NEWS: Toronto’s award-winning “Worldwide Wakeup Show” says goodbye after more than a decade

Ty Harper | Community,Music,News | Friday, April 30th, 2010

World Wide 4

From Path Mark Media:

Toronto, ON (Canada) April 30, 2010 – After an illustrious fifteen years of amazing and entertaining broadcasts, the dynamic on-air duo of DJ Chief and Jester closed the final curtain on Canada’s beloved Worldwide Wake Up Show. Last Thursday at 8:05am, Jester and Chief were informed that last week’s broadcast would be the show’s final airing on CIUT 89.5 FM.

Boasting what was undeniably one of the most polished on-air productions in Canada, The Worldwide Wake Up Show is a two-time award-winning institution in college radio broadcasting. Worldwide beat out shows across the country in 2008 and 2009 consecutively to claim the title of College Radio Show Of The Year at Canada’s esteemed Stylus DJ Awards, and fans across the country voted to nominate the show again this year (2010). The Worldwide Wake Up Show now stands ready to potentially three-peat at the Stylus Awards this year – a feat which would place Jester, Chief and Worldwide in the history books for this particular highly-coveted Stylus Award category.

To say this is a pretty big blow to the city’s already shaky urban infrastructure is an understatement and points to the sobering reality that we cannot afford to take our local urban media for granted. It also points to the importance of all our local media outlets to stop acting like omnipotent, autonomous islands. Our strength is in our understanding that we are still in an era of building, not competing. If there was more synergy between ALL local radio shows, deejays, blogs and associated media claiming to have the city’s best interests at heart, there’d be less of a chance of something like this happening on our collective watch.

Respect to Jester & Chief for doing what they’ve done for so long (with little in the way of tangible reciprocated returns).

The bottom-line is if we continue to think intangible, self-serving gestures of ‘love’ for our local urban scene are gonna cut it then we’re all in for a pretty big surprise.

Full press release after the jump!


NEW MUSIC: Empire “Toronto (Still Got Love)” (Prod. Tone Mason)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, April 30th, 2010


Seen on TRF!

Download HERE!

Newness from Empire “Toronto (Still Got Love)” off their Get It album, in stores now!

Produced by Tone Mason.

Previously: VIDEO: Tona, Adam Bomb, Theo3 & Talksick Freestyle Cypher

VIDEO: Bless “Keep It Gully” (Directed by Sixteen Pads Films)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Friday, April 30th, 2010

Directed by Sixteen Pads Films.

Seen on HHC!

New visuals from Mount Real’s Bless “Keep It Gully” off his upcoming The Night Before EP.

Produced by Mano.

Peep an earlier clip of him doing a casting call for the video shoot where he talks a bit about the sound of the upcoming project, after the jump!


NEWS: D-Sisive Announces June 15th Release Of Vaudeville!

Ty Harper | Album,Artwork,Music,News | Friday, April 30th, 2010


From Urbnet Records:

Only an artist as adventurous and prolific as D-Sisive could create an album as exciting as Vaudeville. And only an album like Vaudeville could attract an internationally celebrated troubadour like Ron Sexsmith to make his first appearance on a hip-hop album.

Step right up ladies and gentlemen… and welcome to the crazy world of D-Sisive’s Vaudeville.

D-Sisive is a one man music machine cruising to the hum of his own engine. After last year’s triumphant return to the hip-hop limelight with both his Polaris Prize nominated gem Let The Children Die, and his second classic full length of 2009, the acclaimed Jonestown, one would think the accomplished Toronto MC would be content to rest on his ever-expanding laurels. Not D-Sisive. The enigmatic one is back – and this time taking things to an entirely new level with the epic Vaudeville.

Produced in tandem with Andrew ‘Fresh Kils’ Kilgour and featuring a surprise cameo from legendary Canadian songsmith, Ron Sexsmith, Vaudeville is filled with incredible hip hop tracks, and slight of hand tricks. Smoke and mirror gags mixed with punch lines, and intense stories. An album that showcases the wide variety of influences and themes which only an enigmatic master of ceremonies (or possibly snake oil salesman?) like D-Sisive could pull off.

Vaudeville is definitely new territory for me,” D-Sisive says. “It was extremely challenging. The last thing I wanted to create was a replica of my previous releases. My mind doesn’t operate the same anymore. I’m happier, older and have tapped into my inner love for the music of Michael Buble. You can’t listen to ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ then write songs for the end credits of Celebrity Rehab.”

