Manila Grey is a talented Filipino-Canadian hip-hop/R&B duo from Vancouver, Canada. Check out their brand new album “No Saints Under Palm Shade” produced entirely by Azel North. The album is straight fire from the start to finish and is something we recommend everyone to check out. It’s available for stream on SoundCloud, Spotify & iTunes.
Diego Gomes and Eldorado team up for their fire new single “Rocket” exclusively premiering on CanadianDope.com.
Toronto rapper Pressa sat down with DJ Vlad to speak about his growing fame and the importance of moving out of his city. “I’m pretty sure Drake or any other rapper – Future – can’t just go to a random shisha bar and just chill. Somebody would try to rob them or kill them for their jewelry, that’s just how it goes,” says the rapper after being asked if he moves differently. He alludes to knowing how to move in his city and declares that if you have to worry about your life than you shouldn’t be in an area like that. He then goes on to discuss moving his mom out of his old neighborhood.
Because of the inherent issues in his neighborhood, he speaks about how an average person can lose their life. The pressures of fame make something like someone stealing his chain could ruin his rap career.
Christian Mariconda is an up and coming artist from Brampton. He recently dropped his new video “Grey” produced by Bliss & HabibiiJosh. Christian M. is on his own wave and not following any trends. His single Grey has a feel good sound with an upbeat tempo that’ll leave you in a positive mood. The song is about his search for the meaning of life and making the most of it. Be sure to follow him on Twitter & Instagram and watch “Grey” below.
TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is calling for submissions for the 2018 JUNO Awards. Submissions open today Monday, October 2 and close Friday, November 10 at www.junosubmissions.ca
JUNO Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018.
Key submission dates:
- October 2, 2017 – Submissions open
- October 20, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for discounted early-bird submissions
- November 10, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for submissions
- December 1, 2017 – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year open
- January 4, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year close
Eligibility for the 2018 JUNO Awards applies to music released for national sale between September1,2016 and November 10, 2017. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 10, 2017 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online albums will need to be available no later than November 24, 2017.
Eligible musicians are Canadian Citizens, which are defined by CARAS to be that where a majority of the group members hold Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Resident(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period.
For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibilityrules and voting criteria, visit www.junoawards.ca/submissions. Note: Save up to 40% on submissions by signing up as a CARAS Academy Delegate at www.junoawards.ca/join.
CARAS has also introduced the following changes this year:
Comedy Album of the Year
- CARAS is pleased to announce the return of the Comedy Album of the Year category sponsored by SiriusXM Canada. Eligible comedy albums must be available for national sale and recorded by a comedic performer or performers of any of the following disciplines: stand-up, sketch, improvisation, and musical comedy. The nominees and winners will be determined by a judge vote.
Francophone Album of the Year
- The nominees for Francophone Album of the Year will now be determined by equal weight of consumption and judge vote. The final round will be determined by judges.
Rap Recording of the Year
- The winner for Rap Recording of the Year will now be determined by an Academy Delegate vote.
Album Artwork of the Year
- The Recording Package of the Year category has been changed to Album Artwork of the Year in order to more clearly define the category criteria for those interested in submitting.
In this clip, Pressa discussed how he was able to meet Drake and how he ended up on tour with him. Pressa starts off by talking about his relationship with Niko of OVO who he says he stays in contact with and constantly sends new music to. Pressa revealed that he was finally able to meet Drake during a run in the UK where he went for networking and exposure purposes.
When he linked up with Drake at a club in the UK, Pressa said he was offered the opportunity to join the tour. He then disclosed that his inaugural performance on tour was actually his first performance ever. Pressa talked about the adrenaline rush he felt performing in front of such a large audience but he glowingly expressed how much he enjoys the attention. But during his first couple performances, Pressa broke some production rules in terms of utilizing parts of the stage he was unauthorized to use. In fact, it was the same portion of the stage that Travis Scott fell through which caused the entire show to be canceled and prompted Drake to refund the fans their money.
PARTYNEXTDOOR announced his ‘Seven Days’ EP on Zane Lowe’s show. The project is made up of seven songs made in the span of a week.
Lawless Elz is a rapper representing the Ottawa music scene. He releases his newest music video called “Stop Thiss” and this track is a certified street banger. This track is about staying focused and always on his grind and overcoming any road blocks on his way up. Stay tuned for new music, you can bet there’s more on it’s way. Be sure to follow him on Instagram and watch “Stop Thiss” below.
Scotia Gang Ent. presents Yung 8to3, a young 12 year old rapper hailing from Toronto. Check out his fire new single “Gotta Do It” produced by Fax Cain. Once you take a listen, you’ll know that Yung 8to3 has some serious skills for a young kid. The track is about his motivation for music, his flow has that new wave sound and definitely has the potential to do it. Be sure to follow him on Instagram and stream “Gotta Do It” below.
OTF artist Yung Tory releases his highly anticipated mixtape Free Dope 2. It features Lil Durk, Snap Dogg, OTF Ikey and more. This mixtape is a certified banger from start to finish. Check it out below.
One of Toronto’s biggest music festivals “Veld” located in Downsview Park, was an upbeat weekend for fellow Torontians. During August 5th-6th, Veld Music Festival hosted over 40,000 attendees with a diverse music line-up of artists. For the rap scene, headliners Future, Migos, A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez, and French Montana (Lil Uzi was unable to attend) made the crowd wild from the main stage to the Remy Martin Stage. The edm scene had the crowd jumping with performances by Major Lazer, Tiesto, Zedd, W&W, and Tchami who were just to name a few.
The August 5th-6th weekend had loads of excitement and great music. Toronto’s very own Dzeko & Tory Lanez played killer sets while the Migos trio, DJ’s Tiesto and Zedd lit the stage with a thrilling crowd. What are my thoughts on the festival, well in my opinion the past year was a great line up for the edm scene but would of been outstanding if Travis Scott was able to attend. With that being said, this year’s line up was a great diversity with the edm and rap artists.
My favourites were by Tory Lanez, Zedd, W&W, 3LAU, Getter, Migos and A$AP Ferg as the vibes of each set were unreal and by far the most entertaining for fans and photographers at the event. The ability to watch talented artist from our home soil such as Dzeko, Loud Luxury, Tory Lanez was a great addition as the festival. It showed all of us that Canada has a lot of upcoming talent and many have made it successful in the music industry.
Yung Tory opened up to VladTV about the success of his smash hit “Water” and linking up with Lil Durk. He explained that it was only a year after he started rapping seriously that “Water” took off and grabbed the attention of Sosamann, who jumped on the remix. The song also grabbed attention from Lil Durk, who linked up with Yung Tory in Atlanta later signed him to his OTF label. To hear more about how things came together, watch the video below.