It may be April 1, 2014 but we’re not kidding when we tell you that this month will include several great shows! As the cold weather dissipates, we’re back with another edition of our feature article on Events You Don’t Want To Miss (April 2014). This month is special since The Come Up Show will be celebrating our 7 Year Anniversary! It will also feature acts such as SonReal, The Underachievers, The Beatnuts, Great North Beatbox Battle, and many more.
Grime music has been gaining popularity in North America the past few years with artists like Tinie Tempeh and Chipmunk receiving tremendous amounts of airplay on both radio stations and music channels across the country. Wiley who is one of the forefathers of grime and also goes by the nickname ‘King of Grime’ will be taking the stage at The Hoxton for his first ever Toronto performance on April 2 alongside Skepta and grime-dubstep musician Swindle.
Why you should go: As an artist who is accustomed to selling out arenas in the UK and performing back to back sold out shows all across Europe, Wiley is no beginner when it comes to putting on a great show for a crowd. Expect a lot of grime, hip-hop, and dubstep along with endless dancing as London’s own Wiley, Skepta and Swindle show you a whole other side to hip-hop.
2. Union Events Proudly Presents SonReal w/ special guests Rich Kidd & Sean Leon
(Saturday, April 5, 2014 Adelaide Hall, Toronto)
Over the past few years Vancouver native Sonreal has established a core fan base across the nation and will be joined by special guests Rich Kidd and punk-rap musician Sean Leon on April 5th for a performance at Adelaide Hall in Toronto. With the release of his “One Long Day” mixtape earlier this year receiving nothing but positive reviews this is one show all hip-hop fans will certainly enjoy.
Why you should go: If supporting Canadian music is not a good enough reason for you, maybe the fact that he wrote his Juno nominated collaborative album “The Closers” with Rich Kidd in 7 days might do the trick.
The first annual Great North Beatbox Battle will include a 16 person Beatbox Tournament featuring AMIT, BBK, Beatspawn, C-Fresh, Frisco, Heat, Haste, Kenny Urban, NYC Beatbox, Spencer, Spittz, Villain, Young, Zner, and 1 Wildcard. Hosted by 2012 Canadian Beatbox Champion, Scott Jackson there will also be additional performances by UNITY charity and Northbuck Canada Krump.
Why you should go: This is an ALL AGES event in partnership with Unity Charity! Come witness 16 contestants across North America battle for the ultimate title of Canadian Beatbox Champion, all while supporting a great cause.
The Underachievers will be kicking off April, 2014 with The “Eyes of the World” tour which will also feature artists Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper. The 29-city tour will make stops in cities including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami before coming to end on May 15th in their hometown of New York at Irving Plaza.
Why you should go: The Underachievers will be hitting the road in support of their first headlining North American tour. There may be a chance to witness new material performed live for the first time as the American hip hop duo from Brooklyn, New York, are aiming to release their first album, The Cellar Door this spring as well.
R.I.S.E Edutainment will be celebrating presents their second annual: 416RISE, in celebration of Toronto’s impact in the Arts & Culture among all demographics. Some of Toronto’s leaders, including Manifesto founder, Che Kothari, Amy Hosotsuji of GYC Toronto, Giancarlos Falcioni Business Dean at the Remix Project, and several more. The Godfather of Canadian Hip-Hop, Maestro Fresh Wes will also be among the many artists performing.
Why you should go: Positive engagement, auditions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Need we say more?
Based out of New York, legendary hip hop group and production duo from Queens, New York City, The Beatnuts will be coming to Toronto! Current members, JuJu and Psycho Les will be taking the stage at Tattoo Queen West.
Why you should go: Consistently creating excellent beats over a 20+ year period, the duo is known for their sample-heavy production. If you have a chance to see them perform we recommend watching these in-your-face performers live.
The Come Up Show is celebrating it’s 7-year anniversary on April 19th, at Hideaway Records and Bar. There D-Sisive, A-Fos and The Rude Youth, Haviah Mighty, and The Nicest. Doors 9pm at Hideaway Records and Bar (545 Richmond Street, London, Ontario)
Why you should go: We recommend all of our supporters to come out for this celebration of our success, which couldn’t have been made possible without all of you. It’s going to be a great night for music and all of us at The Come Up Show want to show our appreciation for your love and support over the years. Hope to see you all there for a great party!
8. Iggy Azalea “The New Classic Tour” (Friday, April 25, 2014 @ The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto)
Over the last year Iggy Azalea has taken herself from a local Australian rap emcee to an internationally known rap star! In 2013, she opened for acts like Grammy award winning rapper Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Rita Ora and even Beyonce on the Australian leg of “The Mrs. Carter World Tour.” She will now be making her way to The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on April 25 for one stop on her first ever headlining “The New Classic Tour.”
Why you should go: With only one EP and the upcoming release of her first studio album, The New Classic (which is set to drop in mid April), Iggy has managed to make herself known across the globe and onto most of our playlists. Just like the titles of her hit singles, you can expect Iggy to make you “Bounce” and put you to “Work” as she prepares to take the stage in Toronto later this month.