All Balls Don’t Bounce presents the Canadian premiere of Dave Zirin’s Not Just a Game at the ReelWorld Film Festival
What: Canadian Premiere of Dave Zirin’s Not Just a Game
Who: Best-selling author and sportswriter Dave Zirin
When: 9 p.m. Friday April 8, 2010 as part of ReelWorld Film Festival.
Where: Cineplex Canada Square, 2200 Yonge Street at Eglinton, Toronto
Renowned sportswriter and author, Dave Zirin, in conjunction with All Balls Don’t Bounce presents the Canadian premiere of Zirin’s Not Just a Game at the ReelWorld Film Festival on Friday, April 8, 2011, at 9 p.m. Cineplex at Canada Square.
To me, politics has no part to play on the field of strife of competition.
– Jesse Owens, four-time gold medalist, 1936
With respect to one of America’s greatest Olympians, Owens couldn’t have been more wrong. For best-selling author, journalist and filmmaker Dave Zirin, politics are inextricably linked with the games we play – and it shouldn’t be any other way.
In each of his five books, Zirin, sports columnist for The Nation, has explored the political significance of sport and in his new documentary Not Just a Game he digs even deeper. Based on his bestseller The People’s History of Sports in the United States, Zirin’s new documentary attacks head-on the idea that athletes should simply “shut up and play.”
Instead, Zirin, longtime columnist for SLAM magazine, uses this documentary to examine not just how the athletic-industrial complex has helped reinforce racism, sexism and homophobia, but to tell the stories of the brave athletes who used sports as a forum to fight for equality on the playing field and beyond.
Some of them – like Muhammad Ali – you’ve heard of. But others toiled in near anonymity, their legacies resurrected by Zirin’s groundbreaking work.
Canada’s voice for the streets and leader of GCP Recording Corp. is back with a new mixtape entitled “Monster Music”. JB makes a bold return to that classic aggressive hip hop and proves on “Monster Music” that gangsta-rap / street music is making a return to the main stream this year in a big way! With tracks like “Who Am I” and “So Gone” JB puts real life situations on record and gives fans and those struggling something to think about. Monster Music signifies to the industry that JB is here and ready to take over!
The mixtape is a compilation of unreleased tracks and dubs as JB is working tirelessly on new projects and releasing a ton of new music! Be on the look out for new videos and singles dropping from JB world wide on Itunes through GCP / Fontana / Universal.
Monster Music: http://www.sendspace.com/file/v683ug
Monster Music (Datpiff): http://www.datpiff.com/JB-of-GCP-JB-of-GCP-Monster-Music-Mixtape.211191.html
Our songs. Our artists.
CBC Hip-Hop Summit celebrating 25 years of Canadian Hip-Hop did it up big last night live on the stage inside the Glenn Gould theatre and available international via http://radio3.cbc.ca/. Here’s a glimpse of what went down.
Today, March 30th, Lyrics Born hits the road with Skins & Needles, the Bay Area duo comprised of DJ Zeph (Oakland Faders) and drummer Max MacVeety (Crown City Rockers), for the 2nd US leg of his rigorous AS U WERE 2011 World Tour. LB and crew start in Philadelphia and make their way down the east coast, rounding out the bottom half of the United States including North Carolina, Florida, New Orleans before making their way east to hit Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi and more. Not long after, LB and crew will hit Whistler, BC as part of the The TELUS World & Ski Snowboard Festival on 4/20 along with Dilated Peoples before heading back to the Bay Area with a show in Modesto, CA at the Fat Cat on April 22nd. Finally bringing it full circle, LB will be performing a very special tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on April 23rd.
20% of all merchandise sales profits on the tour will be donated to the Red Cross to help the people in Japan to aid with reconstruction efforts following the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the area mere weeks ago. In addition, LB will be matching the total amount raised from merch sales out of his own pocket.
TOUR DATES (MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON):
Mar 30 – Philadelphia, PA – The Blockley
Mar 31 – Baltimore, MD – 8×10
Apr 1 – Blacksburg, VA – Awful Arthurs
Apr 2 – Asheville, NC – Pisgah Brewery
Apr 4 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Apr 5 – Tallahassee, FL – Engine Room
Apr 6 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Apr 7 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Apr 8 – Hunstville, AL – Crossroads
Apr 9 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s
Apr 11 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Apr 12 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Apr 13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/Inn
Apr 14 – St. Louis, MO – 2720
Apr 15 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
Apr 16 – Little Rock, AR – Sticky Finger
Apr 20 – Whistler, BC – Skier’s Plaza
Apr 22 – Modesto, CA – Fat Cat
Apr 23 – San Francisco, CA – Yoshi’s
*Mar 30 – Apr 22 w/ Skins & Needles
The most important three hours for hip-hop in Toronto has always been Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. on CKLN 88.1 FM. The impact of this musical institution is captured in the brand-new short documentary, “1 to 4.”
It all began back in 1983, when legendary radio host/concert promoter Ron Nelson first broadcast The Fantastic Voyage from Ryerson University’s campus, making it the first hip-hop radio show to exist anywhere in the nation. The timeslot continued to gain historical significance and cultural relevance with the three shows that followed – The Power Move Show, The Real Frequency and Mixtape Massacre. CKLN’s been rocking the airwaves and our eardrums for nearly 30 years, making it the longest-running source for hip-hop music in Canada.
On Saturday, February 12, 2011, a monumental gathering took place when all four generations of radio shows came together for a single broadcast. Thinking it would be their last, Mixtape Massacre invited their predecessors to each play one hour dedicated to the era of hip-hop they represented while they were on the air.
CKLN had its license revoked by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) at the end of January due to problems with how the radio station conducted its operations (Decision 2011-56). But the day before its last broadcast, CKLN was granted a stay, allowing the station to remain on the air pending a decision by the Federal Court of Appeal. The mood that Saturday quickly turned from somber to celebratory.
“1 to 4” is a six-minute documentary capturing the historic radio show that took place on February 12, 2011. It features footage and interviews with Canadian hip-hop legends Michie Mee, Ron Nelson, Thrust and DJ X, along with P-Plus, Arcee, DJ Linx and Big Jacks. Fans are taken into the studio and treated to interviews with the on-air hosts and DJs who helped shape our city’s musical identity.
We hope that this timeslot lives on forever. Without it, Toronto hip-hop will never be the same.
Timeline of Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. on CKLN 88.1 FM
Fantastic Voyage: 1983-1988
The Power Move Show: 1988-2000
The Real Frequency: 2001-2005
Mixtape Massacre: 2005-present
I love King Fantastic. It’s my filthy gangster shit. When Troublemaker released his official edit for King Fantastic’s “Why? Where? What?” combining it with Sub Focus’ remix of Rusko’s “Hold On”, I knew I had to make a video edit for it. The Rusko song fits “Why? Where? What?” perfectly and although the original music video for the song can’t be topped, you should definitely check this out. Even if it is just to see more of Kristina Rose being beautiful.
Check point 6 of 2011… #CrashCourse 9. Fresh off of the Abstract Music Group’s Spring Tour 2011 of the United States’ northeastern region, AMG’s Savant (aka Stanstro) links with Donuts & Milk to bring you the latest addition to his Crash Course Leak Series, the 7 emcee posse cut “State Bar AZ Cypher”. Laced, scratched and cut by Visions Of the Sun beatsmith Marvel76, and featuring bars from Visions Of the Sun emcees (Hexsagon, Fred Free & Casto), Random (aka MegaRan), Mr. Miranda and Medaforacle, the jawn serves as the definitive answer to the question: “What’s Arizona’s hip hop scene like”?
State Bar AZ Cypher (prod. by Marvel76) by Savant aka Stanstro
Get ready for some Oakland, Frisco, and Bronx Collaboration Bizness, dropping 3/29 on Cop N Blow Intl.President and owner ofLivewire Records, with releases on Town Thizness, J. Stalin has lent his name to many projects. This collaboration is between Stalin, Hell Rell and Lord Geez. Stalin was previously a member of The Replacement Killers and has had successful solo ventures. Hollywood rapper Lord Geez helps make this powerhouse collaboration. J. Stalin, Hell Rell, Lord Geez – Make it Look Good( off the upcoming Guilty By Association record) by INgroovesmarketing
Big Freedia, the reigning queen of the rich New Orleans Bounce music scene, is releasing her debut EP on the intrepid Scion A/V label. Slated for a March 29th release, the EP will mark a turning point in the relatively marginalized yet staunchly creative Bounce community. Proponents of the genre are an accurate representation of the diverse NOLA populace at large: rich, poor, famous, unheard of, stark and serious or tongue-in-cheek. Big Freedia occupies a unique place within its strata, somewhere between Lil Wayne and Lady Unique. Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia has the potential to push the genre onto a national stage and into the collective music consciousness where it belongs; New Orleans will be heard.
Produced largely by local staple BlaqNmilD, Scion A/V Presents Big Freedia is Bounce at its best- bass driven, unrelenting, catchy and fun- quick to prompt sweaty after-parties and dance-floor freak-outs. From the penetrating stabs of opener “Almost Famous” and the ominous follow-up “Excuse” to later cuts like the radio-ready “Let It Go Nah” and “Look At Her”, Freedia mines the Bounce sound to produce sonic gems glimmering with staccato snares, 808 subs, and frenzied vocals that threaten an impending club riot.
