This week’s vibe is honestly a fucking banger. The Montreal-based St-Vincent born rapper SKIIFALL has gained a lot of traction since his debut single “Ting Tun Up”. It’s almost unheard of for an emerging anglophone artist in Quebec to get numbers like SKIIFALL debut, despite there being countless talented artists. So I love to see young artist getting some shine. It’s well deserved in my opinion. He certainly didn’t let me down with his follow-up single “Bentayga Dust” that dropped a couple months, early May.
The video is a welcomed addition to the song, where we follow SKIIFALL from the snowy outskirts of Montreal on a snowmobile, to the a swanky psychiatriast office setting, to the him chilling in the backseat of a Bentayga. The video has lots of flair and style that matches the vibe and lyrics that “Bentayga Dust” has.
If ya’ll haven’t already, please do yourself a favor and check out SKIIFALL, he’s someone who will surely be making big waves in the industry soon enough. He’s also recently released a new single, that’s currently exclusivly available on Audiomack and Sounclound, “Feds Fraid We”. This song’s is also a banger and we can honestly do a #VibeOfTheWeek with every track he’s dropped so far.
Our July #DrinkoftheMonth choice is the classic Dark & Stormy! It’s a refreshing and easy to make cocktail for those of y’all that want to spice up your weekend nigths in, but don’t wanna break the bank.
It’s known as Bermuda’s unofficial drink and was popularized by sailors around the world. Legend has it that it even got it’s iconic name because sailors though the cocktail color reminded them of a dark and stormy sky.
The ingredients are fairly simple:
Dark Rum ( we prefer spiced rum! )
Lime juice ( and a wedge )
Sorry to say, but we didn’t go off measurements this time around, our best advice? Let the universe guide you xx
Fill class with Ice
Build the ingredients, adding the lime juice if you please (for a true Bermudan style, skip it!)
Garnish with a lime wedge.
If you decided to try this drink at home, tag us in your creations and let us know your thoughts! If you haven’t checked out the rest of our #DrinkoftheMonth videos; where we test out our (growing) bartending skills and and try out new cocktails every month, you can do so by heading over to our Instagram!
We’re coming at you with some new music! This track is brought to you by Florida born audio engineer, JTONDABEAT. He’s been making beats since 2016 and now is working on making his mark in the music industry as an artist. With his catchy melodies, varied sources of inspiration and passion for music, he can really go places.
Previous #VibeOfTheWeek feature Lil Waterboi joins JTONDABEAT on “Damaged” as well. Both artists are members of the Bahay Collective, which works to strenghten the creative community. On this new single which dropped June 18th JTONDABEAT and Lil Waterboi take on a melodic instrumental and come with lyrics that put their heart on their sleeves.
The song and is catchy, and as a self proclaimed “sad boy anthem”, it’s definitely relatable as well. I mean a lot of us have been through it. “Damaged” is a song born out of heartbreak and personal experience which is refreshing to say the least.
The music video visuals are trippy as fuck! Honestly I absolutely love how it was shot. It’s definitely worth taking the time to watch.
Check out “Damaged” now out on all platforms! Make sure to follow JTONDABEAT on his socials to stay up to date with everything he has going on (Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, Soundcloud).
For this month’s interview we’re featuring the homie Blvcknd, an underground artist coming out of Montreal. He’s a member of Triple Nine Section as well as the Grime Mtl collective. He’s been working hard in the studio on his debut project which is set to drop this summer. We’re anxiously anticipating Blvcknd dropping some new shit for us. His sound is gritty, lyrical and his style is extremely versatile. We honestly don’t know what to expect but are very excited regardless. Check out the write-up to get to know the story behind his stage name, some artists he’s listening to right now, and more.
What’s the story behind the name?
In 2011 Odd Future had this sub-group called Mellowhype which was started by Hodgy Beats and Left Brain and they dropped an album called Blackenedwhite. I liked how it sounded so i ditched the white, the two e’s in blackened and flipped the A to a V.
Where did you draw inspiration for your album?
I really love when artists make a character or a theme for the main focus on an album. I took a lot of inspiration from certain artists who do that like for example: Schoolboy Q on Blank Face. I also of course draw inspiration from my homies that do music too.
