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The Hype: Hoodie Allen, Myles Parrish and Luke Christopher

At Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto

On a rainy, but warm November Saturday night, Hoodie Allen came to Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre and the crowd went wild!

Hoodie Allen, aka  Steven Markowitz, brought along a few friends for good measure, and Myles Parrish and Luke Christopher were the perfect warm-up for the Long Island, New York alt-hip-hop singer.

The first performer up was Myles Parrish who showed up with his DJ and immediately got the crowd jumping, waving their hands and singing along.

The 25-year-old is a seasoned performer and I marvelled at his ability to pull the audience in from the outset. The music comes across as fun and bouncy and Myles stepped it up when he asked the crowd how they felt about 1956 and then proceeded to twist and do a little hand shuffle. It was fun well received. And make no mistake there were definitely Myles Parrish fans in the crowd, everyone up front was singing along.

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Luke Christopher took the stage at 8:40 and won me over. He’s got the best dimples and his tone is deep and rich and when he sang his hit Lot to Learn everyone in the place agreed that if he was the question, they’d be the answer.

The 24-year-old from LA kept up a dizzying pace and covered the stage and engaged with the crowd making everyone happy. He was charming and his lyrics were inviting and entertaining.

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There was a small gap in the scheduled performances and audience waited patiently for the headliner. The second Hoodie Allen stepped foot on stage, his fans went wild. There was singing, screaming, ladies throwing their undergarments at the rapper and he ate it up.

Note: I have to admit that I was asked, with a gesture from the singer, to pass him a bra which hadn’t quite made it to the stage. That’s a first for me.

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Hoodie Allen talked about his return to Toronto and promised the fans that he’d be singing more songs than any other show and who doesn’t love that!

Hip-hop-pop is alive and well in Toronto.

We’ve got more photos for you, of all of the rappers below

Hoodie Allen

Luke Christopher


Myles Parrish

4 weeks ago

Telefone: Noname at WayHome 2017

Chicago Hip-Hop artist and poet, Noname (Fatimah Warner), hit the WayHome main stage on Friday afternoon under the hot summer sun… and she slayed.

Noname’s critically acclaimed, and fan loved, 2016 mixtape, Telefone, celebrated it’s 1 year release anniversary on July 31 – making the WayHome performance a 3 days early celebration of that debut feat.

Take a look at the pics from the set, and stay tuned, you’re going to hear more from Noname in the future!

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Blank Face: ScHoolboy Q at WayHome 2017

Under the hot summer sun, thousands of fans crowded around the WayHome stage. They bounced, they echoed back his words and they showed ScHoolboy Q all the love he could have hoped for. A ton of energy flowed back and forth between the stage and the crowd and the set created an afternoon highlight!

Check out the pics of ScHoolboy Q on the WayHome main stage.

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Ain’t It Funny: Danny Brown at WayHome 2017

Late on Friday night, after the sun went down, after Flume was done on the WayHome main stage and after the calendar had flipped to Saturday, Danny Brown hit the WayAway stage to put on a show.

Tucked away in the woods at the smaller stage, with little to no lights, Danny Brown created a very intimate atmosphere. The energy level was high and the crowd was all in.

Nicely done, Sir!

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WayHome 2017 Preview: Danny Brown Top 10

One of the biggest late night acts hitting  WayHome will be Detroit’s Danny Brown, slated to take the WayAway Stage at 12:15 am on Friday night. This is one we’re really looking forward to.

His latest tour to support his new album, Atrocity Exhibition has taken the rapper all over North America with stops in The UK, Sweden and The Netherlands still to come. Brown stated that he was inspired by both the Joy Division song of the same name and J. G. Ballard’s novel (same name) when choosing a title for his 2016 album. Atrocity Exhibition has received accolades from industry and fans alike with the album making many of the big Top 50 lists for 2016 including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Spin.

Brown’s latest video release is for the track Lost, directed by Matilda Finn is a black and white odyssey rife with claustrophobic and sometimes disturbing shots. Clips of an apartment peephole, Brown cooking money and tin foil aprons with a myriad of interesting characters, it’s a masterpiece of paranoia. We’re going to warn you, if you’ve got a weak stomach, you may want to skip the introductory sequence.

Brown is a pro on stage and this festival provides the best in everything. Expect clear vocals, high energy and loads of hits. If you missed him in November in Toronto, now is your chance. We’re wondering if ScHool Boy Q will be around early to join Danny on stage for a song.

We bring you 10 Danny Brown songs to help get you ready for the live version.

Lost

Get Hi

Grown Up

Really Doe

Dance

Guitar Solo

Fresh Off the Boat Theme

Black and Brown

Shootin’ Moves

Kush Coma

Calgary Hearts Live: iHeartRadio WestFest Review

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Calgary hosted one of the biggest and hottest parties of the summer; Virgin Radio and The Source presented Calgary’s first ever iHeart Radio WestFest at Shaw Millennium Park!

Featuring performances by Scott Helman, Ria Mae, Hedley, Fifth Harmony, Iggy Azalea, Massari, Midland, Ruth B, Noah Cyrus, Virginia to Vegas and so much more, this was the place to be!

I have to say, we have been super lucky with the beautiful weather for Calgary’s festival season this summer, Saturday’s temperatures stayed between 30-33 all day/night. The hot temperatures though didn’t stop the crowd from dancing and enjoying all the acts throughout the day.

Note: See photos of Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Hedley, Ria Mae, Scott Helman, and Noah Cyrus at the bottom of this post!


Everyone loved the cold drinks, treats, complimentary merchandise and blasting of water into the crowd during artist changes. iHeart had many activities going on during set breaks to keep everyone of all ages entertained and hydrated.

