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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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"Thrust & Salty Jackson - The Chosen Ones (EP)"

Canadian pioneer and legend Thrust returns onto the scene after a bit of a hiatus to drop a brand new EP with producer Salty Jackson:
“Recorded in 12 weeks. The two were put together by a mutual friend three years prior and recorded 6 tracks after losing contact April 2010. All the tracks were written, recorded, produced in under 2hrs. Thrust says “All the verses and hooks where done from start to finish in one take”. - The Real Frequency


"Tdots Pioneer Launch... A Legendary Night"

Opening Reception of “T-Dot Pioneers”
Thursday March 4th 2010, 6pm- Midnight

7:30 Opening Remarks by Dalton Higgins and Key Note address by K4ce, emcee
and originator of the term ‘T-Dot'.

8:30 Performances by some of T-Dot's finest MCs!

Live to air CHRY 105.5fm from 6pm to midnight

Music by:
DJ DTS (Masterplan Show)
O-Nonymous (Sound Junction Show)
Great Scott (Sound Junction Show)
DJ Grumps (Bigger than Hip Hop Show)

Performances by:
Poet and Emcee Ian Kamau
Roach Uno (Handmade Music)
Tdot Representative Thrust

Northsidehiphop.ca, an online resource cataloguing Canadian hip hop
history and culture will launch on March 4th, 2010 with the hip hop
exhibit “T-Dot Pioneers”, an exploration of Toronto’s hip hop history at
Toronto Free Gallery from March 4th, 2010 closing April 18th, 2010.

First ever of it’s kind, northsidehiphop.ca will be home to a collection
of artifacts and multimedia memorabilia such as early vinyl recordings,
artwork, performances and literature produced by Canadian hip hop artists
and enthusiasts going as far back as the early 80’s and highlighting
contributions from across Canada.

Keynote:

K4ce aka Mr. Force is a hip hop impresario who coined the term Tdot, and
arguably one of the illest rhyme slingers, verse writers, beat makers,
hook crafters, party rocka's in the history of Toronto hip hop. A
celebrated MC, K4ce has worked with the likes of has worked with the likes
of Michie Mee, Maestro, Ghetto Concept, Sunshine Sound Crew and more.

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Hip Hop Dialogue Events in March 2010

Lets Talk About...HIP HOP Baby! Panels and Discussions throughout the
month of March at Toronto Free Gallery

Saturday March 6th 2010, 2pm – 5pm
Where the ladies @ ? : Panel and Discussion
Free Admission

Droppin’ Dimez Radio partners with The Bigger than Hip Hop show and T-Dot
Pioneers to present “Where the Ladies@?”: a frank discussion between women
representing various areas of the music industry.

Panelists: Michie Mee (Recording Artist), Jeni (Flow 93.5), Isis
(Thunderheist), Tara Muldoon (Hiphopcanada.com), Daniella Etienne
(Universal Urban/The Remix Project), True Daley (Recording Artist/Writer),
Lady P (Toronto Hip Hop Connoisseur) and DJ L'Oqenz.

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Saturday March 27th 2010, 2pm – 5pm
When Rappers Used to Dance : Panel and Discussion
Free Admission

OTA Live and the Bigger than Hip Hop Show partner to present a panel
discussion called “When Rappers Use to Dance: An exploration of hip hop
history and culture”. Looking at the emergence of the bling era and dance
as a major aspect of the MC's persona.

Panelists: Rinaldo Walcott (University of Toronto), DJ Grumps (Bigger than
Hip Hop), Citizen Kane, Dalton Higgins (northsidehiphop.ca project
consigliere), True Daley,Ty Harper (OTA Live) and Ian Kamau (Recording
Artist). - Grumps


"Rascalz – Northern Touch ft. Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust & Choclair"

Vancouver, B.C. - Happy Canada Day! As HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day we bring you the Canadian classic ”Northern Touch” which was featured on the Cash Crop album released by the Rascalz. The song offered a sense of unity to the Canadian hip-hop scene and gave it a much needed buzz that brought new audiences. Easily one of the most recognizable Canadian hip-hop songs of all-time and produced by none other than DJ Kemo. Aside from the Rascalz, the song features Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust and Choclair. It was released by Figure IV/ViK./BMG. While many argue that “Dreaded Fist” was the better single, “Northern Touch” offered the most staying power as it is still in rotation on various networks today. - Hip Hop Canada


"THRUST & SALTY JACKSON: THE CHOSEN ONES CD RELEASE PARTY @ TOTA"


On Thursday November.18.2010 join Martial Artistik on Double Vision Thursdays for one crazy Scorpio jam!

THE CHOSEN ONES CD RELEASE PARTY
THRUST & SALTY JACKSON

The new LP "The Chosen Ones" will be released and performed LIVE as they pay tribute to all things Hip Hop with no pretentions about it. The singles have been making noise all around the city so keep your ear to Toronto radio and catch the classics.

Featuring an amazing line-up and DJ special guest:

K-CUT
That's right... of the original MAIN SOURCE! The man behind the decks from one of the most influential Hip Hop groups will be throwing down some more classics for you and yours.

with performances by:

THE SMASH BROVAZ (Ridgeway Entertainment)
THE CRYOGENICS (Bullyproof Music)

and with resident Dj and Birthday Boy
Dough Low (Martial Artistik/DBLVSN/Bullyproof Music)

Yes, we are celebrating Dough Low's, Thrust and Salty's birthday. This goes out to all other Scorpio's out there. Don't miss this one… we will see double for sure.

