Vancouver-based rapper Junk is headlining the Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots 2019 concert at the Globe Hotel on Nov. 22. (Photo courtesy Riley Mydansky)

Vancouver-based rapper Junk is headlining the Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots 2019 concert at the Globe Hotel on Nov. 22. (Photo courtesy Riley Mydansky)

Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots charity concert and toy drive back for sixth year

Vancouver rapper Junk to headline show at Globe Hotel

Nanaimo rappers are aiming to bring Christmas cheer to the less fortunate at the sixth annual Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots.

Since 2014, organizer Tyler Barnes said the yearly fundraiser, toy drive and rap show has raised around $10,000 for youth in need. This year’s concert takes place at the Globe Hotel on Nov. 22, featuring local openers Mike Sherm, #MoneyWon, QB, Skrill250 and Oktiv6, with Vancouver-based rapper Junk headlining the show.

“He’s one of the best MCs out of Western Canada, really, right now,” Barnes said of Junk. “I’m really excited to have him on. He’s a pretty big name and he just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

Junk, real name Ian Tonino, said he’s held hip-hop workshops for underprivileged youth in the past and likes giving back to his community. When he was approached to take part in Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots, he said “it wasn’t even a question.”

“I believe the youth are the future and to make them happy even for a couple hours or for a day or two with some toys … I’ll always be about that because I come from not very fortunate circumstances, so I get it,” Junk said.

Last month Junk quit his day job to focus all his time on his music. He said it felt like he had two full-time jobs, but now that he can devote himself to his art completely he plans to finish 2019 on a high note. He’s got “two more projects, a couple more videos and one single with a massive artist” to be released in the coming months.

“I’ve just been at home and nailing a lot of things, being creative, finishing projects and just tying up loose ends and just focusing more on me, which is really good because that’s what I need to do,” Junk said. “I need to focus 24 hours a day on doing this. Not 10 or eight.”

On Nov. 15 Junk’s next EP, Together in Pieces 2, comes out. It’s a sequel to a record released earlier this year, though very different in tone.

“The first one was more like headphone music, cruising at night, really listen-to-the-lyrics kind of music,” he said. “And this one is just very hype, very energetic.”

Junk said Together in Pieces could potentially be an endless series. He said the title refers to all puzzle pieces that make up a person’s life and the struggle to keep everything together.

“’Together in Pieces’ is basically saying, ‘Try to make the best of what you’ve got and glue it all together and put it all together to look at the big picture of what you’re going to become and what you’re going to achieve,’” he said.

WHAT’S ON … Hip Hop’s Toys For Tots 2019 takes place at the Globe Hotel, 25 Front St., on Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. Tickets $25, available from the artists or online. All ages show with a 19-plus area. Toy donations can be dropped off at Jonny’s Barber Shop, 309B Wesley St., monetary donation can be made at online.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)
Up to 15 cm of snow forecast for Nanaimo area this weekend

Snow to begin Saturday night, according to Environment Canada

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the legislature, Jan. 11, 2021. (B.C. government)
Vancouver Island smashes COVID-19 high: 47 new cases in a day

Blowing past previous records, Vancouver Island is not matching B.C.s downward trend

Nanaimo City Hall. (News Bulletin file photo)
City of Nanaimo councillors like new sustainable buying policy

Finance and audit committee recommends council approve new procurement policy

Action at the Nanaimo Curling Centre. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo sports organizations qualify for COVID-19 relief funding

Province announces support for curling, rowing, gymastics, softball, rugby, squash, football clubs

FOI records provided to the News Bulletin from the City of Nanaimo in 2018. (News Bulletin file photo)
Samra’s numerous FOI requests to City of Nanaimo aren’t ‘vexatious,’ privacy commissioner decides

Former CAO says records will assist her in a future B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

The cost of potentially counting deer regionwide was among the issues that prompted Capital Regional District committee members to vote against pursuing a greater CRD role in deer management. (Black Press Media file photo)
Expanded deer management a non-starter for Greater Victoria

Capital Regional District committee maintains current level of support

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Darlene Curylo scratched a $3M ticket, BCLC’s largest ever scratch and win prize. (BCLC)
Kelowna woman in shock after winning BCLC’s largest-ever instant-ticket prize

Darlene Curylo couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the amount of money she’d won from a scratch ticket

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Aquaculture employee from Vancouver Island, Michelle, poses with a comment that she received on social media. Facebook group Women in Canadian Salmon Farming started an online campaign #enoughisenough to highlight the harassment they were facing online after debates about Discovery Islands fish farms intensified on social media. (Submitted photo)
Female aquaculture employees report online bullying, say divisive debate has turned sexist

Vancouver Island’s female aquaculture employees start #enoughisenough to address misogynistic comments aimed at them

Mowi Canada West’s Sheep Pass salmon farm, the company’s final B.C. operation to receive certification from the Aquaculture Steward Council. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is questioning a government decision to phase out salmon farms in the Discovery Islands. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada West)
Canadian Federation of Agriculture backs B.C. salmon farmers

Letter to prime minister calls for federal “champion” for aquaculture growth

Most Read