May 24th, 2015

Fake For Real reviews Backburner’s Eclipse

New review for Backburner’s Eclipse from our good friends at Fake For Real in France… Sylvain appears to have enjoyed the album according to what I got from the weird Google translation. Here’s a bit of a teaser for the review, but you can read the full review in French using the link below, or read the provided Google translation if you’re in the same boat as me and don’t know enough French to order fries in Quebec…

Read the full FRENCH review here:

Or read the weird Google translation:

May 24th, 2015

FREE rap show with Primordial

Primordial of Toronto trio Faction (also includes Iron Wind and Chief 4syt) makes a rare live appearance in the lead up to the release of his upcoming new solo album, X-Faction 2: Reanimated. Check him out at this FREE rap and R’n'B show featuring a bunch of other local talent. And it’s a pretty cool little bar, too.

Check the Facebook Event Page for more info.

May 13th, 2015

NEW! Rap Viper T-shirts! Limited edition! Limited time!

Pictured above is the new limited edition Wordburglar “Rap Viper” t-shirt, available only until May 25. Designed by Kody Peters, the artist behind Burgie’s comic Snakor’s Pizza as well as various album covers for Burg and Hand’Solo Records. Shirts are only $18 plus shipping, and they come in either blue or black with a vibrant red logo. I still can’t decide which one I want…

Get yours here:

May 3rd, 2015

Weekend @ Burgie’s – Episode 14

The weekend is almost over, but it’s never a bad time to listen to Wordburglar’s podcast, Weekend At Burgie’s. For episode 14, he invites Calum Johnston, Eisner-Award winner and owner of Strange Adventures Comic Bookshops. Obviously there’s lots of talk about comics, and in honour of the theme and this weekend’s Free Comic Book Day, the legendary Grandpa Funnybook also drops by to kick an intro rap. Also features music from Beatmason and Mos Def.

Listen to the podcast here:

May 3rd, 2015

Awesome CMW showcase by Esquire Fresh & Urbnet

Holy shit! If you’re in Toronto for Canadian Music Week, the Esquire Fresh & Urbnet showcase at Hard Luck Bar on May 7 looks to be pretty tight. Backburner’s Fresh Kils, Wordburglar and Swamp Thing are peppered throughout the night, and The Mighty Rhino (opening the show, so get there early), iLLVIBE, and 3-time Juno nominee D-Sisive kill it live. I know that if I don’t go to any other show during the festival (which may be the sad reality of it), I’m at least going to be hitting up this one. All these guys on one bill? For 10 bucks? Not to be missed!

Check the Facebook Event page for more details:

April 19th, 2015

Wordburglar live in St Catharine’s – Apri 25

Wordburglar plays St Catharine’s for the first time on Saturday, April 25 as part of In the Soil Arts Festival with a headlining gig alongside More Or Les that also includes performances from Papercutsrock (Jack Shitt and Andy Able), The KAC Himself, Le Stack and more. Should be a fun night!

For more information:

April 10th, 2015

Chokeules interview by Fingers On Blast

Check out the excellent interview with Chokeules conducted by Fingers On Blast with Choke talking about the upcoming $5 Rap Show, upcoming projects (the Peter Swamp Project sounds exciting!) and his favourite album from his discography. It’s a good prelude to rocking out at $5 Rap Show tonight!

Read the interview here:

April 6th, 2015

5 Years for $5 Rap Show

After running a series of successful one-off hip hop nights at Rancho Relaxo throughout 2008/2009, it was hard to ignore that it was slowly becoming the go-to hub for independent Rap in the city. Centrally located on the edge of Kensington Market above an unassuming Mexican restaurant, Rancho Relaxo welcomed the indie Rap scene with open arms – not to mention some of the best sound in the city. By the end of 2009 it was pretty obvious that Rancho needed a regular Rap night, so in January 2010 the first $5 Rap Show took place, hosted by More Or Les, Wordburglar & Doogie Howitzer. Fast forward 5 years later and The $5 Rap Show is going stronger than ever. With a lineup of past guests that reads like a who’s who of underground Canadian (and international) rap celebrities, The $5 Rap Show has been a welcome venue for album releases, world premieres and one-of-kind performances. At every show we strive to provide music fans a venue to experience fresh, independent Rap, positive vibes and networking in a chilled out atmosphere.



Only $5!

Friday, April 10
Doors at 9:30 PM
Rancho Relaxo, Toronto (300 College St)

Facebook event page for more info:

April 3rd, 2015

Weekend @ Burgie’s – Episode 13

It’s the Easter Weekend! Celebrate the extra day off with episode 13 of Wordburglar’s podcast, Weekend At Burgie’s!

This episode’s guest is actor, comedian and producer Sandy Jobin-Bevans, best known for his role as Officer Palumbo in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. Sandy and Burgie talk tales of acting, improv, sports, comic books and working on the new prank show “Fool Canada” with Will Sasso. It’s a hilarious one. Featuring music by Beatmason & Tha Alkaholiks.

Listen to the podcast here:

April 2nd, 2015

Fandomania reviews Backburner’s Eclipse

Chad Walker liked Heatwave, the first Backburner album, enough to investigate many of the individual members’ own projects and collaborations in the four years since. With his recent review of new album Eclipse for Fandomania it doesn’t sound like he was disappointed:

“… if you’re at all a fan of hip-hop, you really owe it to yourself to check out Backburner’s Eclipse. Just go do it now!”

And here’s a tease of the review by presenting just the intro:

Now read the full review here: