STARTING JUNE 4 | FIRST OF THE MONTH @ CORNER PLACE

1st Of The Month

Based on the extremely positive feedback from ‘A Night At Corner Place’ last month, the people have spoken and it’s time to deliver.

First Of The Month is a new party vibe consisting of the very best in Soul, R&B, House & Ol’ Skool. Starting this Saturday, June 4 @ Corner Place, sing along & dance to your favourite classics inside newly renovated lounge or kick it on the patio while we celebrate the beginning of the long awaited SUMMER in the T.Dot.

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KEEPitLIVE Entertainment & Rare Sounds are proud to present:

FIRST OF THE MONTH

Music By:
DJ’s – Jr. Eh! / Szensei / J-Presto

Spinning Soulful R&B, New & Classic Hip Hop, House & Ol’ Skool.

Every 1st Saturday of the month starting June 4

@ The Corner Place
11 Jarvis Street (Corner of Front & Jarvis)
Cover – $5 all night
Dress Code – Fresh!

“So cash your checks and get up” – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

MAY 13 | A NIGHT CALLED QUEST IN OTTAWA

‘A Night Called Quest’ – My last party in Ottawa. Our Nation’s Capital has been great to me over the past 2 years, I’ve always had a great time. Much respect to my good friend Jason D (aka MC JD) for putting the last 3 jams together. Looking forward to some serious after-party POUTINE.

A Night Called Quest
Friday, May 13, 2011

Music Provided by
DJ J-PRESTO

90’s Hip Hop | R&B | Urban & Hip House

@ Sidedoor Restaurant & Lounge
120 York Street, Ottawa

$10 Entry (pre-sale tickets available)

*All proceeds will go to the Ottawa Dragonboat Charities

www.sidedoorrestaurant.com
www.dragonboat.net

EMILY KING – ‘EVER AFTER’ x ‘DOWN’ SAMPLERS

Emily King can straight up sing. 2007’s ‘East Side Story’ was one of the most underrated debut albums of the year in my opinion, despite being nominated for a Grammy in Best Contemporary R&B album. ‘Ever After’ (above) & ‘Down’ (below) are samplers from her upcoming second album. Both are taken from live NYC performances earlier this month. #Sick

Check out Emily King’s official page – EmilyKingMusic.com.

Video & Editing Credits – J. Shotti

The End Of An Era – Flow 93.5 (2001-2011)

Flow 93.5 Promo (Finger)

Although Toronto’s Flow 93.5 FM was officially sold to CHUM FM / CTV Media more than 5 months ago, February 2nd, 2011 goes down in history as the day our city’s sole urban music radio outlet for a decade had been effectively, ‘shut down’.

When I first caught the news this afternoon I literally sat in my office chair devastated and speechless. Soon afterwards flashbacks of 2001 spurned as I re-collected the first couple of weeks of the station’s existence, those of which did not include commercials or even DJs. I was a 21 year-old university student, Hip Hop head, R&B/Soul connoisseur and emerging DJ who was ecstatic at the fact that I was actually hearing my favourite black artists on a local station. Slowly after its launch, Flow’s audience grew as it became an ‘alternative’ to the GTA’s long-standing urban music mainstay, 93.7 WBLK, which broadcasted from Buffalo, NY.

Over the next ten years, a small group of extremely talented & hard-working individuals went in and defined a new era of Canadian radio broadcasting. Notwithstanding the steady stream of US-based urban music that Toronto’s audience yearned for, Flow’s airwaves slowly acted as a voice for new and emerging Canadian urban music artists and producers to access their target audience and vice versa. In time it became the most effective platform for the Canadian scene to mature and achieve its growth.

It’s no coincidence that Canadian urban music is currently enjoying the success that it has received over the past several years; Flow’s music programming – including OTA Live & The Real Frequency, were staples for underground and home-grown music fans across the city. Both programs, which had an uncanny appeal to their fan base for their professional yet personal approach to music – will be dearly missed. Several other programs, including This House, The Riddum Track, Soca Therapy also had loyal fan bases that were equally as shocked when the news broke.

From a DJ’s perspective, Flow provided a stage for some of Toronto’s most talented DJs to perform and innovate in front of the entire city everyday. Mixshow DJs Starting From Scratch, P-Plus, Jason Chambers, Tricky Moreira, Christopher Michaels & Jester all laid down countless memorable mixes that were both an inspiration and a reminder that Toronto DJs didn’t mess around.

At the end of the day, business is business – when CTV gauged the potential of capturing Flow’s share of the market, there’s no question that the opportunity to blend this audience together with their existing CHUM FM demographic was a no-brainer for them. With new ownership comes new ideas, new business models, new visionaries, (hopefully) new listeners, and (hopefully) new money. Although commenting on the surrounding politics of the situation has already been rampant on Twitter and Facebook, now is not the time to point fingers or even ask rude questions.

I’d rather take this opportunity to give the respect due to the members of the Flow staff who will not be entering the new era of the station.

It goes without saying that there’s a lot more than just your voices missing on the radio tonight.

