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NICE (Nifty Interventions for Cultural Enhancement) aka Toronto’s Multi-Genre Music Mashup. Come indulge my curatorial cravings.

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


Rap N’ Roll: The Afro Alternative Music Showcase (I’m kickstarting this Movement for kicks)

January 16, 2014

Rap N' Roll 2015 e-flyer

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


My Drake biography “Far From Over” is taking over the American airwaves, now. Cop that (at your fave bookstore).

February 2, 2013



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!


Fatherhood 4.0, the book! I’m signing copies e’erywhere.

July 4, 2011

book cover 4Our team has destroyed the Canadian media, as we’ve gotten book coverage in every significant major Canadian news media! Here’s a blurb on what the book is about BELOW…continue to support BIG IDEAS, and go cop a copy at your fave bookseller or online at Chapters/Indigo or!

Some of Canada’s most acclaimed multicultural personalities, public figures, intellectuals, entertainers, athletes, and activists share stories, memories, insights, and revelations about fatherhood, from the comic to the tragic. Through critical essays, first-person musings, interviews, conversations, spoken word, and dub poetry, this collection examines the place where cross-cultural fatherhood intersects with the worlds of technology, hip hop, and hipster culture — a cool diverse dads movement!

Fatherhood 4.0 spots trends across a newer generation of media-savvy multi-culti dads influenced by everything from George Lopez and Bill Cosby to the Osbournes and Obama, with keen insights and essays from fatherhood activists. It includes essays on the “baby daddy” phenomenon and Bob Marley, pops in popular culture, technology and parenting, and crucial research on aboriginal fatherhood by Dr. Jessica Ball.

The book contains candid interviews with: The Argo’s Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Broken Social Scene’s Charles Spearin, Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham, D.C United’s Dwayne De Rosario, Peep Diaries’ Hal Niedzvicki, Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes), and many more!

Hip Hop World. I had to travel the globe to write this book.

November 23, 2009



Hip Hop World has gotten great media in its first number of weeks, including COVER STORY features in the Toronto Star, York U’s Excalibur, Share Newspaper, awesome reviews & interviews in Now Magazine, Exclaim, AOL Canada/Spinner, Gleaner, Eye Weekly, Peace Magazine, Quill & Quire, Sway Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Urbanology, The Manitoban among many others. I conducted fun TV interviews with City TV’s Breakfast TV, Much Music news, MTV News, CBC’s The National, SUN TV’s “Canoe Live”, Rogers “Daytime”, OMNI TV’s “Bollywood Boulevard”, awesome radio interviews on 680 News, CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning, Here and Now and Big City, Small World (who ran a live to tape of my book launch). Hip Hop World made it onto Michelle Landsberg’s Summer 2010 CBC Children’s Book Panel “book picks”…we also got a wack of awesome web magazine interviews, reviews and blog features with great photography on Torontoist, The Ryersonian, Open Book Toronto, Toro Magazine, CBC’s Book Club, 1 Love TO, Humber College’s Et Cetera, CMJ – Performer Mag, City On My Back, CM Magazine, etc.,….first Canada, then the (Hip Hop) World! Takeover is imminent… shoot me any web posts you find to:

A Bientot

Hip Hop World

July 29, 2009

An excerpt from Hip Hop World (Groundwood Books):

Hip Hop WorldIT’S A HIP HOP WORLD, and you’re just living in it. For most music-addicted earthlings, hip hop culture is the predominant global youth subculture of today. For the non-music initiated, hip hop has become the black jewelry-laden elephant in the room filled with rock, country and classical music — an attention grabber whose influence is impossible to miss on the daily news, in school playgrounds, during water cooler conversations or in a political debate.

What is hip hop, and why should you care about it? Hip hop — a term coined by pioneering rapper Space Cowboy in the early 1970s to mimic a scat, and then popularized later by rapper Lovebug Starski — is quite simply the world’s leading counterculture, subculture and youth culture. Hip hop encompasses four distinct elements: vocalizing (rapping/emceeing), visual art (graffiti), dance (breakdancing) and manipulation of pre-recorded music (deejaying).

Much has been written about hip hop’s gritty African-American origins in the South Bronx, but the primary American consumers are young suburban whites whose fascination with black youth culture has led to Caucasian rappers Eminem and the Beastie Boys becoming two of the biggest-selling rap artists of all time. Once a predominantly African-American youth form of expression, or as legendary hip hop group Public Enemy’s lead vocalist Chuck D once called it, the black people’s CNN, rap has taken root around the world as a primary news source for disenfranchised Asian, South Asian, First Nations, Latin American, Australian, African, Middle Eastern and European publics.

Buy Hip Hop World here.