NEW VIDEO: On Point “3rd Annual North Pole Hoops Platform”

Ty Harper | Community,Interviews,News,Sports,Video | Monday, January 20th, 2014

On Point went on location to the 3rd annual North Pole Hoops Platform. An event that features some of Canada’s finest and fast rising basketball players in an Upperclassmen Game(2014/2015) and an Underclassmen Game(2016).

Some participants included Obi Okolie, Jacques Lukusa, Russell Baker, Kadeem Smithen, Damian Prehay, Gene Spagnuolo, Marcus Ottey, Eddie Ekiyor and many more of the country’s top young ballers. Okolie was named MVP of the Upperclassmen game while Lukusa was the Underclassmen MVP. Baker was the Heart & Hustle Award winner.

Hosted by: Drew Ebanks
Produced by: Drew Ebanks & Jay Irving
Filmed and edited by: David Zelikovitz
Music by: BLAAOW!
Graphics by Mark Sylvain

Special thanks to the North Pole Hoops crew and the Mattamy Athletic Centre for the access and accommodations.

***For best viewing please watch at 720p or higher***


Previously: NEW VIDEO: On Point “Basketball Brotherhood: Canadian Senior Men’s Basketball Team”

NEWS: K’naan – Waving Flag featured in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Movie Trailer

rez | News | Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Nice surprise watching this trailer and “Waving Flag” comes on. Huge. Really looking forward to seeing this.


NEW VIDEO: On Point w/ Drew Ebanks “Jordan Brand Classic Brooklyn Ballin’ (Part 2)” (Episode 10)

Ty Harper | News,Sports,Video | Monday, June 3rd, 2013

On Point episode 10!
ON POINT episode 10 features Jamal Murray and Justin Jackson showcasing their talents at the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic International Game in Brooklyn, NY. Jamal Murray followed a long tradition of Canadian MVP winners including Andrew Wiggins, Appearances by Andrew Wiggins, Rowan Barrett, George Raveling, and Mark Bayne discussing the next crop of Canadian talent with Jamal Murray and Justin Jackson leading the way.

Produced by Drew Ebanks & Jay Irving
Filmed, Edited & Directed by Jay Irving
Music by Blaaow
Graphic Designer Mark Sylvain

Previously: VIDEO: On Point w/ Drew Ebanks – Nike Hoop Summit 2013 (Hoop Summit Hoopla)



Previously: NEW VIDEO: On Point w/ Drew Ebanks “Cory Jo Flow” (Episode 1)

NEWS: P. Reign and A$AP Rocky talk “We Them N*ggas” collabo w/

Ty Harper | Music,News | Friday, March 22nd, 2013


Looking like the buzz’s about to get serious for P. Reign’s upcoming project, as he and A$AP make the media rounds promoting the video for their collabo.

A$AP Rocky is bringing his Harlem swag to the Great White North. The rapper took a break from touring on the Diamonds World Tour, alongside Rihanna, to shoot the video for his collaboration with P. Reign, “We Them Ni–as.”

The direction of the video is to take the lifestyles of Canada and New York and interpret it on camera,” A$AP Rocky tells Billboard of the Footage and Chubbs-directed pan-regional visual while on set at Toronto’s Silverline Studios. “It’s just easy to work with mother fuckers who know you creatively and believe in your shit. That’s why this shit just goes together perfectly, because mother fuckers ain’t afraid to take risks,” A$AP said of the collaboration with the Toronto rapper. Being the consummate sartorialist that he’s known to be, A$AP joked about bringing his high-fashion eye to the set. “We got this ni–a trying on Balmain and all that,” he laughed.

P. Reign’s forthcoming mixtape “Dear America,” which features “We Them Ni–as,” is slated to drop later this year. “Dear America” features additional guest appearances from French Montana, Waka Flocka Flame and Drake.

Read the full story on

NEW MUSIC: Robb “Exes” (Prod. Mr. Magicc)

Ty Harper | Audio,News | Friday, February 15th, 2013

Robb has set the date “February 28th 2013” is the day we will receive “Hurricane Season“. With songs like “I Will” & “Float” doing damage he gives us yet another taste of whats to come here is “Exes” produced by Mr. Magicc. This looks to be a combination to look forward to more frequently, Happy Valentines Day.
Previously: NEW MUSIC: Robb “Float” (Prod. Cardiak)

NEWS: Launches January 1st, 2013

rez | News | Sunday, November 25th, 2012

My dude CEO FASE is getting kinda busy tho!!! Lol. Shouts to him and Jesse from HHC (and whoever else is involved). GOOD LOOK. Peep the countdown page here.

