Monday, December 5, 2011

THE CYPHER - Holiday Edition

This month is the HOLIDAY EDITION of THE CYPHER! We're featuring the live production + emceeing duo of Juno Nominated producer Fresh Kils and veteran MC Relic, as well as Scarborough-native freestyle master Sy Fi.

In the spirit of giving, we're also supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank, so please bring a canned/non-perishable food donation to help some hungry people in our city (and get reduced cover on door!). 

From behind the boards to the stage, there’s not a spot of ground Fresh Kils’ prolific career hasn’t touched. And not just hip hop. It’s true, you’ll see Saigon, Fabolous and Ali Shaheed (ATCQ) grace his resume, but you’ll also find the likes of Ron Sexsmith & The Buena Vista Social Club. His prowess on the MPC has seen him share the stage with many of hip hop’s legends (Nas, De La Soul) as well as the best of the underground, winning over fans with his signature showmanship. With momentum & accolades growing each year, Fresh Kils’ is poised for a sound system takeover unlike any we’ve seen in a long time. You’ve been warned…


RELIC aka REL McCoy - Emcee, Producer, D.J., Singer/songwriter, Engineer... Lover of all that is Hip Hop..
" Fighting with the shadows been a hassle for me letting my past go / I ain't looking back to the sad road / I'm burning my hands on the rope, holding my future with a lasso / plus, it's been a struggle trying to kick this tobacco " - REL



S, For Science. Y, try to challenge this. F, for futuristic. I, for intelligence.

Sy-fi, born as a Toronto native, started rapping when he was 12. Grew up listening to hip-hop in its golden age era to groups like Wu-Tang and The Roots, Mobb Deep, Slum Village De La Soul and emcees like Redman, Busta Rhymes, and Nas and more. Sy grew up more as a freestyle emcee that just rapped everywhere, anywhere he went.

Sy moved to Boston at the age of 18 and met Session a emcee producer of Acuta Records. Sy and Session rolled together for a few years but remained solo artists, performing at open mics around the city. Sy joined Acuta and performed with them on a couple shows but never
signed to the label and moved back to Toronto.

After moving back to Toronto he met 2 other solo artists Eso Teriq and Symmetry and formed a group "The Scientists." They put together a few songs and performed at few open mics and shows but couldn't manage to stay together due to life differences. Not much of a song writer, for Sy was an emcee that rhymes more "in the moment" if a Cypher was around you sure likely would find Sy in it. Sy-fi's style is like super hero, comic book, emcee or as De La Soul put it "supa emcee" andtries to be as creatively different as possible.

You're now intuned, into the Sy-fi channel. The mic is the 9 and the rhyme is the ammo. Step up to get blown like candles, strap up get ready to blaze like saddles.

You can look forward to Sy-fi solo career starting to move ahead and hopefully ready to drop an EP sometime in 2012 "Science Park"


MCs spit their best 16's, competing to win cash.
-$10 entry fee for each competitor (winner takes all)
-Each artist performs their best verses over random instrumentals
-Whichever MC's verse is judged to be the best will win!
-Competitors who want to participate must sign up at the event no later than 11pm.
- Winner also gets to defend their title (no entry fee) at the next cypher!

Hosted by: 

Featured DJ:
(Toronto' craziest beatboxing DJ)

Resident Photographer:

$10 ALL NIGHT - $5 with canned food donation
Pay $20 and get a Cypher T-shirt with admission!


Any artist that shows up will get mic time - GUARANTEED!




Hip Hop culture manifests through the creative self-expression of individuals who embody its spirit in their respective art forms. This power of spontaneous creativity, the unification of a community for the great purpose that is Hip Hop, happens at The Cypher.

Artists sign up to take part in group performances called cyphers, in which each performer takes a few minutes on the mic and then passes it on to the next performer. All performances occur over music supplied by a live DJ, beat boxer, or producer. There are also a few spots at The Cypher reserved for featured artists to perform their own sets.

The Cypher is a grassroots hip hop event started by MC FÜBB and the Hip Hop Headz (H3) community in downtown Toronto in the summer of 2009. The Cypher is an event where hip hop MCs, DJs, producers, and other artists from around the world come to meet and showcase their talents and skills, and gives them an opportunity to network and create business opportunities. The Cypher is an event designed to keep alive the spirit of spontaneous creativity and showmanship that can occur only in hip hop. The Cypher is an opportunity for various members of the hip hop community to perform, network, build community and have fun. 

For all inquiries, please contact:

Brought to you by:
Hip Hop Headz -
The Cypher App (Swipelab)
The Bigger Than Hip Hop Show (BTHH) -

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