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Another SXSW flashes by! Tough to keep in touch in real time… so for those who weren’t with us in Austin, here’s the rundown!

Shout out’s to CBC Radio 3MSN CanadaMTVAUX TVM for MontrealBrooklyn VeganI Guess I’m FloatingRed Eyethe Hood InternetDoldrumsGrimesArbutus Records4ADPop MontrealThe Fader FortBeats by DreConverse, and all our new homies for kicking it with us

Cadence kicks off the festival at the inaugural ESCAPES PARTY at Club 1808.
Check MSN.ca soon for Cadence Weapon interview with Matt Schichter and live footage from this hype performance

Cadence Weapon performing at M for Montreal/Bumbershoot Showcase at the Spill
Pop Matters show review.  .

Cadence Weapon broadcasting live on CBC Radio 3 from the Canada House balcony
View more photos here.

Cadence Weapon commands the crowd from his chair!
At the “I Guess I’m Floating”/Ultra8521/Small Plates Party
Check out his interview with AUX TV just prior to the show

Cadence Weapon takes over after DJ CO-OP jumps the railing into the swimming pool, abandoning the decks.

Cadence Weapon gets interviewed by the lovely Karen Civil from Beats by Dre at The Fader Fort
Special thanks to The FaderBeats by Dre, and Converse for your hospitality!

Closing SXSW with a major blowout; literally…as Main Attracktionz blows the house speakers before Cadence Weapon takes the stage at Brooklyn Vegan’s Hip Hop party that included stellar performances by Fat Tony and Rittz

Cadence performs new track ‘Get On Down’ (produced by Doldrums)
from his forthcoming album ‘Hope in Dirt City’ with Doldrums Saturday Night at the Spill

2012 SXSW that’s a wrap!

March 21, 2012

Cadence Weapon continues to firmly establish his legacy as a sonic pioneer while constantly pushing the rap and electronic music envelope. Following his critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize nominated albums Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies and a two-year term as Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, he returns with his new album “Hope In Dirt City” this Spring. A clearly defined and emotionally mature statement of intent, “Hope In Dirt City” represents the culmination of these experiences. Composed of a unique hybrid of psychedelic soul, old school rap, IDM and mutant disco, “Hope In Dirt City” is a ground-breaking achievement in hip-hop. Cadence Weapon has returned to bring rap back to its essence

Stream or Download new track ’88 (prod. Grimes) here

“Erstwhile poet laureate and current purveyor of the shortest, most balling-est homage to hip-hop we’ve heard this year” RCRD LBL


“Cadence Weapon has always sought to be ahead of the game, making prominent use of electronic producers at a time when hip hop seems largely caught in a form of aesthetic stasis.” CLASH MUSIC

Stream or Download ‘Loft Party’ here
“f**king hot stuff! glad to see you’ve stayed to your own original style after all these years” Fan on Soundcloud
“Any other rappers out there using “prorogue”? Another gem” Montreal Gazette

Check out RCRD LBL playlist here

Follow @cadenceweapon on Twitter for SXSW secret after party details, new music and dates

Cadence Weapon returns to Canada to tear it up with Saul Williams and Spoek Mathambo. Turning into one of the hypest shows at Canadian Music Fest…. Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment later.

Jagermeister + Union Events Present:
Saul Williams w/ Spoek Mathambo, Cadence Weapon
The Great Hall
Friday March 23, 2012 @ 9:00PM
1087 Queen Street West
19+ All Canadian Music Fest wristbands accepted

CADENCE WEAPON LIVE (watch for more dates):
March 14 | Austin, TX | CLUB 1808 | Escapes Party – SXSW
March 14 | Austin, TX | The Spill | M for Montreal Showcase – SXSW
March 15 | Austin, TX | Lovejoys | IGIF, Ultra8201, Small Plates Party – SXSW
March 17 | Austin, TX | Hotel Vegas | Brooklyn Vegan Party – SXSW
March 23 | Toronto, ON | The Great Hall | Canadian Music Fest w/ Saul Williams & Spoek Mathambo
April 11 | Guelph, ON | Kazoo Fest
April 21 | St John’s, NL | Lawnya Vawnya

March 11, 2012

Cadence Weapon celebrates his birthday and Grimes new record release by tweeting out a new joint:

February 21, 2012

Flying V Productions presents two nights with Cadence Weapon at The Grad Club, Kingston Friday and Saturday night, where he will unveil cuts from his upcoming record “Roquentin”

Friday January 27th
Saturday January 28th
The Grad Club
162 Barrie St KINGSTON
$15/night, Doors at 9

