EVENT: NuJazz+Manifesto present Roy Ayers w/ Ian Kamau & Bad Bad Not Good (Nov. 20th @ The Mod Club)

hyperadmin | Events,Music,Video | Friday, November 18th, 2011

NuJazz.ca and Manifesto present Roy Ayers – one of R&B, funk and Jazz music’s most influential artists – as he blesses Toronto with a concert performance along with opening acts: Ian Kamau & Bad Bad Not Good.

This Sunday (November 20th) @ The Mod Club (722 College St.)

And check myself and Kamau for Manifesto’s “A Talk with..” series with special guest Mr. Roy Ayers.

Saturday, November 19
37 Bulwer St. (1 block North of Queen, btw Spadina and SOHO)

It’s $10 – and a limited space event. Get tickets HERE!

EVENT: Sound Battle Royale (Grand Finale) (Thursday, November 17th) x VIDEO: Meet The Producers

hyperadmin | Events | Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

4 dope producers, a guest appearance from Nottz and performances from Rich Kidd, Spek Won and more and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid line up for SBR‘s grand finale tomorrow night at the El Mo. It’s all judged by the homies Tone Mason and Rich Kidd (with special guest judge, Eternia!). Peep the video above to get to know the contestants as well as more info on the night.

EVENT: The Get By "Let Go" (Release Party) (Tomorrow @ The Garrison – 1197 Dundas St. W)

hyperadmin | Events,Music | Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Dope lineup! Congrats to these dudes and their entire team! (whatup Yasser!)

On Thursday, November 17th, 2011 The Get By invites you to celebrate the release of their debut album “Let Go”.
An album that has been over a year in the making featuring Shad, Rich Kidd, Saukrates, Tona, Tanika Charles, Promise and more will finally be made available to the public on this evening.
Along with the unveiling of the album THE GET BY will be performing live with Tanika Charles, Jared Bellenie [Ace Kinkaid] and Special Guests.
Opening the show will be ELMNT & Lord Quest of the CityCouncil collective.
Music for the evening will be provided by Pangea Delphi & DJ SoundbwoyThis is a 19+ event and includes the album with $10 admission.THE GET BY have been hard at work recording and touring across Canada and are proud to put forth their work to you on this special occasion.
We hope to see you all there.
To download the album or have a free preview, please visit the following link

Previously: NEW ALBUM: The Get By “Let Go” (Available now on iTunes)

EVENT: Perfeck Strangers "Ghetto" (Video Release Party) (November 16th @ 411 College St.)

hyperadmin | Events,Music | Monday, November 14th, 2011


Don’t be a stranger!

November, marks the official launch of PERFECK STRANGERS.
It’s easy to say that Perfeck Strangers are an unlikely pair, but when listening to their music you would think they have been rhyming together for years. Both accomplished rappers in their own rights, their union presents a “perfeck” melding of talent in the vein of Hip Hop’s most heralded duos, such as Black Star, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Little Brother and Kanye West and Jay Z as well. Dan-e-o and Promise have even been compared to legendary tag-teams like EPMD and Das EFX for the way they effortlessly flip lines back and forth with each other.Joining forces after years of blessing eardrums as impeccably brilliant soloists, veteran Toronto emcees Dan-e-o and Promise are now tackling the world of music as the tandem, PERFECK STRANGERS.
November 16th inside Da What (411 College St) we celebrate the release of the PERFECK STRANGERS video ‘Ghetto’.  With music by award winning DJ LAW. No cover. Great music. Cheap drinks.

Presented by EasParkPro and Urbnet, this is the industry party of the month taht you don’t want to miss! Get on board with Perfeck Strangers here.

Be the first to listen to Listen to ‘Ghetto’ right here.

‘Ghetto’ is also available on iTunes.

NEW MUSIC: D-Sisive "Run With The Creeps" (Sampler) + Release Party (November 18th @ The Rivoli)

hyperadmin | Audio,Events,Music | Monday, November 14th, 2011

New D-Sisive album sounds nuts!

“Run With The Creeps” drops tomorrow (November 15th).

Pre-order HERE!

And come celebrate the album release November 18th @ The Rivoli (332 Queen St. West).


