In 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, three friends sat nervously in a cramped room at Pitman Hall Residence at Toronto Metropolitan University, ready to pack up their lives and move back home. Dreams of making it big in the production world were quickly crushed by the looming threat of the global pandemic.
Nuñez Ramos and his bandmates are among about 100 students who, as part of their education, get the opportunity to showcase their talent at 5:30 p.m. on the stage at The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar each Monday evening.
Here, University of Toronto (UoT) jazz studies students can hone their craft in a way many students do not. They take their first step into the spotlight, catching, through the dim bar lights and murmuring voices, what may be ahead of them.
By Angel Agbontaen On this cold February day, the air of the Toronto Metropolitan University’s (TMU) Black Student Lounge (BSL) is stale with the only source of ventilation the standing fan at the corner of the room. All the chairs and tables had been moved around to make space for the huge sheet of canvas…
One music studio in Brampton is keeping the universal language alive
By Ariel Brookes Inside the waiting room of the Yellow Dog Music School, the lively melody of the electric guitar and the deep pulse of the drums can be felt in the vibrations in the walls. The drums and guitar aren’t playing in sync, they are coming from two different practice rooms. The chaotic feeling…
Radio stations like G98.7 give a voice to the Caribbean community.
The enigmatic Revo moves unlike anyone else and he has nothing but time. He’s developed a sound alien to the GTA in Death Beyond the Stars and he likes it that way.
A coffee shop with a beat; Archtop has captured Mississauga’s heart with its musical theme.
By Pooja Rambaran It was New Year’s Eve 2015 when sound engineer Rajen Mistry was setting up the equipment for the live band performances at May, a Vietnamese dive-bar. May sat on the bustling street of Dundas West, its basement left forlorn, collecting years of dust. Not long after the clock had ticked down to…
From Agincourt to Australia: Why Henry’s Records is known around the world for his advice