Monthly Archives: September 2015

Hip-Hop in the Brydges Highlights

Community Centre

This past Saturday, we transformed Caradoc Community Centre into a spectacular concert hall for Hip-Hop in the Brydges.

Hip-Hop in the Brydges FINAL POSTER

It was a special fundraising concert for the local Lions Club and Optimist Club of Mount Brydges.

Setting Up

We had three DJs and a huge line-up of rappers and performers on the bill.

Sankdafied

Sankdafied kicked off the night with a stellar set of his new material.

Typewriters

The Typewriters put on an amazing performance, as always.

Kleneslate

Up next, Kleneslate took the stage. He was a last minute addition to the program but blessed us all with a great set.

Three DJs

Three DJs rocking three sets of turntables at the same time. It was absolutely incredible. We were basically a DJ band.

DJ Hullewud is on the right, DJ Arctic is on the left, and I was set up on stage just behind him.

This was the highlight of the night for me. I couldn’t believe how cool it was to be rocking with these amazing deejays.

Arctic The Destroya

DJ Arctic took a moment to step out from behind the turntables and show his versatility. He kicked some of his fast-paced rhymes and entertained the crowd.

Bannock and Sunshyne

Sunshyne rocked a great set with her son, Bannock. I somehow managed not to get a pic of Lyrical Mind or Dabs. Not sure how I missed that, but I had a lot to do that night.

There was a photographer there. I hope to share his images here soon.

Es

Es travelled the farthest to get to this gig. He hails from Mississauga.

Sharky and Chase March

Here I am, backing up Sharky the Great!

The View from My Decks

I had such an amazing view from behind the turntables all night.

Traffimatics

Traffimatics jumped off stage to get the all-ages crowd hyped!

It was a great night and I loved every minute of my first ever event as a promoter.

Now Booking Shows

I would love to bring all-ages clean hip-hop events to other communities. If you are interested in having a show like this in your town, please contact me.

Artist Links

The Great Machine Rules the City

Ex Machina Vol 7

Ex Machina: Volume 7 – Ex Cathedra

The mayor of New York is an ex-superhero. He fights the good fight in politics now instead of being a vigilante. He still has his powers though and is able to communicate with machines. Unfortunately for him, someone has figured out how to reverse the lines of communication. Now, they will try to use him as a pawn. Could the Great Machine become a machine for someone else? No spoilers here. All I will say is that it is a good chapter of this on-going series.

Ex Machina Vol 8

Ex Machina: Volume 8 – Dirty Tricks

The first story in this collection is a stand-alone that has a long-deceased ancient civilization trying to communicate with the mayor. It’s a great story that deals with racism in our modern age. I loved it.

After that, we have a five issue arc that focuses on a mysterious woman who seems to have her own political agenda and tries to take a page from The Great Machine’s history.

Ex Machina Vol 9

Ex Machina: Volume 9 – Ring Out The Old

This issue is priceless. The mayor is getting his own graphic novel biography and it stars the writer of this series, Brian K. Vaughan. He pokes fun at the convention of comics and a few fellow creators.

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I also love that one of the characters mistakes him for Brian Michael Bendis. It’s hilarious.

Ex Machina Vol 10

Ex Machina: Volume 10 – Term Limits

The saga of The Great Machine comes to an epic conclusion in this volume. I really wasn’t expecting that.

I don’t think the mayor was expecting to put his old costume on again either. It turns out though, that The Great Machine was needed for one final mission. It feels a little too final though. Mayor Hundred completely abandons the costumed hero game and continues to set his sights on the political realm.

I would love to know what happens next, but this is the final story of this graphic novel series. It’s too bad too, it was a great read.

My List of 2015 Reads – an online reading log with links to every title I read

 

 

Hip-Hop in the Brydges Concert Saturday!

WIB Rap Radio: Hip-Hop in the Brydges Special by Thewordisbond.Com on Mixcloud

I am really excited to present a special all-ages concert to help raise money for The Lions and Optimist Clubs of Mount Brydges tomorrow night. It’s called “Hip-Hop in the Brydges” and gets started at 6:30.

To get you prepared for the concert, I’ve put together a special podcast highlighting all of the artists of the bill. If you are anywhere near the London, Ontario, Canada area, you are going to be treated to a star-studded line-up.

