Review: The 2017 NXNE Port Lands Festival in Toronto (via CulturedVultures)

This past weekend, NXNE returned with their second annual “festival within a festival” at the Port Lands.  After putting on several club shows throughout the week curated by well known artists picking some lesser known favourites to perform, NXNE tried to make their weekend celebration bigger and better than last year.  The Port Lands Festival…

The Top 5 Hip-Hop Concerts To See In Toronto This Summer (2017)

The summer months of July and August are close approaching, and there are plenty of great Hip-Hop artists set to perform in our city!  We got you Hip-Hop heads covered with the top five shows you need to see (in chronological order): 5. Main Source at Unity Festival in David Pecaut Square – July 15,…

Festival Review: Manifesto 11 at Echo Beach in Toronto

After a very successful debut at Echo Beach last year for their tenth anniversary party, Manifesto has returned for the second year in a row with an even more eclectic lineup!  They’ve spent over a decade building up and supporting Toronto’s Hip-Hop community by mentoring young artists, providing a platform for them to develop &…

Concert Review: Oddisee & Good Compny at Lee’s Palace in Toronto

Before we get into this review, we send our deepest condolences to those affected by the attack at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester last week.  The love for music is what brings people together for concerts, and if we stop doing what we love out of fear, then the terrorists win.  We will not stop,…

Concert Review: Apathy & Celph Titled at Smiling Buddha in Toronto

Always relevant in the underground hip-hop scene, Apathy & Celph Titled have returned to Toronto on the Escape To Canada Tour!  Whether it’s as part of the six-man group, The Demigodz, the large collective of east-coast emcees known as Army of the Pharaohs, or just as solo artists, Apathy & Celph Titled remain among the…

Concert Review: Talib Kweli at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto

Legendary Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli makes his return to Toronto, almost exactly two years since his last show here.  Having released some all-time classics in the late 90’s and early 2000’s on Rawkus Records, he has adapted nicely to the shifting music industry and has remained relevant as an independent artist.  Ever since founding his…

Review: Pete Rock at Hip-Hop Karaoke’s 10th Anniversary in Toronto

For the past ten years, Hip-Hop Karaoke (or HHK for short) has been a staple in Toronto’s Hip-Hop scene, throwing a party on the third Friday of every month and letting fans of all generations jam to their favourite Hip-Hop songs from all eras.  Having originated in New York City before having chapters spread throughout…

Concert Review: Madchild at The Rockpile in Toronto

It’s only right that we start 2017 where we left off at the end of 2016.  The last show we covered was one half of the Juno award-winning group Swollen Members, Prevail, performing with his new group Alpha Omega at The Rockpile.  Now we’re back at the same venue to see the other half of Swollen…

The Top 10 Concerts I Attended in 2016

Another year, another top ten!  Our third full calendar year saw more connections made, more recognition received, and while fewer concerts were covered than previous years, the shows covered were bigger.  I have to thank all the media teams and organizers who granted me access – I had more media passes this year than any…