CLASSIFIED "The Canadian Classic Tour" - Barrie, ON.

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CLASSIFIED "The Canadian Classic Tour" - Barrie, ON.

Maestro Fresh Wes, Choclair, & Chrome's 16th B-Day!

Sat · October 20, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:45 pm

Mavricks Music Hall

Barrie, ON

This event is 19 and over

JUNO award winning, multi-platinum Canadian hip-hop artist/producer CLASSIFIED brings his Canadian Classic Tour w/ Maestro Fresh Wes & Choclair to Mavricks Oct.20th hosted by Spenny giving away $5K in Liquid Chrome Prizes celebrating their 16th Anniversary & Cannabis Legalization w/ 420 Smoking Area!

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Whether signed or unsigned, award-winning Canadian hip-hop artist Classified never abandoned his ethos of working hard. The Nova Scotian MC, whose real name is Luke Boyd, steadily built his career from the independent circuit on up to national prominence, developing into a highly respected MC and desired producer. By his ninth studio album, Trial & Error (2003), this average guy from the rap-deficient Maritimes (including New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia) informally became the representative for hip-hop on Canada's Atlantic coast.
Boyd fell in love with hip-hop music listening to tapes of KRS-One, the Beastie Boys, and Naughty by Nature that he randomly picked up while he used to hitchhike around his hometown of Enfield, Nova Scotia. Around the age of 15, he used to mess around with his father's band and sound equipment and soon began writing rhymes. The small rural town of Enfield was not befitting of a rap music career, and thus, Classified situated himself in the more urban setting of adjacent Halifax. Still in his late teens, he founded HalfLife Records and released his first full-length, Times Up, in 1995. With the help of Halifax turntablist DJ Jorun, who gave him producing tips, Classified delivered a string of independent albums and singles from the mid- to late '90s. He landed production gigs for other up-and-coming rappers out of Halifax and was able to attain opening-act spots for more established Canadian artists like Saukrates, the Rascalz, and Choclair. But, it was his first vinyl 12" single, "Touch of Class," that earned him some national recognition and rotation on college radio, not to mention a nomination for Urban Recording of the Year by the East Coast Music Awards in 2000. That same year, Classified attained national distribution for his seventh studio album, Unpredictable. Receiving a VideoFACT grant from the MuchMusic network, he put together his first professional music video for the album's title cut, which secured two nominations from the Urban Music Association of Canada.

Union Dues At this point, Classified was becoming Canada's flagship rap newcomer, despite being over five years deep in the business. After his 2001 LP, Union Dues, he was given by his employer the option of either moving to Newfoundland or being laid off. He chose the latter, deciding to pursue rap full-time. He was very apprehensive at first (especially when his unemployment ran out), but it proved to be a wise decision as he signed a deal with the Toronto-based UrbNet Records through his HalfLife imprint. His first effort, Trial & Error, was one of 2003's best-selling independent hip-hop albums. UrbNet even re-released the Union Dues LP the following year to ride on the success of Trial & Error.
Boy-Cott-In the Industry On his continuous climb to hip-hop fame, the single "The Maritimes," from 2005's Boy-Cott-In the Industry, awarded the MC another wave of press even greater than before. Featuring guest appearances from Royce da 5'9", Choclair, and his little brother Mic Boyd, Boy-Cott-In the Industry received the East Coast Music Award for Rap Recording of the Year and was nominated for Canada's coveted Juno Award in the same category. Hitch Hikin' Music, a nod to the days of his youth, was also nominated for a Juno Award following its release in 2006. The caliber of the collaborators on the album, which included Tash of Tha Alkaholiks and Canadian rap pioneer Maestro Fresh-Wes, was a strong indicator of Classified's prestige.
Maestro Fresh Wes
Maestro Fresh Wes
Wesley Williams (born March 31, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario), better known as Maestro and Maestro Fresh-Wes, is a Canadian rapper, record producer, and actor. His pioneering status and outstanding achievements have led to him being referred to as the "Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop".

