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Drake vs. Joe Budden: No Shopping, Afraid & some background on the beef

Toronto, ON – As the internet weighed in on Drake’s diss to Joe Budden, by way of his verse on French Montana’s … Read More »

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Day 5: Alessia Cara makes powerful Ottawa debut at Bluesfest

Ottawa, ON – Brampton-born Alessia Cara made her Ottawa debut on the City stage Wednesday for Day 5 of Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest.
She … Read More »

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Day 4: Belly makes hometown return at Ottawa Bluesfest with special guest Travis Scott

Fans surrounded Bluesfest’s City Stage in droves on Sunday to watch Ottawa’s most successful MC to date do his … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Dylan Guthro releases “Here Till The Mornin'” with Quake Matthews; drops three

Dylan Guthro releases “Here Till The Mornin'” with Quake Matthews; drops three

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5 Apr

Exclusive: Snak The Ripper announces From The Dirt Canadian Tour


Prince George, BC – With Snak The Ripper revealing the name of his From The Dirt album on social media this past Sunday, we’re excited to bring you the exclusive announcement about the project’s accompanying tour! Brought to you Phant Extracts, Snak touches down in Prince George, BC on Friday, April 22 for the first of 29 Canadian tour dates.

Featuring tour support from Golden, Junk, Fallen Ones and Capitole D, From The Dirt will stop in 6 different Canadian provinces, with the possibility of more tour stops being added at a later date.

In terms of the From The Dirt album, a release date has yet to be announced but our sources have indicated it should be out by late spring or early summer.

Click the jump link below for the full listing and tour poster.

Exclusive: Snak The Ripper announces From The Dirt Canadian Tour; kicking off April 22 in Prince George - HipHopCanada.com
Snak The Ripper at JUNOfest in Calgary | Photo: Sarah Jay (HipHopCanada)

5 Apr

Fortunato & Sean One release the “Honest Man” video in support of Blue Collar


Elsipogtog First Nation, NB – Released in support of their collaborative album, Blue Collar, Fortunato and Sean One release new visuals for their single, “Honest Man.”

Shot in beautiful Kent County, New Brunswick, Toronto born MC Fortunato embraces his rural maritime surroundings while wearing his heart on his sleeve.

“Honest Man,” was produced by Sean One and the video was directed by Andrew Kelly of SAMEASFOREVER. You can watch it now after the jump link below.

Fortunato & Sean One release the Honest Man video in support of Blue Collar LP - HipHopCanada.com

4 Apr

Review: Merkules tore down Broken City during JUNOFest #JUNOAwards


Calgary, AB – On Apr. 2, Snak The Ripper and Merkules came through Calgary to perform at Broken City as a part of JUNOFest and JUNO Week.

One week each year, the Canadian music industry gets to plug itself by giving awards to top-grossing artists, pretending to care about genre diversity, and putting on the big infamous JUNO Week.

But let’s be real: the JUNO Awards definitely don’t like rap. I compiled a hip-hop guide to JUNO Week and it was a struggle because the JUNOs are anemic when it comes to putting on anything hip-hop related. It was grim.

Thankfully JUNOFest pulled through with shows from Merkules, Snak the Ripper, Transit and k-os. OF COURSE the Snak show and the k-os show were both at the same time… but at least rap got a bit of a look for the JUNO Awards.

The evening kicked off at Broken City with a set from Stealth Bomb Records signee, Merkules. The event actually sold out; which isn’t really a huge surprise. It was THE event for the heads and it was stacked because both Snak and Merkules were on the bill.

Review: Merkules tore down Broken City during JUNOFest #JUNOAwards  - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Song of the Day: Snak The Ripper leaks “FTW” in advance of June 17 album, From The Dirt

4 Apr

DJ 151 promos upcoming album with shout out from Merkules


Vancouver, BC – Self-proclaimed East Van OG DJ 151 has been tirelessly pushing his movement in Vancouver from time and with his upcoming project No Borders he manages to team up with a posse of notable artists including Ras Kass, WC and local come-up boy Merkules to name a few.

In anticipation of the project, that was executively produced by 151 himself, he’s been dropping a series of promo videos with co-signs from some of No Borders featured artists. Peep the short clip below featuring Merkules and look out for No Borders dropping some time this month.

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4 Apr

Sophia Danai shines as one of Vancouver’s most vocally stunning songstresses


Vancouver, BC – It was only a week ago when I was sitting in my apartment downloading Sophia Danai‘s newest album, Love Royale, for the first time off iTunes. A colleague had given the project a stellar review which tempted me to take the leap and purchase. Having already read Sophia’s interviews on the album, I was inspired by her commitment and bravery to creating a project fully dedicated to love and loss.  Let’s face it, the best music ever written has generally come from a place of the lowest or highest emotional heights – and there’s no deeper place than the affection we experience for other people throughout life. Conclusively, there is no braver feat in my opinion than exposing those feelings for people to critique and analyze. I could fully go into why this album was phenomenal, but to save another recap you can check out Prachi Kamble’s review here.

