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J. Cole, Lorde, Serena Ryder & more at Ottawa Folk Festival, Sept. 10-14 [News]

Ottawa, ON – The nation’s capital is the place to from September 10 to 14 as the Ottawa Folk Festival takes over … Read More »

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Artist to artist: Hellnback gets the grease on Merkules [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published August 26, 2014 – With the way hip-hop has been changing over the years it’s hard to … Read More »

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Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm brought Onyx (Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz) to Calgary for … Read More »

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On the Run with Jay and Bey in Winnipeg [Review]

Winnipeg, MB – I’ll be honest: when the rumors started circulating that Jay Z and Beyoncé were set to tour together this … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]


23 Jul

Canadian rapper featured on Snoop’s GGN episode with Jimmy Kimmel [News]

Los Angeles, CA – For the past few years – dating back to May 24, 2011, specifically – Snoop Dogg has been building a steady following for his Double G News Network (GGN), starring himself as host Nemo Hoes. A new episode of the GGN show has been released every Tuesday. With each episode that drops, Snoop seems to quadruple his viewership and the buzz for the web series continues to grow.

Most recently, spawning from the July 22 episode featuring Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop has made headlines by claiming to have smoked weed in the White House. “In the bathroom. Not in the White House, but in the bathroom,” Snoop told Kimmel.

But what we’d like to highlight is the fact that a Canadian MC has received some exposure through the episode which has accumulated over 200,000 views in one day. During the infamous “GGN Weather Girl” segment, Snoop shows love to the Vokab-produced “Clarity 2″ by Ottawa’s Dillin Hoox. The YouTube comments are full of people eager to find out what the song is called and who it’s by. We originally posted Hoox’s “Clarity 2″ video back in April. Look for the segment around the 8 minute mark of the video after the jump.

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Related Post: Dillin Hoox – Clarity 2 [Video]

23 Jul

Tomorrow: BEVSTMODE presents King Louie’s Toronto release for the TONY mixtape [News]

Toronto, ON – If there’s one place to be Thursday night (July 24), it’s inside of Hoxton (69 Bathurst) for the TONY Mixtape Release Party. BEVSTMODE presents the latest from Chicago native King Louie, who released TONY a couple of weeks back. Louie will perform material from the release and there will also be a performance from CRSB. The event has been sponsored by The Remix Project, Ransom Consulting, Noisey Canada, HipHopCanada, and Studio105.

This is the first time King Louie has reached Toronto so show up early to avoid missing out. Doors open at 10 p.m. Click the jump to check out the TONY mixtape, as well as some King Louie videos.

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22 Jul

Tyler, The Creator talks about interracial dating on the way to Pemberton [News]

Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 18, Tyler, The Creator hit us with a deep heartfelt PSA about the importance of interracial dating during Pemberton Music Festival 2014.

HipHopCanada’s own @IHeartTART and @saroshrizvi hopped on to the shuttle bus to head on over to the festival grounds for Pemberton. We were staying in the Whistler area and commuting to the festival via shuttle bus. So just as our bus was about to leave, the Odd Future crew hijacked our bus. That’s right – Tyler and his boys came on board to head on over to Pemberton with us. HOLY DIGGITY, GUYS! WE RODE THE BUS WITH TYLER, THE CREATOR!

But it was so much more than that. Tyler and Jasper Dolphin jumped at the opportunity to act as tour guides for all of us Whistler commuters. Hilarious. Because some people on the bus evidently had no idea who Tyler even was. Tee-hee. But it was all ish and giggles. Jasper wrote a love song about wanting to braid the bus driver’s hair. They told us that I Am Legend was filmed in Whistler (it wasn’t – for the record). And best of all, Tyler took the time to shout-out one particular interracial couple at the front of the bus. Spoiler alert: Tyler is all for interracial dating. So get at him, ladies. Check Tyler’s ode to lovin’ after the jump.

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Related Post: Tyler, The Creator shut ‘em down at Pemberton [Review]

22 Jul

Blackalicious to hit Vancouver on August 19 [News]

Vancouver, BC – You know those Blackalicious cats put on a really hype live show, right? Well if you’ve missed them during their past visit to Vancity, you can redeem yourself. Timbre Concerts is bringing Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel with guests Def 3 and K-Rec & Estea Elements to the Biltmore Cabaret on August 19 sponsored by your pals here at HipHopCanada.

Cop those tickets (on sale Friday July, 25) at the usual suspects: Red Cat Records, Zulu Records, Highlife Records and Beat Street Records or online at HipHopCanada will be in the house so stay tuned for our coverage of the event.

