Legendary MC Melle Mel is Amongst Twelve Iconic Artists Enlisted for Milestone Celebration in Toronto

(TORONTO, Canada) –  AMNESIA, Toronto’s legendary Old School event, will celebrate its 15 Year Anniversary on Saturday December 13, 2014 at The Sound Academy (11 Polson Piers, Toronto). Since 1999, Amnesia has treated the city to monthly signature ‘Old School’ events showcasing forgotten music from old school & classic house to retro, rhythm & blues and golden era hip hop. Each year on its anniversary, some of music’s most memorable names take the stage as surprise guests.

For this milestone, the team has enlisted a stunning roster of legendary artists, including the Hip Hop pioneer, Melle Mel from Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five who, alongside The World Famous DJ Starting from Scratch, will lead “The Amnesia Hip Hop Ride”, a segment featuring some of classic hip hop’s most iconic. The remaining acts, including artists representing the R&B genre will remain a surprise until revealed on stage.

The surprise performance element of The Anniversary is what truly sets the evening apart. The first ever anniversary performance in 2002 featured Canadian hip hop legend Maestro Fresh-Wes who whipped the crowd of 1500 patrons into a frenzy.  Since then, Amnesia has hosted an impressive, internationally known list of acts including freestyle, dance and house acts Cece Peniston, Lisa Lisa, Crystal Waters, Ten City and The Jets, R&B icons Bell Biv Devoe (BBD), SWV, Karyn White and Dru Hill, and Hip Hop heavyweights such as MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Rob Base and Naughty By Nature. Canadian Icons such as Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Dream Warriors and Michie Mee, and dance agencies Do Dat & Bag Of Trixx have been there every step of the way. Anticipation is high for the 15 year celebration, which expects to attract close to 3,000 patrons.

As part of the Amnesia 15 Year Anniversary festivities, for the first time ever, Amnesia will take place in New York, invading “the longest running Friday-Night Dance Party in NYC History, The Freedom Party® NYC, on Friday December 12th at Santos Party House.
The Amnesia Team consists of 3 individuals with a common love of music: Ian Andre Espinet, one of the city’s leading event producers and respected graphic designer, is responsible in whole or part for some of the city’s most unique and memorable nightclub events in years past. He is responsible for visually transforming concepts into tangible entities, and is the host of the event. DJ Starting from Scratch, is Canada’s foremost urban club and radio DJ. He can be heard daily on VIRGIN Radio 99.9FM nationally, and seen at concert and club engagements throughout the country and worldwide in his role as tour DJ for artists Usher and Carlos Santana and comedians Russell Peters and George Lopez. DJ Jason Chambers is one of the country’s greatest underground musical legends, and can be heard daily on Toronto’s G98.7FM.

Amnesia: 15th Anniversary Celebration

The Sound Academy | 11 Polson Street

Saturday December 13th, 2014

Doors Open at 10PM

Tickets $30 in advance | More at the door

Advanced Tickets Available

Music by DJ Starting From Scratch & DJ Jason Chambers

Hosted by Ian Andre Espinet


An All-Star Line Up of 12 Surprise Performers
Including the Legendary
 Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 

The inaugural Amnesia event took place in September 1999 in response to the fact that the certain musical genres were neglected in nightclubs – almost as though DJs and patrons had AMNESIA.  Armed with musical knowledge, Amnesia began with a mandate to play Classic House and Old School, and today has grown to encompass New Jack Swing, Classic Slow Jams, and Retro including 70s and 80s television themes and classics.

Since it’s humble beginnings in Toronto’s quaint Granite Lounge, where it played host to 150 friends, Amnesia has produced countless themed events including roller skating all-nighters, Old school dress up nights, city boat cruises  – all often while collecting food for those in need. Each year since 2002, the Legendary Amnesia Anniversary has hosted “Old School” surprise guest performances by musical legends to crowds of over 2500. In 2006, this trailblazing trio signed to Universal Music Canada to produce “Amnesia: Thee Old School Album”, a compilation mixed CD, which was nationally distributed at retailers such as HMV and Music World.  The album which echoed the retro feeling the parties are known for, was a runaway success, taking retail by surprise.

