Event Coverage

Events that The Come Up Show has covered.

[Event Coverage] J-Live @ The Great Hall – Aug. 25, Toronto

Thursday night at the Great Hall, hip-hop fans had the opportunity to see the multi-talented, underground legend J-Live. The event, presented by The Academy & The Cypher, was a celebration of the art of emceeing, dj’ing and production. DJ Combo & DJ Romeo warmed up the crowd, splitting duties on the 1’s and 2’s. The cypher crew then invited any willing emcees to hit the stage and showcase their skills. Whether it be on the stage, street corner, or studio; cyphers help emcees to grow, feed off eachothers creativity, and prove themselves to their peers. There were rappers of all skill levels who took part, and at the end of the day it was all love. Hit the jump below for the full article.

[Gallery] Shot by Drew: Drake at Bun-B Concert

Shot by Drew: Drake (The Come Up Show)

If you've visited The Come Up Show this past week then you know Bun-B was in Toronto tonight. There was rumours before the show that Drake was going to be a "surprise guest" and it was confirmed by our photographer Drew that Drake would be in the building. Here is the amazing photography by Drew of Drake's performance tonight. Mad love to Bun-B, special thanks to The Substance Group for a great show and FOLLOW Drew on Twitter.

[Event Coverage] OSHEAGA Festival – Day 3 (Cypress Hill, Jamie xx, Shad, Baths, Crystal Castles)

The Day 3 scheduling at Osheaga, more than Day 1 and Day 2, makes me to think of that common mantra about quality over quantity. There were too many must-see artists playing at the same time, which required too many early and unwanted departures mid-performance to check out other groups playing across the grounds. But I'll be honest and admit there are bigger problems and criticisms I could have faced and articulated, like the porto-potty line ups for instance, or I dunno, being bored. I couldn't help but laugh this morning when I got a voice message from another Osheaga-attending friend two days after he left it, calling from the media tent to ask if I had any "tips on what to do - how to stay un-bored." If only I could have banked even a slice of his worries. I was running around like a rag doll with my head chopped off all weekend, just to keep up with the cluster fuck of artists the organizers had billed. Looking back over my Sunday experience in particular, I'm left wishing I had drawn straws and fully immersed myself in a few sets rather than skipping fleetingly across sound worlds like they're mere lily pads in a pond. Less is more, jah? For yesterday's Day 2 coverage I talked about how the best advantage of mega-concerts is that they offer a little bit of a thrill (and education) for music voyeurs of all stripes, so if you're a hard nose hip-hop fan and are wondering why I cover Baths and Crystal Castles here, please check out that article to get more of a grip on why. Or, you can click directly below to dig some unreal pics c/o moi, Pat Beaudry, and Nick Leger.

[Event Coverage] OSHEAGA Festival – Day 2 (Dâm-Funk, Lupe Fiasco, Ratatat, Bassnectar)

The Come Up Show is a hip-hop website, and admittedly OSHEAGA isn't a hip-hop festival. It's more like a dog's breakfast for genre benders, for people who like to try on all sorts of sounds and behaviours, but given the TCUS readership I've collected a series of beat-centric acts from Day 2 to review here, namely Dam-Funk, Lupe Fiasco, Ratatat, and Bassnectar. Before I get into the thick of it, I should quickly disclose a bias or two which spring from the fact that festivals, like OSHEAGA, are uniquely dis-isolated listening environments. In other words, the average attendee's experiences, moods, and are not primarily controlled by a sole artist, but rather a collective of artists that may, but more likely may not be, musically related. A Hardcore Punk band plays next to an Electro/Dub tent, a Rap-Rock band plays next to an World Indie duo. It doesn't take a genius to deduce that all sorts of music fans are jam packed into one huge space at these types of venues, which is different than say going to, say, a Foreign Exchange show where everyone knows Phonte's history with Lil Brother, the 9th Wonder beef and what Nicolay has to do with Okay Player, not to mention that you and everyone else in the crowd likely wore Triple 5 Soul in 2003 and have been to Future Shop to price BASSSSSSSSS woofers and Dr. Dre headsets. Naw, OSHEAGA is not a music bubble laden with comfort music. It's a festival of mingling where you can try other sound worlds and cultures you may not be so familiar with, musics you may not necessarily go out of your way to pay for otherwise. So while I limit my review to these beat-hop acts, I do it only out of the sake of economics and the fact that the next show starts in 2 hours and I still need to get this shit written and hop on the overpacked (and underwater) metro to get down to the island, because to block out everything but one kind of music at a festival like this misses the point of festivals like this altogether. The point, is to intermingle. The point is to exercise the lazy, flabby synapses in your brain that double kicks, glitch stops, light shows, funk vamps, and ELECTRIC GUITARS will ignite and the samples and screws and chops and truncations of hip-hop will not. We all know but sometimes don't like to admit that there is nutritious music beyond that made from turntables and microphones. I guess all this is a long way of explaining what a more succinct musical doctor could have put in a sentence: Remember to eat your vegetables, kids. Click below to read the full review and to see the pics.