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…

The Top 10 Concerts I Attended in 2015

Our second full calendar year being active was a fun one!  We’ve gained a lot of recognition in Toronto’s local Hip-Hop scene, made great connections, and most importantly covered a lot of concerts this year (one more than last year!).  I want to thank all the promoters and local artists who made it easier for me…

Concert Review: Shad & Ty Dolla $ign at the 2015 NXNE Festival in Toronto

Oh, the controversy surrounding this concert.  Where to begin…  North By Northeast, or NXNE for short, is an annual music festival that brings hundreds of artists to Toronto every June.  There are many wristband and ticketed concerts put on throughout the city during the one-week festival, and it’s all capped off with a set of free, public concerts…

Concert Review: Shad at Massey Hall in Toronto

Arguably Canada’s best MC, Shad is back with another big-time event: a concert at the revered Massey Hall to celebrate 10 years of being a professional artist.  Shad has come a long way; using the winnings from a talent competition to record his debut album When This Is Over in 2005, winning a Juno Award…

The Top 10 Concerts I Attended in 2014

I’d like to thank everyone who’s supported this blog and anyone who has ever read any of my articles!  This is the first full calendar year I’ve had SYpherSights running, so this time I have concert reviews written for every show on the list.  While I couldn’t attend every single hip-hop show in the city,…

Concert Review: Shad & Brother Ali at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto

For the amount of time my blog has been active, I’ve probably written about Shad the most.  He’s been on a roll lately; opening for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis throughout their Canadian tour, making a surprise appearance at the Manifesto Festival, hosting his new album release-day event in Toronto, and going on tour to promote…