SonReal presents


Clairmont The Second, DRAE

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bourbon Room

Ottawa, ON


This event is 19 and over

SonReal is a new school leader. With a 2013 Juno and MMVA nomination, this young artist has independently put all eyes on him through consistently putting out interesting innovative material. Notorious for releasing mixtapes that have an album feel, it is easy to see why SonReal is at the forefront of not only Vancouver's hip hop scene, but the music industry as a whole.
Andre Thibault has always been a lover of all things musical. After first playing guitar at age 13, and singing and writing at age 15, he knew it was an itch he could never fully scratch. However, it wasn't until a severe knee injury derailed his professional basketball dreams that he switched gears and began to take things more seriously.

It began when a few high school friends decided to form a band. In 2011, Matt Robillard (drummer) and Braden Sabourin (guitarist) reached out and asked Andre to join their newly-formed project. The trio would soon become known as "The Second Silverado", and would write and record close to a dozen songs (however the band never had an official release). In order to further their knowledge, Matt and Andre enrolled at The Audio Recording Academy Ottawa and learned the ins and outs of effective multitrack recording, production, mixing, live sound, etc. With this information, as well as an arsenal of catchy, upbeat rock music, the band began to play locally with increasing fan interest. This culminated in the band being accepted to compete in the "Big Money Shot" in 2013, a contest for independent bands put on by local radio station Live 88.5. The show was a resounding success, and the band moved into the second round of competition. However, unfortunately, their lack of professional experience meant they would not move on any further.

After a summer of contemplation, Andre decided it was time to pursue things on his own. Having always been a lover of hip hop music, and writing rap lyrics in his spare time, he began to produce and piece together a debut EP. Working with Steve Foley at Audio Valley Recording Studios, Andre released the "Call Me KING" EP under the stage name KING. It was met with high praise, and the title track "Call Me KING" received regular radio play both in the city and on college radio across the province. It was also chosen as the #1 song in CKDJ's music survey for 2014.

After releasing a collaborative EP titled "Crookid Bass" with fellow Ottawa juggernaut Yusso, as well as an 11 track mixtape titled "WITNESS", Andre took a step back to reevaluate and reconstruct himself. Towards the end of 2015, he released a new song, accompanied by a video, titled "Death Of A Tyrant". The song explains Andre's frustration with being misconceived and misjudged under the name KING, and essentially "killed off" the title. Having been called by his name in short form for the better part of his life, he set out from then on as DRAE; clear, concise, personal... and real.

DRAE is a more mature, honest representation of Andre's musical love and inspirations (of which there are MANY). His debut LP "E/SCAPE" is available now on all online distributors, and is an eclectic but fresh mix of many different styles and sonics. Having worked on the project for the better part of 2 years, DRAE is excited to unleash this new refined sound on the world. With a performance resume that has seen him hit the main stage at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest alongside Yusso, as well as share concert bills with Jazz Cartier, SonReal, Troy Ave, Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt and more, DRAE is no stranger to performing. Look out for more show dates in 2017 as he promotes the release of "E/SCAPE".

Get ready. It's DRAE season...
Venue Information:
The Bourbon Room
400A Dalhousie St
Ottawa, ON, K1N 9J9