A documentary about the newest Raptor, Serge Ibaka. This was filmed Continue reading
A documentary about the newest Raptor, Serge Ibaka. This was filmed Continue reading
Paul Pierce is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer. He is a 10 time allstar, An NBA champion, The 2008 NBA finals MVP and one of the
Living in and representing Toronto in regards to sports has not been easy. The US media market ignores you. Athletes voice their
The NBA All Star game is in the beautiful city of Toronto. Nothing would be sweeter than
There’s alot happening for Canadian rapper/songwriter and Ottawa native BELLY right now. Or should we say, once again.
Belly and longtime friend The Weeknd collaborate on the single “Might Not,” a song that should raise the Canadian rapper’s profile.
A new deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation should help, too. Continue reading
Adidas salutes Canadian born Andrew Wiggins for becoming the NBA KIA Rookie of The Year with Continue reading
TORONTO – A member of rapper Drake’s entourage was sentenced to six months in jail for assaulting a woman during a domestic dispute.
Travis Savoury pleaded guilty to assaulting a 22-year-old Toronto woman and failing to comply with his recognizance conditions for unrelated Brampton firearms charges, which were withdrawn earlier this year.
Savoury, 37, was Continue reading
Bloggers note: As we observe what is currently happening in regards to Police/Civilian relations in the United States, I wanted to share this piece written by Desmond Cole. This article appeared first in the May 2015 issue of Toronto Life.
The summer I was nine, my teenage cousin Sana came from England to visit my family in Oshawa. He was tall, handsome and obnoxious, the kind of guy who could palm a basketball like Michael Jordan. I was his shadow during his visit, totally in awe of his confidence—he was always saying something clever to knock me off balance.
One day, we took Sana and his parents on a road trip to Niagara Falls. Just past St. Catharines, Sana tossed a dirty tissue out the window. Within seconds, we heard a siren: a cop had been driving behind us, and he immediately pulled us onto the shoulder. A hush came over the car as the stocky officer strode up to the window and asked my dad if he knew why we’d been stopped. “Yes,” my father answered, his voice shaky, like a child in the principal’s office. My dad isn’t a big man, but he always cut an imposing figure in our household. This was the first time I realized he could be afraid of something. “He’s going to pick it up right now,” he assured the officer nervously, as Sana exited the car to retrieve the garbage. The cop seemed casually uninterested, but everyone in the car thrummed with tension, as if they were bracing for something catastrophic. After Sana returned, the officer let us go. We drove off, overcome with silence until my father finally exploded. “You realize everyone in this car is black, right?” he thundered at Sana. “Yes, Uncle,” Sana whispered, his head down and shoulders slumped. That afternoon, my imposing father and cocky cousin had trembled in fear over a discarded Kleenex. Continue reading
Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams has won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award as the league’s best reserve player.
Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points in his 10th NBA season, helping Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games.
Williams earned 78 first-place votes and 502 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
GET READY FOR A NEW TYPE OF HUSTLE!!! The new reality formatted show is about 8 people who are going to be living in a house in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada together for one month (30 days) this upcoming Summer 2015. It is set to begin production in August where popular attractions in the city of Toronto, such as the Toronto Caribbean Carnival a.k.a. “Caribana” and the C.N.E. (Canadian National Exhibition) a.k.a. “The Ex” can be incorporated into the show.
Everyday will be a new hustle; for example day 1 selling water bottles, day 2 selling t-shirts, day 3 selling chocolate. The very first episode each contestant on the show will be given $100 dollars and that’s all they’ll have to flip, double and/or triple up everyday with the different hustles they choose. Also another cool catch about the show is that the money they make, they have to use for food, so it’s a pretty serious hustle. So if you don’t hustle hard enough then you don’t eat! Continue reading
Twenty years ago, two independent singles—by Ghetto Concept and Saukrates, respectively—changed the future course of Toronto hip-hop.
The year 1994 saw the release of several landmark American hip-hop albums, and 2014 has been doing a good job of remembering them. In addition to Notorious B.I.G.’s debut, Ready to Die, 1994 yielded such classics as Nas’ Illmatic and Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, whose 20th anniversaries are currently being celebrated with a remastered re-release and an extensive comeback tour, respectively.
