Vancouver, BC – RiFF RAFF puts on a hell of an entertaining show. Venue Nightclub and Blueprint events were host to the rowdy Huston rapper and his filthy bag of tricks Thursday night as Jodi Highroller accepted gifts from the thirsty crowd of (mostly) females, made it rain “Donut Sprinkles” and thrashed outrageously in true RiFF RAFF form. Openers Deezus and Stevie Ross got down before RR hit the stage. Check the photo gallery by Jamie Sand after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Yesterday (June 16th) marked the end of the 2013 NXNE Festival at Dundas Square. Young New York rapper and Pro Era member Joey Bada$$ co-headlined the free show and was nice enough to debut a new song off his upcoming project Summer Knights, dropping July 1st. The title of the track can’t be confirmed but it was produced by MF Doom and features Kirk Knight, who is also a member of the Pro-Era collective. Check out the video below courtesy of ThisIsWalder (@thisiswaldercom).
Vancouver, BC – Self Hired are throwing a party to launch their new line of summer wear, so we better see you there. June 20 at The Queen’s Republic with Hyphy’s night The Fix will have Kevin Wong and the whole Self Hired team reppin’ proper with DJs J Soul, Sailor Gerry and Icy Touch in the cut. Wanna win a prize pack with some new SH gear and free cover to this event? We know you do. Tweet the crew @SelfHired@HyphyEvents #SelfHired #TheFix and tell ‘em why you should win. In the meantime, check the video look book after the jump.
Saskatoon, SK – After announcing the release date for his upcoming album and dropping a fresh new video for the track “Don’t Give Up,” Saskatoon producer Graham “Factor” Murawsky is getting ready to perform at Saskatoon’s MoSoFestlater on this week. HipHopCanada caught up with Factor to chat about his longstanding Paranoid Castle partnership with MC Kirby Dominant, anticipated MoSoFest performances, and –surprise– his nationwide tour which will be kicking off in Saskatoon on Aug. 10. Check out our interview after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – e.d.g.e.‘s latest “Shoot You Down” is the story of a man searching for survivors in a post-apocalyptic metropolis. Along the way to a destination called Survivor’s Divide, he comes across objects that remind him of his past and give him hope for the future. Have a listen after the jump.
Kamloops, BC – Entirely produced by himself, Kamloop’s Sick Steen has finally released his first mixtape, The Altered Beast. With Canadian heavyweights such as Madchild and Moka Only featured on the project, the album is definitely worth a listen. Check it out after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Off of their EP LiCK 1.0, DiRTY RADiO dropped the visuals for “All Nighter”, a melody laden slow jam supported by lead singer, Shaddy’s, soulful vocals. Watch the video, directed by T.S. Pfeffer & Robert McHugh (Pier Pictures), and check out their summer tour dates after the jump.
Every NXNE Festival is always an exciting time for the City of Toronto, artists, music lovers, film makers and the like, but this year something very special took place; the launch of Toronto’s music campaign entitled 4479 – where music meets the world. Check out the official press release below.
Toronto, ON – On June 13, artists and musicians joined leaders from music, tourism and City Hall at the 2013 NXNE Festival to launch 4479 – a campaign to position Toronto as one of the greatest music cities in the world.
“In my travels I have visited and played in many cities,” says Jim Cuddy. “Many of these cities claim to be recognized by the world as music capitals. My experience tells me that Toronto is second to none as a music city. We have diversity, we have originality and we have a plethora of clubs, concert venues and festivals. Toronto has always fired my imagination and it was only upon returning to Toronto from New York City that Greg and I found the true impetus for Blue Rodeo. Toronto however, suffers from a lack of recognition and something needs to be done to change that. We should be known around the world for the music capital that we are.”
4479 is designed to promote Toronto as a world leader in live and recorded music and also to build a community that engages artists, industry supporters and fans who share the vision of Toronto as a vibrant and diverse music city. Modeled after similar successful efforts in Austin, Texas, the 4479 campaign aims to develop greater opportunities for live music events and better industry-city relations.
“Toronto, with its broad range of music and venues, is unrivaled as a music city,” says Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada. “Currently Toronto is both an amazing incubator of talent and a stop on every world tour while historically we are blessed with a rich musical legacy – we could blue plaque this entire city if we wanted to!”
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Panel Speakers: Jesse Kumagi, Andrew Weir, Mike Tanner & Josh Colle
Edmonton, AB – Edmontian rapper Tam is dropping his latest album, YEG to the World on Jun. 19. Though Tam has been around the globe during his career as a professional soccer player, he has nothing but love for his hometown. After travelling in Spain, Greece, Turkey, and beyond, Tam returned to Edmonton to dish out a banging new 13-track mixtape with some of Canada’s favourite music personalities. Make sure you peep the video for Tam’s stellar collaboration track with Choclair, “Brand New.” YEG to the World also includes collaborations with producers J Soul, Kaz Mega, BMoney Grenier as well as Drake’s producer, Snaz. Tam also teamed up with fellow Edmontonian MCs Muta, JoThrillz, Deuce Fantastick and Arlo from the Politic Live crew for an all-encompassing album that spotlights the creme de la creme of Edmonton’s hip-hop scene.