Songwriter Peter Mathieson needs our help fighting the big C

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A good friend to TorontoMoon.ca could use the music community’s help right now. Songwriter and longtime subscriber Peter Mathieson has been battling cancer for several years, somewhat successfully with the aid of an unorthodox but successful treatment not covered by OHIP.  After paying for the oil used in the treatment with credit cards for some…

A chance to #DoSomething meaningful on Twitter inspired by Gord Downie —a “ReconciliAction” to make a difference

Cindy Mackenzie art 'Illusions of Someday'

  Musician, radio host and music promoter Zest learned first-hand touring northern Ontario and playing in bars how the impact of oppression of indigenous peoples affects everyday life.  And it’s that memory, combined with inspiration from a painting of the late Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack by London, Ontario visual artist Cynthia Mackenzie, that prompted…

Got those Algorithm Blues?

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You can’t rely on Facebook to get the word out for your gigs!  Being a subscriber to TorontoMoon.ca guarantees your gigs will be listed and seen by other paying subscribers, with a live link to your website or event page url, your choice.  Plus many other benefits. Click the image to learn more.    

THE SCRATCHY NEEDLE 007: Best Campfire Songs

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\ By Donna Lypchuk for TorontoMoon.ca \ It doesn’t matter if you are a guitar teacher with two students living in small town Ontario, a lead guitar player in a local bar band in a big city like Toronto or if you just won a Juno last week for playing forty years of Heavy Metal…

THE SCRATCHY NEEDLE 005: Music to Murder By

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\ By Donna Lypchuk for TorontoMoon.ca \ I have murder on mind lately, not because I particularly feel like killing anyone, but because I ran across a YouTube video of an Alfred Hitchcock album I used to love as a ten-year old called Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music to Be Murdered By.  This wonderful 1958 novelty…

The Scratchy Needle 004: Living The Handmaid’s Tale Dream

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\ By Donna Lypchuk for TorontoMoon.ca \ “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been on my mind a lot lately, not just because I have been a fan of Margaret Atwood’s brilliant dystopian novel since I first reviewed it in 1985, but mainly because I am sitting, where I sit every day, in one of the skeletal…

THE SCRATCHY NEEDLE 001: Mary Had A Little Copyright Problem

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By Donna Lypchuk for TorontoMoon.ca Mary had a little lamb —but not for dinner in Greektown with a bit of cumin, tzatziki and a nice Pinot Noir.  Instead, she brought one to school in the 1830s, where it made the children laugh and play in Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA, which to this day still only…

Creators petition federal government for more attention in policy

The following article appeared on the musiccanda.com website on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and describes a movement and petition being spearheaded by a broad coalition of Canadian content creators to urge the federal government to give more attention to creatives in drafting government cultural policies. Musical songwriters, composers, etc. are being encouraged to sign the…

A Tipsy o’ the hat to St. Pat, by Bill Quill

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BEER … ARE U OK? LOOKIN’ SORTA GREEN… Top O’ the Season tae ya … That day o’ lushness be settlin’ upon us. Dinnae hafta tell ye to remember to designate yer driver, take a lucky cab … waltz … better yet, jig!  Just keep your hands off the wheel, if you’ve had too many…

Valentine’s Day, Completely Massacred –an anti-Valentines screed

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by Bill Quill [Bill Quill is a self-described hard-bitten former music reporter/columnist revisiting a writing career.] Duh naaaah…duh naaaaah…duh nahh, duh nah, duh nah, duh…I’m baaaack! Baaack!…in the saddle again…! Well, it was a great idea, to take up the pen, to write romantic nothings to my lady, in anticipation of her allowing me ‘joint’…

“Open Season” 2.3 December 21, 2009

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Below, on the streaming music bar at the bottom of this post below the playlist, you can listen to the Christmas song edition of the “Open Season” radio show I taped on Dec. 21, 2009. You’ll have to put up with my blabbing in between tracks, but hopefully the tunes themselves make that worthwhile. Here’s…

Musical Legacies Online Museum project launched by Gary 17 and TorontoMoon.ca

Click to donate at GOFUNDME.com or email therealgary17@gmail.com

    I need the music community’s support for this new project: SHORT DESCRIPTION: A campaign to establish the Musical Legacies Online Museum website archive of articles, photos, music, etc. memorializing and celebrating the lives of deceased performers on the Greater Toronto Area music scene. About the Musical Legacies Online Museum project: A disagreeable but…

NEW on TorontoMoon.ca – Moon MUSIC: Featured Audio Tracks

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On the Featured Tracks page (under the Music section via the top bar menu)  you’ll hear tracks from various artists representing a wide range of musical styles. All of these artists support Toronto Moon Magazine by having a paid subscription and we urge you to support them too. You can visit their website (or other…

Toronto Moon TV videos

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Here is a link to Toronto Moon TV, where several videos of various artists are posted:       https://www.youtube.com/user/TherealGary17/videos