Chasing Content – May 2017

Here are some of the highlights from last May. Let’s relive these moments and not let them get buried in the archive

Tim Horton’s First Store (Hamilton, Ontario)

The first Tim Horton’s store ever was opened in Hamilton on Ottawa Street. The location has recently undergone a renovation that now includes a small museum highlighting their growth and history.

Binbrook Skatepark

It’s fun to hit the road and explore new skateboard parks. This one was a little out of the way but made for a fun day trip. The sight of the looming water tower and the mini-ramp made it quite the experience.

Educators Wear Many Hats

It’s time teachers take on new roles and add even more hats to the diverse collection we already wear.

“Teaching can’t stay in the past. We need to move on from old and outdated methods. We need to be pioneers, to innovate, and to continue to further our own learning, We need to incorporate new research into our teaching practice. And we can never lose out sense of adventure.”

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Chasing Content

Thanks for Chasing Content with me. This is a feature that I do monthly to look back at some of the exciting things that were happening here on Silent Cacophony last year. You can click through to the archive to read these “best of” posts for every single month I have blogged. Cheers!

Iron Fist Finds Himself

Iron Fist – The Trial of the Seven Masters

This is the first Iron Fist comic that I have ever read. It’s not the first time I’ve come across the character, however. I have read stories that featured him in several different titles, but I never really got into the character. I enjoyed the Netflix series though, so when I saw this book at the library, I figured it was worth the read.

It starts out with Danny Rand being in a rather low point in his life. He hasn’t been able to access his chi for a while but still feels the need to fight, so he goes into several underground fight clubs. He wins but still feels empty.

After one of these fights, he is approached by a fighter with skills that appear to equal his own. He gets invited to a tournament on an island he has never heard. Urgent to find himself again, and with very little options, Rand agrees and follows him to the island.

Will Rand find himself once more, or is this secret island society using him for some purpose?

This was a good read. It hasn’t sold me on the character though. I am not left eager to read more of the title. But I would like to see a second season of the Netflix show.

My List of 2018 Reads – coming soon

Canada Under Siege

We Stand On Guard by Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce, Matt Hollingsworth, and Fonografiks

In the year 2112, a war erupts between the United States of America and Canada. This graphic novels tells the story of a small band of freedom fighters doing their best to stop the invasion and “stand on guard for their home and native land,” a reference to the Canadian National Anthem.

The book is uniquely Canadian too, despite it being created by a mostly American cast. The artist, Steve Skroce, is Canadian, but the rest of the creators are not.

Several characters in the book speak French and the creators fail to provide a translation for the reader. Many times, the reaction  of the other characters let us know what was said, but sometimes, we are left to wonder. The art helps us figure it out for non-French speakers.

We are also reminded that Superman was a Canadian creation but was warped by American publishers.

Another interesting thing in this book was how the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) went underground and continued to provide pirate transmissions to help both freedom fighters and citizens now living under American rule. It was nice to see national public radio still having an impact one hundred years into the future.

The horrors of this war are graphically displayed in this book. It is definitely not a title for children. One scene in particular disturbed me for a few days.

The story is well told and fast-paced. It captured me from the very first page. Brian K. Vaughan always tells engaging stories and the rest of the creators did a great job with the book too.

My List of 2018 Reads (coming soon)

Calling All Rappers – Jump on this Cypher

Word is Bond Rap Radio and BAD Entertainment present, “The North Symphony.”

This is a cypher track that will be featured on The MIX(ed)TAPE 2 that DJ Hullewud and I will be releasing soon. All you have to do is download one of the following tracks, record a 16 bar verse, and send me the acapella by Friday May 4th, 2018.

I will pick the best verses and put together the final version of the North Symphony. So, send in your hottest 16. And good luck!

I still have room for one more track on The MIX(ed)TAPE 2, so if you have a full song that you would like to submit, you can do that too. It just needs to be exclusive to this project, or something that has not yet been released.


Send submissions to – wibrapradio(at)gmail(dot)com

We Rocking on Word is Bond Rap Radio

We kick off the show this week with half an hour of old school classics and ever feature a rare demo recording by Nine.

After that, we keep it moving with great modern hip-hop in the same vein. Head nodding beats, intelligent rhymes, and a boom-bap aesthetic. That’s how we do every week on Word is Bond Rap Radio.

This is episode 310 of the show. You can stream all of the previous episodes on Mixcloud and cop free downloads here.