Over 35 special guests, 200 events, and over 100,000 guests and 15 years later, Amnesia is still The Soundtrack to Our Lives.
For More Information, please see www.AmnesiaForever.com and follow the team on Twitter @AmnesiaForever


Vapors 2012 – ft. Kish, Dan-e-o & Maestro 
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The classics never go out of style.  When three emcees from Toronto get together to collaborate on a track for the love of hip hop, only goodness can come out of it.  In 2010, when Dan-e-o was visiting Kish in L.A., the two were talking about future collaboration projects. While reminiscing about their favourite old school tracks, and memories of Concert Hall shows, Kish suggested to Dan-e-o that they do a cover of Biz Markie‘s The Vapors.   After reconnecting with Maestro while he was in LA, Kish had found the perfect third emcee to round out the track. The only missing piece was a DJ.  Maestro suggested his sister,DJ MelBoogie, and the rest was hip hop history.

This project was more than just a song for me. I’m constantly trying to push myself out of my comfort zone, and this definitely allowed me to do that. Plus, when someone I respect as much as Kish asks you to be on a track, how could you say anything but yes?? Add two of Scarborough’s finest in Dan-e-o and Maestro, and that easily turns into a hell yeah!  More than that, this is the first track I’ve ever done with my big brother Wes, so that makes it extra special for me. The have already more than made their mark on hip hop in Canada, and that’s something I’m working towards doing. I’m proud of my city, and the amazing level of music and creativity that comes from it, so I’m really happy that I got to rep for Toronto with these three artists that I have so much respect for.

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Vapors 2012 – Kish, Dan-e-o & Maestro
(Cuts by DJ MelBoogie)

Special thanks also go TJ Habibi, Craig Brooklyn (for allowing me to infiltrate his studio and still managing to have patience!), and the awesomely creative Sean “Cheeks” Galloway, who did the artwork for the single.


 If you work at a bullsh*t day job like several artists and DJs on the grind, it’s great when you finally get some recognition, and know that you’re appreciated. This goes out to all the people with ambition and purpose!!  Shouts to Adam Bomb for delivering more fire and if you’ve been sleeping on this MC -> WAKE UP!!  I heard through the grapevine that he has some pretty big collabo joints coming up.  Big ups to the Freedom Writers Collective… big tings soon come!!

“My Full Timers, Part Timers, 9 to 5’ers, All Nighters, Never let em make you think that you’re second class MY PEOPLE!”

– Adam Bomb

In every job there is honour, no matter how grand or menial the task. Some employers will attempt to twist this concept into their own desired outcomes and needs, but as a general thought this rings true for millions of people who undertake their daily work each day, all year round, unfailingly. With his Brand New release ‘My People‘, Toronto based emcee and Freedom Writers/Empire member Adam Bomb celebrates the resilience, dedication and heart possesed by workers in all walks of life. From the ticket takers in movie theatre lobbies to the nurses in overcrowded hospitals, everyone is on a path to progression even if their current job is just a stepping stone to greater things.

As an emcee, a job that hordes of aspiring artists apply for each year, there are certain roles and responsibilities one must fulfill. Being original, creative and fearless top that list and Adam Bomb has consistently raised the bar with unbelievable flows, infectious hooks and thought provoking content for the masses. Having the support of your peers is also a qualification and with a growing list of notables including Canadian Hip Hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes, FLOW 93.5fm radio host Mastermind and Polaris prize nominee D Sisive onboard, Bomb is reaching new heights wih each new endeavour. Lastly and most importantly, an emcee must have the confidence and trust of THE PEOPLE and citing the International success of Bombs’ latest releases ‘Wasted Talent’ and ‘Make Good Music’ (youtube hits in the tens of thousands) its clear that the 5th letter fam and Freedom Writers collective all star Adam Bomb is a Full Time, fully certified representative of THE PEOPLE!

Adam Bomb’s newly minted WASTED TALENT cd is now available for purchase featuring some of ‘the legend’s’ most memorable tracks such as ‘The balance’ produced by Platinum selling beatsmith 40 (Drake, Sade, Jay Z) and the crowd favourite ‘Wasted Talent’ banged out by fellow Freedom Writers collaborator Big Sproxx of Proletarian music. Fresh off of the jam packed release party in Toronto, Adam Bomb is continuing work on his next solo project and steadily penning classics for the debut LP of critically acclaimed Toronto Hip Hop collective, the Freedom Writers. Possessing a CEO flow with a hard hat mentality, it’s not hard to see why Adam Bomb is one of the most sought after artists in Canadian Hip Hop. The people have spoken.


