EVENT: Oraltorio – A Theatrical Mixtape feat. MOTION & DJ L’Oqenz (April 29th – May 12th)

rez | Events | Monday, April 25th, 2016


Two legends in the game connect for what looks to be a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. From what I can tell it’s like the one-woman-show meets hip-hop. And you know you can’t have hip-hop without the DJ. Really looking forward to this one even though I guess I don’t qualify for the youth price anymore. Gawd damnit!

The theatrical run starts this Friday so get your tickets now and peep the full breakdown below. Shouts to the queens!

Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape, gives rhythm to silenced voices as part of The RISER Project 2016

Written by Motion

Directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa

Produced by MotionLive Collective

April 11, 2016, TORONTO – MotionLive Collective is pleased to present the world premiere of Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape as part of The RISER Project 2016. The RISER Project, the collaborative producing model for independent theatre, returns to the Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St W) for the second time this Spring, Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape runs April 29 – May 12, 2016 (opening April 30).

Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape is a coming of age story that traces the personal and collective journey of Northside-born girls as they grapple with identity, migrate through their histories, and manifest their lineages through ancient, contemporary, and Afro-futuristic soundscapes; finding the multi-layered voices of the B Girl and the DJ, as the traditional storyteller and drummer are reborn in their beats and rhymes.

The piece is a multidisciplinary insight into how women’s voices – musical and otherwise – have been silenced. Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape is a spoken word opera that remixes theatre, music and spoken word, bringing together a piece as insightful as it is entertaining. The piece riffs on music, race, gender, culture, memory, otherness, resistance, ritual, silence, survival and inheritance through its two characters, exploring the historical silencing of Black and women’s voices, and the intertwined revolutions and resistance signified by music and oral culture in the African Diaspora.

Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape is written and performed by playwright, poet and emcee MOTION and composed/mixed by DJ, composer and beat maker L’Oqenz. It is directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa.

Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape is made possible by Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

About Oraltorio

Directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa

Motion (Writer/Performer)

DJ L’Oqenz (Music & Sound Design/Performer)

Roger C. Jeffrey (Choreographer)

Saccha Dennis (Assistant Director)

Tara Mohan (Stage Manager)

Mariuxi Zambrano (Costume Designer)

Jackie Chau (Set & Props Designer)

David Mesiha (Associate Sound Designer)

Remington North (Associate Video Designer)

Ramon Charles (Video Designer)

Andrew du Toit (Lighting Designer)

Mel Hague (Dramaturge)

MotionLive Collective (Producer)

Newface Entertainment/David Crawford (co-Producer)

IFT Theatre (co-Producer)

NEW MUSIC: Tanisha – Frozen feat. Junior Ahh + Bloom

rez | Music | Monday, April 25th, 2016


Catching up with that gurl Tanisha and her March Music Mondays series. Ya ya I know. It’s end of April.

Overall…a solid introduction to a new singer in the city.

Week 4 of March music with Tanisha, every Monday in March releasing new sound on a new wave.

Frozen is the forth of 4 new songs scheduled to be released every Monday in March, featuring Junior Ahh. Produced by Kaz x JDI.

The songwriter in Tanisha has allowed her to collaborate in writing and co-writing with producers, engineers and artists alike. She has been perfecting her craft day in and day out, taking from these various and diverse experiences. TANISHA’s soulful atmospheric sound rooted in r&b continues to challenge the current sound of female vocalists.


Week 3 of March music with Tanisha, every Monday in March releasing new sound on a new wave.

Bloom is the third of 4 new songs scheduled to be released every Monday in March, engineered and produced by Yogidaproducer.

The songwriter in Tanisha has allowed her to collaborate in writing and co-writing with producers, engineers and artists alike. She has been perfecting her craft day in and day out, taking from these various and diverse experiences. TANISHA’s soulful atmospheric sound rooted in r&b continues to challenge the current sound of female vocalists.


NEW MUSIC: Jimmy B – SAUCE (Prod. Tay Lewis & Seth Kay)

rez | Music | Saturday, April 23rd, 2016


“I made 25 years of life. This is for tha fans and everybody that’s been supporting me on this journey. I got two brand new songs for you to get JiGGY too, get lit up too, and just have fun with. The JiGGY has returned and we only getting started. Love.” JiMMY B

Produced By: Tay Lewis & Seth Kay
Mixed By: Krinny
Artwork By: Kevin Dang



All Rights Reserved, SmashMouth Entertainment, Inc. 2016


NEW VIDEO: Church Chizzle – All Your Money

rez | Video | Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

The Leader of the New School, Church Chizzle (@churchchizzle) is back with some really dope, introspective hip hop.

This time, the Toronto native teams up w/ Ariel Bialski (@heightsbeats), a dope producer out of Warsaw, Poland to give you this hard hitting record, chronicling the up’s and downs, the majority of up and coming artists know too well.

“All Your Money” serves as the first single off Young C.H’s highly anticipated EP, “The Prophecy”. Take this in and stay tuned!

Produced by: Ariel Bialski (@heightsbeats)

Video by : Straight Goods UNLTD


NEW MUSIC: Zeyon – Somethin’ Bad

rez | Music | Friday, April 22nd, 2016


That dude Zeyon back with a new one.