Tuesday April 19th
@ Kings Place (90 York Way, London, N1)
Artists: features sets from Rich Kidd, Art of Fresh, Famous, JDiggz and Page
Tube: Kings Cross/St. Pancras
In the mix:
1. Rich Kidd- O Canada
2. Saukrates- Hope
3. Art of Fresh- Dang Dang DD Dang (Game Over Freestyle)
4. Famous- Game Over Freestyle
5. Famous- The Declaration
6. King Reign- This Means War
7. Rich Kidd- Don’t Sleep On Me
8. JD Era- The Foundation
9. Classified- That Ain’t Classy
10. JDiggz ft Slakah- Are We Runnin
11. J Diggz ft Colin Munroe- With You pt 2
12. Famous ft Oh! – Ain’t No Use Pt 2
13. Page ft Drake – Still Fly
14. Page ft Bobby Valentino- Gangsta Girl
Shortee Blitz Presents ” Blitz Power Mix ” – Canadian Blast Edition – MusicConnex by Canadian Blast
Drega continues the onslaught with the fourth release off his upcoming EP Man of the Year. The song which features sparse synths and thunderous brass, is made complete with bars upon bars of well thought out verses. Simply put if you’ve wondered what keeps Drega going, Overcome will give you a guided tour through his innner workings.
“I loved how on Mood Musik, Joe Budden would just do a 100 bar verses that actually meant something with no filler. I wanted to try something similar, hopefully I accomplished that”.
Man of the Year drops May 29th.
“desiFEST” continues making history, producing the first ever South Asian showcase in association with JunoFest. The South Asian showcase takes place March 25th at the Courthouse lounge in Toronto, and is presented by Luv to Bhang.
Featured Canadian artists include rap artist Blitzkrieg (a two time Asian Music Award nominee and title holder of 4 top ten singles on the BBC Asian Network) ; R&B singer Deesha (2007 JUNO Nominee for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year with her debut album “Life Less Ordinary”) ; and Pakistani folk artist Ef-Khan. UK bhangra superstars Juggy D and H-Dhami, frequent collaborators and tour mates with a variety of South Asian Canadian artists, will also be joining Blitzkrieg, Deesha and Ef-Khan.
“The JUNO’s celebrate the best in Canadian music and for desiFEST to be partnered with JunoFest for this South Asian showcase is an incredible step forward,” says Sathish Bala, CEO and Founder, desiFEST. “This showcase is part of our desiFEST Concert Series, aimed at showcasing the growing talented musicians within the South Asian community, and we hope to continue this new relationship with JunoFest for many years to come.”
desiFEST Concert Series embodies a musical fusion ranging from traditional eastern, modern western and regionally inspired music. Bringing alive the magic of live performances, desiFEST prides itself on providing a musical platform, which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instils a sense of Canadian pride.
For more information visit www.desifest.ca
WHAT: desiFEST concert series in association with JunoFest
WHERE: COURTHOUSE, Toronto, Ontario
WHEN: MARCH 25, 2011 (Doors open @ 10 PM, Tickets $20)
To be a young, black boy in a country where the natives are whiter than snow, with eyes bluer than the sky, is not always easy. The problems you must deal with is, to many of these young, black men, overpowering. A lot of the hope in the projects, in which these young black men most often reside, is long gone. Adam Tensta is one of these young, black men. Great Britain’s pride Kano, is another. What separates these two gentlemen from many other young, black men is that they have both managed to crush the norm and shown that no matter how crappy your situation may be, you can succeed if you strive to get there.
Adam Tensta – Young Black Boy ft. Kano by RMH MGMT GRP
As part of the program for the 2011 ReelWorld Film Festival, on Friday April 8th at 9:00 PM, All Balls Don’t Bounce presents the Canadian premiere of Not Just a Game. Dave Zirin will be attending the screening at Cineplex Canada Square (2200 Yonge and will participate in a Q&A session afterward, hosted by The All Balls Don’t Bounce Crew of Duane “Sweets” Watson, Morgan Campbell & Will “Wall $t.” Strickland.
Friday April 8th at 9:00 PM
Cineplex Canada Square, 2200 Yonge Street @ Eglinton
Not Just a Game screening at ReelWorld Film Festival
Dave Zirin Q&A
Tickets are $10, ($5 for students and seniors with valid ID), and can be purchased at the box office or online at http://www.reelworld.ca/
8Barz recently created an amazing remix of the The Scripts’ “For The First Time” that inspired me to make a music video edit it for it. The original song has been charting all across the world for its catchy hook and message of hope. If you like original, you will love 8Barz’s remix as their dance/electronic remix is even more uplifting.