EVENT: 106 & York Urban Arts Festival (Saturday, September 14th)

rez | Events | Friday, September 13th, 2013


106 & York returns tomorrow night for another installment of what is becoming a not-to-be-missed event in the city. More info under the hood!

“Known for being the outlet for many talented Toronto youth,  106 & York has spent the last year becoming even more focused on discovering talented young people across the city, and more specifically in the North West Toronto area. Visiting local high schools and holding auditions in malls, this year’s show emphasizes a whole new level of community outreach and a new array of talent. Artists are working together alongside carefully selected mentors to create not just a show, but a production. From rappers to singers to dancers and so much more, the show is bound to captivate the audience. Hosted by Femi Lawson alongside the video submission winning guest host, the audience is sure to be entertained.

Please come out and join us for this year’s 106 & York Festival taking place Saturday September 14th inside York Woods’ Theatre at the York Woods’ Library. Doors open at 5pm. Cover is $10 at the door or $5 with a non-perishable food donation. A vendor marketplace of various types of merchandise.”


Femi Lawson – @ItsMrLawson

York Woods Theatre
1785 Finch Avenue West, Toronto, ON
[Finch Ave. W. & Tobermory Dr.]

Doors Open: 5:00 pm
Show Starts: 6:00 pm

-> Tamara Madison – @TamaraMadison 
-> Erik Flowchild – @erikflowchild
-> Juvon Taylor – @MrJuvonTaylor
-> Randell Adjei – @RandellAdjei
-> Rated Inc. 
-> Sweetie Pies Dance Crew – @Honeyy_Bk
and many more…

DJ Kobe J 

Fashion Show featuring Clothing Labels such as:
-> N.I.S.E. – @NISECity | @Niseworld | @kiddnise
-> Royals Wear 
-> Noir Masae Couture

$5 [w. Non-Perishable Food Item]

Toronto Arts Council, TD Bank, City of Toronto, N.I.S.E., West Side Arts Hub, Laidlaw, ManifesTO, Highclass, #IKnowFranz, UrbanArts Toronto, nadine hope

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment & Toronto International Film Festival


NEW VIDEO: Shane Stirling presents “The Leadertape” (No. 03) – Sam Shuter

Ty Harper | Community,Video,Visuals | Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Latest installment of Stirling’s artist profiles.

About The Leadertape:
The Leadertape comes from my passion for storytelling. Painting a picture through the senses to bring forth a vivid connection to the people, places and things that inspire me. My medium has changed from pencil and pad, to paint and canvas to pixel and screen, but the motivation has always been the same; to capture the moment forever. The participants of ‘The Leadertape’ that I will be showcasing over the coming months, I believe to be leaders. Leaders of thought, art and culture. My path has crossed with these people at various points in our journey and I want to share with you their stories so that you to can cross paths with theirs. It is my pleasure to introduce to you, Sam Shuter
Moving Pictures. Moving Personalities. The Leadertape.
Inspired by symmetrical lines and vibrant colors, Artist Samara Shuter’s work juxtaposes her often abstract backgrounds with her more figurative foreground drawings in two different styles. Her larger than life art stems from her appreciation for the traditional elements of men’s fashion; a colorful necktie, a beautiful Italian boot, and more specifically, the lines of a well-tailored suit. The strength of the suit is what drives Sam to create her paintings. “[The suit] has represented something for decades; power, productivity, strength, economic prosperity, and hard work.” For Sam it is not about the sex of the person under the suit, but about what wearing the suit has meant in society for so long.
While working most often in acrylics and oils on canvas, Sam is open to exploring other avenues. As her style develops, she is continuously influenced by street art, stenciling and graffiti; as well as graphic design. With no intention of parting ways with what has already become her trademark theme, she is constantly developing new ideas.
Sam Shuter is currently independent, and selling her work privately in Toronto.
Website: Sam Shuter http://samshuter.com
Twitter: @samshuter http://twitter.com/samshuter
More about Shane Stirling:
Director. Designer. Storyteller. Stirling is a classically trained visual artist with an approach that is as dynamic as it is polished. His music video direction perennially achieves high rotation placements while consistently topping charts and countdowns. His design work has seen him define national retail environments, market legendary cultural icons and present iconic brands in a inspiring and authentic manner. His penchant for trendsetting has seen him work with cultural and commercial powerhouses as Nike, Bentley, and New Era Caps to connect with leaders of culture and early adapters. His imagery is deftly crafted by connecting bold, broad strokes with the intricacies of culture, lifestyle and authenticity. Nothing goes unnoticed, no detail is arbitrary, nothing is placed in frame without purpose, Stirling’s strength is his ability to produce refined, penetrating visuals. For Stirling, art and commerce are not mutually exclusive. He is as authentic in his skill set and experience as he is in his unbridled lust to create lasting impressions.
Website: Shane Stirling / Co. http://shanestirling.co/
Twitter: ShaneStirlingCo http://twitter.com/shanestirlingco

NEW VIDEO: Nue – She’ll Get Home

rez | Video | Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Nueness from nuecomer Nue.

Contact: illritual@gmail.com
Twitter: @Realnue
Song produced by: A I D
Visuals by: ILL RITUAL
DOWNLOAD: http://old.hulkshare.com/y7fmuvmbopvk


NEW MUSIC: Staasia Daniels – No Matter What (Prod. Xp)

rez | Music | Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Song actually starts at about 1:05.

