Toronto’s “Music City” Initiative Starts to Gain Momentum

There’s been much talk of promoting Toronto as a music city much in the same way we see with Austin, Memphis and Nashville. It’s been a slow process, but momentum is starting to build. A couple of new things are now ready to go.

First is Live from City Hall, a free music showcase featuring local artists of all stripes performing in the first-floor rotunda. The next event is tomorrow–April 21–at 5pm featuring hip hop lyricist Zolisa and indie rockers the Jay Snider Band. The gig will be followed by a panel discussion that will help anyone wanting to organize an outdoor music event in the city. Confused about space permits, security and best practices? Then be there for 6:30.

Another development is the launch of the Toronto Music Directory database, a one-stop location for everything from music locations, local music organizations, services for musicians and more.

Great steps. We’re going in the right direction.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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