Canada On The Ones & Twos
Shows/The RapUp

Canada On The Ones & Twos

Wuddduupp friends?! This blog is coming to you a little revised ’cause we just got hit with some copyright infringement, but we’re good over here. TRUSSSSS. Hopefully yall are easing into Winter semester and are dealing with all these midterms and essay and midterms and essays and midterms and essays etc. etc. etc. If you have, check us out to get a lil’ more caught up on the hip-hop happenings.

First things first, Compton’s very own, The Game, was gunna lace up the Everlast gloves and go round for round with America’s most hated, George Zimmerman. It was supposed to be a celebrity boxing match for the ages until DMX got tagged in for the bout. As of right now, the fight is a go but I’d give it maybe another week and one of them will back out. Ding Ding.

In other news, Ross’ album is gunna be fire, Trinidad Jame$ got arrested and Khole Kardashian is repping TopSzn. Sooo yeah.

GLAYSH’S GUILTY PLEASURE wasn’t actually that guilty. Last week we took it to the mean  streets of Chicago but this week we dropped it down south to that MIA. As mentioned above, Rick Ross’ new album titled ‘Mastermind’ will be dropping real soon and it looks to be one of his best yet. He recently released a track off it entitled ‘Oyster Perpetual’ and maaaan is it smooth. Its got some of that classic Ross delivery over a cocktail party-esque beat. Check it out right here for yourself. Uuuunnnnghhhh.

THE REALNESS was quite intense. Soo, yall know that Canada is poppin’ on the international scene, right? We’ve got some top notch spitters including Drizzy Drake, Shad, Classified, Kardinal etc. BUT what yall probably didn’t know is that we got a super solid production crew as well. Ever wondered who is behind beats like Swimming Pools or I’m On One? Well, all you gotta do is look to that north north. From Boi1da to WondaGurl to T-Minus to 40 to TFHouse and Arthur McArthur. All these rappers are all from Canada and have been making hits for Canadian and American rappers alike. Sooo what’s the realness? Canada makes the best BEATS! Don’t believe me? Take Just Blaze’s word for it…

REAL OR RATCHET was kinda fun but like, not really. We went over a list of people that hip-hop hates. These people have hurt the culture in some shape or form.  Examples include Bill O’reilly, Oprah, Benzino, Solar, MC Hammer and even Ronny Reagan. Wanna check out the full list? Right here. #HateThemNow

For the second half of the show, we played some of that local music that accompanied our Mountie themed Realness. We started with the big homie Lincoln. This dude is making super dope new wave music with a little lyrical flexing as well. He is coming straight outta Barrie and actually sat down with me a few weeks ago and we chopped it up about everything hip-hop.

Next we gave yall some of that classic KW sound. That’s right, we dished out a triple shot of Ramsay Almighty. If yall have even followed us a little bit, you would know that Ramsay is a very good friend of the show and will obviously be tearing it down at this year’s Hip-Hop Hangout. Check out a few tracks below.

Annnd last but certainly not least is our good friend theO. He will also be performing at this year’s Hip-Hop Hangout. He’s currently in Toronto cooking up some new material soooo in the mean time, get a load of his classic. TNCTNCTNC.

Well, that’s it from us this week. Make sure to holler at us if you disagree with something we’ve said or done or played or wanted to play or thought of etc. Annnnd please don’t forget to follow us on Twitter —-> @RLRapUp. Catch us next week, same time , same place.








Peace, Love & DMX’s Left Hook.




Shows/True North

True North Shows #1 and #2

Brighter Brighter from Aurora, Ontario on New Music Live)


Hello everyone!

Because my blog wasn’t set up for last week i’ll review over some of the music I played this past tuesday (Nov. 5th) and the tuesday before (Oct. 29th).


I’ll start with the show I just did, I played lots of different music but mainly more acoustic stuff this week.

First was We Were Sharks the pop-punk band from Ottawa, Ontario I played Glory Days and The Blackout Anthem.

Second was Gavin Slate the acoustic-indie singer from Toronto, Ontario I played Falling and Goodnight Lovers, Goodnight Thieves.

Third was Darelle London the pop-piano player from Toronto, Ontario I played Fine and Bad by her.

Fourth was Marianas Trench the pop-rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia I played Fallout and All To Myself

Fifth was Brighter Brightest the pop-rock band from Aurora, Ontario I played Everyday and Right for me. I also mentioned to people that they should check out Brighter Brightest music video for their song ‘Right For Me’ because it’s incredibly positive. I’m going to post the link to that video here:

Sixth was Andy Brown the folk rock singer from Fredericton, Ontario I played Blue Eyes and Gone by him.

Seventh was Amos The Transparent the alternative rock band from Ottawa, Ontario I played Says The Spark and Coming Home. I also mentioned for this band that they had an incredible music video for their song ‘Says The Spark’ so the link to that video is here:

Eighth and last was Poor Young Things the rock and roll band from Toronto, Ontario and I played their song The Low Road.  I mentioned that this band was going to be playing at Maxwell’s on November 21st in Waterloo. This was even before I heard that Radio Laurier was helping put on the show, I now have the event page here: and it would be amazing if you came by!


Now i’ll review over my first show that I did.

First was Texas King the alternative rock and soul band from London, Ontario and I played their song Mary.

Second was Project 46 the electronic pop band from Waterloo, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia. I played Reasons and Shadow Of The Day by them.

Third was Mother Mother the indie rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia. I played Bit by Bit and The Stand by them.

Fourth was USS from Toronto, Ontario I played This Is The Best and Yo Hello Hooray.

