Laurier Creek Trail Run (Waterloo, ON)

Laurel Trail

I found myself in Waterloo yesterday and decided to run this trail. Even though I knew nothing about it, how long it was, or where it headed.

The sign gave me lots of information, however. I knew that the trail was two kilometers long and that this run would probably be around five kilometers total.

Laurer Trail Bearinger

I entered Laurier Trail off of Bearinger Road and it quickly became a dirt path.

University of Waterloo Laurer Trail

It headed towards the University of Waterloo and a sports park.

Laurier Creek

It was nice to see Laurier Creek. Quite a few people were fishing at different points along the waterfront.

The trail was completely flat and I had to run pretty much straight there and straight back. It wasn’t the best run I’ve ever had and I wouldn’t go out of my way to run this route. However, it does extend further the other way and might be worth exploring.

More Information

The Laurel Trail offers more than eight kilometres (five miles) of trail along the Laurel Creek.

It runs through uptown Waterloo – where you may want to stop for food, shopping or a visit to the Waterloo Public Square – and Waterloo Park, the jewel of the city.

This trail is suitable for walking, cycling and some rollerblading.

Location

The Laurel Trail runs from uptown Waterloo north through the University of Waterloo to Columbia Lake.

http://www.waterloo.ca/en/gettingactive/laureltrail.asp

Chezza – I AM (deejaying this tour stop)

Chezza with Chase March

WHEN: Saturday August 20th, 2016
WHERE: Gordy’s Brewhouse, 1631 Oxford St. E, London, ON
COST: $10 ADMISSION
DOORS:  OPEN AT 9 PM, PERFORMANCES START AT 10 PM SHARP!

IceBurgh Society Entertainment Presents: The “i am…” Album Release Tour featuring CheZZa!

Tour Support:

TRACE MOTIVATE
ANTIFRANTIK 
JOR’DEL DOWNZ 

IIPL Presents the One Night Only Showcase (Winner wins an IceBurgh Society Prize Pack):

TEMPOMENTAL
JUX CAIN
K. ROUGE
LABELLED MINORITY
IBEDice
DUSTED RHYMES
DIZTRIKT APOLO

Merchandise 

$10 CDs
$20 T-Shirts and Tanks

CheZZa Bio:

With the formation of IceBurgh Society Entertainment, CheZZa has grown within himself as well. As he is a member of Blaq Roche, within the group he helped form his voice, which has begun to bring about a new change to his music, and to the way he views the world.

CheZZa went from making music to please the masses, to now making music to heal the masses, and becoming the newest voice for the voiceless, and the new head to the headless. IceBurgh Society Entertainment is a reflection of this change, and it is only the beginning.

From his days of opening for Hip Hop groups such as D-Sisive, ONYX, Merkules, Snak the Ripper, JD Era and Rich Kidd just to name a few, he has begun to separate himself from the constraints of the Hip Hop genre so that he could become what he feels is needed in the world and our society.

Stay tuned for the newest wave of CheZZa, and open your mind and ears to the true new world order, which will be lead by CheZZa and the IceBurgh Society.

Social Media Contacts:

Twitter/IG: @YowDisCheZZa
Bandcamp: http://dyoungraschezza.bandcamp.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/CheZZatheKing

SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/yowdischezza

The Past is the Future – Sons of Boombap Mixtape

SOB - The Past is the Future (cover)

The Sons of Boombap Present “The Past is the Future” Double-Length Mixtape

I am very proud to be part of this new hip-hop collective that is bringing back the boombap style of hip-hop. For our first release, we have crafted a double-disc mixtape featuring talented emcees, deejays, and producers from all over the world. It is available as a pay-what-you-can or free download.

Cop it and support the movement!

This project was mixed by Digital Junkie, G-Spot, and myself, Chase March.

DIGITAL JUNKIE (Section)

01. Bullies on the Beat (SHARKY, ILLTONE, CABLE) PROD- KNOW It
02. Bars Remix (MICROPHONE MISFITZ)
03. Wrong Side of the Tracks (SHARKY, LAKES)
04. Verbal Target (APPLIED SCIENCE ft. DEPHCHYLD)
05. Messiah Complex (GHOST OF THE MACHINE, WEAPON E.S.P.) PROD- DJ PROOF
06. Take Notes (CABLE, MLNY) PROD- MLNY Take
07. Crazy 8 (THE MIGHTY RHINO, NOTION, ULTRA MAGNUS, DONNY YONDER, SHARKY, ILLTONE, FACTION, CABLE) PROD- MISTER E, CUTS- FRACTION
08. Eya (NOTION, MADHATTR, CEE, EXIT ONLY) PROD- MADHATTR
09. Rock Harder (ES) PROD- JEE
10. Above the Clouds (CABLE, OSKEPTICAL, EXIT ONLY)
11. Watermelon & Vodka (JUX CAIN)
12. Ante Up (THE MIGHTY RHINO, BRANDED MOORE, EXIT ONLY)
13. S.O.B. Story (SHARKY, FRACTION)