I will be DJing for most of the night, DJ Arctic will be spinning a set, and DJ Hullewud will be holding down the tables for our headliners, Moore and Exit Only. And they put on one of the best live shows I have ever seen.

Press play and enjoy! And if you like what you hear, please come out to the concert.

Moore & Exit Only – It’s Like That
Branded Moore – A Symphony
Moore & Exit Only – Hardcore
Typewriters – Heaven
Typewriters – Perfect Day
Typewriters – Soul Searching
The Nicest – Still Going Nowhere
Es – Speak Up and Speak Out
Es – Grown Man
Es – For the Loot
Dustin Moore – Only the Best
Dustin Moore – More than Music
Dustin Moore – Go Get What You Deserve
Tyler Moore – Same Old
Mad Hattr ft. Cee, Notion, and Exit Only – Eya
Lionize Prime ft Mad Hattr and Del Reze – Street Dreams
Mad Hattr – Disconnect
Mad Hattr – Rap Star
Sankdafied – Fake
Sankdafied – Life
Sankdafied – Text
Sharky – What’s an Emcee
Spit Doctors – Dopeshit
Sharky – Light ‘Em Up
Traffimatics – The People
Lyrical Mind – Hip-Hop
Lyrical Mind and Sunshyne – Hollow
Sunshyne and Bannock – Invincible

You can download this show from our Dropbox folder as well!

Hope to see you out at the show. It is going to be one for the record books.

WHAT: Hip-Hop in the Brydges Concert
WHEN: Saturday September 26, 2015
WHERE: Caradoc Community Centre, Mount Brydges, ON. Canada
TICKETS: $8.00 from Ticket Bud or at the door
FACEBOOK: Event Page

We Are Called to Rise

We Are Called to Rise

We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

Avis knows her marriage is in a bit of a slump, but she is caught completely off guard when her husband admits to an affair and declares that he is moving out.

Meanwhile, an elementary school student starts an assignment in class that has him becoming penpals with a soldier overseas. He has a few issues with his home life as well.

The soldier also goes through some major turmoil, and somehow all three lives become intertwined.

I didn’t know what to expect from this novel but I was familiar with the poem for which it was based.

We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies

– Emily Dickinson

The poem served as the thesis to the novel. Each character was able to rise above the less-than-ideal situations they found themselves in, and even find a happy ending. I really enjoyed this novel and I hope you will too.

My List of 2015 Reads – continually updated all year long

Lions Skatepark Opening Next Week

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The Delaware Lions Club has been working hard to bring a skatepark to the community. All the hard work pays off tomorrow when they unveil the park to the public for the first time.

The London Skateboard Co-op will have its team on hand and perform a demo for the spectators.

It all gets started tomorrow, Saturday September 19, 2015 at West Lions Park 20 Granville St, London, ON N6H 2B1

The event gets started at 11:00 a.m. and there will be a barbeque as well.

Hope to see you out!

NOTE – Due to the rain, this event has been moved to next Saturday September 26th

So now, you can come skate for the day and then go to the Lions Club concert “Hip-Hop in the Brydges” afterwards

Hip-Hop in the Brydges (All Ages Concert)

Hip-Hop in the Brydges FINAL POSTER

Hip-Hop in the Brydges is an all-ages rap concert that I am throwing on Saturday September 26th from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.

The bill is stacked with very talented artists and musicians. Branded Moore and Exit Only will be headlining the event. Their live show is absolutely incredible. DJ Hullewud does the cuts and spins the tunes for the two energetic MCs.

Typewriters are a three-man group with positive rhymes and tons of energy.

Sharky the Great is a veteran in the Canadian hip-hop scene and has some of the best wordplay that you will ever hear on the mic.

There are tons of other performers including Lyrical Mind, Sunshyne, Sankdafied, Traffimatics. Mad Hattr, Ngajuana, Es, and Dustin Moore. 

I will be provided the tunes all night long, and we also have very special mixset from DJ Arctic. 

We expect it to sell out so get your tickets early.

Please join the Facebook group and share it with your friends.

You can also Purchase Tickets Online

Listen to Word is Bond Rap Radio next week for show featuring all of the talent that will be performing live at the event!

Hope to see you there!