Fifth was My Son The Hurricane the 14 piece brass band from St.Catherines, Ontario I played Pigeon Park and Honour Among Thieves by them.

Sixth was Walk Off The Earth the pop-ska band from Burlington, Ontario I played These Times and Rock Me Away.

And last was All Systems Go the pop-punk band from Kitchener, Ontario and I played their song Sinner.


I hope you enjoyed all the Canadian music I played and be sure to tune in every Tuesday from 5-6 to hear 100% Canadian content!



Whattup ska lovers,

This week saw some super awesome new ska bands premier on the show, had some really skariginal stuff on the show. Featured some five iron frenzy and big D and the kids table.

Found a brand new entry song by the Tokyo ska orchestra and came up with a brand new anthem for Canada, we needed it.

But in other ska news, keep your earballs open for an upcoming interview (which is in the works).

Not much going on in the local scene at the moment so there are no live shows coming up to report.


ALL CAPS Island Festival
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ALL CAPS Island Festival

For those of you not in the Toronto-area this summer, I feel bad for you. Okay, I’m just kidding. But in all honesty, those not able to swing a weekend getaway to the ALL CAPS Island festival are missing out. Lucky for you I will be there all weekend, tweeting from@radiolaurier and @hilbarr, keeping you up to date on all the latest happenings.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about #ALLCAPS. If all this gets your mind and ears watering, pick up some last minute ticketshere!

What: So what is ALL CAPS you ask? It’s an annual music & art festival hosted by Wavelength, Toronto’s longest-running underground music forum (read more about themhere!). This weekend will be the FINAL chance to camp on the island, jam out to sweet music, discover some art, and have a big ol’ adventure with friends.

Where: Toronto Island’s Artscape Gibraltar Point (check out this handy dandy map).

When: Sat August 10 – Sun August 11, Gates 2:00pm each day.

Who: (taken from the ALL CAPS website)


THE BLOW (Brooklyn NY / Khaela Maricich’s electro-pop-meets-performance-art project / set to release their first album in 6 years!) – 9:00

Hooded Fang (Toronto ON / Daps Records’ beloved surf-pop-garage massive / touring the world in support of Gravez) – 8:00

biZzarh (Toronto ON / teenage female hip-hop duo / underground buzz + future stars / championed by Ben Cook of Fucked Up & Yacht Club) – 7:00

Shotgun Jimmie (Brandon MB / classic indie-rock love poetry / Polaris long-list robbery? / one-man-band goes full band on tour!) – 6:00

Beekeeper (Vancouver BC / delightfully spazzy “indie post-pop power trio”) – 5:15

ev ree wuhn (Toronto ON / fractured electro soul from the Flying Lotus school) – 4:30

Most People (Toronto ON / pastoral electronic pop built for the Island life / Wavelength 2013 Artist Incubator participant) – 3:45

Unfinished Business (Toronto ON / pre-teen all-girl punk rockouts!) – 3:00


RICH AUCOIN (Halifax NS / ecstatic, participatory one-man dance party! / Winner of the inaugural 2012 Prizm Prize for “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.”) – 9:00

catl. (Toronto ON / the west end’s favourite rowdy juke-joint blues-punk duo – co-presented by Mudtown Music & Arts Festival) – 8:00

Beliefs (Toronto ON / Hand Drawn Dracula / heavy droney shoegaze guitar rock) – 7:00

Magneta Lane (Toronto ON / feisty femme-rock trio is back with a new EP, Witchrock) – 6:15

Elfin Saddle (Montreal QC / Constellation Records / experimental world folk trio) – 5:15

Eons (Toronto ON / members of Bruce Peninsula & Poor Pilgrim Island Show founders play quiet songs) – 4:30

Pachamama (Toronto ON / drums and chants from Petra Glynt’s Alex MacKenzie + Not the Wind, Not the Flag’s Brandon Valdivia) – 3:45

Watershed Hour (Whitby, ON / ‘90s indie punk played by women born in the ‘90s – co-presented by Mudtown Music & Arts Festival) – 3:00


Visual/Media/Performance/Installation Art by: Basil AlZeri, Patrick Beh, Benjamin Edelberg, Jemma Egan, Mohammad Rezaei, Joleen Toner – Curated & Organized by: Vanessa Rieger & Jessica Vallentin with Whippersnapper Gallery


True Patriot Love

True Patriot Love

I love this country and am crazy proud to be Canadian. With Canada Day just a few days away, and me just wrapping up a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia (currently chillin’ in the airport!) I figured why not talk about the awesome that is Canada. We’ll look at the top 10 cities to live in or travel to in the country, how we got started, and of course how you can celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday in Toronto, Ottawa or here at home in Kitchener-Waterloo.

For tunes, all CanCon of course including the top 5 songs about Canada (according to the small survey group I put together. Read: my Facebook status).

Shortest blog post ever but, I’m one of those lucky people who gets to do pre-boarding. Huzzah! See you guys tomorrow!


O Canada
Noise Pollution/Noise Pollution

O Canada

Hello friends!

Today on Noise Pollution we focused on all things Canadian. Not only did we hear some great Canadian music, we also learned about Canada’s environmental history, ecozones, issues, and international environmental status. It is amazing to see just how diverse Canada is – but also scary to see how much we have at risk.

Canada’s top environmental issues (in no particular order) are air pollution, climate change, and conservation. The Canadian people and government are doing many things to alleviate these problems however we are not doing enough!

Make sure to tune into Noise Pollution every Monday 3-5pm to find out how you can help your planet.

Until next time,

Noise Pollution