NEW VIDEO: Chart Attack presents: “Making A Scene – Two Visions of Music In Toronto

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Music,Video | Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The folks over at Chart Attack deliver a great little perspective piece on Toronto aka T-dot aka Taurana aka The Mega aka Tha 6, featuring KJ, DJ Bambii and Devon Little.

Toronto is a city with passionate, creative people pushing their art to exciting new places. But is that always enough? For Making A Scene, Chart Attack’s new short documentary, we spoke with representatives of two musical communities making waves, and got into what it means to truly have the city on your back.

The success of Drake has brought the 6’s hip-hop scene an unprecedented level international recognition. Emerging MC Keita Juma and Devon Little, photographer behind the portrait series Toronto Rap (displaying at tonight’s Long Winter event), talk to us about the newfound sense of pride and vigour the city’s hip-hop community has found. But as DJ Bambii tells us, younger movements and nightlife, like her group of indie electro producers and DJs, are being met with resistance. Making A Scene is the beginnings of a conversation on creating true diversity, embracing culture without cues from other countries, and giving new communities a chance to build.

NEW VIDEO: Vice presents The Margin – Touring Regent Park with Mustafa The Poet

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Interviews,Music,Video | Monday, June 16th, 2014

Vice presents an interesting new series called “The Margin”, hosted by producer Jahmal Padmore (KJ, Brendan Philip). This episode sees Jahmal connect with Mustafa The Poet to talk poetry and Regent Park politics. Really appreciate Mustafa’s ability to offer some great reflective and critical thoughts on his art and his neighborhood. Very promising stuff from Vice with this one.

NEW VIDEO: MTV Originals: Bryan Espiritu

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Fashion,Music,Video | Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Nice piece on be and LL courtesy of MTV and Canon Canada. Shouts to Phoebe!


SHORT DOC: StudioFeed Films presents LAL “The Bridge”

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Music,Video | Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Just happened on this great piece on Toronto musicians, activists, and residents LAL (Rosina, Murr and Ian) produced/directed by StudioFeed.

The piece covers the band’s music, activism and relationship with Toronto. Definitely worth putting aside some time to take in.

Formed in 1998 by Bengali-rooted Rosina Kazi and her life partner, Barbados-born Nicholas Murray and later joined by Ugandan-born Ian De Souza, LAL proves incessantly hard to define.

StudioFeed first sat down with Rose, Nic and Ian in April of 2012. With their self-titled release, “LAL,” set to debut at the Garrison in Toronto on May 18, we here at StudioFeed thought that we had a straight forward shoot in store; film the band, talk about the record and culminate in the record release party at the Garrison. But then we actually got to know the members of LAL, and that whole plan went out the window.

LAL has been described as a “music making magical mushroom, the visible flowering part of a much larger organism, connected with very fine but infinitely resilient roots.” They are “obsessed with making music but more obsessed with using the making of music as a way to materialize ways of being together, fostering a sharing of resources, ideas and, at bottom, maintaining a tenacious hope that persists despite the frightening world we live in.”

Sit back. Take 15 minutes. LAL is what Independent Music is all about.

To purchase LAL’s most recent record, visit

Visit LAL online // Facebook // Twitter

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Murr feat. Rosina “Best Dress” (Directed by C. Hudson Hwang)

Previously: NEW ALBUM: LAL (Self-titled)

NEW VIDEO: The Insight Project presents “BREATHE: Che’s Story”

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Music,Video | Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

InsightProjectTV presents a new series on some of our communities’ game-changers. First up to bat is Manifesto’s Che Kothari.

Growing up in Guelph, Ontario, Che struggled to figure out where he fit in. At the age of 15, a family vacation opened up his world. Surrounded by the rich roots of the Caribbean, with a camera in hand, Che eagerly documented everything he saw, determined to share what was happening in the world with everyone back home. That deep sense of urgency and community spirit drove Che into an accomplished career as a photographer and beloved cultural community instigator.

DOCUMENTARY: AUX presents – Shad

Ty Harper | Documentary,Music,Video | Monday, November 12th, 2012

VERY dope doc-piece on Shad via the folks at AuxTV!

Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 after the jump!

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Shad – It Ain’t Over (Directed by GARY)


NEW VIDEO: Darren Anthony “Secrets Of A Black Boy” (Mini Doc) (Directed by Theo Skudra)

Ty Harper | Documentary,Film,Video | Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Directed & Edited by Theo Skudra for Tom Glass Pictures.

A really great short documenting Darren Anthony and his future plans for himself and his play “Secrets Of A Black Boy”.

Fresh off the New York run off his play Secrets of a Black Boy, Darren Anthony is now starting the transition from stage to film. Check out his mini doc on his experience in New York.

The fundraiser starts Oct 20th 2012 at Harlem Restaurant (Toronto). To donate to this movement please check the links below.

twitter: mrdarrenanthony

NEWS: Documentary on George Clinton’s Toronto musical roots airs today on CBC Radio 1 & 2

Ty Harper | Documentary,Music | Sunday, August 12th, 2012

When we had the honor of talking to George Clinton back in ’06 for OTA Live!, the Godfather casually mentioned the time he spent living in Toronto, and his spaced-out encounters with Bootsy in the west-end. I’m pretty sure all our jaws dropped after that story. Personally I hadn’t known anything about Mr. Clinton’s connection to the Mega before, and after that interview I’d always wonder why the details of that Toronto connection hadn’t been officially researched and presented as a story. Well music historian and Exclaim! music editor David Dacks’ radio documentary “Funk Getting Ready To Roll” pretty much covers that concern and I urge everyone to check it out.

The doc airs today (Sunday, August 12) at 3 p.m. on CBC Radio 2, and 9 p.m. on CBC Radio 1.

DOCUMENTARY: EHLIENS “The InvEHsion” (Directed by Erick Valentic)

Ty Harper | Documentary,Music,Video | Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Directed by Erick Valentic.

Nice visual piece on the success story thus far of the Ehliens lifestyle brand.


Hit the jump for production and skate credits!


DOCUMENTARY: Blake Carrington “Dare2Dream” (Part III + IV)

Ty Harper | Documentary,Interviews,Music,Video | Friday, January 13th, 2012

Oui Self Made Presents…

Blake Carrington – The Dare 2 Dream Documentary: Episode 3 + 4 (

Watch as Blake travels the world, performing, recording and leading by example, as he dares 2 dream to go against all odds and live up
to the anticipation & expectations…


*DOWNLOAD The DARE2DREAM Mixtape (Hosted By The LA Leakers) NOW*
Release date: 07.01.2011 (

Follow Blake & The Oui Self Made team at:

Directed & Edited: @ChrisStrikes
Co-Produced by @marceljproducer
Oui Self Made ©2011

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