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[Event] Laura G Album and Video Release Party

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What: Laura G album and video release party. Where: Fusion Ultra Lounge | Night Club 183 King Street. When: April 10, Doors open at 9 and Show starts at 10 pm. Tickets: $10 at the door. Laura G has just announced the release of her new album, " I AM", signified with a red carpet event. Proceeds from the album sales will be going to March of dimes. In tandem, Laura will be debuting her premier music video produced by Wreckless Crew Productions. Opening out the night will be local sensations Orlando Valencia and Bascrom Kiri. With a sophisticated twist on modern live events, this evening is shaping up to be an affair to remember.

[Event] DJ Competition – 8 DJ’s, ONE night!


RED BULL THRE3STYLE INVADES LONDON, ON Time to get the party started and ignite clubgoers across Canada fifteen minutes at a time. Red Bull Thre3style is preparing for rotation around the country, giving each DJ their fifteen minutes of fame. Hitting 10 cities across Canada, Red Bull Thre3Style will feature 8 of the best local DJs throwing down their best party sets followed by a special performance from Canadian DJ legend Skratch Bastid with the first show touching down in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom on January 28th, 2010. The industry’s top talent – music writers, musicians, promoters, bloggers and headlining DJ’s will judge the DJs and evaluate each performer based on creativity, track selection, skills, stage presence, and audience response. The winner of each stop will move on to the National Final set to take place in Toronto on Saturday, March 13, 2010 as part of Canadian Music Week. The winner of the Canadian National Final will earn a trip to play at the World Final in Paris, France in December 2010, and compete against winners from 13 countries to be crowned the first Global Red Bull Thre3Style Champion.
What: RED BULL THRE3STYLE. A 10-City Hunt for Canada’s Best Party Rocker DJ When: FRIDAY MARCH 5TH, 2010 Where: Up on Carling, 153 Carling Street. Tickets: Online or go to the facebook event to purchase from a promoter. Line up: DJ Skratch Bastid,  DJ Bounce, BNutz, Ayo D, DJ Soundbwoy, Kempers, DJ Chase DJ Allie V, M Kutz. RSVP on Facebook

[Interview] Shad at Call The Office

I was very excited to interview Shad once I found out he would be in our hometown. We talked about the new album, the people who inspire him, and we obviously caught his performance. Ch-check it out, brought to you by The Come Up Show and in association with L DOT ONLINE.

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Shad K: London’s Prince of Hip Hop Written by Phillie from L DOT ONLINE For those of you unfamiliar with Shad, consider checking out the main page of his website where he showcases his sickening ability to freestyle for a recorded 6 minutes. Raised in London Ontario, Shad was born in Kenya to parents of Rwandan descent; and, in a few short years he has cemented himself as one of Canada’s best hip-hop artists (‘artist’ is used deliberately). His profound and conscientious lyrics mesmerize his audiences, as they are educated on Shad’s perspective of social issues that are relevant to us all. Listening to Shad’s lyrics, themes relating to religion, love, greed, racism, and many other characteristics of the human condition are all brilliantly balanced by two central components of his character, spontaneity and humour. Shad’s debut album When This Is Over (2005), was a self-made, self-financed venture, financed with the $17,500 he won from Kitchener-Waterloo’s 91.5 The Beat’s Rhythm of the Future talent competition. When This Is Over achieved broad appeal and respect, while receiving a sold amount of support from the grassroots hip-hop community throughout Canada. Following the success of his 2005 album, Shad signed with Black Box Recordings in 2007 and released his second album The Old Prince, which received much critical acclaim. The Old Prince (a clever play on words) is a thoughtful and thought provoking look into Shad’s perspective of various social issues. Shortly after its release, The Old Prince received a Juno nomination for Rap Recording of the Year and was nominated for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. The future is very bright for this talented artist, who currently attends Simon Fraser University, where he is completing his Masters Degree. Recently, Shad gained some notable recognition from Kanye West when West posted Shad’s music video, for his song ‘Compromise’ (The Old Prince, 2007), on West’s blog. We can only hope that Shad continues to produce conscientious music that seeks to inspire, educate, and uplift. The Come Up Show’s DJ Chedo had the opportunity to interview Shad while he was in London (scheduled to perform at Call The Office). They discussed his next album, due out in May, his ambitions and the people that inspire him. To find out whom, check out the interview below.

Photography by Tom Pilgrim