Canada vs. America. No matter the context or competition this rivalry is deep rooted. The Battle of America’s is a series wherein a Canadian and American team of 12 producers, compete 1 nation against the other to determine who makes the best beats.
The inaugural competition occurred at SXSW where Canada/Toronto came through with the W. When locations shifted North to NXNE the US came through extra hungry. When all was said and done and the MOD club floor stopped vibrating from the bangers blasting through the speakers, the US narrowly defeated Canada in a contest so tightly contested it came down to the final round. Despite the lose Canada’s DJ TLO was awarded best beat of the competition for his Boom-Bap beat in the 3rd round of competition.
The night was a wild success. Attendees were privy to an atmosphere promoting creativity and positivity and we can guarantee you’ll be hearing these producers in your ear buds, car speakers and in arenas in the very near future.
For more info: thebeatacademy.com
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NXNE Interactive & Sennheiser Canada present October’s Very Own Creative Director and Drake’s co-manager Mr. Oliver El-Khatib on Saturday, June 21st, 3pm, at the Hyatt Regency. With the help of moderator Gavin Sheppard (The Remix Project), Oliver will be discussing everything from the creation of a global brand (OVO), working in the music industry, and his influences in art, culture, music and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to see a rare appearance by Oliver!
Photo by Zach Gold
For more info: nxne.com
Digest Digest is a day of making, tasting, and good conversation celebrating the past, present and future of food. Programmed as a series of talks, interviews, workshops, and tastings, culminating in a dinner infused with narrative and theatre – Digest Digest examines the ways we create, consume and interpret food.
The next instalment will be held on Thursday, June 26th at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St West) with the following schedule:
2-4pm: Raw Food & Bev Lab Workshop
4-6pm: Future of Food Speaker Series with Ken Waagner, Rob Bolton, and Scott Friedmann
6-9pm: The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy Performance
10pm: DANCING! Natural Animal DJ Set
For more info & tickets visit: digest-digest.com
MiO is set to launch their app at tomorrow’s free concert at Yonge and Dundas Square as part of their “Make it Original” campaign with the North by Northeast Festival (NXNE). The MiO POV app gives YOU the power to live-stream video from your mobile phone directly to the concert’s main stage screens in real time! This new technology is going to change how we experience live shows. We’re no longer just a fan in the crowd, now we have the ability to be a part of the show, from our perspective. (Side Note: This is going to change the selfie game forever, lol)
Download the app (available on both android & iOS platforms) and meet us at Yonge & Dundas Square tomorrow for what promises to be a very unique and original NXNE experience!
Here are a few shots from the concert, including (of course) a selfie!
For more info: miopov.com
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Recently, our good friend, creative thinker, artist, designer and all around local celebrity Bryan Espiritu (Legends League) was featured on MTVs “Originals” segment with Phoebe Dykstra. If for some reason you’re unfamiliar with Bryan’s clothing line or artistry, take a minute and get familiar.
For more info: thelegendsleague.com
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We partnered up with one of our favourite initiatives in the city, Cosmopolis Toronto, to curate a special exhibit called, “Torontonian.”
Torontonian launched last Thursday eveing at the Moniker Gallery with over 400 guests in attendance. The new exhibit, curated by Vanessa Tamburro, explores Toronto as a ‘home’ and features select portraits by Photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer. Alongside the incredible photography, was a spectacular performance by our friend and very talented violinist, Yosvani Castañeda, plus a poignant reading by Toronto Book Award winner, Kamal Al-Solaylee and award-winning author, Martha Batiz.
It was amazing to see almost every age and race show up from young high school kids to Colin’s grandmother! A perfect snapshot of what The 6 is all about and how it connects us all.
The exhibit runs until June 25th from Tuesday – Sunday, with gallery hours open from 12-6PM.
Check out the FACEBOOK GALLERY HERE!
To see more of Cosmopolis Toronto visit: CosmopolisToronto.com
Photos by Anil H
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We’d like to introduce you to WyattBQuiet, a Toronto-based Electronic Dance Music Producer and DJ working out of the ‘Diamond Factory’, where he records, mixes and masters his music. He’s been producing for years, but most recently fell in love with EDM and has shifted his sound with influences from some of his fave artists like Tiesto, Dada Life and Showtek. Listen to the WBQ exclusive premiere for his latest track, “Latch”, originally by Disclosure featuring Same Smith, which features a smooth mix of soul and progressive house. This song just sounds like summer! #TurnUp
Toronto’s music scene is not only gaining popularity across Canada, but it’s making a major impact around the world. For that very reason, we’ve been posting cover songs in our series entitled “Covered”, which highlights and showcases other artists (not necessarily from Toronto) who have been inspired by our cities sound.
This time we’ve selected Tinashe featuring Schoolboy Q for their version of “2 On” (Wax Motif remix) which happens to be a dance cover of OB Obrien & Drake’s version. So far the feedback on this has been great, but let us know what you think?
Previously: Covered: “Worst Behavior” (Punjab Edition)