July 26th, 2017

$5 Rap Show for my birthday!

This year a great wonder occurs! $5 Rap Show falls on my birthday! I have the night off, so come celebrate with me near the stage, from wherever I can best see the stacked line-up. More rap than you pay for!


Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!

And as usual, hosts More Or Les and Wordburglar!

WHEN: Thursday, August 3, 2017
WHERE: Handlebar (159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto)
WHAT TIME: Doors 9pm, Performances 10pm
WHO: Humans 19+

For more info, check the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/458409304517383

July 2nd, 2017

Third Verse extra podcast interviews Backburner’s Thesis Sahib

By now you you’re likely aware that any discerning connoisseur of Canadian indie rap should be checking out the awesome companion podcast series to Canadian radio show Third Verse, with assistance from Canadian blog Ugsmag.com. Filled with great conversations between hosts Chapter Thrive and Chaps with many of the best in the underground rap scene, you too can soon be an expert. Episode 14 features Backburner freak and bending mouth weirdo Thesis Sahib, who not only discusses hip hop and the London rap scene, but he also talks about Great Lakes surfing, touring Europe, and his art career….

Or check out the show here: http://ugsmag.com/third-verse-episode-14-thesis-sahib/

June 30th, 2017

More Or Les celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with Ice Cold Buck Fifty

On July 1 Canada celebrates 150 years as a nation, and to celebrate More Or Les has released “Ice Cold Buck Fifty,” an homage to Canadian hip hop.

Taking some time off his beat tape coming out later this summer, producer, DJ and rapper More Or Les is back with a musical homage to Canadian Hip Hop, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the country. “Ice Cold Buck Fifty” is a 100 bars non-stop tribute to rappers and producers across the country, delivered in a mostly-chronological order of discovery for this Rap-fan-later-turned-rapper. While many music enthusiasts may be familiar with names like Maestro Fresh Wes, Dream Warriors, K-OS and Shad, Les goes deep with his coverage of indie Canadian Hip Hop, citing possibly-less-familiar folks such as Jorun Bombay, Citizen Kane, The Grassroots, and his own crew, Backburner. Always a fan of extra treats, this single includes a remix of “Icarus” from the Nov. 2016 release Blow The Fuck Up But Stay Humble by producer The Dirty Sample, featuring Swamp Thing, Rel McCoy and Wordburglar. Living in a digital age of last-minute add-ons and perks, this single will also feature a surprise remix released on Canada Day itself…

“Ice Cold Buck Fifty”
Production, cuts and rapping by More Or Les
Mixing by Ted “Measuring Man” Onyszczak
Mastering by More Or Les

“Icarus (The Dirty Sample Remix)”
Production and mixing by The Dirty Sample
Rapping by More Or Les, Wordburglar, Savilion, Chokeules, Rel McCoy and Timbuktu
Mastering by More Or Les

June 26th, 2017

Third Verse podcast gets down and dirty with The Dirty Sample

By now you should be aware of the awesome new-ish companion podcast series from awesome Canadian radio show Third Verse, with assistance from awesome Canadian blog Ugsmag.com. After all, they’re already on Episode 13 of their conversations with the best in indie Canadian hip hop. For Episode 13, hosts Chapter Thrive and Chaps talk with The Dirty Sample about his come-up in hip hop, the Calgary rap scene, his prolific discography, and more. It’s worth checking out, and I’m not just saying that because of all the great things he says about Hand’Solo Records. Check it out!

Or check out the show here: http://ugsmag.com/third-verse-episode-13-the-dirty-sample/

June 14th, 2017

The Dirty Sample drops Tuesday Nights on Cardero on June 16, 2017

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to put the finishing touches on the new EP from The Dirty Sample. Culled from the same sessions that resulted in the three Port Authority albums, The Dirty Sample collects 8 unreleased posse cuts for this free digital EP. But we’ve also put together a special cassette release featuring a b-side cassette-only exclusive remix of the EP with all-new production from Metawon, Low Pressure founder and resident producer DJ Moves, frequent collaborator Touch (who also adds new vocals!), DJ Usdneedls (of Hidden Fortress), and Backburner’s More Or Les, Timbuktu, Savilion and Fresh Kils. Looks like you’ll have to dust off that ol’ boom box for this one!

Here’s the track list and the cover art from Ghettosocks…

Track Listing:

001. Buy Or Sell – Kaboom Atomic, Tachichi, Chaka Boy & Fatt Matt
002. Bangar – Chaka Boy, Fatt Matt, Hash Mills & Tachichi
003. Our Music – Fatt Matt, Chaka Boy & Tachichi **
004. Crows Nest – Fatt Matt & Chaka Boy **
005. Catch You Lying – Planit, Fatt Matt, Kaboom Atomic, Chaka Boy, Tachichi & Hash Mills
006. Fly – Fatt Matt, Tachichi, Lesk One & Kaboom Atomic
007. Spliff Up – Fatt Matt & Hash Mills **
008. First Dark – Fatt Matt, Chaka Boy, Hash Mills & Tachichi

Album credits:
All songs produced by The Dirty Sample except ** produced by Illions (The Dirty Sample & Metawon)
Mixing by The Dirty Sample

June 6th, 2017

Third Verse podcast with Epic is epic!

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 10, hosts Chapter Thrive and Chaps talk with Epic about coming up in the early days of the Saskatoon, SK hip hop scene, the beef with Isosceles, the nuanced meaning behind his album title 8:30 in Newfoundland, and his quirky freestyle styles. This interview is Epic! (groan)

Or check out the show here: http://ugsmag.com/third-verse-episode-10-epic/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1143774265728257

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 Littleyorkfolk.com.

Check the Facebook event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/286227321802880

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: http://ugsmag.com/third-verse-episode-5-chokeules/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1964645333758326/