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Biz Markie is coming to Ottawa soon and will be playing Babylon on Saturday, December 20th. Twenty years after the man born Marcel Hall’s absurdly catchy hip-hop/R&B hybrid Just a Friend conquered the airwaves, it seems Biz Markie is only now set to make his first appearance in Capital City.
“My focus is on DJing right now,” Biz reports. “I already did the beatboxing. I did the rap. That was in my younger days.”
This is going to be a great show so if you’re in Ottawa I suggest checking it out. Show starts at 10pm. See you at Babylon!
CKUT Montreal and The Goods are holding a New Years Eve bash at La Sala Rossa. The GOODS, started in August of 2002 by Scott C and Andy Williams to provide a warm alternative to the average Montreal night out. The GOODS only mandate is great music, whether it’s known, forgotten, or yet to be discovered. With one foot planted firmly in the past, and the other moving forward to the future, some guests have included Keb Darge, Mr. Scruff, DJ Spinna, A Man Called Warwick, Quantic, Moonstarr, Tom Thump, Jason Palma, DJ Kobal, Philarmonix, Mr. Attic, Heavyweight Art Installations, Mark de Clive Lowe, Bembe Segue, Specifics, Kahil El Zabar, Russ Dewbury, DJ Format, Robert Strauss, Mad Mats, DJ Nu-Mark, Afrodizz, Josh Deep, Karsten John, Nickodemus, Domu, and Bugz in the Attic. With the help of the unique atmosphere and no frills charm of La Sala Rossa, soulful dancefloor movements and the musically diverse party have definitely found a home in Montreal. Join the FaceBook group and support the scene.
Title: Stars Location: Toronto Link out: Click here Date: 2008-12-08
In my other life, I cover the mobile technology scene, and happened to be in Toronto for Telus’ launch of the BlackBerry Storm. You wouldn’t expect to find one of Canada’s most preeminent bands at such an event, but Stars were there to rock the house and seriously up the cool factor. I was able to snag a few videos before my camera died. You can see the rest after the jump, and I’ve posted Stars upcoming shows below.
Thursday December 11th, 2008 Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Friday December 12th, 2008 Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Saturday December 13th, 2008 Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
DJ Cosmo Baker is like an insane trip down memory lane if memory lane was the sickest hip hop you remember from the past few decades. He gets a ton of respect from his fans and DJs alike. Check out what these DJs have to say about him:
DJ A-Trak “Cosmo Baker is hands down one of my favorite DJs. very few dudes can read a crowd like Cosmo, first of all. My man can rock it in so many ways, and he continues to surprise me. Cosmo lives and breathes music and his knowledge runs deep!! He’s a virtual librarian of music. After all this is the man who invented the category “Dad Rock.” But more than anything Cosmo’s a party rocker. And a close friend. Rock on, Cosmo”
DJ Jazzy Jeff “When it comes to keeping the Philly Music tradition going…Cosmo has it locked. His knowledge is incredible and his Crates are deep and his passion and skills makes him one of my faves.”
RJD2 “Cosmo is the club DJ I aspire to be – smooth, seamless, on top of his game, knows exactly what’s appropriate at any given time. He’ll play the song that I’m totally sure could not be resurrected, and bam – gangbusters. He’s definitely that guy.”
Diplo “I would sneak into Fluid when I was still under 21 to see Cosmo play at the legendary Remedy, his parties were part of my foundation in Philly. The dude has a sixth sense at turnin’ a crowd out.”
Check him out at any of the following Canadian events. You won’t be dissapointed.
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 @ Hi Fi – Calgary, AB Canada
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 @ Hi-Fi Club – Winnipeg, MA Canada
Friday, December 19th, 2008 @ Shine – Vancouver, BC Canada
Title: The Beat Freakers Location: CiRCA, Toronto Link out: Click here Date: 2008-12-12
The Beat Freakers are pretty much exactly what the name suggests. Two dudes who have sex with beats in a gyrating, pelvic assassination style. Didn’t make any sense? Well then check out their MySpace. Oh wait, they don’t care about MySpace. In fact, they go on a hilarious tirade about how much they hate MySpace on their profile. News Corp. didn’t catch the following:
“We hate Myspace and refuse to ever update this.
We don’t like to take pictures of ourselves, because we don’t matter. With a little luck and plenty of hard work, anyone can do what we do. They just won’t look as good doing it.
