Canadian Music Week Celebrates 50 Years of Hip-Hop – What’s on Board?

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Canadian Music Week celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with exclusive events during the conference. CMW takes place June 5-10 – here’s a look at what’s on board.

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Canadian Music Week celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with an electrifying concert by East Coast legends The Lox on June 9 at the Queen Elizabeth Theater with special guest Cardinal Offishall. Tickets for the event are available Now available.

CMW attendees can look forward to the CMW Music Summit panel “The Lox x Steve Lobel: Making Moves, Building Empires, and Paving the Way for Hip-Hop Culture” at the Westin Harbor Castle. Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss will also share candid stories, insights and perspectives on their careers and legacies, providing an intimate look into the world of hip-hop.

“To sponsor the hip hop track at the highly anticipated event Canadian Music Week is a true honor for us,” said Ajene Watson, managing partner at Dot Hip Hop, LLC. “As we celebrate this momentous occasion of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, we pay tribute to a culture that has undeniably shaped society, continuously broken down barriers and inspired global audiences.”

The celebration of hip-hop during CMW is not only a tribute to the past, but also an enthusiastic anticipation of the future. Because the strength of hip-hop lies in the fact that it is a genre that is constantly evolving and continues to be at the forefront of creativity and innovation in the industry. Here’s a look at how CMW is offering a digital name to the hip-hop community.

On June 8, the CMW Music Summit will air the first part of the PBS documentary, Fight The Power: How Hip-Hop Changed The World, in which Public Enemy’s Chuck D examines hip-hop’s political emergence over the past 50 years . The screening will be followed by a talk with Chuck D, B-Real from Cypress Hill, and Lorrie Boula from Soul Kitchen, moderated by Maestro Fresh Wes. The panel will discuss the significance of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, how it has shaped the minds of generations and the contributions each generation has made to the history of the genre.

On June 10th, Dalton Higgins will host the CMW Music Summit, Shaping the Soundscape of Tomorrow: Embracing Urban A&R in an Evolving Music Industry. This exciting keynote interview with Darrale Jones, Senior Vice President of Urban A&R at Atlantic Records, will delve into his career and the dynamic world of Urban A&R and his pivotal role in shaping the future of the music industry.

Later, the much-anticipated keynote interview with “King of the Mixtape” DJ Drama, hosted by DJ Charlie B, Director for A&R at Warner. DJ Drama will talk about his years on the new wave of new sounds and artists, as well as the evolution of nightlife and the music industry. He will share stories of valuable talent discoveries like Lil Uzi Vert and Jack Harlow.

“We are proud to be the Canadian destination of this remarkable initiative celebrating 50 years of hip-hop,” added Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “Toronto has been at the center of the great hip-hop scene throughout its storied history, and attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with greats as we celebrate pioneers of the genre, including key Canadian contributors.”

Canadian Music Week celebrates the new generation of hip-hop with music festival showcases starting June 5 featuring Chloe Tang, Maeesha b, REINI B, Aieysha Haws, Mc Pipo and Emma Beko at the Paddock Tavern, plus Temia, JACE Carrillo and Koda , MC Wild, dichotomi and friends, ZENON and Mic North at Bar Cathedral.

On June 6th, fans can catch Roderick Porter & Dom Vallie with Lyan Parix at the Axis Club. On June 7th, Create Music Group presents The Drake Underground featuring Charmie, Talltale, Amanda Frances, YSN Fab, Yung Tory and Eva Shaw & Friends.