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A Day in the Life of a Toronto Musician

Let me tell you straight up, being a musician in Toronto, or anywhere for that matter, isn’t easy. The Toronto music scene is alive and well, and people are always on the lookout for new talent, the next big thing. That’s great, but it also means I have to be on my toes all the time.

It’s a Job

People ask me what’s the secret to becoming successful in the business, and I always give the same answer: being a musician is a job. Some people think it’s all about wine, women and song, but I can tell you right now it doesn’t work that way. I have to do promotions, send out press kits, promote my stuff on the web, write songs, record and of course put on a good show.

It’s not as easy as it sounds, because while it’s a job it’s not like a regular 9 to 5 where you get off at 5 and have the weekend off. In my case the day can end at 3 in the morning following an evening show, and after a few hours of sleep I need to get up and promote my new single on the radio, online or go to the recording studio.

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And that’s just for starters. It’s one thing to do nightly shows here in Toronto, but I also go on the road and do shows throughout Canada, and believe me, spending hours on the road and rocking it up at night can be taxing. I’m not saying it’s no good; I love being a musician, but I just want to show you that it’s not as easy as some folks make it out to be. You still have to work.

Prepare for the Unexpected

One of the things that I’ve learned as a Toronto musician is that you have to be prepared for the unexpected. One time I was in such a hurry to go to the studio that I managed to lock myself out of my house. I never thought it would happen to me, but it did, and I felt panic because I didn’t have a duplicate key.

Fortunately my manager was able to get in touch with a local Toronto locksmith who helped me get the the door open. That only happened to me once, but once was enough so now I got the locksmith’s number on my mobile in case something happens.

Getting locked out of my own house was unusual, but it’s part of the life of a Toronto musician. I also have had to put up with disputes among band members, glitches during the show, promo mix ups and the occasional drunk in the crowd. Most of the time the Toronto crowd is nice, which is why I like to do shows here, but every now and then there’s an unruly guy or a commotion in the audience.

But for all the struggles, I love being a musician, and I wouldn’t exchange it for anything else. It’s fun, frenetic, and more than a little crazy yeah, but I won’t have it any other way.

The Top 5 All Time Toronto Rappers

Toronto is not just known for its fun and exciting pubs and jaw dropping historical halls but it is also known for having several  of the most talented and famous rappers in the entire country. The top five rappers who are celebrated and have brought the city’s pride are as follows:

    1. Choclair

Kareem Blake, also known as Choclair is considered one of the top 5 all time rappers in Toronto. He is known as one of the influential leaders of the Canadian hiphop regeneration from the mid to the late 90’s. He was also popular because of his hit album “Ice Cold” and single “Let’s Ride”, which won a “SOCAN” award. He has had 5 albums and his latest one was “Flagship” back in the year 2006.

  1. Dream Warriors

The Dream Warriors is composed of a duo, Capital Q. and King Lou. The duo has been known in Toronto because of their contribution to the jazz rap movement in the early 1990’s. Their album, “And Now The Legacy Begins” is considered as one of the best alternative hip hop records of the golden age. They have had 4 albums in which the latest is “The Legacy Continues”, released in the year 2002.

  1. K-Os

Another famous all time rapper in Toronto is Kevin Brereton, famously known as k-os. He has been one of the country’s leading hip hop stars. His music is focused on spiritual and positive message, created with a diversity of genres which include jazz, reggae, funk, rap and rock.


  1. Maestro

Another celebrated artist in the hip hop scene is Wesley Williams, popularly known as Maestro. Recognized as the “godfather” of Canadian hip-hop, Maestro is the first Canadian rapper who has had a Top 40 hit,”Let Your Backbone Slide”, which at this day continues to be the best selling single in the Canadian hip-hop history.

Kardinal Offshall

  1. Kardinal Offishall

Popularly known as Kardinal Offishall, Jason D. Harrow is considered not only one of the best rappers in Toronto but also the best hip-hop producers of the country. He is acknowledged as the “Hip-hop ambassador”, has released 5 albums, and has won 10 awards since the year 1999. The latest award “Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for ‘Can’t Choose’” was just given this year.