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Up Cannabis Hosts Hip Doobie Doobie Doo Event

The New Farm in Creemore, ON, hosted an all-day party yesterday designed to boost the profile of the burgeoning pot producer. With members of The Tragically Hip on hand, The Glorious Sons and City and Colour entertained over 200 attendees.

Up Cannabis Hosts Hip Doobie Doobie Doo Event

By Kerry Doole

Yesterday (June 3), over 200 guests trekked to The New Farm in Creemore, ON, for an ambitious and undeniably expensive day in the country courtesy of Up Cannabis and The Tragically Hip, investors in and celebrity spokespersons for the company.


Designed to boost the profile of the brand as the full legalization of cannabis approaches on Oct. 17, the event certainly succeeded in attracting a high-powered guest list. Those we spied included Denise Donlon, Steve Jordan, Michael Hollett, Alan Reid, Kim Stockwood, Iain Taylor, Amanda Power of Unison, and Neville Quinlan and Cheryl Link of Peermusic. Many music, food, and cannabis scribes were also in attendance.

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Guests were treated to a lavish 'cannabis-inspired' dinner from five Toronto celebrity chefs, and the craft cocktails and Ontario beer and wine flowed freely. Co-owner Gillian Files conducted a tour of the organic farm,  followed with a Cannabis 101 session. There, Gord Sinclair of The Hip declared "I'm a fan of marijuana," then introduced five new strains that Up Cannabis will market. All named after Tragically Hip songs, they are Eldorado, Morning Moon, Grace, Gems, and 50MC (Mission Cap).

Sinclair's bandmates Paul Langlois and Rob Baker were in attendance, alongside Hip managers Bernie Breen and Patrick Sambrook. Performing in a big barn, Kingston rockers The Glorious Sons invigorated the crowd, with City and Colour closing out proceedings in fittingly mellow fashion. The event is another indication of the potential for significant interaction between the Canadian music and cannabis industries.

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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services
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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services

There's a more explicit Biggie verse in the vault, according to the NBA legend.

Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

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