New York, NY – Along with the anticipated Trump impressions by Alec Baldwin, this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live featured The Weeknd performing a couple of tracks.
One was the riveting new record, “False Alarm,” co-produced by Ben Billion$ and Mano, as well as Doc McKinney and Henry Russell Walter aka Cirkut who also produced Abel’s new Daft Punk-assisted single, “Starboy.” The song is also the title-track to The Weeknd’s third studio album and the other track the Toronto star performed on SNL.
Check out the performances of both songs below. Starboy is out Nov. 25.
Toronto, ON – One of the best parts of the weekend. Tona, from the JUNO Award-winning group Naturally Born Strangers, follows up his Carpe Diem solo debut with a new 17-track album presented by District Entertainment. The Ivy League features Tona pairing up with JD Era, Kayo, Keysha Fresh, Fixaveli, Skripture and Phoenix Pagliacci. Check out the project below and continue reading after the jump for the full press release. The Ivy League is available on iTunes.
Ajax, ON – Ajax singer-songwriter Joël Lobban releases an impressive debut effort in POV, an EP featuring production by Alo, Kaz and Japain. Guest appearances include Savannah Ré (“Beauty”) and Clairmont The Second (“Rant”).
Brampton, ON – One of the hottest budding acts in the Greater Toronto Area is Brampton producer-MC Kyle Wildfern of the waycool movement. The young talent has flexed his production capabilities on his work with some of the GTA’s hottest up-and-coming acts, while also jumping on his own beats for some stand-out singles.
The self-produced “Another Chance,” featuring additional vocals by Kristen Walker, has been out for about a month and has over 6,000 plays on SoundCloud alone. It’s a prime example of Wildfern’s ability to do-it-all, with him also handling the project’s artwork
The record is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day and the post also contains the Martin Sole-produced “Roadman” which you can find after the jump.
Las Vegas, NV – It has been revealed that Toronto superstar The Weeknd is one of close to two dozen celebrities who own have a partial ownership of Ultimate Fighting Championship aka the UFC.
The $4 billion purchase of the UFC in July by an investment group led by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC., has led to the ownership group now including, along with The Weekend, Adam Levine, Anthony Kiedis, Ben Affleck, Calvin Harris, Cam Newton, Conan O’Brien, Flea, Guy Fieri, Jimmy Kimmel, Li Na, LL Cool J, Maria Sharapova, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Rob Dyrdek, Robert Kraft, Serena Williams, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Brady, Trey Parker, Tyler Perry and Venus Williams. Darren Rovell of ESPN has reported that each celebrity needed to make a minimum investment of $250,000 USD for a stake in the company.
UFC president Dana White recently commented on the ownership situation: “Expanding our ownership group to include this caliber of talent and entrepreneurs is a strong indicator of UFC’s fast-growing global presence. Our new investors bring an incredible depth of knowledge and experience to help us continue to elevate this brand and capitalize on its entertainment and sports crossover appeal.”
Abbotsford, BC – Last night, up-and-comer Felonius Chino announced his forthcoming EP release which is yet to be titled or dated. The young Abbotsford rapper has also announced the first single from the EP named after his hometown, scheduled to drop Oct. 14.
The Jaibe-produced “Abbotsford” will focus on Chino’s hometown and pay homage to some of his most memorable experiences in the city. The CONTRA-designed artwork (pictured below) has been released and we’ll have the track for you when it’s available.
If you’re just getting familiar with Chino, check out some of his recent releases after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Back with another dope episode of Bring Ya Eh Game Radio with host Ya Favourite Lightskin (aka Dynamic). This time the show features an exclusive interview with photographers Justin Main and Lee Solo (aka Solo R.E.D.), bringing people up to speed on the latest trends in photography. The video was created by Rayne Reilly for Bring Ya Eh Game. Check it out after the jump link below.
Saint John, NB – Celebrating a birthday yesterday, our boy Fortunato drops off the poster for his latest event series, kicking off next Friday in New Brunswick. The Four Flags Tour will feature 5 east coast dates with tour support by Scrimage, DJ Metaphyzik and BBoy Faith.
Dates include Oct. 7 inside Saint John, NB’s Pub Down Under, Moncton’s Revolution Nightclub on Oct. 12, the Sportman’s Club in CHarlottetown, PEI on Oct. 13, CC’s Entertainment Center at the Elsipogtog First Nation in Weldford, New Brunswick on Oct. 14 and Miramichi, New Brunswick on Oct. 15 for the Music NB Festival.
Check out the official poster after the jump link below.
Kelowna, BC – West coast rapper Doug Crawford has announced plans for a Canadian tour this fall. He’ll embark on a string of dates as part of The Sunnyvale Liquor Tour, stepping into the headlining spot but receiving ample support.
Tyrone Parsons raps under the moniker Knucklehead but should also be recognizable to fans of the Trailer Park Boys as Tyrone. He’ll serve as one of the opening acts on the upcoming jaunt, joined also by Canadian rap group Secret Society and Rude Dowg. The tour will kick off at Chilliwack, BC’s Main Street Club on October 14 and will head east for a few weeks before wrapping up in Montreal’s Le Belmont on November 19.
You can find the official tour poster after the jump link below.