Shad

spectrasonic and the NAC's Ontario Scene present

Shad

Zoo Legacy, Story Tellers, Jesse Dangerously

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Bronson Centre Theatre

Ottawa, ON

$22.00

This event is 19 and over

tickets also available at the NAC box office and Vertigo Records

lineup, date, venue, times and ticket price subject to change without notice.

Shad
Shad
If you boil down Shad’s trajectory as a hip-hop artist up to this point, it all comes down to love. At a show, his people stare up at him with unconditional amounts of the stuff and he has used his platform as a rapper, a musician, and a writer, to search for and highlight all the love this hard world has to offer. Shad’s family settled in London, Ontario after fleeing the Rwandan genocide. He came up like a lot of first generation Canadian kids, with this cultural duality and the sense that this good country had some baggage that he’d have to unpack some day. It was complicated, but he was raised well and he studied and contemplated the world. He has a Master’s degree, which he earned living in Vancouver for a few years but has since settled in Toronto.Hehas released five solo albums: 2005’s When This Is Over; 2007’s The Old Prince; 2010’s TSOL; 2013’s Flying Colours; and 2018’s A Short Story About AWar. The middle three were all nominated for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize and TSOLwon the 2011 Rap Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards. With a rare combo of humour and substance, Shad’s records are a joy to listen to, full of pop craftsmanship that doesn’t turn a blind eye to human nature. Oh, and on a strange whim, he explored late eighties/early nineties chart-topping R&Bvibes, on 2016’s Adult Contempt, as Your Boy Tony Braxton.Shad likes pop music. In the past five years, Shad has elevated his profile and practice by emerging as a vital broadcaster: after departing his hosting gig on CBCRadio’s q, he went on to host the Hip-Hop Evolutiondocu-series, whose 2016 season was released by HBO Canada and earned both a prestigious Peabody Award and an International Emmy Award. Shad is on an Award Tour. With all sorts of flows, a gorgeous singing voice,and a mind full of musical ideas, Shad is one of rap’s most significant artists. He’s on a mission of sorts that involves some soul searching of his own but is also about connection. His powerful work has galvanized fans and, after flying into the sky, always lands on common ground. Love is love.
Zoo Legacy
Zoo Legacy
Formed in Ottawa, Canada in 2010, Zoo Legacy is a band best described as the successful union of hip-hop and indie rock. Consisting of rapper Nick Pouponneau and multi-instrumentalists Mark Milloy, Dominic and Samuel Goss, the band’s music appeals to hip-hop fans and rock fans alike, providing them with a sound they haven’t heard before. While not easy to pinpoint, Zoo Legacy's style falls into the category of alternative hip-hop that is currently occupied by artists such as Gorillaz, M.I.A., and KiD CuDi.

The group's skill at creating art with a number of instruments, from shining guitar riffs to haunting piano chords, chest thumping beats to contagious melodies, allows Pouponneau free reign to do what he does best – catchy rhymes and melodic hooks. Zoo Legacy’s music isn’t characterized by any single tempo or song structure, but rather offers listeners variety. Whether an upbeat crowd pleaser, moody synth-driven rap, or thoughtful acoustic verse, the band’s music maintains a recognizable style that is unique to Zoo Legacy.

Since releasing their acclaimed first EP in 2011, Zoo Legacy has shared the stage with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Canadian hip hop legends Kardinal Offishall, and Classified and have performed at some of Canada's leading festivals including NXNE, Bluesfest, JUNOfest and Canadian Music Week among others. Zoo Legacy released their second EP titled 'City Light Glow' on September 5, 2012. The music video for their lead single 'L.K.U.T.' was subsequently selected as a featured video on MuchMusic. In October 2012, Zoo Legacy won the Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Urban act.
Story Tellers
Story Tellers
We are two indigenous individuals hailing from the akwesasne and star blanket reservations.
We take pride in our aboriginal heritage and believe that we are meant to carry on the tradition of spoken word.
Jesse Dangerously
Jesse Dangerously
Growing up in Nova Scotia loving rap above all, Jesse began with lighter fare in 1989, embraced hardcore in the early 90s, and found his calling in the independent rap revolution at century's end. All the while, he was honing his own style, ethos and skill set within a distinctly Haligonian hip-hop identity.

His first cassette, BREAK, came in 1997. He has since independently released five further albums, frequently in collaboration with members of the Canada-wide Backburner crew. He's toured a dozen times across Canada and the US, sold music on every continent, scored films and video games, and accidentally assisted in developing "nerdcore" hip-hop into a scene.

Jesse's 2011 album, Humble & Brilliant, is also a book.

He will be the first to tell you that he is a Genuine Independent Rap Legend (GIRL)! Others will tell you he's a gorgeous, fat, feminist sex god. You be the judge!
Venue Information:
Bronson Centre Theatre
211 Bronson Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1R 6H4
http://www.bronsoncentre.ca/