Halifax, NS – On Nov. 5, Quake Matthews was presented with the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award for “Confessions” during the the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards. He also won the Hip-Hop Recording of the Year Award for his collaborative project with Kayo Guevarra as The Search. You can find the full press release from SOCAN after the jump, including Quake’s thoughts on winning the award.
Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada recently relaunched Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks on Spotify. And this week we’re back with 10 new songs.
For those who aren’t familiar Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks is a Spotify playlist featuring the best new Canadian urban music releases. It’s a platform to spotlight the artists coming up and to share my favourite new releases with you.
This week 88GLAM (Derek Wise and 88 Camino) finally dropped their debut self titled album and it’s insane. So they’re on the playlist cover right now. The two best cuts off the project are “Lavish” and “12” – and you’ll find them both on this playlist.
Cadence Weapon also just dropped a new track along with the announcement for his upcoming self titled album. Then I discovered an amazing R&B singer out of Toronto named Day Adams who made a song about his signature Ralph Lauren cologne. And for those who are getting excited about the new Roy Woods’ album, I added in his new collaboration with Guido Dos Santos and Rich The Kid to tide you over.
This week’s playlist also features new cuts from ShaqIsDope, Lais, Jordan Fall and Sean Leon, HMLT, Syph, Just John and Tony Kain. Check out the playlist and track list for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks below.
Montreal, QC – French Montana is the latest guest in the Montreality hot seat; not the first time they’ve sat with the “Unbelievable” rapper. He speaks on a variety of topics including: life as an 86-year-old, what he would do as President of the United States, cartoons, video games, the “realest shit he ever wrote,” and his upcoming collaborative LP with A$AP Rocky. On top of that, he reveals that J. Cole came close to executive producing his album debut. Check out the interview below.
Toronto, ON – Super blessed episode of We Love Hip Hop to continue our ladies month! Tara Muldoon and Nicola Bennett came through and blessed us with some real positive energy. Telling their stories of love, loss, sexual abuse and triumph. Along with their powerful stories of forgiveness. The cast of the show get deep and share their stories of growing up to forgive their estranged fathers. Please share this episode to a friend that may need it!
Toronto, ON – One of our favourite Canadian hip-hop YouTubers is back with a new video. Goggles of 6ix Wars discusses the recent issue of Toronto videographers like Del Rosario Visuals being robbed of their equipment, and why robbing your city’s video people is horrible for the scene… if that wasn’t already obvious.
He also touches on K Money’s “Come Outside” record and the success it’s been seeing on SoundCloud, as well as the forthcoming podcast appearance by K Money collaborator, Top5.
Peep the video below and stay tuned for the latest from the 6ix Wars shop.
Toronto, ON – Money Makin Malis in the building. You might just be getting familiar with them but French, Archee and CP will show you they’ve “Been Poppin.” Their new catchy Mayan-produced single received visual support just a couple of days back and the NV-directed video has already received close to 50K views. “Been Poppin” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Peep the video below.
Montreal, QC – Independent singer-songwriter Adam Dahan is gearing up for the release of a new album and is currently promoting his single, “Lose my Love.” The song is charting in Canada and has over 100K streams on Spotify. The new video features model Claudia Tihan and has received close to 20,000 views in just over a week.
Dahan discovered his love for music at a young age. After attending a program at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, he pursued his passion for the arts by releasing his own renditions of his favourite songs. He further broadened his musical horizons by adding piano-skills to his repetoire. His perseverance and determination paid off and eventually led to the record deal he’s currently working under. Dahan has had the chance to work with numerous artists including Kardinal Offishall who remixed his first single which caught the attention of North American radio.
Adam has also opened for Kardi, as well as various other notable acts including Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Tyga and Wale. Check out the Adem Boutlidja-directed video below and look out for more from this budding Montreal star.
Edmonton, AB – Our friends over at Hand’Solo Records have another dope project ready to share with the masses. This coming Friday, Nov. 10, Edmonton’s own Touch (from Touch & Nato fame) will release a new album titled, Journey to the West.
For Journey to the West, producer T. Perk sources his samples from cassette tapes of folk songs he rescued from various traditional Chinese markets, and surrounds them with thick, head-banging drums, while Touch weaves a slick narrative that continues from one song to the next. His re-telling of Chinese folk hero Sun Wukong’s tortured life—substituting Wukong’s mission to find the Sutra with a mission to find true hip-hop through self discovery—eventually culminates in an end battle and a surprise conclusion that rewards those with enough patience to take in this hip hop audio book from front to back.
You can pre-order the project now and check out an early leak off the album, “The Seventeenth Branch,” below.
Toronto, ON – The deadline is quickly approaching to submit for this year’s JUNO Awards taking place in Vancouver.
Submission details and eligibility for the Rap Recording of the Year category (or whichever category is most suitable for your submission) cab be found on the JUNO Awards Submission website powered by CARAS (the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). You can also submit to perform at this year’s JUNOfest events. Click here for the website.
The deadline is this Friday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. Click the jump link below if you’re interested in information on CARAS’ voting process.
Toronto, ON – If you’re going to be in Toronto tonight, the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street) is the place to be as Fire at the Phoenix kicks off with a sweet line-up. The show is set to include performances by Thorobread, Lougotcash, Rajan, Kandy K, HisBrother, Savadouci, OTB Goodz and even more special guests.
Hosting will be handled by a squad including Terroll Lewis, Fatboy SSE, Melissa Envy, Ashely Denise and Sarah Macdonald, while music will be provided by DJ Scratchez and DJ Pat. Fire at the Phoenix is brought to you by Chosen Promotions.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and available on via TicketWeb; $35 at the door. The event is all ages. Check out the event promotions below.