Previously: NEW VIDEO: Muneshine & Vinyl Frontiers feat. D-Sisive “Get So High” (Directed by Ken Galloway)

EVENT: Ian Kamau + Keisha Monique Simpson "One Day Soon" + "Because We Were Born" Official Launch/Photo Exhibition (Friday, November 11th @ 918 Bathrust)

hyperadmin | Events,Music | Tuesday, November 8th, 2011


Multi-disciplinary artists Keisha Monique Simpson and Ian Kamau synchronize heart-felt releases with 11:11:11 at 918 Bathurst (first lights north of Bloor
on Bathurst). The much anticipated release of works by Ian Kamau and Keisha Monique Simpson have arrived with two of Toronto’s beloved artists collaborating for one enchanting night of book and music talk. Both multi-driven artists are widely recognizable names in Toronto’s local music and
grassroots organizing communities.

Ian Kamau’s first full length LP, One Day Soon, is inspired by his communities. The album comes on the heels of a myriad of mixtapes and podcasts, his summer classic Cocoons (2011) and his initial contribution to the music game “First” released in 2003. One Day Soon is an honest work that interweaves crooning and rapping.

“One Day Soon is a statement of hope, the phrase is meant to inspire the thoughts and dreams of people towards something better, something beyond now, towards a new reality “ – Ian Kamau

Titled after a selected poem, because we were born is Keisha Monique’s debut collection of poetry. Inspired by stories of migration, forgiveness, identity, freedom, resistance, and love, each page is engraved with an underlying theme of discovering and trusting one’s own purpose. ‘because we were born’ is a collection of poems based on my journey of accepting all that I have come to learn and unlearn about purpose, passion and will.’ – Keisha Monique

The evening will feature performances by Keisha Monique and Ian Kamau as well as a well-rounded collection of talented guests: Progress,Victoria Sol, Brendan Phillip, Brandon Wint and Ikenna Onyegbula. Photography from both artists captured during moments in the eastern, western and southern parts of Afrika will be on display and for sale.

One Day Soon and pre-orders of because we were born will be available on the night of 11.11.11. Come see what 11:11:11 will bring November 11, 2011 at 918 Bathurst. Please visit iankamau.com and keishamonique.com for more information.

Peep a visual promo for the event after the jump!

Previously: VIDEO: Ian Kamau “Pandora’s Box” (“One Day Soon” Album Promo)


EVENT: Dropping Knowledge presents Action Bronson w/ The Get By & Tre Leji (Tonight @ The Rivoli)

hyperadmin | Events,Music | Friday, November 4th, 2011

“Droppin’ Knowledge” continues its spotlight on come-up artists – this time bringing BK’s Action Bronson to rock The Rivoli stage (332 Queen St. West) with The Get By and Tre Leji.

Get tickets HERE!

The Get By’s latest album is available now on iTunes.

Get a taste of Tre Leji HERE!

Previously: VIDEO: Roshin (of Notes To Self) speaks on “Droppin’ Knowledge” Tonight @ The Rivoli!

EVENT: The Come Up Show presents Sese "YFRWN2" (Tonight @ The APK in London, Ont)

hyperadmin | concerts,Events,Music,Video | Thursday, October 27th, 2011

From Chedo:

If you aren’t familiar with Sese yet I suggest you start with his music videos and download his mixtapes YFRWN and YFRWN 2. One of the hungriest and hardest working rappers that I know PERIOD. The Come Up Show in association with STR888 FIAAA PROMOTIONZ is happy to bring Sese down Oct 27 at the APK Live. Check the tour promo video below and take in Sese’s music!!

What: Sese will be performing his latest mixtape YFRWN 2.
Where: APK Live at 340 Wellington @ York. London.
When: Thursday, October 27 at 10:00pm – October 28 at 2:00am
Admission: $10 Admission at the door which includes a physical copy of YFRWN 2. Doors Open 10PM.

RSVP on Facebook.

