Toronto’s LARGEST Soca & Reggae Extravaganza is BACK!

SocaReggaeLutionby TorontoDeejays.com

Wondering where the party is at this Family Day Weekend? Wonder no more! Toronto’s #1 Soca-Reggae Party for the 24th edition entitled, “GYAL OVERLOAD!”

SOCA-REGGAE-LUTION takes place tomorrow night,  tomorrow night, Feb. 16, 2014 at Come out to The Vue Nightclub @ 195 Galaxy Blvd. in Toronto’s west-end (near Toronto Pearson International Airport).

With a crazy line-up of entertainment and tickets being sold at an alarming rate, “GYAL OVERLOAD” is sure to TUN OVA the city of Toronto like never before! This is the 2014 party you’ve been waiting for…

For info/tickets contact DJ JEFF : 647-449-7746 or THE VUE NIGHTCLUB at 416.213.9788 x 224

Also visit www.facebook.com/torontodeejays for more details.

EARLY BIRD ADVANCE TICKETS: $15
REGULAR ADVANCE: $20
MORE @ THE DOOR – WHY PAY MORE?

Suppa Natty Splashes into 2014 with a mighty Birthday Bash east of Toronto

Suppa Natty and Friends tore down the building at Marquee Nightclub in early January 2014 with the 7th Annual Capricorn Splash Bday Bash

by TorontoDeejays.com

With the ‘7th Annual Capricorn Splash’, promoter and DJ Suppa Natty pulled of a successful birthday party east of Toronto earlier this month.

Hosted by Marquee Nightclub in Oshawa, the night of his birthday bash was covered exclusively by TorontoDeejays.com. The club was filled with Toronto’s top selectas/sound crews and Dancehall/Reggae artists; family, friends and most importantly his fans. Suppa Natty would like to thank all those who supported the event overall.

Seeing many new faces is a reminder of his ever growing fan-base and Suppa Natty plans to keep offering his fans and supporters top-class entertainment.

The DJ/Promoter has arranged to bring Billboard Chart-topper and Reggae/Dancehall superstar Gyptian to Marquee Nightclub on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The award-winning artist has added this event to his current promotional tour of Europe and North America for his latest studio album, Sex, Love and Reggae. Meanwhile Suppa Natty is working to bring other well known artists to Toronto and his home-town Oshawa in 2014.

Check out Live Footage of Suppa Natty’s 7th Annual Capricorn Splash Birthday Bash and learn more about the man behind the parties and the music by watching his 2014 Video EPK here.

10 hit Reggae albums that deserved Grammy nominations

by Jodee Brown

On Friday night, The Recording Academy announced its nominees for the 56th Grammy Awards, slated for January 26 in Los Angeles. A fair amount of intrigue surrounds this year’s Reggae Grammy nominees, with Snoop Dogg (under the Snoop Lion moniker) and Sizzla standing out amongst the contenders.

However, while the selection committee has managed to correctly reward some of Reggae’s most influential projects in the past, there were some top-of-the-line albums by Jamaican artists that were inexplicably snubbed, for whatever reason, with regards the Best Reggae album honor. Here are 10 such projects that deserved a shot at music’s most prestigious prize:

Honorable Mention: Reggae Music Again (2012)

Honorable Mention: Reggae Music Again (2012)

Honorable Mention: Reggae Music Again (2012)File photo

A certain honorable mention for this list is Busy Signal’s Reggae Music Again. The all-Reggae effort, released months before serving a six-month stint in a U.S. prison last May was relatively solid as he and Shane Brown combined to produce hits like Come Over (Missing You) and Reggae Music Again, showing Busy’s undoubted versatility. This project was a classic case of quality of music out-trumping quantity of record sales. Yet, The Recording Academy chose not to take too much notice.

10. Etana – Better Tomorrow (2013)

10. Etana – Better Tomorrow (2013)

10. Etana – Better Tomorrow (2013) File photo

Regarding this year’s award selections, there was not much of an issue from my perspective regarding the nominees, which also included Beres HammondZiggy Marley and Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters. However, this year seemed like the ideal opportunity to buck a longstanding trend of female acts not earning a Grammy nod, with Etana’s most recent album, Better Tomorrow warranting such an honor.

The album featured some of her best work including songs such as QueenBeautiful Day and the addictive track, Reggae and, had it been nominated, would have marked the first album by a female act since Sister Carol’sLyrically Potent in 1997 to earn such a nod. Alas, it was not meant to be for the ‘Strong One.’

9. Romain Virgo – The System (2012)

9. Romain Virgo - The System (2012)

9. Romain Virgo – The System (2012)vpreggae.com

Last year, the Recording Academy failed to buck yet another recent trend – mainly elder acts and familiar names getting nods – and overlooked a strong breakthrough effort by emerging Reggae superstar, Romain Virgo with his debut album, The System.

