Published Mar 04, 2010Compared to our U.S. neighbours, the rich history of Canadian hip-hop hasn't received the documentation and exploration that it deserves. Fortunately, that will all change soon when Northsidehiphop.ca launches for the first time. The site describes itself as "an online resource cataloguing Canadian hip-hop history and culture," and to prove they mean business, they're throwing their very own launch party tonight (March 4) in Toronto.
Called the "T-Dot Pioneers" show, the event is taking place at the Toronto Free Gallery, and the organizers have lined up some pretty exciting guests, including mixes from DJ DTS, O-Nonymous and Gret Scott, along with performances from poet and MC Thrust. The event will kick off with a keynote address from Toronto legend K4rce (aka MC Force), who is credited with coining the term "T-Dot."
In a press release, coordinator Mark Campbell said that the kick-off event seeks to spread awareness about Toronto's fertile hip-hop history. "'T-Dot Pioneers' is a collaborative project that explores the key elements of Toronto hip-hop culture and aims to begin a conversation around historical moments in the Toronto hip-hop scene," he said. "Toronto's hip-hop culture has a rich background that very few people know about, as it was an integral testing ground for new material from industry legends like Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, RUN DMC, and even DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince."
"T-Dot Pioneers" will run from 6 p.m. until midnight. It will also be broadcast live on CHRY 105.5FM.