When I was asked if I wanted to cover Sophia’s album release party at Vancouver’s Biltmore Cabaret on Friday, April 1st, it was an easy sell. The show promised to feature other notable talents such ninetyfour, Stevie Ross, and Vancouver’s current favourite rapper Brevner – many of whom make up the notable crew of bsharp productions. It was Brevner himself who was not only featured on the project, but also handled much of the production alongside Danai. In my opinion, the album had already surpassed ordinary heights from a composition standpoint, but it was her live performance that really took me from the status of fan to a believer in her movement. If you were present in the crowd, you could see that she took a lot of other people to that place as well.

Sophia Danai Release Party at the Biltmore [Review]

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4 Apr

Green Carpet Arrivals: 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards #JUNOAwards


Calgary, AB – On Apr. 2, the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards took place at the Telus Convention Centre in downtown Calgary.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, here’s how the JUNO Awards work: there are 41 different JUNO Award categories but only six of those awards are actually announced at the big JUNO Awards broadcast on national television. The remaining award winners are announced at a smaller virtually unpublicized Gala Dinner & Awards reception on the evening before the televised JUNO Awards broadcast.

Green Carpet Arrivals: 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards #JUNOAwards  - HipHopCanada.com
West Coast rapper & JUNO Award nominee SonReal with @Shirley_Mang

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4 Apr

The complete list of 2016 JUNO Award winners


Calgary, AB – The 2016 JUNO Awards, honouring Canadian music achievements, were presented in Calgary this past weekend by CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). The majority of the awards were announced the day before the main ceremony, at the annual pre-gala event. The main ceremony was held inside the Scotiabank Saddledome and was televised by CTV. You can find a complete list of winners below.

The complete list of 2016 JUNO Award winners - HipHopCanada.com
The Weeknd took home 5 JUNOs | Photo: Sarah Jay (HipHopCanada)

Related Post: Drake wins Rap Recording of the Year at the 2016 JUNO Awards

4 Apr

Drake wins Rap Recording of the Year at the 2016 JUNO Awards


Calgary, ABDrake might have only won 1 award at this year’s JUNO Awards, but it came in the category we care about the most.

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late started off as a surprise ‘mixtape’ and eventually morphed into a nomination for Album of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Top Rap Album at the Billboard Music Awards and Best Rap Album at Grammy Awards. So with 3 nominations under his belt, the project was overdue for a win.

And this year’s JUNO Awards delivered. Beating out an impressive list of nominees including BadBadNotGood/Ghostface Killah, Kardinal Offishall, k-os and SonReal, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was named Rap Recording of the Year which gives Drizzy a career total of 6 JUNO Awards.

Congrats to Drake and the OVO Sound team. Drake’s next album, Views from the 6, will be out on April 16, 2016.

Drake wins Rap Recording of the Year at the 2016 JUNO Awards - HipHopCanada.com
Drake at the 2011 JUNO Awards in Toronto

Related Post: The complete list of 2016 JUNO Award winners

4 Apr

Kardinal Offishall & Jus Reign presented Country Album of the Year at the JUNOs


Calgary, AB – Despite the fact that awards for specific musical genres are typically given out at the JUNO Awards pre-gale event the day before, Country Album of the Year managed to find a coveted spot on the televised CTV broadcast. It makes total sense, if you take in the fact that the host city Calgary has a huge country fan-base, but the amount of people in attendance won’t come close to the amount of people watching via television or a phone/tablet. That’s not to say that the event organizers shouldn’t consider the audience paying to attend, but it would be nice if hip-hop got the same sort of look sometime in the future. After all, the winner of this year’s Rap Recording of the Year award was Drake and we all know he can sell tickets.

Ironically, the televised country award was co-presented by Canadian hip-hop ambassador Kardinal Offishall and YouTube star Jus Reign.

And while I sat annoyed thinking about it, Kardinal and Reign embraced their roles and completely stole the show for the brief time they were on stage. The positive social media response was instant and even included calls for the pair to host the event next year in Ottawa. So while we didn’t get to see our award presented for all to see, we did have some great ambassadors representing for the scene.

CARAS was gracious enough to give us access to the JUNO Week events, including the main show, and we’ve got a ton of great stuff coming courtesy of Sarah Jay and Rosa Jason. We’ve got a ton coming so stay tuned!

Kardinal Offishall & Jus Reign presented the Country Album of the Year award at the JUNO Awards - HipHopCanada.com

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4 Apr

The Weeknd brings out XO/Roc Nation signee Belly at the JUNO Awards


Calgary, AB – Despite the Rap Recording of the Year category being once again relegated to the JUNO Awards pre-gala event – meaning not in the televised ceremony – Canadian hip-hop got some great exposure from tonight’s event.

The Weeknd was easily one of the most anticipated performers of the evening, and during his set he brought out a surprise guest to assist him. The XO general ran through a pair of tracks from Beauty Behind the Madness before bringing out one of the album’s key contributors, Belly. The Ottawa-native and XO member recently signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation and ended 2015 by releasing his mixtape, Up For Days which featured “Might Not,” featuring The Weekend. Belly’s latest single is “Zanzibar” featuring Juicy J, but “Might Not” is still getting regular play on Canadian commercial radio (as well as international) and this should give it a boost.

More Coverage On The Way!

Be on the look out for a lot more JUNO coverage from our amazing team out in Calgary, Sarah Jay and Rosa Jason. You can also check out our Instragram profile for a ton of exclusive pics from the awards. Stay tuned!

The Weeknd brings out XO/Roc Nation signee Belly at the Juno Awards - HipHopCanada.com

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