The 2003 Power Blackout Explained

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Ex Machina: Volume 6 – Power Down

This series is absolutely incredible. I read the first five volumes a while back and decided to binge read the next five, since they were sitting on the library shelf practically begging me to.

The story revolves around a former super-hero. He has the ability to communicate with machines. He can hear them all the time and even give them commands. He’s the world’s only costumed super-hero and goes by the name of The Great Machine.

During the September 11th attacks, he was able to thwart the terrorists and prevent the second tower from falling. He was championed as a hero, but soon hung up his wings to move into politics. Now, he fights for his city in a different way, as the mayor of New York City.

This story this time around deals with the 2003 blackout and it wasn’t as simple as we were lead to believe. Unfortunately for our hero, this blackout also affected his powers.

The 2003 Power-Blackout wasn’t fully explained in this issue, but an interesting character popped up who just might have had something to do with it, however inadvertently.

I love the what-if style of this story. It feels so believable, like an alternate version of what we could be living right now. The writing and art is also incredible. I can’t wait to read the next issue and see just where this story arc takes us.

My List of 2015 Reads – a detailed reading log with links to every title I read

Whovians and Companions Together for One Night

Fan Expo Toronto is a huge comic book, science fiction, gaming, anime, and horror convention that happens every year.

This year was special because the Women of Doctor Who were  featured guests at the function.

Are You My Mummy

I took my kids and we all dressed up as characters from the TV show. I cosplayed the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and my son dressed up as the Empty Child (Are You My Mummy?)

We bumped into a lot of people who were creeped out by his portrayal of the character. If you haven’t seen that episode, it was a very dark and scary.

An Evening with the Companions

We had a lot of fun looking at all of the Doctor Who merchandise and vendors, seeing fellow Whovians in great costumes, and attending the special panel, An Evening With the Companions. 

Karen and Jenna

Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) took questions from the audience and told great stories about their time working on Doctor Who. My kids even got to interact with them by asking them a question.

It was a great day and I am glad that Fan Expo paid tribute to our beloved fandom two years in a row.

Here are the highlights from last year . . .

Doctor Who at Fan Expo 2014

Daredevil Secrets from Fan Expo Toronto

I love going to FanExpo in Toronto every year. It’s pretty much the last event of the summer and is always a great way to wrap up the season.

Daredevil Hat Balck

I was really hoping to find a Daredevil baseball cap this year. I’ve wanted a DD hat for my collection for years. I was very happy to see this one at the convention. I bought it right away.

DD Sketch Off Duel

I was also really excited to see Alex Maleev in this sketch-off duel.

He talked about how he kicks everyone out of the house when he works. He said that his place is small and that he likes to work on the floor. I have never heard another artist say that before.

It was also surprising to hear that he never read comic books in his youth. The first time he even saw a comic was when he came to the United States in the 1990s.

He managed to get a job after only being here for two months. Apparently, he threatened to jump out the window if they didn’t hire him.

He was incredible to listen to during this panel. He took a number of questions from the audience as he worked on the challenge piece. Both artists needed to draw Doctor Doom.

Dale Keown is a penciller but Alex Maleev is also, an inker and painter. He managed to ink his drawing in the short forty minutes the two artists had to work.

Alex Maleev Sketch

This is Alex Maleev’s finished piece. They raffled it off, but I was not fortunate enough to win it.

I knew that I wouldn’t be able to attend the autograph signing session he had later in the day because it conflicted with the Doctor Who panel I was going to. I really wanted his autograph though.

Alex Maleev Autograph

My son approached Alex as soon as the panel was done and he asked him to sign my hat.

I couldn’t believe it. There were only two things I wanted to get at Fan Expo this year; a Daredevil hat and an autograph from Alex Maleev. I got them both in one item. How crazy is that?

Daredevil Hat Red

I saw this red hat and bought it too. I don’t ever want to wear the signed one now. It’s just too awesome.

Daredevil Hats

I need a bigger shelving unit for my collection now.

Daredevil HeroClix

I also bought this little HeroClix guy.

FanExpo was a lot of fun this year. I’ll post about the Doctor Who Adventures we had as well.

Stay tuned to Silent Cacophony for more!

Latest Graphic Novel Reads

Spider-Man - Matters of Life and Death

The Amazing Spider-Man: Matters of Life and Death

I haven’t been reading Spider-Man comics in the correct order. It’s not because I didn’t want to; it’s because I get whatever is available at the public library at the time.

