Yawk! Yawk! Yawk!
Shows/The RapUp

Yawk! Yawk! Yawk!

Wuddduppp yall?! Hope your reading was spent doing, well, readings. But since it probably wasn’t I’m sure you could a use a little re-up on everything happening in hip-hop. I mean, what better way to start the final stretch of this school year than a little rhyming, right? Or nah?

This week, we got a new project from TDE gangster, ScHoolboy Q. He officially dropped his debut LP on a major label. (’bout time). The album is called Oxymoron and is fiiiiire. Simply put. It features Kendrick, 2 Chainz, Raekwon, Tyler The Creator, Kurupt and the list goes on and on. It does a wicked awesome job of bringing back that real “gangsta” rap because lord knows hip-hop is too nice these days. Our rating? 8/10. Check out some dope tracks off the album here, here and here. Yawk!

In other news, Young Thug got arrested, Rick Ross’ album leaked, Slim Thug got his own holiday and Kid Cudi hasn’t got any better.

GLAYSH’S GUILTY PLEASURE this week was a classic. If you know me at all, I’m taking, like, at ALL, then you would know that I’ve got a massive soft spot for YMCMB. A few weeks ago, Young Money president, Lil Wayne announced that we would be getting another YM compilation album. Their second single is quite guilty. It’s called Senile and features Tyga, Nicki Minaj and Weezy F himself. Waring: this track may make you become ig’nant and turn up-ishhh. Enjoy!


REAL OR RATCHET was mostly all ratchet. yall know who Lil B is, right? He’s this questionable emcee that has crowned himself as the “based god”. Anyways, he is quite the character and isn’t afraid to show it on Twitter. Sooo, this week, we grabbed some tweets in which he gives people advice and then deemed them either real or ratchet. Should you take his advice? Probably not. Check out our favorite below.



For the second half of the show, we had the big homie Rufus come thru and bless us with some new tunes off his album entitled Growing Pains. The album is incredibly smooth and features some of your favorite KW artists. Yall can get the project of iTunes and in your local CD stores real soon. For now, check out his music right here and make sure to follow him on Twitter @rufusmusic

Well, that’s it from us this week. Maybe sure to check us out next week AND mark March 19th off on your calendars. Why? WE’VE GOT THE SECOND ANNUAL HIP-HOP HANGOUT. Trust us, this one is gunna be craaaazy.









Peace, Love & Pharrell’s New Favorite Hat





Happy Turkey Weekend
Shows/The Morning Show

Happy Turkey Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian listeners!


DJ Kpop is here for the blog doing the usually.


Let’s get into some events for the day.

Laurier event to mark on your calendars is Do you like to Ziggy Zoggy?  Do you also like to OI OI OI?  Come to the Turret’s tradidtional Oktoberfest celebration at the HAWK HAUS. This is an ALL AGES event. October 18, 2013 10:00 PM ET. KW is having every single event possible happening today! Kitchener City Hall – Civic Square has the 45th annual “TAPPING OF THE KEG” from 11:30am-1pm.This signifies the official opening of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2013. The Official Proclamation will be read and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest President, Harry Vogt, will drive the spigot into the keg to kick off the beginning of our nine day Festival.Fall Art Market, Petting Zoo, Rock Climbing Wall, Pony rides are happening at  Crabby Joes Parking Lot (between Queen and Frederick St. Kitchener) from 1:30-6pm. GUC BASAR GULLE at THE JAZZ ROOM is performing from  6:30-11:30pm at The Jazz Room at the Huether Hotel. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. Come for dinner; stay for music! Show starts at 8:30 P.M. Cover Charge: $18.00 / person. (Free to annual pass holders.) Advance tickets can be purchased on-line by going to www.kwjazzroom.com and clicking on the desired concert’s listing. Sloan is performing from 8-10pm at Centre in the Square 101 Queen St North. TICKET PRICES: $25.00 • $30.00 • $40.00 BOX OFFICE: 519-578-1570 WEB PAGE:www.centreinthesquare.com. Maxwells: After the funk, the down right 19+  8:30pm- 11:45pm 5$.