If we were to buy you a drink, what should we order?
I feel like my go to drink changes every year but for right now i’d have y’all order me straight Baileys with a lot of ice in the glass. People say i’m weird for it but that shit is fire.
What would you say is the biggest misconception people have about you?
I feel like people think that i’m very opened and social but in reality i’m hella shy and closed off if i don’t really know the person i’m talking to. it’s been that way since i was younger and i’m still trying to work on that.
If you had a choice of any producer for a album or mixtape who would you choose?
Literally everyone in Triple Nine can produce but me, so all the homies of course. My dream collabs with bigger producers though would be Working on Dying, Pierre Bourne and The Alchemist.
What are 3 things you look for when you see live shows?
Stage presence, audio quality and the first and last song of the persons set.
What are some of the artists you’re listening to?
There’s way too many to name but as of right now Lucki, Playboi Carti, Coi Leray, Fijimacintosh and Thugger
Creating a project has many parts, besides rapping what was your favourite?
YAMA//SATO basically produced like 80% of my new album so while i was in the process of making this project there would be times that he’d send me a beat he just made at like 1am and hearing that beat and what i could do on it was definitely a favourite part of mine.
What is the triple nine section?
Crypt and Jei Bandit came up with the name triple nine section one day and we decided to just start a little group because we all messed with each others music heavy. In Trip 9 it’s me, Crypt, Jei Bandit, Amideluxe, Yama//sato, Jämvvis and Oscar. Them boys my day 1’s till death
Thank you so much to Blvcknd for doing this interview with us!! Make sure to follow his Instagram and check out his singles on Spotify!
Shout out to our photographer @tragicboyjay and @gotsweige for styling the shoot. They killed the creative direction and got these crazy shots off an iPhone!!
If you’re anything like me, then R&B is your favorite genre of music, and it simply cannot be beaten. But I want to talk about the shift in sound, especially within the last 5-10 years. It’s been leaving me unsatisfied.
Historically, the sounds that we know and can easily identify as RnB stem from jazz, the blues, and swing. The music from those eras honored what initially brought its listeners together while re-inventing itself at the same time. RnB from the late 90s to early 2000s still managed to hold onto its true essence.
So why has R&B lost its way?
For starters, many of the artists we’ve grown up listening to had their beginnings in their respective churches. Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Jazmine Sullivan. If you take some time to listen to their discography and compare their early projects to their latest ones, you’ll find that the soul and heart of R&B has never left them. Instead, RnB has evolved.
R&B typically puts our emotions into words, Ones that we sometimes cannot express on our own. This is why everyone is brought together when listening to the verse “telling my whole life,” sung by Lauryn Hill on “Killing Me Softly.” This is a comforting melody that is familiar to our ears, and it is that richness that is found in numerous artists. They are called (or have labeled themselves as) R&B singers. But nowadays, most artists are substandard to the acts of the ’90s and of the early 2000s.
Crossing the waters into the U.K, there is notably a lot of (North) American influence in their sound, specifically instrumentation and beat selection, yet those influences do not stop there.
In an interview dating back to 2019 with Hot97, songstress and songwriter Jorja Smith gave praise to pop culture’s most stunning voices in the industry, listing Amy Winehouse and political powerhouse Nina Simone as some of her influences. Reputably, Winehouse and Simone, both American women, were adored by fans from the moment they emerged onto the scene all the way to present-day for their voices and how true they kept to their respective sounds of soul-filled rhythm and blues. The U.K. artists have adapted such qualities so well that when we discover that they are from Europe and not American, it not only is shocking on most occasions but makes it unambiguously clear that it is lacking in the art of R&B on our side.
Moreover, as it seems as though R&B is becoming its own subgenre and not so much a stand alone there are those like Giveon, Lucky Daye and Teyana Taylor who have solidified their spot in the true essence of the genre.