This album made Virgo a standout name in Reggae music, with hits such as Rich In LoveI Know Better and The System and showcased his vocal range and versatility to the world. Though the album was not a smashing commercial success, it featured quality music from top to bottom and would have fit onto a final nominations list with work less heralded and similarly struggling in the sales department.

8. Sizzla – Praise Ye Jah (1997)

8. Sizzla - Praise Ye Jah (1997)

8. Sizzla – Praise Ye Jah (1997)reggaeville.com

In 1997, a young, fiery singer by the name ofSizzla Kalonji announced himself to the Reggae scene with this thought-provoking album, Praise Ye Jah. This album was a slight turn from the albums of the early-mid 90s which were predicated on soft tones and soothing melodies. Not to say this album didn’t have sprinkles of either, but on this record, you could feel Sizzla’s passion as he helped usher in the more edgy, aggressive type of Reggae music that would force others to pay attention.

The album did not quite make Sizzla a mainstream hit, but with songs like Praise Ye Jah, Homeless and Dem a Wonder, it warranted a Grammy nod just based on the fact it offered something different from the usual Reggae project and found some measure of credence with music lovers, allowing his star to shine early on in his career.

7. Beres Hammond – Moment in Time (2008)

7. Beres Hammond - Moment in Time (2008)

7. Beres Hammond – Moment in Time (2008)amazon.com

Beres Hammond’s 11-year wait for a Grammy nomination could have been cut in half if his 2008 album, Moment In Time had been one of the five finalist for the 2009 Reggae Grammy. This was a breathtaking album from the Reggae legend, featuring hits like No GoodbyeI Feel Good andGive It All You’ve Got and possessed enough quality to warrant a call in a rare year when six nominees were selected.

6. Diana King – Tougher Than Love (1995)

6. Diana King - Tougher Than Love (1995)

6. Diana King – Tougher Than Love (1995)7Digital.com

In the mid-90s, Diana King was one of the hottest properties in Jamaican music, particularly for her hit single, Shy Guywhich was featured on the soundtrack to the first installment of the Bad Boys movie series. Other tracks like Treat Her Like a Lady, later covered by Celine Dion, made her a breakout star internationally.

Despite that and the fact Tougher Than Love was certified gold in the United States, she was snubbed for the award, again proving how much harder it was for a Jamaican female act to garner the same attention for such a major award than her male counterparts.

5. Bounty Killer – My Xperience (1996)

5. Bounty Killer - My Xperience (1996)

5. Bounty Killer – My Xperience (1996)amazon.com

Having arrived on the scene with a rough-edge, no nonsense style in the early 90s,Bounty Killer became one of Dancehall’s most prolific stars and was soon gaining international recognition, collaborating with the likes of The Fugees and Busta Rhymesfor his 1996 project, My Xperience.

This was easily the best project ever compiled by the ‘War Lord,’ featuring hits like Living Dangerously (w/ Barrington Levy), Maniac (w/ Richie Stephens),Seek God and Revolution (Part 3) – w/ Beenie Man and the late Dennis Brown.Certainly, one of the greatest Dancehall albums ever put together should have received a nod, but did not make the final list, for the 1997 Reggae Grammy, which was won by Bunny Wailerfor his 50th anniversary album dedicated to the late, great Bob Marley.

4. Luciano – Where There Is Life (1995)

4. Luciano - Where There Is Life (1995)

4. Luciano – Where There Is Life (1995)last.fm

Though he scored a Grammy nod for his 2002 album, A New Day, his best album,Where There Is Life was surprisingly not deemed worthy of similar acclaim for the 1996 awards. The Philip ‘Fattis’ Burrell produced album featured some of Reggae’s biggest hits, including It’s Me Again Jah,Who Could It Be and Lord Give Me Strength. It was a shame considering how popular many of the songs were in the mainstream and the album would have presented a strong challenge to the eventual winner, Boombastic by Shaggy.

3. Sizzla – Da Real Thing (2002)

3. Sizzla - Da Real Thing (2002)

3. Sizzla – Da Real Thing (2002)reggaeville.com

Though he already had hit albums like the aformentioned Praise Ye Jah, Sizzla Kalonji never truly broke out as an international mainstream star until his 2002 album, Da Real Thing came out, which produced the mother-loving anthem, Thank You Mama, Just One of Those Days, Solid As a Rock and a bevy of others.

He put himself out there as Reggae’s next big star, but his star apparently did not shine enough to earn a look from the Grammy selection committee the following year, whenLee ‘Scratch’ Perry took home the honor. A surprising omission to say the least.