CHASE MARCH (Section 1)

15. Bacon Wrapped Sausages (SHARKY) prod – MARK JORDAN
16. Not What I’m About (BRANDED MOORE)
17. Grumpy Old Men (CABLE, SHARKY)
18. The Guard (ZOETIC MINDS)
19. MC’S Act Like They Don’t Know (BRANDED MOORE)
20. Really Real (SHARKY, NOTION) prod – NOTION
21. F*%k You, Pay Me (APPLIED SCIENCE)
22. Line Em Up (THE MIGHTY RHINO)

G-SPOT (Section)

23. Brainstorm (NOTION, SHARKY, CEE) prod – EON
24. Flava in Your Ear (CABLE, SUBSTANCE, LAKES)
25. Far Away (SUBSTANCE) prod – BIG BEN
26. 94 (PHIL BLOUNT ft C-JITTA)
27. Offbeat (STEVE BE ft KING APOPCALYPSE)
28. Kick in the Door (BRANDED MOORE, SHARKY, CABLE)
30. Something (SHARKY, DONNY YONDER) prod- RSONAL DA BEATCHEF
31. Old School (CABLE, ILLTONE, SHARKY) PROD- PRO LOGIC
32. Examine the Facts (FREE ILL ft VIKTOR SHADE) CUTS- ILL TABLE MANNERS
33. Quit Frontin (ADAM WALSH) prod- JUS BEATS
34. 2 Ill (SHARKY, ILLTONE) prod- ILL MAJESTIC
35. Boombappers (ILLTONE, SUBSTANCE, SHARKY, CABLE) prod- KLUBBA LANG BEATS
36. Times Up (FRACTION, THE MIGHTY RHINO, SHARKY)

CHASE MARCH (Section 2)

37. Boom Blah (JUKEBOX VERBAL)
38. Resurrection (IRONIC)
39. Flashbacks (MLNY ft FILTHY TARANTINO) prod – EQ
40. Castles on a Cloud (L.E.O.) prod – XPLICIT
41. #EVENIHATEUS (SHARKY, CABLE) prod – SHADE COBAIN
42. Living Proof (AGE, EXIT ONLY)
43. Souls Rebelz Remix (MICROPHONE MISFITZ)
44. Takeover (SHARKY, OSKEPTICAL, CABLE, SUBSTANCE) prod- KLUBBA LANG BEATS

Disc 1

Disc 2

Download this project for free or pay-what-you-can from our Bandcamp Page

https://thesonsofboombap.bandcamp.com/

Sons of Boombap Mixtape Release Party

Sons of Boombap are on a mission to smash the stage with the same energy and passion that made you fall in love with hip hop in the first place.

DWG and the SOB Collective proudly presents…

SOB - The Past is the Future (cover)

“THE PAST IS THE FUTURE”

Double Mixtape Release Party!!!

The absolute best in old-school, boombap hip hop all night long.

Come have a couple drinks and help us celebrate the culture that we all love.

Music provided by

DJ Hullewud
Chase March

Live performaces by

Moore & Exit Only
Es
the Original SOB’s (Sharky, Cable, Fraction, Illtone)
and more.

WHERE

Martini Bar
645 Richmond St
London, Ontario, Canada
Above the Mongolian Grill

WHEN

Friday August 12, 2016
starting at 9:00 p.m.

Facebook Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/270836043283008/

MIXTAPE

The mixtape will be available on The Sons of Boombap Bandcamp Page.

Support real hip-hip!

I hope to see you there!

Chasing Content – Last August’s Best

Chasing Content - Aug 2015It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that handy feature that has us looking back at the old, dusty posts from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last August

or just these favs

Ain’t Nothing Like the Old School

I dug up my old Commodore 64 computer to play some classic video games, including my all-time favourite game, Bubble Bobble.

Beasley Skatepark (Hamilton, ON)

The oldest skatepark on the Eastern Seaboard is in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. There is a very dedicated group of volunteers that help maintain and update the park.

The More You Do the Better You Feel 

It sounds odd, but it is true. I know from experience. Click through to find out how and why this works.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

See you at the start of next month for another edition of Chasing Content!

Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

“Rodney Mullen, who three decades ago invented many of the tricks on which modern skateboarding is based, steps inside fashion photographer Steven Sebring’s revolutionary 360 studio for his first major release of footage in 12 years, including several never seen before moves.”

Music by Dhani Harrison
Steven Sebring: http://sebringrevolution.com/

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer of skateboarding and one of the best to ever do it. He specializes in flat-land tricks and performs them flawlessly.  He makes the board behave in ways that seem scientifically impossible.

It is so great seeing the pioneers of skateboarding still active on the boards. I love this stuff!

Bash in the Bush TOMORROW

Bash in the Bush

The second annual backyard music festival goes down tomorrow in Melbourne, Ontario. Come on out for an amazing evening filled with music, food and good times!

I will be deejaying for local rap acts, Mad Hattr and Tempomental. They go on early though so make sure you are there by 7:30 to catch these talented performers in action.

“To help facilitate the festivities we are selling entrance tickets which include your 1 entry for the raffle. The raffle will consist of 1 top prize draw, 2 secondary draws and a final 50/50 draw of ticket proceeds collected.”

Featured musical guests

– Rise Of Ares 5-6
– TKP 6-6:30
– Jack from Tha Khemistry 6:30-7:30
– TempoMental 7:30-8
– Mad Hattr  8:30-9
– Kid Royal 9-10
– Darien Night & Wil 10-1

– DJ Chase March (backing up TempoMental and Hattr)

Info

– Tickest are $10 in advance $15 at door
– Camping spots available for an extra $5
– On-site washroom facilities
– 19+ event
– No outside drinks
– We will be selling food but you are welcome to bring your own

Itinerary

– Arrival of guests
– Bbq, food, and drinks
– Games
– Live music
– Fireworks
– Raffle and 50/50 draw

Directions from London, ON.

Get on ON-401 W
14 min (8.9 km)

Head west on Queens Ave W toward Picton St
240 m

Turn left onto Wellington St
7.4 km

Use the right lane to merge onto ON-401 W via the ramp to Windsor/ON-402
1.2 km

Follow ON-401 W. Take exit 157 from ON-401 W
15 min (27.5 km)

Merge onto ON-401 W
1.2 km

Keep left at the fork to stay on ON-401 W
25.9 km

Take exit 157 for Iona Road/County Road 14 toward Melbourne/Iona
500 m

Continue on Iona Rd/County Rd 14. Drive to Melbourne Rd/Middlesex County Rd 9 in Southwest Middlesex
4 min (5.8 km)

Turn right onto Iona Rd/County Rd 14
3.6 km

Continue onto Melbourne Rd/Middlesex County Rd 9 until you see a BASH IN THE BUSH sign. 2.1 km. 20274-20448 Melbourne Road

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.

DJ Chase March on The Come Up Show

WIB takes over The Come Up Show (1)

I am pleased to announce that I will be the guest-host and deejay tomorrow on The Come Up Show from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on 94.9 CHRW.

I am usually on late-night  with my show “Word is Bond Rap Radio” on the same station. It is nice to have an earlier time slot for once. If you are not a night owl, you can finally hear me spin live.

Please call in to the station to say, “What’s up?” at (519) 661-3600 when you are listening. You can also text that number.

I plan on playing nothing but Canadian hip-hop music tomorrow. If you have a request, call, text, or hit me up on social media.

I’m looking forward to rocking for you in the day-time / early evening.

Listening Options

Use the hashtag #WIBRapRadio

Because I Can Tour (TONIGHT)

Because I Can Tour

I just got added to this bill and will be holding it down on the 1s and 2s as the official deejay for the night.

I know that it’s super-last-minute, but it would be good to see you out!

Because I Can Tour Live TONIGHT!

310 Sports Bar in Brantford, Ontario, Canada

O-Beast AKA Da Phats is headlining his 2nd tour to promote his upcoming albums#MeMyselfAndI & #IdentityCrises He will be performing all new unreleased music plus some of his classics.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Show starts at 10:00 p.m.

DJ Chase March

Opening Artist:
Maloney
Villain
Sean White
Sindakit
D-Bams
Stickie Jay
Nos Insidious

See you there! 

DJs Run It and Run With It

Playing With Something that Runs

Playing With Something That Runs by Mark J. Butler

This book focuses on DJ and laptop performers in the EDM (electronic dance music) realm. I thought it was worth exploring even though that isn’t really my genre of music. I was sure there would be tie-ins to hip-hop and what I do as a DJ. I was right.

Recorded Music is Its Own Thing

Hip-hop music spread and became popular due to recordings (singles and albums.) They sounded different from the live performances too. The author talks about this in relation to rock music.

