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PASS THE MIC (VIDEO): MAESTRO, CADENCE WEAPON, SHAD, BUCK 65,SAUKRATES AND MORE TRADE VERSES ON CANADIAN RAP

Last month, The faces of Canadian hip hop: D-Sisive, Muneshine, Famous, Shad, Saukrates, Maestro Fresh Wes, Buck 65 and Cadence Weapon gathered at Wrongbar in Toronto to exchange ideas and discuss the current state of hip hop in Canada. Each MC ended up throwing down a rhyme. Read more here.


T.E.D.D.Y. PEMBERTON STYLUS DJ AWARDS HALL OF FAME!

The Upper Class family sends our love, respect and congratulations to Roland Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon and the Pemberton family!

Teddy Pemberton, Rollie's dad, was a pioneering college radio DJ in Edmonton, and is being honoured this week at the Stylus Awards. He went by T.E.D.D.Y. and is credited with not only helping launch CJSR-FM back in 1980, birthing one of Canada's finest college radio stations, but is known as the man who brought hip hop, jazz, funk, rhythm and blues and reggae to Alberta through his show The Black Experience In Sound.

Tonight, May 31, Canada's National DJ Awards, the Stylus Awards, will be inducting T.E.D.D.Y. into the Hall Of Fame as part of their 2010 Awards Show. Roland Pemberton along with members of his family will be in attendance at the Awards in Toronto, and Cadence will accept the award on behalf of his T.E.D.D.Y.


CADENCE WEAPON REMIXES GENTLEMAN REG
Do you like The Hidden Cameras?  One of their esteemed members, Toronto's own Gentleman Reg had Cadence Weapon remix a track from Reg's latest solo album Jet Black.  You've never before heard Reg over thick thumping disco beats...  AND the Cadence remix features the bass licks of DVAS bass-man Dan Carlyle!  Hear it over at the Gentleman Reg myspace.  Hot

CADENCE WEAPON REMIXES THINK ABOUT LIFE

Think About Life Sweet Sixteen Cadence Weapon Remix Montreal's Think About Life have released their debut 7" in the UK via Euphonios Records.

It's the single for their jam "Sweet Sixteen" and the B-side is "Sweet Sixteen" remixed by Cadence Weapon!


YO TORONTO It’s Canadian Music Fest! DVAS, CADENCE WEAPON, THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS LIVE MARCH 10-12!
YO TORONTO – It’s Canadian Music Fest!  DVAS, CADENCE WEAPON, THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS LIVE MARCH 10-12!
The UC Triple Threat is in effect at this year’s Canadian Music Fest

DVAS – WEDNESDAY MARCH 10 @ THE ROOSEVELT ROOM 10:00pm
EYE Weekly Canadian Music Fest Opening Night Party
w/Parallels, Styrofoam Ones and CFCF
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DVAS, our newest UC addition, will put forth a set of jams from their impending album Society at The Roosevelt Room. If you don’t know by now that you have to experience these guys live, then take this as an advisory to come on out and get your sweat on the dance floor!!

CADENCE WEAPON – THURSDAY MARCH 11 @ 12:00am
EYE Weekly CMF Showcase Party
w/Fields of Fur, Diamond Rings, Empire, First Rate People
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Cadence Weapon is hard at work on a monster new record, and for one single night only, this special performance courtesy of EYE and CMF, Cadence Weapon jumps on stage with his ridiculous studio band loaded with special guests, to give you a sneak preview of the Cadence Weapon experience for 2010. Don’t miss this. It’s going to be huge.

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS – FRIDAY MARCH 12 @ 10:00pm
Billions/Chromewaves Party
w/Plants & Animals, Think About Life, The Acorn, Winter Gloves
Tickets Sold Out Online!

The Russian Futurists have emerged from studio seclusion in a flash of live awesomeness. The completely expanded and incredible live band will perform at a select few dates to unveil tracks from Matthew Adam Hart aka The Russian Futurists long-awaited new album The Weight’s On The Wheels. The Weight’s On The Wheels is Hart’s most ambitious creation to date and is sure to be a summer monster.

Two weeks ago the band played the Wavelength 500 Festival in Toronto, previewing 5 brand new cuts from The Weight’s On The Wheels, to fanatic reviews! Now, The Futurists join Plants & Animals, The Acorn and Think About Life at the Billions/Chromewaves Party for Canadian Music Fest.

Don’t miss The Russian Futurists at Lee’s Palace. The new band will blow you away and you will cry tears of punch-drunk love for the new jams.


