November 18, 2016 @ 10:00 pm - November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 am
Rel McCoy & Cquel’s Smash & Dash Tour hits Saskatoon! This event is also a fundraiser for Kurlz new album produced by Rel McCoy.
Local support on the show from high energy hip-hop duo Sojourn Souljers and the creative styles of A Rancher’s Son
Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door, or $20 with ticke t to workshop on Saturday afternoon (Nov.19). Rel will be hosting the Hip-Hop Workshop at Vangelis from 1pm to 3pm. It is also 19+, and $8 per ticket if you don’t purchase with advance ticket to Fridays show.
About Rel McCoy
Take the following ingredients. Emcee, Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Engineer, and D.J. Combine these five into a single creative mind, and you have an artist that well, does a lot of stuff. Now toss in a can of “do it all real good“ and you’re getting close. Add to this a history of *international touring, and you have an idea of what makes up the artist known as Rel McCoy. You have to admit, the whole thing sort of makes the term triple threat feel like it showed up in jean shorts to a black tie affair.
PharCyde Slaughter House Pharoahe Monch Killah Priest R A the Rugged Man Zion–I Oddisee Kev Brown Jeru the Damaja Masta Ace Araab Musik Choclair D-sisive Shad Moka Only
These are just a few of the household names that Rel has had the honour of sharing the stage with, and the experience shows. To see his live performance, singing, rapping, playing his MPC2500 sampler and DJing his own cuts is kind of mind blowing. It’s not hard to tell Rel is truly at home on the stage. A few festivals he has played include – CMW, SXSW, NXNE, Toronto Jazz Fest, Halfiax Jazz Fest, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sled Island, MOSOfest, and Uprock (Sydney AUS).
Rel’s 2015 full length album, The 13th Floor was the number one add for CMJ stations in the hip hop category in June of the same year, and hit #2 after it’s first week in rotation reaching #18 for the year in the U.S.A. The album was #1 for more than 10 weeks on Canadian Earshot charts in the hip hop category landing him #3rd overall for the year behind BadBadNotGood/Ghostface Killer, and K-os. Traction with live shows, social media presence, and a ceaseless work ethic have helped him land multiple grants for both recording and tour support from both provincial and federal grant funds. Summer of 2015, Toronto hip hop fans were treated to an extended performance by Rel at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the Pan Am Games, and again on the main stage at Canada’s most well known hip hop festival, MANIFESTO. Rel has been Featured on websites like Tropical Bass, Diplo’s Mad Decent, Kevin Nottingham, and a slough of other taste maker blogs that recognize raw talent when they see it.
You can find Rel’s name in the producer/engineer/featured artist credits on all 4 albums of Juno award winning artist Shad. Rel also had a hand in mixing on the album “NOW” from Toronto’s highly acclaimed group, Freedom Writers. His honest and soulful approach to music can be clearly heard from one release to the next. Rel McCoy continues to embody the bold and vulnerable spirit of hip hop culture with unrelenting tenacity. (*Tours include, multiple Canada (coast to coast) United States, Japan, and Australia)
Cquel released his most recent ep ‘Never Enough’ February 26th, 2016. It contains production from WCMA award winning producer Factor Chandelier (Def3 – Wildlif3) amongst others. ‘Never Enough’ is his 4th commercial release since 2013, among those is an ep released in late 2014 entitled ‘Meal Ticket’ that was produced in it’s entirety by Juno Award credited producer Relic aka Rel McCoy (Shad, Ghetto Concept). Both of these albums charted in the national top 10 hip-hop charts numerous times on Canadian college radio.
Cquel has done over 300 shows in the last 4 years across Canada and the United States. He has toured consistently as a headlining act and as main tour support for artists such as Project Blowedian Abstract Rude, Scarub of Living Legends, Evil Ebenezer, Rel McCoy, Ghettosocks, and more. He has shared stages across North America with artists like Open Mike Eagle, R.A.The Rugged Man, Apathy & Celph Titled, Kirby Dominant, SonReal, Merkules, Snak The Ripper and many more. He has also played music festivals like Canadian Music Week in Toronto, MosoFest in Saskatoon, The Parks Festival in Kelowna, and Electric Love in Chilliwack.
Cquel’s fan base has grown tremendously over the past few years and he has received funding from Creative Saskatchewan, Saskmusic, and The Saskatchewan Arts Board. Cquel is well on his way to captivating a much larger fan base and solidifying himself as an artist to be taken seriously in Canada and across the world.