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Cashtro Crosby is finally back with the unexpected release of his highly anticipated follow-up– and it’s a double disc! “A Million Fans: Gin & Furr” was created in the true classical mixtape form, showcasing his eager return and worthy rise over some of his favorite songs/beats throughout the years. With his bars top notch on songs like “Dirty Skreetz,” the beats literally undeniable such as “Black Jesus,” and the mood-battle between “turnt up” and “laid back,” you’ll have no choice but to play it from top to bottom (both).They say the strongest come out fighting, and it looks like 2014 is set to be the year of show and prove for the Pittsburgh-native/Ottawa-adoptee. Cashtro Crosby’s return is the first taste of much to come in the new year.Consider this a special treat!
Ottawa native, Precise, drops some new visuals for his track ‘Intoxicated’ feat. BlakDenim.
Photographed and edited by Alexander Vlad
On Thursday, June 21 Ottawa Jazzfest kicked off at the peak of the city’s most notable heat wave. However, 35 plus temperatures and humidity storms couldn’t fight off festival enthusiasts seeking out some live jazz and feel good snacks.
This year the festival traded in some old noshing faves like Beavertail and Pizza Pizza stands for hip, new and socially responsible choices. Stone Soup Foodworks is dedicated to ‘slow food. fast’ featuring freshly made tacos, pad thai, juices and much more all at affordable prices. A focus on local beer and wine included a light and dark BEAUs (Vankleek Hill) draft and Chardonnay or Merlot-Cab of 1812 (VQA, Niagara).
Throughout the weekend,crowds bearing all the flesh one could afford swarmed the central venue to catch some of the impressive opening jazz headliners, including the likes of John Mayall, Janelle Monae & Roman Gian Arthur – all slated for centre stage of confederation park. Many danced, others swayed and the odd few were even nursed into a semi-dreamland and back by the plethora of talented artists.
The humming anticipation of Mayhall’s fans was evident long before the 70-some year old stole the stage from announcers. The grandfather of blues, and mentor to the likes of Eric Clapton owned the Ottawa stage for the first time in almost twenty years with vigour. Many braved the threatening storm clouds to witness the historic performance by the english blues singer with over 50 years of experience and nurtured talent under his wing.
Janelle Monae lit up the stage with a generous and invigorating performance. The Atlanta-based songstress hit the stage with a tight 12-piece band and promptly dove into a seamless medley of funky jams. Clad with her trademark black and white ensemble & with her hair tied up; she danced and sang with controlled abandonment. The entire show was so flawless, one might have mistaken her for Monae’s artistic alter-ego Cyndi Mayweather (an android with human emotions) on stage rather than her. The evening included a rousing version of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” as well as a Prince cover and a classic jazz ballad. All in attendance were left in awe of one of the greatest young performer’s in popular music today.
The weekend successfully kicked the festival off with a bang, but the excitement didn’t end there. Continue reading for the rest of our 2012 Jazzfest coverage.