My First Single on 2016
“Somethin’ Bad”

Thank you for all the support and love for my recent releases.
Here’s another one for the ladies.

Don’t forget to follow me on all my social networks

For booking and Collaborations


NEW MUSIC: T i K ▲ – Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

rez | Music | Thursday, April 21st, 2016


I could write for days about this artist but you know what? Some. Things. Are. Better. Left. Unsaid.

So witty!

Just catch the end of the last track to get a taste of what this release must feel like for her. Congrats TIKAAAAA!!!!

Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid


All songs mixed + mastered by: McCallaman

Thank you to everyone who believed in me. Thank you to everyone who didn’t. I needed you both. Love.



NEW MUSIC: Tanisha x Yuri Koller – Escape You (Prod. Yuri Koller)

rez | Music | Thursday, April 21st, 2016


Some vibes courtesy of Tanisha and Yuri Koller!

From working behind the scenes, engineering artists such as newly signed Cash Money artist J-Soul, to traveling to Miami & Barbados to work with other musicians for producing and songwriting, and now gearing up to the release of his upcoming EP, Toronto artist Yuri Koller decided to connect with R&B singer Tanisha on a record where they open up about their own personal complicated situations involving someone they admire.  

Written & performed by Tanisha & Yuri Koller
Produced, Mixed, & Mastered by Yuri Koller
Artwork by Yuri Koller


NEW VIDEO: G-Eazy – Drifting feat. Chris Brown & Tory Lanez

rez | Video | Thursday, April 21st, 2016

G-Eazy new album “When It’s Dark Out” Available Now! Get it on:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/GEazyWIDO?IQid=yt
Stream on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/GEazyWIDOs?IQid=yt
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/GEazyWIDOg?IQid=yt
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/GEazyWIDOa?IQid=yt

Follow G-Eazy:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/G.Eazy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/g_eazy
Instagram: https://instagram.com/G_Eazy


PLAY: How Black Mothers Say I Love You (May 5th – 15th @ The Factory Studio Theater)

rez | Events | Wednesday, April 20th, 2016


Another must-watch production courtesy of the one and only Trey Anthony. Here’s all the info courtesy of Broadwayworld.com:

HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU, presented by Trey Anthony Studios in association with Girls with Bow Ties, is a raw and honest portrayal of the choices many mothers have made in effort to create a better home for their families.

Written and directed by award-winning playwright Trey Anthony (Da Kink in My Hair) the play makes its world premiere in Toronto on May 7 and runs May 5 – 15 at the Factory Studio Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), just in time for Mother’s Day.

The story follows Daphne (Ordena Stephens), a mother who left her children behind in Jamaica to come to Canada for work. The character is based on the real life stories of Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean mothers who left their children in order to make better lives for them, including the playwright’s own mother. It’s about the difficult choices, or lack of choices, women of colour in particular have had to make for their families’ futures. The play deals with love, loss, migration and ultimately acceptance.

“The play breaks down barriers and exposes the fact that motherhood isn’t at all the love and fluff as we wish it to be,” said Anthony. “The sacrifice of loving a child by leaving, learning to love a child who’s gay, learning to love a child in any other way than what you know; these are honest choices our own mothersand grandmothers were forced to make.”

Anthony has put together a cast of award-winning actors, including Ordena Stephans (Da Kink in My Hair), Jewelle Blackman, Robinne Fanfair andAllison Edwards-Crewe. On the production team, singer-songwriter and producer Gavin Bradley composed the original score and lighting the stage is four-time Dora award-winner Steve Lucas.

On Saturday May 7, Trey Anthony Productions, recepCon and TD Bank present the #100GIRLS initiative. One hundred girls of colour from low-income families will attend the play and be given the chance to explore the world of theatre. Ticket and transportation will be fully provided for the 100 girls chosen within the GTA.



Directed, Written and Produced by: Trey Anthony
Featuring: Ordena Stephens, Jewelle Blackman, Robinne Fanfair, Allison Edwards-Crewe
Run time: 90 minutes
Venue: Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Tickets: $25 – $35

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, May 5 Preview for #100GIRLS at 7PM
Friday, May 6 Preview at 7:30PM
Saturday, May 7 Preview at 2PM and 8PM OPENING
Sunday, May 8 2PM and 8PM
Tuesday May 10 8PM
Wednesday May 11 2PM School Show
Thursday May 12 8PM
Friday May 13 8PM
Saturday May 14 2PM and 8PM

HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU is based on a successful short film documentary release and recently received a positive screening at the 2016 Toronto Black Film Festival – talk and Master Class with Trey Anthony.

Watch the trailer below!

Trey Anthony Studios (TAS) is an award winning entertainment and production company, which produces television and theatre for urban audiences with offices in Atlanta, U.S. and Toronto, Canada. With the success of the theatrical play, Da Kink in my Hair, TAS received a Dora nomination and winner of four NAACP Theatre awards. Anthony become the first Black Canadian woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network. For more information, visit www.treyanthonystudios.com.

NEW MUSIC: Sean Leon “Killin’ Mind” (Prod. Sean Leon x WondaGurl x MADEAT2AM x Jack Rochon)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Another nice BLACK SHEEP NIRVANA tease with A L L I E providing background voices.

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