Concert Review: Shad at Longboat Hall in Toronto (2022.06.16)

An emcee who loves basketball metaphors, Shad came up clutch in the 4th quarter of 2021 and hit a slam dunk with his seventh album, TAO. With COVID restrictions continuing to ease up, he’s been able to tour across Canada and parts of USA all spring, celebrating his new body of work with the fans,…

Top 8 Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Concerts Hitting Toronto This Summer (2022)

With the impacts of COVID-19 dying down, it looks like live concerts are making a consistent return to Toronto this summer! We’ve gotten through the spring with most shows going ahead as planned, and it’s looking like there won’t be a need for rescheduling and refunds going forward (fingers crossed). Here is a look at…

Top 30 Hip-Hop Artists of the Decade: #20-11

As we now enter the 2020s, a lot of Hip-Hop fanatics are of course discussing who the best rappers of the 2010s were. It’s a tough task to narrow down a list to a Top 30, but here’s one of many attempts to do it. The 2010s was a challenging decade, as many artists who…

The Top 10 Concerts I Attended in 2019

2019 was a really busy year for me. The day job got more demanding, a lot of friends and family got married, and I did most of my traveling for reasons other than attending world-renowned music festivals. I still got out there and reviewed as many concerts as I possibly could though, covering a good…

Concert Review: Shad at the 2019 TD Toronto Jazz Festival

There are many ways to ring in the summer in Toronto, and one of those ways would be the opening weekend of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival! On the first official weekend of summer, and for the entire week to follow, the Toronto Jazz Fest shut down a stretch of Bloor Street between Bay Street…

Top 30 Hip-Hop Albums of 2018: #20-11

2018 may go down as the best year of the 2010s for Hip-Hop releases. It’s been a year to be known for the sheer volume of great albums, with so many dropping that it’s been a challenge keeping up. While it’s great to see the culture thriving with so many artists putting out new music,…

Concert Review – Shad at The Great Hall in Toronto (2nd Show)

Another year in Toronto, another concert from Shad. The Juno award-winning emcee has had a long history of T-Dot performances, in recent years doing shows that range from revered concert venues like the Danforth Music Hall and Massey Hall, to outdoor summer festivals in Dundas Square and FCP Park, and even small, intimate shows at…

Top 10 Upcoming Hip-Hop Concerts to see in Toronto This Fall (2018)

Hoodie season is upon us, but as the weather gets colder, there won’t be any shortages in Hip-Hop artists bringing their concert tours through the city. While there aren’t as many large stadium shows or outdoor festivals, there are a ton of more intimate club performances happening before the end of the year. We picked…

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…

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: Shad at Mod Club in Toronto

It has to happen at least once a year; all-time Canadian great, Shad, has come back to Toronto to put on a show!  2015 saw Shad do some large shows, filling up the revered Massey Hall and having headlining sets at Toronto’s NXNE and Burlington’s Sound of Music festivals, and now he’s taking things back…