We all know that the MAIN event goes down on Sunday March 15th in Hamilton, but they can’t possibly have EVERY single nominee on stage, so the 2015 JUNOfest Nominee Showcase is an opportunity for fans to get a glimpse of their fav nominees before the winners walk away with the hardware.  Steel Town will be going in hard for JUNO Week!

Presented by CBCmusic.ca and sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing, nominees from the Contemporary Christian/Gospel, Rap, and R&B/Soul Categories will be doing a pre-JUNO special performance at Sarcoa (57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON), on Friday March 13th. Hamilton’s DJ Verse One and myself will be providing the vibe for the night, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one!

Featured performers will include Contemporary Christian/Gospel Nominee Manafest, R&B/Soul Recording Nominees Ben Stevenson, JRDN and Melanie Durrant, and from the Rap Category, Adam Bomb and Tona of Naturally Born Strangers, Saukrates, and Tre Mission. This event takes place at the luxurious waterfront venue, SARCOA (57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton), and is the perfect event leading up to the stellar JUNO Awards show on Sunday March 15th, 2015.

JUNOfest Nominee Showcase
57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON
Friday March 13th
Doors Open at 10pm, Show Time at 10:30pm

With Performances by 2015 JUNO Nominees:

Adam Bomb and Tona (of Naturally Born Strangers)
Ben Stevenson
Melanie Durrant
Tre Mission

Music Provided by DJs MelBoogie & Verse One

$15 at the Door OR $30 wristband – on sale now through Ticketmaster or in-person at Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St, Hamilton)

Online Ticket Purchasing:

JUNOfest wristbands: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004E51B5EA52D7

JUNOfest wristbands offer priority access to all JUNOfest venues over two nights (subject to capacity). Wristbands are available at Ticketmaster and Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St., Hamilton). Wristbands are $30 each (+ taxes & service charges). All “sold-out” JUNOfest shows still give priority access to wristband holders, as venue capacity allows.

More JUNOfest details: http://junoawards.ca/events/juno-week-events/junofest



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

Sooooo…. between the awesome-ness that was Watch the Throne (more album cuts woulda been nice, but the show was dope nonetheless), and the phenomenal being that is known as PRINCE just two days later (I don’t care if he’s over 50 – his face is still like butter. He could get it…just sayin’), I FINALLY got the chance to go through my email and saw some of the goodies I missed in between all the madness of last week.


One was from J Shiltz, who I met for the first time last year.  Teaming up with SonReal (VanCity) and Rich Kidd (Mr. Midas) on the beats, Shiltz brings you “Ridin’ Out”.  I already have a love for SonReal based off “Already There” with Soxx and Rich Kidd (the breakdown near the end where he rides the beat change is hip hop bliss), so when I saw that Shiltz teamed up with both of them, I was already sold.

With a bass that can easily blow out the speakers in my ride, a heavy head-nod synth and a hook that stays with you long after the song is done, I hope DJs can give this one the love it deserves on the airwaves…. Check it out for yourself:

Follow this artist >> @JShiltz

There’s no denying it – most DJs are highly competitive.  Over time there’s been real battles between competing DJs, radio shows and radio stations, and although the Real Frequency show was put squarely against DD Radio while it was on FLOW 93.5FM, we didn’t look at it that way…. most of the time lol. If anything we always saw the Real Frequency as extended family.   2 DJs (Inzane & P-Plus), one host (Arcee), and one Keezy made the Real Frequency one of the dopest shows on radio, period.

As cliche as it sounds, real does recognize real, and my favorite Freqs always did just that, by supporting the community and up and coming artists.  Although they’re no longer on the airwaves, the Freqs have been working on this album for a hot minute, and after a glance at who’s listed in the liner notes, you can see that they’re staying true to some of the elements that made The Real Frequency so freakin’ awesome.  The New North, which has been in the works for well over a year, is definitely worth the wait. Featuring collaborations from King Reign, Shad, Ayah, Via Linez, Sep, Adam Bomb, Andreena Mill, Richie Sosa, cuts from DJ Grouch and DJ Dopey, and production from Boi-1da, Rich Kidd, Tone Mason, Soundsmith, Lyve and more, this album is destined to be a classic.   Could this be the ‘Passage Through Time’ of this decade?  Take a listen and you be the judge….

Stand out tracks include No Regrets (Frankie Payne, Kardinal Offishall & Kim Davis), Change (JD Era), Watch Out (Theo3 and Mathematik), and the track that almost made me want to throw a chair while I listened to it in my headphones at the office, just because it got me THAT amped – Burn (Tona).  Um, career-limiting to say the least, but it’s that crazy.  

As much as I’d love to post a free download link, I can’t give away sh*t this good for free  – visit www.therealfrequency.bandcamp.com  or  iTunes and spend a few dollars on this album. Trust me, it will be money well spent!!

For more info on the full scope of the album, who’s on it and why, check out www.thenewnorth.ca

So if you know me at all, I’ve already clued you in to the fact that I’m a HUGE fan of Toronto-based  Saukrates.  He’s an all-around crazy-talented artist who has skills on the mic, can produce, plays instruments,  AND he’s Guyanese!! lol….  Some of his classic tracks can still bun down a party (just try dropping Still Caught Up or Hate Runs Deep in a jam, and watch what happens!).  

Additionally he’s worked with some other music heavy hitters, including Redman, Method Man, Maestro, Nelly Furtado, k-os, and the list goes on.  Saukrates is behind some of the biggest chunes from over the last year or so (including the Soaring to Heaven remix alongside Rich Kidd), and if you’re a fan like me, I know you’ve been waiting for years for the full album to FINALLY drop.  Every now and then he delivers tidbits from the soon-to-be released album, Saukrates: Season One, but today I got slapped with not one, but TWO tracks from Sauks. Call it Christmas in July if you’ve been good….. ENJOY!!

