Category Archives: concerts

With Confidence Steal the Show

St. Andrews Hall in Detroit was certainly rocking last night with the diverse styles of four power-punk-pop bands. It was the second stop of the Around the World and Back Tour for State Champs.

Don Broco

Don Broco set off the night with an energetic live show. At one point, they asked us to take a knee and get as low to the floor as we could. They then counted us in, and the entire club was jumping up and down.  It was intense. The floor had a bit of a give to it. It was literally bowing and bending beneath our feet.  The club must have invested money in this floor. I wasn’t worried for a moment that we would fall through it.

With Confidence

Next up was, With Confidence. They absolutely stole the show. As soon as they got on stage, the entire crowd pushed up about ten feet. And we were already jammed packed in the club. Now, with barely any personal space to move or breathe, we collectively responded to the energy the band put out. It was an amazing set and by far, the hypest one of the night.

Against the Current

Against the Current took the stage next with an amazing light show and powerful vocals. Even the bass drum was even illuminated and changing colours throughout the set. The lead singer brought some much-welcomed feminine energy to the night.

Headlining Act

The headling act, State Champs had the crowd singing along to every single song.

State Champs

One of the members is even from Detroit and was able to celebrate with the capacity crowd.

With Confidence (Detroit show)

This fabulous shot of the audience was taken by Brandon Lung. If you look closely, you can see in the middle wearing a fitted baseball cap.

I had a blast at this show. If you were there, please add a comment with any memories you have of the night too.

UGK – London’s Rap Battle League (Volume 1)

UGK London Vol 1

UnderGround Kings Battle League London

makes its debut this Friday.

It’s a brand new, premiere rap battle league. There will be live performances, several battles, special guests, a main event match, and live deejays. The event will be professionally filmed as well. It is sure to be an amazing night and I hope to see you there.

Hosted By:

Tyler Hetherington of CHRW’s Consignment Show
and LondonBoiWatts

Main Event:

Chilly Palmz vs. Ender One

Also on the Card

Brewza vs. That Guy
G Langs vs. Chronic Clepto
Craze vs. Adam McNope

DJs for the Night

Dj Wiskaz and Chase March

Special Appearance By:

Kehmak

Performances By:

Young Prince Beats
Big Mouth Records
SirReal

Special Guest:

Del Reze

Check the Facebook page for more information.

WHEN: March 24th, 2017
WHERE: Grinning Gator – 391 Richmond St. London, ON.
DOORS: Open at 9:00
TICKETS: Free Admission

Lyrical Mind’s Birthday Bash – Oshawa

lyrical-mind-birthday-bash

Come out and celebrate Lyrical Mind’s birthday with some good friends, good vibes, and a great night of hip hop.

Headliner: Lyrical Mind

Opening Performances By:

Last Breed
Justn Cr3dibl3
Chezza
Cizzle
Tre Da Kidd
Milestone
Billy Marks
Infamous

Dance Performance By: Heather Mascarin

DJ Chase March on the 1s and 2s all night long.

WHAT: Lyrical Mind’s Birthday Party
WHEN: Saturday January 7, 2017
WHERE: The Atria – 59 King St. E., Oshawa, Ontario
DOORS: 9:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $10 at the door

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info.

I hope you can come kick it with us if you are anywhere near Oshawa this weekend.

End of the Year Hip Hop Anonymous Bash

hha-end-of-year-bash

We are closing off the year with one more edition of Hip Hop Anonymous featuring performances by Tempomental, Sankdafied, Typewriters, Laura Leger, Traffimatics, KRouge, Revelated Me, and T Will. There will also be a beat showcase by AdD.

DJ Chase March on the 1s and 2s all night long.

WHAT: Hip Hop Anonymous – End of Year Bash
WHEN: Friday December 30, 2016
WHERE: Gordy’s Brewhouse. 1631 Oxford St. E. London, ON.
DOORS: 9:00 p.m.
TICKETS: Free (DWG wants to give back to all the fans and supporters)

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info.