Entertainment news headlines areDeath Cab for Cutie have begun working on their eighth studio album, the follow-up to 2011’s Codes and Keys. Yay! Positive news and then there is Paris Hilton…Paris Hilton: ‘I Want to Write Songs People Can Relate To’. is remarks to her forthcoming album is ‘electro-pop with some hip-hop’. Here is her single if you dare listen, “Good time ft. Lil Wayne”.


How to for the day is How to choose a winning adult halloween costume! Here is the link for all your halloween ideas.


Our holiday for the day is It’s My Party Day is today. Let’s have a party and celebrate. Do you really need a reason to have a party? Me neither, so let’s get this party started!  Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day is a great opportunity to show off your beloved Teddy Bear to work associates.World Egg day!

Today is history- 1984 1st space walk by US woman (Dr Kathryn D Sullivan).

For all your famous bday’s check out this website.


That’s all for the blog today! Have a great weekend! The next show will be next Tuesday!


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


Core intensification, oh my!

Core intensification, oh my!

This week on GS&CT we’re going to turn up the heat a bit and talk about a few issues that are pretty near and dear to my heart. You won’t be hearing much from me but, my three guests certainly have some things to say.

Andrew Dodds is the chair of Open Streets Uptown Waterloo. Open Streets is kicking off their 2013 event season this coming Sunday, June 16. He’ll be with me in the studio talking all about Open Streets and what we can expect this year in comparison to the last two. Michelle Sullivan and I sat down earlier this week to talk about local food and the core, and an organization that she volunteers for called Food Link. Finally, you’ll hear a chat I had with Mike Morrice, the executive director of Sustainable Waterloo Region. Mike and I got down to the nitty gritty about the Ontario Municipal Board’s decision to side with developers in the ruling that could see up to 1,053 additional hectares (2,593 acres) of land opened to development by 2031 from, 80 hectares (197 acres). Mike will weigh in on why intensifying the core not only helps prevent urban sprawl but also helps support a sustainable local economy.

On top of those heavy hitters, there’ll be a gorgeous mix of tunes from Vampire Weekend, Local Natives, Cults, Chvrches, and a whole lot more.

It’s going to get a little toasty kids. Be sure to bring some sunscreen. No need to turn into a beet like I did at Field Trip on Saturday.

New Favourite Local(ish) Bands

New Favourite Local(ish) Bands

Hello friendly friends,

Yesterday on As Big As Something Small – Radio Laurier’s local music show – you heard music by two of my new favourite artists.

First, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers have quickly made their way into my top-played playlist – and with good reason. They combine country and folk with a little Eastern-European influences thrown in. I recently reviewed their EP Hard Times  – you can check it out HERE! As well, make sure to check out Olenka at the Autumn Lovers at the Grist Mill in Waterloo Park next Saturday (April 6) at 6:30pm for a night of beautiful music.

Second, The Bends have been racking up the accolades and recently came in 3rd place at the Ontario College/University Last Band Standing Competition. Check out their new video for “Heavy Set Weight” HERE!

That’s all for now folks. Make sure to tune into my last show of the semester for my top tunes and an interview with Daybreak Gentlemen!


Olenka and the Autumn Lovers’ Hard Times
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Olenka and the Autumn Lovers’ Hard Times

For Fans of: The Decemberists // Beirut // Hinindar

London, Ontario based Olenka and the Autumn Lovers have been compared to some heavy weight musicians such as Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, and Wilco. So what do they all have in common? A slight case of melancholy. Olenka and the Autumn Lovers’ 2012 release Hard Times – a seven-song EP – takes a couple of stare-at-the-ceiling-listens to fully appreciate. But once you do, you’ll have the perfect music to accompany your excessive tea consumption. Album standout “Misaligned” delivers beautiful arrangements and a variety of instruments. Other tracks “Don’t Make Sense” and “Hard Times” showcase country sensibilities that are brought out further by Olenka Krakus’ stunning vocals. Hard Times exhibits a depth not always heard in music today, so here’s hoping Olenka and the Autumn Lovers never stop performing music about the human experience.

Purchase Hard Times here: http://olenkalovers.bandcamp.com/