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    (T.O)It’s Drizzzyyyyy to Host the 2011 Junos

    Not only is this a monumental occasion for Canadian Hip Hop as well as the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) but it will be a huge day for our city.  Drake is hosting the 40th Anniversary – 2011 Juno awards in no other Canadian city but Toronto.

    Hip hop in the T.dot is hosting Canadian music!

    We could never say this man hasn’t done us more than proud and doesn’t continue to inspire us to be and do more!

    Major love and congratulations to Drake, we are so excited for the show!

    Juno Week 2011 will take place March 21-27

    The awards show takes place on Sunday March 27th at the Air Canada Centre

    For more info on the 2011 Juno awards click here

    Drake at the 2010 Juno Awards

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    Art of Fresh

    Bringing boom-bap funk to a new age, Art of Fresh is showing us something that we thought was lost!
    If holding the Guinness World Record for longest freestyle or being a Juno award winning producer isn’t enough to catch your attention the melodic beats and systematic lyrics will sway you. Art of Fresh has broken through the airwaves with such tracks as Out This World and Get Free; and are now pushing the newest single Back to the Earth from their album of the same title (Northstarr, Nova Music Group, Universal). Features have been seen on Youtube and Myspace, album earned a 4-star rating by Eye Weekly & they have charted as high as #2 on national college charts.
    Personally I’m loving the track Come and Get Some… definately be sure to check out the rest, Toronto talent is about to take the world by storm!!!

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    hey D.O. you’re pretty darn good

    Throughout his young career, D.O. has done it his way, using his artistic skill, creative vision and business acumen to book hundreds of shows across North America (including several cross-Canada tours) and sell thousands of CDs. That’s a quick snapshot of what D.O. (aka Defy the Odds) has brought to the Rap game. And, he’s just getting started!

    This summer, D.O. will release his sophomore album, Stay Driven, featuring production from JUNO-nominated producers Classified, Slakah the Beatchild, Marco Polo and Metty the Dert Merchant from Sweatshop Union. Key singles include “This Grind” (more than 20,000 plays on MySpace) , “Unfinished Business” and “Now I Understand” featuring Classified.

    I had a chance to hear the album today. From the album’s intro (D.O. doing the sound effects of a car going from 1st to 5th gear) I could tell I was in for something a little different.

    When the beat dropped on ‘Watch Out’ I could have sworn I was going to hear Bob Seger scream out “Just take those old records off the shelf!” LOL, I don’t know if I was hearing things but the piano on the track sounds a lot like the piano on ‘That Old Time Rock and Roll’ to me; which probably made me enjoy the song all the more when the bass line came in.

    D.O. seems to have a lot of those old records off the shelf and on the turntable, as he references his countryman D.L. Incognito and Hip Hop Legend Rakim Allah.

    On ‘Now I Understand’ D.O. opens up with a sort of manifesto first verse:
    “It wasn’t for the fame, the reason that I got into the game, wasn’t to add a few dollars to my name, only wanted to come and spit flames, be like Rakim and rock a phat gold chain, but now a few things changed, and it ain’t the same when i step off stage, cuz when they holla, say my rhymes made a change, so its different when I sit down to write a page, think it through, can’t come with any rhymes tho, much more than just a punch line flow, its crunch time tho, take a look what’s going on, everyday a child lost as another mother mourns, yeah, so now i understand, travel coast to coast, then reach different lands, microphone in my hand, and, only difference is now we got the plan.”

    D.O. and Slakah the Beatchild have A Tribe Called Quest chemistry on ‘Small Town’. This is a track I can definitely relate to, growing up in Brampton, “we be shooting hoops til they took down the rims, over at the park where I got my first kiss”.

    The Bully interlude with D.O. beat-boxing blends perfectly into The Bully track, a song produced by Toronto’s own Marco Polo that details a young boy victimized by bullying. D.O. doesn’t sugar coat anything on this track, showing Slick Rick-esque story-telling skills, all the way to grim ending. Perhaps the best song on the album, in my humble opinion.

    Stay On It stands out because it’s that kind of track that you can wake up, get dressed, and go out and conquer the world to. “Ambition as far as my eyes can see.”