“rock spread and became popular through recordings . . . [and] is essentially dependent on recording technology for its inception and dissemination . . . rock embraces a host of performance styles, but most have some basis in African American popular music, are rooted in song, and paradigmatically exist as recorded music.”

Hip-hop started with deejays taking breaks from existing sound recordings and extending them. When hip-hop started to get recorded, it wasn’t simply a live performance being recorded. It became its own thing.

“recordings have conventionally been understood as ‘snapshots of live performances’ [but] records were conceived of as goals rather than by-products of artistic endeavors.”

The Third Record

When a deejay mixes two records together, he is essentially creating a third record. When two songs match up perfectly in time, they create new song or sound that had never been heard before. The deejay essentially creates a new song that has been labelled “the third record.”

Butler explains it this way, “this combination of texts produced something that did not exist in material form.”

Borders Dissolve and Songs Become Fluid

The deejay present songs in a way to make the set something exciting and new. The mix is what is important, not just the individual songs. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

“The works contained in the recordings that constitute a DJ set are rarely presented in their entirety; instead, they are truncated, altered, and combined with other works. The borders and seams of the original work dissolve; it no longer functions as a unitary, bounded entity. The stability, fixity, or permanence that is classically associated with the work slips away, and any authorial value that might have been accrued with the work is seriously weakened. At the same time, aspects of the original work’s essence remain, and its former identity is not irrelevant. These ontic elements, however, become part of new, larger entities – the third record, and ultimately the set.”

The Power of Recognition

When deejays play a snippet of something that the audience can recognize, it energizes the crowd and makes the set memorable.

The sample, which presents a brief chunk of material – often recognizable – from a preexisting recording .. . is “performance quotation” because of the highly specific way in which they point back to the unique ‘aura’ of the original recording.”

Time Constraints 

“Perhaps the most obvious and global constraint of improvised musical creativity is the requirement that it proceed inexorably forward through time. . .  Steve Lacy, quoted by Borgo, highlights this limitation: ‘In fifteen seconds, the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation, you have fifteen seconds.”

Timing is essential for deejays. We have to take the record as it spins and mold it or form it so that it meshes with the song before it and the song that comes next. This is a constraint that helps foster creativity in the DJ set. I love how improvisational all of this is. But improvisation takes practice and experience. It’s a challenge that I enjoy trying to overcome every time I get behind the turntables.

More to Come

I enjoyed reading this book and learned a thing or two about my craft. I have more notes too that I’d love to share. Stay tuned for a follow-up post soon!

 

Chasing Content – Highlights from July

Chasing ContentLet’s look back at what was happening last year at this time in a little feature I like to call Chasing Content.

You can read all of the posts from last July, 

or just these highlights . . .

Skate Port – Port Stanley’s Skatepark

Not the best skatepark I have ever skated, but it’s got one of the best names!

Why Do We All Have to Earn a Living

I found a quotation online that really spoke to me. Still haven’t figured out an answer to this question, but I hope to some day.

Transformers Comic Review

I really enjoyed this series. I need to find the next few trade paperbacks to read soon.

Kains Woods Adventure

I love running trails and not knowing exactly where I am going. It’s always an adventure.

Chasing Content Archive

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Remember to click through all of the links above so that this great content doesn’t get buried in the archive.

Feel free to leave comments as well. They are always appreciated! Unless they are spam, then they are deleted before they ever get posted.

Cheers!

DJing an “Insane” Show Tomorrow

ICP in Sarnia

I’m DJing the Insane Clown Posse concert at Station Music Hall in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada tomorrow. This should be a huge show. Hope to see you out!

North 2 West Promotions Presents

INSANE CLOWN POSSE RETURN TO CANADA

For years they have not been allowed in Canada, and finally, its the return of ICP..

Hosted By Bradie Whetham

DJ Chase March on the 1’s an 2’s

with local support

+LAST BREED
+MARMEL ENT with Mercy Gang
+WYCKED TRUTH
+ O-Beast

Special appearance by :

FenyxFyre “as seen on AMC’s FreakShow” and MaddGuyver (StrangeOrDanger Thrillshow)
This Thrill Show will take place inbetween performers

tickets online at : https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/15375/

Advance | $35
Door | $40

You can now get tickets at :

In London :

Grooves : 353 Clarence St London ON N6A3M4
Canada. (519) 640-6714

O-Beast

In Sarnia :

Cheeky Monkey : 130 Christina St N, Sarnia ON N7T 5T6, Canada +1 (519) 332-0978

Picker’s Alley : 430 Exmouth St, Sarnia ON N7T 5N9, Canada. +1 (519) 344-7740

The Station Music Hall : 505 Campbell St, Sarnia, ON N7T 2J1 +1 (519) 383-0006

In Chatham :

Tony’s One Shoppe 83 Center St, 519-351-4885

The Vinyl Room 325 Queen St, N7M 2H7 519-351-2727.