Advance tickets available at The Grad ClubTricolour Outlet, and Ticketscene.ca

January 25, 2012

Cadence Weapon has remixed Rah Rah’s “What About Love” for their new collection of reworkings “Rahmixes”.  The album was released this month and also features remixes by Rich Kidd and Nghtblnd. Check out Cadence’s remix right here

November 28, 2011

M For Montreal Festival is next week and we’re thrilled to announce Cadence Weapon is throwing down for the SXSW/EXCLAIM/BSTB Showcase with a live set.  Cadence plays La Sala Rossa on November 17 with Young Empires, and Mr Weapon will be previewing what’s to come on his new album ROQUENTIN, coming this spring right here on Upper Class. Don’t miss this special set, with Montreal’s Flow Child joining the Cadence Weapon live explosion.

Tickets at Blue Skies Turn Black


November 9, 2011

The hot single “Roll With The Winners” from Hervé‘s new album features Cadence Weapon, and today the Roll With The Winners Remix EP has launched on Beatport.  The Mane Thing remix is superb. Check it out!

And here’s the original version of Hervé + A-Trak + Cadence Weapon “Roll With The Winners” 

August 29, 2011

Cadence Weapon‘s remix of Grimes “Crystal Ball” is out now! The remix appears on a 12″ called Darkbloom, a Grimes/d’Eon split release.

Free download of the mp3 at Brooklyn Vegan!

August 22, 2011

Cadence Weapon aka Rollie Pemberton has curated the newest Artist Series Podcast for CBC Radio 3. Listen here and join Cadence as he jams tunes from Mozart’s SisterPurity RingMakeout VideotapeColin StetsonSean Nicholas SavageGrimesBlue Hawaiid’Eon and Miracle Fortress.

Download Cadence Weapon’s Tron Legacy: The Mixtape release for any price you deem worthy!

August 15, 2011

Tune into 90.3FM CKUT Montreal, Galaxie Channel 949 or listen online here – Tuesdays 3pm – 5pm EST to hear Cadence Weapon as ‘The Montreal Sessions’ artist in residence for August.

Two hours each week of Mr Weapon ruling the Montreal airwaves, don’t miss it!

August 9, 2011

Cadence Weapon has jazzed up the new Diamond Rings single “Something Else”.

The remix appears on Mr Rings’ digital Something Else Remixes EP, released this week in the USA by Astralwerks.

It’s a jam.

Meanwhile, check Cadence Weapon LIVE in western Canada!

07.16 – Yellowknife – Folk On The Rocks
07.17 – Yellowknife – Folk On The Rocks
07.18 – Yellowknife – Folk On The Rocks
07.21 – Edmonton – Wunderbar
07.22 – Calgary – Folkfest
07.23 – Calgary – Folkfest

July 14, 2011

Ace UK label Cheap Thrills is running a remix competition for the new Hervé single “Roll With The Winners” featuring Cadence Weapon.  The winning remix will be released on Cheap Thrills! Deadline June 30!

Click here to check out the Cheap Thrills – Hervé – Cadence Weapon remix contest!

We’d love for you to post your remixes on the UC Facebook page too!

May 30, 2011

“If the Group of Seven were an introduction to the landscape’s majesty, National Parks Project is the next logical chapter” – Hot Docs

“the most rhapsodic landscapes you will see at Hot Docs, or anywhere else” – Macleans

Last year Cadence Weapon and fellow musicians Laura Barrett, Mark Hamilton (Woodpiegeon), and filmmaker Peter Lynch (Project Grizzly) paired up to travel into Waterton Lakes National Park to write collaborative songs while experiencing Canada’s rugged terrain, all captured on HD film, creating one of thirteen tales of the inspiring new documentary series The National Parks Project.

The National Parks Project is a 13-part documentary series that pairs Canadian filmmakers and artists together across the country to improvise in each province’s most beautiful parks, and the list of participants includes Shad, the Besnard Lakes, Sarah Harmer, Sam Roberts, Melissa Auf der Maur, Jim Guthrie, Apostle of Hustle, Think About Life, Billy Talent, The Constantines and more.

As a companion piece, National Parks Project have released the music this week, with proceeds from sales of the National Parks Project Soundtracks going to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  Available now are a 20-track CD and a 26-track double-LP, and seven digital EPs containing 49 tracks, which are on iTunes and streaming at the National Parks Project website.

Listen to the Waterton Lakes EP featuring Cadence Weapon, Laura Barrett, and Mark Hamilton here.

Read Cadence Weapon’s diary to AOL Spinner.com on his NPP Experience here.