2. Buju Banton – Til Shiloh (1995)

2. Buju Banton - Til Shiloh (1995)

2. Buju Banton – Til Shiloh (1995)File photo

How Buju Banton’s greatest album to date did not earn a Grammy nomination is, in my opinion, one of the greatest travesties in Reggae music.

This undoubted classic featured worldwide hits such as Untold Stories, Not an Easy Road, Wanna Be Loved, Murderer andChampion. Though he would later score five more nominations, including winning the 2011 Best Reggae Album honor for Rasta Got Soul, Til Shiloh without question should have been nominated and would have made contention for the 1996 Reggae Grammy a lot more interesting.

1. Shaggy – Hot Shot (2000)

1. Shaggy - Hot Shot (2000)

1. Shaggy – Hot Shot (2000)File photo

As eye-popping as Buju’s omission was, however, there was no greater shock than when one of Jamaican music’s best-selling albums of all-time was snubbed for the 2001 Reggae Grammy.

Shaggy’s Hot Shot not only produced international hits like Angel (w/ Rayvon) andIt Wasn’t Me (w/ Rik Rok), the album was certified diamond in the U.S., with close to 10 million records sold there and over 20 million worldwide.

Despite the fact It Wasn’t Me was nominated for the Best Pop Collaboration w/ Vocal, what seemed like a shoe-in for a nomination and a possible victory in 2001 (Beenie Man’s Art and Life won that year) for Hot Shot was snubbed by the academy. It remains a mystery how one of Jamaican music’s best commercial successes – topping the Billboard 200 chart and U.K. Albums Chart – never received the call up it deserved for music’s greatest prize.

Lion’s Den Reggae Music Mondays Roars to new Location Downtown Toronto

Re-introducing The Lions Den at a whole new location. Re-igniting the flame at a whole new level.

Re-introducing The Lions Den at a whole new location. Re-igniting the flame at a whole new level.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto’s Favorite Monday Night Reggae Music hang-out, Lions Den, hits Bunda Lounge with a long list of upcoming performers and some of the city’s finest Selectas spinning the latest and greatest tunes.

Toronto, ON – August , 2013 — Reggae Music advocate JuLion King of Reggae Xclusive Magazine and popular blog site CanadianReggaeWorld.com has re-introduced “The Lions Den”. The weekly night of music commonly known as “Denday” continues to build on its rich history of providing pure reggae vibes that all can enjoy.  The hot new location is Bunda Lounge at 1108 Dundas Street West. Main event selectas (DJs) include The Juiceman – Jonathan Shaw, Suppa Natty, Fyah Rootz of Atmosphere Sound alongside Amazona Sound. On the scene photos, video and promotion will be provided by TorontoDeejays.com and Time2Rize Media, Inc.  Click here to see promo video.

The Den is now welcoming all artists and entertainers to showcase their talents. In the few short weeks at their new location, numerous upcoming and well known Reggae/Dancehall artists have shown up to enjoy the vibes and have graced the microphone with their abundance of talent.  Names include: Progress, Michie Mee, Lindo P, Popa Levy, Melodic Yoza, Tonya P, Nkrumah and you never know who will show up on the very next Denday.

This event features all the flavours of Reggae music sprinkled with sounds from around the Caribbean and the world. The bar also serves up a wide selection of drinks ranging from cocktails, liquers, domestic/imported beers and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.  “It’s typically a jam to chill to the sounds of Roots, Rastafarian Reggae with a mix of Soul, Funk, R & B, House music, Soca, and a touch of Dancehall. A vibe to chill and relax, or simply just to dance! No pretenses, just positive energy!” says JuLion King who also told the story of a friend asking him, “What are you selling at the Lion’s Den?” His answer was simply, “We sell smiles.”

Event Details:

The Lions Den Reggae Music Party

Venue: Bunda Lounge 1108 Dundas St. W. @ Ossington, Toronto, ON

Date: Every Monday (Doors Open at 10pm)

A canned food donation or $5 cover at the door

For Additional Info Contact:

JuLion King at canadianreggaeworld@gmail.com
Tygon Cowan at info@torontodeejays.com

Visit www.bundalounge.ca for directions

LIONS DEN "IGNITION" PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

LIONS DEN “IGNITION” PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

Re-introducing The Lions Den at a whole new location. Re-igniting the flame at a whole new level. Just warming up. All artists and entertainers welcome to showcase their talents. All reggae fans are welcome to join the party. Each and every Monday (Denday). Doors open @ 10pm. A canned good or $5 at the door. Party all night. Pre-party with delicious food and unforgettable moments starting very soon! Brought to you by: Canadian Reggae World with a little help from Toronto Deejays TV and Time2Rize Media, Inc.