Although it is not mutually exclusive for the worlds of R&B and Hip-Hop to be apart of one and other, the rap influence has made its presence in lyrical content, beat selection and cadence style. The current climate of the genre is moreso “savage” anthems than love songs which personally I have typically associated it with and knowing this, a lot of upcoming artists are rarely breaking that mold or simply conforming to what is trendy. It took a couple decades before pop culture fully embraced hip-hop due to the prejudice and biases that surrounded it which also affected the state of rap or what a “real” rapper is to say on their records. With that in mind I can’t help but wonder what it may take to bring back R&B to its roots. Blending and playing with sounds is what music is truly about at the end of the day furthermore a great record will stand the test of time. “Only real music is gonna last. All that other bullsh*t is here today and gone tomorrow!” – Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 (Drake feat. Jay-Z)
Honestly, it wouldn’t feel right without at least giving a couple artists (UK/US/CAN) that reflect what I think true R&B is. Have a listen to this playlist I curated of some of the 2020s most authentic RnB artists.
Meet The Contributor
Hey! My name is Shakeem, who also goes by ‘Badbwoymack,’ so get familiar ;). My alias solely encompasses a lot of who I am and what I represent from my style, the music I listen to, the vibe I like to be surrounded by as well as the growth in my confidence, that I work on daily. As a contributor for NobodyAsked, I plan on sharing stories about things that vary from all the music genres that I divulge in, black beauty/art to the latest fashion trends. I want to inspire and give our readers stories that are trending as well deserve more exposure while keeping true to myself.
So we’re back with another vibe of the week (which will be more consistent from now on)! This week’s bop comes from a very young artist coming out of South West London who goes by the name Timur N. In a short time since dipping his toes into the music industry, he’s come out with three solid singles. His newest single Tonight shows me that there is so much promise in the future of this newly turned 17-year-old singer-songwriter.
Tonight has a pop vibe with a sprinkle of RnB mixed in. The instrumental definitely gives me a nostalgic feeling that I can’t quite place what it reminds of (and it’s driving me insane). I feel like it would be absolutely amazing if this song also had a visual to it since there’s the storytelling factor in Timur N’s writing. The lyrics are also just too relatable, we love a fuck my ex I’m better off without them bop. Because it’s absolutely true. “Tell me how it feels to be on the other side of things? Why can’t you let me take a break? From all of the bullshit. You’re really not worth it.” I mean that all facts and I feel seen. These lyrics on top of a catchy beat, I love it.
Make sure to check out the two other singles that he has out, Talk Dirty and my personal fave, Somethin’. Check out his Instagram to keep up with him. I’m patiently awaiting a new project and can’t wait to see what Timur N has in store for the listeners.
Earlier this week we were blessed with the opportunity to sit down and chop it up with the bubbly and fun KidCrayola, a Montreal-based DJ and playlist curator, before shooting her for our June cover. She refers to herself as the Vibe Bender as well as the Waistline Whisperer (among other things) and does so with good reason. KidCrayola always stays strapped with music that just makes you want to move, enjoy yourself and have a good time. The summer is finally here and you can count on her to come through with solid vibes that will be a welcomed addition to your music library. Tap in below to get to know a bit more about KidCrayola’s first set, where the stage name originated from, and more!
Where does the name KidCrayola come from?
My high school best friend gave me the name Crayola because I used to have color in my hair before it was “in” for black girls to wear it in their hair. And I used to dress really colorful after I came back from Cali for the summer, this was like around the jerking era. But people weren’t jerking in Montreal yet. So I was kinda like the weird skater emo girl wearing a lot of colors. So they gave me the name Crayola. Kid refers to my personality. Super childish, mature, but childish.
How would you describe your sound?
Anything black. Basically, anything black that gives you that boom boom pow. I’m a sound selector so when I go into the world wide web I just dive into music. It could go from afro to Amapiano then to drill followed Dancehall and Soca. Just anything that’s appealing to the ear and made by black people, I will play. So like an Afro-fusion.
I also like to mix a bit of my culture cause I’m Haitian, so I’ll play a little Raboday, with some Konpa and Zouk. I like to call myself the Waistline Whisperer. My favorite thing is the slow whine, that’s my cup of tea. I think the girls like me a lot for that. But anything that is dope and black I will play.
Who are you betting on in a fight between Michiko and Huey Freeman?
Oh, Huey. Yeahhh definitely. He’s militant. He’s a real soldier. He’s like a mix between a samurai and a black panther. He will definitely win. I mean Michiko… Nah, Huey will win.
What’s the most memorable trip you’ve taken?
