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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It was November 9, 1993 that Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) made its debut to the world and 20 years later it’s touted as one of the greatest hip hop albums ever. The celebration wouldn’t have been the same if Wu-Tang Clan hadn’t reunited on stage and we’ve seen few select dates in 2013. Toronto was one of those lucky cities to witness the legendary group live minus Rza and Masta Killa. Our reviewer Colton couldn’t see the show because of circumstances beyond our control but we did manage to get access for our photographer Danielle Da Silva to capture a couple of flicks.
Check out the photos of the opening acts such as Peter Jackson, Trinity Chris, Gangis Khan, and the headlining act The Wu-Tang Clan. Let me know what your experience of the show was like in the comment section.
It’s only been an unbelievable three months since Chance The Rapper headlined his first show at The Hoxton. It wasn’t a big surprise hearing the show was sold out considering Acid Rap was arguably the mixtape of the summer if not the year. This past Monday Chance made an appearance in Toronto as part of his “Social Experiment” North American tour featuring guests DJ Rashad & Spinn. Chants were shouted impatiently after DJ Rashad took a final swing of his beer and left the stage along with a good impression. Meanwhile the sound crew took over the stage unintentionally provoking annoyance that could have been avoided for a smoother transition.
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If you don’t already know The Weeknd is in Toronto performing three shows part of the Kiss Land Tour. The first show was last night at Massey Hall and due to production limitations Abel just announced the venue change to the Sony Centre so if you got tickets make sure to show up at the Sony Centre not the Massey Hall. Our photographer CZR-E caught a few photos of Abel for your enjoyment and there will be a review coming shortly. Let me know if you are attending of the Toronto dates and what you thought of his performance. We also got pictures of The Weeknd when he performed for the first time in London, On.
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!
I’m still recovering and feeling very inspired from this year’s Manifesto, couldn’t believe the festival turned seven already. Shouts to the staff, volunteers, partners, and everyone involved in making it possible. I started my Manifesto weekend by attending “The Beat” on Friday which featured Sango, Lancescape, Sunclef, Rich Kidd, Elaquent and Rich Kidd. Saturday I took down some great notes at the panels and Sunday was Live At The Square. Check out the photo gallery below by our photographer CZR-E from the performances at Live at The Square featuring acts such as John River, Wolf J, Freedom Writers, TFHOUSE, Kardinal Offishall, Solitair, Blake Carrington, Raz Fresco, Notes To Self, Jully Black, Jhene Aiko, and Souls of Mischief. Let me know if you were at any of the events and what your favourite performance was.
Here are all the photos taken by our photographer Eddy Rissling, make sure to check out a quick recap review of the Mac Miller concert this past week. We also interviewed Mac Miller last year talking about his album Watching Movies With The Sound Off. Did you go to the concert? What did you think? Most feedback I’ve heard is that people had a fabulous time, I’m curious to know what you think.
Closing out this very special weekend, veteran Sean Price made his way to London on Sunday, April 21st as part of his Mic Tyson tour, as well to celebrate The Come Up Shows 6th anniversary. From the days of Heltah Skeltah’s 97’ Nocturnal release to all three of Bootcamp Clik’s albums and even as a solo artist with releases like Monkey Barz all the way to his present material Mic Tyson; Sean Price has been a topic of discussion amongst the hip-hop heads daily. Right after performing in St.Catharines the previous night, P took the stage at Rumrunners Music Hall fulfilling a lot of long awaited dreams of going to see Sean P live in the flesh. Check out the full review by hitting the jump!
This past Friday on April 19th, marked the sixth year since The Come Up Show’s humble beginnings on 94.9 CHRW Radio. In celebration, an amazing line-up of artists took the stage at the Black Shire Pub and threw down what was no doubt an unforgettable night. As the doors opened for the upstairs section, the guests all hovered by the bar quickly grabbed their drinks and started crowding the stage as the final touches were done for the setup. With friends, fans and staff all in attendance, it already felt like a “get-together like” party and the night hadn’t even really begun yet. HIT THE JUMP to read the full article and see all the amazing pictures!
On January 10, 2013, Five & Dime in partnership with Union Events presented LEGENDS: Method Man, live at The Sound Academy. This was Meth’s first visit back since his last appearance in Toronto in 2011. Attracting a crowd of various individuals, younger and older, male and female, the extensive lineup stretched entirely down Polson Street. With over 5,000,000 albums sold worldwide and 20+ years in the rap game, it was inevitable that fans were more than eager to see a true legend perform as they patiently waited to get inside.
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Courtesy of the Social Science Student Council, the University of Western Ontario’s Mustang Lounge on January 10 was host to the first stop of Mac Miller’s Larry Fisherman tour with guests The Come Up, Rich Kidd and SonReal. Virtually selling out as quickly as announced with just over 1,100 confirmed on facebook, which isn’t surprising. The following Mac Miller has created for himself since emerging practically out of nowhere back in ‘09 is literally devouring, with fans from “hipsters”, party go’ers and hip hop heads alike. Comparing himself to a modern “ A Tribe Called Quest mixed with The Doors”, Mac Miller has a very humble attitude, stating himself he still has a lot to learn. Being the first indie act in over a decade to have a number one album, selling out at every venue from his first tour to present day, there is no telling what lies ahead in the near future for the young Pittsburgh artist. Hit the jump to read the full review!