The Russian Futurists reveal tracks from awaited album as they return to the stage for Wavelength 500 Festival!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Russian Futurists are set to release long awaited album, The Weight's On The Wheels, this summer. The Weight’s On The Wheels is arguably The Russian Futurists most accomplished creation to date. The Russian Futurists return to the stage to make their first live appearance after a year in the studio in celebration of Wavelength 500! Wavelength is a weekly live music series based in Toronto. It was founded in late 1999 by a loose collective of frustrated yet hopeful independent musicians trying to breathe some life into some of the darker corners of Toronto's perpetually overlooked indie music scene. Documenting local cultural history was their aim — as such, every Wavelength series show since the start has been numbered. Wavelength has helped launch the career trajectories of now-internationally renowned Torontonian and Canadian artists like The Russian Futurists, Holy Fuck, Cadence Weapon, The Cansecos, Broken Social Scene, The Constantines, Final Fantasy, The Hidden Cameras, Great Lake Swimmers, Tokyo Police Club, Peaches, Caribou, Junior Boys, Crystal Castles, Fucked Up and many others. TICKETS ON SALE TODAY, check back at GalleryAC.com

AUX TV crown Cadence Weapon/SO4 #1 Music Video of 2009!
Our boy Cadence Weapon has done it again! Just when we thought the week couldn’t get any better for Cadence Weapon, after being interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Current by the one and only Shania Twain, Canada’s newest national broadcast music television station AUX.TV named Cadence Weapon & Shout Out Out Out Out’s music video for “Coming Home” the #1 Music Video of 2009! For those of you who haven’t seen "Coming Home", it’s one of the hottest music videos we’ve seen in along time, literally! These guys are on fire! Literally! Congrats to Cadence Weapon and Shout Out Out Out Out; and a huge thank you to everyone at AUX.TV who enjoy this music video as much as we do! Click here to listen to Shania Twain interviewing Cadence Weapon.

CADENCE WEAPON CHOSEN AS ONE OF FIVE CELEBRITY PANELISTS FOR CBC CANADA READS 2010

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Canada Reads 2010, the annual battle of the books involves celebrity guests defending their choice of novel. They debate their choices every day for a week on CBC Radio One before choosing a single book they believe Canadians would enjoy reading. Books are gradually voted off until a winner is declared.

His Lordship, Edmonton Poet Laureate, Rollie Pemberton better known to us as Cadence Weapon will be defending Douglas Coupland’s book “Generation X”.  Pemberton faces off against CityTV Vancouver's Evening News Anchor Simi Sara who is defending "Good to a Fault" by Marina Endicott, Esteemed Author/Literary Critic/Director/Publisher Michel Vézina, who is defending "Nikolski" by Nicolas Dickner, translated by Lazer Lederhendler, Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada Samantha Nutt, who is defending "The Jade Peony" by Wayson Choy, and two-time Olympian and eight-time Canadian champion Track and Field Athlete Perdita Felicien, who is defending "Fall on Your Knees" by Ann-Marie MacDonald.

Cadence selected "Generation X" because he feels it is representative of him, his friends and the transient nature of youth, “I knew people who’d done some of those things and felt the buzzwords were still relevant. The book is just very real.” Says Pemberton “It’s the one I instantly thought of if I could represent a book, and a book I felt was thematically similar to things I’ve written and believe”

Although they’d never met before, Cadence Weapon and Vancouver Author Douglas Coupland developed instant rapport, often turning questions asked by media into one-on-one conversations. Brian Coulton - Metro Canada

You can catch the Canada Reads 2010 debates March 8 to 12th on CBC Radio One, moderated by Radio 1 Host of Q - Jian Ghomeshi.


Upper Class + Pop Montréal presente LE UC THROWDOWN 09

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Join your Upper Class comrades as we throwdown at Pop Montreal next month! Exotic and pounding performances by Cadence Weapon, The Cansecos, special local guests Silly Kissers and the debut of Upper Class' brand new signing DVAS, all topped off with a late night closing DJ set by CFCF

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Cadence Weapon is Edmonton's Next Poet Laureate
The UC Family sends congratulations to Mr. Roland Pemberton (or is it Sir Pemberton now?) aka Cadence Weapon, who today was announced Edmonton, Alberta's next Poet Laureate. His Lordship kicks in July 1,2009 and he will reign as Laureate for 2 years. What does this mean you ask? Well, Historically, a Poet Laureate served as the official chronicler of state events and occasions. In ancient times, the Laureate was the central means for recording and communicating history. For the City of Edmonton, the role of a Poet Laureate is to reflect the life of a city through poetry, as an ambassador for the literary arts; the Laureate incorporates poetry into a range of official and informal city activities. The creation of this position confirms the city's support for the arts in general, and for the literary arts in particular. So, to sum it up, Cadence Weapon is now officially a government agent. Cadence Weapon on CBC Newsworld with Peter Mansbridge Cadence Weapon on CBC Newsworld with Peter Mansbridge. Watch the full feature here.