In 2000, Toner founded JMI – The Journal of Music in Ireland (later The Journal of Music), a bimonthly print magazine. Under his Editorship, the Journal established a reputation for groundbreaking music journalism and in 2010 was awarded the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC.

The judges’ citation read:

The Journal of Music stands well apart from the pack in the music press, both because it’s published in Ireland and because it covers such a wide range of music in its pages, from classical and folk to pop and jazz. In articles written by musicians but meant for all, this magazine brings to life the craftsmanship, artistry, and passion-stirring powers of music, favoring the durable over the trendy and the carefully crafted over the merely attention-getting.

The Journal also received a design award from the Periodical Publishers’ Association of Ireland, and was shortlisted for a Golden Spider Award.

Now an online magazine, The Journal of Music had 130,000 readers in 2014, and was recently featured in the Sunday Business Post.

Sunday Business Post 10 Oct 2014

For more on The Journal of Music, visit

In 2001, Toner edited a collection of essays on the Irish writer and thinker Desmond Fennell. Contributors included J.J. Lee, Mary Cullen, Bob Quinn, John Waters, Nollaig Ó Gadhra, Brian Arkins and Risteárd Ó Glaisne. More details are available here.


Toner has also worked as programme editor for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, as Foreign Rights Executive for Cló Iar-Chonnacht and as a freelance editor for a variety of companies.

He studied publishing at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and has been a part-time lecturer in publishing in NUI Galway since 2008.


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