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TORONTO - Capping off a year of showcasing talented independent music from Toronto (Keita Juma, Adria Kain, The Extremities, Above Top Secret & many more) and abroad (Little Simz, Post Malone, Waldo, denitia and sene, Tiffany Gouché, Ms. Charm Taylor & others), The Academy presents the 11th Edition of #TheHustle with an all-Toronto lineup showcasing a diverse range of emcees putting on for the 416.
Watch: OSIYM - B.O.M.B.
OSIYM have been heavy in the game, with group members Charlie Black and Nova having released several projects as solo emcees prior to joining forces as ratchet-condoning duo OSIYM. Since the collaboration began, they've released two EPs including 2015's Spirits, and performed at international music festivals A3C, Pop Montreal, CMW and NXNE.
SeT, representing CReW and the SmashMouth Music Group, is an up-and-coming emcee specializing in spitting rapidfire flows while balancing head-spinning metaphors. Since the release of his debut LP AuRA in 2014, he's been delivering a consistent stream of videos, key features, singles and performances. Get familiar with the young grinder at The Hustle.
Johnny Active was active on YouTube before even releasing his debut single. He had amassed over 150,000 views with strategic covers and remixes before dropping the eye candy laden lyric video for his turn up banger "Guest List." Just don't take advantage of his liberal use of the guest list.
Haviah Mighty does it all - rapping, producing, DJing, multi-instrumentalizing, singing, awesoming. With a tendency to touch on real topics while boasting a tight flow over heavy bass, Haviah's versatility is evident all over her debut LP Bass Loud, which was released earlier this year.
DJ Ken L Jones is a familiar face to regulars of The Academy events, having spun at a couple previous events including Chicago group The Palmer Squares' concert at Revival Bar last month. With an ability to play classics, turn up bangers and rare gems, he's a safe bet to make his name known in many Toronto party and DJ circles in the coming years.
Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.
Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!
Evening Hymns is the ever-evolving musical project of Jonas Bonnetta, a musician/artist/sawyer who lives in rural Eastern Ontario. Evening Hymns is a musical reflecting pool. The currents of his emotional poetry evoke collective memories and experiences we somehow all share. The band’s last record, Spectral Dusk (2012), covered deeply personal issues and took Evening Hymns to the next level, musically and lyrically, from their début record‚ Spirit Guides (2009). A study of loss, pain, hope and a pathway drawn out of the dark into the light, Spectral Dusk found Jonas dealing with the loss of his father three years previous. The record spilled its guts out on the floor, and yet so softly allowed the listener to reflect on their own mortality. Their new album, Quiet Energies, is less personal in nature. It’s a record made for listening with the windows rolled down like the classic road records of the 1970’s. It’s due out the summer of 2015. The album was made in his home studio, Port William Sound, a cabin outside his rustic home. Heated by an antique wood stove, and with a panoramic view of the fields surrounding, its peaceful environment inspired and bolstered the recording experience. Jonas assembled a familiar group of friends to make the album, including longtime band mates Sylvie Smith and Jon Hynes, as well as friends from Timber Timbre and The Wooden Sky.
Known for getting crowds off their feet, local favourite DJ Your Boy Brian seamlessly blends all genres into a feel-good party mix. Part of the More Proof collective, DJ Your Boy Brian takes having fun very, very seriously.
Check out his mix from the White Light Series before stopping by the Lounge for a night of carefree fun.
Motown Party. We're a world traveling soul party that started right here and we're returning to Toronto at a brand new venue for us; The Drake Hotel.
We're the best fun times high energy dance party! We regularly play Chicago, Vancouver, New York, Paris and London and we will be in Toronto playing Motown, northern soul, and some remixes for YOU with resident DJs Fawn Big Canoe Sean Caff & DJ Misty!
We guarantee you will have a good time! Expect to hear some old favorites and rare grooves from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and whatever else we feel like playing.
Beat Connection is Reed Juenger, Tom Eddy & Jarred Katz joined live by Mark Hunter. Formed in 2010, Beat Connection has undergone numerous changes, finally stabilizing in its current form. The band has already shared the stage with Jungle, Toro y Moi, STRFKR, Washed Out, Holy Ghost! & ODESZA; and has garnered positive looks from Pitchfork, The Fader and The Guardian. With performances scheduled this year at ACL & CHBP, Beat Connection now looks to the future to focus on constantly bringing something new to their audience by bridging the gap between the mundane and the transcendent, the pop and the avant-garde. Expect something new at every turn.
Dougie Boom has established himself as a staple in the Toronto scene. Having played in nearly every bar and club in the city, he's shared the stage with acts such as Chromeo, Flosstradamus, Holy Fuck, Thunderheist and countless others.
With his intensive knowledge of music and experience, Dougie Boom jumps seamlessly from one genre to the next and keeps the dance floor moving.
Itzsoweezee hits the Underground for its monthly whirlwind of wall-to-wall music - prepare to dance, smile and holler. Local favorite Tom Wrecks of the Stylusts crew captains the night with a rotating cast of stellar guest DJs. With roots in the A-Trak, visuals lighting up the screens and a foot in the mainstream, these guys throw a wild and crazy night. Itzsoweezee will make it easy - so easy - to get you on the dance floor.
Local wordsmiths and performers shine at Toronto Poetry Slam, providing an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery and friendly competition before an always packed house.
$80 goes to the best performance of the night, so if you think your literary creations have what it takes to win, be sure to sign up at 7:30PM. And don't forget your sense of humour!