrate the UK punk band, while "Music City" still faces real and present issues → Read More

André Ethier is a world-class storyteller-songwriter on Under Grape Leaves

The former Deadly Snakes singer returns with his first album in over a decade. It was worth the wait → Read More

Chino Amobi plots global domination by decolonizing the dance floor

The Nigerian-American producer/provocateur explores resistance at X Avant XII → Read More

In memoriam: Charles Bradley (1948-2017)

The Screaming Eagle of Soul has passed away at age 68, but his unwavering message of love and positivity will live on → Read More

Partner were capital-R Rock Stars at the Horseshoe

At the release show for their debut album, the Windsor-via-Sackville slacker rock band were the guitar heroes we need right now → Read More

NOLIFE Is the Frank Ocean-Endorsed Producer Bridging Hardcore and Musique Concrète

We talked to New York artist Sean Engvold about how isolation and urban environments inspired his latest EP. → Read More