I hope to you can come out and kick it with us in a small, intimate setting. Help support the local hip-hop scene by attending shows, letting people know that you are going via social media, buying some merch at the gig, and enjoying the tunes. It’s going to be a good night!

Medical Ngajuana: The Prescription Tour (Brantford – Dec 16)

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Ngajuana is one of the most talented artists I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is prolific in his output, having written over 500 songs and now he is launching his very first headlining tour.  If you haven’t seen this man live yet, do yourself a favour and come to the show this Friday in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Bio: Born and raised in London, Ontario, Ngajuana has garnered a reputation as one of the best independent rappers ever to call Canada home. With 5 albums, more than 530 tracks and counting, over 200 shows played, and a growing fan base, the future is perpetually bright for Ngajuana. He has built a solid reputation for being reliable, consistent and focused. Ngajuana won the 2013 Jack Richardson Music Award for Hip-Hop, as well as the 2013 CHRW Fan-Favourite Album of the Year Award. Most recently, Ngajuana is currently a student in Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts program. He is getting ready to drop his biggest project to date, “Sonic Therapy 2: Paintings In Braille”.

Medical Ngajuana: The Prescription Tour – Brantford Stop

Featuring live performances by

Mad Hattr
Tempomental
Jennings
MLNY
OB1
Makzwell Skot
Multiverse Poets
Nos Killah
Woodlawn Warriors
The Renegade Master

Shorty

Music by DJ Chase March all night long!

WHEN: November 4th, 2016
WHERE: 310 Sports Bar – 310 Colborne St, Brantford, ON N3S 3M9
DOORS: Open at 9:00
TICKETS: $10 at the door.

I’m looking forward to rocking this show and I hope to see you there.

Facebook Event Page

Live-N-Direct Celebrates 20 Years on the Air

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Live-N-Direct is celebrating 20 years on the airwaves with a big show this Friday at The Spice Factory in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I am proud to be part of the celebrations and holding down the night on the 1s and 2s.

I have been a fan of this radio program from the very beginning. It was always a pleasure to turn on 93.3 CFMU and hear DJ Realistic cutting it up with great music, transitions, and mixes. Eklipz held in down on the microphone as the host and together their program delivered real hip-hop music and talk.

The baton has been passed a few times, but the show has continued to bless the airwaves every Saturday night from 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. since its debut in 1996. The show is now hosted by RashDon and The Oddfella and they are planning a huge celebration this Friday.

The award show / concert is proudly sponsered by PDN, Trenz Clothing, HamiltonHype.com, ReMax, Delta Nine, Mama Dee’s & View Magazine.

I hope to see you there.

WHAT: LND20 – Live-N-Direct’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
WHERE: The Spice Factory – 121 Hughson Street North, Hamilton, Ontario.
DOORS: 10:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $10 before Midnight

Check the Facebook event page for more information.

The Sunnyvale Liquor Tour hits London, ON.

sunnyvale-liquor-tour

NORTH2WEST PROMOTIONS & Mistaitken Productions present

DOUG CRAWFORD – THE SUNNYVALE LIQUOR TOUR

WITH SPECIAL TOUR GUESTS :

Knucklehead aka Tyrone from Trailer Park Boys
Rude Dowg

and featuring

Marmel Ent
Sky Bundy & Big Blax
Filty Tarantino
Brad Shank
Lyrical Mind
Traffimatics
MLNY
PB Styls

An open-mic rap battle featuring beats by AdD

Hosted by YTV’s Own PJ Phill & Bradie W

Music by DJ Chase March all night long!

WHEN: November 4th, 2016
WHERE: Grinning Gator – 391 Richmond St. London, ON.
DOORS: Open at 9:00
TICKETS: $10 advance tickets,$15 at the door.
ONLINE TICKETS: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/16318/

Event Details

Hosting this event is the duo of YTV’s Pj Phresh Phil & Bradie Whetham! Pj Phil was a mainstay in the 90s with his show The Zone. He is the current host of Session X and will be bringing his 90s Retro Vibe with him.

Bradie W is a Canadian actor and entertainer known for his roles on such shows as; Goosebumps & Wind At My Back. Bradie is also a musician and will be performing a set for the first time in over 3 years.

