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Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Real talk with Jessie Reyez – live at the Mod Club

Toronto-based singer, songwriter, and rapper, Jessie Reyez first broke ground with her covers, but it wasn’t until she released “Figures” last year, an original track, that the music industry and fans took notice. “Figures” is a simple, stripped-back hymn featuring Reyes melodically singing over guitar. The sheer simplicity of it was astonishing. The naked, emotional,

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Bud Light Dreams 2017

Last weekend, Dreams Festival (formally known as “Digital Dreams”) took over Echo Beach for its fifth year. The festival included three different stages, top artists from around the globe, and a two day dance experience for Toronto’s...

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

HUMANS and River Tiber at NXNE

You get used to seeing certain bands at certain venues. For us it is usually smaller venues, darker, more intimate rooms where you really get to know a band. Seeing the same band in the afternoon sun...

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

“Branko Presents: Enchufada Na Zona” – power, privilege, afro-beat, & appropriation

On his debut album Atlas a couple years ago, Branko found himself netted in a conversation – or argument, really – on cultural appropriation. The crux of the debate concerns whether or not it’s OK to grab the...

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

NXNE Saturday with Tinie Tempah, Kaytranada and many more

Mississauga rapper John River was the first act to catch our attention. River has been around since 2012 dropping mixtapes that have built a solid foundation for his reputation and fanbase. Joined on the stage by a...

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Amir Obè at NXNE

Splitting time between his hometown of Detroit and Brooklyn, as evidenced in his 2014 mixtape “Detrooklyn”, Amir Obè (otherwise known as Amir Obeid) took on a late afternoon set at NXNE’s Port Lands. Marking the second year...

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

NXNE: Emperor X and Regina Gently at The Baby G

In an (apparent) move to align top Canadian music influencers more closely with the selection of NXNE performers, this year’s festival saw the launch of Club Land – a series featuring intimate bar showcases, (harkening back to...

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Manifesto 11: Majid Jordan, Jidenna, Isaiah Rashad, and The Internet

Developed in 2007, Manifesto is much more than just a show — it’s a non-profit youth-powered organization that supports artists and their communities. Manifesto mentors the youth of Toronto and helps them develop their passion for music, allowing...

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Brother Ali in retrospective. Live in Toronto

Brother Ali has been around for over a decade. Admittedly, he took a bit of a break there between Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color and the newly released All The Beauty Is This Whole Life but his rhymes...

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Michael Kiwanuka and his all-encompassing sound live at the Phoenix

Michael Kiwanuka played a weekday show in Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre. The tickets were gone early and while the Phoenix is not a venue that typically has VIP tickets this was the night even those seats were...

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