It’s hard to believe but the last month of the summer is officially here. With 31 days left until September, concertgoers will have to take advantage of the performances occurring while they still can. With acts ranging from Waka Flocka, Cam’ron, and Freeway to major festivals such as OVO Fest and the Mad Decent Block party, we hope that you’ve already purchased your tickets. Here is our feature article on Events You Don’t Want To Miss (August 2014).
1. Waka Flocka Flame
(Saturday, August 2nd @ London Music Hall, London, ON)
Waka Flocka Flame makes his way to London on August 2nd (this Saturday) for the first time, presented by London Music Hall. Being the first time Waka Flocka has ever stepped foot in London, Ontario it’s something to witness if you’re a fan. Having toured almost the entire world, this is one more stop in his books. Opening acts such as Rich Noir and Casper The Ghost, London’s hometown favorites know how to get things started. This is a show you’ll remember without a doubt.
Why you should go: Being the first time Waka Flocka Flame has ever stepped foot in London (the Ontario one that is) it’s only right you come out to witness this epic event! The turn up is inevitable, and hearing the word of mouth spreading throughout the city of London, it seems as if the whole hip-hop scene, along with the fans are showing up. Also, the show is almost sold out! So you definitely want to act fast. Two of London’s most prominent emcee’s Casper The Ghost and Rich Noir (Richie Blackz) are opening this show up and word is – through insider information – there is a lot of surprises they are bringing for this one! Although you’ll have to head out August 2nd to find out exactly what. Lets just say some established people from Toronto will be in attendance.
2. OVO Fest – Outkast w/ special guests
(Sunday, August 3rd @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto)
416 native Drake holds his annual two-day concert this weekend that will feature an array of big name urban music artists at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Day One of the festival will be headlined by Grammy award winning and legendary group Outkast, who recently reunited to do a string of shows across the globe.
Why you should go: For starters, this may or may not be one of the last times you’ll get to witness Andre 3000 and Big Boi take the stage together as Outkast. Than there’s Drake who is known for doing things big (especially in his hometown) and with the endless possibilities as to who the special guests may be, who knows what else you might just miss out on if you’re not in attendance!
3. OVO Fest – Drake w/ special guests
(Monday, August 4th @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto)
The second night of OVO Fest is bound to be a great one full of surprise guests if it is anything like the past few years. Based on the teaser clip titled “Drake VS Lil Wayne” found on the Live Nation website under OVO Fest, we can only assume that Lil Wayne will be making an appearance but as for the others that may be there, your guess is as good as ours.
Why you should go: As one of Toronto’s biggest concerts, its been sold out for awhile; but if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket you will definitely will not be disappointed, as Drake will no doubt put on a great show for The 6.
4. Dizzy Wright
(Sunday, August 10th @ The Hoxton, Toronto)
Funk Volume’s own, Dizzy Wright makes his way to Toronto on August 10th to headline at The Hoxton presented by Embrace. Last time he came it was a blast, so there’s no doubt it will be the same this time around. Only better!
Why you should go: If you know Funk Volume, they’re known for putting on amazing shows. Dizzy Wright does not lack on the performance. Taking the stage all by himself, The Hoxton is a venue that makes for an unforgettable experience. This being one of his stops on his tour, Toronto is bound to be in attendance and if you’re a supporter of the scene, you definitely want to be there!
(Sunday, August 10th @ Rivoli, Toronto)
The Known Unknown presents NUE in Toronto on August 10th inside of the Rivoli (334 Queen St. W). The live performance also features live performances by Staxx, Ramsay Almighty, Just John, Gadda, Faiza, Clairmont the Second, Mars, Bo$quiat Clique and King Duro. The show will be hosted by Tika Simone while music is provided by DJ McCallaman and DJ Lissa Monét.
Why you should go: Known for his unique sound, Nue has been impressing hip-hop heads alike for sometime now, and with a gang of talented Toronto artist taking the stage, this is bound to be something you need to be at! If you love live music, hip-hop and undiscovered talent – this is the place to be!
6. Mad Decent Block Party
(Friday, August 15th @ Fort York Garrison Commons)
You’re invited! Diplo is back this year with his roster of Mad Decent artists as he brings his block party to Toronto on August 15. The show which is one of 22 scheduled will be headlined by 2014 XXL freshman choice Chance the Rapper and will feature EDM and hip hop music from artists like Thugli, Keys N Krates, Flosstradamus, Walshy Fire, Zeds Dead and Grandtheft.
Why you should go: Beginning as a small show for a handful of music enthusiasts in Philadelphia to 22 shows across North America, there must be something Diplo is doing right to bring the party back bigger each year! With the purchase of a ticket you’ll also receive a 12-track EP featuring some of the artists partaking in the 2014 festival to warm you up. The show will have Chance the Rapper lyrically blow your mind before Diplo and friends drop the bass. Why would you want to miss the block party?
7. CJ Fly
(Friday, August 15th @ Wrongbar, Toronto)
CJ Fly of Pro Era will be here in Toronto, August 15th been coming out swinging with all its emcees, each of them proving that they have an extraordinary talent and CJ Fly is no different. He’s a natural lyricist and is sure to impress with his double entendres and great sound. CJ Fly released his first mixtape, “Thee Way Eye See It”, back in October, so if you haven’t heard him take a listen and get your tickets ASAP.
Why you should go: With each new release to his already impressive catalogue, CJ Fly has been building a solid foundation over the years. We’re excited to see what the Pro Era artist will bring to the table as we anticipate the next move.
(Saturday, August 16th @ Danforth Music Hall, Toronto)
New York’s Killa Cam is making his way to Toronto on August 16, 2014 at The Danforth Music Hall in support of his “First Of The Month” Canadian tour dates. Already 2 volumes in, Cam’ron has been dropping a new, First Of The Month EP on the first day of every month for six months straight. Don’t miss your chance to catch the leader of The Diplomats and The U.N. when he touches down in a city near you.
Why you should go: It’s been years since Cam performed live in Canada as he embarks on a 9-city Canadian tour. Starting off in Montreal on Friday, August 15th making stops including Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and more. DIPSET!
(Saturday, August 16th @ The Rockpile West, Toronto)
Leslie Edward Pridgen aka Freeway will be hitting the stage at the Rockpile West in Toronto. Best known for his time with Roc-A-Fella Records, the Philadelphia native released his fourth studio album, Diamond in the Ruff in November of 2012 featuring production from the likes of Just Blaze, Jake One, and several more. Currently signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment, Freeway’s music was also featured on the OST of the 2002 film, State Property. He also appeared in the 2005 sequel, State Property 2.
Why you should go: Known for his stage presence and liveliness, watch Philly Freezer roc the mic live on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
Let us know which event(s) you’ll be attending in the comments section and tell us if there are any others we may have missed!