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Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Michael:

This new pilot project could turn city property into DIY music venues

The Toronto Music Advisory Council has started exploring a new initiative to open city-owned spaces to DIY music organizations and promoters → Read More

Why Toronto pianist Robin Hatch is leaning into her performance anxiety

The Our Lady Peace and Dwayne Gretzky keyboardist turned composer released three solo albums last year. To perform them, she's learning to laugh at her own stage fright. → Read More

Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster unite against ticket resellers

The famous rivals have joined forces against a common enemy, using the ticketing giants' platform to keep tickets in the hands of fans → Read More

The best Toronto albums of 2019

From confidence-oozing hip-hop to anonymous country, record collector psych to morbid pop-punk, it was an eclectic year for local music – and a very good one → Read More

Frigs' lessons from Orville Peck

After backing up the breakout country star for most of 2019, the Toronto post-punk band are back on their own path. Here's what they've learned. → Read More

Best Toronto music of the week: anders & FrancisGotHeat, Prince Innocence and more

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

Toronto's new noise bylaw: what music fans need to know

A sigh of relief for venue owners and promoters used to noise complaints: clearer definitions of noise, consistent measurements and a less adversarial mediation process → Read More

Toronto music venue The Garrison turns 10

As other music venues vanish, Shaun Bowring is using his Dundas West bar to advocate for local nightlife → Read More

TIFF 2019: Six Toronto film score composers to watch

Directors and actors tend to take the spotlight, but the festival is also an opportunity to shine a light at the local musicians behind the scenes → Read More

Does Toronto need a night mayor?

What San Francisco, Amsterdam and London can tell us about what supporting the nighttime economy could look like here → Read More

Montreal's Moonshine party comes to Toronto for Pride

Montreal’s lunar celebration of global music and inclusive vibes brings South African artist Nakhane to the Pride Main Stage → 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

20 Ontario music festivals to check out in summer 2019

From free street celebrations to experimental weirdness to a festival in an honest-to-goodness ghost town, here are the fests worth trekking to this summer → Read More

Review: Pile are gloriously unpredictable on Green And Gray

Album review: Pile, Green And Gray: the Nashville-via-Boston band have released more than a half-dozen albums, but it feels like they're just hitting their stride. → Read More

Interview: John Southworth returns to his dream world

On his new album Miracle In The Night, veteran Toronto singer/songwriter John Southworth reunites with his band the South Seas, which includes the late Justin Haynes → Read More

Why Deliluh are sticking to unconventional venues

A new short documentary called Somewhere Else centres around the Toronto band and the spaces that fuel their DIY ethic – even when those spaces also test it → Read More

Review: Voice Of Lovers is Moon King's first full serving of disco

The album is the first full-length album under Daniel Benjamin's new guitar-less version of his pop project Moon King – a disorienting neon haze. → Read More

Morrissey's boycott of Canada: a timeline

Before Morrissey plays at the Sony Centre this weekend, here's everything that's kept him away for 15 years. → Read More

10 underrated stoner metal bands from Toronto

While you (legally) smoke weed in the park or spend the day in line at a cannabis shop, these stoner metal tunes from Toronto will set the tone for your 4/20. → Read More

What Donna Grantis learned from playing with Prince

On her first solo album since playing with Prince, guitarist Donna Grantis re-asserts her connection to Toronto. → Read More