    Music to ‘Stay Driven’ to for real, D.O.’s sophomore effort reminds me of Killer Mike’s I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind because it stresses perseverance through struggle.

    After my first listen to D.O.’s album, those were the tracks that stood out to me. I have to say he is definitely up there with Toronto’s finest. With beats from some of T.O.’s best (Marco Polo, Slakah the Beatchild, Classified etc.) and rhymes that actually say something, D.O. is sure to turn some heads and open some ears (and hopefully wallets!) Keep doing your thing homay, or as you’d say STAY ON IT! (pause)

    This Grind: his first single

    For more info on this multi-talented lyricist, check out www.doyall.com or www.myspace.com/ddoto.

    STAY DRIVEN IS SET TO RELEASE ON JULY 7TH
    Catch D.O. at the RELEASE PARTY AT REVIVAL THAT NIGHT AT 10PM SHARP!

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    Parlour – Socially Conscious Glamour Gives

    Parlour the Cutting Edge

    TORONTO, ON May 07, 2009 – This May 2009 a new, unique and sleek salon, Parlour is setting both beauty and social trends in the heart of Toronto’s hippest, up-and-coming district at 6 Ossington Avenue.

    Young entrepreneurs, Tyler Moore, 32 and Franz David, 33 are introducing a fresh-take on hair with their contempo-chic space-design, fashion-forward cuts, and socially conscious business practices. Parlour modernizes the “funky salon haircut” experience with trendy sophistication and progressive décor. “A palette of black, white and grey tones paired with both a traditional and minimalist approach, gives Parlour an air of exclusivity reminiscent of a 1960s gentlemen’s club,” says Tyler when speaking of inspiration for the business. Juxtaposing antique elements familiar to this neighborhood with a lustrously modish aesthetic, Parlour is infusing the trendy Ossington strip with a touch of glamour.

    True to its environmentally aware atmosphere, Parlour uses exclusively eco-friendly hair products by Kevin Murphy (www.kevinmurphy.com.au). Featuring award-winning package-design, Kevin Murphy products are recyclable; use sustainable resources, wild harvesting, and organic practices to support a cleaner world. The line is Paraben and Sulfate free, contains essential oils that are naturally superior to man-made substances, and holds a dedication to personalized products that mirror Parlour’s own client focused M.O.

    Clients can also feel their own sense of humanitarianism. With each cut, this socially conscious salon donates all hair cuttings to Matter of Trust (www.matteroftrust.org), a non-profit organization that creates hair mats to save animals affected by oil spills. The natural hair cuttings are recycled to create mats that are placed underneath animals to soak up oils from the toxic spills. “Supporting oil spill hair mats is extremely important to us,” tells Franz. “Hair cuttings are a natural surplus that can help to save the lives of endangered animals around the world. How could we not support this cause?”

    Inviting media and industry tastemakers, Parlour will be hosting a private launch event on May 27, 2009 from 7-11pm. The party will be hosted at the salon’s location in Toronto’s trendy Ossington strip at 6 Ossington Avenue. The event will include a live model showcase of hair designs by Parlour’s stylists, allowing guests to experience their chic style first hand, performances by The Caviliers, plenty of hors d’oeurves courtesy of the retro bar Watusi, and cocktails for guests to enjoy.

    As spaces are quickly filling up, please RSVP before May 22, 2009 to Parlour@lotusleaf.ca with full name, media/company association, and email contact.

    About Parlour
    Parlour {pahr-ler}, noun: A room in a private house or establishment where people can sit, talk and relax. Located on the Ossington strip in Toronto’s hippest up-and-coming district, Parlour launches in May 2009. Founded by Tyler Moore and Franz David, Parlour is a sleek and chic salon that looks to create a personalized experience for each client from start to finish. Taking clients through each step of service, from shampoo and cut to blow-dry and styling Parlour stylists work to cater styles to the individual. Celebrity clientele include Alexis On Fire, Hello Operator, Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low singer) and Derek Miller (Juno Award Winner for country/blues). Offering high-end service without the high-end prices Parlour creates fashion forward cuts with everyday wear-ability and easy manageability. For more info on Parlour, link to: http://www.parloursalon.com