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  • Events: Offshoot Communications Presents Sample Sale on May 30th @ Toika

    May 25.09 @ 12:39 am
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    My good peoples at Offshoot Communications is having a sample sale this Satuday May 30th at Toika Bar (471 Richmond West – West of Spadina) from 10am – 6pm. The sample sale includes clothing by LRG, Fresh Jive, The Hundreds10 Deep, Addict, Keep, LuxirieHellz Bellz, & Married To The Mob. With a $2 charitable admission that will benefits The Remix Project, you can enter to win $300 LRG prize pack. Be sure to peep the new specials and  the return of the $10 section. Save the date, head to downtown Toronto and do some sample shopping. See you there!

    www.shootlife.ca
    www.myspace.com/offshootthq

    Say What Now: Charles Hamilton Apologizes to Briana Isaacs

    May 24.09 @ 11:58 pm
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    A few days ago, Charles Hamilton got punched by his girlfriend Briana Isaacs (step daughter of  Mary J. Blige) which was conveniently captured on HoodNews. Peep the original post here. HoodNews felt the need to HELP clear the air between Charles Hamilton & Briana Isaacs on camera to let viewers know that everything is good between the two.”Apparently people got it twisted” says Charles. Nahhh homie – you got it twisted. You clearly got punched in the face because you were disrespectful to your girlfriend Briana on camera. People need to keep their personal issues off cameras because that’s where the drama and problems start. Peep the video.

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    New Music: Trey Songz “Every Girl” Dub

    May 24.09 @ 11:46 pm
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    As the weather starts to get nice, more and more artists will put out more dubs and freestyle (it’s a summer trend).Trey Songz got on the Young Money “Every Girl” track and I was quite impressive with this version. With Chris Brown is out of the picture, Trey Songz is on a hunt to claim the  No. 1 position for male r&b artist. He has a great chance of obtaining that title – let’s see who else will try to take it. Peep the track!

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    Music Videos: RichGirl “He Ain’t Wit’ Me Now (Tho)”

    May 23.09 @ 1:37 pm
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    RichGirl, a supergroup comprised of Audra, Brave, Seven and Lyndriette which was formed by Rich Harrison. The ladies are signed to Rich’s label Richcraft and have released their debut video “He Ain’t Wit’ Me Now (Tho)” directed by Ray Kay. They are preparing the release of their self-titled album to be release this summer. RichGirl has already been compared to Electrik Red but they are very different. They are described to be a mix of En Vogue & Spice Girl. I don’t feel that “He Ain’t Wit’ Me Now (Tho)” is their strongest track to make them rise to super stardom but I would love to hear more from this group. Peep the video.

    Say What Now: Drake & Rihanna? – Need Proof – Here it is!

    May 22.09 @ 4:45 pm
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    A few days ago I wrote about Rihanna & Drake and their little relationship they have going on. Yesterday,  Drake was interviewed on HOT 97 in the morning and he pointed out that they are just friends. Sure Buddyyyy. This interview is quite hilarious but Drake kept it humble and didn’t let the ego out. Great job! Some rappers and artists should take some pointers. Near the end of the interview, Drake requested for “Cookies and Apple Juice” by Cam’ron. Funnnnnnnny. Tell me that’s not a plug or a hint? lol

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    What I can’t make out is that when Drake was in Toronto last week, he performed  “Every Girl” and he plugged Rihanna after the track. He shouted “Shout Out to Rihanna, I Love you baby”. How did I not pick up on that before? That’s a clear indication that something is going on. Like the interview said, he wants every girl in the world and he started with Rihanna. Bam! Peep the video below! Go to 2:33 in the video and you will hear the Rihanna plug. It’s clear people! Very Clear!’

    Gotta love Drake and it’s only going to get better!

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    Events: Melanie Fiona’s Listening Session in Toronto

    May 22.09 @ 4:13 pm
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    This past Tuesday, Universal Music Canada held a special listening session for the one and only Melanie Fiona at Harlem in Toronto. Many tastemakers got an exclusive glimpse of her upcoming debut album The Bridge. Melanie describes The Bridge as an album that will bring people together. It doesn’t matter what race, sex or genre of music you are into, this album provides a little bit of everything – making it easy for everyone to relate to. She started the session with her first single “Give It To Me Right”. As I wasn’t expecting her to sing, she just got in the groove and the rest was history. When you see Melanie Fiona perform, you can feel the passion that she gives in each song. “Ay Yo” is described a reggae infused track that can instantly get the crowd moving. Another track “You Stop My Heart” is a 50’s/60’s soul inspired track which reminds me of Solange “Wouldve Been the One”.  The title says it all – it’s a track about not living without someone – stopping your heart. Other highlight tracks are “Monday Mornings,”  “Sad Songs,” and “It Kills Me”. You can peep the video of  “It Kills Me” below. (I apologize for the dark settings -but listen to the track – very inspirational) Quick fact, for those who have seen the movie Obsessed, “Teach Him” is at the ending of tthe film. I am loving the exposure and love that everyone has been giving to Melanie.