I went to New York with my best friend. I was coming out of a breakup, depression, and was like we just need to get out. So I bought the tickets for us and then we took the plane, it was his first time taking a plane. We got drunk on the plane, got off, and had the time of our lives.
You know when you go to a city and you can just be your natural self cause nobody knows you? It kind of unleashed, I would say, the badass person that I knew I was. But had kept hidden those past months due to depression. It was really memorable because there were so many people from different cultures and people with dope styles. When I came back that’s when I knew that I was really gonna do this DJ thing.
What genres of music are your favorite?
Right now? I’d say Amapiano is really good, also Afro-house and Soca. These styles are really making me happy right now. But I listen to too many types of music to just pick a few.
Do you feel like you’re being limited in the MTL nightlife scene? If yes. why?
I can’t say yes or no. Only because I feel as if I should get a bit more educated about the scene and what’s offered to us as DJs. Corona also makes things more complicated, a lot of events now have to be for a cause. I know the market is a little saturated and they don’t necessarily give a lot of opportunities to females. I’d like to change that narrative. I’ve had great opportunities. I’ve mixed for Moonshine and done a few gigs for Mural. So I’d like to think they’re giving us space but I feel as though I’d like there to be a platform for us. Have all the female DJs from Montreal gather together, there’s so many of us doing so many styles. We don’t have as much of a platform as men but I do feel as though the narrative is changing as women continue to own their power and get more educated.
I’m getting to know more people that can help me work on my projects. I was working on a project pre covid. I was doing an event called VIBE which stands for Visionary Individual Behind Energy. Because I feel like that’s what DJs are, they’re just like people that direct energy in the scene. It got canceled because of everything but I’d like it to happen. It’s basically a safe space for everybody including the lgbtq+ community. It’s really a place you’re supposed to come to dance, not stand on the wall. You’re supposed to catch a vibe for sure. It’s meant to empower people into being their truth and just expressing themselves through dance or music.
Tell us a body of work that you think was impactful in your life.
Honestly, I can think of a person, well actually two people, who were really influential in my life. Missy Elliot and Teyana Taylor really shaped me into the woman that I am. They basically told me that I can be extremely sexy and feminine as well as super tomboy-ish and that doesn’t define me as an individual. Like I can just be me.
When I first heard Missy I was like omg she is everything but when I saw Teyana I could really cause she was such a tomboy and a girly girl. Plus she’s multi-talented, she does everything. You know everybody wants to be like Rihanna? I’d want to be a mix of Rihanna and Teyana, like a philanthropist but then an artist as well. That’s the goal.
Do you have any desire to break into other areas of music like producing or sound engineering?
Yes actually God willing I’m going to learn how to do a bit of production once I get a hang of my programs. I want to go to Haiti for like two months to dive into my culture fully and just try to create the new Haitian sound. Or maybe try to have my own Haitian artists. That’s the goal for now. It’s really a selfish thing to do, I’m not trying to go international. It’s really for the culture and just to say that I can do it.
After that, once I come back I want to create after-school programs working with different people I know in the industry that would be willing to give classes to young artists.
Where was your first ever DJ set played? What was it like?
My first set was at Bluedog, my friend worked there. It was honestly the funniest thing, I had hit up my friend and was like yo I got my computer and my DJ controller I’m gonna do this DJ thing. He was like forreal? I was like yeah. He said ok you have a gig next week. I was like ok… But I don’t know how to DJ yet. So he’s was like ok, so you have a gig in two weeks. I was like that but I don’t know how to DJ. Then he was like the amount of times you’ve gone to the club and the DJ was wack, can you do worse than that? I said I don’t think I could. So he said to figure it out.
I did my gig with another female DJ and it was fun. All my friends were there and the energy was right. Honestly, when I first did it I knew it was what I wanted to do. When I was mixing my big brother and my sister came to surprise so I lowkey almost cried because it was like oh my god I’m getting some support. From then it hit me, I want to DJ, I think it’s fun.
I like to call myself the Vibe Bender. I have so many akas, I’m like the Waistline Whisperer, the Vibe Bender, the Sound Selector, your girlfriend’s favorite DJ. That’s all the names that I gave myself. But yeah, It was nice to direct the vibe of the place, be like a master puppeteer and just control the energy.