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Related Post: Blackalicious at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver (Live) [Photos]

22 Jul

Ellevan – Storms [Video]

Toronto, ON – This past couple days we’ve been introduced to a ton of new MCs. Toronto rapper Ellavan drops the hard-hitting, aptly titled “Storms” single which was produced by Adam Feldman. The video was directed by Taylin Wilson and the song will appear on his August 1 release, Numbers Don’t Lie.

The release party for the project will also go down on August 1 inside Kitch (229 Geary Ave.) with live performances and a presentation from RISE Poetry. Look for performances from Ellevan, Jemzyy, Christian Bridges, Danielle Knoll and more!

Check out “Storms” after the jump link below.

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22 Jul

Just John – Brother Brother [Video]

Toronto, ON – Check out “Brother Brother” by Just John featuring Xandros. The song was produced by Jeremy Rodney-Hall and appears on the Fast Metaborhythm project, available to stream and download here. It represents sibling love and sibling struggle. Check it out below.

22 Jul

Toronto’s Los Poetas release audio sampler for album debut, coming Fall 2014 [News]

Toronto, ONLos Poetas, which translates to The Poets in English, reached out to us via social media to ask how our Spanish was. I’ve always wanted to learn, but I have to admit my Spanish language repertoire has been seriously lacking. Of course, I’ve picked up a phrase or two as a tourist, or while listening to Cypress Hill’s Los Grandes Éxitos en Español, but I have a long way to go to be fluent.

With their self-titled debut on the way, Toronto’s Los Poetas have released a sampler to give you a preview of what to expect… and to test your Spanish language skills. The project will be out later this year. For now, ask yourself “how’s your Español” and listen to  below (or check out the trailer after the jump).

Los Poetas consists of Che Uno Vago and Louwop – “supplying classic, conscious Latino boom bap.”

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22 Jul

SOCAN welcomes Copyright Board approval of internet tariffs [News]

New decisions from the Copyright Board of Canada will allow artists to receive royalties for “previously uncompensated uses of their works by Internet services such as Netflix.” Check out the full release from SOCAN after the jump.

Toronto, ON – On July 18, 2014, the Copyright Board of Canada issued its decision concerning SOCAN Tariffs 22.D.1 (Audiovisual webcasts) and 22.D.2 (Audiovisual user-generated content), both for the years 2007-2013.

These new tariffs for the use of music in streamed movies, television programs and other audiovisual works on the Internet will allow authors, composers and publishers of music to receive royalties for previously uncompensated uses of their works by Internet services such as Netflix. They will also ensure an uninterrupted flow of royalties from those services which have been paying SOCAN pursuant to recent agreements between the parties.

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Related Post: Canadian government reintroduces copyright law [News]

22 Jul

Jay Elec brings out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller & more at BK Hip Hop Festival [Review]

The 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival was sponsored by HipHopCanada. Our very own Maxwell Benson was on hand to capture the day’s events. Check out his review below:

Brooklyn, NY – On July 12, 2014, the world experienced a supermoon, but the stars were aligned in Brooklyn. The constellations at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (by Brooklyn Bodega) were made up of: CJ Fly, CyHi the Prynce, Jay Electronica, and Raekwon (The Chef). The hosts for the star studded night were DJ Rob Swift, Uncle Ralph McDaniels, and Torae of the Barrel Brothers.

The vibe of the festival reflected the intensity of the borough it is named after: Brooklyn. A city that is full of wonderful surprises around every corner and its yearly hip-hop festival has become known for its own surprises. The anticipation of who may be a special guest was only heightened when Elliott Wilson (Rap Radar/ Jay Z’s Life and Times), Ty Ty (Jay Z’s right-hand man), Thirstin Howl III (LO Lifes), Meyhem Lauren, and the legendary Afrika Bambaataa were all back stage. It is also a good sign when the security for an event is Zulu Nation security.

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Related Post: Maxwell Benson – Sadat X Is Back ft. Sadat X [Video]

22 Jul

Pluto – Breathe [Video]

Toronto, ON – If you’ve been lucky enough to check out his Jessica EP, you’re already familiar with the soothing harmonies and power vocals of “Breathe” by Pluto. The record now has some visual support that really drives home the song’s heartfelt message and conveys the artist’s emotional vulnerabilities. Underwater scenes are especially well captured and touching as you get the sense that letting his girl go to give her space – letting her breathe – has drowned him in emotions, making it hard for him to breathe himself. It’s about the ability to let go of something:

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Check out Pluto’s “Breathe” video after the jump.

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