A happy D-Sisive? Well, as happy as song titles like “Percocet” “The Night My Baby Died” and “The Riot Song” allow him to be. It’s no secret that D-Sisve has long looked outside of the confines of traditional hip-hop to find inspiration and this go-round is no different. But D-Sisive and Ron Sexsmith? Together on the same track? No one saw that coming. “Working with Ron Sexsmith was incredible,” D-Sisive explains. “Very surreal. I’ve been harassing him for years to get on a song with me. Thank god restraining orders expire.”

And despite his prolific nature, it seems unlikely we’ll ever know everything that motivates D-Sisive. Still through all the smoke and mirrors, the tricks and the treats, it’s a love of rocking the microphone unlike few others today that sustains D-Sisive’s enduring appeal.

Vaudeville. The name itself conjures up images of past glories, shiny suits and fast talk, half-remembered from days long gone by. Sometimes it seems hip hop may go the way of Vaudeville, a fallen empire rendered irrelevant by the cruelties of time. MC D-Sisive however, b-boy to the bone, refuses to go down without a fight. Streets, backstage, city parks, it doesn’t matter…

Read on after the jump!

Previously: NEW MUSIC: D-Sisive – Every Rose Has Its Thorn


NEW VIDEO: K’naan – Wavin’ Flag (rmx) feat. & David Guetta

rez | Video | Friday, April 30th, 2010

Here is the 397th official video for “Wavin’ Flag”. I say the more the merrier!

Previous: NEWS: The K’naan Fedora (By Big It Up) + CBC Interview!

Previous: NEW MUSIC: K’naan – Wavin’ Flag (rmx) feat. will i. am & David Guetta

NEW VIDEO: Bad News Brown – Reign

rez | Video | Friday, April 30th, 2010


New video by MTL native Bad News Brown! Directed by Sixteen Pads Films (who are the sh*t by the way).

Official music video for “Reign”. Track 15 off BNB’s debut album “Born 2 Sin”. Produced by Dirtwork!

Now available online and in-stores. Click here to purchase the album on iTunes:

VIDEO: Boi-1da Interview on MuchMusic

rez | Video | Friday, April 30th, 2010


Boi-1da chops it up with Devon from MuchMusic about working with Drizzy, Eminem, his inspiration, making beats and a lot more. This is basically the 1st half of the segment. If anyone has the 2nd half which also features freestyles courtesy of Junia-T, Sinotra and Vertigo, send that!

NEW MUSIC: Bishop “My Style” (DJ Pack)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, April 30th, 2010


New music from Bishop Brigante “My Style”. Deejays you get the clean, dirty and instrumental.

Bishop Briange “My Style”

Bishop Brigante “My Style” (Dj Pack)

Previously: MIXTAPE: Bishop Brigante “The Brigante Brand” (Full Download)

NEW MUSIC: Spade (Citizen Kane) “Life & Times” (Prod. Blanxx)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, April 30th, 2010

Seen on HHC!

Download HERE!

New music from one of Toronto’s 90’s foundation emcees – Spade, one half of Citizen Kane. Here’s a break down of the song from Peepthescience!

“This song is a look back on my life and the things I went through. The things I went through are very much in tune with the things everyone goes through, at least on my block anyways. The outside influences and decisions that eat at you, and the way we deal with and overcome it. These things always effect us, even years after they happen. But I approach it from an understanding point of view, instead of an angry one.”

– Citizen Kane

Produced by Blanxx.

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Citizen Kane feat. Black Child – Da Jungle (prod. Stitch 7)

MIXTAPE: Big Lean “I’m Here Now”

Ty Harper | Audio,Mixtape,Music | Friday, April 30th, 2010


Download HERE!

Toronto’s Big Lean drops his mixtape “I’m Here Now”.

Features and production include Young Tony, Luu Breeze, Show Stephens, Belly, Boi-1da, Burd N Keyz & The Bang Society. I swear with all the Dj Drama affiliations around this guy I thought he was from The States?!! Whatever happened to press releases that introduce local artists to their local media?! (and don’t even act like y’all knew dude was from Parma all along, lol).

Get familiar with this guy courtesy of a HHC interview HERE!

Full track list after the jump!

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Big Lean feat. Luu Breeze “Still One Hundred” (Prod. The Bang Society)


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