Review: Alternative Symphony Performing Dr. Dre’s 2001 in Toronto

… And we’re back! We celebrated the new year by counting down our top ten concerts of 2019, and are kicking off 2020 by celebrating the 20th anniversary of an all-time classic album. Released in November of 1999, Dr. Dre’s sophomore solo album, 2001, is a timeless masterpiece that elevated Hip-Hop culture to a new…

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: Nas & Mary J. Blige at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto

When it comes to Hip-Hop and R&B, Nas & Mary J. Blige can be considered royalty of their respective genres, each having legendary careers lasting over 25 years, and now they have joined forces for The Royalty Tour. Celebrating 25 years of Nas’ Illmatic album and Mary J. Blige’s My Life album, the two legends…

Concert Review: Beast Coast at Echo Beach in Toronto

The Beast Coast crew have individually been taking the underground Hip-Hop world by storm over the past several years, and now they’ve finally united as a supergroup to release their first album as a collective, Escape From New York. The all-Brooklyn squad consists of standout star Joey Bada$$, members of his Pro Era crew including…

Concert Review: Common at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto

  For the first time in five years, Common has returned to Toronto on his Let Love Tour. The acclaimed Chicago emcee/actor/author has had many artistic endeavors in recent years, always pushing his own boundaries with the various looks, feels, and styles of the characters he portrays in film, and with each of his musical…

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…

Concert Review: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals at Echo Beach in Toronto

  2019 is Anderson .Paak’s year. After crushing it on the indie scene for most of the decade, the multitalented RnB/Funk/Soul singer has arrived in the mainstream, finally releasing his major-label debut album on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment late last year. Riding the wave of November’s Oxnard album, 2019 so far has seen Anderson .Paak go…

Concert Review: Snoop Dogg at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto

  One of the most prolific figures in Hip-Hop, Snoop Dogg has returned to Canada on a very special concert tour. After hitting smaller Ontario markets along the way like Sudbury and Huntsville, Snoop’s return to Toronto would also be a smaller show than we’d expect, as he’d be performing at Rebel Nightclub as opposed…