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…

Concert Review: Alpha Omega at The Rockpile in Toronto

Alpha Omega is a relatively new group from Victoria, BC consisting of veteran MC Prevail, who is also part of the Juno award-winning Swollen Members, and BaxWar artist Neph.  While Prevail has built a strong reputation over the past twenty years with Swollen Members, this new group Alpha Omega is just getting started with only a…

Concert Review: ¡Mayday! – The Space Cadet Tour at The Rockpile in Toronto

¡Mayday! is probably my favourite band to debut in this current decade, and they’re back for their second ever Canadian tour!  After rocking this same venue two summers ago for their first show in Toronto, ¡Mayday! have since gone on to release their fourth album on Strange Music, Future/Vintage, and earlier this year Bernz released his…

Concert Review: Atmosphere, Brother Ali & deM atlaS at Rebel in Toronto

It was another night of tough decision making for Toronto Hip-Hop heads.  On a Friday night there were two major Hip-Hop acts performing at two different venues at the same time: Danny Brown, who had recently released his fourth album Atrocity Exhibition, and Atmosphere, who released their eighth album Fishing Blues this past summer.  I…

Festival Review: The Roots Picnic in New York City

One of the most gifted and musically diverse bands on the planet, The Roots are in their ninth year curating their own music festival.  Always co-headlining alongside some of their favourite artists, collaborators and friends, the festival has been one way The Roots’ celebrate their hometown, Philadelphia, every year.  For the first time in 2016…

Concert Review: Nitty Scott, MC at Blank Canvas Gallery in Toronto

One of my favourite ladies in Hip-Hop, Nitty Scott, MC has returned to Toronto!  Every time she has been here, she has headlined her own shows, and has done so in support of noble causes.  Her first ever show in Canada was at Lee’s Palace in 2015 to support Can I Live Charity, and she returned…

Concert Review: Anderson .Paak & Kaytranada at Manifesto Festival

Celebrating its ten-year anniversary, Manifesto Festival is doing it big for 2016.  Over the past decade, the festival has brought the Toronto community together, giving young local artists a platform to both develop and showcase their skills.  The festival typically consists of art exhibitions, mentorship workshops for young artists, and is wrapped up with a…

Concert Review: Banks & Steelz at the Mod Club in Toronto

Talk about tough decisions.  On this night in Toronto, 90’s Hip-Hop heads had two dope options for live shows.  There was the much hyped Bad Boy Records Reunion Tour hitting the Air Canada Centre, featuring Diddy/Puff Daddy, Mase, Lil Kim, Faith Evans, The LOX, 112, Total and Carl Thomas, or there was Wu-Tang’s RZA and…

Concert Review: Kanye West – The Saint Pablo Tour in Toronto

Well this was a pleasant surprise! I wasn’t planning on attending this show, but encountered some tickets at the last minute. Kanye West is of course a high demand artist, as this would be the last of two consecutive nights in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for his Saint Pablo Tour. The last time he was…