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Busy Bee – Making Cash Money
Crash Crew – We Are Known Emcees (We Turn Parties Out)
Roxanne Shante – Queen of Rox
Masterdon Committee – Paid the Cost to be the Boss
The Cold Crush Brothers – Fresh, Fly, Wild, & Bold
Fearless Four – Problems of the World Today
Stetsasonic – Just Say Stet
Nine – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Mighty Rhino ft D-Sisive & Prince Po – Resplendent
M.Sea – Vowels
Junia T ft Kemikal – Sky is Falling
Skeleton Krew – Buggin’
Branded Moore ft Exit Only – Dumb
Lee Magor ft Jeru the Damaja – The Beast
Cashus King – You Are What . . .
iLLism – Open Letter
Ruste Juxx – Bottom to the Top Go Stetsa
A.I.P. – Real Talk
Pawz One & Robin Da Landlord – Sucker Punch
Shinobi Stalin, WordChemist, DJ Stranger, & Marz Mello – Agents Of IPA
VVS Verbal & Es-K ft Sadat X & Craig G – Then 2 Now
The Age of L.U.N.A. – Hate
Napoleon Da Legend & DJ Doom – Condolences
DOGG4OUSE – Do You Think About Me
Crash Silverback & Max Muthaphukin’ Stax – Wolfgang
Swamp Thing – Big Bang
Crimeapple – Siegfried
Dessa – Shrimp
Doberman – Let’s Get to This
Dweller & Jonny Capicola ft Lord Willin – Dazed and Bemuzzed
Grime Lords – Violent Violins
O.C. – Feelin’ Free
Senica Da Misfit – Conflicted
The Village – Reign

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Running Trails and Skateparks

Running Trail Tours

I love finding new places to run. I often take my camera along with me and stop every few minutes to snap a picture. This way I can present you with a photographic story that captures the scenery of my run. This page is a table of contents for these Photographic Tours. Hopefully, you will discover a new trail to explore.

Skatepark Tours

There are some amazing skateboard parks just waiting to be discovered. I love coming across a new one. Every time I do, I document it here. Hopefully, you will find a new park to skate in the process.

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You can find any other sports related posts by continue to scroll down or by clicking on the categories in the side bar (on a web browser)

Be active and have fun!

WIB Rap Radio – MLNY is Singled Out

This week on Word is Bond Rap Radio, we have an in-depth and exclusive interview with MLNY.

He talks to us about his new mixtape, Singled Out, his upcoming album, and all the work he been putting in.

And of course, we play some great new music and hip-hop classics.

So press play to enjoy the stream or download the podcast for free and take it with you.

Evidence – To Make a Long Story Longer
John Jiggs & Rockwelz – Self-Made
Awaxx of The Rhymthm Writers – Drifting
Cquel – King
N.B.S. – Nile River
Grand Analog – Quiet Life
Swamp Thing – 4 5 6 7
K.Gaines – Opulence
MLNY – Guilty
MLNY ft Spesh K – Prideless
MLNY – Elementary
Lola – In My Zone
The IMF – Golden
The Library Steps ft Thesis Sahib – To Friend Too Fortunate
Dirt Disciples – It Ain’t Hard to Tell (DJ Concept Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest – Lost Somebody
EPMD ft M.O.P. – The Symphony Pt 1
2Pac – R U Still Down
Das Efx – Baknaffek
Grand Puba – I Like It
Jay-Z – Can’t Knock the Hustle
Naughty By Nature – Guard Your Grill (Smooth Mix)
Left Land Didon – Jimmy Jump / Eight Ball
Phonte – Expensive Genes
Polodore ft Nieve – Never Defeated

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Transform School Band Concerts

Nicole Kmoch wrote an incredible piece for the Smart Music Educator blog entitled “Perform Early, Perform Often: The Power of Informance.”

She believes, “performing early and often can be a great way to reduce the anxiety students experience during performances. It also offers an opportunity to make all parents and guardians aware of – and a bigger part of – the process of learning an instrument. Rather than trying to program a full concert with students who may know only 3-5 notes, I set out to create an informance.”

Transforming Beginning Band Concerts

Instead of working for an entire semester towards a concert performance, having multiple, shorter performances can have numerous benefits.

“It’s a chance for students to showcase what they can do and an opportunity to educate parents about the process and how they can help support their students at home. In addition to several opportunities to perform solo and in small groups, the informance gives many students an opportunity to speak to the audience.”

