Category: Features

[Review] SeT – “AuRA”


“In parapsychology and many forms of spiritual practice, an aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object (like the halo or aureola in religious art). The depiction of such an aura often connotes a person of particular power or holiness. It is said that all living things (including humans) and all objects manifest such an aura. Often it is held to be perceptible, whether spontaneously or with practice: such perception is at times linked with the third eye of Indian spirituality. It has also been described as a map of the thoughts and feelings surrounding a person.”

- Bowers, Barbara, Ph.D: What Color Is Your Aura? Personality Spectrums for Understanding and Growth – 1989

You can interpret the meaning AuRA however you choose to look at it. For SeT, it’s the power of harnessing the power of positive energy, coinciding with the negative energy. You can’t have the good, without the bad. His named derived from the Egyptain God, SeT. Who was employed by Ra, as the God of Chaos. Outgoing, philosophical,intellectual and innovative, SeT embodies the traits of the Egyptain God, based on his fascination with Egyptian mythology. Having a long line of talented musicians in his family, it’s almost as if SeT was born to pursue music. Sit down and speak with him for twenty minutes, you’ll see he is no ordinary rapper. The thought process he has about everything is on another level. From the energy we give off, to any topic at hand. AuRA, a 10 track LP from SmashMouth Music Group’s own, speaks volumes on quality over quantity. One song in and you can feel the presence SeT gives on the mic. A heavy one. He’s no newbie to making music and gives you an almost, tell-all with AuRA. Putting his life on the line in pursuit of something that means everything to him. There’s hidden meaning, with unconcealed truth all throughout the album. Having sat on it since it came out, taking it in slowly, I found the power of the music SeT provides on this is impeccable. Mood music for the soul. Take in SeT’s album AuRA as we go on a track by track break down.

Hit the link to read the full review!

[Contest] Win Tickets To See “Welcome To DillaVille” Tour July 19th (Toronto)


The Come Up Show is giving away one (1) pair of tickets to see the “Welcome To DillaVille” Tour on July 19th at Rockpile West in Toronto featuring Slum Village and Bizarre Ride Live (members of the Pharcyde). The contest starts today (Thursday, July 17th) at 7:00PM ET and ends Saturday, July 19th at 10:00AM ET. The contest is set up below, you can enter daily until the contest is over on Wednesday, July 19th at 10:00AM ET.

The options are to follow us on our social media and to promote it. The higher the entries, the more that tells us how bad you really want to win the tickets! You can also get your friends to enter the contest to increase your chances of winning. Good Luck!

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[News] 2014 Polaris Music Prize Short List Announced featuring Shad and Drake


The 2014 Polaris Music Prize Short List that were revealed this morning in Toronto and our good friend Shad was nominated for a third time (2008, 2010, 2014). Shad joins the VERY short list of Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, and Metric to be nominated for a third time. Drake is listed this year for Nothing Was The Same which some disagree with as Polaris is supposed to be supporting “indie” artists. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments section.

2014 Polaris Music Prize Short List
Arcade Fire — Reflektor
Basia Bulat — Tall Tall Shadow
Mac DeMarco — Salad Days
Drake — Nothing Was The Same
Jessy Lanza — Pull My Hair Back
Owen Pallett — In Conflict
Shad — Flying Colours
Tanya Tagaq — Animism
Timber Timbre — Hot Dreams

The 2014 winner will be determined by an 11-member Grand Jury during the Polaris Gala at The Carlu in Toronto on September 22. The Grand Jury will be selected from the larger pool of nearly 190 music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada who make up the Polaris jury.

The eligibility period for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales. Last year’s winner was Godspeed You! Black Emperor for Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! Past winners include Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).

[News] Manifesto Festival is looking for your Submission


Manifesto is currently accepting submissions for the 2014 festival in the areas of: Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Freshest Goods and Volunteers. The Application deadline has been extended to Sunday July 20th 11:59PM. Apply right now!

About Manifesto

Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit organization working to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts & culture. We aim to provide a platform and the resources needed to advance the growth of the arts as a tool for positive change on the individual, community and city level.

Through art exhibitions, dance competitions, workshops, free outdoor concerts, film screenings, networking opportunities,

seminars, festivals, a pop-up arts market, and much more, Manifesto creates powerful and engaging experiences, and provides opportunities for young artists to grow.

Manifesto’s point of origin lies in hip hop culture – in its spirit of ingenuity, raw creativity, and people power, but we strive to stay out of boxes and create a platform with the potential to act as a catalyst for cross-pollination, collaboration, and the growth of new forms in this city of wildly talented people.

[Contest] Win Prize Pack + Tickets To See Future Live In Concert July 11th (Toronto)


The Come Up Show is giving away a prize pack, including (1) one pair of tickets to see Future live in concert on July 11th at Sound Academy in Toronto! The contest starts today (Sunday, July 6th) at 10:00AM ET and ends Wednesday, July 9th at 3:00PM ET.

The contest is set up below, you can enter daily until the contest is over on Wednesday, July 9th at 3:00PM ET. The options are to follow us on our social media and to promote it. The higher the entries, the more that tells us how bad you really want to win the tickets! You can also get your friends to enter the contest to increase your chances of winning. Good Luck!

The Prize Pack Includes the Following:

- One Pair of Tickets To See Future Live In Concert
- A Copy of His Honest CD
- 10.Deep T-Shirt
- 10.Deep Stickers

Tickets available online via InkTickets

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[Contest] A chance to win passes to Skratch Bastid’s BBQ July 5, 2014 (Toronto)


“The BBQ is for the love of food and music, and the enjoyment of how well they go together. I sought out to find DJs and musicians who show a love for great music in their sets and mixes, and spread out the line-up to give attendees a balanced diet of styles, flavours and sounds.” – Skratch Bastid

We’re giving you the chance to win free passes for you and a friend, just enter below! The contest ends this Friday July 4th at 12pm. Good luck and if you need more info about this event check our post.

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[Feature] Sese: Canada’s Hardest Working, Yet Most Underrated Artist

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There’s no confusion amongst anyone when you’re talking Canadian hip-hop and bring up St.Catharines own, Sese; besides how to pronounce his name. Though that’s besides the fact. Since the days of recording on cassette tapes, Sese has been working, from older mixtapes like “Sese: Pre-Season”, “The Future is Back”, “Lets Talk Science”, to where he really made a stamp, solidifying his spot with “Hit and Run”. His catalog spans over 10+ mixtapes throughout his career, with two albums recently released and a slew of singles and features that can keep any hip-hop head busy taking in his music for weeks.

Hit the jump as we look over the question, is Sese one of the hardest working, yet most underrated rappers in Canada?

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