Each store has limited tickets, so get yours before they are gone.

Also don’t forget to hit up WYCKED Truth for tickets, they will sell quick.

O-Beast in London
Suspect in Cambridge
Last Breed Oshawa

VIP Meet & Greet | www.hatchetgear.com

Door 8:30PM
19+ Plus Event
The Station Music Hall
505 Campbell Street, Sarnia Ontario

VIP Meet an Greet will take place at The Station Music Hall
@ 7:00, so make sure you bring your VIP print out, or tickets.

OFFICIAL TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT:

“Attention all Canadian juggalos and juggalettes — we’ve got some great news. Untouchable Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse are embarking on a massive Canadian tour.

That’s right, it’s time to stock up on face paint and Faygo, because the dynamic duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope will bring their music (and worldwide movement) to various venues around the country.

The trek kicks off at Quebec’s previously announced Amnesia Rockfest on June 24, and continues with shows throughout our great land before concluding in Victoria on July 17.

This is the first time ICP have brought their mythical Dark Carnival to Canada in over a decade, so this news is undoubtedly cause for celebration.!” – Exclaim.ca

Catch Me DJing Every Night This Weekend

Tonight – Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Sunday – Insane Clown Posse Concert in Sarnia, ON

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton goes down tomorrow night in my home town of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

It takes place at the Touchdown Pub right near the football stadium that is the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

I am excited to be deejaying this event and hope you can make it out.

Here are the details . . .

“Hip Hop Anonymous” is coming to Hamilton, Ontario on June 25th

Hosted By DWG ENT and Fresher Entertainment

FREE LIVE CYPHER
BEAT SHOWCASE
LIVE HIPHOP
GOOD FOOD ALL NIGHT

Featuring Performances by:

PB $tyl$
King Kimbit
Rowz
Scrapgang
JR
Lyrical Mind
Buck Zero
Bobby Fresh

With a Special Beat Showcase & Cypher By:

Jinx Beatz

Music By:

DJ Chase March

10$ Cover
19+
Food Served ALL NIGHT

Catch Me DJing Every Night This Weekend

Friday – So You Think You Can DJ at Martini Bar in London, ON.

Saturday – Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Sunday – Insane Clown Posse Concert in Sarnia, ON

A DJ Showcase You Won’t Want to Miss

So You Think You Can DJ

Here is the press release about the super-cool DJ showcase event going on tomorrow night that I cam proud to be part of.

DJ Arctic currently holds down a residency at this bar but has opened up the night to showcase some of the great DJ talent we have in this city. I am honoured to be kicking off the night. Come early to catch my set!

Turn Turbo Fridayz Presents…..

The ultimate DJ lineup live and direct at the Martini bar on 645 Richmond Street, London, Ontario Canada on June 24th 2016.

Lineup:

Chase March -9:00-9:30
Wiskaz – 9:30-10:00
DJ Starchild – 10:00-10:30
DJ Milla – 10:30-11:00
DJ Hullewud – 11:00-11:30
Mark the Mechanic – 11:30-12:00
Bnutz – 12:00-12:30
Gripski – 12:30-1:00
Arctic – 1:00-1:30
Divinyl – 1:30-2:00

Bnutz – is a madman on the ones and twos watch out for this performance as he has previously competed in the red bull threestyle competition in london and knows how to hold it down like the gravity of a true star. he didnt earn the name Bnutz for no reason. Be sure to check him tear the roof off.

Gripski – the cut magician is going to destroy the evening im sure as he comes out to spin pure fire. He has been involved with the scene for over a decade from PHC to Londerground this Toronto native has made a name for himself in london.

Hullewud – Not much is needed to be said as possibly the most notorious DJ in london makes his way to the stage. with accalaids to long to mention he has made the scene what it is today and has shaped the london landscape for over 2 decades.

Wiskaz – Pioneer of the londerground battle scene and long time battle DJ Wiskaz is coming out to tear it down with his precise cuts and 90s jams.

Arcitc – Turn Turbo Fridayz creator and martini bar resident DJ is coming out to make an impact on the scene for all the DJs out there that need to learn how to do it right.

Starchild – The first person to bring the scratch to London. What more needs to be said other than that alone. his long accredited career includes radio dj for over a decade, club dj, and host of many infamous events. from meeting jam master jay to maestro fresh wes this man has literally built the scene by taking the first shovel full of dirt out of the underground.