EVENT: The Freshest Goods Market (Today from 12-5pm @ 37 Bulver Street)

hyperadmin | Events,Fashion | Saturday, October 22nd, 2011


The Freshest Goods Market returns this Saturday at the new Manifesto/Pound Building located in downtown Toronto. We will have some of the best streetwear and jewelry from some Toronto’s most creative designers. If you came to Live at the Square during Manifesto you would have seen some
of these brands first hand. If not we would like to invite you to see from fresh gear for the fall, Tees, Hoodies, Hats and more. The Freshest Goods Market has it all.

Ambush Apparel – @ambushapprel| www.ambushapparel.com
Doinitwell – www.doinitwell.com
Glasshearts – www.glasshearts.net
Heartbeats T.O. – @heartbeatsto |www.myheartbeatsto.ca
Hillary and Denise
Legin Knits – @leginknits | www.leginknits.com
Live it Wear it – @kurupt68| www.liwi68.com
Manifesto – @manifesto_fest|www.themanifesto.ca
Nothin – @nothininc| www.nothin.ca
The One – @theonetoronto| www.theoneclothing.com

WHERE: 37 Bulwer Street (@Spadina & Queen)

WHEN: 12PM – 5PM

FOLLOW FRESHEST GOODS ON TWITTER: www.twitter.com/freshestgoods

LIKE FRESHEST GOODS ON FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/freshestgoods

NEWS: 2012 Juno Awards Calling For Submissions In The Category Of Rap Recording of The Year

hyperadmin | Events,Initiatives,Music,News | Friday, October 21st, 2011


It’s that time again. This call out probably applies to the R&B category as well. At the very least singers should be getting their submissions together too.



Toronto, ON (October 20, 2011) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that the 2012 JUNO Awards is now accepting submissions in the category of Rap Recording of the Year. JUNO Week unfolds in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, ON March 26 – April 1, 2012. The celebration includes a series of exciting events leading up to the JUNO Awards presentation on Sunday April 1, 2012, which will be televised nationwide on CTV.

The Rap Advisory Committee includes seasoned label representative Jay Devonish (eOne Entertainment), David “Click” Cox (Stylus DJ Awards), Greg Baptiste (MuchMusic/CTV), Jody Laraya (Universal Music Canada), Jesse Plunkett (HipHopCanada.com), Melissa “DJ MelBoogie” Langley (DJ/Publicist), Jay Swing (Donnelly Group/NationOfMillions.ca), Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe/ Krafty Entertainment), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth (K103FM), Rez (CityOnMyBack.com), Darryl Rodway (Urbnet), and Marlon Wilson, (Music for Mavericks/Politic Live).

Collectively, the committee continues to make strides in developing outreach to rap artists across the country, both English and Francophone, to increase the number of submissions. As a result of these concentrated efforts, the number of submissions received by CARAS in the category of Rap Recording of the Year has been steadily rising since the category was established in 1990. By partnering with radio shows, online magazines and DJs across the country, the committee hopes to continue to raise awareness throughout the community about the submissions and judging process, specifically for rap artists. “We’ve assembled a great team of people from around the country who are actively working in various aspects of the urban music scene,” says Jay Devonish, Chairman / JUNO Awards Rap Advisory Committee. We’ve also worked closely with CARAS to ensure the jurors voting in this category are qualified and active within the urban community. We’re excited to work together with CARAS to ensure the rap community is properly represented at the JUNO Awards.”

The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking vehicle, not only for artists who win, but also for nominees and/or participants in various JUNO Awards events.

Shad, winner of the 2011 JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year had this to say about his win: “The JUNO Awards have helped raise my profile both within and outside the music industry. My first nomination for “The Old Prince” and my second nomination and subsequent win for “TSOL” were both helpful in raising awareness for my music across the country.” The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking venue, even for the nominated artists who don’t go home with the Award. Artist Prevail, from the four-time JUNO Award-winning rap group Swollen Members stated, “Before our win, there’s no questioning the positive impact that the JUNO Awards have had on our career. The momentum opened doors to more Canadian shows and the coverage elevated us to a new level and cemented our legitimacy.” Other previous nominees include Drake, K’Naan, Sans Pression, DL Incognito, Belly, Checkmate, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Classified, Dubmatique, Concise, D-Sisive, Eternia, k-os, Famous and Sweatshop Union.

Submission forms are available at http://junosubmissions.ca

All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2011.

More details after the jump!


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