We kicked things off at Canadian Music Week with a showcase at Supermarket Restaurant & Bar in Kensington, featuring friends of the show, Desiire and Mickey Blue, alongside Ottawa native, Mischa, and MTLxTO rapper, Patrik.
What started off as a somewhat vacant venue, Supermarket quickly filled up for the soulful sounds of Desiire - standout tracks like "Mind Body Soul," "Natural Feels," and a cover of Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" set the mood.
Mischa, an artist that combines rap, hip-hop, and pop (with pipes) hyped up the crowd with her praise for area codes, including not one but three; 416, 905 and 613. Shoutouts to her "day ones" in the crowd showed the strong support she received for her rhyme-driven set. Mischa closed out the set with her rework of Rihanna's "Needed Me."
After a recent sit-down with Markham-bred crooner, Mickey Blue, we were excited to check out his set, which was no short of engaging. "I'm sweating like a pig," Mickey said, rocking a large Toronto Maple Leafs jersey for former captain Mats Sundin. Although a fitting way to get stage convo going with newsworthy attire, it was Mickey's presence and natural confidence that carried his performance of recent single, "Attached," and his other noteworthy emotive, sultry and punch-drunk love tracks, "We Just Be," and "Kick It For A Minute." He even threw in some classics, with R.Kelly covers, old school film tableaus, with his hips swaying to the beat, and the audience blushing like the venue's red strobes. We can't wait to see where, and when, he performs next.
Montreal-born, Toronto-based and x10 member, Patrik, lit the place on fire. With raw, abrasive lyrics against strong production, his prose of defiance and truth got the crowd going. Possessing a strong, yet friendly demeanour, Patrik had everyone engaged throughout. Whether on stage from a distance, or in the midst of the quasi-moshing audience, you had no choice but to MOVE. Rightly so, as Patrik's delivery of his gritty rhymes were tightly woven and released from start to finish. Notable tracks include the groovy "Loner's Ballad," and fresh release, "Entitled."