Ben Stevenson

As a punk singer he released his first record at 15, and spent his late teens and early twenties traveling around Canada in that guise, but it wasn’t until moving to Toronto that he began unpacking a different kind of sound. Following the break up of his band, and relatively alone in a new city, he found himself casting about for collaborators and caught the ear of Grammy award winning Toronto producer Boi-1da (Drake, Rihanna, Jay Z) and several others in his orbit, who invited Stevenson to write on their beats. It was a new kind of approach to making music for Stevenson, but one that aligned with the direction of his tastes, and it was creatively fruitful, as his first singles under his own name, the Megaman and Zalezy (Lil Wayne, Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj) produced “Left You Behind,” and the Boi-1da produced “Falling Off,” generated international attention, and anointed Stevenson as an artist to watch in the increasingly hyped Toronto scene.

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Toronto, ON
food
Veghed
This snug take-out spot offers vegetarian sandwiches, vegan soups, juices, smoothies & more.
1199 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1X3, Canada
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The Fountain
The Fountain is more of a gallery with a liquor license than a bar with local art on its walls.
1261 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X6, Canada
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The Common Espresso Bar
This snug, bustling cafe with minimal decor offers teas & espresso-based drinks plus beer & wine.
1071 College Street, Toronto, ON M6H 1B2, Canada
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The Baby G
"Perfect size, great vibe, good sound, run by cool people." - Ben Stevenson
1608 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1T8, Canada
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Beaver Cafe
Former gallery that mixes art with comfort food, brunch & nightly dance parties, plus a patio.
1192 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada
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Cheese Boutique
Cheese Boutique, open since 1970, is located on Ripley Avenue just off South Kingsway. It has been passed down through three generations and has continued to provide a wide range of gourmet ingredients for Toronto chefs such as foie gras, prosciutto, truffles and, of course, cheese.
45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S 3P2, Canada
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