May 26, 2011

Join Cadence WeaponK-OSMaestroShadClassifiedMichie MeeKardinal OffishallChoclairSaukratesSkratch Bastid and more on the live broadcast of CBC’s Hip Hop Summit concert tonight, broadcast live on Radio 3 at 8pm EST.  The show will be jam packed with special performances, including our very own Roland Pemberton teaming up with Shad to perform their jam “Baby I’m Yours” from Cadence’s Tron Legacy: The Mixtape album.

While you’re at it, check out Cadence Weapon’s Hip Hop Summit podcast over at Radio 3.

March 29, 2011


Your pals at Upper Class will give you a chance to win access to see Cadence Weapon, DVAS and The Russian Futurists at Canadian Music Week – and we’re getting started right now!

CADENCE WEAPON @ The Opera House March 12

Simply cut and paste the following message and Tweet it from your account or RT the same message posted from @Upper_Class:

Win Tickets to see Cadence Weapon live at Opera House! Follow @Upper_Class & @Roland_Weapon and RT to win it! http://tinyurl.com/62xf6h6

March 5, 2011

Cadence Weapon will unveil new tracks from his forthcoming studio opus Roquentin at the Sirius Showcase at CMF, which will be broadcast live on CBC RADIO 3/Sirius Channel 86

After that, it’s down to Austin, Texas so stay tuned for announcements on Cadence Weapon SXSW performances

Following SXSW, Cadence heads back to Toronto for Canada’s Juno’s where Mr .Weapon joins Canadian Hip Hop icons Kardinal OffishallMaestro Fresh WesChoclairK-OSShadBuck 65 and more for a CBC Television and Radio broadcast The CBC Hip Hop Summit

In the meantime, if you haven’t grabbed yourself a Name-Your-Price download of Cadence’s latest Tron Legacy: The Mix Tape release, head over to cadenceweaponmusic.com to get hooked up. And if you want to hear something awesome, listen to Cadence Weapon perform unreleased and never-before-heard original material with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra online at CBC Radio 2

March 1, 2011

The always-grinding Writer, Producer and Performer Roland Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon is back once again, and he continues to firmly establish his legacy as a pioneer in a passionate crusade to push the rap and electronic music envelope.

TRON Legacy: The Mixtape is a brand new 18-track collection of Cadence Weapon rapping over some his favourite beats of late.

Pemberton recently described TRON Legacy: The Mixtape in an exclusive interview with Exclaim.ca “I wanted to do something similar to The Drought series by Lil’ Wayne, just rapping over beats that I really like…It’s a back to basics kind of thing. I’m rapping over Gucci Mane beats and I rapped over an Arcade Fire song…My idea was to do a parody of your typical rap mixtape…I’ve been noticing with a lot

of mixtapes is that rappers are talking about movies they had nothing to do with. T.I. has this mixtape where he’s Photoshopped himself into the cover of Inception and there are all these skits, but really he had nothing to do with the movie.”

True to form, the first track opens the mixtape with Cadence talking about his involvement with the movie, all the work that went into the soundtrack, hanging out with Daft Punk and working with Jeff Bridges. The 18 tracks, brought together in a 40-minute collection includes Cadence Weapon dropping rhymes over beats by Gucci Mane, The Arcade Fire, Big Boi, Sleigh Bells, Daft Punk, Jay-Z, Raekwon, E-40 and features guest vocals by Buck 65, Shad, Subtitle, Birdapres, Kazmega, among others.

Available now exclusively at www.cadenceweaponmusic.com for whatever price you deem worthy.

Cadence Weapon TRON LEGACY: The Mixtape
01 Tron
02 Holla I’m Good
03 F*** That Hipster S***
04 Always Strapped (ft. Buck 65)
05 I Eat My Rider
06 Cadence Weapon Speaks
07 The Suburbs
08 The Weedman (ft. Giovanni Marks)
09 On With A +1 (ft. Derek_from_Northcliffe)
10 G20 Swag
11 A Note On The ECCA
12 Two Pistols (ft.Birdapres)
13 Colours
14 Lemonade (ft. The Joe, Mitchmatic and Mikey Maybe)
15 Twitter
16 10 Bricks (ft. Kazmega)
17 Baby I’m Yours (ft. Shad)
18 Flower Girl

November 25, 2010


Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 8:00pm
presented with CJLO-FM
Cabaret Juste Pour Rire : SIRIUS Venue
2111 Boul St. Laurent

9pm – The Russian Futurists
10pm – Miracle Fortress
11pm – Diamond Rings
12am – DVAS
Cadence Weapon DJ Sets

Tickets: Admission.com, Phonopolis, Atom Heart, L’oblique, Cheap Thrills


September 24, 2010

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.

June 28, 2010