rhythm.connection SPECIAL FEATURE: Unite the Mic Toronto 2015

Historic is what we would call this show. In the whole time that rhythm.connection has covered concerts, we have never seen a venue so packed like we did the evening of March 20th at the legendary Massey Hall in downtown Toronto. Yes, we were at Krowdpop’s second ever show in Toronto and the first of their new tour series, Unite The Mic, featuring three of Korea’s best acts – spitfire rapper San E, heavenly songstress Ailee and triple threat Jay Park. Performing to fans from pretty much all around the world, this was certainly a concert for the books. The day before the big concert (March 19th), Krowdpop hosted a press conference for the media at Massey Hall’s Century Lounge, giving the chance for media to ask the artists questions related to the concert and their thoughts. A last minute addition was announced to the press conference – special guest featuring for San E and fellow label mate Kang Minhee of Miss $ was also present.

IMG_0531 The day of the concert finally arrived on March 20th, as fans queued around Massey Hall and were eventually let in after 6:30 to be ready for when the artists finally hit the stage. IMG_0647 IMG_0649 IMG_0651First up was Brand New Music rapper San E. Launching straight into hits like Body Language, Rap Genius, Rap Circus, as well as favourites like Delicious San, Lovesick (in which he proceeded to serenade a fan on the stage), A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness (featuring guest vocalist Kang Minhee of Miss $) and even a brand new song, the Atlanta native brought the energy to the theatre and definitely made some new fans in the process. IMG_0714 IMG_0732 IMG_0875 IMG_0913Second up to bat was New Jersey-raised Ailee, who we chose as our favourite act of the night. Words cannot do enough justice to talk about how insanely perfect her vocal control is. Gracing the audience with hits like Heaven, Don’t Touch Me, I’ll Show You and even covers of songs by Ariana Grande, Icona Pop and Whitney Houston, there is a reason why this girl has been called the ‘Korean Beyonce’, and now we know why! IMG_0955 IMG_0964 IMG_1088 IMG_1120Last but not least was the Seattle-born triple threat Jay Park. Despite being jet lagged from the long trip, the AOMG founder brought his signature style to Toronto, performing a variety of his hit numbers including So Good, Joah, Girlfriend, Star, NaNa, Know Your Name, and even a brief acapella cover of Drake’s Going Home. Park, in trademark fashion, also ditched the shirt closer to the end of his set (which we did not get photos of due to regulations on how many photos we were allowed to take, sorry girls!). IMG_1191 IMG_1246 IMG_1261 IMG_1351Once again, many thanks to our friends at JTR Photography for providing the above photos. To see more, check the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106977746@N08/sets/72157651117020910/

As always, thanks for reading and this has been a rhythm.connection exclusive!

– J.

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