Aubrey “Drake” Graham

Maestro Fresh Wes settles score on Orchestrated Noise

Grandfather of Canadian rap music recruits all-star lineup for first full album in 13 years     Nick Krewen Music Published on Fri Jun 28 2013 For his big return, Maestro Fresh Wes has pulled out all the stops. To commemorate his 25th year as Canada’s breakthrough rap pioneer, Toronto’s Wesley Williams waded deep into Canadian and U.S. talent pools to help him record his brand new album Orchestrated Noise,…


Chilly Gonzales deserves a warm reception at Toronto show

He’s better known as a collaborator with Feist, Drake, Peaches and Tiga, but Chilly Gonzales is an accomplished performer in his own right. Chilly Gonzales’s background is classical but he considers himself pop. “I want to be a man of my time,” he says. By: Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Wed Nov 07 2012 Chilly Gonzales is so prolific, it’s a surprise he’s not more of a…


Drake’s OVO Fest brings Nicki Minaj and Snoop to town

Entertainment / Music Toronto’s Aubrey “Drake” Graham gets hometown hero’s welcome at Molson Amphitheatre Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Mon Aug 06 2012 The one question on everyone’s minds as the lights went down for rapper Drake’s main set of his third annual OVO Fest was how was he going to top himself this time? For the first hometown celebration of October’s Very Own, christened for the…


Dan Kanter on mad life at Bieber’s side

Toronto guitarist and pop megastar’s right-hand man has had best seat to watch his rise. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Fri Jun 15 2012 Life with Justin Bieber is never boring. Just ask Dan Kanter, the Toronto guitarist, producer and musical tour director who has been the Stratford pop phenom’s right-hand man since The Bieb’s meteoric rise to the top began three years ago. “It’s been quite…


Royal Wood: A Juno coming-out party

Royal Wood: A Juno coming-out party | Toronto Star Beguiling Toronto tenor faces stiff competition for Songwriter of the Year      Royal Wood credits a year-long residency at the Cameron House for developing his sense of audience. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Tue Mar 22 2011 Unlike the title of his latest album, The Waiting, Royal Wood is finally on the cusp of arrival. The next handful…