Do you have any rituals you go through before performing a set?
Yes. The week before I listen to the songs that I have and create a folder with the songs I must play throughout the night. Then I go on the net to dive in and look for new songs, new remixes. I like to play with nostalgia, so finding mixes to songs that people know. I get ready and go. If I really wanna be in a turn up mode then I take 3 shots of tequila, a rum, and coke, and I’m ready to go. If you wanna offer me a shot don’t give me no vodka, because that’s for people with no soul and I’m trynna be closer to god. So yeah that’s what I do!
It’s 420 and boy, do we have a special treat for you.
In an ideal world, April 20, would be the day that we all gather at Mont – Royal and enjoy the marijuana holiday together. Meet new people, listen to music, laugh and have fun! Unfortunately for us, that’s not our reality at the moment. With COVID-19 rules and restrictions still in place, our Mont Royal extravaganja is going to have to pause for another year.
Not to fear though! Since Canada legalized weed back in 2018, we’ve seen a huge amount of cool THC infused products pop up. With so many to choose from, we spent an entire weekend working hard, long, and tiring hours testing out these Montreal based THC infused-catering services.
Now, we’re here to give you the inside scoop (along with a little surprise, make sure to read to the end!).
Fya Drinks features an extensive list of exotic refreshers, milkshakes and slushes, healthy teas, and cocktails–the options feel almost limitless. Before selecting your beverage of choice, Fya Drinks gives you the option to pick between a hybrid or sativa infusion. You must also select your intensity level (beginner, moderate, strong, and extra strong).
I ordered three drinks in total, all hybrid mixes and all 15 mg for beginners (don’t come for me, I’m a light weight!). With carefully selected fresh fruit ingredients, my Fya drink of choice for our Mary Jane review? A Lychee Watermelon slush.
After refrigerating it for two hours, I was ready to go! Every sip felt like I was stealing away to a private beach, relaxing under the sun. And I’m telling you, it tasted seamless. Refreshing, sexy, sweet, and humbly priced– I paid 40$ (10$ each drink and a 10$ delivery fee). I guzzled down half the of the slush and my boyfriend had the other half. 30 minutes in, a warm buzz set in. It wasn’t anything too over powering, but we were high, high.
Another added plus? Fya Drinks gets their fresh juices to you in the nick of time. I placed my order Monday evening and it arrived Tuesday evening; just a short 24 hours later. If we’ve convinced you enough; you can place your orders on their website. To keep up to date with them, follow their Twitter @fyadrinks
and because we love y’all so much: use code NBDYASKD20 for 20% off your order! applicable until April 23 2021
One word to describe Fya Drinks? tropical.
The Gas Stove
The Gas Stove offers clients a large range of cuisine to choose from. You could truly splurge and treat yourself to a 3-course meal alone here. They have entrees such as the “Kush Cups”; an island inspired treat consisting of diced mangos and pineapples coated in pepper sauce. Main course meals such as the “Han Solo Burger”; a bison one pounder with balsamic vinegar, Monterey jack cheese, lettuce and tomato served with fries. And to top it all off THC infused chocolate bars. Did I mention they offer vegetarian options too?
I tried the Han Solo Burger and it was to die for! I’m not a big burger lover but this one hit the spot. You could really taste all the flavors and spices put into it. I especially loved the cheese being inside of the burger. THC tasting?? Non-existing, I almost forgot it was an edible. But boy when it hits, it HITS.
The meal was priced $30 (the most expensive dish on the menu) and 300THCmg per serving can be found in each dish. You can find them over on their Instagram although they primarily taking orders on snapchat (thegasstove420). The THC menu is a secret, make sure you ask about it!
use code TGS420 for $10 off your order! applicable until April 23 2021
Need to satisfy a sweet tooth? Eufloria has you covered. They aim to offer a range of cannabis infused products ideal for relaxation. Their refined process and discrete packaging allow their mature clients to indulge in recreational consumption. Eufloria offers a multitude of choices of cookies to choose from such as dark chocolate, white chocolate and salted caramel to name a few. Brownies and Krispie Bites can be found on their menu list as well.
One word to describe Eufloria? We’d say moist. I ordered a bag of Krispie Bites (can feed 3 people) and a few of the cookie pairs and every single bite melted right into my mouth. The perfect balance of sweet and salty, soft and crunchy.