With hip-hop firmly established as a global phenomenon by the early ’90s, Toronto aficionados were no less voracious in their Continue reading
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VOTE FOR US!!! Our Editor In Chief, TEKNIQUE THE KINGPIN, has been nominated for “BEST BLOGGER” at the 2014 Black Canadian Awards. Voting ends Feb. 26! Take 2 minutes of your day to show him some support by logging on to: www.BlackCanadianAwards.com
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Matt Devlin and Leo Rautins had these less than favorable words to say about Grammy award nominee Wale after Rudy Gay responded to his trash talking with a three:
Rudy clarified after the game on twitter that he an Wale are actually friends and that they were just joking with each other on the court.
Wale had this photographic response as the announcers appeared to pay him no mind:
Here is the video footage:
You win some and you lose some
Shoutout to my lil’ homie Icy Touch for linking me with the PRINCE AKEEM #ComingToAmerica shirt! WE ON DAT #CIROC – Salute Kenset too! #ADayInTheLifeOfTeknique Follow TEKNIQUE on Twitter/Instagram: @TEKTheKingpin
Mannnnnnn once again… We all had a dope ass time at the annual BROALITION SUPERBOWL PARTY!!! Lots of good food, pure drinks, nuff jokes and dope music! All that on top of a good game. Shoutout to the whole staff at Dazzling Lounge for being so hospitable and letting us do our thing. Thank you for everyone that came out to hang… We’ll do it up again next year! Good lookin’ out to my partners Richniques & Spence Diamonds 🙂 (photos by: Mizta Hermanstyne)
The Broalition presents…
SUPER BOWL XLVII
Sunday February 3th, 2013
DAZZLING Modern Restaurant & Bar
291 King Street West (King & John), Toronto
Come watch NFL’s biggest game at Dazzling on several Big Screens and hang out for the tailgate party with our DJs playing the best in Hip-Hop, R&B, Dancehall & Top 40!
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY & TAILGATE AFTER PARTY
TEKNIQUE THE KINGPIN
*WINGS & PITCHER DEAL*
*SPECIAL FOOD MENU*
*BOTTLE SERVICE* (recommended)
Event starts @ 5PM
ARRIVE EARLY FOR GOOD SEATING
*Booth & Bottle service reservations get priority seating.
More info & reservations:
Toronto urban legend and budding MC, Rock Da House, comes back with another joint called “Swimming In The Money” shot on location in Toronto with portions in front of the MC’s barbershop and CD/DVD store downtown. Peep it! ** CANCON stands for Canadian Content – The music/video must have either a Canadian artist, producer, or created in the country of Canada **
On Saturday August 25th, 2012 come laugh and enjoy the classic 90s movie, A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE & HATE, starring Martin Lawrence, Bobby Brown, Regina King and Lynn Whitfield. The film is being brought back to the big screen in Toronto, for the 1st time in over 15 years! You definitely have to be a part of this historical event. Hosted by: TEKNIQUE The Kingpin with Music by: DJ Reddy Fox and a special stand-up performance by comedian TRIXX! Get your tickets now.
THE PROJECTION BOOTH (1035 Gerrard St. East – between Pape & Jones) Show starts at 7pm.
Evening Hosted by: TEKNIQUE The Kingpin 90s Hip-Hop/R&B Soundtrack by: DJ Reddy Fox
Special Comedic Performance by: TRIXX
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, this event will sell out! Early bird tickets ONLY $10 while quantities last!!! Advanced tickets available securely online at: http://TicketGateway.com (VISA, Mastercard, Interac/debit etc.) or at these locations: ————————-
DOWNTOWN TORONTO: Play De Record – 357 Yonge St. north of Dundas (416-586-0380)
YORK/NORTH YORK Sunshine Sound & Lighting – 1659 Eglinton St. West, one block west of Oakwood (416-781-6111)
SCARBOROUGH EAST: 2 Lined Music Hut – 31 Tapscott Rd. inside Malvern Town Centre (416-264-3999)
SCARBOROUGH CENTRAL: Broadway Fashions – 300 Borough Dr. inside Scarborough Town Centre (416-296-0609)
MISSISSAUGA: Broadway Fashions – 100 City Centre Dr. inside Square One Shopping Centre (905-848-4823)
BRAMPTON: Shine Hair Salon & Barber – 50 Sunnyvale Gate at Bovaird (905-790-3031)
FILM SYNOPSIS: An observable, fast-talking party man Darnell Wright, gets his punishment when one of his conquests takes it personally and comes back for revenge in this ‘Fatal Attraction’-esque comic thriller.
