This Used To Be My Playground

Fav BlogsI used to read blogs on a daily basis. I had these ones bookmarked through Feedly and would eagerly await any new post.

There was always plenty to read as these bloggers updated their sites regularly. Some had daily updates, some weekly, and others would post rather sporadically.

I knew I could count on them for some great reading and intellectual interaction through the comments and linking that happened in our little blogging community.

Most of these blogs have gone silent and I haven’t seen a post from them in quite some time. Some of them haven’t posted for years.

The exception being Calvin’s Canadian Cave of Cool.  He continues to blog prolifically and I make sure to check for his posts every day.

I know that life gets in the way and sometime blogging has to take a back seat. It certainly has for me this summer.

When I started this blog back in 2007, I wrote five posts a week. I brought that down to three posts in the past year or so and unfortunately, I let it really slide this summer.

I just haven’t had the time to write, collect, plan, and publish posts this summer. I haven’t had time to find new blogs and build relationships through comments, linking, and genuine conversation either.

It’s kind of sad. This used to be my playground, after all.

Chasing Content – Last October Revisited

chasing-contentIt’s time to dip into the archives and revisit some posts from last month at this time with a little feature I like to call, Chasing Content.

You can eead all of the posts from last October,

or just revisit these  highlights.

Rich Writer / Poor Writer

Rich Dad / Poor Dad was an interesting book and I took a few things away from it. Click through to find out what I learned about writing while reading a book on financial literacy.

McLennan Skatepark (Kitchener, Ontario)

This is a great skatepark that is actually illuminated at night. I was surprised to see the street lights there one evening that I stopped by. It was so well lit that there weren’t any awkward shadows or dark spots. Definitely a great place to skate.

This Box Shows Why We Broke Up

I really liked the idea of this story and it pretty much compelled me to pick up the novel when I saw it at the library. I think we can all relate.

Delaware Lions Skatepark Opening

The Lions Club is an amazing organization, always striving to make their communities a better place.  Last year, the Delaware Club, opened a brand new skatepark and put on a great show.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Click the above link to check out all the “Best of” posts from every month this blog has been in existence. Thanks for being on this ride with me!

I’m Thankful

im-thankfulEvery year at this time, I like to take stock of my life and reflect on all of the blessings I have.

It’s one of the reasons that I like Thanksgiving. I love getting together with the family and have a nice dinner, but I also like reflecting on my life and all of the good things that are in it.

This year has been a challenging one, that’s for sure. But through challenge and adversity, we grow and develop.

So, here is my list of things that I am grateful for right now.

My Fiance

She understands me in a way that no one else ever has. She is thoughtful and caring, and I love her so much. I am so happy that she said, “Yes!” when I popped the question a few months back. I was waiting for us to get official engagement photos do before telling the story here. Stay tuned!


Music has been a constant companion of mine and something that has always helped me deal with the harsh realities of life. I love it so much. I am thankful that my latest project is with a man I respect as a person and an artist, DJ Hullewud. The MIX(ed)TAPE is available now on cassette, CD, and digital download.

Silent Cacophony

I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to, but this platform, and this online space is still very important to me. I appreciate all of my readers and the opportunity to share things with each and every one of you.


Deejaying has brought me to some pretty amazing heights this year. I have done countless concerts, radio shows, and even a few weddings. And I even have an official mixtape release on cassette (see above). I am so proud of that project!


I am pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Science right now on a part-time basis. I am very excited to earn a degree and get started on a new career. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue learning new things and growing as a person.

Nature Trails

I love running cross country, through wooded areas and nature trails. It’s one of my favourite things ever.

Potato Chips

I am thankful for potato chips. Whenever I want a quick snack, you are there. Thank you!

Peanut Butter

I could have peanut butter for toast every day and never get bored of it. Thank you!

My Health

Despite having problems with my back and my rotator cuff this year, I am a healthy, young man with lots of energy. I know that I often take this for granted. I shouldn’t. I am very thankful for my health.


I quit last year, but there is a teacher permanently ingrained into my soul. I might not want to do it as a profession in the traditional manner anymore, but I am thankful that I have had the chance to supply teach a few times this month. It reminded me why I love teaching and that I still can do it.


I am thankful that I write, that I have some work that is almost ready for publication, and for the avenue to express myself. I really need to get to work on getting published. Remind me, please. Motivate me to put myself out there.

There are plenty of things to be thankful for this holiday weekend. 

What are yours?

The MIX(ed)TAPE by DJ Hullewud and Chase March


Remember back in the day when deejays used to get exclusive songs from artists they knew and respected, and then craft those joints into a cohesive mix and release them on cassette?

That day has returned.

DJ Hullewud and DJ Chase March present . . . 



