DJ Big Jacks – Black Magic

March 8th, 2012 by sawtay · CR8APES

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The long awaited Black Magic mix is finally here! This is the first time DJ Big Jacks has dropped a release of this kind featuring 70 + minutes of modern soul magic from the late 70′s and early 80′s. While certain tracks have been sampled by the likes of Jay-Z, Dilla, and Madlib among others, the focus here is not who has sampled what. Black Magic spotlights the original music itself, as a collection of personal favourites from the era mixed by Big Jacks and created for the lover in you. So without further delay we present to you, Black Magic…

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Christmas with The Salads & Friends

November 23rd, 2011 by sawtay · CR8APES, Events

Adrian Hayles had the pleasure of designing this ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ album cover for our friends the Salads a few weeks back. Check it out.

All proceeds from the purchase of ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ will be donated to a local charity (TBD).

eOne Music Canada has signed an exclusive distribution deal with mauiwowie records and is proud to present ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’, a digital download album tentatively set for a December 6th release.

The 15-track album is the first all-Canadian ska/punk holiday album ever, and features such Canuck bands as The Salads and IllScarlett festively covering Christmas classics and performing original tunes.

Toronto-based rock-reggae band The Salads wanted the opportunity to work on an album with friends, focusing on simply having fun creating punk rock music together; thus, ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ came together. The Salads also plan to release their new record for the spring of 2012, their first full-length album since the 2007 release of ‘THE BIG PICTURE’.

IllScarlett are a fellow Canadian rock-reggae fusion band and have been compared musically to the likes of California-based band Sublime. They have made a name for themselves internationally, promoting each of their four major studio albums, latest being the 2009 release of ‘1UP!’. They can be heard performing Christmas Vacation on the ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ compilation.


The Salads – A Holly Jolly Christmas
The Salads – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
IllScarlett – Christmas Vacation (radio edit)
King Kong Girio – Old Toy Trains
Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide – The 12 Daze of Christmas
Sumo Cyco – Little Drummer Boy
Four Square – Christmas
Dodger – Jingle Bells
Ashes – O Holy Night
Killin’ Time Band – Egg Noggin’
Beards of Prey – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Lo-Fi – Christmas Tradition
The Fairmounts – Christmas Tradition
The Johnstones – I Saw Mamma Kissing Santa Claus (Clean)

Staylefish – White Christmas

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Stud Horses – Foldable Artist Bench

November 23rd, 2011 by sawtay · Behind the Front

Stud Horses:

Are a patent pending product designed and developed by Adrian Hayles principal and owner of Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio. Stud Horses are an all in one studio work bench. The design was based on the commonly used art studio Horses that have been in circulation for hundreds of years. The problem that the previous Art Horses posed is they take up a great deal of studio real-estate when not in use. What makes the Stud Horses so unique and practical is they have the ability to fold and stored into a 60″ long, by 13″ wide, by 5″ high area.

Stud Horses have three positions from which you can work. The first and most common is the seated position. For added comfort while studying and drawing for long periods, Stud Horses have been outfitted with a cushioned seat. Second is the standing position where the Stud Horse acts as a drafting table. Third is the easel position. In this position the Stud Horse can hold your canvas for on location or in studio paintings.

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DJ Royale – The Total Package: Lex Luger

November 22nd, 2011 by sawtay · CR8APES

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DJ Royale – The Total Package: Lex Luger

The Total Package: Lex Luger mixed by DJ Royale (Grand Groove DJs), is a mix paying tribute to one of the young & hottest producers in recent years, Lex Luger. Lex is responsible for street anthems such as Hustle Hard- Ace Hood, Hard In Da Paint- Waka Flocks and the ’09 summer smash B.M.F – Rick Ross, to name a few. Sit back, relax and light one up as Royale showcases some of the finest production in “ignorant” hip hop, Ha!


Starcade ’87 Intro
MC Hammer – Rick Ross
9 Piece – Rick Ross Featuring T.I
Taylor Gang – Wiz Khalifa
Hockey Bag – Jim Jones
Lights Out – Fabolous
Buku Money – DJ Suss One Feat. French Montana & Slim Thug
Big Bank – Rick Ross, Pill ,Meek Mill & French Montana
Bussin’ At Em’ – Waka Flocka
Rollin’ – Gunplay Feat. Waka Flocka
Hard In Da Paint – Waka Flocka
Hustle Hard – Ace Hood
Hustle Hard (Remix) – Ace Hood
Go n’ Get It – Ace Hood
Make It Happen – Juicy J Feat. Casey Veggies
Digital – Soulja Boy
I’m Boomin’ – Souljia Boy
Gang Bang – Wiz Khalifa Featuring Big Sean
Platinum – Snoop Dogg Featuring R.Kelly
How We Do It – Slim Thug Feat. Rick Ross
B.M.F – Rick Ross
H.A.M – Kanye West & Jay-Z
Grove St. Party – Waka Flocka
Tony Montana – Future Feat. Drake
That Way – Wale Featuring Rick Ross & Jeremih
Starcade ’87 Outro

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Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio – Life Drawing Course & Drop-in Program

November 22nd, 2011 by sawtay · Behind the Front, Events

Starts June 13th

Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio
Life Drawing Course and Drop-in Program

@ influx Creative Space
141 Spadina at Richmond
For more information please contact us at 647•502•2787
or email us at

Starts Wednesday June 13th, 6:30pm — 9:30pm
Eight classes
Eight weeks

Private tutoring available

To Our Prospective Student
Whether you are a designer, animator, illustrator, artist, hobbyist, student or someone who believes in art as a form of therapy, Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio has something to offer you. Creating art is an opportunity to express one’s self imaginatively, authentically, and spontaneously; it is an experience that over time, can lead to personal fulfillment, emotional reparation and recovery. Whatever your reason, Behind the Front will help you grow artistically with our team of qualified artists.