Toronto, ON (November 5, 2010) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that submissions for the 2011 JUNO Awards are now open. This is a landmark year for the JUNO Awards, as they prepare for stellar celebrations commemorating four decades of recognizing excellence in Canadian music.  JUNO Week unfolds in Toronto, ON March 21 – 27, 2011, with events celebrating its 40th Anniversary happening year-round.

The Rap Advisory Committee includes seasoned label representative Jay Devonish (eOne Entertainment), David “Click Cox” (Stylus DJ Awards), Greg Baptiste (MuchMusic/CTV), Jody Laraya (Universal Music Canada), Jesse Plunkett (HipHopCanada.com), Melissa “DJ MelBoogie” Langley (CKLN 88.1FM), Jay Swing (Beat 94.5FM), Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth (K103FM), Rez Digital (Flow 93.5FM) and Darryl Rodway (Urbnet). New to the Rap Advisory Board this year, and representing Central Canada is Marlon Wilson, co-Founder of Music for Mavericks, an independent urban music label in Edmonton that is home to 3-time WCMA Nominees, Politic Live. Marlon is also the host of Edmonton’s Urban Hang Suite on CJSR 88.5FM.

Collectively, the committee is making strides in developing outreach to rap artists across the country, both English and Francophone, to increase the number of submissions. As a result of these concentrated effots, last year CARAS received the most-ever rap submissions since the category was established in 1990.  By partnering with radio shows, online magazines and DJs across the country, the committee hopes to continue to raise awareness throughout the community about the submissions and judging process, specifically for rap artists. “We’ve assembled a great team of people from around the country who are actively working in various aspects of the urban music scene,” says Jay Devonish, Chairman / JUNO Awards Rap Advisory Committee.  We’ve also worked closely with CARAS on the jury list to revise it and ensure the people voting on the Awards are qualified and active within the urban community.  We’re excited to work together with CARAS to ensure the rap community is properly represented at the JUNO Awards.”

The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking vehicle, not only for artists who win, but to be a nominee and/or participant in various JUNO Awards events can lead to further opportunities. Legendary Canadian Rap Artist and previous JUNO Award Winner, Wes “Maestro” Williams, stated, “The Juno Awards mean a great deal to me. Receiving two in 1991 was a catalyst for my career as well as for other MC’s coming out after me. It was the first ever Juno Award for a hip hop artist and it was an amazing  landmark for the Canadian music industry to acknowledge my genre of music on a national level. I’m very proud to be a part of that history.” Other previous nominees include Arabesque, Drake,  Sans Pression, BrassMunk, Checkmate, Choclair, Classified, Dubmatique, Concise, DL Incognito, Eternia, IRS, K’Naan, Kardinal Offishall, k-os, Mr. Roam, Famous and Sweatshop Union. Submission forms are available at https://junosubmissions.ca <http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=16161223&msgid=267942&act=49ME&c=191017&admin=0&destination=https://junosubmissions.ca>
All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2010.                                                                                                                  

October 23 – November 12, 2010 (Final Deadline for craft or juried categories)
$60 for CARAS Members
$80 for non-members

January 7, 2011 (Deadline for all sales-based categories)
$60 for CARAS Members
$80 for non-members

€ Artists, songwriters and producers are invited to submit their own names for consideration for awards.
€ The eligibility period for the 2011 JUNO Awards is between September 1, 2009 and November 12, 2010.  This means that your product must have been released to the general public within this time frame
€ As long as the artist is born a Canadian or is a landed immigrant who has resided in Canada for the past 6 months, during the eligibility period, the product qualifies.

