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‘Music From People City’ showcases Toronto’s musical diversity

By: Curtis Sindrey – Toronto has become an essential hub for creativity, and has served as a launching pad for dozens of international superstars like Drake, The Weeknd, Broken Social Scene, Metric, and Pup. Now you have the opportunity to check out some of Hogtown’s most iconic musical assets with the ongoing “Music From People City” exhibition, which … Continue reading

Last Chance to see Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA in Toronto!

By: Staff – If you haven’t seen VOLTA, the newest Cirque du Soleil Big Top production, now’s your last chance! There are less than two weeks left with 17 shows before VOLTA heads to Miami to launch its American tour.  VOLTA premiered in Toronto on September 7th and will be presenting its last performance in … Continue reading

Guillermo Del Toro: At Home With Monsters celebrates all things horror at the AGO

By: Curtis Sindrey – The Art Gallery of Ontario’s newest exhibition, Guillermo Del Toro: At Home With Monsters, turns the AGO into a haunted house filled with demons, ghosts, ghouls, and the occasional prosthetic leg, and serves as a definitive look into the mind of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors. Co-curated by Britt Salvesen of LACMA, Jim Shedden of the … Continue reading

Photos + Recap: 2017 Prism Prize Gala @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Photos by: Joanna Glezakos –  Last night, the Prism Prize announced that Martin C. Parizeau was the Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Prism Prize for Kaytranada’s “Lite Spots” music video. Parizeau was on hand to accept the Prism Prize trophy and $15,000 award at the Prism Prize Awards Presentation at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Presenters also awarded the the … Continue reading

Tributes Abound For Jimi Hendrix

By: Staff – Earlier this month, a short but touching article was posted at Guitar World, arguing that we should all learn Jimi Hendrix’s guitar habits. The article was less about how to learn these habits, and more about the ways that Hendrix created a new style of playing, essentially from scratch. It asserts that … Continue reading

Photos: Toronto ComiCon 2017

Photos by: Angelo Marchini & Rick Clifford – Toronto ComiCon 2017 took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, ON from March 17-19 and featured an array of celebrity guests including WWE legend Mick Foley, David Mazouz (Gotham), Sean Pertwee (Gotham), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Kevin Sussman (The Big Bang Theory), Brett Dalton (Agents of … Continue reading

Spice Girls, Feminism, and Me

By: Samantha Lapierre – The Spice Girls released their first album, Spice, 20 years ago today. I was pretty young when I was first introduced to them, but I remember being absolutely fascinated with the music video for “Wannabe”. Their outfits were colourful, they were dancing on tables, and they just didn’t care. Over the years I … Continue reading

Photos: Steve Martin showcases Lawren Harris exhibition at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario

Photos by: Jaime Espinoza – Writer, musician, actor, comedian, screenwriter and playwright, Steve Martin joined AGO Curator Andrew Hunter in conversation yesterday afternoon and explored the iconic paintings of Lawren S. Harris, his influence on 20th century art and the process of putting together the upcoming exhibition, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris. The exhibition … Continue reading

Recap: The 2016 Prism Prize proves music videos are more relevant than ever

By: Daniel Gerichter (@ZenDonut) – In his speech (and tribute) to Director X for his Special Achievement award, Kardinal Offishall made a key distinction between the MMVAs or MTV VMAs and the Prism Prize. “The MMVAs reward songs. They don’t really care about cinematography or art direction.” But that’s exactly what we were all there to praise … Continue reading

How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills

By: Maria Popova – Music has a powerful grip on our emotional brain. It can breathe new life into seemingly lifeless minds. But if there is indeed no music instinct, music — not just its creation, but also its consumption — must be an acquired skill. How, then, do we “learn” music beyond merely understanding how it works? How do … Continue reading