rez | News | Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

On Saturday June 19th The Urban Music Association of Canada will be presenting two panels at NXNE ‘s annual music conference for emerging artists at The Hyatt Regency Hotel (370 King Street West),

The panels 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). 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 — Confirmed panelists include Kyron “Kid” Clarke (Urbanology Magazine), Flo King (, 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).

TORONTO HISTORY: Drake “Thank Me Later” In Stores Now!!!

Ty Harper | Album,Music,News | Tuesday, June 15th, 2010


What can we say about this day that we haven’t either already said on OTA Live or in the commentary we drop on this blog? It doesn’t get any more local-history-in-the-moment than this.

Today, one of our own dropped an album that covers all bases in terms of giving us practical reasons to go pick it up: It’s dope; he’s a sick artist; he’s born, raised and (last I checked) still living in Toronto; his album is the most anticipated hip-hop release so far this year; AND, it has the potential to be the first album from a local hip-hop artist to go American-standard Platinum.

If none of that resonates with you as a hip-hop fan, born and raised in this city, or as someone claiming Toronto as your home, then it is what it is; you can’t fake those types of feelings. But it does beg the question: Are you really still a fan if you’ve lost the inclination to savor these rare homegrown moments?

Shouts to Drake for accomplishing something no one even fathomed was possible 2 years ago.

Shouts to 40, Boi-1da, Tone Mason & D-10 for being the musical back bone of that accomplishment and this moment.

And shouts to every new generation hip-hop kid in this city that lined up outside HMV 333 (some as early as Monday) to get their copy of TML.

You represent the heart this city needed two generations ago.

TML is in stores now.

NEWS: Maestro Releases Motivational Book Called “Stick To Your Vision”

rez | News | Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Incredible to see that our local hip-hop history has grown to the point where we can have a legend like Maestro writing a book sharing his experiences in the industry which features testimonials from new-school phenoms like Drake. The connection over generations is great to see and is a natural and needed progression. Book comes out August 10th (Indigo, Chapters and Coles) or you can pre-order at! Here’s all the info on the release:

Wes “Maestro” Williams Encourages Readers to “Stick To Your Vision”
Iconic Canadian Rapper/Actor Releases Motivational Book for Readers of All Ages

For Immediate Release
June 11th, 2010

(Toronto)  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.

As someone who has experienced the highs and lows that come with being a performer, Wes “Maestro” Williams has had to overcome many challenges in his life. These are also the same challenges that apply to everyone, and Wes’s practical and empowering strategies will help readers to get there. In “Stick to Your Vision”, Wes demonstrates how to define vision, how to achieve it, and what to do once it’s been achieved. 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.


NEWS: Ivana Santilli Releases New Album June 29th!

rez | News | Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Toronto native Ivana Santilli, CP Records’ first lady of R&B and Pop, is excited to announce the release of her new record, Santilli, out June 29th. Aptly taking her last name, the album is a gorgeous musical cocktail that is much like Ivana’s heritage. It blends history with present day, a true picture of what makes Ivana… Ivana.

Ivana will kick off the album with a performance on the Wellesley Stage at Pride on July 3rd. The second single, “Letting Go”, is at radio now. Santilli is a collection of twelve songs that Ivana felt strongly belonged together. Six tracks and three remixes from her 2008 release, TO.NY, and three new songs. “I felt like I wasn’t done with the songs that were on TO.NY, and I really believed that they belonged with the new songs I had written,” describes Ivana, “so I just went with what I felt good about, and that was a blend of the past and new. I’m very proud of what this album represents to me.”

NEWS: Famous Launches Official iPhone App!

rez | News | Monday, June 14th, 2010

Who else but the kid to get his iPhone App game on?! It’s free in the App store. Here’s the deets:

iAm Famous is the official iPhone App for recording artist Famous! Features include Famous’ music, videos, news and more. Connect with Famous on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and link to buy Famous’ songs and albums on iTunes! The iAm Famous iPhone App is also the only place to hear Famous’ radio segment, 60 Seconds of FAME! Visit the iPhone App Store now to download iAm Famous for FREE!