We put the mix, back in mixtape with 90 minutes of new and exclusive hip-hop.

Get The MIX(ed)TAPE on digital download via DJ Hullewud’s Bandcamp page, or catch us out and about to get your copy on CD, or limited edition cassette.


The cassettes are going fast, if you want one, please hit either Hullewud or myself up. There are only 50 in existence and they are numbered. When they are gone, they are gone.

We will continue to print CDs and will have those available at shows and gigs.

Thank you for your support. It really means a lot.

We are so excited to finally release this project. We worked hard on it. We hope you enjoy it!

Press play to stream it or click through to download it for free (or pay what you can)

The East is in the House TONIGHT


When the East is in the House!

An East Coast Invasion featuring: Ghettosocks, Tachichi, DJ Moves, and Kxng Wooz.

Local Support:

Dreamsters Union
Chief Chills w/ DJ Hullewud
Thesis Sahib

DJ Chase March and DJ Wiskaz On The Tables All Night!!


Ghettosocks is a JUNO nominated artist who has pushed his unique brand of rap music across Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the United States. His unorthodox songwriting style and energetic live performances have placed Socks in high demand both nationally and internationally. Constantly touring various regions of Canada, numerous American tours, five European tours, two Japanese tours, plus two tours of Australia and an introductory tour of Southeast Asia, Socks has become a seasoned performer. Aside from providing support for a long list of legends, Socks has been headlining increasingly more, making him an act to check for.

DJ Hullewud and DJ Chase March present . . . 



Bringing it back with an old-school deejay style mixtape, with exclusive new hip-hop that is actually mixed. DJ Hullewud tackles Side A and Chase March takes on the second side.

This project is available on limited edition cassette. We have only printed 50 of them and they will be numbered. Once they are gone, they are gone. No more will be printed. So, make sure you come and get your copy tonight!

In a week, we will have a digital download and CDs available. The cassette has bonus content on it not available on the digital or CD versions, however.

Come on out for a great night of hip-hop music live. Hope to see you there!

Old East Bar and Grill
Friday September 30, 2016
765 Dundas Street, London, ON. Canada
$10 @ The Door
Doors Open @ 9pm

My Daredevil Collection Continues to Grow

It’s been a while since I added items to my Daredevil collection. It was long overdue, wasn’t it?


I picked the baseball cap up at Fan Expo last month and the plushie at a store in the mall.


I couldn’t believe that there is such as thing as Daredevil air-fresheners. I don’t even use air-fresheners in my car. I hate to have things hanging from my rear-view mirror. But I bought this pack just because.


Daredevil is my favourite super-hero and I love skateboarding. What an awesome piece!


These two pieces were given to me as birthday gifts for the past two years. I love them so much!


I started collecting Pop figures. I have Matt Murdock and Daredevil in his Yellow, Red, and Netflix costumes. There is one other figure that I need to add to this collection, a Man Without Fear black-costumed-figure. I hope to get it soon.


I don’t wear jewelry but this Daredevil necklace is gorgeous. It is metal and an official Marvel product.


I can’t quite add this to my collection, but I did see a really cool Daredevil panel at Fan Expo this year featuring Joe Quesada, Charlie Cox, and Elden Henson. And I took this photo.


The last thing I recently added to my collection is an autograph from Tim Sale. Its from Daredevil: Yellow, one of my all-time favourite books. I love everything about it. The story is amazing and it even explains why Daredevil had a yellow costume in his early days of crime fighting something that was previously never explained)

It was a pleasure meeting and talking to Tim Sale about origin stories and the work he has done in comics. Fan Expo was a lot of fun this year.

Those are my latest adds to an ever-growing Daredevil collection!

Want to see more?

Need a Scratch Hook? Let’s Work!


I’m having a DJ sale this week. I will scratch a hook for your song for only $10.

You can send me your track via email and I will get to work on it right away.

If you have a specific idea of what you would like to hear, like a particular lyric from your favourite MC, just let me know and I will make your vision come to life on the record.

If you don’t have any ideas, send me the track and I will come up with something.

Here is a song I worked on with Lyrical Mind off his brand new album. It’s called “No Holding Back.”

If you would like to have your album tracks mixed, I can do that as well. A hip-hop album always sounds better with a DJ.

Let’s work!

Please email me – chasemarch (at) gmail (dot) com

Last Sunday – New Monthly Hip-Hop Concert Series


Sunday September 25th, 2016

E.O.A. Fam Records presents . . .

Last Sunday – A New Monthly Hip-Hop Concert Series

with Headlining Act

Labeled Minority

and featuring . . .

Mad Hattr, Bizzy, Dabs, Grime, Brewza, Sunshyne, and Fast Cloud.