One word to describe Eufloria?moist.
My personal favorites were the cookies, they reminded me of the likes of Félix & Norton. Both a blessing and a curse; blessed to receive such delicious edibles, but a curse that I couldn’t munch on my entire order in one sitting. As a beginner in marijuana consumption, lord knows what would have happened to me if I did that. Lots of self control was required during this taste test!
Minimum orders start at $50. Each cookie contains 25THCmg, each brownie contains 80THCmg and one bag of krispies bites (good for 3 people, 2 bites each) contains 50THCmg/ 2 bites. Packaging was as described, discreet, and the sweet treats come in bags that can be reused easily! You can find them over at their Instagram. They currently have a 4/20 special running, perfect to share amongst your friends.
use code KNOW420 for 10% off your order! applicable until April 23 2021 at 8PM
There it is, 3 awesome ways to celebrate 4/20 this year in style. My opinion? Planning a DIY resto style lunch or dinner with these meals would be so cute, go all out! Table décor, fancy glasses and dress to the 9s! Make the most of every little holiday you can! Enjoy the coupon codes and Happy 4/20, consume responsibly!
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For this month’s interview, we’re so glad to be featuring artist, producer, and all-around creative, L’ ATITUDE. He’s an extremely versatile artist whose sound is constantly shifting and adapting with his growth and experience. No genre is out of the question, he’s always up for the challenge. After quite some time we’ve been graced with a full-length project from him, Moon in Aquarius, don’t miss out and take a listen!
We joined him a couple months back in Little Burgundy and Uptown, the two Montreal neighborhoods he grew up in, to visit some smoking spots, chill, eat and catch up. We got to speak on everything from music to weed preferences and future plans. Read below to get to know a little more about L’ ATITUDE.
What’s Ion vs Allies? And what are your plans with it moving forward?
It used to be vs but now it’s plus. Ion + Allies encompasses creatives that I fuck within Quebec. Within my friend group, the artists I know, and the businesses I collaborate with on the daily basis.
We’re all young so right now we’re really just building ideas. We’re capturing the moment and seizing all the opportunities we can so that we can be successful in the future. I see Ion + Allies being way more than just a collective.
What’s a piece of work that you put out that best reflects who you are?
In 2017 on December 21, I released a project called “B A D”. It features YAMA//SATO, Trinity, Jai Natai Lotus, and other individuals that I’m inspired by. It’s an album that I’ve started writing a short novel about.
I feel like it represents me the most because it has my mentors on there, Jai Natai Lotus and MAD. It has all my day ones on there. This album really kept me in Montreal’s music game because I really think about quitting this shit every day on a real note. But those people and making “B A D” kept me in it.
Besides your music, what other creative endeavours are you pursuing?
Besides music, I’m currently managing 3 artists. I don’t want to reveal the names but you’ll hear about them very soon, through me and/or themselves.
I’m also writing scripts for music videos and would potentially like to do it for bigger films. I’ve written here and there. I write songs, I’m a ghostwriter. I’m a producer as well besides just being a rapper and vocalist.
If you could be extremely gifted in anything, what would you choose?
Being able to speak spanish. I really love the language but am not able to speak it for shit.
Who’s an artist that’d you like to make a project with?
Kendrick Lamar hands down. I feel like vocally and lyrically he and I can push the boundaries of music in terms of infusing jazz, hip hop, and R&B. We could make a new sound, I know that.
Kendrick is the reason I’m still rapping. I don’t fucking like rapping. He even told, not directly, but indirectly through the music as I listened, to keep going. Kendrick is more than an idol to me he’s an example.
Indica or Sativa? Why?
I prefer sativa because I like to work. I don’t like the day going by and I haven’t completed something. You understand. The sativa keeps me going, the indica got me sleeping. When I smoke indica and I drink liquor and I fuck, I fall asleep. And I want to fuck but I just fall asleep, It’s the indica. It stops me from doing and getting what I want, I don’t fuck with it. I like sativa for the brain, my mind will race in a way that is calming to my heart, soul, and mental. Sativa’s my bitch.
What’s next for you?