For Immediate Release:

A NEW PORTAL FOR CANADIAN R&B website launch set for January 1, 2013

TORONTO – Never before have Canadian R&B and soul artists garnered so much collective international attention. Whether it be multiple Grammy award-winning singer Melanie Fiona or Polaris Music Prize short-lister The Weeknd, Canada has no shortage of success stories when it comes to the softer side of the urban music sphere. Drake is considered by many to be as much of a singer as he is a rapper, and pop sensation Justin Bieber’s catalogue is becoming increasingly filled with down tempo R&B songs and heart wrenching ballads.

There is also a large cast of Canadian talent making waves nationally, only a single or 2 away from grasping the coveted international attention that their aforementioned peers have shown to be possible.

From Keshia Chanté to Shi Wisdom, JRDN to Yuri Koller, the scene is ripe with emerging talent and budding stars. And while the infrastructure in place to help the scene succeed has developed quite a bit in recent years, artists will be the first to tell you that more support is needed.

Enter With a soft launch set for January 1, 2013, will serve as a new portal to the Canadian R&B scene, giving artists from across the country a chance to be heard and fans a reliable source for their R&B/Urban needs. The site will cater to various styles including traditional Rhythm and Blues, Contemporary R&B, Soul/Neo Soul, Adult Contemporary, Spoken Word, Urban Pop and more.

“The countdown to our launch is now live at along with preliminary submission details. We’re urging artists across Canada to submit their material and get an early start at developing a relationship with us,” states Enoch Johnson, the site’s newly appointed Editor-In-Chief.

Along with music submissions, has also opened its doors to journalists and R&B enthusiasts looking to get involved. Be sure to e-mail for more information.


Media Contacts

Enoch “CEO FASE” Johnson

Jesse Plunkett

NEWS: Background singer auditions for Kim Davis’ band to take place November 30th!

Ty Harper | Music,News | Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

I’d totally do this but I’ve been nursing a damaged throat my entire life. But seriously, don’t make the trip to ‘Sauga if you’re not serious.

Pick up Kim’s latest album – “There’s Only One” @

Previously: NEW ALBUM: Kim Davis “There’s Only One”

NEWS: Juno Awards 2013 Submissions Now Open

rez | News | Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Rappers, sangers…it’s about that time!


Toronto, ON (October 22, 2012) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that the 2013 JUNO Awards is currently accepting submissions in the category of Rap Recording of the Year. For the first time, Canada’s Queen City, Regina, SK will host The 2013 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations from April 15-21, 2013. The 42nd annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from the Brandt Centre on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

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 (, Melissa “DJ MelBoogie” Langley (DJ/Publicist), Jay Swing (Donnelly Group/, Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe/ Krafty Entertainment), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth (K103FM), Rez (, Darryl Rodway (Urbnet), and Marlon Wilson, (Music for Mavericks/Politic Live). New to the Advisory Board this year are Alan Greyeyes and RS Smooth.

Alan Greyeyes is a member of the Peguis First Nation, founder of the Aboriginal Music Week Festival, Vice-Chairperson for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and the Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator for Manitoba Music. Representing Halifax, RS Smooth is a DJ/Host/Producer/Artist with a vast history in radio, including CKDU 88.1 FM, C100, 101.3 The Bounce, and Energy 103.5 FM.

Collectively, the committee continues to make 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 efforts, the number of submissions received by CARAS in the category of Rap Recording of the Year has been steadily rising 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.

The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking vehicle, not only for artists who win, but also for nominees and/or participants in various JUNO Awards events.

Sol Guy, former manager of past JUNO winner, K’Naan, had this to say about the JUNO nomination process: “The benefits of K’Naan’s first JUNO nomination were enormous; to develop a global career the first thing you must do is build your base at home. For us to be able to travel to the world and state that he had been recognized as a JUNO nominee was an instant entry point because it said to anyone in the industry that we were considered among the best in our genre.” Other previous nominees include Drake, Swollen Members, Shad, Sans Pression, DL Incognito, Belly, Checkmate, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Classified, Dubmatique, Concise, D-Sisive, Eternia, k-os, Famous and Sweatshop Union.

Submission forms are available at

All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 13, 2012.

