Toronto, ON – Tona Tencreddi connects with Quake and Kayo of The Search for a dope Yogidaproducer-produced banger called “Never Know. Just one of many reasons to take in the the new Lost & Found project, and to catch their critically acclaimed live performance – currently on tour! Next show is Sept. 27 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. You can find Lost & Found on iTunes and other outlets.
Toronto, ON – If you’re in the GTA tonight, the place to be is Black Canvas Gallery where Nitty Scott, MC headlines with special guests DillanPonders & DJ Abscnd.
Show up to the venue for 6 p.m. and you’ll be treated to a 2-hour performance by Abscnd and a plate of BBQ food (the first plate is free). theMedicis takes the stage at 8 p.m. followed by Just John, Scott Ramirez, Sydanie, and Erik Flowchild. DillanPonders is on at 9:15 p.m. followed by Nitty who blesses the stage at 9:45 p.m to promote her EP, The Creature. Come out for some great music and food!
Toronto, ON – The album is out but Fargo Fridays lives on. Featuring a guest appearance by Rick Ross, the newly released “Super Freaky” was co-produced by We the Best Music Group in-house producer Reazy Renegade, I Told You-beatsmith Play Picasso and Tory Lanez (aka Argentina Fargo) himself.
The track’s title, artwork and subject matter were all inspired by Rick James’ 1981 signature classic, Super Freak,” which peaked at No. 40 on the Canada Top Singles charts. Fun fact: The song featured background vocals from Canadian singer and actress Tabby Johnson.
Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – Hosts Shane Stirling and Jonathon “Bizz” Brown round out Season 001 of The Faculty / Co. podcast with sports on their minds, most notably; controversial San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kapernick, his protests, the reactions and today’s highly subjective ideas on the part athletes/celebrities play in social conversations like this. Later, the focus turns to Shaq and Allen Iverson, their legacies, styles and lives after basketball. Episode 010 ends with a discussion and explanation of the New Toronto and sees EP Bluu coin the term “NO-V-O.” Welcome to #TheFacultyCo.
Dartmouth, NS – Darkside recording artist and producer FoFF teams up with Octave for a new record called “Ain’t No Way.” True to the track’s chorus, “Ain’t no way you can think with me,” FoFF’s verses boast his strengths as an MC and confidence in his abilities, delivered with a uniquely gritty sounding voice. Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – From Sept. 9 through Sept. 18, Manifesto Festival celebrated its 10-year anniversary as one of Toronto’s most important platforms for the urban arts.
The annual festival brings together hundreds of artists and thousands of attendees to unite and showcase Toronto’s arts community. Over the last decade, Manifesto has been one of the foundational movements both for promoting Toronto’s arts community, as well for engaging the public and encouraging people to support their city’s artists.
This year Manifesto Festival 10 feature a monstrous line up of events with appearances from Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, A Tribe Called Red, BJ The Chicago Kid, allie, Adria Kain, DJ Ohso, Stacey Mackenzie, Director X, and more.
HipHopCanada caught up with Manifesto summit coordinator Erin Lowers (aka: the reigning queen of Canadian rap journalism and publicity) before the festival to chat about Manifesto’s growth, supporting homegrown talent, and how to tackle the industry challenges faced by Canadian urban artists. See how it all went down after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Originally published on September 6, 2016 – The fall season is set to invite a wide variety of rap talent to step foot on Vancity soil. We’re personally excited to see Danny Brown hitting the stage at the Vogue Theatre on October 6th as a key stop on The Exhibition 2016 Tour courtesy of Timbre Concerts.
He’ll be accompanied with opening performances from Maxo Kream, and ZelooperZ. If you’re a Danny Brown fan, you know that his shows can get truly live, and we’re expecting this one to be nothing short of memorable (flashback to 2013 when an excited fan pulled his pants down on stage). Needless to say, it’ll be lit and since it’s an all ages show we’re expecting it to be packed as well.
Edmonton, AB – Full disclosure: This was my second time attending the Summer Sixteen Tour. The first was combined with OVO Fest in Toronto this summer (I was off-duty and it was LIT). That being said… going into night one of two shows at Rogers Place, I had an idea of what to expect. Or what not to expect, for that matter (I think Kanye and Rihanna must have been busy this time around).
While Edmonton didn’t receive all the bells and whistles that’s usually included in OVO Fest, Drake and Future still put on a hell of the show for their elated fans in a sparkling-new arena.
The show opened up with up and coming OVO artists Roy Wood$ and dvsn, along with fellow Canadian T Jizzle. Dvsn brought the most to the stage among the openers, despite technical issues (thanks sound guy), you couldn’t deny those pipes. He later came out a second time to join Drizzy for “Faithful.” Well played.
Photo by Andy Devlin for Rogers Place
Vancouver, BC – DUCKWRTH marches to the beat of his own drum. A multifaceted young talent raised in South Central L.A who’s creative outputs range from designer to illustrator to performing artist and more. His overall sound and aesthetic is eclectic; full of originality, soul and funk laced with a punk rock attitude – very left field from the typical L.A vibe.
Calgary, AB – On Sept. 24, our good friends over at Empirical Freedom bring us the Fifty Hype 1.5 battle event for dance, poetry, and rap.
The event goes down at Crescent Heights Community Association (1101 2 ST) with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. The event begins at 6 p.m. Hard copy tickets are available for $15 at Lexington Ave Culture Spot. But you can also cop tickets online via e-transfer to email@example.com (please include your name, email address, and # of tickets – and make the password FIFTYHYPE). Tickets will also be available at the door for $20.
For more information, head on over to the event’s official Facebook page. And click after the jump to check the event flyer, and battle line-up.
Photo courtesy of Empirical Freedom