First Ever by N2W ( CAN YOU BATTLE ? )Open Mic Rap Battle…

There will be a open mic rap battle one hour before the show starts over AdD beat’s, with special guest judges. If you win the battle, you will win some merch ,2 exclusive beats, and a feature with a Secret Society artist. You will also get a spot on the next North2West Promotions Show in any city )

All you need is a $10 ticket, or pay at the door to take part. The battle is at 8:00 p.m.

BIOS

Doug Crawford

Doug Crawford, also known as one half of the Canadian rap group Secret Society, has broken out as a solo artist and is bringing his impetuous flow to the masses. Crawford’s ability to channel his thoughts and feelings into astute and opulent rhymes is what continues to draw in the fans, and the release of his 3rd album F.A.M.E – For All My Efforts makes a strong statement about his talent, his work ethic, and his drive to break through.

Crawford’s LA upbringing seeded the inspiration for his future endeavors and laid the foundations for working with some of the same artists that he grew up listening to – having opened for Ice Cube, Mobb Deep, and Snoop Dogg among others.

Crawford has sold tens of thousands of albums and collaborated with legends of the game, including Royce Da 5’9″, The Outlawz, and Obie Trice. His reach only widens via extensive international press attention and radio play, yet Doug Crawford’s focus remains about the impact his music can have on others. In his own words, “I work hardest on improving my music and changing it with the times.” He’s ambitious, up and coming, and hard to miss; Doug Crawford’s time is now.

Doug has been taking the global scene by storm now performing to larger audience than ever before. With fans now spanning the globe Doug is poised for breakthrough success. Watch for Doug Crawford to establish a serious international presence for himself in the near future!

Visit the links to learn more about Doug Crawford

http://www.dougcrawfordmusic.com/
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Tyrone Parsons aka Knucklehead

Tyrone Parsons is an actor, best-known for the role of T, a member of J-Roc’s Roc Pile. from Trailer Park Boys.

Parsons was born and raised in Lucasville, Nova Scotia. Tyrone has had an active rap career under the name Knucklehead.  Since 1993, beginning with an association with Atlantic rap troupe DJ Ruckus and Mad Craz. This association landed him a record contract under which he collaboratively released two albums and conducted three tours with other rappers.

After appearing in a music video by Classified, he began to make the move to TV, landing an audition with Mike Clattenburg who was casting the Trailer Park Boys series at the start of its run. Even after landing the role of T, Parsons remained in the rap game, signing first with Change The Game Records (home to Anonamyss), then left with some the artists under this label to form Musik Overmatter, an independent label. Since then he has played a major part in the production and release of several albums, and released his first solo record, KnuckleUp in 2005, and a Mad Craz record in 2008.

In the show, T is sometimes referred to as T-Knuckles, a subtle nod to Parsons’ real life rap persona.

https://www.facebook.com/KnuckleheadAkaTyroneParsons

For more information about this concert, check the Facebook Event Page.

I hope to see you there on Friday. It’s going to be a great show!

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

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.

Hip Hop Anonymous – It’s Gonna Be Live!

HHA May 14

It’s going down tomorrow night at Gordy’s Brewhouse in London, Ontario, Canada.

Cquel and Abstract Artform will be making their way from Saskatchewan to the Forest City for this great night of hip-hop.

Local favourites Mad Hattr and Tempomental are also on the bill, along with some other great acts. Tempomental usually brings Nick Easton with him to rock the stage with a live flute and saxophone. Their performances are always off the hook.

I am really looking forward to deejaying this show and holding it down all night on the wheels of steel.

WHERE – Gordy’s Brewhouse. 1631 Oxford St. E. London, ON.
WHEN – 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
HOW MUCH – $5

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info.

I hope to see you out!

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

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!

Kelly Clarkson / The Fray in Toronto

I was really enjoying the Kelly Clarkson show at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto last night. I had gotten a free ticket and I managed to score a pretty good seat. I was right at centre stage but I was near the back of the seating section.