    Melanie Fiona “It Kills Me” at Listening Session in Toronto (May 19th) from Young, Fresh & New on Vimeo.

    The Bridge is filled with love, soul and feel good tracks. She described it best, everyone can relate to this album. I can defintely relate to “It Kills Me”. The second single has not been chosen yet but I hope she chooses “Ay Yo” or “It Kills Me”. We will have to wait and see.

    Melanie is currently doing promo tours all over the U.S., so if she is in your town, please go out and support this very talented singer/songwriter from Toronto. She will also be in touring across Europe starting the end of June. Be sure to buy and support Melanie Fiona – The Bridge on this summer ’09.

    Say What Now: Guess Who Got Punched By A Girl? – Charles Hamilton

    May 22.09 @ 2:54 pm
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    It seems that ever since the whole Chris Brown and Rihanna incident, females are taking control and not letting dudes get away with anything. Now there’s Charles Hamilton and a woman named Briana Isaacs. Charles was reporting for Hoodnews and decided to interview Briana. It is not 100 percent clear if Briana is his girl or “bust it baby” . What makes this situation even funnier that everything was caught on tape. Chris Brown should take a note or two from Charles Hamilton. Do you think Charles Hamilton deserved that punch? Let me know.

    FYI – According to MissInfo.tv – Briana Latrise Isaacs is the step daughter of Mary J. Blige. Check out her MySpace.

    Album Preview: Tona & Lyve Present Direct Deposit

    May 22.09 @ 2:37 am
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    Big Homie TONA and producer Lyve are preparing the release of their latest project Direct Deposit distributed under Da District Ent/E1 Music Canada on June 2nd! Featured appearances include Skyzoo, Tenisha, Saukrates, Via Linez, JD Era, Richie Sosa, T.R.A.C.K.S., Richie Hennesey and many more. Peep the promo reel below and check out the artwork above and the track-listing below. Remember to grab Direct Deposit in stores & on iTunes on June 2nd! Please support this project. Toronto Stand Up!

    1. The Arrival

    2. Mynd Made Up

    3. Major

    4. U Know It (ft Skyzoo)

    5. One Stop

    6. Hold Back

    7. Fast Pace (ft Saukrates & T.R.A.C.K.S.)

    8. Riffah Man

    9. See Me In Ya City

    10. Now A Dayz

    11. Next Level

    12. The Departure

    www.myspace.com/tonamusic
    www.bigtona.com

    Music Video: Beyonce “Ego”

    May 21.09 @ 3:32 pm
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    Here is the official music video for Beyonce’s fifth single “Ego” off her latest album I Am… Sasha Fierce. “Ego” only appears on the Deluxe edition of the album. In this video you will see a similarity to “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and “Diva” with the two back up dancers following Beyonce’s every move. Overall the video is HOT and Beyonce has been showing everyon who is Sasha Fierce. We all know that she is a DIVA.

    There is a remix that has been leaked over the Internet a few weeks ago featuring Mr. Egoistical himself – Kanye West. I mean it only makes sense right? According to wikipedia, the music video for the video featuring Kanye West will be on the CD/DVD album Above and Beyoncé (Video Collection & Dance Remixes) which is set to be released on 16 June 2009.

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    News Roundup: CW’s The Game is Cancelled

    May 21.09 @ 2:33 pm
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    With all the rumors floating around that television series The Game has been cancelled, well last night the reports have been confirmed via Twitter. @tiamowry & @cwthegame posted these messages last night:

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    Last Friday, The Game had their Season Finale (Series Finale) and from my understanding the ratings for Season Finale beat out 90210 and Gossip Girls. The Game is originally a comedy but Mara Brock Akil (creator) was trying to change the format into a hour long drama series. The Season Finale shows the attempt to switch the formats. But why is the show being cancelled? It’s something that doesn’t make much sense to me. Of course, it’s rating but look at what day the show comes on. Most people want to hang out on a Friday night. I am no television ratings experts but that’s my assumption. There was even a possibility that BET may pick up the show but unfortunately that will not be happening.

