May 27th, 2017

Lots of new faces at $5 Rap Show!

Another new instalment of $5 Rap Show is fast approaching, and this one will feature a lot of new faces on stage. We’re all familiar with the amazing raps and energy of The Mighty Rhino, and Fresh Kils has backed up others and performed solo many times at 5DRS. But this time Kils brings along Ice Tha One, who will have her new album on hand. Also that night will be Cody Jones from Philly, and U.K. expat Mr Kelly. I can’t wait to check out all these new acts!

Here’s everything you need to know:

$5 Rap Show featuring performances by

Mr Kelly
Cody Jones
The Mighty Rhino
Ice Tha One and Fresh Kils
+ special guests

Hosted by Wordburglar. Music by More Or Les.

WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017
WHERE: Handlebar, 159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
WHAT TIME: Doors 9pm, Performances 10pm
WHO: Humans 19+
HOW MUCH: only $5!

For more information, check the Facebook event page here:

May 19th, 2017

More Or Les at Little York Folk Festival

If you’re one of the many people who often wonders why folk festivals don’t book more hip hop acts, Little York Folk Festival is for you. More Or Les will be hosting a writing workshop alongside folk/country singer Sarah Jane Scouten (Light Organ Records) on Saturday, May 20 and then performs later that night on a packed bill of folk and country acts.

Here’s the full rundown of festival events:

Little York Folk Festival is in its second year!! Toronto’s micro folk festival is happening May 20-21 at The Tranzac Club, bringing together all the folk and roots music scenes within our city.

Tickets $45 for Saturday/Sunday
Saturday Night Only $30
Sunday Afternoon $20/$10 for artists/students

Friday May 19
A very special kick off party at Orchard, 1174 Bloor St, Toronto
Door $5
The Layrite Boys
Friendly Rich
Kitchen Orkestra

Saturday May 20
Afternoon Workshops by donation!
Flash Choir with Kristine Schmitt
Cajun Two-Stepping with Rosalyn Dennett
Songcraft with More or Les and Sarah Jane Scouten
Hambone with Lotus Wight
Polyrhythm with The Kitchen Orkestra
Scandinavian Fiddle with Elise Boeur

Saturday May 20
Evening Concerts w/
The Barrel Boys
Corey Gulkin
Winona Wilde
More or Les
Lotus Wight
Toronto Classic Country All-Stars

Sunday May 21
Afternoon – Recovery Cabaret
Hand-picked musicians will be collaborating for the FIRST TIME to bring new works, while you drink caesars with old friends and make new ones.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite or

Check the Facebook event page for more info:

April 28th, 2017

Third Verse podcast crew converse with Chokeules

Awesome Canadian indie rap blog Ugsmag has teamed with awesome Canadian radio show Third Verse to create a companion podcast series featuring conversations with the best in indie Canadian hip hop. For Episode 5, hosts Chapter Thrive, Chaps and Rewind talk with Chokeules about his group affiliations, from his early years in London, Ontario’s Toolshed to current trio Swamp Thing and the massive Backburner crew; about his two solo albums, his self-released Hypergraphia and Stay Up on Hand’Solo; his videos for “40 Year Old Vegan” and “Murder Monday”; and more grand fun.

Or check out the show here:

March 27th, 2017

$5 Rap Show 7th Anniversary Show on April 13

Can you believe it’s the $5 Rap Show’s 7 Anniversary already? Come celebrate…


Swamp Thing
Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!
More Or Les

plus special guests, prizes, surprises and cake!

* Flyer Artwork by Chokeules of Swamp Thing!

WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017
WHERE: Handlebar, 159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON
WHAT TIME: Doors – 9pm, performances – 10pm
WHO: Humans 19+
HOW MUCH: always $5

For more information, check the Facebook event page:

March 20th, 2017

Chokeules – Murder Monday (official lyric video)

The latest single from Hand’Solo Records’ Bassments Of Badmen 3 is “Murder Monday” by Chokeules. Produced by Timbuktu (a member of Toronto rap group Swamp Thing, alongside Chokeules and Savilion, who produced the remix), “Murder Monday” is an ode to free time and escaping the daily grind. Accompanied by a lyric video by, with illustrations and fonts by Chokeules, it’s an audiovisual treat for anyone who’s ever wanted to Murder Monday.

Lyrics: Chokeules
Production: Timbuktu
Remix: Savilion

Video by
Illustrations and fonts by Chokeules

March 18th, 2017

March 20 is Murder Monday!

March 7th, 2017

$5 Rap Show with Ghettosock, Niles, Side C and more…

Starting the year off strong at $5 Rap Show with our second show of the year on Saturday, March 11 at Handlebar in Kensington Market, this one with crowd favourite Ghettosocks and his label mate NiLLa Music, who recently released a new album produced by Socks, along with Montreal’s Side Cee, and Alex Dimez and Nayles. Plus host Wordburglar and DJ More Or Les will probably bless the mic, as per usual. Only 5 bucks for an awesome party! C’mon out!


WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 2017
WHERE: Handlebar, 159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON
TIME: Doors 9pm, Performances 10pm
WHO: Humans 19+
COST: $5

For more info, check the Facebook Event Page:

February 8th, 2017

More Or Les on In Session With Girth

If you haven’t done so already, you should check out the interview with More Or Les done by host Sammy Younan for his podcast In Session With Girth. They discuss his music, his new album, Doctor Who, comics and more, interspersed with a few tracks from Les’s new album Blow the Fuck Up But Stay Humble.

Or let Sammy convince you with his explanation/description of the show:

Listen to the podcast here:

January 16th, 2017

Magnus Opus is all over Indie Rock Mag year end lists – and we love it!

It’s time for the Best Of year end lists, and the very thorough folks over at one of our favourite music sites are showing extremely indecent levels of love for Magnus Opus, the sophomore album from Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!

Check out these ratings and French words…

#20 on Indie Rock Mag’s Top 50 Hip-Hop-ish Albums:

#59 on Rabbit’s 66 Favourite Records of 2016:

And one of my favourites from the album, “Criddown” with Daneo, made Rabbit’s 22 Songs of 2016:

Check out any of these lists and more on IRM regarding Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! here:

January 12th, 2017

X-Faction 2 and Blow the Fuck Up But Stay Humble reviewed by Fandomania!

Taking advantage of the holidays, Chad Walker compiles another column of reviews which just so happens to include two of the most recent Hand’Solo Records releases, and he gives both great reviews…

First up is Primordial Emcee’s X-Faction 2: Reanimated, which Mr Walker had been waiting on for a while…

Followed by More Or Les’s Blow the Fuck Up But Stay Humble, which also made Mr Walker’s Geek Music 10 Best of 2016

Read all of the reviews (including the awesome Pieces in Space from Sammus) here: