Event Coverage

Events that The Come Up Show has covered.

[Event Coverage] Battle of the Beatmakers 2011 & The Wonder Year

Toronto has been heaven for a hip-hop fan in recent weeks. The city was the place to be for aspiring producers two weekends ago due to Sound Supremacy’s Battle of the Beatmakers programming. The 2011 competition went down last Saturday at the Opera House, as 32 producers went head-to-head for a chance at $1000 cash, a feature in Urbanology magazine, and a number of other prizes. The battle was pretty simple, two producers were picked at random and given 45 seconds each to play their beat for the judges. The winner went on to the next round and the loser went home. The expert panel was made up of grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder (Little Brother, Murs, Jay-Z), Toronto’s own Boi-1da (Kardinal Offishall, Drake, Eminem), & Stalley. Click below for the full post....

[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.