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Kaytranada wins the 2016 Polaris Music Prize; releases 0.001% mixtape

Montreal, QC – This week marks a major milestone for Montreal super-producer Kaytranada as he won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for … Read More »

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Seth Dyer spoke with us about his new track “Together” & how he balances …

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Seth Dyer has been making some major moves lately. Following our chat with Seth last week about … Read More »

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Everything I Love: Mindbender reviews the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Toronto, ON – Bad Boys usually move in silence. But sometimes, like a mafia Godfather trying to … Read More »

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“We’re working on an album.” Kanye’s Vogue interview fuels anticipation for Dr…

Toronto, ON – Kanye West recently alluded to the long-awaited collaborative project with Drake during an appearance at OVO Fest, and now … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

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23 Sep

Danny Brown hits the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on October 6th and things might get wild


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.

Danny Brown hits the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on October 6th and things might get wild - HipHopCanada.com
Photo: Jamie Sands

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23 Sep

Drake closes Edmonton’s summer with the Summer Sixteen Tour


Edmonton, ABFull 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.

Dizzy'Close'- HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Andy Devlin for Rogers Place

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23 Sep

L.A’s Duckwrth is doing it, so now it’s your turn


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.

L.A's Duckwrth is doing it, so now it's your turn - HipHopCanada.com

23 Sep

Empirical Freedom presents the Fifty Hype 1.5 battle event in Calgary on Sept. 24


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 empiricalfreedom@gmail.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.

Empirical Freedom brings the battle culture to Calgary with Fifty Hype 1.5 on Sept. 24 - HipHopCanada.com
Photo courtesy of Empirical Freedom

22 Sep

Song of the Day: SonReal’s POPS-produced banger “SoHo” off The Name EP


Waterloo, ON – Back in August, SonReal released the critically acclaimed EP, The Name, and the project’s lead single, “Can I Get A Witness” was certified gold shortly after. The project also includes a dope POPS-produced record which received video support back in July. The video for “Hot Air Balloon” is expected soon, but an “Acoustic Session” version is already available.

SonReal is currently on a North American tour with his next stop tomorrow night inside Maxwell’s Music House in Waterloo. Be sure to check out iAmSonReal.com for the the most up to date tour listing and some sick merch. The Name EP is available on iTunes, Spotify and other outlets.

In support of the EP and tour, “SoHo” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Check out the Dane Collison-directed video after the jump link below.

Song of the Day: SonReal's POPS-produced banger SoHo off The Name EP; catch him in Waterloo tomorrow night! - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Sep

Kaytranada wins the 2016 Polaris Music Prize; releases 0.001% mixtape


Montreal, QC – This week marks a major milestone for Montreal super-producer Kaytranada as he won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for his debut album 99.9% and then dropped a super secret surprise 0.001% mixtape.

The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. The prize winner is determined by a panel of music critics and judged solely based on the music with no regard to genre or popularity.

This win was what Canada needed to put its support behind Kaytra. Especially after his 2016 JUNO Awards snub (basically Kaytranada was stripped of his short-list nomination). I’m totally biased because I was on the Polaris jury and voted for 99.9% as my top pick. But I am so pleased. This marks a huge and important progression for Canada’s representation of urban artists.

Kaytranada is the king of Montreal: Here's what happened during his show at Osheaga 2016 - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada

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22 Sep

Dope Piece throws it back with this Mike’L produced “Pullin Up Interlude / Party Joint”


St. John’s, NL – Newfoundland rapper Dope Piece recently released “Pullin Up Interlude/Party Joint” off his dopeace project (which you can cop over here).

“Pullin Up Interlude / Party Joint” borrows influence from the Golden Era, with nods to Ice Cube, Slick Rick, and more. It makes for one hell of a party-starter record that turns the oldschool into the new school.

Sticking to his M.O. of faded low-fi raps, Dope Piece manages to deliver the exact breed of turn up I’d except from the dude. It’s not a trap banger. It doesn’t have 808s or heavy bass. But it bangs while simultaneously mellowing out.

Take in “Pullin Up Interlude/Party Joint” below, and check our Q&A with Dope Piece after the jump.

You need to hear this new track from Dope Piece titled

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22 Sep

Seth Dyer breaks down his “Love Song” & what love means to him


Toronto, ON – Back at it again this week with another new release, Toronto artist Seth Dyer just let loose his latest single titled “Love Song.” This song comes to us as the latest installation in Seth’s weekly Dyer Days series.

This week’s release is a raw and honest look at what love means to Seth. I’ve grown accustomed to hearing a lot of female worship “love songs” from guys. But Seth took a really interesting approach to this one. Instead of writing a song about the female in his life, Seth wrote a song about his part in everything. He also wrote this song to show that love transcends anything physical or materialistic.

Huge fan of how Seth’s been executing this weekly series. Usually when guys do weekly series, they only release remixes and it gets really annoying. It’s really refreshing to see Seth pushing himself to A) release original material, B) diversify his sound, and C) Low-key showcase his abilities as a producer. Check out “Love Song” below, and peep our Q&A with Seth after the jump.

Seth Dyer breaks down his

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22 Sep

Recap: Here’s what happened at the second annual One Love Music Festival


Calgary, AB – Earlier this month, Live Nation and Two Towers teamed up to bring Calgary the second installation of the One Love Music Festival.

Branded as Western Canada’s largest hip-hop music festival, One Love took over Elliston Park on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 for two full days of rap and R&B performances.

This year’s festival was headlined by Big Sean and Logic, with additional performances from Tyler The Creator, Jhené Aiko, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, Atmosphere, Earl Sweatshirt, Ty Dolla $ign, Jazz Cartier, Marc E. Bassy, Earthgang, J.I.D., Toronto beatboxer Scott Jackson, Mitchell Lawler and Conch, and more.

Recap: Here's what happened at the second annual One Love Music Festival - HipHopCanada.com
(clockwise from top left) Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Jazz Cartier, and Ty Dolla $ign (Photography by Sarah Jay)

21 Sep

We caught up with KIV to talk about his new video for “Goodbye” with Casper The Ghost


London, ON KIV recently teamed up with Casper The Ghost to release this new video for “Goodbye” (directed by Koel from OMG 519).

This song takes on a much different emotional vibe than we’re used to seeing from KIV. It’s a song for anyone caught up in their own deep, dark thoughts. It puts words to the destruction and despair that goes on in the human mind.

The reason the song is titled “Goodbye” is because KIV and Casper use this song to say “Goodbye” to the negativity; by getting it all out of their systems, and putting their thoughts and feelings out in the open. Check out the video and peep our Q&A with KIV after the jump.

We caught up with KIV to talk about his new video for

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