•  The Music Advisory Committee – a panel of your peers from the urban music community – submits a list of potential judges. All judges are professional, accomplished individuals.
•   The judges are representative of all facets of the urban music industry, such as: Print Media, Radio, TV, DJ, Publicity, Producer, Promoters, etc.
•   In order to ensure a credible selection process, judges will not be selected for the same category for two consecutive years.  
For more info: http://junosubmissions.ca/DMDS.WebApp.Public/JunoSubmit/Splash.aspx

About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through television vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 40th Anniversary of the JUNO Awards, visit The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website at www.junoawards.ca or www.carasonline.ca   


If you know me at all, you already know how hard I rep for Scarborugh and always have. How can I not? It’s the borough that so many talented MCs, Producers, DJs and Artists now or at some point called home (from Maestro to Rich Kidd to Choclair to Monolith), and it’s no accident that it’s known throughout the city of Toronto as ‘The Borough Most Thorough’

Scarborough Fresh Fest, presented by YOUnited Neighbourhoods Festivals aims to redefine Scarborough and their Youth by showcasing and celebrating the cultural and artistic wealth they contribute to the city of Toronto.   The event will take place over 4 days and will feature a multitude of activities including: The Fresh Fashion Film & Art Expo, the Battle of the Freshest Dance contest, Subtext Multi Arts festival and the popular Scarborough Fresh Fair celebration of Youth, Urban Arts & Culture.  Over the 4-day span of the festival, spectators will experience the talents of  Scarborough-based fashion designers, visual artists, b-girls and b-boys and the music of Tona, Ayah, Kim Davis, Smash Brovaz, Rich Kidd, A-Game and many, many more!  The festival kicks off Thursday September 9th at The Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive) with The Fashion Phoenix, with the vibe provided by none other than yours truly (wink-wink)!!  The festival is not-to-be missed and is the perfect lead in to the world renown Manifesto Festival. Questions?? Hit up the awesome people organizing the fantastic (and much needed) event at  Scarboroughfreshfair@gmail.com .


The Drake Hotel and The Manifesto Festival Present:
Wes “Maestro” Williams Encourages Readers to “Stick To Your Vision”
Iconic Canadian Rapper/Actor Releases Motivational Book for Readers of All Ages

Having experienced the highs and lows that come with being a performer, Wes “Maestro” Williams, “The Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop,” has passed many hurdles in his life. Knowing that others out there face the same challenges, Wes, along with co-writer Tamara Hendricks-Williams, present Stick Your Vision. Sharing the same title as one of his hit singles, Wes provides practical and empowering strategies to help readers define their vision, determine how they’re going to achieve it, and what to do once it’s been achieved.

The Official Toronto Book Release Celebration!

DATE: August 12, 2010
TIME: Media Launch @ 8pm, Doors open to public @ 9pm
MUSIC: DJ MelBoogie & Starting From Scratch
VENUE: The Drake Underground

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Hope to see you there – this will be another one for the books!!
Biased opinion, once again?? No doubt, but I definitely think this one is worth the read. The fantastic thing is that other MCs, producers, actors, etc. (from Chuck D. to Drake), all got behind this project to give testimonial quotes on how Wes “sticks” to his vision, and how he’s influenced what they do today! This is a shortened version of the release I did, just to get the word out. 
A motivational speaker for well over a decade (seriously he’s kinda gifted with that and even manages to get ME amped and fired up when I really need it!!), Wes puts a lot of the message, energy and inspiration he has in person, into the book — which hits the shelves on August 10th, 2010 so remember to pick it up!!
Iconic Canadian Rapper/Actor Releases Motivational Book for Readers of All Ages
For young adults and people who want help achieving their goals, advice from Wes “Maestro” Williams, based on his life experiences as the “Godfather of Canadian Hip-Hop” will guide them on the right path.  An iconic legend in Canadian hip-hop, and dedicated actor, Wes draws from personal experiences to motivate and inspire the reader.  Sharing the same title as one of his hit singles, “Stick to Your Vision” demonstrates to readers of all ages how to overcome personal hurdles to make the seemingly impossible, possible.   He offers useful tips and advice, as well as inspirational stories and quotes, and exercises that will keep readers moving towards reaching their goals, and making dreams into a reality. 
Co-written by Tamara Hendricks-Williams, and featuring testimonials from the likes of TV Host/Commentator George Stroumboulopolous and Director Little X, to artists such as Drake and Esthero, Wes’ book exemplifies how the life lessons and advice garnered from the book can apply to readers of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and experiences. As stated in the book’s forward from Public Enemy‘s legendary frontman, Chuck D: “MAESTRO has held his own as the KING of MCs in Canadian Hip-Hop History. He is the Alpha paving the road as originator for some other household northern MCS to follow…It is also key to stay true to the roots of the game as well as the Black-Caribbean culture that has figured strongly in its energy. Dignity and Respect come with that blend, something that’s usually passed over by American MC’s. The Canadian MC does not ever go backward, it’s not in their DNA.”
As an actor, Wes has shared the big screen with Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, and Mark Wahlberg, and was seen in the home of millions in his television roles in Instant Star, Metropia and The Line, for which he received his first Gemini Award nomination.   This is his first book. Stick to Your Vision, How to Get Past the Hurdles and Haters to Get Where You Want to Be,  published by McClelland & Stewart (Random House), will be available in August 2010.  Please see www.mcclelland.com for additional information and check out www.amazon.ca to purchase an advanced copy!
UMAC Partners with North by North East 2010 
The Urban Music Association Presents Two Panels at this year’s  NXNE Conference
For Immediate Release
June 7th, 2010 