 Check the links for Drop It Down ft. Redman and
Na, Na, Na ft. O.B O’Brien, Adreena Mill (!), & Michelle Nyce.
Talk about a Good Friday!!

Saukrates – Drop It Down & Na, Na, Na
(FULL DJ Packs)

MP3s: www.mediafire.com/?dy0v1m5rykja1

WAV Files: http://www.box.net/shared/joigl0f9k5viepzutp6s

I can’t front – I took an instant liking to Slakah da Beatchild’s music. He’s worked with some of my favorite Canadian artists (including D.O, Melanie Durrant, Sauks), and his beats remind me of the easy going, ‘for the love’ nature of hip hop’s so-called Golden Era.  His label, BBE is releasing a special edition of Slakah’s album, Something Forever, featuring 4 bonus tracks. Below, he breaks down the feel/inspiration for the tracks on this special edition.  If you missed it the first time around, it’s worth your while to check it out right now!


This is the Special Edition version of Slakah The Beatchild’s “Something Forever” that was released recently released as CD on BBE. It features four hot bonus tracks.

In Slakah’s own words “Something Forever” is “the theme that is forever at the forefront of my mind when I create music. We can easily identify music that has that indescribable timeless vibe, music that regardless of the time period in which it was created sounds refreshing and relevant when played.”

“When the Night Stood Still” : A warm summer night can evoke a variety of conflicting yet unifying emotions, Slakah’s love for the starry sky above inspired this piece which takes you on a relaxing journey through the night as it stands still.

Something Forever”: This piece is based around an entrancing chord progression that could go on and on, hence the title.

“Living for the Rush”: We all have our own ways of escaping and feeling a rush, what ever ones ! rush is this, piece represents the sound track to the feeling of being in that moment.

“The Things I Do (For Her)”: When you’re passionate about someone or in this case something, that love may drive you to do things you would never imagine…

“Down”: A cool groove to make your body rock and forget about the stress of the work week.

“B-Boy Beef V2”: Version 2 to the original version found on critically acclaimed Soul Movement vol.1.

“Illusions”: What your heart feels could often conflict with what your mind feels.

“This Beautiful Feeling”: This song featuring Ebrahim is a reminder for us all to never take “Time” for granted. We can find joy in even bad moments.

“The Cure”: We’ve all had that one person in our life who like a prescribed drug made everything better in our life. But like any drug, you can get addicted to what makes you feel good.

“D.A.N.C.E.”: Timeless vibes,! memories in the making in the company of great friends or the! soul synchronization of a stranger, the positive energy exchanged between people when celebrating life, is at the root of what inspired this song.

“War Within”: Collaboration with Swedish soul artist Magnus Tingsek & Canadian artist Ebrahim. War Within was written and recorded while the two were in Toronto for Slakah the Beatchild’s Vibe Love Smile Tour. This song relates to the inner wars one goes through when battling addiction.

1. When The Night Stood Still
2. Something Forever
3. Living For The Rush
4. Things I Do (For Her)
5. B-Boy Beef V2
6. Down
7. Illusions
8. This Beautiful Feeling ft Ebrahim
9. The Cure
10. D.A.N.C.E. 
11. War Within ft.! Ebrahim & Tingsek

**Available on iTunes!

B-Boy Beef video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyTEMJn7HZI

The only way you could NOT have heard of Rich Kidd is if you’ve been literally hiding under a rock for the last few years.  Having already worked with the likes of Saukrates, K-os, Drake, Mindbender,  Smash Brovaz, Colin Munroe and more, he’s been bubbling under the surface for a while, but over the past few months he’s exploded and has truly become a monster.  He seems to have the Midas Touch and I’m sure is currently being hounded by MCs and vocalists from all corners of the country and beyond.  Everything he puts out is pure fire – if you made it out to the release party for On Some Rich Kidd Sh*t Vol 4, then you already know!!  This collabo is no different –> so when I heard Rich was going to tackle and re-do one of the most classic tracks in Toronto hip hop history (no exaggeration), Boiling Point by Concrete Mob produced by Scam, I wasn’t skeptical at all because I know he has that fire to make it work and take it to another level. And after taking a listen, I wasn’t disappointed either!  Peep the link to take a listen – it’s just a teaser, the full DJ Pack to follow soon, I’m sure — and check back story below for Scam’s perspective on this project….  

Rich Kidd – Boiling Point 2010 (TEASER) http://www.zshare.net/audio/79001898b37c9155/


I remember working with Rich at my spot, it was the second or third time we had hooked up. 

Rich just had just recorded Ridin’ Solo so we were chilling and vibing, I started going through beats.

I got through a few and Boiling Point came on…Rich simply said “keep it on this for a bit”…I obliged…turned up the volume, left the studio to go upstairs to tend to the slow simmering spaghetti sauce….  Came back downstairs after about 10 minutes with more ice for the McGillicuddy’s and he was ready to record…. Rich ran through his verse a few times and nailed it on the third or fourth take.
I was floored…It was on!!!
I knew from that moment on that Rich Kidd is the truth.
I produced Boiling Point back in 94 and trust me I’ve heard a lot of verses from many MC’s being spit over the Boiling Point instrumental over the years.
The original by Concrete Mob is a Canadian classic, but when I heard Rich go in on Boiling Point that day…he made it official in my mind…Rich is the cornerstone of the Toronto hip hop movement that has so many eyes on it right now.  He spits like no one I’ve heard
His beats are some of the best coming of this beautiful city of ours.
And if you were at the recent Rich Kidd show last week…you really know what’s up!!
It’s simple
Just listen & pay attention…
I always say that the music will speak for itself
This is just a teaser…more where this came from.