It was 9:00pm on Tuesday May 12th when fans began to enter The Rivoli. Lights strung from the ceiling added to a festive ambience of the venue. As fans strolled in, they gathered at the bar to buy drinks while waiting for the headliner of the night, DC via Brooklyn rapper, Oddisee. Blaring from the speakers were old school hip-hop hits, courtesy of DJ Ty Harper, also known as The Boogeyman to set the tone for the night. Hearing the set, fans prepared for what they were going to receive; a night of timeless and thought provoking hip-hop.
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The Known Unknown marked their return with an incredible Canadian Music Week showcase at Tattoo Queen West. Hosted by the founder of The Known Unknown, Tika Simone, the event featured a loaded roster of some of Toronto’s best homegrown talent. May 6th inside Tattoo was like a mini music festival! The night was filled with a variety of vibes. Toronto artists Ace Dillinger, Taya Marquis, McCallaman, Jessie Reyez, The Flan, Faiza, Unbuttoned, and Adria Kain took the stage and showed the city why not to sleep on their talent.
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Saturday, May 9th, Joey Bada$$ brought his World Domination tour to The Danforth Music Hall to close out Canadian Music Week. A look down Danforth Ave. showed that the concert was certainly one of the most anticipated shows of the festival. Zealous fans lined up early, some in their Pro Era shirts, to get a close glimpse of the rising star. His songs could be heard booming from smartphones while they waited. Hours before the doors opened at 7:00 pm, the lineup stretched around the block from the venue.
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Thursday night, 300 lucky fans saw the making of a legend inside The Garrison. May 7th was Toronto rapper, Jazz Cartier’s first ever headlining show. Fresh off the release of his debut project, Marauding in Paradise, there was massive hype surrounding his appearance. With that being said, the highly anticipated show quickly sold out. Fans scrambled to get last-minute tickets, alas some were rejected entry at the door. Although the hype was at an all-time high, those in attendance were in for a pleasant surprise. The show was by far the most epic rap show of Canadian Music Week!
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It was a mild spring night on May 2nd as a few eager fans waited in line for doors to open at Tattoo. From outside the venue, you could hear the DJ spinning tracks. The night was Goldlink’s debut Canadian show, curated by The Known Unknown, an advocate for giving indie artists a platform to showcase their talents. Alongside Goldlink, openers Jahkoy and Clairmont The Second were also on the bill.
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