Getting Outside the Classroom

“In our educational environment, students are very accustomed to performing while sitting at a desk, in a quiet atmosphere, on a test where they are scored only on their own knowledge. Yet in music ensembles, we ask them to showcase what they know on a stage with lights, microphones, and an audience which is prepared to give them immediate feedback on their performance. It’s very different.

Building Together

Young musicians approach performance opportunities with a wide range of comfort levels. Some are eager to share and enjoy the spotlight. Others are terrified at just the thought. Performing early in the process helps them to discover the joy found in performing together. It takes the mystery out of the stage and what a performance looks and feels like. Once some of the build-up and anxiety is removed, it simply becomes something that we do together.

Performance, Demonstration, and Education

Informances also offers the flexibility to have students that are ready and willing to perform to help with the demonstrations for the audience. Opportunities range from demonstrating a buzz on a brass mouthpiece to performing a more advanced piece while exhibiting excellent tone. An informance allows you to differentiate your performance to include all students.”

Learning in the Spotlight

I really like this idea and plan to implement it next semester. Have you have any experience with Informances? Please let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or with a comment below.

And make sure to visit the Teaching Tips Archive for more great ideas.

Toronto Sounds Terrible (And it Shouldn’t)

Toronto Sound: Vol. 1 – A Memoir of the City’s Rising Producers by KLFTN

I was really looking forward to reading this book. As a hip-hop historian, I wanted to dive into the history of beatmakers and producers from Canada. The cover art is amazing and looks great when the book is completely unfolded. Unfortunately, that is the only thing impressive about it.

Don’t get me wrong, the stories in this book are ones that hip-hop fans in Canada should know. They are just told in a way that is flat and boring. I had to stop reading the book due to the blatant grammar errors that distracted me from both the history and the stories. It is really difficult to read a book that has not had any editing or polishing done to it.

Horrible sentence fragments like this one, “Then the labels would pay attention with the exception of Beat Factory” are used throughout the book. Unnecessary words, awkward phrasing, and persistent grammar errors made it impossible for me to enjoy the book. I had to stop reading it.

I wasn’t sure that I should even write about it here on my blog. In fact, I have been wrestling with this for months now. I thought perhaps I could come back to it later and see something worthwhile that would allow me to continue reading. Unfortunately, it really is a terrible book that would have benefited from having an experienced editor or co-writer shaping it into a book worthy of publication.

The book covers thirty years of hip-hop history with a focus on the groundbreaking event series “Battle of the Beatmakers.” Superstar producer Boi-1da began his career at the very first edition of the event back in 2005. He took home top prize three years in a row and went on to create some of the biggest records to come out of Canada.

It would have been nice to have been able to read about the event and how it helped shape young producers. It did a great job in developing the scene and giving producers a chance to grown their skills and showcase their talent. These kinds of competitions have become even more popular in the last several years. Canada’s history in it is fascinating as well. Unfortunately, this is not the outlet to tell the story. Either that or a major reworking of the book is necessary.

Since the book has “Volume One” in its title, and I hopeful that they will be able to craft an improved second chapter with a new writer, co-writer, or editing team. If they do it right, I will read it. If not, it will end up in the recycling bin (which is where this one belongs).

My List of 2018 Reads (coming soon)

WIB Rap Radio and DOPEfm Combine with Sankdafied

Daddy J of DOPEfm is the special co-host for this edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

I got my start in radio on his show almost eleven years ago, so it was really nice to rock with him once again.

Sankdafied called in to talk about his new album, Atoms & Evolution, which is available everywhere you get your music from now. If you like what you hear today, please support by grabbing a copy of the project.

And let us know you are listening with the hashtag #WIBRapRadio

The Library Steps – Nothing Friendly
Chris Skillz ft Skyzoo & Left Lane – One Two
Evidence ft Rakaa – Wonderful World
Fraction & Finsta – Working On It
Cozz – Questions
Awaxx of the Rhythm Writers – Pay to Play
Cautious Kieran – Return To Sender
Sankdafied – Pay to Play
Sankdafied ft Branded Moore – Easy
Sankdafied ft Speak EZ – Life
Ice Cube – Endangered Species
Treacherous Three – Action
Super 3 – Philosophy Rappin’ Spree
O.C. – Give It Up
Muneshine & Vinyl Frontiers – Easy Does It
Animal Nation – Money
Napoleon Da Legend – Bionic Trigger
TapesOne2 – One Step
Anibus – Levitation
Moka Only – Somethings Going On

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