Download link: http://www.reverbnation.com/staasiada…

Hey Ninjas! It is my pleasure to announce my single “No Matter What” (NMW) off my upcoming project “A Turtle On Skates” prod by Xp. This is ONLY an audio video. We did have someone else play the record.. BUT the footage was too dark to use 🙁 I had to go back and do it again myself. I hope you like it! and Thank you for sticking with me through all covers!! Thank you to the following people involved with this song from production, lyrics, melody,heck even the name of the song; GSXMusic, Darnel Morgan, Tamara Madison! Xxo. Follow my fan page! @Iadorestaasiadaniels



NEW VIDEO: The Weeknd feat. Drake “Live For”

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Visuals for The Weeknd and OVO’s collabo off “Kissland”, available @ http://smarturl.it/TheWeekndKissLand and get tickets for his Fall tour @ http://smarturl.it/TheWeekn

Canadian Tour Dates:
9/6 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
9/7 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre

10/17 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
10/19 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
10/20 Toronto, ON Massey Hall


NEW MUSIC: Dan-e-o “Immortal” (EP)

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Music | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013



Shout out Dan-e-o steady on that non-stop album-dropping grind…

 “Immortal” is Dan-e-o’s brand new 6-song EP which is available for FREE download from URBNET Records. Produced in its entirety by Charisma a.k.a. Skizzz and featuring guest performances by Nigerian up-and-comer Dice Ailes as well as Canadian lyrical legends, Moka Only, Big Kish and Maestro Fresh Wes, “Immortal” serves as the “appetizer” to Dan-e-o’s full-length album “Inevitable” which is due out this November!

Dan-e-o – Immortal (EP)
Download: http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/immortal
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/urbnet/sets/dan-e-o-immortal-ep

Dan-e-o – Immortal (single) (DJ Pack)
Download: https://app.box.com/s/chhjabotvtuyogj4dqu8

Celebrate the release of “Immortal” with Dan-e-o this Friday, September
13th as he hosts his monthly hip-hop event, #BIGTICKET. It goes down
inside Toronto’s Velvet Underground at 510 Queen St. West.

WEBSITE | http://www.dan-e-o.com
TWITTER | http://www.twitter.com/daneo10
YOUTUBE | http://www.youtube.com/donfaraldo
FACEBOOK | http://www.facebook.com/daneo1010
BANDCAMP | http://www.dan-e-o.bandcamp.com
STORE | http://www.maplemusic.com/dept.asp?dept_id=2313

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Rene Costy feat. Dan-e-o “Face to Face” (Prod. Lancecape)


NEW VIDEO: Lazy Jaw “They Wanna Know”

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Visuals for single #2 off Lazy Jaw’s upcoming “Eternal Patience” album.


Previously: NEW VIDEO: Lazy Jaw “T.O. State of Mind/As I Know It” (Directed by Zac Facts)

NEW VIDEO: Debo & Juelz feat. Tru “Comin’ Up Stayin’ Down” (Directed by Tyler Simmonds)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Directed by Tyler Simmonds.

First introduction to Halifax’s Debo & Juelz via their “Comin Up Stayin’ Down” joint featuring Tru.

Personally I’ve reached a point in my hip-hop tastes where the minute I hear crutch lines that throw women under the bus for random shi*ts and giggles, or for the sake of filling up bars in a verse, I’m immediately turned off (and that includes singers, dancehall/reggae/soca artists and pretty much any rapper – past, present and future – I might’ve considered dope) – but I also know if I used that measuring stick to reject submissions, there’d be none… or at least not enough to sustain any type of consistent homegrown blog. So all that said, I’d definitely like to see a hip-hop scene that cut that sh*t out. Like, if the majority of our ‘great’ artists can’t write a ‘hot’ song w/o making completely unnecessary, disrespectful slights to women (and the LGBT community), then the reality is, the majority of our ‘great’ artists need to step their sh*t up.

And I ain’t trying to throw these dudes, or any one artist, or JUST artists under the bus either – artists, media, consumers, etc – all factor into the current state of the music and culture.

NEW VIDEO: The A&R Report x The Stylus Group present “Studio Sessions” feat Zaki Ibrahim, Andreena + more!

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Little recap of a showcase put together by Michael Asante over at The A&R Report and Click and The Stylus Group that went down this past summer. Full info below.

The A&R Report and Stylus Group had the pleasure of hosting current SR VP of A&R at Atlantic Records’ and original member of the Dungeon Family – Kawan Prather in the first instalment of Studio Sessions live at Orange Lounge Studios in Toronto, Canada.

Featured performers:

Zaki Ibrahim (@zakiibrahim)
Aion Clarke (@aionclarke)
Andreena (@andreenamusic)

Check out:


NEW MUSIC: Frankie Payne – Tiger Eyes (Control Freestyle)

rez | Music | Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

“If you ballin’ like that, why you keep applying for grants?”

“I do this for any T.O. MC that’s been demoralized ’cause he refused to partake in a legacy of compromise.”

Frankie obliterates all wackness over the “Control” beat. Shouts to the whole Freedom Writers movement.

I’m just saying what we’re all thinking.

Download Tiger Eye’s



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