I tell ya, I sure picked a good seat. The lead singer of The Fray made his way through the crowd as he sang a song and he actually walked down my very aisle. He stood on the seats and walked right behind me. It was pretty cool.

I wished I had brought my camera. I stopped bringing it to shows because I just want to enjoy the moment. Plus, in this day and age, I can usually count on someone posting good photos or videos online for me to remember the show later on. Normally I am so far back that I don’t get good shots either.

With that photo-worthy moment gone, I wasn’t sure there’d be another. But there was.

Kelly Clarkson did the exact same thing. She didn’t make her way down the row of seats I was in, but she did stop at the section just ahead of me during her cover of “We Are Young” by Fun.

I looked for myself in this clip from a fellow concert goer. I swear I was just outside of the camera’s field of vision. But I was super-close.

After she finished the cover song, she stayed in that same spot to sing “Gone.” It’s a great song and a personal favourite of mine. It was so cool to have her sing those two songs so close to where I was standing and singing along.

Overall, it was a great concert. The Fray really impressed me. They put on an amazing show. I couldn’t find any YouTube videos to show you here so you’ll just have to take me word for it. But hopefully, someone will upload one soon. Maybe you’ll be able to see when Isaac walked right passed me.

Another highlight of the concert was when he came back during Kelly Clarkson’s set to perform the Jason Aldean part of the duet with her for the song “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” That’s my favourite track by her and they did a great job of it last night.

I’m so glad I was able to score free tickets from a friend of a friend. It was a great night and a great show.

Classified Autograph

This concert was really good. Not only did I get to meet and hang out with one of the best rappers to ever come out of Canada, but I also got to interview him for the radio show and podcast.

Classified put on an amazing show. If you ever get a chance to see him in concert, you really must do yourself a favour and go.

I got him to autograph my concert ticket too.

I love collecting autographs. I have a lot more to share with you. In the meantime, check out these ones.

Avril Lavigne Rocks London, Ontario!

Avril Lavigne knows how to put on a live show. She has energy and enthusiasm and it is clear that she really loves rocking out.

The crowd definitely was on her side this weekend. The uproar was deafening as she took to the stage at the John Labatt Centre.

She worked through her extensive catalog of hits and had the audience singing along to nearly every song.

We did our best work during “I’m With You,” when the band cut out, Avril lowered her microphone, and we carried the chorus.

It really was electric to hear the crowd singing in unison. Our voices blended together and it one of the best sounds I’d ever heard.

Avril was proud of hearing her song being reflected back to her. She conducted us and smiled as we belted out the lyrics. When we finished, she started the chorus again and then lowered her microphone once more, letting us own the song.

She must have felt the same magic that I did, as she had us sing the chorus one last time, before the band came back in and brought the song to a stunning conclusion.

The show seemed to fly by and before I knew it, before I wanted it to be, it was over. She said, “Goodnight,” waved, and left the stage.

It can’t be over, I thought. She hasn’t even sang “Complicated” yet.

An encore definitely was in store.

Avril came back out on stage with her opening act and best friend Evan Taubenfeld. During his original set earlier in the night, he played one of Avril’s hit songs that they had written together. Now he came back out with his guitar and he and Avril performed one of his latest songs.

It really was a great song and I’m definitely going to pick up the single. The song was called “Best Years of Our Lives.” He also has a new album out entitled “Welcome to the Blacklist Club.”

The two played one more song in this acoustic setting before Avril’s band came back on stage to close out the show with “Complicated.”

It was a great show. I really don’t want to say anything bad about it. I enjoyed every minute . . .

. . . but I was a little disappointed about the lack of a large television screen beside the stage. From my seat, I couldn’t see everything in as much detail as I would have liked.

I haven’t been to a concert lately that hasn’t had a big screen. I thought it was strange that this show didn’t have one.

The picture at the top of this post shows you what my view was like. Of course, I also don’t have that great of a camera. I could see better than it could.

All in all, it was a great show. I yelled my undying love for Canada’s pop-power-punk princess. I hope she heard me. If not, maybe she’ll hear it here from this post.

I love you Avril. Keep rocking out, and keep giving us great music! Thanks!