Mark the Mechanic – long time dj (redbull threestyle) and scratch master Mark the Mechanic returns to the Martini bar to rip it up on the ones and twos. trust me you dont want to miss out on his unique songs selection and precision scratches.

DJ Milla – DMC champ DJ Milla is coming out to show everyone what it takes to be a champ. D & B will be his focus as he breaks the richter scale and moves the earth this night.

Chase March – No doubt about it thee most hardest working DJ I have ever seen in the radio biz. There isnt an idea this man hasnt come up with first when it comes to promotion.

Divinyl – Straight off the streets of Byron is the one any only Divinyl. I seen this long time freind of mine start from the very beginning in his bedroom and now hes has come so far it blows my mind how much he has accomplished with DJin.

19+
no cover

Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/261367264235489/

Hope to see you there!

Also, I am deejaying Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Come back tomorrow for more details!

Conscious Men – Why We All Need to Wake Up!

Conscious Men

Conscious Men by John Gray and Arjuna Ardagh

It’s nice to see a book like this. I think far too often in the world, men go around blind to what it means to be a man. We don’t think about the gender roles we play in our daily lives. We are not conscious of things that we can do to improve and make changes.

“We feel that there are a number of simple things that a man can recognize about himself that radically increases his sense of wellbeing as well as his positive impact on those around him”

What a great mission for a book. Here is some of the advice they offer . . .

“… stress is a byproduct of doing things that are not right for you.”

They authors suggest that when you live your life according to a mission or sense of purpose, you can feel comfortable and strong with yourself and stress won’t be as much of an issue.

The title of this book helps us to think about some of the drives that motivate and cause us to act in ways we don’t think about. Becoming conscious of these thoughts and drives, help us to overcome then and live a more purposeful life.

I identify with this quote . . .

“… couples  fall in love but lose their passion quickly because they don’t create enough distance between themselves to maintain attraction. A conscious man is able to recognize that he has a need for intimacy, but he also has a need for solitude and silence.”

It all comes down to balance,  in my humble opinion. That is one of the reasons I go for trail runs. I need that solitude, isolation, and alone time. It benefits everyone.

Here is a key point; what works for you might not work for someone else. We can’t assume that  it every will. If we do, we will get frustrated and not truly understand the other person.

The authors tend to make some blanket statements in this book. Here is an example . . .

“Men take things more literally than women do and are not always so intuitive about anticipating another’s needs.”

I’m not sure this is always the case, but it does stimulate thinking. And that is the point of the book. To get us thinking about being a man, to recognize the masculine and feminine way of dealing with things, and to understand that we have access to both.

Here is another key point,

“In order for a man to feel motivated and to achieve and accomplish his soul’s mission,l he needs to be able to make promises that he can keep . . . 

Following feelings is fine, but you also need the part of you which can be analytical that can ask, ‘Why am I doing this? What are the things I want to accomplish and achieve in the long term. This means choosing long-term satisfaction over short-term pleasure.”

Here are some closing thoughts . . .

“… conscious masculinity is all about epigenetics: allowing conscious choices and understanding to override automation and instinct.”

and . . .

“A conscious man is aware of the pressures imposed upon him . . . he is aware of his reaction and rebellion against those pressures, and so he wakes up to doing the right thing, no matter what.”

Words to live by, that is for sure!

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed, personal reading log with links to every title I have read over the course of the year.

Paying Tribute to Muhammad Ali on Word is Bond Rap Radio

I had to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali on the radio program last week. Without him, I don’t think we would have hip-hop music and culture. He was a forefather of the art-form. He rapped before anyone knew what rapping was. He had a braggadocio flow that emcees still try to emulate. He is mentioned in countless songs as well. I start off the show with a few of them.

Rest in Peace, Muhammad Ali! You will never be forgotten!

Press play and enjoy the show!

Muhammad Ali – clip
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Common – The Game
Gangstarr – DWYCK
Fugees – Ready or Not
Craig G – This Man (That Ain’t Cool)
Sa-Roc – Eye of the Phoenix
Zoetic Minds – Like This Son
The Sunchild – One Love
Moore & Exit Only – Write 2 Know
Gigi – Extravagant
Cold Lo – Ravenous Wolves
D-sisive – The Stranded
db Sota – The Road to Brooklyn
Apathy – Blow Ya Head Off
Relic – Not Alone
Complex Theory – Long Road
Lincoln Marshall – Tombstones
Moka Only – Right
Seek the Northerner – One of a Kind
Jeff Spec – I Put a Spell on You
Aspects ft Raekwon – Wulocks
Stargate – Dimension
Cymarshall Law and Mr. Joeker – My Soul
The Polish Ambassador ft Mr. Lif – Lost and Found
Jon Corbin – A New Direction for Jon Corbin
Pro Era – Tres Passing
Wycked Truth ft Tempomental – Behind the Mask
Phoniks and Rashan Ahmad – Manuscripts
Beneficience – The Block
Dex Amor and Goldenbeats – What Do Ai Say

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Introducing . . . Sons of Boombap (World-Wide Hip-Hop Collective)

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What is the Sons Of Boombap (S.O.B.)???

