It’s been an amazing year this year for Vernon, BC artist SonReal, coming off the release of The Closers, a collaborative project between SonReal and Rich Kidd; Their video for “Hometown” reaching number one on the Much Music count down, SonReal’s song “Everywhere We Go” reaching top five with his newest installment “Believe” premiering on Much Music just last week.
With a whole new year in sight of him, there is no telling what we can expect in 2014. With so many accolades gained in one year alone, we can only expect more great things to come in the near future. Heading out on his first ever headlining tour by himself, SonReal toured across Canada making his way to London last Friday, December 6th to perform at Rum Runners as the second last show of his tour before closing it off in Burlington, Ontario.
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There has been a lot of hype surrounding Shad K’s Flying Colours tour across Canada. and rightfully so, selling out The Opera House in Toronto, among various other venues. Although every show was considerably important, there was one show that was bound to be the biggest of them all as Shad made his way to his hometown on Saturday November 16th, to perform for an overly excited sold out crowd at London Music Hall, or the Welcome Home show as we like call it. With a write up in the London Free Press that day, a couple thousand fans ecstatic and anxious for the time to come, that night at the London Music Hall was nothing less than legendary, and in the top five for concerts I’ve seen all year (and that’s a lot).
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When you think of celebrating your birthday, you likely envision an entire day spending time with your family and friends. As for Aubrey Graham, this was especially true, except this time it would be on a much larger scale. On October 24th, 2013 Toronto’s (and October’s) very own Drake performed for nearly 20,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre as part of his “Would You Like A Tour”. Joining the superstar that special evening would also be PARTYNEXTDOOR, Miguel, and Future.
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The last time we had a solo project from Sha Prince was Visible Concepts back in 2009; since then Sha Prince and Flex – The Antiheroes; have collaborated on two full length albums This Is FreeDUMB and Modern Day Riot. This time around Sha Prince, with undoubtedly the album title of the year – Latex & Perfume, gets more in-depth speaking on some relationships he has encountered and been through over the years. When Sha Prince and Flex get together and give you such prodigious bodies of work as they have; the way their flows craft together to create great records like “Circus Clown”, you really get a glimpse of why that is when taking in Latex & Perfume. future noted when Flex’s solo project comes out in the early new year. Thanks to Sha Prince and Smashmouth Entertainment we at The Come Up Show had the opportunity to listen to an advance copy over the past two weeks. Read the track by track review and
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Nothing is more reassuring than the tight squeeze between fans and smoke filled atmosphere that tells us this is going to be a memorable night. If the walls could speak, they would be choking. The show starts off with Toronto’s own Dillan Ponders delivering his heavy influenced tracks. At the same time the crowd begins to get faded, light up and prove we are more than ready for the Smokers Club Tour. Toronto’s Jimmy B brought out Raheem and preformed their collaboration: All Day. Both Toronto artists preformed incredibly and the crowd seemed really impressed asking who they were and shouting with approval.
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It’s difficult to imagine that a Canadian rapper whose name isn’t Drake, is able to sell out a venue in the city of Toronto. As bad as it may sound, that’s the reality, and you’d wish that it would happen more often than less. In this case, Shad, who’s been in the game for several years, was able to deliver in front of a sold out crowd; the vibe of the night was electric and The Opera House was filled with fans ranged in age and built levels of anticipation. Shad serves as an inspiration for many who were in attendance, and even fans who brought along their friends to witness him perform is (in essence) the true power that they have when it comes to growing a fan base. With a VIP Meet & Greet beside his merchandise booth selling CDs & Vinyls of his new album, Flying Colours (and also clothing), fans were able to interact with Shad as the line outside grew and as Opera House started filling up. The quick ‘thank you’s’ and ‘I love your music’ echoed throughout the fans meeting him, but you can see the genuine humility beaming from Shad as he embraced as many fans as possible.
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The Nat Turner band began to play. The floor boards of The MOD Club began to vibrate undeniably. I’m not sure if it was what felt like an eternal drumroll, the rich bass or the gifts the man on the board was offering accompanied by DJ Sober, It felt like something spiritual.
I turned and asked the girl beside me, “can you feel that?”
She grinned, speechless.
You just had a sense that something super was about to happen.
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It was a dark, foggy, and rainy night on Thursday October 17th, but that didn’t stop loyal fans from making their way to see their hometown hero, The Weeknd perform at Toronto’s Massey Hall in support of his new album, Kiss Land. Coming off a lengthy 28-city North American trek dubbed “The Fall” tour, this was the first performance of three back-to-back sold out shows.
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For the past few years Detroit rapper, Danny Brown has put in a continuous effort to get into Canada and has been unsuccessful. That all changed last night at the Danforth Music Hall where Danny Brown embraced Toronto with NY’s Queens rapper Action Bronson kicking off the show. Check out the full review and pictures after the jump!
This years Canada Walk of Fame Festival was a very special moment for a Canadian legend; Saturday, September 21st was the 25th anniversary of Maestro Fresh Wes’ 1989 debut platinum selling album Symphony In Effect. Closing out the Walk of Fame Festival which ran three days, Maestro headlined a concert held at Massey Hall where he performed Symphony In Effect as well as his latest gift of art Orchestrated Noise. If that wasn’t enough Maestro also invited a ton of amazing artists who were featured on both projects. Hit the jump to view the full review and pictures.
Tomorrow (September 17th), St. Lucian emcee Kayo will be releasing his latest project, the S.L.A.V.E. EP, through Black Box. At nine tracks, S.L.A.V.E. truly feels more like an album than an EP, and the attention put into the project reflects that. Says Kayo, the production of S.L.A.V.E. was mostly in-house with himself and Yogi: “We did a lot of creative things in terms of collaboration with different producers where we’d bring people in and collaborate on the beat, so we’d have three different producers on one beat; Cam Smith collaborated with Ritchcraft, and they collaborated with Yogi, Chris Noxx… I feel like we captured a vibe that hadn’t been captured yet.”
As Kayo tells us, he wanted to create something with a sense of creative duality: “When you take a word as harsh as ‘slave’ and you try to turn it into something that could be interpreted in an almost positive, or beautiful, way. That’s why I created the acronym ‘Serenity Lives Around Virtuous Energy’.” The core message, says Kayo, is that you can be the light you want to see in your life, something for which he drew upon his own experiences: “Taking all those negative things that I felt that I was going through, and harnessing that energy into something positive.” Read the track-by-track review after the jump and pick up S.L.A.V.E. on September 17th.