Hosted by O-Beast

with myself, DJ Chase March on the 1s and 2s.

This is going to be a great night. I hope to see you out!

More Information

Last Sunday Facebook Event Page

The Gauntlet (Hip-Hop Competition

Friday September 23rd, 2016

Brewza Music and Promotions presents . . .

The Gauntlet 1

Nine artists will test their skills against one another bringing the best set they can to conquer the gauntlet and walk away with the title and a wad of cash!

The Gauntlet Battle Tournament will also be going down. The eight battle emcees have put their cash and pride on the line to deliver the fans what is sure to be some of the best battle content London and Youtube have seen in some time.

Who will Rise to the Challenge and who will fall to the Gauntlet?

You know Brewza Music never forgets the fans. Be there in house for your chance at Some crazy prizes from Brewza and the illest sponsors over at Neon Crab Tattoo And Five Star Barber Shop!

DJ Wiskaz and I, Chase March, will be on the 1s and 2s all night long.

It’s sure to be a great night.

I hope to see you there.

Grinning Gator
391 Richmond Street. London, ON. Canada
Starting at 9:30
$10 at the door

More Information? 

The Gauntlet Facebook Event Page

Alex and Ada (A different take on AI)


Alex + Ada is a brilliant comic book series that has been collected in three graphic novels. It is set in a future that feels not too far off from our own.

Alex-Ada2In this future, there are androids that look completely human. They are required to have a marking on their arms to identifies them as being artificial. They are very expensive so only a few well-off people own one.

One such owner is Alex’s grandmother. She uses it for companionship after the loss of her husband, Alex’s grandfather. So when he goes through an emotional break-up and is feeling very alone, she decides to give him on of these androids as a gift.

Spoiler Alert


Alex is conflicted. He doesn’t really want an android. He doesn’t like the idea of using one as a sexual partner (as is the norm in this society).  But he opens up the box and is introduced to a blank slate. He was disappointed that she had no name and couldn’t make decisions for herself.  He wanted something more.

Alex soon learns that all the androids are capable of becoming self-aware. It is illegal to crack the programming as the government has strict rules and regulations preventing machines from gaining sentience. But he does it anyway.

I loved the story, the art, the pacing, and the characters. I also like how it relates to the technology we use today. Many of our devices have locks that limit our use.

This story felt strangely familiar. I bet this is a future that could very well happen. And it wasn’t scary at all. It’s a nice take on AI (artifical intelligence) and a great read!

My List of 2016 Reads (I need to update this list with many more titles I have recently read so stay tuned)

Chasing Content – See You in September

chasing-contentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that gets us looking back at what was happening last year at this time.

Let’s just jump into things, shall we?

You can read all of the posts from last September . . . 

Or just the highlights here

Hip-Hop in the Brydges

I threw a huge concert in a small town last year. It was a lot of fun. I really should do it again somewhere else. Any ideas of where?

The 2003 Blackout Explained

Fiction that takes real life events and uses them as the backdrop to a story can be wildly entertaining. This book does just that. More than once.

Highlights from last year’s Fan Expo

Last year’s Fan Expo was a lot of fun. I always look forward to this event and can’t wait for next year.

Daredevil Secrets Revealed

I loved seeing Alex Maleev last year at Fan Expo and all of the things he had to say about his tenure working on the Marvel comics Daredevil series. I even got his autograph!

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

We do this every month to look back at the month that was last year. It let’s us all reflect on those times and helps make sure that great posts don’t get buried in the archives. So make sure you click on the links in this post that interest you. And feel free to leave some comments. I’d love to hear from you.

A Repurposed Tennis Court Becomes a Skatepark

An old and unused tennis court is the perfect place to build a new skatepark.


I have never seen anything like this before.

But it is a great idea, don’t you think?


This park is located in Mount Pleasant, Ontario and it has quite a few nice features.


I like the orange and blue colour scheme as well.


Here is the quarter-pipe,


the pyramid with a grind ledge,


the launch ramp,


and some additional flat-land grind obstacles.

I had a lot of fun skating in a tennis court. I’d never done that before.

It’s nice to see park spaces being revitalized and repurposed so that they can be used in new and excited ways.

Thank you, Mount Pleasant!

Want to see more Skateparks?

Virtual Skatepark Tours – continually updated every time I find a new spot to skateboard.

Fan Expo 2016 Highlights

542-fan_expo_shieldFan Expo is a great comic book and science fiction convention that happens the last weekend of summer every year in Toronto. It is always a lot of fun dressing up in cosplay outfits, attending panels, meeting celebrities, getting comics autographed, and buying some new collectibles. Here are some the highlights from last weekend’s event.