It’s ironic that last night’s (February 1st, 2011) UBX on Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five become the last instalment of the series. As you saluted a group of Hip Hop industry pioneers, I hope these words do the same for the people who have left their own mark on this city in a similar fashion.

Much respect goes out to Devo Brown, JWyze/Jus Red, P-Plus/Arcee/Musiklee Inzane, Boogeyman/Ty Harper/Rez Digital, Tricky, Strizzy, Gemini & The Soca Prince himself for all of your contributions over the years. Keep doing what you do, because it’s working.

Peace.

Links:
The Real Frequency
OTA Live

Conversations With A-Trak

An OBG (oldie but a goodie) – Interesting interview with Montreal’s own DJ A-Trak – Founder of Fool’s Gold Records, multiple DMC Champion and of course, Kanye West’s touring DJ – Produced by EIKNARF, MediaContender & KLOUD, A-Trak opens the door to his personal studio for the camera while lending his opinion on the emergence of Electronic Dance Music within mainstream America. A-Trak describes his passion for his craft and what exactly drives him ensure his music separates itself from the rest.

Check out more A-Trak here:
DJ A-Trak
Fool’s Gold Records

JAN. 29 | JR EH! x J-PRESTO @ CORNER PLACE

The Corner Place | 11 Jarvis Street

Past couple weeks have been hectic, stressful and demanding… Plus the cold weather has got everyone (including myself) in hibernation mode. Nonetheless the upcoming weekend just got a bit more exciting -> It’s been too long since I played alongside the fam – myself & DJ Jr. Eh will be @ Corner Place playing what we’ve both been dying for… music we want to hear.

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Saturday, January 29

Corner Place Presents….

Music by:
DJ Jr. Eh | DJ J-Presto

Classic –> Hip Hop / R&B / Neo-Soul / Funk / House / You Name It

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Corner Place Restaurant & Lounge

11 Jarvis Street (Corner of Front & Jarvis)
$5 cover / No Dress Code / No Stress

Good Vibes + Good People = A Good Night

Pioneer HDJ-1000G – Welcome Home

Pioneer HDJ-1000

Change is a part of life. Some people embrace change like it was somehow meant to be all along, while others have a hard time accepting that what they’ve become accustomed to is no longer that way. The latter was the case with me and my Sony MDR-V700 headphones, sentimentally dubbed – ‘Old Faithful’. The first pair of high end DJ headphones I ever purchased (around $180 at the time), they were known for their bass response, noise cancellation and overall look. Almost 10 years ago now, I wanted these so bad because I saw every other DJ rockin’ them. Without a doubt these cans were the headphones of for any Hip Hop DJ.

There was a bit of a controversy with these a few years back, as there was a lot of talk about fake ones being produced and sold on eBay. That was a shame, since no one could honestly tell the difference. I think the only cosmetic difference was the packaging that they came in.

All good things seem to come to an end though, as my trusty 700s finally fell into the same category as almost everyone else’s did – cracked. Old faithful now sits retired at my computer desk.

I’ve since moved on to the Pioneer HDJ-1000 series, and I’m more than happy with the choice. Much lighter & comfortable, and more importantly just as loud as the 700s, these are my new headphone of choice. Ok, there’s the 2000 model that has the detachable cord, but I can live without it for now. Sound quality-wise, I find that there’s still slightly a bit more bass response with the 700s, but not too much. I was lucky enough to receive the limited edition Gold color way as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend. Also shown is the other limited edition color way, matte black. If you’re in the market for a new pair of high quality headphones, look no further.

Sony MDR V700 Specs
Pioneer HDJ-1000 Specs

J-PRESTO – ‘A Walk In The Park’ (Mixtape)

A Walk In The Park [ Tracks ]

1. Talib Kweli Feat. Norah Jones – Soon The Day
2. Mary J. Blige – Mary Jane (All Night Long)
3. Soul For Real – If You Want It
4. Craig Mack Feat. Notorious B.I.G. – Flava In Your Ear (Bad Boy Remix)
5. Janet Jackson Feat. Q-Tip – Got ‘Til It’s Gone (Jaydee Remix)
6. Alicia Keys – I Need You
7. SWV – Right Here (Human Nature Remix)
8. Groove Theory – Tell Me
9. Ryan Leslie Feat. Cassie – Addicted
10. Common – BE
11. Aaliyah – Rock The Boat
12. Surface – You Are My Everything
13. Alicia Keys Feat. Beyonce – Put It In A Love Song
14. Mya Feat. Jay-Z – Best Of Me (Remix)
15. After 7 – Can’t Stop (Remix)
16. Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long
17. Lloyd Feat. Lil’ Wayne – Girls All Around The World
18. Soul II Soul – Jazzie’s Groove (Piano Version)
19. Soul II Soul – Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) (Acapella Version)
20. Fat Joe Feat. Jezzy – Slow Down
21. Talib Kweli Feat. Will.I.Am – Hot Thing
21. Kanye West – Diamonds (Soul Remix)
22. Jaydee – Think Twice

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