    Today, The CW also announced their 2009 – 2010 Primtime line up. See below. If you notice that on Fridays from 9 – 10pm, there is an encore presentation of America’s Next Top Model. Are you serious? You couldn’t fit The Game in that time slot. As far as  “Black shows”, America’s Next Top Model is the only one that fits into that category.  I still have high hope for The Game and I am praying that another network will pick up the show.

    THE CW’s 2009-2010 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

    MONDAY
    8:00-9:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL
    9:00-10:00 PM ONE TREE HILL
    TUESDAY
    8:00-9:00 PM 90210
    9:00-10:00 PM MELROSE PLACE (New Series)
    WEDNESDAY
    8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL
    9:00-10:00 PM THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (New Series)
    THURSDAY
    8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (New Series)
    9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL
    FRIDAY
    8:00-9:00 PM SMALLVILLE (New night)
    9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (Encore Presentation)

    Source – CW Network

    Events: Stylus Spinfest – It Starts With the DJ 2.0 – The Breakdown

    May 20.09 @ 8:16 pm
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    On Saturday May 30th, Stylus SpinFest Presented By Marc Ecko Watches in Association with Manifesto Presents – IT STARTS WITH THE DJ 2.0. This event will be sponsored by World Vision & OMDC and will be held at HOME located at 117 Peter Street starting at 1:30 PM. Hosting the conference will be Ty Harper & rez Digital of  OTA Live.  Admission is $10.

    The conference will compose of the Round 1: Business Fundamentals with DJs, Artists, Managers, Promoters, Label execs and etc, Round 2: Network Hour and Round 3: OTA Live Talk with DJ Drama. – more information read here.

    A NEW session that will take place at the conference is NETWORK HOUR. This session is dedicated to artists who want to network with DJs, labels execs, bloggers, promoters etc etc. Whether you need to ask a question or get some feedback about your track, this session will give you the opportunity to do so.

    Thanks to Joanne of Real Mark Global Group who is the conference coordinator for this event, she posted a video giving a detailed rundown about the conference. The information is available below the video. Hope to see you guys there!

    To read more about the events going on during the Stylus Spinfest Weekend – visit www.stylusgroup.ca

    Round 2:
    NETWORK HOUR
    One on One – Creating Relationships
    Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

    In this new addition to the conference, we’re dedicating one hour to the importance of networking. Unfortunately, many artists do not have relationships with key industry executives and this creates obstacles for artists to receive exposure. One on Ones can be a great benefit to artists because it not only gives them a chance to network in a more initiate setting, but it allows the artist to properly strategize the next step in their career.

    HOW IT WORKS:
    Individuals will have the opportunity to book five minutes with any of our 10 advisors of their choice, and either play their music and receive feedback or just ask advice.

    Once their five minutes have been completed, the individual will proceed to the next advisor on his/her appointment schedule and continue until their entire schedule has been completed.

    ADVISORS:

    – Justin Dumont (Music Director – FLOW 93.5FM)

    – Jester (DJ: FLOW 93.5FM, 2007 Stylus College Radio Show of the Year Winner – Worldwide Wake Up Show CIUT 89.5FM)

    – Samantha Pickard (VP: Strut Entertainment, Public Relations, Branding and Event Management)

    – Joe Bartok (Entertainment Accountant/Owner – This is the Deal)

    – Lissa Monet (DJ, Blogger, Personality & Tastemaker)

    – Miro Oballa (Entertainment Lawyer – Taylor Mitsopulos Klein Oballa)

    – P-Plus (DJ, Radio Personality: FLOW 93.5FM, Entrepreneur

    – Adrian Strong (DMD Promo – Radio Promo)

    – Jay Devonish (Marketing Manager- E1 Music Group)

    – Jonathan Ramos (REMG Entertainment – Promoter)

    HOW TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT:

    – Email: rsvp@stylusgroup.ca

    – Include:
    – your name
    – contact information
    – name of the advisors you would like to meet
    – what you would like to discuss with each advisor.

    Email confirmation will be sent to ensure time has been booked.

    That’s What’s Up: Vancouver Olympics Up In Smoke

    May 20.09 @ 4:56 pm
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    Source – The Toronto Star

    You are staring at the logo and thinking to yourself  “Isn’t that cool, but doesn’t that look like a _ _ _ _ _ (fill in the blanks)?” Above is the official torch logo for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Is the 2010 Vancouver Olympics trying to make a “statement” by living up to the reputation that Vancouver has one of the best sticky of the icky? Many artists and celebrities including Snoop Dogg love to visit Vancouver for a little smoking session. Didn’t Britney Spears recently made an issue about the ‘green’ activities at her last concert in the West? It seems that Vancouver officials don’t see the harm in a little puff puff pass. If the logo was shown vertically, would you get the same reaction? Let me know your thoughts!