This one takes place slightly before the last one I reviewed here. In this story, Spider-Man has to battle an army of Spider-Slayers who want to destroy everything J. Jonah Jameson holds dear. Spider-Man defeats them, but at quite the cost.

A new Venom is also introduced in this volume and he’s awesome. And after the main story, Spider-Man has to content with a hostage situation with a very cold and calculated killer. To close off the book, there are a few bonus Fantastic Four stories to read as well.

Ender's Game - War of Gifts

Ender’s Game – War of Gifts

Ender’s Game is an amazing novel that has spanned dozens of sequels, prequels, comics, and even a feature film. This latest addition to the cannon features four stories, one of which is has never been told before.

The first story shows what Valentine had to put up with in middle school while her younger brother was off at battle school. Her older brother made a suggestion for her that set them both on the path to becoming influential writers online. It’s a nice origin story of characters that we have come to know in the original series.

The title story revolves around another child at battle school and a internal battle about the right of religious practice.  Overall, this is a nice companion piece to the Enderverse saga.

Star Wars - Shadow of Yavin

Star Wars – In the Shadow of Yavin

This graphic novel features the original characters of the films we all fell in love with as children. The story takes place right after Episode IV and continues the events that led up to Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

The Rebel Alliance is looking for a safe base of operations. They have already lost several bases and are worried that there is an Empire spy in their midst. That’s why Princess Leia sets off on a secret mission to establish a new one.

The story shed some light for me on the Hoth Base seen in The Empire Strikes Back. It makes sense that they are on such an inhospitable planet. They were being hunted mercilessly and had to constantly be on guard.

This is an on-going series that is a reboot of sorts. Apparently, they are not going to be bound by what happened in the original trilogy. It’s a great idea that has worked in the animated series, The Clone Wars, bridging the latest trilogy of films. As such, this series could be quite good. I look forward to reading more.

My List of 2015 Reads – my annual reading log

Hip-Hop in the Brydges (Poster Contest)

Hip-Hop in the Brydges is an all-ages event that I am throwing at the end of the month in association with the Lions and Optimist Club.

I need your help in designing the poster that will be printed off and plastered all around town. If your poster is the winner, you will get 4 free tickets to the show and your very own autographed poster.

Poster Contest

Here are the details. 

Simply make a poster that includes

1) The Mount Brydges Lions Club (use logo)
2) the Optimist Club of Mount Brydges and Area (use logo)
3) Present A (use “Word is Bond” logo) Production

HIP-HOP IN THE BRYDGES
Saturday September 26th, 2015
at Caradoc Community Centre
6:30pm – 11pm
(doors open at 6:00pm)

Featuring

Chuckie Campbell and the Phaction

With Special Guests (use as many or as few logos as you’d like, but be sure to list all artists!)

Branded Moore
Exit Only
Typewriters
Sharky the Great
Sankdafied
Dustin Moore
Ngajuana
Es
Sunshyne
Diztrikt Apolo
Traffimatics
Mad Hattr
Lyrical Mind
DJ Hullewud
DJ Arctic

and your Host and DJ for the evening, Chase March (also use logo)

Sound and Lights (use Terry Tech logo)

Tickets $8– available from Lions and Optimist Club members, at the door or online.

POSTER KIT (Including all the Logos) 

Hip-Hop in the Brydges Event Page

DEADLINE – Sunday morning

The Contest closes this weekend. Get your entries in by Sunday morning for your chance to win. You can submit them on Facebook or by emailing chasemarch(at)gmail(dot)com

Good luck!

Summer’s Gone (It Goes By Quicker Every Year)

“Summer’s gone . . . a summer song,
You’ve wasted every day”

– Summer by Buffalo Tom

This time of year, I always listen to this song and start to wonder if I really did waste every day.

Of course, I worked this summer. A lot. I couldn’t just have lazy, do nothing, days. I had a few of those though. Wish I could have had more.

I went skateboarding a bunch of times, went to the beach several times, did a lot of live shows and performances, did some community theatre, and had a pretty good time overall.

I guess I can’t really complain.

This fall has a lot of great things on the horizon. Really looking forward to it all.

Thanks for sharing the journey with me here on Silent Cacophony and everywhere online.