Toronto, so hot right now.
And by Toronto, I mean the Toronto music scene. Never before have Toronto artists grabbed the world’s attention like they have in the 2010’s. From such pop/hip-hop acts as Drake and the Weeknd, to indie rockers Death From Above 1979 and Alvvays, and more, Toronto has definitely earned some bragging rights on the international stage.
But is it Toronto’s time to be the “musical epicentre” of the world? NXNE President Michael Hollett thinks so.
Speaking to Exclaim! about the upcoming NXNE festival, Hollett had this to say about Toronto’s music scene:
“Liverpool in the ’60s, Detroit in the ’70s, Manchester in the ’80s, Seattle in the ’90s — Toronto right now is a musical epicentre,” he says. “And I don’t see a huge reflection of that in what I’m seeing booked around me. And I saw that with total respect for the colleagues in the business. I think we’re going to really highlight this moment in time in Toronto.”
He makes an interesting point. At the peak of their reign as a musical epicentre, each of these locations were producing musical acts that defined a generation. With the City of Toronto attempting to create a music culture similar to Austin, Texas’ music scene, is it really that far off to declare Toronto a music epicentre of the world?