Creating my own record label and just skipping through the mainstream bullshit. Skipping over the idea that you have to get a record deal then create a label and having to make 100 bands, 300 bands, 500 bands, or however much you’ll need to sign your artists. I’m already working with so many different artists signed, unsigned, big and small. I want to make a record label that’s open for everyone, that’s my next plan. It’s not just that nigga or that person. I want to be able to cater to everyone who may need what I have access to.
I’ve been working on a lot in terms of music too. I’ve been making a lot of music. I haven’t stopped, I never stopped. There’s only more coming.
Be sure to check out L’ATITUDE curated playlist here :
During this month’s interview we linked up with the La Section Barbershop team. Located in Vieux-Montreal, this opulent shop features a rich history and an even more promising future. La Section’s co-owners Gonz (@gonzhands) and Junior (@juniorfades) say that their mission is to bring artists together: “Even though we aren’t painters or musicians, we still use our tools to paint canvases and to tell stories; it’s about more than just cutting hair.”
Tell us about the shop’s origin story.
Junior: I’ve been cutting hair since I was 17. I decided that it was better to create my own vision and space rather than following someone else’s. I moved to Montreal from Toronto and from there I met a group of talented individuals that had a common passion and goal as me. With a lot of planning and time, we got together and opened up our first location on Saint-Catherine in 2016.
Since our first opening in 2016, we’ve blossomed and opened four more locations. There’s a La Section barbershop in Old Montreal, one on Saint-Catherine street, one in Scarborough, Ontario, and one downtown, Toronto.
What’s the work environment like? Who’s on your team?
Gonz: We have eight barbers in total at this location. We have G who’s our content creator. He has they eye for marketing and always gets the shop going when he’s on the ones and twos. Roland is definitely one best barbers in the city, and he would take everything if he were competing in barber competitions this year.
Vidjonh is one of the most talented educators. He organizes his own barbershop classes where he shares his expertise in the craft with students. He pushes our team to the next level. Mazz and Keanu are both very similar in the sense that their on the same skill level for barbering and braiding. They’re dope talent and have good future in the business ahead of them. Ozzy brings the life to the shop with his big personality and Ashley is our top braider.
Junior: We’re a family here. Every part of the team adds their special flavour to the shop
What is fvcking artist?
Gonz: G and I created a brand called the Painted Ones. It ties to pre-colonial Filipino culture. Native Filipinos were very well known for being completely covered in tribal tattoos, and when the Spanish came, they would call us ‘los pintados”–the painted ones. It’s through this big artistic aspect of Filipino history that G and I got the idea to create a line called “fvcking artist.” It’s a way for artists across the city to identify with each other.
Why the name La Section?
Junior: We were inspired by the club scene and wanted to reflect the most important part of the clubbing experience, something everyone wants a taste of–the VIP section. You sit in a nice, black leather chair behind some velvet ropes while cutting your hair. You’re in “La Section”.
Gonz: We’re people that grew up in the hood. I’m from uptown [Cote-des-Neiges] and Junior is from the east side of Toronto. We know first-hand what it’s like coming from a low-income neighbourhood, not having access to many luxuries other people can afford and take for granted. We say, ‘the hood meets luxury’ because we tie our culture [music, barbering, tattoos, clothing] in with the glitz and glamour. This way, everyone gets to be VIP at La Section.
What services do you offer
Gonz: We offer hair cutting, braiding, teeth whitening, eyebrow upkeep, and facial steaming. We also have our very own La Section merch that clients can purchase at the shop. More recently, we’ve started offering tattooing services.
Tattooing?? Tell us about that.
Junior: The pandemic really pushed us to get out of our comfort zone. It gave us the opportunity to sit back and reevaluate everything happening in the shop while we were closed. We were thinking about different ways we could improve customer service and get our clientele excited again. We needed to bring something new and special. We’re in very close contact with professional tattoo artists from Toronto that have been providing us with all the support and apprenticeship we need. It’s dope because most people wouldn’t ever expect us, barbers, to do something like this. But we are artists too and we are just as dedicated. Our goal in the future is for La Section to be a luxury barbershop that specializes in tattooing; one of a kind.
Thank you to everyone at La Section for doing this interview. Follow them on their Instagram and also don’t forget to check out their brand The Painted Ones as well!