Amid Toronto band MANifesto’s camp and conviviality there’s a message of empowerment

Amid Toronto band MANifesto’s camp and conviviality there’s a message of empowerment

Of course MANifesto has a manifesto. It’s right there in the freakin’ name. No rush on thinking it all through, though. Catch up with the Toronto “Man Band” — a self-described “gaggle of grown-up gays covering songs originated by girl groups” — belatedly via last summer’s entirely lovable mid-pandemic debut “Pinky Swear” and its accompanying … Read more

Occhipinti brothers bring their range of eclectic influences to Toronto Jazz Festival stage

Occhipinti brothers bring their range of eclectic influences to Toronto Jazz Festival stage

Sunday isn’t officially “Occhipinti Day” at the 35th annual Toronto Jazz Festival, but it should be. The Toronto brothers own the late afternoon slots of the TD Main Stage: standup bassist Roberto Occhipinti performs with pianist Adrean Farrugia and drummer Larnell Lewis to showcase his latest project, “The Next Step,” before joining guitarist Michael Occhipinti … Read more

Born & Raised: The mighty return of Niagara’s Alexisonfire

Born & Raised: The mighty return of Niagara’s Alexisonfire

For Dallas Green, it’s no mere homecoming. It’s a celebration 20 years in the making. It was 2002 when Alexisonfire emerged from the pubs and festivals of St. Catharines to become one of Canada’s seminal hard rock bands. Next week, Green and his reunited band mark the occasion with a four-day festival called Born & … Read more

Music teacher found out about McGill school closure on Facebook

Music teacher found out about McGill school closure on Facebook

After more than a century of serving the Montreal music community, the McGill Conservatory of Music is closing its doors — a decision one stunned staffer says she found out about on Facebook. The McGill Conservatory of Music announced on Monday that operations will cease at the end of the summer. The Conservatory is a … Read more

Experts Mindbender and DJ DirtyHappy on concert etiquette

Experts Mindbender and DJ DirtyHappy on concert etiquette

After two years of being in live music precarity concerts are back in full force and some big players are lined up for Toronto this summer. The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Harry Styles, Charlotte Day Wilson, Joey Bada$$ are all on the docket, along with OVO Fest, Manifesto and Toronto’s first ever Rolling Loud festival. So … Read more

6 takeaways from Drake’s ‘Falling Back’ video

6 takeaways from Drake’s ‘Falling Back’ video

At midnight, Drake released his seventh studio album, titled “Honestly, Nevermind.” The surprise project comes just nine months after “Certified Lover Boy,” which arrived last September to mixed reviews but record-breaking success. The Toronto rapper and singer announced the project just hours before its release, and less than a day after his fellow mega-star Beyoncé … Read more

Bieber says half his face paralysed due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome

Bieber says half his face paralysed due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome

Bieber says half his face paralysed due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome | The Star “,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:” “,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”“There’s full paralysis in the centre of my face.””,”type”:”text”,”isParagraph”:true,”isHeading”:false},{“text”:”He told fans he’s frustrated by his recent show cancellations but that he’s “physically, obviously, incapable of doing them.””,”type”:”text”,”isParagraph”:true,”isHeading”:false},{“type”:”textBreakPoint”,”insertAt”:”contentMiddleBreakPoint”},{“text”:”“I hope you guys understand and I’ll be using this time to just rest … Read more

Meet Toronto’s Ethan Surman, the artist behind the summer-single-to-be ‘C’est La Vie’

Meet Toronto’s Ethan Surman, the artist behind the summer-single-to-be ‘C’est La Vie’

“C’est la vie, c’est la vie, baby…” The name Ethan Surman might not ring a bell with you, but there’s a good chance you’ve already had the sticky refrain to his very first official release rattling around in your head at some point during the past couple of months and wondered “Who the heck does … Read more

Fans report being ‘trampled’ at Phoebe Bridgers’ Toronto concert

Fans report being ‘trampled’ at Phoebe Bridgers’ Toronto concert

A highly-anticipated Phoebe Bridgers concert at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto turned ugly on Tuesday evening, according to concertgoers who shared their experiences on social media. Some fans said the event felt “unsafe,” while others described a chaotic scene prior to the show that involved people being “violently trampled” and requiring medical attention. Toronto Paramedic … Read more

Justin Bieber cancels Toronto concerts

Justin Bieber cancels Toronto concerts

Word that Justin Bieber was cancelling two Toronto concerts reached Tania Gardella just as she made it to the front of the long line of fans waiting to shop for merchandise at the Justice World Tour Pop-Up in Yorkville on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Calgary nursing home worker was crushed when she overheard others talking about … Read more