Concert Review: Main Source at the 2017 Unity Festival in Toronto

Celebrating its ten-year anniversary, Unity Charity is back with its annual summer festival.  While they work throughout the year to engage and support the GTA’s youth using Hip-Hop in their after-school programs, Unity’s summer festival is a celebration of their work, with many young, local artists participating.  The festival includes events throughout the week showcasing…

Concert Review: Gorillaz at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto

After a six-year hiatus, singer/songwriter/producer Damon Albarn and visual artist Jamie Hewlett have reunited to bring us a new Gorillaz album, and the band has now embarked on their first tour since 2010.  Not known for touring heavily, this would be only the third time Gorillaz have toured in Canada over the near twenty years…

Concert Review: Shad at First Canadian Place Park in Toronto

The tradition continues!  As one of Canada’s greatest Hip-Hop artists, Shad continues his streak of performing in Toronto at least once a year.  In past years we’ve seen him perform in all kinds of settings, ranging from revered music halls like Massey Hall, to headlining festivals like NXNE, to filling up small nightclubs like the…

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…

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…