The R&B video pick of the week comes from a Canadian songstress from Toronto, named KEON LOVE. She brings a smooth R&B vibe that’s reminiscent of the classic joints of the 90s. Check this joint out and support.
Follow her on Twitter @MsKeonLove
TEKNIQUE The Kingpin gives a little taste to all of those who’ve never been to his hometown of Toronto for the world famous “Caribana” (Toronto Caribbean Carnival). Catch the music, costumes and colors!
I don’t rate many people, but I’ve been watching HARVEY STRIPES come-up for a few years now and I like it so I’m supporting dope movements out of my home country Canada. Salute to the whole DND Music Group… I don’t usually post interviews by other websites either, but I rep for my city and I salute the TorontoRappers.com movement. Shoutout Bruce Wayne…
Peep my dude Harv break it down, speaking on coming up, the struggle, the new mixtape “Pennies & A Nightmare” coming soon, as well as touring the country with Young Jeezy.
Check out: www.HarveyStripes.com & www.iGotStripes.com
Peep my fav Harvey Stripes track/video:
I’m writing this article because I’m sick of the HATE & COMPLAINTS about something that’s supposed to be for the same people that are doing the hating and complaining!
First off, let me start by saying I’m glad I could get back to Toronto this past weekend for the Pioneer DJ Stylus Awards. I’ve been going since day one and I try my best to make sure that the weekend is in my schedule each year no matter where I’m at.
But I have a serious issue with what I call a sickness… A “condition” if you will. And that issue is the lack of appreciation by ALL DJs and artists, when this event IS FOR THEM! People have been murmuring for years about this issue and ain’t nobody really speak on it publicly. Well the time has come, cause I’m a speak on this bullsh*t!
There is wayyyyyyyyy too much complaining going on in regards to the categories, nominees and winners at the Stylus Awards. There’s complaints about the venue, there’s expectiations on what DJs & artists should be receiving, there’s hate on who’s performing, there’s jealousy about who wins… This is just faaackin’ ridiculous! As my Grandmother would tell me when I would whine over nonsense as a kid, “STOP THE BLOODCLAAT CRYING!” All us DJs and artists need to be thankful there even is a damn award show for the whole country of Canada that even recognizes the “work”. Instead of complaining, why not praise or even offer support to assist. Nobody owes you sh*t! Remember that… It’s life. Do you know how hard it is to put together a show of that magnitude, much less a whole weekend of events??? I’ll tell you… Hours of meetings, plenty of dedicated volunteers, sponsorship proposals, rehearsals, extensive communication, all types of other sh*t and most of all MONEY! And you “cry baby ass” DJs and artists have the nerve to buy a ticket, or even worse, get your free pass to hate on the result??? Well, you’re a HEEEEEDIOT!!! (word to my Jamaicans)
The sad thing is, it comes from within. Not only, from the industry but the city of Toronto on a whole. We have peers (s/o my peeps like DJ Sina, DJ Dlo, DJ Arems, Hedspin, Keith Dean, DJ Fresh etc.) from around the country that drive or pay flights & hotels to come celebrate with their fellow DJs only to be met with ridicule, fake love and almost disrespect just cause they ain’t from Toronto. What kinda sh*t is this??? But yet Mr. Toronto DJ is so quick to link them to line up a booking in their city and won’t even consider returning the favor. But that’s a whole other issue I won’t even address right now. There are a few of us that embrace and welcome our out-of-town guests, but it’s not enough of us. Yes, Toronto is the “big city”, and one of the reasons the Stylus Awards are held in T-dot. However, them dudes touch turntables and rock parties just like you in their city. And with probably way more “city support”. Show respect! That’s all…
Now back to the show… Not only was I told personally these complaints but I also over heard them. Like so-and-so DJ didn’t deserve whatever award and sh*t… Why can’t you just be happy for’em??? You can have your opinion, no doubt, but if you lost… Then sucka, you just lost! It was public voting to even get nominated… So don’t b*tch about that because someone else’s fan base supports them more! Whatchu want them to do, tell they’re supporters to pull back and not vote??? Get your own hustle on and build your network! And if you think an award certifies or vindicates you, once again you’re a HEEEEDIOT!!! Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise have NEVER won an Oscar. Does that make them any less great of an actor? Or dismiss their classic films??? Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Reggie Miller all were NBA All-stars and retired WITHOUT a ring. Does that make them any less of good players??? Some of your favorite artists have not and maybe will never win a Grammy. Will you stop listening to their music now??? ALL ANSWERS ARE NO!!! Stay grindin’… Grow up and stop acting like snotty-nosed children and sensitive pincushions.
