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Keys N Krates – “Every Nite” EP

Keys N Krates releases their latest EP “Every Nite”, following the success of their previous release, “Solow” in 2013. The new EP, out now on Dim Mak Records, features 6 new tracks, combining hip-hop, electronic and indie sounds that blend together to create their unique Keys n Krates ‘trap’ sound.

“We really tried to make a mini-album as opposed to a collection of songs. We wanted it to feel like a body of work, as much as possible in 6 songs.” – Dave Matisse (synth/keyboards)

The “Every Nite” EP is now available on iTunes.

Previously: Keys N Krates – “Are We Faded” (Official Video)

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Daniel Caesar – “Praise Break” EP

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Upon meeting Daniel Caesar, my first impressions were nothing but genuine sweet thoughts about the Toronto native kid. He’s quiet, polite, wholesome, and something about his presence warms you up and leaves you with no other choice but to smile. His latest seven-piece EP album entitled “Praise Break” took me by surprise because I didn’t expect such a beautiful, sweet, angelic sound was hiding in his quiet and humble personality and demeanor. It immediately melted my heart and I’ve been hooked ever since. This young 18-year-old Toronto soul singer is something else and is guaranteed to sooth the darkest of souls.

Daniel’s latest EP serves as a follow up to his previous “Birds of Paradise” EP, which he released at the beginning of the year in January, and included three songs — one of which was a flawless cover of James Blake’s “Wilhelm Scream.”

For his latest EP, he welcomes the first day of fall in the most breathtaking way possible. Written by Daniel himself and produced by Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett (yet again), you’re promised another soothing, finessed and polished back-to-back sound.

This time around he has included music and covers from respectable artists who inspire him, such as: Toronto up-and-comer Sean Leon, Ben Foran, Shannon Dooks, J’vell Boyce, Jordon Manswell, Brandon Horniachek, and does a seamless cover from James Vincent McMorrow’s “Chevalier.”

His album artwork was provided by Toronto-based creatives, Liam MacRae and Marco Lee.

Above is Daniel’s first video for his song “Violet,” directed by Liam MacRae, and is set to be the lead single from his latest EP.

Daniel is definitely moving in the right direction with all the right supporters taking him under their wings. His producers Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett have worked behind the scenes on songs such as Drake’s “Pound Cake” and Eminem’s “Not Afraid.” And 20-year-old Toronto-based director, Liam MacRae has worked on Party Next Door’s videos for “Break from Toronto” and “Recognize” featuring Drake.

So please, sit back and enjoy the soothing sounds from Daniel Caesar. Welcome your new obsession.

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For more info: danielcaesar.net

Posted by Christina G. Cheng

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Shad – “Progress” (Official Video)

Shad drops some visuals for “Progress” (Part 1: American Pie, Part 2: The Future is Here) with the help of artist/director Justin Broadbent. See the comments below for a breakdown of the concept from Justin’s perspective.

“The death of music is similar to the death of visual art. The online, numb, browsing experience has (naturally) started to effect the current state of art. We’ve become a Tumblr’d culture, over Googled, educated and bored in 4 seconds or shorter.

“I made a non-music video for Shad’s “Progress”. It’s a website. It’s a comment on the state of art and also maybe the only video that could attach to such an intensely accurate and poignant song for our generation. It is like the movie credits to now. Tumblr on.” – Justin Broadbent

Previously: Shad & DJ T.LO – “Always Winnin”

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We’re pretty excited about this!

Etsy presents their first-ever Etsy: Made in Canada Flagship Marketplace at the MaRS Discovery District, located at 100 College St. For one day only on Saturday, September 27, from 10 am – 4 pm, you’ll be able to shop over 120 local Etsy sellers showcasing handmade and vintage goods. See the official marketplace lookbook HERE.

For more info, check out the event page HERE.

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As an official OBEY Ambassador for Canada, I’d like to share a glimpse at the new men’s & women’s OBEY Fall 2014 Lookbook. As we all know, summer here in Toronto is over, actually it was never really here in the first place. With that being said, it’s all about layering for Fall, and OBEY has a ton of options for both men and women. Check out some of the looks below or visit obeyclothing.ca

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PS: Save These Dates – October 1st & 2nd (more info coming soon…)

Previously: OBEY Hats For A Year (Contest)

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Hans Poppe is a Toronto-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator, teacher, mentor, father, student of life and personal friend. Recently, I got the chance to speak with Hans about the collection of work he’ll be showing at Manifesto’s Art Exhibit, happening tomorrow (Thursday) night at Toronto’s Steam Whistle Roundhouse, located at 255 Bremner Blvd. from 7pm – 2am. This specific collection differs in content from most of his more notable works (ie. Biggie Tribute Portrait, African Series, etc). This collection was created through an exploration of self, the highs and the lows. In actual fact, Hans never planned to show these to anyone but himself, but after encouragement from others, he’s sharing his art and his story with all of us.

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These pieces reflect a time of darkness. They were and still are an unconditional conversation. A conversation about… heart break, death, loss of faith, loss of direction, darkness, abyss. Something heart and soul… life… love. The pursuit of Happiness.

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To see more of Hans’ work, check out hanspoppe.com

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Chinedesign Presents Supafrik Toronto

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Supafrik is a traveling pop-up concept that was created by Chinedu Ukabam, the creative director of Toronto fashion label Chinedesign. Part exhibit and part retail, Supafrik showcases the work of artists, designers, photographers and entrepreneurs that are inspired by Africa or working within the burgeoning “Afropolitan” movement. Curated around the theme of “Contemporary Africana”, Supafrik features artwork and other creations that re-contextualise and re-imagine traditional African aesthetics and tradition within a modern framework.

SUPAFRIK returns to its Toronto roots after well received installations in Washington DC, London and Paris. The pop up shop takes place on Sunday September, 21st from 1-7pm at the TAC Art/Work Gallery located at 568 Richmond St W.

The pop up shop will feature a collaborative one-off capsule collection from Chinedesign and Parisian conceptual artist MyriaMMaxo. Chinedesign’s #TheBravingRitual collection, the label’s first foray into eclectic winterwear combining tartans and indigo-dyed mud cloth will also be exclusively available for made-to-measure custom orders.

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For more info: chinedesign.com

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Manifesto’s Festival of Community Arts & Culture is back again for another successful year of programming for the city. One of this year’s main attractions promises to be the 8th Annual Art Exhibition “Transcension”, featuring the works of legendary LA-based graffiti/tattoo artist Mister Cartoon. Mister Cartoon will be painting live alongside Toronto’s very own $KAM, Columbian artist KNO DELIX and more.

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Exhibiting Artists:

Carl & Ann Beam
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Mark ‘Kurupt’ Stoddart
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Totem Resolve + Eugene Paunil
Hans Poppe
Adrian Hayles
Ekow Nimako
Sara Golish
Jah Grey
Danilo M. McCallum
Francesca ‘SUN SUN’ Nocera + Thomarya ‘Tee’ Fergus
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Komi Olaf
Heather Fulton
Wylie Styles
Nathalie Long
Robert Young

Curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes

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The event takes place at Toronto’s Steam Whistle Roundhouse, located at 255 Bremner Blvd. from 7pm – 2am. Tic

kets are $15 and can be purchased online: mnfstoart.eventbrite.ca

For the complete festival line-up check: themanifesto.ca

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