Canadian Music Week is proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop with exclusive events throughout the festival and conference June 5-10, 2023. Conference registration and festival wristbands are available at www.cmw.net/conference/online-registration, with single tickets available at www.ticketweb.ca.
Canadian Music Week will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop with an electrifying concert from East coast legends The Lox on June 9 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre with special guest Kardinal Offishall. Tickets are available now at admitone.com/events/the-lox-toronto-8886465. That morning the CMW Music Summit will also host “The Lox x Steve Lobel: Making Moves, Building Empires, and Paving the Way for Hip Hop Culture” at the Westin Harbour Castle where Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss will share candid stories, insights, and perspectives on their careers and legacy, offering an intimate and inspiring look into the world of Hip Hop.
“Participating as a sponsor for the Hip Hop track at the much-anticipated 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 homage to a culture that has undeniably shaped society, continuously breaking barriers and inspiring global audiences.”
This isn’t merely a celebration of the past, but also an enthusiastic anticipation of the future. The power of Hip Hop is that it constantly evolves, remaining at the forefront of creativity and innovation. As we acknowledge its profound influence and enduring legacy, we are also excited about being able to provide a digital identity for the entire Hip Hop culture and community.”
On June 8 the CMW Music Summit will screen part 1 of the PBS docuseries Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World, where Chuck D from Public Enemy explores Hip Hop’s political awakening over the last 50 years. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Chuck D, B-Real of Cypress Hill, and Lorrie Boula from Soul Kitchen hosted by Maestro Fresh Wes, discussing the importance of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, how it shaped the minds of generations, and the contributions they’ve each made within the history of Hip Hop.
On June 10 at the CMW Music Summit, Dalton Higgins will host “Shaping the Soundscape of Tomorrow: Embracing Urban A&R in an Evolving Music Industry”, an engaging keynote interview with Darrale Jones, Senior Vice President of Urban A&R at Atlantic Records, that will delve into his unmatched career, and the dynamic world of Urban A&R with its pivotal role in shaping the future of the music industry. Later that afternoon the CMW Music Summit will include the highly anticipated keynote interview with the “King of the Mixtape” DJ Drama, hosted by DJ Charlie B, Director of A&R at Warner. DJ Drama will talk about his years riding the wave of new sounds and artists, and the evolution of nightlife and the music industry. He’ll tell stories about some prize talent discoveries, like Lil Uzi Vert and Jack Harlow, and where and how he found them.
“We are very proud to be the Canadian destination for this remarkable initiative celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “Toronto has been at the centre of Hip Hop greatness throughout its storied history, and attendees will have the chance to rub shoulders with greatness as we celebrate pioneers of the genre, including key Canadian contributors.”
Canadian Music Week will celebrate the new generation of Hip Hop with music festival showcases kicking off June 5 featuring Chloe Tang, Maeesha b, REINI B, Aieysha Haws, Mc Pipo, and Emma Beko at the Paddock Tavern, and Temia, JACE Carrillo, Koda, MC Wild, dichotomi and friends, ZENON, and Mic North at Bar Cathedral. On June 6 fans will see Roderick Porter & Dom Vallie with Lyan Paris at Axis Club. On June 7 Create Music Group will showcase at The Drake Underground with Charmie, Talltale, Amanda Frances, YSN Fab, Yung Tory, and Eva Shaw & Friends.