I had one DJ (who shall remain nameless only because it would involve way too many people, otherwise I’d fully state) say to me, “How the hell did DJ Lissa Monet win for Toronto DJ of The Year? She shouldn’t even be in that category, she should be in Female DJ of The Year!” REALLY??????????? Is that what it’s come too? Me and Lissa go way back, so immediately I checked this fool! Why would you pay a ticket to come hate??? I never see this in any other city that has an awards show of similar proportion. It’s just sad… I go to the afterparty. I pass and get a shake from one of the Stylus organizers, and I say “y’all did a another great job”. And to that I get an emphatic, “thank you man, so much, that’s all I needed to hear instead of all the expectations and complaints”. Right there!!! That sh*t should NOT be happening man. Real talk… In the immortal words of Jay-Z, “where’s the love”??? And don’t even get me started on all the hate whispers and suttle “boooos” I heard when Drake’s producer who is from Toronto also, wins the Producer Of The Year award. Or when The Weeknd, also from Toronto, wins his awards. Why??? Just because they’ve excelled beyond the “local” industry that they’re no longer deserving??? C’mon Toronto, enough is enough. Spread love! Support each other. The more of us that buss through that “international door”, the better the focus is on not just our city, but the country on a whole. We all win! We are one of the only major cities that does NOT consistently support our own. I rep Toronto everywhere I go. No matter what city I’m working in, visiting or living in. People know that… But this is something I’m definitely NOT proud of. Especially, when I’m in these cities and telling people where I’m from and they say, “whoa Toronto… Yo I heard it’s mad hard to get love out there.” And what’s worse, I can’t even deny the sh*t. Anyways, I’m going off track and making it more about the city then the core complaints of the awards show.
But this is my sole point. What if the Stylus Awards were gone? Never to come back… What would the complaints be then??? Be happy it’s here! Everybody in the industry should support it and cut the damn HATE & COMPLAINTS!
Shoutout to the whole Stylus Group staff for all the hard work! Respect to the sponsors for supporting such a dope cause and event. Big up all the nominees and winners, specifically the ones who ain’t hate or complain. And salute to all the presenters, performers and host my dude Trixx, as it takes guts to do what you do in front of a crowd that includes haters.
That’s it! I’m done with my rant. I’ve already labeled a new folder in my email called “Stylus Hate Mail”, so bring it haters! You can even comment below… You’re all welcome. And if you don’t like or don’t agree with what I just wrote, thanks for clicking and reading, now GO EAT A D*CK!!! I bite my tongue for no one.
P.S. Shoutout to Kreesha Turner, she can get it! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr… Nice performance.
P.P.S. Shi Wisdom ripped that cypher! You ill girl.
P.P.P.S. Big up Michee Mee! That honor was long overdue.
Now I’m gone to go eat some Popeye’s chicken and biscuits. Y’all be easy… Watch these cyphers from the show if you missed’em. Big up all the MCs and shoutout to CityOnMyBack, Montreality and HipHopVancouver (HHVtv) for filming them and completing the concept!
I love my hometown. You just never know when something like this will be put out. Tdot for life!