This past Friday, I decided to head down to Muzik in Toronto to see the TIFF kickoff party to the movie Breakaway.
With so many artists lined up to perform, and rumours of an appearance by Drake, it was something I wanted to see firsthand. I had to admit, this was the first time a show had garnered so much attention. Marketing was on point, as virtually everyone in the city knew about this gig, which is a feat in itself, as so many shows here fail merely due to a lack of any solid promotion outside of facebook.
I usually always head into these kinds of things with lowered expectations. As we all know, Toronto hasn’t fared well when it comes to big Bhangra bashes (just ask Panjabi Hit Squad, Tigerstyle, Malkit Singh, Juggy D, Jassi Sidhu, Rishi Rich, Sukshinder Shinda, Stereo Nation, Zeus, and many more.)
Slated to perform were RDB, Josh, H Dhami, Veronica, Jassi Sidhu and Bohemia. Appearances were also to be made by the cast of the movie, Russell Peters, as well as Ludacris and Akshay Kumar. In between all of that, DJ Kamran, Baba Kahn, Starting From Scratch, and DJ KSR would be spinning the wheels of steel. With tickets starting at $40, and a venue large enough to hold 3,000 people, this show was going to be big.
And so it begins.
I’ll spare you the elongated play-by-play, as it really was quite an uneventful night considering the billing.
Each performer “performed” (I can also write “sang” if you catch my drift) two songs maximum from the Breakaway soundtrack.
Ludacris was nowhere to be seen (he was in VIP) and the same can be said of Akshay Kumar (who also happened to be celebrating his birthday that night)
Interestingly enough, Akshay Kumar was present and visible on stage during the free event thrown at Chinguacousy Park this past Sunday, alongside the very same performers.
So while I was dancing away to the music provided by the various Deejays that night (which was probably the only saving grace to the entire evening) I came to the following realisation.
Artists mimed their way through their songs like puppets, but at the end of the day, we the people, who pay good money to see them, are the puppets, as we jump at the opportunity to watch them live with any chance we get.
Could it just be the Artists twisted way of getting back at us? We download their songs for free. They get paid for attending. We pay to see them perform. We still end up listening to the same CD we downloaded for free, but now in person.
And the beat goes on.
RDB and Nindy Kaur, as well as the Culture Shock Trio will be performing tomorrow (June 18, 2011) at Brampton’s IIFA Buzz Fest.
The show kicks off at 4:45 PM at the Rose Theatre Garden Square.
The concert will be hosted by Bipasha Basu, and will also feature the musical styling of Parichay.
For more information, visit Brampton.ca.
Toronto’s very own Culture Shock Trio (Baba Kahn, Lomaticc and Sunny Brown) are giving up their album for a free download.
The album has a decent selection of tracks ranging across various genres. My favourite tunes have to be their older ones (“Tonight” and “Slip and Fall”) which have both been remastered and packaged in this download.
Hit up 747records.com for the download.
Or hit up the link Baba Kahn has provided here.
And just for good measure, another link here.
Check out the Baba Kahn/Sunny Brown/Lomaticc Video of “Bombay Bo.”
I’m not into the song, but the video has a pretty wicked vibe to it, and it showcases the club vibe in the T-Dot.
“Culture Shock 2:Blackmarket” is out on September 30, 2009. But you can download the track for free here.
Also, there is now a “Bootleg Mix” available to download courtesy of Baba Kahn, additionally featuring Blizz and Rochester.
More info on the Culture Shock Project is available at 747records.com.
Baba Kahn, Sunny Brown and Lomaticc are back. After the massively huge track “Tonight” last year, the crew are trying to do things even bigger.
Culture Shock 2 is set for release, and the first single is up for download.
It’s not exactly at the same level of “Tonight,” but they’re on the right track, of thinking what the club goers in North America are looking for.
The inclusion of ring tones in the download pack, is a very good idea as well.
Culture Shock 2 Release Party at Circa (Toronto) June 30, 2009
Baba Kahn is also promoting the album in a big way, with a concert happening in one of Toronto’s biggest clubs (Circa,) along with an impressive lineup to boot.
Along with the Culture Shock Crew of Baba Kahn, Sunny Brown and Lomaticc, RDB, Manak-E, as well as H-Dhami will be performing.
To top things off, the video for Bombay Bo will be shot that night at the club.
For more details on this massive gig, check out cs2worldwide.com
And for tickets, check out torontoticketcentral.com
As well, you can stay up to date with Baba Kahn on his his twitter page
If you’re looking to do something this weekend, and require a desi fix, head out to Dundas Square on Saturday, May 30th for a full day of free performances.
Over twenty acts are scheduled to appear, with highlights including:
Baba Kahn, Lomaticc and Sunny Brown
The show starts at 11AM and goes on until 11PM. Click on the above flyer for more details, or hit up rbcdesifest.com
Just a quick reminder that Jay Sean will be in the T-Dot tonight at Frequency Nightclub. You can check for all the deets here.
As well as performing in Toronto, a Vancouver date has been added on May 17th. (So much for Toronto being the only tour date in Canada.)
Click on the above flyer for all the details.
Ladies, get all your girls together, because the “Asian Craig David” is coming to town.
Jay Sean will be in Toronto on Thursday, May 14, 2009 for a one off performance at Frequency Nightclub. It will be his only performance in Canada during his “My Way Tour” (I’m not sure what the Kitchener gig was then.)
Alongside Jay Sean, Baba Kahn, Lomaticc and Sunny Brown will also be in attendance performing their tracks “Tonight,” “Slip and Fall” and “Soniye Ni.”
There are $15 earliybird tickets, $20 Jay Sean/Big Bang 2009 combo tickets, and $35 Jay Sean meet and greet tickets.
To purchase your tickets, check these sites out:
For more info, click on the above flyer.
Jay Sean “Tonight” Remixes
Recently, there have been two Jay Sean “Tonight” remixes done by Harj of XS-Bass, and DJ Shadow from Dubai. I’m really digging DJ Shadows mixes right now. Keep your eyes open for Shadow, because his name will pop up again in the upcoming weeks.
DJ Shadow Remix
DJ Shadow mix > XS-Bass mix. Right?
In even more concert news, Jay Sean will be in concert in Kitchener, Ontario at Elements Nightclub (90 King Street West) on April 1, 2009. Jay Sean was last seen in these areas about…..man I don’t even remember (maybe Juggy D/Rishi Rich days??)
In addition to Jay Sean, Baba Kahn, Sunny Brown and Lomaticc (the blokes that brought us this gem) will also be performing.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here