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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.

May 31, 2010

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

May 29, 2010

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!

May 11, 2010

The UC Triple Threat is in effect at this year’s Canadian Music Fest

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!!

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.

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.

March 3, 2010

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 WeaponThe 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

January 8, 2010

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.

January 7, 2010

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.

December 16, 2009

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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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September 25, 2009

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. Watch the full feature here.

May 28, 2009

Cadence Weapon has been nominated in the category of FAVOURITE URBAN ARTIST in the 2009 Canadian Independent Music Awards.

Please help vote him to the top of the ranks with a simple vote HERE

And if you haven’t done it yet, don’t forget to go to cadenceweaponmusic.com and pick up your copy of the digital name-your-price release SEPARATION ANXIETY, Cadence’s 2009 new collection of tracks, remixes and collorations.

“Cadence has done the honorable thing and is offering this mixtape through his website cadenceweaponmusic.com on the fashionable “pick your price” basis. If you’re hosting a party in the near future, I’d toss him a five” – Pop Matters

“Really, it’s kind of appropriate that Separation Anxiety is (or at least could be) free, because a lot of the stuff Cadence Weapon has chosen to put on here is absolutely priceless.” – I (Heart) Music

“Separation Anxiety is a prideful, winning work of brash ambition” – Exclaim!

CADENCE WEAPON’s RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY “HEADPHONE HIGHLIGHTS” radio show is now airing! You can tune in live Saturday March 7 at 7:00pm EST or on your own time can enter the archive, search Cadence Weapon, and there you will find the brand broadcast from Cadence! Hear his stories and listen to an hour of music as selected by the Weapon himself

March 6, 2009

The always-grinding Cadence Weapon is back and he continues to firmly establish his legacy as a pioneer in a passionate crusade to push the rap and electronic music envelope. Separation Anxiety is a new collection of exclusive tracks,remixes, and collaborations available only at www.cadenceweaponmusic.com for whatever price you deem worthy. The 20 tracks brought together in a 70-minute collection include the Mixmag exclusive Herve / A-Trak / Cadence Weapon collaboration “Roll With The Winners” and remixes of label-mates The Cansecos and Roots Manuva, and arguably the show-stopper; a remix of The DB Buxton Revue‘s “Sex with My Ex” Cadence Weapon’s sophomore studio album “Afterparty Babies”, released last spring, received heaps of accolades and closed the year at the top of an impressive pile of “Best of 2008” lists including; Q MagazineClash MagazinePlan BExclaim!, and CBC Radio 3, while his video “Real Estate” continues to force a smile on the face of economic bailouts. Cadence Weapon has returned home a hero, after a year of engaging performances at festivals and clubs across North America, UK and Europe to release Separation Anxiety. “Separation Anxiety is a prideful, winning work of brash ambition” – Exclaim!

SEPARATION ANXIETY – TRACK LISTING 1. Roll With The Winners (Prod. Herve & A-Trak ft.Cadence Weapon) 2. The Cansecos “Rise Up” (Cadence Weapon Mix) 3. Pretty Girls Make Raves (Prod. Stuffa, Mapei and Sinden) 4. Mini T.V.’s (Chad Vangaalen Cover, Live ft. Final Fantasy) 5. Sailboats Are White “SAW” (Cadence Weapon Hi-Speed Edit) 6. Sally Shapiro “He Keeps Me Alive” (Cadence Weapon Mix) 7. Bad Graffiti (Prod. Murge) 8. Roland Pemberton III “Rupture Vers Le Haut” 9. The Morning After (Prod. C-Sekshun) 10. RJD2 “Sweet Piece” (Cadence Weapon Ladykiller Remix) 11. Kennedy Curse 12. Kid Sister “Damn Girl” (Cadence Weapon Remix) 13. Shout Out Out Out Out “Coming Home” (“We Do Acid”Demo) 14. Busdriver “Sun Shower” (Cadence WeaponÂ’s Raleigh Remix) 15. Junior Bloomsday “Your Perfect Gene” (ft.Cadence Weapon) 16. The Wet Secrets “The Chinball Wizard (Cadence Weapon Samir-themed Remix) 17. House Music Medley (Bird Peterson, A1 Bassline,The Cansecos) 18. Super Extra Bonus Party “Radar” (Demo) 19. Roots Manuva “Buff Nuff” (Cadence Weapon Tuff Mix) 20. The D.B. Buxton Revue “Sex With My Ex” (Cadence Weapon’s No Sex Mix) Separation Anxiety is available now at Cadenceweaponmusic.com for whatever price you choose!!!

January 21, 2009

Cadence Weapon has been nominated for 3 CBC Bucky Awards!! Best Future Classic “In Search Of The Youth Crew”, Best Beat “In Search Of The Youth Crew”, Best Collaboration – Dragonfli Empire feat. Cadence Weapon “Outside Inn”. Please VOTE for Cadence at CBC RADIO 3 before November 28!