We’re the last of a dying breed of electronic musicians. We don’t care about genres, we don’t bother you to vote for us, we don’t talk about the philosophy behind our synthesizers, and most importantly, we enjoy getting up on stage and acting like complete and utter jackasses. We produce records that have no relation to what we’re currently playing, and we often pay out of our own pocket to give people a product that they won’t cut drugs on. We’re a riddle wrapped in a paradox, shoved down a question mark’s throat.
The funny thing is – this works.”
Do you love them yet? I do. The duo are both really young, 23, and put together insane mixes with the likes of Mix Master Mike, The Drummatic Twins, Soul of Man, Rabbit in the Moon, Donald Glaude (our favorite), Jesse Saunders, Ed Rush and Optical and DJ Craze. Check them out at CiRCA this Friday, December 12th. They’ll be playing a show that is sure to be as hype as the above vid.
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Title: Rudely Interrupted Location: Sneaky Dees, Toronto Link out: Click here Date: 2008-12-09
Inspiring is a word that gets tossed around all too often in music journalism. But in the case of Rudely Interrupted, it’s the most fitting adjective possible. Arguably Australia’s most unique group of musicians, five out of six band members share a range of physical and intellectual disabilities – blindness, deafness, Aspergers, Autism and Down Syndrome. But you’d have no way of knowing listening to pop gems like “Don’t Break My Heart,” because, as Time Out suggested, “their music is some of the most energetic and genuine to emerge from the Australian rock ‘n’ roll underground in recent times.” The band will be making a Canadian appearance before heading off to the UK. Check them out at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto tomorrow, December 9th.
Join CBC host Alan Neal for an eclectic triple bill concert featuring four Ottawa musicians. The concert will be recorded for national broadcast on CBC Radio Two’s Canada Live! Linsey Wellman (saxophones), Mike Essoudry (drumset, percussion), Adam Duncan (guitar) and Megan Jerome (voice, piano) are graduates from the music programs at Carleton and Ottawa Universities, and are now enjoying the spaces and flavors between traditional music categories. The concert takes place at the University of Ottawa, in Frieman Hall (Perez Building), on Sunday December 14, at 2:00pm (doors open at 1:30pm). Continue reading about the upcoming live concert on CBC Radio 2
Title: Ottawa Music Awards Location: Bronson Center, Ottawa Link out: Click here Date: 2008-12-04
Arists, producers, record labels and video directors will all be at the Bronson Center tomorrow, Thursday December 4th, for the Ottawa Music Awards. The awards are giving out more than $25,000 in prize money so the best of luck goes out to the nominees. Also, the awards are offering Canadian Independent urban artists the opportunity to be on the cover of M.O.B. Magazine. Also, you’ll get the chance to get your music heard by major record labels. To participate, send your demo or hottest mixtape with all your contact info. You’ll find all the information you need here.
Teknobrat is from Montreal and currently lives in Ottawa. He’s a huge fan of Chicago acid House and Ghetto Trax sounds from the end of the 80’s early 90’s. He also has an almost OCD approach to collecting albums with a library of over 5,000 albums. Teknobrat has had a huge Ottawa radio presence with La Teknosphere on CHUO 89.1 FM and Planet Rave, which aired on CKCU 93.1 FM. His latest EP, Reborn, is having a release party tour starting December 12th 2008 and will hit most major Canadian and US Cities in the first quarter of 2009. Check out the flyers!
Title: The VooDooMonx Location: Brutopia, Montreal Link out: Click here Date: 2008-12-20
How about the dude on keyboard in this video? I guarantee his fingers were bleeding and reduced to bloody stumps by the end of the set. The VooDooMonx blend funk and rock into something that’s soul oriented but funk driven. The band has been playing together for 12 years now and the three have worked really hard on making a name for themselves. They’ve opened for a variety of shows and have played for crowds ranging from 100 to 15,000. Featured on the French Much Music, Musique Plus, as well as CKMF 94.3 in Montreal, their hard work has really paid off. Enjoy the soulful singing of Martin Joly, the passionate drumming of Leo Paul-Hus and the bass of Maxime Tremblay at Brutopia. The’ll be playing there on the 20th of December so check them out and try one of Brutopia’s many cheap and great tasting house brews.