Submission Fees and Deadlines:

CARAS offers an early bird submission fee to those who submit between October 1, 2012 and October 22, 2012. CARAS members receive a reduced submission fee applicable for both the early bird deadline as well as the final deadline. If you are eligible to submit, you are eligible for membership. Please visit for more membership information.

The submission fee can be paid online with a credit card or by cheque.

October 1 – 22, 2012 (Early Bird Deadline)

$35 for CARAS Members

$60 for non-members

October 23 – November 13, 2012 (Final Deadline)

$70 for CARAS Members

$90 for non-members

January 11, 2013 (Deadline for Album and International Album of the Year)

$70 for CARAS Members

$90 for non-members

How it works:

360 Judges – Each year, judges are recruited for each of the 36 adjudicated categories to judge the material that is submitted. These individuals are responsible for listening to each of the submissions and voting for the best product in the genre. The judges change each year and are spread out in different facets of the music industry and different regions throughout Canada.

50 Nominating & Voting Committee Members – The Nominating & Voting Committee is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the JUNO Awards. It is their responsibility to monitor any changes within the industry as it relates to the awards. The committee brings any necessary changes to the attention of the Board of Directors.

190+ Music Advisory Committee Members – Each category has an associated advisory committee that is responsible for ensuring that each of the submissions in their specific genre meets the required qualifications for the JUNO Awards.

NEWS: Tika Simone Re-Launches The Known [UN] Known Showcase Series

rez | News | Monday, October 15th, 2012

Yo Tika! I can juggle. Holla!

Artists, don’t sleep.


Toronto, ON (October 10, 2012) — Initiated two years ago by Toronto native Tika Simone, The Known UNknown is Toronto’s first urban audition-only showcase that prides itself on supporting & uplifting local talent within the city. Each show features a headliner (a feature artist) and opening acts (artists who had to audition to open for the headliner) who provide the audience with a live taste of their genre-bending music.

However after taking a hiatus, The Known UnKnown is back again with a brand new twist! Not only have the shows been scheduled to occur monthly, but the entire process will be taped and our captured moments will be featured on a reality show style mini series.

The audition process, interview with the headliner as well as the highlights of performance night will be documented.

The first show, which will be held on November 11th, highlights hip-hop and R&B acts only. The headliner is TBA! The event is 19+ only.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 from 4-9 PM at the Crawford [718 College St. W]. As limited spaces are available to audition, email to book your audition time. We request that no live bands appear at the audition, but acoustic sets are permitted given the performer provides his/her own instrumentation.

This event is surely not one to be missed.


EVENT: “Walk This Way – Taking it to the street for Youth, Arts & Culture!” (2:45pm @ Yonge/Bloor)

Ty Harper | Community,Events,Initiatives,Music,News | Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

If you’re looking for me today you can find me here with many others..

On Sunday, September 23 Youth Arts Organizations from across the city will come together to march in solidarity from Yonge and Bloor to Yonge-Dundas square.  We are inviting all supporters of Youth, Arts & Cultural programs to come out in support of these programs that help build a vibrant city.  The march will begin promptly at 3 p.m. with the goal of arriving at the youth arts festival, the 6th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture ‘Live at the Square’ by 3:45 p.m.

Lately there’s been a lot of speculation about the value of investing in young people and the arts. As Toronto’s creative young people whose lives have been positively impacted by our exposure and engagement with the arts, and as those who have the honour of working in the sector and serving our communities – we know just how valuable it is.

It’s time to mobilize. We are calling out artists, organizers, mentors, youth, elders, community leaders, community members, and visionaries to walk in solidarity for youth, arts, and cultural programs.  We are asking that they bring their communities and creativity out on Sunday, September 23rd and walk with us to:

  • Celebrate the value of Youth, Arts & Cultural Programs in building healthy, empowered and resilient individuals & communities.
  • Appreciate the energy and innovation of youth arts programs and the crucial role that they play in connecting our city.
  • Recognize the 20th anniversary of Fresh Arts and other foundation community programs and the value of young people in all parts of Toronto being able to tell their stories.
  • Develop, discuss and review ways to stabilize investment in young people.

Bring your artistic expression, rally your communities and add to a collective energy as we move down Yonge Street into Manifesto’s Live At The Square – an annual youth arts festival happening that day. Calling out participation from dancers, poets, street writers, emcees, beatboxers, visual artists, documentarians, drummers, percussionists & more – it’s time to write our story ourselves.

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