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.
Toner has published work by many leading artists and writers including Martin Hayes, Carlo Gébler, Ciaran Carson, Eimear Noone, Michael D. Higgins, Angela Bourke, Bill Whelan, Bernadette Greevy, Paul Hillier, Rob Young, Kevin Volans, Aibhlín McCrann, Bob Gilmore, Emily Doolittle, Chris Wood, Ita Beausang, Siobhán Armstrong, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Desmond Fennell, Raymond Deane, Roger Doyle, John McLachlan, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Jane O’Leary, Tom Johnson, Una Hunt and Tony MacMahon.
In April 2017, the Journal launched two new Music Writer Mentoring Schemes supported by Clare County Council and Galway City Council.
Toner has also edited a collection of essays on the Irish writer Desmond Fennell, and has worked as a freelance editor for a variety of companies.
For more, visit Toner’s LinkedIn profile.