November 2, 2008

The brand new Cadence Weapon video is now debuting around the globe!

October 2, 2008

Cadence Weapon AFTERPARTY BABIES CANADIAN TOUR!! CADENCE WEAPON AFTERPARTY BABIES CANADIAN TOUR 09.25.08 – Vancouver, BC @ Richard’s On Richards* 10.02.08 – Calgary, AB @ Marquee Room* 10.03.08 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room* 10.04.08 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos* 10.05.08 – Winnipeg, MB @ Lo Pub* 10.08.08 – Guelph, ON @ Van Gogh’s Ear 10.09.08 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace* 10.10.08 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon* 10.11.08 – Montreal, QC @ Zoobizarre* 10.12.08 – Quebec, QC @ La Ninkasi 10.16.08 – Halifax, NS @ Marquee Club 10.17.08 – Charlottetown, PEI @ The Wave 10.18.08 – Fredericton, NB @ The Phoenix *opening act is Woodhands

August 16, 2008

Cadence Weapon is hitting the road once again! 6 European shows added and a full Canadian tour being announced soon! CADENCE WEAPON SEPTEMBER SHOWS 09.05.08 – Toronto, ON @ University Of Toronto w/Basia Bulat & Tokyo Police Club (U of T Students Only) 09.06.08 – Ottawa, ON @ University Of Ottawa (UO Students Only) 09.18.08 – Nantes, France @ Nantes University Pole Etudiant 09.19.08 – Lyon, France @ Riddim Collision Festival 09.20.08 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotown 09.21.08 – Tilburg, Netherlands @ ZXZW Festival 09.22.08 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hafenkneipe 09.23.08 – Fribourg, Switzerland @ Bobine

August 2, 2008

Cadence Weapon finished off his Afterparty Babies tour of Europe this week, and makes his next appearence at Lollapalooza in Chicago, August 1 6:15pm on the BMI Stage. Respect to everyone who made the 4 month Afterparty Babies USA, Canada, Europe and UK tour a massive success.

July 26, 2008

Cadence returns home after Lollapalooza August 1 and Wolfe Island Music Fest Aug 9 to release his brand new video for “Real Estate”! Also, more Europe and Canada dates to be announced very soon for the fall. CADENCE WEAPON AUGUST SHOWS 08.01.08 – Chicago, IL – LOLLAPALOOZA 08.09.08 – Wolfe Island, ON – WOLFE ISLAND MUSIC FEST

July 2, 2008

Cadence Weapon keeps tearing up the road…just home off 4 months of solid touring, the boys head out again in 2 weeks to do a slew of hot summer festivals and club dates. And more to come soon! CADENCE WEAPON AFTERPARTY BABIES TOUR SUMMER SCHEDULE 06.22.08 – Calgary, AB – V-FEST 06.27.08 – Glastonbury, UK – GLASTONBURY – Vice AITBF Stage 06.28.08 – Glastonbury, UK – GLASTONBURY – Ninja Tune Igloo 06.28.08 – Glastonbury, UK – GLASTONBURY – The Lounge 06.29.08 – Birmingham, UK – Bar Academy w/Cool Kids 07.02.08 – London, UK – Scala w/Cool Kids 07.04.08 – Belfort, France – EUROCKEENNES 07.05.08 – Roskilde, Denmark – ROSKILDE 07.09.08 – Belfast, Ireland – Auntie Annie’s 07.10.08 – Dublin, Ireland – Crawdaddy’s 07.11.08 – Canterbury, UK – LOUNGE ON THE FARM 07.12.08 – Bitterfeld, Germany – SPLASH 07.17.08 – Tonsberg, Norway – SLOTTSFJELL 07.18.08 – Barcelona, Spain – SUMMERCASE 07.19.08 – Madrid, Spain – SUMMERCASE 08.01.08 – Chicago, IL – LOLLAPALOOZA 08.09.08 – Wolfe Island, ON – WOLFE ISLAND MUSIC FEST

June 2, 2008

Cadence Weapon and Buck 65 are about to wrap up their Rap Up tour of Canada. Thank you and much respect to everyone in the 18 cities across Canada that made this such a memorable tour! But the end for Canada is the beginning for Europe! Cadence Weapon begins his tour of Europe May 14 in London and just announced a deadly summer schedule of hype festival shows! CADENCE WEAPON AFTERPARTY BABIES TOUR SUMMER SCHEDULE 05.14.08 – London, UK – Amersham Arms 05.15.08 – Brighton, UK – GREAT ESCAPE – Revenge 05.15.08 – London, UK – STAG AND DAGGER 05.16.08 – Brighton, UK – GREAT ESCAPE – Digital (Drowned In Sound show) 05.16.08 – London, UK – Fabric 05.17.08 – Leeds, UK – NASTY FEST IX – Faversham 05.18.08 – Newcastle, UK – End Bar 05.19.08 – Edinburgh, UK – Voodoo Rooms 05.20.08 – Glasgow, UK – Ivy 05.22.08 – London, UK – HOX TO DOT 05.23.08 – London, UK – London Corsica Studios w/Deadelus 05.24.08 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 05.25.08 – Dublin, Ireland – Tripod w/Public Enemy 05.28.08 – Liverpool, UK – SOUND CITY @ Alma De Cuba w/Santogold 05.29.08 – Berlin, Germany – 103 Club 05.30.08 – Geneva, Switzerland – Geneva Zoo 05.31.08 – St. Gallen, Switzerland – St. Gallen Palace 06.01.08 – Brussels, Belgium – Brussels Ancienne Belgique 06.22.08 – Calgary, AB – V Fest 06.27.08 – Glastonbury, UK – GLASTONBURY 06.28.08 – Glastonbury, UK – GLASTONBURY 06.29.08 – Glastonbury, UK – GLASTONBURY 07.04.08 – Belfort, FR – EUROCKEENNES 07.05.08 – Roskilde, DK – ROSKILDE 07.06.08 – Roskilde, DK – ROSKILDE 07.11.08 – Canterbury, UK – LOUNGE ON THE FARM 07.17.08 – Tonsberg, NO – SLOTTSFJELL 07.18.08 – Barcelona, ES – SPAIN SUMMERCASE 07.19.08 – Madrid, ES – SPAIN SUMMERCASE 08.01.08 – Chicago, IL – LOLLAPALOOZA 08.02.08 – Chicago, IL – LOLLAPALOOZA 08.03.08 – Chicago, IL – LOLLAPALOOZA 08.08.08 – Marysville, ON – WOLFE ISLAND 08.09.08 – Marysville, ON – WOLFE ISLAND

May 2, 2008

Cadence Weapon wraps up his USA tour this week. Respect to all the youth crews out there making it to his shows with Born Ruffians. Next week, Cadence Weapon and Buck 65 pack the two hottest DJs Canada has to offer – DJ Weez-L and Scratch Bastid, and take what is probably Canada’s best rap tour ever coast to coast for an entire month! CADENCE WEAPON/BUCK 65 CANADIAN TOUR 04.10.08 – Moncton, NB – The Empress  04.11.08 – St. Johns, NL – Club One  04.12.08 – Charlottetown, PEI – Mack One  04.13.08 – Fredericton, NB – The Playhouse  04.17.08 – Halifax, NS – The Marquee * 04.19.08 – Montreal, QC – Le National  04.21.08 – Quebec City, QC – Cabaret Du Capitole  04.22.08 – Ottawa, ON – The Bronson Center  04.23.08 – Hamilton, ON – Westside Concert Theater  04.25.08 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall  04.26.08 – London, ON – Call The Office  04.29.08 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick  04.30.08 – Regina, SK – The Exchange  05.01.08 – Edmonton, AB – McDougal United Church  05.02.08 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub 05.03.08 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom  05.05.08 – Golden, BC – The Lyric Bar  05.07.08 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom  05.08.08 – Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Hall  *Cadence Weapon Headline Show (no Buck, sorry Halifax) Immediately following the Buck 65/Cadence Weapon Canadian Rampage, Cadence Weapon heads to Europe for 2 weeks of great shows and festivals, hitting stages with the likes of Public Enemy, Dan Deacon, Yeasayer, and more! CADENCE WEAPON UK/EUROPE TOUR 05.14.08 – London, UK – Amersham Arms 05.15.08 – Brighton, UK – GREAT ESCAPE – Revenge 05.15.08 – London, UK – STAG AND DAGGER 05.16.08 – Brighton, UK – GREAT ESCAPE – Digital (Drowned In Sound show) 05.16.08 – London, UK – Fabric 05.17.08 – Leeds, UK – NASTY FEST IX – Faversham 05.18.08 – Newcastle, UK – Stereo 05.19.08 – Edinburgh, UK – Voodoo Rooms 05.20.08 – Glasgow, UK – Ivy 05.22.08 – London, UK – HOX TO DOT 05.23.08 – London, UK – London Corsica Studios w/Deadelus 05.24.08 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 05.25.08 – Dublin, Ireland – Tripod w/Public Enemy 05.28.08 – Liverpool, UK – SOUND CITY @ Faversham 05.29.08 – Berlin, Germany – 103 Club 05.30.08 – Geneva, Switzerland – Geneva Zoo 05.31.08 – St. Gallen, Switzerland – St. Gallen Palace 06.01.08 – Brussels, Belgium – Brussels Ancienne Belgique

March 31, 2008