May 22, 2022

07:00 PM - 2:00 am

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The Event: Little Dojo and The Academy synergize with Loop Sessions Toronto to present “Crate  Stories Live” Crate Stories is an online interview series focusing on music history through  dialogue with producers and music specialists. This new live component of Crate Stories will  feature a special evening of conversation hosted by Arcee, who will chat with Charnas about his  new book Dilla Time during this Canadian exclusive in-person appearance. 

Q&A and book signing will follow the conversation. 


TORONTO – Dan Charnas is an award-winning music and business journalist; producer of  records and television; and professor. Recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Fellowship for Arts  Journalism, he is the author of four books including the definitive history of the hip-hop  business, The Big Payback. Charnas was the co-creator and executive producer of the VH1 TV  series The Breaks; and is an Associate Arts Professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded  Music at New York University. 

Charnas spent four years researching and reporting Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla,  The Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm. An outgrowth of a course on J Dilla he  developed at NYU in 2017, the book’s roots go back to Charnas’s time in the record business,  when he traveled to Detroit in 1999 to work with the producer then known as Jay Dee. 

The Host: Rana “Arcee” Chatterjee is an award-winning creative director, radio personality and  musician whose work has been recognized globally by Cannes Lions, The One Club, ESPN,  Complex, Billboard, Vibe and others. He spent 17 years as the host of Toronto’s seminal  underground hip-hop show The Real Frequency and currently hosts Crate Stories for Loop  Sessions Toronto. He’s also the co-founder of Live Convention, an annual local festival dedicated  to celebrating crate digging culture from around the world. As a musician, his extra curricular  projects have attracted the attention of luminaries like Questlove, DJ Premier and Beck. 





DJ Agile, P Plus and DJ Grouch will be playing music produced by, remixed by, sampled by, and  inspired by (or that inspired) the late great J Dilla. Blended underground favorites and classics, to sleepers and sure shots. Expect the energy of The Main Ingredient soulful parties, to the raw hip hop of Riley’s (if you know these references…you should be in attendance).

Hosted by Wan & Arcee


Tix  universe.com/dillatimetoronto

@loopsessionstoronto @academypresents 

For more information email: [email protected]

Sunday May 22, 2022

7:00 pm - 2:00 am


Cover: $20.00

Various Cover: $20 at door walk ups

Cover Notes: universe.com/dillatimetoronto (Tickets provide access to both talk and after-party. Walk-up tickets will be available at the door . After-party walk-up entry will be subject to capacity.)