This is my family in  our Doctor Who cosplay finest. I am dressed up as the 9th Doctor, my son is The Empty Child, and my daughter is a gender-bent version of the 11th Doctor. Thanks to the Doctor Who Society for letting us pose with a Dalek!


We attended the Alex Kingston panel. She plays River Song on Doctor Who and was an absolute pleasure to watch. She told some great stories and interacted with the crowd in personal ways.


Normally I just go for one day, but this year I bought a deluxe weekend pass and attended all four days. That meant four different costumes. Here is my take on the 2nd Doctor. One person recognized me and commented on my costume. That’s a cosplay win! Although, I think I can improve on this one in the future.


Klaus Janson autographed a Star Trek comic for me and Clay Mann autographed my TPB of Lady Bullesye from Daredevil.


Daredevil Yellow is one of my all-time favourite books. And I got Tim Sale to autograph it. Amazing!


Speaking of Daredevil. This panel with the actors who play Daredevil and Foggy in the television series was incredible. It was moderated by Joe Quesada as well.


Here we are again in Doctor Who cosplay. This time I am the 10th Doctor and my kids are Rory and Amy Pond. Next time, I shall have to try cosplaying the 11th Doctor for a more cohesive family cosplay. Still, I love this shot!


I couldn’t resist getting my picture with my favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle either.


Stan Lee was incredible. He was warm-hearted and hilarious. Just as I would have thought. I am so glad I got to see him in his last round of conventions.


Here we are again. Our Tardis seems to have shrunk.


I am glad I got to see the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, as well. It was a nice way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.


Of course, I had to dress for the occasion.

Live long and prosper!

That’s the highlights of this year’s Fan Expo. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek


50 years ago today, on this very date, September 8th, the world was changed by a little television show called Star Trek.

I have fond memories of the show even though I wasn’t alive when it premiered on that Thursday night back in 1966. My father and I used to watch the show together in the 1980s. I loved every minute of it. The interaction between the three main characters, Captain Kirk, Spock, and Bones was something magical. The stories were always well done and perfect family-time viewing as each episode was basically a morality tale.

For my eighth grade graduation present, I asked for a very expensive model from the Franklin Mint. My parents couldn’t afford it so I chipped in with allowance and birthday money to pay for half of it.


A few years ago, I bought the digitally remastered DVD collection of the original series. They look fantastic and don’t distract at all from the original versions.


I used to play this trivia board game with my dad. He was the only die-hard Trekkie in my circle of family and friends that I could actually play it with. I miss him a lot and wish he was still here to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek with me.


He bought this really cool 3D Chess set. It’s incredibly difficult to play. Chess is hard enough without multiple levels to think about, plan, and defend.


We also used to read every Star Trek adventure we could get our hands on. We read tons of the novels and I still have a few of them. We used to go to some flea markets back in the day and I discovered old comics. Gold Key published Star Trek and I bought all that I could afford.


I collected the Marvel series that ran for two years starting in 1979. I am only missing the last three issues.


DC picked up the rights to Star Trek and published two volumes of the original series.


DC comics also published a mini-series of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which lead to a monthly title. I collected them all.


I celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek this past weekend by attending Fan Expo in Toronto. I dressed for the occasion as well.


I even got one of my comics signed by the one and only Klaus Janson.


And I saw the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner.


I have written here about my disappointment with the latest film franchise and how it has failed to measure up to, or capture the magic and essence of Star Trek. It is possible that the film-makers listened to die hard Trekkies such as myself, because Star Trek: Beyond is the best film they have produced in the new rebooted universe.


Netflix has every incarnation of Star Trek right now to help celebrate this momentous occasion. You can stream all of the episodes from every series, including the rarely seen animated version.

And a new TV show is coming this fall. I can’t wait!

How are you celebrating Star Trek 50?

Please let me know via the comments or social media.

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.


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

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

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

Tour Support:


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



$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


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.


01. Bullies on the Beat (SHARKY, ILLTONE, CABLE) PROD- KNOW It
03. Wrong Side of the Tracks (SHARKY, LAKES)
06. Take Notes (CABLE, MLNY) PROD- MLNY Take
09. Rock Harder (ES) PROD- JEE
10. Above the Clouds (CABLE, OSKEPTICAL, EXIT ONLY)
11. Watermelon & Vodka (JUX CAIN)

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)

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
28. Kick in the Door (BRANDED MOORE, SHARKY, CABLE)
33. Quit Frontin (ADAM WALSH) prod- JUS BEATS

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
42. Living Proof (AGE, EXIT ONLY)
43. Souls Rebelz Remix (MICROPHONE MISFITZ)

Disc 1

Disc 2

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

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)


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
the Original SOB’s (Sharky, Cable, Fraction, Illtone)
and more.


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


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

Facebook Event Page


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:

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!