(Toronto)  In a continuing series of events related to Canadian urban music artist development, UMAC, Urban Music Association of Canada, is proud to partner with The McKee Agency and NXNE (North by North East) to present two inspirational panels at this year’s conference. The panels are aimed at helping emerging, up-and-coming urban artists learn how to make their music and presentation more commercially viable, in addition to discussing the history and development of urban music in Canada. They will also learn what it takes to peddle their wares on a multitude of levels in the digital age of music.  

The panel discussions will include:

A) How We Got Here: A Reflection of How Urban Music in Canada Got to Where it is Today (in partnership with The McKee Agency)
From the likes of Maestro (Fresh-Wes) and Michie Mee to Dream Warriors, explore how Canada’s pioneers of Hip Hop promoted themselves in the late 80’s/90’s and helped build the Canadian Urban Music scene into what it is today. Confirmed panelists include Michie Mee (ground-breaking MC/actor), Carl Allen (DJ, CKLN 88.1FM), Kerry “KLC” Crawford (Baby Blue Soundcrew), and Derek Brin (award-winning producer), moderated by legendary radio host, Ron Nelson.  3 – 4 pm – Regency A (inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel).

B) UMAC Presents: Ya Heard?!? Demo Listening Session 
This is an opportunity for young talent to have at least a minute of their best product constructively critiqued by the participating panelists and the audience at-large. UMAC has found that by offering opinions of not only the movers, shakers and decision makers of the industry, but also the tastemakers and consumers of the product in the general audience, gives a well-rounded viewpoint on the artists’ works. Confirmed panelists include Kyron “Kid” Clarke (Urbanology Magazine), Flo King (TO-Flo.com), Jeni McKenzie (FLOW 93.5FM), Chris Perry (Songwriter/Producer), and DJ MelBoogie (Host/DJ, CKLN 88.1FM), moderated by UMAC’s VP, Dwayne Dixon.  4 – 5pm – Regency D (inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel).

For more information on this and other UMAC-related events, or how to become a UMAC member, please refer to the organization’s website at www.umacunited.com or contact the Communications Director via email, as listed below. 

Saturday June 19th, 2010 
Panel 1: How We Got Here
3-4 PM
Regency A (inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel)

 Panel 2: Ya Heard?!? Demo Listening Session 
4-5 PM
Regency D (inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel) 

 Admission: NXNE Registration is Required
Please see www.NXNE.com 

 Hyatt Regency Hotel
(Formerly the Holiday Inn)
370 King St. West (just East of Peter St.)

About UMAC: 
Established in 1996, UMAC, The Urban Music Association of Canada, serves as the lone music industry service provider for urban music in Canada & the work of Canadian urban artists. UMAC offers professional development services to help music industry workers succeed as cultural entrepreneurs. Through its programs and services, UMAC assists practitioners in the music industry to build sustainable careers & find some modicum of success in a musical landscape in Canada not necessarily designed for urban music achievement.   UMAC is the voice of Canada’s urban music industry.


Media Contact
Melissa (MelBoogie) Langley
Director of Communications, UMAC
o. 416-916-5274
m. 416.436.6352
e. melboogiemedia@sympatico.ca