In 1989 he became the first Canadian rapper to have a Top 40 hit, "Let Your Backbone Slide". In 1991 he collaborated on the one-off single "Can't Repress the Cause", a plea for greater inclusion of hip hop music in the Canadian music scene, with Dance Appeal, a supergroup of Toronto-area musicians that included Devon, Dream Warriors, B-Kool, Michie Mee, Lillian Allen, Eria Fachin, HDV, Dionne, Thando Hyman, Carla Marshall, Messenjah, Jillian Mendez, Lorraine Scott, Lorraine Segato, Self Defense, Leroy Sibbles, Zama and Thyron Lee White.

After the success of his 1991 album, "The Black Tie Affair", Maestro's career faltered as he attempted to break into the United States market. However, he returned to the Canadian charts in 1998, with the hit singles "Stick to Your Vision" and "416/905 (T.O. Party Anthem)".

In 2000, "Ever Since" featured the track "Bustin Loose", in which Maestro Fresh Wes teamed up with Kardinal Offishall.

In 2005, Maestro covered Lawrence Gowan's song "A Criminal Mind" (featuring Infinite); Gowan appears in the video and his vocals are sampled on the track. Gowan also performed the song with Maestro at the Canadian Urban Music Awards in 2006.

In 2006 Maestro again made Canadian hip hop history when he and Rochester AKA Juice joined The Dope Poet Society on stage in Cannes, France. Together, they become the first Canadian hip hop acts ever to showcase at Midem, the world's largest and most influential annual music industry conference.

In 2012, Maestro released his first set of new material in more than seven years with the release of an EP entitled "Black Tuxedo". This was followed by an album, "Orchestrated Noise" in 2013, which features rocker Sam Roberts, opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, rapper Kardinal Offishall, among others. "Orchestrated Noise" was released under the name Maestro Fresh-Wes, reclaiming his original title from the 1980s.
Choclair is an international music icon who has set the benchmark for Canadian hip-hop, laying the foundation for artists such as Drake, Kardinal Offishall, Belly, Classified, K' naan and Saukrates. Starting at the age of 11, Kareem "Choclair" Blake followed in his older brother’s footstep, who at the time was the hottest rapper in the neighborhood. This was the bar for Choclair. His first release, Twenty-One Years, in December of 1995 was quickly embraced worldwide, establishing him as a standout rapper in the burgeoning Canadian hip-hop scene. Subsequently, five independently owned records from Choclair were featured around the globe on prestigious hip-hop compilations due to the success of Twenty-One Years.

In June of 1998, after having released 11 records, Choclair went on to achieve a Gold Record with the Rascalz on Canada’s hip-hop anthem, Northern Touch, receiving 2 Juno awards and a Much Music Award. Choclair then decided to expand his team and join forces with Virgin Music. "The opportunity with Virgin Music was great". Together with Virgin Music, his first release Ice Cold went Gold in 35 days, reaching number one on the charts. With this Choclair became a star in the music industry, having audiences recite his lyrics from front to back.

Understanding the workings of the music industry enabled Choclair to collaborate with some of the world’s premier artists such as, Kurupt, Guru, Memphis Bleek, Rahzal, Mix Master Mike, Tha Liks, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Xzibit, De La Soul, Dawn Robinson, Beenie Man and countless others. These collaborations garnered him further respect from the international hip-hop community, paving the way to even more Juno and Much Music Awards. In 2003 armed with his arsenal of awards, Gold Records, collaborations and new found knowledge of how the business works, Choclair left Virgin to restart his new independently owned Label Greenhouse Music.

Continuing his success, Choclair released the independent album Flagrant, garnering a Source Award nomination for best International Artist, and bringing home another Juno award. "This experience has been a great ride and now I am ready to take it for the whole world to see". Always actively involved in the Canadian music scene, Choclair was instrumental in helping launch the first hip-hop radio station in Winnipeg (Flava 107.9) with his company Melt In Ya Mouth Entertainment in 2004.

Poised to release his fifth and most powerful album to date, C. Evolution aims to be the quintessential album in Choclair’s success filled career. Fueled by the hunger of Canada’s hottest up-and-coming production team PHS and keeping with the already established talents of Saukrates, Solitair and Kardinal Offishall. C. Evolution is already generating an enormous buzz, leaving countless fans in anticipation. With the lead off single Move Mountains, Choclair is looking to show the world his evolution as an artist, and prove that with perseverance they too can move mountains.
Venue Information:
Mavricks Music Hall
46 Dunlop Street West
Barrie, ON, L4N 0J3