I don’t even know where to start with the incredible lineup, speaking to a bunch of fans throughout the day the most anticipated acts were Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony and Hedley. For myself I couldn’t wait for those three acts as well.

Iggy had the crowd screaming and cheering from start to finish, she had everyone on their feet dancing and singing the whole time, I even caught myself dancing a little bit! She has constantly peaked among the top five of several worldwide charts and continuously climbing and collaborating with the best in the industry.

Related: iHeartRadio WestFest: Iggy Azalea Full Photo Review

Up next was one of the most popular female groups who placed third in the second season of the American televised singing competition X Factor, Fifth Harmony. These ladies are full of girl power! They have achieved triple platinum certification and reached the top ten in thirteen countries with their hit songs Boss, Sledgehammer and Worth It. All four of their voices are very unique and powerful; they all compliment one another so well in singing/performing on stage. The energy these ladies brought to stage will forever be unforgettable, from the choreography and atmosphere they definitely grabbed the attention from everyone.

Related: iHeartRadio WestFest: Fifth Harmony Full Photo Review

One of my favourite artists, Hedley never fails to entertain; I wish I could have the energy that Jacob has when he performs. Saturday night I was especially excited to see Hedley perform, as it was the 10th time I’ve photographed them. What I love so much about Hedley is how happy and positive everyone is. The amount of strangers I saw hugging, dancing and laughing together is the biggest reason why I love concert photography so much. Whether it was a sad song or a happy uplifting song everyone was appreciating the meanings behind Hedley’s songs and connecting with one another!

Related: iHeartRadio WestFest: Hedley Full Photo Review

I cannot wait for more festivals this summer and seeing the crowd unite with one another, this is going to be a summer full of unforgettable memories!!

Thank you iHeart Radio for creating a wonderful festival!

Iggy Azalea at iHeartRadio WestFest

Ria Mae at iHeartRadio WestFest

Fifth Harmony at iHeartRadio WestFest

Scott Helman at iHeartRadio WestFest

Hedley at iHeartRadio WestFest

Noah Cyrus at iHeartRadio WestFest

iHeartRadio WestFest: Iggy Azalea Photo Review

On Saturday, July 8, Australian superstar Iggy Azalea came to Calgary to tear up the stage at iHeartRadio WestFest… and she did just that.

Check out the photos from Iggy’s set, and share your favourites with your friends!

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WayHome 2017 Preview: Frank Ocean Top 10

With WayHome 2017 getting closer and closer, our preparation and excitement continues to grow and grow. And one of the acts that we’re most excited to see is Frank Ocean, who will headline the main stage on Sunday, July 30.

Ocean is a main event performer, he’s a connector of music fans and communities. And he’s talented as all get out. So, to have the chance to see him this summer is something that we do not plan on taking for granted.

And, to get ourselves ready to fall into the moment, be swept away by the show, and truly experience all that comes to us that night… we’re listening to our Frank Ocean Top 10.

Hit play 1 at a time, or pick your favourite and run it on repeat. And if we missed a track that you think belongs on the list, leave a comment to tell us.

Enjoy!

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Frank Ocean Top 10

Thinkin Bout You

Pink + White

Biking ft. JAY-Z & Tyler, The Creator

Novacane

Ivy

Swim Good

Lens

Pyramids

Nights

Nikes

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Alright: Kendrick Lamar at WayHome 2015

To be completely honest with you, I went into Saturday night knowing that I was 100% unprepared for Kendrick Lamar. I was right. The sun was down as somewhere around 30,000 people were stretched from the stage as far back as they needed to be – and when the lights came up on the stage and Lamar presented himself to the WayHome audience, it was on. For the next 75 minutes the man rarely stood still, had the crowd in the palm of his hands, and showed us all that he is a top of the game entertainer.Kendrick Lamar WayHome Art and Music Festival-9275-2 It started with Money Trees, and there was an instant pop as the music started and Kendrick took charge on the microphone. The combination of volume from the stage and from the lawn was outstanding, and in a word – powerful. The 1st half of the set also treated fans to Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst and i. It was a hell of a way to cross into the 10 o’clock hour. The challenge for the WayHome organizers in 2016 has just become finding an artist that can match the energy Kendrick brought and created. Good luck to them. Kendrick Lamar WayHome Art and Music Festival-9320-2Over and over again Lamar showed love for the fans who were all in. They echoed his rhymes and waved their hands and flashed their lights and generally did everything that they were asked. It was something special to see all of those hands moving together. Kendrick Lamar’s set was hot. It was fast. It was incredible. He was in complete control of the situation at all times, and there was no stopping him. Drenched in sweat from head to toe before the halfway point, you’d think the dude would need a break. But he never took one longer than a moment of silence he requested to let the energy sizzle in the crowd. Kendrick Lamar WayHome Art and Music Festival-9262-2The 2nd half of the set included The Recipe, A.D.H.D., and closed up with the incredibly powerful and amazing Alright from To Pimp a Butterfly. If you don’t know it, watch the video at the bottom of the post. Like I said, I was unprepared for Kendrick Lamar on Saturday night. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. In the end, it was a show that I’ll talk about for a long time when conversations about artists who put on great sets, who entertain, and who get out their message with skill and fire. Stay Awesome! Kendrick Lamar WayHome Art and Music Festival-9378-2Kendrick Lamar WayHome Art and Music Festival-9260-2Kendrick Lamar WayHome Art and Music Festival-9302-2Kendrick Lamar WayHome Art and Music Festival-9324-2

2 years ago
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