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[Event] 7th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture

Get ready Toronto - Manifesto’s 7th annual Festival of Community and Culture is coming September 19 – 22, 2013, celebrating the arts, community and culture through a unique experience that only Manifesto provides. Come out and see what talented local and national artists have to offer from dance, music, art, education, comedy, food, clothing and crafts, and so much more. Manifesto’s annual Festival of Community and Culture is a celebrated event in Toronto which attracts over 40,000 attendees over a span of four days. The mission of the festival is to showcase creativity and culture from diverse communities of young people and to support top notch talent. P.S. Make sure to check out our video of us hosting the First Look Cypher featuring Casper, Dante Leon, Ashton Martin. Peep the full post after the jump.

[Video Premiere] Kayo – “The Prologues: Rich Already” (Dir: The Russian)

The Come Up Show is very proud to present the first of a series of video blogs by Kayo to accompany his upcoming EP, S.L.A.V.E. Momentum has really been building for the St. Lucian in the past few weeks, as he recently made two big announcements: the EP and a cross-Canada tour with Chali 2na. Each of the video blogs - or rather, The Prologues - will serve as an extension of a song from the EP, which is now set for release on September 17th through Black Box. The first prologue is for "Rich Already". In the video, Kayo discusses his frustrations with being on a label and not finding the immediate success he thought it would bring; many of the same things he touched upon with us in our interview back in April. As for S.L.A.V.E., Kayo says, "I feel like this album is a dedication to everything and everyone that made me who I am to date and St. Lucia is a major part of that." Watch the prologue for "Rich Already" below and read a snippet of our interview with Kayo.
Kayo [on the status of his album]: Being a new artist in a major infrastructure like this brings restrictions that can be very frustrating if you don’t really understand the situation that you’re in. Now that I’ve gone through all these different things – and I don’t want to speak on it too much – but the whole recording process for this album, being on a label, has been extremely good, but frustrating at times. And now that I have this kind of renewed inspiration and energy towards it, I really want to move forward with that mindset.
Directed by The Russian for Independent Muscle and edited in part by Yogidaproducer.

[Event] Maestro Fresh Wes 25th Anniversary of “Symphony In Effect” September 21st @ Massey Hall (Toronto)

On September 21, 2013 Maestro Fresh Wes will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Symphony In Effect at Massey Hall in Toronto. Also joining him will be Canadian artists Shad, Kardinal Offishall, K-OS, Classified and many more. The event also takes place during the 7th Annual Manifesto of Community and Culture weekend so there will be lots to do. Make sure to connect with us on facebook, twitter, and instagram account as we will be updating you all about this show and contest giveaways! Check out the full details below!
Canada’s Walk of Fame, along with National Premier Partner RBC, have announced that the godfather of Canadian hip hop, Maestro Fresh Wes along with some of today’s hottest artists, are set to headline the Massey Hall stage on Saturday, September 21. Rounding out the three-day Festival, the Maestro Fresh Wes and Friends landmark concert, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking career, will include performing the entire JUNO Award-winning debut album Symphony In Effect. The album went double platinum when it was released in 1989 and remains one of the best-selling Canadian hip hop albums of all time. In honour of this milestone, Maestro is even turning back time in his concert fashion, dusting off the signature bow-tie and black tuxedo style that marked Symphony In Effect’s iconic album cover. In addition, Maestro will also perform tracks from his 2013 collaborative album Orchestrated Noise. Special guests joining the concert include three-time JUNO-winners K-OS and Kardinal Offishall along with JUNO-winner Classified, with more artists to be announced. For information about the Festival and Canada’s Walk of Fame, visit Canada's Walk of Fame.
What: Maestro Fresh Wes and Friends Celebrate 25 Years of “Symphony In Effect” Where: Massey Hall 178 Victoria St Toronto When: Saturday September 21, 2013 Admission: Tickets for the show start at $29.50. A VIP Ticket for $69.50 will be available, which will include a premium seat for the concert, a pre-show meet & greet and photo with Maestro Fresh Wes, as well as an autographed CD of his latest release, Orchestrated Noise. Tickets available online at Massey Hall.

[News] Black Milk Announces “No Poison No Paradise” North American Tour

Black Milk will be hitting the road on his No Poison No Paradise Tour, a 23-city tour through North America set to begin on September 20th in Dallas, Texas. Joining the tour is live band Nat Turner (Aaron “Ab” Abernathy on keys and vocals, Malik Hunter on bass, Z Horton on drums and Bill Sharp as DJ), as well as guests Quelle Chris and DJ Sober. Black Milk will perform music from his new album, No Poison No Paradise, which is due out October 15th via Fat Beats/Computer Ugly. Black previously released two singles "Sunday’s Best/Monday’s Worst" and "Perfected On Puritan Ave." Listen below and check out the full tour dates as well. Black Milk: No Poison No Paradise Tour Dates 9/20 Dallas at Dada 9/21 Albuquerque at Sister Bar 9/22 Las Vegas at Beauty Bar 9/25 Fresno at Fulton 55 9/26 San Diego at Boar Cross’n 9/27 Los Angeles at The Echoplex 9/28 San Francisco at Brick & Mortar 9/29 San Jose at Pagoda 10/1 Santa Barbara at Velvet Jones 10/2 Santa Ana at Constellation Room 10/4 Santa Fe at Sol Santa Fe 10/5 Austin at Red 7 10/9 New York at Santos 10/10 Providence, RI at Fete 10/11 Boston at Middle East 10/12 Burlington at Signal 10/13 Montreal at Cabaret Underworld 10/15 Toronto at Mod Club 10/16 Detroit at St. Andrew’s 10/17 Toledo at Frankies 10/18 St. Louis at Blank Space 10/19 Chicago at Subterranean 10/20 Iowa City at Gabe’s

[Video] Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock & ScHoolboy Q – “On The Road” (Dir: Scheme Engine)

Top Dawg Entertainment has been the topic of discussion among thousands and thousands of people and their Black Hippy movement is growing stronger each day. They have made a major impact on the music industry in such a short time it makes you wonder what the future holds for these talented and influential artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q. Shortly after the teaser video for this Budweiser feature presentation documentary of TDE on the road in preparation for their performance at the Budweiser Made In America Festival, the full length video became available and what great insight it gives into the lives of these four artists. Speaking on everything from how all of them became to form as a collaborative group, their upbringing, love for their neighborhoods to their legacies. This sixteen minute short film is definitely something you have to watch if you love their music as much as I do! Jay Z's Life and Times hits the road with TDE to bring it all together for you from performances on stage to them just speaking so humbly as if you were right there having the conversation with them. Take this one in and let me know what makes you such a big fan of TDE in the comments section.