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H.E.R.: Hopes Up
6 days ago

H.E.R.: Hopes Up

Earlier this year when rising R&B songstress H.E.R. set out on her first tour, joining Bryson Tiller on his Set It Off line-up, she was blown away by the fans’ …
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Looking Back at Manifesto 11
6 days ago

Looking Back at Manifesto 11

Looking back at this past summer it’s hard to believe that it came and went so quickly. The swing of day parties and the roar of music festivals are becoming …
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AfroChic: Reclaiming Identity
4 months ago

AfroChic: Reclaiming Identity

When Amoye Henry co-founded the AfroChic Cultural Arts Exhibition with a group of like-minded individuals seven years ago, it was deemed too “revolutionary” for Toronto, she recalls.

“We were under …
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DillanPonders: ‘A big kid now’
8 months ago

DillanPonders: ‘A big kid now’

DillanPonders works behind the counter of a marijuana dispensary nestled in a block of condos in downtown Toronto. The 25-year old, also a rapper, is nearing the end of his …
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5 Albums You Must Hear
11 months ago

5 Albums You Must Hear

The music world lost a lot of legends in 2016 including Prince, Phife Dawg and George Michael, just to name a few. For many, 2017 couldn’t get here fast enough, …
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Akon: Generating Good Energy
11 months ago

Akon: Generating Good Energy

“I never really even asked myself that,” says Akon, with a reflective pause. The question is to the point, blunt, probing in its quest to understand the artist’s end goal: …
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Recognizing why music counts
12 months ago

Recognizing why music counts

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Vanessa Lu appears onstage from behind a black curtain. Standing tall and tranquil in an olive bomber jacket and black leggings, she shows no signs of nervousness. The …
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Defying genres, generations
1 year ago

Defying genres, generations

The future of music is unpredictable, but at the same time it’s all around us in the present. Within the realm of urban music right now we’re able to uncover …
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’90s Soul: Bringing That Ol’ Thing Back
1 year ago

’90s Soul: Bringing That Ol’ Thing Back

It’s been 20 years since Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite came out. As a millennial, I grew up with two parents who were huge music heads, so you can imagine both …
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The Code: Get Familiar
1 year ago

The Code: Get Familiar

In recent years, there’s been a shift in the R&B and soul world. It has diversified completely. The “ooh baby”s of Ashanti have been swapped out for the smooth low-key …
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