S.O.B. is a newly formed collective of close to 50 artists, mc’s, producers, DJ’s, scene builder and heads across the globe, with the shared goal of preserving old-school, boom-bap, hip-hop music.

It was founded by Sharky with a tonne of help from Cable and in just a few weeks time we now have reached 4 continents and continue to grow at an exhilarating pace. The best part is that everyone is incredibly dope!!!

Don’t believe me…check the roster! (In no particular order)

Sharky
Cable
Fraction
Illtone
Prologic
Know-it
Branded Moore
Exit Only
Substance
Es
Lakes
Oskeptical
Age
Notion
Cee
Dynamic
Jux Cain
Mighty Rhino
Ultra Magnus
Madhattr
L.E.O.
Sennes Gregory
Jukebox Verbal
Donny Yonder
MLNY
Definition
Weapon ESP
Applied Science
Dopey Zeigler
Sevven
Otis Mensah
WEARELABRATS
Kingz Of Vocals
King Kimbit
Ahlee Ahlee

Producers/DJ’s/Scene Builders

Klubba Lang
Phadetoven
Spencer Jones Armstrong
Digital Junkie
Tyler Hetherington
Chase March
Cali Spit Club Robert Harris

…less than 2 weeks.

This is just the beginning of the S.O.B. movement.

#‎THEPASTISNOWTHEFUTURE‬ August 2016

‪#‎SOB

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Carving Out Some Time

I share things on Instagram and Facebook that I don’t necessarily share here. That’s probably because of the immediacy of those platforms.  It’s easy to throw up a quick update and move on.

With my blog, I am a little more deliberate of what I post and take several hours each week crafting entries. At least, I used to.

These days, I am finding myself with too many things to do and not enough time. I don’t even have a queue of drafts ready to schedule and keep the blog running on auto-pilot. For that, I apologize.

If you don’t follow me on other platforms, here is an update on what has been keeping me so busy.
Western University Letter
I am now a graduate student at Western University and working towards a Masters Degree in Library and Information Sciences.

I am working full time in a job that doesn’t earn me enough money to pay the bills. I am looking for a better paying gig and applying to teaching jobs for September. The truth is, I love teaching and I’m good at it. I want to pursue a library career, but I can do that on a part-time basis even if I head back to teaching.

I continue to deejay every week on the radio station. I’m looking for concerts and events to rock as well.

I continue to go for trail runs at least three times a week and spend time with my girlfriend. Those things are important.

A few things have fallen by the wayside, however. I’ve gone from blogging three times a week to once a week. I haven’t done anything to further my writing goals of being published, I haven’t been able to work on any new writing projects, and my place isn’t as tidy as it normally is.

I am pursuing a dream and working hard to better myself. That’s something I always strive to do.  Finances are super-tight, but they won’t always be. Bright things are on the horizon.

Wish me luck!

The Inaugural “Instagram Immemorial”

I started using Instagram 111 weeks ago.

It’s hard to believe that it has actually been that long.

Chase March 1st Instagram Post

This is my first post from April 2014. It shows a small part of my Daredevil collection.

Atmosphere Concert

I saw Atmosphere in concert and took this terrible photograph.

I did get to talk to Slug backstage and record an amazing interview with him though.

Spock Scrabble

I almost got to play this amazing word in a round of Star Trek Scrabble.

Smile and Wave

I made some punny jokes.

I made another one there. Pun + funny = punny. Get it?

Chase March Radio Selfie

I took some selfies at the radio station,

trail run

documented some amazing running spots,

skatepark

shared some skatepark memories,

DW cosplay

And even did some Doctor Who cosplay at Toronto’s Fan Expo.

If you haven’t been following me on Instagram, you might have missed all of this cool stuff.

I still have 91 weeks worth of  images to catch you up on. That is why this post is titled, “The Inaugural Instagram Immemorial” because there will be more.

If you don’t want to miss any of my great content though, please head on over to Instagram now and follow me. Thanks!

Teaching Yard Sale and Resource Exchange

I have been collecting teaching resources for the past 15 years. I have a lot of great items that I will be selling this weekend.