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BIOS:
THRUST
When one mentions Toronto and its hip hop foundation, Thrust's name and contribution come to the forefront. Thrust has traveled far and wide in the Hip Hop world. He first appeared on the Maestro Fresh Wes track "Pass the Champagne", was featured on the Juno award winning track "Northern Touch", and released one of Toronto's biggest underground classic "Past Present Future EP". There is no doubt that Thrust has created his own lane in the music industry. He has performed and toured with the likes of Public Enemy, Destiny's Child, and The Fugees and has received musical recognition worldwide.

Thrust - Do You Understand (Scam Remix) / Rage (Didn't Have To Go)
Past, Present, Future EP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adeCTJ8qT1Q

Northern Touch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwZBVDOXOIw

Salty Jackson
Stepped onto the scene by way of his production mentor and good friend Mr. Murray of the Grassroots, Salty Jackson's thirst for diggin' in the crates created his thirst for production. This eventually led him to work with Wio K of the mighty Monolith family on the highly acclaimed single "Footloose". From there he's worked with the likes of Dan-e-o, D-Sisive, and new projects with "Dank" (from Frank and Dank/J Dilla fame).

Wio K " Footloose" (prod. by Salty Jackson)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2-ORPN7r_E

The Chosen Ones LP
Magically recorded in 12 weeks. The two were put together by a mutual friend three years prior and recorded 6 tracks after losing contact April 2010. All the tracks were written, recorded, produced in under 2hrs. Thrust says "All the verses and hooks where done from start to finish in one take".

The sound of this highly experienced Hip Hop team will bring people back to the era of credible Hip Hop and cutting edge music.

The album 'The Chosen Ones' will be available world wide in 2011. The lead single "Grand" is now playing at your local station and of course… at the show.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18 2010! - Blog TO


"Thrust"

Christopher “Thrust” France maybe best remembered for his verse on the Rascalz classic, DJ Kemo produced “Northern Touch“, featuring Canadian notables Choclair and Kardinal Offishall. But his legacy stretches much further than a dope 12” or a couple of popular music videos. Living in Toronto – Thrust’s home and arguably the center of mainstream “urban” culture in Canada – it’s clear that the man’s incredibly popular. Little known fact: Thrust appeared in a 1990 Kids in the Hall skit (he was 15 at the time) and for the past few years, he has served as a music instructor, teaching hip hop production (as well as the occasional history lesson) at Harris College. He is probably the youngest Canadian hip hop artist to date and gained much of his hip hop identity from the source – summers in New York City circa late ‘80s-early-‘90s. With the exception of some pioneers: Michie Mee, Maestro, Dream Warriors and a handful of others, few in Canada were making rap music or breaking into the U.S. market, getting radio play or making a living on it. In the days before broadband and before everybody and their best-friend’s homie rapped or made beats, hip hop in Canada only played on a few select radio stations across the country. This is the environment where Thrust came up in, which makes him a significant figure – even if you can’t name one of his albums. I caught up with a slimmer, rejuvenated Thrust at “Slept-On Studios” on Toronto’s East side. - Jon B


Discography


Albums:

Thrust - The Chosen Ones - 2010
Thrust - The Chosen Are Few - Blueprint Records Inc - 2002

Singles & EP's:

Rage - Blueprint Records Inc - 1996
Past, Present, Future - Knowledge of Self - 1996
Northern Touch -Vik Recordings - 1997
Emcee - Blueprint Records Inc - 1998
This is for sure - Blueprint Records Inc - 2001
This is for sure/Pen and a pad - Blueprint Records Inc - 2001
The one and only - Blueprint Records Inc - 2001

Credits (Vocals):

Pass The Champagne - Maestro Fresh Wes - Attic Records Limited - 1991
Northern Touch - Vik Recordings - 1997
Faded (Album Version) - Soul Decision - Universal - 1999
Faded - Soul Decision - No One Does It Better - MCA Records - 2000

Writing and Arrangement:

Pass The Champagne - Conductin' Thangs EP - Maestro Fresh Wes - Attic Records Limited - 1991

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Bio

When one mentions Toronto and its hip hop foundation, Thrust's name and contribution come to the forefront. Thrust has traveled far and wide in the Hip Hop world. He first appeared on the Maestro Fresh Wes track "Pass the Champagne", was featured on the Juno award winning track "Northern Touch", and released one of Toronto's biggest underground classic "Past Present Future EP". There is no doubt that Thrust has created his own lane in the music industry. He has performed and toured with the likes of Public Enemy, Destiny's Child, and The Fugees and has received musical recognition worldwide.

Presently, Thrust has a new project called, “The Chosen Ones” LP.
Magically recorded in 12 weeks. A mutual friend “Gramps” put Thrust and Salty Jackson together, three years prior and recorded 6 tracks after losing contact since April 2010. All the tracks were written, recorded, produced in under 2hrs. Guest appearances on the album are Dank (Frank & Dank), Junia T (Smash Brovas, Cryogenics and Mystre.

Thrust says "All the verses and hooks where done from start to finish in one take".
The sound of this highly experienced Hip Hop team will bring people back to the era of credible Hip Hop and cutting edge music. The album 'The Chosen Ones' will be available world wide in 2011. The lead single "Grand" is now playing at your local station and of course… at the show.