Hip-Hop

Ten acts to check out at WayHome festival — beyond the headliners

Before the sun goes down and the headliners come out, here are some less-famous worthies to check out at the WayHome Festival this weekend. Nick Krewen Music, Thu., July 27, 2017 Music festivals have been trimming their sails and spending carefully on performers lately, but the third edition of WayHome — the Burl’s Creek-based, three-day music fest that drew 35,000 people last year — has hung on to headliners that…


West Coast Bhangra on the Brink

Story by Nick Krewen | June 8, 2017 For SOCAN Words and Music Vancouver-area bhangra is on the brink of something big. The first indicator that the West Coast/British Columbia bhangra and desi music scene is on the verge of wider recognition came with 2016’s “Suit,” a massive hit throughout India that was recorded and released by Indian singing sensation Guru Randhawa and Canada’s own Aneil Kainth, a.k.a. DJ Intense….


Drake’s Views is a Love Letter to Toronto

59th GRAMMY nominees Drake, Noah “40” Shebib, Nineteen85, Kyla, and others tell the inside story of the Album Of The Year-nominated Views NICK KREWEN GRAMMYS   MAY 15, 2017 – 2:36 AM GRAMMY.com If there’s been a more exuberant ambassador for the city of Toronto than Aubrey “Drake” Graham, you won’t find them on this planet. While the ever-prolific Drake continues to churn out rhyme after rhyme, rising to the…


Flowing Like The River Tiber

FLOWING LIKE THE RIVER TIBER Story by Nick Krewen | March 10, 2016 For SOCAN Words and Music.   There’s no place like home, and there’s no place like Rome. River Tiber may take his pseudonym from Italy’s Tiber River, near where he lived for a year as a child, but for Tommy Paxton-Beesley, the music is just starting to flow. Although he has a couple of EPs under his…


The Weeknd proves he’s Toronto’s next superstar: concert review

R&B crooner Abel Tesfaye, aka the Weeknd, treated crowd at Mod Club to a sort of preview of new album Beauty Behind the Madness. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Aug 26 2015 The Weeknd At the Mod Club, Aug. 25 He’s earned it all right. The climatic moment in the Weeknd’s recent video for his chart-topping hit “Can’t Feel My Face” occurs when the singer is set on fire…