Other teachers will also be selling some of their tried-and-true teaching resources at the ETFO Yard Sale and Resource Exchange. Here are the details . . .
Teacher Yard Sale

I will have a parking spot at the London. Ontario office and will be selling bins of material grouped by grade this Saturday, June 4th. Here is what I have to offer . . .

Kindergarten to Grade 2

BOOKS – Grammar Handbook 1 (Part of the Jolly Phonics Program – I love this resource) Teaching with Ezra Jack Keats Books, Crayola Imagination Book 1 and 3, Painted Words, Learn Every Day: Grammar Skills, OPHEA: Jigga Jump, Creative Reading Gr 1, Guide to Effective Instruction in Writing, Connect with Words, The Teachers Guide to Building Block, Jump Start – Outer Space Unit, Fun to Learn – Finish the Picture, The Complete Book of Science Gr 1-2, Basic Skills Helper, Brighter Child Math, Family Fun Games, Learning Land – First Words, Lightning Lessons – Graphing, Hands On Physics Experiments K – 2, Calculator Math Level A, Funtastic Frogs Measuring.

BINDERS – Come Play With Us Unit, Skills for Success for Your First Grader, NaNoWriMo – Young Writers Program, 100th Day of School, My Little Grammar Books, A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Show Me – Teaching Information and Visual Texts, Art Ideas.

Grade 2

BOOKS – Grammar Handbook 2 (Part of the Jolly Phonics Program – I love this resource) Connect with Words, Method Math, The Complete Math Smart 2, Sunflowering, Math Skills, Phonics, Reading Comprehension, Science Courseware Pack, Reading Workbook, Writing Mini-Lessons, How to: Inventions, Owl: Funbook, Learning Activities, Teach Children to Read and Write, Daily Language Review 2, Creative Reading, Daily Word Ladders, Write Now, Total Basic Skills, Words Every 2nd Grader Needs to Know, How to Make Books, Teachers Guide to Shared Reading, Think on Your Feet

BINDERS – Reading Assessment, Working it Out, Read and Understand, Strategies that Work, Reading Package K – 10, Art Ideas, Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Apple Attitude, AND a bin of Unifix cubes

Grade 3

BOOKS – Take it to Your Seat Literacy Centres (already prepped and laminated) Method Math, Science Courseware Pack, BrainQuest 3, What the Heck is a Grape Nut? Total Reading Grade 3, Words Every 3rd Grader Needs to Know, The Inuit Thought of It, Complete MathSmart 3, Creating Reading 3, Quick and Shirt Book Reports, New Start Canada, Nurturing Growth, ArchiGames – 50 Activities to Build Creative Thinkers, Math at School 3, Basics First Vocabulary Development, Canada Curriculum Teacher Helper – Art Lessons, Year Round Activity Guide – Planting the Seeds, Home Workbook – Word Problems, Daily Language Review Grade 3, Total Basic Skills 3

BINDERS – Show Me – Teaching Information and Visual Texts, Mapping Skills, Cursive Writing, Mad Minute Math, Let’s Write, The Write Genre, Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Get Writing, Land and Sea Unit

School Supplies

– 3 sets of 25 duotangs (red, yellow, grey)
– 32 page exercise book (50 blue, 50 yellow, 50 green, 25 pink)
– 150 loose-leaf paper packs (16 sets)

Craft Supplies Bin

80 foam sheets, 30 foam glider kits, 1000 craft sticks. 25 gingerbread necklace Christmas Craft Kits, 45 Reindeer Necklace Christmas Craft Kits, Assorted Christmas Craft Supplies Bin, Crayola Color Explosion 3D Kit, 3 Self Adhesive Vinyl Rolls, 16 Desk Magnet White Boards, 18 Plastic Clothespins, Artist Calendars (Monet, Van Gogh, DaVinci) Magnetic Calendar

Bulletin Board Bin

Lots of border trims of different themes and colours, letters of different sizes and colours, and magnetic border trim for the blackboard or whiteboard

Assorted Bin

Hanging Folders for your desk and filing cabinet, number line for the wall, various posters for the classroom.

Board Games Bin

Pattern Blocks Tub, Colour Tiles tub, 2 Colour Counters, Double 12 Dominoes Game, Princess Card Games, Math Board Game, Race to Read Board Game, Scrabble Junior, Parcheesi, Syl-la-bles Game, The Children’s Quiz Compendium, Early Discoveries Games

And More

I am still gathering things that I will be selling. So, come on out, say, “Hi!” and pick up a few things that you can use in your classroom

Hope to see you there!

The bins have anywhere from $200 to $500 worth of great resources in them. And I am selling them from $30 – $75.