It may be time to retire Toronto’s Screwface Capital moniker. If the crowds and responses during Canadian Music Week (CMW) this year for homegrown talent was any indication, then support for Canadian urban music is at an all time high. On the final Friday night of the festival, inside Toronto’s Opera House venue, there was no denying the respect local artists have from Canadian music fans.

Blake Carrington & Friends

The climax of the 30-minute set came at the end when Blake dropped his latest single “Ahh Yeah”, produced by Junia-T and set to drop on his album this summer, Failure.

If you haven’t seen Blake Carrington perform, he’s live. And that’s an understatement.

Whether he was surfing on stage with his right hand Brother Akil, boasting about being fresh with fellow emcee Rich Kidd or talking about “Bare Tings” with up-and-comer Devontée, Blake turned up inside Toronto’s Opera House.

But perhaps the climax of the 30-minute set came at the end when Blake dropped his latest single “Ahh Yeah”, produced by Junia-T and set to drop on his album this summer, Failure.

The crowd erupted into a wild burst of energy, almost reaching mosh pit levels, before Blake dedicated the set to his mama and bounced off stage.

That is of course, not before someone yelled out, “Blake you’re my hero.”

Enter: Pluto’s World

Pluto left the stage to the sounds of overwhelming applause.

Soul fans were in for a special treat when Pluto and his band arrived on stage at the Opera House. Camera phones up, the growing crowd inside the venue appeared mesmerized by the singer’s falsettos and chilling vocals.

The simply dressed singer went so far as to bring a beautiful, young lady from the front row on stage to serenade, much to her pleasure. “If I fell in love with you, would you catch me?” he sang to her.

Ending the killer set with an ode to his side of the Toronto – the east end’s Scarborough community – and his popular “Breathe” single, Pluto left the stage to the sounds of overwhelming applause.

Ca$hing Out

Ca$h Out culminated his high-energy show, shirt off, bottle in one hand, blunt in the other, rocking out to the heavy bass of the finest selection of trap house cuts.

With a little taste of the south during Canadian Music Week, in came ATL’s Ca$h Out, reppin’ for the trap, with an enormous entourage of supporters in tow.

Kicking off the night to the booming bass of his 2012 mega-hit “Cashin’ Out”, the southern star, took the crowd through a rendition of his own music and tracks he’s been featured on.

“Where the trappers at? Where the hustlers at? Where your hood at?” he asked fans.

He culminated his high-energy show, shirt off, bottle in one hand, blunt in the other, rocking out to the heavy bass of the finest selection of trap house cuts.

Photos & Video By. Fitzroy Facey