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EVENTS: Toronto’s First Live Beat Battle: “Sound Battle Royale” – Round One (Thursday June 17th 2010)

Ty Harper | Events,Music,News | Saturday, June 12th, 2010

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Who Should be crowned Toronto’s best producer?

On June 17th you can help crown Toronto’s best producer at Sound Battle Royale: Round 1, Toronto’s first live beat battle series.

Watch 8 producers battle it out for a chance to win $1500 and the title as Toronto’s dopest producer. All good shows need a good cast. This Round is no different.

SBR Top 8 For Round One

1. Fresh Kils
2. Omari J
3. AN(1)
4. Juxx
5. EQ
6. Brandon Charles
7. Burd & Keys
8. DJ Cypha

Judged by some of Toronto’s most accomplished producers:

  • Rich Kidd (Saukrates, K-OS, Drake, Theology 3)
  • Tone Mason (AZ, Busta Rhymes, Rochester)
  • Arthur McArthur (Nipsey Hussle, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne)

For more info, check out

It’s time for Toronto’s producers to get the shine that they deserve.

More info on SBR and what should be a dope event, after the jump!


NEWS: Melanie Fiona Free Concert @ Yonge / Dundas Square Tomorrow Night (June 11th)

rez | News | Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Miss Fiona definitely knows how to come back home!!! After touring Europe with Alicia Keys, Mel is in town for a bit and has already done a quick show at Metro Hall last week and is gearing up for a full set tomorrow night at Yonge/Dundas Square. If you haven’t seen Melanie live yet, tomorrow there’s NO EXCUSE as it’s a free show. And if you don’t have The Bridge yet…..S.M.H.


After a long stint away from home, I’m back in Toronto for one night! I’d like to invite you all out to a FREE SHOW I’m doing tomorrow night at Dundas Square to kick off the 2010 Luminato Festival. I’ll have my full band with me and will be closing out the show with a full set performance…. It wouldn’t be complete without you all there!

So bring your friends and families… Spread the word… Tweet it… Blog it…. Whatever…. Just come down!

What better way to celebrate our love and lives in this city than with good music and a street party in the heart of our city.

Date: Friday, June 11th, 2010
Location: Dundas Square
Time: 7-11pm… I go on around 9:30pm.

Hoping you are all Well.
Much Love.


NEWS: Drake Feature w/ The NY Times

rez | News | Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

In March the young hip-hop star Drake was in town for a harried few days, polishing up the final details on his debut album, “Thank Me Later,” and filming the video for the first single, “Over,” before heading out on his first proper headlining tour. On his last night, his team was holed up at the studio in the basement of the Sunset Marquis hotel, accessible only by special elevator.

Earlier in the day Jay-Z had sent him an encouraging e-mail message that paraphrased one of his own lyrics: “Things are going good/But good can turn to better.” Taking a break to eat before settling in for an all-night session at the studio, Drake checked his phone and laughed. He was texting with someone he was pretty certain was Halle Berry; LeBron James, a close friend, thought he’d be a great match for Ms. Berry’s cousin, and Ms. Berry seemed to be feeling him out.


NEWS: Shad Featured In Toronto Star

rez | News | Monday, June 7th, 2010

Via Shad Bloggy Blog. Get TSOL yet? Stop sleeping! Shad’s killing it right now!

Even for a rapper, Shad’s got plenty to say.

“Rose Garden,” the opening track on his new disc TSOL, is a tune about perseverance so stacked with witty references — from biblical fables, to pop superstars, comic book heroes and TV characters (Gandhi and Hitler even share a verse) — that it takes at least three spins to absorb every word.



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NEWS: K-os drops “The Anchorman Mixtape” on July 23rd!

Ty Harper | Mixtape,Music,News | Sunday, June 6th, 2010


K-os’ Sheep In Wolves Clothes tour blog has a countdown up for what might be Khev’s first ‘mixtape’ project.

Whether that means we’ll see him reinterpreting already established songs or blending the whole project is something I guess we’ll find out in just over 45 days.

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