Motown Night was Electric (Literally)

It was Motown Night at the Canadian National Exhibition last night and we were very excited to be there covering it for the radio show. We had interviews set up with the headlining acts; The Manhattans, and The Spinners.

The Manhattans took to the stage in their matching red jackets and captivated the crowd with their performance.

I was really enjoying the show and looking forward to seeing The Spinners take the stage next.

Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. Before The Manhattans had even finished their set, the concert was shut down due to a tornado warning. We were advised to go inside one of the buildings for cover.

You can see how quickly this storm rolled through because the sky does not look threatening at all in the above shot.

I took this shot from the cover of the Arts and Crafts building. The rain was coming down hard and lightning was filling the clouds above us every few seconds. It was really intense!

It almost looks like I took this photo during the day time. The lightning completely lit up the sky.

It was a beautiful storm to watch but unfortunately the CNE decided to shut down the entire operation. I have never seen them do that before. That meant, we had to either buckle down where we were or make it back to the car in the pounding rain.

We waited for ten minutes. The rain let up, and we made a break for the car. The sky continued to illuminate brilliantly all the way home. Fortunately, we were spared any strong winds and made it home with no problems at all.

The good news was that we had a chance to sit down with The Manhattans for a great interview earlier in the day. Stay tuned to DOPEfm to hear it first! I will post the podcast and transcript after it has been aired.

The Left in The Hammer

The Left are an amazing hip-hop group from Detroit. I’ve been bumping their debut album, “The Gas Mask” ever since it first came across my radar last year. I was really excited to see them come to Hamilton to rock a dope show this past weekend.

I love going to rap concerts in small clubs. Quite often, the star performers will just hang out in the crowd all night long. This was the case with The Left.

I had the honour of chatting with each of the three members. They were really cool, down-to-earth guys. I didn’t get the chance to interview them this weekend but we are planning on getting them on our radio show, DOPEfm, very soon.

Journalist 103 is the lead MC for the group. He controlled the crowd with his intelligent rhymes, great delivery, and amazing stage presence.

DJ Soko totally destroyed the turntables. It’s always refreshing to see a live DJ performing. It was pretty cool being able to see the laptop controls from this angle as well. You don’t normally get to see that as a fan.

Apollo Brown is one of the best producers in the game right now. His beats are hard-hitting, have a signature sound, and are grimy in that classic underground hip-hop style.

He started their set with a twenty minute solo of sorts. He played through a catalog of his instrumentals while the crowd nodded along to every beat.

After that introduction, Brown played a beat from The Left’s album and Journalist 103 seamlessly took control of the vocals and the stage. DJ Soko showed that he was a beast on the tables with some great cutting and scratching throughout their set.

Martin McFly is the name of the group which features Knamelis on the vocals and Supa83 on the beats. I wasn’t expecting the unconventional flow and subject matter that Knamelis delivered but he sure hit a mark with the crowd.

Fortunato Bonnano from Angerville rocked the house with his gritty deliver and he wouldn’t let technical difficulties stop him from delivering a good show.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of Flight Distance. Bender and Patience traded vocals and played selections from their album “Bad Information.”

Much props to In Tha Kut for bringing The Left to the hammer. It was a great event!

In Tha Kut can be heard every Thursday from 9:00 to 10:30 on CFMU 93.3 in Hamilton or worldwide at http://cfmu.mcmaster.ca/

Photo CreditGamma Krush

Eternia Live TONIGHT

I was surprised to see this in the newspaper this week. They gave a third of a page to one of the best emcees doing it right now, Eternia.

She’s playing TONIGHT! Here’s what you need to know.

When: Saturday July 9, 2011

Where: APK – 340 Wellington St. London, Ontario.

Unfortunately, I am not able to go to this show. Hopefully you can though. Eternia puts on an amazing live show. She is a fierce MC and has a spectacular album out right now called “At Last.”

You can check out the interview I did with her last year. Download it for free, or stream it with the player below.

If that doesn’t make you a fan, go to the show and pick up the CD. I guarantee you will be one after that.

Word!

