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“Rap is the new rock n’ roll” = Rap N’ Roll

April 16, 2015

book cover (final 2)

Rap N’ Roll: Pop Culture, Darkly Stated

New book. Older (bigger) ideas. Forward thinking, always.

Release date: TBA 2015

Jazz is hip hop. New Music Revolution(s) – Part One – with Jacuzzi Lafleur.

April 12, 2015

Jazz pic

Rap N’ Roll: Afro Alternative Music Series – (2015 winter edition)

January 19, 2015

Rap N Roll e-flyer 2015

Rap N’ Roll: Afro Alternative Music Series + Showcase (presented by Dalton Higgins) returns for its winter 2015 edition. This “urban alternative” live concert experience features the genre-bending electronic, punk, reggae, soul and nouveau-rap contributions of NYC’s Young Paris, Bonjay, Bakers Club, Junia T & Juice Money Collective, Phoenix Pagliacci, DJ 8AM811 and some very Special Guests – musical mavericks who are reshaping the urban music landscape.

Tired of predictable BET (or commercial “urban” radio) Top 20 playlists that take pleasure in trafficking low musicianship and hip hop and R&B caricatures?

Interested in Blu, Jimi Hendrix, Killer Mike (of Run The Jewels) music and politics, Janelle Monae, Roc Marciano, Bad Brains, Flying Lotus, Grace Jones, Shabazz Palaces, Frank Ocean, Chronixx, Rapsody, Mos Def, Lil B The Based God, Cody Chestnutt, Jay Electronica, Kabaka Pyramid or Pro Era (including the late Capital Steeze)?

Then this carefully calculated & curated music showcase is for you!

Where: The Rivoli (334 Queen St West – Toronto, Canada)

When: Friday February 27, 2015

Time: 9pm

Damage: $10

Info: daltonhiggins@gmail.com

Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rap-n-roll-afro-alternative-music-series-tickets-15262619907?aff=es2&rank=27

NICE (Nifty Interventions for Cultural Enhancement) aka Toronto’s Multi-Genre Music Mashup!

November 18, 2014

NICE II artwork

What’s Next, Toronto? With a new Mayor elected and a different leadership style to be deployed… now what? We can’t predict what will happen at City Hall, but we can say that NICE II on Nov. 28th at The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. West) will be THE place to be, to see our multi-band, multi-genre, cunningly curated “live” concert experience featuring an emcee picked by major US tastemakers to blow up in 2015, Jazz Cartier (Get Home Safe Crew) + slack-rockers Wish (Hand Drawn Dracula Records) + Montreal chamber-pop crew Plumes (album release tour). Plus more NICE-ness to be announced!! Tickets only $8 in advance at Ticketfly http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/718233

Rap N’ Roll: The Afro Alternative Music Showcase (and Movement)

January 16, 2014

Adrian Eccleston

What the funk?

Dalton Higgins presents Rap N’ Roll: The Afro Alternative Music Showcase

This “urban alternative” concert experience features the genre-bending electronic, punk, reggae, soul and nouveau-rap contributions of Complaints Dept, Adrian X, Pursuit Grooves, 88 Days of Fortune’s Ayo Leilani, Brendan Philip / Jahmal Tonge (Fake Art Records) and some very Special Guests – musical mavericks who are reshaping the urban music landscape. Afro-punk’d. Blipster approved.

Tired of predictable BET (or commercial “urban” radio) Top 20 playlists that take pleasure in trafficking low musicianship and hip hop and R&B caricatures?

Interested in Jimi Hendrix, Janelle Monae, Bad Brains, Flying Lotus, Grace Jones, Frank Ocean, Chronixx, Mos Def, Cody Chestnutt or Pro Era (including the late Capital Steeze)?

Then this carefully calculated & curated music showcase is for you!

Where: The Piston (937 Bloor St West @ Ossington – Toronto, Canada)

When: Thursday February 27, 2014

Time: 9pm

Damage: $10

Info: daltonhiggins@gmail.com

Drake, Race and The New Publishing Business (Free Admission Event!)

February 2, 2013

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Interested in writing as a career or book publishing? Wondering why many people are self-publishing their Big Idea’s? Thinking of ways to turn that manuscript into an E-book? What are publishers in Toronto looking for, and which publishers support diverse works? 

Come join me on February 16, 2013 for a stimulating, educational FREE ADMISSION event that breaks down the do’s and don’ts of publishing in 2013. I’ll also be discussing my fifth book Far From Over about actor/rapper Drake that has been featured on CTV’s Canada AM, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, City’s Breakfast TV, and CBC’s Metro Morning. FAR FROM OVER: The Music and Life of Drake is the first biography of the platinum-selling hip-hop artist to hit bookstore shelves.

Where: Ben McNally Books – 366 Bay Street (Bay/Richmond), Toronto, February 16, 2pm – FREE ADMISSION
Why: It’s Time To Kickstart Your Own Publishing Revolution! A quick scan of the
major agents, editors, publishers, authors, and booksellers in Canada, from front to back, reveals a publishing landscape that is disturbingly devoid of your voices. Its time to change that!

More info: daltonhiggins@gmail.com / follow me @daltonhiggins5 / BAND Gallery 647 701 4323

Far From Over, my new book about Drake…in stores now!

September 30, 2012

For those pop culture junkies interested in studying the background cultural conditions in Toronto and the US that helped create the Drake phenomenon, this book is for you…its my fifth book, so pls. march on over to your fave major and /or indie bookstore and check it out!

Saludos,

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