Our Objective
Our goal is to provide students with traditional skills for drawing, designing and animating. We focus on the understanding of figurative techniques (realistic drawing) by learning to see the things in our foreground, mid-ground and background. We believe that learning to draw is learning to see. Once students acquire these fundamental skills the focus turns to developing personal expression.

The Program
Our program is from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and starts Wednesday June 13th. It focuses on how to approach the human figure, how to simplify the difficult, what is important, line & analysis and using geometry.

Materials and Supplies
All basic drawing supplies are provided by the studio. We work strictly with qualified models at no extra cost to our students. Student’s work can be stored on the premise for the duration of their studies. To ensure the comfort of our students, our studio is also equipped with stud horses designed by Instructor Adrian Hayles.

Monday Drop in Sessions
The sessions will go from 6:30pm to 9:30pm every Monday. Each session will cost $10. We also offer cards of 10 sessions for $80. Participants are required to bring their own materials.

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Paul E. Lopes – Earth, Wind & More Fiyah!!! Part 3

July 25th, 2011 by invisible · CR8APES

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Paul E. Lopes – Earth Wind and More Fiyah!!! Part 3


Paul Blackman – Earth Wind and Fire
Bitty McLean ft Johnny Osbourne – Jahovia
Johnny Osbourne – He Can Surely Turn The Tide
Aswad – Warrior Charge
The Abyssinians – Declaration Of Rights
Bob Andy – My Time
Mighty Diamonds – Have Mercy
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Trench Town
White Mice – True Love
Sugar Minott – Rough Old Life
John Holt – I’ve Got To Go Back Home
Willie Williams – Jah Righteous Plan
Courtney Melody – Rude Boy Business
Garnet Silk – Hello Africa
Jacob Miller – I’m Just A Dread
Half Pint – Mr. Landlord
Bob Marley & The Wailing Wailers – Hypocrites
Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come
Freddie McGregor – I Shall Be Released
Junior Roots – Natty Dread Time
Donovan Carless – Be Thankful For What You Got
Inner Circle – Jah Music

Click here to check out Part 1 & 2 of Earth, Wind & More Fiyah!!! and more of Paul E. Lopes’ mixes.

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Marc Hype & Dejoe – Versions

July 5th, 2011 by invisible · CR8APES

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Marc Hype & Dejoe – Versions

Cover versions of classic Soul & Funk, carefully selected and conducted by Marc Hype & Dejoe.
The two well known diggers from Berlin took a deep look in their boxes and came up with this stunning feel good mixwork. From reggae riddims to blockbuster funkbreaks to latin grooves & disco extravaganza, there’s something for everybody in this !

Check out his other mixes and remixes here.


Think – The Lions
Superstition – Blooblo
Get Up – Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat
Soul Power – Kokolo
Soul Crap – Fatloop
Hot Pants Road – The Boogaloo Combo
I Believe In Miracles – Sunlightsquare Latin Combo
Good Times – Charanga ’79
Funky Nassau – Ray Munnings
Give It Up – The Impossibles
Here come the girls – Lefties Soul Connection feat. Flomega
Sing a simple song – Kerrie Biddell
Hit the road jack – Helen Ready
Hard to handle – Patti Drew
Look-A-Peye-Pye – The Bacao Rythm & Steel Band
It’s just begun – Soopasoul
Soul Man – Barry Goldberg
Respect – Leon Austin
Tesouro De Sao Miguel – Raul De Souza
Light My Fire – Johnny Rivera & The Tequila Brass
Planet Rock – Breakout

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Miles Ahead

June 27th, 2011 by sawtay · Adrian Hayles, Behind the Front

A year in the making this stands as the largest piece I have created. Located in the heart of the Market at Four Life Natural Foods, this piece is a reflection of Kensington’s vibrant community. It is designed to instill a sense of self worth and is a celebration of life.

Four Life Natural Foods
257 Augusta Ave. at the corner of Nassau

Documentary video coming soon.

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Forty Fivan – Summer Soulstice Vol 2

June 22nd, 2011 by invisible · CR8APES

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Forty Fivan – Summer Soulstice Vol 2

“Follow up to the ever popular Summer Soulstice mix I did back in 2005. Blended mix across many soulful genres and times all with a summery vibe perfect for relaxin’ by the pool.”

For more Funk, Soul & Brazilian mixes, check out

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“MAGNIFICENT 7s” w/ DJs Son of S.O.U.L., Jun & General Eclectic

May 18th, 2011 by invisible · Events

Friday, May 27th, 2011
Jang Bang (403 College St.)
with DJs: General Eclectic • Son Of S.O.U.L. • Jun


This is the launch party for a brand new monthly called “MAGNIFICENT 7s” brought to you by the dangerous DJ trio of DJ Jun, Son Of S.O.U.L. & General Eclectic!

A party where the music will be fueled entirely by 45rpm 7″ vinyl.

The idea is simple; take three 45 loving DJs and ask them to push the limits of their collections by restricting them to this lone format.

It seems limiting on paper but given the sheer amount of amazing music available on 7″s and our sizable record collections, the resulting soundtrack will be ‘eclectic’ to say the least.
Expect a wide range of international and forward thinking selections from vintage to brand new — everything from SOUL, BOOGIE, ROCK, ELECTRO, HIP HOP to FUNK, REGGAE, LATIN, AFROBEAT, R&B AND more

This first jam will be FREE to give you a taste of the flavour.
We will be continuing this jam every LAST Friday of each month.

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