Reflection Eternal Concert

Talib Kweli is one of the most respected MCs and lyricists in hip-hop. He was been making great music since 1997.

Hi Tek has made a name for himself as a sought after producer and DJ. He’s produced hip-hop classics and has quite the catalogue of hits.

Together Talib Kweli and Hi Tek form the group Reflection Eternal.

They brought their show to the London Music Hall this past Friday night and completely rocked the house. They didn’t waste time between songs. It was just hit after hit after hit.

We heard the great Reflection Eternal songs, the classic Black Star joints, solo joints from Talib Kweli, cuts from the Hi-Tek albums, and some of the great songs Kweli has blessed for other artists. I was especially glad to hear him perform “Get By”

One impressive aspect of their show was the dual video screens on either side of the stage. As they performed some of their biggest hits, the videos played simultaneously. I was amazed that the timing was so on point that Kweli was actually synced up with the images.

They played an encore and didn’t stop there. Kweli got behind the tables and started an after-party right there and then. They invited all the ladies up on the stage and then let the guys joins them. The stage was packed. I should’ve taken a picture of that. It was a nice way of them to connect with the fans and close out the night.

Nineteen85 is a producer and DJ and he held down the stage for Shaun Boothe as the opening act of the concert.

I talked to Shaun Boothe at the Stylus Awards this past Monday so it was cool to be able to see his live show and link up with him again. He had an R&B singer as well as a guitar player / singer on stage with him. They put on an energetic show too.

Overall, this was a great concert. I’m so glad I finally got to see Talib Kweli live. He’s definitely one of the best lyricists and MCs in the game. What an amazing night!

Festival of Friends Highlights

Festival of Friends is a completely free festival held every August at Gage Park in Hamilton. It is always a great event. The festival manages to draw some big name entertainment and this year was no exception. Here are some of the highlights from the great acts I was able to catch.


Finger 11 were the big headliners at this year’s Festival of Friends and they certainly packed the park. There had to be over 20,000 people there. It was a great turnout and Finger 11 didn’t disappoint. They had an amazing set and had the crowd singing along to their hits.


Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg put on an energetic show and ran through a brief history of punk rock before the power abruptly cut off. It was really strange. The lights, amps, instruments, everything shut down in the middle of one of their songs. Fortunately though the power came back on within a few minutes and they continued to rock until it got dark.


Here’s Marky saluting the crowd after the performance.


Steven Page entertained the crowd with a stripped-down acoustic performance of his solo material and some of the immense catalog of hits from Barenaked Ladies.

I always wanted to see those guys play. I was hoping to one day soon. Unfortunately, Steven has now left the band and while they continue to make music, it won’t be the same without Steven.

Steven held down a good show without his bandmates and just a single guitar. The crowd sang along and yelled out their requests, which he honoured.
This was the act I was most looking forward to all weekend. I’m glad I got the chance to go.


This guy is a high school teacher and man, can he rock. His name is Kevin MacLean and he has established quite the reputation in his hometown here in Hamilton. I can’t believe that I had never seen him perform live before. It was a great show.

I saw the above rock acts with my dad on Friday.
And then on Sunday, my mom and I went back for the country acts.

First up was The Wilkinsons. They put on a really excellent show. We sat a little further on the grass but it was nice to be in the shade. It was ridiculously hot Sunday afternoon.


Crystal Shawanda played her hit “You Can Let Go.” She has a powerful voice and a great stage presence and captivated the crowd with a strong set.

We then had to sit through a horrible performance by Leon Redbone while we waited for The Road Hammers to come on. I know that my mom was really looking forward to seeing the headlining country act.

Unfortunately, a lightning storm seemed to swoop over us. We tried to wait it out. It looked like the show might still go on. But then the skies opened up and we got hammered with ran. The lighting and wind kicked up a notch and the show had to be cancelled.
We got soaked walking back to the car. Too bad we didn’t get to see that last show but at least the whole weekend wasn’t a washout. I enjoyed watching these acts perform. And the best part of it all was that it was completely free. We even managed to find free parking only a few blocks away. You can’t beat that.