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[Review] The Consignment Show Presents: “Smashmouth Mentality Showcase” ft Flex The Antihero, Richie Blackz, Dillanponders, Jimmy B, SeT, Haviah Mighty, Jay Downz, EGAA, The Bass6, and DJ DoubleDown

Smashmouth Mentality Showcase ft Richie Blackz, Haviah Mighty, Jay Downz, EGAA, The Bass6, and DJ DoubleDown

There have been a lot of successful hip hop events held at the APK through the past several months, and The Consignment Show presentation, Smashmouth Mentality Showcase proved to one of livest nights yet. Artist’s from Toronto, Waterloo and London came together to show case their talents and show love to other up and coming artists. Hip hop fans who were at the APK Saturday night had the chance to witness some of the best talent Canada has to offer, with a  bill consisting  of Flex the Antihero, Richie Blackz, Dillanponders, Jimmy B, SeT, Haviah Mighty, Jay Downz, EGAA, The Bass6, and DJ DoubleDown.

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[Review] The “Deep Web” Tour ft. Childish Gambino March 24th @ Sound Academy (Toronto)

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Photo by Ava Tunnicliffe – Childish Gambino performing during the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

March 24th, 2014, a day marked in most attendee’s calendars as they prepared to see comedian, actor and rapper extraordinaire, Childish Gambino. Eager fans stood along the road in front of the infamous Sound Academy excited to see the multifaceted performer take the stage for his first of two shows in Toronto as part of his “Deep Web” tour. This would be the second show Gambino has ever performed in the city since his first headlining tour back in 2012 with the now popular Chance The Rapper.

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[Review] Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Toronto ft. SZA, Shi Wisdom, a l l i e & KJ March 26th @ Tattoo (Toronto)

On Wednesday, March 26, the monthly Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Toronto was held at Tattoo, on Queen West. The second installment of this live music showcase was curated by Manifesto, bringing together local talents DJ Lissa Monet, KJ, A l l i e, Shi Wisdom and was headlined by Top Dawg Entertainment’s very own SZA. There wasn’t much of a line just before the doors opened at 8 but it was yet another cold night and since it was a sold out show, most people must have been keeping warm until the venue was open.

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[Review] Isaiah Rashad & Tre-Mission February 27th @ Tattoo Queen West (Toronto)

Isaiah Rashad & Tre Mission Feb 27 2014 Toronto

One of the coldest nights in Toronto but the night was sure to heat up as fans waited in line for a night that they were not going to forget. Tennessee was in the house as Top Dawg Entertainment’s Isaiah Rashad got set to headline his first solo show in Canada alongside Toronto resident and grime expert Tre-Mission. The full house of fans showed the alacrity the city had for the Tennessee rapper as they slowly entered the venue at Tattoo Queen West.

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[Review] The Consignment Show Presents: The Golden Tour (Ghettosocks, Relic, Fresh Kils, Ngajuana, Notion & Cee, Whatshisface, DJ Hullewud)

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Last Saturday was a big night for London hip-hop as The Consignment Show brought The Golden Tour to APK. The bill for this show consisted of six talented acts, each bringing a unique and innovative style for fans to soak in. The lineup consisted of Ghettosocks, Relic, Fresh Kils, Ngajuana, Notion & Cee, and Whatshisface. Each set flowed nicely into the next, and DJ Hullewud kept the party rocking in between sets.

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[Review] A Tribe Called Red @ Hideaway Records & Bar

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Bringing their Electric Pow Wow parties across Canada and beyond, A Tribe Called Red treated London party goers to an electrifying set this past Thursday at Hideaway Records & Bar.Whenever a live act comes through to Hideaway Records, the building is always packed, and this night would prove to be no different.

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[Review] Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely @ The Hoxton (Toronto)

Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely in Toronto

Friday January 31, was a busy night for Hip Hop in Toronto and The Come Up Show was there so none of you missed a beat. The Hoxton was filled with Dom Kennedy fans that were hyped for the OPM rapper’s first appearance in Toronto, his special guest Skeme and his DJ, Drewbyrd.

Leading up to the show, fans were huddled in line, trying to keep warm, and some even brought coffee. Most of the line showed up around 7, when doors were scheduled to open and were definitely ready to welcome Dom to Canada. Fans had ditched their typical Blue Jays and Leafs apparel for the night, trading it in for Dodgers hats and Kings gear.  Inside, if you were looking to rep your love, the merch table didn’t have much of a selection (just one black, long sleeved tee) but fans were still buying it

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[Review] J.Cole What Dreams May Come Tour @ London Music Hall

J.Cole What Dreams May Come Tour 2014 @ London Music Hall

Another great show on a freezing day; I’m starting to see a pattern here (or maybe it’s just Canada). J. Cole was last in London in 2011, touring in support of his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story. More than 2 years later, he returned with the Dreamville crew to a sold out Music Hall. To put that into perspective, it’s a venue that can hold 2000+ people…at capacity. As if that wasn’t enough,……hit the JUMP to read the full review.

[Review] Kardinal Offishall & Danny Fernandes Live @ The Wave January 9th, 2014

Kardinal Offishall and Danny Fernandes tore the roof down earlier this month as the Wave welcomed the two Canadian superstars to be a part of Westerns Purple Frost event. Kardinal and Danny have been holding it down as ambassadors for Canadian entertainers respectively for many years. Kardinal broke into the scene 20 plus years ago seeing great billboard success. Danny has been holding it down on his own as far as Canadian pop music goes, holding numerous smash hits to his name. The Wave welcomed the duo in with open arms Thursday January 9th, and all show goers were treated to two plus hours of live entertainment. Click the jump to read the full article.

[Review] “The Mrs. Carter World Tour” ft Beyonce & Luke James @ The Air Canada Centre (Toronto)

The air was frigid as fans began to gather at the Air Canada Centre to witness the great spectacle that is Beyoncé. She brought the heat this past Monday, December 16, as she headlined her ‘Mrs. Carter World Show’ tour just days after she surprised the world with her new 32-track self –titled album Beyoncé. With Grammy award nominated Luke James by her side the real storm was about to take place right here inside the stadium.

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[Review] SmashMouth Entertainment, I Luv Lola & Union Events Present ASAP Ferg December 11th @ Opera House (Toronto)

ASAP Ferg Live In Concert

New York was in the building on Wednesday night as ASAP Ferg and the ASAP Mob got set to perform on the last stop on their Turnt x Burnt Fall Tour here in Toronto. The sold out show at The Opera House brought all of Toronto’s most loyal ASAP fans in celebration of the New York emcee’s first headlined tour. Along with Ferg, special guests 100s, Ashton Matthews and Joey Fatts were ready to keep the city’s hip-hop fans on their feet.  With the release of his debut album “Trap Lord” receiving positive reviews and still buzzing months after its release it was sure to be a tremendous night full of great energy.

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